Additional News from RNeighbor’s

Hello Neighbors


Please see below for events that may be of interest.





Council of Neighborhoods
Tuesday, May 16, 5:30-7 pm
2117 building on the County Campus (2117 Campus Drive SE), first floor (in the main doors and head right, which will lead to conference room)

A majority of the agenda will include information about current housing issues facing our community and a new tool the HRA is launching to help homeowners improve their property. Guest speakers include Dave Dunn, Olmsted County Housing and Redevelopment Authority and Steve Borchardt, Rochester Area Foundation Housing Initiative. Thirty minutes of the agenda will include an update from the United Way Mental Health workgroup. This meeting is open for all who are interested.


4th Annual Bike Swap
Rochester People’s Food Co-op, parking lot
Saturday, May 13, 10 am-2 pm


Interested in a previously owned bike? Have a bike to sell?

• Used bicycles for adults and children
• Used bicycle gear
• Refurbished bicycles from Rochester Community Bike Club (Pata de Perro)

For a donation of $10 you can sell your used bikes and bike gear. Items not sold should be picked up by 2:00, or they will be donated. Seller determines price.
All funds raised will support local efforts to make Rochester a more bicycle-friendly community. Find more details on this year’s swap at


Volunteer at Indian Heights Park
Saturday, May 13
8:30-11:30 am (come and go as you need to)


Help this neighborhood as they continue work on their park by pulling Garlic Mustard. Please meet Saturday morning at the Parking Lot for Indian Heights Park at 8:30. Hot coffee and cookies will be provided and (if you special request it I will bring hot chocolate).  Friends of Indian Heights will bring all the equipment you need– (gloves,  hand trowels, bags, etc.) but please wear long-sleeved T-shirts and jeans that you won’t mind getting muddy.  If you have questions, please email or call 507 206 7394.


DIRECTIONS TO THE PARK:  Take Hwy 52 to Rochester. Take Exit 56C (“Elton Hills Drive”). Drive EAST 1.5 miles on Elton Hills Drive. Turn Right (SOUTH) on Viking Drive about one-fifth of a mile. At the T, turn Right (WEST) onto 19th St. NW. Take the first LEFT onto Terracewood Drive NW.   The address is 1800 Terracewood Drive NW, Rochester, MN
Planning to Succeed Rochester Comprehensive Plan Update

Tuesday, May 16, 6:30-8:30 pm

125 LIVE – River Room (use main entrance), 125 Elton Hills Drive NW, Rochester MN 55901

Thursday, May 18, 2:30-4:30 pm

Rochester Public Library – Auditorium, 101 2nd Street SE, Rochester MN 55904


P2S is now in the review and editing stage. Planning Staff invites the public to attend one of these engagement sessions, learn about the vision and framework, and provide input. The sessions will be identical. Rochester is a growing community and that growth is anticipated to continue. Growth and change presents both opportunities and challenges. Long-range planning is needed to position the City to address its long-term needs; to be resilient; to support changing demographics; and to address housing demand, multi-modal transportation needs, growth in jobs and visitors, and more; while working with finite resources.


Art on the Ave Street Festival

Slatterly Park Neighborhood, 1100 Block of 6th Ave SE

Saturday May 20, 9:30 am- 4 pm


The event features 40 + painters, glass blowers, metal workers, jewelers and musicians and hosts a perennial plant sale and boulevard garden demonstrations including the installation of a permanent boulevard sculpture. This is a neighborhood initiative to promote the arts, encourage walkability and revitalize the Slatterly Park neighborhood in downtown Rochester.

Art on the Ave is looking for just a few more volunteers to fill a couple open spots. Sign up online:

Visit Facebook SlatterlyAOA for more information and for live music schedule.

Rene Lafflam, Executive Director
Providing tools to GROW great neighborhoods
1421 3rd Avenue SE * Rochester, MN 55904
(507) 529-4150 *
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  ― Margaret Mead
Updated: May 13, 2017 — 3:05 am

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