Summer and sunshine — we’ve still got ’em, Rochester, and we have lots of ways to enjoy them. We should not look directly into the sun, but we can behold it through other means: ripening peaches, sunflower fields, and in the face of a lion. And they’re all here.

Leo, the zodiac sign long-associated with the sun, is having its moment right now. Leos can celebrate their namesake through August 16 during World Lion Week at Seneca Park Zoo. This annual education series brings conservation to the forefront to protect a species that has lost around 80 percent of its

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August offers a superior stretch of summer time however to enjoy — and a lot of strategies to enjoy a superior stretch. With outside routines for all the senses, this week’s situations give us a probability to investigate our spot and broaden appreciation and connection as a result of physical — and social — movements.

Now is a superior time to stretch into mother nature, practically, with outside yoga. Offerings are as many as the various fresh new-air locations — several each and every 7 days, which includes Yoga in the Pines at Rochester Museum & Science Center’s Cumming Mother

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Our present moment has formed an strength lots of of us have never expert in our life. The electric buzz of social change paired with the stillness expected to guarantee bodily distancing forces internal mechanisms to lookup new pathways to connect — and harness — the energy to shift forward and transform inertia itself. This week presents ways to tune in to that energy, and activate our own.

On Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Visible Experiments Workshop returns to dwell, in-human being programming with an out of doors multi-media presentation, The Ability of Protest: Poetry and Movie. Regional poets Sarah Adams,

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Our topsy-turvy 2020 has made a treatment-no cost summer time a point of the unspecified upcoming. Rochester summer time staples — festivals, cook dinner-outs, theater in the park — are not at all how we would have imagined ahead of the pandemic. Some basically are not getting spot at all. But for certain stalwarts, necessity and creativity change what could have been into what we will by no means ignore.

Attending a social is not very “now,” but Ionia United Methodist Church, who introduced us June’s Ionia Strawberry Social, gives it a twist at the Ionia Raspberry Social on Thursday,

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Though we execute our civic responsibility and forgo significant gatherings this summer, we will pass up all individuals salads at the prepare dinner-out. There are some salads you glance ahead to each calendar year. Then there are some you had never ever witnessed ahead of in your everyday living. But they constantly seem to fill the plate. This week’s occasions roster is like an surprising twist on a classic summer salad — a new recipe we are all striving for the very first time.

Rochester summers typically get an early kick-off at Fairport Canal Times, wherever the rubber duck race

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This week’s preview highlights some nearby possibilities to study, expand views, and engage meaningfully in important discussions.

If that indicates taking the time to hush down and study up, Central Library presents. The #BLM Reading Record has scores of texts and audio books out there for pre-order and curbside pick-up. Biographies, memoirs, historical past, fiction, poetry, comedy, and so a lot additional await audience of all ages. If you have been placing off acquiring that library card, it’s just a couple of clicks away.

Maybe your curiosity in nearby federal government has been piqued these earlier couple of months. The

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These times, piling friends into a seashore-sure convertible and blaring “Like Shack” poses a general public wellbeing concern. A single may possibly locate that the act of merely going for walks out the door is fraught with worry, blasting the psyche with the menacing voice of Laurence Olivier in “Marathon Person”: “Is it risk-free?”

It’s possible which is just me. In any scenario, it really is summer season, and we can nevertheless take pleasure in it. Safely and securely.

To assuage our far more acute stress, transform to an herb extensive identified to have calming, soothing qualities. A “sea of

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July 4, 2020: What will it be? What will it have been? Will the revelation be a amazing burst of fireworks?

Very well, possibly — but they will never be coming from the Town of Rochester or any other municipality, which have all cancelled this year’s official shows. No pomp, no functions no patriotic piccolos will accompany grand shows for huge, concentrated gatherings — but we will likely listen to the unofficial fireworks anywhere we are. Possibly we will get a glittery glimpse now and then.

In any case, July 4 will still have celebrations, commemorations, and discussions. What fuse

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It’s formally summer, and right here we are in a June like no other. We’ll have our festivals back again in long run several years, but right now it is time to TCB.

On Wednesday at 6 p.m., the Metropolis of Rochester invitations residents to a general public forum, ROC Towards Gun Violence Coalition Virtual City Hall. Metropolis Council Vice President Willie Lightfoot will average a panel in a Zoom conference developed to “educate, advocate, and eradicate.”

The next working day, on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., the general public is also invited to check out the next Law enforcement Accountability

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“Celebrate independence.” That is not just a signal to celebration it’s a simply call to action. Juneteenth is a commemoration of independence. It is really Black Independence Day, marking the working day Texas was irrevocably notified that the folks nonetheless enslaved in that point out were being, in reality, absolutely free. That was June 19, 1865 — nearly two and a half many years soon after the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth is a celebration of plain independence — the stop of slavery. And however, the hold off from emancipation to its entire realization foreshadowed the 155 many

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