Plaquemines Parish will hold a Hurricane Preparedness Day program from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at the Belle Chasse Auditorium, 8398 La. 23 in Belle Chasse.

This is part of a national campaign to promote hurricane awareness and readiness called America’s PreparAthon.

Several community organizations will be represented to increase understanding of an emergency situation and the actions residents need to take to be ready for a possible hurricane during this storm season. There will be lots of information presented as well as giveaways.

Contact the parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at (504) 297-2477 for more information.

Slidell police to host hurricane event

The Slidell Police Department will be hosting a hurricane preparedness meeting at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Slidell City Council Chambers, 2055 Second St.

Residents will be able to ask questions and express their concerns to their public officials.

Slidell and St. Tammany government agencies, the National Weather Service, Cleco, State Police, the Red Cross and other agencies will have representatives at the meeting.

Jazz group, fire station to hold party, concert

In celebration of the New Orleans Jazz Market, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s recently announced building project and future home in Central City, the orchestra will partner with the Central City Fire Station at 2000 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to present a free block party and thank-you performance for the Central City community from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The NOJO big band will play from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The performance will premiere jazz tributes to the Grateful Dead, Stevie Wonder and The Beatles that were created through New Orleans Jazz Institute commissions with University of New Orleans professors Steve Masakowski, Edward Petersen and Victor Atkins.

Hamburgers and hot dogs will be grilled by the station’s firefighters and available free to the public while supplies last.

Other activities will include an “instrument petting zoo” with NOJO musicians, where children can learn about each of their instruments. Children can also meet the firemen and tour a fire truck. Home Depot will help 200 children build their own toolboxes.

N.O. Sierra Club to hear about palm oil crisis

The New Orleans Sierra Club group will hold its monthly meeting June 8 featuring a talk by Courtney Eparvier, a curator at the Audubon Zoo, on the palm oil crisis.

Palm oil is an ingredient in many candies and other food products, but palm oil plantations are destroying countless acres of tropical forests, and the future of animals like orangutans is threatened, the environmental group said.

The Sierra Club will meet in the Audubon Zoo’s Nims Center, near the statue of John James Audubon. Refreshments will start at 6:30 p.m., with Eparvier’s talk from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The program is free and open to everyone.