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Urban Action 10/21 

This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. All are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Forum on childcare support

The Rochester Alliance of Communities Transforming Society, a multi-faith organization, will hold a public meeting on expanding the county's childcare assistance program. It's at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 22, and county executive candidates Cheryl Dinolfo, a Republican; Democrat Sandy Frankel; and the Green Party's Rajesh Barnabas are expected to participate. The event will be held at In Christ New Hope Ministries, 155 Pinnacle Road in Henrietta.

Entering the Innovation Zone

The Rochester Downtown Development Corporation will present "The New Face of Innovation" on Tuesday, October 27. The Downtown Innovation Zone has become home to three entities with the potential for job creation in the Rochester region: HTR Business Accelerator Cooperative, RIT's Center for Urban Entrepreneurship, and the AIM Photonics venture. Learn more about what these developments mean for the local economy. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Downtown, 70 State Street. The reception begins at 11:15 a.m. with the luncheon program following from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tickets: $40 for RDDC members; $60 for non-members. Reservations: 546-6920 or reservations@rddc.org.

Photonics CEO discusses goals

RIT will host a talk by Michael Liehr, CEO of the AIM Photonics consortium, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27. Liehr will discuss the technical goals and opportunities for the broader photonics community. The event will be held at RIT's College of Science, Gosnell auditorium.

Talks on the environment

Nazareth College's Hickey Center will host a mini-Chautauqua in Rochester, "A Planet in Peril and our Moral Responsibility," from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27. Topics of discussion will include "Abrahamic Tradition on the Environment" and "Indian and Native Traditions on the Environment." The event will be held at Nazareth's Otto Shults Community Center, 4245 East Avenue.

RCDC offers grants

The Rochester Community Design Center is accepting applications for development/design funds until Monday, November 30. The $2,500 to $15,000 grants are awarded for community projects such as building rehabilitation, adaptive reuse, landscape design, and neighborhood planning.Projects are limited to the City of Rochester and grants are awarded to non-profit organizations or community groups partnering with other non-profits to fund work on improvement projects. Information: Aaron Lehman, 271-0520 or www.rrcdc.org

County exec candidates debate on TV

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21, WROC-TV Channel 8 will air a League of Women Voters-led county executive debate. Republican Cheryl Dinolfo, Democrat Sandy Frankel, and Green Party candidate Rajesh Barnabas will participate.

Henrietta to host county exec candidates

Roc/ACTS, a multi-faith organization, will hold a public meeting with the county executive candidates at 6 p.m. on Thursday, October 22, at In Christ New Hope Ministries, 155 Pinnacle Road in Henrietta. The forum will focus on expanding childcare assistance programs. Republican Cheryl Dinolfo, Democrat Sandy Frankel, and Green Party candidate Rajesh Barnabas will participate, organizers say.

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