August 11: 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.
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
  • Willow Bottom
Please call 410-730-0770 or   email us with any questions.
Did You Know?
Maryland's Tax-Free Week is August 14 - August 20?
Maryland'sTax-Free Week is Sunday, August 14 through Wednesday, August 20. During that week, any single, qualifying article of clothing or footwear priced $100 or less-regardless of how many items are purchased at the same time-will be exempt from the state's six percent sales tax.

Why not use this opportunity to shop locally and support Ellicott City businesses as they rebuild? For more information on qualifying items, visit the Comptroller of Maryland's website. 
Volunteer Opportunity

The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks is welcoming volunteers at the #ECStrong Volunteer Reception Center, located at the Ellicott City 50+ Center (9401 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042), on Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Volunteers can register in person at the Volunteer Center or online. Once the volunteer operation is in full swing and larger areas deemed safe as work sites, Recreation and Parks staff expect to have volunteer teams working in damaged areas from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. This is a hands-on approach to the flood recovery and a great opportunity to have a direct impact on the rebuilding efforts for those able to participate.

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and able to pick up at least 40 pounds. On arrival, report to the Volunteer Center with a photo I.D. and work gloves (if available) and wear closed-toed shoes, long pants and sunscreen. All volunteer groups should check in at the Volunteer Reception Center. Please do not go directly to the restricted area. Please call 410-313-2900 with any questions.

Around Town
4th Annual Wilde Lake Old-Fashioned Family Picnic

Enjoy a day with your family and friends at the 4th Annual Wilde Lake Old-Fashioned Family Picnic on Saturday, September 17 at Wilde Lake Park (near the boathouse), 11am-3pm. The event is open to all community members and features free entertainment and activities, including live music, moon bounce, face painting and more. Food and drink is available for purchase. Visit the Wilde Lake Community Association website for more details.
League of Women Voters of HoCo General Election Forum

The League of Women Voters of Howard County invites you to join us for our General Election Candidates' Forum on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 7-9pm, for the Board of Education and for the U.S. House of Representatives. The forum will be held in the Banneker Room in the George Howard Building at 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, 21043. The event will be available live on Howard County Government Television (GTV) channel 44 on Verizon and channel 99 on Comcast. The forum will also be rebroadcast on GTV, dates and times TBD. It will also be available for viewing on the LWVHC website. 
CA Speakers Series Explores Racial Integration in Housing
Columbia Association (CA) is pleased to present "Sustaining Racial Integration in Housing in Columbia: Exploring the Model of Oak Park, Illinois," the next event in CA's Community Building Speakers Series.

The event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7pm at the Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way. The featured speaker will be Rob Breymaier, executive director of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center, where he leads the nation's most successful effort to promote integration and the affirmative furthering of fair housing in the private housing market.

CA's Community Building Speakers Series brings thought-provoking speakers on topics that stimulate us to discuss, engage and build our sense of community in Columbia. Columbia's commitment to being truly integrated is at the heart of the community. Jim Rouse made this absolutely clear to all the developers and sales associates doing business when Columbia was being founded.

"It is important for all of us who are selling houses or lots or renting apartments in Columbia to understand that Columbia is a truly open city," Rouse wrote in an August 1967 memo, employing the language of the time to emphatically state his intent to build a community based on equal opportunity.

Oak Park, Illinois is located just west of Chicago. Thanks to the Housing Center's efforts and leadership, it has established and sustained an integrated community that is open, inclusive and prosperous. Breymaier has published articles and opinion pieces and has been interviewed on a variety of media outlets, including Marketplace, The Washington Post, The New York Times, NPR and the Chicago Tribune.

Advance registration is not required but is appreciated. Register online at For more information, please contact Scott Templin at 410-715-3166 or

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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