May 18th Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
PTACHC Logo Design Contest

The PTA Council of Howard County (PTACHC) is thrilled that the 102nd Maryland PTA convention will be held in Columbia, Maryland on July 28-29, 2017.  To celebrate, PTACHC would like your help to design a logo for PTACHC to use at the convention and for years to come.
  • 1st place:   $100
  • 2nd place:  $50
  • 3rd place:   $25
What: Design a logo for the PTACHC to use on our website, letterhead, promotions (buttons, banners), advertising, etc.
Who: Howard County public school system students
When: Entries must be received by Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Where: Submit entries to
    or mail/drop off at the PTACHC office,  5451 Beaverkill Rd., Columbia, MD 21044
For more information, click  here.
Of Stars and Hurricanes: Two Columbia Novelists Return 
Join Us Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 4p.m. for a Special Celebration in Honor of Columbia's 50th Birthday
Carrie Brown and John Gregory Brown, both former Columbia residents, will read from their new novels at a celebration of literature in this planned city, with a reception to follow. HoCoPoLitSo will also honor two of Columbia's own forces of nature, Padraic and Ellen Kennedy, for their work creating a literary life in Howard County during this special event.
Sponsored by Wilde Lake Community Association and HoCoPoLitSo
Slayton House Theater Wilde Lake Village Center 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia, MD
General admission tickets $20 Students and Seniors $15
Exploring Columbia On Foot, Outdoor Walks

The walks will be held on nine Thursdays and one Saturday from March through October. Most walks will begin at 10am; the walk at The Mall in Columbia begins at 8:30am. Registration is not required.
  • Thursday, June 1, River Hill - meet at Claret Hall (6020 Daybreak Circle)
  • Saturday, June 24, The Mall in Columbia (8:30am) - meet at the Plaza in front of Season's 52 (10300 Little Patuxent Parkway)
  • Thursday, July 13, 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
Community Chess Day


Friday, June 9, 4-9PM

Anyone can play!! Beginners, masters, young, old and any level in between. Play for BRAGGING RIGHTS! Boards provided or BYOB. Light refreshments will be served! Join Anytime 4-9pm. For more information, contact Safire Windley at 410-992-3726. Photos will be taken at the event.


Columbia Smart Energy Challenge: Information Session

June 8, 2017; 7-8pm at Kahler Hall in Harper's Choice
The Columbia Smart Energy Challenge, a six-month program that began Jan. 1, further encourages individuals to improve comfort while reducing energy bills through home energy upgrades, leveraging BGE's Home Performance with the ENERGY STAR Program. The Smart Energy Challenge provides additional incentives to residents as a way to raise awareness and increase the number of audits conducted. 
Join the Columbia Smart Energy Challenge
* Home energy audits are $100 (a $400 value)
* Rebates cut the cost of energy improvements by 50 percent (up to $2,000 total)
* Earn $50 when you refer a friend who completes an energy audit
* Help your neighbors! Any village that completes at least 10 energy audits during the challenge        will have a celebration - with 100 free LED lightbulb giveaways to residents.
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
The streetlight is out?
Call BGE at 1-877-778-2222 or report online here.
There is a dead tree between the curb and sidewalk in front of my home?
This is most likely a County tree. Call County Highways at 410-313-7450.
There is a dog off its leash, or barking loudly, or acting aggressively?
Call the Howard County Department of Animal Control at 410-313-2780.
My neighbor plays their music too loud or too late at night?
This is a police matter. Call the non-emergency number; 410-313-2200.
The tot lot has graffiti?
Call the Village office, 410-730-0770 or directly to CA Open Space at 410-312-6330.
Oakland Mills High School Baseball Camp
Oakland Mills High School;  July 31st - August 3rd;  9 AM - Noon
Cost: $100
Make checks payable to Oakland Mills Boosters. Contact Coach Sillers at to reserve your spot.

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Architectural Committee Meeting Date Change

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 June 6th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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