October 1: Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
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Harper's Choice Happenings
Red Ribbon Yard Sale This Saturday!

The  Red Ribbon Community Yard Sale  will be held on Saturday, October 3  from 8am - 12pm throughout the Harper's Choice community. Click here for a list of registered streets. Location maps are available on our website to help you find your way! Happy shopping! 

We know the weather looks iffy for Saturday. We hope the weather cooperates in our favor, but understand it may not. Please use caution and decide what's best for you. There is no rain date for the Red Ribbon Yard Sale.
Shred & eCycle Event This Saturday!

Shred and eCycle trucks will be located in the parking lot between Kahler Hall and the Bain Center on Saturday, October 3 from 9am-1pm. Limit 3 small bags/boxes per person for the shred truck. eCycle guidelines are listed on our website. There is a minimal fee for some items.

In the even inclement weather causes us to cancel this event, a message will be posted on our website and on Facebook by 8am Saturday morning.
Books to Big Screen Readers' Club

Join us at Kahler Hall (5440 Old Tucker Row) on Wednesday, October 7 from 6:30-8pm as we discuss The Martian by Andy Weir. Set for its movie debut starring Matt Damon on October 2, this book tells the tale of a man named Mark Watney who is one of the first people to walk on Mars. Will he also be the first person to die on Mars? This is sure to be a book full of mystery and action! We can't wait to discuss it with you.

Participation is FREE. Club members are responsible for purchasing or borrowing the book to enjoy prior to our discussion. Please call 410-730-0770 or email us to register. 
Did You Know...
There's a New Entrepreneurial Program for High School Girls?

Junior Achievement (JA) Rising Women is a unique after-school opportunity for female high school students in Howard County (grades 9-12) who are interested in exploring their entrepreneurial potential.  With the help of businesswomen in Howard County who serve as mentors, you and your JA Rising Women team will conceptualize an idea for a product or service, capitalize your venture, market your offerings, and reap the profits!
Whatever your interests or strengths, there is a place for you in the student company.  JA Rising Women requires a certain level of commitment, which you must be willing to make. The program is a great experience, but relies on the efforts of the students involved to make it successful.
To be considered for the program, students must complete and submit an application packet by October 15 to Hina Naseem at hnaseem@jamaryland.org or faxed to 443.394.7218.  For more information, please call 410.313.6403.


Covenant Corner
Problems with Surface Roots?

Tree roots like to live below ground where moisture and nutrients are found. Rain, yard watering and foot traffic erode soil and roots may appear to be coming out of the ground.
Roots on the surface of the soil can cause all kinds of problems. Trees adapt to their environment over time and can live with absorbing roots close to the surface. This is especially true in clay soil or heavily compacted soil where rainfall runs off and is not readily absorbed. The roots are a problem to us when they are a trip hazard and make mowing the lawn difficult.
Mulching the entire surface root area around the tree is the most inexpensive solution. Using wood chips works best to help retain soil moisture and return nutrients to the soil. Mulch may be spread out to the edges of the tree canopy, which decreases the amount of lawn in areas with clay or compacted soils and increases the amount of water that will be taken up by the tree's root system. This is good for the tree, and a good way to help slow the flow of runoff from the lawn.
Removal of the tree and its root system is more costly, but is sometimes the only solution and can give you an opportunity to start over, restore the area, and create the lawn or garden you've always wanted. If you decide that the tree must be removed, please remember that an application for approval is required if the tree is larger than 6" in diameter when measured 2' off the ground. Residents are reminded to have the trees on their property periodically assessed by a certified arborist as a part of your routine property maintenance requirements.

Events Around Town
Oakland Mills Fall Festival

On Saturday, October 3, the Oakland Mills Community Association will host the 12th annual Oakland Mills Cultural Arts Festival. Rain or shine, the festival will be held at Oakland Mills Village center, and will include fun for the whole family!

Admission is free, and there will be continuous musical performances and activities from 10:55am to 4pm in the courtyard of the Other Barn or inside the Other Barn if it's raining.

Food selections include vendors selling hot dogs/chips/drinks, snow cones; Caribbean dishes, and BBQ Pork. Local artisans and craft persons will have wonderful items for sale. To make it even better, there will be multiple free activities as well, including free health screenings, and arts & crafts for the kids led by Girl Scout Troop 4869 and OM Volunteers. 
Bowled Over

You are invited to a special event on Saturday, October 3 from 6-9pm and the Columbia Art Center (6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia). Enjoy an evening of live music, delicious light fare, raffles, pottery wheel demonstrations and much more! Select a handcrafted, one-of-a-kind ceramic bowl to take home with you. Ticket and event proceeds go to benefit Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center of Howard County. Tickets are $20 each and are available by calling 410-730-0075 or visiting Columbia Art Center.

HoCo Genealogical Society Meeting

Join the Howard County Genealogical Society on October 14 to hear about Italian Ancestry with guest speaker Luanne Tano who is a former student of Dottie Aleshire, a Howard County Genealogy Instructor. Luanne will give a power point presentation and will share research methods that you can apply to your own research.
Luanne graduated from Catholic University with her BS in Biology and Chemistry.  She is well versed in keeping your attention with teaching methods for problem solving.
The meeting will be held at the Bain Senior Center (5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia). Come at  7pm to socialize and enjoy free refreshments. Members will share research at 7:15pm followed by a meeting at 7:30pm and a lecture at 8pm. 

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: 10/13, 10/27, 11/10.
Village Board Meetings

The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for October 6 at 7pm. Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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Jamilla Brown***
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* Term expires 4/30/16
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