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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, August 17-27, 2017

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

So Fresh, So Clean, So Creative South Side: Clean Up Training

Thursday, August 17 from 4:30 - 5:30 pm, DSCC Office, 4204 Virginia

Dutchtown South Community Corporation's So Fresh, So Clean, So Creative South Side initiative is hosting a training session on how to deal with the waste that often results from an eviction. City agencies will be on hand to discuss what to do when you have overfilled dumpsters and excessive or illegally dumped bulk items in your alley after an eviction on your block. Facebook Invite

Cherokee Station Business Association (CSBA) Meeting - CANCELED

Thursday, August 17 from 5:30-6:30 pm, Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson

There will be no CSBA meeting this month. It is customary for the association to skip a summer meeting, and the board has chosen to cancel the August meeting. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, September 21st, 5:30pm at Nebula..

Benton Park West Neighborhood Association Meeting

Thursday, August 17 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, August 19 from 9:00-10:00 am, Our Neighborhood Garden, 2802 Wyoming

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

VOYCE Young Professionals Board Trivia Night

Saturday, August 19 from 7:00-10:00 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

Join the VOYCE Young Professionals Board for an evening of trivia, games, and more! Buy a table of 8 for $160 or purchase individual tickets for $25 each (because of logistics, individual ticket sales are limited and first come first served). Doors open at 6 PM and trivia begins at 7 PM. Games, raffles and a silent auction will be held between rounds. This year's theme is Superheroes! Come dressed as your favorite superhero to win the title of Best Costume! Or, team up with your group and compete for Best Table Decorations! For more information and to reserve your table today, contact Ashley Averbeck at or (314) 919-2408. 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

ED Chat Dinner: The Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion

Tuesday, August 22 from 6:30-8:00 pm, DK Annex, 2727 S. Jefferson

Join ExpandED Equity Collaborative and The Social Synergy Project for dinner and dialogue. We will examine the business case for diversity and inclusion as it relates to education, entrepreneurship and leadership across community sectors. Facebook Invite

Auto Buying Workshop

Tuesday, August 22 from 6:30 pm, South City Excel Center, 2828 Gravois

Presented by Enterprise Car Sales, participants will learn the benefits of:*New vs. Used vehicles*Buying or leasing and which is the best*Find out what they can afford*Learn about other expenses, including insurance, maintenance and gas mileage. Please RSVP to as seating is limited. Facebook Invite

Clean Missouri Happy Hour

Wednesday, August 23 from 5:00-7:00 pm, Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson

Join us for a happy hour to meet the people leading a ballot initiative to make a change in Missouri politics and hear more about the proposed changes. Free beer from 4-Hands and a very short presentation at 6 pm. Facebook Invite

Artist's Trepanning

Thursday, August 24 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

Citizens Book Club: Her 37th Year, An Index

Friday, August 25 from 7:00-8:30 pm, The Luminary, 2701 Cherokee

Fiction. Women's Studies. HER 37TH YEAR, AN INDEX is the story of a year in one woman's life. Structured as an index, the work is a collage of excerpted conversations, letters, quotations, moments, and dreams. An exploration of longing and desire, the story follows a moment of crisis in a marriage and in the life of a woman who remains haunted by an unassimilable past. Facebook Invite

Grand Opening and Live concert by Miss Jubilee

Saturday, August 26 from 1:00-4:00 pm, Shock City School of Music, 2200 Gravois

This event is FREE and for all ages. To learn more about Shock City School of Music and their Grand Opening Celebration, visit our website and Take a tour of beautiful Shock City Studios (Professional Recording Studio) and School. Guests will enjoy a free concert, music instrument exploration, live music demonstrations, music crafts, and a chance to meet the teachers and recording audio engineers. Refreshments will be served, guests can enter for a chance to win cool stuff and free lessons, and most fun of all, a chance to sing in a professional sound booth! Facebook Invite

Prominent Sanctuary Presents, "First Solo Fashion Show"

Saturday, August 26 at 6:00 pm, DK Annex, 2727 S. Jefferson

Saint Louis Self-taught fashion designer, Kris Cole, presents her First Solo Fashion show for her new Spring/Summer 18'' Clothing collection. Her clothing brand name is Prominent Sanctuary which means being confident, comfortable, and secure with who you are and what you wear. Prominent Sanctuary has been featured on TV shows like The Great day Saint Louis and Show me Saint Louis a few times. After winning the 2015 Saint Louis Emerging Designer Competition, Cole has taken the Saint Louis fashion community by storm, participating in competitions across the metro area, including St. Louis Fashion week. Cole's designs are loved by women across the country, and have have been featured in Macy's and beyond. Facebook Invite

Avatar Music Festival

Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27, Various times and Cherokee Street locations

AMF-STL Brings you the first AVATAR Music Festival in St Louis this August 26th and 27th. $10 @ the door gets you into this amazing indoor festival hosted by none other than 2720, Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, Kismet, and the Artist Art Banquet, and will showcase tons of local musicians. For a list of acts, dates, etc, please visit the Facebook Invite

WES Vegan Potluck

Sunday, August 27 from 7:30-10:00 pm, St. Louis Workers' Education Society, 2929 S. Jefferson

Let's gather at WES headquarters again for an all vegan potluck.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 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


  • CBBA August Happy Hour, Monday, August 28 from 6:00-9:00 pm, Irish Corner Pub, 1900 Cherokee

  • Tenth Life Cats N' Mats Yoga with Ami Amore, Wednesday, September 6 from 6:00-7:00 pm, Tenth Life, 3202 Cherokee

  • Last Yappy Hour Pool Party, Thursday, September 7 from 6:00-8:00 pm, BPW Dog Park, Nebraska

  • Reclaim + Sustain: A Food and Farm Weekend, Saturday, September 9 from 12:00-7:00 pm, Thomas Dunn Learning Center, 3113 Gasconade

  • Habitat for Humanity Build Day at Marine Villa, Saturday, September 23 from 7:45 am-3:30 pm, 3436 Indiana


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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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