River Views: River Parishes to celebrate Independence Day on July 3 _lowres

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

The St. Charles Parish Library is offering beginning robotics workshops for children and teens this fall using LEGO Mindstorms and LEGO Education WeDo robotics kits. Two sets of workshops, one for children in grades three through five and one for teens in grades six through 12, will begin the week of Sept. 14 at the East Regional Library, 160 W. Campus Drive, Destrehan. Participants will meet once a week for four weeks and must commit to attend all four sessions. Register through the library’s online event calendar at www.myscpl.org or by calling (985) 764-2366. Registration is required.

A drop-in robotics workshops for children ages 8 and up will be held monthly at the West Regional Library, 105 Lakewood Drive, Luling, and the Paradis branch, 307 Audubon St.

Get cooking

The first meeting of a new monthly Cookbook Book Club will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at the Paradis library branch, 307 Audubon St. Each month, library staff will choose several cookbooks on a certain theme or type of cuisine and club participants will vote on one cookbook. Everyone will choose a recipe from the cookbook and prepare it for the following meeting. For information about the Cookbook Book Club, call the staff at the Paradis branch, (985) 758-1868.

Also, cookbook author Patrice Keller Kononchek will discuss her book, “In A While, Crocodile: New Orleans Slow-Cooker Recipes,” at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at the Norco Branch, 197 Good Hope St. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. To register for this cookbook event, call the staff at the Norco branch, (985) 764-6581 or visit the library’s online event calendar at www.myscpl.org.

Online health class

Cynthia Clifton, LSU AgCenter associate extension and nutrition agent for St. John the Baptist Parish, invites residents to join her in an online health and wellness class. Kansas State University is offering the free six-week online course, Health and Wellness 101. Participants can complete the course on their own schedule and have access to weekly real-time chats with a registered dietitian. Participants will learn how to lower risk for diseases such as heart diseases, diabetes, stroke and cancer; eat more healthfully; include physical activity in everyday life; manage stress; read and understand food labels; and develop healthy sleeping habits. The first class starts Sept. 14. To register visit global.k-state.edu/healthforyou.

Chorus looking for voices

The Community Chorus of the River Parishes is looking for new members to begin its 2015 Christmas season. The chorus, directed by Brian Martinez Jr., is open to all, from middle school age through adults. Four concerts are usually performed each season, two each in December and April/May. Rehearsals are held on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lakewood Elementary School, 501 E. Heather Drive, Luling. No auditions or experience is necessary. For information, call (985) 652-0162, or email ccrpsings@gmail.com.

Garyville bridal show

A bridal show reception will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the newly air-conditioned Sugar Mill Pavilion at San Francisco Plantation on River Road in Garyville. Registration is required by emailing sanfran2@rtconline.com or calling (985) 535-2341.