Safer Dutchtown Meetup

Safer Dutchtown Meetup

Safer Dutchtown Meetup is a community group for neighbors interested in exploring creative solutions to our crime and safety issues in Dutchtown, as citizens and as a community.

All are welcome! However, please note that we’re not interested in getting together to complain about our problems. The reality is that the status quo is in our face and unacceptable. We are interested in brainstorming and acting on creative, forward thinking solutions that can lead to real change and a safer neighborhood for all.

Meetups will be organized in “30-day sprints,” meeting two to four times every 30 days to brainstorm and generate concrete actions. The first sprint will focus on a crime deterrence theme with an objective to create a call for action with specific deterrence recommendations for citizens and businesses to adopt.

If you’re open-minded and optimistic about a better future for the Dutchtown neighborhood, Safer Dutchtown Meetup is the group for you. For more information, email sdm@nicstl.org or visit the Meetup page. Our first meetup is on Saturday, May 18th, 2pm at Urban Eats Café.

Safer Dutchtown Meetup is facilitated by the Neighborhood Innovation Center, Downtown Dutchtown, and the Dutchtown Community Improvement District. Check the DutchtownSTL calendar for upcoming meetings.

Marquette Park Pool Opening and More

Saturday, May 25th will be a great day to get out and enjoy Dutchtown! Celebrate the summer opening of the pool at Marquette Park, ride through the neighborhood in the Dutchtown Bike Tour, and check out the local goods for sale at the Spring Art Market.

The 2016 Blessing of the Bikes at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.

Blessing of the Bikes

The day starts off with the annual Blessing of the Bikes at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. Come down at 9:30am to have your bicycle, scooter, stroller, or other non-motorized ride blessed.

Dutchtown Bike Tour

After the blessing, head over to Urban Eats Café at 10am. Get registered and prepare for the annual Dutchtown Bike Tour. The tour departs from Urban Eats at 10:30am and winds its way through the neighborhood, visiting Laclede Park, Minnie Wood Square, and Marquette Park, and ends back at Urban Eats. This is a family friendly ride, about an hour long and suitable for riders of all ages.

Thomas Dunn Learning Center. Photo by Paul Sableman.

Spring Art Market

Thomas Dunn Learning Center hosts the Spring Art Market from 10am to 2pm. Artists and makers of all types will have their wares on display. Interested vendors can apply here.

Marquette Park Pool Opening

The South Side’s only free outdoor public pool, the largest in the City of St. Louis, opens for summer on May 25th at noon. In addition to swimming and splashing, enjoy a live DJ, free food, and fun games. The pool is open til 6pm.

May Events in Dutchtown

There’s big things going on in the neighborhood in May! Start the month with the Cinco de Mayo festival on Cherokee Street. Finish off may with a busy Memorial Day weekend featuring the Dutchtown Bike Tour, Marquette Park pool opening, and the Cherokee Caravan.

Make sure to check out our calendar for new events, and follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for even more updates.

Cinco de Mayo 2019

Cinco de Mayo on Cherokee Street

The annual Cherokee Street Cinco de Mayo festival is Saturday, May 4th from 11am to 10pm. Dozens of vendors and food trucks will line Cherokee from Nebraska to Jefferson. Three stages at Nebraska, California, and Texas will host over two dozen acts throughout the day. Take in dance performances and Lucha Libre Wrestling or try your hand at bull riding or wall climbing.

The People’s Joy Parade at Cinco de Mayo features paper floats, giant puppets, mobile art installations, and more. The parade departs from Minnesota and Cherokee at 1:11pm. If you’d like to join the parade, email peoplesjoyparade@gmail.com.

The 2016 Blessing of the Bikes at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.

May 25th in Dutchtown

Come to Downtown Dutchtown and Marquette Park for a busy Saturday this Memorial Day weekend! Start with the Blessing of the Bikes at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church on Meramec. Come get yourself and your non-motorized conveyance blessed at 9am.

Following that, the Dutchtown Bike Tour will depart from Urban Eats at 10:15am. The Dutchtown Bike Tour is a family friendly ride through the neighborhood highlighting the various pocket parks before passing through Marquette Park (and Open Streets) and then returning to Urban Eats. Register and hydrate at Urban Eats beginning at 9:30am.

Thomas Dunn Learning Center hosts their Spring Art Market on May 25th as well. Find art, jewelry, sculpture, clothing, home goods, and more. Vendor tables are still available. Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Finally, the pool at Marquette Park opens for the summer on May 25th. The South Side’s only free public pool will be ready to go at noon on Saturday.

Cherokee Caravan, Memorial Day 2019.Cherokee Caravan

The Cherokee Caravan returns this Memorial Day to Cherokee Antique Row. Find over 100 vendors selling art and antiques, plus food trucks, drinks, and live entertainment. The Caravan runs from 9am to 5pm on May 27th.

Neighborhood Meetings

Alderman Cara Spencer hosts a 20th Ward meeting at Thomas Dunn Learning Center on Wednesday, May 8th from 6pm to 8pm. Learn more about the Better Together merger proposal and efforts to privatize the City’s airport. Plus get a public safety update from Third District Captain Ryan Cousins.

The Dutchtown West Neighborhood Association also meets on Wednesday, May 8th, 7pm at the banquet hall at Grbic Restaurant.

Gravois Park holds their monthly neighborhood meeting on Tuesday, May 14th. The meeting is at 6pm at 3353 California, the former Jefferson Bank Building just north of Cherokee.

The Cherokee Street Community Improvement District has their regular public meeting on Thursday, May 16th. The meeting is at 5:30pm at Artist Art, 2643 Cherokee Street.

The St. Cecilia Historic District‘s monthly meeting is on Tuesday, May 21st at 6:30pm. The meeting is at St. Cecilia Academy. Enter from Alaska between the church and the school.

The Dutchtown Community Improvement District Board of Directors meets on Thursday, May 23rd. This meeting is at 5:30pm at Urban Eats and is open to the public.

Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Association holds their quarterly meeting on Wednesday, May 29th. The meeting is at 7pm in the Gretchen Inn, next door to the Feasting Fox on Meramec.

Thomas Dunn Learning Center. Photo by Nick Findley.

Thomas Dunn Learning Center

Visit Thomas Dunn Learning Center‘s Art Lab Monday through Thursday from 3pm to 6pm. Work on your own piece or participate in the focus of the day. Art supplies are available along with tons of items to reuse and repurpose.

The South Side Youth Council meets every Monday at 4pm at Thomas Dunn. The South Side Youth Council aims to contribute to the South Side community by creating and organizing youth led programs and events.

Caregivers and children can learn to cook affordable, healthy meals together at What’s For Dinner, a six-week course in Thomas Dunn’s demonstration kitchen. Participants go home with groceries and a meal after each class. Participate in four or more classes and get kitchen tools and equipment at graduation. Contact Liz at 314-282-9314 or liz@tdunn.org to register. Classes are Thursday evenings, 5pm to 7pm, May 2nd through June 13th.

Sip ‘n Sketch is Wednesday, May 8th at 6:30pm. Everyone can participate in this life drawing class for all skill levels. Bring a snack and a beverage. Register by calling 314-282-9314.

Thomas Dunn hosts the next DT2 After Hours happy hour on Wednesday, May 15th at 5:30pm. Come meet your neighbors, enjoy some refreshments, and find out more about this invaluable resource right in the middle of our neighborhood.

Other Dutchtown Events

Callisto Comics and Stories, our neighborhood comic shop on Virginia, invites you to beat the rush and start Free Comic Book Day early. Find some great deals, plus enjoy free coffee from 8am to 11am on Saturday, May 4th. And on Saturday, May 11th, come to the shop for an outdoor comic book bazaar featuring several vendors with a wide selection of titles.

Thursday, May 9th is Trashy Hour on Cherokee Street. Meet at Earthbound Beer at 2:30pm, walk the neighborhood picking up trash from 3pm to 4pm, then reconvene at Earthbound for some celebratory beers and hang out with your neighbors. Register at Nebula’s website.

Come to the Haunt on May 11th for their May Bazaar. Find unique and unusual art and other items you won’t come across at the mall. Plus enjoy great drink and shot specials all day.

Join Dutchtown South Community Corporation on Friday, May 17th from 5pm to 8pm at the beautiful Marquette Park Field House for a night of sustainable fun and community. So Fresh, So Green: A Cocktail Celebration is a night of live jazz, cocktails, and celebration of the South Side community. Tickets are priced on a sliding scale and include two drinks. Get your tickets here.

South Broadway Art Project hosts an Ice Cream Social Fun-raiser on Saturday, May 18th from 6pm to 9pm. Proceeds support TAP Teen Apprenticeship scholarships. Buy a handmade bowl and fill it with unlimited ice cream sundaes, enjoy complimentary snacks, and get drinks in exchange for donations.

DSCC’s next Community Empowerment Committee meeting is Wednesday, May 29th, 6pm at Thomas Dunn Learning Center. Start planning for September’s Common Sound Festival and discuss other issues going on in the neighborhood. Dinner and childcare are provided.


There’s something going on every day on the Dutchtown calendar! Don’t forget to follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for even more Dutchtown news. You can also sign up for our mailing list for occasional updates.

Virginia is for Dutchtown

Flyer for Virginia Is For Dutchtown event at Urban Matter.

On Wednesday, April 17th, DT2‘s After Hours happy hour is all about Virginia! Come to Urban Matter to find out about the growing momentum on Virginia and meet the neighbors and business owners working to rebuild and strengthen the Virginia corridor.

From Meramec to Bates, Virginia Avenue is home to over twenty businesses: Arch City Adventures, Bark Avenue, Brighter Futures Day Care, Callisto Comics, Decent Gallery, Duncan Architecture, Harbaugh’s Hair, Honey Bee Plus Preschool, Jeannine Vaughn Salon, Last Stop Market and Deli, Lou’s Barber, Neighbors Exterior Solutions, Paul’s Pizza, Pele Prints, Pop-Up Professionals, Quality Auto Repair, Sawhorse Studios, Starz Salon, Statues Plus, Supermarket Merchandising, Supreme Barber and Beauty, Urban Matter, and Vintage Bazaar STL. (If we missed one, contact us so we can add it to the list!)

Many of the more recently established businesses and residents are artists and makers. We have printmakers, ceramic artists, furniture makers, and more all within this stretch of Virginia. With many mixed-use properties along the street, there’s plenty of room for more live-work spaces for creative types.

Plus, hundreds of neighbors call Virginia Avenue home. With a wide variety of housing — single- or multi-family, cozy bungalows, and beautiful two and three story brick homes — there’s something for everyone on Virginia.

Come join us at 5:30pm on April 17th to meet the neighbors, enjoy some refreshments, and find out more about the exciting developments in this corner of Dutchtown. You can RSVP at our Facebook event page or just drop in.

April Events in Dutchtown

Spring has sprung in Dutchtown! It’s a beautiful time of year to get out and enjoy everything Dutchtown has to offer.

Check our calendar regularly, we’re always adding more events. Follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for even more updates.

Urban Matter's storefront window. Photo by Nick Findley.

Virginia is for Dutchtownies

Learn more about who’s living, working, organizing, and thriving on Virginia Avenue at the next DT2 After Hours on April 17th at Urban Matter. While Urban Matter is outgrowing its humble storefront, many other businesses are just getting started on Virginia. Come see what’s going on with the artists and makers creating a scene in this corner of the neighborhood.

Neighbors work to beautify Dutchtown.

Clean Dutch!

DT2, the Dutchtown CID, the St. Anthony of Padua Men’s Club, and Urban Eats all invite you to help clean up the neighborhood on Saturday, April 20th. Celebrate Earth Day Weekend by sprucing up your corner of the neighborhood, or join groups mobilizing to clean along Meramec and Virginia. Gloves, bags, and tools are available — please contact us if you’d like to reserve some supplies for your block.

There’s sure to be more spring cleaning throughout April. Check out our neighborhood cleanups page to find more volunteer opportunities.

Gravois Park pavilion. Photo by Paul Sableman.

Gravois Park Easter Eggstravaganza

The Gravois Park and Benton Park West neighborhood associations hold their annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 20th at the pavilion in Gravois Park. The hunt begins at 10:15am. The Bubble Bus will visit at 10:45am, and photos with the Easter Bunny will be available for a $1 donation.

Neighborhood Meetings

Gravois Park meets on Tuesday, April 9th at 6pm. Their meetings are held in the old Jefferson Bank building at 3353 California, just north of Cherokee Street.

Dutchtown West meets on Wednesday, April 10th at 7pm. Join them in the banquet hall at Grbic Restaurant at Keokuk and Meramec.

The St. Cecilia Historic District Neighborhood Association meets on Tuesday, April 16th at 6:30pm. They meet at St. Cecilia School. Their April meeting will feature a Citizens on Patrol training.

Marine Villa meets on Monday, April 22nd. They meet in the back room at Irish Corner Pub at Cherokee and Lemp.

The Dutchtown CID Board of Directors meets on Thursday, April 25th. The meeting is at 5:30pm at Urban Eats.

Thomas Dunn Learning Center

Visit Thomas Dunn Learning Center‘s Art Lab Monday through Thursday from 3pm to 6pm. Work on your own piece or participate in the focus of the day. Art supplies are available along with tons of items to reuse and repurpose.

The South Side Youth Council meets every Monday at 4pm at Thomas Dunn. The South Side Youth Council aims to contribute to the South Side community by creating and organizing youth led programs and events.

Money Mondays continues through tax season. Learn basic household finance and money management skills to help get your new year on track. You can drop in from 4pm to 6pm on Mondays, or call 314-282-9314 to schedule a Wednesday appointment.

Sip ‘n Sketch is Wednesday, April 10th at 6:30pm. Everyone can participate in this life drawing class for all skill levels. Bring a snack and a beverage. Register by calling 314-282-9314.

Thomas Dunn hosts Respect! the Mother beginning Thursday, April 18th with an opening reception at 7pm. This show celebrates the Earth, the creative force, mothers, and the use of recycled and reclaimed materials for artistic purposes.

Around Dutchtown

Perennial‘s Earth Month membership drive is underway. It’s a great time to become a member and receive discounts on classes in paper making, knitting, embroidery, and more. Find tons of classes at Perennial’s website.

St. Anthony of Padua hosts two more fish fries this month before the season ends. Friday, April 5th is Cajun Night, and on Friday, April 19th the regular menu is back. Grab a plate and a margarita with your neighbors.

Intersect Arts Center offers a six week drawing class for both beginners and advanced students starting Thursday, April 11th. Instructor Yowshien Kuo will provide personalized guidance as students learn to add form and value to their drawings. The course is $40.

The Juice on Cherokee is refreshed and ready to relaunch, and they’re also opening their new Galeria Obscura art space. Come by on Saturday, April 13th for food, live music, and fresh art.

The Dutchtown South Community Corporation holds their monthly Community Empowerment Committee meeting on Wednesday, April 24th at Thomas Dunn Learning Center. Help shape DSCC’s goals through community input and participation. Dinner and child care are provided.


There’s something going on every day on the Dutchtown calendar! Don’t forget to follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for even more Dutchtown news. You can also sign up for our mailing list for occasional updates.

Top photo and many of the other photos on DutchtownSTL.org by Paul Sableman.