August 4: Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Special Notice
Cedar Lane Pedestrian Overpass Closure
The Cedar Lane pedestrian overpass will be completely closed to the public from 7am Monday, August 8th, through 5pm Friday, August 12th. The closure will continue day and night throughout this period, due to the nature and location of the repairs being performed.  
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.
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 April 29, 2016 will be included in online and print advertising. Stop by Kahler Hall before October 1 to pick up your red ribbon!

The list of participating streets will be updated as they are registered. Please call 410-730-0770 or   email us with any questions.
Summer Read to Seniors Program
Join us on Tuesdays this summer for an intergenerational reading program designed to help our young readers practice their skills during their time out of school. We will meet every Tuesday from June 21 through August 16 at 1:45pm in front of Winter Growth Adult Day Center (5460 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia) where elementary school aged children will spend time reading to and interacting with senior residents. This is not a drop off program; all children must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring 2-3 age appropriate books for your child(ren) to read aloud. Readers will be paired with and rotate among different residents and should anticipate spending 10-15 minutes with each one. Space is limited. Please email or call Susan at 410-730-0770 to register.
Did You Know?
Columbia Athletic Center Will Be Closed Next Week?
Every year, CA performs facility maintenance on a staggered schedule for regular upkeep. The remaining shutdown schedule is as follows:
  • Columbia Athletic Club: Aug. 8-14
    (Hot water therapy pool closed Aug. 7-21
  • Supreme Sports Club: Aug. 15-28
  • Columbia Swim Center:June 17-Sept. 5
HoCo and CBT Partner to Provide Watershed Project Grants?
Howard County has partnered with the Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT) to provide grants for watershed projects in Howard County. Funded by Howard County and administered by CBT, the grants will support local projects through the Outreach and Restoration Grant Program.
"This grant program encourages outreach and community engagement activities that increase stewardship ethics of natural resources and on-the-ground restoration activities that demonstrate restoration techniques and engage Maryland citizens in the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers." 
CBT brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the grant process. Applicants are encouraged to contact CBT to discuss grant ideas before applying. Just don't wait until the last minute!!!   Non-profit organizations, community associations, faith-based organizations and more are eligible. 
The grant is currently open. Contact Abbi Huntzinger at 410-974-2941 x106.
The application deadline is September 28, 2016.

Volunteer Opportunity

HopeWorks could not operate without the generosity, passion and skill of our volunteers. As an agency, it is our goal to include volunteers in a broad range of opportunities that support our mission, enhance their lives and best utilize their talents and special interests. 
We are currently seeking to fill the following position (s):
Community Engagement Volunteers: 
In the Community Engagement Department, you can choose up to three different ways to serve: as an Event Volunteer, an Outreach Volunteer, or an Engagement Advocate.  
Event Volunteers assist with many different kinds of events, such as  helping to setup at a workshop or seminar, managing the registration table at the  Candlelight Vigil or helping with our holiday projects. 
Outreach Volunteers staff booths at community health and wellness fairs, providing up-to-date information about the agency and our services. 
Engagement Advocates facilitate workshops and/or serve as members of the Survivors Speakers Bureau. Prior public speaking or facilitation experience is helpful, but not required to be an Engagement Advocate.  
Must be at least 18 years of age. Additional conditions and supplemental interview processes with the Community Engagement Department apply.
Legal Services Volunteers: 
The Department of Legal Services at HopeWorks offers a number of volunteer  opportunities for individuals who would like to provide support to survivors of  sexual and intimate partner violence.  
Opportunities include working as a Volunteer Legal Advocate, a Court Observation Volunteer, an 
in-office administrative volunteer, and legal intern.
Must be at least 18 years of age. Additional conditions and supplemental interview processes with the legal department apply.
For additional information about our volunteer opportunities, please contact Joyce  , our Volunteer Program Coordinator.

Covenant Corner
Property Standards Evaluator Update

Our Property Standards Evaluator (PSE) has completed almost 1/3 of the initial curbside evaluations of property in the Village.  We are seeing lots of folks sprucing up their property; weeding those landscape beds and power washing gutters and siding.  Please keep in mind the overall goal of this program should you receive a postcard; to help keep property values high and our Village attractive.  As this program is conducted infrequently, the last time being 14 years ago, we hope that it will also serve as a reminder to homeowners that there are, in fact, a set of maintenance standards we ask each homeowner to work towards.
Many of the homes in Harper's Choice are approaching 50 years old and to keep our community a visually welcoming place to call home requires effort from everyone.  Please reach out to us here at the Village office if you have questions or concerns about the overall program, or contact the PSE directly at for specific questions about a post card you have received.  And, a big THANK YOU to all who have embraced the spirit of what we are trying to achieve!!  

Around Town
Best Trick Skateboard Competition

When: Saturday, August 20
Time: 8:30pm
Where: Columbia SkatePark (5453 Harper's Farm Road, Columbia)
Enter to win great prizes!
Registration is now open through Wednesday, Aug. 17. The entry fee is $15. Participants are required to have a valid waiver on file. For those younger than 18, a parent is required to fill out a waiver. Call the SportsPark at 410-715-3054 for more information. To register, visit Columbia SportsPark (5453 Harpers Farm Road, Columbia.)

3rd Annual Discover Downtown Columbia 5K/1-Mile Fun Run 
The Downtown Columbia Partnership and Howard County Library System are hosting the third annual Discover Downtown Columbia 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run on Sunday, Oct. 2, starting at 9am at The Plaza at The Mall in Columbia.
The course takes runners past and through some of Downtown Columbia's iconic landmarks including The Mall in Columbia, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Howard County Library System's Central Branch, Toby's Dinner Theatre, the former Rouse Company Building (now home to Whole Foods Market and Haven On The Lake), ending at the People Tree at the Downtown Lakefront.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three overall finishers (male/female) and top finisher (male/female) in each age category. Entertainment will be featured before, during, and after the race. Clyde's will host a Beer Garden with free beer for participants over 21.
Sponsors include Clyde's, The Columbia Association, the Howard Hughes Corporation, Howard Community College, The Mall in Columbia, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Whole Foods Market, and Racine MultiSports. Sponsorships are still available by contacting Barb Nicklas,
Registration fees are $30 for the 5K through June 30, $35 from July 1-Aug. 31, and $40 beginning Sept. 1. The 1-Mile Fun Run is $10. Runners and walkers are welcome. Proceeds benefit the Downtown Columbia Partnership and Howard County Library System. Register at

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: 8/16.  

Village Board Meetings

The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for August 16 at 7pm. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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