Greg Wilde and Ray Paternostro will give a presentation titled “Alternatives to Pay TV” at 7 p.m. March 23, at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.
Wilde and Paternostro say that the number of alternatives to carriers like cable and satellite TV continues to expand, including over-the-air, high-definition channels and Internet-based video. The convenience of pulling up desired programming on any desktop, laptop, smartphone or mobile app has led to viewers dropping cable fees in favor of online services at a fraction of the cost, with the option to watch whenever they want.
Wilde and Paternostro will discuss Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Vudu and many others. They will talk about the capability of new televisions as well as Live TV, TiVo, DirectTV and Dish, along with using a library cards as part of a television strategy.
BIRD-WATCHING: Wendy Rihner, education chair of the local chapter of the Audubon Society, will lead a two-night program on the basics of bird-watching at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, and Wednesday, March 23, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Patrons do not need to attend both sessions, as they are independent of each other. Rihner will discuss how to become a bird-watcher, the types of local birds and local places to watch for birds, how to become involved in local bird-watching organizations, and in general, how to be supportive of the environment of birds and other creatures.
GENEALOGY: Sal Serio, curator of the American Italian Research Library at the East Bank Regional Library in Metairie, will discuss “Introduction to Family Research and Different Types of Forms Used” at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
DIABETES EDUCATION: Alexandria Beranger, a New Orleans physician who specializes in internal medicine, will discuss diabetes self-management skills at 10 a.m. on Thursday at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. During this presentation, Beranger will discuss the basics of diabetes knowledge.
MUSIC IN THE AIR: Russell Palmer and Crossroads will perform a free concert at 1 p.m. Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The four-piece band performs a range of music, from Elvis to Frank Sinatra.
HISTORY OF WOMEN WRITERS: Anne Boyd Rioux, Ph.D., an English professor at the University of New Orleans and a Fellow, Women’s and Gender Studies, National Endowment for the Humanities, will discuss “Why the History of Women Writers Matters” at 7 p.m., on Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Rioux recently completed the first book-length biography of the author Constance Fenimore Woolson, bringing her out of the shadow of her friend, Henry James. Woolson (1840–1894), who contributed to James’ conception of his heroine Isabelle Archer in “The Portrait of a Lady,” was one of the most accomplished American writers of the 19th century.
FLAG-WAVERS ARE BACK: The Sansepolcro Flag-Wavers, a group of drummers, trumpeters and flag-wavers from the Tuscan region of Italy, will perform at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The art of flag-throwing dates to medieval guilds (mainly in Italy). A guild’s banner or flag was considered a symbol of purity, and as such it was not allowed to touch the ground.
HOME OWNERSHIP: The Neighborhood Assistance Corp. of America will conduct a home ownership class at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, Metairie. NACA is a nonprofit, community advocacy and homeownership organization. Its goal is to build strong, healthy neighborhoods in urban and rural areas nationwide through affordable homeownership.
DAYLILY HYBRIDIZATION: Henry Bradford, Ph.D., a retired microbiologist who lives on the north shore, will present “Christmas is When?” at the next meeting of the Southeast Louisiana Daylily Society, at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Bradford will discuss the hybridizing efforts he and his wife, Patty, undertake as they develop new daylilies. He will explain the basics of hybridization.
REVISING YOUR WRITING - Emily McKay, author of numerous novels, including the young adult book “The Farm,” will speak at 10 a.m. Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. McKay will discuss the art of manuscript revision. “All manuscripts need revisions,” she says. “Sometimes it’s a little nip and tuck; other times it’s a full organ transplant, heart, lungs and all. Every book can be saved.” McKay will guide writers through all levels of revisions, from minor tweaks to major overhauls, and she says she’ll cover tips to deal with the stages of revision grief.
CLAUDE TREME AND HIS FAUBOURG: Casey Stuart, a local preservationist, discusses Claude Treme and the neighborhood that bears his name at 7 p.m. Monday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Treme is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city, and early in the city’s history was the main neighborhood for free people of color. Historically a racially mixed neighborhood, it remains an important center of the city’s African-American and Creole culture, especially the modern brass band tradition.
FINDING SUCCESS: Rick Landry, Ph.D., a psychologist, clinical hypnotherapist, motivational speaker and counselor in New Orleans, will discuss the concept of “Success in Life” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. “The reason why most people never have what they desire is that they focus on what it is they do not want,” he says. “When they understand how the mind works, anyone can have it all, if they are willing to change their thought processes.” Landry is a member of the International Association of Counselors and Therapists. He is a member and president of the Louisiana Hypnotherapy Organization.
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 http://www.jplibrary.net/ or friend the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.