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Rain Garden Maintenance Seminar
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Have you installed a rain garden on your property? Learn how to keep it functioning properly at this FREE seminar hosted by the Hickory Ridge Watershed Committee on Thursday, March 28 at 7pm at The Hawthorn Center.

Jenny Wienckowski, a Landscape Architect from Howard Eco-Works, will share easy approaches for maintaining your rain garden with minimal work. She will help you identify your plants and advise you how to keep them healthy. If some of your plants didn’t make it through the winter, she’ll recommend others to replace them. Jenny will instruct you so that your garden continues to keep harmful polluntants out of our streams while ensuring your own lawn is not eroded.

This event is free and open to all! RSVP is appreciated: please email or call 410-730-7327.

Columbia Cleans
Mar 30 @ 9:00 am
Columbia Cleans @ The Hawthorn Center

Help us to keep Hickory Ridge looking great by participating in Columbia Cleanup Day! Residents of all 10 villages will spend the morning cleaning up public Open Space areas on Saturday, March 30. This is a great community service activity for scouts, families, and anyone else who cares about our village!

Check in at The Hawthorn Center between 9 and 10am – we’ll provide gloves, trash bags, snacks, and a thank you gift. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing & footwear.

Please RSVP if you’re bringing a group; otherwise just show up!
Questions? Contact Alex at 410-730-7327 or

Eco Landscaping Seminar
Sep 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Eco Landscaping Seminar @ The Hawthorn Center

Learn how to create and maintain beautiful landscapes that require less mowing and fewer chemicals at this FREE seminar on Monday, September 16*, 7-9 pm at The Hawthorn Center.  Climate-friendly landscapes not only reduce erosion and flooding, they also filter water and remove pollutants, making them increasingly important as heavy rainfall becomes more frequent in Maryland. The presenter, Dr. Sara Via, is a frequent speaker on climate change and sustainable gardening who will make the science behind the solutions interesting and entertaining.

Brought to you by the Hickory Ridge Watershed Advisory Committee

This event is free and open to all! Registration appreciated by 9/13: please email or call 410-730-7327.

*The LOG listed Septemeber 16th as a Wednesday. The date was correct, but it should have said Monday. We apologize for the error!

Pull & Plant
Sep 21 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Pull & Plant @ The Hawthorn Center

Help us to keep our village looking beautiful! We’re looking for volunteers to help us remove invasive plants from the grounds of the Hawthorn Center and expand the Native Plant Garden in front of the facility.  Learn about the invasive species we are removing and which native plants can be suitable for dry shade areas. Gloves and tools will be provided.

Please Preregister at

Note: Light rain won’t deter us, but in case of inclement weather, call the village office for the event’s status.

Walk with the WAC!
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am
Walk with the WAC! @ meet at The Hawthorn Center

The Hickory Ridge Watershed Advisory Committee, or WAC, is a volunteer-led effort of the Hickory Ridge Community Association. The mission of the WAC is to enhance watershed awareness and educate residents of Hickory Ridge    Village on opportunities and concerns related to the local watersheds.

Biweekly, members of the Hickory Ridge Watershed Advisory Committee will go out walking to check on the Open Space paths and streets and pick up trash where needed. We will be happy to talk about stream conditions and invasive species and storm water issues as well. If you want to make a difference, this is one easy way to do it with just an hour or so of your time.

Our first planned date is Monday, September 23, 2019. We will meet at the Hawthorn Center at 9am. If you can join us, please register at so we know you’re coming.

If you are interested in joining us on a future walk, or if you’d like us to focus on a trouble spot in your neighborhood, please let us know! You can use the registration link above, or email


Recycling Boot Camp
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Recycling Boot Camp @ The Hawthorn Center

Unsure of what you can throw in the blue bins? Well, you are not alone! Changes in recycling policy have made things confusing for even the most conscientious recyclers. Join us on Monday, November 4, 7-9 pm at The Hawthorn Center for a FREE seminar presented by Mark DeLuca, Chief of the Howard County Bureau of Environmental Services who will answer your questions about what can and can’t be recycled in your curbside bins, and what to do with items that seem too large for the curb.

Free gift for all attendees!

Registration appreciated by October 31 – call 410-730-7327 or visit

The Plastic Problem – Plastic Reduction Seminar
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Plastic Problem - Plastic Reduction Seminar @ The Hawthorn Center

Tired of using – and wasting – so much PLASTIC? From large packages that end up in our landfills to tiny particles that pollute our waterways and even our food – plastic is a problem that’s not going away on its own. Join us at The Hawthorn Center on Thursday, February 27 at 7pm for a seminar with Pat Hersey, co-founder of Howard County’s Less Plastic Please to get some perspective on the problem and learn what we as individuals can do about it.


Brought to you by the Hickory Ridge Watershed Advisory Committee. Admission is free, but please bring a clean tshirt or tank top (adult size) that you no longer need – Pat’s group converts them into reusable shopping bags!

Registration appreciated – call 410-730-7327 or visit

Columbia Cleans
Mar 21 @ 9:30 am
Columbia Cleans @ Clary's Forest Pool

Help us keep Hickory Ridge looking beautiful by participating in Columbia Cleanup Day! This year we’ll be picking up trash around pathways and streams in Clary’s Forest.

Meet at the Clary’s Forest Pool at 9:30 am. We’ll provide gloves, trash bags, snacks, and a thank you gift. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Open to all ages—this event is a great way to get the family involved in community service, and a perfect activity for scout troops. RSVP appreciated at
(If you’re bringing a group, please call the office or email