August 17th  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Attendance Area Committee (AAC) requests stakeholder feedback

 

The Office of School Planning, on behalf of the Attendance Area Committee (AAC), is requesting  stakeholder feedback to a draft scenario that was developed as an alternative to the 2017 Feasibility Study. The scenario can be found under the August 8, 2017 section of the  AAC process page.

The purpose of the Attendance Area Committee (AAC) is to develop and evaluate potential school redistricting plans to advise the Superintendent. The survey feedback is critical to the AAC process, and committee members want to gather feedback prior to reaching a final recommendation to the Superintendent. Please complete the provided  survey  for AAC consideration. The AAC recommendation to the Superintendent will be presented to the public on  September 12 and 13, 2017 .

Recreation and Parks Summer Concerts

 
Recreation and Parks' Sunset Serenades is back! Grab a blanket or lawn chair, bring the family, have a picnic and enjoy the sounds of summer! Refreshments available for sale. Boat Rentals available at Centennial Park, and the Adventure Shack is open for food sales and refreshments. 

Sunset Serenades   
Wed. August 23, 7:45 p.m.   Movie Night: Jaws 

Participate in the annual Canned Food Drive! The Community Action Council of Howard County will be collecting nonperishable food items for the Howard County Food Bank at all Sunset Serenades concerts. For more information about CAC, visit www.cac-hc.org.
Hope for Recovery: Understanding Mental Illness
Presentation by: National Alliance on Mental Illness of Howard County (NAMI HC)


Monday, September 18, 2017
Kahler Hall
5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia, MD 2104

Today, we know so much more about how to identify and treat mental illnesses. Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding mental illness prevents many people from seeking help early. This presentation will discuss what mental illness is and will seek to dispel the myths and stigma surrounding mental illness. We will also provide information about resources available in our community.

For more information, contact Melanie Jeffers at 410-730-0770 or email events@harperschoice.org.
Merriweather Movies  


Enjoy Merriweather Movie Night featuring food and beverages from Manor Hill Brewing and
Manor Hill Tavern. Tickets are free for general admission or $10 if you want to reserve a seat and get access to the new VIP party deck.

August 30 - School of Rock

Doors open at 5:30pm and showtime is at 7:30 pm. For tickets and more information click here.
Exploring Columbia On Foot, Outdoor Walks

 Walks will begin at 10am. Registration is not required.
  • Thursday, Aug. 31, Kings Contrivance - meet at Huntington Pool (7625 Murray Hill Road)
  • Thursday, Sept. 14, Harper's Choice - meet at Hobbits Glen Pool (11130 Willow Bottom Drive)
  • Thursday, Oct. 12, Downtown Columbia - meet at Lakefront Plaza (10275 Little Patuxent Parkway)
  • Thursday, Oct. 26, Hickory Ridge - meet at Hawthorn Center (6175 Sunny Spring)
Columbia Solar Cooperative Information Session
Tuesday, September 12, 7-8pm
Amherst House
7251 Eden Brook Drive

Save approximately 20 percent off the cost of solar panels for your home, lower you electricity bills and increase your property value. Learn more at this information session. For more information contact Danielle Bodner at 410-715-3000 or   Danielle.Bodner@ColumbiaAssociation.org. To register please call 410-381-9600.
Columbia International Folk Dancers Celebrate Columbia's 50th Anniversary
The Columbia International Folk Daners will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Columbia on September 13th from 8PM - 10:30pm in in the ballroom at Kahler Hall. Members of the community are invited to join our celebration, learn some easy dances, and enjoy light refreshments . The cost is $5.00 per adult. For additional information, call Ethel Brandt at 410-997-1613.
Save the Date: 2017 Columbia BikeAbout
Saturday, Sept. 23 at 9:30am


The annual Columbia BikeAbout will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, with riders setting out from the dock at Lake Elkhorn. The new 10-mile route winds through neighborhoods in Owen Brown, Oakland Mills and Long Reach. In celebration of Columbia's 50th Birthday, the theme of the BikeAbout is "appreciate the past and imagine the future." 

Along the route, riders will get the answer to why our power lines for the most part are underground, insight into the origin of some of Columbia's unique street names, visit a cemetery that pre-dates Columbia, and discover early attempts to manage stormwater and how technology has changed current practice.

Young families will be guided around Lake Elkhorn, which will be filled with fun facts about Columbia and some fun things to do. Following the ride, participants have the opportunity to refuel and have fun at the Owen Brown Festival, which begins at noon.
 


To register, click here.
Howard County Autism Society Announces 11th Annual Autism Walk & 5K Run 

Proceeds Will Support Programs & Services for Howard County Families Living With Autism

The Howard County Autism Society (HCAS), a trusted resource to hundreds of individuals and families living with autism in Howard County, MD and the surrounding area, will hold its 11th Annual One Step Closer Walk and 5K Run on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Centennial Park in Ellicott City, MD. Proceeds from the event will support HCAS' programs and services for individuals on the autism spectrum, their families and the local community.

This annual event brings together those touched by the autism spectrum disorder in a supportive, energizing and fun environment. HCAS provides a place where the local community can benefit from families' collective experience and expertise, helping others navigate the path they themselves have traveled on this journey. All proceeds from the event stay in Howard County and directly impact the lives of children and adults with autism.

The event will feature a timed 5K run around Centennial Lake, a "Lake Walk" of the same distance, and a shorter three-quarter mile "Piece of Cake Walk." We have runners and walkers who participate individually as well as in teams to harness their fundraising power and make this a spirited, hands-on experience! There will be children's activities, including face painting, Star Wars costumed performers, a moon bounce and other inflatable games. The event also features a variety of exhibitor tables for local businesses, organizations and health & human service agencies. Microbusiness owned and operated by those on the autism spectrum will again be highlighted.

Online registration is available at www.howard-autism.kintera.org/onestepcloser2017 through October 4th. Race day registration is available on-site.

Event timeline is as follows: 
9am Registration and packet pick-up, complimentary breakfast for runners, walkers, sponsors. 9:40am Welcome and introductions 
10am Starting time for 5K race participants
10:10am Starting time for walk participants 
11:15am Awards and closing remarks.
Athletic Club Temporary Closing 
The Athletic Club will be closed this summer and will re-open Monday, August 28.
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Architectural Committee Meetings

Please check the calendar on our website for the latest meeting dates.
 
Changes made to the exterior of homes in Harper's Choice require approval of the Village Architectural Committee (AC).
 
The AC will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 7:30 PM to review applications. 

The deadline to submit applications for approval is two weeks prior to the next meeting date.
Village Board Meetings

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