December 6th   Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Save The Date: Pizza With Santa, Saturday, December 15th
11AM - 1PM
Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row



Pizza with Santa will be held on Sat., December 15th, 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. Click here to register for tickets or pickup at Kahler Hall.

Guests will enjoy pizza, face painting,and we will be showing The Polar Express starting at 11:30am in the Ballroom. Bring your camera and enjoy a special family photo opportunity with Santa!

We encourage attendees to bring one, non-perishable food item per ticket to this event. Donations will be given to the Howard County Food Bank.


HCCA & AllSpice Hospitality Present "Create & Taste" Gourmet Grilled Cheese, Artisan Soups & Wine!
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia, MD 21044
Click here to purchase tickets.

Have you considered volunteering your time on behalf of your community? The current two-year terms of office for three Village Board seats expire on April 30, 2019. Village Board members attend one meeting a month where they oversee village finances, advise and take action on such matters as street and house maintenance, and advocate for changes that will benefit Harper's Choice. The nomination period runs from March 1 - March 14, 2019.  Information and nomination petitions will be available at Kahler Hall and for download on our website at www.harpershoice.org on March 1; a maximum 150-word CANDIDATE'S STATEMENT is due at Kahler Hall by 5:00 pm on March 14.  The STATEMENTS may be emailed to manager@harperschoice.org, preferably in a MS Word document.  For more information, contact Village Manager Steve Ingley at 410-730-0770 or via email.

HCCA is looking for volunteers to help us count ballots on Election Day, Saturday, April 27 at 3:00 pm at Kahler Hall.  If you are available and would like to assist the Election Monitor Committee with this task, please contact Village Manager Steve Ingley at 410-730-0770 or manager@harperschoice.org.
Wednesday, December 12, 7:00 pm
3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City
 
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball will hold his first Citizens' Budget Hearing for the FY2020 budget cycle. Residents can sign up ONLINE to speak at the hearing by going to   www.howardcountymd.gov/budgettestimony .   From the same link, residents will also have the option to provide online budget testimony; however, residents are reminded that internet testimony is considered public information and, as such, is subject to the Maryland Public Information Act.   
 
Residents who do not wish to signup online will still be able to sign up in person on the night of the public hearing beginning at 6:00 pm. Speakers must signup individually, and one person may not sign up for several testifiers.


Toiletry Drive to Help Local In-Need Families
Donate new toiletry items in full sizes to help in-need families in Howard County and the agencies that help them.

The drive continues through Wednesday, January 9. Donation locations include the 10 village community association offices, Columbia Art Center, and CA's Youth and Teen Center (located in Oakland Mills Village Center).

We are seeking full-sized:
  • Laundry detergent
  • Soap
  • Body wash/shower gel
  • Tissues
  • Feminine products
  • Lotion
  • Dish detergent
  • Hand soap
  • Toothpaste/toothbrushes
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Paper Towels
  • Fabric Softner
Join Now: Teen and Middle School Advisory Committee

If you think there is nothing for youth and teens to do in Columbia, then here is your opportunity to get involved and be a part of the solution.

Columbia Association is seeking members for its Teen Advisory Committee and Middle School Advisory Committee, which help plan, organize and implement positive programs and activities. All middle and high school students who live in Howard County are welcome.

Students can develop leadership skills, meet like-minded peers from across the county and earn community service hours. Meetings are scheduled for the first Thursday of each month at 6:30pm - December 6 (our holiday outing!), January 3, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2 and June 6 - and are held at The Barn, 5853 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center.

 
Those interested in applying are asked to call 410-992-3726, email CATeens@ColumbiaAssociation.org or visit the Youth and Teen Center.

CheckMates Chess Club: Every Friday Afternoon!

The Howard County Police Department is teaming up with Youth and Teen Center students to teach the fundamental moves of chess. Your skill level doesn't matter - all students are welcome, whether you are a beginner or a master.

We meet on Fridays from 4-6pm at The Barn, 5853 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center. Students must be registered to join.  

 
For more information, call 410-992-3726 or email Safire.Windley@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

Volunteer Opportunity: Help Senior Citizens Learn to Use Technology

Help teach older adults how to use their iPads, tablets, smartphones, cameras and other technology with this great volunteer opportunity.

We'll be visiting the East Columbia 50+ Center on the following Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30pm - December 18, January 15, February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14 and June 4.

The 50+ Center is located at 6600 Cradlerock Way in Columbia, next to the East Columbia Library.

 
For more info, please call 410-992-3726.
Amahl and the Night Visitors

Holidays at The Other Barn


Covenant Corner


Thank You!
To all of our  residents who, without being asked, take the  time to pick up trash and debris on our  sidewalks, open space and throughout Harper's Choice. WE SEE YOU; YOU ARE APPRECIATED!


HOWARD COUNTY SNOW PLOW TRACKER
To view live Howard County Snow Tracker information, please visit  HoCoSnowPlowTracker.org.

Helpful Tips During A Snow Event

The Bureau of Highways reminds drivers not to park on streets,  especially on a cul - de - sac as that makes  snow removal nearly impossible for highway crews. Vehicles should be parked in driveways. This allows  police officers, firefighters, and paramedics to respond quickly to public safety tasks while driving in  treacher ous conditions and leads to quick and complete clearing of the roads. Residents may also want  to delay shoveling driveway aprons and sidewalks until the street has been completely cleared.  Otherwise, it is very likely a full blade of snow will slide off th e plow onto the driveway.  When shoveling,  place the snow  from the driveway to the right of the driveway as you face the street.   Clearing  " pocket "   6'  10 long  just prior to the driveway can help prevent th e snow dump  back  into  a cleared
d riveway. 

The AC meets only ONCE in December, on the 11 th Any  applications  submitted after  Novem ber  30 will  not be reviewed until  we resume our regular twice monthly meeting schedule in  January F i rst  Quarter  2019  s ubmission  deadlines  and
m eeting  d ates  below.

Submission Deadline           Meeting Date
December 28                          January 8
January 1 1                               January 22
January 25                               February 12
February 15                             February 26
March  1                                   March  12
March 15                                 March 26
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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 Tuesday, the 11th 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 January 8th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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