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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, June 27-July 7, 2019

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

Back to School Planning Meeting 5

Thursday, June 27 at 6:30-8 pm, Last Days Apostolic Church, 3311 Pennsylvania

August will be here for you know it! We're holding our first 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. Help us find donors, vendors, and volunteers. Plus your help the day of the event. Most of the students who attended last year live in Benton Park West, Gravois Park, Marine Villa, and Dutchtown. These are our communities children, so let's support our community! Facebook Invite

Trans & Gender Free Pride March

Friday, June 28 at 5:30-8:30 pm, Arsenal

Join us at the corner of Oregon & Arsenal (one block from MTUG HQ) at 5:30p. We will leave at 6p to march down Arsenal to Benton Park. The March (no cars, walking/scootering, biking only, and other mobility devices are welcome of course!) will be followed by a short program featuring local Trans & Queer community members. For more details, please visit the Facebook Invite.

Tower Grove Pride

Saturday, June 29 at 11:30 am-7 pm, Tower Grove Park

Join your friends at Tower Grove Park for a people-powered Pride festival of epic proportion! This is a festival for everyone! LGBT+ and allies! All ages welcome! We'll feature over 250 vendors, local bands, drag, games, picnic areas, pet paradise, a family fun zone -- and much, much more! RSVP to Facebook to stay informed, or visit

PrideFest 2019

Saturday, June 29 at 11:00 am-7:00 pm AND Sunday, June 30 at 11 am-6 pm, Soldiers' Memorial Park, Market Street (between N 15th Street and Tucker)

The parade is Sunday at 12 noon. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people come to PrideFest and the Grand Pride Parade in St. Louis. This year, the Arch will once again provide the backdrop for the parade on Market Street, and the parade will run along the face of the festival. The Pride Parade has served as a method for legislators and candidates to illustrate their support of the LGBT community and the causes we support. The parade also serves as a means to showcase the creative talents and service hundreds of LGBT-friendly businesses, non-profit organizations, and community groups, as they spread their message to all who attend. To learn more, please visit

Youth Movie Night at Marquette Park: Black Panther

Sat, June 29 at 7 pm, Marquette Park, 4048 Louisiana

DT2 - Downtown Dutchtown invites you to Marquette Park on Saturday, June 29th for an evening celebrating our local youth with free food, fun, and Wakanda forever! Black Panther will be shown on a 20 foot screen on the hill next to the Field House.The event starts at 7pm. The movie will show when the sun sets, around 8:30pm. Bring the kids, their friends, your lawn chairs, blankets, and Black Panther costumes, and whatever else you want. 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!

St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach's June OPSPOT Redux

Sunday, June 30 at 10 am - 6 pm, TBD

This event is kid friendly! Email your rsvp to or post your email address here to sign up you and your kiddo. Kid shifts will begin at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm. We are partnering with OPSPOT to trap neuter and return roughly 30 cats for this event. We need your help though! Facebook Invite

Minute to Win It

Wednesday, July 3 at 5 pm, Salvation Army Temple Corps, 2740 Arsenal

Come every Wednesday in July for a great time with your family. Experience FREE FOOD, Games, and a great time.Parents are suppose to come with their children. Facebook Invite

Nebula's Free First Friday

Friday, July 5 at 10 am-4 pm, Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson

Need a change of scenery from your usual workspace or coffee shop? Stop by Nebula for the day on Free First Friday! Bring your laptop and enjoy our shared workspaces and free wifi. At 10am, we’ll provide free Gooseberries bagels and coffee from RISE Coffee House to sustain your productivity. No strings attached, we just want to help you get stuff done! Free parking is available across Jefferson (next to Byrd & Barrel). When you arrive, please use the call box at the main Nebula entrance on Jefferson. — dial #01 and someone from Nebula will buzz you in. Open to the public, bring your friends! Facebook Invite

FUNDRAISER: BPW at Fair St. Louis,

Saturday, July 6, 12-11 pm, Gateway Arch

Benton Park West will host a beverage booth on Saturday, July 6. This is our BIGGEST fundraiser of the year. We use these dollars to fulfill our missions and provide programming and community enhancements. Specially these dollars support Easter Eggstravaganza, Back to School, Trunk or Treat, the Dog Park, insurance, rent, meeting refreshments, and printing costs. Help BPW by volunteering to work one or more shifts selling beer, soda, and water.Volunteer Here:

Opening Reception: The Search

Saturday, July 6 at 6-8 pm, Flood Plain, 3151 Cherokee

Artists Yvonne Osei, Edo Rosenblith and Steph Zimmerman - winners of the 2018 Creative Stimulus Award - work in extremely different methods and media. Yet all three artists source informational and material communication from others, whether it’s asking peer artists to construct a self-portrait, repurposing the discards of anonymous litterers or wandering the streets of colonizing cities in search of the “Discoverer.” The works of Osei, Rosenblith and Zimmerman have disparate motivations and resulting aesthetics but a similar spirit of searching. The search for self, purpose and untold histories. Facebook Invite


  • Gravois Park Neighborhood Association Meeting, Tues, July 9 at 6-7 pm, 3353 California

  • Tenth Life Cats N' Mats Yoga, Wednesday, July 10 at 6-7 pm, Tenth Life, 3202 Cherokee

  • Cherokee Street Trashy Hour, Thursday, July 11 at 5-7:30 pm, Earthbound Beer, 2724 Cherokee

  • Cherokee Street CID Meeting, Thursday, July 18 at 5:30 pm, Artist Art, 2643 Cherokee

  • Benton Park West Neighborhood Meeting, Thursday, July 18 at 7-8 pm, Five Star Senior Center, 2832 Arsenal

  • BPW Litter Clean Up, Saturday, July 20 at 9-10 am, New China, 3350 Gravois


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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