July 17, 2014
Harper's Choice Voice
The e-newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice

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Tree Planting Ceremony and Reception Honoring Cindy Coyle
Please join us for a Tree Planting Ceremony and Reception honoring Cindy Coyle for her 12 years of dedication and service to the Harper's Choice Community.

Date: Friday, August 8
Time: 6PM-7:30PM
Location: Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia

Call Susan at 410-730-0770 or email us to RSVP by Friday, August 1.


Did You Know...
CA's Summer Shutdowns Allow for Maintenance & Updates?
Each year, the Columbia Association (CA) closes its fitness facilities for cleaning, renovations and upgrades. Facility-only members are welcome to use CA's other fitness facilities during that facility's shutdown period.

Click here for this year's schedule and information about renovations and plans for each facility.
Covenant Corner
Q  & A with the Covenant Advisor

We recently replaced our windows and siding, and were told that we had to submit an application for approval. The finished product will look the same. Why must we apply?  


Most exterior changes require an application submission to keep the Lot file we have for each property current with the changes that have been made. Also, in order to receive a compliance letter when you sell your home certifying that the home is free and clear of any covenant issues, you will need to have an approved application on file for most changes.  


If you have questions about exterior alterations or compliance issues, please call the Covenant Advisor at 410-730-0770 or send us an email.

New Website Helps Homeowners Address Stormwater Runoff

Stormwater (rain) that runs off our roofs and driveways into storm drains ends up in our local waterways. Runoff is costly to manage and is a major source of pollution affecting the entire Chesapeake Bay region. Each of us can take positive steps right in our own yards that will make a difference.  


The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay (Alliance) has launched a new website with information targeted to homeowners that includes helpful hints, technical specifications, illustrations, videos and other valuable resources. Check it out today! 


Give Blood. Save a Life.
American Red Cross Blood Drive on August 5

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 4PM-8PM at Kahler Hall


 Please schedule your Life Saving Donation TODAY!!  Click here to schedule an appointment or go to www.redcrossblood.org and enter Sponsor Code: 05314708.  Alternatively, call 1-800-RED-CROSS!!!


Need a reason to donate blood? Watch these inspiring videos from grateful Blood Recipients.


For questions on eligibility, please call Donor Services at1-866-236-3276


All presenting donors will receive coupons from Turkey Hill and Dunkin Donuts!

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
11AM - 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.

Local Events
Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts Presents "The Addams Family"
The Columbia Center for the Theatrical Arts Teen Professional Theatre presents "The Addams Family, A New Musical Comedy," July 24-27 in the Glenelg High School Auditorium, 14025 Burntwoods Road, Glenelg. Show times are:
  • 7PM July 24 and 25 
  • 2PM and 7PM July 26
  • 2PM July 27

Tickets are $20 for general admission; $17.50 for students, seniors, and service members with military ID. Group rates are available. Purchase tickets online. 


Call 410-381-0700 for more information. 

Schoolhouse Theatre Arts Presents "Aladdin Kids"
Schoolhouse Theater Arts, Inc. presents Disney's "Aladdin Kids" at 12:30PM on July 24 and 25 at Patapsco Middle School, 8885 Old Frederick Road, Ellicott City. Admission is FREE! Doors open for seating at 12:15PM.


Call 410-379-6991 for more information. 

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.

Attention Harper's Choice residents: Please park in the lot between Kahler Hall and the Bain Center!

An RMS Shred truck will be located in the parking lot between Kahler Hall and the Bain Center to receive up to 3 bags or boxes of confidential documents to be shredded.

A Goodwill truck will be located in the Athletic Club parking lot adjacent to the shred truck to accept donations of clothing and small household goods.

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

Harper's Choice 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 and refreshments from Whole Foods and Target. 
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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