ROUNDUP: Brentwood Library to hold history of guitars, banjos program, LEGO Mania! and more this week

ROUNDUP: Brentwood Library to hold history of guitars, banjos program, LEGO Mania! and more this week


The John P. Holt Brentwood Library has a variety of programs for the week of Aug. 12-18 including programs focused on music, exercise, arts and crafts and food tastings.  Check out the details below:


A Core Flex & Resistance class will be held on Monday where participants will train for improvements in everyday real-life activities. This  specialty class will use hand weights, bands and medicine balls and functional movement patterns such as twisting, bending, pushing, pulling, lunging and squatting in fun and creative ways. The 10 a.m. class has a $5 fee with online registration.


Tuesday will see the Kids’ Make program give participants aged 7-12 explore new tools, fine motor skills, creative problem solving and self-directed play with art supplies, recyclables and of course their imagination. The program begins at 4:30 p.m., is free and registration is required.


Dori from Whole Foods Market will hold a free program on Wednesday at 1 p.m. with recipe demonstrations and tastings. Registration for the event is required and available online.

Chalk Art 101 will take place at 3:30 p.m. where participants will learn beginning skills including how to make a chalkboard, what supplies you’ll need, basic lettering techniques and tips and tricks to go forward. The class will have a $5 fee and registration is available online. The library will provide chalk and chalkboard for the class.


A free Pickled Foods Tasting will take place at 1 p.m. with registration available online. This is one event in the library’s series of tastings that are a great place to come for informal snacks and conversation.

At 6:30 p.m. the library will present their featured event History of Vintage 4-String Guitars and Banjos. The event will see Folklorist Dr. Fred Frawley share songs and stories about 4-string tenor instruments featuring his vintage tenor banjos and guitars. From 1848 Stephen Foster’s “Oh! Susanna” and the Minstrel show era to the Folk Music Revival of the ’50s and ’60s, learn the history behind the songs and sing along with Fred. The program is free with registration available online. 


Feldenkrais: Movement for Comfort and Ease will take place on Friday at 10:30 a.m. where participants will Explore and discover how contraction and relaxation of the orbital muscles like the eye and mouth affect the movement in other parts of your body. The class will have a $10 fee with registration available online. 

LEGO Mania! will take place at 4:30 p.m. where participants are encouraged to unleash their creativity in a fun filled afternoon of building their own designs. The free event is open to children aged 5-12 and registration is available online. Any children 5 or under must have adult/parent supervision. The library will provide the LEGOs.


Cross Stitch and Talk will take place at 10 a.m. where participants can gather together to stitch and talk about the craft, with a raffle at 1 p.m. Participants should bring WIP(s) to work on and any stash they would like to donate to a future raffle. The may also bring a snack to share, although it is optional. The program is free with registration available online.


The Teen Game Club will meet from 2-5 p.m. where children aged 12-18 can play a variety of card, board and table-top games including Dungeons and Dragons in the Learning Lab. A variety of games will be provided by the library. The free program does not require registration.

Gentle Yoga will be held on Sunday at 3 p.m. with the goal of facilitating flexibility, strength, stamina, balance and a focus on proper breathing techniques.  Joy will suggest modifications to poses to accommodate “every body.” The all-level class has a $5 fee with online registration.

The John P. Holt Brentwood Library is located at 8109 Concord Road. More information about the library and programs can be found at


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