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Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--New River Parish columnist Lori Lyons in New Orleans, La. Monday, April 20, 2015.

Karen Gardner, community nutrition specialist with Second Harvest Food Bank, will share information about making healthier food choices during “Harvesting Health,” an interactive nutrition workshop to be held on Tuesday . One workshop will be held at 10 a.m. at the East Regional Library, 160 W. Campus Drive, Destrehan. A second session will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the Paradis Branch, 307 Audubon St., Paradis.

The 90-minute class will focus on reading nutrition labels and MyPlate, which provides information about the building blocks for a healthy diet.

Gardner will make one recipe during the workshop, and samples will be available. For more information, contact Lauren Pitz at lauren.pitz@myscpl.org or call (985) 764-2366.

Gardner also will host “Cooking Matters at the Store” at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 25, at Winn-Dixie, 12519 Airline Highway, Destrehan. This free, guided grocery store tour will cover finding healthy deals, reading nutrition labels, selecting fruits and vegetables in different forms and identifying whole grains.

This is a one-hour nutrition and food budgeting class that provides at-risk families and individuals with the skills and confidence to stretch their food dollars and find healthy, affordable groceries. The class is structured as an interactive grocery store tour. At the end of class, each participant finds ingredients to make a healthy meal for four for $10 or less, paid for by Second Harvest.

For more information, call Gardner at (504) 729-6339.

50 Book Clubs in 50 States

The St. Charles Parish East Regional Library book discussion group will host a Skype visit with author John Searles to discuss his most recent book, “Help for the Haunted,” from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the East Regional Library, 160 W. Campus Drive, Destrehan.

“In June 2014, Searles decided he would like to speak to ‘50 Book Clubs in 50 States,’ ” said St. Charles Parish Library Assistant Director Vicki Nesting.

“We’re very excited that the St. Charles Parish Library was selected to be the Louisiana stop on his book club tour.”

Searles is a former editor at Cosmopolitan magazine and is an entertaining speaker with many unique stories to share about working at the largest women’s magazine in the world.

“Help for the Haunted” is a mystery about a young woman haunted by the long-ago murder of her parents, whose occupation was to help “haunted souls” find peace. It was selected for the American Library Association’s Alex Award and appeared on the Boston Globe’s 2013 Best Crime Fiction list, Amazon’s Top 10 Mystery and Suspense Novels of 2013 and Entertainment Weekly’s Top 10 Must Read.

Meetings are held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month at the East Regional Library in Destrehan and are open to new members.

For more information, email Lauren Pitz at lauren.pitz@myscpl.org or call (985) 764-2366.

Educators share expertise

Educators from St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools were chosen to share their expertise with some of the top educators from across the state at the Louisiana Department of Education’s Teacher Leader Summit, held June 4-5 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

The summit brought together about 5,500 teachers, administrators and content experts from across the state to share knowledge, learn new skills and prepare for the upcoming school year. To become a presenter, educators had to go through an application process that included submitting a topic and presentation material, which was reviewed by Louisiana Department of Education officials.

Sessions led by St. John educators included: “We’ve Got CLASS: The Importance of the Emotional Support Domain,” by Melissa Watson and Alice Washington; “Understanding Social Studies Content and Claims, Grades 9-12,” by Brett Zimmerman; “Facilitating a Socratic Seminar, Grades 3-12,” by Jenna Chiasson, Jasmin Porter and Stephanie Haniford; “Literacy Integrated Social Studies Lessons, Grades 3-8,” by Shanna Beber and Natalie Klibert; and “Instructional Leadership Through Data Teams, Grades K-12,” by Christal Sylvain, Monica Brown and Jasmin Porter. A total of 85 teacher-leaders, principals, assistant principals and central office staff attended the summit.

Lori Lyons reports on the River Parishes. Send information on news, events, accomplishments and story ideas to her at sportslyons@gmail.com.