July 9, 2015
Harper's Choice Voice
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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!
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...
Columbia Archives is Moving?

On August 22, Columbia Archives will relocate to the new Columbia Association headquarters at 6310 Hillside Court. In preparation for the move, the Archives will be closed to the public from August 1 - 31, and staff will have limited access to the collection. Columbia Archives is not accepting any donations of materials until September 15. If you have questions about materials you have, please email the Archives

Covenant Corner
Covenant Q&A
We recently replaced our windows and siding and were told that we had to submit an application for approval. The color will not change and the finished product will look the same; why must we apply?


An application is required for most changes to the exterior of your home. We keep a permanent lot file for each property with all of the applications for changes and compliance letters that may have been requested. 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.


Do I need approval for a vegetable garden?


An application is required for a raised garden bed or a vegetable garden unless all of the following conditions are met:


a)      The garden is located between the rear of the house and the rear property line.

b)      The garden is not visible from adjacent streets.

c)      The garden does not exceed ΒΌ of the area described in condition a) above.

d)      The garden is not planted on a steep grade (two feet per 100 linear feet).

e)      The garden will not damage property below it through the flow of water onto any adjacent


Plant supports must be consistent in size and preferably green or brown to blend with the environment. All plant supports and dead vegetation must be removed at the end of the season and garden maintained. All garden fencing requires approval.  

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 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
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.

Columbia Solar Cooperative: Easy. Affordable. Trusted.

Neighbors in Columbia are going solar as a group and getting a discount. Based on the same principle as buying in bulk, homeowners will save an additional 25% off the cost of a solar system.


Learn about this innovative community solar program and  get information on the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program to make the most of going solar.


Come to the informational session or call your personal Energy Advocate, Paul Cole, at 410-929-6257.


When: Wednesday, August 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Where: The Other Barn (5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia) 

RSVP: Please RSVP to retrofitbaltimore.org/rsvp   

Sponsored by: CivicWorks, Retrofit Baltimore and Columbia Association.


Save the Date! Columbia BikeAbout is September 26

Start location: Lake Kittamaqundi

Start time: Riders must start between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

End time: Riders must finish the course by 1 p.m.

Course length:  Long ride - about 12 miles with an optional 1.5 mile extension; short ride - about 1.5 miles

Parking: American City Building parking lot (next to Whole Foods)

Registration:  Online registration is open through Thursday, September 24, 2015. After that, you can fill out a paper registration form the morning of the BikeAbout at the check-in desk.


The 12-mile route this year will take you to places old and new - from mid-19th century gravestones to lovely paths in the neighborhood of Kendall Ridge. The ride ends with an option of taking a loop around Lake Kittamaqundi. The 1.5-mile path will also be a special route for younger children.

Along the route will be an opportunity to learn about a project to control runoff from new development done in the early 1970s and what is being done today to protect the watershed - plus much more about the history of Long Reach Village and up-to-date plans for the Village Center's redevelopment. 
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 8:30 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

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 are required to obtain the free Columbia Card. For more information, call 410-730-1801.


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: 7/14, 7/28, 8/18. 

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.