May 30th Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Wear Orange Event In Harper's Choice
June 8, 2019 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Joseph Square Harper's Choice Village Center

June 8th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in Joseph Square. Wear Orange is dedicated to honoring the lives of Americans affected by gun violence and elevating the voices of every American who demands an end to gun violence. With the support of HCCA and in collaboration with Neighbors for a Vibrant Harper's Choice, the public, family-friendly event will include children's crafts and activities, speakers, entertainment, gun violence survivor resources, community resources and refreshments. We will arrange for local nonprofits and community organizations to set up information tables at the event with a focus on safety, access to community services and programs that provide positive experiences for youth. Together, with Harper's Choice residents, elected officials, faith leaders, students, educators, gun violence prevention advocates, community and business leaders and members of the Howard County community at-large, we will gather to share our commitment to making our communities safer from gun violence.

Summer Pool Parties - Save The Dates

Longfellow Pool Party on Thursday, July 11 from 6PM - 8PM; FREE event with DJ, games and food concessions for sale: pizza, cotton candy, snowballs and popcorn. MUST register in advance for FREE tickets - registration ends on Sunday, July 7. Click here to register.

Swansfield Pool Party on Thursday, August 15 from 6PM to 8PM; FREE event with DJ, games and food concessions for sale; pizza, cotton candy, snowballs and popcorn. MUST register in advance for FREE tickets - registration ends on Friday August 9. Click here to register. 
Community Movie Night 
Community Movie Nights on the Square - July 24 and August 14
Come out and join us for fun movie nights on Joseph Square! We will show two movies: Boss Baby on July 24 and Trolls on August 14. These events are FREE for all members of the Harper's Choice Community. Registration is available at the links below. Check-in begins at 7:30PM; the movie will start promptly at 8PM. Blankets and lawn chairs are permitted. There will be NO RAIN DATE!!! Concessions for sale include pizza, snowballs, cotton candy and popcorn. The first 10 people to register will receive a free slice of pizza and a bottled water. Registration ends the Friday prior to each movie. Hope to see you there!

Click here to register for July 24th.
Click here to register for August 14th.
Harper's Choice Summer Concert Schedule 

Friday Night Concerts on the Square!
Join your friends and neighbors Friday nights this summer on the plaza at Joseph Square in the Harper's Choice Village Center from 6-8 pm. Come with a picnic dinner, or better yet, pick up dinner from one of our merchants, bring a lawn chair, and make an evening of it! Concerts are sponsored by your Village merchants.

Friday, June 14, 2019
BG & The Mojo Hands
Blues, Swing, and Rockabilly
Friday, June 21, 2019
Steve Zurier Trio
Traditional Jazz
Friday, June 28, 2019
Mr. Dave of D's Magic
CBS News "Baltimore's Best" Magician
Friday, July 5, 2019
Automatic Slim
Blues Rock
Friday, July 12, 2019
Janice B.
Eclectic Soul
Friday, July 19, 2019
Patty Reese Duo
Friday, July 26, 2019
Lone Mountain
Blue Grass, Country and Old Time Rock and Roll
Friday, August 2, 2019
Bossa Bluz
Eclectic Mix of Latin, Brazilian & Popular Music
Friday, August 9, 2019
Orlando Phillips
Caribbean & Island
Friday, August 16, 2019
Project Natale
Modern Jazz 

Swansfield/Harper's Choice Bedding Drive

Community Chess Day

Summer Food Service Program 

The Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) will serve free meals to children on a first come, first served basis this summer.
When: Weekdays, June 25-August 16
Where: D4 locations listed here.
·    Wilde Lake Middle School, 1-2 p.m.
·    Atholton High School, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
When: Weekdays, June 25-August 21
Where: D4 locations include
·    Swansfield Elementary School parking lot, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
·    Wilde Lake Tennis Club parking lot, 12:15-12:45 p.m.
·    Howard County Library System-East Columbia Branch, 12-1:30 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE: Meals will not be served on Wednesday, July 4, or any day that HCPSS schools are closed.
Longfellow Elementary School Spring Fair

Join us for the annual Longfellow Elementary School Spring Fair, presented by the Longfellow Elementary School PTA. The Fair will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm (with a June 8 rain date). There will be plenty of activities for all to enjoy, including inflatables for the kids, concessions, a silent auction and raffle, games, information booths, and a DJ. We look forward to seeing you there!
Covenant Corner


Mosquito season is here! You may be unwittingly contributing to the large mosquito population in your yard. YOU can help reduce their numbers with these tips:

· Eliminate standing water in rain gutters, old tires, buckets, plastic covers, toys, or containers where water will    collect (mosquitoes breed in standing water).
· Do not use black, flexible drain extensions - the ridges collect standing water and hold thousands of mosquito    larvae!
· Change the water in bird baths, fountains, wading pools, and potted plant trays at least once a week to              destroy potential breeding habitats.
· Fill temporary pools of water in your yard with dirt.
· Rake ivy beds to dislodge moist piles of deteriorating leaves and hidden water pools.
· Keep pond or fountain water treated and circulating.
· Clear roof gutters of debris that block the flow of water into the downspouts.
· Drill holes in the bottom of recycling bins or containers left outside.
· Repair leaky outdoor faucets promptly.


English Ivy is invasive and can damage trees. Ivy should be removed for proper tree maintenance.

· Cut a circle of English ivy around the tree trunk about 1 foot off the ground and free that section completely        around the trunk. The remaining ivy on the tree will eventually dry up, fall off or can be easily removed. Large    vines may require a saw. Don't pull the ivy off the tree, it may damage the bark.
· Pull ivy from a 2-3 foot circle around the tree trunk, pulling as many roots as you can. Twice annual (spring        and fall) trimming will keep the ivy from growing back up the tree.
· Cautiously dispose of the plant; ivy re-sprouts easily!
· USEFUL TOOLS: pruning shears, a portable saw for thick vines, a forked garden hoe to pull multiple vines        from the ground, gloved hands and elbow grease! Be sure to wash gloves in hot, soapy water when done in      case some of the vines were poison ivy.
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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 the 11th & 25th at 7:30 PM to review applications previously submitted.

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 June 4th  at 7 PM.   Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be on our website. 
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