"Alternative Visions 2013," an exhibition of abstract artwork by some of Fairfield County's finest artists, will be on display from Sunday, March 3, through Saturday, March 30, at the Rowayton Arts Center. Award-winners in all media categories will be announced during a free opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The judge is award-winning painter and printmaker Mary Louise Long, whose work has been shown at galleries and universities throughout the United States and is represented in numerous private and public collections. Long was a studio art instructor at the Montclair Art Museum and a lecturer in art and curator at Bloomfield College. Winter hours at the RAC gallery are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (closed Sunday and Monday). Admission is free. For more information, visit www.rowaytonartscenter.org or call 203-866-2744.
Lights, camera, fashion at BMHS
Come to the Brien McMahon High School Fashion Show on Friday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the school's auditorium. The show will feature fashions from local stores worn by student models. Tickets are available at the door and all proceeds benefit the 2013 Senior Class.
Gardeners plan flower show
The Rowayton Gardeners and the Rowayton Historical Society will join talents to present a National Garden Club Small Standard Flower Show at Pinkney Park's Seely-Dibble Pinkney House on Rowayton Avenue Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10. The theme for the show is "Ahoy -- Spring's Landings," and will be set inside the Rowayton Historical Society's gray shingled house, built between 1790 and 1820, which sits alongside Five Mile River. The two-day flower show will feature tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, crocuses, trees, shrubs and other plant materials in horticulture and floral designs by Rowayton Gardeners' members. The show will be judged March 9, and is free and open to the public. The hours are March 9 from 1 to 4 p.m., and March 10 from noon to 3 p.m. Master gardener June Klopfer is the chairwoman of the Flower Show.
BMHS to present `Guys and Dolls'
Brien McMahon High School's Music Department will present one of America's favorite musicals, "Guys and Dolls," begining Friday, March 15. Performances are March 15 at 8 p.m., March 16 at 2 and 8 p.m., and March 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12, $20 for VIP seat6s and $10 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the door and through http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/326526. Credit cards will be accepted with a $1 charge per ticket. To order by phone, call Patricia Hayde at 203-984-3360 or Ron Secchi at 203-852-9488, ext. 11127, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A silent auction to benefit the music department will take place at the school March 16 from 7:15 p.m. until the end of the play's intermission. Check out the auction items at www.bmhsmusical.com. In gearing up for the show, the BMHS Drama Club is looking for 13 mink stoles for "Take Back Your Mink," a key musical number in the show. If you or someone you know has an old fur or faux-fur stole or wrap that you would like to donate or loan to the cause, contact Julie Begos at 203-866-2091 or email@example.com. It would be helpful to secure these costume pieces as soon as possible.
Dr. Seuss' birthday
Come celebrate Dr. Seuss' 109th birthday at the Rowayton Library Saturday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to noon with activities all morning long, including stories, crafts, and treats for kids of any age. In the afternoon, it is LegoTime at the library from noon to 3 p.m. for kids 6 and up. This program is offered on the first Saturday of each month. This program is a Lego building/creations workshop where children can work alone or in teams and build a creation based on their imagination and the theme of the month. Throught Saturday, you are invited to have a Child Identification Card made for your child for your safekeeping. Parents can bring their children to be photographed and fingerprinted and take away Child Identification Cards for their family records. This program is sponsored by New York Life Insurance Company and no reservation is necessary. Parents or caregivers are required to stay in the library during the events for participants under the age of 8. For more information, call the Library at 203-838-5038 or visit www.Rowayton.org.
Brendan's 101 shows pet portraits
Brendan's 101 Gallery features the pet portraits of local artist Stuart Carr Weismiller through March 20. Weismiller frequently incorporates humor in her work to reflect a whimsical situation or an unspoken character trait, such as how a dog might really feel about life. Her pet portrait commissions hang in homes throughout the United States. There will be a reception for the artist at Brendan's on Saturday, March 2, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Spontaneous and joyful, subversive or amusing, play can take many forms in daily life as well as in contemporary art. Artists and anyone interested in art are invited to a free screening of the Art21 segment "Play" at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Rowayton Arts Center. "Play," an episode from the award-winning series, "Art in the 21st Century," includes profiles of artists at work and speaking in their own words -- Oliver Herring, Arturo Herrera, Jessica Stockholder and Ellen Gallagher and video artists Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler. The screening will be followed by the opening reception for "Alternative Visions" in the RAC Gallery. The screening will be in the upstairs studio. For information call 203-866-2744.
Calling all registered voters
The annual meeting of registered voters of the city of Norwalk residing within the Sixth Taxing District will Wednesday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Rowayton Community Center, 33 Highland Ave. The purpose will be to receive the report of the District Commissioners for Fiscal Year, July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. The annual budget meeting will take place immediately after. Copies of the proposed budget are available for viewing at the Rowayton Library.
What's on your ideal bookshelf?
The books that we choose to keep and display -- let alone read -- can say a lot about who we are and how we see ourselves. You are invited to the library on Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m. to share your favorite books with the community as we get ideas for our book clubs, families and friends on the books you might keep on your "Ideal Bookshelf." You are invited to a wine-and-cheese social discussion about what books define our Rowayton culture with author Page McBrier. In preparation for this event, we have an Ideal Bookshelf form at the Rowayton Library or online at bookshelf.rowayton.org. Fill in the titles of the 10 books you can't live without.
Library to show `Wreck-It Ralph'
The Rowayton Parents Exchange is partnering with the library for MovieTime for Kids with a showing of "Wreck-It Ralph" on Friday, March 8, at 3:30 p.m. The runtime is 108 minutes. "Wreck-It Ralph," from Walt Disney Animation Studios, is a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping journey. For decades, Ralph has played the bad guy in his popular video game. In a bold move, he embarks on an action-packed adventure and sets out to prove to everyone that he is a true hero with a big heart. The program is free and popcorn will be served.
Have a slice of pie with your politics
In an effort to encourage discussion between legislators and their constituents, the library is partnering with the League of Women Voters of Norwalk for "Pie and Politics," a morning of information, discussion, and pie -- actually quiche and a light breakfast -- on Saturday, March 9, at 9 a.m. This will be an opportunity for legislators to get out and meet constituents on an informal basis and talk about what their priorities are and what bills they're sponsoring, while giving our community the chance to talk about whatever concerns they have and ask questions. The event will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the library. All of the legislators representing the local districts have been invited: state Sen. Bob Duff and state Reps. Larry Cafero, Gail Lavielle, Chris Perone, Bruce Morris and Terrie Wood. Reservations are required.
Great Decisions series continues
On Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m., the Rowayton Library's Great Decisions Discussion Group topic will be Myanmar and Southeast Asia. The discussion will include thoughts on how the West has welcomed unprecedented democratic reforms made by Myanmar's government. What challenges must Myanmar overcome before it can fully join the international community? What role can it play in Southeast Asia? The Great Decisions Discussion Group meets on alternating Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Developed by the Foreign Policy Association, the program is the oldest and largest grass-roots world affairs education program of its kind in the country. Materials are provided to participants and are available at the Rowayton Library. This program is free and open to the public. The sessions are led by Erik Rambusch, adjunct professor at Norwalk Community College. Future discussion dates are March 20, April 3 and 17, and May 1.
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All events at the Rowayton Library are free and open to the public (unless otherwise noted). For more information on Rowayton Library events, call 203-838-5038 or visit www.Rowayton.org.