March 8th  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Board Elections are Coming and We Need You!
Have you considered volunteering your time on behalf of your community? The current two-year terms of office for two Village Board seats and the Columbia Association Council Representative seat expire on April 30, 2018. Village Board members attend one meeting a month where they oversee village finances, advise and take action on such matters as street and house maintenance, and advocate for changes that will benefit Harper's Choice. The Columbia Association Council Representative serves on the Village Board as an ex officio (non-voting) member and also serves as a voting member of the Columbia Association's Board of Directors.  The nomination period runs from March 1 - March 14, 2018 .  Information and nomination petitions are available at Kahler Hall and for download on our website ; a maximum 150-word CANDIDATE'S STATEMENT is due at Kahler Hall by 5:00 pm on March 14.  The STATEMENTS may be emailed to , preferably in a MS Word document. For more information, contact Village Manager Steve Ingley at 410-730-0770 or via email.

HCCA is looking for volunteers to help us count ballots on Election Day, Saturday, April 28 at 3:00 pm at Kahler Hall.  If you are available and would like to assist the Election Monitor Committee with this task, please contact Village Manager Steve Ingley at 410-730-0770 or via email.

March 22nd, 7PM - 10PM
Kahler Hall
5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia, MD 21044
Tickets $15

Join Harper's Choice Community Association and Chef Ben Rubin of AllSpice Hospitality, as we celebrate Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza & Wine by building your own individual pizza & tasting a variety of amazing wines. Space for this event is limited. Click here to register or call Melanie at 410-730-0770.

All wine provided by The Wine Bin, 8390 Main Street, Ellicott City, Maryland, 21043

Leadership Howard County's The Big Event
Tuesday, March 13

Join Leadership Howard County at the Big Event on March 13, 11:00 a.m. at Turf Valley Resort. Hear Ron Clark, a passionate and energetic local educator, discuss how he prepares his students for a bright future. His pioneering Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, has garnered national and international recognition. Ron Clark's vision to transform education and cultivate a generation of global leaders offers an inspiring message that will engage community leaders on every level. For more information and to register for this event, please visit their website.
Food Drive
Dates:  March 8, 2018 - April 1, 2018
Columbia Art Center

Fariba Gheisour, an Iranian-American artist, uses her artistic talents to communicate her humanitarian ideas with people around the world. Fariba studied art under the supervision of renowned Iranian painter Professor Aydin Aghdashloo before establishing her own art studio in 1995 in Tehran.
2018 St. Paddy's Day Bash!

Columbia Cleanup Day Scheduled for Saturday, March 24 in All 10 Villages

Columbia can be even more beautiful, and the environment can be more healthy, after just three hours on Columbia Cleanup Day.

Columbia Cleanup Day will take place on Saturday, March 24 with volunteers simultaneously picking up trash that has accumulated at open space locations in all 10 villages. Nine of Columbia's villages are scheduled to work from 9am to noon, while the Kings Contrivance event will be held from 10am to 1pm.

This is the ninth year that Columbia Cleanup Day has been held since 2009. People who would like to participate can show up at the meeting locations. The meeting locations and clean-up areas are:
  • Dorsey's Search: Meet at Dorsey Hall Pool (4649 Columbia Road). Clean the open space behind Dorsey Hall Pool and the playground area.
  • Harper's Choice: Meet at Swansfield Neighborhood Center (5659 Cedar Lane). Clean the open space area behind Green Dory Lane, Woodenhawk Circle and Berrypick Lane.
  • Hickory Ridge: Meet at Clary's Forest Pool (11615 Little Patuxent Parkway). Clean the open space in the middle of the Little Patuxent Parkway loop.
  • Kings Contrivance: Meet at Amherst House (7251 Eden Brook Drive). Clean the open space and natural areas behind Amherst House and near Dickinson Pool. Please note that Kings Contrivance's cleanup will be held from 10am to 1pm.
  • Long Reach: Meet at the cul-de-sac in the 6300 block of Tamar Drive. Clean the pathway and natural area from Tot Lot LR16 to Tot Lot LR15 (adjacent to Footed Ridge).    
  • Oakland Mills: Meet at Oakland Mills Village Center (5851 Robert Oliver Place). Clean along the pathway from Stevens Forest Road going toward Route 29.
  • Owen Brown: Meet at the Lake Elkhorn parking lot on Dockside Lane lot off Cradlerock Way. Clean around Lake Elkhorn and the Forebay area.
  • River Hill: Meet at Claret Hall in the River Hill Village Center (6020 Daybreak Circle). Clean the open space area between Columbia Gym and River Hill High School.
  • Town Center: Meet at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront (10227 Wincopin Circle). Clean around Lake Kittamaqundi.
  • Wilde Lake: Meet at Faulkner Ridge Neighborhood Center (15018 Marble Faun Court). Clean the open space around the neighborhood center.
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City Documentary Screening
Monday, March 26 at 7pm

The Baltimore Metropolitan Council and Columbia Association invite you to a screening of "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City," the story of a particularly prescient woman who started a revolution in urban planning. 

This series begins Monday, March 26 at 7pm with this screening at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center (7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia). 

Click here for more information or call 410-381-2000.
Howard Community College's Arts Collective  Presents Improvaganza
Dates: March 29, March 30, March 31

What Improv Group?!?! (W.I.G.)  hosts its 2nd Annual Improv Festival  (Howard County's only!) featuring  outstanding improv troupes (including approximately 100 improv artists) from the Baltimore/DC/VA Metro Area on March 29 - 31. Each show is unique, but each includes audience participation, give-aways, fun Improv Jams, and incredible (brief) Post-Show Q & A's! Improv lovers are in for the classic favorites to never-before-seen antics within a fabulous "cabaret" setting, complete with audience participation, free snacks, and $1 beers for folks 21+, $1 soft drinks, water!

Click here to purchase tickets or call 443-518-1500.
Whipps Historic Garden Cemetery Daffodil Day

HCCA Board of Directors Meeting
April 3, 2018
During the Tuesday, April 3, 2018, HCCA Board of Directors meeting beginning at 7:00 pm at Kahler Hall, a representative(s) from Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman's office will be present to answer and address any questions or concerns that the Board and community may have.  As always, the Board meetings are open and we encourage residents to attend and participate in the meetings and this meeting is no exception.  Regardless of your availability to attend, if you have any questions or concerns that you wish to convey to Executive Kittleman's staff, please email them to Village Manager Steve Ingley at  in advance of the meeting to ensure that they have adequate time to involve their subject matter experts should it be necessary.  We hope to see you on April 3!
Searching For Spring Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 14th

The Annual Searching For Spring Egg Hunt, co-sponsored by the Villages of Columbia, will be held on Saturday, April 14 from 
10 -11:30am at the Columbia Sports Park in the Harper's Choice Village Center, located at 5453 Harper's Farm Road. No admittance permitted after 10:45AM.  Tickets will be available March 19th at Kahler Hall and all Columbia village centers.

When: April 14, 2018 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Columbia Sports Park, 5677 Harpers Farm Rd, Columbia, MD 21044, USA
10AM Crafts; 10:45AM Egg Hunt
The Columbia Orchestra Presents Symphonic Pods
Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 7:30 p.m. 
Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 3:00 p.m.
Choose from two performances of our popular, family-friendly Symphonic Pops Concert! Sola Fadiran, winner of the Howard County Arts Council's 2017 Rising All-Star Competition, and Julie Kurzava join the Orchestra for timeless classics from Rodgers & Hammerstein's Sound of Music The King and I South Pacific  and Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd Company , and Into the Woods . The whole family will love selections from Candide  and Fiddler on the Roof , as well as blockbuster films such as E.T.  and Superman . Plus, a performance by one of the winners of our Young Artist Competition. Order your tickets early to reserve your seat. Click here to order tickets or call 410-465-8777.
HCHD and Grassroots Partner to Provide Walk-In Screening Services for Substance Use Disorders

The Howard County Health Department and Grassroots Crisis Center are partnering to provide screening services for those in need of substance use disorder (SUD) assistance. Grassroots will provide in-person screening to adults, youth and families who are dealing with addiction issues, with the technical assistance, training and community promotion provided by the Health Department. 
A counselor will screen client, link them to treatment services in the community and assist to remove any barriers there might be to getting treatment. Walk-in crisis assistance will be available onsite at Grassroots' Freetown Road facility in Columbia from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily starting February 19. The location is accessible on the Orange Route of Howard Transit.
Individuals and families in Howard County seeking 24-hour assistance with a personal, mental health, family or shelter crisis may contact Grassroots at 800-422-0009/410-531-6677 or visit
New Medicare Cards are Coming!

As you may already know, over the next year people with Medicare will be mailed new Medicare cards, with Maryland being in the first wave of the mailings (between April and June).  To make everyone aware that the new cards are coming (there are approximately 47,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Howard County), we would appreciate it if you would distribute information to your clients, membership and/or staff.  Below you will find a few quick background comments, as well as links to information about the new Medicare cards in a variety of formats and sizes; use the ones that best fit how your organization communicates.

The new cards have a Medicare number that is unique to each person, instead of their Social Security number.  This will protect people's identities and keep their information safe. 

People with Medicare do not need to take any action to get their new card and there is no cost.  But, it is very important that they make sure that their mailing address is up-to-date.

If their mailing address needs to be corrected (perhaps because of a recent move), they need to contact Social Security at or call 1-800-772-1213 (TTY: 1-800-325-0778).

Since there have already been reports of scam artists trying to take advantage of this change, people should beware of anyone contacting them about the new Medicare card; Medicare will not contact people to ask them about their personal information or to collect a fee to get their new Medicare Number or card.

If you have any questions call Barbara Albert 410-313-7391 or Ayse Tokbay 410-313-7389.  
Covenant Corner

Rain Garden Cost Share Program
The Columbia Association (CA) is once again offering the Rain Garden Cost Share Program as a cost-effective way to help residents who reside on the Little Patuxent Watershed to install rain gardens on their property. CA encourages residents throughout the community to plant rain gardens. CA, via a grant from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, will pay 75 percent of the rain garden installation cost, with the remaining 25 percent paid by the resident. CA also has a landscape firm on contract for installation.

Residents need to apply to their village Architectural Committee for approval. Once the rain garden application is approved, the resident pays the 25 percent share to CA. The maintenance agreement is signed, and the installation will be scheduled.

Click here for a short video that helps explain the benefits of a rain garden. Contact John McCoy for more about this valuable program or to schedule a consultation at 410-312-6336.
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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 April 3rd at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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