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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, February 7-17, 2019

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

Louisiana Calm Street Open House

Thursday, February 7 at 4-7 pm, Thomas Dunn Learning Center, 3113 Gasconade

Learn more about the concept of calm streets and how they might improve our community.

For more information on the Calm Streets Pilot Program planned on Louisiana Avenue, visit CBB’s website.

Closing Reception: Tensor Field + Screen Grab

Friday, February 8 at 7-10 pm, Monaco USA, 2701 Cherokee

Please join us on Friday, February 8th, 7:00 - 10:00 pm, when we will host a closing reception for Zachary Buchner, 'Tensor Field' + 'Screen Grab,' featuring Joe Cassen, Andrew Falkowski, Andres Kim and Kate McQuillen, presented by Monaco and PRACTISE.⠀Both exhibits are on view through February 9. Visit us on Saturday's from 12:00 - 4:00 pm, or by appointment. Facebook Invite

Megan Singleton's Solo Exhibit, "Siblings: Out Finding Beauty"

Saturday, February 9 at 5-7 pm, Reese Gallery, 3410 Wisconsin

Megan Singleton’s new body of work, Out Finding Beauty, features her own studio work along side a selection of drawings by her late brother Jeremy, A.K.A Cristo. Singleton reflects upon the inward journey as she transitions after this deep loss. Singleton’s text panels and sculptures are made of handmade paper. Their gestures mimic the motion of her brothers writing. and are transformed into abstract textures on the wall. Her exhibition is a collection of relics engaging the process of remembering and releasing. Neutral color palettes are paired with deep calming shades of indigo. Facebook Invite

Second Saturdays: Gallery Walk

Saturday, February 9 at 6-10 pm, Cherokee

Art walk in the Cherokee Street Arts District second Saturdays of the month from 6-9PM. Participating businesses exhibiting various medias of art. Rotating galleries on Cherokee Street. Facebook Invite

What are heart bombs? Valentines and love letters to historic buildings that are in need of some love. This is your opportunity to pick a building (or two) that you think needs some loving and show our community the importance of SAVING it! We will will meet at Perennial for a valentine crafting session from 10-noon, then we will head to the chosen building (or buildings) and show our love! 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.

in. Open to the public, bring your friends!

Gravois Park Neighborhood Meeting

Tuesday, February 12 at 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. Bring an idea and neighbor or two! Facebook Invite

International Institute St. Louis: Young Friends Meeting

Tuesday, February 12 at 6-7:30 pm, Hall of Nations, 3401 Arsenal

Tiffany Minx, Grants Research and Fund Development Vista at International Institute of St. Louis will be joining us to lead a workshop on securing community sponsorships. She'll be sharing talking points about IISTL and how to successfully fundraise for the Institute and the many programs it supports for our community of immigrants and refugees. We'll be spending the second half of our meeting in breakout teams (Marketing, Sponsorships, Event Donations) to further the planning of Trivia Night: Friday, April 12th. Snacks will be provided! Facebook Invite

Alpha - South City

Wednesday, February 13 at 6:30-8:30 pm, St. Pius V Catholic Church, 3310 S Grand

Alpha is an invitation for anyone, with or without a faith, to explore Christianity in an open, friendly, and informal environment. Each evening there will be a meal, a talk, and a discussion in small groups. There is no pressure and no follow up. Come and learn more about Alpha, and bring along a friend! Learn More and Sign up at

Change 4 Cherokee: Love Bank Park

Saturday, February 16 at 10 am-2 pm, Love Bank Park, 2853 Cherokee Join youth from our Cherokee Street neighborhoods as we take an effort to clean up the streets and alleys in our community and neighborhood. As a community effort, we are asking businesses, residents, and other members to help by donating $1 per pound collected. 100% of what is made goes directly back into our summer programming at Love Bank Park. Questions? Contact Alexa Seda, Executive Director Cherokee Street Development League at or c: 314.328.5192

Fire & Ice - Fundraiser for Gateway Art Support

Saturday, February 16 from 6 pm-2 am, Nexcore, 2631 Gravois

The purpose of Fire and Ice is to raise money for Gateway Art Support (GAS), a subsector of the Gateway Burners which provides art grants and funding for the annual Gateway Burn, as well as funding for Arch Reactor's upcoming projects, classes, and innovations. This unusual event is a collaboration of Burner culture and creative technical artistry that promises to be an exciting and welcome reprieve from the frigid Midwest winter. For details and to order tickets, please visit


  • Cherokee Street CID Meeting, Thursday, February 21 at 5:30-6:30 pm, Artist's Arts, 2643 Cherokee

  • Benton Park West Neighborhood Meeting, Thursday, February 21 at 7 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

  • Marine Villa Neighborhood Meeting, Monday, February 25 at 7-8:30 pm, Irish Corner Pub, 1900 Cherokee


A special THANK YOU to The Porch sponsors:

Five Star Senior Center

Salvation Army Temple Corps

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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