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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, September 1-10, 2016

Below is a list of upcoming activities in or around Benton Park West, a Cherokee Neighborhood.

Happy Thyme: A Garden Club for Seniors

Fridays from 10:00-12:00 pm, Salvation Army, 2747 Arsenal

The Happy Thyme Garden Club is open to all seniors interested in gardening, whether you're a certified green thumb or looking for a place to learn something new. We'll meet at Temple Gardens, located across from the Salvation Army on Fridays at 10 am. Questions? Call Sara Johnson at 314.606.7794

Fall Exhibition Openings

Friday, September 2 from 7:00-10:00 pm, The Luminary, 2701 Cherokee

Join us for the opening of three new exhibitions: Empowerpoint, curated by ARTS.BLACK; Concept, a triennial featuring four St. Louis artists alongside four Oklahoma artists; and the launch of Sage Dawson's curatorial project STNDRD with a show by Ann-Maree Walker. Facebook Invite

Lauren Cardenas, "Borderline" Opening Reception

Saturday, September 3 from 7:00-10:00 pm, Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, 3151 Cherokee

St. Louis Swap Meet

Sunday, September 4 from 9:00-3:00 pm, Various locations on Cherokee

Vendors selling their wares along Cherokee Street. Facebook Invite

Gravois Park Trash Pickup and Social Hour

Sundays from 9:30-10:30 am, Gravois Park, 3200 Potomac

Each Sunday, get to know your neighbors and help make YOUR neighborhood park a better place to play! We'll pick up litter in and around the park while talking and getting to know each other.

Benton Park Classic Bike Race

Monday, September 5 from 8:00 am-8:00 pm, Benton Park, 3100 S. Jefferson

The Benton Park Classic is an annual bike race that rides through the neighborhood. It is part of a 4-series Gateway Cup bike race. For more information on the Gateway Cup, visit:

Benton Park Labor Day Run

Monday, September 5 at 8:00 am, Benton Park, 3100 S. Jefferson

Monday, September 5th, 5K (3.1 Mile) at 8:30am. Kids Fun Run at 9:30am. Registration Opens at 7:00am. For more information or to register, please visit

Zumba Classes

Mondays, Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2621 Utah

Curby Church will host Zumba classes on Mondays at 6:00 pm for $5.00 a session. For more info 314-771-0242.

Puppy Pool Party

Wednesdays at 5:00 pm, Benton Park West Dog Park, 3300 Nebraska

Each Wednesday through Labor Day (weather permitting), we'll host a pool party for the pups! Let your dog cool off while you socialize with the other members. Please visit our Dog Park page of the Facebook group for more info on the park or the pool party. Questions? Contact Dog Park Chair, Chris Schmidt at 314-452-1931 or at

SLMPD 3rd District Community Outreach Meeting

Thursday, September 8 at 7:00 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

Stop by and see guest speaker Lt. Mike Mueller, Special Operations Unit. Nextdoor Invite

Southside Happy Hour

Friday, September 9 from 5:00-9:00 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

Come on out to our 2nd annual Southside Happy Hour featuring pizza from South City and music by Oliver Johnson! Your support of this event keeps seniors in St. Louis active and feed. Invite all your friends and family for this awesome event! Facebook Invite

Gondo Poetry 38: Greg Hewett and Simone White

Saturday, September 10 from 7:00-10:00 pm, Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, 3151 Cherokee

The gondo poetry series is pleased to present its 38th reading, featuring poets GREG HEWETT & SIMONE WHITE. To learn more about the poets, please visit the Facebook Invite.


  • South Grand Fall Fest, Saturday, September 17 from 10:00 am-10:00 pm, S. Grand

  • BPW at Murmurations Event, September 23-25


A special THANK YOU to The Porch sponsors:

Buddha Body and Bath

As The Porch Review (BPW newsletter) is printed quarterly, we'll post upcoming activities on Thursdays through the "Weekly Porch." If there's an area activity that you'd like to have included, please send your activity details to

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