Karen Walker, nutrition agent with the Jefferson Parish office of the LSU AgCenter, will lead a series of nutrition classes in which she prepares seasonal dishes and talks about healthful eating.

The events occur Thursdays at 7 p.m. at the Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library, 2571 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. All sessions are free and open to the public. There is no registration.

SEPT. 24: Lesson: Make half of your plates fruits and vegetables. Demonstration: Rise and shine cobbler.

OCT. 1: Lesson: Vary your protein. Demonstration: Salmon patties.

OCT. 8: Lesson: Physical activity. Demonstration: Fun fruit salad.

OCT. 15: Lesson: Make half of your grains whole grains. Demonstration: Quinoa and vegetable stir-fry.

Oct. 22: Lesson: Calcium and dairy. Demonstration: Lite banana pudding.

OCT. 29 Lesson: Food safety and thrifty shopping. Demonstration: My Plate wrap.

GENEALOGY CLASS: Sal Serio hosts two sessions of his popular genealogy course at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. The Sept. 16 seminars focus on “Census Records: 1910 and 1920” at 1 p.m.; and “Cemeteries and Obituaries” at 2:30 p.m. The Sept. 23 sessions focus on “Immigration and Ship Manifest Records” at 1 p.m.; and “German Research” with guest speaker Earl Sundmaker at 2:30 p.m.

AMERICAN LEGION CONCERT: The members of the American Legion Post 175 Band perform a free concert for patrons at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

BEATING CANCER: Susan Horan, author of “The Single Source Cancer Course,” will present “Cancer Know How 101: 5 Powerful Tips You Can Use Today to Protect Your Health Tomorrow” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. She will cover topics from cancer prevention to cancer survival and beyond. Horan is a three-time cancer survivor with a background in law and psychology.

ARMSTRONG PARK ROSES: Leo Watermeier, a local rose expert, will discuss “The Old Roses of Armstrong Park” at the next meeting of the South East Louisiana Daylily Society at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Armstrong Park has one of the world’s largest collections of old roses that do well in warm climates, especially teas, chinas, noisettes and hybrid musks. Watermeier started the garden when he was manager of the park and has been its curator ever since.

TRADITIONAL PUBLISHING: Local agent Pamela Gray Ahearn and authors Farrah Rochon and Candice Proctor will talk about the value of traditional publishing at the monthly meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the Romance Writers of America at 10 a.m. Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The presentation will cover prestige and cachet for the author; perception, credibility and legitimacy among readers; quality control at each step of the publication process; marketing and mainstream exposure; and advances, finances and cash flow.

IRISH HERITAGE: Laura Kelley, author of “Irish New Orleans,” discusses “Hidden Histories of New Orleans: The Irish,” at the monthly meeting of the Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans at 7 p.m. Monday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. According to Kelley, New Orleans’ culture is generally thought to have been shaped mainly by the city’s French and Spanish past. This notion, however, ignores the influence of other groups including the Irish.

MEDICARE BASICS: Humana will present a “Medicare ABCs” seminar at 10 a.m. and again at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Medicare is federal health care coverage for U.S. citizens 65 and older. The focus of the seminar is to help seniors understand each of Medicare’s four parts: A, B, C and D. The same seminar will be presented at the Westwego Branch Library at 10 a.m. and again at 7 p.m. Sept. 24. That library is at 635 Fourth St., Westwego.

STRAIGHT TALK ON POSTURE: Kathy Robinson, a physical therapist, will discuss the importance of good posture at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. The session immediately follows the library’s meditation series led by oncologist Rishikesh Chavan, which begins at 2 p.m.

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 www.jplibrary.net or friend the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.