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

The Friends of the St. Charles Library will sponsor three author events to celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week, beginning Sunday. All events will take place at the East Regional Library, 160 W. Campus Drive, Destrehan.

Mystery writer Lori Rader-Day will host an interactive two-hour mystery writing workshop at 6 p.m. Monday. Attendees will get tips for creating villains and crimes, how to build suspense into their stories and how to leave clues that will keep readers turning pages. She also will host an author talk at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Rader-Day has written two novels, “The Black Hour,” which was a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and “Little Pretty Things,” which was published in July.

New Orleans author Laura Lane McNeal will meet with the library’s book discussion group at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, to talk about her debut novel, “Dollbaby.”

The Friends of the St. Charles Library will hold a book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at the Book Nook, next to the Hahnville Branch Library, 14996 River Road. Hardback books, paperbacks, audiobooks, DVDs and CDs will be sold. Prices range from 25 cents to $1.

All St. Charles Parish Library events are free and open to the public. For information, contact Lauren Pitz at (985) 764-2366 or lauren.pitz@myscpl.org.

St. James Pumpkin Patch

The St. James Parish Pumpkin Patch is open through the end of October at the St. James Parish Welcome Center, at the corner of La. 641 and Airline Highway in Gramercy. All proceeds from the event, presented by the Lutcher/Gramercy Lions Club, benefit local schools and the community. Admission is free. Pumpkin prices vary by size.

Several events are scheduled throughout the month, along with free hay rides, a haunted house and a nature trail.

There will be a petting zoo from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, as well as performances by Yvonne’s Direction in Dance. Party with the Pumpkins, a Halloween-themed party where local businesses will hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, will be from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Children are invited to wear their costumes. A car show will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24.

The fifth annual Pumpkin Patch Classic 5K Run/Walk will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, with proceeds to benefit the Louisiana Lions League for Crippled Children and the St. James Parish Law Enforcement Torch Run. Participants are asked to register at www.itsyourrace.com. For information, call (225) 241-8357.

Fall fun in Luling

First Baptist Church of Luling, 921 Paul Maillard Road, invites the entire community to its Community Fall Fest to be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24. Admission and all food and games are free. There will be carnival-type games for children, large inflatables, hot dogs, nachos and family pictures.

Veteran images

St. Charles Parish officials are asking residents to submit pictures of local veterans in uniform to be shown at the Veterans Day luncheon to be held Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Edward A. Dufresne Community Center, 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway, Luling. Please include the veteran’s name, rank and branch of service. Only copies and scans will be accepted, no original photos. The deadline to submit a photo is Friday.

Photos may be submitted by filling out the online submission form at www.stcharlesparish-la.gov/forms, by emailing to publicinfo@stcharlesgov.net or by mailing to the Office of Public Information, P.O. Box 302, Hahnville, LA 70057.

For information, call (985) 783-5182.