June 9: Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Did You Know?
Swansfield Pool and WaterPark is Ranked Best Pool for Kids?
The Swansfield Pool and Mini WaterPark was voted the Best Pool for Kids as reported by Howard Magazine. Swansfield's hours of operation are available on our website, as well as Longfellow and Hobbit's Glen.
Covenant Corner
Effective Mosquito Control Tips
Mosquitoes require standing water to breed. YOU can help by: 
  • Eliminating standing water EVERYWHERE - in rain gutters, old tires, buckets, plastic covers, toys, or containers where water will collect.
  • Changing the water in bird baths, fountains, wading pools, and potted plant trays at least once a week to destroy potential breeding habitats.
  • Draining and filling temporary pools of water with dirt.
  • Raking ivy beds to dislodge moist piles of deteriorating leaves and hidden water pools.
  • Keeping swimming pool, pond or fountain water treated and circulating.
  • Clearing roof gutters of debris that block the flow of water into the downspouts.
  • Drilling holes in the bottom of recycling bins or containers stored outside.
  • Repairing leaky outdoor faucets promptly.

DO NOT USE flexible downspout extensions; the ridges hold water and are a perfect breeding ground for many hundreds of mosquitoes.

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.  
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.
Plant Night
When: June 29 from 6-8pm
Where: Kahler Hall (5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia)

This is a  creative spin on a typical get together. Our event hosts will lead us step-by-step through an engaging gardening project while you enjoy light refreshments on us and are welcome to BYO libations. You will go home with a succulent garden to enjoy!

Space is limited. Pre-registration by June 14 is required. $40 fee includes all supplies and snacks. Must be 21 or older to attend. Register online to reserve your space.
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 
Around Town
Bike with a Cop
Shred Event - FREE and Open to the Public
When: Saturday, June 11
Time: 10am-1pm
Where: Columbia Bank (5485 Harper's Farm Rd,

Visit All Shred for dates and locations of other local shred events. 
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. The first one is at Kahler Hall on June 15! 
Great American Back Yard Campout

The 2016 Great American Backyard
Campout will return to the Hilton Area Campground of the Patapsco Valley State Park on Saturday, June 25 . Starting at 12pm, registered families can set up camp at the Hilton Area youth sites and enjoy a full afternoon of fun park related activities including, a Nature Hike, Scales and Tales Program, stargazing, and a campfire program. There will also be a Dutch Oven Cooking lesson for dinner. Families will be asked to bring the ingredients to prepare a main course or side dish and share. This is a great opportunity for families who have never camped before to learn the fundamentals of camping!
Reservations are required and space is limited, so reserve soon! To reserve your spot, please contact Jennifer Thompson by phone (Monday-Friday 9am-5:30pm) or email jennifer.thompson@maryland.gov by June 17th.

Please state your name, address,  the number of family members attending, phone number, and email address.

The park does have a limited amount of camping supplies, so please let us know if your family would like to borrow them. If you have any questions feel free to ask!
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 July 5 at 7pm. Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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