The day to show off your culinary skills is Saturday, Jan. 26, and maybe you'll make an award-winning dessert pie. The Rowayton Library's third annual Blackbird Pie Contest is on and this year the pie categories are anything goes... as long as it is baked. There will be prizes in each category for adults and kids under 12. Katy Massam, former dessert editor for Gourmet Magazine, will judge. All pies must be homemade. The community will be invited to have pie and coffee after the judging is complete at 2:30 p.m. Contest rules and applications can be found at the Rowayton Library. Pies will be accepted for judging between 10 a.m. and noon. For information, contact the library at 203-838-5038
Sixth Taxing District meeting
In preparation of the Sixth Taxing District's annual budget to be voted on at the annual meeting March 6, the commissioners have arranged for two budget meetings. The next meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. upstairs in the Rowayton Community Center. All meetings are open to the public. For information, contact District Clerk Andrea Woodworth at 203-854-5066.
Sea-inspired art on display at Brendan's
Joanne Gray, founder of Seaside Delights, and her mother, Janet Law, have their work on exhibit at Brendan's 101 through Jan. 30. On display are new fish and crab rubbings, and starfish and sea-glass art. And, if you are inspired by these works, visit Seaside Delights Gift Shop in Pinkney Park Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. For information, call 203-461-4291. A portion of every sale benefits the Rowayton Historical Society.
`Secret Life of Bees'
On Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 11:30 a.m., the library will be hosting a book talk on "The Secret Life of Bees" with discussion leader Diana Loevy. Bring your own brown bag lunch and join us for dessert, as well. Multiple copies of the book are available at the Rowayton Library. The program is free and open to the public.
Norwalk Land Trust meeting
The Norwalk Land Trust will have its annual meeting at the Rowayton Community Center on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. The featured speaker will be Heather Crawford, environmental educator, who will speak to "Changing Times, Changing Landscapes." Weather events over the past three years have affected ecosystems from the depths of Long Island Sound to suburban landscapes to forests in wild areas. Come learn about these changes and what adjustments can be made to landscaping practices to reduce their impact. Open to the public. For information, call Marny Smith at 203-866-8728.
Are you a winner?
On Tuesday at noon, the Rowayton Library with be having this year's Annual Fund campaign drawing for a handmade quilt or rug. If you would like to be entered into the drawing for the quilt or rug, the Annual Fund Campaign envelope mailed to Rowayton residents can be used or entry forms are available at the Rowayton Library. Entries are free. The winning names will be drawn by the Goodwives Quilters and light refreshments will be served. All donors to this year's Annual Fund have automatically been entered into the drawing. For information, call 203-838-5038.
World Book Night
Volunteer to be a "book-giver" on World Book Night U.S on April 23. It's free (and so are the books). On World Book Night, 25,000 book-givers will each give away 20 copies of a specially printed, not-for-resale World Book Night edition of a book they have read and loved (from this year's WBN list, selected by librarians and booksellers) to complete strangers -- people who may never have owned a book of their own. Book-givers receive 20 free paperback copies of one World Book Night title. You can participate in WBN 2013 by applying at WBN.rowyaton.org. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Jan. 23.
Hall of Fame
The Brien McMahon High School Alumni Association is planning its sixth Hall of Fame induction ceremony in the spring. Hall of Fame nomination applications are being accepted and may be obtained by contacting Mary Ann Wehrheim by email at email@example.com or by phone at 203-852-9488, ext. 11294. Deadline for submission is Feb. 1.
The Rowayton Library will be hosting a Great Decisions Discussion Group series, which will meet on eight Wednesday evenings beginning Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. 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. The session topics include Future of the euro, Egypt, NATO, Myanmar and Southeast Asia, intervention, Iran, China in Africa, and threat assessment. Materials are provided to participants and are available at the Rowayton Library. This program is free and open to the public. It will be led by Erik Rambusch, adjunct professor at Norwalk Community College.
Learn tech trends for small business
Come to the library for Business & Bagels on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 a.m., its quarterly business workshop. This session will present an up-to-the-minute look at technology trends that are changing small business. Presenter Linda Kuppersmith, president and owner of CMIT Solutions of Stamford, will cover technology change that is dynamic and how much of this new technology is ripe for use by small businesses. To make a reservation, call 203-838-5038 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RAC Studio news
The current exhibition at the Rowayton Arts Center focuses on the creativity of award-winning artist-instructors and some of their students (53 adult and seven young artists). Local adult artists, who range from beginners to professionals, include Ginny Awn, Paul Christian, Tracey Dinkin, Merion Frolich, Belinda Ganser, Julie Horowitz, Jessica Huse, Lynn Julian, Scott Kuykendall, Sandy Mills, Charmaine Rawsthorne, Diane Rose, Gordon Tully, Suzy Aubrey, John Caggiano, Milan Chilla, Tina D'Andrea, Lisa Dunne, Stuart Ferrell, Airna Margulis, Tom Ranges, Eunice Roy, Nancy Schlater, Marny Smith, Jeannine Soper and Katie Stockton. Youth artists from Norwalk are Sophia Ginsberg, Amanda Wilmot, Kaleigh Doyle, Hatsie Dunne, Lauren Hassell, Camille Legnani and Anna Makover. The exhibition runs through Jan. 29. RAC's winter gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (closed Sunday and Monday). Admission is free. For information, visit www.rowaytonartscenter.org or call 203-866-2744.
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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.