January 11th  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
HCCA To Host Pizza & Movie Night 
Friday, February 9th 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Kahler Hall
5440 Old Tucker Row
Since showing the Polar Express at Pizza With Santa was such a success last month, we have scheduled a Pizza & Movie Night featuring The Incredibles. This event is free, but seats are limited;  advanced registration is required. To register for this event, click here or call Melanie Jeffers at 410-730-0770.

HCCA To Host: 55 & Better Lunch & Movie Featuring The Shawshank Redemption
Monday, February 19th noon - 3pm
Kahler Hall
5440 Old Tucker Row
Tickets $7
HCCA is hosting our first 55 & Better Lunch & Movie featuring Shawshank Redemption, with Academy Award Winner Morgan Freeman. Lunch will be provided by Michael's Deli. Click here to register for the event.
Everyday Relics
January 12 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm 
Ticket price: Free Howard County Center for the Arts 
8510 High Ridge Road 
Ellicott City, MD 21043 United States
Reception: January 19, 6-8pm  (snow date: January 26)

Everyday Relics  features works by Charles Bowers and Pamela Crockett. Bowers creates mixed media pigment ink transfer images, often depicting imagery of nature. Each image transfer results in a unique work of art with a distinctive textural background. Crockett's abstract mixed media paintings are inspired by Byzantine artifacts. Her paintings incorporate embedded objects that create areas of depth and shadow within the work, encouraging the viewer to take a closer look. For more information click here.
BithEnergy MLK Unity 5K
Hosted by the Howard County NAACP
Saturday, January 13th, 8am
6940 Gateway Drive, Columbia MD
$20 - $40
Post-run celebration includes music, food, and surprises. 
La Dolce Vita! - The Sweet Life!
Sunday, January 14, 2018, 7 pm.
First Lutheran Church 
3604 N Chatham Rd 
Ellicott City, MD 21042

Italy, a land steeped in history from ancient times to the present with remarkable natural scenery and a rich cultural heritage, is on display with music, dance, and video at the next HCCO concert! Bask in the beauty of Mascagni's Intermezzo from  Cavalleria Rusticana or the tempestuous dancing of the Tarentella performed by  Dance Connections, Inc. and the glow of grand Italian song by Columbia's very own mezzo soprano  Denée Barr. As the mellifluous strains of Vivaldi, Rossini, Puccini, and Verdi greet your ears, enjoy views of iconic Italian scenery and art from Rome , Florence, and Venice to the Amalfi Coast, Lake Cuomo, Sicily and more.  Jonathan Palevsky, program director of  WBJC-FM will help us navigate through the fascinating history and culture of this land telling us the stories behind the music. We'll also be treated to a performance by one of Howard County's rising stars of the violin, Lauren Yoon, playing Paganini's devilishly difficult  "La Campanella". Art, too, will be on display, presented by  Mad About You Gallery featuring the work of eminent Italian-American artist  Gino Manelli and others. Proceeds from the sale of these works will help benefit the orchestra.

Finally, there will be a post concert reception featuring classic Italian desserts. It's a great way to usher in the New Year honoring a great country with grand traditions and incomparable beauty- hope to see you there.

Purchase tickets online or at the door.
Gallery Exhibit: Fashion From the Era of Baltimore's Cone Sisters (Opens)
Tuesday January 15, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Columbia, MD 21044

Baltimore's Claribel and Etta Cone gathered one of the country's finest collections of modern French art in the early 20th century. Opens Monday, January 15th. Click here for more information.
Howard County Conservancy
Dreaming of warm summer days? Camp Registration opens January 24, 2018!

Longing for traditional camp values in a day camp setting? Make new friends, play among the trees, learn survival skills and more.  This summer, become  Rooted in Nature  as you sneak through the forest to find animals unaware, jump from puddle to puddle like a frog, learn about soil through mud tie-dying, and get your hands dirty exploring outdoors! Explore, play, design, hike and have a wild summer! T o be the first to get registration information, email  camp@hcconservancy.org  !

Nature Writing

Saturday January 13th, 10am
Mt. Pleasant
10520 Old Frederick Road 
Woodstock, MD 21163 United States
Join us for a nature inspired day! Younger children will enjoy crafts with Columbia Families in Nature while Tim Singleton teaches our older participants how haiku is a tool to grow a practitioner's skills of observation, articulation, mindfulness, compassion, and awareness. Register here.

Winter Family Yoga

Saturday January 20th, 10am
6553 Belmont Woods Road 
Elkridge, MD 21075 United States

Come out of hibernation and warm up with family yoga with Mary Lavin! We will breathe, flow and move through an invigorating sequence designed to take you out of your winter cocoon. Geared for parents and children (preferably ages 6+) to practice and enjoy yoga together. Register here

Spotted at the Conservancy: Red Fox
Red Foxes are highly adaptive. They can be found in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia and live in diverse habitats including open fields, small woodlots, forests and wetlands. They can adapt to city, town and rural settings. Although related to wolves, coyotes and domestic dogs (social animals), red foxes tend to be solitary, cautious and tense, except when raising their young. During cold winter weather, red foxes use their big bushy tails to keep warm.

Volunteer at the Howard County Conservancy!
Looking for a fun way to stay involved in your community and make a tremendous difference? Consider joining the Conservancy volunteer "family!" Opportunities include:

Drop in gardening (Wednesday mornings)

Greeters welcoming visitors (weekdays 9am-3pm, office work)

Habitat restoration work groups (monthly)

Education programs for preschool thru high school (weekdays 9am-3pm)


For more informationvolunteer@hcconservancy.org or 410.465.8877
Interactive Mystery Theater at Historic Oakland
Wednesday, February 14, 7:00 pm
Unique Valentines Day gift!

The crowd was hushed as the manor proprietor got ready to unveil the prized display of the evening, the Lickety-Split Diamond, only to find it had been stolen while the crowd mingled in ignorant bliss. Now it is up to you, your guests, and the detective to find the thief and restore the diamond to its rightful place, getting the unveiling back on track.

Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres with dessert, and coffee will close the evening. Tickets must be purchased in advance: $35 per person for those who reside on Columbia assessed property (i.e., Columbia lien payer), or $45 per person for all others.  You must be 21 to attend. Singles welcome!

Purchase tickets here.


Howard County 911 is expanding a program in which residents can voluntarily "flag" their address in the 911 system to make police, fire and EMS aware of a family member with a disability or other pertinent health concern. The program began through a partnership with autism advocates in 2012, but has expanded to include other information residents believe would be relevant to any emergency response if 911 is called. For example, if someone living with autism has sensory sensitivity, an officer could be mindful of the possible effect of police lights or sirens when approaching that household.
The program can be used for various relevant mental or physical health concerns, including autism, Alzheimer's, intellectual, developmental or degenerative disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health diagnoses, or other behavior that may affect police response. All information submitted as a part of the 911 flagging program remains confidential and will only be used by emergency dispatchers and responders. A request form is available on the HCPD's website. For more information, contact the Community Outreach Division at 410-313-2207 or email.
Columbia Association's Senior Advisory Committee sponsors a free curb-to-curb evening (after 4:30 p.m.) and weekend transportation shuttle to cultural events throughout Howard County for groups of four or more seniors ages 60 and older. The shuttle services Columbia's Theaters (Rouse, Slayton House, Smith and Toby's); Art Exhibits and Receptions at the Columbia Art Center, Howard Community College, and Slayton House; Lectures and Concerts at Howard Community College Smith Theatre and Libraries; Lakefront activities at Lake Elkhorn and Lake Kittamaqundi; and all Howard County 50+ Centers.
Reservations must be made by telephone two weeks in advance of the event. To request a ride, call 410-715-3087. The Senior Events Shuttle is supported by Columbia Association's Community Services Department and Senior Advisory Committee, and the Howard County Government.
Senior Rangers: Exciting Opportunity for Adults 
Thursdays 2-3:30 p.m.
Spring: April 26-May 31
Fall: Oct. 4-Nov. 8
Save your spot now by calling 410-461-5005

Maryland Natural Resources' Senior Rangers Program is for adults looking to experience life as a park ranger and who enjoy the wonders and benefits of nature.
They are offering  six, 90-minute   sessions this spring and fall, which will include exercise, expert-led talks, fellowship, games and hikes. Topics will cover conservation, history, and native animals and plants.

Why Senior Rangers?

Encourages physical activity and engagement. Accessibility to parks and open spaces encourages seniors to get outdoors. This then motivates them to be active physically, spiritually and socially, which can offset chronic illness, disability and isolation. Spending time outside fights boredom and raises self-esteem. Outdoor spaces encourage multigenerational interactions, which are emotionally nourishing for most seniors.

Increases energy .  Nature is fuel for the soul. Often when we feel depleted, we reach for a cup of coffee, but research suggests a better way to get energized is to connect with nature.

Fights depression.  Seniors are at higher risk of depression, which can lead to a spiral of decline if not addressed. Spending time in a natural setting has long been "prescribed" to boost our mood. We are inspired by the beauty of nature, the clean air, and the sounds and sights. It has been found that going for group walks in a natural setting could be an alternative to medications for older people who are dealing with stressful life circumstances, such as loss of a loved one or serious illness.

Boosts memory.  Research has found that interacting with nature improved memory performance and attention by 20 percent. Experts think this is in part because natural environments are far less stressful. Urban environments, they say, feature a relatively complex and often confusing pattern of stimulation, which requires effort to sort out and interpret. Parks and natural environments, however, permit folks to replenish their capacity to attend and thus have a restorative effect on mental abilities.

Improves physical health.  Spending time in nature has been shown to boost the immune system. Being outside with lots of trees can help improve our cardiovascular and metabolic health, as well as lowering our blood pressure and stress levels. 

For more information, please email  Jamie Petrucci or call 410-461-5005.
Apply to be a Vendor for GreenFest

Vendor applications are now being accepted for Howard County's 11th annual GreenFest, back for its consecutive year on Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Howard Community College's Burrill Galleria (10901 Little Patuxent Parkway). Last year's event drew more than 2,000 attendees and featured nearly 80 commercial and nonprofit vendors with information about how to live a more ecologically sound lifestyle. Apply now to become a vendor to showcase your 'green' at this popular event.
HCCA Partners With Meals On Wheels

Harper's Choice Community Association is happy to announce  our collaboration with Meals On Wheels. Melanie Jeffers, our Event & Community Outreach Coordinator,  will be out in the neighborhood delivering meals to local residents and getting to know them and their needs. We will also be working with Meals On Wheels to bring awareness to our  community about  the many programs  to help those in  need, such as Food Supplement Programs, Rent Assistance, Utility Assistance, and Health Care and Prescription Assistance.  

If you or anyone you know needs assistance understanding or applying for any of these programs, please contact Melanie Jeffers at 410-730-0770 or click here.
Covenant Corner
Damaged Utility Pedestal near you?
If you see broken or damaged Verizon or Comcast pedestals or above ground wires in your neighborhood, please report them to the village office. Please email us a photo which will help us identify ownership of the box and provide the address where the pedestal or wires are located as well, i.e. closest street address. Residents are encouraged to report any concerns to the village office such as graffiti, fallen trees or branches, exposed cables, etc. and we will make sure the complaint is forwarded to the responsible party. Email photos and complaints.

Who to call when...

· The streetlight on my road is out? Call BGE at 800-685-0123
· There is a dead tree between the curb and sidewalk in front of my home? This is most
· The streetlight on my road is out? Call BGE at 800-685-0123
· There is a dead tree between the curb and sidewalk in front of my home? This is most likely a        County street tree. Call Ho. Co. Highways at 410-313-7450
· There is a car on my street that is untagged, or the tags have expired? Call the Police to report,       410-313-2200 or report to the village staff with tag# and location.
· There is a dog off its leash, or barking loudly, or acting aggressively? Call Howard County               Animal Control at 410-313-2780
· My neighbor plays their music too loud, or too late at night? Again, this is a police matter. Call         the non-emergency number, 410-313-2200
· The tot lot has graffiti or damage? Call the Village office, 410-730-0770 or directly to CA Open         Space Management at 410-312-6330 or email.
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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 February 6th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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