Wendy Rihner, education chairwoman of the local chapter of the Audubon Society, will discuss a recent birding trip she made to Oaxaca, Mexico, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
Oaxaca is in southern Mexico. It is home to nearly 700 species of birds and is considered the best state in Mexico for bird-watching. Oaxaca also is considered a destination for those who want to view an array of native plants, including many that are cultivated by Zapotec Indians for medicinal uses.
Rihner traveled to Oaxaca in January 2015. She will show numerous photos in a presentation that is reminiscent of travelogues that were popular several decades ago.
NUTRITION CLASSES: Karen Walker, nutrition agent with the Jefferson Parish office of the LSU AgCenter, will lead a series of seven nutrition classes in which she prepares seasonal salads and talks about healthy eating. The lesson for Thursday, May 21, involves how to get more whole grains into one’s diet; the demonstration involves making quinoa and black bean salad. The lesson for Thursday, May 28, involves the importance of calcium and dairy; the demonstration involves making a leafy green spring salad. 7 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, Metairie.
ITALIAN GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH: Sal Serio, curator of the American Italian Research Library at the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie, explains how to track down Italian family heritage. 1 p.m., Wednesday, May 27, East Bank Regional Library, Metairie.
FINANCIAL LITERACY: Brian D. Parker, a financial planner, will discuss estate planning, tax-reduction strategies, and investment asset allocation. Specifically, he will talk about the importance of having wills, living wills and powers of attorney in Louisiana; advantages and disadvantages of tax-deferred annuities; strategies pertaining to funding long-term care costs; and 401Ks and annuities. 7 p.m., Thursday, May 28, East Bank Regional Library, Metairie.
‘LIVING YES’: Mark Morris says that many people experience life without understanding what being human means. The result, he says, is that they live on the defensive. “They avoid discomfort at all costs, find themselves numbed by their challenges, and have no fun whatsoever.
These folks are frozen by habit, awash in sadness, stuck in judgment and blame, trapped by anxiety and fear, swamped by anger, and undone by lies in their head, believing themselves to be worthless, weak, or stupid.” Morris, a psychotherapist who is certified in cognitive behavioral therapy, will discuss the concept of being human and his new book, “Living Yes: A Handbook for Being Human.” 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 2, East Bank Regional Library, Metairie.
‘THE ARTIST’S WAY’: Cherie Cazenavette moderates a group that will meet at 7 p.m. on Mondays during the month of June. The group focuses on Julia Cameron’s classic, “The Artist’s Way,” and works to develop and nurture creativity.
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.