August 20, 2015
Harper's Choice Voice
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Card Making Workshop
When: Tuesday, September 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: Kahler Hall (5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia)
Fee: $10 per person. Supplies and refreshments are included. Pre-registration required.
Registration: Call 410-730-0770 or stop by Kahler Hall.

Join us for a fun and engaging card making workshop! This month, our theme is Thank You, and you will make three projects to take home. Advance registration is required. Fee is $10 and includes supplies and light refreshments. 
Fall Red Ribbon Yard Sale
Each Fall, the Harper's Choice Community Association organizes a community-wide yard sale. To participate, call 410-730-0770 or email us to register your street. That tells us at least one home on your street will hold a yard sale on the big day. To give buyers more bang for their buck, we encourage you to tell your neighbors that your street is registered. We advertise and promote the event in places like Craigslist, the Columbia Flier, Facebook, and our website to help draw eager buyers to your area. We also post yard sale signs throughout our community a few days before the event. We ask you to stop by Kahler Hall before the day of the event for a red ribbon to tie on your street sign to help shoppers locate participating streets. Last May, we had 18 participating streets! Let's see how many we can get for the Fall event.  
When: Saturday, October 3 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  
Register: Please call 410-730-0770, email us, or stop by Kahler Hall by September 27 to register your street so it can be included in print and online advertising. Be sure to visit us before October 3 to get your Red Ribbon! 
Books to Big Screen Readers' Club: The Martian
When: Wednesday, October 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Kahler Hall (5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia)

Join our Books to Big Screen Readers' Club as we discuss The Martian by Andy Weir. Set for its movie debut starring Matt Damon on October 2, this book tells the tale of a man named Mark Watney who is one of the first people to walk on Mars. Will he also be the first person to die on Mars? This is sure to be a book full of mystery and action! We can't wait to discuss it with you!

Participation is FREE. Club members are responsible for purchasing or borrowing the book to enjoy prior to our discussion. Please call 410-730-0770 or email us to register.
Fall Appraisal Roadshow
When: Monday, October 19 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Kahler Hall (5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia)

Do you have trash or treasure in your home? Join us for an Appraisal Roadshow! We will have a gemologist and a generalist appraiser from Paradigm Experts on hand on Monday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m. to offer appraisals of up to two items per person. Items to consider bringing include  jewelry, silver, coins, time pieces, furniture, glass, porcelain, paintings, bronze, toys, documents, and any other items (except stamps). For each item, the entire audience will learn what it is, what it's worth, and what they can do with it. You do not need to bring an item to come and enjoy the show.

Register online to have your items appraised or to attend the show. You may also purchase tickets at Kahler Hall.

Limited number of tickets are available.
  • General Admission Tickets are $19 for appraisal of up to two items plus light refreshments.
  • Spectator Tickets are $7 to watch the "show" and enjoy light refreshments.
Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Please arrive in plenty of time to check in and be seated by 7:30 p.m. The show will begin promptly and items can not be added to the show once it has begun. ALL items will be appraised either during the allotted show time or after the session. Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance through this link or in person at Kahler Hall to have your item(s) appraised.
Covenant Corner
Common Area Trash Collection in Townhouse Communities
Most townhouse developments in Harper's Choice have common area trash collection: a specific location where residents are required to place their trash and recycling for the county to pick-up on collection day. On streets where there is no townhouse association, the residents are expected to clean up the area once the items have been removed. The land, in cases like this, is typically part of the County right of way and is maintained by the adjacent homeowner. That said, all residents who use this area for trash must be responsible to help clean up when there is trash or debris left behind.

Here are some tips to help keep these areas clean:
  • Use trash containers with tight-fitting lids; no loose bags or boxes of trash.
  • Place recycling in the blue bins provided by the County. Need one? Call 410-313-6444.
  • Follow your trash collection schedule - items should not be placed out earlier than 6 p.m. the evening prior to your collection day.
  • When you collect your bins and cans, take a moment to pick up any debris that may be left behind.
  • Ever hear of the broken window theory? It supports the idea that areas kept clean and debris-free encourage others to pitch in. You can help build a sense of community, one piece of trash at a time.
Did You Know...
HCPD Will Conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint This Weekend?
The Howard County Police Department (HCPD) to promote awareness and reduce the number of alcohol-impaired drivers on the roads will conduct a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location this weekend. The checkpoint is part of the agency's traffic safety initiative to keep county roads safe for residents and travelers. The checkpoint will be clearly marked with signs, lights and uniformed officers.

The department conducts several checkpoints throughout the year, in addition to utilizing special enforcement details specifically targeting drunk and drugged drivers. HCPD arrested 994 drivers in 2014 for driving under the influence. Twenty-seven percent of Howard County's fatal collisions last year were alcohol-related.

Checkpoints conducted by Howard County police are part of the Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign and are funded in part by a grant from the Maryland Highway Safety Office. HCPD conducts checkpoints in partnership with Maryland State Police and with support from Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Traffic crashes continue to be a leading cause of death for Maryland residents. Police urge drivers to always drive sober, obey the speed limit, wear a seat belt and eliminate distractions. If you see an impaired driver on the road, please call 911. 
Columbia Festival of the Arts 2015 Fall Line-up
The Columbia Festival of the Arts is pleased to announce its 2015 Fall Festival, featuring a diverse array of arts events centered around the Fall Festival's theme: British Invasion.
The British Invasion Festival will be presented October 2nd through 4th, during which time twelve events will be offered in multiple venues throughout Columbia. Over the three days, audiences will see opera, theatre, chamber concerts, and literary events, and high tea can be enjoyed each day. A blend of artists and stories with British ties, British Invasion presentations include Charles Dickens' great-great-grandson performing Great Expectations and Hub Opera Ensemble's The Turn of the Screw, a fully produced opera based on the tale by Henry James.
On Saturday, October 3rd, the Columbia Orchestra will join Classic Albums Live to present Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, a performance of the iconic Beatles album in its entirety, followed by a late night showing of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind by acclaimed experimental theatre ensemble, The Neo-Futurists.
For a complete 2015 Fall Festival Schedule, please visit 
1st Birthday Party for Whole Foods
When: Saturday, August 22 at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Whole Foods Market, Columbia
(10275 Little Patuxent Parkway)
Whole Foods Market Columbia is turning 1 and you're invited to the party! Join the celebration filled with fun - music, giveaways, free samples, birthday cake (of course!) kid's activities, and much more! Don't miss this 1st birthday party, because it won't be a celebration without you!
2015 Howard County Police Pace 5K
When: Sunday, September 13 at 8:30 a.m. Where: Centennial Park in Ellicott City
Proceeds benefit charitable initiatives supported by the Howard County Police Foundation, including a scholarship program honoring the sacrifice made by officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.

Online registration is open through September 7.
Job Fair
The Howard County Maryland Branch NAACP is excited to announce its 2nd Annual Job Fair on Tuesday, September 22  from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 pm 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.
Pool Hours
Here are the hours of operation for the pools in Harper's Choice from August 24 through September 7.

Closed for the season on August 23

3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
12:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Labor Day

Hobbit's Glen
Closed for the season on August 9.
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: 9/8, 9/22, 10/13.

Village Board Meetings
The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for September 1 at 7:00 p.m. Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.