“Facade,” an adaptation for the stage of a book by William E. Wade, will be performed by the theatrical troupe Moscow Nights at 2 p.m. Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The presentation is free and open to the public.
In “Facade,” Wade shares his struggle with faith during the long illness and death of his youngest son, John, who succumbed to cystic fibrosis at 15 years of age. As John tries to live his life as best he can, “Facade” unfolds as a drama in which one life becomes a source of strength for all.
Through photos, original music and an array of atmospheric lighting and sound recordings, the play is a vision for the quest to reach beyond death and loss to find and embrace new life.
Moscow Nights is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation of Russian culture through theatrical and music presentations, festivals and educational programs.
In its 16th year, Moscow Nights presents original, contemporary theater that explores, with a Russian sensibility, life’s universal challenges.
BIG BOOK SALE: The Friends of the Jefferson Public Library will conduct its semiannual Big Book Sale from Thursday to Sunday at the Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. More than 55,000 used books, puzzles, DVDs, CDs, videotapes, music tapes and vinyl records will be offered for sale.
NUTRITION CLASS: Karen Walker, nutrition agent with the Jefferson Parish office of the LSU AgCenter, is leading a series of seven nutrition classes in which she prepares seasonal salads and talks about healthful eating. At 7 p.m. Thursday at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, she will discuss how to make half of your grain intake from whole grains. The demonstration involves making quinoa and vegetable stir-fry.
POETRY SOCIETY: The Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Louisiana Poetry Society meets to read and discuss poetry at 2 p.m., Saturday at the Old Metairie Branch Library, 2350 Metairie Road, Metairie.
ACADIANS IN MARYLAND: R. Martin Guidry, a past president of the Acadian Memorial Foundation in St. Martinville, will discuss Acadian history at 7 p.m. Monday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Guidry speaks about the reasons for the deportations; the arrival of the Acadians in Maryland; their dispersal throughout Maryland and treatment there; their four journeys to Louisiana in 1766, 1767, 1768 and 1769; and their resettlement in Louisiana. This presentation serves as the monthly meeting of the Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans.
INTERVIEW STRATEGIES: Jessica Rareshide, certified personnel consultant and certified staffing professional, presents “Successful Interview Strategies” at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Gretna Branch Library, 102 Willow Drive, Gretna. Participants will learn how to answer difficult interview questions and what to ask the interviewer to ensure a great job fit.
BILINGUAL BANKING: Puentes New Orleans hosts a panel discussion on bank accounts at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The three bankers on the panel will offer advice to business owners who have been failing their worker’s compensation audits because their Latino employees do not open bank accounts to cash their paychecks, and instead, they have coworkers cash them, which could be interpreted as violation of federal banking laws. This event occurs in both Spanish and English.
‘RUN, BABY, RUN’: Michael Allen Zell will discuss his new book, “Run, Baby, Run,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. In the book, the New Orleans Police Department has asked criminologist Bobby Delery to help find almost $1 million stolen from a French Quarter club, but he’s one of many after the money. This event is co-sponsored by the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.
‘A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES’: The Great Books Discussion Group at the East Bank Regional Library will focus on “A Confederacy of Dunces” at 7 p.m. Tuesday. John Kennedy Toole’s hero is Ignatius J. Reilly: “huge obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter.”
THE GOSPEL OF MARK: The Old Metairie Great Books Discussion Group discusses the Gospel of Mark from the Bible at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Old Metairie Branch Library, 2350 Metairie Road, Metairie. This discussion group is dedicated to helping people learn how to think and share ideas by educating them to become participants in, leaders of and advocates for shared inquiry.
All programs at the library are free of charge and are open to the public. For 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.