October 19th  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Harper's Choice Presents Mark Twain's Traveling Theatre Has Been Cancelled. Refunds Issued 

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.
Pack 61 Spaghetti Dinner

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

Wilde Lake High School Wildcats Fundraiser

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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. 
Howard Community College Health Care Professions Academic Resource Fair 

Beech Creek Drive Storm-water Quality Improvements To Begin

Beech Creek Drive stormwater quality improvements to begin
ELLICOTT CITY, MD - A Howard County construction project to improve a storm water  management retention pond on Beech Creek Drive in the vicinity of Olde Woods Way in Columbia is expected to begin on or about Monday, October 30. The project will remove and replace three metal riser structures and metal spillway pipes with a concrete weir structure to control flow from the pond. Riprap stone  will be installed at the pond's outfall for erosion control. The pond will  be deepened to provide additional water quality treatment.  Weather permitting, the project is expected to be completed by late February 2018.
Signs will be posted near the site to advise motorists and pedestrians of the construction. A portion of the northbound lane of Beech Creek Drive near the work site will be closed during construction hours, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Flagging operations will be in place to direct traffic as needed.
The sidewalk along Beech Creek Drive adjacent to the pond will be closed for the duration of the project. A temporary pedestrian path will be provided on the opposite side of the roadway. Additionally, a 160-foot portion of the pedestrian path near the north entrance of Cedar Lane Park between the basketball court and the County Park building will be closed during construction.
This project is funded through the County's Watershed Protection and Restoration Fund.
For questions or concerns about Capital Project D-1160, contact Lisa Brightwell, Public Works Customer Service, at 410-313-3440 or email publicworks@howardcountymd.gov .

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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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