Family Praise and Picnic in the Park

The Rochester community is invited to the twentieth annual “Family Praise and Picnic in the Park” celebration on Sunday, August 26, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Band Shell in beautiful Rochester Municipal Park. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy St. John Lutheran's family friendly outdoor Worship and Picnic event featuring uplifting music and a message of hope for families and the community. A free Picnic Lunch, Ice Cream Social, games, activities, and entertainment for all ages … [Read more...]

Paint Creek Trail hosts 13th Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk & Run

The Paint Creek Trailways Commission is organizing the 13th Annual Paint Creek Trail Labor Day Virtual Bridge Walk and Run on Monday, September 3, at the Rochester Municipal Park Kiwanis Pavilion. This event is part of the Labor Day Community Walks that are held throughout the state in conjunction with the Mackinac Bridge Labor Day Walk. Two options are being offered to participants – a 2-mile roundtrip walk to Tienken road, or a 10-K roundtrip walk or run to Silver Bell road on the Paint … [Read more...]

Family Praise and Picnic in the Park Celebrates 20 Years

The Rochester community is invited to the twentieth annual “Family Praise and Picnic in the Park” celebration on Sunday, August 26, beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Band Shell in beautiful Rochester Municipal Park. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy St. John Lutheran's family friendly outdoor Worship and Picnic event featuring uplifting music and a message of hope for families and the community. A free Picnic Lunch, Ice Cream Social, games, activities, and entertainment for all ages … [Read more...]

Paint Creek Center for the Arts Announces 53rd Art & Apples Festival

53rd Art & Apples Festival Set for September 7-9 The Art & Apples Festival, the largest annual fundraiser for, and produced by, Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA), returns to the Rochester Municipal Park (400 Sixth St.) in downtown Rochester September 7, 8 and 9. This year, PCCA is adding Blake’s Orchard cider and donuts, as well as new nationally-recognized artists to the signature event, which transforms the 30-acre park into one of the nation’s top fine art … [Read more...]

Rochester Area Jaycees host 3rd Annual 5K Fun Run

5K Fun Run to be held in the Rochester Municipal Park on Saturday, August 18 to raise funds for special needs playground in Rochester area. The Rochester Area Jaycees will present the Chief Financial Credit Union Rally for Rochester 5K Fun Run in the Rochester Municipal Park on Saturday, August 18. All proceeds from the race will go directly towards the development of a safe and accessible playground for children with special needs in the community. The 3rd Annual Rally for Rochester 5K … [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...]

Hometown Hustle 5K Fun Run May 12

Online Registration is OPEN for Rochester Community Schools Foundation 13th Annual Hometown Hustle on May 12 The Rochester Community Schools Foundation Hometown Hustle, a 5K fun run/walk presented by Chief Financial Credit Union, will be held on Saturday, May 12, from 8:30–11:00 a.m. The race will start and end at Chief Financial, 200 Diversion St., Rochester Hills. Register Now. The 13th annual event is a treasured tradition that celebrates fitness and family time. “The Hometown … [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...]

Water-Powered Mills of the Rochester Area

Mill Town Heritage of Rochester and Avon Township The real estate professional’s mantra that “location is everything” was as true in Rochester’s pioneer days as it is today. Long before the James Graham party led white settlers to today’s Oakland County, its hospitable lakes and streams and the excellent fishing they offered drew native people to the area. Water also attracted the Grahams and those who followed them. It was an essential element to sustain life, and it would power the new … [Read more...]

Rochester Area Jaycees Host Second Annual 5K Fun Run

5k Fun Run to Be Held in the Rochester Municipal Park on Sunday, August 20, to Raise Funds For Special Needs Playground in Rochester The Rochester Area Jaycees will present the Chief Financial Credit Union Rally for Rochester 5K Fun Run in the Rochester Municipal Park on Sunday, August 20. All proceeds from the race will go to the development of a playground – safe and accessible – for children with special needs. The Second Annual Rally for Rochester 5K provides runners an opportunity … [Read more...]