Benton Park Classic & 5K

Posted by Anne McCullough on August 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

Monday, September 1 

Watch the cyclists whiz by through the streets of our neighborhood after runners in their finest 80′s attire test out the course. BPNA will have food and drink available for purchase in the park. Food provided by Jax Cafe and Bogarts.

Be sure to check out the schedule of events & parking restrictions associated with the course prior to Monday.

10th Annual Venice Cafe Street Art Sale
Saturday September 6th
Artists should  be there to set-up from 10-11 am. It is free to the first 30 artists to sign-up, but we are asking crafters/artists to donate a small piece for the silent auction, if they can, but not required. 100% of auction proceeds go to Venice Cafe to help them recover from a big burglary loss. We will also have food from fraziers, beer from schlafly, and music, including Funky Butt Brass, Bottoms up blues, cree rider family band, scandaleros, snarky gargoyles, and focusgroup.


Posted by Anne McCullough on August 21, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Reminder: The CSBA Meeting, is this Thursday, AUGUST 21, 5:30pm @ Nebula, 3407 S. Jefferson.

HAVE ANY SPECIFIC QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS WITH THE 3RD DISTRICT?  PLEASE NOTE: 3rd District representatives & Captain Warnecke will be available at 5:00pm before the CSBA meeting to discuss any specific crime related incidents with members of the business association.

Please email if you have any changes to the agenda; before noon on August 21.



Cherokee Neighborhoods Happy Hour

Posted by Anne McCullough on August 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Wednesday Day, August 20
6:00 to 8:00pm
Venice Cafe

Benton Park is hosting the Cherokee Neighborhoods Happy Hour this Month. In a new joint effort with Marine Villa Neighborhood of Saint Louis, MissouriBenton Park West NeighborhoodGravois Park, St. Louis andBenton Park Neighborhood Association to celebrate our prosper-ing shared border of Cherokee street, we are establishing a monthly Happy Hour on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. These happy hours will showcase our neighborhoods amazing drinking establishments.

This month’s happy hour will be held at Venice Cafe St. Louis. Get to know your neighbors beyond the traditional neighborhood association meetings. We’re looking forward to getting neighbors to talk to each other beyond arbitrary boundary lines and forming stronger relationships with the businesses in our neighborhoods!


Posted by Anne McCullough on August 15, 2014 | Leave a Comment

September 4 — Conditional Use Hearing, 8:30 a.m., Room 208, City Hall

There are 11 items on the agenda – the first 8 are “Home Occupancy Waivers”, #9 is for a coffee shop in Ward 7, in Tower Grove East.

#10: AO-514931-14, Ward 20, 3740 Marine, St. Louis Language Immersion School (School), Zoning B – 2-Family Dwelling

#11: AB-515092-14, Ward 9, 3300 S Jefferson,  Dollar General (Interior & Exterior Alterations per plans for retail), Zoning F – Neighborhood Commercial

August 28 – Legal Clinic for Entrepreneurs, SLATE Missouri Career Center, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The Entrepreneurs’ Business and Legal Assistance Program will be presenting a number of Legal Clinics for Entrepreneurs in the coming months.  The first will be held on Thursday, Aug. 28 from 1 – 3 p.m.  Space is limited and appointments are necessary.  Please see attached flyer for details and registration information.
This is open to anyone who has a small business or is considering starting a business.

Benton Park 5K September 1 @ 9am

Posted by Anne McCullough on August 11, 2014 | Leave a Comment

The Reclaiming the 80′s Benton Park 5K is back by popular demand. In conjunction with Big Shark, the Benton Park 5K will be taking place the morning of the Benton Park Classic, immediately before the bike races. The new course will be 2 Laps of the Benton Park Classic Race Course.

Registration opens at 7:30am * 5K starts at 9am

PreRegistration- $30
Day of Registration- $35
Kids Fun Run (14 and Under)- $10

As always, this race is stroller AND dog friendly. All finishers will receive an edible Gus’ Pretzel medal and entrance to the post-race festival in Benton Park. Wear your greatest 80′s gear for a chance to win the costume contest!

Healthy Corner Stores Go International

Posted by Anne McCullough on August 7, 2014 | Leave a Comment

The Healthy Corner Store (HCS) Project in St. Louis hit a new milestone with the inclusion of its first Hispanic store. El Torito Supermercado on Cherokee Street joins Shaw Market, Manchester Market and Regal III as a healthy corner store.

When it comes to health, one of the goals of the Healthy Corner Store Project is to ensure access to healthy, affordable foods for all. To do that, it is important to ensure our health messages have broad reach within the population. Unfortunately, language barriers may limit how well some area residents can access healthy messages. Gaining El Torito as a healthy corner store helps to remedy that problem, especially for the growing, local Hispanic population.

Are you #UpForWhatever? Join BPNA, fellow neighbors, STL Brightside, and Bud Light to help make Benton Park & Benton Park West more beautiful this Saturday, August 9 from 9am-2pm. Meet at Benton Park. Volunteers will be digging, planting, mulching and creating a beautiful monarch butterfly garden, creating a stencil art mural along Benton Park West and painting fire hydrants. Volunteers will receive Bud Light T-Shirt, Sandwich from Luvy Duvy’s and beer. Event is National Campaign for Keeping America Beautful sponsored by Bud Light and Operation Brightside. Volunteers must be 21 or older and sign up online

Check Out Other Volunteer Opportunities!


Bike Shorts: Film and Art About Bikes

Posted by Anne McCullough on August 6, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Join Trailnet for a night of art, bikes, and booze– celebrate expressions of what bikes mean to St. Louis, the future, and YOU. Enjoy mini-documentaries featuring St. Louis bike commuters of note, hear locally renowned artists and entrepreneurs discuss their bike-themed work, and how to pedal our way to a better city. Film subjects and live speakers include:

When: Wednesday, August 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: Melt, 2712 Cherokee St., St. Louis, MO 63118

Cost: Free!  Food and drinks for purchase


Film subjects and live speakers include:

- Alderman Scott Ogilvi

When Paul Fernandes first took the plunge into the rehabilitation of the three old houses that comprise the current geography of The Revisionist Inn, he was struck with the idea that the landscape of the back building and yard could be transformed into a miniature outdoor Elizabethan theatre.  This summer’s three short plays attempt to recreate a renaissance theatre experience rather than a modern one.


The many production artists involved range from painters, musicians, dancers, and local personalities to children and citizens who share an interest in participating in a grassroots theatre project.  Like the troupe of hempen homespuns in A Midsummer Night’s Dream,  The actors in these plays are far from practiced actors.   Audience members will be encouraged to participate with the pageantry.

street art reach

Community-based arts education programs can have a significant and positive impact on participating youth—and on overall community development

This Friday, August 8th, from 11am to 4pm, Blank Space will host a day-long exhibition of visual, performance, and healing arts, presented to the youth of the Cherokee Street neighborhood by some of St. Louis’ most noted artists and creators.

Recognizing the need to engage youth in the neighborhood, Street Art Reach Festival is a collaboration between Cherokee artists and community members created to encourage and inspire area youth. This day long festival will be an opportunity for kids of all ages to express their identity and connect with the community through arts based programming.


Posted by Anne McCullough on August 5, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Art, Music, Food, Discounts, Buskers, Shopping, Entertainment, Dancing, and CHEROKEE STREET!

Join us for this free monthly showcase of Cherokee during the evening hours. Galleries, retailers, restaurants, and bars offer art, music, and discounts from 5 – 10pm. Explore Cherokee Street, pick up dinner, do some shopping and grab a drink!

This free event occurs on the second Thursday of every month year round, rain or shine, and is family friendly!


Ruth’s Vintage Clothing
2001 Cherokee Street

Dead Wax Records STL
1959 Cherokee Street

Red Chair on Cherokee
2319 Cherokee Street


Posted by Anne McCullough on August 1, 2014 | Leave a Comment


The next St. Louis Sheriff’s Land Tax Sale is Tuesday, August 26 at 9:00 am in the lobby of the Civil Courts Building (10 N Tucker Blvd).  For more information, please visit the City’s site:


REGISTER TODAY! The Civil Rights Enforcement Agency (CREA) is hosting a fair housing conference on September 5, 2014 at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel.  Registration deadline is Friday, August 29. The website for conference registration is

Check out these for-sale properties in Benton Park West!  Be sure to share this with friends, family, or anyone interested in investing in our neighborhood.  Thank you!


Fiesta on Cherokee: Informational Happy Hour- THIS FRIDAY

Posted by Anne McCullough on July 30, 2014 | Leave a Comment

All Cherokee Street Businesses are cordially invited to attend an information session about  ”Fiesta on Cherokee”, previously known as the Mexican Independence Festival to happen on Sept. 13-14, 2014 from 11am to 10pm. – We will be giving information about the coordination efforts, entertainment, and participation options.  We would love for you to join us!

When: Friday, August 1st, 2014
Where: El Torito Restaurant – 2737 Cherokee St.
Time: 5:00 pm
Complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and beverages.


Cherokee Street Latino Business Owners Association
Minerva Lopez, Representative

MVNA July 2014 Meeting Reminder

Just a reminder, tonight is the Marine Villa Neighborhood Association meeting at Irish Corner Pub (corner of Cherokee and Lemp).

The Chippewa Broadway Business Association hosts a happy hour at 6pm and MVNA business begins at 7pm. Jeffrey Boyd will be present to discuss his candidacy for license collector. Mandy Mankin will be present to discuss memberships to the Benton Park West dog park and will have applications available (please bring proof of vaccinations and record of spay/neutering). We will also briefly discuss and vote on the proposed Dollar General store at 3300 Jefferson so MVNA can issue a letter of support or objection as we have residents living within a block radius of this development.

Keep America Beautiful Volunteer Event

Posted by Anne McCullough on July 24, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Saturday, August 9, 2014
Benton Park/Benton Park West, Arsenal & Jefferson

Volunteers will be digging, planting, mulching and creating a beautiful monarch butterfly garden, creating a stencil art mural along Benton Park West and painting fire hydrants.

Volunteers will receive a Bud Light T-shirt, sandwich from Luvy Duvy’s and beer.

This event is a national campaign for Keeping America Beautiful sponsored by Bud Light and Operation Brightside. Volunteers must be 21 or older to sign up. Register online.


ATTENTION: Special BPNA Meeting

Since there is no monthly association meeting in August, a special meeting will be held on Tuesday July 29th @ 7PM.  Same place (Epiphany Church @ 2911 McNair)  and time as usual.  There are items that need to be discussed, that unfortunately cannot wait until our regular meetings resume in September.  We want to make sure that you are informed.  We apologize for the short notice, but a portion of this discussion is time-sensitive.  It is very important that you attend this meeting to express your opinion.  Items on the agenda include, but may not be limited to:

This Friday at The Compound

Posted by Anne McCullough on July 23, 2014 | Leave a Comment



Tent City
July 25 - August 23, 2014
Opening reception Friday, July 25, 7-10 PM

John Early
July 25 – August 23, 2014
Opening reception Friday, July 15, 7-10 PM
at beverly

Laurencia Strauss
Opening reception for the Leno Garden (and Dog Park)
Friday, July 25, 7-10 PM
behind beverly

fort gondo compound for the arts
is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts forum founded in 2002. All events are free and open to the public.


Posted by Anne McCullough on July 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment

The next Sheriff Department’s  Tax Sale is August 26th.  For more information about Sheriff Department Land Tax sales, please visit the City’s site:




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