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Dear (585) friends,

Another Friday in July rolls around.

I stumbled upon a meme earlier this week, reposted from @livefromsnacktime, quoting a 6-year-old as saying, “Mommy, how many years in July?”

Just one of life’s great mysteries, kid.

Luckily, our region has plenty of activities to keep each year in July brimming with entertainment. We’ve compiled a list below of just a few.

  • The George Eastman Bike Tour series will begin at 10 a.m. this Saturday. The relaxed pace, two-hour tour will stop at ten locations significant in the life and work of Mr. Eastman, and it will end at the George Eastman Museum. Advance registration is required, and tickets are $25. In addition, the Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman Museum is streaming foreign and independent films online. Support the museum and theater from the comfort of your own couch with a film rental, available through the film’s distributor for a limited time. The public reopening of the museum is set for Sunday, July 26.


  • In lieu of its annual productions at Highland Bowl, the Shakespeare Program of Rochester Community Players will be streaming a live reading of The Last Days of Falstaff, written by local playwright Justin Rielly. The play is set after the events of Shakespeare’s Henry IV. This event will take place at 7 p.m. tonight (Friday). A suggested donation of $5 will benefit the Rochester Community Players.


  • Missing the feeling of community found in your local movie theater? The Smith Film Club will be hosting a virtual movie screening of American Factory at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 23. Members of this free club can watch the movie as a group using Netflix Party or watch on their own, and a virtual post-film discussion will be scheduled and held through Zoom. The club will also watch Once upon a Time in the West on Thursday, July 30.


  • Join Seneca Park Zoo Society’s Jungle Jog 2020 Virtual 5K Run and Walk this year to support education and conservation programming at our local zoo. Participants run or walk the 5K any time between July 19 and 27. Contactless packet pickup will be available in the Seneca Park Zoo parking lot and at Medved Running & Walking Outfitters in Pittsford, and registration ranges from $20 to $40. The Jog will feature a photo contest, with prizes for best family photo, best nature photo, and more.


  • Join corporate leaders, diversity officers, managers, educators, and other leaders in our community at the 2020 Women of Color Virtual Summit. The mission of the summit, hosted by Eleversity, is to “provide an uplifting environment for women of color that promotes equity, education and professional development.” There will be four sessions, taking place on July 23, July 30, August 6, and August 13. The title of Thursday’s session is “Women of Color and Our Realities: What is next for us and our communities – COVID-19 and race relations.”


  • For a very different kind of virtual cocktail hour, check out Science on the ROCs, a recurring event hosted by the Rochester Museum & Science Center. Dr. Richard Young, professor emeritus at SUNY Geneseo, will discuss his research on the Grand Canyon at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 23. A cocktail recipe will be shared ahead of the event. This event will stream live on Facebook.

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of our July/August edition of (585) Magazine!

And let us know what you’d like to see in upcoming newsletters and editions of our magazine.

Stay well,

– Jinelle Vaiana, contributing writer
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