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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, October 20-29, 2016

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

(UPDATED: OCT 21 @ 11:00 AM)

Cherokee Station Business Association Meeting

Thursday, October 20 ​ from 5:30-6:30 pm, Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson

All business owners, residents, property owners, and anyone with an interest in Cherokee are welcome and encouraged to attend. Facebook Invite

Benton Park West Neighborhood Association Meeting

Thursday, October 20 at 7:00 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

Please join us to hear the neighborhood news and have a chance in interact with your neighbors, 3rd District police, aldermen and NSO. We will review upcoming events and activities. All residents, business men and women, developers, landlords and other friends are welcome. Visit our Events page for more details or our Facebook Invite.

Nebula Open (School)House

Friday, October 21 from 5:00-7:00 pm, Nebula, 3449 S. Jefferson

We're expanding!Over the course of the last six months we've been hard at work restoring the former St. Matthews Schoolhouse to become an extension of Nebula which is located on the same block. Facebook Invite

Terror at Tower Grove Park

Friday, October 21 from 5:30-8:30 pm, Sons of Rest Pavilion & Stupp Center, Tower Grove Park

This event is open to all ages and will feature live music by Soul Punch, food trucks, candy, arts and crafts by Artscope, a costume contest, a pumpkin painting contest, a Halloween film by Frontyard Features, s'mores, and more! It's sure to be a GHOULishly good time! Costumes are encouraged. Facebook Invite

EAGLE Prep's Fall Festival

Saturday, October 22 from 1:00-4:00 pm, EAGLE Prep: Gravois Park, 3630 Ohio

We'll have pumpkin painting, face painting, games, hot cocoa and apple cider, a photo booth, a crafty treat table, and information on enrollment for the 2017-18 school year. We can't wait to see you there! Facebook Invite

Gondo Poetry 39: Stacy Szymaszek & Phillip B. Williams

Saturday, October 22 from 7:00-10:00 pm, Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts, 3151 Cherokee

Please join us on Saturday, October 22 at 7 PM for the 39th reading of the gondo poetry series, featuring Stacy Szymaszek & Phillip B. Williams. 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.

Zumba Classes

Mondays, Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2621 Utah

Curby Church will host Zumba classes on Mondays at 6:00 pm for $3-5.00 a session. For more info 314-771-0242.

Marine Villa Neighborhood Association End of Year Party and Election

Monday, October 24 from 7:00-9:00 pm, Spare No Rib, 3701 S Jefferson (NEW LOCATION)

Please join us for our end-of-year neighborhood association meeting/party. We are grateful that our new neighbors to the West, Spare No Rib, have been so incredibly gracious to host this event. They are opening for us on their day off and providing the delicious food, so let’s show them some Marine Villain love with our support of their bar. As many of you know, our last meeting of the year is election time. Our current board members, Secretary Maureen Hoeft, Treasurer Michael Ferguson, Vice President Andrea Janes and President Stephen Jehle were nominated at our last general meeting to serve another term. Additionally our past President, James McKee, was nominated for President via write-in. Each nominee will have two minutes to address MVNA members prior to voting. Facebook Invite

Arsenal Merchantile Fall Open House

Wednesday, October 26 from 4:00-8:00 pm, 2733 Arsenal

Come out and enjoy the fall weather! Stop by the shop and see our latest arrivals, while you sip on hot cider and mulled wine. Facebook Invite

$27 for 20th Ward Alderman Cara Spencer

Thursday, October 27 from 5:00-8:00 pm, 2720 Cherokee

Celebrate some of the awesome talent on the south side and help keep Cara Spencer in office with entertainment by: The Bottoms Up Blues Gang, Tommy Halloran, Erika Johnson, Pacia Elaine, and Comedian Jason Jenkins. Honored Guest: Bruce Franks Jr. Emcee: Eric 'Prospect' White Facebook Invite

Cherokee Neighborhoods Happy Hour

Thursday, October 27 from 5:00-8:00 pm, The Blue Pearl, 2926 Cherokee

October's happy hour will bring us back to The Blue Pearl! This is a great space with a large back patio to enjoy the fall weather. This event is sponsored by the Benton Park Neighborhood Assocation, Benton Park West Neighborhood Association, Gravois Park, and Marine Villa Neighborhood of Saint Louis, Missouri.Please visit our Events page for the Facebook Invite for details.

21st Annual SLACO Regional Neighborhood Conference

Saturday, October 29 from 7:45 am-5:30 pm, Harris-Stowe State University

The annual SLACO Regional Neighborhood Conference is the St. Louis region's premiere event for helping grassroots neighborhood leaders learn about how other neighborhoods are creating innovative solutions for common problems, how to run an effective neighborhood association, how to think about the causes of neighborhood improvement and decline, and recent plans and initiatives that offer new ways to understand the region and new hope for successful initiatives. For more information visit or to register visit the EventBrite.

Benton Park West Dog Park's Howl-O-Ween Party

Saturday, October 29 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Benton Park West Dog Park, Nebraska at Utah

Join us for the annual Howl-o-ween party! All dogs are welcome; this is NOT a members only event. This is great way to check out the park and consider joining for next season. Click here to visit our Dog Park page and learn more about our policies and membership.

Benton Park's Halloween Kids Parade

Saturday, October 29 at 3:00 pm, Killeen Architects Studio, 3015 Salena

Bring the kids in costume and we'll march from Killeen's up to Fremont Park. We'll stop at St. Agnes for safe trick-or-treating with the senior citizens.

Hallow-Ganza in Ritz Park

Saturday, October 29 from 6:00-9:00 pm, Ritz Park, 3147 S. Grand

Come celebrate Halloween early with your neighbors & friends! Participate in the costume contests for kids, adults and pets, toast marshmallows for S'mores and challenge your neighbors to giant yard games! Facebook Invite

Trunk or Treat

Sunday, October 30 at 4:00 pm, Salvation Army Parking Lot, 2720 Arsenal

Benton Park West will hold its annual Trunk or Treat, a safe Halloween trick or treating for kids. Children ages 14 and younger are welcome! Each child must be accompanied by an adult. There will be candy and fun for all! For more details or to volunteer, please visit our Events page of the Facebook Invite.


  • St. Louis Swap Meet, Sunday, October 30 from 9:00-3:00 pm, Cherokee @ Lemp

  • Trick or Treat on Cherokee Street, Monday, October 31 from 5:00-7:00 pm, Love Bank Park, 2857 Cherokee

  • Gravois-Jefferson Plan: Public Kickoff Event, Tuesday, November 1 from 6:30-8:00 pm, 2720 Cherokee

  • Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl, Saturday, November 5 from 12:30-7:00 pm, Cherokee


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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