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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, December 8-17, 2016

Photo: City of Night St. Louis' Holiday PopUp Shop.

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

Town Hall Meeting: What's Happening on Your Block

Thursday, December 8 from 6:00-9:00 pm, Froebel Elementary School, 3709 Nebraska

Dutchtown and Gravois Park will host a town hall meeting to discuss crime, problem properties, illegal alley dumping, and budgets. Speakers include Alderman Cara Spencer, NSO, and Police Captain. Consider attending and encourage your neighbors. Facebook Invite

Pikazo Holiday Happy Hour + Coat Collection

Friday, December 9 from 5:30-8:30 pm, 3449 S Jefferson

Join the Pikazo team for drinks, snacks, photos, and art to celebrate the season! We're be collecting coats to donate to those in need during the upcoming cold weather. We'll be serving beer, wine, and a few treats. Feel free to also bring a drink or a snack if you'd like something specific (along with your new or gently used warm coats.) And the Pikazo photo booth will be available for holiday pics! Facebook Invite

Books & Breakfast Program: Happy Dolla Days - Supporting Black Businesses

Saturday, December 10 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Blank Space, 2847 Cherokee

HandsUp United presents Books & Breakfast which has been successfully happening for over 2 years. If you know someone who hasn't came to our program , please invite them. This month we are focusing on Black Businesses & how the impact of the community supporting them. So our theme is Dolla Days for this holiday season. We will have several local black businesses for you to discover and hopefully support as well. Facebook Invite

BPW Dog Park Christmas Party

Saturday, December 10 from 1:00-3:00 pm, 3300 Nebraska

Dog park Christmas party - pictures with Santa. Visit our Events page or Facebook Invite for details.

Gondo Poetry 41: Jennifer Kronovet and Rodrigo Toscano

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

Please join us for the final reading of the gondo poetry series. 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.

Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Sunday, December 11 from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm, 2720 Cherokee

A Holiday Pop-Up Shop! Brought to you by: City of Night St. Louis and Loyal Family. Come on out and shop local this year! Facebook Invite

Ring in the Holidays!

Sunday, December 11 from 1:00-4:00 pm, Tenth Life, 3202 Cherokee

Tenth Life invites you to celebrate the Holidays with us. On Sunday Dec. 11th from 1-4 pm we will have refreshments and all the kitty cuddles you can handle. If you have not yet finished your holiday shopping, we can help you with that! Facebook Invite

Timebanking 101 in December + Mats for the Homeless

Sunday, December 11 from 2:00-4:00 pm, Thomas Dunn Learning Center, 3113 Gasconade

This free class introduces participants to the history of early trade and barter, the history of timebanking in St. Louis where the first timebank formed in 1981 and the history of Cowry Collective the only active timebank in St. Louis! You will also receive hands-on training in hOurworld, the software and app where you can create a bio, list your offers and requests and can search for service exchanges that interest you. Join our money-free network of 200+ members! Facebook Invite

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.

3rd District Police Officers' Christmas Party

Thursday, December 15 from 6:00-9:00 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

Please join us as we show our appreciation to our officers by wishing them and their families a blessed and safe holiday. If you would like to help with donations, either monetary, food, attendance prizes for the officers or help with planning, contact Mike Howard at Five Star, 314.664.1008.


  • Christmas Caroling, Sunday, December 18 from 1:45-4:00 pm, Gravois Park, 3200 Potomac


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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