Things are heating up in Dutchtown! Read on to see what’s going on this summer around the neighborhood. Visit our calendar throughout the month as we’re always adding more events! And make sure to follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for even more updates.

Dive-In Movie to benefit the Marquette Park Pool.

Dive-In Movie Fundraiser for Marquette Park Pool

On Wednesday, July 17th, DT2 and the Allies of Marquette Park are hosting an adult swim and dive-in movie to raise funds for improvements to the Marquette Park Pool! Your $20 ticket gets you into the pool for a screening of the 80s classic Splash featuring Tom Hanks and Darryl Hannah, plus food and two drinks.

Additionally, DT2 has secured a 5-to-1 matching donation for their fund-a-need auction! Every dollar donated during the auction secures five more dollars to help provide pool furniture and other amenities at the South Side’s only free outdoor pool.

Purchase tickets and make donations at Eventbrite.

Gravois-Jefferson Leadership Academy

Gravois-Jefferson Leadership Academy

Dutchtown South Community Corporation is looking for residents of all ages and backgrounds from Northeast Dutchtown, Gravois Park, and Benton Park West who are interested in being leaders in their neighborhood. If you have ideas about housing, safety, youth and education, or employment and business development, the Gravois-Jefferson Leadership Academy will help you put your ideas into action.

Meetings will be on Mondays (except for the final session, which is a Thursday) at 6pm from July 29th through September 5th. Click here for more information and to sign up. If you have questions or would like further information, please contact Sunni Hutton at or call 314-352-4865.

Neighborhood Meetings

Gravois Park Neighborhood Association meets at 6pm on Tuesday, July 9th at 3353 California, just north of Cherokee, in the old Jefferson Bank building.

Dutchtown West Neighborhood Association holds their next meeting on Wednesday, July 10th, at 7pm. They meet in the banquet hall at Grbic Restaurant, 4071 Keokuk.

St. Cecilia Historic District Neighborhood Association meets Tuesday, July 16th, 6:30pm in the cafeteria at St. Cecilia Academy. Enter from Alaska in between the school and the church.

The Cherokee Street CID holds their monthly meeting on Thursday, July 18th, 5:30pm at Artist Art, 2643 Cherokee.

Marine Villa Neighborhood Association‘s next meeting is on Monday, July 22nd at 7pm. Find them in the back room at Irish Corner Pub at Cherokee and Lemp.

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

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.

Sip ‘n Sketch is Wednesday, July 10th at 6:30pm. Adults of all skill levels are invited to participate in this life drawing class exploring a variety of materials and techniques. Bring a snack and a beverage. Register by calling 314-282-9314.

Join Sonia Dae Slankard, Thomas Dunn’s artist-in-residence, on July 18th, 19th, and 20th for Soniapalooza. Celebrate Sonia’s first solo art reception by making art, music, food, and more. Visit the Facebook event page for a complete listing of Soniapalooza events.

Sign up for Poetry and Printmaking for Girls with LitShop. Girls ages 10 to 14 will learn to write, publish, print, and perform poetry at this weeklong camp. Camp meets Monday through Friday from 10am to noon. Session one is July 15th–19th and session two is July 22nd–26th. Register here.

For boys, an art camp with Flower Boi will teach self-expression through the creation of self portraits. This camp runs from Monday, July 15th to Friday, July 19th from 10am to 1pm. Email to register.

More Dutchtown Events

The next Cherokee Street Trashy Hour is Thursday, July 11th. Meet at Earthbound Beer at 5pm, go out and pick up trash around the neighborhood, then head back to the brewery to enjoy a few beverages with your neighbors. Register at Nebula’s website.

The Allies of Marquette Park hold their next meeting on Sunday, July 14th, 1pm at the Marquette Recreation Center. Tour the facilities, discuss plans to activate the park, and help grow this exciting new neighborhood organization.

Earthbound Beer hosts a Bastille Day brunch on Sunday, July 14th. Celebrate the revolution with lots of baguette-based treats and French-inspired cocktails.

The Gravois Park Neighborhood Association is organizing an alley cleanup on Monday, July 15th beginning at 9am. Volunteers from Brightside St. Louis will be helping. If you’d like to volunteer or direct attention to an alley that needs help visit the Facebook event page.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department South Patrol Division hosts a community crime summit on Tuesday, July 23rd, 5:30pm at Bishop DuBourg High School in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood. Capt. Donnell Moore of the First District and Capt. Michael Deeba of the Second District will take questions at this town hall meeting.

Dutchtown South Community Corporation’s next Community Empowerment Committee meeting is Wednesday, July 31st, 6pm at Thomas Dunn Learning Center. July’s meeting will discuss environmental justice and DSCC’s So Fresh So Clean initiative. Dinner and child care are provided.

We’ve got something for you 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 by Paul Sableman.