Believe it or not, spring is around the corner! It’s about time to get out and enjoy the neighborhood.

Make sure to check our calendar throughout the month as we’re always adding more events. And you can follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for even more updates.

Cherokee Creole Carnivale

Cherokee Creole Carnivale

Looking for an alternative to Soulard Mardi Gras? Try the first annual Cherokee Creole Carnivale on Saturday, March 2nd beginning at noon. Bring the family to Love Bank Park for kids’ activities like face painting and Mardi Gras mask making. Enjoy live entertainment all along Cherokee Street. And several bars and restaurants will offer food and drink specials. Participating venues include Artist ArtEarthbound BeerFortune Teller BarThe JuiceTeatopia, and the Whiskey Ring.

Go Dutch! real estate and homeownership event.

Go Dutch! Real Estate and Homeownership Networking

DT2Dutchtown South Community Corporation, the Dutchtown Community Improvement District, and Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis come together to present Go Dutch!, a real estate and homeownership networking happy hour on Wednesday, March 20th at Habitat’s headquarters on South Grand.

Real estate professionals and potential homebuyers can learn more about the real estate market in Dutchtown. Meet and hear from neighbors about what makes Dutchtown a great place to live. Learn about financing options for first-time homebuyers. There will also be plenty of food and drink and some great door prizes.

St. Anthony of Padua Lenten Fish Fry.

Fish Fry Season

It’s that time of year again! Fish Fry Fridays are back for Lent. Stop by St. Anthony of Padua‘s Fish Fry in their Parish Hall across from the church on Meramec on March 8th, March 22nd, April 5th, and April 19th starting at 4pm. Make sure to arrive early as they will sell out. For something a little different, try Cajun Night on April 5th.

St. Cecilia’s Parish also hosts their famous Mexican Fish Fry every Friday in Lent (except for Good Friday). In addition to traditional fish fry fare, St. Cecilia’s also offers up meatless Mexican dishes like chiles rellenos, and of course margaritas.

Neighborhood Meetings

The Gravois Park Neighborhood Association meets on Tuesday, March 12th at 6pm. Their monthly meetings are held at the old Jefferson Bank building, 3353 California, just north of Cherokee Street.

The Dutchtown West Neighborhood Association meets on Wednesday, March 13th at 7pm. Meetings are held every second Wednesday in the banquet hall at Grbic Restaurant at the corner of Keokuk and Meramec.

The St. Cecilia Historic District Neighborhood Association meets on Tuesday, March 19th at 6:30pm. They meet at St. Cecilia School, which can be accessed from Alaska between the church and the school.

The Cherokee Street Community Improvement District meets on Thursday, March 21st at 5:30pm at Artist Art, 2643 Cherokee.

And the Marine Villa Neighborhood Association meets on Monday, March 25th at 7pm in the back room at Irish Corner Pub on the corner of Cherokee and Lemp.

Dutchtown CID Meetings

The Stork Inn in the Dutchtown Community Improvement District.The Dutchtown Community Improvement District holds their monthly Board of Directors meeting on Thursday, March 28th. The meeting is at 5:30pm at Urban Eats.

In addition to the monthly board meeting, the CID’s three committees will also have their quarterly meetings in March. The Maintenance and Beautification Committee meets on Thursday, March 7th Wednesday, March 6th, 5:30pm at Tony Duncan’s office at 4527 Virginia. The Marketing and Development Committee meets on Thursday, March 14th, 6pm at Crusoe’s. And the Safety and Security Committee meets on Thursday, March 21st, 5:30pm, also at Crusoe’s.

Thomas Dunn Learning Center

Thomas Dunn Learning Center. Photo by Paul Sableman.Drop in at 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 an appointment on Wednesdays.

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

On Wednesday, March 13th, Thomas Dunn hosts Sip ‘n Sketch, a life drawing class for all skill levels. Participants learn using a variety of materials and methods. Supplies are provided, but bring your own beverage and snack.

More Neighborhood Events

Election Day is Tuesday, March 5th. City voters go to the polls to make their primary selection for President of the Board of Aldermen, and voters in the 20th Ward will also choose their next Alderman. Find your polling place on the City’s website.

Reconnect with ReVitalize St. Louis happy hour at Earthbound Beer.ReVitalize St. Louis is launching into 2019 with a happy hour at Earthbound Brewery on Tuesday, March 5th. Get your tickets now for a unique opportunity to tour Earthbound’s underground operations, and raise a glass to ReVitalize’s efforts to back the City.

STL-STyLe hosts an all ages, family-friendly open mic session, FreeSTyLe, on Saturday, March 9th at their shop on Cherokee Street. Musicians, poets, comedians, and everyone else are welcome to come show off their skills.

The Dutchtown South Community Empowerment Committee meets on Wednesday, March 27th to help create and implement DSCC’s programs to improve the neighborhood. The meeting is at 6pm at Thomas Dunn Learning Center. Dinner and childcare are provided.

Off the Frame: Weaving By Hand at Intersect Arts Center.Intersect Arts Center hosts Off the Frame, an introduction to weaving by hand, on Saturday, March 23rd and Saturday, March 30th. Participants will learn the basics of weaving and working with fibers and go home with their own woven wall hanging at the end of the two session workshop.

Intersect is also offering an Intro to Jazz Dance workshop on Saturday, March 30th. Learn basic technique, explore the movement style, and put it all together to create a piece of choreography. Register at Intersect’s website.

Find something to do 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 by Paul Sableman.