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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, June 8-17, 2017

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

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

HUDZ 1st Public Hearing on Incentive Reform

Thursday, June 8 from 6:30-8:00 pm, Ascension Lutheran Church, 5347 Donovan (Fellowship Hall)

Why is this pubic hearing important? This is the first of two scheduled public hearings before the HUDZ committee of the Board of Aldermen, chaired by Alderman Joe Roddy (17th). The hearings are billed as an opportunity for the public to discuss the proposed interim policy on development incentives. Voice your opinion on how the city should support housing and economic development. What would benefit your community? 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

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.

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

Gravois Park Neighborhood Meeting

Tuesday, June 13 at 6:00 pm, 3353 California (former Jefferson Bank Building)

Come out and meet your neighbors, get involved and be informed! Senator Jamilah Nasheed will be in attendance and will give us an update on her work in Jefferson City now that the 1st regular session of the 99th general assembly has completed. 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

Quarterly Lunch: CBBA 2017 Membership Kick-Off

Wednesday, June 14 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Sister Cities Cajun & BBQ

Join the Chippewa Broadway Business Association for its Quarterly Lunch & Networking event. This is our first lunch of 2017! We'll celebrate our new and renewing members and loop everyone into CBBA's plans for the coming year. Facebook Invite

Branding While Broke

Wednesday, June 14 at 6:00 pm, DK Annex, 2727 S. Jefferson

Branding is no easy feat whether branding a company or branding yourself personally. There's logo design, website creation and a million other things. And all these things come with a million different fees. Expensive fees or so you think. Join Keisha Mabry, the NBMBAA and DK Annex on June 14th to learn how to cut cost not quality when branding. They will share six creative techniques so head on over to to reserve your seat! Facebook Invite


  • Cherokee Station Business Association Meeting, Thursday, June 15 from 5:30-6:30 pm, Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson

  • Benton Park West Neighborhood Association Meeting, Thursday, June 15 from 7:00-9:00 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

  • 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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