Elizabeth Gambel, an agent with the LSU AgCenter, will present “Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?” at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, at the Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.
This event is held in conjunction with the Jefferson Parish Office of Senior Services.
The premise of this event is that there should be a thorough plan of disbursement in the event of the death of a loved one.
Most people have personal belongings such as wedding photographs, a baseball glove or a yellow pie plate that have special meaning for them and other family members. Such personal possessions, as well as jewelry, stamps, gun and coin collections, quilts or sports equipment, are referred to as non-titled property because there are no legal documents (such as titles) to indicate who officially owns them.
What happens to your non-titled personal belongings when you die? Who decides who gets what? If the owner does not create a plan of disbursement, family members and legal representatives may be left to make decisions about the items when a family member dies.
Beth Gambel is a longtime employee of the LSU AgCenter, providing consumer advice on a variety of topics, including wills, stress management, nutrition, diabetes, and others.
BUYING A FIRST HOME: Two seminars on first-time homebuying for those who speak Spanish will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 17-18, at the Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. Each class will provide the necessary tools to Latino families who are purchasing a home, so that they understand topics such as financing and choosing proper insurance coverage.
SELF-PUBLISHING WORKSHOP: Jim Azevedo, marketing director at Smashwords, will lead a three-part seminar on self-publishing at the monthly meeting of the Southeastern Louisiana chapter of the Romance Writers of America at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
The first hour of the presentation will focus on “An Introduction to Ebook Self-Publishing: How to Publish, Distribute and Sell Your Ebook.” The second segment is titled “16 Secrets of the Bestselling Indie Ebook Authors: Best Practices for Ebook Publishing.” The third segment is “How to Hit the Bestseller List with Ebook Preorders.”
TRAVEL WRITING: Reine Dugas Bouton, an English professor at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, will lead a workshop on travel writing at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 12, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
Participants will learn to turn travel adventures into essays or blog entries to share with family, friends or for submission for publication. The class will focus on essay structure, detail and writer’s voice.
Bouton has published scholarly essays, edited a collection on Eudora Welty and written nonfiction pieces on travel and culture.
THE ART OF MEMOIR: Two local authors who have penned memoirs about growing up — in New Orleans and in Granite City, Illinois — will discuss their new books at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 13, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Guy Lyman’s memoir, “A Big Easy Childhood,” focuses on Ray’s Rollerama, Pontchartrain Beach, McKenzie’s, and Easter bunnies in the window of Scheinuk the Florist. “VeizerVizerWiezerWieser: A Memoir, Eight Stories and a Search from Granite City to Kompolt” is Keith Viezer’s memoir of his father’s Hungarian family and a history of Lincoln Place, the ethnic neighborhood in Granite City, Illinois, where they grew up.
TRAP-NEUTER-SPAY: The Jefferson Parish Library will host an animal welfare class, “Trap, Neuter and Return: Your Neighborhood and Beyond,” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. This event is presented by Julie Hugel and Liz Newman of the nonprofit Project: Spay/Neuter with the help of the Humane Society of Louisiana, the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter, and Alley Cat Allies. TNR involves the humane trapping of outside (feral) cats, taking them to local experienced spay/ neuter clinics and having them spay/ neutered and vaccinated. Cats 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.
GREAT BOOKS DISCUSSION GROUP: The group will discuss “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The story focuses on the complex bond between two migrant laborers in Central California.
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.