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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, June 22-July 1, 2017

Fair St. Louis - Volunteer for our largest fundraiser!

Sunday, July 2, 2017, Forest Park - Top of Art Hill

One of our biggest fundraisers is Fair Saint Louis, which is July 2-4th in Forest Park. Enjoy a night of music, topped off with a spectacular fireworks display. Benton Park West will host a booth on Sunday July 2. Help BPW by volunteering to work one or shifts selling beer, soda, and water. To volunteer, please complete the SignUp Genius by clicking here.

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

STL DSA General Meeting and Potluck

Thursday, June 22 from 6:30-9:30 pm, St. Louis Workers' Education Society, 2929 S. Jefferson

This will be our annual officer elections, and in celebration of our chapter's first elections, we will be having a potluck before the meeting, at 6:30pm. The meeting and potluck are both open to everyone (members and non-members), so please feel free to invite your friends and family! Agenda (Click Here)

Please note that our bylaws require a member to have attended two previous meetings to be eligible to vote. Facebook Invite

PrideFest 20176: Community Proud

Friday, June 23 - Sunday, June 25, Soldiers' Memorial

Join us for the 38th annual St. Louis PrideFest celebration, with over a quarter-million attendees. Enjoy a weekend packed with entertainment on two stages, hundreds of vendors, a plethora of excellent food options, libations and fun as well as St. Louis' second largest annual parade. Visit or our Facebook Invite for more details.

Operation Blitz Cleanup in Marine Villa

Saturday, June 24-June 30 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Marine Villa (Dumpster at 1910 Chippewa)

Marine Villa is having a blitz cleanup and will be staging a large dumpster at 1910 Chippewa for all trash to be dumped in. We hope to have the dumpster for 1 week, but not sure if we will so, we would like the major thrust to be on the 24th & 25th. We will be providing trash bags that you can pick up at the dumpster site in the AM. You can leave them at the end of your alley for pick up or you can bring them to the large dumpster. Please let us know that you have left them there, so we can take care of them. If you have a large amount of tree limbs, please pile in one area of your alley and a chipper will be coming through the following week to take care of them. Please fill out the survey form if you have an alley that needs work or if you would like to volunteer. WE CAN DO IT!!! Any questions, please call 314.539.1142 Facebook Invite

Tower Grove PRIDE

Saturday, June 24 from 12:00-8:00 pm, Ritz Park, 3147 S. Grand

Join us at Ritz Park where we'll have over 85 vendors along South Grand, Hartford, and Juniata Streets. Please support the local businesses and non-profits that make the fest possible! This year we'll have more entertainment that ever before! For a list of acts, food & drink, please visit the Facebook Invite

Living a Balanced Life

Saturday, June 24 from 2:00-5:00 pm, DK Annex, 2727 S. Jefferson

L.I.F.E. Living In Freedom Everyday PRESENTS "Living A Balanced Life" ~Women's Empowerment Conference~ Join us for an Inspirational Movement! Guest Speakers, Topics on Mental and Physical Health, Lunch and Special Gift Included. Tickets are $20. For more info or to purchase a ticket, please visit the Facebook Invite

Belly Dance with Nisaa's Student Hafla

Saturday, June 24 from 6:00-9:00 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

Students, join your classmates for an evening of dancing and socializing! This is an opportunity for Nisaa's current and former students to get together, socialize, and perform in an informal setting. This event is by and for students ONLY! For more information, please visit the Facebook Invite

Craft + Cocktails with Perennial

Saturday, June 24 from 6:30-8:30 pm, Perennial, 3762 S. Broadway

Hey STL! This Saturday, we have another Crafts & Cocktails event with the upcycling experts from Perennial. This time we're making key or jewelry holders, leather koozies, and (of course) mixing up a craft cocktail. It's the perfect date night idea! Grab your sweetie and register through the link below. At this date-night or friend gathering event, you’ll learn to stir up a tasty spin on the calvados sour and two handmade classy accessories for your bar and home. #DoYouDabble 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

Public Forum: Citizens Advisory Committee on Hiring a Police Chief

Tuesday, June 27 from 6:00-8:00 pm, International Institute of St. Louis, 3401 Arsenal

The Citizens Advisory Committee wants to hear from you! Mayor Krewson appointed the committee to provide input and guidance as the City of St. Louis hires a Police Chief. The Committee has asked to seek wide public input as it begins its work. Visit for more information.

Slainte! Benefit for Peter & Paul Community Services

Thursday, June 29 from 11:00 am - Friday, June 30 at 1:00 am, McGurk's Irish Pub, 1200 Russell

"Slainte!" is Irish for "Good Health!" and is held in the summer each year, thanks to the generosity of our friends at John D. McGurk's in Soulard. Come for the food and drink, and stay for the Irish music, as 100% of the proceeds from the night support Peter & Paul Community Services. Reservations are highly recommended - call (314) 776-8309! Facebook Invite


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

  • Pool Party and Yappy Hour, Thursday, July 6 from 6:00-8:00 pm, BPW Dog Park, 3300 Nebraska

  • Antique Row Art Show and Sale, Saturday, July 8 from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, Cherokee Street - Antique Row

  • Benton Park West NA Board Meeting, Monday, July 10 at 6:30 pm, Five Star Senior Center

  • Benton Park West Neighborhood Association Meeting, Thursday, July 20 from 7:00-9:00 pm, Fiver Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal


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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