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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, July 4-14, 2019

Happy 4th of July!

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

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:

*BPW's beverage booth is at the S. Teardrop; south of the Arch.

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 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!

Clowder House Foundation Visiting Day

Sunday, July 7 at 2-4 pm, Clowder House, 3134 Wyoming

Come and spend the day with us showering the lovely residents of Clowder House with love and affection. The kitties love visiting day and you might even find your next family member with us. Facebook Invite

Gravois Park Neighborhood Association Meeting

Tues, July 9 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. Facebook Invite

No Pride in Genocide

Wednesday, July 10 at 5:30-7:30 pm, STL-Style, 3159 Cherokee

Join a speaking event and discussion on the role and responsibility of white LGBTQIA people to join in solidarity with the African community's struggle for Black Power and self-determination. Challenging the historic opportunism of white-led LGBT movements seeking rights within a system built on slavery and genocide, this event will show the way forward to building principled solidarity based on unity through reparations to African people. Eventbrite

Tenth Life Cats N' Mats Yoga

Wednesday, July 10 at 6-7 pm, Tenth Life, 3202 Cherokee

This is a completely open-level yoga class. You only need a mat and a love of cats to participate! And we have a couple of mats if you don't have one. Curious kitties will be meandering about whilst we get our stretch on. This class is meant to be fun and nourishing to our bodies and souls while helping Tenth Life give cats the lives they deserve! Tickets are available for just $15 each!**$10 of every ticket purchased goes directly to Tenth Life. Facebook Invite

Cherokee Street Trashy Hour

Thursday, July 11 at 5-7:30 pm, Earthbound Beer, 2724 Cherokee

Join us for this FREE event on July 11th! Pick up trash. Meet your neighbors. Clean up your community. Have some beer. Make some friends. Probably in that order. We'll provide trash bags and gloves for attendees, so please come ready to bend, snap, and trash!Earthbound Beer will be providing some specials for Trashy Hour folks! Stay tuned for more details soon! Please check out the schedule below for further information on when to meet. Sign-up below: Facebook Invite

The Queer Round Table

Thursday, July 11 at 5-8 pm, STL-Style, 3159 Cherokee

Join us for the Queer Round Table as we discuss the future of our community at STL-Style on Cherokee. We welcome queer visionaries and allies dedicated on creating a positive change, to listen and express our requests and concerns in an intimate setting. Facebook Invite

Family Movie Night

Saturday, July 13 at 5-7:30 pm, Salvation Army Temple Corps, 2740 Arsenal

Free Family Event - Come and enjoy a great family movie "Spiderman enters the Spiderverse." Concessions will be available for purchase. Funding will support youth programs year round. Please bring your own chair. Facebook Invite

Architectural Abstractions: Art by Kathy Ann Duffin

Saturday, July 13 at 5-8 pm, The Bricoleur, 3400 Cherokee

Opening reception for "Architectural Abstractions: Paintings Inspired by St. Louis Structures" featuring the work of Kathy Ann Duffin, who will be in attendance. Kathy's current work is inspired by elements of local architecture, and will be on display in the new expansion of The Bricoleur through September. Facebook Invite


  • Gravois Park Alley Clean Up, Monday, July 15 at 9 am-12 pm, Gravois Park

  • 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

  • Marine Villa Neighborhood Meeting, Monday, July 22 at 7 pm, Irish Corner Pub, 1900 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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