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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, April 5-15, 2018

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

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

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

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

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.

Story Time for Kids!

Sunday, April 8 at 10 am, KAMP, 3405 S. Jefferson

KAMPfire Stories is a bi-weekly storytelling event for KAMP kiddos. This one hour event will be held inside the classroom at the store, and is reserved for children and their parents. Age appropriate stories and activities will be offered.No fee to attend. Space is limited. 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.

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

Gravois Park Neighborhood Meeting

Tuesday, April 10 from 6-7 pm, 3353 California

Our monthly meetings are a great place to discuss issues important to you and your family, learn about resources and get updates on everything in and around Gravois Park and the 20th Ward but mostly, meet your neighbors. 3353 California (enter at rear of building); Located in the former Jefferson Bank Building. Facebook Invite

Missouri Women In Trades (MOWIT) Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, April 11 from 4-5 pm, WES, 2929 S. Jefferson

We would love you see you all at the next MOWIT monthly meeting! Held in our new home at WES, 2929 S Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO. On-site parking, kids welcome. This is the time to meet other tradeswomen, and learn of ways to get involved with the group and the community! Many volunteering opportunities in the near future! Looking forward to seeing you there! Facebook Invite

Rainy Day Savings

Thursday, April 12 from 6:30-8:30 pm, South City Excel Center, 2828 Gravois

Are you interested in learning some different savings techniques and strategies? At this seminar, we will discuss the importance of emergency savings and maximizing your savings accounts. Learn about the different types of savings vehicles, what they mean, and contemplate what would be the best savings options for you, in case of a rainy day. REGISTER FOR CLASS on our website at:

22nd Annual SLACO Regional Conference

Saturday, April 14 from 7:30 am, Forest Park Community College, 5600 Oakland

Join SLACO for its 22nd Annual Regional Neighborhood Conference. Registration is $33 in advance, $40 the day of the conference. Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch. Please let us know your dietary needs. Register at More details on the Facebook Invite

Lo-Fi Cherokee 2018

Saturday, April 14 from 9 am-7 pm, Cherokee Street

It's that time of year again where you can witness 18 live performance music videos produced in public in as many locations on Cherokee street! Stay tuned for more info! Participating bands and locations to be announced soon! Facebook Invite

Rise & Scream, Fundraiser for International Institute

Saturday, April 14 from 5 pm-12 am, 2720, 2720 Cherokee

Rise & Scream is a fundraiser for the International Institute of St. Louis. The fundraiser is a night of entertainment bringing people together with a large group of local creative artists. All proceeds will be donated to the International Institute of St. Louis. The purpose of the International Institute is to be the St. Louis region’s welcoming center for refugees and immigrants. This year the Institute resettled more than 1,000 refugees from Syria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, Iraq, and many other countries, all of whom had endured trauma and hardship and must now begin again. Visit or Facebook Invite for more event details.


  • 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

  • Beer and South St. Louis: A Talk, Tour, and Taste Event, Thursday, April 26 at 6 pm, 3405 S. Jefferson


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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