A series of seven nutrition classes is planned for Thursday evenings beginning April 23 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. There will be no class May 14. All sessions are free of charge and are open to the public. There is no registration.

During the classes, Karen Walker, nutrition agent with the LSU AgCenter, will prepare a seasonal salad and talk about healthy eating.

The class schedule is:

April 23: making plates half fruits and vegetables, with a demonstration of carrot and raisin salad

April 30: varying protein, with a demonstration of salmon salad

May 7: being physically active, with a demonstration of fun fruit salad

May 21: choosing whole grains half of the time, with a demonstration of quinoa and black bean salad

May 28: calcium and dairy, with a demonstration of leafy green spring salad

June 4: food safety and thrifty shopping, with a demonstration of broccoli slaw salad

June 11: reducing fat, sugar and salt, with a demonstration of light banana pudding.

FINANCIAL FITNESS IN SPANISH: Puentes New Orleans is sponsoring a class to help families achieve financial stability in order to purchase a home, open a business, establish a retirement plan or re-establish credit from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

For some families, this class may help them receive grant assistance when purchasing a home. Puentes New Orleans works to provide better education for young Latinos; encourages participation of Latino families in decision-making processes; and advocates across ethnic lines for equitable distribution of resources, opportunity and justice.

ENVIROSCHOOL: The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality will present information about construction stormwater permits from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The program is free and open to the public; participants should register at www.deq.louisiana.gov/portal/tabid/2601/default.aspx.

JOHN MCDONOGH: The legacy of public school philanthropist John McDonogh, including the community he established known as McDonoghville, will be discussed by author Leighton Ciravolo at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

Ciravolo is author of “The Legacy of John McDonogh,” published in 2002 by the Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

FANTASY WRITING GROUP: Sci-fi, fantasy and horror writers of all levels will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

This free writing group encourages local writers to create works of fiction based on science fiction, fantasy and horror themes. Participants submit manuscripts to be critiqued by others in the group.

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.