November 12: Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
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Harper's Choice Happenings
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.
Did You Know...
Deer Activity Increases This Time of Year?

During the fall and winter months, deer-vehicle collisions historically rise as animals seek out food supplies and begin their mating season. With this in mind, Howard County Police Department is offering the following safety tips when driving during deer season. If you do strike a deer, do not touch the animal; call 9-1-1 to report the collision.

To report a deer carcass along a County owned roadway, a named road, you can submit a report with the "Tell HoCo" app or online at

To report a deer carcass on a State owned roadway, a numbered road, visit Maryland State Highway Administration's website to fill out a "Service Request Form" at
Employment Opportunity
Covenant Advisors Needed in Oakland Mills

Village of Oakland Mills, Columbia, MD seeks two part-time Covenant Advisors: one to handle Covenant Violations and one to handle Applications for Exterior Alterations and to conduct Resident Education.  Strong oral and written communication skills required. Familiarity with Columbia's covenant process preferred. Applicants should request job descriptions from, and submit resume to, . Due to high volume of inquiries, only qualified candidates will be contacted. No walk-ins please. Application deadline: Nov. 16, 2015
Sister Cities Informational Meetings
Learn More About This Program During These Sessions

Parents and teens interested in learning about Columbia Association's (CA) annual summer Sister Cities High School Exchange program are invited to attend one of four informational sessions.
The sessions will take place on Thu, Nov. 19; Mon, Dec. 7; Thu, Jan. 14; and Wed, Jan. 27. All sessions are scheduled to be held from 7-8pm at CA Headquarters, 6310 Hillside Court, located off Stevens Forest Road near the county vehicle emissions inspection station.

The program will include a presentation by Laura Smit, program manager for CA's international exchange and multicultural programs, a question-and-answer session and teen and parent alumni of the program sharing their experiences.

Teen participants spend approximately two weeks of cultural and linguistic immersion during the summer in one of Columbia's European sister cities: Cergy-Pontoise in France or Tres Cantos in Spain. During this time, they are hosted by the family of a French or Spanish student. After returning to the United States, students will then host their French/Spanish counterparts for another two weeks. Throughout the trip, there are organized group activities for the participants, both abroad and in the U.S. This year's participants will depart with their respective chaperoned groups for France or Spain at the end of June. The program then runs through the end of July.

The program fee is $700 for Columbia residents and $850 for non-Columbia residents, excluding airline tickets. Airline tickets in summer 2016 will range from $1,200 to $1,500 per participant. Applicants must be high school students residing in Howard County and must have completed high school level three of French or Spanish by the end of the current academic year (or have the equivalent language fluency).

There are excellent scholarships available for Columbia residents who qualify. The application deadline is Feb. 19. For an application or more information, visit, or contact Laura Smit at 410-715-3162 or

CA's International Exchange and Multicultural Programs foster international understanding and celebrate the diverse cultures of Columbia. The goals of the International Exchange Program include developing new exchanges with Columbia's three sister cities and creating new Sister City relationships in other cities and nations. CA also develops multicultural programs for the community such as the World Languages Café, Culture Fests, the International Book Club and the World Food Passport program. For more information, go to
Events Around Town
Holiday Market
Where: St. Paul Catholic Church
(3755 St. Paul Street, Ellicott City
When: Sat, Dec. 5     
Time: 9am-1pm

Come shop for great handmade gifts for everyone on your list, and your home decor. Featuring a variety of local crafters.
Jazz in the Mills Holiday Extravaganza Featuring Lori Williams
Where: The Other Barn
(5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia)
When: Sun, Dec 6     
Time: 5-8pm

Jazz in the Mills is proud to present the Holiday Extravaganza featuring Lori Williams on Sun, Dec. 6, from 5-8pm. at The Other Barn in Columbia, MD.  "Light fare" will be included.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $25 at The Other Barn or online.Tickets will be available at the door for $30.

Jazz in the Mills is sponsored by Lavenia Nesmith and the Oakland Mills Community Association.

For more information, contact Lavenia Nesmith at or call 301-596-5128 or 410-730-4610;
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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* Term expires 4/30/16
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