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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, November 9-19, 2017

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

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 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

Gravois Park Neighborhood Meeting

Tuesday, November 14 at 6 pm, 3353 California

Our monthly meetings are a great place to discuss issues important to you and your family, learn about resources and get updates on everything in and around Gravois Park and the 20th Ward.

Black Tax Collective's Political Education

Tuesday, November 14 at 7 pm, Yeyo Arts, 2907 S. Jefferson

We are in the condition we are in not because of a lack of fun, a lack of vacations, a lack of jobs or a lack of ego, but it's because of a lack of knowledge (Afrikan centered knowledge). Black Tax Collective's political education classes will bring knowledge to its attendees on a wide range of topics such as critical thinking, history & our story from an Afrikan centered view, war, and entertainment to name a few. Donations will be accepted that will go directly towards Black Tax Collective's and Yeyo Arts Collective's community efforts. Facebook Invite

Neighborhood Open House: 2835 Ohio Ave

Wednesday, November 15 from 5-6:30 pm, 2835 Ohio Ave

DeSales is excited to showcase 2835 Ohio, 1 of 19 other buildings that comprise "DeSales Preservation", our latest multi-family affordable housing development. 2835 Ohio is a formerly vacant two-family building located in the Benton Park West Neighborhood. Please join your neighbors for light refreshments as we celebrate the preservation of this historic home! Facebook Invite

Free Screening of SKAM (Norwegian Drama Series)

Wednesday, November 15 at 7 pm, Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, 3301 Lemp

Through the lives of a group of students at Hartvig Nissen Skole in Oslo, SKAM frankly and honestly investigates xenophobia, gay relationships, mental illness, feminism, anorexia, rape, and self-worth as it dismisses the tired old paradigm promoting a world of acceptance and love in a time of fear and oppression. The entire series of four seasons will be shown (with English subtitles), several episodes each night, every Wednesday night. Each viewing will be followed by a discussion in which analysis and references are shared.The events are free of charge and open to the public. Facebook Invite

Cherokee Station Business Association Meeting

Thursday, November 16 at 5:30 pm, Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson

CSBA meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm and covers events, updates and information regarding Cherokee Street, Cherokee Station Special Business District and Cherokee Street Development League. All business owners, residents, property owners, and anyone with an interest in Cherokee Street are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Tribal Paint & Sip with N'Dea

Thursday, November 16 from 6-9 pm, Yeyo Arts, 2907 S. Jefferson

Come join myself, bring a friend, SO, partner, friend, sista, whomever you'd like to BodyArt and paint on. You guys choose who's the artist and who is the canvas! I will give a brief lesson on African and Indengious peoples symbols and languages and you all get to choose wisely what you will add on the other. Photoshoot with Instant photos on request for an extra $10 fee per 4 photos. Only $10 to get in and ensure each person participating supplies and materials to use. Facebook Invite

Benton Park West Neighborhood Association Meeting and Potluck

Thursday, November 16 from 7-9 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

The November neighborhood meeting will be our annual potluck! We'll supply chicken, beverages, plates and utensils. You bring a salad, side dish, or dessert. Remember - we won't hold a December neighborhood meeting. We will hold a brief meeting during the dinner and author, Jim Merkel will share about his book, The Colorful Characters of St. Louis. We hope each of you meet neighbors and enjoy good conversation. Let's work to build relationships and a stronger community! All residents, business men and women, developers, landlords and other friends are welcome. For more details, please visit our Events page or Facebook Invite.

Five Star Senior Center's Southern Fried Chicken Dinner

Sunday, November 19 from 11 am -5 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

Carry out or dine in, the meals include 1/2 chicken, 2 sides, dessert and a drink. Adults: $10 and Children up to age 12: $5. Proceeds will benefit the Center. For more information, please call 314-664-1008.


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

  • Ariel Show and Tell: First Friday, Friday, December 1 at 7 pm, Bumbershoot Ariel Arts, 2200 Gravois

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

  • Adopt-a-Person Party 2017, Saturday, December 9 from 11 am- 2 pm, Benton Park Group Home, 2115 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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