October 18th  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Red Ribbon Yard Sale Rescheduled for Saturday October 20th

This fall's Red Ribbon Yard Sale has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 20th. Click here to register your street and remember to pick up your red ribbon from Kahler Hall by Thursday, October 18th.
Harper's Choice Community Association's Shredding Event  
Saturday, November 17th
10AM - 1PM
Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row

Early Voting Festival in Harper's Choice, Sunday, October 28th, 1pm - 5pm

Early Voting Festival we will be Sunday, Oct 28, 1-5 PM at Harper's Choice Middle School. It is being organized by four religious congregations:

Columbia Jewish Congregation
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
Columbia Baptist Fellowship
Columbia United Christian Church

Harper's Choice Middle School is within sight of the Bane Senior Center, where folks will be able to vote early. You don't even need to be pre-registered: You can register on site.
Re-Stock A Family Pantry

Ignite Your Creative Spirit This Fall at Columbia Art Center!

Gallery Exhibitions

Fifth Annual Erase Hate Through Art Exhibition
Exhibit runs through October 27
Erase Hate Through Art is an examination of the bullying and hate crimes through the eyes of the artist, presented to promote acceptance over tolerance. The show features the works of more than 50 artists. Erase Hate Through Art is sponsored by How Do You Like Me Now Productions Inc. Curated by Grant Myers.

Narrative Color: Cheryl Jones
Exhibit runs through October 27
Columbia Art Center is proud to feature the work of Cheryl Jones, who started drawing at the age of 10. She has always been interested in color - mainly bright, beautiful colors. She studied abstract acrylic painting at Columbia Art Center under the instruction of Robyn Gavigan and has been painting with acrylics for four years. She describes painting as being like telling a bedtime story to a child, and used this as inspiration for her exhibition. Join her as Jones journeys through imaginative places using her palette knife and brush to guide her dance across the canvas.

For more information call (410) 730-0075 or click here
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  orpresponse@howardcountymd.gov or call 410-313-6202.
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 http://www.hcdrugfree.org/drug-take-back-day-1 for more information, email Admin@hcdrugfree.org 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 http://www.hcdrugfree.org/teen-advisory-council-1.
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 Admin@hcdrugfree.org

Community Service Hours Available
Does your student need community service hours? Or are you an adult looking for a fun and worthwhile community project for your family (or friends of all ages)?
HC DrugFree will award community service hours to student volunteers at our drive-thru medication and sharps collection to be held on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to  2:00 p.m. 
Adult volunteers are rewarded with plenty of laughs and hugs. 
If you are under 18, please complete the teen registration form (even if you don't plan to attend other events/meetings) so we have emergency contact information. Click here to download the registration form. 
Bring the form. Be sure to sign in at the Volunteer Table. Go have fun with other volunteers. Return to the table before you leave. Simple! Fun!
Holiday Craft Fair
Covenant Corner


Some households have three or more trash and recycling containers that must be stored between collection days. As a general rule, recycling bins, trash cans and other bulk items must be stored out of view from the street and neighboring properties, with the best location being in a garage or carport. If that is not an option, bins may be stored neatly at the side or rear of the home, must have tight-fitting lids and not be overflowing. Landscape screening may also be used to shield cans from view. Put your cans out curbside for pick-up no earlier than 6 p.m. the evening prior to your collection day and remove them promptly from view that same evening.

In townhouse communities with common area collection, it is even more important to remove your items the evening after the cans have been emptied. Placing items out in plastic bags is strongly discouraged and can result in rodent or pest infestations. 

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 HowardCountyBulkPickup.org.


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: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 Tuesdays, October 9th & 23rd 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 November 6th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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