March 2nd Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
Village Elections are Coming and We Need You!   
Throw your hat into the ring and run for the Harper's Choice Village Board! The current two-year terms of office for three Village Board seats expire on April 30, 2017. Village Board members attend one meeting a month where they oversee village finances; they advise and take action on such matters as street and house maintenance; and advocate for changes that will benefit all of Harper's Choice village residents. 

The nomination period runs from March 1 - March 14, 2017.  Information and nomination petitions will be available at Kahler Hall on March 1 and must be returned to Kahler Hall by 5:00 pm on March 14. Information and nomination petitions will also be available for download on our website beginning on March 1.

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

Visit The African Art Museum of Maryland
The African Art Museum of Maryland is dedicated to promoting a broader understanding and awareness of the diverse cultures and artistic expressions of the people of the African continent. 

The museum celebrates International Women's Month with their first International Women's Forum on Sunday, March 12 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at 1171 East Market Place in Fulton. This event is free but seats are limited and reservations are required. Visitors can enjoy light refreshments, music, selfguided tours, and a supervised reading room for younger guests. Call 301-490-6070 for more information or visit their website. Click here to see flier.
Let's Start the Conversation: 
Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence within the LGBTQ Community

Tuesday, March 14, 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.

Click HERE to download the flier
County Board Positions Available
The Plumbing Advisory Board is looking for two members from the general public who are interested in serving a five-year term. Board members are responsible for making recommendations to the Director of Inspections, Licenses and Permits, the County Executive and the County Council in all matters relating to the conduct of the plumbing business in Howard County. 

For more information on the Plumbing Advisory Board, visit the County's website or call the Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits at 410-313-2455.

Howard County Recreation & Parks Advisory Board seeks applicants to fill the student member position on the Board for a one-year term from July 1, 2017 until June 30, 2018. Board members provide recommendations relating to plans, policies, and programs for public recreation, and reviews plans for and holds hearings on the acquisition and development of land for public recreation and open space.

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must be Howard County residents enrolled in high school for the 2017-2018 academic year, have an interest in public recreation and be able to attend meetings held on the third Wednesdays of each month from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m.

For more information about the Recreation & Parks Advisory Board, contact HCRP at 410-313-4640 or visit the website.

Family Fun & Game Night: A Fundraising Benefit Event!

Saturday, March 18,  2017
5:00 pm to 8:30 pm
The Bain Center
5470 Ruth Keeton Way
Columbia 21044
Entry Fee: $5 donation per family (or whatever you can give) to benefit HopeWorks.
Join Getting Ahead for a night of fun for the whole family as they give back to the community! This night of family fun will support HopeWorks' programs and services.
The evening will feature:
  • door prizes
  • games
  • relays
  • karaoke
  • family friendly movies
  • Bertucci's Pizza and Pasta
  • make-your-own sundaes
  • raffles of gift cards from local retailers and restaurants, Columbia Association and HC Recreation and Parks and more! 
Bring your favorite board games or borrow one of ours.  Play Human-Size Jenga, enter a relay race, lead karaoke, enjoy good food, make new friends and support a great cause!!
To Register:  email Valerie Mathis, Getting Ahead Program Coordinator or call her at

To download a flier click here:  Family Fun Night Flier

2017 Scouting for Food is Coming Up!
Cub Scout Pack 61 is collecting food 
for the St. John Baptist Church at Harper 
House Food Bank. Please have all donations 
outside your front door by 10 am on March 
11th for pickup. Bags will be delievered to you
on March 4th. Thank you for your help with
this effort.
Cub Scout Pack 61 is comprised of boys from 
Longfellow Elementary and Bryant Woods 
Elementary. We are chartered through the 
Harper's Choice Community Association.
For information to join, email us.
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. 
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.
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 or send us an email. 
Click HERE to download the Hope Bowl Flier

Buy Direct From Local Farms
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a great way to get fresh food from local farms. Customers buy  "shares" up front and receive a weekly porĀ­tion of the harĀ­vest. Selling shares helps farmers to plan their planting season and obtain regular customers for the fresh produce. Local CSA programs vary in what they offer and their pickup locations.  Some even offer delivery. Sign up now to secure your spot for the upcoming season. Here's a webpage with a list of Howard County CSA's to get you started.
Can You Help?  Donations Needed...

HopeWorks maintains a pantry that is available to our clients who need assistance in acquiring essential food, personal and household items.  
We appreciate your effort in helping us to restock our shelves so we may continue providing this service to the women, children and men of our community who need it.
We are in Urgent Need of...
  • Baby wipes
  • Size 4 Diapers
  • Toilet Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Full Size Shampoo
  • Full Size Conditioner
  • Full Size Body Wash
  • Full Size Lotion
If you can donate any of these urgent need items please call (410) 997 - 0304 or email Emilee, HopeWorks' Office Assistant.
Download:  Pantry Needs List 
CA announces Columbia-Wide Clean-Up Day, March 25. Volunteers needed to help clean up Open Space
Local resident volunteers  needed to help restore and protect Columbia's waterways in Harper's Choice.  Participate in a Columbia-Wide Clean Up Day, Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. to noon.  Harper's Choice volunteers will meet at the Swansfield Pool parking ; 5659 Swansfield Road and will clean the paths and stream valley from the pool down towards Harper's Farm Road near Twin Rivers Road and paths from the pool towards Harper's Farm Road across from the Athletic Club.
Individuals, groups, scouts and those wishing to earn community service hours are encouraged to sign up.   Contact the coordinator for CA, Sean Harbaugh at 410-381-3470 or your covenant advisor at 410-730-0770. This event is hosted by the Columbia Association and the Villages of Columbia.
Friday Late Nights in the NatureSphere, 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. March 3rd 
Ages 18 years and up. $6.00 per person. This program is for adults and features the full-dome movie "Impact!" preceded by a planetarium presentation about current happenings in our night sky and space science. Due to dark conditions, the venue cannot seat late arrivals once the show has begun. Please arrive early to be seated. To see a preview of the film, please click here. Join members of the Howard Astronomical League (HAL) for telescope viewing on green roof (weatherpermitting) before the show..  
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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 March 7th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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