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Urban Action 5/14 

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

Climate change film

ColorBrightonGreen.org will present the documentary film "Comfort Zone" at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14. The film examines what climate change means to Upstate New York. Two of the three filmmakers, Kate Kressmann-Kehoe and Sean Donnelly, will lead a discussion following the film. The event will be held at the Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue.

Olmsted parks discussion

The Rochester Regional Community Design Center will host "Transforming Buffalo's Green Infrastructure-Connecting Its Communities," a talk by Thomas Herrera-Mishler at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20. Landscape architect Herrera-Mishler is president and CEO of the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy. He will discuss Buffalo's Olmsted Park and Parkway System and how reaching out to multicultural neighborhoods has helped maintain and preserve green space. The event will be held at First Universalist Church of Rochester, 150 South Clinton Avenue. Tickets: $15; $10 for seniors; and free to students with ID.

Penfield going solar

The Penfield Town Board and the town's Energy and Environmental Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting to discuss a proposed solar array project at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21. Town officials have proposed installing a solar photovoltaic array at the Department of Public Works to support a high percentage of Penfield's electricity needs. The meeting will be held in the Town Hall auditorium, 3100 Atlantic Avenue.

Climate change discussion

The Flying Squirrel will host "Climate Disruption is Real" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 15. Retired physician Dr. George Lawrence of Bellingham, Washington, will lead a discussion about the state of the planet and the role humans are playing in climate disruption. The event will be held at the Flying Squirrel Community Space, 265 Clarissa Street.

Discussion on improving the safety net

The Immanuel Baptist Church will host the discussion "Where's the Safety in our Safety Net?" at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20. Social worker Mike Boucher, as well as Bryan Hetherington, chief counsel of Empire Justice; Rev. Rachel McGuire; and Rev. Dick Myers will discuss the growing needs of people living on the fringes. The event will be held at 815 Park Avenue.

Public meetings on BID plan

The Rochester Downtown Development Corporation will hold a series of public meetings to discuss plans for the proposed downtown Business Improvement District. The meetings are open to the public, but may be of particular interest to downtown property owners, tenants, and residents. Upcoming meetings are Thursday, May 15, at the Monroe County Bar Association, 1 West Main Street; and a general meeting on Tuesday, May 20, at the Powers Building, 16 West Main Street. Both meetings will take place from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

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