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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, October 19-29, 2017

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

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

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.

What We Do In the Shadows: Backyard Bonfire Screening

Sunday, October 22 at 8 pm, Bomb Door, Texas @ Cherokee

Free showing of "What We Do in the Shadows" and BYBO. Facebook Invite

Marine Villa Neighborhood Association Year-End Party

Monday, October 23 from 6-9 pm, Spare No Rib, 3701 S. Jefferson

We celebrate our amazing neighbors and Marine Villa Neighborhood Association members and we will be celebrating at Spare No Rib! At the end of the party we will vote for your 2018 Marine Villa Neighborhood Board! (Note: We will have voter sheets before handing out ballots to ensure all are up-to-date paid members who are eligible to vote). We look forward to seeing you there. Any questions please reach out to Andrea Janes, 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

6 Steps to a Better Business

Tuesday, October 24 from 6-8 pm, DK Annex, 2727 S. Jefferson

Free up your time to focus on the important things in life, Build a rock solid sales & marketing machine to increase your profits, Turn your customers into raving fans, Build a high-performing team who builds your business for you, Get a deeper understanding of how to leverage the numbers in your business, Build an iron clad plan to ensure you achieve your goals. 5:45 pm - 6:00 pm Networking and Registration, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Workshop & Appetizers. This workshop is complimentary, however, seating is limited. Registration required! Facebook Invite

Home Buying and the American Dream

Thursday, October 26 from 6:30-8:30 pm, South City Excel Center, 2828 Gravois

Presented by Lauren Treat - US Bank. Interested in the American Dream? Attend a FREE Home Buying Workshop to learn:1. How to achieve affordable and successful home ownership! 2. Down Payment Assistance Programs that are available 3. How to get a FREE credit analysis 4. What documentation you need to be approved for a loan. Please RSVP to as seating is limited. Facebook Invite

Fox Park Neighborhood Association Meeting

Thursday, October 26 at 7 pm, Narrative Furniture, 2501 S. Jefferson

Please visit for more details.

Howl-O-Ween and Shoe Drive

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

BPW Dog park's annual Howl-oween party! Open event for everyone to come visit. We'll have treats and of course a costume contest and photos! Plus a shoe drive to collect new and used shoes to go to Shoes for Shealters program to raise funds for #mominpinrescue For details, please visit our Events page or the Facebook Invite

Sheppard Studios Open House

Saturday, October 28 from 2-5 pm, Sheppard Studios, 1925 Cherokee

The Art of Mark Sheppard: Visit my art studio at 1925 Cherokee St. for an open house. Free and open to the public. (or stop by any time during regular open hours Thurs-Sat 10:30 am-5pm) Facebook Invite

Casa Loma Ballroom's 90th Annual Halloween Party

Saturday, October 28 from 8 pm - 12 am, Casa Loma Ballroom, 3354 Iowa

Be a part of Halloween history! Join us at Casa Loma Ballroom for the 90th Annual Halloween Dance and Costume Contest. Admission is only $15 per person. Reserved seating available with pre-paid tickets. $500 in cash prizes for the best costumes. Casa Loma Cafe will be open.Doors open 7:00pm. Music 8-12:00am. Call 314-664-8000 to order tickets now. Facebook Invite

Halloween Dark St. Louis Seminar

Sunday, October 29 from 1-7 pm, Lemp Grand Hall, 1817 Cherokee

Just in time for Halloween 2017!! The St. Louis Paranormal Research Society is excited to present our third annual Dark St. Louis Seminar- held inside the famous (and very haunted) Lemp Grand Hall! Hear from real, local experts who know all about the Darker Side of the Paranormal! Reservations for the event are only $20.00 in advance or $25.00 at the door. This event is expected to sell out quickly as seating is limited to ensure a quality experience! Facebook Invite

Trunk or Treat

Sunday, October 29 at 4 pm, Salvation Army Parking Lot, 2720 Arsenal

Benton Park West will hold its annual Trunk or Treat, a safe Halloween trick or treating for kids. Children ages 14 and younger are welcome! Each child must be accompanied by an adult. There will be candy and fun for all!The event will take place in the parking lot of the Salvation Army (2720 Arsenal). The trick or treating portion of the event will end when we run out of candy. NEW THIS YEAR! Starting at 4:30 pm in the Salvation Army's main lot at 2740 Arsenal will be a carnival. Games, popcorn, candy, hot dogs and prizes will be included. If you would like to volunteer or have your vehicle participate, please contact Darren Young at 661-289-1403 or Vehicle setup is between 3-3:45 pm. For details, please visit our Events page or the Facebook Invite


  • Trick or Treat on Cherokee Street, Tuesday, October 31 from 5-7 pm, Cherokee

  • Cherokee Street Community Dance Day, Saturday, November 4 from 11 am- 5 pm, 2720 Cherokee

  • Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl, Saturday, November 4 from 12-11 pm, Cherokee

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

  • Love Fest: A Celebration of Love Bank Park, Saturday, November 11 from 1-7 pm, 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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