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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, October 26-November 5, 2017

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

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

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.

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

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

Trick or Treat on Cherokee Street

Tuesday, October 31 from 5-7 pm, Cherokee

Cherokee Street Development League, along with support from community members will host a Trick or Treat on Cherokee Street between 5pm to 7pm on Tuesday, October 31st. Families and kids will be able to pick up a treat bag, map and candy from volunteers at locations throughout Cherokee Street and trick or treat at participating businesses along the street from 5pm to 7pm. Facebook Invite

Tenth Life Cats N' Mats Yoga

Wednesday, November 1 from 6-7 pm, Tenth Life, 3202 Cherokee

This is a completely open-level yoga class. You only need a mat and a love of cats to participate! And we have a couple of mats if you don't have one. Curious kitties will be meandering about whilst we get our stretch on. This class is meant to be fun and nourishing to our bodies and souls while helping Tenth Life give cats the lives they deserve! Tickets are available for just $15 each!* Facebook Invite

Nightmare Before Christmas(esque)/Day of the Dead Art Reception

Thursday, November 2 from 7-9 pm, Thomas Dunn Learning Center, 3113 Gasconade

Nightmare before Christmas(esque) Art Exhibit and Reception is a Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Celebration. Come join us in celebratory food and drink! Facebook Invite

Aerial Show and Tell: First Fridays

Friday, November 3 from 7-8 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

Cherokee Street Community Dance Day

Saturday, November 4 from 11 am- 5 pm, 2720 Cherokee

Coinciding with the Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl 2017, Community Dance Day is a day of dance classes in a variety of styles! All classes are FREE and open to the public. This day is designed to be a celebration of community and the dance traditions that bring us together.How does it work? We've booked some of the best-of-the-best artists from around St. Louis to share an intro to their dance style with you. No experience or partner is required, and you can stop in for one class at a time, or stay for the whole day! You do not need to pre-register- just show up! Facebook Invite

Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl

Saturday, November 4 from 12-11 pm, Cherokee

The Cherokee Street Jazz Crawl is back on Saturday November 4th! Celebrating the culture, people, and places of our beloved Cherokee Street, and the jazz and blues heritage of St. Louis, Missouri. As always, this event is free and open to the public. Support our fabulous restaurants, bars, and shops, and show the musicians your love by tipping! Facebook Invite

The Garden Party

Saturday, November 4 from 1-4 pm, BPW Community Garden, Jefferson @ Arsenal

Hosted by Give Love Catering, Events and Entertainment, this event is part of a series of events to showcase community gardens in the City of St. Louis. This is a great way to visit the BPW community garden and consider joining for the 2018 season. Music and food will be available. BYOB and don't forget your lawn chairs. $5 suggested donation with proceeds to fight homelessness. Facebook Invite

Don't Count Me Out Book Party

Sunday, November 5 from 2-6 pm, DK Annex, 2727 S. Jefferson

Chat with Author Taneya Pearson MBA, win fabulous prizes, learn about the book, book sales, book signing and more. Facebook Invite


  • 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

  • Benton Park West Neighborhood Association Meeting and Potluck, Thursday, November 11 from 7-9 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal


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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