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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, March 30-April 8, 2017

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

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

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.

Vote YES on Prop NS Happy Hour

Monday, April 3 from 6:00-8:00 pm, Yaquis, 2728 Cherokee

Neighbors for a Stable St Louis hosts the last hurrah the night before election day. Come to learn about Proposition NS and meet the (small, but mighty) team that has organized this amazing grassroots campaign! Facebook Invite

Cats & Mats - Yoga Class

Thursday, April 6 from 6:00-7:00 pm, Tenth Life, 3202 Cherokee

Curious cats and kittens make for a fun yoga experience. A fundraiser like this one not only introduces more people to the work of Tenth Life while directly supporting it, it helps to socialize the cats who live there, as well. This is an open level yoga class. You only need a mat and a love of cats to participate! Facebook Invite

Free First Friday

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

Join us on the first Friday of each month for a day of free coworking. Home to dozens of small businesses, non profits, and entrepreneurs- Nebula is the perfect place to collaborate, run your business, and get things done. Want to become a member? Let us know, we would love to give you a tour. Enjoy complimentary coffee and bagels by Gooseberries while they last! Facebook Invite

Original Topographies

Friday, April 7 from 7:00-10:00 pm, South City Art Supply, 1926 Cherokee

Original Topographies is a solo exhibition of new and old paintings by Honna Veerkamp. Fascinated by maps, both real and imagined, Veerkamp shows us a gentler way of claiming space. Join us for our opening reception in South City Art Supply's atrium gallery. Speak with the artist and enjoy a quiet evening surrounded by her artwork. We'll have wine and other goodies too. Free admission. Facebook Invite


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

In support of the People’s Joy Parade!, JoyRitaSTL is a margarita contest on Cherokee Street! Purchase your ticket at any participating venue and sample Cherokee's BEST MARGARITAS and at the end of your tour, vote for your favorite! The fundraiser was created to support the People's Joy Parade! 21+ please. Only $20.00 a ticket, credit cards and cash accepted. Facebook Invite

Opening Reception: Taking Shape Photography by D. Eric Baggett

Saturday, April 8 from 7:00-9:00 pm, Drew Henry Salon & Gallery, 2309 Cherokee

Taking Shape explores the world through high contrast black and white, forgoing detail for shadow, mass and emotional impact. It examines the everyday geometry of the world both static and fluid and the feelings that lurk beneath. Music by DVDN ALT. Facebook Invite


  • 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

  • Earth to Cherokee, Saturday, April 22 from 12:00-5:00 pm, STL-Style, 3159 Cherokee

  • 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


A special THANK YOU to The Porch sponsors:

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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