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Urban Action 10/28 

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

RCDC community grants available

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 restricted to designated Rochester neighborhoods inside city limits. The grants are awarded only to nonprofit organizations or community groups partnering with nonprofits. Information: Aaron Lehman, 271-0520 or

Charrette set for El Camino neighborhood

The Community Design Center Rochester will hold the "El Camino Revitalization Area Community Charrette" from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 7. The charrette is sponsored by the city and Ibero-American Development Corporation to gather ideas and input from residents concerning the neighborhood. The event will be held at School 8, 1180 St. Paul Street. Registration and information: 271-0520 or

Photonics and microelectronics conference

Rochester Institute of Technology will host the IEEE Electronic Devices Society's annual Western New York Conference from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, November 6. The conference will feature a wide range of speakers offering insight into Rochester's role in the AIM Photonics initiative. The event will be held in Louise Slaughter Hall at RIT.

Housing crisis film and discussion

Take Back the Land Rochester will participate in a showing of "99 Homes" at 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 29. The film shows a fictionalized depiction of the foreclosure crisis and its devastation on communities and individuals. Representatives of Take Back the Land Rochester and Empire Justice will be on hand after the film to discuss the impact that the foreclosure crisis has had in Rochester and efforts to promote housing as a human right. The film will be shown at the Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue. Admission: $8; and $5 for seniors, students, and military service individuals with ID.

Connect to fight climate change

Third Presbyterian Church will present "Climate Connections" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, November 2. The meeting will offer insight and tools to empower people to fight climate change, as well as a way to connect with others who are concerned with the coming climate crisis. The event will be held at Third Presbyterian, 4 Meigs Street.


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