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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, October 12-22, 2017

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

Budgeting: Your Blueprint to Daily Finances

Thursday, October 12 from 6:30-8:30 pm, South City Excel Center, 2828 Gravois

This seminar emphasizes the importance of a budget to daily financial life and the benefits of managing money. Attendees will become more familiar with a written budget as a daily blueprint to personal finances with the steps to a successful budget. In this interactive seminar, attendees will learn:• S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Adjustable, Realistic, and Time-Oriented) financial goals• Types of goals• What is a budget• Small expenses that add up• The importance of family communication. Additionally, attendees complete an interactive simulation constructing a written budget.Please RSVP to as seating is limited. Facebook Invite

Annual Witch's Brew Crawl 2017

Friday, October 13 from 9 pm-1 am, Cherokee Street

The evening starts at The Fortune Teller Bar at 9:00pmBracelets for the event will be sold for $5.00 each. Bracelets allow attendees to participate in our Costume Contest, Silent Art Auction, and Drink Specials from our participating vendors. 20% of all bracelet sales and art auction sales goes to support charity. Door prizes will be awarded to the first 13 guests to purchase event bracelets. Our guest Fire Dancers will be performing throughout the evening and tips for their time, talent, and participation is greatly appreciated and smiled upon!The costume contest will take place at the Whiskey Ring and winners will be announced at 10:30 pm. Costume Contest Contestants are asked to sign up for their categories by no later than 10 pm. Costume Contest categories are: Best Costume Overall, Best Witch aka "The Supreme", Most Creative Costume, Most Wicked Costume, and lastly, The Wild Card (Mystery Category)! There will be fun prizes awarded to the winners supplied by our host Love Works Soap Co. & Studio.The Silent Art Auction will be held at the Propaganda Bar. Participants are welcome to silently bid on displayed items throughout the night of the event. Biding ends promptly at Midnight. Winners will be able to pay with cash or credit cards and take your prize home that night. Please remember to drink your brew and crawl responsibly! Have a plan and delegate your designated driver. Facebook Invite

Chills on Cherokee

Saturday, October 14 from 10 am-4 pm, Antique Row, 1900-2200 blocks of Cherokee

Hisses & Howls-O-Ween Pet Costume Contest, Spooky Haunted Scavenger Hunt, live music, book signing by author Stephen P. Walker, " Ghosts Among Us: True Stories of Paranormal" and "Lemp: The Haunting History", haunted stroll of Old Cherokee Street, Scarecrow competition, tarot card reader, creepy movies, popcorn, face painting and more! Facebook Invite

Hisses and Howls-O-Ween

Saturday, October 14 from 11-12 pm, 2200 Cherokee

This pet costume contest is sponsored by Murphy's Mutts & Cuts. 100% of all proceeds go to Needy Paws Rescue. Pet registration fee is $5. Prices for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Facebook Invite

Party on the Patio

Saturday, October 14 from 4-8 pm, Nexcore, 2631 Gravois

Please join us as we offically open and break in the Nexcore Patio! We will have local beer, brats and live music by Dave Black and Pamela Devine! This event is only for adults 21 years or older. Facebook Invite

Deutscher Mannerchor

Saturday, October 14 at 6-10 pm, German Cultural Society, 3652 S. Jefferson

Doors open at 6:00. Food available for purchase.Donation Admission: $10 per person. 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

College Planning Strategies Workshop

Tuesday, October 17 from 6-7:30 pm, DK Solutions, 2727 S. Jefferson

Planning for college is complex. How can you help provide for your child’s education without sacrificing your retirement savings or overburdening your child with debt? What can students do to make smarter college selection decisions? Join me for a free 90 minute workshop to learn how you can make college more affordable!You will leave knowing: - What to expect when transitioning from high school to college.- Why published costs may not be as important as you think.- Tips about the FAFSA and its importance to you.- What COA, OOP, EFC, and need-met and gift-aid ratios are, and how they apply to you.- How to improve your student's odds of graduating in four years. And more!Your student is welcome to attend, too!Space is limited, so reserve your seat today! Contact Kaleana Wright at or 636-542-4040 to RSVP. Facebook Invite

Cherokee Street Community Market

Wednesday, October 18 from 4:30-7 pm, Love Bank Park, 2853 Cherokee

Every Wednesday in October! Join us again for the Cherokee Street Community Market! We'll bring back Green City Market's Supa Fresh Veggie Mobile loaded with a *ton* of local, organic produce, meat, and dairy at supa-low wholesale prices. As always, EBT welcome! SNAP recipients receive Double Up SNAP Bucks on produce. Meaning 1/2 off all your already low priced nutrient DENSE produce! To contact us you can email

Cherokee Station Business Association Meeting

Thursday, October 19 at 5:30 pm, Nebula, 3400 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.

Benton Park West Neighborhood Association Meeting

Thursday, October 19 from 7-9 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

It's election night for 2018 BPWNA Board Members. After elections, please stay with 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. All residents, business men and women, developers, landlords and other friends are welcome. For agenda items and other details, please visit our Events page or the Facebook Invite

Near Southside Employment Coalition Annual Dinner

Friday, October 20 from 6-9 pm, St. Vincent DePaul Parish Hall, 1408 S. 10th Street

NSEC will be celebrating 34 years of service to the St. Louis community. You are invited to join us as we celebrate and show appreciation to our clients, employers and community partners who have supported our mission. This is a major fundraiser for the agency. Our theme is "Building Equality through Employment." Our speaker will be Dr. Danielle Davis, Associate Professor at St. Louis University. The cost for tickets is $30. All donations are tax deductible and go to support the work of NSEC. Facebook Invite

Free The Spirit Festival

October 21-22 from 12:00-7:00 pm, Benton Park, 3100 S. Jefferson

A gathering of the St Louis artistic culture, families, children of all ages, and the spiritual community comes together in a kaleidoscope of creativity expressed as Free the Spirit Festival. Hosted in the beautiful historic Benton Park there will be food trucks, yoga, interactive art experiences, face painting, workshops, a host of retailers, live music and good vibes. Facebook Invite


  • Marine Villa Neighborhood Association Meeting, Monday, October 23 at 7 pm, Irish Corner Pub, 1900 Cherokee

  • Fox Park Neighborhood Association Meeting, Thursday, October 26 at 7 pm, Narrative Furniture, 2501 S. Jefferson

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

  • Trunk or Treat, Sunday, October 29 at 4 pm, Salvation Army Parking Lot, 2720 Arsenal

  • BPW's Fall Alley Clean Up, Saturday, November 11 at 10 am, Love Bank Park, 2853 Cherokee


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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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