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Countdown on for sixth annual Amherst Winter Carnival

The countdown is on for our sixth annual Amherst Winter Carnival.

Activities and events from our community partners and businesses are filling up our schedule. The week of Feb. 11 to Feb. 17, 2020, is sure to be packed with a ton of fun, active, healthy events for the whole family to enjoy! 

We will be hosting a mesmerizing experience with Mentalist Kevin Robart on Friday, Feb. 14, at the Community Credit Union Business Innovation Centre. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at Amherst town hall, the Amherst Stadium and Eventbrite.ca. Your ticket includes finger foods. A cash bar will be available.

It is sure to be a fun night, so get your tickets before they are gone.

We will also be hosting our Town of Amherst Athletic Achiever Awards on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Be sure to come celebrate the success of our local athletes at 6:30 p.m. at theskating 4 Community Credit Union Business Innovation Centre. 

Our very popular Chili Challenge is back! It’s being held at Dayle’s Grand Market on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 11 a.m. to noon. Things will surely heat up as our local politicians battle it out to claim the title of Chili Champion. Come out, sample each contestant’s chili creation, then cast your vote for the best chili.

This event will be followed by our Flag Day ceremony at the Community Credit Union Business Innovation Centre at 12:30 p.m.

We are also proud to be hosting the Amherst Winter Carnival Outdoor Family Skate on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 2-4 p.m. at our outdoor skating surface on Maple Ave. Come on out and enjoy some free popcorn, hot chocolate, skating, music and horse-and-wagon rides. We are asking folks to bring your own cups. Let’s do our part to help protect the planet. Thank you to Amherst Cineplex and Tim Hortons!

Another big thank you goes out to all the local community groups, partners and businesses for participating this year in the winter carnival. What a great community we live in. It is sure to be a fantastic week for all to celebrate Heart, Culture and Play.

African Heritage Month 

February is African Heritage Month. It will be officially launched on Friday, Feb. 7, at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Center in Springhill, beginning at 11:45 a.m.

This year’s African Heritage Month theme is: The Ties That Bind: Faith, Family & Community. The theme celebrates the longstanding legacy of faith and spirituality, acknowledges strong family ties and honours the togetherness of the African-Nova Scotian community.

The Cumberland County Museum will also be hosting the Sand Hill Historic Walking Trail Exhibit, with Darlene Strong from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28.  The exhibit will be open weekdays from 1-4 p.m.

What’s happening

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Here is a taste of what’s happening around Amherst:

  • Thursday, Feb. 6 – 10-11:30 a.m. – YMCA Pickleball
  • Friday, Feb. 7 – 10-11:30 a.m. – Talking Circle – Cumberland YMCA
  • Saturday, Feb. 8 – 8-11:00 a.m. – Carma Valentines Pancake and Sausage Breakfast – Amherst Lions Club