August 25: Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Harper's Choice Happenings
Learn to Swing Dance!

Taught by Marty Miodek and Christine Leggett

What: Eight-week Thursday night series
When: September 8-November 3 (NOTE: No class Thursday, September 29)
Where: Kahler Hall (5440 Old Tucker Row)
Time: 7:45-8:45pm
Fee: $120 - Register online here

NO PARTNER REQUIRED! Learn the essentials! Our beginner class series takes you through the basics of swing: six-count, eight-count Lindy Whip and Circle, and both side-by-side and Back Charleston.
You must be registered for the entire session; no partner required. Tuition is $120 per person for the eight-week session. If you have a prepaid voucher or gift certificate please email Debra  for instructions before you attempt to register.
September Plant Night
A creative spin on a typical get together. Our event hosts will lead us step-by-step through an engaging gardening project while you enjoy light refreshments on us and are welcome to BYO libations. You will go home with a succulent garden to enjoy!
Space is limited. Pre-registration by September 14 is required. $40 fee includes all supplies and snacks. Must be 21 or older to attend. Register online to reserve your space.
Fall 2016 Red Ribbon Yard Sale
Please complete this form to register your street for the October 1, 2016 Red Ribbon Yard Sale. All streets in the Village of Harper's Choice that are registered by September 23, 2016 will be included in online and print advertising. Stop by Kahler Hall before October 1 to pick up your red ribbon!

The following streets are registered for the October 1 Red Ribbon Yard Sale. This list will be updated as streets are added:
  • Celestial Way
  • High Hay Drive
  • Rondel Place
  • Willowbottom Drive
Please call 410-730-0770 or email us with any questions.
Did You Know?
Bock Party Grants are Available to Residents of Harper's Choice?
Block Party Grants for up to $50 are available to residents in Harper's Choice. In order to receive your grant, you must submit a completed application and invitation list that includes EVERYONE on the street to HCCA in advance of the party. You can fax it to 410-730-8046, email to us , or drop it off at Kahler Hall.

You may  download an application here. Streets are limited to one Block Party Grant per year. Exceptions can be made for very long streets at the discretion of HCCA. To be reimbursed, the party sponsor must present a receipt(s) upon conclusion of the party. Costs for alcoholic beverages will not be reimbursed. 
School is Back in Session...

Beginning next Monday, there will be a lot of foot traffic along the sidewalks adjacent to our homes. For the safety of our children and to reduce your liability, take a look at the condition of your sidewalks; prune back the bushes, edge those sidewalks, and limb up the tree branches to height of at least seven feet. Sidewalks adjacent to one's home in the public right-of-way are the homeowner's responsibility to maintain. Please keep an eye out for stopped school buses, children crossing streets and playing on cul-de-sacs.  
Lid Those Cans!

When trash is stored in cans, be sure to have tight-fitting lids to discourage birds, rodents and other pests from getting into the trash and making a mess. If you place your trash in bags, tie the bag tightly and place it curbside no earlier than 6 pm the evening prior to your collection day. Any trash left behind by the collection crew must be cleaned up by the residents. 

Longfellow: Trash day is Monday, recycling is Thursday.  
Swansfield: Trash day is Friday, recycling is Wednesday.
Most of Hobbit's Glen*: Trash day is Monday, recycling is Thursday. 
*Hobbit's Glen addresses off Route 108 - Trash day is Tuesday, recycling is Friday.
Hurricane Season Is Heating Up

Don't wait for trouble! Now is the time to assess the trees on your lot for dead limbs or branches that may need pruning. It is also important to look at the storm drains near your home to make sure they are free of trash and debris. Blocked storm drains could cause street flooding in a severe storm.

If you are aware of a storm drain that may be blocked, please contact the Dept. of Public Works at 410-313-7450. 
Around Town
Upcoming Events at the Youth and Teen Center (YTC)

Are you a Middle or High School student that can rap or sing? Well, showcase your talent and try out for YTC's 15th annual Hear My Voice Teen Idol competition!

Auditions will take place on the following days: Sept 16, 20, and 22nd! For more information please call 410-992-3726. 
YTC Open House is September 26 from
6pm-8pm. See what the center has to offer to youth and teens in our community. 

YTC is located at The Barn in the Oakland Mills Village (5853 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia)
Excite Columbia: CA's Citizen Academy
Columbia Association's (CA) citizens academy, Excite Columbia, returns for the fall 2016 session. The free six-week program begins Sept. 20 and concludes Oct. 26. Classes are held from 6:30 to 8:30pm at CA Headquarters, 6310 Hillside Court, located off Stevens Forest Road near the county vehicle emissions inspection station.

Since 2013, Excite Columbia has educated and informed residents with an in-depth view of how CA operates and serves the community through its many departments and programs. The citizens academy also provides a forum for CA and community members to interact and engage with one another. Each week, expert speakers will present information and answer questions on a variety of topics.

The schedule for the fall 2016 session is:
  • Tuesday, Sept. 20, Community Vision: CA's Community Services Department and a history of Columbia
  • Wednesday, Sept. 28, My Columbia Association: presentation from CA President/CEO Milton W. Matthews and CA's governance
  • Tuesday, Oct. 4, Fiscal Responsibility: CA's annual charge and budget
  • Monday, Oct. 10, Fitness and Sustainability: CA's recreation facilities, services and programs, as well as CA's sustainability efforts
  • Tuesday, Oct. 18, Quality of Life: CA's Open Space Management Division and CA's watershed management efforts
  • Wednesday, Oct. 26, Graduation: program finale and wrap-up
Excite Columbia is open to anyone 18 or older interested in learning more about CA. Registration for the program is required, as there is limited seating. Please register online here. 
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 typically meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm to review applications.

The deadline to submit applications for approval is two weeks prior to the next meeting date. Upcoming meeting is scheduled for: 9/13, 9/27 10/11.  

Village Board Meetings

The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for September 6 at 7pm. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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