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Spring cleaning

It’s spring cleaning time, and what better place to start than our community — through the citywide "A Litter Bit Better" campaign.

Friends, neighbors and family members of all ages are encouraged to "pick a place, pick a day and pick it up."

Last year, more than 1,400 volunteers collected 21,500 pounds of litter from various Rochester public lands (trails, parks, schools, etc.). This year, more than 1,900 volunteers are already registered.

Visit the RNeighbors Web site where you’ll find all the details, including a map of Rochester public lands still available to "adopt," and a volunteer registration form. 


If you go

What: "A Litter Bit Better"

When: Saturday, April 19, through Saturday, April 26

Phone: 328-2431

On the Web: www.RNeigh 


Are you aware ...


April is Autism Awareness month. Family Fun Nights, held this and next Friday, are designed to inform families about local organizations that provide resources to children with autism.

Tonight’s family fun night takes place at Bluestem, where there will be games for the kids while parents tour the facility (a chance to ask questions regarding diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care).

Next Friday, Stanley Jones will play host with a carnival for the kids while parents tour the facility (a chance to ask questions regarding physical, occupational and speech therapies). 

Free. No registration.

If you go

What: Family Fun Nights

Where: Bluestem Center for Child and Family Development, 124 Elton Hills Lane N.W.; Stanley Jones, 2746 Superior Drive N.W.

When: Friday, April 18 and 25, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Phone: 206-4222, Jessica Raschka

On the Web: www.apuzzled (general information);;


Family-style theater

Take a seat and watch as The Masque Theatre takes to the stage performing Shakespeare’s "Much Ado About Nothing." The production runs two-and-a-half hours and features a cast of 18 (16 of whom are youth). 

Adults $12, youth $9. 

If you go


What: "Much Ado About Nothing."

Where: Masque Theatre, 14 Fourth St. S.W.

When: April 18-20, 25-27; Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. 

Phone: 287-0704

On the Web:


Got your G.O.A.T.?

Teens, it’s time to put those leadership skills to work; time to join the Rochester Public Library’s Group Of Advising Teens.


G.O.A.T. serves as the library’s youth advisory board, with youth ages 12 to 19 assisting with library products (like the teen Web page) and activities (like the new teen gaming nights).

During Monday’s meeting, youth will be making plans for the activity component (jewelry making, acting classes, hiking, fishing and hunting) of the library’s young adult summer reading program. 

If you go

What: G.O.A.T. meeting 

When: Monday, April 21, 4 p.m.

Where: Rochester Public Library, meeting room A

Phone: 328-2309, Lynette

On the Web: www.rochester


The Family Calendar is a weekly calendar of family-oriented events compiled by Lindy Lange, editor of Do you know of an upcoming event? E-mail details to by Tuesday each week.

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