March 26, 2015
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Columbia Listening Tour in Harper's Choice
County Council Members Want to Hear from the Harper's Choice Community


As part of the Columbia Listening tour, Howard County Council members will be at Kahler Hall on Tuesday, April 7 at 6:00pm to seek input from village board members and residents on New Town zoning, village center revitalization, and other local issues impacting Harper's Choice. Please call Susan at 410-730-0770 or email her at to let her know if you will be attending.
Upcoming HoCo Government Closings
Some County Offices and Services will be Closed April 3


Howard County Government offices, senior centers and the animal shelter will be closed on Friday, April 3. County parks, community centers, Kiwanis-Wallas Hall, Robinson Nature Center and Meadowbrook Athletic Center will be open on April 3, however, all will be closed on Sunday, April 5.  


Transit service by the Regional Transportation Agency (RTA) will operate on a regular weekday schedule. Click here for more information on RTA. All parking regulations & fees will be in effect on April 3, but free parking will be available on Sunday, April 5.  


County offices will re-open at regular business hours on Monday, April 6.


CLOSED on Friday, April 3

County Government Offices, Animal Shelter, Senior Centers, County Heritage Sites


OPEN on Friday, April 3

Landfill, Courts, All Trash and Recycling Services, County Park, RTA, Community Centers and Facilities Operate on Normal Schedules

Covenant Corner
Let's Talk Trees - Part 3: Proper Pruning Techniques
How to Prune (Not Kill) Trees and Shrubs
How to Prune (Not Kill) Trees and Shrubs

I thought I could capture some basic pruning techniques to share with all of you here, however pruning is a bit more complicated than can be captured in a few simple sentences. Here is a link to a comprehensive pamphlet "How to Prune Trees" from the US Forest Service. This information was written to help people properly prune the trees they care about. You can also review this video that will explain the importance of pruning.  



If you doubt your ability to safely prune large trees, please hire a professional arborist. Information in this publication can be used to interview and hire a competent arborist. The Village office has several names of tree companies who have successfully worked in the community and have been recommended by others. Call or send an email for more information.  

Upcoming Events
Howard County Town Hall Meeting
Howard County Executive Kittleman will hold a Town Hall
meeting on Tuesday, March 31 at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place in Oakland Mills beginning at 6:30PM -  8:30PM. Attendees may begin signing in on March 31 at 6PM.  

Kittleman will discuss any subject and field questions from
residents, as a way to encourage dialogue on matters of
interest.Town Hall meetings are free and open to the
public. After this meeting in east Columbia, Kittleman will
schedule others in different parts of the county.


Kid's Fest 2015


Come experience what Howard County Recreation & Parks has to offer your children at the 2nd annual Kids Fest on Saturday, April 4 from 11AM - 2PM at Meadowbrook Park, 5001 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicott City. This exciting event features sports instruction, games, activities, arts and crafts, food and much more. Bring the whole family and enjoy fun for all ages. Preregistration is encouraged but not required. For more information, contact Brian Wyman at 410-313-4705.

Lifetime Transition Series

Facing an empty nest and wondering about the future? Last summer, Hickory Ridge Community Association and Long & Foster Realtors Columbia co-sponsored a series of three seminars to help older adults plan for the transition into senior life. They were so popular that they are doing it again!  


These informative seminars are FREE; pre-registration is encouraged. Note that the March session was canceled due to weather, so the information will be included in the April 7 session, which will now go until 8PM. Refreshments will be provided.  


Register online using the links below or by calling the village office at 410-730-7327.  


The dates and topics are:


Part 2: Tuesday, April 7, 5-8PM (UPDATED!)

Part 3: Tuesday, May 5, 5-7PM

Details about the content of each seminar are available by visiting the "Register online" links above. If you prefer to register by phone, call the village office at 410-730-7327. Questions about seminar content and speakers should be directed to Nancy McCord at 443-285-9209.


Searching for Spring 2015
The Annual Searching For Spring Egg Hunt, co-sponsored by the Villages of Columbia, will be held on Saturday, April 11 from 10AM-11:30AM at the Columbia Sports Park in the Harper's Choice Village Center located at 5453 Harper's Farm Road.  No admittance permitted after 10:45AM .

Here is the schedule of events:  
  • 10AM Crafts and Balloons 
  • 10:45AM Egg Hunt (While supplies last! Please bring your own basket!)
  • 11AM Entertainment with Turner, Dean of Magic

This event is especially planned for children ages 2-8. Tickets are required for this FREE event. They are available at Kahler Hall and all village community centers while supplies last. Tickets are for Columbia lien-paying residents only.  


Harper's Choice Health & Safety Fair

Plans are underway for a fun and exciting Health & Safety Fair for the Harper's Choice Community! We're working with local organizations and businesses that encourage and promote health, wellness and safety for our neighbors of all ages. We will have Child ID services, Bike Safety Checks, a Bike Rodeo and representatives from a variety of agencies that provide free services to our community.


Mark your calendars and plan to attend our Health & Safety Fair on Saturday, April 25 from 10AM-2PM at Kahler Hall (5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia, MD 21044) 


Jazz in the Mills 2015 Concert Series


The Oakland Mills Community Association presents the 2015 Jazz in the Mills Series featuring Bonnie Harris on Sunday, April 12, 2015 from 5PM - 7PM at The Other Barn (5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD).


The series continues through 2015 with performances featuring Lavenia Smith on June 14, Kristine Key on August 30, and Lori Williams at the Holiday Jazz Extravaganza on December 6. 


Tickets for all performances can be purchased in advance for at The Other Barn or online. Tickets are $15 (Advance); $20 at the door.


Jazz in the Mills Series is sponsored by Lavenia Nesmith and the Oakland Mills Community Association. Contact  Lavenia Nesmith at (301)596-5128 or Sandy Cederbaum at (410)730-4610 for more information.


Columbia Festival of the Arts' 2015 Spring Festival

Tickets are on sale now for Columbia Festival of the Arts' 2015 Spring Festival (4/16 - 4/19), featuring an array of free and ticketed events including theatre and concert performances, readings, and visual arts activities.


The Festival season kicks off with benefit event SPARK! Highlights include indie orchestra Portland Cello Project, New York sensation The Skivvies, and Ethiopian-American novelist and MacArthur Foundation 'Genius Grant' recipient Dinaw Mengestu.


The American Routes 2015 Spring Festival runs April 16 through 19, and is a weekend full of intimate chamber performances in venues throughout greater Columbia. From full theatrical productions in Oliver's Carriage House, a stone and timber structure built in the 1830's, to performances by renowned musicians, the artists of the American Routes Festival are at the intersection of American traditions and the ever-evolving American journey.


"As a newcomer to Howard County, I have been thinking a lot about how we all got here and where our adventures have taken us," says Todd Olson, Executive Director of the multi-disciplinary arts festival now in its 28th season. "Our Spring Festival is quintessentially American yet completely informed by Global personalities and works."


For a complete 2015 Spring Festival Schedule, please visit   




LUNGevity's Breathe Deep Columbia

Breathe Deep Columbia, a 5K Walk and Fun Run, is a grassroots event organized by Michael Osborne, a lung cancer survivor. The 5K will consist of two laps around Lake Kittamaqundi. The new pathway is wheelchair and stroller friendly. Pets are welcome but please clean up after them!


The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 25 at Town Center and Lake Front Plaza in Columbia, MD. This event will take place rain or shine! The schedule of events is: 

  • Check-in/Registration: 8:30 am
  • Program: 9:30 am
  • Walk: 10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • Closing Ceremony, Music: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Did you know that lung cancer is the top cancer killer in the United States, claiming approximately 160,000 lives per year? It is a devastating disease that can afflict anyone, regardless of smoking history, gender, or ethnicity, including Michael.


All proceeds from this event go to the LUNGevity Foundation to fund lung cancer research.


Red Ribbon Yard Sale, Shred & eCycle Event in Harper's Choice

Can you believe it is already time for our annual Spring Red Ribbon Yard Sale? This year, we're making a bigger day out of it by including a Shred and eCycle event.  


All the information and details for the big day are listed below.


WHEN: Saturday, May 2
YARD SALE: 8AM-Noon. Please call 410-730-0770,  email us, or stop by Kahler Hall to register your street. Be sure to visit us before May 2 to get your Red Ribbon!

SHRED/eCYCLE: 9AM-1PM at the parking lot between Kahler Hall and the Bain Center. Limit 3 small bags/boxes per person for the Shred Truck. eCycle guidelines are listed below. Minimal fees required for some items.


FREE: Computers, Laptops/Notebooks, Keyboards/Mice/Cables, Monitors, Printers, Scanners, Cell & Regular Phones, Fax & Answering Machines, VCR, Cable Boxes, Stereo Equipment, Battery Back-ups (non-alkaline), TV (less than 26" - 1st one free)


FEE-BASED: TV 26" - 40" ($15), TV larger than 40" ($25), Console TV ($35)


NOT ACCEPTED: Microwaves, Refrigerators, Washers/Dryers, Toasters, Dishwashers, Household Appliances


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: 4/14, 4/28, 5/12.  

Village Board Meetings
The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for April 7 at 7PM. Agendas and Meeting Minutes are available on our website.