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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, September 21-October 1, 2017

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

So Fresh, So Clean, So Creative: Cleaning Up Vacants

Thursday, September 21 from 4:30-5:30 pm, Dutchtown South Community Corp, 4204 Virginia

Join us at the DSCC office on Thursday, September 21st for the next #SoFreshSoCleanSoCreative training session! This month we'll discuss cleaning up vacant lots and properties, and how to deal with a City owned lot versus a privately owned lot. Facebook Invite

Cherokee Station Business Association (CSBA) Meeting

Thursday, September 21 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

First Annual WEST Awards

Friday, September 22 from 6:30-10:00 pm, St. Louis Workers' Education Society, 2929 S. Jefferson

WES is committed to on-going worker-education with a special focus on the intersection of workers’ rights, racial justice, sexual and gender-minority rights and disabilities empowerment. To this end, we are proud to announce the recipient of the first ever WES Awards, Professor Gerald Horne. This will be a dinner awards ceremony held at our meeting hall (2929 S. Jefferson). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program starts at 7 p.m. For more details, please visit the Facebook Invite

Scott Pilgrim vs The World Live Show and Screening!

Friday, September 22 at 8:00 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 September 22! A band (featuring Brian McClelland, Katie Lindhorst, Alex McClelland, Paige Brubeck, Matt F. Basler, Sister Wizzard, Mic Boshans, Audrey Morris, and more) will be playing soundtrack stuff at 8 pm, followed by a screening of the film at 8:30 pm. Free and BYOB and All Ages and stuff. Cosplay encouraged! The Bomb Door is on the northeast corner of Texas/Cherokee. Enter the lot behind the building, off of Texas, just north of Cherokee. Street parking only. Facebook Invite

Habitat for Humanity Build Day at Marine Villa

Saturday, September 23 from 7:45 am-3:30 pm, 3436 Indiana

Attention Young Professionals and Women Build: It's time for our first build day of the year! Better late than never, right? This is a FULL-DAY of volunteering. Volunteers should arrive by 7:45 for check-in and can expect to stay until 3:30 pm or sooner, depending on the day's work progress and weather. Don't forget to bring your lunch and snacks if you need them, along with your refillable water bottle. Leaving the build site is not permitted. Come dressed to work -- and to get dirty! Sunscreen is highly recommended, so be sure to bring some with you. Sign up by visiting the link above and act fast! Volunteer slots are first come, first serve.For questions or concerns, please email Community Engagement Coordinator, Amy Determan, at 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.

CBBA September Happy Hour

Monday, September 25 from 6:00-7:00 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. This month we're encouraging business to fill out our 2017 CBBA Survey! We're gathering information to help us communicate with you smoothly and find out what you'd like the CBBA to focus on in the coming year. Facebook Invite

Marine Villa Neighborhood Association Meeting and 2018 Board Nominations

Monday, September 25 from 7:00-8:00 pm, Irish Corner Pub, 1900 Cherokee

Come join us for our September general meeting where we will be taking active members nominations for the 2018 Marine Villa Board. Facebook Invite

The Future of Love Bank Park

Monday, September 25 from 7:00-9:00 pm, Spacebuster, 2857 Cherokee

Join in a discussion on "The Future of Love Bank Park" inside Spacebuster —a nomadic, inflatable community structure created by architecture collective Raumlaborberlin , a project supported in St. Louis by Pulitzer Arts Foundation. We will host discussions and creative activities inside spacebuster to envision and discuss the future of Love Bank Park and will be projecting architectural drawings of proposed plans of the park. 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

Crash Course - Learn JavaScript

Tuesday, September 26 from 6:30-8:30 pm, DK Annex, 2727 S. Jefferson

Want to begin building web applications? Do you have aspirations of being a web developer? Or do you just want to learn more about coding to advance your existing career in marketing, project management or any other business that uses the internet on a daily basis? Then plan to take advantage of a learning opportunity in your own backyard.Front end web development tools HTML, CSS and JavaScript build the foundation for app development and website creation. If you've tried leaning on line but crave an instructor let experience then look no further. Spaces are filling up for our September 26th event, so sign up today.It's a hands-on experience, so be sure to bring your laptop. Register for this free event now! Facebook Invite

Debt Reduction

Thursday, September 28 from 6:30-8:30 pm, South City Excel Center, 2828 Gravois

Presented by Prosperity Connection Financial Coach Meghan GardnerIn this seminar, participants will learn about good vs bad debt, debt reduction strategies, creating S.M.A.R.T. financial goals, and ways to work through your finances.Please RSVP to as seating is limited. Facebook Invite

Benton Park West Neighborhood Association Meeting

Thursday, September 28 from 7:00-9:00 pm, Fiver Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

DATE CHANGE: Our September meeting is being postponed to Thursday, September 28 - same time, same place. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and hope that you'll still be able to join us on Sept 28. Thank you! 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

Opening Reception: Daniel Stumeier: American Visions

Friday, September 29 from 6:00-9:00 pm, Reese Gallery, 3410 Wisconsin

In the solo exhibition "American Visions," artist Daniel Stumeier brings meticulously rendered drawings of country stars (and one art critic) into a white cube gallery setting. In doing so, he creates a conversation between “underclass” and “asthete” – squaring off the politics of rebellion against art world pretensions. The questions asked by this work are rather painful and yet so pertinent. For, what is white America’s vision of itself? Stumeier’s response is not without humor. This event is free and open to the public. Facebook Invite

BPW Litter Clean Up and Social Hour

Saturday, September 30 from 9:00-10:00 am, Cherokee at Jefferson (by the statue)

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

Common Sound Festival

Saturday, September 30 from 1:00-7:00 pm, Marquette Park, 3969 S. Compton

The Common Sound Festival is the Inaugural Community Festival produced by the Dutchtown South Community Corporation and presented by Urban Chestnut Brewing Company. Not only will the festival feature FREE professional dance workshops, 40 food and craft vendors and DJs playing all day long - we are going to break a record for the Longest Soul Train Line (according to the Guinness Book of World Records). Join your neighbors and the greater St. Louis community as we celebrate through dance and music the common sound that flows through us all. Facebook Invite

Monthly Local Saxophonist Showcase #9: Joel Vanderheyden

Saturday, September 30 from 2:00-4:00 pm, Saxquest, 2114 Cherokee

We are very excited to present Joel this time around in a Jazz Quartet setting. Joel has performed here at Saxquest on several occasions, with his band Koplant No and with the Renegade Saxophone Quartet. For this showcase Joel will be backed by one of the best rhythm sections St. Louis has to offer. He will be performing with Adam Maness on Piano, Bob Deboo on Bass, and Kaleb Kirby on Drums. Facebook Invite

Sickel Cell Gala - Committed to the Cause

Saturday, September 30 from 6:00-10:00 pm, DK Annex, 2727 S. Jefferson

The Sickle Cell Association presents the 2017 Committed to the Cause: Sickle Cell Gala. This is the 1st year for this charity event; get ready for an evening of entertainment and fun! Pre-event reception starts at 6:00 p.m., the Gala starts at 7:15 p.m. This formal event features a fabulous silent auction, cocktail reception and a superb dinner. Funds raised will be used to support the mission of the Sickle Cell Association which includes providing direct services to people with sickle cell disease. Facebook Invite

QTPOC 3rd Anniversary Party

Saturday, September 30 from 7:00 pm -12:00 am, Yeyo Arts, 2907 S. Jefferson

QTPOC:STL has it's 3rd anniversary this Septemeber. We wanted to celebrate with a dance party. There will be food and DJ XL Young Boi will be bringing the beats. Did we mention it's QTPOC only! Take Note QTPOC ONLY!Spread the word! Facebook Invite


  • Aerial Show and Tell: First Fridays, Friday, October 6 from 7:00-8:00 pm, Bumbershoot Aerial Arts, 2200 Gravois

  • Jazz in the Park, Saturday, October 7 from 3:00-6:00 pm, Benton Park, 3100 S. Jefferson

  • Coffee & Conversations, Wednesday, October 11 from 9:00-10:30 am, Whisk: a Sustainable Bakery, 2201 Cherokee

  • Deutscher Mannerchor, Saturday, October 14 at 7:30 pm, German Cultural Society, 3652 S. Jefferson

  • Free The Spirit Festival, October 21-22 from 12:00-7:00 pm, Benton Park, 3100 S. Jefferson


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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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