It is budget season for many local governments and Howard County is no exception. As we make our way through thick binders of information that include everything from bridges and uniforms, to teachers and food pantries, I am constantly reminded of all the County does for its residents. We educate our children, feed the hungry, pave the roads, build sidewalks, mitigate stormwater, and provide emergency/fire and police protection, to name just a few things. It is a daunting task to review the dollars allocated for all of the services and capital goods, but it is a critical component of our jobs as council members. I appreciate all of the public input in the process and welcome your thoughts about any aspect of the County budget. Adoption of the budget bills will take place on May 29th.
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.

04/17 - Human Rights Commission Human Rights Awards
04/18 - Chamber Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast
04/25 - Winter Growth 40th Anniversary Celebration
04/26- Fire Ops 101
04/27 - HC Drug Free drug take back
04/27 - Harpers Choice Election Festival
4/27- HC Autism Society Annual Gala
4/28 - Jazz in the Woods
I had such a blast at the Howard County Fire & Rescue Department's Fire Ops program for Council members and County government staff. I donned the full gear, extinguished a car fire, learned what it takes to do a car extraction, performed CPR, and gained immeasurable admiration for our hardworking Fire & Rescue service members. Thanks for keeping us safe.

The day after all the smoke and sweat, I helped out in the Drug Take Back with HC Drug Free, enjoyed listening to fantastic jazz from the Wilde Lake band at the Chrysalis, stopped by the Harpers Choice Election Festival and attended the Autism Society Gala. It's been a busy month!
Happy 40th Anniversary, Winter Growth.
And Happy 100th Birthday, Anne Berk.
Community Affairs
May 4th, 9:00am - 10:30am
Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia

Event Schedule
7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.  Packet Pickup / Race Day Registration
8:30 a.m.  Zumba!
8:55 a.m.  Family Fun Run/Walk line up
9:00 a.m.  Family Fun Run/Walk Starts
9:15 a.m.  Pre-race Meeting for 5K
9:30 a.m.  5K Race Starts
10:30 a.m. Awards Ceremony
May 4th, 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Robinson Nature Center
6692 Cedar Ln, Columbia

All ages. Come enjoy a live CandleKids classical music performance at the Robinson Nature Center as Crosswinds-a flute, oboe and bassoon trio-explores the sounds of nature through classical, folk and popular music.

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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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St. Louis Concert features USAF Singing Sergeants
May 19th, 4pm
St. Louis Church
12500 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville

FREE concert by The Singing Sergeants, the official chorus of the United States Air Force Band, will present a musical salute. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., the Singing Sergeants perform a wide range of musical styles, from traditional Americana, opera, and choral standards to modern Broadway and jazz. No tickets are required for this family-oriented event, but best seating is first-come for this popular community performance. Ample free parking; handicapped accessible.
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