The Sansepolcro Flag-Wavers, a group of drummers, trumpeters and flag-wavers from the Tuscan region of Italy, will perform at noon Friday, March 20, in front of the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

THE PERFORMANCE, HELD IN HONOR OF ST. JOSEPH’S DAY ON THURSDAY, MARCH 19, IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

During the late Middle Ages, Europe was often afflicted by wars, and the standard-bearing officers were those who led the troops into battle. In periods of peace, the standard-bearers would meet in order to develop and improve their techniques; over time, greater emphasis was given to perfecting more complicated routines. That’s how the flag-wavers came to be.

THE ART OF FLAG THROWING DATES TO MEDIEVAL GUILDS (PRINCIPALLY IN ITALY). A GUILD’S BANNER OR FLAG WAS CONSIDERED A SYMBOL OF PURITY, AND AS SUCH, IT WAS NOT ALLOWED TO TOUCH THE GROUND.

The group performed in 2012 at the library for the dedication of the American Italian Research Library. The American Italian Collection, an assemblage of Italian research resources, is located in the regional library’s Special Collections section. The books, magazines, photographs, maps and artifacts join a collection of Louisiana genealogical information, giving researchers a vast array of resources in one location.

EVENTS

  • GENEALOGY RESOURCES: Chris Caravella, webmaster for the Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans, will lead an interactive tour of the GRSNO website at 7 p.m. Monday, March 16, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. He will demonstrate how to find information in the organization’s quarterly publication, Genesis, including how to find a particular name in an old issue, or how to find an article about a particular church or historical event. He will explain the new search features of the website as they relate to scanned versions of Genesis.

COMPUTER SECURITY: The Information Systems Audit and Control Association will meet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Its discussion of computer governance, security and safety is free and open to the public. An independent, nonprofit, global association, ISACA develops knowledge and practices for auditing information systems. Monthly educational workshops provide training on computer security and auditing for members.

HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS SCHOOLS: The history of the New Orleans school system and its buildings will be the topic when the Tour Guide Association of New Orleans meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Free of charge and are open to the public.

BOATING SAFETY: The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries will present a free boating class from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements, many navigation rules, navigation charts, trailering, sailboats, and related subjects that include canoeing, personal watercraft and more. Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification card.

For information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, go to www.jplibrary.net.