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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, September 28-October 8, 2017

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

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

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.

Queens Media Launch Party

Sunday, October 1 from 5:00-10:00 pm, Blank Space, 2847 Cherokee

Queens Media recently #Launched our Online Radio Station Saturday, September 2nd at and it has been a great success. Many artist have responded with their amazing music and support as we get our future Award Winning Company off the ground. We will be offering Red Carpet Artist #Interviews that will be #AIRED #Live on & Queens Media Social Media during the event. We have #contest & #giveaways and a surprise celebrity guest appearances just for you, our supporters to answer some Q & As that you may have about the industry.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

Aerial Show and Tell: First Fridays

Friday, October 6 from 7:00-8:00 pm, Bumbershoot Aerial Arts, 2200 Gravois

Aerial Show and Tell is a relaxed and informal one hour free show with a $5 open aerial afterwards for Bumbershoot students. Performers will interactively show excerpts from what they are working on and accept questions and comments from audience on their work. Facebook Invite

Jazz in the Park

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

Enjoy some Jazz in the Park with Blues City Swing! Food by Trueman's and Ernesto's. Beer and wine sales available. Visit or the Facebook Invite


  • 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

  • Howl-O-Ween, Saturday, October 28 from 1:00-3:00 pm, Benton Park West Dog Park, 3300 Nebraska


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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