September 7th  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.

The Student Member serves as a voting member of the HCCA Board of Directors in accordance with the Association Bylaws. The Student Member has all of the rights and responsibilities of a Board member, with the exception of restrictions against voting on personnel matters, budgetary matters, and matters handled in closed sessions. The Student Member is appointed by the Board of Directors for a one-year term beginning on April 1 and ending on March 31.

The Board currently and generally meets on the first Tuesday of each month beginning at 7:00 pm at Kahler Hall.

Responsibilities of the Student Member
1. Regular attendance and participation in all Board meetings and any special meetings, including exercising the right to vote on non-restricted matters.
2. Participate in public functions of the Board whenever possible.
3. Read the pre-meeting board agendas and accompanying materials to prepare for meetings.
4. Assist the Board with marketing the Student Member position in the event that the seat becomes vacant.
5. Accept that all Board policies, procedures, rules, and regulations apply equally to the Student Member.
6. Maintain a B grade average.
7. Provide his/her own transportation.
8. Attend an initial New Board Member Orientation.

For more information or to apply for the Student Member position, download the below attachments or contact Village Manager Steve Ingley at 410-730-0770 or

Discover Downtown Columbia 5k

Featuring Live Music & Festive Post Race Activities

The race starts at the Columbia Mall and weaves through Symphony Woods across the Merriweather Post Pavilion stage and past other Downtown Columbia landmarks before ending at the beautiful lakefront. 

Click here for flier.
Click here to register.
Hope for Recovery: Understanding Mental Illness
Presentation by: National Alliance on Mental Illness of Howard County (NAMI HC)

Monday, September 18, 2017 6pm-8:30pm
Kahler Hall
5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia, MD 2104

Today, we know so much more about how to identify and treat mental illnesses. Unfortunately, the stigma surrounding mental illness prevents many people from seeking help early. This presentation will discuss what mental illness is and will seek to dispel the myths and stigma surrounding mental illness. We will also provide information about resources available in our community.

For more information, contact Melanie Jeffers at 410-730-0770 or email
Online Registration: Saturday, September 23rd Red Ribbon Yard Sale

To register your street for the September 23, 2017, Red Ribbon Yard Sale click,   here. All streets in the Village of Harper's Choice participating must be registered by Wednesday, September 20th. Stop by Kahler Hall by September 20th to pick up your red ribbon!
Please call 410-730-0770 or email us with any questions.
HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council

Monday, September 18, 2017, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
The Barn (Teen Center) located in The Oakland Mills Village Center

  High school teens can earn service hours through HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council (TAC). 
The first 2017-18 TAC meeting will be held on Monday, September 18, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Barn (Teen Center) located in The Oakland Mills Village Center. Free pizza, so please RSVP. 
Must register. Forms can be found on the TAC page here.
Popular Art From Company's Collection on Display 

Selections from The Rouse Company/The Howard Hughes Corporation Art Collection will be on exhibit at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City, September 1 - October 13. The collection has been in storage since the extensive renovation of The Rouse Company headquarters where the art works were displayed for decades.  The iconic building  today houses Whole Foods Market and Haven on the Lake.
On September 6, from 6:30-9 p.m., a reception open to the public will include lively discussions and presentations reflecting on art's role throughout Columbia's past, present and future.  Former Rouse Company employees will serve as guest docents, reminiscing and sharing insights about the collection.  Featured artists Vicki Scuri, Mary Ann Mears and Rodney Carroll, all of whom have been commissioned to produce art for Downtown Columbia, will take part in casual Q&A sessions, and William Cochran of Cochran Studio will talk about the transformational role of public art in cities across the county and the future possibilities for public art in Columbia.

The exhibit is supported, in part, by L. Earl and Mary T. Armiger Foundation Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation of Howard County.  The reception on September 6 is sponsored by The Howard Hughes Corporation.
Exploring Columbia On Foot, Outdoor Walks

 Walks will begin at 10am. Registration is not required.
  • Thursday, Sept. 14, Harper's Choice - meet at Hobbits Glen Pool (11130 Willow Bottom Drive)
  • Thursday, Oct. 12, Downtown Columbia - meet at Lakefront Plaza (10275 Little Patuxent Parkway)
  • Thursday, Oct. 26, Hickory Ridge - meet at Hawthorn Center (6175 Sunny Spring)
Owen Brown Lakefest

Save the Date: 2017 Columbia BikeAbout
Saturday, Sept. 23 at 9:30am

The annual Columbia BikeAbout will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, with riders setting out from the dock at Lake Elkhorn. The new 10-mile route winds through neighborhoods in Owen Brown, Oakland Mills and Long Reach. In celebration of Columbia's 50th Birthday, the theme of the BikeAbout is "appreciate the past and imagine the future." 

Along the route, riders will get the answer to why our power lines for the most part are underground, insight into the origin of some of Columbia's unique street names, visit a cemetery that pre-dates Columbia, and discover early attempts to manage stormwater and how technology has changed current practice.

Young families will be guided around Lake Elkhorn, which will be filled with fun facts about Columbia and some fun things to do. Following the ride, participants have the opportunity to refuel and have fun at the Owen Brown Festival, which begins at noon.

To register, click here.
2017 Hop & Harvest Festival 

Diaper Drive

Saturday, October 21 - Shredding Event
Howard County residents can bring up to 3 bags or boxes of paper from 9am to 1pm (or until the trucks are full) to the Long Gate Park and Ride Lot,  5000 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicott City, MD . This  event  will be held rain or shine.
50th Birthday Finale Anticipates Future

OPUS 1, a bold festival mixing art, music and technology to create an immersive, multi-sensory experience, is set for Saturday, October 7, from 4-11 p.m. in Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods.  The one-of-a-kind event is the finale of Columbia's six-month 50th birthday celebration and is free and open to the public of all ages. 

The transformational festival will include large scale art installations, mesmerizing music performances and treetop projection mapping.   Eleven activation areas will encourage exploration, interactivity and a sense of discovery.  

Curated and produced by Wild Dogs International, OPUS 1 is the first part of a three-year project, bringing art and cutting-edge culture to the area.  It is being presented by The Howard Hughes Corporation. 

"OPUS 1 allows us to tell the story of the next phase in the city's cultural evolution," said Executive Vice President John DeWolf.  "We are committed to providing an opportunity where art, music and technology can flourish in an extraordinary way."

For more information, click here and reserve your tickets here.
Covenant Corner

Those black flexible downspout extensions are often used to direct water away from the foundation of your house. Inexpensive and easy to install, these seem like a simple solution to redirect water. Did you know that corrugated drain extensions are a perfect breeding ground for mosquitos? When water flows out of the extension tubing, some will naturally get trapped in the grooves. Mosquitos only need a small amount of water to breed hundreds of larvae.

Also, you may not be aware that these hoses are not permitted to be run above ground, as per the covenants. All drainage hoses, tubes or pipes must be buried below ground or in a landscape bed and should not dump out anywhere near the property line. Using splash blocks, river rock or similar materials at the end of a straight, short, 24" downspout extension is highly recommended. Questions? Contact your Village Covenant Advisor.
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Architectural Committee Meetings

Please check the calendar on our website for the latest meeting dates.
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 October 3rd at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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