The Jefferson Parish Library’s fifth annual Genealogy Fair, featuring representatives from the genealogical and heritage societies from the greater New Orleans area, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
The featured speaker, Sal Serio, curator of the American Italian Research Center at the East Bank Regional Library, will discuss how to conduct basic cemetery research at 11 a.m.
The fair will feature display tables staffed by genealogical organizations including the Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans, the Jefferson Genealogy Society and the West Bank Genealogy Society. Also present will be lineage organizations such as the Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Colonial Dames and United States Daughters of 1812.
Linda Gordy, the new librarian in the Special Collections area of the East Bank Regional Library, will be on hand to talk about library resources.
The genealogy fair is held in conjunction with National Family History Month, established in 2003 and recognized by the U.S. Senate that year. In doing so, the Senate was encouraging Americans to set aside time for family history research and education. When President George W. Bush signed the proclamation in support of Family History Month, he said, “Lessons in family lineage are often lessons in courage, endurance and love. While tracing our roots can be challenging, the rewards can be great, affirming our pride in our history and keeping us mindful of the sacrifices of our forebears.”
GENEALOGY CLASS: Sal Serio will present the final two sessions of his popular genealogy course at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. They are: “Irish Research” at 1 p.m. with guest speaker Marguerite Scully; and “How Genealogy and Family Research Solved a 70-Year-Old World War II Mystery” at 2:30 p.m.
KEN VECA BIG BAND: The 14-member Ken Veca Big Band will perform the classics of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller at 1 p.m. Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.
NUTRITION CLASS: Karen Walker, nutrition agent with the Jefferson Parish office of the LSU AgCenter, is presenting seven nutrition classes in which she prepares seasonal dishes and talks about healthful eating. She will discuss the role of physical activity at 7 p.m. Thursday at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. The demonstration involves making “fun fruit salad.”
SKYWARN CLASS: The National Weather Service will present a Skywarn class at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie. Skywarn is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe-weather spotters who help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service. Since the program started in the 1970s, the information provided by Skywarn spotters, coupled with Doppler radar technology, improved satellite and other data, has enabled NWS to issue more timely and accurate warnings for tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and flash floods.
DON’T TALK ABOUT ME WHEN I’M GONE: John Pope has written obituaries throughout his 44-year career in journalism. He will talk about some of his subjects in his new book, “Getting Off at Elysian Fields, Obituaries from the New Orleans Times-Picayune,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, Metairie. Included in the book is the doctor who used his plasma to make his flowers grow and the philanthropist who took money she had put aside for a fur coat to underwrite the lawsuit that desegregated Tulane University. A letter carrier everyone loved turned out to have been a spy during World War II, and a fledgling lawyer changed his lifelong thoughts about race when he saw blind people going into a Christmas party through separate doors: one for white people and another for African-Americans. This event is co-sponsored by the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.
Programs at the library are free of charge. For more information, go to www.jplibrary.net or friend the library on Facebook.