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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, July 6-15, 2017

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

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

Nebula's Free First Friday

Friday, July 7 from 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson

Take a break from home or the coffee shop & drop-in to work with us in the Big Room or our new work space, The Attic. With modern furnishings, a variety of work spaces, lots of natural light, exposed brick, and a clear view of the arch, the Attic is the perfect place to get things done. The Big Room has private work stations, a conference table, & pool table - a great spot for an afternoon meeting!We’ll have bagels from Gooseberries and Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Co. coffee while they last.Free and open to the public! 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

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.

Bastille Day 2017

Sunday, July 10 from 12:00-7:00 pm, Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion, 3352 DeMenil

Cost is $5 to get into the event. Regency will perform at 2:30 pm. Facebook Invite

Benton Park West NA Board Meeting

Monday, July 10 at 6:30 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

Please join us to hear the details of all committee activities and have input to board decisions concerning your neighborhood. Often perspective business owners will present their plans to us and seek a letter of support. You have the opportunity to ask questions, voice your opinion, and vote for or against a letter of support. All residents, business men and women, developers, landlords and other friends are welcome.

Gravois Park Neighborhood Meeting

Tuesday, July 11 at 6-7:30 pm, 3353 California (former Jefferson Bank Bldg)

Come out and meet your neighbors, get involved and be informed! 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

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

Nimble Arts: Intro to Teaching Aerials

Thursday, July 13 - Monday, July 17 from 9:00 am - 4 :00 pm, Bumbershoot Aerial Arts, 2200 Gravois

This 34-hour introduction to teaching skill progressions for beginning tricks on trapeze and aerial fabric also includes segments on learning styles, spotting techniques, injury prevention, basic rigging concepts, equipment maintenance, and class management skills. Open to anyone age 16+ who is interested in learning to teach children and adults at summer camps, schools, gymnastics programs, or circus schools. Basic experience in aerial fabric required (see workshop registration page for more specifics). Facebook Invite

Pitfalls of Payday Lending & Other Predatory Companies

Saturday, July 15 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, South City Excel Center, 2828 Gravois

This class will discuss the actual cost of payday lending and the effects it has on the consumer, and discuss the predatory lending laws and current events. The class will focus on the different types of predatory lenders and how they actually work. Lastly, it will provide the participants with alternatives to predatory lending and companies. Please RSVP here as seating is limited. Facebook Invite

Summer Poetry Reading with Garvey, Hutton, Lively, Stallings

Saturday, July 15 from 2:00-4:00 pm, Reese Gallery, 3410 Wisconsin

Reese Gallery Reading with PAMELA GARVEY + SUNNI HUTTON + SUSAN "Spit-fire" LIVELY + MK STALLINGS. Doors at 1 | readings at 2 | doors close at 4. Facebook Invite


  • Wiener N' Schnitzel, Sunday, July 16 from 12:00-4:00 pm, German Cultural Society, 3652 S. Jefferson

  • Cointelpro Think Tank, Sunday, July 16 from 6:00-9:00 pm, Yeyo Arts, 2907 S. Jefferson

  • Cherokee Station Business Association (CSBA) Meeting, Thursday, July 20 from 5:30-6:30 pm, Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson

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

  • CBBA July Happy Hour, Monday, July 24 from 6:00-9:00 pm, Irish Corner Pub, 1900 Cherokee

  • National Night Out, Tuesday, August 1 at 6:00 pm, Our Neighborhood Garden, 2802 Wyoming


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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