Give to the Max 2015

    Get Ready for Give to the Max Day 2015!

    You can join thousands of Minnesotans on November 12, as millions of dollars are raised for nonprofits and schools across the state. Make a donation to RNeighbors, the Rochester Neighborhood Resource Center on November 12 and be part of Minnesota’s annual day of giving! We’ll use the funds raised to continue assisting Rochester neighborhoods with tools and resources to keep their organizations strong and healthy.

    Give with ease. All donations on GiveMN are made with a credit or debit card. No checks to write or stamps to lick. Your information is secure and
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    Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods Meeting – November 2015

    Tuesday, November 10, 2015, the Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods (MCN) held their tenth official meeting.

    Thanks to the Rochester Area Foundation for the excellent meeting space and to Mayor Brede for his support of the group.

    Representatives from the Sunnyside, Historic SW, Eastside, Kutzky, Washington, Folwell and Slatterly neighborhood associations were in attendance. Guest speaker included Dave Dunn, Rochester Planning Department.

    The agenda included a presentation on the Planning to Succeed Comprehensive Plan Update and next steps in this process. The PowerPoint is posted here.

    Mission To strengthen connections between neighborhood leaders and give neighborhoods a collective voice.

    The group will meet at the Rochester Area Foundation every two
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    2015-16 A Litter Bit Better! Poster Contest Winners

    For the ninth year, we challenged all fourth grade students in Rochester to draw a brightly colored picture that displays:

    Why it is important to not litter
    How you will make Rochester A Litter Bit Better!

    There were 220 entries from 15 schools across Rochester. With all of these fun and colorful entries it was a tough choice but our team of judges narrowed it down to one winner per school (who submitted entries) and one Grand Prize winner.

    2015-2016 A Litter Bit Better! Poster Contest Winners

    Grand Prize Winner
    Schaeffer Academy
    Natalie Kottom

    Olivia Doerre

    Rochester Math & Science Academy
    Asma Sheik

    Cory Li

    Benjamin Hargraves

    Elton Hills
    Sally (Jiwon) Kim

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    2016 Spring Citizen Forester Training

    Photo: On September 19, 2015, this crew spent four hours learning about and planting trees. They now can advocate and care for Rochester’s urban trees as official Citizen Foresters.

    When: Saturday, April 16, 2016, 8 am – Noon
    Where: Quarry Hill Nature Center
    Community Ed Class Number: TBD
    Price: $15.00

    Become a part of the Rochester urban forester team through this course led by the City of Rochester Forestry Division and RNeighborWoods. This class is packed with tree education and of course, some hands-on tree planting.

    You’ll be an active participant in learning tree planting basics, care, basic arboriculture, urban forest advocacy, and hands-on activities. Discover
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    2016 Spring Tree Grant Application Now Available

    Photo: On September 26, 2015, the RNeighborWoods team helped the Pine Summit Neighbors plant 25 trees as winners of the fall Neighborhood Tree Grant. Types included Gingko, Sugar Maple, Red Maple, Catalpa, and American Linden.

    Trees make good neighbors.

    Since its creation in 2004, RNeighborWoods has organized 5,561 volunteers to plant 6,269 trees on Rochester boulevards. These trees provide multiple ecological and other public benefits including reducing Rochester’s carbon footprint. Once again the City of Rochester, RPU and RNeighbors is offering a grant for a winning neighborhood to receive 25 free boulevard trees.

    Announcing the RNeighborWoods Tree Grant!

    Twenty-five trees will all be awarded to a neighborhood
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    Fall 2015 Community Tree Planting

    On September 28, 2013, neighbors and volunteers came out to plant 200 trees in the Kutzky Park neighborhood.

    We need your help to celebrate National NeighborWoods month and to add more community trees to this neighborhood. We’ll be planting 275 trees from 16th Avenue SE, S Village Drive SE and 8 ½ Street SE. Tree types to be planted include Sugar and Red Maples, Ohio Buckeye, Service berry, Catalpa, Hackberry, Hawthorn, Gingko, Honey Locust , Kentucky Coffee, Ironwood, Pin and Bur Oak, American Linden and Hybrid elm. Appropriate shorter trees will be planted under power lines.
    Saturday, October 10, 2015
    8:30 am
    No Cost
    Park in the
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    Custom Alarm Sponsor Spotlight

    On October 2, 2015, we’ll be celebrating Rochester neighborhoods at our annual OAKtoberfest fundraiser. We couldn’t put on this event without our incredible event sponsors and we wanted you to learn more about them. Introducing Custom Alarm. Some of their amazing staff is pictured above.

    How long have you been in business?

    Custom Alarm has been in business since 1968.

    What is the location of your business?

    We are located at 1661 Greenview Drive SW in Rochester MN.

    What have you done to give back to the community in which your business resides?

    We live and work in the community so giving
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    OAKtoberfest 2015 – Celebrate with RNeighbors

    Cheers to great neighborhoods!
    On Friday, October 2, 2015, we’re celebrating Rochester neighborhoods and the people and trees that live in them – OAKtoberfest, at the Kahler Apache, 1517 16th St SW. 

    A plethora of German food will be served (see menu below) and each attendee will have their choice of one free tap Oktoberfest Beer, German Wine or mixed drink. Cash bar will be available. Several Neighbor Awards will be given, highlighting the excellent things going on in Rochester neighborhoods.

    Tracy McCray and Megan Kennedy will be our emcee guides for the evening of roll out the barrel fun including German
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    City Auto Glass Sponsor Spotlight

    On October 2, 2015, we’ll be celebrating Rochester neighborhoods at our annual OAKtoberfest fundraiser. We couldn’t put on this event without our incredible event sponsors and we wanted you to learn more about them. Introducing Mark St. Peter from City Auto Glass, pictured above at the downtown CAG location inside Schmitt Auto, 102 N Broadway Ave.

    How long have you been in business?

    We (Jay Lingle and I) started the City Auto Glass Rochester branch in May of 1991. Prior to that Jay and I worked for Twin City Auto Glass on 2nd Street SW across from Virgil’s, since 1986.

    What is
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    2015-16 Litter Bit Better Poster Contest

    by Arikka Cowl, 2014-15 Grand Prize Winner, from Gibbs Elementary

    Calling all 4th Grade Teachers!

    Your students can play an important part in the 10th Annual Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! city-wide litter collection event by participating in the poster contest! We are looking for artwork from 4th grade students in the City of Rochester that tell a story about littering in our community.

    One winner will from each participating school will be selected by a panel of judges. These school winners will be awarded an official A Litter Bit Better! t-shirt and a letter of appreciation from the Mayor of
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