October 11th  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Harper's Choice Presents Mark Twain's Traveling Theatre
"Stowe's War," An Original Work
Sunday, November 19, 2017 5pm - 6pm
Kahler Hall 
Tickets $5 each, $18 for four
To purchase tickets, click  here.
For more information,  call Melanie Jeffers at 410-730-0770.
or visit the scrolling link on HCCA's homepage at harperschoice.org.

Stowe's War casts actress Susan Chase as Harriet Beecher Stowe and actor Rick Bonnette as Mark Twain. The play brings two of America's most consequential authors together in a fictional test of wills.

"So, you are the little woman who wrote the book that started this Great War!" This remark, attributed to Abraham Lincoln, may not be historically accurate, but the perception that Harriet Beecher Stowe's book, Uncle Tom's Cabin, fanned the flames of our Civil War certainly is!

Stowe's War begins twenty years after the Civil War, with Harriet struggling with the loss of her husband, two sons, and her health.  At age 74, her "quirky" behavior has become something more than just neighborhood gossip.

In a twist of fiction, her friend and neighbor, Mark Twain, seeks her help to finish his master work, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

In her time, Stowe was universally both revered and reviled. Today, she is merely ignored. And while Twain may be beloved for his wit and humor, his moral evolution seems to escape the modern reader. It can be argued that Stowe and Twain have never been more relevant! With Stowe's War, their genius will emerge again, timely and timeless.

HC DrugFree Empowering The Community

HC DrugFree's program, "Not My Child...Yes, Your Child," presented in partnership with Marriotts Ridge High School PTSA and Mount View Middle School PTA, will be held on Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 pm in the Marriotts Ridge High School auditorium. This event is free and open to high school and middle school parents, grandparents, family members, and any adults working with teens who think their children will never get involved with drugs and those who are already suspicious or dealing with a child's experimentation! Hear facts, strategies, experiences and encouragement and get your questions answered by HC DrugFree and its community partners, as well as parents and others with stories to share. To understand the importance of attending this event, view HC DrugFree's video at https://vimeo.com/231604408. For more information, contact HC DrugFree at 443-325-0040, Admin@hcdrugfree.org, or visit www.hcdrugfree.org.

HC DrugFree'sConvenient Drive-Thru "Sharps"* and Medication Collection will be held on Saturday, October 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot near The UPS Store and Slayton House.*(Sharps: needles, syringes and EpiPens)
Looking to get rid of old, unwanted, or recalled EpiPens, needles, syringes and medications all in one quick trip without getting out of your vehicle? Join your friends at HC DrugFree's quick and convenient drive-thru collection held twice a year. Just look for volunteers directing traffic around the parking lot. Howard County Police will receive and secure your medications for proper disposal and medical staff will handle your sharps for proper recycling.
Parents and grandparents, are you your child's drug dealer? Will your child's first experimentation be with legally prescribed pain medication found in your home? Keep medications away from your children (and adults visiting or working in your home). Three out of four people using heroin began with the use of prescription medication found in their own home or the home of a family member or friend. Be sure to secure your medications to keep them out of the hands of everyone for whom they are not prescribed. To further understand the importance of this event, view HC DrugFree's video at https://vimeo.com/231604408.

For more information about this event or to learn how to safely store or dispose of medications throughout the year, visit the Events-Take Back Day page at www.hcdrugfree.org or contact HC DrugFree at 443-325-0040 or Admin@hcdrugfree.org.

HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council (TAC) will meet on Monday, October 16 and Monday, November 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. TAC is open to all Howard County high school students and community service hours are available. Monthly meetings are held at The Barn (Teen Center) in the Oakland Mills Village Center. Free pizza is provided. Teens and parents must complete the registration form found on the Teen Advisory Council page at www.hcdrugfree.org and teens must RSVP to Admin@hcdrugfree.org before each meeting.

HC DrugFree Is Looking for Parent/Adult Volunteers, so whether you have an hour a month or 10 hours a week to volunteer, please email only to Admin@hcdrugfree.org to let us know your availability. Be sure to say if you can type, are willing to drive, and if you have any special skills or interests.

HC DrugFree is located in the Wilde Lake Village Center at 5305 Village Center Drive, Suite 206, Columbia, MD 21044  Phone: 443-325-0040 * Website:www.hcdrugfree.org * Email:Admin@hcdrugfree.org

Swansfield Recognizes Bully Awareness Month

Everyone Encouraged to Wear Orange This Friday
Throughout the month of October, Swansfield will continue to recognize Bully Awareness Month.  This Friday, please have students wear orange to school.  Orange is the color for Unity and reminds us all to come together and spread positive messages.  

Thank you!  Mrs. Richter, School Counselor.

Swansfield Elementary School | 5610 Cedar Lane Columbia, MD 21044 | 410-313-6907 | ses.hcpss.org
A-OK Mentoring - Tutoring, Inc

A-OK Mentoring - Tutoring, Inc  is actively seeking volunteers!
We welcome people from all backgrounds and experiences
to participate in the organization!

A-OK Volunteers serve as mentors and tutors for elementary school children and middle school youth  in Howard County schools and in community afterschool programs.

Information Sessions are held regularly to learn more about
A-OK Mentoring - Tutoring and available volunteer opportunities.

Upcoming Information Sessions
Wednesday November 1st at 1pm
Hawthorn Center
6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia
December 14th at 10:30am
Hawthorn Center
6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia
*Volunteer work with A-OK requires weekday, daytime hours. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age.
Let us know if and when we can expect you: email: susan@aokmentor.org
phone: 443-895-2457
What Can You Do?:  Interrupting Rape Culture

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
HopeWorks of Howard County
9770 Patuxent Woods Drive
Columbia, MD 21045
Open to the Public

A Free Program, but Preregistration is Required
Register Online:  What Can You Do Registration
"Boys will be boys."   "Locker room talk."  "What was she wearing?" Phrases like these are all too common and often go unchallenged. In this interactive workshop, we'll start a conversation that explores what rape culture is and determine ways to disrupt it.
About the Social Justice Dialogue Series
The Social Justice Dialogues are open-forum discussion events designed to examine dynamics around the root causes of violence.
Workshops offer the time to grapple with difficult issues, but also serve as a space to find creative solutions and generate activism around these issues so we can collectively move forward towards change.

Please email  Heidi Griswold, Community Engagement Coordinator, or call (410) 997-0304.

HopeWorks Creative Writing Workshop
A Free Program but Preregistration is Required
Join us for this interactive workshop designed for beginning and experienced writers. It will be an opportunity to connect and play with your authentic voice; to begin, to rejuvenate, or recommit, to a creative craft that reveals, heals and celebrates. We will have fun exploring techniques that work as a catalyst for writing with rhythm, texture and meaning.
About Poetry N2 Wellness & Action
HopeWorks' Poetry N2 Wellness & Action workshops use the power of words to encourage healing, community-building, cultural shifts, liberation and celebration. 
Programs are open to the general public and to survivors who are out of crisis. Poetry N2 Wellness & Action workshops are educational/wellness programs and are not intended to replace or to be a substitute for counseling.
This arts-based workshop is made possible by the Howard County Arts Council through a grant from Howard County Government.

Please email Vanita Leatherwood, Director of Community Engagement or call (410) 997- 0304.
50 + Expo

Explore preparedness, information and education as they relate to healthy aging at Howard County's 19th annual 50+EXPO on Friday, October 20, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Wilde Lake High School. Admission is $1 and free parking and shuttle transportation are available from the lower level Sears parking lot at The Columbia Mall.

This year's 50+EXPO features over 160 vendors and exhibitors. Attendees to the 50+EXPO can take advantage of free flu vaccines and free health screenings at the onsite health fair. Back by popular demand, the Capitol Steps return to the Jim Rouse Theatre for one show at 11:00 a.m. Tickets are available while quantities last; a $5 donation is requested per ticket.

For more information and a full schedule of the day's events, visit the website.
Save The Date: Pizza With Santa

Pizza with Santa will be held on Sat, Dec. 16 from 11am - 1pm at Kahler Hall. This holiday tradition is especially for Harper's Choice residents. Space is limited. The event is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available now at Kahler Hall.

Guests will enjoy pizza, special holiday crafts, and hearing Santa read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.' Bring your camera and enjoy a special family photo opportunity with Santa!

We encourage attendees to bring one non-perishable food item per ticket on December 16. Donations will be given to the Howard County Food Bank.
Howard County Shredding Events 

Howard County has two  Shredding   Event s scheduled for October:


October 21, 9am-1pm (or until trucks are full) at the Long Gate Park & Ride, 5000 Meadowbrook Lane.


October 28, 10am-2pm (or until trucks are full) at the Gary Arthur Community Center, 2400 State Route 97.

HC residents can bring up to 3 bags or boxes of paper. Both  events are rain or shine. For more information, visit  https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Public-Works/Bureau-Of-Environmental-Services/Recycling  or call 410-313-6444. 
Cablebox and Utility Pedestals

Contact information to report cable and telecom box issues:
Please send an email with pictures to the How. Co. Admin office:  cadmin@howardcountymd.gov   or going online  to  http://apps.howardcountymd.gov/cablecomplaints/  "
Covenant Corner

Renovating your Property? Some Rules to Remember
As homeowners, we must ensure that our contractors abide by the community rules and regulations. Here are a few tips and reminders:

If you are completing renovations on your property and your contractor orders a dumpster, it must be placed in your driveway and a permit is required. Contact Howard County Inspections, Licenses and Permits at 410-313-2455 for more information. Dumpsters are generally not permitted to be parked anywhere on the county roadway.

When work is complete for the day, be sure the contractor leaves the job site neat and tidy with construction materials and debris stored out of sight.

If you get a discount to place a sign in your yard during construction, a small yard sign is permitted so long as it is removed when the work is complete.  

Live in a Townhouse community? Be good neighbors and ask your contractors to park in the overflow spaces or vacate the close-in spaces before 5 pm.

No dumping in community Open Space. All debris and material from construction must be hauled away by the contractor or the owner.

Keep Leaves Out of Streets and Storm Drains to Prevent Flooding

Do you have leaves and leaf litter in the street and the street curb gutters in front of your house? Please note that it is a violation of County Code to blow, pile or sweep leaves into the public roadway. "A person may not obstruct, damage, or destroy public property." [Title 18, Subtitle 2, Section 18.205, subsection (b1).]

Help prevent flooding from storm drain clogs and pollution to streams, lakes and the Chesapeake Bay by cleaning up the street gutter in front of your home. Mulch those leaves into your lawn or place collected leaves in containers or PAPER bags and put out curbside for pickup on your regular recycling day.

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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 November 2nd at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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