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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, July 27-August 6, 2017

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

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

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

National Night Out

Tuesday, August 1 at 6:00 pm, Our Neighborhood Garden, 2802 Wyoming

Enjoy the night out with the whole family. Get together with friends, family and Neighbors. This FREE event will include food, games, and special guests. Bring your lawn chairs and have fun getting to know your neighbors! BYOB. Questions? Contact Scott McIntosh, BPWNA President at 314-719-6507 or For more details, please visit our Events page or the Facebook Invite

Tenth Life Cats N' Mats Yoga

Wednesday, August 2 from 6:00-7:00 pm, Tenth Life, 3202 Cherokee

This is a completely open-level yoga class. You only need a mat and a love of cats to participate! And we have a couple of mats if you don't have one. Curious kitties will be meandering about whilst we get our stretch on. This class is meant to be fun and nourishing to our bodies and souls while helping Tenth Life give cats the lives they deserve!Tickets are available for just $15 each!**$10 of every ticket purchased goes directly to Tenth Life. Just $5 is paid to our instructor. Facebook Invite

BPW Dog Park Yappy Hour and Pool Party

Thursday, August 3 from 6:00-8:00 pm, BPW Dog Park, 3300 Nebraska

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

3rd Annual Shrimp Boil

Thursday, August 3 from 6:00-8:00 pm, Byrd & Barrel, 3422 S. Jefferson

They say 3rd time's a charm....well we're extremely excited to announce Saint Louis Hop Shop's 3rd Annual Shrimp Boil @ Byrd & Barrel featuring beers from 4 Hands Brewing Company. This Shrimp Boil is an Official St. Louis Craft Beer Week event and 1 of most exciting events we host all year. If you like sea food and sour beers don't miss your chance to try special made shrimp & andouille platters boiled in Passion Fruit Prussia & the rare tapping of Blueberry Passion Fruit Prussia! There will also be live music! NOTE: This event is kid friendly. Facebook Invite

Scott Pilgram Vs. The World Live Show and Screening

Thursday, August 3 from 7:00-11:55 pm, Bomb Door, Texas at Cherokee

Celebrate the awesomeness of Edgar Wright's SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD with a live performance and screening in the Bomb Door backyard on August 3! A band (featuring Brian McClelland, Katie Lindhurst, Alex McClelland, Sister Wizzard, Mic Boshans, Joe Taylor, and more) will be playing soundtrack stuff at 9 pm, followed by a screening of the film at 9:30 pm. Free and BYOB and stuff. Costumes encouraged! Facebook Invite

Nebula Free First Friday

Friday, August 4 from 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Nebula, 3401 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: Paintings and Crap by Rob Syers

Friday, August 4 from 7:00-10:00 pm, South City Art Supply, 1926 Cherokee

You could know Rob Syers from a million places. You may have seen his character Gumballhead the Cat on SKiN GRAFT Records releases, as a weekly strip in the Chicago Reader, and even on your beer bottle. Maybe you've seen him in his natural habitat, smoking outside a bar somewhere picking a fight with some goon.At this solo exhibition you'll find paintings, prints, comics, nudity, beer, the yellow cat, and also a dog or two. Bring your worst attitude and a hot date. Facebook Invite

Community and Resource Fair: Bringing Peace to the Streets

Saturday, August 5 from 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, Last Days Apostalic Church, 3311 Pennsylvania

See flyer below for details.

Marquette Community Day

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

Marquette Park will host a Back to School Community Day. FREE food and beverages, loaded book bags, haircuts, tutor and educational program enrollment, games and entertainment. $1 raffle tickets for gift cards. Concert from 5-7 pm. Facebook Invite


  • Introduction to Networking for Entrepreneurs, Wednesday, August 9 from 5:30-8:00 pm, DK Annex, 2727 S. Jefferson

  • 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

  • ED Chat Dinner: The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion, Tuesday, August 22 from 6:30-8:00 pm, DK Annex, 2727 S. Jefferson

  • Citizens Book Club: Her 37th Year, An Index, Friday, August 25 from 7:00-8:30 pm, The Luminary, 2701 Cherokee


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