City of Rochester Seeking Applicants for RARA Board

The City of Rochester is seeking applicants for the Rochester Avon Recreation Authority (RARA) Board The City of Rochester is seeking applicants for the Rochester Avon Recreation Authority Board. The seat is a three (3) year term appointed by City Council. Those interested in applying must submit a boards and commissions application by no later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday, July 19. The boards and commissions application can be found here: Boards and Commissions … [Read more...]

MI Earth Day Fest Returns to Rochester Municipal Park

13th Annual Event Will Bring Thousands Together to Make Every Day Earth Day MI Earth Day Fest returns the weekend of April 20-22 to its most popular location, the beautiful Rochester Municipal Park/City Center area, on the banks of Paint Creek. The 13th annual celebration runs 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20; 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Saturday April 21; and 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22. “With so many pressing issues these days, it's easy to forget about Earth … [Read more...]

Neighborhood House Invites All to Scare Away Hunger

Benefit Run/Walk set for October 22 at Rochester College As the first days of fall are upon us, walkers and runners are looking forward to the local tradition of “Scaring Away Hunger.” Neighborhood House’s 7th Annual Scare Away Hunger 5k Run/Walk will take place on October 22 at 3:00 p.m. The race begins at Rochester College, the presenting sponsor of the event. The route will be a colorful autumn run/walk through the campus of Rochester College, through the new Lake Norcentra Park, out to … [Read more...]

Rochester Junior Woman’s Club Presents Donations to Four Local Organizations

The Rochester Junior Woman’s Club (RJWC) recently presented donations for $20,000 to four local organizations The Friends of the Paint Creek Trail representative Chris Gray, Mary DiCaro -Recreation Supervisor for RARA’s SCAMP Program, Rochester Symphony Orchestra representative Theresa Meegan and Angela Aufdemberge, President & CEO of Vista Maria’s Wings Program, were on hand at Meadow Brook Hall on June 9th, as club president Lisa Belisle presented the organizations with their … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor: Yalamanchi Believes in Transparency

This year Rochester Hills has an election Tuesday November 3 for Mayor, City Council, OPC, Library Board, and RARA. If you cannot go to the polls on November 3, you can still vote by going to city hall at the clerk"s office next to the term limited Mayor’s Office even on Saturday Oct 31. I encourage you to vote for Ravi Yalamanchi. He understands our community with his eight years on City Council. He has a number of ideas to bring standards up and costs down. He believes in transparency, … [Read more...]

World Cup Watch Party Scores Big

FIFA Women's World Cup Watch Party Hosted by the City of Rochester Hills and Mayor Bryan K. Barnett, this is a first for the type of an event. It took place Tuesday evening at the RARA Indoor Soccer Field in Downtown Rochester.     Magic Soccer provided a free soccer clinic and Oakland University's The Grizz was entertaining the kids and getting in a lot of photos. Food, drink and a large ten-foot-projection screen made watching the US Women's Team beat the … [Read more...]

FREE Kids Day in the Park

Come out to Bloomer Park for an afternoon of fun! Spend the afternoon checking out both the Rochester and Rochester Hills Fire Department trucks and ambulance. See Sparky the Dog!  Have the kids learn fire safety with the safe house.  See the Rochester Hills Fire Department challenge each other in the water ball challenge! See the Oakland County Sheriffs vehicles and get an I.D. Kit for your children. Kids can bring their bikes and helmets to get inspected and to learn bike safety … [Read more...]

Citizen Opinion: Let’s all help RARA

Citizen Opinion by Scot Beaton RARA and the Rochester Hills city council made a $2.6 million dollar mistake on Monday May 7. And they did it with your money! Since 1946, the Rochester Avon Recreation Authority (RARA) has provided recreation programs from toddlers to adults in a variety of areas, such as dance, sports classes, sport leagues, pre-school classes, special events, fitness, skiing, and so much more. RARA allows you to enjoy diverse recreational opportunities right here in our … [Read more...]

RARA seeks new HQ

For the past decade, the Rochester Avon Recreation Authority has been feeling the need to expand beyond its rented headquarters on East Second Street in downtown Rochester. Though spending $130,000 a year on rent and taxes, the RARA board has been putting aside money towards a future facility. Now, with new Executive Director Ron Jewell on board, RARA is ready to plot its next move. In January, Jewell appeared before both the Rochester and Rochester Hills city councils. “For over 10 years … [Read more...]