NOPD CONSENT DECREE: The team monitoring efforts by the New Orleans Police Department to meet its obligations under a January 2013 consent decree issued a status report April 28 that will be discussed at a public meeting Wednesday.

The consent decree was the result of an agreement between the NOPD and the U.S. Department of Justice intended to improve public safety, increase public confidence and protect the constitutional rights of all citizens.

The monitoring team’s public meeting will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Team members will discuss NOPD’s progress, answer questions and hear comments from citizens. The team’s status reports are available at

HIBISCUS SOCIETY: The New Orleans Hibiscus Society will hold its annual show and plant sale from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Grace King High School, 4301 Grace King Place, Metairie. Ample parking is available at the Division Street entrance a block off West Esplanade Avenue.

Judging of hibiscus blooms will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Dozens of hibiscus varieties from Dupont Nursery in Plaquemine will be offered for sale, and hundreds of judged blooms will be on display in the school cafeteria. Experts in hibiscus care, propagation and hybridizing will answer questions, and NOHS members will be available to assist in plant selections. For information, call the Rev. Robert Gerlich, president of the New Orleans Hibiscus Society, at (504) 722-2408.

FEDERAL CITY PLANNING: People interested in the planning process for the 130-acre Federal City site in Algiers are invited to a community workshop from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, in the Federal City Auditorium, 2485 Guadalcanal St., New Orleans. Those planning to attend the workshop are asked to notify Vanessa Duplessis at or (504) 367-3331.

The design workshop is being held by the Algiers Development District, Joint Development Committee and Vista Louisiana, the new master developer of Federal City.

Vista Louisiana has arranged for Steven Oubre, of ASW, to lead the master-plan process. The ASW team will submit the master plan it produces to the Algiers Development District for consideration and possible adoption.

The Federal City site is one of the most notable vacant parcels of land remaining for development along the Mississippi River. Vista Louisiana envisions the site being developed as a traditional neighborhood grounded in the same principles as old Algiers.

ARTS GRANT WORKSHOP: A workshop for artists planning to apply for 2016 Community Arts Grants will be held at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, at the Norman Mayer Library, 2098 Foy St., New Orleans. Those planning to attend are asked to give notice by emailing

The deadline to apply for the Arts Council New Orleans grants is Monday, June 15. For information about grant categories, visit