Monday, October 12, 2015

Week Ahead: Events for the week of Monday, October 12

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 9:52 AM

Living in Harmony, an interfaith environmental group, will show “Cowspiracy” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13. The documentary film examines the science surrounding animal agriculture and its impact on climate change. The film will be shown at the Henrietta United Church of Christ, 1400 Lehigh Station Road.

Rochester schools Superintendent Bolgen Vargas will hold his coffee and conversation meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 15. The meeting allows parents, students, teachers, and residents to meet with the superintendent and ask questions and raise concerns in a casual setting. The meeting will be held at the district’s central office, 131 West Broad Street.

Nazareth College will host a forum, “Drones, Black Lives Matter and the European Refugee Crisis: What do they Have in Common?” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13. The panelists include Yaqub Shabazz, a community organizer; Harry Murray, professor of sociology at Nazareth; and Russell Brown, a Vietnam War veteran and activist. They will discuss the relationship between foreign wars and domestic problems in the US. The event will be held in the Otto Shults Community Center. BY TIM LOUIS MACALUSO

Childcare advocates will hold a rally
to advocate expanding early education and child care in Monroe County at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13. Low-wage parents need support from Monroe County if they are to maintain employment, supporters say. The rally will be held in front of the county office building, 39 West Main Street. Information: 303-2110.

The Community Asset Partner Network will hold a public meeting to discuss way to make Rochester a safer and healthier community at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 15. All are welcome, especially youth groups. The meeting will be held at St. Mary’s Dugan Center, 15 St. Mary’s Place. Information: 428-9342.

Rochester City Council will host a public hearing on a “City Asset Advertising Program” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13. The program would allow private advertising on various city properties, including parking garages. The hearing will be held at the beginning of Council’s meeting, 30 Church Street.

The Charlotte Community Association will hold a candidates’ night at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13, at the Roger Robach center, 180 Beach Avenue.

Candidates for the races of county executive, County Legislature (Districts 7, 26, 27, 28), Family Court judge, district attorney, as well as the Northwest District on Rochester City Council have been invited.

Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. and the candidate portion of the program will begin promptly at 7:15 p.m. The county executive is first on the agenda.

Immediately following the formal program, candidates are encouraged to remain and mingle with residents to answer questions and receive feedback. The event is open to the public.

ROC the future will give its annual State of the Children address and report card. The event, past of the RBJ Power Breakfast Series, is from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Floreano convention center, 123 East Main Street.

ROC the Future is an ongoing umbrella community framework to align people, programs, policies, and funding for Rochester children’s success, cradle to career, led by the Community Foundation, United Way, MCC, county, city, school district, and other leading community institutions.

Panels include County Executive Maggie Brooks; Mayor Lovely Warren; Fran Weisberg, president of the United Way; and Bolgen Vargas, superintendent of the Rochester school district.

Cost is $45 person and $360 for a table of eight.  BY CHRISTINE CARRIE FIEN 

The Monroe County Parks Advisory Committee will meet on the draft Webster Park Master Plan from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 15, at the park’s White House Lodge off of Lake Road.

The draft plan’s recommendations are available here. The plan suggests building a new 2,400-square-foot lodge at 1124 Lake Road as its top item, accompanied by a new 40-space parking lot. It also recommends expanding the White House lodge parking lot.

Mostly, however, the plan focuses on fixing up or improving the park’s existing amenities. Its recommendations include making all park facilities ADA compliant, developing a trail maintenance plan and rerouting heavily eroded cross country skiing trails, developing a grounds maintenance plan, and installing way-finding signs throughout the park.

The plan also suggests renovating the youth camping area and investigating the possibility of designated shared-use trails. BY JEREMY MOULE 

Metro Justice, the Alliance for Quality Education, and other local allies will hold a screening and discussion of the documentary "Education Inc." at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13, at the Arnett library, 310 Arnett Boulevard. 

"American public education is in controversy," says a press release from Metro Justice. "As public schools across the country struggle for funding, complicated by the impact of poverty and politics, some question the future and effectiveness of public schools in the US." 

"For free-market reformers, private investors and large education corporations, this controversy spells opportunity in turning public schools over to private interests," the release says. "Education, Inc. examines the free-market and for-profit interests that have been quietly and systematically privatizing America’s public education system under the banner of 'school choice.'"

A discussion of next steps along with information on how to fight back will immediately follow the screening. 

A group of nine organizations concerned with treating people with disabilities and disability rights will hold a candidate forum on Thursday, October 15. All candidates for County Executive, County Legislature, City Council, and the city school board have been invited. The forum will be moderated by 100.5 The Drive’s, Bill Moran. The event will be held at the National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square Drive, at 6 p.m.


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