June 29th  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Harper's Choice Showcases Original Columbia Artists

Sunday, August 13, 2017, 7:30pm
John Levering & Wes Yamaka 
Sunday, August 13, 2017, 7:30pm
Do you love to be surrounded by beauty, creativity, art, history, and interesting people all from your own community?
John Levering and Wes Yamaka, popular Columbia artists in the 1970s, turned to art after other careers, personifying Columbia's goal to be a place for people to grow.
They opened Columbia's first art gallery and studio called, "Eye of the Camel" in the 1970s. The Art Gala will feature original works by both artists from the collections of Harper's Choice residents and will kickoff with a champagne reception and hors d'oeuvres. It will be held at Kahler Hall, one of Howard County's most popular venues. Register to attend this FREE event here. To loan art for the event, contact Steve Ingley by July 15th @ 410-730-0770 or manager@harperschoice.org. To register for free to attend click here.
4th of July Parade  

The 47th Annual Longfellow Friends of the Traditional 4th Parade will take place on Tuesday, July  4, rain or shine, at 10am. Lineup begins at 9:15 in the parking lot of Longfellow Elementary School. The parade  will travel from one end of Hesperus Drive to the other, and return to the school via Eliot's Oak Road.
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.  

Longfellow 4th of July Parade is helping Food for Tomorrow collect donations to the Howard County Food Bank as they participate in the Longfellow Friends of the Tradition 4th Parade on Friday, July 4 at 10:00 a.m. Please consider donating: cereal, breakfast bars, tuna, meal makers (that can be combined with protein), condiments, baby products, juice boxes, and healthy snacks.

Going to be out of town? You can donate online.
Columbia, MD 4th of July Fireworks   

Columbia, Maryland celebrates the fourth of July with a family fireworks extravaganza along the Columbia Lakefront. The event is sponsored by the Howard County Government with support from the Columbia Association. Entertainment includes live bands on 2 stages and a variety of children's entertainment. Bring blankets, chairs and a picnic. Food will be for sale onsite.

Fireworks Location:
Lake Kittamaqundi
Columbia Town Center Lakefront
10221 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, Maryland

Directions: Take US29 to the Columbia Town Center exit, Little Patuxent Parkway; stay in the left lane.

After you go under the pedestrian bridge, look for signs designating public parking. The 27-acre man-made lake is located just off of Little Patuxent Parkway, across from the  Columbia Mall. It is a popular gathering spot for many summer festivals including the 4th of July fireworks.

Parking is limited in the lots near the lake. It is within walking distance to the mall, so attendees usually park in the mall parking lots. Little Patuxent Parkway will be closed after 7 p.m., so you should arrive early and plan accordingly.

5 - 10 p.m.
Fireworks 9:30 p.m.
4th of July Closings

Howard County Government observances of the Independence Day holiday (Tuesday, July 4): 

Closed on Tuesday
County Government Offices
Animal Shelter
50+ Centers
County Historic Sites
Kiwanis-Wallas Hall
Meadowbrook Athletic Center
Robinson Nature Center
Landfill, trash, & recycling : the "slide" schedule will be in effect 
Cedar Lane & Schooley Mill Activity Rooms
Gary J. Arthur North Community Center

Open on Tuesday
County Parks
Roger Carter Center

The 9-1-1 Center, Police and Fire departments remain staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For emergencies, please call 9-1-1.

County offices will re-open with regular business hours on Wednesday, July 5th.
Recreation and Parks Summer Concerts

Recreation and Parks' Sunset Serenades is back! Grab a blanket or lawn chair, bring the family, have a picnic and enjoy the sounds of summer! Refreshments available for sale. Boat Rentals available at Centennial Park, and the Adventure Shack is open for food sales and refreshments. 

Sunset Serenades   
Wed. July 5 -  No Concert 
Wed. July 12, 7:00 p.m.  The Scotch Bonnets  
Wed. July 19, 7:00 p.m.  Jenee & Black Butterfly  
Wed. August 2, 7:00 p.m.  Groove Quest 
Wed. August 9, 7:00 p.m.  Gaelic Mishap  
Wed. August 23, 7:45 p.m.   Movie Night: Jaws 

Participate in the annual Canned Food Drive! The Community Action Council of Howard County will be collecting nonperishable food items for the Howard County Food Bank at all Sunset Serenades concerts. For more information about CAC, visit www.cac-hc.org.
National Night Out 2017
Tuesday, August 1st, 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 fun, laughter, music, Mission BBQ and other cookout favorites as we gather together to celebrate our community.

Volunteers Needed

Make a difference!
Help enhance the academic and social development of identified students in elementary and middle schools and community after-school programs near you through a consistent, supportive relationship with a child.

A-OK (Assist Our Kids) Mentoring -Tutoring Inc. is actively seeking adult volunteers to mentor and tutor students for next school year. Volunteers must be available weekday, daytime hours, to meet one-on-one with an assigned student during the school day or with students in small groups in after school programs. A minimum commitment of one school year is required.

Learn more about A-OK's volunteer opportunities at an Information Session:
Tuesday, July 25th at 11am
Wednesday, August 23rd at 1pm
Howard County Library - Miller Branch
9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City
Sign up via email to susan@aokmentor.org.
Merriweather Movies  

Enjoy Merriweather Movie Nights featuring food and beverages from Manor Hill Brewing and
Manor Hill Tavern. Tickets are free for general admission or $10 if you want to reserve a seat and get access to the new VIP party deck.

July 26 - Moana
August 30 - School of Rock

Doors open at 5:30pm and showtime is at 7:30 pm. For tickets and more information click here.
Exploring Columbia On Foot, Outdoor Walks

The walks will be held on the remaining five Thursdays and one Saturday from July through October. Walks will begin at 10am. Registration is not required.
  • Thursday, July13, Long Reach - meet at Jeffers Hill Neighborhood Center (6030 Tamar Drive)
  • Thursday, Aug. 31, Kings Contrivance - meet at Huntington Pool (7625 Murray Hill Road)
  • Thursday, Sept. 14, Harper's Choice - meet at Hobbits Glen Pool (11130 Willow Bottom Drive)
  • Thursday, Oct. 12, Downtown Columbia - meet at Lakefront Plaza (10275 Little Patuxent Parkway)
  • Thursday, Oct. 26, Hickory Ridge - meet at Hawthorn Center (6175 Sunny Spring)
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.  This is a free event, but tickets are required and will be available at Kahler Hall.

Longfellow Neighborhood Pool Party 
When: July 13 from 6-9pm 
Where: Longfellow Pool
Theme: Cupcake & Pizza Social
Food: Free Cupcakes & HomeSlyce Pizza Truck!!!  Mod Pizza Gift Card Raffle!!!

Swansfield Neighborhood Pool Party
When: August 10 from 6-9pm
Where: Swansfield Mini Water Park
Theme: Picnic Fun 
Food: Free HomeSlyce Pizza Truck & Rita's. Pub Dog Gift Card Raffle!!!

Covenant Corner

Don't forget, Howard County's slide schedule for trash, recycling and yard waste will be in effect for July 5-8. No trash or recycling pickup on July 4; all collections will "slide" one day, and will include a Saturday pickup for those whose trash day is regularly on Friday. Please remember, all items to be collected must be out by 6 a.m. on the day of collection. 

Don't forget...the Covenants require architectural approval prior to the start of work. Stop by Kahler Hall to pick up an application or download one from our website. Architectural Committee meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Kahler Hall. Applications must be submitted two weeks in advance and applicants are encouraged to attend the meetings. Contact the covenant adviser for more information.

Athletic Club Temporary Closing 
The Athletic Club will be closed this summer beginning on Monday July 31 and will re-open Monday August 28.
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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 11th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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Melanie Jeffers
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Erik Avant**
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Alan Klein *
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* Term expires 4/30/17
** Term expires 4/30/18

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