Lawyers in Libraries, a program sponsored by the Louisiana State Bar Association, will put lawyers in four Jefferson Parish libraries during the last week of October to offer free advice.
During each presentation, volunteer lawyers will provide information about how to access civil legal resources and will be available for questions and brief consultations with attendees. No registration is required.
The goal of the day is twofold: to provide local citizens with access to legal advice and information, and to demonstrate how legal access is critical to a community’s well-being. For example, an entire community suffers when neighbors and friends go through foreclosure, are not safe in their homes or cannot afford heat or food.
Here’s the schedule:
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. Lawyers Jeremy S. Epstein and Jacqueline Epstein
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Westwego Branch Library, 635 Fourth St., Westwego. Lawyer Shayna Beevers Morvant
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Road, Metairie. Lawyer Martha J. Maher
7 p.m. Thursday, Lakeshore Branch Library, 1000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie. Lawyer James G. Maguire
7 p.m. Thursday, North Kenner Branch Library, 630 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie. Lawyer Thomas Robbins.
Celebrate Louisiana Archeology Month with a presentation titled “Rethinking the Early Woodland Period Occupation of the Louisiana Coastal Zone” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
In 2013, R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates Inc. completed a two-year study of the culture of the Tchefuncte, a prehistoric people who lived in Louisiana between 800 and 100 B.C.
The study included analyses of previously excavated materials from four major archaeological sites: the Bayou Jasmine site near Manchac; the Tchefuncte site near Mandeville; the Little Woods site complex in New Orleans East; and the Lafayette Mounds site near Lafayette. Two of the sites are listed on the National Register of Historic Places for their importance in understanding regional prehistory, and together, the sites are key for understanding the Tchefuncte culture.
“Creative Branding with Domain Names,” a business seminar about how to market, strengthen and protect an idea with the help of an effective .com, will be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
The presenter is Leslie J. Almeida, creative marketing strategist for Directnic.com, who speaks regularly about how domain- and web-hosting products can help bring an idea from local to global.
Writing a résumé
“Résumé Writing and Tips and Secrets,” the second of a three-part seminar about finding success in the career market, will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Westwego Branch Library, 635 Fourth St., Westwego.
In this session, led by Jessica Rareshide, certified personnel consultant and certified staffing professional, participants will learn best practices and new techniques to help build a résumé that will win an interview. Bring a copy of your résumé for review.
Photographer Judi Bottoni and Mardi Gras expert Peggy Scott Laborde discuss their new book, “Mardi Gras in New Orleans,” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
In this volume of essays and photographs, the pair showcases some of the best moments from today’s Mardi Gras celebrations. From the Twelfth Night Revelers heralding the start of Carnival season to Zulu and Rex bringing it to a close, the book highlights what makes the experience unforgettable.
Karen Walker, nutrition agent with the Jefferson Parish office of the LSU AgCenter, completes the last of seven nutrition classes in which she prepares seasonal salads and talks about healthy eating. It happens at 7 p.m. Thursday at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. Walker also will discuss food safety and thrifty shopping.
Puentes New Orleans sponsors “Basic Steps to Purchasing a Home for the First Time” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. It will be given in both English and Spanish. Though not required, participants can reserve a spot in advance by calling (504) 821-7228. Puentos New Orleans is a Latino-operated 501(c)3 nonprofit community organization that supports Latino families and other minorities.
The New Aurora Saxophone Ensemble, a quintet of saxophones, performs a free concert of jazz, classical and contemporary music at 3 p.m. Saturday at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.
The Crescent City Amateur Radio Group will hold the national accreditation test for those who want to obtain amateur radio licenses at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the North Kenner Branch Library, 630 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner. The test takes from one hour to two hours. For more information, contact Joe Glorioso at (504) 288-7084.
Anyone writing a novel, short story, play, screenplay or other work of fiction may come to the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, with laptops to focus on writing. It happens from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Monday night in November.
The writing nights are part of National Novel Writing Month, a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On Sunday, participants begin working toward the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 30.
Old Metairie Great Books Discussion Group will talk about “The History of the Peloponnesian Wars” by Thucydides at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Old Metairie Branch Library, 2350 Metairie Road, Metairie. Thucydides’ account of the war is one of the earliest scholarly works of history and is considered to be a classic. It is divided into eight books and describes the conflict between the Peloponnesian League, led by Sparta, and the Delian League, led by Athens.
‘A Free State’
Tom Piazza talks about his latest book, “A Free State: A Novel,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
In the book, the year is 1855. Blackface minstrelsy is the most popular form of entertainment in a nation about to be torn apart by the battle over slavery. Henry Sims, a fugitive slave and a brilliant musician, has escaped to Philadelphia, where he earns a living by performing on the street. He is befriended by James Douglass, who imagines that Henry’s skill and magnetism might restore his troupe’s fortunes. The problem is that black and white performers are not allowed to appear together onstage.
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 http://www.jplibrary.net/ or friend the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.