Events for April 18, 2007

11 a.m. Speaker Christine Quinn, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Assembly member Cathy Nolan and Council member Eric Gioia will attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Child Center of New York’s Head Start facility at 60-02 Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside.

11 a.m. Quinnipiac University Polling Institute will release results of a poll of New Jersey voters showing Governor Corzine’s approval ratings before and after his accident.

Noon. Protestors will rally against Columbia University’s expansion plans at 116th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

12:30 p.m. Ed Koch, Howard Dean and Harold Ford Jr. will discuss “Improving Race Relations: Where Do We Go From Here” at Rev. Al Sharpton’s annual National Action Network Convention at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, 811 Seventh Avenue at 53rd Street.

12:30 p.m. Musician Amy Grant will kick off a national hunger campaign at the Yorkville Common Pantry, 8 East 109th Street.

1 p.m. The Asia Society will host a discussion with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on “Asia and the United States in the 21st Century: Building our Future Together” at the Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue.

4 p.m. The New York Convention Center Operating Corporation board of directors will meet at 655 West 34th Street.

6:30 p.m. The White House Project will honor Billie Jean King at its 2007 EPIC Awards ceremony at the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street.

6:30 p.m. The American Cancer Society’s second annual Taste of Hope benefit will be held at The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street at Houston Street.

7 p.m. Enterprise New York will hold a Hip-Hop Block Party fundraiser for affordable housing with DJ Grandmaster Flash at The Plumm, 246 West 14th Street.

John McCain will hold a town hall with veterans in South Carolina.

— Gillian Reagan

Events for April 18, 2007