OAKtoberfest 2014

    RThanks to the 100+ folks who attended OAKtoberfest, RNeighbors’ third annual fundraiser at the Ramada, on Friday, October 3. This celebration highlighted the community building work that RNeighbors does throughout the year. The evening was filled with amazing German cuisine and brews, creative auction items and recognition of some outstanding neighbors.

    Check out the event program for the assortment of raffle items that focused on trees or beer. Emcee Tracy McCray kept the evening moving along smoothly, making sure to highlight all of the pieces of the program. The Neighbor Awards were an important highlight of the festivities.

    We’re grateful to all
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    Celebrate with RNeighbors – OAKtoberfest 2014

    Friday, October 3, 2014

    6-9 pm

    $30 Ticket advance, $35 at the door

    Canadian Honker Events at the Ramada

    1517 16th St SW Rochester, MN

    You are invited to be a part of this special night celebrating the vibrant neighborhoods in Rochester.

    Purchase event tickets online here.
    Tickets can also be purchased by calling (529-4150) or emailing RNeighbors.
    Download an event poster to share with your friends here.

    A plethora of German food will be served (see menu below). 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,
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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: 8050.131
    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,
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    Quarry Hill Fall Festival

    September 13 & 14
    11 am–5 pm

    Fall Festival takes place on the grounds of Quarry Hill Park and Nature Center. Indoor activities include nature games, eco-friendly crafts and candle rolling, and outdoor activities include cave tours, canoeing, rock climbing and pumpkin decorating and Tree Climbing offered by Maier Tree and Lawn.

    Admission to the festival, live animal programs and music is free. Food and activity tickets are available for purchase on site $1/ticket, $20/25 tickets. Food and activities range from 1-4 tickets.

    All proceeds from the event benefit the Friends of Quarry Hill Nature Center and are used to help
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    Toward a More Perfect Union

    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

    Wednesday, September 17 – Built to Last

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

    Wednesday, November 19 – 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
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    Chalk the Block 2014

    Photo Above: A 2012 Chalk the Block team in the Slatterly Park Neighborhood.

    National Night Out

    Tuesday, August 5, 2014

    The goal of National Night Out is to strengthen neighborhood spirit by having neighbors get together. Whether it’s a picnic, potluck, or an ice cream social, it’s a great time to get to know who lives in your neighborhood. During the evening the Mayor, members of the City Council, and McGruff the Crime Dog visit as many of the locations across Rochester as they can.

    Register your party or get more information at coptalklive.com.

    Sidewalk Chalk Art Extravaganza
    RNeighbors partners with Community Education’s Summer of Service
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    Looking for 2014 OAKtoberfest Neighbor Awards Nominations

    Photo: RNeighbors Board member Bob Nowicki, Mayor Brede, and 2013 OAKtoberfest Neighbor Award Winners

    As part of the upcoming RNeighbors Oaktoberfest fundraiser, we will be recognizing Rochester neighbors whose efforts in our community strive to meet the mission of RNeighbors, “to create sustainable neighborhood networks that promote a vibrant, healthy, and livable community.”

    We will be giving three awards and are looking for your nominations of neighbors you feel should be honored in these categories.

    1. Green Initiative Award
    Neighbor or group who spearheaded and developed green initiatives within your neighborhood, as a means to make Rochester a more environmentally sustainable place to live.

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    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 coptalklive.com, 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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