March 29th  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
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!
Village Elections And Festival

Hike With HCCA
Thursday, April 16th 10am - 2pm
Monday, June 18th, 9am - 1pm 
Patuxent Branch Trail  
9190 Old Guilford Road, Columbia, MD 21046

Join Harper's Choice Community Association for a breathtaking hike while experiencing some of Columbia's history.

We'll trek 4.6 miles on the Patuxent Branch Trail that leads you along the Patuxent River from Savage Park to Lake Elkhorn. Along the way are interpretive signs and the historic Guilford Pratt Truss Bridge that spans the Little Patuxent River along Old Guilford Road. The mostly paved pathway provides you with the perfect hiking or biking trail. Runners will also enjoy the variety of terrain that offers challenges for all ability levels. Wildlife is abundant, so bird watching is also a favorite pastime for users of this trail. Make sure to pack your lunch; midway through our hike we'll stop and have a leisurely meal before wrapping up the rest of the trail. 

Click here to register for the April event. 
Great Times At HCCA's Build A Pizza & Wine Tasting, With AllSpice Hospitality!!

Our Build A Pizza & Wine Tasting event was a major success. Chef Ben Rubin, AllSpice
Hospitality, brought a lot of personality, knowledge and fun to the event. Participants each prepared three different styles of pizza and sampled a variety of delicious wines. We look forward to the next event and hope to see you there!

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
GreenFest 2018

Explore the vendors. Connect with friends. Act on knowledge! FREE FUN for the WHOLE FAMILY! Join us at Howard Community College on April 21 from 10am to 4pm. Rain or Shine. Paper shredding and GreenDrop donation too. Visit our GreenFest website for more information.
Save the Date:  Drive-thru Medication and Sharps Collection: Saturday, April 28 
Location: Wilde Lake Village Center Parking Lot        

Items collected: Prescription and over-the-counter medications 
and "sharps" (needles, syringes and EpiPens). 

Clean out your medicine cabinets and don't be your family's drug dealer. HC DrugFree is looking for adult and student volunteers for the next convenient drive-thru prescription and over-the-counter medication and "sharps" (needles, syringes and EpiPens) collection to be held on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot. Wear your school's spirit wear, scout uniform, or church group attire. For more information, contact

Click here for more information or call HC DrugFree at 443-325-0040.
Covenant Corner
Going Green in Harper's Choice!

Rain Gardens  are areas cre­ated to absorb and fil­ter runoff from roofs, dri­ve­ways and other impervious surfaces.  Rain gar­dens are planted with native plants adapted for high lev­els of water, which help to hold runoff and fil­ter pol­lu­tants while water slowly soaks into the ground.  You may qualify for a cost-share program sponsored by CA.  To find out more, click here or email John McCoy.
Rain Barrels  collect and store water runoff from roof downspouts to be reused for landscape, car wash­ing or other out­door uses where non-potable water is accept­able.  Because they reuse water, rain bar­rels are a prac­ti­cal con­ser­va­tion tool and reduce our demand on treated tap water. 

Environmental Site Design  is the new buzzphrase, but our choices of plants, landscape materials and design, and garden practices have an enormous impact on our outdoor water use.  Lawns require two-and-a-half to four times more water than shrubs and trees.  Consider creating a plan for your property and rethink your lawn.  Help keep water on site, replenish ground water and use native plants.  Audubon At Home has some great tips to help you on this journey.     
Be sure to consult with your Village Covenant Advisor to determine if an approval is required for the work planned or for more information on property issues.  
Breath Deep Columbia 5k Walk

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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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