October 11th  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Red Ribbon Yard Sale Rescheduled for Saturday October 20th

This fall's Red Ribbon Yard Sale has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 20th. Click here to register your street and remember to pick up your red ribbon from Kahler Hall by Thursday, October 18th.
Harper's Choice Community Association's Shredding Event  
Saturday, November 17th
10AM - 1PM
Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row

Early Voting Festival in Harper's Choice, Sunday, October 28th, 1pm - 5pm

Early Voting Festival we will be Sunday, Oct 28, 1-5 PM at Harper's Choice Middle School. It is being organized by four religious congregations:

Columbia Jewish Congregation
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
Columbia Baptist Fellowship
Columbia United Christian Church

Harper's Choice Middle School is within sight of the Bane Senior Center, where folks will be able to vote early. You don't even need to be pre-registered: You can register on site.
Dog Day 2018

Re-Stock A Family Pantry

Ignite Your Creative Spirit This Fall at Columbia Art Center!

Gallery Exhibitions

Fifth Annual Erase Hate Through Art Exhibition
Exhibit runs through October 27
Erase Hate Through Art is an examination of the bullying and hate crimes through the eyes of the artist, presented to promote acceptance over tolerance. The show features the works of more than 50 artists. Erase Hate Through Art is sponsored by How Do You Like Me Now Productions Inc. Curated by Grant Myers.

Narrative Color: Cheryl Jones
Exhibit runs through October 27
Columbia Art Center is proud to feature the work of Cheryl Jones, who started drawing at the age of 10. She has always been interested in color - mainly bright, beautiful colors. She studied abstract acrylic painting at Columbia Art Center under the instruction of Robyn Gavigan and has been painting with acrylics for four years. She describes painting as being like telling a bedtime story to a child, and used this as inspiration for her exhibition. Join her as Jones journeys through imaginative places using her palette knife and brush to guide her dance across the canvas.

For more information call (410) 730-0075 or click here
The Harper's Choice Community Association (HCCA) is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the Howard County Health Department to become the first Columbia Village to maintain Narcan in an effort to combat opioid overdose.

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.
Save the Date: Community Forum on the Opioid Health Crisis

Save the Date: Drive-Thru Medication and Sharps Collection

The next drive-thru medication and sharps (needles, syringes, and EpiPens) collection will be held on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  in the Wilde Lake Village Center. 
As we get closer, visit http://www.hcdrugfree.org/drug-take-back-day-1 for more information, email Admin@hcdrugfree.org or call 443-325-0004. 

Hurry to Register for HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council

All Howard County high school students are invited to participate in HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council (TAC). TAC meets once a month throughout the school year. Community service hours available for all meetings/events. 
School year 2018-19 registration forms are being accepted. Hurry to email or mail signed registration form and photo.
Forms can be found on our website at http://www.hcdrugfree.org/teen-advisory-council-1.
Next 2 meeting dates :
Monday, September 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Monday, October 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Unless otherwise notified, all meetings will be held at The Barn/Teen Center in the Oakland Mills Village Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please email Admin@hcdrugfree.org

Covenant Corner

Autumn's Splendor...

Trees contribute greatly to the value of our properties, but raking leaves is a chore we prefer to put off. If you do not mulch your leaves into your lawn, please remember to dispose of your leaves properly. Open bags of leaves and yard waste may be recycled on your regular recycling day. Please keep the following tips in mind:

> Bag up leaves and yard waste and place open PAPER bags curbside the evening prior to recycling day.
> It is a violation of County Code to blow or rake leaves into the street.
> Dumping in CA Open Space is not permitted. Dragging tarps of leaves into the woods behind your house is considered               dumping. Call CA at 410-312-6330 to report dumping. 
> Did you know that Howard County has a "Rake and Take" program? Click here or contact the Master Gardeners at 410-313-2707 for information on this program.   


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.    

Upcoming Architectural Committee Meeting Dates:10/9, 10/23. Applications for exterior alterations must be complete, including any applicable items from the list at the bottom of the application, and must be submitted at least two weeks ahead of the meeting where they will be reviewed. For your convenience, applications and guidelines can be downloaded or reviewed online.
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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 Tuesdays, October 9th & 23rd 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 November 6th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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