June 18, 2015
Harper's Choice Voice
The e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice

Keeping You Informed
This weekly e-newsletter serves as a recap of news and events we share with our community throughout the week via other social media channels. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to receive more regular announcements and information from us.
Subscribe to Our e-Newsletter
Was this message forwarded to you from a friend? You can subscribe to this newsletter directly so that you can receive it straight to your inbox from us!
Pool Hours
Here are the hours of operation for the pools in Harper's Choice from June 20 through August 9.

12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday
12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday
CLOSED on Monday

12:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday - Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
12:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday
CLOSED on Thursday

Hobbit's Glen
11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday- Saturday
12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday
CLOSED on Wednesday
Summer Pool Parties in Harper's Choice
Join us for splashingly great times at our annual summer pool parties! Each will include a special treat from the Kona Ice Truck and lively music and entertainment from Speakerize DJ for all guests, compliments of your Harper's Choice Community Association. Additional food will be available for a nominal fee.  


Registration Details:

Space is limited and tickets are required for EACH event. Visit Kahler Hall to register and pick up tickets. Ticket holders MUST arrive and check-in by 6:45 p.m. on the event date to ensure entry. Individual families must register separately. 

Longfellow Pool Party/Family Luau:

Tuesday, July 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Please bring one non-perishable food item per person attending for the Howard County Food Bank.  


Swansfield Pool Party/Family Dance Night:  
Thursday, August 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Please bring one non-perishable food item per person attending for the Howard County Food Bank. 


Did You Know...
The HoCo School Health Council is Recruiting New Members?

The Howard County School Health Council (HC-SHC) is in a very active recruiting phase this month to diversify its membership. The HC-SHC is a longstanding, state mandated local advisory committee to the health department and the school system, which is led by members who are volunteers from the community. The Council submits an annual report to the Superintendent, Health Officer, Board of Health, and Board of Education with 2-3 recommendations each year.  Members have an opportunity to meet key stakeholders from Howard County who are engaged in improving student health and well-being and hear and learn more about prevalent issues, important trends, and policy/programmatic developments in the County. Members are expected to attend 5 meetings per school year and actively participate in the work of the Council. Please visit the HC-SHC website for more information. Interested individuals are asked to submit an email of interest to the HC-SHC Nominating Committee at schoolhealthcouncil@gmail.com by June 30, 2015.

Covenant Corner
Rain Gardens

Rain gardens are a simple and  effective way to "green" your landscape and manage storm water. A rain garden is a shallow, planted depression that absorbs the water that flows from your roof, patio or yard, allowing it to drain directly into the soil.


Columbia Association, through a grant from MD Department of Natural Resources, will pay 75% of the installation costs of rain gardens on residential property and has a landscape firm on contract for installation. This program serves Columbia residents whose property is located in the Little Patuxent Watershed. Most properties in Harper's Choice qualify. We have several brochures available at Kahler Hall that explain the program, show costs, templates and photos.

For more information, watch this video or contact CA's Watershed Manager, John McCoy, at 410-312- 6336.

Vivian Bailey Day
When: Monday, June 22 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House (10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia, MD)

Wilde Lake Community Association invites the community to a reception to honor Mrs. Vivian (Millie) Bailey for her outstanding contributions to the community. 

Mrs. Bailey, who is 97 years old, continues to volunteer and raise funds to help students at Running Brook Elementary School. She was recently invited to the White House where she met President Obama and Vice President Biden. In addition, Mrs. Bailey collects contributions for packages that she sends to servicemen and women overseas. 

Please join your friends and neighbors to hear about Mrs. Bailey's experiences and commitment to service while enjoying light refreshments in the Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House (Lobby Gallery).

Registration is encouraged but not required. Click here to register online. 


Webinar: Essentials of Lyme Disease Prevention

Please join the Howard County Lyme Awareness Group on June 23 at 7:00 p.m. for a free webinar to learn about Essentials of Lyme Disease Prevention. Most people know some of the basics about Lyme Disease, but the majority do nothing to prevent it. Don't let yourself or your loved ones experience the horrors that this disease can bring upon your physical, mental and financial health! With the number of new people acquiring Lyme skyrocketing to 300,000+ per year, chances are this disease will hit close to home. This educational presentation will provide some essential steps to protect yourself, your children, your pets and others you care about.


You will learn important information relevant to gardeners, landscapers, homeowners, scouts, kids attending outside camps/sports, pet owners and more.


Presenter Bob Oley is a Public Health Consultant and a Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Prevention Expert and holds a graduate degree in Public Health from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. He has been involved in public health and site work for over 30 years. Bob has worked in Pennsylvania and the surrounding states as a Public Health Consultant specializing in tick-borne disease prevention. An important aspect of his consulting work involves advising families and businesses on how to make their properties safer from ticks, and on what personal protection measures can be taken to safeguard family members and workers. He will share from his wealth of knowledge on this subject, as well as personal experience.


Please register in advance. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend and ask questions. 

Domestic Violence in the Workplace
A Training for Professionals
When: June 24 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Where: Baltimore-Washington Conference United Methodist Church Mission Center (11711 E Market Place, Fulton, MD 20759)


CEUs available upon request


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the annual cost of lost productivity due to domestic violence equals $727.8 million, with more than 7.9 million paid workdays lost each year.


Thirty-seven percent of women who experienced domestic violence reported that the abuse had an impact on their work in the form of lateness, missed work, keeping a job, or career promotions.


Join HopeWorks of Howard County and other community partners to discuss these issues and share how to incorporate primary prevention into the workplace setting. Please register online to attend this FREE event. 


The program is appropriate for business leaders (large or small businesses), human resource professionals, faith leaders, faith-community members, social workers, clinicians, domestic violence service providers and advocates. For more information, contact Vanita Leatherwood at 410-997-0304. 

Fiddlers and Fireflies
When: June 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  

Where: Howard County Conservancy (10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock, MD)

Fee: $10/car 

Begin your summer with an old fashioned family picnic. Bring your supper and spread your blanket and lawn chairs. As the fireflies begin to flicker under the trees and in the tall grasses around the property at Mt. Pleasant, listen to musician and storyteller Bill Wellington from Staunton, Virginia, who electrifies audiences with his storytelling, "roses are red poems," and family music programs. Little kids and adults alike are welcome to dance to the fiddles and sing old-timey songs! Learn interesting facts about fireflies and make a firefly craft. In the event of rain, check the Conservancy website.


Lakefront Wednesday Lunchtime Concert Series
Columbia Association presents the Lakefront Wednesday Lunchtime Concert Series! Enjoy live concerts by the lake every week. In addition to great live music, guests will receive free cold beverages and be eligible to win a raffle! This year's performers include series favorites and popular local musicians representing a wide variety of musical styles, including rock, folk, jazz, blues and R&B. This year's event will be held June 17- August 12 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Here is the concert line-up:

June 23
Angela Sheik
July 1
Automatic Slim
July 8
Unity Reggae Band
July 15
Damon Foreman
July 22
Jordan Mills
Various Genres
July 29
Janice B
R&B Soul/Soul
August 5
Cara Kelly & The Tell Tale
Various Genres
August 12
Steve Tove
Tropical Rock
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 p.m. to review applications. The deadline to submit applications for approval is two weeks prior to the next meeting date. Upcoming meetings are scheduled for: 6/30, 7/14, 7/28, 8/18.  

Village Board Meetings
The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for July 21 at 7:00 p.m. Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.