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Urban Action 7/16 

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

Interfaith opportunity for youth

Nazareth College's Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue will hold the 2014 Youth Interfaith Encounter from Monday, August 18, through Friday, August 22. The program brings high school students from the Rochester area together for a weeklong immersion into the world's religions. The program consists of interactive workshops, group discussions, and site visits to local places of worship. There is also a community service element included in the program. Registration is $85 and includes dinner each evening and visits to the local sites. Some scholarships are available. The program is limited to 25 students and registration ends on July 31. Registration and information: Jan Katz, 389-2383, or interfaith@naz.edu.

Fracking forum in Greece

The Lifetree Café will present "To Frack or Not to Frack?" a community forum on the controversial gas extraction process at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 21. The event will feature filmed interviews with supporters and opponents of hydraulic fracturing. The event will be held at 1301 Vintage Lane in Greece.

Crime prevention event

The National Association of Town Watch will stage the 31st annual "Night Out Against Crime" on Tuesday, August 5. More than 37 million people from communities in the US and Canada participate in the program. NATW encourages municipalities, neighborhood groups, and community organizations to get engaged through block parties, youth events, safety demonstrations, and similar activities. To register and receive a how-to- coordinate-your-event kit, www.natw.org/registration.

Disability rights breakfast

The Center for Disability Rights and the Regional Center for Independent Living will host the anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act legislative breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Monday, July 21. Join disability rights activists and local and state lawmakers for breakfast and discussion on affordable housing, ADA compliance, and other issues. The free event will be held at 497 State Street. RSVP Dave Atias at datias@cdrnys.org.

Environmental networking event

The Center for Environmental Initiatives will sponsor July green drinks at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 17. The green drinks monthly event allows people in the environmental and sustainability fields to network and share ideas. The event will be held at the High Falls Interpretive Center and Museum, 74 Browns Race.

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