Events for May 4, 2007

8:30 a.m. Council member John Liu will keynote 19th Annual National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts at the New York Marriott, 333 Adams Street, in Brooklyn.

8:45 a.m. The Regional Plan Association will host a forum on "A Bright and Green Future: Climate Change, Energy and Growth in the Tri-State Metropolitan Region" at the Waldorf-Astoria, 301 Park Avenue at 50th street.

9 a.m. An emergency preparedness forum for community leaders will be held at LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thomson Avenue, in Long Island City.

9:30 a.m. Officials will celebrate the launch of the Science Barge, a sustainable urban farm at the Hudson River Park's Pier 84, at West 84th Street and the Westside Highway.

10 a.m. The city’s Committee on Immigration will hold a public hearing to examine the demand for English programs among immigrant adults at City Hall.

10:30 a.m. The State Consumer Protection Board will hold a public hearing on the home improvement industry at Community Room 100 of Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, between Adams and Court streets.

11 a.m. MTA police officers will announce a racial discrimination lawsuit at the Law Offices of McLaughlin & Stern, 260 Madison Avenue between 38th and 39th streets.

11 a.m. Officials will break ground on a wetlands restoration project on Randall's Island at Randall's Island Park, off central road past Icahn Stadium.

Noon. Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez will donate refurbished computers to Make the Road by Walking, 301 Grove Street, in Brooklyn.

1 p.m. BP America presents Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe with the City's first solar-powered vehicles at the Central Park Zoo Garage, behind the Arsenal and south of the Central Park Zoo, Fifth Avenue and 64th Street.

2:30 p.m. Council member John Liu will speak at the Regional Plan Association's panel discussion on the Mayor's congestion pricing proposal at the The Waldorf-Astoria, 301 Park Avenue at 50th Street.

2:30 p.m. Congressman Vito Fosella will meet with FEMA officials and residents of Waterview Court to discuss the agency's designation of Staten Island for federal disaster assistance at Andrease Street and Waterview Court on Staten Island.

7 p.m. The David Wright Foundation will launch the MaroonEffect, a charitable organization created to honor the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting at Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street.