Nov. 13, 2014
Harper's Choice Voice
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Volunteers Needed for Pizza with Santa
Santa's Helpers Needed for Fun, Family Event
The Harper's Choice Community Association presents Pizza with Santa on Saturday, December 20th and needs special helpers to make it a successful event for everyone.

Volunteer "elves" will assist with crafts, keep children engaged as they wait for a turn with Santa, take photos for families visiting Santa, and help with decorating and clean-up.

Volunteers needed from 10AM - 2PM on Saturday, December 20th. Students can even earn volunteer hours helping our community!

Call Susan at 410-730-0770 or visit the online opportunity through The Volunteer Center to sign up. 
Eagle Scout Thanksgiving Holiday Food Drive
Donations Accepted at Kahler Hall Through November 20
Local Eagle Scout Franc LeFors is coordinating a holiday food drive to provide complete Thanksgiving holiday meals to families in need. Each family will receive a Thanksgiving bag that includes all of the items needed to make a family meal. Here are items needed: 
  • 15$ gift card to Giant/ Safeway / Wegmans (For 10lb turkey)
  • Canned Evaporated Milk
  • Canned Sweet Potatoes
  • Packaged Cornbread Mix or Dressing Mix
  • Canned Cranberry Sauce
  • Canned Pumpkin Pie Mix 
  • Boxed Pie Crust (Betty Crocker and Jiffy both have a dry mix)
  • Boxed instant potatoes
  • Canned Gravy
  • Canned Apple Sauce or Fruit
  • Canned Soup

Donations will be accepted at Kahler Hall through Thursday, November 20. Please contact Franc LeFors if you have any questions.
Toys for Tots Collection at Harper's Choice Middle School
Donations Accepted Through December 12
The mission of the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

Harper's Choice Middle School is a collection site for the Toys for Tots program through December 12.

Please consider donating a new, unwrapped toy to help the Marines reach their goal and bring smiles to the faces of many children in our community.
Did You Know...
Whitetail Deer Mating Season is at its Peak?

This week marks the peak of whitetail deer mating season in central Maryland. During this time, the deer are on the move and paying less attention to their surroundings than usual. Be extra cautious as you drive through the area and watch out for deer!


It is unfortunate that this is also the time of year when we may see an increase in deer struck by vehicles. Please call Howard County Animal Control at 410-313-2780 if you see a deer carcass that needs to be removed from the roadway. 

Covenant Corner
Property Maintenance Reminder

When was the last time you stepped back and took a really good look at your home and landscaping? If you were a potential buyer, would you find your home in good condition and well-maintained? We ask that each property owner take a critical look at their own home to determine if property maintenance is needed and create a plan for getting the work done.


Do you need to budget for repairs? Can this work be done as part of an end-of-season cleanup of the property? Does this work have to wait until spring? Remember,  if the work that is needed requires a change to the exterior of your home, an exterior alteration application may need to be submitted. This document and others can be found on our website. 

Holiday Events
Pizza with Santa: December 20 at 11AM

Our annual Pizza with Santa event is scheduled for Saturday, December 20 at 11AM at Kahler Hall. This favorite holiday tradition is planned especially for Harper's Choice residents. Space is limited and tickets are required.


Please visit Kahler Hall to RSVP and pick up your free tickets. Guests will enjoy pizza, special holiday crafts, and hearing Santa read Twas the Night Before Christmas. Bring your cameras and enjoy a special family photo opportunity with Santa!

We encourage attendees to bring one non-perishable food item per ticket for the food bank. Items will be collected on December 20 and given to the Howard County Food Bank.

Please contact Susan at 410-730-0770 if you would like to volunteer for this event.

Jazz in the Mills Presents a Holiday Jazz Extravaganza

Jazz in the Mills at The Other Barn in Columbia, MD presents its Annual Holiday Jazz Extravaganza on Sunday, December 7, 2014 featuring the melodious sounds of Davey Yarborough and Esther Williams.


Showtime is 5PM - 8PM. Soft drinks, wine and snacks will be available for sale. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 at The Other Barn and are available online. Tickets will be available at the door for $20.


Jazz in the Mills is sponsored by Lavenia Nesmith and the Oakland Mills Community Association.


For more information, please contact Lavenia Nesmith at or call 301-596-5128 or 410-730-4610.

Colonial Holidays at Belmont Manor
Enjoy colonial holiday decorations, period reenactments, music, food and drink at the Belmont Manor House on Sunday, December 7 from 3PM - 6PM.

For more information and to register, visit the Howard County Conservancy website. All proceeds benefit the Conservancy's educational programs at Belmont.

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:
11/25, 12/9, 1/13.  

Village Board Meetings
The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for December 2 at 7PM. Agendas and Meeting Minutes can be found on our website.

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Village Manager
Cathy Murphy
Facility Manager
Covenant Advisor

Community Outreach Coordinator

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