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Urban Action 9/13

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

Helping inmates after prison

The Judicial Process Commission is seeking volunteers to be a mentor to people re-entering the community after incarceration. Volunteers must be willing to commit at least an hour a week for several months to support the person in the transition. And they must attend JPC's adult mentor training sessions on Monday, September 18, and Tuesday, September 19, from 5 to 9 o'clock on both evenings. The training will be held at Friends Meeting House, 84 Scio Street. Registration and information: 325-7727; email, Valerie White-Whittick,

The threats to the Great Lakes

The next Books Sandwiched In program for the Friends and Foundation of the Rochester Public Library will be a review of Dan Egan's "The Death and Life of the Great Lakes." WXXI News Producer Veronica Volk will discuss Egan's chronicle of an ecological disaster that is occurring right now involving more than 20 percent of the planet's fresh water. The event will be held on Tuesday, September 19, from 12:12 p.m. to 12:52 p.m., at the Central Library's Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Avenue.

Vegans discuss food and values

The Rochester Area Vegan Society will present "Eating in Alignment with Our Values," a talk by Maribeth Abrams, on Sunday, September 17. Abrams is the associate editor of Vegetarian Voice. The talk will be preceded by a vegan potluck. Participants are asked to prepare a vegan dish to pass, which means no animal products can be used in the recipe, including honey. The event will be held at the Brighton Town Park Lodge, 777 Westfall Road. The potluck dinner is at 5:30 p.m., and the talk will begin at 7 p.m. The event is free to RAVS members, and $3 for non-members. Information or help with preparing a dish: 234-8750.