September 20th  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Harper's Choice Community Association's Oktoberfest!
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Red Ribbon Yard Sale Rescheduled for, Saturday, October 20th

This fall's Red Ribbon Yard Sale has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 20th. Click here to register your street and remember to pick up your red ribbon from Kahler Hall by Thursday, October 18th.
Komen Maryland Race for the Cure
The 26 th  Annual Komen Maryland Race for the Cure will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Columbia Gateway. The Race features a recreational 5k and 1-mile walk/run and includes a celebration village with music, food, kids' activities and survivor recognition. Race village opens at 7 am and the Race begins at 9 am. Funds raised from the event support local breast health programs and national research to prevent and cure breast cancer. Register or donate now at .
Share Skills, Repair and Swap!

Saturday, October 13, 1-4pm
East Columbia 50+ Center

This will feature mini workshops on Do-It-Yourself (DIY) tasks. The quick sessions demonstrate "how to fix it" or "how to makeit" skills.

Held in collaboration with Transition Howard County. For more information, click here.  
Questions? Call 410-884-6121 or email

Thank You!
Big time banking thanks to all who helped at the SkillShareFair, Repair Cafe & Swap in July. Check out 
Upcoming Events

Database Tech-Talk Fridays
Refresher sessions scheduled weekly on Fridays through Nov. 16 at 10-11:30am at The Barn. RSVP the day before by 2pm.  

Call 410-884-6121 or email

Oakland Mills Fall Festival
Saturday, Oct. 6 from 11a-4p at the Oakland Mills Village Center

SkillShareFair, Swap & Repair Cafe
Saturday, Oct. 13 from 1-4p at the East Columbia 50+ Center

50+ EXPO

Friday, Oct. 20 from 9a-4p at Wilde Lake High School

Tell us!
We would love to hear from you! Email us your stories about time banking; tell us how you earned your time dollars or tell us how you spent them (or both!).

Click here to share your stories about how you time bank.
You're invited to the Millennial Community Presentation
Millennial Workgroup Community Presentation
Thursday, October 18, 6:30-8:30 pm with presentation at 7pm
Merriweather Post Pavilion Community Room, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia

CA's Millennials Work Group will share the results of the Millennial survey and work of the group with the public. The meeting will support a conversation between the group and the public about the survey and about the work group's draft recommendations for how Columbia can be improved to better serve millennials.
Click  here to register.
SHIP Medicare Public Education Presentation Schedule

Listed below are descriptions of our "Medicare Public Education Seminars".  These lecture style presentations are targeted towards anyone new to Medicare, including soon-to-be beneficiaries and family members, friends or community partners helping Medicare beneficiaries, as well as anyone currently on Medicare wanting to learn more.

Click here  to download a printable version of  our schedule for September 2018 - January 2019.

New to Medicare?
Will you be enrolling in Medicare soon or helping someone who has Medicare?  Attend our two-part introductory series to learn more. 

Medicare 101 
What You Can Expect From Medicare:  Learn about Medicare Part A (Hospital), Part B (Medical) and Part D (Prescription Drug).  How does Original Medicare (sometimes called Traditional Medicare) work?  What are the benefits? What is your share of the costs? When should you make decisions regarding your coverage?  Hear about assistance programs that can help pay some of your Medicare costs.

Medicare 102 
Why Medicare Isn't Enough:  Learn about Part C (Medicare Advantage), other Medicare Health Plans and Medicare Supplement Policies (Medigap Plans). What should you consider when deciding if a Medicare HMO,  PPO or Cost Plan is the right choice for you?  Understand how the different Medigap plans cover your portion of the  costs of Original Medicare, how they are priced and when is the best time to enroll.  Hear about how to protect yourself and Medicare from health care fraud.

Already Have Medicare?
Have you had Medicare for a while but want to deepen your understanding of the different types of coverage available to you and what you should consider when comparing those options?

Medicare Refresher:   
Get a better understanding of the two paths to Medicare coverage (Original Medicare vs Medicare Advantage), including when you can make changes.  Learn helpful hints on becoming a more active participant in your health care, along with key resources, assistance programs and how to protect yourself from Medicare fraud.

Updated presentation schedules are available on

If you need this document in an alternative format or accommodations to participate in any of these events (with at least two weeks prior notification to the event) please contact Barbara Albert at 410-313-7391 (voice/relay) or at 
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.
Save the Date: Community Forum on the Opioid Health Crisis

Save the Date: Drive-Thru Medication and Sharps Collection

The next drive-thru medication and sharps (needles, syringes, and EpiPens) collection will be held on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  in the Wilde Lake Village Center. 
As we get closer, visit for more information, email or call 443-325-0004. 

Hurry to Register for HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council

All Howard County high school students are invited to participate in HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council (TAC). TAC meets once a month throughout the school year. Community service hours available for all meetings/events. 
School year 2018-19 registration forms are being accepted. Hurry to email or mail signed registration form and photo.
Forms can be found on our website at
Next 2 meeting dates :
Monday, September 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Monday, October 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Unless otherwise notified, all meetings will be held at The Barn/Teen Center in the Oakland Mills Village Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please email

Covenant Corner

Common Area Trash Collection in Townhouse Communities

Most townhouse developments in Harper's Choice have common area trash collection; a specific location where residents are required to place their trash and recycling for the county to pickup on collection day. On some streets, there is no townhouse association, so there is no one, except the residents, to clean up the area once the items have been removed. The land, in this case, is typically part of the County right of way, maintained by the adjacent homeowner. That said, all residents who use this area for trash are responsible to help clean up when there is trash or debris left behind. Some tips to help keep these areas clean:
Use trash containers with tight-fitting lids; no loose bags or boxes of trash.
Place recycling in the blue bins provided by the County. Need one? Call 410-313-6444.
Follow your trash collection schedule - items should not be placed out earlier than 6 p.m. the evening prior to your collection day.
When you collect your bins and cans, take a moment to pick up any debris that may have been left behind.
Ever hear of the broken window theory? Areas that are kept clean and debris-free encourage others to do the same. You can help build a sense of community, one piece of trash at a time!   


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: 9/11, 9/25; 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, September 25th  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 October 4th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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