Today is opening day for the 2012 Rowayton Farmers Market in Pinkney Park. This season, the market hours will be Fridays from noon to 5 p.m. Look for your favorite vendors selling fresh bread, exotic prepared foods, pasta dishes, fresh-baked cupcakes, locally raised beef, in-house milled local grains, pickled products, homemade empanadas, organic chocolate and much more.

In addition, the Half Shell, the seasonal gift shop that supports the Rowayton Historical Society, will be open during market hours. The shop is in the wash house adjacent to Pinkney House.

Fight hunger

with peanut butter

The Rowayton community is being asked to help fight hunger by donating jars of peanut butter and jelly -- now through the end of July -- to benefit the Christian Community Action, Norwalk food bank. The library's goal is to collect 500 pounds of peanut butter and jelly for the campaign. To donate, go to the library and look for the blue bin in the front room.

Cooking 101 classes offered

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It's time for Cooking 101 with Kerry McFarlin at the Rowayton Library tonight at 7. She will share her cooking tips on how to get quick and tasty summer dinners on the table. Learn how to create new dishes using simple marinades, compound butters and fruit salsas, while incorporating time saving preparation tricks. McFarlin worked for 15 years in the catering business and has entertained family and friends at various events for more than 30 years. She trained under an accomplished French chef and master butcher for two years and has taken an array of courses at the Institute for Culinary Education in New York City. Her passion for food recently led her back into the culinary profession as a cooking coach. Reservations will ensure preferred seating for the tastings. Call 203-838-5038.

Church hosts Giant Tag sale

The United Church of Rowayton is holding its Giant Tag Sale on Saturday. There will be artwork/frames, baby/childcare equipment and furniture, china, sets of glassware, small working appliances/electronics, books, sporting and garden equipment, tools, jewelry and much more. Call 203-866-1415 for information.

Reception for `Paint Rowayton'

Welcome summer and enjoy an evening of free entertainment, refreshments and works of art at the Rowayton Arts Center, 145 Rowayton Ave., from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. "Paint Rowayton," which will be on display in RAC's Portside Gallery through June 9, will spotlight outdoor scenes that were painted by adults and children between May 27 and June 1.

RAC's fourth annual "Paint Rowayton" is sponsored by Bruce and Cherie Burton. A new feature this year will be a freestyle "mural" to be painted by all of those who stroll along Rowayton Avenue on Saturday.

Louise Flax will select award winners in the following categories: oil/acrylic (adults), watercolor/pastel/drawing (adults), any medium (children in separate categories for ages 4 to 7, 8 to 12 and 13 to 18). Awards will be presented during the reception. For information, visit www.rowaytonartscenter.org or call 203-866-2744.

New exhibit to open at RAC

High-quality photography and sculpture will be featured in an exhibit at the Rowayton Arts Center Gallery, 145 Rowayton Ave., June 3 to 24. Admission is free. Award-winners will be announced during an opening day reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

CCNS art show marks 50th year

Art lovers, mark your calendars for June 7 to 10 when the Community Cooperative Nursery School in Rowayton will have its 50th anniversary art show. The little red preschool on a hill will once again turn into a high-caliber art gallery, featuring a range of works by more than 100 artists. For its 50th anniversary, everyone will be treated to the "best of" retrospective, including artwork by Helen Cantrell, Andrea Bonfils, Claudia Mengell, Lori Glavin, Eline de Jonge and Paul Balmer. The show will also highlight, for the first time, the artwork of Duvian Montoya, a Norwalk native. For information and to browse a sampling of artwork, visit ccnsartshow.zenfolio.com. The show hours are: opening night, Thursday, June 7, 6 to 10 p.m., Friday, June 8, 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, June 9, noon to 6 p.m., and Sunday, June 10, noon to 4 p.m..

Tickets cost $25 on opening night and $10 on all other days and can be purchased at the door.

Founded in 1953, CCNS is one of a few cooperative preschools left in Connecticut where parents own and participate in the running of the school. Forty percent of the proceeds from the show go directly to CCNS and are tax deductible.

Library to host antique book show

Contact the Rowayton Library if you are interested in finding out if you have buried treasure amidst the books on your shelf. You can sign up for an appointment to have your books appraised for the library's "Antique Book Road Show."

Free tickets for the evening discussion event on Friday, June 22 at 7 p.m. and book appraisal appointments are available at the library and online at roadshow.rowayton.org. The June 22 event will feature a panel of experts in the field of book collecting, preservation, and selling -- who will reveal the secrets of identifying and locating rare and valuable books including information on first editions and reader's copies, auctions and catalogs, avoiding costly and common beginner mistakes, strategies of professional "book scouts," and buying and selling on the Internet.

The Rowayton community is invited to bring books in for evaluation by members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America and local Internet booksellers prior to the event. All appraisals are unwritten, spoken and non-binding and are offered solely for information and not for insurance purposes. The deadline to make an appointment for a book appraisal is Tuesday with evaluation appointments June 11-20. You do not have to submit a book for evaluation to attend the event.

Massey's work

to be featured

Brendan's 101 will host an artist wine and cheese reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 8, for Lynn Stephens Massey. Massey is a watercolor artist whose style and theme are always evolving. Using her own unique style, she brings to life found objects from coastal artifacts to bugs and insects. Her use of color and design make her pieces both dramatic and unusual. Her works can be viewed and purchased at www.lynnstephensmassey.com, and will be on exhibit at Brendan's through June 27.

Events to note

The Pinkney Museum is open Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The current exhibit is "Close to Home: Rowayton and the Civil War," a commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War (1861-65) highlighting Rowayton and Norwalk's participation in the war and its aftermath.

TeaTime on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. at the Rowayton Library.

KnittingTime for adults at the Rowayton Library, every Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m.