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Urban Action 7/18

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

Meeting set on Whole Foods Plaza plan

Brighton Grassroots, a citizens' group fighting the proposed Whole Foods Plaza, is urging residents to attend the Brighton Planning Board's public hearing on Wednesday, July 18.

The group says the meeting is the last opportunity to get the Town of Brighton to scale back the project. Brighton Grassroots says the proposed plaza is too large for the site and will increase traffic in the Monroe Avenue-Clover Street area significantly.

The Planning Board meeting will be held at Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, at 7 p.m.

Religion and violence

Nazareth College's Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue will hold a three-day symposium later this month, "Sacred Texts and Human Contexts," examining how world religions have responded to clashing viewpoints and violence.

The symposium will be held at Nazareth College from 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 29, through Tuesday, July 31. Scholars from the US and Canada will address the following topics: "Understanding the Evolving Terrorism Threat Landscape," "When Religion Becomes Lethal: the Explosive Mix of Politics and Religion," "Religion, Violence, and (De)legitimization," and the "Abrahamic Reunions Multi-faith Peacebuilding: Religion as a Force for Peace." Costs vary from $175 for a full package that includes lunches, dinners, and all lectures to $30 for a single lecture. Seating is limited to 80 people and registration is required: 389-2383.

Networking for organic farmers

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York will hold a program titled "Cultivating a Thriving Food Network" on Sunday, July 22.

Several local organic farmers will explain the relationship between farmers and venues and distributors in the organic food economy. They'll also discuss food safety and the future of small and medium-size farms. The event will be held at Headwater Food Hub, 6318 Ontario Center Road, Ontario, from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost: $25, food and drink included.