Events for Thursday, October 30, 2008

10 a.m. The City Council holds a joint committee hearing on the progress of Michael Bloomberg's anti-poverty programming. In the hearing room on the 14th floor of 250 Broadway.

Noon.  Charlie Rangel receives an award from the Child Welfare League of America. At the same event, Rangel and advocates will announce new child welfare funding. In the second floor art gallery in the Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building, 163 West 125th street.

1 p.m.  Gene Russianoff  and Assembly Members Hakeem Jeffries, Deborah Glick, and Ruben Diaz, Jr. discuss mounting support for the term-limits referendum, at City Hall.

5:30 p.m. Christine Quinn and members of the Council celebrate the Hindu holiday Deepavali—the festival of lights. In the Council Chambers in City Hall.

7 p.m.  Amnesty International hosts Iranian dissident Ahmad Batebi to discuss his escape from an Iranian prison and flight to the U.S. At the Advent Lutheran Church, Broadway and West 93rd Street.

8 p.m. Russell Simmons and Spike Lee  host a "get out the vote party" titled "I Am C.H.A.N.G.E." At 532 West 27th street.