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Holiday Singalong at The Green Bean Saturday

Bring your kids to hear family folk music and try their hand at musical instruments.

The Green Bean, Eagle Rock’s only community-centered resale/retail store focused on children, is hosting its annual holiday singalong today, Saturday, at 11 a.m.

Co-owner Traci Green will lead The Hollow Trees, a self-described “folk music for families” group, along with Gregory Hollow Tree. They’ll play all your favorite holiday tunes.

At 12 noon, a couple of very special guests will arrive—especially for the kids: Fluffy and Rex, beloved residents of the Audubon Center at Debs Park, Northeast L.A.’s premier environmental education and conservation center. (Full disclosure: Fluffy is a gofer snake and Rex is a king python—but your kids are going to love them, especially if they’ve already been exposed to reptiles at some school program.)

Escorting Fluffy and Rex will be Patty Sun, one the Audubon Center’s most popular educators and naturalists, who runs the organization’s annual summer camp.

The Green Bean’s high-quality toy shop section will feature a variety of children’s toys and bicycles. And now that the store also has a music section (since the past six months or so), those inspired by the sing-along can try their hand at ukuleles and drums and percussion instruments from around the world onstage.

While there’s no pressure to purchase anything, it’s a good idea to be aware that the holiday season is a great time to invest in musical instruments, especially for those who have always wanted to learn one.

“The whole thinking behind these very nice instruments is teaching your kids to give respect to musical instruments by putting them in a special place or hanging them on the wall,” says Traci. “So when kids want to play with an instrument, they know that they have to ask for it. And when they’re done with it, they get to put it back in that special place.”

The point behind such rituals, adds Traci, is that “kids get to hang onto musical instruments, which might become something that’s passed down in the family.”

Holiday Singalong at The Green Bean, 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 22, 5060 Eagle Rock Blvd.

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