January 12th Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Village Elections are Coming and We Need You!   
Throw your hat into the ring and run for the Harper's Choice Village Board! The current two-year terms of office for three Village Board seats expire on April 30, 2017. Village Board members attend one meeting a month where they oversee village finances; they advise and take action on such matters as street and house maintenance; and advocate for changes that will benefit all of Harper's Choice village residents. 

The nomination period runs from March 1 - March 14, 2017.  Information and nomination petitions will be available at Kahler Hall on March 1 and must be returned to Kahler Hall by 5:00 pm on March 14. Information and nomination petitions will also be available for download on our website beginning on March 1.

For more information, contact Village Manager Steve Ingley at 410-730-0770 or via email at manager@harperschoice.org.

Town Hall Meeting

Join Senator Ed Kasemeyer, Delegate Eric Ebersole, Delegate Terri Hill & Delegate Clarence Lam at their Town Hall Meeting. 

Come and discuss legislative and community concerns with your state representatives.
Ask questions and hear what they're working on in Annapolis this session.

January 26th, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Kahler Hall
5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia MD 21044
Open Rehearsal with The Columbia Orchestra! 
Join Jason Love and the Columbia Orchestra at The Gathering Place for an open rehearsal. You'll get a behind-the-scenes peek at the creative, collaborative process of putting a concert together. Imagine the new insight into the music you'll have after seeing the process of putting it together!

Enjoy wine and cheese in a relaxed setting while watching Maestro Love's interpretation unfold with our talented musicians. This is not just a run-through just before the concert - this is a real working rehearsal in the middle of the process of putting the concert together, mistakes and all!

Each rehearsal starts at 7:30 pm and you can mingle with orchestra musicians at their break at about 8:30. The entire rehearsal lasts from 7:30pm-10:00pm; you can come and go as you like.
These are fun, interesting special events even if you don't know anything about music! We hope you'll join us.

World Language Cafe  
CA's World Languages Cafe is a place to speak a language you know or one you are learning, converse in a friendly atmosphere, meet new people who enjoy learning about other cultures, increase your fluency by speaking and listening, pick up useful phrases to use when traveling, and recall your childhood language. World Language Cafes are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 7 - 9 pm at the East Columbia Library's 50+ Center (6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia).

Come upstairs and join the language of your choice. Language tables are hosted by a native speaker who will facilitate conversation. Languages include Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

To find out if there will be a native speaker of the language you are interested in practicing, or for more information, please contact Laura Smit at 410-715-3162 or Laura.Smit@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

Will You Join The Columbia Smart Energy Challenge? 
January 1st - June 30th
Save money on energy audits. Reduce your electricity bills and make your home more comfortable! 

Reduce cold drafts, health hazards and energy costs in your home. See how energy costs are being wasted or lost and ways to save energy through small improvements.

Through this program:
  • Home energy audits are $100 (a $400 value)
  • Residents receive a rebate of 50 percent of the improvement cost with a $2,000 maximum.
  • 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 get 100 free LED light bulbs for it's residents.

To sign up for an energy audit, visit retrofit.com/columbia.

For more information on the Columbia Smart Energy Challenge,  

contact Allie Busching at 410-929-6139 or ABusching@retrofitbaltimore.org 

Haiti Fest! Sunday, January 22nd

Columbia Association invites the community to HaitiFest, an event being held in celebration of the cultures of the Caribbean Island, as well as the establishment of a sister city relationship between the communities of Columbia and Cap-Haitien.

HaitiFest will take place on Sunday, Jan. 22nd from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in the Wilde Lake Village Center. The event is being held in collaboration with The Build Haiti Foundation and CA's Cap-Haitien Sister City Committee. All are welcome at this free event. Haitian and Caribbean dress is encouraged. The program will include Haitian music, dance and drum performances, art displays, book signings, and information on The Build Haiti Foundation's Global Leadership Program, which will send teens and adults to Haiti in July 2017.

For additional information visit, Columbia Association or email  International@ColumbiaAssociation.org 

A Friendly Reminder
Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span?  Helping young people navigate the digital age is the biggest parenting issue of our time. 

SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, is a movie that reveals how tech time impacts kids' development and depicts teen struggles over social media, video games and internet addiction.  It also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.

The Jacaranda Center for Family and Youth development will host this movie in partnership with the Bridgeway Community Church Boys Scout Troop 613 on February 17, 2017 from 
7pm - 9pm at NEXUS Youth Center, Bridgeway Community Church, 9179 Red Branch Road, Suite C, Columbia, MD 21045 (Behind Shadowland). 

Following the movie, we will have a discussion time and opportunity for Q&A. Parents are encouraged to attend with their middle and high school students. Watch the trailer here.  
Last Chance to Register for CA's Sister City Program 
Parents and teens interested in learning about the annual summer Sister Cities High School Exchange program with Columbia's Sister Cities in France and Spain are invited to attend one of the remaining informational sessions hosted by Columbia Association (CA).

Last session is Wednesday, January 25th and will take place at CA Headquarters, located at 6310 Hillside Cout, Columbia, MD.  
from 7:00 - 8:00 PM.

Each session will include teen and parent alumni of the program, as well as Laura Smit, program manager for CA's international exchange and multicultural programs, all of whom will speak and answer questions about the month-long program.

Teen participants spend approximately two weeks of cultural and linguistic immersion during the summer in one of Columbia's sister cities: Cergy-Pontoise in France or Tres Cantos in Spain. During this time, they are hosted by the family of a French or Spanish student. After returning to the United States, students will then host their French/Spanish counterparts for another two weeks. Throughout the trip, there are organized group activities for the participants, both abroad and in the U.S.

The program fee is $700 for Columbia residents and $850 for non-Columbia residents, excluding airline tickets. Airline tickets in 2017 will range from $1,200 to $1,500 per participant. Applicants must be high school students residing in Howard County and must have completed high school level three of French or Spanish by the end of the current academic year or have the equivalent language fluency. There are excellent scholarships available for Columbia residents who qualify.

The application deadline is Feb. 17. Applications will be online at ColumbiaAssociation.org/TeenExchange beginning November 15. For more information, contact Laura Smith at 410-715-3162 or International@ColumbiaAssociation.org  
Road Closure Alongside Little Patuxent Parkway
C onstruction on a water main alongside Little Patuxent Parkway will close a section of that road - southbound between Governor Warfield Parkway and South Entrance Road - between mid-January and mid-March. Northbound Little Patuxent Parkway, which is the section of the road closest to Haven and Whole Foods Market, will remain open. 
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Upcoming Meetings
Architectural Committee Meetings

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