May 28, 2015
Harper's Choice Voice
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Pool Hours
Here are the hours of operation for the pools in Harper's Choice through June 19.

12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday

11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday

Hobbit's Glen
12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday
Did You Know...
Columbia residents get a discount on Kahler Hall rentals?

Kahler Hall is a beautiful banquet facility located in Harper's Choice that can accommodate all of your social and business event needs from weddings, receptions, and birthday parties to meetings, classes, and seminars. The capacity of the Ballroom is 220 guests, the Social Room 120, and the Meeting Room 40.


Residents of Columbia receive a discount on all Kahler Hall rentals! 


Elegant and affordable, Kahler Hall is ideal for:

  • Wedding Receptions
  • Birthday Parties
  • Rehearsal Dinners
  • Bar and Bat Mitzvahs
  • Retirement Dinners
  • Bridal and Baby Showers
  • Graduation Parties
  • Celebrations
  • Day and Evening Meetings

No appointment is necessary to tour the facility.  

Covenant Corner
Howard County Animal Control Laws

All animal owners in Columbia are subject to the Howard County Animal Control laws. Here are a few summarized requirements under Section 17.300 of the Howard County Animal Control Law:

  • A pet must be on a leash and under control when not on an owner's property.
  • Owners are responsible for removing pet defecation when off their own property.
  • Owners must remove an accumulation of pet defecation from their property to prevent annoying odors and rodent infestation (Animal feces is a food source for rats).
  • Owners are responsible for preventing their dogs from barking to the extent that it disturbs neighbors.

Residents who have concerns about animal behavior or the care and control of animals are urged to call Animal Control for more information and enforcement of the regulations: 410-313-2780.

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 a website called Alliance for the Bay with information targeted to homeowners and includes helpful hints, technical specifications, illustrations, videos and other valuable resources. Check it out! 

Join FIRN in Celebration of HoCo's Foreign-Born Leaders
FIRN invites you to join in a celebration to honor Howard County's Foreign-Born Community Leaders on Wednesday, June 3 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Columbia Town Center (10207 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD 21044).


FIRN's 13th Annual American Success Awards (ASA) dinner will honor three Howard County foreign-born Americans who have distinguished themselves by achieving success in their professional lives, as well as for their outstanding contributions to their community:

  • Ms. Diane Li, Branch Manager at the Savage Library
  • Mr. Jos? S?nchez, Battalion Chief at the County's Fire and Rescue Services
  • Mr. Jahantab A. Siddiqui, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Howard County Executive

Tickets and tables can be purchased online. Proceeds from the American Success Awards will benefit FIRN, a non-profit organization which has served the Howard County immigrant and refugee population since 1981.   



Catholics, Germans, and Western Maryland

Join the Howard County Genealogical Society for their June meeting and lecture Catholics, Germans and Western Maryland by guest speaker John Foertschbeck. The lecture will cover the early Catholic experience in Maryland, the German emigrants from Pennsylvania, and immigrants landing in Annapolis and Baltimore. Mr. Foertschbeck's research covers German settlements into Western Maryland with an emphasis on the early Jesuit and Redemptorist missionaries who ministered to the German Catholics. He is the author of several books on the above which will be available for purchase at the meeting.


The meeting is on June 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Florence Bain Senior Center (5470 Ruth Keaton Way, Columbia, MD 21044) and includes an time to socialize, browse, enjoy refreshments and share research stories before the 8:00 p.m. lecture. Meetings are free and everyone is welcome. If Howard County Senior Centers are closed, the meeting will be cancelled. Visit the society on Facebook! 

Open Streets Howard County Festival
Are Open Streets the future of Howard County? Here's your chance to find out.

The Little Patuxent Parkway "Loop" in Clary's Forest will be home to the first Open Streets Howard County demonstration project on Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to comfortably and safely ride your bike on the road? Bike lanes and sidewalks have come a long way in the last few years, and at the Open Streets Howard County festival in June, you can come see and experience new approaches to encouraging healthy transportation options like walking and cycling. The event will temporarily take over a lane of the Little Patuxent Parkway Loop and reserve it for people-powered transportation.

And if that's not enough, there will be many fun activities for all ages, including food trucks, scavenger hunts, and giveaways. Bike mechanics will be on-hand to help get you ready to ride!

Jazz in the Mills Presents Lavenia Nesmith on June 14

Jazz in the Mills is proud to present, Lavenia Nesmith in Concert on Sunday, June 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Other Barn in Columbia, MD.


Back by popular demand, The Jazz in the Mills Concert Series 2015 presents Lavenia Nesmith, who performed to sell out audiences in past years at The Other Barn. Janet Gilbert, entertainment writer for the Baltimore Sun raves about Lavenia: "Her voice, rich and resonant can be powerful and poignant, sultry or sweet".


Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 at The Other Barn or online at will be available at the door for $20.


Jazz in the Mills is sponsored by Lavenia Nesmith and the  Oakland Mills Community Association.


For more information: Lavenia Nesmith at or call 301-596-5128 or 410-730-4610;; The Other Barn, Oakland Mills Village, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, 21045.


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 17
Ted Garber
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


Conservation Stewardship Program
The mission of the Howard County Master Gardeners is to educate residents about safe, effective, and sustainable horticultural practices that build healthy gardens, landscapes, and communities. The Master Gardener program is administered by the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Service. Please join them for this upcoming event.
Barberry & Basketgrass

When: Tuesday, June 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.   

Where: Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA), South Wind Circle trailhead at 5795 Trotter Road, Clarksville, MD

Non-native, invasive plants are a real threat to our ecosystems and our habitat restoration efforts. Come hear Dr. Vanessa Beauchamp, Assistant Professor of Biology at Towson University, speak about the ecology of Wavyleaf basketgrass, a relative newcomer and very challenging species, and a citizen-science initiative to map its current distribution. The remaining time is spent dealing with our nemesis, Japanese barberry.


The Best of The Second City

On Saturday, June 27, Chicago's legendary sketch and improv comedy theater returns to Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia, Maryland at 8:00 p.m. with The Best of The Second City. This must-see show features the best sketches and songs from The Second City's 55-year history made famous by superstars like Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray and more, as well as their trademark improvisation. Come see where it all began during this special one night engagement, the finale performance of Columbia Festival of the Art's Summer 2015 Festival.


Fresh, fast and always spectacularly funny, The Second City is celebrating 55 years of producing cutting-edge satirical revues and launching the careers of generation after generation of comedy's best and brightest. 


Tickets for The Second City are $25-$40 and can be purchased online at or by calling 1-800-955-5566.  For more information, please call Jennifer Culotta at 410-715-3044. For a complete 2015 Summer Festival Schedule, please visit  


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: 6/9, 6/23, 7/14.  

Village Board Meetings
The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for June 2 at 7 p.m. Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.