May 29, 2014
Harper's Choice Voice
The e-newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice

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Question of the Week
When and where are this year's pool parties?

Entries must be received by 5PM on June 5 for the June 6 drawing. Click here to email your answer!

Did You Know...
HoCo is the 2nd hardest hit in the state of MD for Lyme Disease?

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and the Swansfield PTA wants to educate and help protect our families from the ticks that carry the often-debilitating Lyme disease. Last August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that 300,000 people each year get Lyme disease. Research has shown us that children ages 5-14 are at the greatest risk of acquiring Lyme disease and Howard County is the second hardest hit county in the State.

These websites will help you learn more:

Howard County Lyme Awareness Group

Maryland Lyme 


Here's a fun video game teaching kids in grades 2-5 about ticks.   


This video, created for 3-8th graders, enables children to understand prevention measures, what a tick is and how to recognize a tick attachment (bite). They will also learn what to do when bitten by a tick and the symptoms of Lyme disease.


The Lyme Epidemic: Millions Effected But Not Detected (FREE)

Attend this free workshop to learn more about Lyme disease and how you can protect yourself and your family.


When: Tuesday, June 10th from 7PM - 8:30PM
Where: St. John Lutheran Church - 6004 Waterloo Rd., Columbia, MD 21045
Questions: Call or email Kandice at 443-841-5667.


Register for this FREE event  

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. The committee meets only once in August. Please plan your summer alterations with the following meeting schedule in mind: 6/10, 6/24, 7/8, 7/22, 8/19. 

Village Board Meetings
The Village Board meets the 1st Tuesday of every month at 7:00PM. The next meeting is scheduled for June 3. Agendas and Meeting Minutes can be found on our website.

Columbia-Wide Events
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Columbia Home Tour
June 1 from 11AM - 5PM. Tickets are on sale now at all of the village centers. Tickets are $20 in advance per person. Proceeds will benefit Rebuilding Together Howard County. This event is presented by the Villages of Columbia and the Columbia Archives. Learn More.
Columbia KidsDay
June 7 from 10AM - 1PM at the Columbia SportsPark. KidsDay is an annual welcome-to-summer event hosted by Columbia Association.

KidsDay is a free event and open to the public. Come learn more about youth programs, classes, camps and special offers from various Columbia Association departments.

HoCo STEM Festival
June 8 from 1PM - 5PM at Howard Community College. Sponsored by STEMulating Minds, this annual HoCo STEM Festival will include demonstrations, hands-on activities and a STEM art display. There will also be a College Corner room where high school students can meet with college students about majoring in STEM programs.
Harper's Choice Events

Summer Pool Parties
Mark your calendars and get ready for our annual pool parties with a new twist! DJ! Food! FUN!

July 8 from 6PM - 9PM

August 7 from 6PM - 9PM

Hobbit's Glen
August 14 from 6PM - 9PM

National Night Out
An annual tradition throughout Columbia! Join us for food, fun, laughter and music as we gather together to celebrate our community.

August 5 from 6PM - 9PM in the courtyard on Joseph's Square at the Harper's Choice Village Center. Watch for more details in the coming weeks!

Pool Hours
Here are the hours of operation and closing dates of the pools in Harper's Choice through June 19:

Sat-Sun from 12PM-7PM

Mon-Fri 11AM-7PM
Sat-Sun 12PM-7PM

Hobbit's Glen
Sat-Sun from 12PM-7PM

Youth & Teen Events
Middle School Takeover
June 13 from 7PM - 11PM at Supreme Sports Club. Total VIP access to rock climbing, iDance, swimming and roller skating. $5 admission for all middle schoolers. Pre-registration is required. Call 410-992-3726 by June 11 to register. Visit the Youth and Teen Center for more information.

Extreme Excursions

Tuesday/Thursday from July 8-August 7. Don't miss out on summer fun! Ten exciting excursions including an amazing culminating trip.

CA Residents: $475
Non-Residents: $570

Price includes transportation, entrance fees and some meals.

Registration deadline is June 24. Call 410-992-3726 for details. Space is limited. 

Drop-In Rec Program

Monday-Friday, 2:30PM - 6PM during the school year, 2PM - 7PM during the summer. Registration is required. Serving all of Howard County and Columbia. Recreational and educational programs are designed to promote self-esteem and develop relevant life skills. Check the YTC Monthly Activities calendar for the special activity planned for each day. The program is open to registered YTC participants ages 9-18 years old. Registration fee is $25.


Senior Events
iPad Tutorials
CA Youth and Teen Center students offer iPad Tutorials to the East Colulmbia 50+ Center seniors program on June 3 & 17 from 3:30PM - 4:30PM. Bring your own iPad or borrow one from the 50+ Program. Contact Meridy McCague, Director, East Columbia 50+ Center seniors program at 410-313-7684 or the Youth and Teen Center at 410-0992-3726.

Meet the Butler
June 4 from 10:30AM - 11:30AM. Former White House butler Alan DeValerio will give you the inside details about all the preparations involved in White House entertaining. He will share firsthand experiences and stories from those who have been taking care of our First Families since the Franklin Roosevelt administration! Many White House artifacts (menus, programs, personal photos, etc.) will be on display. Call the Bain Center at 410-313-7213 to RSVP.

Ask the Officer
June 24 from 10AM-11AM. Do you wonder how to dispute fraudulent accounts opened in your name? Do you know how to file a police report? Are you protected against identity theft? What would you do if you are wrongfully accused of a crime? Do you know how to make a formal complaint about rowdy neighbors? Get the answers to your questions with Officer Andre Lingham in the Bain Lobby. Call the Bain Center at 410-313-7213 for details.

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