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Date: Nov 30, 2018

Event to be Streamed Live on County Website

This Monday morning at 10 a.m., the County will host the official inaugural ceremonies of the elected officials of Baltimore County government. The event, which is taking place at SECU Arena at Towson University, will be streamed live on the Baltimore County website, beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday.

County Executive Don Mohler will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the inaugural ceremonies, which will feature Administrative Judge Kathleen Gallogly Cox administering the oath of office to Clerk of the Court Julie Ensor, who then will administer oaths of office to the other County elected officials, including the following:

County Executive: 
John A. Olszewski, Jr.

County Council:
Tom Quirk, Izzy Patoka, A. Wade Kach, Julian E. Jones, Jr., David Marks, Cathy Bevins and Todd Crandell 

Judges of the Circuit Court:
Carey Deeley, Michael Finifter, Ruth Jakubowski and Dennis Robinson

Clerk of the Circuit Court:
Julie Ensor

Register of Wills:
Grace G. Connolly

Judges of the Orphans Court:
William R. Evans, Juliet G. Fisher and Arthur M. Frank

R. Jay Fisher

Baltimore County Board of Education:

Kathleen S. Causey, Roger B. Hayden, Julie C. Henn, Moalie S. Jose, Russell T. Kuehn, Lisa A. Mack, Rod McMillion, John H. Offerman Jr., Cheryl E. Pasteur, Lily P. Rowe and Makeda Scott

By Colleen Lacy, Baltimore County Recreation and Parks

December brings cold weather and plenty of opportunities for sharing holiday cheer with friends and family. Plan a family outing, participate in a tree lighting, or attend a program at one of our many parks. Some popular programs fill quickly and require reservations, so plan your holiday fun now!

December 1, 2018

The Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum invites you to their Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 1, from 12:00-3:00 pm. There will be a wide range of holiday gifts by area crafters.

December 5, 2018

Start decking the halls with a festive tree! Holt Park & Center for the Arts invites you to the Natural World of Art: Stylized Christmas Tree on Wednesday, December 5, from 6:30-7:30 pm. The cost is $2/person. Please pre-register by emailing with your name and phone number.

December 8, 2018

Have breakfast with Santa! The North Point Village Recreation Council will be offering a Breakfast with Santa at Battle Grove Elementary School on December 8, from 9:00-11:00 am. The cost is $5 per person and each child will receive a toy. Tickets are on sale at Battle Grove Elementary School, 7828 Saint Patricia Lane, Baltimore MD 21222. No tickets will be sold at the door. More information please call Stan @ 443-858 2211

The 5th Annual Overlea Community Christmas Tree Lighting will be held December 8, from 7:00-9:00 pm.  The event will be held at the Fullerton Community Center, 7209 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21206. There will be music, refreshments, activities for children, lighting of the tree, and of course Santa! Hosted by the Overlea Community Association along with the Overlea-Fullerton Recreation Council.

December 9, 2018

The Lake Roland Nature council will host its Meet the Artist reception at Lake Roland on December 9, from 1:00-3:00 pm at Pavilion #1. Learn more about the Art on the Trail installations from the artists themselves! Free for all ages.

Warm up at the Holiday Tea at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum. On Sunday, December 9, from 2:00-4:00 pm, delights await, including three courses of tea, light refreshments, and flute quartet accompaniment. Registration required, $25 per person, email: or call: 410-887-1081.

December 14, 2018

Enjoy a crisp night with a warm campfire and roast marshmallows at Lake Roland’s S’mores, Stars, & the Winter Solstice event, December 14, from 6:00-8:00 pm. Learn about the lore of holiday traditions on one of the longest nights of the year. Cost $5 per person ($3 members). E-mail to register.

December 16, 2018

Celebrate the holidays at Holt Park and attend the Log Cabin Christmas celebration Sunday, December 16, 12:00-3:00 pm. Enjoy making crafts, edible treats, and holiday decorations while keeping warm in our beautifully decorated historic cabins and listening to festive tunes.  Activities are free, but donations welcome.

Through December 21

Still looking for a Christmas tree to light up your home? Visit Hannah More Park through December 21 for a variety of available trees from 4-9 feet, weekdays, 5:00-8:00 pm and weekends, 10:00am-8:00 pm. Proceeds will benefit the Reisterstown Recreation Franklin High School Scholarship Program and the American Legion Riders Legacy Scholarship Foundation.

December 27, 2018

Spend some of your holiday down time at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum with the Winter Break - Art and the Cosmic Connection. Use art to understand geologic features of planetary objects December 27, from 1:00-2:30 pm, $3 per person. Registration required, Email: or call: 410-887-1081.

December 28, 2018

School’s out! Dress for the weather and come spend a day at Lake Roland exploring the outside, playing games, and making crafts! For children 6-12 years old, the program runs from 9:00 am-3:00pm. The cost is $40 per child ($35 for members). E-mail to register.


Baltimore County Recreation and Parks offers many other holiday and winter events this month. Check with your local recreation council for more ideas.

Separate Collections Will Resume in April 2019

The separate collection of yard materials (for Baltimore County residents with “Y” days on their collection schedules) will halt in December, and will resume in April 2019.

The date of the last 2018 “Y” day varies among County collection schedules. Residents must refer to their particular schedule for details (the final “Y” day will occur within the first two weeks of December).

Please note that after the last “Y” day occurs on a particular schedule, yard materials can be placed out with trash on a scheduled trash collection day.

Residents with no “Y” days on their schedule should continue to place yard materials out with trash on scheduled trash collection days.

Residents may go online to view their trash and recycling collection schedule and program guide by visiting the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website, or they may call 410-887-2000. Collection schedules are also available on the County’s new BaltCoGo app, available on mobile phones. The app is offered free of charge to Android and iPhone users and may be downloaded from their respective app stores. 

Baltimore County residents are reminded that raking or blowing leaves into the gutter or street is illegal.

Revised September 11, 2017