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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, November 2-12, 2017

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

Concordia Publishing House' Fall Warehouse Sale

November 2-6, hours vary by day, Concordia Publishing House Bookstore, 3558 S. Jefferson

The CPH Fall Warehouse Sale is coming! We'll have special extended hours in the bookstore for you to shop the sale. In addition to the savings on books and other resources, you'll find a huge selection of gifts and accessories on sale. Bookstore Warehouse Sale hours:

  • Thursday, November 2: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Friday, November 3: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Saturday, November 4: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Sunday, November 5: Closed

  • Monday, November 6: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Friday, November 3, our friends from Issues, Etc. will be broadcasting LIVE from the Bookstore. 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

Free First Friday

Friday, November 3 from 10 am-4 pm, Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson

Free coworking for the day! Start the month off with coffee, bagels and productivity.The Big Room has private work stations, a conference table, pool table, and is the perfect spot for that afternoon meeting.With comfy furnishings, a variety of work areas, lots of natural light, and a clear view of the arch the Attic is the perfect environment to get things done.We’ll have bagels from Gooseberries and Kaldi’s Coffee Roasting Co. while they last.Open to the public! 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 - CANCELLED

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.

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.

Monthly Guided Mediation Service

Sunday, November 5 from 9:30 am-12 pm, Cherokee Buddhist Temple, 3830 Cherokee

Beginning Nov 5 we will have monthly mediation services. 9:30 am Introduction to meditation for beginners, 10:00 am Sitting meditation, 10:30 am Chanting, 10:45 am Dharma talk/teaching, 11:00 am Food offerings presented and blessed, 11:30 Vegetarian potluck lunch-feel free to bring a vegetarian dish to share! 12:30 Clean up. After clean-up, the Abbot will offer Q&A session. 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

PROMO Open House

Monday, November 6 from 6:00-8:00 pm, PROMO, 2200 Gravois Ave

Join PROMO for a look at their new offices. They will have City Wide bear thanks to friends at 4 Hands Brewing and appetizers thanks to Patty Long Catering. Questions? Email Alex at 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

Swap for a Cause

Tuesday, November 7 from 7-9 pm, Earthbound Brewery, 2724 Cherokee

Do you have clothes you’ve been meaning to donate? A piece of art that no longer brings you joy? You can get rid of unwanted items in good condition while also contributing to a good cause!All’s you have to do is bring $5 and any clothes, books, household items and other miscellanea (excluding exotic pets) you’d like to contribute to the swap. You’re then free to take any items you like. ~*All gender identities welcome*~Your donation will go directly to Big Brothers Big Sisters as part of their annual fundraising. Facebook Invite

2nd Wednesday Happy Hour at Nebula

Wednesday, November 8 from 4-6 pm, Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson

In-house + open to the public! Meet us in the Big Room for snacks, tunes, + 4 Hands Brewing Company brews. If you’re wondering if you’re invited, you are. We want to hang out with you.Music by Nicole Grace, 3x5 of The Vanilla Beans, + DJ Set by Jeff Michael. Drop-in from whatever neighborhood, industry, or perspective you hail from. Whether you’re a Cherokee Street native or a visitor from out of state, you’re welcome here. Our entrance faces Jefferson and is just south of Cherokee, around the corner from Hop Shop, next to the Eyez cyclops business man. Feel free to contact us with questions. Facebook Invite

20th Ward Fall Meeting

Wednesday, November 8 from 6-7:30 pm, Marquette Recreation Center, 4025 Minnesota

Join us for our fall Ward Meeting! Come hear what's going on in our neighborhoods! We'll talk about what's being done and what isn't. How we can work together to make things better. And... meet our new NSO: Mark Minden! He's got some new energy and some new programs to announce. Agenda includes: Police Update: 3rd District Captain Dace, NSO Update: New Neighborhood Programs and focus, Clean Up Announcement, and Open Streets Project: Closing down S Compton for a annual festival? Facebook Invite

Prosperity Connection's Home Buying Workshop

Thursday, November 9 from 6:30-8:30 pm, South City Excel Center, 2828 Gravois

Presented by Enterprise Bank & Trust. Attend a FREE Home Buying Workshop to learn:1 . How to achieve affordable and successful homeownership! 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. Attend to obtain FREE Giveaways!• FREE Guide to owing your own home!• FREE Home Financing Checklist!• FREE Credit Analysis! Please RSVP to as seating is limited. Facebook Invite

BPW's Fall Alley Clean Up

Saturday, November 11 at 10 am, Love Bank Park, 2853 Cherokee

Enjoy the fall weather and help beautify the Benton Park West neighborhood. Our semiannual alley cleanup will be bigger and better than ever. While not the most glamorous way to spend your Saturday morning, cleaning up trash can be a fun and rewarding experience. For more details, please visit our Events page or Facebook Invite.

Teatopia Grand Reopening and Story Time for Kids

Saturday, November 11 from 10:30-11:15 am, Teatopia, 2606 Cherokee

To celebrate the new space, we're doing a grand reopening on November 11-12. Starting Saturday, November 11, and continuing every other Saturday through the end of the year, we'll be introducing our Story Time at Teatopia for children from 10:30am-11:15am. So, parents, grab a cup of tea and relax while your children enjoy wonderous stories told by readers from the community. Facebook Invite

Love Fest: A Celebration of Love Bank Park

Saturday, November 11 from 1-7 pm, Love Bank Park, 2853 Cherokee

To commemorate the anniversary of its inception, Cherokee Street Development League's Love Bank Committee would like to welcome everyone to Love Fest; a day of music, fellowship, love, and food. BBQ, BYOB, and smores by the fire. Live music and tunes by Jack Grelle, Bates, Bell Darris, Jose Lopez and Out Hrr Events. Got something to say? Anyone with a positive message to share can take to the stage during open mic with Pacia Elaine. You are invited to join in this celebration of Love and Community. Facebook Invite


  • Gravois Park Neighborhood Meeting, Tuesday, November 14 at 6 pm, 3353 California

  • Cherokee Station Business Association Meeting, Thursday, November 16 at 5:30 pm, Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson

  • Benton Park West Neighborhood Association Meeting and Potluck, Thursday, November 16 from 7-9 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

  • Cherokee Street Thanksgiving, Tuesdays, November 21 from 6 pm -12 am, Treffpunkt, 3453 S. Jefferson

  • Print Bazaar on Cherokee, Saturday, December 2 from 10 am-6 pm, 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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