March 19, 2015
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MD State's Attorneys' Association Presents
Second Annual 7K Run to Remember
The Maryland State's Attorneys' Association presents the Second Annual 7k Run to Remember at Centennial Park on Saturday, April 25, 2015.  The charity run/walk will benefit the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence and coincides with National Crime Victims' Rights Week (April 19-25, 2015).  The race length (4.3 miles) represents one-k for every day of observance or remembrance. 


The 7k run starts and finishes at the boat dock adjacent to the park's Centennial Lake.  The course will exit the park and run along MD Rt. 108 before returning to the park, following the bike path around the lake.  Centennial Park is located at 10000 MD. Rt.108, just west of U.S. Route 29 in Ellicott City. In addition to the 54-acre lake, the award-winning park features a 2.6 mile paved pathway around the lake and numerous picnic areas and pavilions. 


The run is organized by Bullseye Running, with results posted on its website. Online registration is open now through Wednesday, April 22 (walk-up registration is available the morning of the race). Registration for runners (and walkers) is $35.00 and all proceeds will go to the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, the domestic violence coalition that brings together victim service providers, allied professionals, and concerned individuals for the common purpose of reducing intimate partner and family violence and its harmful effects on Maryland citizens. The organization accomplishes this goal by providing education, training, resources, and advocacy to advance victim safety and abuser accountability. 


Participant packets will be distributed starting at 7:30AM on April 25.  The race begins at 8:30AM.  Packets can also be picked up the night before the event (Friday, April 24 from 4PM - 7PM) at Road Runner Sports, 6630-C Marie Currie Dr., in Columbia/Elkridge. 


The inaugural race, held April 5, 2014, attracted over 200 runners from across the Mid-Atlantic and raised $3,000 for the state-wide, non-profit organization that brings together victim service providers, allied professionals, and concerned individuals for the common purpose of reducing intimate partner and family violence and its harmful effects on Maryland citizens.  


The Ellicott City-based Maryland State's Attorneys' Association is an advocate for the honorable and ethical administration of justice in Maryland, and provides continuing education and additional services for prosecuting attorneys and other personnel affiliated with the 24 state's attorneys' offices throughout the State of Maryland. 



Covenant Corner
Let's Talk Trees - Part 2: When to Prune

This depends to a large extent on why you prune. Light pruning and the removal of dead wood can be done anytime. Otherwise, here are some general guidelines found on the Arbor Day Foundation website.  


Winter Pruning

Pruning during dormancy is the most common practice. It results in a vigorous burst of new growth in the spring and should be used if that is the desired effect. It is usually best to wait until the coldest part of winter has passed. Some species, such as maple, walnuts and birches, may "bleed"-when the sap begins to flow. This is not harmful and will cease when the tree leafs out.


Pruning Flowering Trees to Enhance Flowering

To enhance the trees that bloom in spring, prune when their flowers fade. Trees and shrubs that flower in mid- to late summer should be pruned in winter or early spring.


Summer Pruning

To direct the growth by slowing the branches you don't want, or to "dwarf" the development of a tree or branch, pruning should be done soon after seasonal growth is complete. The reason for the slowing effect is that you reduce the total leaf surface, thereby reducing the amount of food manufactured and sent to the roots. Another reason to prune in the summer is for corrective purposes. Defective limbs, the limbs that hang down too far under the weight of the leaves, can be seen more easily.


Next week, Part 3: Proper Pruning Techniques. 



Your Community Wants Your Help
Volunteers Needed for Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts

Columbia Association (CA) is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to help count the number of pedestrians and cyclists on CA's pathways. Similar to automobile traffic counts, the bicycle and pedestrian counts will help determine the most popular/congested areas of CA's pathway network, possible investments that may improve the users experience and pathway usage trends.

The 2015 Bicycle and Pedestrian Counts will take place in the following locations: Columbia Gateway, Jackson Pond, Lake Elkhorn, Lake Kittamaqundi, Wilde Lake Park and the southern terminus of Tamar Drive. By making a two-hour time commitment, you'll be helping to improve one of the things that makes Columbia special! We would appreciate your help. 

Below are the list of dates, times and locations you can register for (please select one or more). Volunteer registration will close Friday, May 8. Anyone interested in volunteering can fill out a registration form here. An optional training session will be offered on Thursday, May 21.      


All counts (except Columbia Gateway) will be held:
  • May 23 (11:30AM - 1:30PM)
  • May 26 (5PM - 7PM)
  • May 27 (5PM - 7PM
  • May 28 (5PM - 7PM
  • May 30 (11:30AM - 1:30PM

Columbia Gateway counts will be held:

  • May 26 (11:30AM - 1:30PM)
  • May 27 (11:30AM - 1:30PM)
  • May 28 (11:30AM - 1:30PM


Sister Cities High School Student Exchange 2015
Application Deadline Extended to March 30

Slots remain for CA's annual summer Sister Cities High School Student Exchange program with Columbia's sister cities in France and Spain. Students can be in level 2 of Spanish or French and above.  


Deadline for applications has been extended to Monday, March 30. For more information contact Laura Smit at 410-715-3162 or visit the Teen Exchange program online.  


Searching for Spring 2015
Event Information for Annual Spring Family Event
The Annual Searching For Spring Egg Hunt, co-sponsored by the Villages of Columbia, will be held on Saturday, April 11 from 10AM-11:30AM at the Columbia Sports Park in the Harper's Choice Village Center located at 5453 Harper's Farm Road.  No admittance permitted after 10:45AM .

Here is the schedule of events:  
  • 10AM Crafts and Balloons 
  • 10:45AM Egg Hunt (While supplies last! Please bring your own basket!)
  • 11AM Entertainment with Turner, Dean of Magic

This event is especially planned for children ages 2-8. Tickets are required for this FREE event. They are available at Kahler Hall and all village community centers while supplies last. Tickets are for Columbia lien-paying residents only.  


Information Technology Recruitment Event
Lots of Opportunities for IT Professionals from Entry Level to Management
Are you an IT professional looking for a new opportunity? Check out the Information Technology Recruitment events scheduled for Wednesday, March 25 from 9AM - noon at University of Maryland University College (UMUC)   located at 6865 Deerpath Road, Elkridge, MD 21075. Meet with some of the area's top firms seeking IT professionals like you. Lots of opportunities, from entry level to management. You must register online to attend.


Did You Know...
HC DrugFree Offers Programs to Help Families Discuss Drug, Alcohol Use?


HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council is open to all Howard County high school students (public, private and home school) and meets monthly during the school year to discuss teen use of alcohol and other drugs, and to develop educational messages that promote HC DrugFree's vision of a County where teens are drug-free by choice.  


HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council provides the youth perspective to the staff and Board of Directors of HC DrugFree to increase the effectiveness of HC DrugFree's programs, newsletters, website and other services.


Meetings are held once a month at The Barn in the Oakland Mills Village Center from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM, and pizza is provided. Upcoming meeting dates are scheduled for Monday, April 13 and Monday, May 11.


For more information, please contact HC DrugFree's Executive Director, Joan Webb Scornaienchi at 443-325-0040.

Upcoming Events
Whole Planet Foundation Fundraiser

"The Five that Drive," a collective of five local mobile retailers, will present their second event on Saturday, March 21st, 2015 from 11AM - 3PM. Hosted by Whole Foods Market at 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, Maryland, the mobile retailers will be parked and open for business in front of Whole Foods Market's entrance.


"The Five That Drive" consists of five Maryland based mobile businesses, which include Charm City Mobile Boutique, Gogo's Retread Threads, SOGH Art Truck, Tin Lizzy Mobile Boutique, and Urban Pearl. Each mobile retailer is independently owned, owner operated, and based in the Maryland region. Mobile shops range in specialty including vintage, art, fair trade, on-trend and affordable fashion.

A portion of each mobile retailer's sales for the day will be donated to Whole Planet Foundation, a nonprofit established by Whole Foods Market that provides grants to microfinance institutions that offer loan programs, training, and other financial services to the self-employed poor. For more information about the event, please call 302-236-7339.

Kid's Fest 2015


Come experience what Howard County Recreation & Parks has to offer your children at the 2nd annual Kids Fest on Saturday, April 4 from 11AM - 2PM at Meadowbrook Park, 5001 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicott City. This exciting event features sports instruction, games, activities, arts and crafts, food and much more. Bring the whole family and enjoy fun for all ages. Preregistration is encouraged but not required. For more information, contact Brian Wyman at 410-313-4705.

Lifetime Transition Series

Facing an empty nest and wondering about the future? Last summer, Hickory Ridge Community Association and Long & Foster Realtors Columbia co-sponsored a series of three seminars to help older adults plan for the transition into senior life. They were so popular that they are doing it again!  


These informative seminars are FREE; pre-registration is encouraged. Note that the March session was canceled due to weather, so the information will be included in the April 7 session, which will now go until 8PM. Refreshments will be provided.  


Register online using the links below or by calling the village office at 410-730-7327.  


The dates and topics are:


Part 2: Tuesday, April 7, 5-8PM (UPDATED!)

Part 3: Tuesday, May 5, 5-7PM

Details about the content of each seminar are available by visiting the "Register online" links above. If you prefer to register by phone, call the village office at 410-730-7327. Questions about seminar content and speakers should be directed to Nancy McCord at 443-285-9209.


Jazz in the Mills 2015 Concert Series


The Oakland Mills Community Association presents the 2015 Jazz in the Mills Series featuring Bonnie Harris on Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 5PM - 7PM at The Other Barn (5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD).


The series continues through 2015 with performances featuring Lavenia Smith on June 14, Kristine Key on August 30, and Lori Williams at the Holiday Jazz Extravaganza on December 6. 


Tickets for all performances can be purchased in advance for at The Other Barn or online. Tickets are $15 (Advance); $20 at the door.


Jazz in the Mills Series is sponsored by Lavenia Nesmith and the Oakland Mills Community Association. Contact  Lavenia Nesmith at (301)596-5128 or Sandy Cederbaum at (410)730-4610 for more information.


LUNGevity's Breathe Deep Columbia

Breathe Deep Columbia, a 5K Walk and Fun Run, is a grassroots event organized by Michael Osborne, a lung cancer survivor. The 5K will consist of two laps around Lake Kittamaqundi. The new pathway is wheelchair and stroller friendly. Pets are welcome but please clean up after them!


The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 25 at Town Center and Lake Front Plaza in Columbia, MD. This event will take place rain or shine! The schedule of events is: 

  • Check-in/Registration: 8:30 am
  • Program: 9:30 am
  • Walk: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Closing Ceremony, Music: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Did you know that lung cancer is the top cancer killer in the United States, claiming approximately 160,000 lives per year? It is a devastating disease that can afflict anyone, regardless of smoking history, gender, or ethnicity, including Michael.


All proceeds from this event go to the LUNGevity Foundation to fund lung cancer research.


Upcoming Meetings
Architectural Committee Meetings
Changes made to the exterior of homes in Harper's Choice require the approval of the Village Architectural Committee. The AC meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM to review applications. The deadline to submit applications for approval is two weeks prior to the next meeting date. Upcoming meetings are scheduled for: 3/24, 4/14, 4/28.  

Village Board Meetings
The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for April 7 at 7PM. Agendas and Meeting Minutes are available on our website.