October 5th  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Harper's Choice Presents Mark Twain's Traveling Theatre
"Stowe's War," An Original Work
Sunday, November 19, 2017 5pm - 6pm
Kahler Hall 
Tickets $5 each, $18 for four
To purchase tickets, click  here.
For more information,  call Melanie Jeffers at 410-730-0770.
or visit the scrolling link on HCCA's homepage at harperschoice.org.

Stowe's War casts actress Susan Chase as Harriet Beecher Stowe and actor Rick Bonnette as Mark Twain. The play brings two of America's most consequential authors together in a fictional test of wills.

"So, you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this Great War!" This remark, attributed to Abraham Lincoln, may not be historically accurate, but the perception that Harriet Beecher Stowe's book, Uncle Tom's Cabin, fanned the flames of our Civil War certainly is!

Stowe's War begins twenty years after the Civil War, with Harriet struggling with the loss of her husband, two sons, and her health.  At age 74, her "quirky" behavior has become something more than just neighborhood gossip.

In a twist of fiction, her friend and neighbor, Mark Twain, seeks her help to finish his master work, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

In her time, Stowe was universally both revered and reviled. Today, she is merely ignored. And while Twain may be beloved for his wit and humor, his moral evolution seems to escape the modern reader. It can be argued that Stowe and Twain have never been more relevant! With Stowe's War, their genius will emerge again, timely and timeless.

US 29 Pedestrian Bridge Project Delayed

COLUMBIA, MD - The US 29 pedestrian bridge will reopen on Wednesday morning due to a logistical issue. It had previously been closed for construction.

The geometric cage that was to spiral around the bridge caused the project to hit a snag.

According to the Howard County Department of Public Works, the contractor encountered difficulty getting the materials to make the cage.

Because the supply issue is putting construction on hiatus, the bridge will reopen from dawn until dusk starting Wednesday, Sept. 27, until the work resumes in early November.
During the opening of the bridge, Howard County officials say that the local government will continue to provide bus passes between the Oakland Mills Village Center and The Mall in Columbia.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (BCCP)
The goal of BCCP is to reduce breast and cervical cancer deaths through education, screening, diagnosis, treatment and patient navigation services. Educational programs on Breast and Cervical Cancer are available upon request.

Breast and Cervical Cancer Facts
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women.
Cervical cancer is the easiest gynecological cancer to prevent with regular Pap smears and HPV tests.
HPV is the most common cause of cervical cancer, accounting for nearly all cases, and 11,967 new cases of HPV related cervical are diagnosed each year.

Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program
The goals are to provide:
Adequate and timely preventative cancer services to women ages 40 and over.
Yearly breast exams by a health care provider, mammograms, and regular Pap tests to detect problems early.

Eligibility Guidelines:
Proof of Maryland residency.
Limited Income.
Enrollees may be insured, underinsured, or uninsured.

The services provided at no cost are:
Clinical Breast Exams
Regular Pap Tests.
Follow up care for abnormal results.

The Breast and Cervical Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Program
Women of any age requiring medical services related to breast and cervical cancer may be eligible for this program. The program will pay participating health care providers for any further diagnosis and treatment needed for abnormal results.

Eligibility Criteria:
Maryland Resident.
Meet the income requirements for the program
(Note: If you have Medical Assistance, you are not eligible for this program.)

For more information, please visit the Breast and Cervical Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment (BCCDT) Program or call 410-767-6787 for assistance.

Applications are available at the Howard County Health Department or you may call 410-313-4255 for assistance.
Oakland Mills Fall Festival

CarnEvil at Merriweather Park is Maryland's Premiere Halloween Festival

On select nights from October 13th through November 5th, 2017, Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods transforms into the ultimate Halloween event. The park comes alive with horrifying mutant sideshow freaks, demented clowns, escaped circus animals and so much more. Halloween will never be the same. Buy your tickets and learn more about this festival online at: http://www.carnyfest.com/.

Little Ones Are Welcome Too. The first available trip into the Abandoned Circus for EACH evening is a "kid friendly" show. Kid friendly means no live actors and no animatronics will be used. It also means there will be no abductions, human sacrifices, fire breathing dragons, monsters under the bed or guest appearances by the boogey man. We strive to make our kid friendly experience as least scary as possible, but understand, this is a creepy CarnEVIL themed Halloween attraction. Use your best judgement as the adult.

CarnEvil at Merriweather Park is a fully immersive entertainment experience, but your dollars go to more than just entertainment. The CarnEVIL production serves to support funding for first responder equipment and training through Disaster Preparedness DC Incorporated, a nonprofit public charity.

CarnEvil Days are for giving back. Daytime is when Merriweather Park transforms and the real magic begins. CarnEVIL Days supports local school children with physical disabilities by ensuring ALL children get to experience the joy of a field trip to the farm. Yes, CarnEVIL transforms into an authentic, ADA compliant, farm experience complete with pumpkins, games, and even a hay maze. Everyone matters, or no one matters. This motto is the driving motivation behind the forces that have come together to create such a unique experience.
What Can You Do?:  Interrupting Rape Culture

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
HopeWorks of Howard County
9770 Patuxent Woods Drive
Columbia, MD 21045
Open to the Public

A Free Program, but Preregistration is Required
Register Online:  What Can You Do Registration
"Boys will be boys."   "Locker room talk."  "What was she wearing?" Phrases like these are all too common and often go unchallenged. In this interactive workshop, we'll start a conversation that explores what rape culture is and determine ways to disrupt it.
About the Social Justice Dialogue Series
The Social Justice Dialogues are open-forum discussion events designed to examine dynamics around the root causes of violence.
Workshops offer the time to grapple with difficult issues, but also serve as a space to find creative solutions and generate activism around these issues so we can collectively move forward towards change.

Please email  Heidi Griswold, Community Engagement  Coordinator, or call (410) 997-0304.
Turning a Safe House  into a Home 

Please take a moment to read this article by Karen Nitkin in the John Hopkins On-line Newsletter.

It features a story about volunteers from Howard County General Hospital who spend time each year helping HopeWorks make repairs and renovations to our shelter.

Thanks so much for your support!
50 + Expo

Explore preparedness, information and education as they relate to healthy aging at Howard County's 19th annual 50+EXPO on Friday, October 20, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Wilde Lake High School. Admission is $1 and free parking and shuttle transportation are available from the lower level Sears parking lot at The Columbia Mall.

This year's 50+EXPO features over 160 vendors and exhibitors. Attendees to the 50+EXPO can take advantage of free flu vaccines and free health screenings at the onsite health fair. Back by popular demand, the Capitol Steps return to the Jim Rouse Theatre for one show at 11:00 a.m. Tickets are available while quantities last; a $5 donation is requested per ticket.

For more information and a full schedule of the day's events, visit the website.
HCPSS Seeks Citizen Members for Ethics Panel

The  Ethics Panel  oversees the school system's Ethics Regulations, advises the Board on matters related to conflict of interest and financial disclosure, and provides advisory opinions to employees on the applicability of the Ethics Regulations to specific situations. Interested citizens may submit a letter of interest and resume by October 15, 2017.
Covenant Corner

Wrong Way Parking
We have fielded multiple complaints recently about vehicles parked facing oncoming traffic on streets in Harper's Choice.  If you are parking your vehicle on the street, please be aware that under Howard County Traffic Code, the vehicles MUST be parked facing in the direction of traffic or the vehicles may be subject to ticketing.  If you observe vehicles parked in this manner, contact the Village office and provide a description of the vehicle, along with the location (address) nearest to the parked vehicle.

Howard County Fall Shredding Events
October 21 , 9am-1pm (or until trucks are full) at the Long Gate Park &  Ride, 5000 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21043

October 28 , 10am-2pm (or until trucks are full) at the Gary Arthur Community Center, 2400 State Route 97, Cooksville, MD 21723

HC residents can bring up to 3 bags or boxes of paper.   Both events are rain or shine.
Columbus Day Closings
Howard County Government offices are closed on Monday, October 9 in observance of the Columbus Day holiday. The 911 Center, Police and Fire departments remain staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Details are on the County website.

All parking regulations and fees are in effect on Columbus Day.

Closed on Monday, October 9 
County Government Offices
Animal Shelter 
50+ Centers 
Robinson Nature Center

Open on Monday, October 9
Landfill and all trash, recycling, yard trim and food scrap services 
County Parks 
Gary J. Arthur Community Center 
North Laurel Community Center 
Roger Carter Community Center 
County Historic Sites 
Kiwanis-Wallas Hall 
Meadowbrook Athletic Center 
Cedar Lane Activity Room (use by permit only) 
Schooley Mill Activity Room (use by permit only) 
Regional Transportation Agency (RTA) operates on a normal schedule. For more information on RTA, visit their website or call 1-800-270-9553.
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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 November 2nd at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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