July 16, 2015
Harper's Choice Voice
The e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice

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Pool Hours
Here are the hours of operation for the pools in Harper's Choice 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 8:00 p.m. Monday - Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
12:00 p.m. to 7:00 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

Second Sunday Swim 
CA residents are welcome to visit CA's 23 outdoor pools FREE on the second Sunday of each summer month (June 14, July 12 and August 9.)  Residents must have a CA Columbia Card to enjoy the Second Sunday Swim. Columbia Cards can be obtained at CA's Membership Service Center, located at CA headquarters above Clyde's at the Lakefront, 10221 Wincopin Circle, at no cost. Address verification is required to obtain the free Columbia Card. For more information, call 410-730-1801.
National Night Out
When: Tuesday, August 4 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Where: In the courtyard on Joseph Square in the Harper's Choice Village Center.


We're putting the finishing touches on our annual National Night Out event for the Village of Harper's Choice! Unity Reggae Band will be back to entertain us with their lively music and we'll have food from Mission BBQ and other surprises for everyone. Join us for this annual celebration! Bring your friends and neighbors and enjoy a gorgeous night in your community.

Family Dance Party at Swansfield Pool
Join us for a fun family Dance Night at Swansfield Pool! This year, all attendees will enjoy a special treat from the Kona Ice Truck, 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. Please 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. 
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. 


Paint Night in Harper's Choice

When: Wednesday, September 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Where: Kahler Hall (5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia)

Fee: $25 per person. Must be 21 or older. Supplies, wine, and light refreshments are included. Pre-registration required.

Registration: Call 410-730-0770 or stop by Kahler Hall beginning July 13. Space is limited.


Watch and learn to paint this picture from an artist who will guide you step by step through this fun and easy painting experience.

No experience necessary - you will learn easy painting tricks that will help you stylize your own masterpiece!
Did You Know...
The Prepare for Success Program is a Community Effort?
The Prepare for Success program (PFS) is an almost year round, all volunteer activity that sends much needed supplies to schools prior to the new school year. While Prepare for Success is a formal partnership among PFS, the Howard County Public School System and the Community Action Council, it involves many other institutions and individuals.  It takes a community. Click here for more information about the organizations that support PFS.

You can donate supplies for students in need at Kahler Hall through August 14. Click here to learn ways to make a monetary donation at any time during the year. 
Covenant Corner
Call MISS Utility... It's the Law!
Miss Utility
Residents are reminded to call Miss Utility at 1-800-257-7777 at least 48 hours before digging to determine the location of all gas, electric, telephone, cable and water lines. This service is free of charge.
Trash and Recycling 101

Howard County code and the Village Guidelines for maintenance require that trash cans and recycling bins be placed out for pickup not earlier than 6:00 p.m. the evening prior to your collection day. After collection, trash cans and recycling bins must be removed and stored out of view of neighboring and adjacent properties.    


Tips to Cut your Trash in HALF

  • RECYCLE unlimited quantities of household recyclables on your recycling day. Put your mixed paper, plastic bottles, metal cans, cardboard, glass bottles and jars "All Together Now" in a bin or see-through bag; yard waste must be kept separate.
  • COMPACT and CONSOLIDATE your trash into 4 bags or trash cans (remember - 40 pound limit per item).
  • GRASSCYCLE by leaving your grass clippings on your lawn and help fertilize your lawn naturally.
  • COMPOST grass, leaves and other yard waste to make a high grade soil.


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 on Wednesdays through August 12 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Here is the concert line-up:

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
Community Policing Forum
When: July 22 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Where: Mt. Hebron High School (9440 Old Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 20759)


Come be a part of a public forum on Community Policing! Share your thoughts and ideas on topics such as:
  • Police Technology
  • Officer Training
  • Community Outreach Programs
  • Neighborhood Police Satellite Offices
Lyme Disease Presentation
When: July 23 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Where: The Other Barn (5851 Robert Oliver Place)


Please join Oakland Mills Community Association for a presentation on Lyme Disease. The numbers of those who have Lyme Disease are staggering and growing. It is fair to assume that everyone living in this area has a close family friend or relative living with Lyme Disease. This presentation will cover the basics and create an awareness of Lyme Disease.

Speakers include a representative from the Howard County Health Department and Mrs. Kandice Dickover, M.S. The Health Department will discuss prevention of tick-borne disease, creating a tick-safe zone through landscaping, tick removal and recognizing symptoms of Lyme disease.

Mrs. Dickover founded the Howard County Lyme Awareness Group three years ago after suffering from a debilitating mystery illness for 4.5 years before discovering that she had Lyme Disease. After educating herself about the disease, her two sons and husband were bitten by ticks during a scouting trip. Mrs. Dickover opens her home monthly to Lyme Support Group Meetings and holds free webinars and public education events.

This presentation is free and open to the public and will include time for Q & A.  For more information contact Sandy Cederbaum, Oakland Mills Village Manager at manager@oaklandmills.org or call 410-730-4610.

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: 7/28, 8/18, 9/8
Please note that there is only ONE meeting in August; plan to submit for any August alterations no later than August 4th to have your submission placed on that agenda. 

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.