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*    Monday, Dec. 3
Lighting of the Menorah, 2 p.m., in the City Hall Atrium, 30 Church St. The lighting of the Menorah marks the eight days of Hanukkah. Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of Lights. Sponsored by Chabad Lubavitch of Rochester.*       Saturday Dec. 15 and Sunday Dec. 16.
Holiday Cookie Contest, City of Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St. Once again Holidays at the Market will host a community-wide Holiday Cookie Contest. If you’d like to vie for this year’s distinctions and prizes (prizes will be coveted Market Gift Tokens), deliver a dozen of your best holiday cookies with a copy of the recipe to the Market Office on Saturday, Dec. 15 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., or Sunday, Dec. 16 between 9 and 11:30 a.m.  Judging will begin at noon on Dec. 16. Winners will be announced on the City of Rochester Public Market’s Facebook and Instagram Pages on Monday morning, Dec. 17.

*       Saturday, Dec. 15
Bringing Christmas Downtown, noon to 3 p.m. Presented in partnership with 103.9 WDKX in the Atrium of City Hall, 30 Church St. Free community celebration. Photos with Santa, coat, hat and glove giveaway for children.
Breakfast with Santa, 10 a.m. to noon at the Thomas P. Ryan R-Center (pancakes served & gifts from Santa)

*       Wednesday, Dec. 19
Edgerton Holiday Celebration, 6 p.m. at Edgerton R-Center, 41 Backus St.

*       Friday, Dec. 21
Bounce House Madness, 2 – 4 p.m., Thomas P. Ryan R-Center, 530 Webster Ave.

*       Sunday, Dec. 23
Skate with Santa, 1 to 2:15 p.m. and 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., Genesee Valley Park Ice Arena, Genesee Valley Park, 131 Elmwood Ave. $2 youth, $3 college students (with ID), $5 adults, $14 family maximum. Skate rental is an additional $3.

*       Monday, Dec. 31
Family New Year’s Eve Party at the Riverside Convention Center, 6 – 9 p.m. 123 E. Main St. Join family and friends to ring in the New Year. There’s a DJ Dance Party, giant bounce houses, obstacle course, airbrush tattoos, photo booths, caricature artists, magician, clowns, popular princess and snowman characters along with Rochester’s favorite superhero. Snacks and beverage will be available for purchase.

New Year’s Eve Skate, 5 to 7 p.m. and 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, 353 Court St. Free admission. $3 skate rental. Family skate: 5 to 7 p.m.; Adults only (over 16 years old) skate: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Holiday events are sponsored by the City of Rochester. For more information, call 311 (outside the city, call 428-5990) or visit

R.I.P. 41 – The end of Civility and Discourse

The death of a president is viewed via the lens of an individual.  I did not realize what  President George H. W. Bush meant to me until I put it into context of what we are living today.

41, served as the youngest aviator in the United States Navy during the Second World War. He entered  American politics as a Congressman from Texas, then  envoy to China, he was also  Director of Central Intelligence, Vice President eight years to President Ronald Reagan, and finally President of the United States.  What a resume.  What a life and not to minimize his commitment to his family and 73 years of marriage, I just wonder how the view of presidents has shifted in such a short period of time.

I will remember more than read my lips and the legacy, but knowing a gentleman  can win. Rest in peace and thank you for your service and sense of humor:




FD and BC

Program to Focus on Douglass and the Black Church 


Former Rochester Mayor William A. Johnson Jr. will be the featured speaker at a special community-wide program celebrating  the Black Church and  Frederick Douglass at 4 p.m., Sunday,  Dec. 2 at Aenon Missionary Baptist Church, 175 Genesee Street in Rochester.

     “The general emphasis will be to highlight the connection between Frederick Douglass and the Black Church and to inspire the Black Church to continue to persevere and lead the struggle for social justice in the greater Rochester community,” said Aenon’s pastor Dr. Jonathan J. H. McReynolds, explaining why his church is sponsoring  the event.

     ” During these times of political disenfranchisement, poverty and educational failure, it is imperative that we recapture the spirit of Frederick Douglass toward social advancement,” McReynolds said.

    The program is free and open to the public.  The theme is “The Unabating Legacy of Frederick Douglass and the Black Church.”  

Noting the many local events that have already occurred during Rochester’s year-long celebration of the 200th anniversary of Frederick Douglass’s birth, McReynolds added, “It is appropriate for an aggregate of the Black Church of our community to pause and celebrate the contributions of Douglass.”

In addition to Johnson, other notable community leaders and organizations will be participating in the program which will include selections by Aenon’s Mass Choir.