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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, November 23-December 3, 2017

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

Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thursday, November 23 at 8:45 am, Market Street (starting at 7th Street)

Celebrating its 33rd year, the 2017 Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade will have over 130 parade units, including musical floats and displays, giant helium balloon figures, animal units, restored antique cars and firetrucks, and marching bands from around the St. Louis region. As always, Santa Claus will be present to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas at the end of the parade. Facebook Invite

East of Grand Holiday Walk

Saturday, November 25 from 2-6 pm, Various Locations

Celebrate the holiday season with some of your favorite East of Grand Businesses located in the historic neighborhoods of Tower Grove East, Fox Park, and Compton Heights at our annual Holiday Walk. Find Holiday Walk specials at Tick Tock Tavern, Kitchen House Coffee, Flowstate, Lona's Lil Eats, Soma Theraputic Massage, Stray Dog Theatre, Steve's Hot Dogs, Shaved Duck, Purple Martin, Grove East Provisions, and Crafted. 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.

Gravois-Jefferson Plan: Jefferson/Arsenal Site Public Meeting

Monday, November 27 from 7-8:30 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

The Gravois-Jefferson Planning team is collaborating with the Washington University Social System Design Lab to help prepare for implementation of the Gravois-Jefferson Plan. One key component of this collaboration is community input on the site on the southwest corner of Arsenal and Jefferson.Come share your thoughts, concerns, questions, and hopes about the use of the site. 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

RVSTL Metropolis Wine Club - Open House at NexCore

Tuesday, November 28 from 6:30-8:30 pm, NexCore, 2631 Gravois

ReVitalize STL is excited to announce that we have moved to a new home! Last month we moved our headquarters into the new south city co-working space NexCore! So join us as we open our house to you and we celebrate our new space. Plus you get to check out NexCore and all it has to offer. Facebook Invite

Holiday Open House for RedDough Money and Excel Center

Wednesday, November 29 from 4-7 pm, 2828 Gravois

Prosperity Connection's RedDough Money Center and Excel Center for Financial Education invite you to a holiday-themed party for individuals and families to grab some hot food & cocoa, visit with Santa & other characters, create take-home gifts, and check out the financial education and alternative banking services we provide. Facebook Invite

Tribal Paint and Sip with N'Dea (Ori Tala) Thursday, November 30 from 6-9 pm, Yeyo Arts, 2907 S. Jefferson

Local emerging artist is here teach and educate on Tribal and ancient symbols, astrology, zodiacs and numerology...Learn and educate yourself, take home some handout sheets..sit, paint, relax with snacks and drinks. Facebook Invite

International Institute Holiday Bazaar

December 1-3, International Institute St. Louis, 3401 Arsenal

Kick off your holiday shopping with unique, handmade local and international gifts! There will also be a children's craft area, hot drinks, and St. Louis food trucks, making it a holiday event the whole family can enjoy.There is a $10 fee for Friday's preview, which includes two drink tickets and eligibility to win an attendance prize.Entry on Saturday & Sunday is free, but a $5 donation enters you to win a carefully curated gift basket, full of delicious and hand-crafted items. Your donation goes to support the programs of the International Institute. Facebook Invite

Aerial Show and Tell: First Friday

Friday, December 1 at 7 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

Opening Reception: Where We've Settled by Theresa Hitchcock

Friday, December 1 from 7-10 pm, South City Art Supply, 1926 Cherokee

Where We’ve Settled is a collection of fine art and handmade goods created by Theresa Hitchcock. Elaborate quilts, delicate tea sets, and playful sculptures each ask their own questions about what it feels like to be at home and what it means to leave a home. Facebook Invite

Print Bazaar on Cherokee

Saturday, December 2 from 10 am-6 pm, Cherokee

The 10th Annual Holiday Print Sale on Cherokee Street is a great way to find one-of-a-kind creations by local artists - no two prints are exactly alike! Print Bazaar on Cherokee provides holiday shoppers with the unique opportunity to complete their shopping lists, support both artists and the local economy and celebrate the singular joy and intimacy of the rigorously handmade. Featuring over 100 artists inside businesses and venues along Cherokee Street. Facebook Invite

Community Clothing Swap

Sunday, December 3 from 1-3 pm, Perennial, 3762 S. Jefferson

Perennial's Community Clothing Swap will be hosted at out shop! Each clothing swap is set-up like a department store (all shirts in one spot, all pants in another, etc.). You bring clothes you no longer want (but are still in fine shape) and take home new-to-you items from the swap. Facebook Invite


  • Black Funders of St. Louis First Annual Holiday Social, Friday, December 8 from 5:30-8:30 pm, DK Annex, 2727 S. Jefferson

  • Open Sky St. Louis Hiring Fair, Saturday, December 9 from 9 am -12 pm, EAGLE Prep, 2900 S. Grand

  • Yule Bazaar and Pancake Breakfast, Saturday, December 9 from 9 am-2 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

  • 55th Annual Weihnachtsfeier, Saturday, December 9 from 9 am-12 pm, German Cultural Society of St. Louis, 3652 S. Jefferson

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

  • BPW Dog Park Christmas Party, Saturday, December 9 from 1-3 pm, BPW Dog Park, 3300 Nebraska


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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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