The Roton Middle School Parent Teacher Club will host its annual "Good Morning Pancake Breakfast" family fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the school cafeteria.
Roton students will serve homemade pancakes, including blueberry and chocolate chip pancakes, sausages, bagels, juice and coffee, while parent volunteers work the griddles during this community-building event.
Roton Middle School is located at 201 Highland Ave. Admission is $8; free for children under 5. A holiday craft will be available for children while they wait.
Proceeds from this annual fundraiser go toward Roton students' educational trips, enrichment activities, teacher wish lists and PTC initiatives.
Platform tennis season opener
There will be food, fun and free lessons for the whole family. You don't have to be a member to attend.
For the beginner, the Family Fun Day is a perfect way to check it out and for the seasoned player it's a great way to kickoff the new paddle season.
If you would like to join, or get information on men's and women's league play, lessons and the junior program, visit www.rowyatonpaddle.com.
Artists at the Bluff
The Rowayton Yacht Club is presenting an art show and open house on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Members, neighbors and friends are invited to 77 Bluff Ave. for the festivities.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Campaign for Farm Creek Preserve of the Norwalk Land Trust.
RHS chili cook-off
Do you make the best chili in town, or do you simply enjoy good chili with some cold beer and live music? Join us at the second annual RHS Chili Cook-Off. Test your mettle and prepare your favorite chili recipe the morning of Oct. 13 at Pinkney Park from 1 to 4 p.m., or come at 1 p.m. to taste and vote on your favorites. Enjoy live music by Bill Nollman, Michael Mugrage and Neil Currie. Registration fee to compete is $50. Entry charge for tastings, live music and beer is $15. To register or for information, visit www.rowaytonhistoricalsociety.org.
Gardening for kids
Carol Giunta of the Rowayton Gardeners will be leading the next session of Gardening 101 Monday, Oct. 15, at 3:30 p.m. at the library. Kids 8 and older are invited. This week kids will dissect (and eat) roots to see how they help plants. Space is limited, so email RSVP@Rowayton.org or call the Rowayton Library.
Friday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m., the library will show the movie "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel." The movie follows seven cash-strapped seniors who decide to "outsource" their retirement to a resort in far-off India. Friendship and romance blossom in the most unexpected ways. The movie is Rated PG-13 and the run time is 124 minutes. Popcorn will be served. This program is free and open to the public.
Scene of the Crime book discussion
On Oct. 17 at 7 p.m., once again, the library will be bringing to the community a favorite BookTalk for Adults: Scene of the Crime Book Discussion Series with "Willow Pattern" by Robert van Gulik. 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. Other books in the series include: Nov. 14, "A Dwarf Kingdom" by Nicolas Freeling; and Dec. 19, "Smilla's Sense of Snow" by Peter Hoeg. Refreshments will be served. Multiple copies of the books are available.
Intruder incidents to be discussed
Common Council Member David McCarthy is sponsoring a meeting of citizens with the Community Policing Unit at the Rowayton Community Center, 33 Highland Ave., on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. Deputy Chief Wrinn, Lieut. Wong-Won as well as Officer Silva will be present to discuss recent incidents of intruders attempting to gain access to homes or observing woman inside their homes. All residents are encouraged to attend and learn about these incidents as well as learn more about preventative measures and what they should do in the event they see something.
The Rowayton Underground Youth Center is an Rowayton Civic Association sponsored program held in the lower level of the Rowayton Community Center. It provides a safe and supervised venue where our middle-school kids can socialize with friends one Friday night a month, with adult chaperones.
There are board games, bingo games, cards, a pool table, air hockey and foosball. Weather permitting there are also outdoor activities such as basketball, soccer, and touch football. Sixth graders will meet one Friday night a month, and seventh/eighth graders will meet together one Friday night a month, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
A one-time registration fee of $100 for the year (Oct.-June) pays for staff as well as a pizza dinner each night.
Also, there will be two local field trips off site in the spring, and a year-end Bayley beach picnic in June. While this program is primarily for 6th taxing district residents, school friends residing outside of Rowayton are welcome to join in, but must be sponsored by a resident.
Though opening night for sixth graders has passed, you can still join. The opening night for seventh/eighth graders is Friday, Oct. 19, from 6:30 to 8:30pm. Call or email the RCA at firstname.lastname@example.org (sixth-graders) and email@example.com (seventh- and eighth-graders).
Brendan's 101 presents Vogel
Brendan's 101 Gallery presents Karen Vogel and "Time Out," now through Oct. 30. A reception will be given to celebrate her art on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Vogel pushes boundaries and explores different media and techniques with free-form, abstract associations of botanical objects and natural patterns.
Sign up for RAC's fall classes
Sign up now for fall classes and workshops at The Art School at the Rowayton Arts Center, 145 Rowayton Ave. All of RAC's instructors are award-winning artists with many years of experience. For full information and online registration visit www.rowaytonartscenter.org.
Experience the joy of writing letters
When was the last time you wrote a letter to a friend, sealed the envelope and posted it? When was the last time you received a letter?
Come enjoy a cup of hot tea and a cookie or two at the library and write a letter or two Tuesdays at 2 p.m. at the library. Choose from a selection of writing paper, fountain pens and sealing wax ... the postage is on the library.
Donations sought for art tag sale
The Rowayton Arts Center is seeking donations of items in excellent or good condition for "Arts & Ends," a sale of art and art-related items to benefit RAC programs.
Donations may include original artwork in all media, art reproductions, antique photographs, art-related books (how-to, biographies, fine art, coffee-table), crafts and art supplies/equipment (brushes, paint, pastels, stretcher bars, canvas, paper, palates, easels, drawing boards), photography equipment (cameras, tripods), frames, matting, items for youth (art games, books, materials).
Contact RAC for drop-off dates and location at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-866-2744.
The artistic tag sale will take place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 and 21, at the Rowayton Community Center, 33 Highland Ave. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rowayton Fire Station open house
Come to the Open House at the Rowayton Fire Station at 136 Rowayton Ave. on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Fire Safety Trailer will be there for families to explore and learn about having "two ways out." For information, call 203-838-1650.
The library will be handing out free smoke detector batteries free while supplies last.
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