Sept 10, 2015
Harper's Choice Voice
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Register for the Red Ribbon Yard Sale in Harper's Choice!
The Red Ribbon Community Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, October 3 throughout the Harper's Choice community.  Participation is simple: register your street to let us know at least one home will have a yard sale on the big day. We handle the advertising and promoting for you and your neighbors. Email or call 410-730-0770 to sign up. Don't forget to stop in for your Red Ribbon so eager shoppers can find you on the big day!

Here is the list of currently registered streets:
  • Berry Pick Lane
  • Eight Bells Lane
  • Rondell Place
  • Southern Star Terrace
  • Wood Elves Way
  • Woodenhawk Circle

Last Call: Paint Night in Harper's Choice
When: September 16 from 6pm - 9pm
Where: Kahler Hall (5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia)
Fee: $25 fee includes all supplies, wine, and light refreshments. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Registration: Pre-registration is required. Call 410-730-0770, email Susan, or stop by Kahler Hall to register. 

Watch and learn from a Paint in the Hut artist who will guide you step by step through this fun and easy painting experience with acrylics on a 16 x 20 stretched canvas. No experience necessary! You will learn easy painting tricks that will help you stylize your own masterpiece! No two will be the same!

Only a few spaces remain. Register TODAY!
Did You Know...
A Fire Extinguisher Can Prevent Death, Injury, and Property Loss from Fire?
In the United States each year, more than 2,500 people die, 12,600 are injured and an estimated $7.3 billion of direct property loss results from home fires.
Understanding fires and how to prevent them can prepare you and your family.

Most home fires occur in the kitchen while cooking and are the leading cause of injuries from fire. To prevent such fires in the kitchen, follow these simple steps from FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency:
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food; if you must leave the kitchen, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
  • Do not cook if you are sleepy, have been drinking alcohol or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy.
  • Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of three feet around the stove.
For more information about home fires, visit
River Hill Community Health Fair
When: Saturday, September 12 from 11am-2pm
Where: River Hill Village Center (6020 Daybreak Circle, Clarksville)

We're not really coastal or international, but Howard County Recreation and Parks Department is hosting a cleanup anyway!

20 - 30 volunteers are needed to help out a section of the Dorsey Run in Jessup. We will pick up trash and separate recyclables. We will also remove tires and other auto parts from the stream and stream banks.  Keep cameras handy as volunteers can also photograph any herp species (reptiles and amphibians) encountered during the cleanup as part of the Maryland Amphibian & Reptile Atlas.

Bring your own work gloves, snacks and drinks. Shovels or hoes may be useful in dislodging some of the tires in the stream.  No open-toed shoes.  Bring chest waders, hip boots or knee boots if you have them, to get in the stream to remove trash and auto debris.  If you don't have boots, you can work in the floodplain.

Volunteers should also bring water to drink and any snacks they may need.

Children ages 8 and up are welcome if they have an adult staying at the cleanup with them.  For volunteers doing community service, please bring any paperwork along so that we can do the signatures when the cleanup is done.

Volunteers must register using the new Howard County volunteer online sign-up available on

After volunteers register, they will receive an email with more details about the cleanup and the meeting location.  For more info or questions, please contact Sue Muller, at  410-313-4697 or

Wilde Lake Old-Fashioned Family Picnic
When: Saturday, September 19 from 11am-3pm
Where: Wilde Lake Park (Hyla Brook Road, Columbia)

Wilde Lake Community Association is sponsoring the Third Annual Old-Fashioned Family Picnic on Saturday, September 19, 2015. The event, which is open to all residents and community members, will be held at Wilde Lake Park, Hyla Brook Road, from 11am-3pm. All are invited to join in with neighbors, friends and family for this fun-filled event featuring FREE activities including face painting for children, moon bounce with slide, children's crafts and watermelon eating contest. New this year will be neighborhood corn hole games!

Live entertainment will include performances by the Wilde Lake High School Marching Band, Wilde Lake Middle School Jazz Band, Wilde Lake High School student bands and local favorites, "The Dixon Ulmer Band" and "Any The Wiser".

Bring a picnic basket, beverages, blankets, chairs and/or tables to enjoy an old-fashioned picnic at the park. For families on the run, food will be available for purchase from a wide variety of food trucks & vendors including CookieRide, Curry & Kabob, La Pearl Waffles, Kona Ice, Madame BBQ and Upslidedown Dave.

The event will also be the start of a Soldiers Care Packages collection drive. Please bring items to send to soldiers overseas such as: non-perishable food snacks, personal care items, batteries or puzzle books. All items will be given to Running Brook resident, Mrs. Vivian "Millie" Bailey, who collects donations for care packages which she mails to the soldiers.
NAACP 2nd Annual Job Fair
The Howard County Maryland Branch NAACP is excited to announce its 2nd Annual Job Fair on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 from 10am-2pm at the Savage Volunteer Fire Station Community Room located at 8521 Corridor Road, Savage, MD 20763.

This event is free and open to the public! Our goal is to be a resource to local job seekers, businesses, and employers in building economic development and power for the Howard County community.

Registration cost for employer exhibitors is $100. To register, contact Tryphenia Ellis-Johnson, Economic Development Chair at (410) 533-0523 or Registration deadline is September 15, 2015.

15th Annual Columbia BikeAbout
When: Saturday, September 26 at 9:30am
Where: Downtown Columbia Lakefront 

We are just weeks away from the 15th annual Columbia BikeAbout. This year's ride starts at 9:30am at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront, with riders able to begin up until 10am. The 12-mile route will wind through Town Center, Oakland Mills and Long Reach. The ride ends with an option of taking a loop around Lake Kittamaqundi. The 1.5-mile path also will be a special route for younger children.

Columbia BikeAbout will take us to places old and new - from mid-19th century gravestones to lovely pathways. Along the route will be an opportunity to learn about a project to control runoff from new development done in the early 1970's and what is being done to protect the watershed. In addition, there will be much more about the history of Long Reach and up-to-date plans for the village center's redevelopment.  
Volunteers Needed on the BikeAbout Course
Volunteers are needed to help out on the route, including the pilot bike lane on Tamar Drive that illustrates how small improvements can make for better cycling.  The police permit calls for a number of adult route marshals on that stretch. I am hoping that some experienced cyclists interested in better cycling options would be free to help out for a couple of hours in the morning.  We could use a couple for set up around 8 and then a couple to be on the route around 10am - 12pm. I would particularly like to see informed people along that stretch to keep things safe. Please contact Barbara Kelner or Jeannette Lichtenwalner at  410 715 6781 for more information
National Drug Take Back Day
HC DrugFree is partnering with the Howard County Police Department for National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, September 26 from 10am - 2pm. Clean out your medicine cabinets and bring your unwanted or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to HC DrugFree's office in the Wilde Lake Village Center. In addition to collecting meds, HC DrugFree will also be collecting needles, syringes and EpiPens.

And best of all - you don't even have to get out of your car! Roll down your window or pop your trunk and we'll take it from there.

Can't make it out for National Drug Take Back Day? Please visit one of these three permanent collection sites in the County to drop off your medications. Please note, permanent collection sites are not able to accept needles, syringes, and EpiPens.


Northern District
3410 Courthouse Drive
Ellicott City

Southern District
11226 Scaggsville Road

Gary Arthur Community Center
2400 Rt. 97


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 7:30pm to review applications. The deadline to submit applications for approval is two weeks prior to the next meeting date. Upcoming meetings are scheduled for: 9/22, 10/13, 10/27.

Village Board Meetings
The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for October 6 at 7pm Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.