March 1st  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Board Elections are Coming and We Need You!
Have you considered volunteering your time on behalf of your community? The current two-year terms of office for two Village Board seats and the Columbia Association Council Representative seat expire on April 30, 2018. Village Board members attend one meeting a month where they oversee village finances, advise and take action on such matters as street and house maintenance, and advocate for changes that will benefit Harper's Choice. The Columbia Association Council Representative serves on the Village Board as an ex officio (non-voting) member and also serves as a voting member of the Columbia Association's Board of Directors.  The nomination period runs from March 1 - March 14, 2018 .  Information and nomination petitions will be available at Kahler Hall and for download on our website  on March 1; a maximum 150-word CANDIDATE'S STATEMENT is due at Kahler Hall by 5:00 pm on March 14.  The STATEMENTS may be emailed to , preferably in a MS Word document. For more information, contact Village Manager Steve Ingley at 410-730-0770 or via email.

HCCA is looking for volunteers to help us count ballots on Election Day, Saturday, April 28 at 3:00 pm at Kahler Hall.  If you are available and would like to assist the Election Monitor Committee with this task, please contact Village Manager Steve Ingley at 410-730-0770 or via email.

March 22nd, 7PM - 10PM
Kahler Hall
5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia, MD 21044
Tickets $15

Join Harper's Choice Community Association and Chef Ben Rubin of AllSpice Hospitality, as we celebrate Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizza & Wine by building your own individual pizza & tasting a variety of amazing wines. Space for this event is limited. Click here to register or call Melanie at 410-730-0770.

All wine provided by The Wine Bin, 8390 Main Street, Ellicott City, Maryland, 21043

Wellness Screening for Your Health
Friday, March 9, 2018
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

This free screening includes risk assessment for prediabetes and stroke; blood pressure and BMI measurement; information about workshops that address health risks; education on healthy lifestyle choices; and stress management techniques.  Bring your medications, vitamins, and herbals to our expert pharmacist to learn more about them and receive a complete medication list to take to your next doctor's visit.

PLEASE NOTE THE LOCATION:  HOWARD COUNTY GENERAL HOSPITAL Patient Pavilion Classroom 1. Use the hospital main entrance and proceed to the left to the Patient Pavilion. 
Leadership Howard County's The Big Event
Tuesday, March 13

Join Leadership Howard County at the Big Event on March 13, 11:00 a.m. at Turf Valley Resort. Hear Ron Clark, a passionate and energetic local educator, discuss how he prepares his students for a bright future. His pioneering Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, has garnered national and international recognition. Ron Clark's vision to transform education and cultivate a generation of global leaders offers an inspiring message that will engage community leaders on every level. For more information and to register for this event, please visit their website.
Next Phase of Construction Begins At HCGH

This week, the next stage of construction began for the 48,000-square-foot addition that will bring much needed space to the hospital. The contractors are starting the necessary work to excavate the land outside the former Emergency Room entrance to create the foundation of the new building. The first step is to remove the existing canopy at the front of the ER entrance.

During the week of March 19, the contractor will be setting up construction trailers on-site. We anticipate more construction vehicle traffic at the hospital's Little Patuxent Parkway entrance.

As you may remember, the addition is being built adjacent to the existing ER and will include a new observation unit and an inpatient psychiatry unit. The entire project is expected to be complete by the end of 2019.

The construction project includes:
·    A new 48,000-square-foot addition which will add approximately 40 treatment spaces.
·    A new ER entrance, waiting area and evaluation area to improve our patients' experiences and       expedite the flow through the ER and hospital.
·    A new observation unit adjacent to the ER.
·    A new inpatient psychiatric unit.
·    Additional treatment spaces for pediatric behavioral health patients to address the unique and         growing needs of adolescents with substance use and mental health issues.
·    Enlargement of the adult behavioral health unit in the adult ER.
Beauty and the Beast on Ice

The Columbia Figure Skating Club is proud to announce our performance of  Beauty and the Beast on Ice  on Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25, at the Columbia Ice Rink. Tickets are on sale now. Show times are 4:00 and 6:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.

We invite you to be our guest and join Belle in her fantastic journey as she sees beyond the  Beast's exterior and find s the kindness and true heart that lies inside. Watch our competitive skaters bring this classic tale to life with their exhilarating performances, which are sure to appeal to audiences of all ages!  Regional and Sectional United States Figure Skating qualifying competitors will perform and delight you.  The show's choreography is  a collaboration between long time Show Director Path Muth and the Artistic Director Tim Murphy of The Next Ice Age, a professional dance company on ice.

Tickets are on sale now at our website  ($15 for ages 3 and up, children under age 3 are free; $25 limited reserved center ice seating is available).
For tickets and more information, please visit the Club's website: . Connect with us on Facebook ( ), Instagram (@columbiafigureskating) and Twitter (@Columbia_fsc) for updates and highlights as the show preparations are underway.
Columbia Cleanup Day Scheduled for Saturday, March 24 in All 10 Villages

Columbia can be even more beautiful, and the environment can be more healthy, after just three hours on Columbia Cleanup Day.

Columbia Cleanup Day will take place on Saturday, March 24 with volunteers simultaneously picking up trash that has accumulated at open space locations in all 10 villages. Nine of Columbia's villages are scheduled to work from 9am to noon, while the Kings Contrivance event will be held from 10am to 1pm.

This is the ninth year that Columbia Cleanup Day has been held since 2009. People who would like to participate can show up at the meeting locations. The meeting locations and clean-up areas are:
  • Dorsey's Search: Meet at Dorsey Hall Pool (4649 Columbia Road). Clean the open space behind Dorsey Hall Pool and the playground area.
  • Harper's Choice: Meet at Swansfield Neighborhood Center (5659 Cedar Lane). Clean the open space area behind Green Dory Lane, Woodenhawk Circle and Berrypick Lane.
  • Hickory Ridge: Meet at Clary's Forest Pool (11615 Little Patuxent Parkway). Clean the open space in the middle of the Little Patuxent Parkway loop.
  • Kings Contrivance: Meet at Amherst House (7251 Eden Brook Drive). Clean the open space and natural areas behind Amherst House and near Dickinson Pool. Please note that Kings Contrivance's cleanup will be held from 10am to 1pm.
  • Long Reach: Meet at the cul-de-sac in the 6300 block of Tamar Drive. Clean the pathway and natural area from Tot Lot LR16 to Tot Lot LR15 (adjacent to Footed Ridge).    
  • Oakland Mills: Meet at Oakland Mills Village Center (5851 Robert Oliver Place). Clean along the pathway from Stevens Forest Road going toward Route 29.
  • Owen Brown: Meet at the Lake Elkhorn parking lot on Dockside Lane lot off Cradlerock Way. Clean around Lake Elkhorn and the Forebay area.
  • River Hill: Meet at Claret Hall in the River Hill Village Center (6020 Daybreak Circle). Clean the open space area between Columbia Gym and River Hill High School.
  • Town Center: Meet at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront (10227 Wincopin Circle). Clean around Lake Kittamaqundi.
  • Wilde Lake: Meet at Faulkner Ridge Neighborhood Center (15018 Marble Faun Court). Clean the open space around the neighborhood center.
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City Documentary Screening
Monday, March 26 at 7pm

The Baltimore Metropolitan Council and Columbia Association invite you to a screening of "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City," the story of a particularly prescient woman who started a revolution in urban planning. 

This series begins Monday, March 26 at 7pm with this screening at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center (7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia). 

For more information, call 410-381-2000.
Archiving the A.R.T.S - Celebrating the Legacy of the Women of Columbia

Columbia Archives is pleased to announce a program in March in honor of Women's History Month entitled Archiving the A.R.T.S - Celebrating the Legacy of the Women of Columbia. 

This program will honor the achievements of women of Columbia who have diligently worked in the fields of art, religion, theater and sports. It will feature archival materials maintained within Columbia Archives (thorough displays and presentations) that highlight the influence their work has had on Columbia. 

In addition to the displaying of donated archival materials, the following confirmed honorees - Doris Ligon (Arts), Carolyn Kelemen (Arts/Theater), Carolyn Arena (Religion) and Priscilla Hart (Religion) - will participate in a roundtable conversation focusing on how they have served Columbia and how Columbia has been a supportive environment for solidifying their visions. 

The program will be held on March 29 at 6pm at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in the Wilde Lake Village Center. Due to limited seating availability, please register at Eventbrite
HCCA Board of Directors Meeting
April 3, 2018
During the Tuesday, April 3, 2018, HCCA Board of Directors meeting beginning at 7:00 pm at Kahler Hall, a representative(s) from Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman's office will be present to answer and address any questions or concerns that the Board and community may have.  As always, the Board meetings are open and we encourage residents to attend and participate in the meetings and this meeting is no exception.  Regardless of your availability to attend, if you have any questions or concerns that you wish to convey to Executive Kittleman's staff, please email them to Village Manager Steve Ingley at  in advance of the meeting to ensure that they have adequate time to involve their subject matter experts should it be necessary.  We hope to see you on April 3!
Searching For Spring Egg Hunt Saturday, April 14th

The Annual Searching For Spring Egg Hunt, co-sponsored by the Villages of Columbia, will be held on Saturday, April 14 from 
10 -11:30am at the Columbia Sports Park in the Harper's Choice Village Center, located at 5453 Harper's Farm Road. No admittance permitted after 10:45AM.  Tickets will be available March 19th at Kahler Hall and all Columbia village centers.

When: April 14, 2018 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Columbia Sports Park, 5677 Harpers Farm Rd, Columbia, MD 21044, USA
10AM Crafts; 10:45AM Egg Hunt
Covenant Corner

Spring is right around the corner (we hope!) and with a new season comes change. If you are planning to make changes to the exterior of your home or property, the Architectural Committee reminds you to allow 2-4 weeks for the approval process. The AC meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month to review submissions. Applications must be received two weeks prior to the next scheduled meeting to be placed on the agenda, and must include applicable attachments, such as plats, photos, color chips, etc. Applications are available online. Upcoming meeting dates: 3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24.


The Columbia Association has delivered soil test bags to each of the Village offices. Residents pick up a bag, follow the instructions to collect a sample from their Lot and return the bag to the Village office. CA will collect the bag, test the soil and return the test results to the residents, FREE of charge. Stop by Kahler Hall and ask for a soil testing bag.
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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 March 6th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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