Getting Around: Walking, Biking, and Driving!
As the Council representative on the Howard County Transit, Bicycle, and Pedestrian Advisory Group, I had the opportunity to catch up with our local advocates who are pressing for ways to move around Howard County that don’t involve a car, and I'm pleased to report that getting around the County by walking and biking is getting easier. Howard County’s Office of Transportation, in conjunction with the Advisory Group, has been working on a number of initiatives, including installation of wayfinding signs, surveying the residents of Hickory Ridge about bike corridor paths, and celebrating the grand opening of the Hickory Ridge Road bicycle lane.
For pedestrians, I am pleased to report that work will begin in earnest on a County-wide Complete Streets Manual following the passage of the County Executive’s Complete Streets Resolution (CR120), which I co-sponsored. This is a big step forward in creating a Howard County that will be walkable and bikeable. 
For our drivers, t he State has announced a debt forgiveness program (Fine Fix) for uninsured motorist fines. This state program provides Marylanders an opportunity to reduce their delinquent uninsured motorists' fines by 80%.
Winter Guides
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.

09|03 - Reservoir HS First Day of School Visit
09|03 - Fulton ES First Day of School Visit
09|03 - Lime Kiln First Day of School Visit
09|07 - Festival of India
09|10 - State of Equity in Education with John King
09|11 - September 11th Ceremony
9|14 - Jane Dembner Celebration of Life Ceremony
09|12 - Merriweather Post Pavilion Noise Abatement Community Meeting
09|17 - Bicycle Advisory Group Meeting
09|17 - Happy Hour with Speaker Jones, Maryland House of Delegates
09|18 - MACo Interim Legislative Committee Meeting
09|21 - Harriet Tubman Day
09|21 - Wilde Lake High School Homecoming
09|21 - Locust United Methodist Church, 150th Anniversary Gala
09|23 - Joint Meeting with BOE
09|24 - Technical Committee-MAA Exec Roundtable First Look Meeting
09|25 - Howard County Diversity Awareness Day
09|25 - Groundbreaking for Busboys & Poets
09|25 - Community Partners Kick-off
09|27 - A Vintage Affair
9|30 Rosh Hashanah with Temple Isiah
10|02 - Vantage Point Arts & Culture Event
10|03 - HC Employee Recognition Awards Ceremony
  Left: Indian Festival; Happy Hour with Speaker Jones ; Right: First Day of School, Fulton ES & Reservoir HS; Harriet Tubman Day; Wilde Lake HS Homecoming; Rosh Hashanah with Temple Isiah
Community Affairs
St. Louis Church Announces 14th Season
of Six Classical and Pops Concerts
October 4th, 8pm
St. Louis Church - Social Hall
12500 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville
Series features Jazz, seasonal music, Water Celebration, Dueling Pianos plus choirs, orchestra, guest artists
The 2019-20 season of community concerts is in its 14 th and features D.C. jazz vocalist Lena Seikaly and her Quartet performing 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. Seating is limited and $20 ticket is required for this season’s fund-raising event -- including reception with wine, cheese and light refreshments plus Season Sneak Preview. 

Click here for more
October 5th, 9am - 1pm
@ HC Firestations

Free Bikes 4 Kidz is a nonprofit organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need. We collect Bikes in October, refurbish them for ten weeks with dozens of volunteers,and give them away to kids in need in December. Our launch partners here are Howard County and The Howard Hughes Corporation.

Do you have an outgrown bike in your house? Drop it off at Any Howard County fire station on and we’ll refurbish it and give it to a kid in need, with a new helmet, on December 14. More details  here !
Hops and Harvest Festival

What: 80+ Maryland artisans, breweries, distilleries, & wineries - unlimited tastings, live entertainment, games & more.

When: October 5th, 12-5pm

Where: Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods, Columbia

Tickets: General admission, $40 in advance; $50 at the door

District 4 constituents can receive $5 off by using this custom code: DISTRICT 4.

Click here for more.
A Harlem Renaissance Speakeasy:
October 5th, 7:30pm
RCF Building, Room 400, Howard Community College

Featuring Live Jazz and Poetry from the 1920s. Explore the power of words from writers such as Langston Hughes and live jazz by such greats as Duke Ellington in a not-to-be-missed speakeasy atmosphere evocative of the era. Admission ($45) includes a variety of speakeasy-inspired small bites. Cash bar available, serving two signature cocktails, beer and wine. Period attire is encouraged.

More information and tickets click here
Trick or Treat Costume Party
October 6th, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Main Event Columbia
10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite #1615, Columbia

Bring your family in costume to Trick Or Treat at Main Event Entertainment!

Come in costume to Main Event Entertainment Columbia to receive free candy* (while supplies last) and enter the costume contest to win free prizes!

This event will be hosted every Sunday in October and Halloween day.

Click here for more information.
Camp Fire
October 12th, 3:30pm - 6pm
Wilde Lake Barn
10027 Hyla Brook Road, Columbia
Join CA's camp team for a fun-filled evening of games, arts and crafts, s'mores and more with prizing drawings for free camp sessions and discounted registration!

Click here for more information.
Free for all families

Space is limited; for more information, call 410-715-3165
Downtown Columbia Mini Maker Faire 2019
October 13th, 10am - 6pm
10431 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia
Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, and projects.
Click here for more information.
Click here for tickets.

Glimpse the future and get inspired!
 Sensory -Friendly Sundays
October 13th, 11am - 12:30pm
Robinson Nature Center
6692 Cedar Ln, Columbia

This monthly event is designed for families with kids, teens, and adults with sensory processing differences, autism spectrum disorder, or developmental disabilities. The Center opens early, allowing visitors to enjoy a calm environment. Explore the exhibits, Discovery Room, nature trails and/or outdoor NaturePlace play area. Sensory alert maps, sensory backpacks and quiet areas are available. While walk-ins are welcome, we encourage you to reserve your space ahead of time.
Click here for more information.
Closed on Monday, October 14       
County Government Offices               
Animal Shelter                         
50+ Centers                           
Robinson Nature Center                   
Open on Monday, October 14
All trash, recycling and food scrap services
Alpha Ridge Landfill
County Parks
Community Centers
County Historic Sites
Kiwanis-Wallas Hall
Meadowbrook Athletic Center
Cedar Lane and Schooley Mill Activity Rooms (use by permit only)
RTA will operate on a regular weekday schedule
Master Aging
October 19th, 10am - 3pm
HCC 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia
Presented by the Department of Community Resources and Services (DCRS) and coordinated by the Office on Aging and Independence (OAI), Master Aging is a reimagination of the 50+EXPO, which has been the premier event for older adults in Howard County for 20 years.

Click here for more information.
Because each film will run at the same time and space is limited, please register for ONLY ONE film

Attend one of four film screenings, each followed by a panel discussion. The films are:
  • Boy Interrupted
  • Dark Side of the Full Moon
  • Not Alone
  • We Are Not Done Yet

Click here for more information.
2019 Mental Health Film Festival
October 23rd, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Regal UA Snowden Square
9161 Commerce Center Drive, Columbia
Join the Horizon Foundation for the 2019 Mental Health Film Festival, an event to build awareness and compassion for members of our community living with mental health challenges.

Learn more about the films and watch trailers here
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Concert season
Check out the full 2019 calendar of live music for an endearing Howard County tradition.

Click here for the calendar.