Kings Contrivance plans flea mart

May 14, 2006

Kings Contrivance village will hold a Community Flea Market from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday on the parking lot at the Guilford Road entrance to the village center.

Exhibitors are needed. Priority will be given to residents of Kings Contrivance; nonresidents will be put on a waiting list for any spaces available after Wednesday. The cost is $10 a space; $15 for two. The event will be advertised in local newspapers.

A book swap will be held as part of the flea market. Those who attend are invited to bring a book and take one. No more than 10 books can be dropped off in advance at Amherst House in the village center next week.

The village has rescheduled its Earth Day open-space cleanup, which was rained out, for 10 a.m. June 3 at Amherst House.

Participants can sign in at 10 a.m. Coffee and doughnuts will be served. Tools, bags, safety vests, rubber gloves and bottled water will be provided. Community service certificates will be available.

A rally, with free T-shirts and prizes, will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the Macgill's Common pool parking lot. Participation in the entire three-hour cleanup is not required.

Information or to participate on another date: Rachel Ticar, 410-997-9285 or Anne Dodd, 410-381-9600.

Library to show `The New World'

The east Columbia library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, will show the movie The New World, with Colin Farrell and Christopher Plummer, on the library's large screen, at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The film, directed by Terrence Malik, retells the legend of Pocahontas and John Smith. The showing is part of the library's New Release Cinema program.

Popcorn and drinks will be provided. Registration is not needed.

Information: 410-313-7700.

Baby-sitting workshop to be held Saturday

The Columbia Teen Center will offer its workshop for youngsters ages 11 to 14, "Babysitting Made Easy," from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

First aid, emergency procedures, age-appropriate activities and other baby-sitting skills will be taught. The class is hands-on, and a certificate is awarded.

The cost is $40 for Columbia residents; $48 for nonresidents. Registration is required.

Information or registration: Bobbie Whyte, 410-992-3726.

Boy Scout Troop 601 sets yard sale

Boy Scout Troop 601 is sponsoring a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 27 at Columbia Academy, 9210 Route 108. The rain date is May 28.

Spaces are available to rent; the cost is $15 a space.

Information or to rent a space: 410-215-2265, or e-mail bsatroop

Around Town

Amherst House -- Sandra Duerr teaches a ballet class for children ages 3 and 4 from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Mondays at Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive. There is a fee. Wee Friends, parent-and-child classes for ages 14 months to 4 years led by Judy Milke, is offered Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings, depending on the age of the child. Abrakadoodle Art classes for children in grades one through six are offered from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays. The cost is $100 for residents of Columbia Association-assessed properties; $112 for others. 410-381-9600.

Bridge -- A drop-in program on playing bridge is being offered at the 50+ Center at the east Columbia library from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesdays. A 30-minute lecture is included. Players of all levels are welcome to refresh skills, learn new bridge conventions and meet friends. Mentoring is available. The cost is $6. 410-290-5430.

Relay for Life -- A fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, the Relay for Life, will be held June 2 and 3 at Hammond High School. Teams are being formed for the community overnight event during which participants camp out while team members walk on a track through the night. Team captains can register members at relay/howard, and volunteers can register for a team. Bank Nights, when team captains can turn in funds raised, will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and May 30 at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. Debra Wilkenloh, 410-997-8700.

Arthritis walk -- The Arthritis Foundation will hold its 2006 Howard County Arthritis Walk on May 21 at Lake Elkhorn. The noncompetitive event offers a variety of distance options to accommodate people with all levels of fitness. Participants can walk in honor of a family member or friend with arthritis. Men, women and children affected by arthritis will lead the way. During the walk, participants will have a chance to write a message on an inspirational Wall of Heroes. Walkers are encouraged to join individually or as a team by recruiting five or more friends. Leashed pets are welcome. The event is free, but walkers are encouraged to find sponsors. Registration is to begin at noon; the walk is to start at 1 p.m. 877-232-2898 or 410-654-6570, ext. 230. Or register online at

Book clubs -- The east Columbia library will sponsor a meeting of its Morning Books with Coffee book club at 10:30 a.m. May 22. The group will discuss The Good Wife by Stewart O'Nan. Copies of the books are available at the branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way. Registration is not needed. 410-313-7700.

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