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Weekly Porch: Area Activities, August 15-25, 2019

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

Cherokee Street CID Meeting

Thursday, August 15 at 5:30 pm, Artist Art, 2643 Cherokee

Cherokee Street Community Improvement District (CID) meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 5:30pm at Artist Art. New events, neighborhood and district updates, and all other information regarding Cherokee Street are covered. These meetings are public and open to all. Business owners, residents, property owners, and/or anyone with an interest in Cherokee Street are welcome and encouraged to attend. Facebook Invite

Benton Park West Neighborhood Meeting

Thursday, August 15 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.

Summer Meet + Greet: Welcome our New Executive Director

Friday, August 16 at 5:30-8 pm, Perennial, 3762 S. Broadway

Join us to welcome Katie Carpenter as Perennial's new Executive Director! Perennial's Board of Directors and Staff welcomed Katie Carpenter as the organization's new Executive Director in July. We are excited for you to meet Katie, and check out Perennial's new outdoor dye garden. Drinks and light snacks will be served along with a fun upcycled craft project. Facebook Invite

BPW Litter Clean Up + Social Hour

Saturday, August 17 at 9-10 am, Love Bank Park, Cherokee

Join us for our monthly neighborhood litter pick up and social hour! We will be starting at Love Bank Park (the corner of Cherokee St. and Nebraska Ave.). *Feel free to bring a bucket, gloves and trash picker upper if you like. We have trash bags that have been donated by Operation Brightside.

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!

Happy Hour Fundraiser: Planned Parenthood

Tuesday, August 20 at 5-10 pm, Earthbound Beer, 2724 Cherokee

Planned Parenthood provides a comprehensive suite of affordable reproductive health services, including birth control and abortions. We believe in their mission of ensuring that everyone has access to safe and affordable reproductive healthcare and we're honored to host a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood of greater Saint Louis. A dollar a drink will go to benefit Panned Parenthood of Missouri and we'll have swag and educational materials available! Facebook Invite

Refab Volunteer Night

Tuesday, August 20 at 6 pm, Refab, 3130 Gravois

The folks out at Refab could use our help. We need a crew of 5-10. Refab is a nonprofit that creates training and employment opportunities through the sustainable practices of deconstruction, refabrication, and resale. Rather than use machines to demolish buildings and landfill perfectly good materials, they use people power to quickly and carefully disassemble structures and make quality, affordable materials available to the public. Facebook Invite

Concordia Seminary Servant Event

Wednesday, August 21 at 9:45 am, Pride of Potomac Garden

Concordia Seminary’s New Student Orientation Servant EventThis year the Servant Event will be on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Buses will leave the Seminary at 9:30 am and arrive at the sites between 9:45 – 10:00 am. Buses return to start picking up groups at 12:45 pm. Facebook Invite

Tenth Life Cats N' Mats Yoga

Wednesday, August 21 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 $20 each for for individual tickets during our summer class series!* Facebook Invite

Grand Opening of 2755 Chippewa

Friday, August 23 at 6-8 pm, 2744 Chippewa

After 3 years of predevelopment work and 2 years of extensive renovation, we're excited for the first major rehab in a wave of new equitable development projects along Chippewa, to come alive. We'll have pop-up shops by a few local businesses in the storefronts, a gallery of photos taken throughout the renovation, drinks by Saint Louis Hop Shop and snacks from our neighbors across the street at Gooseberries. Facebook Invite

Opening and Reception: Preserving the Holy

Saturday, August 24 at 7-9 pm, Flood Plain Gallery, 3151 Cherokee

Preserving the Holy, a solo pop-up exhibition by Maleeha Samera, St. Louis-based photographer, showcases a body of work on the sacred moments of a religious pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina. The series highlights the intimacy and serenity that comes from a spiritually exhausting, yet fulfilling journey. The artist comes from a Muslim denomination that is highly persecuted and traveling to certain countries can be unsafe. Taking photographs made Samer more visible and, therefore, at risk. For this reason, each photo was taken with intention and without any room for hesitancy. Facebook Invite

Cherokee Cleanup

Sunday, August 25 at 11 am, Love Bank Park, Cherokee

Come join us cleaning up Cherokee. We will meet at 11 a.m. at Love Bank Park and get to work erasing the trace in the Cherokee neighborhood. We are super excited to be collaborating with the St. Louis Civilians - Rotary Club for this event. Gloves, bags and lunch will be provided. Bring your helping hands, kind heart and reusable water bottles. Facebook Invite


  • Marine Villa Neighborhood Meeting, Monday, August 26 at 7-8 pm, Irish Corner Pub, 1900 Cherokee

  • Brazilian Day STL, Saturday, September 7 at 12-8 pm, Yemanja Brasil, 2900 Missouri

  • Gravois Park Neighborhood Meeting, Tuesday, September 10 at 6-7 pm, Rita Ford Center, 3353 California


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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