Posted by Anne McCullough on August 31, 2015 | Leave a Comment





Richard Reilly
Scenes from a Journal
September 5 – October 3, 2015
Opening reception Saturday, September 5, 7-10 PM
at fort gondo

Robert Zungu
September 5 – October 3, 2015
Opening reception Saturday, September 5, 7-10 PM
at beverly



Poetry + The Politics of Joy
A collaborative event with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Saturday, September 12, 6-8 PM
Featuring poets Cole Swenson, Aaron Kunin & Renaldo Wilson
Plus, an interactive zine-making activity by Cole Lu
(at the Pulitzer Art Foundation)

gondo poetry 29:
LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
Justin Phillip Reed

Friday, September 18 at 7 PM

Traveling Bra Lady @ Bespoke

Posted by Anne McCullough on August 31, 2015 | Leave a Comment

At Bespoke, we are passionate about fit. The most stylish outfit won’t work if it is sagging, bunching, or pinching. That is true all the way down to your undergarments. Smooth fit and proper support from within allows everything you wear to look and feel better.On Sunday, September 20th, Bespoke will be hosting the Saint Louis Bra Lady, Kathi Cartwright, for a one day bra fitting event. Kathi represents Essential Bodywear, a line of bras that offer exceptional comfort and support and an amazing range of sizes. They are only available through trained fitting specialists, so this is a great opportunity to make sure you’re wearing a bra that is right for you.

BPNA Lakeside Concert

Posted by Anne McCullough on August 20, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Sunday, August 23 * 3pm-6pm * Benton Park Lake

Join us for another great concert in the park!

Featuring: The Mood Elevators

Beverages and BPNA Merchandise will be available for purchase.

Volunteers needed, please contact Mark Hasamear (mark.d.hasamear@gmail.com) or fill out the volunteer form:http://www.bpnastl.org/volunteer-opportunities/

Registration Open
10 Sessions September 3 through November 12

The Neighborhood Leadership Academy is jam-packed with information and skill-building, and NLA alums will tell you that preparing for sessions and keeping up with the topics can be work! But it’s not textbooks and lectures and tough homework assignments. NLA participants engage in exercises that help them examine their leadership skills, visit neighborhoods to explore what’s working, and build relationships that can last a lifetime

Click here to read about the facilitators and guest speakers:http://cwc.umsl.edu/nla/facilitators-spe…

Sign up for the NLA today and build relationships that will help sustain your neighborhood work! Register for the Neighborhood Leadership Academy today.

The Luminary August Updates + Events

Posted by Anne McCullough on August 17, 2015 | Leave a Comment

August Programs + Events

Upcoming Concerts

8.28: LAB: LITAL
The Luminary’s musician-led project series, LAB, returns Friday, August 28 with Last in The American League. Tickets are $5 dos / adv.Doors at 8:00 pm, show 9:00 pm. Buy tickets here.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Fall Arts Preview

Posted by Anne McCullough on August 17, 2015 | Leave a Comment

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Fall Arts Preview

Hosted by Go! Magazine and Feast

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM (CDT)

Saint Louis, MO

TICKETS $10 IN ADVANCE - $15 at door (if available)

Join the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for their inaugural event as they showcase the vibrant, ever-changing art scene in St. Louis!

They’ll have a preview of the fall arts season taking place in St. Louis – as well as a sneak peek into the work of local, emerging artists. Guests of the Fall Arts Preview can expect:

Benton Park Classic

Posted by Anne McCullough on August 17, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Benton Park Classic

Monday, September 7 * All Day * Throughout the Benton Park Neighborhood

Labor Day is just around the corner which means the Gateway Classic will be riding through Benton Park. This is the fourth and final leg of the Staenberg Group Gateway Cup gets under way in historic Benton Park. This large and technically demanding course races through yet another one of St. Louis’ most nostalgic locales.

There will be street closures and parking restrictions on Monday, September 7.   Race starts at 8:30am (Pre-$30 Day-$35)  * Kids Fun Run starts at 9:30am ($10) * Costume Contest * Gus’s Pretzels Metal * Stroller & Dog Friendly Run * DJ Selkie will be rockin’ the 80’s *Register Here

Panorama Folk Art and Antiques 25th Anniversary Celebration

Posted by Anne McCullough on August 11, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Panorama Folk Art and Antiques invites you to celebrate their 25th anniversary with a showing and sale of “BIZARRE BRASS OF FOUR MILLENIUMS”, or, “ARCANE ARTIFACTS AND INDIGENOUS INSTRUMENTS”.

Coming to light after several decades, this collection of amazing brass instruments, created by the late John E. Maier, incorporate the traditions of the horned instrument with a definite twist and turn! Each is a hybrid of a traditional brass instrument reconfigured into entirely new and fantastical horns.

St. Louis Public School Supply Drive @ Art Bar

Posted by Anne McCullough on August 4, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Go to the store, buy something off of this list, bring it to ArtBar, and we’ll drop it off.  August 4th – August 15th.

2015-16 School Supply List

1 age-appropriate book bag/backpack
1 box of crayons (optional)
1 pair of scissors (blunt tip)
3 pocket folders
5 #2 pencils (optional)
1 box of tissue
2 glue sticks (optional)
1 spiral notebook/composition (wide ruled)

First Grade
1 age-appropriate book bag/backpack
1 box of crayons (optional)
1 pair of scissors (blunt tip)
3 pocket folders
5 #2 pencils (optional)
1 box of tissue
2 glue sticks (optional)
1 12″/30cm ruler
1 spiral notebook/composition (wide ruled)


2016 CDBG Funding Proposals
to be accepted from July 6 – August 7 at 4 p.m.
RFP and related documents can be found on the
Community Development Administration (CDA) website, click here


Technology Fair 2015
at Ballpark Village, 601 Clark St.
Tuesday, July 28, 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

FREE – click here to register


Learn how to grow your business with the best communication tools with interactive sessions on Video Conferencing, Data/Wireless Networking, Cyber Security, Wi-Fi Voice, Call Accounting/Reporting and Secure Messaging. And many more topics to help your business leverage technology to a competitive advantage. Keynote address by David Chavez, Chief Technical Officer, Avaya. Sponsored by STL Communications, Inc. Questions: Contact Kim Kelley, kimkelly@stlcom.com, 314-205-7150

Cherokee Street Reach

Posted by Anne McCullough on July 14, 2015 | Leave a Comment



Cherokee Street tour: Where Booze & History Meet

Posted by Anne McCullough on July 13, 2015 | Leave a Comment

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This meeting will serve as a community charrette and allow citizens, community representatives, politicians, and others to give feedback and tell us about their experiences on Gravois and what they’d like to see in the future. Volunteer architects and planners will be facilitating the event to allow for organized community feedback.

Come and share your thoughts and concerns for a Greater Gravois.

Can’t make the meeting, give us your feedback online here:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FxVHG47YfmeLP1Xajj5nRFxGYOlYWrs6Dn-zIrQ7jc8/viewform?edit_requested=true

CSBA Meeting this Thursday @ Nebula

Posted by Anne McCullough on July 13, 2015 | Leave a Comment

CSBA Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 5:30pm. All business owners, residents, property owners, and anyone with an interest in Cherokee are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Please email anne if you have any changes to or anything you would like to add to the agenda before 1pm, tomorrow July 16th.

Anne McCullough
Cherokee Street Liaison

Information about the Cherokee Street CID will be provided during this CSBA Meeting.

City of St. Louis – Community Development Administration (CDA)

is pleased to announce the implementation of the
First Phase of EGrAMS, the new grants management system

Online Training for Organizations Applyinng for 2016 CDBG Funding
Session 1: July 6 – 9 -11 a.m. 
RSVP here
Session 2: July 7 – 12 – 2 p.m. 
RSVP here
Session 3: July 7 – 3 – 5 p.m. 
RSVP here
Space is limited to 25 persons per session
Registration is limited to one person per organization
you may also view the presentation during the training times at the
CDA Offices, 1520 Market, Suite 2000
RSVP if you plan to participate at CDA

28 to Life Teen Summit on Cherokee Street

Posted by Anne McCullough on July 13, 2015 | Leave a Comment

28 to Life Teen Summit @ 2720 Cherokee, July 25th from 10am-2pm.  Teens will be concentrating on community engagement and organizing Campaigns.  This open forum will give teens the opportunity to get issues out in the open and  express themselves.  The audience will be Police Department, Community Leaders, Local Politics, Business Owners, Circuit Attorneys Office, Educators , Gov’t Employees/officials, FBI and more.

Break off into small groups, where  teens will work on  campaigns and work on implementing the campaigns throughout the neighborhoods. The catch is officers and other officials in attendance will be a part of the groups as well and they will work under the teens helping them complete there campaigns!!!
The target ages are teens 13-19
Every community is welcome !!!
Feel free to stop through

Cherokee Games is Back!

Posted by Anne McCullough on July 10, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Saturday, July 11 * 10am to 4pm * Cherokee Rec Center, 3200 S. Jefferson Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118

The friendly face-off of neighbors continues as a monthly match up!! So join us one Saturday a month for a FREE, fun-filled day of play at the Cherokee Recreation Center in Benton Park.

“Communities that play together, stay together!”

** Cherokee Games are meant for participants of all ages and athletic ability. There is no fee to register, registration is encouraged at www.CherokeeGames.org but not required. Volunteers needed! **


Uke Go Girl!

Posted by Anne McCullough on July 7, 2015 | Leave a Comment

collage_20150515115131842_20150515115215282Uke Go Girl! is currently accepting applications for the summer 2015 session which will take place at Nebula on Cherokee Street August 3-7 10am-2pm. is a FREE week-long intensive beginner ukulele workshop for girls 10-16 that blends instrumental, vocal, and songwriting education with a focus on empowerment, creative expression and building self-esteem. No musical experience is required. There is no cost for this workshop and ukuleles, cases and supplies are provided for girls in need. SPACES ARE VERY LIMITED APPLY ONLINE NOW @ www.Uke-Go-Girl.com

Events at Curby Church

Posted by Anne McCullough on June 29, 2015 | 1 Comment

Family Movie Night

Friday, July 10th at 7:00 pm, Curby Church, 2621 Utah Street

Curby Church, 2621 Utah Street is hosting its FREE family Movie night,  We are providing free hot dogs, popcorn, snacks, and water….


Vacation Bible School

Monday, July 13-Friday, July 17 from 5:00-7:30 pm, Curby Church, 2621 Utah Street

What time is it? It Vacation Bible School time!!  Beginning Monday, July 13th – Friday, July 17th “Gangway to Galilee” will be the theme for Curby Church’s VBS.  A light supper is provided from 5:00-5:30 pm and the learning and fun begins runs 5:30 - 7:30 pm.


What do your Finances have to do with Your Situation?


Posted by Anne McCullough on June 26, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Do you believe in art’s ability to empower kids and build community? Then you should meet the people at Cherokee Street Reach. They’re working on the second annual youth art and leadership camp for ages 7-11, set for August 3-7 at The Luminary. Contact them to get involved and/or visit their GoFundMe to show support. You could also go to the Cherokee Street Reach Art Camp Fundraiser, this Sunday at Blank Space. Because after all, kids are the future.

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