June 16: Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Did You Know?
HoCo Residents Can Receive a FREE 55-gal Rain Barrel?
The Howard County Master Gardeners help Howard County distribute rain barrels and teach people how to use them. Howard County  residents are eligible to receive a free 55-gal barrel with cut-outs for fittings, to be used for a rain barrel (one barrel per address, please). 
The rain barrel must be used in Howard County and the recipient of the barrel must fill out a pledge form and take part in the workshop. After the workshop, the recipient will know where to buy the parts and how to assemble and maintain the rain barrel.

Upcoming workshops will be held from 9-11am at the Alpha Ridge Landfill (2350 Marriottsville Rd, Marriottsville) on the following
Saturdays: June 18, July 16, August 6, August 20, September 3, September 17, October 1, October 15.
For more information, visit livegreenhoward.com.

CA Summer Construction Projects
Portion of Pathway in Longfellow Closed
Pathway repair work is underway on the CA path that runs between Phantom Court and Driftwood Court and towards the HC14 Tot Lot near Phantom Court.  The work is intended to improve storm water runoff issues and relocate a section of path.  This path will be closed for about 30 days and there will be limited access to the HC14 Tot Lot during this time.

Cedar Lane Pedestrian Overpass
Extensive repair work is scheduled to begin at the Cedar Lane Pedestrian Overpass beginning Monday, June 20, 2016. The project will take approximately 7 weeks to complete, weather permitting. Working hours will be 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The overpass will be closed to the public during working hours. Signage will be posted on site to this effect. We thank everyone in advance for their patience while CA makes these necessary infrastructure improvements in our Village.     

Swansfield Path Repair

The pathway will be closed at the end of Swansfield road from June 20, 2016 through August 26, 2016. The county will be working on the sewer line first, and then the stream bank and trail repairs will occur second.
Harper's Choice Happenings
Summer Read to Seniors Program
Join us on Tuesdays this summer for an inter-generational reading program designed to help our young readers practice their skills during their time out of school. We will meet every Tuesday from June 21 through August 16 at 1:45pm in front of Winter Growth Adult Day Center (5460 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia) and elementary school aged children will spend time reading to and interacting with the senior residents. This is not a drop off program; all children must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring 2-3 age appropriate books for your child(ren) to read aloud. Readers will be paired with and rotate among different residents and should anticipate spending 10-15 minutes with each one. Space is limited. Please email or call Susan at 410-730-0770 to register.
Summer Pool Parties - Save the Dates!
Mark your calendars for this year's fun neighborhood pool parties! We're excited to splash and play with our community. Space is limited for both events. Tickets are required and will be available beginning June 20.

Longfellow Neighborhood Pool Party 
When: July 12 from 6-9pm 
Where: Longfellow Pool
Theme: Ice Cream Social

Swansfield Neighborhood Pool Party 
When: Aug 4 from 6-9pm 
Where: Swansfield Pool
Theme: Picnic Fun 
Summer Lakefront Entertainment from CA
Lakefront Summer Festival

The Lakefront Summer Festival is sponsored by Columbia Association and held on the lawn at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront, located off of Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Admission is free and so is parking. No glass containers or alcoholic beverages are permitted on the premises.

There is great entertainment throughout the summer every night of the week from mid June through late August. The fun continues into September with movies on the weekends until mid September and concerts on Sundays through September.

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy the live performances and movies. Our schedule has something for everyone and is sure to please! For more information, please email CALakefrontFestival@gmail.com

Lakefront Wednesday Concert Series

Enjoy live concerts by the lake from 12-2pm every Wednesday from June 22 - August 17. 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. See the full schedule and line-up here.
Around Town
Town Hall Meeting with County Executive Allan Kittleman
When: Tue, June 21
Time: 7pm
Where: Slayton House (10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia

Individuals may begin signing in at 6:30pm. No advance registration is required.  
Role of Men in Preventing Domestic Violence
When: Wed, June 22
Time: 9am-12pm
Where:Baltimore-Washington Conference United Methodist Church Mission Center (11711 E Market Place, Fulton

Domestic violence and sexual assault are far too often viewed as a female-centered issue; one over which men have little voice and a lesser role to play.
But this viewpoint substantially diminishes the important role men and boys should play in the prevention of violence. 
Join the Howard County Coalition to End Intimate Partner Violence as we explore important questions about healthy masculinity and ways in which men and boys can act to diminish the levels of violence within our community. Please register online for this FREE event. CEUs are available upon request. For more information, please contact HopeWorks Director of Community Engagement, Vanita Leatherwood, by email or by calling (410) 997 - 0304
How to Combat Mosquitoes in Your Yard
When: Thursday, June 23
Time: 7-8:30pm
Where:Other Barn (5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia)

Residents will learn some interesting facts about mosquitoes and how to combat mosquito breeding in their neighborhood. Attendees will also make a trap to capture adult mosquitoes in their yard! If possible, please bring a large, clean plastic soda bottle

This presentation, through the Howard County Health Department on Zika Virus Awareness, is sponsored by the Oakland Mills Community Association and will be presented by Danielle Bodner, Environmental Program Assistant with Columbia Association.

For more information, please contact the Events Coordinator at 410-730-4610, email events@oaklandmills.org, or visit http://oaklandmills.org.  
Conservation Stewardship: Basketgrass Blitz
When: Tue, June 28
Time: 9-11:30am
Where: Trotter Rd Entrance of the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area

Wavyleaf basketgrass is our newest invasive
plant nemesis. Unfortunately, it is spreading
quickly. We need your help to remove this
pernicious plant, but we must be careful
about how we go about doing so. If the
plants are bearing seeds on this day, we'll
have to find something else to remove.
Japanese barberry is our backup option.

No experience necessary, one-time volunteers are welcome. Please carpool & tell us where you
saw this flyer!   
Community Discussions: Link Between Primary Care, HealthCoaching, and Telemedicine
Dr. Selaru of Clarii Health is touring the Columbia community for discussions about the connection between primary care, health coaching, and telemedicine. Click here to review and register for an upcoming session.  
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: 6/28, 7/12, 7/26.  

Village Board Meetings

The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for July 5 at 7pm. Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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