Rowayton Gardeners' annual plant sale fundraiser

Mark your calendars for the Rowayton Gardeners' annual plant sale fundraiser on Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Rowayton Community Center.

The Rowayton Gardeners' plant sale is unique because club members dig all of the perennials from their own garden beds. Shoppers can be confident that the perennials that they buy are either natives, zone-hardy or simply fail-proof plants that are well suited to area gardens. In addition to the perennials, handmade seasonal arrangements, annual baskets, herbs and garden-inspired gifts will be available for purchase. This year the gardeners will be offering their first annual garden tool sale. The Rowayton Gardeners are digging out a wide variety of gently used garden tools and paraphernalia to sell at reasonable prices.

This is one of two annual fundraisers for the club. Money raised is used to maintain the gardens at Bayley Beach, the Rowayton Community Center, the Pinkney Park herb garden as well as the Rowayton School Pond, in addition to other activities.

Second Wellfest slated Saturday

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Learn more about getting healthy, staying healthy and have fun doing it. With support from the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County and the Norwalk Early Childhood Council, Norwalk's School Readiness Preschool Providers are sponsoring the second annual Wellfest on Saturday, April 28, from 9 1 p.m. in the St. Thomas Gym, 208 East Ave., in Norwalk. There will be prizes, free books, healthy snacks and more. Your child can touch a fire truck, sit in a police car or crawl through the smokehouse and learn more about fire safety. You'll get information about getting healthy and staying healthy from the Norwalk Health Department and the Norwalk Community Health Center. Your children can enjoy stories, music and exercise, face painting, free books and more.

CCNS' 50th anniversary show

Founded in 1953, the Community Cooperative Nursery School ( is one of a few cooperative preschools left in Connecticut where parents own and participate in the running of the school. For 50 years, Rowayton's little red schoolhouse on the hill has also been transforming itself into a high caliber art gallery, featuring a range of works by over a 100 local and international artists as its means to support their educational goals. In advance of CCNS' 50th Anniversary Art Show fundraiser to take place June 7-10, each week this column will introduce one of the featured artists. The show will be a "best of" retrospective with artists who represent a range of styles and visions, coming from as near as SoNo and far away as SoHo and Holland.

The show will highlight, for the first time, the artwork of Duvian Montoya. Norwalk native Montoya's work embodies his Colombian cultural history, social issues and his personal observations on everyday life. Most recently, the state of Connecticut commissioned Duvian to paint a mural at the South Norwalk train station. The list of featured artists also includes Paul Balmer, Andrea Bonfils, Helen Cantrell, Eline de Jonge, Lori Glavin and Claudia Mengel.

Coffeehouse to serve up Franke

The Good Fold Coffeehouse will present Bob Franke on Saturday, April 28. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the music starts at 8. 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 Rowayton United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 5 Pennoyer St. For information, visit

Great Decisions closes its season

The Rowayton Library's Great Decisions Discussion Group will meet for the last discussion topic of the season on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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. This session will be covering energy geopolitics. Materials are provided to participants and are available at the library. Rambusch, IFS Coordinator and adjunct professor at Norwalk Community College is the discussion leader.

Art21 screenings

On Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m., come to the library for the premier screening of the newest episode in the Art21 Art in the Twenty-First Century series. Episode 3 will explore "History -- How Do Artists Mine the Past to Explore the Present?" In partnership with Art21 as part of its Access '12 initiative, the library and the Rowayton Arts Center will present this film event.

It will feature refreshments, screening, activities and discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

RAC to present `40 Under 40'

Everyone is welcome from 4 to 6 p.m. at the opening reception for RAC's new all-media juried exhibition, "40 Under 40," in the Main Gallery and "Thresholds," a show of artwork by Katherine Drabkin in the Portside Gallery on Sunday, May 6. Both art displays are on view through May 27. Award-winners selected by Kevin Christopher Robinson, the juror for "40 Under 40," will be announced during the reception. Admission to the reception and exhibition is free.

Light, shadow as motifs in art

At 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, Catherine Drabkin will present an illustrated lecture on the "Light and Shadow Motifs in Art" at the Rowayton Art Center's upstairs studio. Admission is $10.

Drabkin is a founding faculty member and the area coordinator of fine arts at Delaware College of Art & Design. Her work has been featured in "American Artist: Watercolor" magazine, and on the cover of "Flying at Night: Poems 1965-1985," by Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. She has received a variety of fellowships and is represented in numerous public collections. Work by Drabkin also is featured in the March issue of Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine.

Carnival coming to town

Rowayton Elementary School's Spring Carnival, is slated for Friday May 11, from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will offer a fun-filled weekend of rides, games, food and more.