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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, February 14-24, 2019


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

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

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!

Home Buying, Hosted by Prosperity Connection

Tuesday, February 19 from 6:30-8 pm, south City Excel Center, 2828 Gravois

Attend a FREE Home Buying Workshop to learn: 1. How to achieve affordable and successful homeownership! 2. Down Payment Assistance Programs that are available 3. How to get a FREE credit analysis 4. What documentation you need to be approved for a loan

9th Ward Assembly: President of the Board of Alderman Forum

Wednesday, February 20 at 7-8:30 pm, Artist Art, 2643 Cherokee

Please join Sara Johnson, 9th Ward Democratic Committeewoman, Bryan Walsh, 9th Ward Democratic Committeeman and Dan Guenther, 9th Ward Alderman for the next 9th Ward Assembly! We will hear from candidates for President of the Board of Aldermen and 9th Ward residents in attendance will cast their votes for the 9th Ward Democrats endorsement for President of the Board of Aldermen. JAMILAH NASHEED, MEGAN ELLYIA GREEN, and LEWIS REED (not yet confirmed). Facebook Invite

Cherokee Street CID Meeting

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

Cherokee Street CID (formerly Cherokee Street Business Association) Public Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm. All business owners, residents, property owners, and anyone with an interest in Cherokee are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Benton Park West Neighborhood Meeting

Thursday, February 21 at 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.

Volunteer basketball referees needed! We are looking for some volunteer referees for our youth basketball league! Since our participants are young and the league is new, our rules a little more relaxed, making this a good opportunity for students or those new to refereeing. We are looking for referee help from 6-8pm on the following dates: 2/21, 2/28, and 3/7. You can choose to volunteer for the whole two hours or just part of the time! If you or anyone you know would like to help us out, please contact Mikayla at 314-730-4971 or

2nd Annual Chili Cook Off

Friday, February 22 at 7-10 pm, Higher Heights Deliverance Church, 2127 California

Contestants will be able to throw their hats in the ring to see who has the best Chili in 2019. Judges will be able to sample small portions of the chili while filling out a scoring sheet which they will use to decide which Chili they liked the best. After all Chili has been Sampled Judges can cast their vote for the winner. The Chili with the most votes will be crowned champion of the 2019 Chili Cook Off. The Registration for the Cook Off Competitors is also $8.00. All funds are being raised to go toward the Higher Heights Deliverance Church Anniversary. Anniversary proceeds are used to complete repairs and projects on church facilities.

Opening Reception for Bruce Burton + Mike Schuh: Mates

Friday, February 22 at 7-10 pm, Monaco USA, 2701 Cherokee

Monaco is pleased to present Mates, a two-person exhibition featuring the work of Bruce Burton and Mike Schuh. Mates features a group of new sculptures, videos, and photographs. Facebook Invite

Face of Love: Common History of African Americans and Germans in Missouri

Saturday, February 23 from 2-5 pm, German Cultural Society, 3652 S. Jefferson

There is a rich and impressive history of German Abolitionists who fought for a color-blind democracy in Missouri. This history is largely unknown to many in the St. Louis region and is a good reason to celebrate the incredible intersection of shared American ideals between German immigrants and enslaved African Americans before and after the Civil War.

Opening: Vincent Stemmler's "Armature"

Saturday, February 23 at 6-9 pm, Flood Plain, 3251 Cherokee

Flood Plain is pleased to announce their upcoming exhibition “Vincent Stemmler: Armature”, which runs February 23-March 23, 2019, with a public reception on Saturday, February 23 at 6-9pm. Facebook Invite

CreativeMornings/St. Louis presents, "Symmetry"

Saturday, February 23 at 9-10:30 am, Cherokee Street Gallery, 2617 Cherokee

Our theme for February is #CMsymmetry presented by @mailchimp. This month’s exploration of Symmetry was chosen by CreativeMornings/Saint Petersburg and illustrated by Anna Fadeeva. Facebook Invite


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

  • Cherokee Creole Carnivale, Saturday, March 2 at 12 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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