The 19th Ward’s vibrant community enjoys getting together for diverse events and activities. Please consider joining us for these upcoming events!


Saturday, April 8
Elementary School Spelling Bee Competition
This is our the 7th annual Spelling Bee,  a competition between students in grades 3 through 8 at Schools 10, 16, 19, 29 and 44.  The Spelling bee will be held at 1:00 PM in Hoyt Hall at the University of Rochester.  The Spelling Bee is absolutely breathtaking for the spectators as we find ourselves silently spelling (if we can) each word for the student.  This is a welcoming event, open to anyone interested, at no charge.  Come and support the students as they compete for college scholarship money.

Sunday, April 9
Palm Sunday Breakfast
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Host:  Rochester Presbyterian Home
Tabita Torres is our Guest Speaker
R Community Bikes is the beneficiary of ticket sales
Tabita Torres is working as a Marketing Specialist and Program Associate with the Division for Diversity & Inclusion at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Previously, Tabita worked as a Relationship Manager, responsible for fundraising more than $750,000.00 annually, managed the Circulo Latino (CL) Leadership Giving Society and coordinated the Latino Leadership Development Program (LLDP) at the United Way of Greater Rochester.  Tabita has also worked for Time Warner Cable/YNN, Coordinated Care Services Inc., and the YMCA of Greater Rochester (Southwest and Maplewood branches).
Tabita joined Leadership Rochester alums by completing the 2013 Leadership Rochester experience. Tabita also graduated from the United Way’s LLDP in 2007.  Professionally, she’s engaged and seeks development and training.  Tabita is committed to making her community a better place to live for everyone and believes “education is life changing”. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to enjoy her life adventures with her family, especially with her son Emmanuel, 8 and nephew Anthony, 9.

This year’s recipient of the proceeds is R Community Bikes.   R Community Bikes is an organization of volunteers who travel to many sites throughout the City of Rochester, repairing bikes at no cost. They have given away 2000 bikes annually to people in need of a bike for transportation. R Community Bikes relies on financial donations, and donations of bikes and spare parts in order to keep their program in operation. You can find them every Tuesday during the summer months at the Westside Farmers Market on Genesee Street. Their home base is located on Hudson Avenue.

Ticket prices are $7 for an individual , $11 a couple and $15 a household.  Tickets will be available for purchase beginning March 1 at the 19th Ward Community Association Office, 216 Thurston Rd., the Southwest YMCA, or through one of the sponsoring churches.