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Dec 17

Ideas for National Brownie Day From Your Rochester Apartment

Ideas for National Brownie Day From Your Rochester Apartment

This month, the 501 on 1st Blog is bringing residents ways to celebrate National Brownie Day on December 7th. Try one of these brownie recipes at your apartment, or check out local Rochester, MN bakeries like Daube’s Cakes and Bakery and Gingerbread House Bakery. Read on to learn more about these in today’s blog post. (more…)

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Oct 17

Fall Pumpkin Traditions

Fall Pumpkin Traditions

Halloween is here! You’ve got all month to plan your evening, but sometimes it can really sneak up on you. The 501 on First Blog is helping you celebrate. Try some of these ideas for the big day! (more…)

5
Sep 17

Celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day

Celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day

On September 19th this month you may hear some unusual words all around you. Words like blimey, ahoy, and swab. So get a jump on the day, which is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and get ready to talk like a pirate, too. To help you get in on the fun, the 501 on First Blog has pulled together some piratical resources so you can speak like a piratical pro, plus we have some additional ideas about how to get in the spirit of the day.    (more…)

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Jul 17

Celebrating National Ice Cream Month

Summer is heating up here in Rochester, MN and we’ve got just the thing to quell the heat, homemade ice cream! We have recipes to share just in time for National Ice Cream Month. Try one of these sometime this month, or head to your favorite ice cream shop for a couple of delicious scoops. (more…)

5
Jun 17

Organizing at 501 on First

Organizing at 501 on First

When we move into a new place, like 501 on First in Rochester, MN, we often have good intentions of getting everything out of the boxes and organized. But then life happens, and one week leads to another, and several months down the road we’re still tripping over the stack of boxes in the corner of the room. If that’s where you find yourself, or if the clutter has just built up over time, perhaps it’s time to get organized. (more…)

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May 17

Ten Photography Tips

Ten Photography Tips

Living at the 501 on First in Rochester, MN means scenic places teeming with history and beauty are close at hand. The South Fork of the Zumbro River of course offers many places that make the perfect canvas for taking pictures. Whether you snap sunsets with your camera phone or you have full-blown photography equipment, there’s a place for you with the Rochester Camera Club or the Red Wing Photo Club. Today, we thought it would be fun to put together a list of photography tips for members of our apartment community. Here are some of the best we came upon: (more…)

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Apr 17

Finding Your JAM

Finding Your JAM

Welcome to the Jazz Age — or at least Jazz Appreciation Month! Today, in honor of JAM, the 501 on First Blog has some info about how to celebrate jazz. The Jazz Age was the term coined by F. Scott Fitzgerald to describe the flamboyant “anything goes” era that was a feature of the 1920s. Jazz music, characterized by improvisation, syncopation, and a lively, strong rhythm, was introduced during the Harlem Renaissance, the African-American artistic and literary movement. Jazz music somehow typified the nonconformist aspirations of youth that dominated the shocking new fashions and lifestyles that emerged during the 1920’s “Jazz Age.” (more…)

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Feb 17

Sweet Valentine’s Treats

Sweet Valentine’s Treats

February has arrived, bringing with it Valentine’s Day, a celebration of love, which is a welcome break from winter’s icy hold on us in Rochester, MN. Today the 501 on First Blog has some ideas for sweet treats for the holiday. So try one of these recipes or head out to one of these chocolate and candy shops near your apartment.

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Jan 17

Laundry Day in Your Rochester Apartment

Laundry Day in Your Rochester Apartment

Here at 501 on First we are all about amenities for our apartment community, and that includes having an in-apartment washer/dryer setup which means our residents don’t need to haul laundry back and forth from a Rochester laundromat! (And as anyone who has done so can tell you, the convenience of doing laundry right in your apartment is amazing!) In today’s blog post, we offer some tips for laundry day.

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5
Dec 16

Movie Time Rochester

Movie Time Rochester

The phrase, “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings,” may ring a bell for you, but do you know where it comes from? A classic holiday movie, that’s where, and today the 501 on First blog is bringing you a variety of holiday movies you may want to check out throughout the month. Read on also for more info on what is currently playing on the big screen. So grab the drinks and popcorn and take a break from all the hustle and bustle with a movie.

 

Holiday Favorites

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) — Drama, Family, Fantasy

An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.

 

Elf (2003) — Comedy, Family

After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity.

 

Home Alone (1990) — Comedy, Family

An 8-year old troublemaker must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.

 

A Christmas Story (1983) — Comedy, Family

In the 1940s, a young boy named Ralphie attempts to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift.

 

Check out the original reviews for these and other holiday classics.

 

On the Big Screen in December

If holiday movies aren’t your thing, head on out to your favorite Rochester, NH, movie theater and catch the latest on the big screen. To help you decide what to see, we’ve highlighted some of the movies that will be showing this month. Our descriptions and release date information comes from the IMDb website. Check there for additional movies.

 

December 9th

Office Christmas Party — Comedy

When his uptight CEO sister threatens to shut down his branch, the branch manager throws an epic Christmas party in order to land a big client and save the day, but the party gets way out of hand.

 

The Bye Bye Man — Horror/Thriller

Three friends stumble upon the horrific origins of the Bye Bye Man, a mysterious figure they discover is the root cause of the evil behind man’s most unspeakable acts.

 

December 16th

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi

The Rebellion makes a risky move to steal the plans to the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow.

 

Collateral Beauty — Drama

An advertising executive encounters three mysterious figures who encourage him to move on from the past.

 

December 23rd

Patriots Day — Drama/History/Thriller

An account of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis’s actions in the events leading up to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists behind it.

 

Assassin’s Creed — Action/Adventure/Fantasy/Sci-Fi

When Callum Lynch explores the memories of his ancestor Aguilar and gains the skills of a Master Assassin, he discovers he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society.

 

Thanks for reading the 501 on First blog today. We want to wish everyone in our apartment community happy holidays!

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