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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, May 18-27, 2017

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

Laughter Lunch

Thursday, May 18 from 12:00-1:00 pm, Thomas Dunn Learning Center, 3113 Gasconade

Looks like you could use a laugh and maybe something to nosh on? Join our Artist in Residence Sonial Slankard as we giggle, hoho, and haha once a month as we practice new techniques from laughter yoga and improv to reduce stress at this hilarious networking lunch. We hold Laughter Lunches the third Thursday of every month at 12:00 PM, and they cost a small cover charge of $5. Visit for more info or contact Sonial at

Artist's Trepanning

Thursday, May 18 from 5:00-11:00 pm, South City Art Supply, 1926 Cherokee

Open your skull and let the ink spill the third Thursday of every month at South City Art Supply. Bring your work, bring some beer, and enjoy the company of other artists while you relieve your head of evil spirits. All artists welcome. Facebook Invite

Cherokee Station Business Association Meeting

Thursday, May 18 from 5:30-6:30 pm, Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson

Cherokee Station Business Association Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm. All business owners, residents, property owners, and anyone with an interest in Cherokee are welcome and encouraged to attend. Facebook Invite

Benton Park West Neighborhood Association Meeting

Thursday, May 18 at 7:00 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

Please join us to hear the neighborhood news and have a chance in interact with your neighbors, 3rd District police, aldermen and NSO. We will review upcoming events and activities. For agenda items and other details, please visit our Events page or the Facebook Invite

Bike to Work Day

Friday, May 19

Let's make this Bike to Work Day our region's biggest one yet! Now that spring has sprung, get out your bike and ride to work on Friday, May 19. Plan your route, pack up your gear and no matter what, get out there and ride! We'll have over 20 stations throughout the Metropolitan Area to help make your journey to and from work as fun & safe as possible. View our stations map here:

Curby Church's Family Movie Night

Friday, May 19 at 7:00 pm, Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2621 Utah

Curby hosts a FREE Family Movie Night, of inspirational and encouraging movies, every 3rd Friday @ 7:00 pm with FREE popcorn, snacks and water. For more info 314-771-0242.

Benton Park West Litter Clean Up and Social Hour

Saturday, May 20, from 9:00-10:00 am, Community Garden, Jefferson at Arsenal

Help beautify our neighborhood and meet your neighbors! Each month we will be cleaning up a different area of our neighborhood. These clean up days will be the Saturday's following the BPW neighborhood meeting. Trash bags will be provided from Operation Bright Side. Feel free to bring gloves or anything else as needed. Everyone is welcome for any amount of time. Hope to see you Saturday morning! For more information, please visit our Events page.

Nebula Garage Sale

Saturday, May 20 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson

Huge sale! Desks, chairs, misc furniture, artwork, electronics, choir gowns and lots more.We'll post photos and a partial list of items closer to the sale date. Free parking in the lot next to Byrd & Barrel. Enter through the garage door off the alley behind Nebula. Facebook Invite


Saturday, May 20 from 1:00-7:00 pm, Various locations along Cherokee

IndiHop is celebrating its 6th year in The Grove and on Cherokee Street. With a purchased ticket, participants receive a tasting glass and the opportunity to sample 50 different locally brewed and crafted beers. Sample beer inside twenty five businesses in each neighborhood. Shuttles transport folks between neighborhoods and local musicians entertain at each stop. IndiHop is St. Louis’ only community building beer festival in two neighborhoods! Buy your tickets here:

Monthly Local Saxophonist Showcase: #5 Featuring Hugh Jones

Saturday, May 20 from 2:00-4:00 pm, Saxquest, 2114 Cherokee

Local Saxophonist and Educator Hugh Jones has been one of the most in demand saxophonists in the St. Louis area for over 20 years now. Hugh has performed multiple times on saxophone with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, sometimes as a soloist. This is a free event and for a list of upcoming artists, please visit the Facebook Invite

Under One Roof: A Gala Benefit for Peter & Paul Community Services

Saturday, May 20 from 6:00-11:00 pm, Peter & Paul Community Services, 2612 Wyoming

Join us for a special evening of delectable food and engaging entertainment at our annual gala dinner, Under One Roof. Featuring a three-course dinner by Westwood Catering, the evening includes Silent and Live auctions, and performance by Soul & Motown singers Vince Martin & Dawn Turlington. For a schedule, ticket info, etc, please visit the Facebook Invite

Lo-Fi Cherokee 2017 Premiere Party

Saturday, May 20 from 8:00-11:00 pm, RKDE, 2720 Cherokee

Join us at RKDE/2720 for the premiere of the 2017 batch of Lo-Fi Cherokee videos. We'll screen all 18 videos from the event in public for the first time anywhere. It'll be a great night of celebration of all the effort that went in to making this thing happen. We'll have a couple of surprises too! Hope to see you all there! $5 in advance if you aren't in a band or in the crew or $10 at the door. 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.

Benton Park Concert Series Kick Off: The Mighty Pines

Sunday, May 21 from 3:00-5:00 pm, Benton Park, 2200 Arsenal

The Mighty Pines will be filling the park with music .... bring a picnic lunch with you and grab beer and soda at the Hospitality Tent!!!! 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.

Marine Villa Neighborhood Meeting

Monday, May 22 at 7:00 pm, Irish Corner Pub, 1900 Cherokee

The general MVNA meeting is being replaced with a special session put on by the Crime and Safety committee. All adults are welcome and you do not need to be a member of the Crime and Safety committee or Facebook group to attend. Please note that crime and safety issues may be discussed that are not appropriate for children.The normally scheduled MVNA general meetings will continue next month. This meeting will have a review of common issues with input from attendees and presentations from select city representatives. Please come to this meeting with what you feel are your top two or three major safety issues/concerns.There will be a form at the meeting so we can aggregate and focus on common and critical issues and start making trackable and noticeable changes within our neighborhood.We look forward to seeing you and tackling issues together! Facebook Invite

Community Open House - South City Wealth Accumulation Center

Tuesday, May 23 from 4:00-6:30 pm, South City Wealth Accumulation Center, 2828 Gravois

Prosperity Connection is hosting a Community Open House in the Benton Park West neighborhood—at our brand new South City Wealth Accumulation Center (WAC). We would love for you to join us! Enjoy snacks, light refreshments and balloon art for the kids. Learn more about Prosperity Connection and St. Louis Community Credit Union.Free & open to all. See you there! Facebook Invite

Laughter Club

Tuesday, May 23 from 6:00-7:00 pm, Thomas Dunn Learning Center, 3113 Gasconade

This is a meet up practicing laughter as a tool to reduce stress. It is without charge and lasts from 6:00 - 7:00 PM on Tuesdays. Visit for more info or contact Sonial at

Books, Boobs, & Booze

Friday, May 26 from 7:00 pm to 1:00 am, STL-Style, 3159 Cherokee

It's a book signing, a burlesque show, and a reason to drink! Well be kicking things off with a meet and greet happy hour with St. Louis based author Amanda Doyle. After that get settled for a shaky ride with a burlesque variety show. 18+ $10 suggested donation. Facebook Invite

*Thursday May 18 is the last day to purchase Cardinals tickets!


  • KaBOOM! Prep Day 1, Tuesday, May 30, Gravois Park, 3200 Potomac

  • KaBOOM! Prep Day 2, Wednesday, May 31, Gravois Park, 3200 Potomac

  • KaBOOM! Build Day, Thursday, June 1 from 8:30 am-2:30 pm, Gravois Park, 3200 Potomac

  • Fair St. Louis - Beverage Booth Fundraiser, Sunday, July 2 from 1:00-10:00 pm, Forest Park


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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