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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, June 29-July 8, 2017

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

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

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

FREE Mommy & Me Toddler Musics Class

Saturday, July 1 at 10:00 am, Shock City School of Music, 2200 Gravois

Calling Parents of Toddlers! We will be hosting a FREE demo on our Young Musician 18 month-3 year "Mommy & Me" class. Any parent or caregiver may accompany their little one, as this is not limited to moms only. Space for this event is very limited. Please call or text to register for this event to reserve your spot! The school phone number is 314-750-9395. 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.

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.

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

Pool Party and Yappy Hour

Thursday, July 6 from 6:00-8:00 pm, BPW Dog Park, 3300 Nebraska

Our first yappy hour was a blast! don't miss out! 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

Opening Reception: I'll nest here for now

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

“i’ll nest here for now” is a joyously whimsical, immersive celebration of nursing purpose from the casually discarded. We're very excited to host our first-ever art installation in July. Local artist and Lindenwood University art instructor CHRISTINA GREGOR will transform our atrium gallery space with a brand-new, site-specific, multimedia artwork. Other prints and merchandise will also be available for sale. Facebook Invite

Antique Row Art Show and Sale

Saturday, July 8 from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, Cherokee Street - Antique Row

Show Casing Local Artist: Mark Swain, Rich Brooks, Henry Paskowicz, Paul Webb, Saxophonist Jacob Johnson, & many more. Facebook Invite

Test Shot 2

Saturday, July 8 from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, DK Annex, 2727 S. Jefferson

Grab your camera and someone to shoot (or meet a few at the event) to get photos to expand your portfolio. Connect and learn tips from other photographers that will help improve your craft. Bring your own equipment / props. Black backdrop provided. Not a photograher? You are invited to come to get your photo taken by area photograhers for headshots, family photos, engagment pic, or just for fun! Additional photography fees are at the discretion of each photographer. Tickets: $25 per person or $30 per person at the door. Each ticket includes one complementary digital photo. Facebook Invite

An Evening of Acoustic Punk & Hardcore Covers to Benefit The Spot

Saturday, July 8 at 8:00 pm, San Lou, 3211 Cherokee

"Supporting Positive Opportunities for Teens" The Spot offers free medical and social services to people ages 13-24. This includes anything from getting back in school or starting contraception, to addressing a mental illness or seeking care for HIV. Join us at San Loo for an evening of acoustic covers of punk and hardcore songs. Facebook Invite


  • 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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