September 13th  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Harper's Choice Community Association's Oktoberfest!
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Red Ribbon Yard Sale, Saturday, September 22nd

This fall's Red Ribbon Yard Sale will take place on Saturday, September 22nd. Click here to register your street and remember to pick up your red ribbon from Kahler Hall by Tuesday, September 18th.
Swansfield Elementary Fall Festival Needs Volunteers
The Swansfield Fall Festival is almost here and they need our community to make it a success! They have plenty of fun activities that need volunteers, so take a look and find your fit!

Click  here to register.
Picnic Cancellation Annoucement
The Sixth Annual Wilde Lake Old-Fashioned Family Picnic scheduled for Saturday, September 15 has been cancelled due to the weather forecast for continued damp & rainy conditions and the uncertainty surrounding the effects of Hurricane Florence in Maryland over the weekend. Unfortunately, there is no rain date and the event will not be re-scheduled for this year.
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The Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House is a non profit gallery located in Columbia, Maryland which features juried art exhibits. The Bernice Kish Gallery is operated by the Wilde Lake Community Association and includes two gallery spaces in the Slayton House Lobby and Bill White Room. The gallery is free and open to the public during Slayton House operating hours. However, patrons are urged to call ahead for viewing times due to the use of the Bill White room for other planned activities. Art receptions are free and open to the public.
The Harper's Choice Community Association (HCCA) is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the Howard County Health Department to become the first Columbia Village to maintain Narcan in an effort to combat opioid overdose.

Learn how to use naloxone and you could save a life! 
Using prescription opioids such as oxycodone, morphine, or drugs such as heroin and fentanyl can lead to an overdose. Naloxone is a prescription medication that reverses an opioid overdose by restoring breathing. With naloxone on hand, you will be equipped to respond and prevent death from an overdose. Obtain free naloxone medication and learn to save a life through Howard County Health Department's Overdose Response Program. For more information, or to register for an upcoming class, contact or call 410-313-6202.
Youth & Teen Center Open House

Save the Date: Community Forum on the Opioid Health Crisis

Save the Date: Drive-Thru Medication and Sharps Collection

The next drive-thru medication and sharps (needles, syringes, and EpiPens) collection will be held on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  in the Wilde Lake Village Center. 
As we get closer, visit for more information, email or call 443-325-0004. 

Hurry to Register for HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council

All Howard County high school students are invited to participate in HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council (TAC). TAC meets once a month throughout the school year. Community service hours available for all meetings/events. 
School year 2018-19 registration forms are being accepted. Hurry to email or mail signed registration form and photo.
Forms can be found on our website at
Next 2 meeting dates :
Monday, September 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Monday, October 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Unless otherwise notified, all meetings will be held at The Barn/Teen Center in the Oakland Mills Village Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please email

Covenant Corner

Bulk Item & Scrap Metal Collection

If you have large items taking up space in your home that really need to go to the landfill, don't pay to have them hauled away. Call the county or go online to schedule a bulk item pick-up curbside, in front of your home. Up to four items per household per collection; any items too large to be collected by two workers will be tagged and left for the homeowner to remove. For a list of items that will not be collected or to schedule a pick-up, call 410-313-6444 or visit .

Tree Care and Maintenance

As fall approaches, it's a good time to think about tree maintenance.  This time of year, we often see tree care companies out soliciting work, door to door.  They'll give you a great price if you can have the work done now, because they are "in the area."  Use caution! Some of these companies may not be licensed tree experts.  You might think, why does that matter?  According to Maryland state law, any company that is paid to do work on trees 20 feet or taller needs to be a Maryland Licensed Tree Expert.  Any company that does work without a license or violates any regulations would risk fines, penalties, and prosecution through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.  Avoid that worry and find a Licensed Tree Expert here.

If you have a desire to have a positive impact in Harper's Choice, this could be the opportunity for you. We are seeking interested individuals who are available the second and fourth Tuesday evening each month to serve on the Architectural Committee. The AC meets twice monthly at 7:30 p.m. to review architectural change applications, discuss covenant violations and keep the guidelines current. Note: persons wishing to serve on the AC must be able to obtain a Letter of Compliance from this office stating that their property is free of covenant violations.  Contact the Covenant Advisor for more information.    

Upcoming Architectural Committee Meeting Dates: 9/11, 9/25; 10/9, 10/23. Applications for exterior alterations must be complete, including any applicable items from the list at the bottom of the application, and must be submitted at least two weeks ahead of the meeting where they will be reviewed. For your convenience, applications and guidelines can be downloaded or reviewed online.
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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 Tuesday, September 25th  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 October 4th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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