URBAN ACTION: 6/20-6/27


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

Garden tour tickets on sale

The Genesee Land Trust holds its annual “Backyard Habitat Garden Tour” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, rain or shine. Featured gardens are in Fairport, Pittsford, Brighton, Webster, and Rochester. The tour is self-guided. Tickets and guidebooks are available at Wegmans: $12 for members, $15 for non-members. Information: 256-2130.

Meet Rochester’s refugee communities

The Rochester Committee for Refugee Resettlement recognizes “World Refugee Day” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 23. The event features dancing, cultural activities, and a chance to meet with agencies that help refugees resettle in Rochester. The event is at 494 Averill Avenue. Information: Sara Heron, (716) 912-0934.

Leave the car at home

Reconnect Rochester asks Rochesterians to leave their cars at home and use public transit on Thursday, June 21. Prizes will be given to random RTS riders, and riders will be invited to meet at Legend’s Sports Bar and Grille, 120 East Main Street, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for free drinks and appetizers.

Free HIV testing

AIDS Care recognizes National HIV Testing Day on Friday, June 22. Free tests will be given. The rapid oral testing method is extremely effective and results are available in about 20 minutes. The event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Monroe Square Park, 259 Monroe Avenue.

Grow something to eat

The First Unitarian Church of Rochester hosts “Edible Forest Gardens: Growing a Food Paradise,” a talk with Jonathan Bate of Food Forest Farm at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 22. Bates will talk about an edible landscape that produces fruits, roots, shoots, greens, seeds, and flowers. The event is at 220 Winton Road South. Donations accepted at door: $8 to $20.


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