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Samantha Scibilia holds a kitten at a session last summer at the East Bank Regional Library. This year's classes begin June 13.

Interact with playful kittens while doing some stretching in a yoga class from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 13 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

This event will be repeated three more times during the summer: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on June 27, July 11 and 25.

Each free session is open to patrons 12 years and older.?

All of the kittens — which run and frolic through the room while a yoga session plays on the screen — are available to meet and great and are available for adoption. The kittens are from the Jefferson Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Unable to adopt? Consider donating needed supplies to help the SPCA and JPAWS care for animals in need. Visit?www.jeffersonspca.org?to see its Wishlist.

HOOP TRAINING:?Classes on hoop dancing — a serious exercise regimen based on using the Hula Hoop many people played with as children — will begin at 6:30 p.m. June 13 and run for six weeks — June 20 and 27, and July 11, 18, and 25, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

The beginner-level sessions are free, but register at the Jefferson Parish website.

Classes are taught by Jennette Ginsburg, who has more than 15 years experience teaching hooping. She says the exercise builds care strength, and improves flexibility and balance.

Students will learn to keep the hoop spinning around their waists and other ways to move the hoop using their hands. Special handmade hoops that are bigger and easier to use will be provided.

MOVIE NIGHT: “Panic in the Streets,” a 1950 American film noir medical drama/thriller directed by Elia Kazan, was filmed exclusively on location in New Orleans. It features numerous scenes around the city and along the Mississippi and shows New Orleans residents in speaking and nonspeaking roles.

MOONSTRUCK: Clariza Kern, of the?Pontchartrain Astronomy Society, will give a presentation titled "Wonders of the Moon" at 7 p.m. June 19 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

The society is a nonprofit astronomy club whose members promote an understanding and appreciation of astronomy in our community, sharing their time and telescopes to engage the public with unique astronomy experiences.

WRITER'S CLINIC: Allison Alsup and Annell Lopez are the featured speakers for the June Saturday Writers Clinic, beginning at 9:30 a.m. June 15 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

Allsup will discuss “Setting as Character: Leveraging Place in Your Writing” at 9:30 a.m. Participants will dig deep into the craft of setting, finding fresh insights as well as actionable strategies for getting the most out of this narrative essential.

Lopez will discuss the characteristics of flash fiction and read and discuss some works before diving into the writing portion of the session.

FOR GARDENERS: A number of gardening groups meet at the East Bank Regional Library,?4747 W. Napoleon Ave. in Metairie.

  • Day lilies — 9:30 a.m. June 15
  • New Orleans Hibiscus Society — 1 p.m. June 23
  • LSU AgCenter Master Gardeners — 6:30 p.m. June 24
  • Greater New Orleans Iris Society — 9:30 a.m. June 29

ARABI-ISRAELI WARS: Cyril Lagvanec, Ph.D., will give a lecture about the history of the Arab-Israeli Wars of 1948-73 at 7 p.m. June 18 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

Lagvanec will give the audience an understanding of the origins of today's conflict, but will not go into any detail about current fighting. He is the curator of the American-Italian Research Library.

FINANCIAL LITERACY: Tom Meyer, a chartered retirement planning counselor and volunteer financial professional who is a regional speaker with the Association of Financial Educators, will lead two sessions on Individual Retirement Accounts.

IRAs are tax-advantaged retirement savings accounts that can help your retirement savings grow faster than a traditional savings or investment account. They can offer tax benefits such as tax-deferred growth or income tax-free growth.

The talk will take place twice: at 6:30 p.m. June 19 at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, and then again at?6:30 p.m. June 25 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.

SUMMER FUN: Summer Reading Program events coming up at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, include:

  • 2 to 4 p.m. June 12 — Cosplay, fantasy-themed
  • 2 to 4 p.m. June 13 — Teens make rainbow wall hangers
  • 5 to 8 p.m. June 13 — Teen game day
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 15 — Camp Half Blood training day
  • 11 a.m. to noon June 17 — Frank and Tammy’s Magic Show
  • 2 to 3 p.m. June 17 — Summer STEAM (slime)
  • 3 to 5 p.m. June 17 — NOLA Games on Wheels video game truck
  • 2 to 4 p.m. June 18 — Teens make bread in a bag
  • 2 to 4 p.m. June 20 — Teens make anime glass painting

Events at other East Bank libraries include:

  • 3 to 4 p.m. June 13 — Nature on the Geaux, Lakeshore Library, 1000 W. Esplanade, Metairie.
  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 17 — Storytelling with Mama Saba, Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Road.
  • 3 to 4 p.m. June 17 - Frank and Tammy’s Magic Show, Rosedale Library, 4036 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson.
  • 2 to 3 p.m. June 18 - Miss Vee with Stories for You and Me, Harahan Library, 219 Soniat Ave., Metairie.
  • 11 a.m. to noon June 19 — Frank and Tammy’s Magic Show, North Kenner Library, 630 W. Esplanade, Kenner.
  • 2 to 3 p.m. June 19 — Ms. Vee with Stories for You and Me, Wagner Library, 6646 Riverside Drive, Metairie.

Events at the West Bank Regional Library, 2571 Manhattan, Harvey, include:

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 13 — Nature on the Geaux
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 15 — Teen craft: stellar constellation viewer
  • All day, June 16 — Craft, hand-print flower
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 17 — Teen craft — compass necklace
  • 2 to 3 p.m. June 18 — Pokemon Training Camp
  • 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. June 19 — State parks animal program
  • 12:30 to 4 p.m. June 20 — Teen movie
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 20 — Video Game Club

Events at other West Bank libraries include:

  • 11 a.m. to noon June 12 — Westwego Fire Department, Westwego Library, 635 Fourth St., Westwego.
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 13?— Reptile Dave, Lafitte Library, 4917 City Park Drive, Lafitte.
  • 11 a.m. to noon June 17?— Nature on the Geaux, Belle Terre Library, 5550 Belle Terre, Marrero.
  • 2 to 3 p.m. June 17 — Nature on the Geaux, Westwego Library, 635 Fourth St., Westwego.
  • 2 to 3 p.m. June 18?— Porta-Puppet Players present “Cooking with the Frog Princess,” Gretna Library, 102 Willow Drive, Gretna.

Patrons can sign up for summer reading anytime until July 31 at any Jefferson Parish Library location.

Chris Smith is manager of adult programming at the Jefferson Parish Public Library.