Downtown Digest, week of April 18, 2012

Park51 teaches calligraphy   On Sat., April 21, anyone interested in learning calligraphy can take advantage of a free lesson on the ancient art form, thanks to Park51. The organization, located at 51 Park Place, promises to present the art form in its classical style, with one-on-one lessons from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Materials, including brushes, ink and paper will be available for purchase from the instructor for approximately $12 – $15. Participants should, if possible, bring their own glass jars to store their brushes. Small jam jars or condiment containers work best for holding water and keeping the tips of the brushes clean.

For more information visit www.park51.org.

Separation of powers  The New York County Lawyers’ Association will host its 49th Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Lecture on Thurs., April 26. The guest of honor will be the Honorable Judith S. Kaye, of Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and former Chief Judge of the State of New York. Judge Kaye will lecture on “Interbranch Tangling: Separating Our Constitutional Powers,” and will explain the separate powers of the three independent branches of the United States government.

The Hughes Lecture Series, in its 49th year, was instituted by NYCLA in 1948 to pay tribute to the Hon. Charles Evans Hughes (1862-1948). Hughes served as NYCLA’s eighth president (1919-1921), was Governor of New York (1907-1910), Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (1910-1916), U.S. Secretary of State (1921-1925) and Chief Justice of the United States (1930-1941).

The New York County Lawyers’ Association is located at 14 Vesey St. For more information on the NYCLA and the Hughes Memorial Lecture visit www.nycla.org.

Reshape your waterfront  On May 18 and 19, Downtown residents can take the future of their waterfront into their own hands.

The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance will host its 2012 conference, entitled “Our Harbor: An Environmental Engine and Economic Resource,” at Chelsea Piers. The conference promises two days of exploring the economic benefits of harbor revitalization, environmental protection and restoration, improving water mass transit, waterfront finance and governance, and the working waterfront.

Speakers for the conference include Adrian Benepe, Commissioner of New York City Department of Parks & Recreation; Colonel John R. Boulé II, New York District Commander U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and Commissioner Maria Burks, National Parks of New York Harbor.

To register, visit www.waterfrontalliance.org.