Are you interested in becoming a volunteer guide for fourth-grade field trips to the Farm Creek Preserve? There will be a training and review session for experienced guides, as well as new volunteers, at the stone barn at 34 Sammis St. on Saturday, April 6, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. If you are interested, contact Tammis Lazarus at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 203-855-8530. Guides are asked to lead at least two trips this spring season, more if you have time.
The Atria to host poetry reading
Award-winning poet Vinni Marie D'Ambrosio will give a poetry reading at the Atria Darien on Friday, March 29, at 1 p.m. A graduate of Smith College and New York University, D'Ambrosio is a poet and scholar whose work is found in anthologies, journals and newspapers, as well as in her collections of poems, "An Italian Morning" and "Life of Touching Mouths." Her poem "Copper Beech" appears on a public memorial monument commissioned by New York City. D'Ambrosio currently leads an ongoing seminar in the poetry classics at the New York Public Library, Jefferson Market Branch and is the annual Haiku Contest judge for the Rowayton Library. The Atria is at 50 Ledge Road, Darien. This program is free and open to the public.
Easter Egg Hunt set for Saturday
Hop on over to the Community Center to meet the Easter Bunny and participate in RCA's annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30, at 10 a.m., rain or shine. Parents must drop off six plastic eggs filled with candy, snacks or coins for each participating child to T.G. Diamandis, 3 St. James Place, on Friday, March 29, between noon and 8 p.m. Eggs also may be dropped off at the Community Center field before 9:30 a.m. on the day of the hunt. For information, email Diamandis at email@example.com or call 203-831-0870.
A date with dad
Walk the Red Carpet at the Rowayton Library's fifth annual Father Daughter Ball, Saturday, April 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets ($160 per couple, $30 each additional daughter) are limited and go on sale on Saturday, March 30. For more information, contact the library.
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All events at the Rowayton Library are free and open to the public (unless otherwise noted). For more information, call 203-838-5038 or visit www.Rowayton.org.
Great Decisions Discussion Group series continues
Suspicion and a troubled history have blighted U.S.-Iranian relations for three decades. How can the United States and Iran move forward? Is the existence of Iran's nuclear program an insurmountable obstacle?
Find out during the library's next Great Decisions Discussion Group on Wednesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. when the topic will be Iran.
Developed by the Foreign Policy Association, the Great Decisions Discussion Program is the oldest and largest grass-roots world affairs education program of its kind in the country. The Great Decisions Discussion Program is FPA's public education initiative to create more informed and engaged citizens by bringing people together to discuss U.S. foreign policy and global affairs issues. Materials are provided to participants and are available at the library. This program is free and open to the public. It is led by Erik Rambusch, adjunct professor at Norwalk Community College. For information call 203-838-5038.
Explore the world of legos
Explore the world of building with Legos for kids ages 6 and up at the library on Saturday, April 6 from noon to 3 p.m. 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." This is an open session where your child can build for a few minutes to a few hours. When your child is done building, we will take a picture of their creation for "the Archives." This program is free and open to the public. Snack will be served. Parents or caregivers are required to stay in the library during the event for participants under the age of 8. For information, call the library at 203-838-5038 or visit www.Rowayton.org.
RAC offers spring break activities
The Rowayton Arts Center invites children ages 6-10 to design, build, paint and decorate their own popsicle stick home or spaceship with Popsicle sticks and dozens of other creative materials and then populate their creations with people, animals and other creatures made from clay and more fun things.
"Popsicle Homes & Spaceships," a two-day spring school vacation workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, April 17 and 18, will be held in the Rowayton Arts Center Art School at 145 Rowayton Ave.
This workshop is perfect for imaginative children who like to work with their hands and think big with their minds. Tuition is $110 and registration is required. Visit www.rowaytonartscenter.org or call 203-866-2744. Participants should bring their own lunch.
Pilot program aims to explore Native American life
Working in collaboration with Farm Creek Preserve and the Rowayton Historical Society, third graders from the Rowayton Elementary School will participate in a pilot project this April to develop a new program that explores Native American life in the Five Mile River region of Norwalk. Made possible by a grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, and lead by teaching artist Page McBrier, "The Siwanoys: The Life and Legacy of a Coastal Tribe" will offer an in-depth arts-based experience for students.
Classroom activities such as role playing and mapmaking to investigate the various ways native people interacted with their environment will be augmented by visits to sites where the Siwanoys lived, hunted and fished, including Farm Creek and its marsh, which illustrate the abundance of flora and fauna in the region. The Rowayton Historical Society will host Norwalk Community College Professor of Archeology Ernie Wiegand who will discuss Native American campsites and burial grounds in the Five Mile River area, augmented by artifacts in the Historical Society's collection. Emphasis will be placed on the context of living in a changing environment, with the social, political and economic challenges presented to native born and European settlers alike.
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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.