Martin Luther King Jr. memorial event Monday afternoon

The Music Center at Strathmore is hosting Montgomery County’s annual tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday. The free event will feature a choral performance by the Carlton Reese Memorial Unity Choir of Birmingham, Alabama. The event starts at 3 p.m. at Strathmore and attendees can begin receiving free tickets at 2:30 p.m. in the venue’s foyer.

County Council returns from recess Tuesday

The Montgomery County Council will hold its first meeting in a month Tuesday after it returns from its annual winter recess.

The council immediately will begin work on addressing a $120 million budget shortfall. County Executive Ike Leggett has proposed about $60 million in budget cuts to begin the work.

At 11 a.m. Tuesday, the council is scheduled to hold a discussion on the factors driving the cost of county government. Council staff members wrote in a report prepared in advance of the meeting that county employee salaries and benefits make up about 80 percent of the costs in the county’s budget.

The staff report noted that “employee compensation increased sharply” over the previous four years and the county’s workforce has grown by nearly 10 percent since fiscal 2011.

County executive to present capital budget Tuesday

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett will unveil his latest proposal for the county’s six-year capital budget on Tuesday. Leggett is scheduled to release the capital budget plan at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the County Executive Office Building in Rockville.

The approximately $4.5 billion budget funds county building improvements, new schools, major road projects and other county infrastructure.

Montgomery Parks kicks off speakers series Wednesday

The county’s parks department will begin a six-session, monthly speaker series this week with an event featuring Peter Harnik, author of “Inside City Parks and Urban Green,” who will be talking about the role of urban parks.

The event begins at noon Wednesday at the parks department’s office at 8787 Georgia Ave. in Silver Spring. Attendees need to register online if interested in receiving a complimentary lunch as part of the event.

The speaker series is designed to highlight the importance of parks in the county.

Temperatures to warm as week progresses

A cold start to this week is expected, with a high near 29 degrees Monday and low dropping to around 24 at night, according to the National Weather Service. Tuesday won’t be as cold, with a mostly cloudy high near 39 expected and light snow possible at night.

Wednesday is expected to be mostly cloudy, with a high near 29 and a nighttime low falling to around 19 degrees.

Then, warmer weather is expected to arrive. The weather service predicts a sunny Thursday with a high near 38, a mostly sunny Friday with a high near 45 degrees and temperatures in the mid-50s on Saturday and Sunday.