Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods Meeting – June 2014

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014, the Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods (MCN) held their second 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 Historic SW, Eastside, Sunnyside, Slatterly, Northrop, Kutzky, Washington, Indian Heights, Homestead, and Cimarron neighborhoods were in attendance (pic). The topic of this meeting was a Destination Medical Center Presentation by Lisa Clarke, the division chair in the Mayo Clinic Department of Public Affairs and Administrator for the Destination Medical Center (DMC).

    To strengthen connections between neighborhood leaders and give neighborhoods a collective
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    2014 Fall Tree Grant Application Now Available

    Photo: On an amazing spring Saturday morning, May 3, 2014, the RNeighborWoods team helped the Knotting Hill Lane NW neighborhood plant their 25 trees, thanks to a well-deserved Neighborhood Tree Grant.

    Trees make good neighbors.

    Since its creation in 2004, RNeighborWoods has organized 4,156 volunteers to plant 5,147 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 one grant for the winning neighborhood to receive 25 free boulevard trees.

    Announcing the RNeighborWoods Tree Grant!

    We have 25 trees that will all be
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    National Night Out

    It’s America’s Night Out Against Crime!

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

    Get your neighbors together and have a National Night Out party! You can register your event at, simply click on the National Night Out  (NNO) button and register.

    National Night Out now involves over 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. Last year Rochester took 3rd place in the National competition with 41,800 people pre-registered at 165 events. The goal for this year is 50,000 people pre-registered at 200 NNO events.

    NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is designed to:

    Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
    Generate support
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    Make a Difference in Your Neighborhood

    RNeighbors, the Rochester Neighborhood Resource Center, works in our community to efficiently and collectively organize resources, and encourage neighbors of all ages to interact with one another to build relationships that foster a diverse, welcoming community. 

    The tips below, as well as important local phone numbers are available in a brochure format that can be accessed on our website.

    12 Ways were adapted with permission from training materials for: Community Involvement Training: A course in community renewal. Copyright 1999-2000 @ Campbell DeLong Resources, Inc.

    Here’s a list of simple steps that can help you make a difference in your neighborhood today.

    1. Report
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    2014 RColorful Corners Street Mural Painting Schedule

    Salt, sand and snow plows give our street murals quite a beating during tough Minnesotan winters. But have no fear, we’re ready to help neighborhoods spruce up their street murals. Everyone is welcome to these street mural paintings, each start at 9 am. Just wear your painting clothes and we’ll provide everything else!  You do not need to live in the neighborhood or have any painting skill at all to help in these fun community-building projects.

    More about the RColorful Corners street mural program can be found on our website.

    Come out and help add some color to our neighborhoods!
    RColorful Corners 2014 Street
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    2014 Fall Citizen Forester Training

    Photo: On September 21, 2013, a brand new batch of Citizen Foresters graduated with knowledge of all things trees. A few of them even helped out with the Neighborhood Tree Grant Planting later that Saturday.

    When: Saturday, September 20, 2014, 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, climbing, and planting. You’ll be an active participant in learning tree planting basics, care, basic arboriculture, urban forest advocacy, and
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    Scorcher Ride! Scavanger Hunt

    Sunday, June 29, 3 pm

    Meet at the YMCA South Parking Lot

    Explore Rochester’s beautiful trails while riding to different locations for your chance to win prizes! We’ll meet at the YMCA’s south parking lot for registration at 3 pm where you’ll be given a map of locations. Get to as many locations as you can before 5:30pm when we’ll return to the YMCA for snacks and a prize drawing.

    This is a family friendly event and proceeds support the Pata de Perro Bike Club!

    We’re also looking for volunteers, so sign up here: if you’re interested!
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    Toward a More Perfect Union – Created Equal

    We will explore this founding document and what it means for us in our lives today. Join us for a film and facilitated discussion with your neighbors.
    Wednesday, May 21 – It’s a Free Country
    Northrop Gym at 1-3 PM or Rochester Public Library at 6:30-8:30PM

    Wednesday, June 18 – Created Equal

    Heintz Ctr Commons at 1-3 PM or Rochester Public Library at 6:30-8:30PM

    Toward a More Perfect Union is supported in part with funds from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund created by a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    Refreshments will be
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    A Litter Bit Better! 2014 Final Results

    2014 was the 8th annual Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! event. Each year, thousands of volunteers collect litter from across Rochester. Together in the past 8 years, these individuals, service groups, businesses, scout troops, faith-based organizations, neighborhood associations, and families have worked together to remove over 95 tons of litter from the community. The removal of this waste reduces potential land and water pollution while beautifying our cityscape. Participants in the event build community ties and reinforce a strong sense of community pride. The ultimate goal of the program is to prevent water pollution by eliminating litter-causing behavior
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    Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods Meeting – April 2014

    Tuesday, April 22, the (now named) Mayor’s Council on Neighborhoods held their first 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 Northrop, Eastside, Homestead, Historic SW, Washington, Indian Heights, and Slatterly neighborhoods were in attendance (pic).

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

    The group will meet every two months, Tuesday, 5:30‐7 pm, unless a special meeting is called. 2014 meetings: June 17, August 19, October 21, and December 16.

    Notes from the meeting can be found here.

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