Brendan's 101 Gallery is showcasing the paintings of Rowayton artist Gretchen Kelly with an opening wine and cheese reception on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.

"With refreshed vision I see what the painting is calling for -- a vivid color, stenciled pattern, maybe an architectural shape or a horizon line. My work is about focusing on what is in front of me at the moment -- the present moment, where I find perfection and beauty," Kelly said.

Join Dre Towey in her efforts to fill some grumbling tummies this Holiday season by downloading her holiday single "Turkey Bop." For only $.99 you and your family can giggle together knowing your contribution will help satiate hunger. All proceeds to benefit CT Food Bank.

Visit www.cdbaby.com/Artist/DreTowey.

From the Rowayton Historical Society

The RHS is working on restoring the historic Raymond Cemetery on Rowayton Avenue, next to the United Church. The burying ground, founded in 1782, has been in a state of neglect until recently, when a group of volunteers began working to clean up the property. Tree work is the first task at hand, which includes trimming mature trees of dead limbs and removing old tree stumps which are uprooting headstones. When that is completed, the RHS Cemetery Preservation Committee hopes to raise the funds to restore some of the old grave markers. A number of Rowayton's founding families and early civic leaders are buried in the cemetery, including at least four veterans of the Revolutionary War and one from the Civil War. If you would like to contribute to this preservation fund, please send checks marked "cemetery fund" to the RHS at PO Box 106, 06853.

The Rowayton Historical Society wishes to thank the Rowayton Civic Association for the grant to pay for much-needed tree work at the cemetery.

The Rowayton Historical Society will host a holiday open house from 3 to 6 p.m. before the tree lighting in Pinkney on Sunday Dec. 5. "A Victorian Christmas in Rowayton" will be the featured exhibit, including Brian Kammerer's spectacular model trains, set up in a miniature Victorian village, an idyllic winter scene when the railroad was bringing loved ones home to celebrate the holidays. On display outside the Pinkney house will be an antique "one horse open sleigh". Refreshments will be served.

From the Rowayton Gardeners

The Rowayton Gardeners' annual Christmas Market will be held on Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rowayton Community Center located at 33 Highland Ave. The Rowayton Gardeners will have a plethora of handmade table arrangements, boxwood trees, decorated wreaths and plum puddings for sale. Proceeds of this event help the gardeners continue their civic beautification projects in the community as well as outreach projects with our youth and the elderly. Come early for the best selection. For more information on the Rowayton Gardeners and the annual Christmas Market, please visit www.RowaytonGardeners.org.

From the Rowayton Arts Center

The Rowayton Arts Center Annual Holiday Gift Show featuring fine arts and crafts runs through Dec. 22. The show features unique holiday gifts, decorations and collectibles by some of Fairfield County's finest artists and craftspeople. Shows are from noon-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. on Sunday. For information call 203-866-2744. Artists will introduce new items each week.

New 2010 exhibiting members of the Rowayton Arts Center were welcomed during a reception in October. o become an exhibiting member, artists submit three works to be reviewed by the Artist Selection Committee, which meets in February, May and September. Artists who are selected for three of the four RAC juried exhibits within a two-year period also are eligible for exhibiting member status. Exhibiting members may participate and sell art in all RAC exhibitions.

From the Sixth Taxing District

The Sixth Taxing District will hold the next commissioners' meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. at the Rowayton Community Center, 33 Highland Ave., Rowayton. The Commission meets monthly on the second Wednesday evening of each month. The public is welcome at any meeting. For information, please contact Andrea Woodworth, District Clerk at 203-854-5066.

At the Rowayton Library

"¢Don't forget that the Library serves Tea every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Come and try our new special spiced tea with a little community conversation and a good book or two.

"¢ Meet local author Carl Nichols Jr. as he talks about his new thriller "The Encounter" at the Rowayton Library, Friday Evening, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. Nichols is the author of "Why Johnny Can't Brand" and "What I Didn't Know Could Fill A Book." He is CEO of international brand consulting firm David ID. Reception, discussion and book signing.

"¢ The Rowayton Library ends its BookTalk for Kids program Fantasy: Wisdom's Irresistible Messenger with A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole on Friday afternoon, Dec. 10 at 3:30 p.m. This program is for children ages 8 and up and is designed to encourage and support the love of reading and to allow "personal" time for kids to explore their imagination and to discuss these fantasy worlds in a kid-2-kid environment. Multiple copies are available at the Rowayton Library. There will be a snack served and the discussion will be led by Judy Sullivan.

For information on Rowayton Library programs, call 203-838-5038. All programs are free and open to the public. Some may require a courtesy reservation. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

If you wish to let us know about things going on in Rowayton, e-mail Clamdigging@Rowayton.org.