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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, July 13-22, 2017

*On-site registration only for the 4th Annual CSR Art Camp. Ages 7 - 15 may participate. Send questions to

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

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

Monthly Local Saxophonist Showcase #7 Featuring Kendrick Smith

Saturday, July 15 from 2:00-4:00 pm, Saxquest, 2114 Cherokee

We are very excited to present Kendrick Smith for this months Local Monthly Saxophonist Showcase. Kendrick has been on the rise here in St. Louis for several years now, and is definitely one of our favorite local Alto players. He is also one the only guys we know of who is playing a straight alto full time. 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.

Cointelpro Think Tank

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

Join the Black Tax Collective and the People's Pan Afrikan Movement as we celebrate the birthday of Assata Shakur by having a Think Tank centered around Cointelpro (Counter Intelligence Program). The Think Tank will include hands on workshops that point out tactics of cointelpro from 50 years ago and how the tactics still impact us today. This Think Tank is a must attend for anyone serious about empowering the Black community. 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

Artist's Trepanning

Thursday, July 20 from 5:00-10:00 pm, South City Art Supply, 1926 Cherokee

Open your skull and let the ink spill the third Thursday of every month at South City Art Supply. Bring your work, bring some beer, and enjoy the company of other artists while you relieve your head of evil spirits. All artists welcome. Facebook Invite

Cherokee Station Business Association (CSBA) Meeting

Thursday, July 20 from 5:30-6:30 pm, Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson

Cherokee Station Business Association Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm. All business owners, residents, property owners, and anyone with an interest in Cherokee are welcome and encouraged to attend. Facebook Invite

Benton Park West Neighborhood Association Meeting

Thursday, July 20 from 7:00-9:00 pm, Fiver Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

Please join us to hear the neighborhood news and have a chance in interact with your neighbors, 3rd District police, aldermen and NSO. We will review upcoming events and activities. For agenda items and other details, please visit our Events page or the Facebook Invite

BPW Litter Clean Up and Social Hour

Saturday, July 22, 9:00-10:00 am, 1 Nite Stand, 2800 Ohio Ave

Help beautify our neighborhood and meet your neighbors! Each month we will be cleaning up a different area of our neighborhood. These clean up days will be the Saturday's following the BPW neighborhood meeting. Trash bags will be provided from Operation Bright Side. Feel free to bring gloves or anything else as needed. Everyone is welcome for any amount of time. Events Page

Lemp Brewery Bottling Plant Investigation

Saturday, July 22 from 11:00 pm - 2:00 am, Lemp Bottling Plant, Cherokee

Only 13 tickets will be sold to this event. To make a reservation, go to or call (618) 340-5526. This event listing will remain until sold out. Facebook Invite


  • 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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