July 19th  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 & Pulled Pork Sliders
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 for both events.  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 is scheduled to begin on Harper's Farm Rd overpass on the week of July 16th, 2018. This project will take approximately ssix weeks to complete, weather permitting. The overpass will be closed to the public for the duration of this project. Notification signs have been posted on site to inform the public of the closure.

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  orpresponse@howardcountymd.gov or call 410-313-6202.
Swansfield Would Like To Hear From Our Parents and Students This Summer

Please Take A Moment To Share A Video

Dear Swansfield Families,
As we prepare for the upcoming school year, Swansfield staff wants to hear from YOU and/or YOUR CHILD!   If you or your child are interested in sharing your thoughts and/or feelings about the upcoming school year, please follow the steps below:
1.  Videotape yourself and/or your child responding to one or more of the following questions:
o    "My wish for (insert your child's name) for the 2018-2019 school year is ______________."
o    "I hope my child's teacher ________________________."
o    "I am nervous about _____________________________."
o    "I want my child's teacher to know _________________."
o    What are you most excited about for the upcoming school year?
o    What are you most nervous about for the upcoming school year?
o    What is one thing you want your new teacher to know about you?
o    What is one thing you want Mrs. Porter, Ms. Beaman or Mr. Carter to know about you?
o    What is one wish you have for the next school year?

2.  Please complete a separate video for each person.

3.  Please keep the length of the video to 30 seconds or less.

4.  After your video is complete, upload the video HERE.   

Thank you in advance to our students and families who choose to participate!  If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Porter at laurel_porter@hcpss.org.
Coffee & Conversation!
Wednesday, July 25, 10-11:30am
Meet new friends and enjoy good company at a Time Bank coffee social. Feel free to bring a friend! Columbia Community Exchange will offer coffee, tea and donuts. Please bring a snack to share. 
Pool Parties and Other Summer Fun For Youth and Teens!

Don't miss Columbia Association's Teen and Middle School advisory committees' coolest summer event yet - a night-time pool party with diving and swimming contests, raffles, music, snacks and more.

The Middle School pool party will be held on Friday, July 20 from 6:30-10pm. Register by 5pm on Thursday, July 19 at PoolPartyMiddleSchool.Eventbrite.com.

The High School pool party will be held on Friday, August 3 from 6:30-10pm. Register by 5pm on Thursday, Aug. 2 at PoolPartyHighSchool.Eventbrite.com.

Both pool parties will be held at Locust Park Pool in the village of Long Reach, 8995 Lambkin Lane, Columbia. Registration is required for this free event at the above websites.

For more information, call the Youth and Teen Center @ The Barn at 410-992-3726.

Summer Hours at the Youth and Teen Center

The Youth and Teen Center at The Barn has expanded hours and programming during the summer! We're open from 2-7pm as part of our Drop-In program, which provides fun activities, mentorship and much more.

Registered participants enjoy crafts, board games, video games, a computer lab, a teen-run snack bar, special outings and field trips - all for the amazingly low price of just $80 a year.

Each week this summer has themed activities. Many weeks include fun trips to destinations such as Ocean City and Kings Dominion. Click here for our schedule of events and activities.

If your child is not already registered for the YTC's Drop-In program, sign up now. Learn more about this amazing value by clicking here.

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.
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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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