July 10, 2014
Harper's Choice Voice
The e-newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice

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Did You Know...
HCRP + CA + Wegmans = a Passport to Family Wellness?
Howard County Recreation and Parks, Columbia Association and the Wegmans store in Columbia are teaming up to introduce Howard County's Nature Quest and the Wegmans Passport to Family Wellness, an initiative to encourage usage of the County's excellent trail network. Click here to read more about it.
You Can Help Local Families in Need Prepare for Success?

Despite the fact that Howard County, Maryland is one of the richest counties in the nation, over 10,000 (almost 1 in 5) of our public school students must rely on the Free & Reduced Meal program for nutritious food their families cannot afford.


More than 500 of these students are categorized as homeless.

For the significant number of families who struggle daily to keep up with high food, fuel and shelter costs, buying expensive, required school supplies is a major challenge.


You can help by donating supplies or making a contribution through the Prepare for Success website. Now through August 17, you can visit Kahler Hall and donate these supplies:

  • backpacks 
  • 3-hole lined paper
  • highlighters
  • colored pencils
  • marble composition books
  • pocket folders
  • plastic pencil boxes
  • 2" 3-ring binders
  • glue sticks
  • #2 pencils
  • 1 subject spiral notebooks 
You Can Pay Reduced Admission Fees with a Columbia Card?
Do you know about the Columbia Card? People who live on CA-assessed property pay reduced admission and program fees with this free Columbia Card. Just stop by the Membership Services Center and show your driver's license or imprinted personal check to verify your residency.

The Membership Services Center is located at 10221 Wincopin Circle. Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday, 10AM-7:30PM during the summer months.

Please call 410-730-1801 for more information.
Covenant Corner
Does Your House Have Curb Appeal?

One of our primary responsibilities is to uphold the village covenants and keep our Village looking good. Our covenants set minimum standards for maintenance and help protect the aesthetics of our community.  

We need you to do your part by assessing the exterior of your home for curb appeal:  


  • Are you storing bulk items and debris out of view of the street and neighboring properties?
  • Are your landscape beds weeded and edged?
  • Do you sweep the debris from your curbs and street gutters regularly?


Let's all work to keep Harper's Choice looking its best! 

Give Blood. Save a Life.
American Red Cross Blood Drive on August 5
HCCA is hosting a blood drive in cooperation with the American Red Cross on August 5 at Kahler Hall from 4PM - 8PM. This is a part of our National Night Out event.

We encourage you to schedule your donation in advance to assure your spot. Walk-ins are welcome.
Pool Hours
June 21 - August 10
Here are the hours of operation and closed days for the pools in Harper's Choice from June 21 - August 10.

12PM - 8PM Tuesday - Saturday
12PM - 7PM Sunday
CLOSED on Monday

Please note: Longfellow Pool closes for the season on August 3 so that renovations to the pool area can be completed prior to the start of the new school year.

12PM - 8:30PM Monday - Saturday
12PM - 7:30PM Sunday
CLOSED on Thursday

Hobbit's Glen
11PM - 8PM Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
11AM - 7PM Tuesday, Sunday
CLOSED on Wednesday
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: 7/22, 8/19, 9/9, 9/23. 

Village Board Meetings
The next monthly meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for August 12 at 7PM. Please note, this is the 2nd Tuesday of the month due to our National Night Out event on August 5. Agendas and Meeting Minutes can be found on our website.

Events Around Town
Paint It! Ellicott City July 11-14
Artists will set up their easels throughout Historic Ellicott City the weekend of July 11-13 to take part in Paint It! Ellicott City, the annual plein air painting event. The public is invited to come watch the painters in action as they paint the picturesque mill town. Artists from the community are invited to join the fun as Open Paint-Out participants. On July 14 from 6PM-8PM, the Howard County Arts Council will host an opening reception for the exhibit of the juried artists' work which will also feature a one-night exhibit of paintings completed during the open paint-out. Presented by Howard County Arts Council, Howard County Tourism, and Howard County Public School System. Click here for more information or to download a registration form for the Open Paint-Out.
Deer Management Workshop
The Oakland Mills Community Association (OMCA) will host a Deer Management Workshop on Thursday, August 7th from 7PM - 9PM at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD.

Speakers will include: Phil Norman, Deer Project Manager, Howard County Recreation and Parks; a representative from the Howard County Health Department to talk about Lyme Disease; and Kent Phillips, Howard County Master Gardeners, to talk about "Deterring Deer" and the four points of Pest Management. All presenters will be available to answer questions, along with Chick Rhodehamel, Columbia Association, Environmental Manager.

This event is co-sponsored by all ten villages, Howard County Recreation and Parks and the Columbia Association. For further information, please contact Brigitta Warren at 410-730-4610.
Harper's Choice Events

Please call Susan at 410-730-0770 or email us to register for our pool parties. These events are organized especially for Harper's Choice residents.

Swansfield Pool Party
August 7 from 6PM - 9PM
Awesome DJ and
FREE Rita's. Click here to tell us what kind of Rita's to serve! Additional food available for purchase through the Harper's Choice Middle School PTSA.

Hobbit's Glen Pool Party
August 14 from 6PM - 9PM
This event is for adults age 21 and older. Please call to register in advance so we can plan for plenty of food and libations.
Shred & Give Back Day
July 19 from 9AM - 1PM.

Harper's Choice residents may bring up to 3 bags or boxes of confidential documents to be shredded.

Donations of clothing and small household goods will be accepted by other vendors.

Trucks will be located in one of the lots next to Kahler Hall.

National Night Out
August 5 from 6PM - 9PM in the courtyard on Joseph's Square in the Harper's Choice Village Center.

This event has been selected to serve as the Kick-Off event for all of the National Night Out celebrations in Howard County. The Mobile Command Center, the K-9 Unit, and a variety of rescue vehicles will be onsite for you to see and experience. Representatives from our local government will also begin their evening here.

In addition, we will have entertainment from the Unity Reggae Band, Whole Foods, Rita's, and a voter registration drive. 
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Village Manager
Cathy Murphy
Facility Manager
Covenant Advisor

Community Outreach Coordinator

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5440 Old Tucker Row  Columbia, MD 21044  410-730-0770  events@harperschoice.org