URBAN ACTION: 6/6-6/13

BY TIM MACALUSO

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

Downtown projects discussion

The Rochester Downtown Development Corporation holds its annual meeting from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. The meeting will provide an update on downtown projects including the Midtown block, Alexander Park, North Plymouth Terrace, and 384 East Avenue Inn and Suites. Tickets: $45 members and $50 nonmembers. Reservations: Karen Hite, 546-6920.

PLEX neighborhood charrette

The PLEX Neighborhood Association and the Rochester Regional Design Center will hold a charrette on Saturday, June 16. It will be at the Church of Love Faith Center, 700 Exchange Street. The charrette will focus on designs and improvements for gateways to the neighborhood, riverfront, residential, and commercial areas. Homeowners, business owners, and renters are encouraged to attend.

Bikes needed

First Unitarian Church of Rochester is collecting used bicycles for adults who need reliable transportation to work. Bikes in any condition can be donated on Saturday, June 9, and R-Community Bikes will recondition them. Take bikes to 220 South Winton Road from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Books for city students

The Rochester Education Foundation will sponsor a “Book Bash” to support city students from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12. Appetizers will be served, and prizes will be raffled. Raffle tickets are $20 per person. Bring a new book for the Monroe High School Library, and the ticket cost drops to $15. The event is at La Luna Restaurant, 60 Browns Place.

Seminar on evil’s role in violence

The MK Gandhi Institute for Non-violence will hold a one-day seminar titled “Non-violence and the Problem of Evil,” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 9. The seminar examines evil on a personal, cultural, political, and spiritual level. Lunch will be provided. Donations are encouraged, but no one will be turned away. The event is at 929 South Plymouth Avenue.

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