Vincent P. Caire, author of a new book titled “Louisiana Aviation, An Extraordinary History in Photographs,” will discuss the history of Louisiana aviation at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
At the beginning of the 20th century, aviation presented daredevils, businessmen, politicians and engineers with a new form of transportation. Louisiana entrepreneurs and pilots proved instrumental in ushering in the Golden Age of Aviation. They advanced aircraft design, revolutionized aerial crop dusting, pioneered airmail routes, pushed the limits of stunt flying and entertained spectators with air races.
Caire will explain how the efforts of Sen. Huey P. Long and Harry P. Williams, co-owner of the Wedell-Williams Air Service in Patterson, influenced the development of viable airmail routes throughout the southeastern United States. He also will discuss the first modern, multi-operational passenger terminal in the nation — Shushan Airport in New Orleans.
Caire is a licensed pilot who has written for Air and Space Smithsonian magazine and Aviation International News, among other publications. He wrote and produced the public television documentary film “Sky Riders: Louisiana’s Aviation Pioneers.”
‘THE WAR OF THE WORLDS’: The SciFi and Fantasy Club of the Old Metairie Branch Library meets at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at 2350 Metairie Road, Metairie. The group will discuss the “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast, an episode of the American radio drama anthology series, “The Mercury Theatre on the Air.” It was performed as a Halloween episode of the series on Oct. 30, 1938, and aired on the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network. Directed and narrated by Orson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel “The War of the Worlds” (1898). It became famous because it was said to have caused mass panic, although this is disputed because the program had relatively few listeners.
ANYONE CAN WHISTLE: Terry Rappold, a two-time whistling International Grand Champion, will talk about whistling and whistling competitions at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Rappold will discuss whistling as a form of communication, its use in sport and superstitions associated with whistling. He will whistle, and he will help others who have “whistling issues.” Rappold has won almost two dozen whistling awards in international competitions, including being named Grand Champion, Men’s Division, in 2007 and 2011 at the International Whistlers Convention.
SENIOR ART SHOW: The West Bank Art Guild holds its annual Art Show for Seniors this weekend at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. The show is open to those 50 years of age and older. There are two categories: amateur and professional. Entry is free; artists just drop off their artwork from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. Artwork is displayed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Judges rate the artwork and give out ribbons from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
EAT HEALTHY SEMINAR: Karen Walker, nutrition agent with the Jefferson Parish office of the LSU AgCenter, kicks off a series of six sessions about the importance of good nutrition at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, at the Lakeshore Branch Library, 1000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie. This lesson is “Varying Your Protein.” The food demonstration involves making salmon patties.
LIVE OAK BRANCH REOPENS: The Live Oak Branch Library, located at 125 Acadia Drive in Waggaman, has been reopened following renovations. Interior upgrades include new carpet, a new ceiling with updated LED lighting, updated library furniture, and new paint and fixtures. A new layout complements the newly installed windows. External renovations that do not impede customer traffic will continue in upcoming weeks. Library hours are noon to 8 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
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.