November 1st  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Midterm Elections,Tuesday, November 6th

Harper's Choice Community Association's Shredding Event  
Saturday, November 17th
10AM - 1PM
Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row

 Columbia International Folk Dancer's 50th Anniversary Party
The Columbia International Folk Dancers will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary on November  3, 2018 in the Kahler Hall Ballroom from 8:15 to 11:45 PM. We have been meeting every  Wednesday night in Kahler Hall since Kahler Hall opened. At the party, there will be live music  by Ajde from Philadelphia supplemented by recorded music, and we will take requests. We will  be providing snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. The cost to attend the party is $20 at the door and  $15 if paid in advance. If you want to pay in advance, contact .
Volunteers Needed

Apply Now: Scholarships From Columbia Association Reward Teens For Community Service Efforts

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Maggie J. Brown Spirit of Columbia Scholarship Award.

Columbia Association's scholarship program offers up to six $2,500 education awards to graduating high school seniors who exhibit exceptional efforts in providing community service to benefit Columbia residents and those in the Columbia area.

The students must live on CA-assessed property or have a parent/guardian who works full-time on or owns CA-assessed property. Applicants must be graduating in May/June 2019 from an accredited public, private or parochial high school, or be home-schooled in accordance with COMAR 13A.10.01. The students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.

Applications are available online at Completed applications must be submitted by March 15, 2019. For more information, call 410-715-3161 or email

The scholarship is not available to full-time CA employees or their family members, members of CA's Board of Directors or their family members, or members of CA's senior management team or their family members.

Howard County Library System is Hosting An Interactive Exhibit, Undesign The Redline, at its Central Branch through December 31

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.
Holiday Craft Fair At Historic Oakland

Covenant Corner


The Columbia Association (CA) has delivered soil test bags to each of the Village offices. LAWN areas only and return the bag to the Village office. CA will collect the bag, test the soil and return the test results to the residents, FREE of charge. Stop by Kahler Hall during business hours to ask for a soil testing bag.


The Columbia Association (CA) continues to offer the Rain Garden Cost Share Program as a cost-effective way to help residents who reside on the Little Patuxent Watershed to install rain gardens on their property and help SLOW THE FLOW into our watershed. CA, via a grant from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, will pay 75 percent of the rain garden installation cost, with the remaining 25 percent paid by the resident. CA also has a landscape firm on contract for installation.

Residents need to apply to their village architectural committee for approval. Once the rain garden application is approved, the resident pays the 25 percent share to CA. The maintenance agreement is signed and the installation will be scheduled.  

Click here for a short video that helps explain the benefits of a rain garden. Contact John McCoy for more about this valuable program or call to schedule a consultation. 410-312-6336.


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 Tuesday, the 13th & 27th 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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