October 29: Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
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Harper's Choice Happenings
FREE Conversational English Classes

The Harper's Choice Community Association, in partnership with FIRN, will offer FREE conversational English classes at Kahler Hall (5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia) on Mondays from 6:30-8:30pm beginning on October 19. Classes are family friendly and appropriate for children in 2nd grade through adults. Children and adults will work in separate groups with FIRN volunteers. For more information, please contact Roslyn
at volunteer@firnonline.org or call FIRN's office at 410-992-1923.
November Card Making Class
Join us for a fun and engaging card making workshop! This month, our theme is All Occasion, and you will make three projects to take home. The session is from 10am - 12pm on Tue, Nov. 3 at Kahler Hall.  Advance registration is required. Fee is $10 and includes supplies and light refreshments. Contact Susan at 410-730-0770 for more information or to register.
November Paint Night
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!
Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. $25 fee includes all supplies, wine, and light refreshments. Must be 21 or older to attend. Call 410-730-0770 or stop by Kahler Hall to reserve your space.
Did You Know...
The Youth and Teen Center is Holding a Clothing Drive?

To you, it may just be a winter coat you don't often wear or a piece of clothing that no longer fits. But to community members in need, those individual donations add up. That's why collection boxes are being placed around Columbia for Columbia Association's (CA) seventh annual clothing drive organized by CA's Youth and Teen Center and its Teen Outreach Committee.

Collection boxes will be stationed in October and November at:
  • All 10 village community association buildings
  • Columbia Art Center (6100 Foreland Garth in the Long Reach Village Center)
  • Youth and Teen Center @ The Other Barn (5853 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center)
  • Eggspectation restaurant (6010 University Blvd., Ellicott City)
Those donating can bring in new and gently used clothes, shoes and accessories, including but not limited to ties, belts, hosiery, hats, gloves, pocketbooks and jewelry. Also important are coats and socks, children's clothes, and career clothes for both men and women.

These donated items will then be distributed to community members in need on Saturday, Jan. 16, from 9am-2pm, and on Sunday, Jan. 17, from 11am-2:30pm. Both distribution days will be held at The Other Barn, 5853 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center. Last year's clothing drive brought in more than 20,000 items and served more than 1,000 families. The need remains this year as well.

Volunteering opportunities are not limited solely to the youth community. CA welcomes community members and organizations wishing to participate in the project. Those who are interested in earning community service hours by assisting with the collection, sorting, set-up and distribution should contact Safire Windley at 410-992-3726 or Safire.Windley@ColumbiaAssociation.org.
Employment Opportunity
Covenant Advisors Needed in Oakland Mills

Village of Oakland Mills, Columbia, MD seeks two part-time Covenant Advisors: one to handle Covenant Violations and one to handle Applications for Exterior Alterations and to conduct Resident Education.  Strong oral and written communication skills required. Familiarity with Columbia's covenant process preferred. Applicants should request job descriptions from, and submit resume to, manager@oaklandmills.org . Due to high volume of inquiries, only qualified candidates will be contacted. No walk-ins please. Application deadline: Nov. 16, 2015
Covenant Corner
Daylight Savings Time...

...is a great time to check your outdoor lighting. For safety and security, reset lights on timers, complete any needed maintenance to your fixtures, and verify that the lights are working properly and giving off sufficient light. Consider converting an older gas fixture that is not functional to an electric one. If you plan to replace your post lamp or other exterior lighting with a new style or color fixture, don't forget that replacement may require Architectural Committee approval. Please contact the village Covenant Advisor with any questions.
Be a Good Neighbor... Clear Those Storm Drains

With the seasonal weather forecast for greater than normal precipitation this winter, please take the time to clear the storm drains on your street. Collect any accumulated leaves and debris and place out for pickup on your recycling and trash days. Remember to use paper lawn bags or reusable containers for anything recyclable. Please call the County Department of Public Works at 410-313-7450 if the drain appears to be clogged below the surface.  

Events Around Town
Math of Architecture & Architecture of Math

Where: Smith Theatre - Howard Community College (10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia
When: Tue, Nov. 3
Time: 7-8:30pm

Co-sponsored by the Howard County Library System, Howard Community College, Howard County Public School System, Leadership Howard County, Columbia Festival of the Arts and ManneqArt - Math of Architecture and Architecture of Math explores emotionally charged placemaking, from the brilliant perspectives of Bill Zahner and Joni Newkirk, both of whom share quantitative expertise to deliver highly qualitative experiences.

Bill Zahner's career is founded in the Architecture of Math. As President of A. Zahner Company, an extraordinary engineering, fabrication and installation firm, Bill and his company collaborate with the world's best architects and artists on the most cutting edge structures, including Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, C├ęsar Pelli, Antoine Predock, and Marc Fornes of THEVERYMANY, the designer of the Inner Arbor Trust's Chrysalis in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods.

Joni Newkirk's career is founded in the Math of Architecture. As Senior Vice President of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Joni was responsible for research and forecasting, worldwide, having opined on $8 Billion of Disney capital investment. Now as CEO of Integrated Insight, Joni's team works for NBC Universal, Starwood, Carnival Corporation, Spaceport America, and the Inner Arbor Trust on Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods.

Partners in Pride - a Session with HoCo Departments
Where: The Other Barn (5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia)
When:  Wed, Nov. 4 
Time: 7-8:45pm

Please join us to hear from representatives of Howard County including Licensing, Inspections and Permits; Health; Howard County Police; and Howard County Fire and Rescue on how they can help us with a broad range of property and neighborhood issues.

Bring your questions about property maintenance, safety, risk reduction, and creating and maintaining a healthy environment.

This will be an informative session and there will be plenty of time devoted to questions and answers from those who attend.

Sponsored by the ten Villages of Columbia:  Dorsey's Search, Harper's Choice, Hickory Ridge, Kings Contrivance, Long Reach, Owen Brown, River Hill, Town Center, Wilde Lake and Oakland Mills  as well as the Oakland Mills Housing Committee, Neighborhood Enhancement Advisory Committee and Marketing Committee.   
Yards and Fields: a Water Quality Forum Plus Event
Where: Waverly Mansion (2319 Waverly Mansion, Marriottsville)
When: Thu, Nov. 12    
Time: 9am-2:15pm

Members of the agricultural and residential communities will unite to share their efforts to improve local water quality. The event will feature presentations by local farmers, local government, and funding organizations that can make your next effort to preserve and improve water quality a reality.

Please register online by November 5.  
Energy, Health & Climate Town Hall Meeting
Where: East Columbia Library (6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia)
When: Tue, Nov. 17     
Time: 7-9pm

Join the League of Women Voters for this Town Hall event to learn about clean renewable energy, climate change, its impact on health and what this all means for Marylanders. Interact with energy leaders, local legislators and nonprofit and advocacy groups and clean energy businesses.

Hear from Delegate Clarence Lam, D-12, Environment and Transportation Committee in the Maryland Legislature, and Mike Tidwell, Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, on what the state is doing to help address climate change and grow Maryland's clean energy economy. Find out what you can do to get clean, renewable energy for your home or business and the importance of acting on climate in Maryland.

Brought to you by the League of Women Voters Howard County, the Maryland Climate Coalition, HoCo Climate Change, Transition Howard County, Sierra Club and Chesapeake Climate Action Network. Refreshments will be provided.

Free and open to the public. For more information contact Betsy Singer at betsysing@gmail.com. To RSVP, email HoCoClimateChange@gmail.com or LWVHC at info@howard.lwvmd.org. 
Upcoming Meetings
Architectural Committee Meetings

Changes made to the exterior of homes in Harper's Choice require approval of the Village Architectural Committee (AC). 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: 11/10, 11/24, 12/8
Village Board Meetings

The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for November 3 at 7pm. Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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