Shop and Win with Mad Money March in Downtown Rochester

Come April 3, there will be four lucky winners, all with Shopping Sprees in Downtown Rochester. How? Shoppers who spend $100 at one or more participating businesses during the month of March can enter for a chance to win a $1,000 Shopping Spree, a $500 Shopping Spree or one of two $250 Shopping Sprees. “Mad Money March has become a really exciting promotion in downtown Rochester,” said Stephanie Hellebuyck, Rochester Downtown Development Authority events coordinator. “By March, everyone is … [Read more...]

Growing Up in Rochester with Bob Milne

“Growing Up in Rochester with Bob Milne” to be feature presentation at the Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s Brown Bag Meeting on March 7 The Rochester-Avon Historical Society will present “Growing Up in Rochester” with Ragtime pianist Bob Milne at its Brown Bag lunchtime meeting at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow Avenue, on Tuesday, March 7 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.  Milne, considered by many to be the best ragtime/boogie-woogie pianist in the world, will discuss growing up … [Read more...]

Founders Day Celebration Kicks Off Bicentennial March 12

City of Rochester Kicks Off Bicentennial Celebration at the Rochester Hills Museum Twenty-Seventeen marks the 200th Anniversary of the founding of the City of Rochester. Founded in 1817, Rochester is the first settlement in Oakland County. The City is planning a series of Bicentennial events throughout the year to celebrate this milestone event. The first Bicentennial event is Founders Day on Sunday, March 12, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm. The event will … [Read more...]

Rochester Named as a National Main Street Community

Rochester Receives Certification, Again, and is Named as a National Main Street Community for the 21st Time Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) recently conducted an Annual Program Assessment Visit and named Rochester as a 2016 Nationally Accredited Main Street Community. This is the 21st consecutive year of certification for Rochester. The Rochester DDA has been a member of Main Street Oakland County since 2000. “As part of the Main Street Oakland County program, Rochester has earned … [Read more...]

Whims Insurance Celebrates a Century in Rochester

By Deborah J. Larsen When Tom Klix and his sister, Connie Klix Mercer, head to their offices at Whims Insurance each morning, they take a literal walk down memory lane. The company’s offices are on the second floor of the Mitzelfeld building at 322 S. Main Street. The municipal parking lot behind the building sits on property that was once the home of Klix and Mercer’s grandparents, Leslie and Lyla Whims. The two siblings now run the insurance agency their grandfather founded. They … [Read more...]

Deck Art 2017 Registration is Open

Downtown Rochester is calling all artists: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College, and Adult to participate in downtown Rochester’s Seventh Annual Skateboard Art Competition & Exhibition: Deck Art 2017. Artists are asked to provide their unique work on a blank skateboard deck. Winning pieces will be picked in each category by a panel of judges, and prizes will be awarded. Deck Art 2017 is scheduled for May 11-12. This year, South Street Skateshop has passed the Deck Art … [Read more...]

City of Rochester Needs Your Input

This month, the City of Rochester mailed the 2017 Community Survey to each residence in the city. The purpose of this survey is to gauge input about the services and environment that are a part of the Rochester experience. Topics range from safety and economics, to education and community engagement. In total, the survey encompasses 12 different areas. The results of the survey will be used to guide future decision making processes.  “This survey is vitally important for both city … [Read more...]

Rochester in the 1960s and Pop Up Books from the Rochester Avon Historical Society

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society Presents “Rochester in the 1960s” with Patrick McKay The Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s will hold an evening meeting on Thursday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Town Road. As Rochester celebrates its bicentennial in 2017, each decade sheds light on our community's history. The 1960s brought the Vietnam War to our city, as well as a massive growth in population. What happened that brought so many people here? … [Read more...]

Fire & Ice Festival Becomes Warmer Weather Event

Fire & Ice Festival Adjusts to Warm Weather In spite of unseasonably warm temperatures and no snow in the forecast. The Fire & Ice Festival Committee is replacing some of its winter-driven events with a variety of outdoor family-friendly activities from Oakland County Parks and Recreation. Admission and events remain free. Events that will not take place this year due to the anticipated warmer temperatures include tube sledding, ice skating, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing. … [Read more...]

Rochester Named Best Place to Raise a Family

The City of Rochester was recently named the Best Place in Michigan to raise a family by WalletHub. To help families find the best Michigan cities in which to put down roots, WalletHub’s analysts compared 104 cities in the state across four key dimensions: Family Life & Fun; Education, Health & Safety; Affordability and Socioeconomics. Mayor Cathy Daldin said of the award, "I am not surprised. All the reasons mentioned in the survey are why my husband and I moved here 28 years ago. … [Read more...]