The Rowayton Arts Center will present art classes, "Painting Principles for all Levels," with Karl Soderlund starting on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for six sessions. Participants will learn ways to build upon artistic talents and all levels are welcome. This course will detail every aspect in creating a finished painting while further developing individual skills. All areas of the painting process will be demonstrated and there will be individual guidance as students develop their unique artistic voice -- from lighting, composition and color to types of brushes and canvases to use. Instruction and critiques are given every day covering information on every phase of a painting. Soderlund has been an artist his entire life and is well known for his portraits, seascapes and landscapes. You can find his work hanging in more than 250 public and private collections, including Interpublic Companies, Merrill Lynch, Pepsi-Cola and the Heisman Trophy portrait collection. His paintings have been shown in many galleries, as well as featured on television and in magazines and newspapers. For more information, contact the Rowayton Arts Center at 203-866-2744 or visit www.rowaytonartscenter.org.
Saturdays at Sotheby's
William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty salutes local artists, authors, entrepreneurs and philanthropic organizations in an open-house-style format at its Rowayton office, 147 Rowayton Ave. On view through Sunday, Aug. 26, will be the work of local artist Margo Reynolds Packer, and there will be a reception for Packer on Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend. Packer earned a bacherlor's degree at Simmons College in Boston. She attended art courses while at Simmons, and also at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and FIT in New York. She has studied at Silvermine Arts Guild with Nancy McTague Stock and at Rowayton Arts Center with Charles Ray. She is a member of the Rowayton Arts Center, New Canaan Society for the Arts and the Stamford Art Association. Her installation includes digital photos, monotypes and paintings. For information and/or a schedule of what else is planned for future Saturdays, contact William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty at 203-838-2190 or email Gigi Melillo at email@example.com.
Library to show `Finding Nemo'
The Rowayton Library will be showing "Finding Nemo" (rated G) at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, as part of its Rainy Friday Movie Time series. Popcorn will be served. See what movies are upcoming at the Rowayton Library's website, www.Rowayton.org.
Blues under blue skies
On Sunday, Aug. 26, spend a late summer's afternoon in Pinkney Park with legendary blues band Roomful of Blues, courtesy of the Rowayton Civic Association and its sponsors. The band will perform at 5:30 p.m. To find out about future performances, visit www.rowaytonct.com.
Be a soldier for a day
On Saturday, Sept. 15, Rowayton's Pinkney Park on the banks of the Five Mile River will be transformed into a Civil War encampment. Join the Rowayton Historical Society from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is free. To be a "soldier for a day," the cost is $35 in advance, $45 at the door for children 6 and up. Children who sign up will receive a Union kepi and "musket," practice drills and enjoy a soldier's meal. Soldiers from the 20th Connecticut and other Connecticut Civil War regiments will set up a Union camp in Pinkney Park, and there will be activities for children and adults, as well as food, music, art and a Civil War "cannon" firing into the river. At 3 p.m., Civil War author Blaikie Hines will give a special talk on the life of a Union soldier. To register and or to get information, contact the RHS at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203 831-1036. The event is sponsored in part by Fairfield County Bank.
Annual swim races back at Bayley Beach
Celebrate the end of the summer season with the Rowayton Civic Association's annual Arthur J. Ladrigan Swim Races and Family Fun Day at Bayley Beach on Sept. 2. Sign-ups for the one-mile race will be conducted online this year at www.rowaytonct.com. This is an event compromised of three races: A one-mile Lighthouse Race, a quarter-mile Buoy Race and the Children's Swim. This year, the children's races will kick off the event at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Lighthouse Race at 1 p.m. All are invited to join in the beach games, tug-of-war, pie-eating contest and limbo contest free of charge. All one-mile swimmers must have a kayak escort.
With growing participation there is need to have more volunteers present and more safety measures in place. For this reason there will be a $20 entrance fee for each swimmer/kayak team. For information or to volunteer, contact Ted Hildner or Barbara Yallop at 203-273-1526.
Take a road trip with Goodwives Quilters
Come experience the true art and craft of quilting at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XIX in Oaks, Pa., Sept. 13 alongside the Goodwives Quilters. See the more than 600 quilts and textile arts on display. There will be free demos, workshops, lectures, and a Merchants Mall with more than 200 booths. The group will be leaving the Rowayton Community Center at 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 13 and return at approximately 8 p.m. Reservations are required. The bus ride and admission to the show costs $68. For information, contact Charlotte Sunman at 203-259-4077.
Rowayton Day offered at SoNo Ice House
Everyone is invited to Rowayton Day at SoNo Ice House for free skating on Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 3 to 4:50 p.m. SoNo Ice House is a state-of-the-art facility featuring two rinks: One NHL-sized rink and one training rink. SoNo Ice House employs a staff to teach and train players, skaters and athletes. Additional features include a pro shop, cafe, gym, observation area (overlooking the main and training rink), skate rental, lockers and party rooms. For more information, visit www.sonoice.com.
Rowayton's Fantasy Football League
Are you a football fan? If so, you should join the Rowayton Fantasy Football League at the library. The library will present this new program that will teach and/or improve the fantasy football skills of kids grades 6 and up. There will be a live draft on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 5 p.m. at the library. Pizza will be served. There will be an award ceremony in March.
Back to school in style
Kids are invited to decorate their notebooks and folders for school on Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. Personalize your notebook to your heart's delight. Notebooks, folders and supplies are provided. All ages are welcome.
Paying it forward
Volunteers are needed for the Rowayton Civic Association's annual Arthur J. Ladrigan Swim Races and Family Fun Day at Bayley Beach during Labor Day Weekend, Sunday, Sept. 2. To volunteer, call Ted Hildner at 273-1526. The Rowayton Library would like to thank preschool teacher, Jessie Knopp, our volunteer StoryTime Saturday morning storyteller. Come join in the fun with Knopp on most Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Other StoryTimes are Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. with library staff storytellers.
300 pounds of peanut butter still to go
The Rowayton community is asked to help fight hunger by donating jars of peanut butter and jelly through the end of summer to benefit the Christian Community Action, Norwalk Food Bank. The library's goal is to collect 500 pounds for this campaign. Please consider making a donation of a jar or two at the Rowayton Library.
New Yorker discussion group back at library
The library is bringing back its popular book club for devoted readers of The New Yorker magazine. The New Yorker Talker group will meet every other Thursday morning beginning Sept. 6 at 9:30 a.m. to talk about recent articles and cartoons in the magazine. Author Diana Loevy will be the discussion leader. Coffee and breakfast treats will be served. This program is free. Multiple copies of The New Yorker are available to get back into the swing of reading the magazine. Copies will be available each week during the program, which is made possible, in part, through a grant from the Connecticut Humanities Council.
Library to bring back antique book experts
Thanks to popular demand, the library is bringing back two antique book experts on Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. offering free book appraisals for any treasure you might find among the books on your shelf. No appointment is necessary. All appraisals are unwritten, spoken and nonbinding and are offered solely for information and not for insurance purposes. The experts are Gil Rodriguez, owner of Gilann Books in Darien, who specializes in art and illustrated books, as well as autographs; and David Greif, of Griffin Books, who is a book wrangler, specializing in buying and selling books via the Internet. This program is free and open to the public.
Laird exhibit closing
Brendan's 101 Gallery will be exhibiting the art of Dana Laird through Wednesday, Aug. 29.
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