Community Events

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Community Flea Market


Upcoming Events:

Halloween Happenings - Friday, October 27, 2017, 5:00-8:00pm. Wear your costume and enjoy entertainment and treats at Amherst House! Three free shows with Daisy the Clown (5:00; 5:45; 6:30). Followed by trick or treating and a Haunted House from 5:00-8:00pm in the village center sponsored by the Hammond High School music department. No advance registration required.

Fall Community Clean-up - Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10:00am-1:00pm. Join the KC Environmental Committee in keeping our open space beautiful. We will pick up litter in the open space around the village center and along our major roads and streams. Register at Amherst House beginning at 10:00am. Safety vests, bags and rubber gloves will be provided. Wear appropriate clothing - we pick up in wooded areas, too. Community service certificates and snacks available.

Shredding and eCycle Event - Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10:00am-1:00pm in Amherst House parking lot. Here’s your chance to safely get rid of personal papers, old computers, hard drives, monitors, TVs and more. Shredding and E-cycling will be offered from 10:00am-1:00pm in the Amherst House parking lot for Kings Contrivance residents only. (IDs will be checked.) Bring personal papers which will be shredded on site (limit 10 file boxes per resident). No commercial/business materials will be accepted. You can also E-cycle CDs, tapes, discs, computers, laptops, keyboards/mice/cables, monitors, printers, scanners, cell & regular phones, fax and answering machines, VCR cable boxes, stereo equipment, and battery backups (no alkaline). You can recycle one TV (26” or less) for free; additional TVs (26” or less) are $10 each. For larger TVs, a fee will be charged as follows: $15 for TVs 26”—40”, $25 for TVs larger than 40”, and $35 for console TVs. The following electronics will not be accepted: microwaves, refrigerators, washers, dryers,toasters, dishwashers and household appliances. Thanks for recycling!

Family Fun Bingo - Friday, November 17, 2017, 7:30-9:00pm. Enjoy an evening of fun with family and friends playing bingo at Amherst House. Purchase 6 cards for $1, drinks are $.75, & snacks are free!

Lunch with Santa - Saturday, December 9, 2017, 11:30am-1:00pm. Come to lunch, meet Santa and tell him all your wishes. Purchase tickets in advance: $5.50 CA assessed; $6 non-assessed. Price includes a craft, pizza and dessert, and a photo with Santa. Tickets available November 6.

Cookies & Craft with Santa - Saturday, December 16, 2017, 2:00-3:30pm. Make a holiday craft, decorate cookies and have your photo taken with Santa. Purchase tickets in advance: $4 CA assessed; $4.50 non-assessed. Tickets available November 6.

Family Fun Bingo - Friday, January 26, 2018, 7:30-9:00pm. Join friends and neighbors for an evening of Bingo at Amherst House. $1 for 6 cards, drinks are $.75, & snacks are free!

Past Events

Gardening Seminars - Tuesday evenings in winter, 7:30-9:00pm. Three free gardening seminars held by Master Gardeners in January, February and March. Call to register, snacks will be served. January 24, 2017 - Starting a Vegetable Garden with Kent Phillips. Learn the basic components of how to establish a vegetable garden and effective ways to sustain it. February 28, 2017 - Deterring Deer and Other Critters with Kent Phillips. This presentation addresses integrated pest management for deer population control, vegetation control, repellents and fencing. March 14, 2017 - Pruning with Joe DiGiovanni. Learn the how, when and why of pruning ornamental trees and shrubs. This program includes techniques and tools used in pruning as well as information about critters you may encounter along the way.

Columbia Cleans Day - Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10:00am-1:00pm. Join the KC Environmental Committee in this Columbia-wide effort to keep our open space beautiful. We will pick up litter in the open space around the village center and along our major roads and streams. Register at Amherst House beginning at 10:00am. Safety vests, bags and rubber gloves will be provided. Wear appropriate clothing - we pick up in wooded areas, too. Community service certificates available.

Shredding and eCycle Event - Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10:00am-1:00pm in the Amherst House parking lot. This is a free community event. Bring personal papers which will be shredded on site (limit 10 file boxes per resident). No commercial/business materials will be accepted. You can also E-cycle CDs, tapes, discs, computers, laptops, keyboards/mice/cables, monitors, printers, scanners, cell & regular phones, fax and answering machines, VCR cable boxes, stereo equipment, and battery backups (no alkaline). You can recycle one TV (26” or less) for free; additional TVs (26” or less) are $10 each. For larger TVs, a fee will be charged as follows: $15 for TVs 26”—40”, $25 for TVs larger than 40”, and $35 for console TVs. The following electronics will not be accepted: microwaves, refrigerators, washers, dryers, toasters, dishwashers and household appliances. They will not be destroyed on site. Residents must live on a CA assessment paying property in Kings Contrivance to participate; a state issued ID or Driver's License must be presented at time of shredding to prove residency.

Ladies' Night Bingo - Friday, March 31, 2017, 7:30-9:00pm. Join us for an evening of free wine, cheese and snacks as you play BINGO for fun prizes! Buy your BINGO cards at Amherst House by March 30 to be entered into a raffle! Adults only. The cost is $5.00 for 6 cards and 12 games will be played.

Searching for Spring Egg Hunt - Saturday, April 1, 2017, 10:00am-11:30am. Columbia Sports Park (ages 2-8yrs). 10:00am: Crafts & Balloons; 10:45am: Egg Hunt; followed by Turner, Dean of Magic Show (bring your own basket). Free tickets required for children, tickets available March 6, Columbia residents only. Event is co-sponsored by all villages of Columbia.

Village Elections - Friday, April 28, 2017, 5:00pm-7:00pm and Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9:00am-1:00pm. All Kings Contrivance Village residents (living on assessment paying property) 18 years or older can vote. Please vote—we have a quorum we must meet. Kids will be voting on a name for the lion cub that KCCA adopted from the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore!

Flea Market - Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9:00am-12:00pm. The Flea Market will take place in the Amherst House parking lot. Spaces for KC residents only. One space is $10, two are $15. Non-residents will be put on a waiting list for any available spaces. Advertising will be placed in area newspapers for this event. Rain date is Saturday May 6.

VIN Etching and "Watch Your Car" - The Maryland Anti-Car Theft Committee will be sponsoring a free VIN etching and registration in the Watch Your Car Program which has proven to be a highly effective deterrent to car theft. This anti-theft program registers your cars and places decals on your vehicle which allow police to stop your car between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. without observing a violation. Event takes place in front of Amherst House on election day, Saturday April 29, 2017 from 9:00 am- 1:00 pm.

Hands-Only CPR & AED Training - Saturday, May 13, 2017, 10:15-11:15am. Howard County Dept. of Fire & Rescue Services is offering a free CPR class which reviews Hands-Only CPR and AED training for use on people 8 years and older. This class is appropriate for all ages so bring the whole family! (under 16 must be accompanied by an adult) Call to register.

Tick and Mosquito Prevention - Thursday, June 22, 2017, 7:00-8:00pm. Residents will learn about ticks in the area, tick prevention techniques, and how to spot the symptoms of Lyme disease. This summer is predicted to be a bad year for ticks, so join us and learn ways to protect you and your family from tick-borne diseases. You will also learn some interesting facts about mosquitoes and how to combat mosquito breeding in your neighborhood. Call to register, participation is limited.

50+ Luncheon - Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm. Barbara Kellner, Chief Archivist at the Columbia Archives will discuss the history of Kings Contrivance. Lunch is free but registration is required. Call Amherst House by to register your attendance by Friday, July 21. Must be KC resident, 50+ and living on CA assessed property.

Annual Pool Party - Thursday, August 10, 2017, 6:30-9:00pm. Free food, games, and music...fun for all the family at the Dickinson pool! Free tickets available at Amherst House starting on July 3, limited number available. Must be KC resident living on CA assessed property.

Courtyard Concerts - Thursday evenings, June - August, 6:00-8:00pm. Sponsored by Kimco Realty Corp. Click here to view concert schedule.

Exploring Columbia on Foot - Thursday, August 31, 2017, 10:00am. “Exploring Columbia on Foot” will once again be led by award-winning environmental author Ned Tillman, who will guide discussions on the nature, history and future of these wonderful outdoor settings. Meet at Huntington Pool parking lot at 10:00am, registration is not required.

Fall Flea Market and Scarecrow Making - Saturday, September 16, 2017, 9:00am-12:00pm. The Flea Market will take place in the Amherst House parking lot. One space is $10, two are $15. Priority given to KC residents. Non-residents will be put on a waiting list for any available spaces. Spaces become available August 15. Advertising will be placed in area newspapers for this event. Bring some old clothes and one or two pairs of pantyhose to make your scarecrow (we provide the straw). Rain date is Saturday, September 23.

VIN Etching and "Watch Your Car" - Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 9:00am-12:00pm, in front of Amherst House along with Fall Flea Market. The Maryland Anti-Car Theft Committee will be sponsoring a free VIN etching and registration in the Watch Your Car Program which has proven to be a highly effective deterrent to car theft. This anti-theft program registers your cars and places decals on your vehicle which allow police to stop your car between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. without observing a violation.

Ladies' Paint Night - Friday, October 6, 2017 at 7:00pm at Amherst House. Grab your mom, sister, or girlfriends and join us for a fun-filled evening of wine, cheese and painting! Your $25 fee includes all the supplies and instruction for a 16 x 20 canvas as well as snacks and wine. Come in to Amherst House today to register for your spot!

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