Community Events

House of Mercy March Drive

Food. Shelter. Clothing. Serious substance abuse treatment. Spiritual services. Advocacy assistance. Drop-in emergency services. And so much more. Every day, all day, in ways big and small, House of Mercy serves Rochester’s people in need.

This Be Neighborly drive, March 1 – 31, provides the basic necessities of groceries, underclothes, socks, and personal hygiene items. These items are essential for good health and deeply appreciated! Donate here.


How to Take your Product from Idea to Market Workshop

Join us on Tuesday, March 20 from 6 pm -7:30 pm at the RIT Center for Urban Entrepreneurship for a presentation from panelists who will help you navigate the intimidating world of food processing and packaging. Representatives from Wegmans, Cornell, LiDestri, and Ithaca Cold Crafted will give you the resources you need to determine what might work best for you and your food business. Following the presentation, there will be time to answer your questions and meet with representatives from some top local packaging suppliers! RSVP here.

Rochester Global Connections: International Game Night

Play board games and cards games from around the world on Friday, March 23 from 5 pm -8 pm at the American Association of University Women. International students will facilitate a game from their respective countries.  Featured games from Japan, Russia, Egypt, Libya, Germany, China, and more! Free for students and members. $5 for the general public. Register here.

Home Start Hope’s 2018 Black Jack Ball 

You’re invited to Home Start Hope’s Black Jack Ball on Saturday,  April 14 from 6 pm – 11 pm at Irondequoit Country Club. This annual fundraiser includes dinner, silent and live auctions, and casino games. Home Start Hope provides brand-new, essential household items to women and their children in the Greater Rochester community. We serve women escaping domestic violence, veterans returning home from service, those recovering from drug or alcohol addiction and any other woman who has experienced homelessness. More information here.

Writers Paradise

Join Polland enterprises for a writers retreat to recognize and celebrate the art of writing and the importance of writers. The event will feature an on-site writing coach, an on-site editor, journaling tactics, meditative exercises to prevent writer’s block, writing prompt exercises and poetry readings. Join dozens of authors, poets, educators, students and community members on Saturday, April 14th from 11am-3pm! More information here.

Cinco de Rhino at Seneca Park Zoo

Cinco de Rhino is a celebration of craft beer and cider, all in the name of rhino conservation.  On Saturday, May 5 at 5:30 pm, enjoy tastings from a dozen national craft breweries and cider distillers, light appetizers, and Animal experiences including a Rhino Keeper talk.  Top off the night by taking a chance at winning rhino-themed prizes, including a behind-the-scenes meet-and-greet with the Zoo’s southern white rhinoceros. Use code: RYPCINCO5 and receive $5 off your ticket. Get tickets here.