Brave the cold, fight off cabin fever, and get out to support your neighborhood businesses and institutions in February! There’s plenty going on in Dutchtown, and after a cold and snowy January, local businesses can really use your support.

We’ll continue to add to the calendar throughout the month. And you can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for even more updates.

Valentine’s Day

Join Perennial and Earthbound Beer for an evening of crafting at the brewery on Tuesday, February 12th. Make Valentines for your sweetie using reclaimed and upcycled materials while enjoying some tasty brews. $1 from every beer sold will go to fund Perennial’s educational programs.

Thomas Dunn Learning Center presents a special Valentine’s Day edition of Sip ‘n Sketch on Wednesday, February 13th. This month’s session will be instructed by award-winning local artist Mark Swain. Cover model Brooks Johnson will be the subject of this life drawing class for all skill levels. Bring a date, a snack, and a beverage. Please call 314-282-9314 to register.

Cherokee Street event space Artist Art hosts Wine at First Sip on Wednesday, February 13th. Enjoy a romantic atmosphere as you tantalize your taste buds with delicious wine and the perfect pairings to make you fall in love. Vegetarian and vegan options will be available. Purchase tickets here.

The Feasting Fox is offering their annual Valentine’s Day dinner on February 14th. Choose from a filet mignon for two or several other special entrees and enjoy a bottle from their extensive wine list. Reservations are recommended; call 314-352-3500 or email

Earthbound Beer presents the Ultimate Smoochfest on Valentine’s Day. Tablecloths, candles, fancy waiters, and more will make for an unusually romantic night at the Cherokee Street brewery.

Schedule a Clay Date Night for you and your Valentine at South Broadway Art Project on any Friday night. Learn the basics of pottery wheel throwing and make a couple of pieces for that special someone. Feel free to bring snacks or beverages. Find out more and purchase tickets here.

Neighborhood Meetings

Gravois Park‘s monthly meeting is Tuesday, February 12th. The neighborhood association meets at 6pm in the old Jefferson Bank building at 3353 California, just north of Cherokee Street.

The Dutchtown West Neighborhood Association will be meeting on Wednesdays in 2019. Their February meeting is Wednesday, February 13th at 7pm. The meetings will continue to be held in the banquet hall at Grbic Restaurant, 4071 Keokuk Street at Meramec.

The St. Cecilia Historic District meets on Tuesday, February 19th at 6:30pm at St. Cecilia’s School. February’s meeting will feature a Citizens on Patrol training session.

The Cherokee Street Community Improvement District holds their monthly public meeting at 5:30pm on Thursday, February 21st. We’ll update our calendar with a location when it’s confirmed.

Marine Villa‘s neighborhood meeting is at Irish Corner Pub at Cherokee and Lemp on Monday, February 25th. They’ll meet at 7pm in the back room.

The Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Association has their first quarterly meeting of the year on Wednesday, February 27th. The meeting is at 7pm at the Gretchen Inn at the Feasting Fox.

Finally, the Dutchtown CID Board of Directors meets on Thursday, February 28th. The meeting is at 5:30pm at Urban Eats.

Thomas Dunn Learning Center. Photo by Nick Findley.

Thomas Dunn Learning Center

Thomas Dunn Learning Center‘s Art Lab is now open Monday through Thursday! Come in to 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.

With tax season coming up, Thomas Dunn is bringing back Money Mondays. 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 an appointment on Wednesdays.

Speaking of taxes, the St. Louis Tax Assistance Program is back at Thomas Dunn this year. Schedule a Wednesday appointment to get free tax preparation assistance.

Also on February 13th, at 6pm Thomas Dunn hosts a watch party for the President of the Board of Alderman Candidate Forum. They’ll live stream the forum from 9 Network and provide the popcorn. This is a great opportunity to learn about the candidates if you’re unable to make it to other forums throughout election season.

Layered Place exhibition at Intersect Arts Center.

Intersect Arts Center

The gallery at Intersect Arts Center welcomes Layered Place with an opening reception on February 9th at 6pm. Layered Place invites viewers to reevaluate their definition of landscape, and consider the multiple “layers” of the multi-faceted modern landscape. Featuring works from seven St. Louis artists, the exhibit will be on display through April 30th. Intersect’s gallery is open weekdays from 9am to 6pm.

Intersect is offering beginners classes in Capoeira Angola, a form of Afro-Brazilian dance and self defense. Classes will meet on Mondays and Thursdays at 7pm.

The wood shop at Intersect is open for youth and adults to brush up on basic skills or work on advanced projects. Open studio hours for youth are Thursdays from 3pm to 6pm, and for adults on Thursdays 6pm to 8pm and Saturdays 12pm to 2pm.

Dutchtown South Community Corporation in the snow.

Dutchtown South Community Corporation

Join Dutchtown South Community Corporation on Tuesday, February 5th at Thomas Dunn Learning Center for an open dialogue about the second Data For Black Lives conference and the recently released Equity Indicators Report for the City of St. Louis. Come participate in a report back and fireside chat with folks who care about racial equity in our city and region.

The DSCC Community Empowerment Committee meets on Wednesday, February 27th, 6pm at Thomas Dunn. The CEC implements the programs of DSCC and addresses issues in the neighborhood through their own program ideas. Dinner and child care are provided.

DSCC hosts an open house on Thursday, February 28th at their office on the corner of Virginia and Meramec. Come by to meet new members of the team and find out what DSCC has in store for 2019.

Strange Folks Snow Queens Crystal Pop Immersion Shop at Urban Eats.

Around Dutchtown

On Saturday, February 2nd, Urban Eats Café hosts Strange Folk Festival‘s new traveling pop-up boutique Snow Queen’s Crystal Pop Immersion Shop. Browse art and products from local makers and creatives, participate in a hands-on art project, and enjoy spiked cocoa cocktails.

Come to Thomas Dunn Learning Center on Thursday, February 7th to learn more about the Louisiana Calm Streets Project. Plans are underway to make Louisiana Avenue accessible to walkers, joggers, and bikers as well as vehicular traffic. Speed reduction techniques such as bumpouts and speed humps will be implemented to encourage the use of Louisiana for not just transportation but also recreation. You can read the preliminary report here.

Chúc Mừng Năm Mới - Happy New Year. Photo by Khánh Hmoong.The St. Louis Vietnamese Community hosts a Lunar New Year party at St. Mary’s High School on Sunday, February 10th. Celebrate the Year of the Pig with music, authentic Vietnamese foods, dance, games, and prizes.

The League of Women Voters will moderate at debate for the 20th Ward Alderman candidates on Tuesday, February 19th. Thomas Dunn Learning Center will host the debate between incumbent Ald. Cara Spencer and challenger Sunni Hutton.

DT2‘s monthly After Hours happy hour is Wednesday, February 20th. Come meet the new owners of Paul’s Pizza on Virginia and find out what’s cooking in their ovens (note: it’s not pizza).

Perennial has a packed calendar this month. Clothing swaps, sewing classes, metalsmithing, quilting, home repair, and more are all on the schedule. Check out their events page to find something for you.

The Original Crusoe's Restaurant. Photo by Paul Sableman.

The Original Crusoe’s Restaurant celebrates 40 years in business this month! On Saturday, February 9th, bring the kids for Kids’ Weekend, featuring lots of activities plus free food for youngsters. Saturday the 16th is the Employee Party, celebrating employees past and present. Come party with the folks that have been feeding you for the last 40 years. The big 40th anniversary bash is on Saturday the 23rd, and it’s sure to be an outrageous time. Thank you to Crusoe’s for 40 years as a neighborhood landmark!

There’s even more over on our Dutchtown calendar! Check back often, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the very latest. You can also sign up for our mailing list for occasional updates.