February 9th Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Village Elections are Coming and We Need You!   
Throw your hat into the ring and run for the Harper's Choice Village Board! The current two-year terms of office for three Village Board seats expire on April 30, 2017. Village Board members attend one meeting a month where they oversee village finances; they advise and take action on such matters as street and house maintenance; and advocate for changes that will benefit all of Harper's Choice village residents. 

The nomination period runs from March 1 - March 14, 2017.  Information and nomination petitions will be available at Kahler Hall on March 1 and must be returned to Kahler Hall by 5:00 pm on March 14. Information and nomination petitions will also be available for download on our website beginning on March 1.

For more information, contact Village Manager Steve Ingley at 410-730-0770 or via email at manager@harperschoice.org.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Workshop Event!!
Parents & Youth Building Skills for Healthy Relationships
Saturday, February 25, 2017
9:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Oakland Mills Middle School
9540 Kilimanjaro Road
Columbia, MD 21045

Young people and the adults who care for them can build the skills they need to engage in balanced, rewarding and loving relationships.
Please join HopeWorks, the Howard County School System and The Council of Elders for this interactive event focusing on learning skills to create and foster positive, healthy relationships for youth with their peers and dating partners.
The program will feature separate sessions for parents and youth ages 7 to 17.  Sessions include:
  • Parents: Talking About Love
  • Elementary Students: I CAN WE CAN 
  • Middle & High School Students: Is This Love?
  • Middle School Students: The Good, The Bad & The Abusive
  • High School Students: It Is It Isn't

 Police Issue Burglary Warning To Asian Residents

Police in the region, including  Howard  County, are experiencing an increase in burglaries that are similar in nature to a series in Maryland between 2012 and 2014, where homes owned by Asian residents, particularly Korean and Indian, were targeted.

Detectives are currently investigating nine burglaries that could be related to the series and are working to determine if one or more groups are committing the crimes.

Police are reminding residents of the importance of not keeping large amounts of cash or valuables like jewelry inside the home. Burglars in these cases are forcing entry, even if doors and windows are locked. To try to prevent being victimized:

· Always be aware of your surroundings and call  police if you see suspicious people or vehicles in     your neighborhood.
· Consider that alarm systems and surveillance cameras may make your house less attractive to       thieves.
· In the event your home is broken into, minimize your losses by not keeping valuables inside the     residence.
· Don't hesitate to call 911 for any suspicious activity!

CA's Next Weed Warrior Program Training Session
Most natural communities support a great variety of native plants and animals. Such biodiversity is threatened when a few plant species take over and dominate the herbaceous, shrub, and canopy layers of a forest. Learn how to identify and remove the exotic invaders threatening our native landscapes. You too can become a weed warrior and lead the charge to restore the local bio-habitats. Certified volunteer leaders, who complete CA's training program and meet specific requirements, will supervise and "lead" groups of volunteers onto the open space to perform invasive weed removal.
* The classroom training is scheduled on Sunday, 4/30/2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The follow-up      outdoor field training date is Sunday, 5/7/17 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.
* Volunteers interested in participating in the program may register via The Volunteer Center             website at www.volunteerhoward.org.

Weed Warrior Pilot Program Volunteer Center Web Link

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Open Space Office at (410) 312-6330, Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Jazzercise GirlForce - Free Classes
The Jazzercise Columbia Fitness Center is pleased to offer free classes throughout 2017 for girls ages 16 to 21. GirlForce provides a safe environment for young women to get fit, boost self-confidence, and learn to make healthy decisions. Stop by the center (9221 Rumsey Road, Suite 5, Columbia) and bring workout clothes, sneakers and water. Jazzercise Columbia can be reached by phone (443-745-6900) or visit website for more information.
Jazz Island Soul Restaurant Now Open

In the space formerly occupied by Zapata's, Jazz's Island Soul is Caribbean soul cuisine at its finest! On any given day, you can be immersed into the tastes of the Caribbean, transported to the banks of the Carolinas, or find yourself somewhere in between. Owner and Executive Chef Sherry is passionate about using fresh ingredients in every dish and takes great care to ensure the best culinary experience for every guest.

The mainstay at Jazz's (aside from the Jerk Chicken and Chicken and Waffles, which we think are the best around), is as the name suggests - Jazz. Each week, we highlight live and local Jazz music as a refreshing treat for our guests. We encourage you to visit for a regular weekend brunch or for one of our upcoming special events. In need of space for an upcoming event? We have a great space for you to consider. Contact our event specialist to set up a consultation and visit to our establishment. We would love to take care of your event planning needs for you! Call us at 410-715-6929 or visit our  website

Renovating or Remodeling?
  Choosing a contractor can be frustrating; how do you know if the contractor is on the up and up? The Maryland Home Improvement Commission recommends that you verify a contractor's license to be sure it hasn't been revoked or suspended. The commission also suggests getting three estimates for improvements, requesting references, and visually checking on a contractor's previous work, if at all possible. To obtain information about a contractor or verify a license, call the Maryland Home Improvement Commission at 410-230-6309 or 888-218-5925; or visit the website and click on "Occupational and Professional Licensing."   

Evening in the Stacks: An International Affair

Howard County Library System (HCLS) celebrates cultures of the world and the diversity of our community at the 2017 Evening in the Stacks: An International AffairThis year's glamorous night of colorful entertainment and enlightening insights features an intriguing conversation with author Nadia Hashimi. Ms. Hashimi will discuss her international bestselling work, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell along with her other novels set in Afghanistan, including her newest book A House Without Windows.

Saturday, February 25, 2017
7 to 11 pm | HCLS Charles E. Miller Branch & Historical Center
  • Red carpet welcome
  • Dancing and LIVE music by JUNKYARD SAINTS
  • Wide selection of internationally themed food:
    • Global hors d'oeuvres, beers and wines
    •  Middle Eastern Bazaar with falafel, babaganouch, Israeli salad and more
    •  South American Grill with roasted turkey, and southwestern marinated flank steak  and more
    •  Royal Tai Table with both vegetarian, and chicken with shrimp stir frys, and more
    •  Ice Cream Sundae Bar and French pasteries

Curbside Yard Trim Collection Ended Jan 13
Residents can take yard trim material to The Alpha Ridge Landfill WoodWaste for recycling. Yard trim collection will resume the first week in April. Feed The Green Bin areas receive curbside yard trim & food scrap collection year-round.

What's Happening In Other Villages...

Join Hickory Ridge for "Ladies Night Out" on Friday, February 24 at 7:30 PM.

Enjoy the remake of Ghostbusters along with wine, cheese and snacks for just $12 person!

Call 410-730-7327 to reserve your spot
Howard County Arts: February Shows Around Town
Bernice Kish Gallery 
The Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House (10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia) announces a group exhibit in the galleries for February and March 2017. Members of the Artists' Gallery exhibit their work in a mixed media exhibit in celebration of Wilde Lake Village's 50th birthday in the Lobby and Bill White Room Galleries. This exhibit runs from Friday, February 17 through Saturday, March 25. The public is invited to attend a reception on Sunday, February 19 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., where guests can enjoy refreshments and music by Bruce Casteel. For more information, call 410-730-3987 or email Carole Black, the gallery director.

Artists' Gallery      
Artists' Gallery, new to Main Street in Ellicott City, dedicates February to acquainting its visitors and patrons to member artists during its upcoming show, "Introductions." They're showcasing the talents of newest artists painter Joan Bevelaqua, quilter Etarae Weinstein and potter Kathy Swan, among many others. All are welcome to an opening reception for the show, with food and wine, on Friday, February 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the gallery (8197 Main Street, Ellicott City). For more information, please call 443-325- 5936.

Horowitz Performing Arts Center 
The Columbia Film Society presents "Love and Friendship" on Friday, February 3 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. and again from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Smith Theatre (10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia). "Love and Friendship" is an adaptation of Jane Austen's novella Lady Susan - written when she was 19 and not published in her lifetime. Set in the opulent drawing rooms of eighteenth century English society, the film focuses on the machinations of a beautiful widow, Lady Susan Vernon, who, while waiting for social chatter about a personal indiscretion to pass, takes up temporary residence at her inlaws' estate. For more information, the box office is available at 443-518-1500.

Columbia Arts Center 
The Columbia Arts Center presents the Maryland Pastel Society Signature Member Show, Taking Position with Pastel, from Thursday, February 9 through Sunday, March 5. Join the reception on Sunday, February 12 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at 6100 Foreland Garth in Columbia. Enjoy a wide variety of artworks by Signature Members of the Maryland Pastel Society. Signature Members have achieved this status by demonstrating proficient levels of skills such as concept, composition and technical application. Contact the gallery at 410-730-0075 or via email for more information.

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Upcoming Meetings
Architectural Committee Meetings

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 March 7th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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