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Urban Action - 07-17-13

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

Community building conference

The Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church will sponsor "July 1964 to July 2013: Envisioning and Building a Better Community," an all-day conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 27. The conference will be held at 250 Dr. Samuel McCree Way and is free and open to the public. Registration is required by Wednesday, July 24. Call 328-4660.

Puppy mills talk

First Unitarian Church will present "Puppy Mills: a National Disgrace," a talk by Lorry Schlick, president of NYS Citizens Against Puppy Mills, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17. Schlick will explain what puppy mills are, where mill puppies are usually sold, what happens to mill-mothers, and solutions to the problem. The talk will be held at 220 Winton Road South.

Funding for nonprofits

The LGBT Giving Circle of the Rochester Area Community Foundation is seeking grant proposals from nonprofits. To be eligible for 2013 grants, organizations must serve residents in the eight-county Rochester region. Applications are due Friday, August 30. For information and applications: or call Lauren Frank at 241-4360.

Faith course

Nazareth College will host "Train the Trainers," a weeklong noncredit certificate course designed to help professionals, business people, teachers, social workers, religious leaders, and virtually anyone who engages with people from different spiritual backgrounds and faith practices. A textbook available on is required: "The Illustrated World's Religions: A Guide to our Wisdom Traditions" by Houston Smith." The program fee is $169, which includes suppers and visits to local places of worship. Registration: email or call 389-2963.

Rallies to close Guantanamo

A group of anti-war and social justice organizations will hold rallies to close the Guantanamo prison on the following Thursdays, July 18, July 25, and August 1. Some activists will be wearing orange jumpsuits and chains to show their solidarity with the prisoners. All of the rallies will be held at Twelve Corners in Brighton, from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.