OM eNEWS                                  October 20, 2017    

Oakland Mills Community Association

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SAVE THE DATE - October Happenings at The Other Barn
Contact Us
OM Schools
Celebrate Life's Special Events at The Other Barn
OM Nursery Schools
Community Police Update
Find us on Facebook and the Web
Report Broken Cable Boxes
Contact Howard County
Patronize our Merchants!
Farmers Market Every Sunday in OM
A-OK Tutoring - Tutors Needed
Important News Items
Rehab.Renew.Restore - Saving Columbia's Tree Canopy
Lively Arts For Little Ones
Breakfast with Santa
Gingerbread House Decorating
Shredding Event
Jazz in the Mills 2017
OMHS Food Pantry
OMHS Craft Fair
Columbia Ice Rink
MLK Jr. Celebration
Events Around Town
Exploring Columbia On Foot
CA News & Events
Little Free Library at The Other Barn
HC DrugFree Collection
Have a Great Weekend!
Calendar Dates
Upcoming Programs & Events at The Other Barn
Oct. 24, OMCA Education Committee, 6 p.m. 
Oct. 24th, 7:00 p.m. - OMCA Board Meeting
Oct. 28th, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. - Renew, Rehab, Restore: Conserving Columbia's Tree Canopy
Nov. 3, 10:00 a.m. - Lively Arts:  
Silly Goose and Val
Nov. 14, 7:00 p.m. - OMCA Board Meeting
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Sandy Cederbaum
Village Manager
Brigitta Warren 
Facility and Event
Amy Carpenter 
Administrative Assistant 
Covenant Advisors Deb Buie
(property concern issues)
Carrie Wenholz
(Exterior Alteration Applications)
Tom Dudek
(Letters of Compliance)

Click on this LINK to contact Oakland Mills Board Members.

Oakland Mills Board Chair 
Jonathan Edelson 
Support our great local OM Schools! 
Celebrate Life's Special Moments at The Other Barn
Visit our new website

Contact Brigitta Warren, Facility Coordinator, for details about renting this venue!

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Oakland Mills Neighborhood Community Resource Officer
PFC Roberto Lopez

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See Click Fix is an interactive web site for Howard County residents to report issues to the County.  Issues include, but are not limited to, roadway issues, missing street signs or fallen street signs, street tree issues, potholes, cracked sidewalks etc. 
THIS IS NOT a site for 911 emergencies or police or fire issues.

Please report broken and abandoned cable boxes sending an email to:

For further information please refer to the Oakland Mills website
homepage by clicking HERE.

SCAM ALERT: It has been reported to police that an individual received a scam phone call from someone who claimed to work for Howard County law enforcement. The scammer told the individual that they must pay money to resolve outstanding court fees or face legal action. THIS IS A SCAM. If you receive this or a similar call, do not provide personal or financial information. 
The Howard County Police and Sheriff's Offices do not call residents and demand this type of information. If you receive an unsolicited call from someone claiming to be from Howard County law enforcement and you are unsure if it is legitimate, HANG UP and call the appropriate county office directly.

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Support Oakland Mills Merchants
Please Support Our 

Farmers Market at Oakland Mills
Every Sunday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Through November 19th
Market Hours are Sunday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Please stop by the market and also support our local Oakland Mills Village Center merchants.

The farmers market is located in the corner of the Oakland Mills Village Center lot near the Interfaith Center.

For market information click HERE

This is a great time of year to try out Howard County's BikeShare
A BikeShare station is located at the Oakland Mills Village Center next to the Bus Stop (OM Village Center Parking Lot).  For information stop by the location or
A-OK Tutoring
Tutors Needed!
is actively seeking volunteers to serve as mentors and tutors for elementary school children and middle school youth in Howard County schools and in community after-school programs.
If you would like to volunteer, click here for more on how to volunteer and dates for information sessions.
OMCA Meetings and Important Announcements
Oakland Mills Board of Directors
To contact the OM Board click 

Upcoming Board and Committee Meetings: 

Education Committee:  October 24, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Board Meeting:  October 24, 7:00 p.m. 
Board Meeting: November 14, 7:00 p.m. 
View past OMCA board meeting minutes 
For a list of committees and committee chairs click  HERE. 
Oakland Mills Education Committee - Meeting Date Change   
OM Education Committee meetings have CHANGED to the 4th Tuesday of every month. The next meeting will be on Tues. October 24 at 6:00 p.m.  
BWI Roundtable
Committee addressing airplane noise issues. 
Please visit the BWI Roundtable committee tab on the Oakland Mills website for updated information. If you have questions or would like details, please contact Paul Verchinski, Roundtable Committee and OM Board Member at 
Resident Architecture Committee (RAC) 
The RAC meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. The next RAC meeting will be held on Thursday, November 2nd at 7:30 pm at The Other Barn.  Sign-in begins at 7:00 p.m.  A list of applications for the November 2nd  meeting are listed   HERE. 
If you would like to file an online complaint about a property in Oakland Mills follow this  LINK.
Renew, Rehab, Restore: Conserving Columbia's Tree Canopy
Saturday, October 28, 2017  
9:30 - noon at The Other Barn

Renew, Rehab, Restore. The final workshop in our series - Renew, Rehab, Restore - will focus on Columbia's leafy streetscape.  Because of disease and age, our street trees are disappearing at an alarming rate. 

Landscape professionals will offer solutions to these and other issues.  The workshop will conclude with a discussion on the added financial value of trees in pricing homes for sale as well as current programs to conserve Columbia's tree canopy.
Free and open to the public. RSVP to:
Lively Arts For Little Ones
Lively Arts For Little Ones ~ 2017-2018 Season
Join us for a lively introduction to the arts for little ones through a series of six 45-minute live performances. Ideal for children ages 2 - 5 and their parent or caregiver.  Tickets are $5/person for everyone ages 2 and up. Group and Series subscription rates available.    
A special craft is given out to the "little ones" after each performance as our way saying thanks for joining us!
Shows are at 10 a.m. Here's our line-up:  
Friday, November 3, 
  Friday, January 12, 2018,
Friday, February 23, MR. JON MUSIC 
Friday, March 9, MR. SKIP 
Friday, April 10, OH SUSANNAH!

For more information email Brigitta Warren at
or visit our website, click HERE.  
Breakfast with Santa
December 9th 
9:00 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.
at The Other Barn
Enjoy a hot breakfast, holiday crafts, and a conversation with Santa.

$5/CA residents; $6/non-CA residents
Tickets must be purchased in advance with cash or check.

Tickets on sale at The Other Barn beginning:
November 3rd for Oakland Mills residents
November 17th for the general public

For more information, please contact Brigitta Warren at or 410-730-4610.
Gingerbread House Decorating
December 13th 
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
at The Other Barn
An evening of holiday music, holiday treats, and plenty of decorations to create a sweet, picture-perfect gingerbread house.

$20/Gingerbread House Kit
Tickets on sale at The Other Barn beginning November 3rd.
All supplies will be provided. Limited space available. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, please contact Brigitta Warren at or 410-730-4610.
Shredding Event
October 21, 9:00-1:00 p.m.  (or until trucks are full) 
Long Gate Park & Ride,  5000 Meadowbrook Lane
For more info, click here.
What to Do With All Those Leaves!
Oakland Mills High School Boys Baseball will rake, bag, and remove leaves on Saturday, Nov. 18th.  For more information click HERE 
Now that fall is here, the weather is cooling off and leaves are falling off the trees. So what's the best thing to do with all those leaves? Visit Howard County's Yard Recycling website to find out!
Oakland Mills High School Food Pantry
The last Thursday of each month from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.  a t Oakland Mills High School.
Please bring ID with your birth date. 
(Enter through the set of double doors on the right hand side of the front of the  building.)
Oakland Mills High School Craft Fair
November 4th
10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Oakland Mills High School
Start your holiday shopping early with over 100 vendors and find perfect gifts! You can also stop by the SCORPS Cafe for a quick lunch. Click here for more information.
Columbia Ice Rink
Halloween Fun Public Session Friday, Oct. 27th, 9-11pm
Come  out in a safe-to-skate costume. Free small bag o f popcorn with purchase of any drink. For admission prices, click here .
Skating and Hockey Lessons (session 2)
Registration is now open for the second sessions of Learn to Skate, Brandon LaDue Instructional Hockey, and High School Hockey.

Learn to Skate: Wednesday, Oct. 25-Sunday, Dec. 17
(Please note: No classes will be held during Thanksgiving week, Nov. 22-26.)

Hockey programs: Saturday, Oct. 28-Saturday, Dec. 16
Holiday Jazz Extravaganza is SOLD OUT
Shirleta Settles - SOLD OUT 
Jazz in the Mills Concerts are sponsored by Ms. Lavenia Nesmith and the Oakland Mills Community Association. Beverages available for sale at the performance.

For further information contact Lavenia at or Sandy Cederbaum at
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
The Howard County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission is currently seeking student essay entries and "Living the Dream" Award nominations. Click here for more information.
Events Around Town
CLICK on the links below to access detailed information.

Health Care Academic Resource Fair
October 26th, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Health Sciences Building Lobby 
Howard Community College
Click here for more information and to RSVP. 

Spaghetti Dinner
Hosted by Cub Scout Pack 61
November 13th, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Kahler Hall
5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia
$5/person; $20 max/family

The Meeting House Gallery  - Oakland Mills Interfaith Center

The Village in Howard ~ Events and Information  

Chamber Music Series

The largest and fastest growing choral music program for older adults in the country!

Exploring Columbia On Foot, Outdoor Walks
Exploring Columbia On Foot, Outdoor Walks

The walks will be held on nine Thursdays and on Saturday from March through October.  Most walks will begin at 10 am; the walk at The Mall in Columbia begins at 8:30 am.  Registration is not required. 
  • Thurs. Oct. 26, Hickory Ridge, meet at Hawthorn Center

For further information visit:
Columbia Association News & Events

CA Headquarters and CA Member Services Office: 
6310 Hillside Court
Columbia, MD  21046
CA main number: 410-715-3000
Member Service number: 410-730-1801

For a complete listing of Columbia Association programs and events visit the CA webpage:  
Click HERE for more information. 

November 4th, 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Events at various CA facilities
Celebrate Our Community's Veterans
Friday, November 10th 
12:00-1:00 p.m. 
Downtown Columbia Lakefront 
Click here for more information.

Tech Cafe
Nov. 7; Dec. 5; Jan. 9; Feb. 6; March 6; 
April 10; May 1; and June 5
3:30-4:30 p.m.
East Columbia 50+ Center
6600 Cradlerock Way
Youth and Teen Center student volunteers will show older adults how to get the most out of their devices. For more information, call the East Columbia 50+ Center at 410-313-7684 or CA's Youth and Teen Center at 410-992-3726.
YTC@TheBarn activities:  

Make a Difference! 
If you think there is nothing for youth and teens to do in Columbia, then here is your opportunity to get involved and be a part of the solution. CA's Teen and Middle School advisory committees have monthly meetings to help young people get involved in their community by planning, organizing and implementing positive programs and activities for their peers. 

We are currently accepting middle and high schoolers for the 2017-18 school year to be members of their respective advisory committees. Meetings will be held on the first Thursday of the month. There is no meeting in October. Our next meeting is Thursday, Nov. 2 at 6:30pm.
For more information, call 410-992-3726 or email

Click here for a calendar of events at YTC@TheBarn.
Little Free Library at The Other Barn
Stop by the Little Free Library just outside the Other Barn

Browse through our selection of books and if you see one you like - please take it an enjoy.

The Little Free Library was established to foster the love of reading.
HC Drug Free Sharps and Medicine Collection Drop-off
Saturday, October 28th
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
at the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot
Have A Great Weekend

Enjoy the beauty that surrounds  
us on this delightful fall weekend. 
Sandy Cederbaum,  
Village Manager