May 9th Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Red Ribbon Yard Sale CANCELLED

Due to lack of participation, we are cancelling the Red Ribbon Yard Sale scheduled for this Saturday, May 11th. We will announce a new date in the fall.
Yoga at Stevens Forest Pool

June 8 Wear Orange Event
Joseph Square, Harper's Choice Village Center  

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 

Community Chess Day!
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, May 23, 10am, Wilde Lake historic structures - meet at Wilde Lake Barn, 10027 Hyla Brook Road
  • 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.

Planning Board Meeting for Downtown Columbia Neighborhood Public Square

A Planning Board meeting for SDP 19-037 will be held on May 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Banneker Room located in the George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, Maryland for Parcel D Downtown Neighborhood Public Square located at 10271 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland in the Town Center Village and the Lakefront Core Neighborhood.  The site is zoned New Town (NT) and in the Downtown Columbia - Downtown Community Commons area.  The proposed site development plan includes approximately 26,254 square feet of improvements including a Veteran's Memorial, a multi-level playground, community pergola and pathways.
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

Mowing and Grass-cycling  
Grass-cycling is the simple practice of letting grass clippings decompose on the lawn after mowing. Want to have a lush lawn AND help the environment? Remove no more than 1/3 of the length of the grass blade when mowing. Cutting to the proper height can reduce weeds by as much as 50%. And leave those grass clippings on the lawn; this recycles nutrients, conserves water, saves time and trash bags! Some tips:
· Mow with sharp blades.
· Mow lawn when dry. After a rainy period, large clumps of grass can be mowed over or raked up and removed.
· Mow on a regular basis. Remember, remove no more than one-third of the leaf blade. During the spring it may be necessary to mow twice a week.
· Mulching mowers hasten the decomposition process but are not necessary. Check availability of mulching "kits" which can be purchased for some models of lawn mowers. Kits include a plate that blocks discharged shoots, forcing clippings back through the blades. Check your lawn mower manual for information.
· Avoid the overuse of fertilizer. For more lawn care tips, visit the MD Cooperative Extension website.  

Did You Know... 

The parking and storage of trailers and other similar vehicles is prohibited on property in Columbia without the prior written approval of the Architectural Committee. Section 8.01 of the Harper's Choice Village Covenants states, "Without the prior written approval of the Architectural Committee: (d) No boat, boat trailer, house trailer, trailer or other similar items shall be stored in the open on any lot." The Columbia RV Park has spaces available for rent to Columbia Lien payers; contact 410-381-0194. Visit them online here.  

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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 Tuesdays, May 14th & 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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