May 26: Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Covenant Corner
Property Standards
When was the last time you stood back and took a critical look at the exterior of your home and your landscaping? If you were a potential buyer, would you find your home in good condition and well-maintained or does your property have a less than positive curb appeal? We ask that each property owner take a critical look at their own home this spring to determine if property maintenance is needed and then create a plan for getting the work done.
The Village Board of Directors authorized your Association to seek funding from the Columbia Association to conduct an all-village Property Standards Evaluation in Fiscal Year 2017 (beginning May 1, 2016.) This request was approved as part of the FY2017 budget. In the coming months, we will be conducting curbside evaluations of all single family homes, townhomes, and condominiums throughout Harper's Choice in an effort to ensure that our community is visually in compliance with the covenants and ultimately, that our community remains vibrant and attractive for all current and future residents.
We encourage you to take the necessary steps now to maintain your property. Keep in mind that if the work that you plan to complete requires a change to the exterior of your home, an exterior alteration application may need to be submitted. This document and others can be found on the Village website, Still have questions? Contact your Covenant Advisor, Debbie Nix, at 410-730-0770 or via email: Thank you!

Did You Know...
Kangaroo Kids is Hiring Coaches?
Kangaroo Kids, a precision jump rope team in Howard County, MD, is looking to expand its adult coaching staff for our beginner and intermediate classes. If you like being active and love working with kids, this might be the job for you!
No experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and a willingness to learn! If you are interested in more information on coaching, please email  . You can also visit our website at

HCC Graduated it's Largest Graduating Class This Year?
Howard Community College graduated the largest class in its history at the annual commencement ceremony on May 24, 2016. More than 1,470 students are candidates for associate degrees and certificates this academic year, far exceeding last year's record-breaking figure of nearly 1,200.

Increasing student completion has been a long-term strategic goal at the college, and after seven years of data collection, Howard Community College has found a 92 percent increase in graduating students - the largest percentage increase among all of Maryland's 16 community colleges.  

Around Town
History of Columbia Bus Tour
Columbia Archives has partnered with Preservation Maryland to present a bus tour featuring the history of Columbia and the iconic mid-century architecture, including private homes and the work of the renowned Frank Gehry.

Join in on the fun. Highlights include tours of two prime examples of mid-century modern custom homes in The Birches, the connections between Columbia and its agrarian past, an insider look at Merriweather Post Pavilion and its newest renovations.

When: June 4 10am-2pm 
Where: Slayton House (10400 Cross Fox Lane in the Wilde Lake Village Center. 
Tickets: $45 for Columbia residents and Preservation Maryland members and $60 for nonresidents and nonmembers. Tickets include box lunch. Register online here. 
4th Annual HoCo STEM Festival
The 4th Annual Howard County STEM Festival will be held on June 5, 2016 from 1-5pm at  the Howard Community College Galleria Building.
Activities for students of all ages grades K-12
  • Chemistry demonstrations
  • Build and take home electrical circuits
  • Make origami
  • Play with Rubik's cubes
  • See robots built by students
  • Learn about the HCPSS high school engineering program & Project Lead the Way
  • Learn how to develop software and apps
  • Learn about cybersecurity, architecture, spiders and their relatives, and more
  • Learn about STEM careers from professionals in various fields
  • Talk with college students to find out about their experiences at college in STEM fields
  • Free bags for first 600 students
  • Official Kick-Off Announcement of the 2016 Maryland STEM Festival
  • And much, much more...
Matzohball 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

Temple Isaiah is sponsoring the 12th Annual Matzohball 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run on Sunday June 5, 2016, 9:00 am at Centennial Park located off Route 108 in Ellicott City, Maryland.  
This is a family event for runners or walkers. Proceeds to benefit HopeWorks , DreamBuilders , Grassroots Crisis Center , and Temple Isiah.  You can register here
Join our Facebook event page  so you can keep up with all of the news! And stick around after the race for Family Wellness Day, a free community event with games, food, music, prizes. Bagels & Fruit provided by Brian's Catering, Race managed by Charm City Run.   
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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: 6/14, 6/28, 7/12.  

Village Board Meetings

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