Events for October 18, 2007

8:30 a.m. A conference on substance abuse and mental health disorders in young people will be held at The Zena and Michael A. Wiener Conference Center, 633 Third Avenue.

9 a.m. Senate Democrats will hold a hearing on the HPV Virus and the recently approved antidote, Gardasil, at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street.

9:30 a.m. Council member Tony Avella will tour P.S. Q811 as part of “Principal for a Day” at 61-25 Marathon Parkway in Little Neck, Queens.

10 a.m. The city’s Campaign Finance Board will meet at 40 Rector Street between Washington and West streets.

10 a.m. Food Bank for New York City will release a report on hunger trends at its annual conference at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, 46th Street and Broadway.

10:15 a.m. The LIRR president will unveil six new message boards as part of a customer communication initiative at Penn Station’s LIRR Concourse, Seventh Avenue and 32nd Street.

11 a.m. PBA President Patrick Lynch and former federal prosecutor Thomas Puccio will announce a constitutional challenge to the NYPD’s mandatory alcohol testing for officer-involved shootings in front of One Police Plaza.

11 a.m. The State Senate Transportation Committee will consider Dale Hemmerdinger as the nominee for MTA Chair at 250 Broadway.  

11:45 a.m. Police Athletic League’s 19th Annual Women of the Year Luncheon will be held at The Pierre, Fifth Avenue at 61st Street.

Noon. Sen. Eric Schneiderman and advocacy groups will call on the U.S. Census to count prisoners in their home communities instead of where they are incarcerated on the City Hall steps.

Noon. The Center for the Advancement of Women awards luncheon will be held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street.

1:30 p.m. The Port Authority Board of Commissioners will meet at Port Authority headquarters at 225 Park Avenue South.

4:30 p.m. Students and parents will rally for more after-school programs at Sol Laine Park at P.S. 134, 293 East Broadway.

5:30 p.m. The Federation of Catholic School Teachers will picket outside the Alfred E. Smith Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria, 50th Street between Park and Lexington avenues.

6 p.m. Citizens Against Recidivism will celebrate the success of formerly incarcerated people at the Schomburg Cultural Center, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard between 135th and 136th streets.

6 p.m. Sen. Serphin Maltese will hold a forum on railroad safety at the King Regional High School, 68-02 Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village, Queens.

6:30 p.m. Images of Darfur’s civil war will be projected onto the New-York Historical Society’s Central Park West facade at launch of its “Darfur/Darfur” exhibition at 170 Central Park West at 77th Street.

6:30 p.m. A panel discussion with architects on strategies for accommodating one million more New Yorkers by 2030 will be held at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 68th Street between Park and Lexington avenues.

7:30 p.m. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will address the annual Alfred E. Smith Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria, Park Avenue and 50th Street.

7:30 p.m. A community forum on alternatives to the congestion tax will be held at Temple Sholom, 263-10 Union Turnpike, in Glen Oaks, Queens.