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Urban Action 12/5

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

Disinvesting in Rochester

The 540WestMain Communiversity and Visual Studies Workshop will present "How to Kill a City: Demolition and Divestment in Rochester," on Saturday, December 8. The film-centered workshop draws on films from the Visual Studies collection that look at the causes and effects of gentrification and the factors that caused divestment in Rochester's inner-city neighborhoods. The workshop will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at 31 Prince Street. Suggested donation: $5.

Driving electric

The Greece Baptist Church will host a presentation by the Rochester Electric Vehicle Accelerator on Sunday, December 9. ROC EV will discuss the benefits of driving electric vehicles and how the vehicles are charged and operate.

The event will be held at Greece Baptist Church, 1230 Long Pond Road, from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. To test drive an electric vehicle, go to or call Brandon Arva, 225-6160.

Growing and selling organics

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York will hold its winter conference, "Climate of Change," from Friday, January 18, through Sunday, January 20. The conference offers numerous workshops for organic farming enthusiasts and professionals that cover the soil and growing, business development and management, and marketing of organic products.

The workshops include "Developing an Organic Pick-Your-Own Blueberry Operation," "The Mushroom Entrepreneur," and "Community Food Forests: a New Approach to Urban Farming." The conference will be held at the Saratoga Hilton and City Center in Saratoga Springs. Registration for the full conference: $265.50 for members; $295 for non-members. Students are eligible for a 20 percent discount with current ID. Registration closes on January 11; register by December 14 to receive a $10 discount. For registration and detailed information on the conference: or (315) 988-4000.