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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, April 27-May 6, 2017

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

WES Vegan Potluck

Saturday, April 29 from 7:00-10:00 pm, St. Louis Workers' Education Society, 2929 S. Jefferson

Back by popular demand! 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. Special guests TBA! 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.

Community Clothing Swap

Sunday, April 30 from 1:00-3:00 pm, Perennial, 3762 S. Jefferson

Each clothing swap is set-up like a department store (all shirts in one spot, all pants in another, etc.). You bring clothes you no longer want (but are still in fine shape) and take home new-to-you items from the swap. All proceeds benefit Perennial's educational programs.A BIG thank you to Dogtown Pizza for donating their delicious cookies for the event! Enjoy a sweet snack while you shop. DOOR FEE:$10 (with clothes to swap) or $15 (empty handed). Facebook Invite

Collage Party: TRASH hosted by The Moon Zine

Sunday, April 30 from 3:00-7:00 pm, South City Art Supply

Join The Moon Zine in collaging our TRASH issue at South City Art Supply! There will be magazines, glue sticks, crayons, and Stags, but please BYO Scissors. The Moon Zine is a St. Louis-based zine that started in 2015. Issues are free, monthly, and usually themed. Along with submitted content, the Moon Zine welcomes the community to collage the blank pages of each issue, making every zine one-of-a-kind. We ♥ collaboration - all are welcome, invite your friends!You're free to create any sort of collages you want, but please no hate. Keep it nice. 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.

Cats N' Mats: Yoga with Ami Amore

Wednesday, May 3 from 6:00-7:00 pm, Tenth Life, 3202 Cherokee

Up to 15 cats and kittens reside at Tenth Life's home-like storefront while they await their forever homes. 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. Tickets are available for a donation of just $10 or more! Facebook Invite

Gravois-Jefferson Historic Neighborhoods Plan - Public Meeting

Wednesday, May 3 from 6:30-8:00 pm, Dunn Marquette Rec Center, 4025 Minnesota

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 about neighborhood-level topics like business development, street corridors, environmental issues, and more!This is the third and final topic for Gravois-Jefferson public working meetings. After this, we will be hosting a plan draft presentation and a final plan presentation this summer! Facebook Invite

Art is the Only Way to Run Away Without Leaving Home

Thursday, May 4 from 5:00-7:00 pm, South Broadway Art Project, 3816 S. Broadway

TAP Teen Apprentices are having a show of their NEW work in the SBAP Gallery showcasing Ceramic Sculpture and Pottery. Teens are also hosting an Empty Bowls Fundraiser to raise money for homeless Syrian Refugees, and will be accepting donations for beautiful hand-made bowls and cups filled with delicious food and drinks! Facebook Invite

Cherokee Street Cinco de Mayo Festival

Saturday, May 6 from 11:00am - 10:00 pm, Cherokee between Nebraska and Jefferson

An annual tradition, with a long history, Cinco De Mayo: A Cherokee Street Festival has evolved into a celebration of community and one of the largest and most diverse festivals in the St. Louis area. The festival will pack Cherokee Street with people enjoying authentic food, drinks, music, entertainment. We strive to support as many artists as possible through this event, focusing on diverse talent that reflects the attendees and multicultural backgrounds of the artists and residents that are a part of this community. Facebook Invite


  • Manmade Presents: A Vintage Pop-Up Shop, Sunday, May 7 from 3:00-7:00 pm, Wesminster Press, 3156 Cherokee

  • Gravois Park Block Link Neighborhood Meeting, Tuesday, May 9 at 6:30 pm, 3353 California

  • Cherokee Station Business Association Meeting, Thursday, May 18 from 5:30-6:30 pm, Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson

  • Benton Park West Neighborhood Association Meeting, Thursday, May 18 at 7:00 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

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

  • Marine Villa Neighborhood Meeting, Monday, May 22 at 7:00 pm, Irish Corner Pub, 1900 Cherokee

  • Kaboom! Build Day, Thursday, June 1, Gravois Park, 3200 Potomac


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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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