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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, March 29-April 8, 2018

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

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

9th Ward Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, March 29 from 6-8 pm, The Last Days Apostolic Church, 3311 Pennsylvania

We are welcoming the community to hear from our new Public Safety Director, Judge Edwards, and Police Commissioner, Colonel John Hayden, on issues and resolutions surrounding the City of St. Louis and the 9th Ward. Guests also include 3rd District Captain Shawn Dace & Captain Perri Johnson. 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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

9th Ward Democrats Assembly

Thursday, April 5 from 6:30-6:30 pm, Artists Art, 2643 Cherokee

6:30 - Socialize, begin your 9th Ward Democrats membership. 7:00 - Assembly begins• Update on recent Board of Aldermen legislative activity by Dan Guenther, 9th Ward Alderman• Invited: Candidates for House of Representatives, Districts 78, 79, 81; 78th District - Bruce Franks, Jr. (incumbent); 79th District - LaKeysha Bosley, J.P. Johnson; 81st District - Steve Butz, Travis Estes• Al Neal, St. Louis Workers' Education Society. Discussion: Information about August 7th election, 9th Ward Democrats bylaws. Facebook Invite

Garden Clean Up!

Saturday, April 7 from 9 am-12 pm, Pride of Potomac Garden, 3502 Pennsylvania

Garden Clean up at Pennsylvania and Potomac ave 63118. Pulling weeds and fixing beds! Kids must have an adult present. Facebook Invite

Salvation Army Spring Auction

Saturday, April 7 at 6 pm, Salvation Army - Temple Corps, 2740 Arsenal

Doors open at 5 pm for pre-sale and concessions. Live auction begins at 6 pm. Payments must be made at time of purchase; cash or credit card only. Preview pictures will be posted on Facebook the week of the auction. Items include small appliances, speaker systems, kitchen utensils, household supplies, furniture, bedding, electronics, and toys. Facebook Invite

2nd Annual Doggy Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 8 from 12-3 pm, BPW Dog Park, 3300 Nebraska

(DUE TO WEATHER, this event moved to Sunday, April 8) 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.


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

  • 22nd Annual SLACO Regional Conference, Saturday, April 14 from 7:30 am, Forest Park Community College, 5600 Oakland

  • Rise & Scream, Fundraiser for International Institute, Saturday, April 14 from 5 pm-12 am, 2720, 2720 Cherokee

  • 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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