September 14th  Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
HCCA Remembers Gail Robinson

We are sad to inform you that our Bookkeeper, Gail Robinson, passed away over Labor Day weekend.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all of her family and friends and we join them in mourning her loss.  She was a gentle and kind person and she will be missed.  We are informed that Gilchrist Services, a nonprofit hospice organization, provided Gail with wonderful end-of-life care.  If you would like to make a donation in her name, you may do so through their website at


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

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
Chrysalis Kids: Music and Movement on the Chrysalis Stage

Chrysalis Kids: Music and Movement on the Chrysalis Stage.
Saturday, September 16th, rain or shine!
A free family event for parents and preschoolers.
Come experience the beauty of Columbia's newest performance space with your little ones. From 10 to 12, Early Childhood Music Specialist Julia McCready will play DJ with your favorite Kids Tunes. There will be plenty of room to move and groove, and hands-on materials to explore!  Admission is free.    Celebrating the arts in the park is for everyone. Even the very youngest.
Road To The Arts at The Meeting House Gallery

The Meeting House Gallery is one of the galleries celebrating the beginning of the 2017-2018 Howard County Arts Council season with its annual Road To The Arts Weekend.   We are featuring The Laurel Art Guild Plus One - 13 painters from the Guild plus Paula Darby.  Our reception is  Saturday, Sept. 16th from 1-3 pm.   

This exhibit runs until Oct. 28th and the gallery hours are from 9 am to 9 pm.  The address is 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD 21045.  Visit us at

Best regards,
The Meeting House Gallery Art Committee
in partnership with the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center
Jazz In The Mills Presents The Thad Wilson Orchestra featuring Alison Crockett
Sunday, September 17, 2017 
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  
at The Other Barn

Thad's music is best described in one word: AUTHENTIC. He is a world renowned and much sought after trumpet player. With him will be Alison Crockett - "she's the real deal."
Advance tickets are $20 each and At-The-Door are $25.
Advance tickets can be purchased at The Other Barn or online at:   
Jazz in the Mills is sponsored by Ms. Lavenia Nesmith and the Oakland Mills Community Association. Snacks and beverages available for sale at the performance.
For further information contact Lavenia at or Sandy Cederbaum at
No refunds or replacement tickets. 
Future shows: Dec. 3, Holiday Jazz Extravaganza featuring Shirleta Settles.
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.
National Drive Electric Week - Clarksville Showcase and Tailgate

Saturday, September 16th from 12-4pm 
12230 Clarksville Pike 
Clarksville, MD 21029

Clarksville Commons is hosting a  National Drive Electric Week. Showcase & Tailgate Celebration. Part electric vehicle showcase, part tailgate gathering, they will be showcasing various EVs from area dealerships with knowledgeable staff to answer your questions. All EV owners in the community are also invited to show up with their cars to brag, compare notes, and generally geek out. Local organizations and companies with an electric vehicle or environmental focus will also be present.

Register at the event webpage for a chance to win a $250 gift card.
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 participating streets in the Village of Harper's Choice 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.
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 

October 25th Enhancing Columbia's Neighborhood
"Enhancing Columbia's Neighborhoods: Learning from Best Practice" will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7pm at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. Advance registration is not required but is appreciated. Register online at

The event will feature Paul Brophy and Mark Sissman, two noted experts with deep roots in Maryland, to help frame both the challenges and the opportunities for renewing older neighborhoods. These neighborhoods still offer a good quality of life and are more affordable - but may be in danger of decline unless steps are taken to improve investment conditions. Brophy and Sissman will discuss best practices to address the community's aging housing stock and sustain strong neighborhoods.
Beware Of Donation Scams For Hurricane Harvey and Irma Victims

When natural disasters strike, giving a monetary donation is usually the best way to help victims recover. Relief organizations can use cash donations to procure specific items for survivors based on need. Unfortunately, con artists often see natural disasters as a way to steal money from unsuspecting donors and disaster aid recipients.
Don't be pressured to make a donation immediately. Legitimate charities give donors as much time as they want and your donation will be needed in the days and weeks to come. Be wary if you are asked to give a donation in cash, pre-paid debit cards or via wire transfer.
Make sure your donation is going to a legitimate charity.
* If the charity has either an unfamiliar name or a name that sounds similar to another well-known organization, do some research before giving any money.
* Be wary if the charity refuses to provide documentation of their 501(c)3 non-profit status or other identifying information, such as a mailing address or website.
* Charities that solicit donations in Maryland must be registered with the Maryland Secretary of State. To find out if a charity is registered, visit: You can also check on the charity's reputation using sites like Charity Navigator and, which rank charities based on efficiency, transparency and accountability.
* Ask whether the person calling works for the charity itself or a professional fundraising company. Professional fundraisers often take 80% or more of every donation for "administrative costs." Ask how much of your donation will be used to aid in disaster relief.
* Take care before making donations through social media. Unless you know the person requesting assistance personally, don't give until you verify that the cause is legitimate. Note that donations to individuals are usually not tax deductible. To claim a deduction, the charity must be registered as a non-profit with the IRS.
Ask how any contact information you give will be used. Once you give a donation, some organizations will contact you again and again. They may also sell or rent your contact information to other organizations. If you do not wish to be contacted in the future, ask to be put on the charity's "Do Not Call" list.
Report any suspicious requests for donations to the Howard County Office of Consumer Protection at 410-313-6420 or by filing a complaint electronically with the Maryland Secretary of State (website above).
For more information on this and other consumer topics, contact the Office of Consumer Protection at 410-313-6420 or visit:

Covenant Corner

Be safe...and it's the LAW! If you plan on doing any digging in your yard, contact Miss Utility at least two full working days prior to your intended digging. They will come out and locate the utilities on your lot or verify that the site is clear before you put that shovel in the ground. You may request a site visit by phone at 1-800-257-7777 or online at:
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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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