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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, January 25-February 4, 2018

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

Challah Board Working: Jewish Arts & Soul Program

Thursday, January 25 from 6:30-9 pm, Perennial, 3762 S. Broadway

Make your own hardwood challah board sourced from local, fallen trees at Perennial’s upcycling studio. Learn how to saw, plane, and shape your board using a variety of power and hand tools. Add designs with food-safe finishes and learn the proper care of wood boards to make yours last for many Shabbat meals to come! Online registration required: Facebook Invite

Saturday Morning Kids' Art Class

Saturday, January 27 from 10-11:30 am, Messiah Community Center, 2801 Magnolia

In this weekly arts program young people ages 7-13 will learn various art techniques from across the world. Teaching artists from Yeyo Arts Collective will guide students through multiple medias including but not limited to collage, painting and sculpture! Sign up by emailing Facebook Invite

Arch Rival Roller Derby's 10th Annual Trivia Night

Saturday, January 27 from 6-11 pm, German Cultural Society of St. Louis, 3652 S. Jefferson

Cost: Tables of 10, $200 a table. Individual tickets are only sold the night of the event for $20. Beer, wine, soda included. Feel free to bring your own food! No outside alcohol allowed. Facebook Invite

Vices and Virtues Mardi Gras Ball

Saturday, January 27 from 7-11 pm, Lemp Grand Hall, 1817 Cherokee

The annual Vices and Virtues Mardi Gras Ball is a masquerade/black tie event. It will feature creole cuisine and libations by Molly's In Soulard; entertainment by “head-liner” Lola Van Ella, emcee Jade Sinclair, and costume judge Michelle McCausland; and music by the Ultraviolets. General admission is $85. Limited tickets are now available at 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.

St. Frances Cabrini Academy Open House

Sunday, January 28 from 1-3 pm, St. Frances Cabrini Academy, 3022 Oregon

St. Frances Cabrini Academy invites you and your family to our Open House. We want you to consider Cabrini as your grade school. There will be attendance and referral prizes. Facebook Invite

Annie, Maya & Mary

Sunday, January 28 at 6 pm, Yeyo Arts, 2907 S. Jefferson

A workshop exploration of the lives and accomplishments of three Saint Louis women: Annie Malone, Maya Angelou, and Mary Meachum. 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

HIV Criminalization Training

Tuesday, January 30 from 2-4:30 pm, PROMO, 2200 Gravois

Empower Missouri and the MO HIV Justice Coalition are offering a FREE, 2-hour St. Louis regional training regarding some general education on HIV 101, Missouri state laws on HIV and disclosure, and how these laws affect and often criminalize people living with HIV. This training is open to the public and community members, but registration is required. 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

Predatory Lending & Tax Prep

Tuesday, January 30 from 6:30-8:30 pm, South City Excel Center, 2828 Gravois

This class will discuss the actual cost of payday lending and the effects it has on the consumer, and discuss the predatory lending laws and current events. The class will focus on the different types of predatory lenders and how they actually work. Lastly, it will provide the participants with alternatives to predatory lending and companies. Please RSVP to as seating is limited. Facebook Invite

Human Trafficking Awareness and Education Night

Wednesday, January 31 from 6-7:30 pm, International Institute, 3401 Arsenal

Human Trafficking is happening all around us. Join CATE in partnership with The International Institute St. Louis to learn more about this largely invisible epidemic happening right here in St. Louis. Learn what human trafficking is, how to recognize signs, and what you can do to stop trafficking in your community. This event is for the community and is free of charge. Facebook Invite

Tenth Life Cats N' Mats Yoga

Thursday, February 1 at 6 pm, Tenth Life, 3202 Cherokee

This is a completely open-level yoga class. You only need a mat and a love of cats to participate! And we have a couple of mats if you don't have one. Curious kitties will be meandering about whilst we get our stretch on. This class is meant to be fun and nourishing to our bodies and souls while helping Tenth Life give cats the lives they deserve! Tickets are available for just $15 each!* Facebook Invite

Walk of Life - Solo Show by Marianne Laury

Friday, February 2 at 7 pm, Grease 3, 3214 Cherokee

This is a solo show by Marianne Laury. Inspired by the Dire Straits song, “Walk Of Life” is an exploration of life, beginning to end, portrayed by audio/visual equipment connected via technological paths. Facebook Invite

Opening Reception: Clrcle Dot Moon

Friday, February 2 from 7-10 pm, South City Art Supply, 1926 Cherokee

“cIrcle dot moon” might simply describe Ashli England’s painting process—little circles adding up to moon-like satellites. Or maybe it’s the beginning of an ancient incantation—at least it sounds like that when she says it. However you engage with her colorful abstracts, you are bound to find energy and comfort in Ashli's vision. Please join us for the opening reception of cIrcle dot moon on February 2nd. We’ll provide refreshments, and you’ll provide the charming company. Don’t miss this chance to see Ashli's work all together, it will be a powerful show! Facebook Invite

Recipes for Love | Gallery Opening

Saturday, February 3 from 3-6 pm, Whisk: A Sustainable Bakeshop, 2201 Cherokee

Caitlin Metz has curated and illustrated a collection of narratives, poems, stories and directions for different kinds of love from ten different humans. From polyamorous love, to love of food, self love, loving someone with mental illness and more. It's raw and messy, light hearted and heavy. Each kind of love represented is illustrated in a small book. These books will be on display, and available for purchase. Facebook Invite

"Faces & Spaces" Art Show

Sunday, February 4 from 3-5 pm, Killeen Studio Architects, 3015 Salena

Don Morgan will show his photography and Phyllis Terry Friedman will showing her art masks. There will be cupcakes from Sweetart! Bring friends! Facebook Invite


  • Truth Initiative, Saturday, February 10 at 11 am, DK Annex, 2727 S. Jefferson

  • Toolbox for Growth: Tools to Executive Business Strategy, Tuesday, February 20 at 6 pm, DK Annex, 2727 S. Jefferson


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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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