Oct. 30, 2014
Harper's Choice Voice
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Election Day: November 4
Don't Forget to Vote!
It is a privilege to live in a country where the people elect their leaders. It is also a responsibility many take for granted. Regardless of the outcome of any election, EVERY vote counts.

If you haven't already cast your ballot for this year's election, General Election Day is Tuesday, November 4. You can check your polling location through this website. The Howard County Board of Elections' website has information about voting by absentee ballot. There is still time to request one!

In Howard County, we will elect a new County Executive and four members to the Board of Education. In the State of MD, we will elect a new Governor, Comptroller, and Attorney General.

Whether you vote by absentee ballot, cast your ballot during the early voting period, or visit your polling location on November 4, we encourage you to exercise your right to vote. 
Columbia Speaks. CA Listens: A ReCap
There's Still Time to Share Your Thoughts
On October 18th, CA held Columbia Speaks. CA Listens - an event designed to give Columbia residents an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. Approximately 100 people attended the event.

You may view video coverage of the event here. The discussion topics and slide presentations shown at the event are posted on CA's Columbia Speaks site.  As a follow-up to this event, residents may add additional comments on CA's online community forum at InspireColumbia.com. Comments will be collected through November 13th.

All information provided at the event, along with these additional comments, will be compiled and made available in a Summary Report posted on CA's Columbia Speaks website in early December. Additional coverage of event discussions and follow-up information will appear in upcoming issues of CA Monthly.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.
The Kappa League is Presently Accepting Members
The Kappa Leadership & Development League is a program designed to aid young men of high school age to grow and develop their leadership talents in every phase of human endeavor. Kappa League provides both challenging and rewarding experiences to enhance their lives. Since the fundamental purpose of Kappa Alpha Psi is ACHIEVEMENT, it is the Fraternity's primary purpose to help these young men achieve worthy goals for themselves and make constructive contributions to their community when they assume leadership roles.

Kappa League is a program for the educational, occupational and social guidance of male students in
High School through workshops, group discussions, leadership development, career counseling, and much more.  


Kappa League is presently accepting members. You can register at KappaLeagueColumbia.com 

Open Enrollment for 2015 Affordable Care Act
Register for Health Care and Apply for Financial Assistance for 2015
Open Enrollment to apply for Health Insurance for 2015 under the Affordable Care Act begins November 15, 2014. If you are currently enrolled in a plan, your coverage will continue into 2015. However, if you receive financial assistance, you will need to re-apply for aid by December 18.
Don't Forget!
Daylight Saving Time Ends November 2!
This weekend, Daylight Saving Time ends at 2AM on Sunday, November 2nd. Remember to change your clock back one hour and replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms/detectors.

Check out the History of Daylight Savings Time (DST) on the Time and Date website to learn more about  the reasons why DST saves energy, the practices of ancient civilizations that inspired its invention, which of the 70 countries throughout the world participate, and why it was instituted in Germany in 1916. 
Did You Know...
Kahler Hall is an Elegant and Affordable Venue in Harper's Choice?
The business office for the Harper's Choice Community Association is located at Kahler Hall, an elegant and affordable rental venue in your village. We consider Kahler Hall to be one of Columbia's best kept secrets, conveniently tucked away in our beautiful community. Check out the new Kahler Hall website and consider scheduling your next event here.
You Can Turn Your Used Jack-o-Lantern into a Bird Feeder?

Covenant Corner
Mulch Those Leaves!

Mulching your leaves into your lawn, rather than raking and bagging them, is a great way to save time and energy, recycle nutrients, and add organic matter to your turf. A few simple tips:

  • Make sure your mower has sharp blades.
  • Set your mower height as high as it will go.
  • Mow at your normal speed.
  • Don't mow when the leaves are really wet.
  • Mow leaf piles up to 3 to 4 inches deep.
  • Continue to mulch those leaves weekly to avoid smothering the grass.
  • Test your soil - fall is a great time to have your soil tested.
Did you know that as the mulched leaves decompose, they enhance the soil with valuable nutrients that feed the microbes and worms present in any healthy lawn? The nitrogen boost you will get from mulching may mean that you don't have to fertilize in the fall. Compared with raking, mulching leaves is easier, more lawn-friendly, and less costly, saving you both the money and time spent on fertilizing. Don't work hard to remove the leaves; let the leaves work hard for your lawn!

Not-To-Miss Events!
The Art of Self-Alliance: Collage Making for Stress Relief

The Women's Circle, a roundtable activity group, hosts the Art of Self-Alliance: Collage Making for Stress Relief on Saturday, November 8 from 10AM - noon at HopeWorks of Howard County, 5457 Twin Knolls Road in Columbia.


Time to give up perfection! Through creative activities, as well as sharing with others, we will explore how to "give up perfect," shaping your life according to what is important to you. 


No art experience needed. Admission is free and materials will be supplied. 


Made possible by the Howard County Arts Council through a grant from Howard County Government


For more information email Vanita Leatherwood or call her at (410) 997 - 0304.

Longfellow Nursery School Holiday Open House Fundraiser
When: Saturday, November 8, 2014

Time: 10AM - 1PM

Where: Longfellow Nursery School at 5267 Eliots Oak Rd.

What: Shop for your friends and loved ones with your favorite consultants, including representatives from Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple, Thirty-One, Premier Designs, and Party Lite! Maybe even pick up something for yourself! Tis' the season to shop and raise money for a wonderful cooperative preschool! Don't forget to sign up for the awesome door prizes. 

Thanksgiving Celebration
The Howard County Office on Aging invites you to a Thanksgiving Celebration on Thursday, November 13, at Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane in Clarksville. The Giving Thanks Luncheon and Dance will feature a festive meal with turkey and all the trimmings, plus a special performance by the Retro Rockets.

Doors open at 10:30AM and lunch is served at 12 noon. Tickets are $13 per person and are on sale now at Howard County Senior Centers.  Attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items to be donated to the Howard County Food Bank.

Looking Ahead
Pizza with Santa
Our annual Pizza with Santa event is scheduled for Saturday, December 20 at 11AM at Kahler Hall. This favorite holiday tradition is planned especially for Harper's Choice residents. Space is limited and reservations are required. Please visit Kahler Hall beginning November 10 to RSVP and pick up your free tickets.

We encourage attendees to bring one non perishable food item for the food bank per ticket. Items collected will be given to the Howard County Food Bank.

Jazz in the Mills Presents a Holiday Jazz Extravaganza

Jazz in the Mills at The Other Barn in Columbia, MD presents its Annual Holiday Jazz Extravaganza on Sunday, December 7, 2014 featuring the melodious sounds of Davey Yarborough and Esther Williams.


Showtime is 5PM - 8PM. Soft drinks, wine and snacks will be available for sale. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 at The Other Barn and are available online. Tickets 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, please contact Lavenia Nesmith at Lavenia_nesmith@comcast.net or call 301-596-5128 or 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 PM to review applications. The deadline to submit applications for approval is two weeks prior to the next meeting date. Upcoming meetings are scheduled for:
11/11, 11/25, 12/9 

Village Board Meetings
The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for November 11 at 7PM. Agendas and Meeting Minutes can be found on our website.

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Cathy Murphy
Facility Manager
Covenant Advisor

Community Outreach Coordinator

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