June 28th  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.

Longfellow Friends Annual 4th Of July Parade!

The 48th annual Longfellow Friends of the Traditional 4th Parade will take place on  Wednesday, July 4, rain or shine, at  10:00 am. Lineup begins at  9:15 in the parking lot of Longfellow Elementary School. It will travel from one end of Hesperus Drive to the other, and return to the school via Eliot's Oak Road. This year, we will be honoring retiring State Senator Ed Kasemeyer for his many years of service to our community. Also, volunteers from "Food for Tomorrow" will again be participating, so please bring some canned goods to donate to the food bank. You are welcome to participate, too, or just come and watch. No advance registration!

The parade will be followed by a softball game at  noon between the Eliot's Oak Nuts and the Hesperus Wrecks, to be held on Field #3 at the Cedar Lane Park entrance on Cedar Lane.
Food for Tomorrow Participates in Longfellow Fourth of July Parade

Fourth of July is nearly upon us and all of us in Mary Kay's office are very excited as we prepare for another year of Food For Tomorrow's participation in the Longfellow parade! Food For Tomorrow has walked in the parade for many years now, collecting canned and non-perishable foods for the Howard County Food Bank. We would appreciate any help in promoting Food For Tomorrow's participation in the Friends of Longfellow fourth of July parade. Please see below for details.
Food for Tomorrow, a student-led grassroots campaign to raise food, money, and awareness for the Howard County Food Bank, will participate in Longfellow Friends of the Traditional Fourth beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Hesperus Drive and Eliot's Oak Road.
The Food Bank needs the following items:
Cereal                                   Tuna
Pasta & Rice                         Pasta Sauce
Baby Food                            Coffee and Tea
Juice Boxes                          Healthy Snacks
Peanut Butter                       Canned Fruit
Canned Beans                     Low Sodium Vegetables
Look for the pick up truck and the volunteers who will be thrilled to see you as you help them fill the back of the truck with food!
If you are away for the holiday, please consider donating to the Community Action Council of Howard County (www.cac-hc.org). Together we can help fight hunger in our neighborhood.
National Night Out 2018, Tuesday, August 7th 6PM - 9PM

Join us in the courtyard on Joseph Square at the Harper's Choice Village Center for this annual tradition throughout Columbia! We'll have food, fun, laughter and music as we gather together to celebrate our community.
HCCA's Chili Cook - Off At National Night Out!

Click here to register as a chili cook or judge.
HCCA's "Top Dog" Eating Contest!

Harper's Choice Community Association's first "Top Dog" eating competion is taking place at National Night Out, Tuesday, August 7th., Anyone 18 and older who is interested in competing in the National Night Out "Top Dog" event may click here to register or simply stop by Joseph Square in Harper's Choice Village Center, Tuesday August 7th, anytime between 6pm - 8pm and speedily consume five deli-style hot dogs and buns. An HCCA representative will time each participant and the person with the fastest times will win the grand prize: gift cards to "Tour The Restaurants of The Mall In Columbia."

Donations provided by:

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 are available at Kahler Hall.

Longfellow Neighborhood Pool Party 
When: Thursday, July 12 from 6-9pm 
Where: Longfellow Pool
Food:  HomeSlyce Pizza Truck & Flavor Cupcakery Cupcakes 
Games: Raffle & Swimming Contest

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

Donations provided by:


The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will be offered at Harper's Choice Middle School from now until August 17, 2018. Free summer meals will be offered to all children, 18 and younger from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Howard County Pride

Columbia Families in Nature - Summer Events

Summer is here and the days are long and the nights are filled with fireflies! We are excited to offer some great events this summer! Please read on to learn about opportunities to get outside and have fun as a family this season!

Registration is required for all events on the  website   or via  Facebook.
All Ages CFIN Events - The following are our all ages CFIN events that are happening in addition to the Appalachian Trail hike events.
  • July 29 - Howard County Conservancy
  • August 19 - Terrapin Nature Park and Beach
  • September 15 - Monarch Tagging with Audubon
  • September 21 - Annual Fall Camping Trip
CFIN Seedlings  - The Seedlings events are held on Wednesday for our youngest explorers-kiddos 0-3 primarily, but up to 5 years old.
  • July 18 - Hammerman Beach
  • Aug 1 - Cascade Trail from Landing Rd
  • Aug 15- Howard County Conservancy
  • Aug 29 - Sunflowers @ Maryland Agricultural Resource Council
Forest Forensics Events for Teens - This year we launched a season series of "forest forensics" events designed to engage teens in studying a natural landscape and using the evidence to piece together what has happened in the past. Participants will act as "detectives" as they explore the natural landscape of distinct parts of the Patapsco State Park system.  The summer event is on  August 12th ! 

MD Appalachian Trail Hikes - In April we began a series of seven hikes that will take us along the entire 41.5 miles of the Appalachian Trail that crosses through Maryland. These hikes will range in length from 3 to 8 miles and have limited spaces available to families that have already participated in at least one other CFIN event. The next one is on July 15th. You can find these events posted on our  Facebook page.
Columbia Families in Nature is the flagship program of the Community Ecology Institute, a young 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to enhance community health and well-being by fostering diverse connections between people and the natural world. To grow our work, we need a community of people committed to this mission. Please support our work with a donation  or through volunteering.
Street Sweeping In Your Area

Street sweepers are expected to service the following areas thru Friday, July 6, weat her permitting. Sweeping operations take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., weekdays. Sweeping staff does take measures to avoid sweeping a street on its designated trash and recycling collection days.
Central Zone 2:  April Day, Barrow Downs, Battersea, Beatrice, Beaverkill, Billingsgate, Blacksmith, Broken Oak, Buckleberry,  Cedar, Celestial, Cricket Hollow, Driftwood, Eight Bells, Eliots Oak, Endicott, Endymion, Evangeline, Even Star, Fallriver, Gerfalcon, Grand Banks, Green Dragon, Harpers Farm, Harvest Moon, Harvest Scene, Heathertoe, Henley, Hesperus, High Hay, Hildebrand, Iron Crown, Iron Pen, Ivy Bush, Killingworth,  Light Foot, Light House, Mad River, Millbank, Mystic, Northern Fences, Oakenshield, Old Tucker, Open Window, Paul Revere, Phantom, Proud Foot, Ravenhill, Rivendell, Rock Coast, Rondel, Round Tower, Rum Cay, Rushlight, Southern Star, Straight Star, Suffield, Summer Day, Swansfield, Thistle Brook, Three Kings, Tooks, Turnabout, Twin Rivers, Two Ships, Watchwood, Wellinghall, Willow Bottom, Windmill, Wineglass, Woodcutter,  Wood Elves, Woodlot, Youngtree.
African Performers, Exhibitors and Food Vendors Needed for October CultureFest in Howard County

African musicians, dancers, exhibitors and food vendors are needed for the upcoming "Africa CultureFest: The Countries and Cultures of Black Panther and Beyond," which will be hosted by Columbia Association (CA) and the Howard County Library System.

This free family event will be held on Sunday, October 14 from 1:30-4:30pm at Howard County Library System's Miller Branch (9421 Frederick Road in Ellicott City).

The Africa CultureFest is a great place for individuals, bands, organizations and dance groups representing the cultures, traditions and languages highlighted in the movie
Black Panther - as well as other places on the African continent - to participate in an afternoon of performances, displays and demonstrations.

The producers of
Black Panther drew upon a wide range of African cultures, traditions and languages from countries as varied as Algeria, Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, and Tanzania. For this Africa CultureFest, it is hoped that residents of Howard County (and nearby) who are from these and other African countries can represent their cultures and traditions at the Africa CultureFest through exhibit tables and performances. Performers can be children or adults.

Food trucks from any of the African countries or cultures are also needed to sell snacks and refreshments.

At this free event, people are invited to show the Howard County community what makes their countries and cultures unique. Exhibitors may not sell items or services unless they are food truck vendors selling food. Musicians will be asked to perform for 10-15 minutes.

At the event, families will be able to pick up a "CultureFest Passport" and complete it for door prizes by visiting exhibitors' tables. Photos will be taken at the event of exhibitors, performers and the audience.

Interested parties should contact Laura Smit, program manager for CA's International Exchange and Multicultural Programs, by calling 410-715-3162 or sending an email to
[email protected].

Did you know that all Longfellow Kindergarten through 5th grade students will have access to DreamBox online math learning over the summer? This is a great time to have your child try out DreamBox at home or at the library. If you have any questions about logging on, please don't hesitate to reach out to your child's math teacher or our math support teacher, Ms. Friedman.

To access DreamBox on a computer, go to  https://hcpss.me and select the "Clever" button. Your child should be prompted to enter his/her username and password. This is the same user name and password he/she uses in technology class and to sign on to any of the laptops at school. On the next page, select the "DreamBox" button to begin the program. DreamBox is also available for iPads. Download the free DreamBox App. However, students will need to log in through Safari. Use Safari to go to hcpss.me. Follow the same steps above and after logging in, you will be redirected to the DreamBox app.
Columbia Solar Info Sessions

Covenant Corner


Get your applications in for those late summer projects! The Architectural Committee will meet on August 21. The deadline for application submissions will be Tuesday, August 7. If you miss that deadline, your application will not be able to be reviewed until September 11 when the AC resumes their regular bi-weekly meeting schedule. 


If you have a desire to have a positive impact in Harper's Choice, this could be the opportunity for you. We are seeking interested individuals who are available the second and fourth Tuesday evening each month to serve on the Architectural Committee. The AC meets twice monthly at 7:30 p.m. to review architectural change applications, discuss covenant violations and keep the guidelines current. Note: persons wishing to serve on the AC must be able to obtain a Letter of Compliance from this office stating that their property is free of covenant violations. Contact the Covenant Advisor for more information.  


Grow a lush lawn AND help the environment. Remove no more than 1/3 of the length of the grass blade when mowing. Cutting to the proper height can reduce weeds by as much as 50-80%. And leave those grass clippings on the lawn; this recycles  nutrients, conserves water, saves time and trash bags! For more lawn care tips, visit www.hgic.umd.edu


Before you hire a contractor, ask to see their license. Hiring an unlicensed contractor may put you at risk for shoddy construction and additional costs down the road. Their work may not meet local building codes, construction standards and permitting requirements. And, if the contractor or one of his employees is injured while on your property, YOU may be held liable if they are not bonded and insured. Check the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation website - to verify a license or call the Maryland Home Improvement Commission at 410.230.6309. http://www.dllr.state.md.us/pq.
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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 July 3rd at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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