The faculty of the inaugural New Orleans Jazz and Pop Harp Festival will give two free concerts this weekend at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
The one-hour concerts will occur at 3:30 p.m. Friday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Reservations are not required.
“We think the Jazz Harp Weekend has great potential not only to improve the musical skills of our professional and student harpists but also to generate interest among music students to study jazz harp on a more regular basis,” says Patrice Fischer, the organizer of the event and a harpist. “We have the great privilege of being able to live in New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz. We think this is the perfect place to learn to play jazz harp.”
The library’s Jazz and Pop Harp Weekend will run from Friday through Sunday. During the festival, students will take master classes with titles such as “Understanding Chord Construction,” “Hands-on Guide to Moving Your Fingers Faster on the Harp” and “String Changing Anxiety.”
Faculty members Lori Andrews and Louise Trotter will perform at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Faculty members Ivory McCann, Rachel Van Voorhees and Fisher will perform at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
They will be accompanied by Bart Samolis on bass and Carlos Valladares on percussion.
‘WINGS OVER NEW ORLEANS’: Musician and photographer John Taylor will discuss his 1975 encounter with Paul and Linda McCartney during a presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The McCartneys were in New Orleans to record the album “Venus and Mars.” Taylor snapped scores of candid photographs of the famous couple, which are included in a new book, “Wings Over New Orleans, Unseen Photos of Paul and Linda McCartney, 1975.” According to Taylor, the McCartneys’ graciousness and unpretentious nature shine through in these photos.
TEEN READERS THEATER: Teen Center librarians are recruiting people ages 10 to 18 for a Readers Theater troupe. Participants read from a script, with no memorization, in a dramatic, expressive manner. The troupe will perform for family and friends at library storytimes. Volunteer hours are available for participants. The group meets at 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays throughout the summer. For information, contact Jennifer Bishop, email@example.com or the Teen Center, (504) 849-8833.
NUTRITION PROGRAM: Karen Walker, nutrition agent with the Jefferson Parish office of the LSU AgCenter, will hold the last of a seven-part series on nutrition management at 7 p.m. Thursday, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. This session focuses on reducing fat, sugar and salt. The demonstration involves making “light” banana pudding. The popular sessions will be offered again in the fall at the West Bank Regional Library in Harvey.
CORPORATION OF ONE: Jessica Rareshide, a consultant on human capital management, speaking and profitability marketing, will conduct a three-part seminar during June. The first segment is “Corporation of One — Your Brand for Career Success,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Rareshide is a certified personnel consultant and certified staffing professional. She has counseled business owners on hiring issues related to job fit.
FERAL CATS: The Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter and the Jefferson Parish SPCA will hold a seminar about TNR, “trap, neuter, release,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. TNR involves the humane trapping of feral cats, taking them to local experienced spay/neuter clinics and having them spayed/neutered and vaccinated. Cats also can be treated for fleas and can be dewormed at the same time. The cats are released back to the managed colony from which they came.
All programs at the library are free of charge and are open to the public. For more information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, go to www.jplibrary.net, or friend the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.