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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, April 12-22, 2018

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

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

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

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.

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

Cherokee Station Business Association Meeting

Thursday, April 19 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 Meeting

Thursday, April 19 from 7-8 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

Coffee & Connections

Friday, April 20 from 9-11 am, DK Annex, 2727 S. Jefferson

5 Proven Ways to Increase Your Profits by business coach Matt Barbey of Billionaire Thoughts.If you are a new entrepreneur that wants to get plugged into a support network, we want to meet you! Looking for new ideas to reach a new market, 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

Monthly Cycle Donut Ride

Saturday, April 21 from 9-11 am, Sump Coffee, 3700 S. Jefferson

We're bringing back The Donut Ride! Join us for 5 great stops of coffee and donuts over 15 miles of our great city. This event is free and open to all women and gender non-binary riders. We will ride at an easy, conversational pace so you can talk about your favorite donuts more readily. Facebook Invite

Spring Alley Clean Up and Our Neighborhood Garden Work Day

Saturday, April 21 from 10 am-???, 2800 Wyoming and Neighborhood-Wide

Earth Day is Sunday, April 22 and Benton Park West is doing its part. Saturday, April 21 residents are encourage to participate in cleaning up their alleys and litter along sidewalks and common ways. We will have a dumpster for bulk items at Our Neighborhood Garden, 2800 Wyoming (at California). Invite your neighbors and make it a block effort! You might consider hosting a group in your area and hit multiple alleys. Get to know your neighbors or catch up with old friends while we improve our neighborhood. Please visit our Events page or Facebook Invite for more details.

Wurstmarkt Sausage Dinner

Sunday, April 22 from 12-5 pm, German Cultural Society Of St. Louis, 3652 S. Jefferson Join us for authentic German food, dance performances, and live music!! Free Admission and Food is for purchase! Facebook Invite


  • Marine Villa Neighborhood Meeting, Monday April 23 at 7 pm, Irish Corner Pub, 1900 Cherokee

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

  • Golden Gems Grand Opening Party, Friday, April 27 from 6-11 pm, 3156 Cherokee

  • Cinco de Mayo 2018: A Cherokee Street Festival, Saturday, May 5 from 11 am-10 pm, Cherokee


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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