August 3rd  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
National Night Out, Tuesday August 1st 6-9PM
Harper's Choice's Annual National Night Out Celebration took place on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, from 6pm - 9pm at the Harper's Choice Village Center.  In collaboration with the Howard County Police Department, Howard County Fire Department we hosted hundreds of neighbors, friends and community partners to celebrate a sense of community, public safety and welfare with music, food, fun and more. 

Live reggae music, provided by Unity Reggae Band, filled the air.  Families had the opportunity to learn more about their personal health. NAMI provided volunteers to discuss mental health awareness. Howard County General's Wellness Center provided an RN and staff member who performed free Blood Pressure and BMI testing.  Kids and adults alike enjoyed the fantastically  fun artwork of Amy Tam's Fun Faces face painting. 

Subway and McDonald's were a huge addition this year, providing free sandwich trays and apple pies.  Everyone dined on free, all American food - grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, and pulled pork prepared by Chef Ben Rubin, owner of Allspice Hospitality. 

Harper's Choice Community Association would like to thank the Howard County Police & Fire Departments , all the vendors and merchants that donated their time and resources, Unity Reggae Band, Fun Faces, and most importantly, the community for coming out!! The night was truly a success!

Drawing Connections Workshop - John Levering, Wes Yamaka and Columbia

Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 7:00pm
Kahler Hall
5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia, MD 21044
Appreciation for art and the role it can play in creating community was embraced by Columbia's developers.  Jim Rouse said, "We have two main opportunities with regard to the arts. First, is to present art so that it can be seen and heard and felt in places that are beyond the walls of the museum; to bring art to the marketplace, to the community . . . . and second, to provide a platform in public places where budding artists can perform, stretch, grow. . ."

It is in this climate that Wes Yamaka and John Levering flourished.  The program by Barbara Kellner, Director of Columbia Archives, will focus on the different career paths that led Levering and Yamaka to become friends, artists, and entrepreneurs, their contributions to the community, and their lasting legacy.  Clips of video interviews with Wes Yamaka and Jimmy Rouse on his father's connection to Levering will be highlighted.

For more information about the event, call Melanie Jeffers at 410-730-0770 or email To register to attend this free event, click here.
Swansfield Neighborhood Pool Party
Mark your calendar for this year's second fun neighborhood pool party! We're excited to splash and play with our community at what we are expecting to be one of our best pool parties yet!! Space is limited.  This is a free event, but tickets are required and will be available at Kahler Hall.

When: August 10 from 6-9pm
Where: Swansfield Mini Water Park
Theme: Picnic Fun 
Food: Free HomeSlyce Pizza Truck & Rita's. Pub Dog Gift Card Raffle!!!

Hope for Recovery: Understanding Mental Illness
Presentation by: National Alliance on Mental Illness of Howard County (NAMI HC)

Monday, September 18, 2017
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
Recreation and Parks Summer Concerts

Recreation and Parks' Sunset Serenades is back! Grab a blanket or lawn chair, bring the family, have a picnic and enjoy the sounds of summer! Refreshments available for sale. Boat Rentals available at Centennial Park, and the Adventure Shack is open for food sales and refreshments. 

Sunset Serenades   
Wed. August 9, 7:00 p.m.  Gaelic Mishap  
Wed. August 23, 7:45 p.m.   Movie Night: Jaws 

Participate in the annual Canned Food Drive! The Community Action Council of Howard County will be collecting nonperishable food items for the Howard County Food Bank at all Sunset Serenades concerts. For more information about CAC, visit
Merriweather Movies  

Enjoy Merriweather Movie Night featuring food and beverages from Manor Hill Brewing and
Manor Hill Tavern. Tickets are free for general admission or $10 if you want to reserve a seat and get access to the new VIP party deck.

August 30 - School of Rock

Doors open at 5:30pm and showtime is at 7:30 pm. For tickets and more information click here.
Exploring Columbia On Foot, Outdoor Walks

 Walks will begin at 10am. Registration is not required.
  • Thursday, Aug. 31, Kings Contrivance - meet at Huntington Pool (7625 Murray Hill Road)
  • 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)
Columbia Solar Cooperative Information Session
Tuesday, September 12, 7-8pm
Amherst House
7251 Eden Brook Drive

Save approximately 20 percent off the cost of solar panels for your home, lower you electricity bills and increase your property value. Learn more at this information session. For more information contact Danielle Bodner at 410-715-3000 or To register please call 410-381-9600.
Columbia International Folk Dancers Celebrate Columbia's 50th Anniversary
The Columbia International Folk Daners will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Columbia on September 13th from 8PM - 10:30pm in in the ballroom at Kahler Hall. Members of the community are invited to join our celebration, learn some easy dances, and enjoy light refreshments . The cost is $5.00 per adult. For additional information, call Ethel Brandt at 410-997-1613.
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.
Howard County Autism Society Announces 11th Annual Autism Walk & 5K Run 

Proceeds Will Support Programs & Services for Howard County Families Living With Autism

The Howard County Autism Society (HCAS), a trusted resource to hundreds of individuals and families living with autism in Howard County, MD and the surrounding area, will hold its 11th Annual One Step Closer Walk and 5K Run on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Centennial Park in Ellicott City, MD. Proceeds from the event will support HCAS' programs and services for individuals on the autism spectrum, their families and the local community.

This annual event brings together those touched by the autism spectrum disorder in a supportive, energizing and fun environment. HCAS provides a place where the local community can benefit from families' collective experience and expertise, helping others navigate the path they themselves have traveled on this journey. All proceeds from the event stay in Howard County and directly impact the lives of children and adults with autism.

The event will feature a timed 5K run around Centennial Lake, a "Lake Walk" of the same distance, and a shorter three-quarter mile "Piece of Cake Walk." We have runners and walkers who participate individually as well as in teams to harness their fundraising power and make this a spirited, hands-on experience! There will be children's activities, including face painting, Star Wars costumed performers, a moon bounce and other inflatable games. The event also features a variety of exhibitor tables for local businesses, organizations and health & human service agencies. Microbusiness owned and operated by those on the autism spectrum will again be highlighted.

Online registration is available at through October 4th. Race day registration is available on-site.

Event timeline is as follows: 
9am Registration and packet pick-up, complimentary breakfast for runners, walkers, sponsors. 9:40am Welcome and introductions 
10am Starting time for 5K race participants
10:10am Starting time for walk participants 
11:15am Awards and closing remarks.

Athletic Club Temporary Closing 
The Athletic Club will be closed this summer beginning on Monday July, 31 and will re-open Monday, August 28.
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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 August 8th at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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