Though the TEDxRochester event doesn’t take place until the fall, TEDxFlourCity will offer a day of intellect-tech lectures and discussion on Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nearly 100 Rochesterians will be selected to participate in talks by local thinkers and doers, all sharing the themes of empathy and altruism, rethinking our identity, and engaging life completely.
A diverse lineup of 15 speakers will discuss a variety of topics, ranging from “Giving the Gift of Life Through Organ Donation” to “Making Love in the Workplace.” Speakers include physician and CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center, Bradford Berk; founder and CEO of NextStepU, Dave Mammano; co-founder of Rochester Parkour, Charles Moreland; and president of the Young Women’s College Prep Charter School, Laura Rebell-Gros. For more info on speakers, visit tedxflourcity.com/speakers.
The event will take place at the Rochester Academy of Medicine (1441 East Ave.), and is free to attend, but you must go through an application process. Applications are currently being considered on the website: tedxflourcity.com. — BY REBECCA RAFFERTY
RECREATION: Finger Lakes TRYathlon
We could all use a little more activity in our lives. If you’re having trouble getting started, ease into physical fitness in the gorgeous scenery just southeast of Rochester with the Finger Lakes TRYathlon. See that emphasis on the “try”? The smart endeavor, which will take place on Saturday, June 9, encourages people to get out and sample a variety of activities to enhance your health.
Kicking off at 8 a.m. with registration and healthy breakfast items at Dryer Road Park in Victor, the day will feature a guided hike, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, and a bicycling expedition. TRYathletes will also be treated to a healthy lunch at the Canandaigua Wegmans. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by calling 394-3915. Participants must bring their own bicycles and helmets. For more information visit visitfingerlakes.com/natures-health-club/finger-lakes-tryathlon.
Also taking place on Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., is the 15th Annual Genesee Valley Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Outdoor Expo, where you can learn more about being active in the great outdoors. The expo will feature more than 60 workshops for hiking, canoeing, kayaking, backpacking, camping, bicycling, and many other related outdoor skills, as well as gear from local vendors, and reps from more than 50 local outdoor clubs and organizations. The event will take place at Mendon Ponds Park Beach Area, and is free to attend. Music will be provided by the Golden Link Folk Singing Society. For more info, visit: adk-gvc.org/Expo. — BY REBECCA RAFFERTY
FILM: High Falls Film Festival “Summer Selections”
The High Falls Film Festival is back in action — and back to its original name — and will present “Summer Selections: A Mini Festival” Monday-Tuesday, June 11-12. The event will be hosted by the Little Theatre (240 East Ave.) in collaboration with WXXI, and will offer two nights of documentaries and speakers.
On Monday, June 11, at 7 p.m., catch acclaimed documentary “Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?” which investigates the roots of the current economic crisis by telling the hidden story of the corporate attack on the middle class. After the screening, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston and film director Frances Causey will be part of a discussion moderated by WXXI’s Julie Phillips.
The following night, Tuesday, June 12, “Pelotero (Ballplayer)” will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Set in the Dominican Republican, this film follows several up-and-coming players who hope to make it to the big leagues and aid their families back home. One of the film’s directors, Jon Paley, will participate via Skype in a live Q&A session directly following the screening.
Tickets to each screening are $10, and can be purchased online at interactive.wxxi.org/hfminifilmfest. For more information, call 258-0400 or visit thelittle.org. —BY REBECCA RAFFERTY
SPORTS: Wegmans LPGA
The annual Wegmans LPGA championship tournament is now in town, running Thursday, June 7, through Saturday, June 10. Spectators won’t be just supporting the golfers in this tournament; all of the proceeds will benefit United Way of Greater Rochester’s Graduation is the Goal program.
This tournament, one of the four major events as part of the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour, will feature some of the top female golfers in the world taking on 72 holes at the Locus Hill Country Club in Pittsford. The purse is a whopping $2.5 million.
Tickets range from $35 per day; a tournament pass for $100; and a clubhouse pass (includes admission to the grounds for everyday of the tournament and access to the Locust Hill Clubhouse) for $145. There are also tickets available for special events such as beer and food pairings. Tickets and more information are available at wegmanslpga.org or by calling 427-5742. — BY ANNE RITZ
SPECIAL EVENT: Street Machines of Rochester Super Cruise
Area car lovers will want to check out two events being put on by The Street Machines of Rochester this weekend. On Saturday, June 9, at Badgerow Park (1120 Latta Road, Greece) you’ll find the Super Cruise-In 2012. In addition to the major classic and muscle cars, trucks, and bikes on display, there will be food, drinks, and a DJ on the grounds 4-8 p.m. Come back for the main event Sunday, June 10, for the club’s annual auto show (gates open at 9 a.m., awards at 4 p.m.). More than 100 trophies will be awarded, and the first 400 cars will receive goody bags. To reserve a spot (for your car as well) get there early or pre-register online at streetmachinesofrochester.com. — BY ANNE RITZ
SPECIAL EVENT: Landmark Society House & Garden Tour
Homeowners across the Brighton area will open their doors this weekend for the Landmark Society of Western New York’s House & Garden tour. On Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the tour will take place at various properties on Grosvenor Road, Pelham Road, Council Rock Avenue, and Highland Avenue. There are 11 homes on this tour, including six that have never been open for the Landmark Society in the past and three that haven’t been seen in over six years. In addition to the private homes, tours of the Stone-Tolan House Historic Site and the Baptist Temple Church will also be a part of the tour.
Tickets cost $18-$22 in advance, and $25 on the days of the tour, if available, at Baptist Temple Church (1101 Clover St.). Advance tickets can be purchased at Parkleigh on Park Avenue, via landmarksociety.org, or by calling 546-7029 ext. 11. — BY ANNE RITZ