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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, July 20-30, 2017

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

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

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.

Chippewa Broadway Business Association July Happy Hour

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

Join CBBA for our monthly happy hour, and find out what's new in your business community! Meet local business owners, learn more about joining the CBBA, and network with folks in the 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

Nebula Happy Hour

Wednesday, July 26 from 4:00-6:00 pm, Fortune Teller Bar, Cherokee

Back to School Budgeting

Thursday, July 27 from 6:30-8:30 pm, South City Excel Center, 2828 Gravois

This class will equip participants with the tools to create a back to school budget, tricks to stick to it, and tools to reduce the stress of the back to school season. Please RSVP to as seating is limited. Facebook Invite

3rd Annual Temporal Cities:Blanket Fort Festival

Saturday, July 29 from pm Benton Park, 1:00-7:00 pm, 3100 S. Jefferson

BPNA and Spore Projects Present: Temporal Cities 3rd Annual Blanket Fort Festival, an interactive playscape built by neighbors, artists, and YOU! FREE & Family Friendly. For more details, please visit

If I had a Hammer: An Art Fundraiser for ArchCity Defenders

Saturday, July 29 from 7:00-10:00 pm, Untitled Fine Art, 2920 Cherokee

“If I Had a Hammer” is an art fundraiser in support of ArchCity Defenders’ efforts to transform the criminal legal system in collaboration with local organizers. Inspired by ArchCity Defenders’ commitment to ending systemic abuses in the legal system through filing cash bail and debtors’ prison lawsuits, representing clients, and supporting the movement that grew out of Ferguson, local blacksmith Mike Schmidt began hand-forging provocative and political pieces that critique modern reinventions of slavery, racism, and oppression. Facebook Invite

Scene Differently Photography by Ron W.

Saturday, July 29 from 7:00-9:00 pm, Drew Henry Salon & Gallery, 2309 Cherokee

Ron W is a St. Louis based photographer producing work in a wide range of genres including dance, fine art and portraiture. Scene Differently is the exploration of how Ron captures scenes through his own interpretation of how he see's that subject matter. A location, structure, person or object that people may recognize, but when lit a certain way, or captured at a different angle or time of day etc the subject matter takes on a very different look and mood, and many times can be rendered unrecognizable, or “scene differently”. Facebook Invite

WES Vegan Potluck

Saturday, July 29 from 7:00-10:00 pm, St. Louis Workers' Education Society, 2929 S. Jefferson

We've hosted nearly two dozen vegan potluck events, where community members have shared their successes, challenges, and project updates. WES members also report back to the community what we have been up to. This time, there will be a special educational presentation from Niles about effective advocacy that cross-cuts veganism, racial solidarity, workers' rights, health, and environmentalism. This event is free, all ages, LGBTQIA+ and Disabilities welcoming, and DRUG AND ALCOHOL FREE. All food must be vegan! Please bring a dish to share, and as always, be welcome to donate to sustain our efforts.Facebook Invite


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

  • 3rd Annual Shrimp Boil, Thursday, August 3 from 6:00-8:00 pm, Byrd & Barrel, 3422 S. Jefferson

  • Marquette Community Day, Saturday, August 5 at 11:00 am, Marquette Recreation Center, 4025 Minnesota

  • Gravois-Jefferson Draft Plan Summit, Thursday, August 10 from 4:00-8:00 pm, TBD

  • Praise in the Park, Sunday, August 13 from 3:00-6:00 pm, Benton Park, 3100 S. Jefferson


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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