Sept. 4, 2014
Harper's Choice Voice
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Special Announcement: BikeAbout & Harper's Choice

The annual BikeAbout event is scheduled for Saturday, September 13. The route will go through Harper's Choice and you will see a large increase in the number of bicyclists on the streets in your neighborhood that morning.  


If you live on Open Window, please be aware that the route takes riders down your street to the cul de sac where they will pick up the path.  


The 2014 bike route is available here. 


Red Ribbon Community Yard Sale
October 4, 2014
The Harper's Choice Community Wide yard sale is scheduled for October for from 8AM - 12PM. Call 410-730-0770 or email us to register your street.

Stop by Kahler Hall for a Red Ribbon that you can use to notify eager buyers that at least one resident on your street is participating.

Did You Know...
September is National Preparedness Month?
Now is a good time to check out the many helpful tips from to ensure you and your family are safe and prepared BEFORE a disaster hits.

Another great resource is Howard County Office of Emergency Management's page.

Keeping a go-bag in your vehicle is just one great way to stay ahead of the game.

MEMA's Mobile App Keeps MD Residents Informed of Emergencies?
The MARYLAND Prepares mobile app, created by the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), provides important information and tools to help Maryland residents be more informed and prepared for emergency situations.

The free app is available for iPhone´┐Ż and Android™devices.

Covenant Corner
Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

We love yard sales! Yard sale signs left up past the date of the sale contribute to visual clutter in the community when not removed promptly after the sale. Please be sure to make a note of all of the locations where you post signs and go back out to remove the signs promptly.            

News & Updates from Howard County Recycling
Recycling...Easier than Going Back to School

Your recycling bin loves this time of year. Milk cartons, juice boxes, spiral notebooks, and plastic binders can be recycled. Check out these cool school resources to see how our schools are getting involved with recycling efforts.  


What's even better than recycling? REUSING! Save money and pack your kids a waste-free lunch by utilizing reusable containers, water bottles, cloth napkins, and silverware. The Earth and your wallet will thank you!

HoCo Shredding Event

Save the Date! October 18, 2014 (rain or shine) from 9AM - 1PM at the Long Gate Park & Ride near Meadowbrook Park. Residents may bring up to 3 bags or boxes of paper to be shredded onsite. Please visit the County's Shredding webpage for guidelines - they've answered your questions!

Vehicle Identification Number Etching - FREE!
September 6, 2014
Engraving your car's unique vehicle identification number on all of the major pieces of glass is a highly effective deterrent, and assists in returning a stolen vehicle to its rightful owner.

This event will be held September 6 from 10AM - 2PM, weather permitting, at the Howard County Police Department Southern District at 11226 Scaggsville Road in Laurel.  


For more information, contact the Auto Theft Unit, Janet Stabile at 410-313-4759 or


The event is FREE and takes just minutes! 

HC DrugFree Drug Take Back Day
September 27, 2014
DEA Got Drugs

The next semi-annual Drug Take Back Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 27, 2014 between 10AM and 2PM. Seniors with unwanted or expired medications, families moving and cleaning out loved ones' homes after illness or death, households with young children, teens or pets-everyone needs to check their medicine cabinets!


Please begin cleaning out your unwanted or expired over-the-counter, prescription and pet meds to keep them out of the hands of youth, pets and out of the Bay.


For more information, please visit HC DrugFree's website and go to the Drug Take Back Day page for a complete list of convenient locations throughout the County or contact Joan Webb Scornaienchi, HC DrugFree's Executive Director at 443-435-0040.

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. September meetings are scheduled for: 9/9, 9/23. 

Village Board Meetings
The Village Board meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month at Kahler Hall. The next meeting is scheduled for October 7 at 7PM. Agendas and Meeting Minutes can be found on our website.

Local Events
Observe the Moon Night - September 6
International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN) is an annual event that is dedicated to encouraging people to 'look up' and take notice of our nearest neighbor, the Moon. From looking at the Moon with a naked eye to using the most sensitive telescope, every year on the same day, people from around the world hold events and activities that celebrate our Moon.

Here are some local events to encourage you to go outside and observe the moon!
  • NASA Goddard Visitor Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, will host a public event on September 6 from 6PM - 9PM to celebrate five years of observing the moon. This free event is for families with middle-school-aged children and older and will include hands-on activities, talks with scientists and engineers, telescope viewing and more! Click here for more information.
  • The Robinson Nature Center will celebrate International Observe the Moon Night on September 6 from 7:30PM - 9PM with a special night hike under a moonlit sky, a planetarium program and a telescope viewing of celestial objects on Robinson Nature Centers green roof. Discover the power of the moon, from its ability to control ocean tides to mystical stories associated with its different phases. You will even get to see a NASA Lunar sample (AKA a REAL "moon rock" from Earth's moon) and learn first hand the important mineral types that play a central role in the structure and evolution of the Moon! Cost is $10 for ages 7+ or $25 for families. Individuals can register online. Call 410-313-0400 to register for the family rate.

CA's Columbia Archives Annual BikeAbout - September 13

Mark your calendars and join Columbia Association's (CA) Columbia Archives for the fun and informative annual Columbia BikeAbout, which will be held on Saturday, September 13.


This year's free, family-friendly ride will begin at 9:30AM at a new location - Wilde Lake Park. Riders will be able to start up until 10AM and are expected to complete the ride by 1PM.


They will embark on a 12-mile route that winds through the villages of Wilde Lake, Harper's Choice and Hickory Ridge. The route takes them into the neighborhood that James Rouse, Columbia's founder, called home, and then brings them along the stream that feeds Wilde Lake, and then into the Middle Patuxent Valley.


Find more information and register for the BikeAbout today! 


The end of the ride will bring a special treat: an old-fashioned picnic hosted at Wilde Lake Park by the Wilde Lake Community Association and CA. Riders will be able to purchase refreshments from a variety of food trucks and enjoy free entertainment. Click here for more information about the Wilde Lake Old-Fashioned Family Picnic.

Eyes on Education
Board of Education Forum

The eight candidates for the Howard County Board of Education will attend a Candidate's Forum on September 17 from 1PM - 9PM at The Other Barn, Oakland Mills Community Center, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD. 

Candidates will address the audience on a specific topic selected from questions sent to them in advance. Those attending will be able to ask questions of the candidates.


The Forum is sponsored by the ten Villages of Columbia: Oakland Mills, Dorsey's Search, Harper's Choice, Hickory Ridge, Kings Contrivance, Long Reach, Owen Brown, River Hill, Town Center, and Wilde Lake. 

For more information, email Sandy Cederbaum, Village Manager for Oakland Mills, or call 410-730-4610.

State of Our Schools in Harper's Choice
Do you wonder about the schools in Harper's Choice? How do our schools compare to other schools throughout the county, state, and country? What challenges do our schools face? Where are we succeeding? What needs improvement? 
Join us at Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia, MD 21044 on October 6 at 7PM for a forum to get those questions answered and more.

Participants include Superintendent Dr. Renee Foose, members of the Administrative Team at HCPSS Central Office, and principals from Longfellow Elementary, Swansfield Elementary, and Harper's Choice Middle School.
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