The Jefferson Parish Library and WYES will present a sneak preview of one of the most popular series in Masterpiece history, “Downton Abbey,” as it returns for its fifth season. The preview will occur at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
The event is free of charge and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
A representative from Vianne’s Tea House in Mandeville will conduct a “tea talk” in which English tea service is explained and demonstrated.
The “Downton Abbey” series, set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey, depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era — with the great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy. Such events depicted throughout the series include news of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in the first series; the outbreak of the First World War, the Spanish influenza pandemic and the Marconi scandal in the second series; the interwar period and the formation of the Irish Free State in the third series; the Teapot Dome scandal in the fourth series; and the United Kingdom general election of 1923 and the Beer Hall Putsch in the fifth series.
WORLD WAR II DISCUSSION GROUP: Mike Alexander will speak about the Battle of Mortain at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The Battle of Mortain took place Aug. 7-12, 1944, in the Normandy region of France. The assault was ordered by Adolf Hitler to eliminate the gains made by the American 1st Army following the Allied invasion, but it was disaster for the Germans. Alexander’s father was a battery commander there. The World War II Discussion Group, headed by local teacher and historian Brian Altobello, meets the first Thursday of every month to discuss the events of the 1930s and 1940s.
HOLIDAY CONCERT: The American Legion Post 64 Concert Band will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. The event is free of charge and open to the public.
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WORKSHOP: Enrollment is open under the Affordable Care Act. Navigators from the South East Louisiana Area Education Center will be available to help patrons enroll and to answer any questions, in Spanish or English, during a workshop at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The workshop is free of charge and open to the public.
AUTHOR EVENT: Marvin J. Allen, author of “Magic in a Shaker,” will discuss the history of Prohibition and Christmas cocktails, along with his book, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Allen is the bar manager and bartender at the Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar. Voted New Orleans Magazine’s Bartender of the Year in 2005, Allen has been behind the counter for more than 20 years.
DOLL FRIENDS FOREVER: Bertha Irons, Mary Stewart and Barbara Duhe, who call themselves DFFs, or Doll Friends Forever, will discuss their collections at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Their journeys have taken them to flea markets, doll shows, toy stores, yard sales, abandoned houses, libraries, the Internet and the occasional trash can. Their talk is free of charge and open to the public.