November 30th  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Save The Date: Pizza With Santa

Pizza with Santa will be held on Sat, Dec. 16 from 11am - 1pm at Kahler Hall. This holiday tradition is especially for Harper's Choice residents. Space is limited. The event is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available now at Kahler Hall.

Guests will enjoy pizza, face painting, special holiday crafts, and hearing Santa read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.' Bring your camera and enjoy a special family photo opportunity with Santa!

We encourage attendees to bring one non-perishable food item per ticket on December 16. Donations will be given to the Howard County Food Bank.
Seeking Input on HCPSS Superintendent Search

The Howard County Board of Education is seeking input as it moves forward with the process of selecting a permanent superintendent, who will be appointed to a four-year term to commence on July 1, 2018.
The Board recognizes that selecting a superintendent is one of its most important functions. The Board is interested in gaining input from school system partners, elected officials, local education institutions, community members, school system staff, and students before selecting a superintendent.
You are invited to participate in one of two community forums to provide feedback regarding desired leadership characteristics and priorities. The forums are from 4-5 p.m. on Thursday, November 30 at Centennial High School, and 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5 at Wilde Lake Middle School.
If you are unable to attend one of the forums, you may provide input by completing an  online surveyPaper copies of surveys may be downloaded and sent to the Board of Education of Howard County, 10910 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042, or emailed to Responses will be collected until noon on Wednesday, December 6.
If you have any questions, please contact the Board Office at 410-313-7194.
Free Navy Band Concert at River Hill High School 
December 2, 2017 at 7 pm

The United States Navy Band would like to let you know of a free concert in your area at River Hill High School on December 2, 2017 at 7 pm. The concert will feature a wide variety of wind ensemble pieces including classics, marches, and patriotic favorites. Veterans will be honored.
The concert is FREE, open to the public and no tickets are required.  Any questions can be directed to the Navy Band Public Affairs Office at or by calling (202) 433-4777.  Please visit the Navy Band website at for more information.
County Deer Management Event  
Wednesday, December 6
Signs have been posted along the pathways that are affected. Please take extra precautions with your animals. If you have any questions, please call the number below.

The Sharpshooting program utilizes specially trained and qualified marksmen who use highly accurate, noise-suppressed rifles to remove deer in areas where the managed hunts are not feasible. All properties involved in the sharpshooting program are closed to the public during the hours of sharpshooting operation,  3:30 p.m. to midnight , unless otherwise noted. All the meat from this operation will be donated to charitable organizations in the area.  

Please more information on the deer management program, call the Department of Recreation & Parks at 410-313-1675.
Festive Fridays
December 8
6 PM - 8 PM

Family Fun Night
Bring the whole family. Music. Holiday Arts and Crafts. Strolling characters. Free hot chocolate and cookies courtesy of Whole Foods. Snacks from Clyde's. Free Holiday-themed photo booth. Characters from Frozen and Star Wars. Admission free.
Have questions about Festive Fridays: Family Fun Friday?  Contact Downtown Columbia Partnership
The Columbia Figure Skating Club Is Proud To Announce Their Annual  Nutcracker on Ice  performance 
Saturday, December 9, 5:30 and 7:15 pm
and Sunday, December 10, 4:30 and 6:00 pm 

You're invited to come and watch our beautiful Clara in the classical tale of a young girl whose doll comes to life on Christmas Eve and takes her on a magical journey to meet the Nutcracker Prince. A fantasy world awaits her where the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Arabian, Chinese and Russian Dancers, the Harlequins, the Mouse King and Queen and many more will enchant audiences of all ages!  
Come experience this holiday tradition and prepare to be whisked away by the talents of our competitive and recreational figure skaters.  Regional and Sectional United States Figure Skating qualifying competitors will perform and delight you.  
Tickets are on sale now at our website  ($15 for ages 3 and up, children under age 3 are free; $40 reserved seating to avoid the lines and sit center ice).
For tickets and more information, please visit the Club's website: Connect with us on Facebook ( for updates and highlights as the show preparations are underway.

Encore Chorale Presents Free Holiday Choral Concert 

International High School Exchange Opportunity Summer 2018

Interested in traveling to Cergy-Pontoise, France or Tres Cantos, Spain this summer?  Students studying French or Spanish, level III or above, have the opportunity through Columbia Association's (CA) Sister Cities program to spend two weeks in July with a French or Spanish host family, then host a French or Spanish teen for two weeks upon returning home from Europe. Information sessions will be held on Tuesday, Dec.5; Thursday, Jan. 11; and Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 7-8pm at CA headquarters, located at 6310 Hillside Court, Columbia 21042. For more information, contact Laura Smit (410)715-3162 or .

Information Session for Summer 2018 Leadership Program in Haiti
Make a difference and experience Haitian culture as a member of the Haiti Global Leadership Program in the village of Camp Coq, near Columbia's sister city of Cap-Haitien from July 7-16, 2018. Participate in community leadership activities with Haitian students, work directly with Haitian youth on strategies for addressing alternative energy, waste management, preventive medicine, vocational training and business initiatives. Information sessions for the Global Leadership Program in Haiti will be Monday, Dec. 4 and Tuesday, Jan. 16 from 7-8pm at CA Headquarters, 6310 Hillside Court, Columbia. For more information, contact Bob Anantua (443) 285-3956 or .
A-OK Mentoring-Tutoring Needs Volunteers!!

A-OK Mentoring-Tutoring, Inc
is actively seeking volunteers!
We welcome people from all backgrounds and experiences  to participate in the organization!
A-OK Volunteers serve as mentors and tutors for elementary school children and middle school youth  in Howard County schools and in community after-school programs.  Information Sessions are held regularly to learn more about
A-OK Mentoring-Tutoring and available volunteer opportunities.

Upcoming Information Sessions 
Th ursday, December 14th at 10:30am
Hawthorn Center  6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia
Thursday, January 4th at 1pm
Hawthorn Center
6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia

NeighborRide available upon request!!
*Volunteer work with A-OK requires weekday, daytime hours. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age.
Let us know if and when we can expect you: email:
phone: 443-895-2457
You May Be Eligible For Valuable Benefits 

Safety and Security for Houses of Worship 

Join the Howard County Police Department on Thursday, December 7, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. to discuss police and civilian response to violence in Houses of Worship. Gain insight to potential threats and hazards that may exist and hear safety tips and best practices for leaders and congregation members. This event will take place at Howard Community College in the Health Sciences building (main level, room #150).
Space is limited so please RSVP at 410-313-2207 or by December 2.

December News from Howard County Recycling

Christmas & New Years Schedule
There will be  NO curbside collection  of recycling, yard trim and trash on  Monday, Dec 25  or  Monday, Jan 1 . All curbside collection of recycling, yard trim and trash will slide and be made one day later in those weeks. The Alpha Ridge Landfill and County offices will be CLOSED on Monday, December 25 and Monday, January 1.   Detailed slide schedule chart.

Household Hazardous Waste
HHW drop-off  is from April - November at the Alpha Ridge Landfill. However, there will be special drop-off days on the first Saturday of the month: January 6, February 3 and March 3. Regular Saturday drop-off will reopen on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

Don't Be A Part Of The Statistic
How much will you set out? It may 'disappear' from your curb, but in reality, it just goes somewhere else.
Be mindful of your curb setouts.
Covenant Corner

Are you committed to recycling, 
but don't know what to do with items from your home? 
Tired of filling your garbage with items you know have another life? Howard County has a terrific online resource when you want to recycle, reuse, swap, donate, etc. Check it out here.

House Numbers and Family Safety  

Missing house numbers or numbers that are not easily seen can translate into precious lost time in an emergency. Step outside and take a look at your house numbers; are they the same color as the house? Are they blocked by overgrown bushes or in a dark, out of the way location? They may need to be updated, the location changed or made to contrast with the house color for better visibility.
Our guidelines require permanently affixed, visible house numbers on each home or property. The use of peel and stick numbers or painted numbers is prohibited for all but temporary usage. A little time spent now to ensure the numbers are easy seen will help in an emergency. Don't forget; an application submission is required when changing house numbers (color, style or material.) Contact the covenant advisor for more information.  
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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 December 5th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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