March 9th 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

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

Volunteers Needed

Longfellow Elementary 
Ms. Gwinn is looking for volunteers for Family Fit Night, Tuesday March 7th, 6-8 pm.  Please email   Ms. Gwinn  with either a specific activity you would like to help with, or just let her know you are willing to volunteer, and Ms. Gwinn will place you where most needed. 

Volunteer opportunities continue to be available throughout the year to help in classrooms, on field trips, with PTA functions, or with special requests from teachers. Check the  PTA Website  for  the most updated opportunities.  Or c ontact Jo Lewis, Parent Volunteer coordinator: 

Swansfield Elementary School volunteers needed for STEM Night, April 6.
Planning for Swansfield's STEM Night on April 6 is underway and we would like to invite families to assist.  Do you work in a STEM field?  Do you have a friend, neighbor, or family member who works in a STEM field?  Do you have an idea for a new station this year that you'd like to share?  We would love to have some partners to do demonstrations or run a station at this year's event.  If you are interested or would like to learn more, please call Deborah Slater or Monica Fiegel at 410-313-6907 or email either staff member at Deborah Slater  or Monica Fiegel. 

Swansfield Elementary School  Save The Date
Friday, March 10:  PTA Game  Night, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

PTA Restaurant Night at Chipotle, Columbia Mall, Monday, March 13, 2017.

Wednesday March 15: 1-2-3 Magic for Parents, 6:30 - 7:30 pm.
Swansfield recently shared with their families that as a school they had adopted a new discipline program called 1-2-3 Magic, which now has been in effect for several weeks.  As an extension of their program, they are offering an evening with Lacey Tsonis, the instructor who trained their staff.  She will explore this proven method of discipline with humor and insight.  Families will learn to manage challenging and difficult behavior, promote positive behaviors, and strengthen the parent-child relationship.  Please plan to join them for this one-hour program. 

March 31 PTA Hosting Paint Night
Explore your inner artist while raising money for our school PTA.  Join the fun Friday, March 31, at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria where a local artist will lead participants in creating their personal masterpiece.  A portion of ticket sales will go to the PTA and childcare will also be available. Click here to register for event.
Harper's Choice Middle School MARCH MADNESS-WE NEED YOUR HELP!

We still need parent volunteers for March Madness on March 16! If you are able to volunteer at the event or donate prizes for the students, please  sign up here. Any items that are being donated can be dropped off at the HCMS front office any time prior to the event.

Bring your whole family out for  Harper's  Choice March Madness on Thursday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Wilde Lake High  School!

The annual family event includes the famous staff vs. 8th grade basketball game and the basketball challenge course for 6th and 7th graders. The cost is only $10 per family or $3 per individual.  We will have light dinner foods available for purchase, so no need to rush to make dinner before you arrive.  Just show up and enjoy the fun!

Please view the  flyer and complete the  permission form and waiver if applicable, and send it in with your student by Monday, March 13.  If your child will be playing in the game or challenge course, they will need the waiver. Tickets will be sold at the door; however, we would love to know if you plan to attend!

If you have questions, please contact  Leslie Rafferty.

All proceeds will go toward PTA-sponsored HCMS activities. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Covenant Complaint or Concern?
All inquiries/complaints that come into the Village office are handled confidentially. In order to properly respond to complaints, we prefer to have some way to contact the person making the complaint. Sometimes the issue is one where we have no authority, such as animal control, noise, rental housing, and parking. In these cases, we would refer the person with the complaint to the responsible authority, such as Police, County Rental Housing, Highways, etc. If we receive an anonymous letter with no return address or contact information, we have no way to try and help. The person who sent the letter may feel that their Village does not address their concerns. Do you have questions about the complaint process? Call (410)730-0770, stop by, or 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.
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 or send us an email. 
Click HERE to download the Hope Bowl Flier

Spirit of Columbia Scholarship Award

Teens still have time left to apply for the 2017 Maggie J. Brown Spirit of Columbia Scholarship Award - a $2,500 scholarship awarded to students who exhibit exceptional efforts in providing community service to benefit Columbia residents and those in the Columbia area. The deadline to submit a completed application is Wednesday, March 15, 2017. For a list of the scholarship's full requirements and to start filling out an application, visit CA's website. Or call 410-715- 3161 or email  for more information.
Make Your Voice Heard!!

Dear Transportation Advocate,

It's time again to let the County Executive know your transportation priorities for Howard County for FY 2018-23.

These top ones can become Transportation Improvement Programs [TIPs] which enables funding should it become available. If an item is not on the TIP it will not get funding! Speak up!
Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman MDOT's FY 2018-23 Consolidated Transportation Program.

The letter is due to the Maryland Department of Transportation this April, and is a result of review and input by county staff from several departments, elected and appointed officials. The Howard County Office of Transportation will host a public information and input meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 7-9 p.m. in the Columbia/Ellicott City Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City.

Howard County's current fiscal 2017 Priority Letter is available to view at; information about the fiscal 2018 letter will be posted at

For questions or more information about the FY 2018 Priority Letter, contact David Cookson at 410-313-4312 or email

Let them know what is important to Howard County residents!

Sharonlee J. Vogel
Chair, Transportation Advocates
Howard County, MD
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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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