All are invited on Tuesday to St. Matthew's Church at 7:30 p.m. for a festive annual interfaith celebration with the West Norwalk Congregational Church, St. Matthew Church, Temple Shalom and The United Church of Rowayton, which has become the highlight of the Thanksgiving season for so many. Each year close to a 1,000 people come together for this time of readings, prayer and music. The choirs from the churches and temple will perform and the clergy also join together in song. This Thanksgiving celebration begins at 7:30 p.m. at St. Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Avenue, Norwalk.

Turkey Trot to take place at Bayley Beach

Work off Thanksgiving dinner in advance by joining the second annual Rowayton Turkey Trot on Thursday, Nov. 22. This year's charity 5K/1M family fun run/walk will benefit the Rowayton Arts Center. The race begins at 9 a.m. at Bayley Beach. Prizes will be awarded to the first male, female, girl, boy and stroller to cross the finish line. There also will be a prize for the best Thanksgiving costume worn by a participant. The fee (a charitable donation) is: adults/with strollers $20 online pre-race day ($30 at race); $10 for ages 9-17 and kids 8 and under have free admission. Get full information and register at Registration forms also can be picked up at the Rowayton Arts Center. Sponsors include Darien-Rowayton Bank, Runners' Roost, SoNo Marketplace, State Farm Insurance and Triple S Carpet & Drapery Cleaners. Rowayton residents Paul Wolters and Cameron Letters, the event organizers, say that the idea for a Rowayton Turkey Trot occurred when they returned from a Thanksgiving Day run in another town. They tested the idea last year, sending e-mails inviting friends to join them in a race on Thanksgiving morning. The response was enthusiastic and a new charity event was born.

The Rowayton Arts Center was selected as the beneficiary of the 2012 Turkey Trot because it's been a community cultural hub for more than 50 years. In its 106-year-old building, RAC hosts 10 exhibitions each year, a popular Holiday Gift Show, lectures and musical events plus classes and workshops for creative people of all ages. RAC also presents cooperative arts events with other community organizations and underwrites arts education programs for youngsters.

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Today marks last Farmers Market for the season

Please join us for the last market of the season today from noon to 5 p.m. The Rowayton Farmers' Market was named one of the 10 best farmers' markets in the country in Country Living's February feature, America's Best Farmers. Come see the fall selections from some of your favorite farmers, producers and artisans.

Gardeners to share advice

The Rowayton Gardeners will be hosting a Pesticide-Free Lawn & Garden lecture on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Rowayton Community Center. Michaela Porta and Heather Lauver from Pesticide-Free New Canaan plus two additional experts will share their expertise. For information, visit

It's storytime for grownups

Come to the 25th annual Tellabration -- the worldwide story event for grownups, at The United Church of Rowayton on Saturday at 8 p.m. Tellers include Carol Birch, Eshu and Motoko, Connie Rockman, Kathy Jarombek, Lauren Mendoza, Ro Hinman, Barbara Craigie, and musicians Ann Shapiro and Tom Callinan. A reception follows. Come early for a good seat. Bring all the people you love the most. Tickets purchased in advance are $10; $15 at the door.

Sunday is the next open Chantey Sing

Sing along or enjoy listening Nov. 18 during this monthly celebration of our maritime heritage. Surrounded by artwork in the current exhibition special guests from New York and throughout Connecticut join Deirdre Murtha of The Johnson Girls and her husband, Sean, in leading rousing nautical songs. Refreshments included in $5 admission. The event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m.

RHS highlights Rowayton and the Civil War

The Rowayton Historical Society at Pinkney Park has on exhibit a commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War highlighting Rowayton's and Norwalk's participation in the war and its aftermath. Exhibit hours are Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Fridays 1 to 4 p.m. (through Thanksgiving), and the first Sunday of the month Library to show `Cinderella'

Library to screen `Cinderella'

The Rowayton Parents Exchange is partnering with the Rowayton Library with MovieTime for Kids on Friday afternoon, Nove. 23 at 2 p.m. with the classic "Cinderella." Popcorn will be served. This program is free and open to the public.

Coffeehouse to offer slice of Americana

Anyone not familiar with the music of Bill Staines is in for a special treat on Nov. 24 at the Good Folk Coffeehouse. He weaves a blend of gentle wit and humor into his performances with a sense of timing to match the best standup comic. His music is a slice of Americana, reflecting with the same ease his feelings about the prairie people of the Midwest or the adventurers of the Yukon, the on-the-road truckers or the everyday workers that make up this land. 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

New Exhibit at Brendan's 101

On exhibit at Brendan's 101 is Dana Goodfellow's "Seascapes/From Nantucket to Darien, now through Dec. 12.

There will be an artist's reception on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. Goodfellow is an award-winning, third-generation artist. Her keen sense of light is the unifying quality and primary focus in her paintings and prints. Although she often paints in the impressionist or abstract mode, her training has been in the classical tradition. She has served on the board of the Rowayton Arts Center since 2001 and teaches painting classes there since 2010. The artist currently maintains a studio in Norwalk. For more of her work, visit

Harvest Fair a success

The Rowayton United Methodist Church and the Five Mile River Nursery School wish to thank their neighbors and friends for attending the annual Harvest Fair, which was held last Saturday.

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