April 19th  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Hike With HCCA
Thursday, April 26th 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. 
Yard Sale & Community Vin Etching Event
Saturday, May 12th
The Red Ribbon Community Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, May 6th throughout the Harper's Choice community. Participation is simple: Click here to register your street to let us know at least one home will have a yard sale on the big day. We handle the advertising and promoting for you and your neighbors. Email or call us at Kahler Hall to sign up. Stop by Kahler Hall before May 3rd to pick up your red ribbon so eager shoppers can find you on the big day! 

Police offer FREE VIN Etching for Auto Theft Prevention.

Engraving your car's unique vehicle identification number  on all of the major pieces of glass is a highly effective  deterrent, and it assists in returning a stolen vehicle to its 
rightful owner. FREE and takes just minutes!
Village Elections And Festival

Current two-year terms of office for two Harper's Choice Village Board seats and the Columbia Council Representative seat expire on April 30, 2018.  Two Board of Director nomination petitions were received from Jim Smith and Rebecca Beall and one Columbia Council Representative petition was received from Alan Klein.  Per the Harper's Choice Community Association bylaws, if the number of nominations is less than or equal to the number of vacant director positions, the qualified nominees shall be deemed to be elected by the members and the Board of Directors will appoint the nominees to the director positions.  The terms of office for the three nominees will be May 1, 2018 through April 30, 2020.

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.
Explore Columbia's Sister Cities: 5 Countries in 4 Hours

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 Admin@hcdrugfree.org.

Click here for more information or call HC DrugFree at 443-325-0040.
Looking for Howard County 18 to 25 Year Old's!
Are you a Maryland resident age 18-25? If so, we want to hear your thoughts about alcohol use among people your age!
To take the Maryland Young Adult Survey on Alcohol and be entered for a chance to win up to $100, go to: http://bit.ly/MYSA_2018.

This survey information will help guide HC DrugFree's work in the future.
Plant Exchange at Wilde Lake

Bugs That Bite

BGE Air Conditioner & Dehumidifier Recycling Event

Columbia Athletic Club Closed From Monday, April 30, Until Late Fall 2018

Columbia Athletic Club will be closed for extensive renovations from Monday, April 30, until late fall 2018.
Renovations will Include:
    New front entrance and landscaping
    Completely renovated and expanded locker rooms
    New, larger hot tub that is ADA-compliant
    Creation of functional training spaces for small group training classes and open use
    Studio 1 upgrades and floor replacement
    Removal of some walls to improve flow through the fitness areas
    New flooring throughout most of the upper and lower levels
    Redesigned hallway in lower level
    Replacement of 7 HVAC units
    Roof replacement
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 410-730-0770 or covenants@harperschoice.org 
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 May 1st at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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