June 1st Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Harper's Choice Showcases Original Columbia Artist

Sunday, August 13, 2017, 7:30pm
John Levering and Wes Yamaka, popular Columbia artists in the 1970s, turned to art after other careers personifying Columbia's goal to be a place for people to grow.
They opened Columbia's first art gallery and studio called "Eye of the Camel" in the 1970s. As our way of celebrating Columbia's 50th birthday, the Art Gala will feature original works by both artists and will kickoff with a champagne reception and light refreshments. 

Art work needed. To loan art for the event, contact Steve Ingley by July 15th @ 410-730-0770 or manager@harperschoice.org.
Adichie Headlines Book Festival

Books in Bloom Slated for June 11 in Symphony Woods
Best-selling Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will headline Howard County's first major book festival, Books in Bloom, on Sunday, June 11, noon-5 p.m., in Symphony Woods in Downtown Columbia.
Hosted by the Downtown Columbia Partnership in cooperation with the Howard County Library, Books in Bloom will bring together two dozen of the country's best and brightest writers for a daylong festival in the sylvan setting of Merriweather Park in Symphony Woods.  Readings, panel discussions and author conversations will take place in the spectacular new Chrysalis amphitheatre and on the grounds of the park.
Adichie is the author of We Should All Be Feminists and the best-selling Americanah has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.
Among the festival's other headlining authors are award-winning journalist White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, and Political Analyst for CNN, April Ryan, and contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, professor, and one of Ebony' Magazine's 100 Most Influential People, Michael Eric Dyson. The two will be paired for a conversation on race in America, moderated by civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson. Ryan is the author of At Mama's Knee. Dyson wrote Tears We Cannot Stop.
Best-selling writer David Ebershoff, author of The Danish Girl, will read from his work which was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film of the same title.  Other featured writers include Mikita Brottman, author of The Maximum Security Book Club; Jennifer Close, The HopefulsLaurel Frankel, This Is How It Always Is; and Katherine Heiny, Standard DeviationEric Puchner, Last Day on Earth; Alec Ross, The Industries of the Future; Ursula Werner, The Good at Heart; and Ariel Winter, Barren Cove.
A panel discussing summer reading includes Tayla Burney, curator of WAMU's In Your Bookstore series; Carrie Callaghan, senior assignments editor for Washington Independent Review of Books; Petra Mayer, book editor at NPR; and Mary McCauley, arts reporter for The Baltimore Sun.
A panel on Feminism in Young Adult Fiction will include writers Sonia Belasco, Speak of Me as I Am; Christina June, It Started With Goodbye; Miranda Keannelly, Catching Jordan; and Katy Upperman, Kissing Max Holden.
A dedicated children's stage will feature children's authors performing lively readings and interactive family activities related to their books. Authors include Mary Amato, Our Teacher is a Vampire; Karen Leggett Abouraya, Malala Yousafzai; Debbie Levy, I Dissent; and Jerdine Nolen, Calico Girl.
The Howard County Library will launch Summer @ Your Library program with crafts, games and activities for all ages. Other attractions include a pop-up bookstore provided by Politics & Prose, a Poetry Wall and Coloring Wall, and an interactive activation with Haiku Guys and Gals. 
Food and beverages will be available for sale from a variety of vendors, including the popular Astro Donut, Peruvian Brothers and Swizzler food trucks.

Presenting sponsor of Books in Bloom is The Howard Hughes Corporation, the developer revitalizing the 391-acre center of Columbia, which will include 14 million square feet of mixed-use development at full buildout.  Gold Sponsor is the Columbia Association, Silver Sponsor is M&T Bank, and Bronze Sponsors are Harkins and Wells & Associates.

The festival is free and open to the public.  Register at: booksinbloom.eventbrite.com.
About the Downtown Columbia Partnership:
The Downtown Columbia Partnership promotes and advances the growth of Downtown Columbia as a vibrant, economically robust and desirable place for employment, entertainment, living and learning.  Its initiatives include supporting cultural arts programs.  Columbia, MD, is celebrating its 50 th  birthday with a full schedule of events and activities  through October 7.
My Life and Career in NY City: 
Wednesday, June 7th, 10am 
Member Patricia Gordon has experienced many history changing events like The Great Depression and WWII. Come hear about her life and a career as teacher and principal in the NYC schools and changes that have occurred over the years. Meet at the The Village In Howard Center, 6601 Stevens Forest Road in Columbia
"Gen2Gen" Summer 2017 Campaign:
"Generation to Generation" is working with Villages across the country in a campaign to reduce the losses poor students suffer during the summer recess from school. Te TVIH Village is evaluating interest in this project at our Village level. If you think you would like to be involved email Volunteer Chair, Susan Hailman by June 12th at shailman@comcast.net. For more information click here.
4th of July Parade  

The 47th annual Longfellow Friends of the Traditional 4th Parade will take place on Tuesday, July  4, rain or shine, at 10am. Lineup begins at 9:15 in the parking lot of Longfellow Elementary School. It will travel from one end of Hesperus Drive to the other, and return to the school via Eliot's Oak Road.
The parade will be followed by a softball game at noon between the Eliot's Oak Nuts and the Hesperus Wrecks, to be held on Field #3 at the Cedar Lane Park entrance on Cedar Lane.  
Exploring Columbia On Foot, Outdoor Walks

The walks will be held remaining five Thursdays and one Saturday from June through October. Most walks will begin at 10am; the walk at The Mall in Columbia begins at 8:30am. Registration is not required.
  • Saturday, June 24, The Mall in Columbia (8:30am) - meet at the Plaza in front of Season's 52 (10300 Little Patuxent Parkway)
  • Thursday, July 13, Long Reach - meet at Jeffers Hill Neighborhood Center (6030 Tamar Drive)
  • Thursday, Aug. 31, Kings Contrivance - meet at Huntington Pool (7625 Murray Hill Road)
  • Thursday, Sept. 14, Harper's Choice - meet at Hobbits Glen Pool (11130 Willow Bottom Drive)
  • Thursday, Oct. 12, Downtown Columbia - meet at Lakefront Plaza (10275 Little Patuxent Parkway)
  • Thursday, Oct. 26, Hickory Ridge - meet at Hawthorn Center (6175 Sunny Spring
Columbia Smart Energy Challenge: Information Session

June 8, 2017; 7-8pm at Kahler Hall in Harper's Choice
The Columbia Smart Energy Challenge, a six-month program that began Jan. 1, further encourages individuals to improve comfort while reducing energy bills through home energy upgrades, leveraging BGE's Home Performance with the ENERGY STAR Program. The Smart Energy Challenge provides additional incentives to residents as a way to raise awareness and increase the number of audits conducted. 
Join the Columbia Smart Energy Challenge

* Home energy audits are $100 (a $400 value)
* Rebates cut the cost of energy improvements by 50 percent (up to $2,000 total)
* Earn $50 when you refer a friend who completes an energy audit
* Help your neighbors! Any village that completes at least 10 energy audits during the challenge       will have a celebration - with 100 free LED lightbulb giveaways to residents.
Community Chess Day


Friday, June 9, 4-9PM

Anyone can play!! Beginners, masters, young, old and any level in between. Play for BRAGGING RIGHTS! Boards provided or BYOB. Light refreshments will be served! Join Anytime 4-9pm. For more information, contact Safire Windley at 410-992-3726. Photos will be taken at the event.


Build Haiti Foundation Gala
Columbia's 50th  Birthday Celebration
Sunday, June 11, 5-8PM
This fundraiser offers a  Taste of Haiti  from 5-6:30PM, followed by  Haitian Arts Performances  in Smith Theatre. Come enjoy Haitian food, followed by Broadway-level talent from New York City - a jazz quartet, dance group, and Creole jazz vocalist- while supporting the Build Haiti Foundation's philanthropic efforts and development programs in Haiti. Tickets $50, $35 for students, online , or at the doo r.
Summer Pool Parties!! Save The Dates!
Mark your calendar for this year's fun neighborhood pool parties! We're excited to splash and play with our community at what we are expecting to be our best pool parties yet!! Space is limited for both events.  This is a free event, but tickets are required and will be available at Kahler Hall beginning June 19.

Longfellow Neighborhood Pool Party 
When: July 13 from 6-9pm 
Where: Longfellow Pool
Theme: Cupcake & Pizza Social
Food: Free Cupcakes & HomeSlyce Pizza Truck!!!  Mod Pizza Gift Card Raffle!!!

Swansfield Neighborhood Pool Party
When: August 10 from 6-9pm
Where: Swansfield Mini Water Park
Theme: Picnic Fun 
Food: Free HomeSlyce Pizza Truck & Rita's. Pub Dog Gift Card Raffle!!!

Covenant Corner
Don't forget...the Covenants require architectural approval prior to the start of work. Stop by Kahler Hall to pick up an application or download one from our website. The AC meets twice a month, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. Meetings are open to the public and residents are encouraged to attend. Contact the covenant advisor for more information.
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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 June 6th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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