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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, April 26-May 6, 2018

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

Beer and South St. Louis: A Talk, Tour, and Taste Event

Thursday, April 26 at 6 pm, 3405 S. Jefferson

Credit Basics and the Home Buying Process

Thursday, April 26 at 6:30-8:30 pm, South City Excel Center, 2828 Gravois

Attend a FREE Home Buying and Credit Workshop to learn: 1. How to achieve affordable and successful homeownership! 2. What documentation you need to be approved for a loan 3. The basics of credit that will get you ready for home ownership

Piano Slam - Last one until fall!

Friday, April 27 at 6-8 pm, Pianos for People, 3138 Cherokee

The best Friday Night Live around - join us to Jam with the Band. Sit in on the Piano - we'll show you how. FREE and open to the whole community. Facebook Invite

Golden Gems Grand Opening Party

Friday, April 27 from 6-11 pm, Golden Gems, 3156 Cherokee

We are opening a store! Come celebrate our grand opening on Friday April 27th! There will be drinks, food, and a lot of new cool stuff! Facebook Invite

Last Saturday's With MOWIT

Saturday, April 28 at 8 am-4 pm, 2929 S. Jefferson

We had such a blast the first time, we are doing it again. Here is your chance to volunteer with a great organization, and learn some new skills from our amazing group of tradeswomen! Or show off some of your own skills! We look forward to seeing everyone there! Please RSVP to 636-926-6948. We appreciate all the help we can get! Come with your tools and PPE! 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

Transcending the Spectrum 5

Saturday, April 28 at 6-10 pm, Koken Art Factory, 2500 Ohio

Metro Trans Umbrella Group is thrilled to celebrate our 5th annual art exhibition & fundraiser “Transcending the Spectrum” at Koken Art Factory! Please join us for an AMAZING evening of ART, drag, spoken word and live music to celebrate the St Louis LGBTQIA+ community. Your co-hosts for this evening's performances will be local drag personalities, Dickie Rebellion & Scarlett Syanide! 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.

So Fresh So Cleanup! Marine Villa

Sunday, April 29 at 11 am-3 pm, Perennial, 3762 S. Broadway

We are excited to team up with the Dutchtown South Community Corporation on a series of cleanups around town this summer.Join us at Perennial on S Broadway and help us Erase the Trace in Dutchtown!! We will be focusing on the Chippewa corridor East of Broadway to Marine and the alley South. Gloves, bags and lunch will be provided. Facebook Invite

Our Neighborhood Garden (Flower) Work Day

Sunday, April 29 at 1-4 pm, Our Neighborhood Garden, 2800 Wyoming

We are fortunate to have a mini botanical garden right here in Benton Park West! Our Neighborhood Garden, a partnership with Gateway Greening, has many beautiful flowers and bushes. We are pulling weeds and planting annuals. The forecast is for a sunny, 74 degrees; perfect day to be outside! Please visit our Events page or Facebook Invite for details.

The Moon Goddess Guide Book Signing + Ceremony

Sunday, April 29 at 5:30-8:30 pm, Yeyo Arts, 2907 S. Jefferson

Gather your friends and sisters and join in on the circle at The Moon Goddess Guide Book Signing + Ceremony! Tru self-published the first edition in April 2012 and hosted her workshop and book-signing at Yeyo Arts on a Libra Full Moon where women young and old gathered around to share herstories, ceremony and tradition followed by a moon ceremony in the urban depths of St.Louis. 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

Give STL Day - Benton Park West Fundraiser

Wednesday, May 2, 24 hours, Online:

Join the St. Louis Community Foundation for their online day of giving to benefit nonprofits serving the St. Louis region. Benton Park West Neighborhood Association is participating for the first time! We need your help to rally donors; additional cash donations will be by Give Day sponsors as we reach different fundraising milestones. Anyone can donate (min $10), not just BPW residents. Ask your employer, friends, family, local business to donate. You may preschedule your donation or give on May 2. For more info please visit

St. Lazare House Open House

Wednesday, May 2 at 11 am-2 pm, St. Lazare House, 2812 Arsenal

Join us for an afternoon celebrating the opening of St. Lazare House, Depaul USA's new permanent supportive housing program for homeless youth. Enjoy tours of the home with complimentary food and drink. A ceremony recognizing our generous supporters will occur at 11:30 am. RSVP to or 312-362-8873.

Opening Reception: History Pauses Here

Friday, May 4 from 5-8 pm, South City Art Supply, 1926 Cherokee

Gary Signor is the artist behind "History Pauses Here," an installation of small works that will be transforming our gallery during the month of May. Join us for the opening reception May 4th, 5pm-8pm with an artist talk at 7pm. On display in our gallery through May 23rd. Facebook Invite

Cinco de Mayo 2018: A Cherokee Street Festival

Saturday, May 5 from 11 am-10 pm, Cherokee Street (Jefferson to Nebraska)

An annual tradition, with a long history, Cinco De Mayo: A Cherokee Street Festival has evolved into a celebration of community and one of the largest and most diverse festivals in the St. Louis area. The festival will pack Cherokee Street with people enjoying authentic food, drinks, music, entertainment. We strive to support as many artists as possible through this event, focusing on diverse talent that reflects the attendees and multicultural backgrounds of the artists and residents that are a part of this community. Please visit the Facebook Invite for more details.


  • Benton Park West Board Meeting, Tuesday, May 8 at 6:30 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

  • Spring Into the Angel Boutique - Fashion Show & Preview Night, Friday, May 11 at 7-9 pm, Angel Boutique, 2700 Cherokee

  • Benton Park West Neighborhood Meeting, Thursday, May 17 at 7 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

  • BPW Litter Clean Up + Social Hour, Saturday, May 19 at 9 am, Love Bank Park, 2855 Cherokee

  • Concert in the Park: Blue City Swing, Sunday, May 20 at 4-7 pm, Benton Park, 3100 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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