July 20th  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Harper's Choice Village Board Vacancy

The Harper's Choice Village Board is seeking to fill a vacancy due to the recent resignation of a board member.

Per the Association's Bylaws, Article II, Section 2.04 Vacancies: "Any vacancy occurring in the Board of Directors for any cause other than by reason of an increase in the number of Directors may be filled by a majority of the remaining members of the Board of Directors, although such majority is less than a quorum. Any vacancy occurring by reason of an increase in the number of Directors may be filled by an action of a majority of the entire Board of Directors. A director selected by the Board of Directors to fill a vacancy shall hold office, the term of which will be determined by the Board of Directors prior to the selection, but which may be for no more than a full two-year term, until the next annual meeting of members, or until his or her successor is elected and qualified, with the exception of the student member who can be replaced, only by another student, by the Board of Directors."

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in this important volunteer opportunity, please call Village Board Chair Bob Fontaine at 410-730-8165 or email him at bob.fontaine@verizon.net no later than Thursday, July 27, 2017. The current members of the board are Mr. Bob Fontaine (Chair), Mr. Jim Smith (Vice Chair), Mr. Stephen Cook, Mr. Erik Avant, and Mr. Alan Klein (Columbia Council Representative).

Harper's Choice Showcases Original Columbia Artists

Sunday, August 13, 2017, 7:30pm
John Levering & Wes Yamaka 
5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia, MD 21044
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 works by both artists from the collections of Harper's Choice residents and will kickoff with a champagne reception and light refreshments. It will be held at Kahler Hall, one of Howard County's most popular venues. To register to attend this free event, click here.
Drawing Connections Workshop - John Levering, Wes Yamaka and Columbia

Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 7:00pm
Kahler Hall
5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia, MD 21044
Appreciation for art and the role it can play in creating community was embraced by Columbia's developers.  Jim Rouse said, "We have two main opportunities with regard to the arts. First, is to present art so that it can be seen and heard and felt in places that are beyond the walls of the museum; to bring art to the marketplace, to the community . . . . and second, to provide a platform in public places where budding artists can perform, stretch, grow. . ."

It is in this climate that Wes Yamaka and John Levering flourished.  The program by Barbara Kellner, Director of Columbia Archives, will focus on the different career paths that led Levering and Yamaka to become friends, artists, and entrepreneurs, their contributions to the community, and their lasting legacy.  Clips of video interviews with Wes Yamaka and Jimmy Rouse on his father's connection to Levering will be highlighted.

For more information about the event, call Melanie Jeffers at 410-730-0770 or email events@harperschoice.org. To register to attend this free event, click here.
National Night Out, Tuesday August 1st 6-9PM

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. Howard County General's Wellness Center will have a RN and staff member performing free Blood Pressure and BMI testing.

Hope for Recovery: Understanding Mental Illness
Presentation by: National Alliance on Mental Illness of Howard County (NAMI HC)

Monday, September 18, 2017
Kahler Hall
5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia, MD 2104

Today we know so much more about how to identify and treat mental illnesses. Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding mental illness prevents many people from seeking help early. This presentation will discuss what mental illness is and will seek to dispel the myths and stigma surrounding mental illness. We will also provide information about resources available in our community.

For more information, contact Melanie Jeffers at 410-730-0770 or email events@harperschoice.org.
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. 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.
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

 Walks will begin at 10am. Registration is not required.
  • 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)
Swansfiled Neighborhood Pool Party
Mark your calendar for this year's second fun neighborhood pool party! We're excited to splash and play with our community at what we are expecting to be one of our best pool parties yet!! Space is limited for.  This is a free event, but tickets are required and will be available at Kahler Hall.

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!!!

Columbia International Folk Dancers Celebrate Columbia's 50th Anniversary
The Columbia International Folk Daners will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Columbia on September 13th from 8PM - 10:30pm in in the ballroom at Kahler Hall. Members of the community are invited to join our celebration, learn some easy dances, and enjoy light refreshments . The cost is $5.00 per adult. For additional information, call Ethel Brandt at 410-997-1613.
Save the Date: 2017 Columbia BikeAbout
Saturday, Sept. 23 at 9:30am

The annual Columbia BikeAbout will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, with riders setting out from the dock at Lake Elkhorn. The new 10-mile route winds through neighborhoods in Owen Brown, Oakland Mills and Long Reach. In celebration of Columbia's 50th Birthday, the theme of the BikeAbout is "appreciate the past and imagine the future." 

Along the route, riders will get the answer to why our power lines for the most part are underground, insight into the origin of some of Columbia's unique street names, visit a cemetery that pre-dates Columbia, and discover early attempts to manage stormwater and how technology has changed current practice.

Young families will be guided around Lake Elkhorn, which will be filled with fun facts about Columbia and some fun things to do. Following the ride, participants have the opportunity to refuel and have fun at the Owen Brown Festival, which begins at noon.

To register, click here.
Howard County Autism Society Announces 11th Annual Autism Walk & 5K Run 

Proceeds Will Support Programs & Services for Howard County Families Living With Autism

The Howard County Autism Society (HCAS), a trusted resource to hundreds of individuals and families living with autism in Howard County, MD and the surrounding area, will hold its 11th Annual One Step Closer Walk and 5K Run on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Centennial Park in Ellicott City, MD. Proceeds from the event will support HCAS' programs and services for individuals on the autism spectrum, their families and the local community.

This annual event brings together those touched by the autism spectrum disorder in a supportive, energizing and fun environment. HCAS provides a place where the local community can benefit from families' collective experience and expertise, helping others navigate the path they themselves have traveled on this journey. All proceeds from the event stay in Howard County and directly impact the lives of children and adults with autism.

The event will feature a timed 5K run around Centennial Lake, a "Lake Walk" of the same distance, and a shorter three-quarter mile "Piece of Cake Walk." We have runners and walkers who participate individually as well as in teams to harness their fundraising power and make this a spirited, hands-on experience! There will be children's activities, including face painting, Star Wars costumed performers, a moon bounce and other inflatable games. The event also features a variety of exhibitor tables for local businesses, organizations and health & human service agencies. Microbusiness owned and operated by those on the autism spectrum will again be highlighted.

Online registration is available at www.howard-autism.kintera.org/onestepcloser2017 through October 4th. Race day registration is available on-site.

Event timeline is as follows: 
9am Registration and packet pick-up, complimentary breakfast for runners, walkers, sponsors. 9:40am Welcome and introductions 
10am Starting time for 5K race participants
10:10am Starting time for walk participants 
11:15am Awards and closing remarks.
Covenant Corner


The Howard County Watershed Stewards Academy is working hard to educate and inform residents about watershed issues. To that end, they can perform a FREE residential property assessment and help provide solutions for excessive rain water runoff. If you have erosion problems or you would like to help slow the flow of storm water in your neighborhood, contact them at howardwsa@gmail.com or fill out the online request form: http://howardwsa.org/assessment.php
The WSA is also seeking like-minded folks to become watershed stewards and help them spread the word. Consider joining the effort! http://www.howardwsa.org.

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 August 8th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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Erik Avant**
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Alan Klein *
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* Term expires 4/30/17
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