Exercise your girl power during 8-week program

The Rowayton United Methodist Church will present GIRLS -- Growing In Respect, Love & Service -- which is an eight-week program beginning April 29 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. to help girls focus on things about women that are truly beautiful: self -- confidence, courage, kindness, respect of others. To register, call the church office 203-838-0049 or email rumcoffice@rowaoytonnumc.org.

Spaceships and doll houses

"Alien Spaceships & Doll Houses," a workshop for youngsters ages 5-10, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, at the Art School at Rowayton Arts Center, 145 Rowayton Ave. Tuition (including materials and studio fees) is $90.

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Register online at www.rowaytonartscenter.org, where forms can be downloaded, or call 203-866-2744. Participants should bring their lunch. During this five-hour workshop, boys and girls will use their imaginations to design and build alien spaceships or doll houses plus furniture and spaceship artifacts from a variety of materials. Participants will be encouraged to use their imagination to develop characters (constructed from Model Magic) that reside in the houses or spaceships.

Push boundaries with Art21 series

Come to the Rowayton Library for a screening of the newest episode in the Art21 "Art in the Twenty-First Century" series. In partnership with Art21 as part of its Access '12 initiative, the library and the Rowayton Arts Center will present Episode 2: "Boundaries" Tuesday at 7 p.m.

It presents artists who synthesize disparate aesthetic traditions, present taboo subject matter, discover innovative uses of media and explore the shape-shifting potential of the human figure. David Altmejd, Lynda Benglis and Tabaimo are featured. The event is free and open to the public. Episodes to follow include Episode 3: "History" on Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m.; and Episode 4: "Balance" on Thursday, May 17, at 7 p.m.

Fiber artists to host open house

The Goodwives Rug Hookers will be holding an open house at the Rowayton Community Center on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come see examples of many of the fiber arts -- including knitting, needlepoint, crochet, quilting and hooked rugs.

`Ghosts of the Abyss' encore

One hundred years ago, the fateful voyage of the RMS Titanic was abruptly ended... Now Walt Disney Pictures and James Cameron, the Academy Award-winning director of "Titanic," present "Ghosts of the Abyss." Joined by his personal friend Bill Paxton and a team of the world's foremost history and marine experts, Cameron journeys back to the site of his greatest inspiration -- the legendary wreck of the Titanic.

During the voyage, you will explore the entire ship, deck by deck, room by room, encountering mysteries that have remained hidden for almost a century. Screening will be on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Rowayton Library. Revolutionary underwater robots were designed and built solely for the purpose of allowing the explorers to peer deep into the remains of the once great ship and bring those surreal and haunting images back to the surface. Popcorn will be served.

Library to present `Cinderella'

The Rowayton Parents Exchange is again partnering with the Rowayton library with MovieTime for Kids. On Friday, April 20, the library will be showing "Cinderella" (rated G) at 3:30 p.m. Popcorn will be served. This program is free and open to the public.

Civil War lecture series continues

Join the Rowayton Historical Society as it continues its Civil War Lecture Series "Lee and Jackson at Chancellorsville" with a special focus on the Norwalk soldiers at the battle . A talk will be given by Steve Laird, program director of the Civil War Roundtable of Fairfield County, Sunday, April 22 at 4 p.m. at the Rowayton Community Center. Admission is $5; free to RHS members. Chancellorsville - Robert E. Lee's greatest victory during the Civil War - inspires our local interest because of the presence of the 17th CT Regiment, known as the Fairfield County Regiment. Norwalk and Rowayton supplied 214 men to the 17th Connecticut whose major battles were at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, with our local boys receiving their baptism of fire with the 17th at Chancellorsville. The Battle of Chancellorsville, fought in early May 1863, began with the execution of a brilliant plan devised by Union General Joe Hooker to encircle the Confederates with a grand turning movement. The successful effort to extricate his army from a dire situation established this battle as Robert E. Lee's greatest victory in the Civil War. Collaborating with Lee was Stonewall Jackson, who performed his most spectacular tactical maneuver of the war. However, at the height of his success Jackson met his death, prompting historians thereafter to ponder how his presence might have affected subsequent battles, especially at Gettysburg. Laird has delivered numerous talks on a variety of Civil War topics all over the Northeast. He has visited every major Civil War battlefield, fort and historic site in the country and most of the minor ones as well. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley where he majored in history. His interest in the Civil War developed at Berkeley under the influence of Professor Kenneth Stampp, noted scholar of Civil War causes, slavery and Reconstruction. For information, email info@rowaytonhistoricalsociety.org or call 203-831-0136.

Center seeks your feedback

Join the Sixth Taxing District Commissioners and the Rowayton Community Center Long Range Planning Committee for a Design Workshop (aka Charrette) concerning the Community Center. Share your thoughts, opinions, ideas and suggestions for the future of the Rowayton Community Center buildings and grounds, April 25 (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. and May 8 (Tuesday) at 7 p.m. For information, contact Commissioner Mike Barbis at mike@mikebarbis.com.

Spring cleaning

Brien McMahon High School will be holding a used clothing drive on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. -- 2 pm. The school will accept clothing, coats, belts, handbags, linens, pillows, backpacks, stuffed animals and shoes and boots. The school will be paid by the pound and all proceeds support the BMHS PTO. Note: All items must be packaged in plastic bags. Call 203-852-0388 with questions/concerns.

Rowayton rocks April 28

Hear Bob Franke on Saturday, April 28, at the Good Folk Coffeehouse. Franke (it rhymes with "Yankee") is brimming with the wise and spiritually generous songs, along with wrenchingly convincing topical songs and sugared with the hilarious. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m. Adult donations are $25 and Children 7-12 are half price. Children under 7 are welcome. No reservations are necessary. The coffeehouse is located at The Rowayton United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 5 Pennoyer St. For information, visit www.goodfolkcoffeehouse.com.

Calling all artists for `40 Under 40'

A new juried All-Media Exhibition for Young Artists opens Sunday, May 5 at the Rowayton Arts Center. Artists are invited to submit works in all media for consideration for "40 Under 40. Submissions are open to the public as well as Arts Center members. All entrants must be under the age of 40. To obtain a prospectus, visit www.rowaytonartscenter.org, e-mail rowart@snet or call 203-866-2744.

Kevin Christopher Robinson will serve as juror for this new exhibition. He is a professional photographer who has worked in advertising, editorial and fine art and is a past winner of the prestigious Faber-Birren National Color Award. His clients include Revlon, Doubleday Books and Pfizer. Robinson studied Communications and Fine Art at the University of Colorado-Boulder and Painting at The Williams Munson-Proctor Institute (now part of Pratt Institute). He spent approximately five years living in New York City apprenticing with various photographers to learn his craft, but credits his father and older sister (both artists/art directors) with exposing him to the world of line, color and concept." Awards will be announced during an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 5.

"40 Under 40" continues through May 27. Admission to the reception and exhibition is free.

`Annie Jr.' coming to middle school

Leapin' Lizards. Roton Middle School will be performing the musical "Annie Jr.," which tells the story of Little Orphan Annie and her search for happiness. This is an uplifting and exuberant story and is a must-see event for the whole family. Performances are Wednesday, May 2 and Friday, May 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10/ $5 for children/students and will be available at the door. Don't miss this chance to support the school community.