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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, January 11-21, 2018

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

Bad Jacket #6 Release

Thursday, January 11 from 6-9 pm, Thomas Dunn Learning Center, 3113 Gasconade

Join us in celebration of the new year and the 6th issue of Bad Jacket! This open mic event will be a collaboration with the Laughter Club and will coincide with the art reception, "Powerful Posters!"Facebook Invite

"All At Once" Opening Reception

Friday, January 12 at 7 pm, Grease 3, 3214 Cherokee

Grease 3 is proud to present “All At Once”, a show of 6 paintings by Meredith Pence. Meredith was born in Jefferson City, MO and graduated with her BFA in illustration from Pratt University in 2014. Facebook Invite

Free Zumbini Demo Class

Saturday, January 13 from 9:30-10:15 am, Shock Studio City, 2200 Gravois

Join us for a FREE Zumbini Demo Class! Designed for children ages 0-4, and their caregivers, Zumbini combines music and movement to create the ultimate bonding experience! Sing, dance, and play together while developing your little one’s social, cognitive, emotional and motor skills.Please RSVP as spots are limited! Facebook Invite

Winter Homeless Outreach

Saturday, January 13 from 10 am-1 pm, Thomas Dunn Learning Center, 3113 Gasconade

Let's Help The Homeless is partnering with CDDB Community Charity to help those in need get a little warmth and comfort. We will gather at the Thomas Dunn Learning Center at 10 am to sort and pack donation, then hit the streets to distribute them. Children of all ages are welcomed to help as well, so bring your families! Facebook Invite

Marvel Artist, Jerry DeCaire Live Drawing Performance

Saturday, January 13 from 12-1 pm, Apotheosis Comics, 3206 S. Grand

Jerry DeCaire, illustrator for Marvel’s Wolverine: Weapon X Unbound, Deadpool & the Secret Defenders, X-Men Epic Collection: Mutant Genesis, and Deadpool Beginnings, will conduct demonstrations for the public showing the effectiveness and reliability of a more scientific and mathematical approach to drawing. Students can see their core subjects applied in a unique and inspirational way. Facebook Invite

Peter and Paul Trivia Night

Saturday, January 13 from 7-10 pm, St. Justin Martyr Church, 11914 Eddie And Park

Trivia Night will feature 10 rounds of general knowledge trivia, dollar games, a raffle, and more! Cost is $25 per person / $200 per table of 8. VIP tables are also available as full tables only for $250. Beer, soda, and water are included and guests are welcome to bring their own snacks and beverages as well. Please call Erin Boyle at 314-338-8189 to reserve your table or for sponsorship information. 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 6-7 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

North-South Light Rail Study Open House

Tuesday, January 16 from 4-7 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

Come learn about: ridership estimates, benefits, impacts, costs to build and operate, and equity measures. We'd like feedback on: which on-street station security features help you feel safe, what station area features are important to you (parking, pedestrian access, bike facilities, etc), and which proposed rout through North St. Louis would benefit you the most. Light refreshments will be provided. The final project recommendations will be submitted to East-West Gateway in the Spring of 2018. Learn more at

EAGLE Tower Grove East Open House

Thursday, January 18 from 5-7 pm, EAGLE Prep, 2900 S. Grand

Join us for an open house at EAGLE Tower Grove East. Take a tour, meet teachers and leaders, find out about our academic program and extracurricular opportunities, and submit your lottery application before the February deadline. Light refreshments will be provided. Facebook Invite

Cherokee Station Business Association Meeting

Thursday, January 18 from 5:30-6:30 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.

Benton Park West Neighborhood Association Meeting

Thursday, January 18 at 7 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

Please join us to hear the neighborhood news and have a chance in interact with your neighbors, 3rd District police, aldermen and NSO. We will review upcoming events and activities. For agenda items and other details, please visit our Events page or the Facebook Invite

Saint Louis Badischer Unterstutzungs-Verein (Annual Dance)

Saturday, January 20 from 6-11 pm, German Cultural Society, 3652 S. Jefferson

Doors open at 6 pm, food/bev at 6:30 pm, The Wendl Band at 7 pm. Attendance prizes and a special performance by the Volkstanzgruppe. All seats reserved. Call Wolfgang Bouwhuis at 314-402-0445. Donations: $10. Facebook Invite


  • Vices and Virtues Mardi Gras Ball, Saturday, January 27 from 7-11 pm, Lemp Grand Hall, 1817 Cherokee

  • Predatory Lending & Tax Prep, Tuesday, January 30 from 6:30-8:30 pm, South City Excel Center, 2828 Gravois


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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