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

Preserving towns and villages

Historic Pittsford and the Pittsford Village Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee will present "Historic Preservation in the 21st Century: What Will Pittsford Look Like in 10 Years?" on Wednesday, January 10. Wayne Goodman, executive director of the Landmark Society of Western New York, will discuss ways villages like Pittsford can protect their architectural heritage while also building economically sustainable communities. The event will be held at the Pittsford Community Library, 24 State Street, Pittsford, at 7 p.m.

Meetings focus on canal's clear-cutting

The Rochester People's Climate Coalition will hold two public meetings next week on the plan to remove trees along segments of the Erie Canal. Speakers will include representatives of the Canal Corporation and the town supervisors of Brighton, Pittsford, and Perinton.

Discussion topics will include the proposed cut locations, clear-cutting's impact on the environment, and why a State Environmental Quality Review process isn't planned. The dates: Wednesday, January 17, at the Perinton Community Center, 1350 Turk Hill Road, and Thursday, January 18, at Pittsford Mendon High School, 472 Mendon Road. Both start at 6 p.m.

Supporting racial justice

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ ROC) will hold a meeting on Monday, January 15, to support racial justice organizations led by people of color. The discussion will focus on how to educate the public about white supremacy and white privilege. The meeting will be held at the Flying Squirrel Community Space, 285 Clarissa Street, at 7 p.m.

Celebrating King's life

Nazareth College will celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, January 15 in an event from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mayor Lovely Warren will be the speaker, and winners of the college's MLK Visual and Performing Arts awards will be presented. The event will be held in the Nazareth College Arts Center, at 4245 East Avenue.