June 8th  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Harper's Choice Showcases Original Columbia Artists

Sunday, August 13, 2017, 7:30pm
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. As our way of celebrating Columbia's 50th birthday, the Art Gala will feature original works by both artists and will kickoff with a champagne reception and light refreshments. 

Art work needed. To loan art for the event, contact Steve Ingley by July 15th @ 410-730-0770 or manager@harperschoice.org.
Howard County's BIKESHARE slated to begin around 
July 6, 2017

Howard County will launch the new BIKESHARE program next month. There will be seven Bikeshare stations around Columbia.  One station will be located at the   Oakland Mills Village Center next to the bus stop on Robert Oliver Place. 

Bikeshare stations will be located at Howard County General Hospital, Howard Community College, One Merriweather Building, Lakefront (2 locations), Oakland Mills Village Center, and  Blandair Park.

The basic principal of Bikeshare is for users to rent a bike at any station and return a bike to any station. As with any program, there are details for the users, and even an "app" to get you going!

Please refer to this  WEBSITE for complete details. We are excited to have a station located in our community for our residents and those that want to explore Oakland Mills and Blandair Park.  

If, after reading the website, you have questions please,  email.
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.

June 29 - The Last Waltz
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.
"Gen2Gen" Summer 2017 Campaign:
"Generation to Generation" is working with Villages across the country in a campaign to reduce the losses poor students suffer during the summer recess from school. The Village is evaluating interest in this project at our Village level. If you think you would like to be involved email Volunteer Chair, Susan Hailman, by June 12th at shailman@comcast.net. For more information click here.
Exploring Columbia On Foot, Outdoor Walks

The walks will be held on the remaining five Thursdays and one Saturday from June through October. Most walks will begin at 10am; the walk at The Mall in Columbia begins at 8:30am. Registration is not required.
  • Saturday, June 24, The Mall in Columbia (8:30am) - meet at the Plaza in front of Season's 52 (10300 Little Patuxent Parkway)
  • Thursday, July13, Long Reach - meet at Jeffers Hill Neighborhood Center (6030 Tamar Drive)
  • 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)
4th of July Parade  

The 47th annual Longfellow Friends of the Traditional 4th Parade will take place on Tuesday, July  4, rain or shine, at 10am. Lineup begins at 9:15 in the parking lot of Longfellow Elementary School. It will travel from one end of Hesperus Drive to the other, and return to the school via Eliot's Oak Road.
The parade will be followed by a softball game at noon between the Eliot's Oak Nuts and the Hesperus Wrecks, to be held on Field #3 at the Cedar Lane Park entrance on Cedar Lane.  
Bike with a Cop!
Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ 5:30pm 

Kids ages 5 - 11 and their parents are invited to bike the paths of Oakland Mills with officers of HCPD's Pathway Patrol Section. Children ages 9 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult and helmets must be worn at all times. 

Meet in front of The Other Barn 5851 Oliver Place. For more information please contact Brigitta Warren at 410-730-4610 or email.
Build Haiti Foundation Gala
Columbia's 50th  Birthday Celebration
Sunday, June 11, 5-8PM
This fundraiser offers a  Taste of Haiti  from 5-6:30PM, followed by  Haitian Arts Performances  in Smith Theatre. Come enjoy Haitian food, followed by Broadway-level talent from New York City - a jazz quartet, dance group, and Creole jazz vocalist- while supporting the Build Haiti Foundation's philanthropic efforts and development programs in Haiti. Tickets $50, $35 for students, online , or at the doo r.
Summer Pool Parties!! Save The Dates!
Mark your calendar for this year's fun neighborhood pool parties! We're excited to splash and play with our community at what we are expecting to be our best pool parties yet!! Space is limited for both events.  This is a free event, but tickets are required and will be available at Kahler Hall beginning June 19.

Longfellow Neighborhood Pool Party 
When: July 13 from 6-9pm 
Where: Longfellow Pool
Theme: Cupcake & Pizza Social
Food: Free Cupcakes & HomeSlyce Pizza Truck!!!  Mod Pizza Gift Card Raffle!!!

Swansfield Neighborhood Pool Party
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!!!

Covenant Corner

Cul-de-sac Civility
Maintenance of the cul-de-sac islands throughout Columbia is the responsibility of the owners whose homes or driveways face the cul-de-sac island. We encourage residents to take turns mowing or have each family contribute and hire a service (or better yet, a young person in the neighborhood) to take care of the mowing, leaf removal, weeding, etc. The important thing to remember is that this is to be a shared responsibility. Please note: No basketball or other sports equipment, permanent or temporary, may be placed on, in or around the cul-de-sac, as per County code.
Want to Improve Your Cul-De-Sac Island?
Cul-de-sac grants of up to $200 are available to improve the island on your street. More information on this program can be found online.

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 July 11th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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