Greetings! This was the Week of Winners! I attended the ceremony for the 2019 inductees of the Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame. The Howard County Women's Commission selected three outstanding Howard County women for induction: Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Georgia Eacker, and Cathy Hudson.

As County Executive Dr. Calvin Ball stated, “Their stewardship of our community has contributed to a better quality of life for county residents. Their achievements in philanthropy, environmental education, and historic preservation are truly an inspiration for future generations.” What a perfect way to bring Women's History Month to a close!

Saturday night was the Howard County Council of the Arts 2019 Celebration of the Arts. I loved watching and listening to Curtis Bannister win the Rising Star Performer award for his dynamic rendition of “Make Them Hear You” from  Ragtime  by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Curtis is a Wilde Lake graduate and is pursuing a theater career in Chicago. The Celebration also featured one of the County's biggest arts' enthusiasts, former District 4 Councilmember Mary Kay Sigaty, who served as honorary chair of the event.

Next month we begin the budget process and we will be steeped in numbers and budget requests for the next two months. I'm looking forward to seeing this side of the County and delving deep into what makes Howard County such a great place to live.
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.

3/14 - Wilde Lake water main replacement Public Meeting
3/16 - Coffee Chat, River Hill
3/17 - Soup "R" Sundae Grassroots Fundraiser
3/17 - Solidarity Event at Dar Al Taqwa
3/18 - Conversation with Association of Community Services
3/18 - Fire Ops Prep
3/23 - 22nd Annual Celebration of the Arts
3/28 - 23rd Annual Induction Ceremony, Women's Hall of Fame
March has been a blast. I met with constituents in River Hill for my coffee chat series, suited up in firefighting gear for my upcoming Fire Operations exercise, and chatted with the non-profit community.
Community Affairs
A Pretty and Polished Affair
March 30th, 9am - 2pm
Atholton High School
6520 Freetown Road, Columbia

Ladies are invited to a true boutique experience. Each shopper will receive help from a personal shopper and access to hundreds of dresses, accessories, and expert fashion, hair, and makeup advice. Get everything that you need to, 'Say Yes to the Prom Dress!'

(Groups and organizations are welcomed!)
For more information, contact or

click here to register
The boutique is FREE and is open to all young ladies.
Angst Film Screenings and Discussions
April 2nd, 6:30pm - 8pm
Howard High School
8700 Annapolis Road, Ellicott City

Parents and guardians are invited to a free documentary screening and panel discussion about anxiety in youth. This 55-minute film features candid interviews with children and young adults who struggle, or have struggled, with anxiety — including Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. This film explores the causes, symptoms and effects of anxiety and stress, and encourages youth and their families to seek help. Middle and high school students are invited to attend with a parent or guardian.

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Color Fest 2019
April 6th, 11am – 3pm
The Chrysalis, Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods
10431 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia

Indian Origin Network of Howard County (IONHoCo) & Band Baaja Entertainment Present'
Color Fest 2019 - Free Entry & Free Parking
Colors - Dance - Music - Kites - Food - Ice Cream - Soda - Kid & Family Entertainment

Each congregation provides chili tastings at their decorative table and attendees vote for their favorite chili by placing donations in the congregation’s tip jar. The event will also include raffle prizes and a silent auction. All proceeds will help support Bridges to Housing Stability, Inc., a local Howard County nonprofit working to prevent and end homelessness in Howard County through affordable housing solutions and advocacy.

entry is FREE
For more information about the Resource Fair or the Office of Veterans and Military Families, contact Lisa Terry at 410-313-0821 (voice/relay
Veteran's Celebration and Resource Fair
April 8th 4-8pm
Howard Community College
RFC Student Services Bldg. 4th Floor
10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia

Also new this year, the fair will offer attendees access to free medical screening by Premier Health Express Urgent Care, a Warrior Centric Health Clinic, including blood pressure and biometrics; glucose check; dental screening; and medical and physical therapy consultations

Governor Larry Hogan has declared 2019 as the Year of the Veteran in Maryland to raise awareness of the service and sacrifice of veterans and their families. More than 380,000 veterans live in Maryland.
Howard County’s 12th Anniversary “ GreenFest
April 13th, 10am - 4pm
(rain or shine)
Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia
Science Engineering and Tech Bldg.

Paper shredding from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (or until the trucks are full)

 C ontact: Alan Wilcom, Bureau of Environmental Services, 410-313-6444
Do-It-Yourself Skill Share Fair
Rain Barrel Workshop and Give Away
Wildlife Room
GreenFest is free and open to the public. For more information and a schedule of events, visit .