April is Earth Month and it's easy to see why this month was chosen to celebrate Mother Earth. I have made two farm visits in the past 10 days, one to Porch View Farm near Lisbon and the other to the Community Ecology Institute, a brand new venture on Harriet Tubman Lane that will be welcoming community members for all kinds of farm-related and ecology activities in the very near future. At both farms, the green was starting to show on the trees and bushes, plants were starting to push up from the beneath the ground, and at Porch View, we were treated to the sight of 1 week old lambs.

As spring comes upon us and Earth Day approaches (April 20), the natural beauty of the landscape in many parts of Howard County reminds me of the importance of preserving our trees, protecting our scenic roads, and ensuring landscaped or natural vegetative buffers remain in place. We are fortunate to live in such a beautiful place. I hope we can all slow down at some point in the next three weeks and enjoy a walk in one of our Howard County parks to take advantage of our springtime weather!

  Attendees at Porch View Farm for the Soil Conservation's Farm Academy  
County Paving Schedule
Winter weather is always harsh on our county roads. Here is the spring paving schedule for District 4. This schedule is weather dependent and may shift.
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.

03/20 - Holi Celebration, ICA
04/05 - Poetry Out Loud recognition ceremony
04/05 - Battle of the Books
04/06 - ColorFest@ the Chrysalis
04/07 - Bridges to Housing Stability Chili Cook-Off
04/08 - HC Veteran's Celebration and Resource Fair
04/09- Leadership HC HoCo Big Event
04/10 - Community Ecology Institute Tour
04/10 - Cherrybration Tree Dedication
04/11 - HC Farm Bureau Annual Legislative Dinner
4/13 - Coffee with Deb
4/13 - Korean American Senior Association's 17th anniversary
04/13 - GreenFest
04/16 - Spring 2019 Farm Academy
I'm only halfway through April and my schedule is fully in bloom. Here are some highlights from Coffee with Deb, me on a tractor at the Community Ecology Institute, Howard County Farm Bureau Legislative Dinner, Korean American Senior Association celebration, Poetry Out Loud recognition ceremony, and two Holi festivals.
Community Affairs
County offices will re-open at regular business hours on Monday, April 22.
CLOSED on Friday, April 19   
County Government Offices ~ 50+centers ~ Animal shelter ~ Historic sites      
OPEN on Friday, April 19
Alpha Ridge Landfill ~ Courts
All trash, recycling, yard trim and food scrap services ~County parks
Community centers ~ Robinson Nature Center ~ Cedar Lane & Schooley Mill Activity Rooms and Meadowbrook Athletic Center (open only for scheduled programs) 
RTA operates on regular weekday schedule
CLOSED on Sunday, April 21  - Community centers & facilities   
OPEN ON Sunday, April 21 - County parks
All parking regulations and fees will be in effect Friday, but not Sunday. 
Easter Bunny Pictures at Lord & Taylor
April 19th & 20th, 10am to 9pm
The Mall in Columbia
10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia

click here to reserve your spot!
Make memories to cherish forever with this great family tradition.
Don’t miss out on your chance to meet the Easter Bunny—reserve your place today to secure a spot and skip the line!
"Columbia's Promise" Preview Screening
April 24th, 7:30pm
Smith Theatre (in the Horowitz Center)
Campus Drive, Columbia

Be among the first to view a special documentary created by award-winning producer Ken Day of Maryland Public Television, in collaboration with community leaders and resources provided by Columbia Archives in celebration of Columbia’s first 50 years. No admission fee. Limited seating. RSVP now.
HoCoPoLitSo and HCC Present:
Blackbird Poetry Festival: Poetry of Wit and Wonder
April 25, 7:30pm
Monteabaro Hall
Horowitz Center for the Performing Arts, Columbia
The Nightbird Festival features Mississippi Poet Laureate Beth Ann Fennelly whose newest book was selected as one of the ten best Southern books of 2017 by the Atlanta Journal Constitution . “Readers, you are in for a hootenanny of a wild ride. This is Fennelly at her most laid-bare, wickedly funny, and irrepressibly poetic best,” raves Kirkus Reviews . Joining Fennelly on stage will be Hanna Al-Kowsi, Maryland’s second place Poetry Out Loud winner from Marriotts Ridge High School. Click here for m ore information and tickets. 
"JAZZ JAZZ JAZZ" - Keeping JAZZ Alive
April 28th, 2pm - 5pm
African Art Museum of MD
11711 E. Market Place, Fulton

Presenting 2 Ladies of JAZZ : 
  • Harpist Extraordinaire - Victoria Payton : JAZZ on the Harp 
  • Vocalist - Changamirè (raised on the voices of Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan) and her highly-acclaimed quintet featuring Count Basie alum: Lincoln Ross.

$25.00 per person (tickets available at the museum, online or via mail ) ; $30.00 per person at the door the date of the event.