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Urban Action 1/14

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

Climate change captured on film will begin its 2015 winter film series with a presentation of "Chasing Ice" at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21. National Geographic photographer James Balog was a skeptic about climate change, but a team follows him on a photographic survey of ice across three continents to capture a record of the world's changing glaciers. The film will be shown at Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue.

Roe v. Wade panel

The First Unitarian Church will host an observation of the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade with a panel discussion of Katha Pollitt's book, "Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 22. The panel will include Dr. Rachael Phelps, medical director of Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York; Maureen Polen, a Rochester-area family law attorney; and Brie Sleezer, activist and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The event will be held at 220 Winton Road South.

Input needed on downtown parking

The City of Rochester will hold a downtown parking summit on Wednesday, January 21, to seek input on future plans for downtown parking. The summit will be held in two sessions. The first will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and is for downtown residents, workers, and business and property owners only. The second is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and is for the general public. The event will be held at the Penthouse, One East Avenue, on the 11th floor. RSVP: Kate Washington at 428-6150 by Thursday, January 15. Free parking will be available in the Midtown garage, 110 Clinton Avenue South.

Irondequoit update

Town Supervisor Adam Bello will address the Irondequoit Chamber of Commerce at a luncheon on Thursday, January 15. Bello will discuss his first year in office and projects such as the new library, as well as new initiatives. The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be held at Chapel Oaks at St. Ann's Community, 1550 Portland Avenue. Cost: $17 members, $20 nonmembers. The event is open to the public, but an RSVP is requested: 234-1884. Attendees can pay at the door.