August 2nd  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
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.

Activities Included:

$1 Dunk Tank Throw  (all proceeds donated to Foreign Born Information and Referral Network (FIRN))
Chili Cook Off 
"Top Dog" Hot Dog Eating Contest
Free Hot Dogs, Hamburgers 
Beer Garden
Face Painting
Unity Reggae Band

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 Party! Save The Date!

We're excited to splash and play with our community at what we are expecting to be our best pool party yet! Space is limited. 

These events are free, but tickets are required and are available at Kahler Hall.

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:

Harper'sFarm Overpass Repairs
Extensive repair work has begun on Harper's Farm Rd overpass on the week of July 16th, 2018. This project will take approximately six weeks to complete, weather permitting. The overpass will be closed to the public for the duration of this project. 

Learn how to use naloxone and you could save a life! 
Using prescription opioids such as oxycodone, morphine, or drugs such as heroin and fentanyl can lead to an overdose. Naloxone is a prescription medication that reverses an opioid overdose by restoring breathing. With naloxone on hand, you will be equipped to respond and prevent death from an overdose. Obtain free naloxone medication and learn to save a life through Howard County Health Department's Overdose Response Program. For more information, or to register for an upcoming class, contact or call 410-313-6202.
HopeWorks Step 1 Training

Click here to register.

Public Invited to Comment on Columbia Association's Budget for Fiscal Year 2020

Columbia (CA) Association's Board of Directors is in the process of reviewing the budget for Fiscal Year 2020 - and will host several opportunities for public comment between September 2018 and February 2019.
Fiscal Year 2020 is the second year of CA's two-year budget cycle. This past February, CA's Board of Directors passed the budget for Fiscal Year 2019 (which runs from May 2018 through April 2019) and a conditional budget for Fiscal Year 2020 (which runs May 2019 through April 2020).

The public - including residents, representatives of village community associations, advisory committee members and others will have ample opportunities for input at CA Board work sessions and meetings.

These work sessions and meetings will be held at 7:30pm at CA Headquarters, 6310 Hillside Court, located off Stevens Forest Road near the county emissions inspection station. Meetings can be viewed live at and are archived online by the following Monday; work sessions are typically not recorded.

Speakers are encouraged to provide written versions of their remarks. There will be time limits for each speaker. Testimony 
may also be submitted via email at or via USPS mail to CA Board of Directors, care of Columbia Association Accounting Division, 6310 Hillside Court, Columbia, MD, 21046.

The full CA budget schedule can be found at Highlights include:
  • Thursday, September 27 - CA Board meeting
  • Thursday, October 11 - CA Board work session
  • Thursday, January 10 - This CA Board work session will include deliberations on proposed additions and deletions.
  • Thursday, January 24 - This CA Board meeting will include deliberations on proposed additions and deletions.
  • Thursday, February 14 - This CA Board work session will include deliberations on proposed additions and deletions.
  • Thursday, February 28 - This CA Board meeting will include a discussion and a vote on whether to approve the final Fiscal Year 2020 budget revisions.
Save the date: Columbia BikeAbout returns on Saturday, September 29

Columbia Association's (CA) annual BikeAbout will be held Saturday, September 29, with riders setting off from Oakland Mills Village Center. The free, fun and informative tour presents Columbia's history and showcases the connectivity of its pathway system.

Preregistration is not required but is encouraged via Columbia BikeAbout will begin at 9:30am, with riders able to start up until 10am. They are expected to complete the ride by 1pm.
This year's 13-mile route starts at Oakland Mills Village Center and crosses the pedestrian bridge over Route 29 twice, winding through the villages of Town Center, Wilde Lake, Owen Brown and Long Reach, before returning to Oakland Mills Village Center. Riders looking for a shorter ride - including families with young children - can complete the first half of the ride, ending at Oakland Mills Village Center.

This year's Columbia BikeAbout has a theme of "Ride the Vision," with interpretive signs featuring quotes from Columbia's founder, James Rouse, from his papers held at Columbia Archives. Riders are encouraged to stop at sites along the way to discover the history of Wilde Lake Rock, check out the interesting poster trees at Lake Kittamaqundi, and get a firsthand view of the original village/neighborhood concept and land purchases Columbia was built upon.

An important aspect of Columbia's design was preservation of the land. The topography, stream beds and heavily wooded areas were preserved as much as possible. Lakes were created and pathways built to make the natural environment accessible. Columbia BikeAbout is an easy way to explore the extensive 95-mile pathway system, which contributes to the high quality of life that defines Columbia.

Columbia Association also is seeking volunteers, needed to assist with traffic control, directions, registration, and to act as guides at places of interest along the route. Flexible shifts are available between the hours of 8:30am and 2pm. Training and a free T-shirt will be provided. For more information, email or call 410-715-6781.

Columbia BikeAbout is brought to you by Columbia Association's (CA) Columbia Archives and Open Space Management Division.

Columbia Archives, which collects and preserves the history of Columbia, is located in CA Headquarters at 6310 Hillside Court, off Stevens Forest Road. It is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. The collection covers the planning and development of Columbia as well as the extensive James Rouse Collection, which chronicles Rouse's long career that influenced urban and suburban development in the United States and around the world. It is rich with correspondence, speeches, photographs and memorabilia. The public is welcome to visit and spend time researching to get a deeper understanding of the history of Columbia. Appointments are encouraged. For more information, call 410-715-3103 or visit
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.
School Supply Donations

Help local students in need by providing donations to Prepare for Success Backpacks for Students. Collection bins can be found at Columbia Gym, Supreme Sports Club, Haven on the Lake, CA Headquarters and various other locations throughout Howard County. Donations are being accepted through Friday, August 24.

The following school supplies are needed:  
  • Backpacks
  • Three-hole lined paper
  • Highlighters
  • Colored pencils
  • Marble composition books
  • Pocket folders
  • Pencil boxes or bags
  • Two-inch three-ring binders
  • Glue sticks
  • #2 pencils
  • One-subject spiral notebooks
For more information, call 443-535-1625, visit or email

Clean H2O Howard County Stormwater Solutions

As a Howard County resident, you can ma ke a big impact on reducing  storm water  pollution by  increasing the amount of surface  on your property that  will  absorb  storm water  runoff. In addition to  protecting the environment by reducing runoff, you'll also have the opportunity to reduce your  Watershed Protection Fee  and/or be reimbursed  for your  storm  water
remediation  projects

The county has  residential programs that  are available for  participat ion all funded by the  Watershed
Protection Fee These programs are in addition to the  Columbia Association Rain Garden Cost-ShareProgram What are you doing to help  Slow the Flow?
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.           
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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 Tuesday, August 21st 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 August 14th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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