October 2, 2014
Harper's Choice Voice
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Red Ribbon Community Yard Sale
This Saturday! October 4 from 8AM - 12PM
The Harper's Choice Community-Wide Yard Sale is scheduled for October 4 from 8AM - 12PM. The following streets are participating. A map is available to help you find each
participating street. Red Ribbon Yard Sale signs will be strategically placed to help you find your way around our community.

The following streets are registered:

1 - Eliots Oak Road
2 - Summer Day Drive
3 - Rondel Place
4 - Open Window
5 - Hesperus Drive
6 - Fallriver Row
7 - Hildebrand Court
8 - Gloucester Road
9 - Grand Banks Road/Wood Cutter Lane
10 - Cedar Lane
11 - Rock Coast Road
12 - Wood Elves Way
13 - Ridermark Row
14 - Silver Tree Place
The Big Thank You
Letter-Writing Campaign to Thank Our Overseas Service Members
Thanksgiving is a treasured American tradition that provides an opportunity for us to spend special time with loved ones and give thanks for our blessings. For many of the men and women serving our country overseas, Thanksgiving can be a difficult time.

Harper's Choice is collecting letters to send overseas to honor and show appreciation to the men and women who are not able to spend Thanksgiving Day with their families. Letters will be collected at Kahler Hall through October 17, 2014. On October 17, you are invited to Kahler Hall between 10AM - 2PM to write your letter and help prepare the letters for shipment. Materials and supplies will be provided. Letters from all ages are encouraged.

Here is a clip from a 2011 interview with First Lady Michelle Obama, who discusses the impact these letters have on the men and women serving our country.

The Harper's Choice Community is proud to participate in this endeavor. Let's join together as a community and send our appreciation to our troops.

Letter Guidelines


Each letter should be heartfelt, handwritten, original, and free of any political statements. The purpose of the letter is to express thanks to military personnel currently deployed outside the United States. We reserve the right to eliminate those messages that are political in nature and do not reflect a positive message in the spirit of Thanksgiving.

  • All letters must be on 8.5" x 11" paper or smaller
  • No  glue, tape, staples, cardboard, glitter or anything attached to the paper
  • No construction paper
  • Decorate using crayons, markers, pens or pencils
  • Use both sides if you like, but use one page per letter only
  • Do not send greeting cards or photographs
  • Feel free to include your mailing and email addresses
  • Individual letters should not be sealed in envelopes
  • Do not send anything except letters

Please contact Susan at 410-730-0770 for more information.   

Did You Know...
Columbia Association wants to hear more from you?

Register now for "Columbia Speaks. CA Listens," which will be hosted by the Columbia Association Board of Directors on Saturday, October 18.


The community-input meeting will be held at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, which is located off Trumpeter Road across from Wilde Lake High School. It will be held from 9:30AM - noon. A social hour from 8:30AM - 9:30AM will precede the event.  


Pre-registration is encouraged. 


CA is seeking to hear from a diverse cross-section of the Columbia community regarding some specific issues that are important to the community. Facilitators will help moderate the meeting and guide discussions.


Child care will be provided at the meeting. Those seeking assistance with transportation should email Columbia.Speaks@ColumbiaAssociation.org. CA will also be providing methods for those who cannot attend in-person to still be able to participate electronically and to submit comments afterward. More information on this option will be posted at ColumbiaAssociation.org

The Teen Outreach Committee is holding a clothing drive?
Collection boxes will be placed around Columbia for Columbia Association's (CA) 6th annual clothing drive organized by CA's Youth and Teen Center and its Teen Outreach Committee.

Collection boxes have been stationed at:
  • all 10 village community association buildings
  • Columbia Art Center (located at 6100 Foreland Garth in the Long Reach Village Center)
  • Youth and Teen Center @ The Barn (located at 5853 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center)
  • Eggspectation restaurant (6010 University Blvd., Ellicott City)
The collection boxes will remain at these facilities through Sunday, Nov. 30. Those donating can bring in new and gently used clothes, shoes and accessories, including but not limited to, ties, belts, hosiery, hats, gloves, pocketbooks and jewelry. Also important are coats and socks, children's clothes, and career clothes for both men and women.

These donated items will then be distributed to community members in need on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 9AM - 2PM, and on Sunday, Jan. 18, from 11AM - 2:30PM. Both distribution days will be held at The Barn, which is located at 5853 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center. Last year's clothing drive served more than 500 families.

Volunteering opportunities are not limited solely to the youth community. CA welcomes community members and organizations wishing to participate in the project.
Those who are interested in earning community service hours by assisting with the collection, sorting, set-up and distribution should contact Safire Windley at Safire.Windley@ColumbiaAssociation.org or 410-992-3726.

The Youth and Teen Center (YTC) at The Barn is a fun, safe way for teens and pre-teens to socialize and participate in recreational and educational programs. Columbia and Howard County kids ages 9 to18 are welcomed year round with after-school, summertime and some weekend activities and programs that are designed to promote self-esteem and to develop life skills. The YTC is located at 5853 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center.

Don't Miss Out!
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.

Oakland Mills Cultural Arts Festival
Saturday, October 11 from 11AM - 4PM on the grounds of the Oakland Mills Village Center and the Courtyard of The Other Barn. The Festival is held rain or shine!

Here is the scheduled line-up:

11AM: Oakland Mills HS Marching Band
11:15AM - 12:15PM: Turner, Dean of Magic
12:30PM - 1:30PM:  Swingin Swamis
1:45PM.- 2:45PM:  Unity Reggae Band
3:00PM- 4:00PM: FunDrum Rhythm Circle 


This is a great day to celebrate Oakland Mills and community. The free festival features continuous entertainment, great vendors selling crafts, non-profits with important information and giveaways, local politicians (it is a big election year), free fun crafts for kids, and festival food! 


50+ Events
50+ Fun and Fulfilling Series at Oakland Mills
Join the fun on Wednesday, October 15 from 2PM - 3:30PM for a hands-on program led by Howard County Master Gardeners. The program will be "flower transfer/pounding" and promises to be a lot of fun. Come and get your "craft on!"

A list of items that attendees will need to bring to the Master Gardener event will be available soon.

50+ Fun and Fulfilling is sponsored by the Oakland Mills Community Association

Events are free and open to all. For more information email events@oaklandmills.org or call the Other Barn at 410-730-4610.

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:
10/14, 10/28, 11/11. 

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.

Stay Connected
Village Manager
Cathy Murphy
Facility Manager
Covenant Advisor

Community Outreach Coordinator

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