May 10th  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Yard Sale & Community Vin Etching Event
Saturday, May 12th
The Red Ribbon Community Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, May 12th throughout the Harper's Choice community.  Participating streets are as follows:

Southern Star Terrace
Lightfoot Path
Watchwood Path
Ridermark Row
Harper's Farm Rd
Celestial Way
Woodlot Rd
Barrow Downs
Hesperus Drive

Police offer FREE VIN Etching for Auto Theft Prevention.

Summer Pool Parties!! Save The Dates!

Mark your calendar for this year's fun neighborhood pool parties! We're excited to splash and play with our community at what we are expecting to be our best pool parties yet!! Space is limited for both events.  These events are free, but tickets are required and will be available at Kahler Hall beginning June 18.

Longfellow Neighborhood Pool Party 
When: Thursday, July 12 from 6-9pm 
Where: Longfellow Pool Food: Free Cupcakes & HomeSlyce Pizza Truck!!!    Mod Pizza Gift Card Raffle!!!

Swansfield Neighborhood Pool Party
When: Thursday, August 9 from 6-9pm
Where: Swansfield Mini Water Park Food: Free HomeSlyce Pizza Truck 


Location:  First Lutheran Church
Address: Corner of Chatham and Frederick Roads, Ellicott City, MD 21042
Dates: May 11, 2018 - May 12, 2018  
Recurrence: Recurring daily
Time: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Price: None

Whipps Annual Plant Sale is held at the First Lutheran Church Friday, May 11 - Saturday, May 12 and features hard-to-find perennial plants.

Location: Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods

Address:10431 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

Dates: May 12, 2018

Time:10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Join Julia McCready, preschool music educator extraordinaire, for a dance party on the Chrysalis stage!  Gates open at  9:00 a.m.  for playtime with Imagination Playground, and the tot-sized dance party gets started at  10:00 a.m.  

This event is free, however, all attendees need a  ticket  to attend.   Parking will be assigned via email 48 hours before the event.  Food and beverage available for purchase.  Picnics also welcome (no glass or alcohol).  
Suggested ages 2-5; additional activities for older children.
Location:  Artists' Gallery  
Address: 8197 Main Street, Located in Taylor's Collective: Antiques, Art, Artisans, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Presented By:  Artists' Gallery
Dates: May 1, 2018 - May 27, 2018
Recurrence: Recurring daily
Phone: 4107309286
Time: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Price: FREE


In May, Sadaf Mukhtar will exhibit a group of paintings that highlight the beautiful and intricate artistic style of the Mughal Taj Dynasty, which ruled most of the Indian subcontinent from the late 7th to early 18th centuries. This area included what is today Mukhtar's native Pakistan.
The show runs from May 1-27.

Hours:  Tues-Wed. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.;  Thurs.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.;  and Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed on Monday.

Artists' Gallery
8197 Main Street
Ellicott City, Maryland 21043
(443) 325-5936
Exploring Columbia on Foot

Columbia Association's (CA) series of outdoor walks returns with 10 days of exploring lakes, streams, woodlands and wildlife of Columbia. This series will once again be led by award winning environmental author Ned Tillman, who will guide discussions on nature, history and future of these wonderful outdoor settings, including plans for them and the challenges they may face in the near future. For more information, visit the event listing.
2018 Centennial Lakeside Movie Series

It's almost time again for the Centennial Lakeside Movie Series! Grab a blanket or lawn chair, bring your family and friends, and enjoy an outdoor movie experience! The event is free and will take place on the south lawn area in front of the concert stage. These events usually bring in a large crowd so arrive early as the park closes the gates once they reach capacity. Read below for more movies to look forward to:

Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark (PG, 1981) Wednesday, June 27 ▪ 8:15 p.m. 

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (PG- 2012) 
Friday, August 17 ▪ 7:45 p.m. 

The Lego Movie (PG, 2014) 
Saturday, Sept 29 ▪ 7:00 p.m. 

Hocus Pocus (PG, 1993) 
Thursday, October 18 ▪ 6:30 p.m. 
Movie Trailer
BGE Air Conditioner & Dehumidifier Recycling Event

Feminine Hygiene Product Drive

One of the many challenges for low-income women is how they manage their periods. How do you pay for feminine hygiene products when you can't afford enough food for your family? This is the very real question many women in poverty ask themselves every month.

In Howard County, 16,000 residents live at or below the poverty level and approximately 60% are women and girls. That $7 box of tampons is a huge expense for families struggling to make ends meet. Food stamps cannot be used for tampons or pads, leaving women with limited options which can lead to serious health problems.

The Howard County Commission for Women in partnership with the Howard County Food Bank is holding its 8th annual Feminine Hygiene Products Drive now through May 25. Help a woman or girl in need by donating sanitary napkins, tampons or cash contribution. Collected donations will be distributed through the Howard County Food Bank, which provides no cost, nutritious groceries as well as personal items to low income county residents.

Contact the Commission for Women to arrange for pick-up at 410-313-6400 or or drop off your donations at the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services, 6751 Gateway Dr., Suite 300 in Columbia. Thank you for your contribution.
Covenant Corner

We have an opening on our five member Village Architectural Committee.  The commitment is small, but the impact is BIG.  Members make property site visits, review and vote on applications for exterior alterations, and consult on covenant issues in the Village.

Meetings are held twice a month; on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7:30pm at Kahler Hall and are usually over by 9pm. Volunteers must lease or own property located in the Village and must be able to obtain a Certificate of Compliance for their property.  Contact the Covenant Advisor, Debbie Nix, for more information at 410-730-0770 or 

Stream Restoration

A large stream restoration project is planned over the next few years in the villages of Harper's Choice, Town Center and Wilde Lake. The project is being conducted by Columbia Association (CA), the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), and SHA's contractor - Ecotone, Inc. CA's goal is to reduce the amount of sediment flowing into Wilde Lake and Lake Kittamaqundi. All work is restricted to open space owned by CA.

In total, approximately 6,691 feet of stream channel will be restored by this project. The project area will include the section of stream that flows under Little Patuxent Parkway to Lake Kittamaqundi. The project will skip over Wilde Lake and the section of stream behind Green Mountain Circle and Faulkner Ridge Circle - that section is partially on Beaverbrook property - and then will start again at Hesperus Drive, continuing along the main section of stream past Eliot's Oak Road to the Howard County Parks and Recreation property at Cedar Lane Park. Restoration work will also occur on the tributary between Fallriver Row Court and Mystic Court.

The timeline for this project is between two and three years. Planning has already begun, and a design for the project should be available by summer. Permitting will include county, state and federal resource agencies and will take six months to a year to accomplish. A construction schedule will not be available until the design has been permitted.

SHA is funding all aspects of this $2.2 million project at no cost to CA in exchange for stream restoration credits that will apply towards the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit that SHA is obligated to meet. Maintenance of the restored stream sections will be SHA's responsibility.

For information about the project please email CA's Open Space and Facility Services Department at
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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 June 5th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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