March 23rd Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
HCCA 2017 Village Board Candidates

Current two-year terms of office for three Village Board seats expire on April 30, 2017. Four nomination petitions were received for the Village Board seats from  Robert T. Fontaine , Erik M. Avant,  Stephen L. Cook , and Benjamin S. Rubin. The terms of office for those elected will be May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2019. Village elections will take place Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 9am-3pm at Kahler Hall.

Important Election Dates:
April 1st
Absentee ballots available at Kahler Hall
April 18th
Meet the Candidates, 7pm - 9pm, Kahler Hall
April 28th
Absentee ballots accepted up to 5pm
April 29th
Election Day, 9am - 3pm

For more information, contact Village Manager Steve Ingley at 410-730-0770 or via email at

Public Meeting On Proposed New Police and Fire Stations in Harper's Choice
Howard County Capital Projects:
P4928: New/Third Police Station
F5976: North Columbia Fire Station
Howard County Councilperson Mary Kay Sigaty and staff from Howard County's Department of Public Works (DPW), Department of Fire and Rescue Services and Police Department invite the community to a public meeting on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia, MD 21044, to discuss two projects in the Fiscal Year 2018 Proposed Capital Budget: F5976: North Columbia Fire Station and P4928: New/Third Police Station.

An open house to view proposed renderings of the capital projects and ask questions of departmental staff will take place beginning at 7:00 p.m.  A formal presentation will follow at 7:30 p.m. After the presentation, staff members will take questions from attendees.
Prior to release of the County Executive's proposed FY18 Capital Budget on April 1, more information about the police station (P4928) can be found in the approved FY17 Capital Budget (click here  ) and the fire station ( F5976) can be found in the FY18 Planning Board Budget (click here ).
For questions or more information about the meeting, contact Councilperson Sigaty at 410-313-2001 or email .
Going Green in Harper's Choice!
Rain Gar­dens are areas cre­ated to absorb and fil­ter runoff from roofs, dri­ve­ways and other impervious surfaces.  Rain gar­dens are planted with native plants adapted for high lev­els of water, which help to hold runoff and fil­ter pol­lu­tants while water slowly soaks into the ground.  You may qualify for a cost-share program sponsored by CA.  To find out more, click here or email John McCoy.
Rain Bar­rels col­lect and store water runoff from roof down­spouts to be reused for land­scape water­ing, car wash­ing or other out­door uses where non-potable water is accept­able.  Because they reuse water, rain bar­rels are a prac­ti­cal con­ser­va­tion tool and reduce our demand on treated tap water. 

Environmental Site Design is the new buzzword, but our choices of plants, landscape materials and design, and garden practices have an enormous impact on our outdoor water use.  Lawns require two-and-a-half to four times more water than shrubs and trees.  Consider creating a plan for your property and rethink your lawn.  Help keep water on site, replenish ground water and use native plants.  Audubon At Home has some great tips to help you on this journey.      

Be sure to submit an application to the Architectural Committee for approval of any changes to the exterior of one's property.  Consult with your Village Covenant Advisor for more information.   
Free Wellness Screening
Howard County General Hospital offers free special events and screenings on general wellness, anxiety and eye and skin health. The first event will take place on Wednesday, March 29, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. This Wellness Screening will measure blood glucose levels, blood pressure, prediabetes and weight risks, as well as provide information about healthy lifestyle choices and referrals to self management classes to improve health. Spaces are limited; reserve your screening appointment online today.
Searching For Spring Egg Hunt 2017
The Annual Searching For Spring Egg Hunt, co-sponsored by the Villages of Columbia, will be held on Saturday, April 1 from 10-11:30am at the  Columbia Sports Park in the Harper's Choice Village Center, located at 5453 Harper's Farm Road. No admittance permitted after 10:45AM.
Here is the schedule of events:
  • 10am - Crafts and Balloons
  • 10:45am - Egg Hunt (While supplies last! Please bring your own basket!)
  • 11am - Entertainment with Turner, Dean of Magic
This event is especially planned for children ages 2-8. Tickets are required for this FREE event. They are available at  Kahler Hall and all village community centers while supplies last.  Tickets are for Columbia lien-paying residents only. 
Multicultural Fair and International 5K
 April 2, 2017.

Celebrate the cultures and diversity of Columbia on Sunday, April 2 from 9am-noon at a free event in the Howard Community College Quad, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. The Multicultural Fair is running in conjunction with FIRN's International 5K and Family Fun Run/Walk. The community is invited to enjoy a parade of nations before the 5K and family fun run. Enjoy musical and dance performances, informative displays and international food from the many cultures and nations that make up Columbia and Howard County. Runners can join the Multicultural Fair at the finish line. 

To participate in the Multicultural Fair as an exhibitor or for more information, click here or email.

To register for the 5K or Family Fun Run/Walk, click here.
Weddings & Events Showcase At Historic Oakland
Join Historic Oakland & Columbia Town Center for their annual Weddings & Events Showcase on April 2, 2017.

Over 50 vendors, plus a Man Cave! Save money and register early by clicking here.
Lets Start The Conversation! 

Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence W ithin the LGBTQ Community
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
The Owen Brown Interfaith Center
7246 Cradlerock Way
Columbia MD 21045
Join HopeWorks, PFLAG Howard County and the Howard County Police Department for a candid conversation about sexual and intimate partner violence within the LGBTQ community.
Ask questions, hear real stories and learn how local organizations are working together to create meaningful partnerships to eliminate these forms of violence.
Questions?  Email HopeWorks' Director of Community Engagement, Vanita Leatherwood or call HopeWorks at 410-997-0304.

Native Pant Sale at GreenFest 2017
April 22, 2017  10 am - 4 pm

A native plant sale sponsored by the Howard County Master Gardeners, University of MD Extension will be held as a part of the Howard County MD GreenFest 2017. The sale will be located on the Quad at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044

Four native plant vendors will participate this year: 

Native Plant Farm

For directions to Howard Community College click here.

For further information about GreenFest in Howard County, MD, click here.

For further information about Howard County Master Gardeners, click here.

Good Pizza Great Cause! Longfellow PTA

Join Longfellow Elementary PTA and Mod Pizza for their upcoming fundraiser. Click here for flyer to receive 20% off all day, Thursday, April 25th.
Drug Take Back Day 
April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced the next semi-annual national Drug Take Back will be held on Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come join us in the Wilde Lake Village Center for another convenient drive-thru collection of medications and sharps (needles, syringes, and EpiPens). 
10th Annual HopeBowl!

Saturday, April 29, 2017
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Brunswick Zone Columbia Lanes
7100 Carved Stone
Columbia MD 21045

Click HERE To Register Your Team!
HopeBowl is a family-friendly event where teams compete while raising awareness and critical funds for victims of sexual and intimate partner violence.
Join us for an evening of fun and friendly competition featuring music by TNT Disc Jockeys, refreshments, raffles and great prizes. 
Invite your family, friends and co-workers and form a team today!
How it Works:
Organize your friends and family into a team of 5 bowlers.  Each team is expected to raise a minimum of $500 (with each bowler raising $100, for example).  Register online and use your personal fundraising page to start raising FUNDS and get ready for a fun-filled evening!
Fabulous prizes will be awarded to the top team and individual fundraiser!
Interested in sponsoring the Hope Bowl?  
Click HERE to download the Sponsorship Commitment Form.        
Interested in making an In-Kind Donation for the Hope Bowl?  
Click HERE to download the In-Kind Donation Form.
Questions?  Please contact us at 410.997.0304. 
Click HERE to download the Hope Bowl Flier
Harper's Choice Community Association Recognizes Harper's Choice Middle School's Students of The Month   

February 2017

It is an HCMS tradition to recognize some of their outstanding students each month as students of
the month.  Each grade level, and their Related Arts and World Language Teams, select two individuals for this distinction. The criteria on which the selection is based for each team are listed below.

6th grade students of the month consistently demonstrate the 3 R's of Respect, Responsibilities, and building Relationships and work hard.  They are chosen for their positive contributions to the school and for being caring, energetic students who are good role models. They have a "can-do" attitude and persevere through obstacles.  These students are polite, courteous and treat others the way they would like to be treated. They are self-motivated and go beyond basic expectations. 

Thomas Fry
Maura Sanchez

7th grade students of the month exhibit great work habits, participate in class discussions, and have a desire to do their best on the tasks that they are given in their classes. These students are polite, respectful and helpful to others. They are also responsible and positive role models for their peers.

Natalie Figueroa
Ahmad Raza

8th grade students of the month go above and beyond showing the 3 R's everyday! They are students who go through their day building positive relationships, showing responsibility, and are always respectful.

James Moore
Vanessa Ferman

Related Arts students of the month are individuals who go above and beyond in demonstrating Harper's Choice Middle School's three R's of Respect, Responsibilities, and building Relationships.  They set the example by being leaders in the classroom with the quality of their assignments and working cooperatively and in a positive manner with their classmates. They are role models for every student in the school.

Samuel Balthis
Heather Ramirez-Angel

World Language students of the month participate actively and volunteer frequently in class using the target language (French or Spanish). They are students who demonstrate respect, responsibility, and an eagerness to learn. These individuals maintain positive relationships with their teachers and peers. We appreciate their contributions in helping to make our class a positive language-learning environment. Merci! Gracias!

Nariah Edmonds-Woodard
Andrew Wolters
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Architectural Committee Meetings

Changes made to the exterior of homes in Harper's Choice require approval of the Village Architectural Committee (AC).
The AC will meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 7:30 PM to review applications. 

The deadline to submit applications for approval is two weeks prior to the next meeting date.
Village Board Meetings

The next meeting of the Village Board is scheduled for April 4th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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