November 19: Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
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Association Offices are Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
The Harper's Choice Community Association offices will close at 1pm on Wednesday, November 25 for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will re-open at 9am on Monday, November 30.

Kahler Hall will be open for scheduled meetings and special events during the holiday.

Our staff wish you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.  
HoCo Holiday Closures and Reminders
Howard County Government offices, courts, animal shelter, community centers, athletic centers, activity rooms, historic sites, senior centers and the landfill will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 26. There will be no trash, recycling, yard trim or food scrap pick-up on Thanksgiving Day; the County's holiday slide schedule will be in effect. Additionally, while County park gates will be open, there will be no staff on duty on Thursday.

The landfill and parks will re-open on Friday, November 27; however, County Government offices, courts, senior centers, historic sites and animal shelter will remain closed. While the community centers, athletic centers and activity rooms will be closed on Friday to the general public, they will be open for scheduled special or permit-approved events.

Parking meters will be free on Thursday, November 26, but all parking regulations and fees will be in effect on Friday, November 27. The Regional Transportation Agency (RTA) buses will not run on Thanksgiving Day, but will resume a regular weekday schedule on Friday, November 27. For more information on RTA, please call 1-800-270-9553 or visit

The 9-1-1 Center, Police and Fire departments remain staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For emergencies, call 9-1-1. For non-emergencies, please call 410-313-2200.

County offices will re-open at regular business hours on Monday, November 30.   
Harper's Choice Happenings
December Card Making: Winter Holiday
Check out this month's fun and engaging card making workshop! Our theme is Winter Holiday, and you will make three projects to take home. The session is from 10am - 12pm on Tue, Dec. 1 at Kahler Hall. Advance registration is required. Fee is $10 and includes supplies and light refreshments. Register online here or call Susan at 410-730-0770.
Pizza with Santa
Pizza with Santa will be held on Sat, Dec. 19 from 11am - 1pm at Kahler Hall. This holiday tradition is especially for Harper's Choice residents. Space is limited. Tickets are required. Tickets are available now at Kahler Hall.

Guests will enjoy pizza, special holiday crafts, and hearing Santa read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Bring your camera and enjoy a special family photo opportunity with Santa!

We encourage attendees to bring one non-perishable food item per ticket on December 19. Donations will be given to the Howard County Food Bank.
Books to Big Screen Readers' Club: The Choice
Join us at Kahler Hall (5440 Old Tucker Row) on Wed, Jan. 20 from 6:30-8pm as we discuss The Choice by Nicholas Sparks. Set for its movie debut on Feb. 5, this book is about Travis Parker, a man who has everything he could want: a good job, loyal friends, and a waterfront home in a small North Carolina town. In full pursuit of the good life - boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies - he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Despite his attempts to be neighborly, the appealing redhead seems to have a chip on her shoulder about him...and the presence of her longtime boyfriend doesn't help. Despite himself, Travis can't stop trying to ingratiate himself with his new neighbor, and his persistent efforts lead them both to the doorstep of a journey that neither could have foreseen. Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, The Choice ultimately confronts us with the most heartwrenching question of all: How far would you go to keep the hope of love alive?

Participation is FREE. Club members are responsible for purchasing or borrowing the book to enjoy prior to our discussion. Please call 410-730-0770 or email us to register. 
Did You Know...
Local Athletes Will Jump in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?

When the 89th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade steps off on November 26 in New York City, over 100 jump rope athletes from across the country will participate in the pageantry of the Parade. Featured in the Parade are local jumpers Maria Ciarrocchi, Christina Kratzmeier, Michael Laper, Megan McGuire, Devin Meek, Jenna Meek, Drew Meininger, Beth Short, Cameron Simmons, Sophie Skalny, Lily Trossman, Meg Weidman, Aaron Weingrad and Ali Young from the Kangaroo Kids Precision Jump Rope Team.

Organized by the Heartbeats Jump Rope Team in Cleveland, Ohio, the group will appear under the acronym J.U.M.P. (Jumpers United for Macy's Parade). Jump Rope is a competition sport that has been featured on television in "America's Got Talent," ESPN Sports, Fox Sports, and many professional sports venues. These athletes will showcase their talent alongside giant character balloons, celebrities, floats, marching bands, performance groups, and clowns. This will be the third time jump rope has appeared in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, as 108 jumpers, ages 12-24, from teams across the country, will be part of this year's event.

Read more here
Volunteers are Needed for the December 5 Girls on the Run 5k?

Girls on the Run of Central Maryland inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Our 10-week programs end with the Girls on the Run 5k. This event is truly inspirational as girls cross the finish line of their first 5k with huge smiles on their faces and a tremendous sense of accomplishment. We need race day volunteers to help with course monitoring, race registration, buddy runners and other needs. Click here to volunteer.   
Events Around Town
Colonial Holiday Celebration
Where: Belmont Manor House
(6555 Belmont Woods Road, Elkridge
When: Sun, Nov. 22      
Time: 3-6pm

Enjoy colonial holiday decorations, period reenactments, live harp and dulcimer music, food and drink in Belmont Manor House. 100% of ticket price supports the Conservancy's environmental education programs. Food includes hot Maryland crab dip, lobster bisque martinis, braised short ribs, blood orange vodka meatballs, peppermint s'more pops, whoopie pie and more!  
Tickets are limited and last year's event sold out! For more information and to register, click here. 
Citizen's Budget Hearing
On December 2nd, Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman will hold his first Citizens' Budget Hearing for the FY2017 budget cycle. The hearing will begin at 7pm, with in-person sign-up starting at 6pm, at the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive in Ellicott City. Those who wish to sign-up prior to the 2nd, may do so online. From this same link, residents can also provide online budget testimony; please keep in mind, internet testimony is considered public information and, as such, is subject to the Maryland Public Information Act.

Those signing up in person must do so individually. One person may not sign up for several testifiers. Each speakers testimony is limited to three minutes.

Craft Workshop
Where: Amherst House
(7251 Eden Brook Drive, Columbia)
When: Wed, Dec 2
Time: 7-9pm

Join the Kings Contrivance Community Association for food, fun, and crafts for adults! The Columbia Art Center will be here to help you make a beautiful wire wrapped bracelet for yourself or someone else. $15 per person. Register at Amherst House by December 2. Call for more info. (410) 381-9600. 
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 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 meetings are scheduled for: 11/24, 12/8, 1/12.
Village Board Meetings

The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for December 1 at 7pm. Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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