8:15 a.m. The Citizens Budget Commission and New Yorkers for Parks will hold a panel discussion and release a report on “Making the Most of Our Parks” at the Municipal Art Society, 457 Madison Avenue between 50th and 51st streets.
8:30 a.m. The Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz will host Caribbean heritage celebrations at Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street between Court and Adams streets, in Brooklyn.
9 a.m. The Dalai Lama’s brother will launch an 8-day, 100-mile “March for Tibet’s Independence” from New York to Independence Hall in Philadelphia at the Chinese Consulate, 520 12th Avenue at 42nd Street.
9:30 a.m. The MTA board will meet at 347 Madison Avenue.
10:30 a.m. A ground breaking ceremony for St. John’s University Bread & Life Program’s new location will be held at 795 Lexington Avenue in Brooklyn.
11 a.m. A news conference on a report showing racial and ethnic disparities in Manhattan jury pools will be held on the Manhattan Supreme Court steps, 60 Centre Street.
11 a.m. The Korean Community Law Project will hold a media briefing on immigration fraud at the YKASEC Conference Room, 136-19 41st Avenue, in Flushing, Queens.
11:15 a.m. Immigrant advocates and school parents will release study results that show lapses in translation services for parents on the steps of the Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers Street.
11:30 a.m. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson will meet with New York-area clinicians who treat veterans in preparation for a Washington, D.C. summit on combat-related mental health issues at the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System, 423 East 23rd Street.
Noon. The grand opening of the TMI Food Group’s new food manufacturing facility will take place at 7 Bushwick Place, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Noon. Council members and Communities for Housing Equity will call on the city to provide translation services at the Department of Housing, Preservation and Development on the City Hall steps.
Noon. The Committee for Economic Development will release a report on “Built to Last: Focusing Corporations on Long-Term Performance” at the New York Marriott East Side, 525 Lexington Avenue.
12:30 p.m. City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and members of the City Council will vote on legislation to reform and strengthen New York City’s campaign finance system. The Council will also vote to overhaul the City’s 39 year old building code; to regulate the placement of publicly accessible clothing collection bins; and to exempt businesses with fewer than three pool tables from the billiard licensing law, at City Hall.
12:30 p.m. The Audit Committee of the Hudson Yards Development Corporation will meet at the NYC Office of Management and Budget, 75 Park Place.
1 p.m. Human rights groups will hold a vigil calling for the release of Iranian Americans being held in Iran across from the United Nations at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, First Avenue and 47th Street.
1 p.m. A coalition of property owners and tenants will protest eminent domain abuse on the City Hall steps.
1 p.m. A local cable show for the disabled will launch internet site, www.innersight.net, at 45 East 33rd Street.
7 p.m. Young Professionals for Mitt Romney will meet at the Intercontinental The Barclay, 111 East 48th Street.