October 4th  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
*Cancelled* Harper's Choice Community Association's Oktoberfest *Cancelled*

Due to less than favorable ticket sales, it is with great regret that we must announce the cancellation of Harper's Choice Community Association's Oktoberfest. We thank our participating brewers, distillers, winery and vendors and hope for a better response with future events.   

Red Ribbon Yard Sale Rescheduled for Saturday October 20th

This fall's Red Ribbon Yard Sale has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 20th. Click here to register your street and remember to pick up your red ribbon from Kahler Hall by Thursday, October 18th.
Harper's Choice Community Association's Shredding Event  
Saturday, November 17th
10AM - 1PM
Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row

Dog Day 2018


Saturday, October 13 ▪ 4:30 - 11:00 p.m. 
Merriweather Post Pavilion 

Enter the Kaleidoscope this October at the second OPUS event; a surreal and unique Merriweather experience. For more information and to purchase your tickets, visit the event page.
BGE A/C Recycling Event

Giving Thanks by Giving Back

You can make a difference in the lives of local seniors by volunteering to provide rides for medical appointments, social outings, shopping and other needs. NO SET SCHEDULE is required. Simply provide a couple of rides a month that are convenient to your home, office and daily routines. Parents are welcome to bring their children along when volunteering, making this a wonderful family service opportunity. Join Neighbor Ride (5570 Sterrett Place, #102 - Columbia 21044) on Tuesday, November 27th at 6pm or any Tuesday at 9:30am for volunteer orientation. You can also ask about scheduling an offsite orientation for your group of five or more. Contact Patrice or Holly at volunteer@neighborride.org or 410-884-7433 for more information.
The Harper's Choice Community Association (HCCA) is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the Howard County Health Department to become the first Columbia Village to maintain Narcan in an effort to combat opioid overdose.

Learn how to use naloxone and you could save a life! 
Using prescription opioids such as oxycodone, morphine, or drugs such as heroin and fentanyl can lead to an overdose. Naloxone is a prescription medication that reverses an opioid overdose by restoring breathing. With naloxone on hand, you will be equipped to respond and prevent death from an overdose. Obtain free naloxone medication and learn to save a life through Howard County Health Department's Overdose Response Program. For more information, or to register for an upcoming class, contact  orpresponse@howardcountymd.gov or call 410-313-6202.
Save the Date: Community Forum on the Opioid Health Crisis

Save the Date: Drive-Thru Medication and Sharps Collection

The next drive-thru medication and sharps (needles, syringes, and EpiPens) collection will be held on Saturday, October 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  in the Wilde Lake Village Center. 
As we get closer, visit http://www.hcdrugfree.org/drug-take-back-day-1 for more information, email Admin@hcdrugfree.org or call 443-325-0004. 

Hurry to Register for HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council

All Howard County high school students are invited to participate in HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council (TAC). TAC meets once a month throughout the school year. Community service hours available for all meetings/events. 
School year 2018-19 registration forms are being accepted. Hurry to email or mail signed registration form and photo.
Forms can be found on our website at http://www.hcdrugfree.org/teen-advisory-council-1.
Next 2 meeting dates :
Monday, September 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Monday, October 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Unless otherwise notified, all meetings will be held at The Barn/Teen Center in the Oakland Mills Village Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please email Admin@hcdrugfree.org

Covenant Corner


Maintenance of the cul-de-sac islands throughout Columbia is the responsibility of the owners whose homes or driveways face the cul-de-sac island. We encourage residents to take turns mowing or have each family contribute and hire a service (or better yet, a young person in the neighborhood) to take care of the mowing, leaf removal, weeding, etc. The important thing to remember is that this is a shared responsibility. Please note: No basketball or other sports equipment, permanent or temporary, may be placed on, in or around the cul-de-sac, as per County code.  

Cul-de-sac grants of up to $200 are available to improve the island on your street. More information on this program can be found online: http://harperschoice.org/cul-de-sac-beautification/.



If you have a desire to have a positive impact in Harper's Choice, this could be the opportunity for you. We are seeking interested individuals who are available the second and fourth Tuesday evening each month to serve on the Architectural Committee. The AC meets twice monthly at 7:30 p.m. to review architectural change applications, discuss covenant violations and keep the guidelines current. Note: persons wishing to serve on the AC must be able to obtain a Letter of Compliance from this office stating that their property is free of covenant violations.  Contact the Covenant Advisor for more information.    

Upcoming Architectural Committee Meeting Dates:10/9, 10/23. Applications for exterior alterations must be complete, including any applicable items from the list at the bottom of the application, and must be submitted at least two weeks ahead of the meeting where they will be reviewed. For your convenience, applications and guidelines can be downloaded or reviewed online.
Have you visited us on Facebook lately?
Please join us on Facebook for up-to-date information about what's happening in and around the Harper's Choice Community.

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 Tuesdays, October 9th & 23rd 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 6th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
Keeping You Informed
This weekly e-Newsletter serves as a recap of news and events we share with our community throughout the week via other social media channels. Connect with us on Facebook  and  Twitter  to receive more regular announcements and information from us.
Subscribe to Our e-Newsletter
Was this message forwarded to you from a friend? You can subscribe to this newsletter directly so that you can receive it straight to your inbox from us! You may also text HCCANEWS to 22828 and follow the prompts to register.
Stay Connected
Village Manager
Facility Manager
Covenant Advisor
Melanie Jeffers
Event & Community Outreach Coordinator

Your Village Board
Village Board Member
Village Board Member
Village Board Member
Village Board Member
Columbia Council Rep

Village Board Member

* Term expires 4/30/19
** Term expires 4/30/20

5440 Old Tucker Row  Columbia, MD | 410.730.0770 | Email | Website