Rochester Community House Signs New 20-Year Agreement

The City of Rochester and the Rochester Community House organization are pleased to announce that on Wednesday, October 6, at 6:05 p.m., a 20-year agreement has been signed that clearly spells out both the City’s and the organization’s responsibilities; and solidifies several  more decades of partnership. City of Rochester Mayor, Stuart Bikson, and Rochester Community House Board Chair, John Cadieux, signed the agreement. This agreement comes after the city approved (earlier this year) … [Read more...]

Rochester Junior Women’s Club is Seeking Area Non-Profit Organizations to Benefit

The Rochester Junior Women’s Club is looking for non-profit organizations that need assistance and can benefit from our fundraising. Each spring the club Donations Committee reviews requests submitted by local organizations requesting assistance. Based on the committee’s recommendations, annual recipients are selected for the major fundraisers as well as recipients for miscellaneous donations. The Rochester Junior Women’s Club (RJWC) has been serving the community since 1956. RJWC is a … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees Seeking Non-profits for Partnership Program

Mark your calendar for the Seventh Annual Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees, November 20-22 at the Rochester Community House. The Festival of Trees kicks off with the Cocktail Preview on Friday, November 20, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow. Tickets are $50 per person/$85 per couple. The event will be open to the public November 21 & 22.  Admission is free.  Santa will be on hand both Saturday & Sunday from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Proceeds … [Read more...]

Rochester Municipal Park Has Been the Place to Play for 85 Years

The Avon Park dam formed a popular swimming hole. The dam and bridge were dismantled in the 1980s. (From the Archives of the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm) Eighty-five years ago this summer, Rochester residents dedicated a new recreation spot on Paint Creek. Built on the site of a bankrupt dairy farm and a long-abandoned millrace, Avon Park—now Rochester Municipal Park—quickly became a favorite place for area residents to swim, picnic, and play. The property on which Rochester … [Read more...]

Festival of Trees Seeks Non-Profits for Partnership Program

The 6th Annual Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees, will be November 22-24 at the Rochester Community House. The Festival of Trees kicks off with the Cocktail Preview on Friday, November 22, 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow. Tickets are $50 per person/$85 per couple. The event will be open to the public November 23 & 24. Admission is free. Santa will be on hand both Saturday & Sunday from 12 noon-5:00 p.m. Proceeds benefit the continuation of The Big, Bright … [Read more...]

New Community Crowdfunding Event in Downtown Rochester

The Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is proud to announce the debut of its new program, Mics & Mac. Mics & Mac is a crowdfunding event designed to empower local kids (ages 10-18) and enrich the Rochester community with their creative ideas. From art, events, placemaking and more, all ideas are welcome and encouraged. Kids can submit ideas online through Monday, July 8. Ten will be selected and invited to give a 5-minute pitch presentation at the Mics & Mac Event … [Read more...]

Find Holiday Spirit at the Rochester Festival of Trees

The Fifth Annual Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees is just around the corner. The Festival kicks off with the Cocktail Preview Party on Friday, November 16 at the Rochester Community House and continues Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18. This year’s festival promises to be the biggest and brightest yet, with over 70 trees, wreaths, centerpieces, tablescapes and more. All items will be auctioned, with proceeds benefiting The Big, Bright Light Show and Rochester-area non-profit … [Read more...]

Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees Cocktail Preview

Tickets are on sale now for the Downtown Rochester Festival of Trees Cocktail Preview on Friday, November 16, 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow. Tickets are $50 per person/$85 per couple. This is the first chance for people to get a preview this holiday spectacular featuring trees, wreaths, tablescapes, centerpieces and more … and it's an opportunity to bid on these items to take home for the holidays. The event will include a strolling dinner featuring … [Read more...]

Election Day Road Detour in Rochester for Ludlow Construction

Electors in Precincts 01 and 03 will need to follow a detour in order to access the Community House via Woodward Ave. west of Main Street. A map is available online or at City Hall. To all electors in Precincts 01 and 03 voting at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow Avenue: Due to road construction, Ludlow Avenue is closed at West University Drive. Access to the Rochester Community House is available via Woodward Avenue west of Main Street. You can view a map of the detour by … [Read more...]

How Wilcox Street Was Named

Do you know the story behind the name of Rochester’s Wilcox Street? Early Avon Township settler Lyman J. Willcox and his son Elliot R. Willcox owned part of the land through which Wilcox Street now runs. According to an 1883 account in the Pontiac Gazette, Lyman Willcox left New York City with nothing but a rifle and a pack on his back and walked westward, traversing Ontario, and finally coming to Michigan. He stopped first in Troy Township and then settled in Avon Township in 1824, where … [Read more...]