December 29nd Weekly e-Newsletter for the Village of Harper's Choice.
What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
Do you have plans for New Year's? Ring in 2017 with us at The Symphony of Lights in Symphony Woods!  This light show is the largest annual fundraising event benefiting Howard County General Hospital, the only hospital in Howard County.

Midnight at 7 is the perfect family event to celebrate the new year with our amazing fireworks display, which is set to a soundtrack for the first time ever, and complimentary family photos by our professional photographer! It is all starting at 5:00 PM, with fireworks at 7 PM!

To attend this unique event and avoid long lines, register here.
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Fun Card Making Class at Kahler Hall
Send your sentiments from the heart with a handcrafted card! Learn assorted paper crafting techniques and practice them during our Card Making Class with Teacher Emily Aubin.

When: Tuesday, January 10th
Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Cost: $10 includes materials and three cards to take home!  
Columbia Association is once again hosting its Buy-a-Brick program in honor of Columbia's 50th Birthday Celebration that takes place in 2017. A section of the walkway at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront will be reserved for bricks placed around a large paver that says Columbia Maryland 50. 
To learn more about the program and how to purchase a brick, click here
League of Women Voters of Howard County
Host Legislative Luncheon 
On Saturday, January 7, 2017, the League of Women Voters of Howard County will hold its annual Howard County Delegation Legislative Luncheon  with lunch starting promptly at 11:00 AM. The senators and delegates who make up our local delegation will discuss the League of Women Voters of Maryland's 2017 Legislative Priorities. After opening remarks by the delegation, League members and guests will have the opportunity to ask questions of the delegation.

Join us at this event held to help the citizens of Howard County learn more about our legislators' priorities for the 2017 General Assembly. The League's partners for the Legislative Luncheon are the Columbia Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and the Columbia Branch of the American Association of University Women. The cost to attend is $10 and there is no cost for anyone who brings a dish that will serve 8 people.

Please RSVP to the League office regarding your attendance at 410-730-0142 or by January 4.  

Where:  First Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, Elicott City, MD 21042
Time:  11:00 AM
What's Happening in Other Villages?

Valentines Chocolate & Jewelry Show
February 5th: 
3:00-5:00pm - FREE 
Shop at Historic Oakland. We have exquisite jewelers, chocolatiers, spas, and flo rists.
Gifts for Men and Women.

Baby Sign Language Classes
Tuesdays, 2/7 -  3/14, 10:00 am 
Newborns - Age 5: Historic Oakland
Little Hands Signing brings the magic of sign language to you and your child through age-appropriate stories, songs, activities, and games, along with tips and tricks for caregivers. Registration required 

For more information visit,  

Before the snow falls and freezes those last leaves into hard piles that make it all but impossible to remove, why not MULCH those leaves with your lawn mower and give your soil one last nutrient burst?  Leaves have organic matter that nourish your soil. Don't have any special equipment?  You can mow over the leaves with your regular mower - and as long as you can still see green grass, the leaf layer isn't too thick.  In areas where no grass is visible, you may need to rake it out a bit before mowing. 
The benefits to your lawn by leaf mulching are two-fold. First, the organic material adds good nutrients to your soil, which will help your grass grow better next year.  Second, leaf mulch suppresses weeds!!  Studies have found that homeowners can see a nearly 100 percent decrease in dandelions and crabgrass after 3 years of mulching leaves. In addition to reducing weeds and the use of weed control products (that kill beneficial insects and plants as well), the nutrients provided by mulching reduce the amount and expense of fertilizer needed to achieve greening-up in the spring.   
A Shout Out...
To all of our residents who, without being asked, take the time to pick up trash and debris on our sidewalks, open space and throughout Harper's Choice.  

Howard County has replaced the old tracking software with an improved system; it has lots of new and useful features.  

The tracker is found at  Howard County's online portal  and there is a helpful video tutorial.
Upcoming Meetings
Architectural Committee Meetings

Changes made to the exterior of homes in Harper's Choice require approval of the Village Architectural Committee (AC).

For 2017, 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 January 3rd at 7PM. Approved Agendas and Meeting Minutes are/will be available on our website.
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