June turned out to be a busy month, with legislative initiatives, informative meetings with Howard County nonprofit organizations, and many wonderful events at the Columbia Festival of the Arts. I introduced two pieces of legislation that would have
created more public access in the Planning Board and land-use process. The details of the bills are below.

Councilmember Yungmann and I attended an abridged version of t he "VA Way" Veterans Support for Mental Health Training. John Way, the founder of this training, is a veteran who is trying hard to help other veterans by teaching people how to recognize and appropriately respond to those with mental-health issues.

Finally, June wouldn't be June in Howard County if the Columbia Festival of the Arts wasn't in full swing. There were so many wonderful events this year, but Soulful Symphony was a particular stand out and will be back at Merriweather in late July. Get your tickets early!
Keeping Up with Deb
Below are some of the events and meetings I have recently attended. Let me know about your community activities so I can stop by, if my schedule allows.

06/02 - Books in Bloom
06/02 - Chrysalis Cabaret
06/04 - CMS Blue Ribbon Celebration
06/06 - Simulated Congressional Hearing
06/06 - Downtown Columbia Cocktail Crawl
06/08 - Heroes in Healthcare-HCGH
06/10 - Bridges to Housing Stability, Heroes for Housing VIP Reception
06/11 - HAND's Annual Meeting & Housing Expo
06/11 - HCCA Annual Meeting
06/12 - Saketh Celebration at HCPL
6/15 - Lakefest Downtown Columbia
06/17 - Southwest Library Dream Session,
Stoop Storytelling
06/20 - The "VA Way" Veterans Support for Mental Health Training
06/22 - Mimosas and Music
6/28 - Summer Food Nutrition Program  
6/29 - Millie Bailey Veterans' Memorial Dedication, Pride Festival, Soulful Symphony
6/30 Columbia Orchestra Pops Concert at the Chrysalis
Left: Clarksville Middle School Blue Ribbon Celebration, Pride Festival; Right: Celebration for Saketh at HCPL, Howard County's Scripps National Spelling Bee octo-champion; Lakefest with my daughter; Summer Food Nutrition Program announcement; Millie Bailey Memorial Dedication 
Community Affairs
Thursday, July 4
There will be  NO CURBSIDE COLLECTIONS  on Thursday, July 4th. Thursday and Friday curbside collections of recycling, yard trim and trash will slide and be made one day later that week. Bulk item collection will slide with trash collection. Scrap metal collection will remain as scheduled and will not slide. Please place all items out by 6am to ensure collection. Collections will return to normal on Monday, July 8th. 

 The Alpha Ridge Landfill and County offices will be closed on Independence Day.
Celebrate the Fourth at the Columbia Lakefront.
Bring a picnic or purchase food from on-site vendors. Parking is free at the mall or off of Wincopin Circle.  

July 4, 5-10pm
Fireworks will start at dark, around 9:30pm, weather depending.  
Rain date: Friday, July 5
Location: Columbia Lakefront
Site Map:  Map of Area
Inclement weather line: 410-313-4451

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July is Parks and Recreation Month

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S P O T S - S T I L L - A V A I L A B L E!
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On-site parking is limited. Off-site parking with complimentary shuttle available when parking lot fills.
July 7th, 10am - 4pm
Robinson Nature Center
6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia

Don't stay dry! Biggest event of the summer. Enjoy water games for the whole family. Experiment with water in various forms. Create and race homemade mini-boats. Participate in a river treasure hunt or take a guided stroll in the stream. Meet live, aquatic creatures in the traveling "Fish Mobile". Explore the wonders of "snow", ice and water in the "stages of water" area for little ones. Food trucks on-site.
Thu, July 4 5-10pm • July 4th Celebration Festival and Fireworks Fireworks at dark. For more info, visit or call 410-313-4451. Rain date: July 5. Fri, July 5 Fireworks rain date. Fireworks at dark.
Sat, July 6 7:30pm • The Foundation Band Jazz/Funk/Soul
Sun, July 7 6:30pm • Jill Fulton Band Country/Blues/Motown/Rock Tue, July 9 7:30pm • Teen Open Mic Night
Wed, July 10 Noon • Ben & Elena Pop/Classic Rock/R&B 7:30pm • Sagamore Band Classic Rock
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Mon, July 8 Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG)
Fri, July 12 Green Book (PG-13) Mon, July 15 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (PG)
Fri, July 19 Aquaman (PG-13)
Mon, July 22 Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG)
Fri, July 26 Bumblebee (PG-13) Mon, July 29 Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns (PG)
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Concert season has begun!
Check out the full 2019 calendar of live music for an endearing Howard County tradition.
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Chrysalis Events
More outdoor shows, more intimate setting. Columbia is blessed with fine arts and cultural performances.
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