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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, March 23-April 1, 2017

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

Vacancy to Vibrancy - Neighborhood Happy Hour

Thursday, March 23 from 6:00-7:30 pm, Tick Tock Tavern, 3409 Magnolia

Join St. Louis Association of Community Organizations (SLACO) at the second in a series of happy hours designed to educate voters on Proposition NS, the "vacancy bond issue," set to appear on the upcoming April 4th ballot. Drink specials provided. Facebook Invite

Lot 49 Contemporary Art Auction + Benefit

Friday, March 24 from 7:00-11:00 pm, The Luminary, 2701 Cherokee

Lot 49 is a unique artist-centric auction initiated and shaped by artists as an annual fundraiser for The Luminary and a direct means of support for artists in the region and beyond. The interactive auction will feature acclaimed artists nominated by their peers, with participating artists receiving 51% of all proceeds and the remaining 49% going to support our ambitious programs - hence the name, Lot 49. The auction will include one-of-a-kind works by over 50 artists in a variety of mediums. For more info and ticket pricing, please visit the Facebook Invite

Pop Up Shop at B-Side

Friday, March 24 from 8:00-11:59 pm, The B-Side, 2709 Cherokee

Come check out the diviest bar with the friendliest staff, a bunch of dope art, books, sex toys, and some yummy herbal products. For a list of vendors, please visit the Facebook Invite

Blank Space 5 Year Anniversary Weekend

Friday, March 24-Sunday, March 26, Blank Space, 2847 Cherokee

Wow. Five years y'all. Can't really believe it. From the conversations we've been having, neither can anyone else. In typical fashion, we will gather, give thanks, reminisce, and party with the best artists in the city. We're selling tickets early this year cuz we may sell out! $10 adv (each day) $12 Doors. Facebook Invite

Spring Up - Indoor Music + Art Festival

Friday, March 24-Sunday, March 26, 2720 Cherokee

Please join us for an inaugural Spring Up Indoor Music & Art Festival hosted inside and outside of 2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center. We are featuring two nights of live music from Satsang + Chase Makai (of Nahko and Medicine for the People) + many more artists each night. Additionally at this event there will be Live Music Inside & Outside, Live Art & Visual Experiences, Workshops & Education, Family Friendly & All Ages, Yoga & Meditation, Craft Vendors & Food Vendors, Community Potluck Dinner, Film Screening(s), Childrens' Activities & Family Friendly Atmosphere. For more details and ticket info, please visit the Facebook Invite.

78th District Empowerment Rally

Saturday, March 25 from 9:00-11:30 am, 2720 Cherokee

Join us as we talk about legislation, hear from other legislators and different resources we have available for our community. Here about what's next and how we can be a better community through communication and dedication! Please join us, light refreshments will be served! Facebook Invite

Community Spring Festival

Saturday, March 25 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, Cherokee Rec Center, 3200 S. Jefferson

Come learn about the wealth of local social service providers, education sessions for youth, employment opportunities, adult education programs as well a reintroduction to The Cherokee Center and it's staff. There will be food, games, raffles and fun! No registration required.

Transcending the Spectrum 4

Saturday, March 25 at 3:00 pm, Westminster Press, 3156 Cherokee

The Metro Trans Umbrella Group is pleased to present,"Transcending the Spectrum", the 4th annual LGBTQIA art exhibition and fundraiser at Westminster Press, which will run through May 12th. Please join us for an exciting exhibition featuring works of art by St. Louis area LGBTQIA artists. Food and drink will be on hand. This event is open to everyone. Facebook Invite

Final Significant Others Reading

Saturday, March 25 from 6:00-8:30 pm, Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp

The final installment of the Significant Others reading series features the authored/othered words of Chiwan Choi, Kārlis Vērdiņš, Luther Hughes, Avery Al Gallinat, and Justin Phillip Reed. Please come and celebrate these magnificent writers and this magnificent ending! There will be food, conversation, and drinks (Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center is a dry space.) Hope to see you there! Facebook Invite

Workers' Education Society's Vegan Potluck

Saturday, March 25 from 7:00-10:00 pm, St. Louis Worker's Education Society, 2929 S. Jefferson

The 2016 WES Vegan Potlucks were a smash hit. Community members broke bread, shared values, got to know one another, and heard from WES and other community leaders about their work. Since so many people wanted more potlucks, we are bringing back the event for 2017. This potluck is in conjunction with our annual retreat, so attendees will have a special chance to dine with lots of WES leaders.This event is free, all ages, LGBTQIA+ and Disabilities welcoming, and DRUG AND ALCOHOL FREE. All food must be vegan! Please bring a dish to share. 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 Meeting

Monday, March 27 at 7:00 pm, Irish Corner Pub, 1900 Cherokee

The MVNA will meet promptly at 7pm at Irish Corner Pub in the back room following the MVNA board meeting at 6pm. An agenda will be uploaded on Nextdoor at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.

9th and 20th Ward General Election Forum

Tuesday, March 28 from 6:00-8:00 pm, Off Broadway Music Venue, 3509 Lemp

Please join us for a discussion of propositions and candidates on the General Election ballot. There are 6 Propositions on the General Election ballot. Speakers will be allotted 5 minutes to present their case for or against each ballot measure, followed by brief Q&A from the audience. Brief speeches from each of the candidates for the Board of Education. Facebook Invite

Book Launch Party: Colleen McKee's "The Kingdom of Roly-Polys"

Thursday, March 30 from 6:00-9:00 pm, Reese Gallery, 3410 Wisconsin

Colleen McKee + Francine J. Harris + Andrea Jackson + Paul Thiel will all be reading from "The Kingdom of Roly-Polys" which has been released by the Pedestrian Press. Doors will open at 6pm and the reading starts at 6:30. Everyone's going to be there - sipping drinks, meeting new people, reading work, launching books! Oil paintings by visual artist Laurel Panella will be on view for the reading. Visit for more information. Facebook Invite

Gravois-Jefferson Plan Public Meeting: Housing Part 2

Thursday, March 30 from 6:30-8:00 pm, Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2621 Utah

Are you a resident, business owner, or local stakeholder in the Benton Park West, Gravois Park or northeast Dutchtown neighborhoods? Join us for an open conversation and planning session for the Gravois Jefferson Historic Neighborhoods Plan. Talk with your neighbors the trends in housing and identify tools we can use to make a long term impact in the area. Facebook Invite


  • Free First Friday, Friday, April 7 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson

  • JoyRitaSTL, Saturday, April 8 from 12:00-4:00 pm, C.A.M.P., 3026 Cherokee

  • Easter Eggstravaganza, Saturday, April 15 from 10:00-12:00 pm, Gravios Park, 3200 Potomac

  • BPW Dog Park Spring Fling: Season Opener, Saturday, April 15 at 1:00 pm, BPW Dog Park

  • BPW Spring Alley Clean Up, Saturday, April 22

  • Cherokee-Lemp History Walk, Sunday, April 23 from 11:00-4:00 pm, Antique Row - Cherokee

  • Cherokee Street Cinco de Mayo Festival, Saturday, May 6 from 11:00am - 10:00 pm, Cherokee between Nebraska and Jefferson

  • IndiHop, Saturday, May 20 from 1:00-7:00 pm, Cherokee


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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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