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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, May 9-19, 2019

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

Cherokee Street Trashy Hour

Thursday, May 9 at 2:30-6 pm, Earthbound Beer, 2724 Cherokee

Trashy Hour will start with a beautification walk through part of the Cherokee Street Commercial District. We’ll meet up and break into teams as we tackle the job of making the streets free of litter! After we’ve picked up all that we can, we’ll meet back up at Earthbound for celebratory drinks. Earthbound is even offering specials for Trashy Hour participants! Sign up here to get cheap beer:

Back to School Planning Meeting 2

Thursday, May 9 at 6-7:30 pm, Last Days Apostolic Church, 3311 Pennsylvania

We're holding our 2nd planning meeting for Back-To-School. Last year, over 400 students were provided the tools they needed to success in school. We hope to assist 500 students this year. Community volunteers are needed as well as donations. Facebook Invite

2019 WashU MFA Thesis Exhibition

Friday, May 10 at 6-9 pm, The Luminary, 2701 Cherokee

The Sam Fox School's annual MFA Thesis Exhibition features work by the seventeen graduating students in the Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art Program at Washington University. Works in various media explore themes such as the politics of race, the role of gender, the poetics of the everyday, and utopian/dystopian futures. Facebook Invite

Time Share + Warm Welcome

Friday, May 10 at 7-10 pm, Monaco USA, 2701 Cherokee

Monaco is pleased to present two exhibitions curated by Jeff Robinson, 'Time Share' and 'Warm Welcome.' 'Time Share' makes reference to those dwellings with shared ownership as a lens for considering artist collectives like Monaco, and to engender a spirit of mutuality that is required in such communal spaces. 'Warm Welcome' presents a series of intimate gestures, sketches, artifacts, and artworks culled from the studio and home of Sage Dawson. Facebook Invite

Movie in Fox Park: Aquaman

Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 pm, Fox Park

UPDATE: New movie - AQUAMAN! Spend the evening under the stars with your neighbors watching Aquaman. Everyone is welcome! Bring your own chairs & blankets, food and refreshments. Movie will start at dusk, approximately 8:15pm. Fox Park T-shirts, koozies, and stickers will be available for purchase. We'll have free popcorn and music before the movie starts. Sponsored by NexCore & the Fox Park Neighborhood Association. Fun for the whole family! Facebook Invite

Second Saturdays Gallery Walk

Saturday, May 11 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

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, May 14 at 6-7:30 pm, 3353 Cherokee (Enter rear of building)

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

IISTL Young Friends May Meeting

Tuesday, May 14 at 6-7:30 pm, International Institute STL, 3401 Arsenal

Each month, the Young Friends of the International Institute of St. Louis has a meeting. In May, we will be meet in the Hall of Nations. All current and prospective Young Friends are invited. Thinking about getting involved? Come by and meet our leadership team. Facebook Invite

Cherokee Street CID Meeting

Thursday, May 16 at 5:30 pm, Artist 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, May 16 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.

Fox Park #trashtag Challenge

Saturday, May 18 at 1-4 pm, 2827 Oregon

Jump on the viral social media challenge that really does make a difference! The Fox Park Neighborhood Safety Committee, Messiah Community Center and Lohr Distributing Company are hosting a #trashtag Challenge! Grab a team, sign up with your social media handle, go out and clean up the community, post the pics, and come back for the after party of food, fun and games! Homebase: 2827 Oregon Ave. Registration: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. After Party: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Together we can make our community safer and cleaner and stronger! Facebook Invite

Ice Cream Social FUN-raiser

Saturday, May 18 at 6-9 pm, South Broadway Art Project, 3816 S. Broadway

Join us for our season finale FUNraiser for scholarship for TAP Teen Apprenticeships! This event will feature current artwork, fashion designs, and Pop-Up Shops by our Teen Apprentices. Come BUY a bowl and get a bottomless Ice Cream Sundae. We will also have donations for drinks and complimentary snacks! This event is a great way to get some really unique bowls for a great cause! Facebook Invite

Blues City Swing in Benton Park

Sunday, May 19 at 4 pm, Benton Park

Join us for our first concert of the summer! Blues City Swing will play all evening on the 19th. Drinks will be available for purchase. Rain or shine, located in Benton Park. Bring your friends, neighbors and pets - this event is free for all ages! Facebook Invite


  • Benton Park Historic Neighborhood Tour, Sunday, May 26 at 2-5 pm Tickets $15

  • IndiHop 2019, Saturday, June 1 at 1-7 pm, Cherokee Eventbrite


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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