May 17th  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
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.  These events are free, but tickets are required and will be available at Kahler Hall beginning June 7th.

Longfellow Neighborhood Pool Party 
When: Thursday, July 12 from 6-9pm 
Where: Longfellow Pool
Food:  HomeSlyce Pizza Truck

Swansfield Neighborhood Pool Party
When: Thursday, August 9 from 6-9pm
Where: Swansfield Mini Water Park
Food: HomeSlyce Pizza Truck 

Resident Visual Artist Exhibit 2018

Dates: Now Until June 22, 2018
Recurrence: Weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Time: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Phone: 410-313-2787
Address: 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Price: Free

An exhibit featuring recent work in a variety of media by artists with studios at the Howard County Center for the Arts: James Adkins, Stanley Agbontaen, Joan Bevelaqua, Myungsook Ryu Kim, Art Landerman, Diana Marta, Brendan Nass, Joyce Ritter, Jereme Scott, Alice St. Germain-Gray, Andrei Trach, Jamie Travers, Mary Jo Tydlacka, and David Zuccarini.
Exhibit runs May 4 - June 22, with a free reception on June 21 from 6-8pm in conjunction with the Columbia Festival of the Arts, including entertainment by All County Improv at 6:30pm and Resident Artists' Open Studios from 7-8pm.

Gallery hours: Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12-4pm. Closed May 28.
"La Primavera" - The Meeting House Gallery

The Meeting House Gallery presents "La Primavera" - works by Patty Hankins, Don James, Diane Shipley, Teresa Sites and Jann Tamburello.  The exhibit features photography, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media and ceramics.  The exhibit will run until July 28, 2018.

The Meeting House Gallery is located in The Oakland Mills Interfaith Center at 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD and is open daily from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.  The gallery is free.
Annual Student Faculty Exhibition
Dates: Now Until June 1, 2018
Recurrence: D aily
Time:  9:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Location:  Columbia Art Center
Address:  6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia, MD 21045
The French Connection - The Columbia Orchestra
May 19, 2018 at 7:30pm
5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia, MD 21044

Join The Columbia Orchestra for the conclusion of our 40th anniversary season. More than 100 musicians on stage for your French favorites.

Costs: General: $22.00, Children: $10.00, Senior: $18.00
Click  here for more information. Click  here to purchase tickets.
Columbia Festival Of The Arts
June 14th - 30th

The  Columbia Festival of the Arts  presents four weekend-long arts festivals throughout the year, with both free and ticketed events. Festivals feature performances, exhibitions, concerts, classes and workshops and many more activities for artists, individuals and families. Founded in 1987, the festival has grown into one of the region's premier arts events. For more information, visit .
Farmers Market Returns to Oakland Mills!

The Farmers Market in Oakland Mils is open for business every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.until November 18, 2018

The following is a list of vendors and the great products they bring to the market. Directly below the list of Vendors is the list of Guest Vendors and the dates they will be at the market.

2018 Vendors
Chutney's Gourmet                                                                      Hanover, MD
Dog treats, soft and savory chicken tikka, all american pb&j bursts.

Full Stacks BBQ                                                                           Sunderland, MD
Full Stacks BBQ was created with your culinary needs in mind. We specialize in smoking all types of food, but can custom create a menu to satisfy any function.

Great Harvest Bread Co.                                                                   Columbia, MD
A variety of whole wheat and other breads, delicious muffins, scones, cookies, pies and batter breads.

Kenny's Produce                                                                           Millersville, MD
Locally grown seasonal produce including: arugula, green beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, collards, cucumbers,  eggplant, kale, lettuce, mustard greens, onions, sugar snap peas, peppers, radishes, strawberries, sweet potatoes, spinach, squash, tomatoes, turnips, watermelons, and fresh cut flowers!

Lewis' Orchards                                                                             Cavetown, MD
We are a 4th generation family orchard, located in Cavetown, Maryland. In season, we produce strawberries, cherries, peaches, blueberries, nectarines, pears, plums, raspberries, apples, and apple cider.

Neat Nick Preserves                                                                          Ellicott City, MD
Handmade, small batch jams, jellies, and preserves.

Pan2pen, LLC dba Rustiq Sourdough                                          Columbia, MD
100 percent Wholegrain Organic Spelt flour sourdough artisan crackers offering unique flavors such as 4 Seeds, Sea Salt,  3 Peppers, Spelt Herb, and Multigrain.
Social Media: @rustiqsourdough (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook)

Pleitez Produce                                                                                Montross, VA
Strawberries, watermelons, cantaloupes, sweet corn, slicing tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, okra, eggplant, lettuce, beets, slicing cucumbers, pickling cukes, zucchini, summer squash, tomatillos, potted vegetable starters, and potted herbs.

Stone House Cakery & Café                                                           Taneytown, MD
Stone House Cakery offers cupcakes-specialty cakes to wedding cakes. Sweet breads made from fresh fruits and farm fresh eggs, as well as NY crumb cake. Cookies with old-fashioned flair. Brownies and bars of different varieties. Pies; just the way that Grandma Zentz taught me. And of course, our special ingredient... Love, is placed in all of our products. See you at the market!

TLV Tree Farm                                                                                    Glenelg, MD
Variety of spring, summer and fall vegetables, including but not limited to, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, fresh herbs, bedding plants, flowers, honey, pumpkins, jellies, jams, fall squash, Christmas trees, wreaths, roping and much more. Don't forget the Farm Fresh Pork, Beef, Lamb, Chicken and eggs! All raised in Howard County!

Guest Vendors
Clark's Farm                                                                                    Ellicott City, MD
Dates: 5/20, 6/3, 6/17, 7/1, 7/15, 8/5, 8/19, 9/2, 9/16, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18
Clark's Farm raises and sells 100 percent grassfed beef and pastured pork. We are a family farm located in the heart of Howard County. We sell a variety of cuts including steaks, roasts, pork chops, bacon, sausages, and ground beef.

Distillery Lane Ciderworks                                                               Jefferson, MD
Hard cider, made start to finish on our farm using traditional heritage cider apple varieties. We also seasonally sell fresh apple juice and apples for baking, eating and brewing. With over 40 varieties, there's an apple for every
Dates: 5/20, 6/17, 7/22, 8/19, 9/23, 10/21, 11/16

Harvest Rise Bread Company                                                       Columbia, MD
Dates: 5/13, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10, 7/1, 7/15, 7/29, 8/26, 9/16, 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11, 11/18
Sandwich and artisan style loaves baked fresh using only organic and local ingredients. A variety of breads will be offered throughout the season, including, but not limited to, Whole Wheat, Oatmeal, Rye, Sourdough and Brioche, as well as seasonal breads such as Hot Dog and Hamburger Rolls and Apple Bread.

Natural Skin Nutrition                                                                                           Brooklyn, MD
Dates: 5/13, 5/20, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24, 7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19, 8/26, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 10/7, 10/14, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18
Hand Crafted Natural Vegan Soaps - Halal; Kosher; Vegan; Organic Ingredients. Hand crafted body lotion. body balms and body butters, sugar scrubs, salt scrubs and bath salts. Facial moisturizers, cleansers, toners and scrubs, facial clay mask and serums. Specialty Items and Gift sets - balms, salve, men's and women's gift sets.
2018 Centennial Lakeside Movie Series

It's almost time again for the Centennial Lakeside Movie Series! Grab a blanket or lawn chair, bring your family and friends, and enjoy an outdoor movie experience! The event is free and will take place on the south lawn area in front of the concert stage. These events usually bring in a large crowd, so arrive early as the park closes the gates once they reach capacity. Read below for more movies to look forward to:

Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark (PG, 1981) Wednesday, June 27 ▪ 8:15 p.m. 

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (PG- 2012) 
Friday, August 17 ▪ 7:45 p.m. 

The Lego Movie (PG, 2014) 
Saturday, Sept 29 ▪ 7:00 p.m. 

Hocus Pocus (PG, 1993) 
Thursday, October 18 ▪ 6:30 p.m. 
Movie Trailer
Feminine Hygiene Product Drive

One of the many challenges for low-income women is how they manage their periods. How do you pay for feminine hygiene products when you can't afford enough food for your family? This is the very real question many women in poverty ask themselves every month.

In Howard County, 16,000 residents live at or below the poverty level and approximately 60% are women and girls. That $7 box of tampons is a huge expense for families struggling to make ends meet. Food stamps cannot be used for tampons or pads, leaving women with limited options which can lead to serious health problems.

The Howard County Commission for Women in partnership with the Howard County Food Bank is holding its 8th annual Feminine Hygiene Products Drive now through May 25. Help a woman or girl in need by donating sanitary napkins, tampons or cash contribution. Collected donations will be distributed through the Howard County Food Bank, which provides no cost, nutritious groceries as well as personal items to low income county residents.

Contact the Commission for Women to arrange for pick-up at 410-313-6400 or or drop off your donations at the Howard County Department of Community Resources and Services, 6751 Gateway Dr., Suite 300 in Columbia. Thank you for your contribution.
Covenant Corner

We have an opening on our five member Village Architectural Committee.  The commitment is small, but the impact is BIG.  Members make property site visits, review and vote on applications for exterior alterations, and consult on covenant issues in the Village.

Meetings are held twice a month; on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7:30pm at Kahler Hall and are usually over by 9pm. Volunteers must lease or own property located in the Village and must be able to obtain a Certificate of Compliance for their property.  Contact the Covenant Advisor, Debbie Nix, for more information at 410-730-0770 or 


Some households have three or more trash and recycling containers that must be stored between collection days. As a rule, recycling bins, trash cans and other bulk items must be stored out of view from the street and neighboring properties, with the best location being in a garage or carport. If that is not an option, bins may be stored neatly at the side or rear of the home, should have tight-fitting lids, and not be overflowing. Landscape screening may also be used to shield cans from view. Put your cans out curbside for pick-up no earlier than 6 p.m. the evening prior to your collection day, and they should be promptly removed from view that same evening.

In townhouse communities with common area collection, it is even more important to remove your items the evening after the cans have been emptied. Placing items out in plastic bags is strongly discouraged as they can lead to rodent or pest infestations.

If you have large items taking up space in your home that really need to go to the landfill, don't pay to have them hauled away. Call the County or go online to schedule a bulk item pick-up, curbside, in front of your home. Up to four items per household per collection; any items too large to be collected by two workers will be tagged and left for the homeowner to remove. For a list of items that will not be collected or to schedule a pick-up, call 410-313-6444 or visit  
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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 5th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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