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Urban Action 3/2 

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

ROCLA holding gala

The Rochester Committee on Latin America will hold its annual Rice and Beans Gala Dinner and White Dove Awards on Friday, March 11. ROCLA will honor Cecilia Moran-Santos and the Center for Justice and Accountability for human rights activism and Once Again Nut Butter Collective, a Nunda, NY firm. The employee-owned business partners with Nicaraguan co-op farmers. The event will be held at Gates Presbyterian Church, 1049 Wegman Road, at 5:15 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $100. Reservations: Kathy Goforth, Kathy.goforth@rochester.rr.com.

Transportation is the subject of lecture

The Community Design Center Rochester will present "Transportation as the Leveler" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 10. The lecture's speakers are Arizona State Senator Steve Farley and Jacky Grimshaw, vice president with the Center for Neighborhood Technology. They will discuss how improvements in public transit options in cities such as Tucson, Chicago, and Memphis helped to improve access to jobs, health care, and education. And they'll talk about how a more robust transit system could positively change Rochester. The lecture will be held at the Gleason Auditorium, 1000 University Avenue. Tickets are $15; $10 for seniors 65 and older; students admitted free with valid identification. Contact: www.cdcrochester.org/reshapingrochester.html.

Forums will address school projects

The Rochester City School District will hold two community forums on its $1.2 billion schools modernization program on Thursday, March 3. The first forum will be held at School 15 and is on that school's remodeling plans. The meeting will be held at 595 Upper Falls Boulevard at 5:30 p.m. The second meeting involves the plans for School 22's remodeling. The meeting will be held at 950 Norton Street at 7 p.m.

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