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Urban Action 9/30

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

Creating a sustainable economy

The Front Porch Republic will hold a conference on "Sustainable Localism" from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 3. The conference includes a panel discussion focusing on the work of social critic Christopher Lasch and horticulturalist Liberty Hyde Bailey. Cost: $50; students, $20; and includes lunch. The event will be held at SUNY Geneseo, MacVittie College Union ballroom. Information:

Church and climate change talk

St. Boniface Church will host the "Pope Francis Encyclical Top 10" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 1. The talk will be given by Dr. Gerald Gacioch, chief of cardiology at Rochester General, and it will cover the pope's call for action on climate change. The event will be held at St. Boniface, 330 Gregory Street.

Recycling day in Penfield

The Town of Penfield will hold a fall recycling day for Penfield residents from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 10. Recyclables can include paper documents, metals, brush, and appliances, but no electronics will be accepted. Bring items to the Penfield Highway Department, 1607 Jackson Road. Proof of residency is required. Information: 340-8710.

Understanding poverty-mental health link

The Mental Health Association and Mt. Olivet Baptist Church will present "Altering the Journey of our Families: Trauma, Poverty and Mental Health," from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday, October 1. The workshop will examine the link between poverty and mental health, and how reducing poverty cannot be achieved without addressing family exposure to trauma. The event will be held at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 141 Adams Street. Registration: 325-3145, ext. 100.