Dr. Rishikesh Chavan, an oncologist at Tulane University Health Sciences Center, will lead meditation workshops at 2 p.m. on Sundays at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, beginning Aug. 2. The goals of the program are to provide tools that: Help people relax, reduce stress and get connected to one’s inner feelings of love and abundance; help improve focus and overall performance; and promote peace and harmony by creating a peace within that reflects outside.
The program consists of a five-minute welcome and introduction to meditation (talk or video); 10 minutes of relaxation; 20 minutes of meditation; and 10 minutes of introspection, a Q&A, and discussion.
Participants can bring their journals/diaries to record their experiences.
CAREER WORKSHOP: Resume Writing and Tips and Secrets is the second event of a three-part seminar about finding success in the career market. It happens at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22, at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. Participants may attend individual sessions or all three. In this session, participants will learn current best practices and new techniques to help your resume win the interview. Bring a copy of your resume for review. It is led by Jessica Rareshide, Certified Personnel Consultant and Certified Staffing Professional.
LIVING WITH RELIGIOUS DOUBT: The New Orleans Secular Humanism Association presents Neil Carter, a high school geometry teacher, father of five, and writer for Patheos.com, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. He lives in Jackson, and he mostly writes about living as a skeptic and former evangelical in the heart of the Bible Belt. He is the director of group development for Recovering from Religion, is a charter member of the Mississippi Humanist Association, and is the state representative for both the Secular Coalition of America and the Openly Secular campaign.
GIRL’S NIGHT OUT: Sue Quiroz, president of the Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club, will host a panel of female authors who write in the paranormal, fantasy, scifi and horror realms. The event will happen at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The authors are: Alys Arden, “The Casquette Girls”; Alexandrea Weis, “The Art of Sin”; Dawn Chartier, “Bewitching the Enemy”; and Deb Burst, “Hallowed Halls of Greater New Orleans.” Quiroz helped organize the Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club, which now has more than 1,000 members. In 2002, she started the first Anne Rice Halloween Ball with her own money to hire bands. In 2010, she started Undead Con, a symposium in which authors discuss their books, tell how they got started writing and what process they went through to get their books published.
AARP’S LIFE REIMAGINED: Representatives from the American Association of Retired People discuss “Life Reimagined” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. “Life Reimagined” is a series of free online and offline experiences that guide people through life transitions by helping them discover new possibilities and connect with a community of people pursuing similar passions and goals.
CHESS CLUB: The Westwego Branch Library, 635 Fourth St., Westwego, will host Chess Club from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Preteens through adults are welcome. All programs at the library are free and 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.