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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, November 30-December 10, 2017

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

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

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.

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

Laughter Club

Tuesdays from 6-7 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

Tenth Life Cats N' Mats Yoga

Wednesday, December 6 from 6-7 pm, Tenth Life Cat Rescue, 3202 Cherokee

We love how our community rises to the occasion but we realize that helping others and caring a great deal can be just as exhausting as it is exhilarating and fulfilling. Cats n' Mats Yoga at Tenth Life is a friendly, non-judgmental environment where anyone at any level can join in to relax and balance your passions with your human need for self-care, down-time, laughter, friendship and a sense of community. This is a completely open-level yoga class. You only need a mat and a love of cats to participate! Tickets are available for just $15 each!* Facebook Invite

Collage Party: Friends

Thursday, December 7 from 6-9 pm, South City Art Supply, 1926 Cherokee

The Moon Zine needs help collaging our FRIENDS issue at South City Art Supply! There will be magazines, glue sticks, crayons, and Stag Beer, but please BYO Scissors. You're free to create any sort of collages you want, but please no hate. Keep it nice. 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

The Black Funders of St. Louis, (BFSTL), First Annual Holiday Social and Fundraiser will be an evening to celebrate the holidays while collecting toys to benefit the families of the Sickle Cell Association. This event will boast an open bar, hor d'oeuvres, as well as a fun environment to socialize and network. *Ticket purchase is not tax deductible. Facebook Invite

Open Sky St. Louis Hiring Fair

Saturday, December 9 from 9 am -12 pm, EAGLE Prep, 2900 S. Grand

Join us for the opportunity to find out about open positions at EAGLE Prep and Compass Educational Programs in St. Louis. Administrators will be available to meet with prospective employees about immediate openings and anticipated openings. What we're looking for:- Great teachers and assistants in every classroom- Great leaders in every school- Mentors for our before & after care programs- Caring and detail-oriented support staff on campuses. Candidates are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resume. Facebook Invite

Yule Bazaar and Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, December 9 from 9 am-2 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

Join us for a delicious pancake breakfast filled with homemade syrups, compotes, toppings and more for only $5. Enjoy shopping local vendors and have your picture taken with Father Yule! All proceeds go to help families in need in our community! Facebook Invite

55th Annual Weihnachtsfeier

Saturday, December 9 from 9 am-12 pm, German Cultural Society of St. Louis, 3652 S. Jefferson

German Christmas Celebration! Enjoy a program of German songs and poems. Facebook Invite

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

The 17th Annual Magdala Foundation Adopt a Person program hosted by the Hosea Team is having a Christmas Party! Please join 17 adult mentally handicap individuals as a volunteer at the party.Please join in and help with picking up food for lunch; grab some ice for the drinks; serve food; take pictures of each person with Santa; help clean up. If you are interested in sponsoring a person with gifts contact Julann 314-479-7988 and ask for an individual Wish List. Facebook Invite

BPW Dog Park Christmas Party

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

Come see Santa and play in the park! Pictures with Santa available. Free open event for all dogs. There will be fire pits and snacks for dogs and people and LOTS of fun! Donations accepted for local rescue! Please visit our Events page or Facebook Invite for more details.

Haunted Cherokee Street - Winter Walk

Saturday, December 9 from 7-8:30 pm, St. Louis Paranormal Research Society, 1820 Cherokee

On this 90 minute tour we'll discuss some of the strange and creepy holiday traditions celebrated by the areas early settlers. You'll be escorted through the haunted Lemp Bottleworks building where the level of paranormal activity only seems to increase! We'll make a stop inside Elder's Antique Store- St. Louis's oldest continuously running- and say hello to it's resident spirit, Mrs. Daws. Finally, feel free to warm up with a cup of hot cider and find that perfect last minute Krampus present for the person "who has everything" in our newly expanded retail shop! Tour will run snow or shine, so dress appropriately for the weather! Facebook Invite


  • Call It Like a Cop (with Cocktails), Tuesday, December 12 from 6:30-9:30 pm, Nexcore, 2631 Gravois

  • Central Patrol Community Outreach Meeting, Thursday, December 14 at 7 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

  • Holiday Caroling, Sunday, December 17 at 2 pm, Gravois Park, 3200 Potomac


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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