May 25th Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Howard County Choose Civility Cordially Invites You to
The Longest Table

You are invited to the table! 
We provide the dinner; you provide the conversation.
*To enhance the experience of getting to know different people, guests will not be seated with their companions.

Date and Time:  June 22, 6  to 8 pm at Howard County Community College.
The first of its kind in the state, The Longest Table is an idea to build new relationships and talk about the future of our community. Share a meal and conversation with someone you don't know*, exchange stories about life in Howard County, and discover both common ground and new ideas. The dialogue starts when you come to the table.

Menu forthcoming.
In the event of rain, the event will be moved into the Cafe on the Quad on the campus of Howard Community College.

Tickets available at  here.
Adults: $15 (limit of two)
High school and college students: $10 (limit of one)

Thanks to our generous sponsors:

Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Columbia 50th Birthday Celebration
Friends of Howard County Library System
United Way

Columbia Association
Presented in partnership with Howard Community College, Howard County Chamber of Commerce, Howard County Economic Development Authority, Howard County Library System, Howard Hughes Corporation, Leadership Howard County, and #OneHoward.
Promotional partners include Columbia Association and Downtown Columbia Partnership.

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!!!

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.

Covenant Corner
Do Your Homework!
Before you hire a contractor, be sure to ask to see their license. Hiring an unlicensed contractor may put you at risk for shoddy construction and higher costs down the road. Their work may not meet local building codes, construction standards and permitting requirements. And if the contractor or an employee is injured while on your property, YOU may be held liable for these injuries as unlicensed contractors often do not carry insurance and may not be bonded. To verify a license, check the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation website or call the Maryland Home Improvement Commission at 410-230-6309.
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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 June 6th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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Erik Avant **
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* Term expires 4/30/17
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