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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, March 22-April 1, 2018

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

Benton Park West Neighborhood Fundraiser

Thursday, March 22 from 4-8 pm, Panera, 2018 S. 7th Street

Lot 49 Art Auction + Benefit

Friday, March 23 from 7-10 pm, The Luminary, 2701 Cherokee

As our leading fundraiser and the most exciting party we throw each year, Lot 49 brings together over 50 artists to present visual art up for auction, conceptual cocktails, soundscapes and dance performances throughout the evening. VIP tickets are $50 and include complimentary valet parking, food and drinks provided by Mofu, Pint Size Bakery, Yaquis and Urban Chestnut, as well as the first chance to buy and bid on artwork. To purchase tickets or for more details, please visit

BPW Dog Park Work Day

Saturday, March 24 from 10-12 pm, BPW Dog Park, 3300 Nebraska

With the Doggie Easter Egg Hunt coming up on the 31st, we could use a small amount of time doing cleanup and maintenance in the dog park. Donuts and juice provided! Any amount of time you can help with will be greatly appreciated.For more info, please visit our Events page or Facebook invite.

Saturday Morning Kids' Art Class

Saturdays 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

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.

Marine Villa Seed Exchange, Garden Clean Up & BBQ

Sunday, March 25 from 10 am-2 pm, 3678 S. Broadway

The Marine Villa beautification committee is kicking off the season w/ a seed exchange, garden clean up, and bbq at the firehouse!! Facebook Invite

High School Choir Tour: Whitesburg Baptist Church

Sunday, March 25 at 4 pm, Salvation Army - Temple Corps, 2740 Arsenal

Join the 65 high school students from the Resolved Choir as they encourage you with their passionate praise for God! Refreshments to follow.

WES Vegan Potluck

Sunday, March 25 from 7-9:30 pm, St. Louis Workers' Education Society, 2929 S. Jefferson

This event is free, all ages, LGBTQIA+ and Disabilities welcoming, and DRUG AND ALCOHOL FREE. All food brought to the potluck must be vegan! Please bring a dish to share, and as always, be welcome to donate to sustain our efforts. Facebook Invite

Working with Bhutanese Refugees - MH First Aid

Tuesday, March 27 from 8 am-5 pm, St. Pius V Catholic Church, 3310 S. Grand

Sometimes first aid isn't a bandage, or CPR, or calling 911. Sometimes first aid is YOU. Join Bilingual International as we host the Office of Refugee Resettlement on March 27 for a FREE day of Mental Health First Aid for those working with Bhutanese refugees. Registration required. We hope to see you there! In coordination with the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Missouri Institute of Mental Health, Behavioral Health Response, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement. 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

Facebook Live & Social Media Strategy Workshop

Tuesday, March 27 from 6-8 pm, NexCore, 2631 Gravois

Co-sponsored by Brand You Media and Nexcore marketing group, this workshop will teach you about the basics of creating, editing, and producing quality video material for your social media platforms. Video content can help drive business to your page and bring your social media accounts to the next level. But creating video content can be daunting. Denise Naughton is an Emmy award-winning producer with many years in the industry. Learn from one of the best, and before you know it, you will be creating quality video content for your pages. Facebook Invite

How to Arch Grants

Thursday, March 29 from 6-8 pm, DK Annex, 2727 S. Jefferson

Join the Arch Grants community! The Arch Grants Gathering will feature Arch Grants’ Executive Director, Competition Manager, past Recipients on how to maximize your application for grant funding.This event is for those entrepreneurs who want to learn more about Arch Grants, plan to apply, have a business that is scalable and want clarity on the competition process. Facebook Invite

Social Synergy Coffee & Connections

Friday, March 30 from 9-11 am, DK Annex, 2727 S. Jefferson

If you are a new entrepreneur that wants to get plugged into a support network, we want to meet you! If you are a seasoned leader or entrepreneur and want to serve as a mentor for startups, we want to meet you too! Join in on the meet up for coffee and continental breakfast at Social Synergy Coffee and Connections. Facebook Invite

WES Workday with MOWIT - Friends learning about the Trades

Saturday, March 31 from 7 am-4 pm, STL Worker's Education Society, 2929 S. Jefferson

Ever wanted to learn about the building trades? Or just hang out with friends and help take care of your activist home: WES? You’re in luck! At the end of the month you’ll have a chance to do both. Our partners, the Missouri Women in Trades (MOWIT) will be having an all day WES workday. This is a great opportunity to not only support the St. Louis Workers Education Society, but to also learn from a labor-community organization that is building a more prosperous future for women. Facebook Invite

Easter Eggstravaganza

Saturday, March 31 from 10-12 pm, Gravois Park

Benton Park West Neighborhood Association will host its 13th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza! This free event is for children 0-12 years of age and they must be accompanied by an adult. For more details, please visit our Events page or the Facebook Invite.

2nd Annual Doggy Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 31 from 12-3 pm, BPW Dog Park, 3300 Nebraska

We're teaming up with MaxStar Rescue for our 2nd annual Doggy Easter egg hunt. Open event at the dog park. Hunt will begin at 1 pm and will be a recommended $10 donation to Maxstar Rescue. For more details, please visit our Events page or the Facebook Invite.

Harry Potter Trivia Night (Hosted by CDDB Community Charity)

Saturday, March 31 from 7-10 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

Think you know Harry Potter? Gather your friends and have a great time finding out! Winning table receives their entry fee back! $20 per person or $120 per table of 8. Raffle Baskets & 50/50 tickets. Hot dogs, nachos, soda and Butter Beer will be available for purchase! Proceeds go towards helping families in need! Facebook Invite

Easter Egg Hunt at the Orchard on Virginia

Sunday, April 1 from 1-2 pm, The Orchard on Virginia, 3001 Virginia

Neighborhood children can hunt for eggs among the peach and cherry blossoms! Everyone goes home with treats and treasures. We need to know how many children will be coming. Please, RSVP to Susan at Facebook Invite


  • Salvation Army Spring Auction, Saturday, April 7 at 6 pm, Salvation Army Temple, 2740 Arsenal

  • Benton Park West Neighborhood Meeting, Thursday, April 19 from 7-8 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

  • Spring Alley Clean Up and Our Neighborhood Garden Work Day, Saturday, April 21 from 10 am-???, 2802 Wyoming


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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