We’ve already got a pretty packed calendar for April, and we’re always adding more! Check the calendar often, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest. You can also sign up for our mailing list and get an occasional (about once a month) update on neighborhood events.

Neighborhood Meetings

Tuesday, April 10th, both Gravois Park and Dutchtown West have their monthly meetings. Gravois Park meets at 6pm at 3353 California, just north of Cherokee, in the old Jefferson Bank building. Dutchtown West meets at 7pm at the banquet hall at Grbic. Both organizations hold their meetings at the same time and place on the second Tuesday of every month.

Marine Villa has their monthly meeting on April 23rd at 7pm at Sister Cities Cajun. They meet on the fourth Monday of the month. Martine Villa will also have a walk, talk, and cleanup on Wednesday, April 4th, beginning at 6:30pm at the firehouse on South Broadway.

The Dutchtown Community Improvement District has committee meetings throughout the month and a Board of Directors meeting on Thursday, April 26th. Learn more about the committees from our earlier post and get in where you fit in.

The Cherokee Street Business Association meets on Thursday, April 19th, 5:30pm at Nebula. Business and property owners as well as residents are all encouraged to attend.

Thomas Dunn Learning Center

As always, there’s lots going on at the Thomas Dunn Learning Center at Marquette Park. In addition to the usual open art and computer labs, HiSET study sessions, Southside Youth Council meetings, and parenting education, there’s many other events and programs, a few of which we’ll highlight below. Visit the TDLC calendar for a complete listing of their events.

With April 15th rapidly approaching, Thomas Dunn wants to help you with your taxes! Get free assistance preparing your taxes between 1pm–7pm the first two Wednesdays of April (appointment required). Then check out Money Mondays all month long to learn how to make the most of your refund, develop budgeting skills, and improve your credit score.

On Tuesday, April 10th, 3pm–6pm, Thomas Dunn will host an information session for Metro Reimagined, the new draft transit service plan from Metro. Come by to learn more about the plan, talk with planners, and provide your feedback. If you’re unable to attend, you can complete Metro’s survey or visit their page for a list of other information sessions outside of the neighborhood.

Every Tuesday evening at 7pm you can join the Laughter Club for an hour of laughter to relieve stress and increase positive vibes. If you come early you can get creative in the art lab or enjoy a meal from the TDLC kitchen.

Sip ‘n Sketch is a monthly life drawing session for artists of all skill levels. Participants draw each other using a variety of materials. Materials are provided, but you can bring your own as well. And BYOB! Sip ‘n Sketch is at 7pm on the second Wednesday of every month.

Dutchtown South Community Corporation

Dutchtown South will unveil their new Serenity and Meditation Station on Saturday, April 7th at noon. The station is located near the community garden at Virginia and Liberty and will feature upcycled pieces created by artist Shea Brown in conjunction with DSCC’s So Fresh, So Clean, So Creative project.

Also organized as a part of So Fresh, So Clean, So Creative is a Marine Villa cleanup on Sunday, April 29th, 11am, beginning at Perennial on South Broadway. For a list of other cleanups planned around the neighborhood you can always visit DutchtownSTL.org/cleanup.

The DSCC Community Empowerment Committee meets on Wednesday, April 25th, 6pm at Thomas Dunn Learning Center. The CEC implements DSCC’s programs and develops program ideas of their own. Dinner and child care are provided at the meeting.

Elsewhere in the Neighborhood

The Feasting Fox will host two of their popular five-course dinners with beer and wine pairings, on Friday, April 6th and Friday, April 27th, both beginning at 7pm. Reservations are required.

Also at the Feasting Fox, the South City Sipsters meet on Wednesday, April 18th, at 6pm. They’ll be sampling Chardonnays and beers from Destihl while enjoying the Feasting Fox’s new pub menu and music by the Torture Chamber Orchestra later in the evening.

Urban Eats Café is always combining great food with local art. This month, they’ll have their popular Art Brunch on Sunday, April 29th, featuring artists Thomas Park and Jenni Joerger. Reservations are encouraged. On Saturday, April 14th, 6pm, Urban Eats will host Art, Appetizers, and Cocktails, featuring the art of Pamela Schaffner.

Urban Eats will also be welcoming (and staying open extra late for) the South City contingent of the St. Louis Board Game Meetup Group. on Friday, April 13th and Friday, April 27th, from 6pm to 11pm. Learn new games or play your old favorites.

Strange Folk Festival‘s first Potion Party pop-up will be at the Marquette Park Field House on Saturday, April 28th, from noon to 6pm. Shop for self-care products from an array of local vendors and participate in hands-on workshops. It’s a great opportunity to get some Mother’s Day shopping done, and to check out the newly renovated Field House.

We’re always adding events to our calendar and sharing on our Facebook and Twitter feeds. If you have an event or anything else Dutchtown related you’d like to share please contact us or email info@dtstl.org.

Top photo credit to Paul Sableman.