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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, April 6-15, 2017

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

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 this Friday as we open The Attic, our newest workspace on the 3rd floor. The Attic is a casual workspace with modern furnishings, a variety of work areas, low ceilings, lots of natural light, exposed brick, artwork by Jason Spencer and Jacob Berkowitz, and a clear view of the arch.We’ll have bagels from Gooseberries and Kaldi’s will be on hand with coffee tastings at 10am. We’ll be snapping a few photos to use for promotion of the space - and we’d love to have you in them! 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

Neighborhood Pride Garden Clean Up

Saturday, April 8 from 9:00-12:00 pm, Neighborhood Pride Garden, 3500 Pennsylvania

It's that time of year again! We need to clean, weed, mow, and plant the Gravois Park Neighborhood Pride Garden. Please bring yourself and friend! 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

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.

Non-Binary Clothing Swap

Sunday, April 9 from 2:00-5:00 pm, Yelo Arts, 2907 S. Jefferson

Bring your clothes that you don't wanna wear anymore (that exist within a reasonably acceptable condition, like holes are fine but try and stay away from stains). The clothes will be loosely organized and everyone will have the chance to pick through each others treasures and leave with some new things! Also if you don't have clothes to bring or dropped off a box to a thrift store don't worry, you aren't required to bring anything in order to pick through the loot! 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.

Kaboom! Playground Design and Planning Meeting

Tuesday, April 11 from 4:00-6:00 pm, Gravois Park Pavilion, 3200 Potomac

See the flyer below for details. 4PM is the Children's Design Session and 5PM is the Adults' Planning Meeting. RSVP to Anne McCullough, or 314-304-0932

Gravois Park Neighborhood Meeting

Tuesday, April 11 from 6:00-8:00 pm, 3353 California (former Jefferson Bank bldg)

Come out and meet your neighbors, get involved and be informed. Our monthly meetings are a great place to discuss issues important to you and your family, learn about resources and get updates on everything in and around Gravois Park and the 20th Ward. Facebook Invite

Curby Church's Maundy Thursday Service

Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 pm, Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2621 Utah

All are welcome to attend the Maundy Thursday Service with foot-washing, The Last Supper (Holy Communion), and our fish dinner. For more info, please contact Rev. Paula Cooper at 314-771-0242 or

Perennial's Grand Opening

Friday, April 14 from 6:00-8:00 pm, Perennial, 3762 S. Jefferson

See our newly completed Community Workshop + Store dedicated to creative reuse. Learn about upcoming programs, find out how to get involved, and check out all the resources we have available for you to create what you need from items that would otherwise be thrown away. Find out more about us here: Facebook Invite

Curby Church's Good Friday Service

Friday, April 14 at 7:00 pm, Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2621 Utah

All are welcome to attend the Good Friday Service. For more info, please contact Rev. Paula Cooper at 314-771-0242 or

Easter Eggstravaganza

Saturday, April 15 from 10:00-12:00 pm, Gravois Park, 3200 Potomac

Please join us for the 12th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza in Gravois Park! This free event is for children 0-12 years of age and they must be accompanied by an adult. This event is hosted by the Benton Park West and Gravois Park neighborhood associations. For more information, please visit our Events page or the Facebook Invite.

Curby Church Movie Watching: The Passion of the Christ

Saturday, April 15 at 11:30 am, Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2621 Utah

Curby's membership class will be viewing the movie “The Passion of the Christ”. Please join us – the more, the merrier. For more info, please contact Rev. Paula Cooper at 314-771-0242 or

BPW Dog Park Spring Fling: Season Opener

Saturday, April 15 from 12:30-3:00 pm, BPW Dog Park, 3300 Nebraska

Free admission/open house event at the dog park to celebrate warm weather and spring! Doggy Easter egg hunt at 12:30 pm; $5 donation to join the hunt. Donations are going to MaxStar Rescue. For more information, please visit our Events page or the Facebook Invite.

Curby Church's Easter Sunday Service

Sunday, April 16 at 10:30 am, Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2621 Utah

We will commemorate Holy Communion (The Last Supper) during our 10:30 AM worship service. We will also receive new members during the worship service. All are welcome! For more info, please contact Rev. Paula Cooper at 314-771-0242 or


  • 3rd and 4th District Police Officer Appreciation Luncheon, Tuesday, April 18 at 11:30 am, The Case Park Plaza Hotel, Khorassan Ballroom

  • Tax Sale Seminar, Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30 pm, Tower Grove Abbey, 2336 Tennessee

  • Cherokee Station Business Assocation (CSBA) Meeting, Thursday, April 20 at 5:30 pm, Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson

  • Benton Park West Neighborhood Association (BPWNA) Meeting, Thursday, April 20 at 7:00 pm, Five Start Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

  • BPW Spring Alley Clean Up, Saturday, April 22 - Your Alley!

  • 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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