Join the Rowayton Library in celebrating local author Ava Roosevelt and her debut novel "The Racing Heart" with a wine and cheese reception and book discussion on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. Roosevelt, the widow of William Donner Roosevelt, FDR's grandson, is a former columnist and feature writer for the Palm Beach Journal and also Cavallino Magazine, which specializes in financial and motor racing matters. She studied French literature at La Sorbonne in Paris and creative writing at Columbia University. She worked for an international intelligence company, The Fairfax Group, based in the Washington, D.C. area, headed by the internationally-recognized counter-terrorism expert, Michael J. Hershman. She currently divides her time between Palm Beach, Fla. and Wilson Point. The 24 Hours of Le Mans, the pinnacle of automotive racing, serves as the backdrop for Roosevelt's debut novel. Stir in a Middle East terrorist plot to take out the president of the United States, a few torrid one-night stands and one love story, and there is enough to keep the reader turning the pages. The reluctant heroine is supermodel TygreTopolska. Multiple copies of the book are available at the library for patrons to borrow. Reservations are requested. Call 203-838-5038.
Win a dollhouse made locally
Everyone is invited at 3 p.m. today to visit the Fairfield County Bank in Rowayton for a celebration and drawing for the library's dollhouse raffle. Refreshments will be served. The handcrafted custom-made dollhouse was built by local resident Robert Ready. The dollhouse is currently on display in the library's picture window. Fill out a free ticket at the library, Fairfield County Bank (Rowayton), the Rowayton Market, the Rowayton Wine Shop or the Rowayton Arts Center to enter. For information, visit dollhouse.rowayton.org.
Volunteers needed for nativity pageant
Please join all of Rowayton at the 49th annual RCA Nativity Pageant on Saturday at 6 p.m. The lead players are: Mary will be played by Claire Morrow, Joseph by Aquiles (Aqui) Diamandis, Special Angel by Isabella Fortuna, and the Lead Townsperson (and Joseph understudy) by Billy Begos. Adult volunteers are needed to assist with pageant set-up and take-down, leading the different student groups, portraying townspeople and singing in the choir. Children volunteers are needed to fill the various roles; from townspeople to shepherds to angels, and everything in between. Gather your family and friends, and come out to witness an uplifting performance by our own Rowayton residents. If you're interested in volunteering or for information, contact Greg Saumat- email@example.com.
Bartender extraordinaire Joseph G. Hamboussi -- of Sails Restaurant fame -- will reprise his workshop Cocktails 101 in time for the holidays. The program, "Creating Your Holiday Signature Cocktail," takes place today at 7 p.m. at the Rowayton Library. Reservations are a must. The program is designed to entice the novice to explore both new and familiar flavors in the "science" of mixology. He has held managerial positions with several New York City restaurants as well as many prominent chefs. He was the demonstration chef for Bobby Flay on the "Boy Meets Grill" book tour. He also trained and cooked with celebrity chefs Vinnie Scotto and Patricio Sandoval. This program is free. Attendees must be 21 years or older.
Library to screen `Ice Age' sequel
The Rowayton Parents Exchange is partnering with the Rowayton Library with MovieTime for Kids on Saturday at 2 p.m. with the new "Ice Age: Continental Drift." History's greatest heroes return for the most outrageously funny and entertaining Ice Age adventure in two million years. When Scrat's acorn antics cause a cataclysmic crack-up, Manny (Ray Romano), Sid (John Leguizamo) and Diego (Denis Leary) go where no herd has gone before - on a high-seas quest aboard a floating iceberg. But a menagerie of misfit pirates are determined to shiver their timbers and capsize their journey home. Popcorn will be served. The movie is rated PG. This program is free and open to the public.
`A Victorian Christmas'
The Rowayton Historical Society's holiday exhibit will be open the next two Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. due to the overwhelming popularity of last week's open house. "A Victorian Christmas in Rowayton" is the featured exhibit, including Brian Kammerer's spectacular model trains. Come and see a miniature Victorian village, an idyllic winter scene when the railroad was bringing loved ones home to celebrate the holidays. Kammerer has expanded his train layouts this year, including a brand new Thomas the Tank Engine train.
Open Chantey Sing
Seasonal songs will be added to this month's Open Chantey Sing at the Rowayton Arts Center from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Join the fun and sing along or enjoy listening during this special event in RAC's second floor studio. The $5 donation includes refreshments. This musical celebration of nautical and maritime history is led by Deirdre Murtha of The Johnson Girls, her husband Sean and special guests from New York and throughout Connecticut.
Hope lights lives
All of Rowayton will glow with candlelight on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 5 p.m. as residents light luminaries along their property to demonstrate support for those who are coping with a critical illness, the loss of a loved one, or some other life-altering circumstance. This will be the 14th year that our community has participated in this event created by the Center for Hope, a Family Centers program. This is one of the largest fundraisers benefiting the Center for Hope and the Den for Grieving Kids. Order forms for luminary kits are be available online at www.CenterForHope.org. For information, contact Aleksa Lazarewicz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fire Department gives safety tips
Norwalk's Department of Emergency Management has issued the following tips on behalf of the Rowayton Volunteer Fire Department:
Picking the tree: If you have an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled, certified or identified by the manufacturer as fire-retardant. If you choose a live tree, choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.
Placing the tree: Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1 to 2 inches from the base of the trunk. Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights. Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit. Add water to the tree stand for fresh trees. Be sure to add water daily.
Lighting the tree: Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both. Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Never use lit candles to decorate the tree. Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.
Get to the `Scene
of the Crime'
The library will be holding its last session of the bookgroup "Scene of the Crime," Wednesday at 7 p.m. and the book is "Smilla's Sense of Snow" by Peter Hoeg Pick up a copy at the Circulation Desk. What mystery reader does not feel at home in the familiar surroundings of 221B Baker St. or strolling the village streets of St. Mary Mead? And who has not sensed the perils of the mean streets of Chandler's Los Angeles or Paretsky's Chicago? Setting has marked importance in many mystery novels. This series looks at novels in some less familiar settings, both geographical and cultural. In many cases the writers have used the settings to create mood, to affect plot, to illuminate characters and to highlight thematic concerns. Diana Loevy will lead discussions. Refreshments will be served.
It's a PJ party
On Thursday at 7 p.m., children of all ages are invited to come to the library -- in pajamas -- with a stuffed animal friend or two and blanket -- for holiday stories and hot chocolate and cookies. Lot Therrio is the storyteller.
Thank you from the Gardeners
Rowayton Gardeners offers their heartfelt thanks to the community for supporting their annual Christmas Market. The profits from the fundraiser benefit and strengthen Rowayton Gardeners' award-winning beautification projects, environmental education and other noteworthy "green" programs. The group's Christmas Market Committee headed by Frani Taylor, Brenda Ashooh and Nancy Schlater thank all the members who helped make this annual event such an overwhelming success.
Events to note
The Rowayton Library is asking you to help fight hunger during this holiday season by donating a can of soup or two. Food collected during this campaign will be given to Person-to-Person. Other items to donate include peanut butter, jelly, oatmeal, dry cereal, juice in plastic bottles, juice boxes, Jell-O, coffee, boxed tea bags, canned meat, saltines, canned tuna, canned spaghetti and ravioli.
Holiday gifts galore at the Rowayton Arts Center. New items are added weekly. The hours are Saturdays, from noon to 5 p.m.; Sundays and Tuesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m.; and Monday, Dec. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Rowayton Post Office is now accepting letters addressed to Santa Claus. A special mailbox has been installed inside the post office on Rowayton Avenue just for those special delivery letters. To ensure Santa receives your letter on time, place them in this special mailbox or mail them to: Santa Claus, c/o The Rowayton Post Office, Rowayton CT 06853 before Dec. 21. Make sure you include your name and address (clearly written) in your letter. Santa will respond to as many letters as possible.
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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.