Karen Marie Walker Jones, nutrition agent with the Jefferson Parish office of the LSU AgCenter, will lead a series of five nutrition classes in January and February at the North Kenner Library, 630 W. Esplanade Ave.
Walker Jones says that it’s easy to learn that healthy eating is easy and delicious.
“You are what you eat, so invest in yourself by including more vegetables, whole grains, lower fat and salty foods and include regular exercise to keep your heart strong and body feeling good,” she said.
Classes are at 3 p.m. on consecutive Wednesdays. Dates and topics are:
JAN. 10: Make half your plate fruits and veggies. Demonstration: Rise and shine cobbler
JAN. 17: Vary your protein. Demonstration: Quinoa and black bean salad
JAN. 24: Food safety and healthy home. Demonstration: Fun fruit salad
JAN. 31: Make half your grains whole grains. Demonstration: My plate wrap
FEB. 7: Calcium and dairy. Demonstration: Lite banana pudding
WWII DISCUSSION GROUP: Ronald J. Drez, a local historian and author, will discuss his new book, "Predicting Pearl Harbor: Billy Mitchell and the Path to War," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
Drez takes readers through the early history of U.S-Japan relations, recounts Gen. Billy Mitchell's fight for more U.S. air power and his predictions of a future war with the Japanese. Scorned and ridiculed, he is ultimately court martialed. His trial is eye-opening for the public.
Drez is a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam war and a former Marines captain. He is president of Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours, having served both as friend and associate of the late historian. He has written many articles for military history magazines, and is a contributing author and editor to the Encyclopedia Britannica website for its Normandy feature.
TECHNOLOGY TO THE RESCUE: Krewe de Tech, formerly the Computer Club of New Orleans, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
The group helps people take advantage of everything personal computer technology can do to improve lives. Whether you have a smartphone, laptop, tablet, desktop with local or cloud storage, Krewe de Tech has the help you need. It has monthly general meetings and special meetings where library patrons can learn.
WRITE YOUR OWN TICKET: Duane Huff, author of a new book titled "Write Your Own Ticket: Turn Your Passion into Your Profession," will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.
Huff believes anyone can write their own ticket to the life they were meant to live. He says he is living proof that it is possible, and he'd like to serve as mentor on the journey.
“I have complete disdain for the status quo,” Huff said. “I refuse to settle for average, and I believe that every person on the planet has a unique mix of gifts, strengths and talents they can and must use to design an extraordinary life.”
GO 3-D: “Discover 3D Printing” will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. This monthly lecture series is presented by knowledgeable staff from Entrescan, a local 3-D printing company. Each lecture will offer an overview of 3-D printing, its uses and applications. The state of the industry locally and more broadly also will be discussed. Demonstrations will be given using the library’s 3-D printer.
MINDFUL MEDITATION: Rolf VanAnders, a fitness coordinator and yoga instructor, will demonstrate the principles of mindfulness and yoga at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.
Learn what mindfulness meditation is, and its importance as a stress management intervention. Mindful meditation can promoterelaxation, health and wellness, productivity and heightened quality of life, with regular practice of only a few minutes a day.
All programs at the library are free and open to the public. For more information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, go to jplibrary.net or friend the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.