March 21st  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Village Elections And Festival

Current two-year terms of office for two Harper's Choice Village Board seats and the Columbia Council Representative seat expire on April 30, 2018.  Two Board of Director nomination petitions were received from Jim Smith and Rebecca Beall and one Columbia Council Representative petition was received from Alan Klein.  Per the Harper's Choice Community Association bylaws, if the number of nominations is less than or equal to the number of vacant director positions, the qualified nominees shall be deemed to be elected by the members and the Board of Directors will appoint the nominees to the director positions.  The terms of office for the three nominees will be May 1, 2018 through April 30, 2020.

However, the Festival is still happening!  The Festival, organized by Neighbors for a Vibrant Harper's Choice (NVHC), an HCCA committee and residents' group, will take place on Saturday, April 28 from 12 - 3 pm. The Festival is a free event open to all and fun for all ages, and will include:
· Live music featuring WhatsherFace and the Stuff, a six-piece band performing hits from the 50s      through today, along with other musical guests.
· Book swap-bring books to trade with your neighbors
· Face painting
· Caricaturist
· One-day coupon deals from Village Center stores
· Information on local organizations and opportunities
· Arts and crafts vendors
· Food, games, and more...

A Festival Week Food Drive will begin collecting nonperishables at Safeway April 21. The food pantry, serving low-income Harper's Choice residents, will be represented at the Festival, providing a chance to learn more about their services.
Table space for nonprofit organizations and community groups serving Harper's Choice is available. 
If you'd like to exhibit at the Festival, volunteer, or for more information on the event, please contact NVHC at
Street sweeping in your area thru Friday, March 23

Street sweepers are expected to service the following areas thru Friday, March 23,  weather permitting.   
Sweeping operations take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., weekdays.  Sweeping staff does take measures to avoid sweeping a street on its designated trash and recycling collection days.
Central Zone 2:  April Day, Bare Bush, Bare Sky, Barrow Downs, Battersea, Beatrice, Beaverkill, Billingsgate, Blacksmith, Blue February, Blue Flag, Blue Paper, Bridgehead, Bright Passage, Broken Oak, Buckleberry, Bucksaw, Cedar, Cedar Oaks, Celestial, Cricket Hollow, Dark Fire, Driftwood, Eight Bells, Eliots Oak, Endicott, Endymion, Evangeline, Even Star, Fallriver, Far Edge, Gaslight, Gerfalcon, Gold Needle, Gold Ribbon, Grand Banks, Gray Star, Green Dragon, Green Meadow, Harpers Farm, Harvest Moon, Harvest Scene, Heathertoe, Henley, Hesperus, High Hay, Hildebrand, Iron Crown, Iron Pen, Ivy Bush, Killingworth, Lakewater, Light Foot, Light House, Lightfall, Lone Tree, Mad River, Millbank, Morningmist, Mystic, New Country, Northern Fences, Oakenshield, Old Tucker, Open Window, Paul Revere, Peartree, Phantom, Proud Foot, Ravenhill, Red Stream, Rivendell, Rock Coast, Rondel, Round Tower, Rum Cay, Rushlight, Shell Flower, Sleepy Horse, Snow Patch, Southern Star, Stonegate, Straight Star, Suffield, Summer Day, Sun Circled, Swansfield, Sweet Land, Thistle Brook, Three Kings, Tooks, Turnabout, Twin Rivers, Two Ships, Watchwood, Wave Lap, Wellinghall, White Cord, Willow Bottom, Windmill, Wineglass, Winterlong, Woodcutter, Wooded, Woodelves, Woodlot, Woodnote, Yellow Rush, Yellowbell, Youngtree.
Central Zone 3:  Amesbury, August Light, Aver, Banneker, Barcan, Beaverbrook, Beavertail, Beech Creek, Berrypick, Big Woods, Bishops Head, Blue Heron, Bushwood, Butler, Castle Moor, Catterskill, Chase Lions, Claiborne, Cloudburst, Columbia, Cottonwood, Crimson Tree, Cross Fox, Cullen Terrace, Darlington, Darting Bird, Darvel, Davidge, Dawn Marie, Daystar, Dorsch Farm, Dower, Downwest, Durham, East Darlington, Evening Wind, Fable, Faulkner Ridge, Flattail, Flowertuft, Fox Grape, Freshaire, Gloucester, Good Hours, Goodbody, Governor Warfield, Gray Owl, Greek Boy, Green Bough, Green Dory, Green Mountain, Gulf Stream Row, Hayload, Hermit Path, High Tide, Homecoming, Hyla Brook, Jason, Lake, Lake Circle, Leaf Treader, Little Patuxent, Lynngate, Lynx, Marble Fawn, May Wind, Midsummer, Moonfall, Morning Glory, Morning Wind, New Moon, Nightmist, Olde Woods, Open Sky, Oven Bird Green, Painted Cup, Pale Orchid, Pasture Gate, Placid Lake, Rain Dream, Reedy Brook, Rivulet, Setter, Silas Choice, Snowy Reach, South Entrance, Spotted Horse, Spring Pools, Starsplit, Still Corners, Stone Boat, Tarkington, Teal, Ten Mills, The Bridle Path, The Mending Wall, Thicket, Tolling Clock, Trumpeter, Vantage Point, Waterfowl, West Running Brook, Whetstone, Wild Flower, Wilde Lake, Wild Turkey, William Tell, Wincopin, Windstream, Woodham, Woodenhawk, Woodward Gardens.
Food Drive
Hike With HCCA
Thursday, April 16th 10am - 2pm
Monday, June 18th, 9am - 1pm 
Patuxent Branch Trail  
9190 Old Guilford Road, Columbia, MD 21046

Join Harper's Choice Community Association for a breathtaking hike while experiencing some of Columbia's history.

We'll trek 4.6 miles on the Patuxent Branch Trail that leads you along the Patuxent River from Savage Park to Lake Elkhorn. Along the way are interpretive signs and the historic Guilford Pratt Truss Bridge that spans the Little Patuxent River along Old Guilford Road. The mostly paved pathway provides you with the perfect hiking or biking trail. Runners will also enjoy the variety of terrain that offers challenges for all ability levels. Wildlife is abundant, so bird watching is also a favorite pastime for users of this trail. Make sure to pack your lunch; midway through our hike we'll stop and have a leisurely meal before wrapping up the rest of the trail. 

Click here to register for the April event. 
Harper's Choice Middle School

Have fun this summer at Hersheypark! This is your last week  to buy 2018 Hersheypark Summer Season tickets at a discounted rate. Please support the HCMS PTA and purchase 2018 Hersheypark tickets through us. Tickets are only $40 each, a savings of $26.95 per ticket. Tickets are valid through the 2018 Summer Season.  Click here   to view the order form. A copy of the order form is also being sent home with students today. Please return your order and payment by this Friday, March 23 .

Help the PTA raise money by going to see  Steven Spielberg's new movie, Ready Player One, on opening weekend March 29 - April 1. Order your tickets through the direct link and $1.00 from every ticket will be donated to HCMS PTA.

Get your tickets now! Follow the directions below to order your tickets for Ready Player One.
1. Go to
2. Select our cause: Harper's Choice Middle School PTA
3. Checkout via Atom Tickets. Sales will track to our cause.

Mobile sales won't track for this event.

Clothing To Cash Recycling Program

Columbia Archives

The Columbia Archives is excited to announce a program in honor of Women's History Month entitled, Archiving the A.R.T.S - Celebrating the Legacy of the Women of Columbia. This program will honor the achievements of women of Columbia who have diligently worked in the fields of art, religion, theater and sports. It will feature archival materials maintained within Columbia Archives (through displays and presentations) that highlight the influence their work has had on Columbia. 

In addition to the displaying of donated archival materials, the following confirmed honorees - Doris Ligon (Arts), Carolyn Kelemen (Arts/Theater), Barbara Mall (Religion/Theater), Carolyn Arena (Religion), Priscilla Hart (Religion) and Joan Lovelace (Sports) - will participate in a roundtable conversation focusing on how they have served Columbia and how Columbia has been a supportive environment for solidifying their visions. 

The program will be held on Thursday, March 29 at 6pm at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in the Wilde Lake Village Center. Due to limited seating availability, please register at Eventbrite 
Howard County SHIP Medicare Education Schedule

Listed below are descriptions of our "Medicare Public Education Seminars." These lecture style presentations are targeted towards anyone new to Medicare, including soon-to-be beneficiaries and family members, friends, or community partners helping Medicare beneficiaries, as well as anyone currently on Medicare wanting to learn more. 

Click this link to download
 a printable version of our schedule for March - June 2018.

New to Medicare?

Will you be enrolling in Medicare soon or helping someone who has Medicare?  Attend our two-part introductory series to learn more. 

Medicare 101 - What You Can Expect From Medicare:  Learn about Medicare Part A (Hospital), Part B (Medical) and Part D (Prescription Drug).  How does Original Medicare (sometimes called Traditional Medicare) work?  What are the benefits? What is your share of the costs? When should you make decisions regarding your coverage?  Hear about assistance programs that can help pay some of your Medicare costs. 

Medicare 102 - Why Medicare Isn't Enough:  Learn about Part C (Medicare Advantage), other Medicare Health Plans and Medicare Supplement Policies (Medigap Plans). What should you consider when deciding if a Medicare HMO,  PPO or Cost Plan is the right choice for you?  Understand how the different Medigap plans cover your portion of the costs of Original Medicare, how they are priced and when is the best time to enroll.  Hear about how to protect yourself and Medicare from health care fraud. 

Already Have Medicare?
Have you had Medicare for a while but want to deepen your understanding of the different types of coverage available to you and what you should consider when comparing those options?
Medicare Refresher:   Get a better understanding of the two paths to Medicare coverage (Original Medicare vs Medicare Advantage), including when you can make changes.  Learn helpful hints on becoming a more active participant in your health care, along with key resources, assistance programs and how to protect yourself from Medicare fraud. 

Using Medicare's Plan Finder

Using Medicare's Plan Finder:  Learn how to use the 'Plan Finder' tool on the website, a powerful aid for comparing and reviewing the Medicare Prescription Drug Plans available to you. The 'Plan Finder' can also be used to compare Medicare health plans (such as HMOs, PPOs or Cost Plans) and while explaining the tool for that purpose is out of the scope of this presentation, you will learn many basics that are used for both types of comparisons.

Updated "Coming Soon" announcements are available on

If you need this document in an alternative format or accommodations to participate in any of these events (with at least two weeks prior notification to the event), please contact Barbara Albert at 410-313-7391 (voice/relay) or at .
Columbia Cleanup Day Scheduled for Saturday, March 24 in All 10 Villages

Columbia can be even more beautiful, and the environment can be more healthy, after just three hours on Columbia Cleanup Day.

Columbia Cleanup Day will take place on Saturday, March 24 with volunteers picking up trash that has accumulated at open space locations in Harper's Choice from 9am - noon.
This is the ninth year that Columbia Cleanup Day has been held since 2009. People who would like to participate can show up at the meeting locations. The meeting locations and clean-up areas are:
  • Harper's Choice: Meet at Swansfield Neighborhood Center (5659 Cedar Lane). Clean the open space area behind Green Dory Lane, Woodenhawk Circle and Berrypick Lane.
Citizen Jane: Battle for the City Documentary Screening
Monday, March 26 at 7pm

The Baltimore Metropolitan Council and Columbia Association invite you to a screening of "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City," the story of a particularly prescient woman who started a revolution in urban planning. 

This series begins Monday, March 26 at 7pm with this screening at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center (7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia). 

Click here for more information or call 410-381-2000.
Whipps Historic Garden Cemetery Daffodil Day

HCCA Board of Directors Meeting
April 3, 2018
During the Tuesday, April 3, 2018, HCCA Board of Directors meeting beginning at 7:00 pm at Kahler Hall, a representative(s) from Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman's office will be present to answer and address any questions or concerns that the Board and community may have.  As always, the Board meetings are open and we encourage residents to attend and participate in the meetings and this meeting is no exception.  Regardless of your availability to attend, if you have any questions or concerns that you wish to convey to Executive Kittleman's staff, please email them to Village Manager Steve Ingley at  in advance of the meeting to ensure that they have adequate time to involve their subject matter experts should it be necessary.  We hope to see you on April 3!
Searching For Spring Egg Hunt, Saturday, April 14th

The Annual Searching For Spring Egg Hunt, co-sponsored by the Villages of Columbia, will be held on Saturday, April 14 from 
10 -11:30am at the Columbia Sports Park in the Harper's Choice Village Center, located at 5453 Harper's Farm Road. No admittance permitted after 10:45AM.  Tickets will be available March 19th at Kahler Hall and all Columbia village centers.

When: April 14, 2018 @ 10:00 AM
Where: Columbia Sports Park, 5677 Harpers Farm Rd, Columbia, MD 21044, USA
10AM Crafts; 10:45AM Egg Hunt
Breath Deep Columbia 5k Walk

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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 April 3rd at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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