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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, June 1-10, 2017

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

KaBOOM! Build Day

Thursday, June 1 from 8:30 am-2:30 pm, Gravois Park, 3200 Potomac

Gravois Park is getting a new playground and we need your help to make this happen! In one day, we'll build a new playground and other projects for the park. Youth are encouraged to attend as there will be activities for them including break dancing, yoga, Zumba, and more. 8:30 am is the opening ceremony and 2:30 pm is the ribbon cutting ceremony including talks from elected officials. Volunteers must be 18+ and will be provided breakfast, lunch and plenty of water. Gloves and other safety materials will be provided for the projects that need them. More details can be found at the Facebook Invite.

Cats N' Mats: Yoga with Ami Amore

Thursday, June 1 from 6:00-7:00 pm, Tenth Life, 3202 Cherokee

As you may know, 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. Facebook Invite

Sister Cities Cajun - Lunch Soft Open

Friday, June 2 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, Sister Cities Cajun and BBQ, 3550 S. Broadway

Will open with a limited menu for a lunch time soft opening. Po' Boysserved dressed with house made chips, fried chicken, BBQ cochon, fried shrimp, sauteed shrimp, fried catfish, appetizers: bayou house nacho and crawfish and crab cakes, +$2 sides (substitute for chips) seafood gumbo, dirty rice, fried potato salad, red beans and rice. Facebook Invite

Opening Reception: Dreamscapes

Friday, June 2 from 7:00-10:00 pm, South City Art Supply, 1926 Cherokee

Allison Sissom's "Dreamscapes" draw from charming, familiar material like children's books and nature magazines. But don’t mistake sweet for shallow! She painstakingly intertwines imposing natural spaces with intimate human moments. The effect is a moving contradiction between our powerlessness in the face of a vast universe and the certain meaning in a kind gesture. Allison has promised 50 pieces for this show, so we expect our 2nd floor to be thoroughly transformed! Don’t miss this opportunity to speak with the artist and dream along with her. We’ll have a dog or two, all the usual refreshments, and a few hours to relax into. Facebook Invite

McKinley Heights Neighborhood Garage Sale

Saturday, June 3 from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm, McKinley Classical Academy parking lot, Ann at Missouri

Got a basement full of things waiting to be sold at a garage sale? You're in luck, we're organizing one! Reserve a spot for only $15 for our June 3rd neighborhood garage sale by emailing​ Facebook Invite

Lost Treasures of St. Louis Slideshow and Book Signing

Saturday, June 3 from 12:00-5:00 pm, STL-Style, 3159 Cherokee

If you have a soft spot for St. Louis nostalgia, come and meet author/historian Cameron Collins and pick up his new book, Lost Treasures of St. Louis at a special engagement at STL-Style! Cameron will narrate a slideshow presentation and discuss his research and various points of interest featured in the book, and of course he'll autograph a copy just for you. It's a fascinating homage to beloved St. Louis businesses, landmarks and neighborhoods of days gone by, so bring the family (and a box of Kleenex)! Facebook Invite

Roland Burrow Solo Art Exhibit

Saturday, June 3 from 8:00 pm - 1:00 am, Blank Space, 2847 Cherokee

One year ago we had the genius Ro Tat at Blank Space! On June 3rd we'll host him again for Roland Burrow Solo Art Exhibit!! Bring it! New work, same talent! 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.

Laughter Club

Tuesdays 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

Celebrating 50 Years of Ministry

Sunday, June 4 from 3:00-5:00 pm, Curby Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2621 Utah

In this time of adaptive change, the Joint Neighborhood Ministry (JNM) board has made the difficult decision to cease the operation of the Food Pantry, the Full Circle rep-payee program, and the Matthew 25 utility assistance program effective May 31, 2017. JNM has faithfully served the most vulnerable in the Benton Park Neighborhood for fifty years! That is cause for celebration, even with the need to let go of what is. Many of our brothers and sisters in Christ have participated in this effort, too many people to name or even count in those fifty years. How many of God’s Beloved Children have been helped and in how many different ways in that time? We may never know the complete impact of JNM’s ministry. Facebook Invite

BPW Dog Park's Pool Party Yappy Hour

Thursday, June 8 from 5:00-7:00 pm, BPW Dog Park, 3300 Nebraska

Pool parties are back! We're adding yappy hour. Open event for everyone to come splash in the pools, have some cool drinks and enjoy the park! We'll have drinks and snacks available for cash donation to help support the park. Facebook Invite

Living with Bad Credit

Thursday, June 8 from 6:30-8:30 pm, South City Excel Center, 2828 Gravois

This FREE class is taught by Prosperity Connection Financial Coach, Evette Baker. This class talks about the importance of credit and how you can live life to the fullest while in the process of credit repair. Attendees will discuss the necessity of positive financial relationships and strategize ways to move forward. Please RSVP to as seating is limited. Facebook Invite

Third District Community Outreach Meeting

Thursday, June 8 at 7:00 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

Guest speaker: St. Louis Metro P.D. Community Engagement Unit. These meetings are an excellent opportunity to learn details about crimes and clearance rates in our community as well as voice concerns and discuss solutions. Please consider attending.

Pride and Prejudice Art Exhibit

Friday, June 9 from 7:00-9:00 pm, Thomas Dunn Learning Center, 3113 Gasconade

This art reception showcases artists from the LGBTQIA spectrum. Music poetry storytelling live art, dance and art on display that represents the struggle for equality. Visit for more info or contact Sonial at

Tipping Point

Friday, June 9 from 7:00-10:00 pm, Grease 3, 3214 Cherokee

Come see the opening of Meredith Cristal's "Tipping Point." Cristal is from Columbia, MO and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. There is a communal element to Cristal's work. Pieces are typically variable editions that relate, build and connect to one another and commonly consist of hard edges and defined shapes. She collects materials that are usually considered "leftover" pieces from a larger system, such as rubber bands from produce. She also collects shapes and lines from surrounding buildings using the positive and negative spaces in cityscapes to construct compositions. Facebook Invite

Introduction to Linocut with Cullen Curtis

Saturday, June 10 from 1:00-4:00 pm, South City Art Supply, 1926 Cherokee

We're so excited to host award-winning local printmaker Cullen Curtis for our very first workshop. Cullen's artwork is featured on Speedball's new printmaking pads, which each participant gets to take home courtesy of Speedball. (That's why the price for this workshop is so affordable—only $40 for a three hour class and a bunch of supplies to take home!)You'll learn the whole process of linocut printing, including cutting a linoleum block, preparing and rolling out printing ink, and creating beautiful prints on paper. We'll provide a few supplies for the whole class to share. For details and to register, please visit the Facebook Invite

Monthly Local Saxophonist Showcase #6: Chris Braig 3=1 Trio

Saturday, June 10 from 2:00-4:00 pm, Saxquest, 2114 Cherokee

For this showcase Chris Braig really wants to focus more on his pursuit of education and teaching Jazz. The 3=1 Trio will be performing from 2-3 pm and from 3-4 Chris Braig and the Trio will be working with students. PLEASE BRING YOUR INSTRUMENTS TO THIS SHOWCASE. Chris will be presenting his approaches to learning how to play Jazz from the books that he has written: Jazz Brain Training and Stacking the Saxophone. He will have books and CDs for sale. Facebook Invite

Planned Parenthood Benefit

Saturday, June 10 from 12:00 noon to midnight, San Loo, 3211 Cherokee

A full day of music, food and drinks with all proceeds benefiting Planned Parenthood. Featuring: Leah Osborne, Kelsey Oh, Jeff Williams (NIL8 acoustic), The Timmys, Jag-Wires, Grave Neighbors, Mire Giants, Dire Babe, Carondelet Guy, Stomachacher, Aiko Tsuchida +more to come! $10 suggested donation. 21+ after 8pm. Facebook Invite

9th Ward Assembly #5

Saturday, June 10 from 4:00-6:00 pm, Carnegie Playground, Indiana @ Utah

Please join us for 9th Ward Assembly #5 to hear from Elected Officials, and to learn more about organizations, opportunities and resources in and around the 9th Ward. Confirmed speakers:- Dan Guenther, 9th Ward Alderperson- Megan Ellyia Green, 15th Ward Alderperson (Vice Chair of the Missouri Democratic Party Platform Committee)- Bruce Franks, Jr., 78th District State Representative- a representative from St. Louis Workers' Education Society on the “Right-to-Work” Citizens’ Veto petition Facebook Invite


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


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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