May 23rd Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
NAACP Town Hall Meeting Tonight
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.

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; The Boss Baby on July 24 and Trolls on August 14. These events are FREE for all members of the Harper's Choice Community. Tickets are required and are found at the links below; please bring your ticket the night of the event to show us! Check-in begins at 7:30PM, 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 water bottle. 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

Explore Columbia's Nature, History and Art with CA's Guided Outdoor Walks

Explore Columbia's nature, history and art with CA's guided outdoor walks

Learn about the lakes, wildlife, history and art in our community with "Exploring Columbia on Foot," a series of free guided outdoor walks offered by Columbia Association (CA).

The walks will be held on nine Thursdays from April through October. They will include nature walks led by environmental author Ned Tillman and art/history walks led by Columbia historian Barbara Kellner. Each walk will be about two miles long, with four to five stops along the way. Registration is not required.

The schedule of walks and meeting locations includes:
  • Thursday, June 6, 10am, Long Reach nature - meet at Stonehouse in the Long Reach Village Center, 8775 Cloudleap Court
  • Thursday, June 20, 10am, Downtown art and architecture - meet at the People Tree at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront, 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway
  • Thursday, September 19, 10am, Wilde Lake nature - meet at the Wilde Lake boathouse and dock, 10027 Hyla Brook Road
  • Thursday, October 10, 10am, walk through Merriweather District - meet at the People Tree at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront, 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway
  • Thursday, October 24, 10am, office park art - park and meet at 9115 Guilford Road
This schedule is also available at In case of inclement weather, please call 410-312-6330 to learn if a walk has been canceled. For more information, contact CA's Open Space Management Division at or 410-312-6330.

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

Dear Architectural Committee:
We have a house on our cul'd sac with dirty siding and weeds growing in the landscape beds. It's been like this for a while and is getting worse. Why hasn't the Village done something about this house? It really looks awful...
Signed, Longing in Longfellow

Dear Longing:
The Covenants are complaint driven, so we rely on residents letting us know when a problem occurs in their neighborhood. All calls, emails or letters to this office are handled anonymously. You can call, stop by or email us. We make a site visit to confirm the presence of a violation and take the appropriate steps to resolve the matter with the homeowner. Most covenant violations are successfully resolved this way. We encourage residents to help us in our work to keep Harper's Choice the best Choice!  

Columbia Resident Card, FREE 2nd Sunday Swim

Residents who live on CA-assessed property qualify for reduced pay-as-you-go admission and program fees with a free Columbia Card. Cards may be obtained from CA's Customer & Member Service Center and you must show driver's license, State issued non-drivers ID or imprinted personal check along with dependent children's birth certificates to verify residency.
Card holders also qualify for FREE admission to any of the 23 outdoor neighborhood pools on the second Sunday of June, July and August. Visit CA's Membership Service Center, 6310 Hillside Court, Suite 100, Columbia, during hours of operation or call 410-730-1801 or email for assistance.
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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 28th 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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