OM eNEWS                                  September 8, 2017    

Oakland Mills Community Association

News about the community we live in and information of importance and interest. 


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In This Issue
SAVE THE DATE - September Happenings at The Other Barn
Contact Us
OM Schools
Celebrate Life's Special Events at The Other Barn
OM Nursery Schools
Community Police Update
Report Broken Cable Boxes
Contact Howard County
Patronize our Merchants!
Little Free Library
Find us on Facebook and the Web
Important News Items
Jazz in the Mills 2017
Pedestrian/Bike Bridge Closure
Lively Arts For Little Ones
Oakland Mills Fall Festival
Fire & Fall Prevention Workshop For Older Adults
Rehab.Renew.Restore - Saving Columbia's Tree Canopy
Columbia Solar Cooperative
AC and Dehumidifier Recycling
Farmers Market Every Sunday in OM
Events Around Town
Exploring Columbia On Foot
CA News & Events
Calendar Dates
Upcoming Programs & Events at The Other Barn

Sept. 12, 6:00 p.m. -OMCA Education Committee  
Sept. 12, 7:00 p.m. - OMCA Board Meeting
Sept. 17, 5:00 p.m. - Jazz in the Mills
Sept. 26, 7:00 p.m. - OMCA Board Meeting 
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Office Hours
Mon - Thurs
9:00 am - 8:30 pm
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

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!

Oakland Mills
Oakland Mills
Police Office News
We are pleased to welcome
Officer Roberto Lopez, the new Community Policing Officer assigned to Oakland Mills and Sergeant James Zammillo, the Supervisor of all Community Policing Officers. We are thrilled to have such dedicated officers working in our community.

PLEASE NOTE that the Oakland Mills Police Office (trailer) does not have business hours. The best way to reach Officer Lopez is by email at:

For emergencies call
9 1 1

For Non-Emergencies call 
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.

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. 
Basically if something on a county right-of-way or public road or sidewalk looks "out of whack" please use this site to report it.

THIS IS NOT a site for 911 emergencies or police or fire issues. 

Social Security Scam
Do you collect social security? This new scam could be targeting you. Click HERE to learn more.

Sweeptstakes & Lottery Scams
Winning a sweepstakes or lottery may seem like a dream come true. But that dream can turn into a nightmare when you discover that instead of winning, you've lost money on a bogus sweepstakes or lottery. Click  HERE to find out how to spot these scams and report them.

Click HERE to view
more Scam Alerts 
Check out all there is to know about Howard County  by clicking the icon below.  

Support Oakland Mills Merchants
Please Support Our 

Little Free Library
Stop by the 
Little Free Library

Located just outside the Other Barn next to the Courtyard.  It's open 24/7!

Our Oakland Mills Little Free Library is a very popular destination in the village center.
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The Other Barn
A great place to rent for
social events &
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Oakland Mills Village
Our community home!
visit on the web:

Oakland Mills Board of Directors Discussion Group 
Join or Start the Conversation!

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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: 

September 12, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.,  
OMCA Education Committee
September 12, 7:00 p.m.
Click HERE to view agenda. 
September 26, 7:00 p.m.
- Andy Stack, Chair, Columbia Association Board of Directors will present a CA Board Update at the OM Board Meeting.
- OMCA Covenant Advisors will present their Quarterly Reports

View past OMCA board meeting minutes 
For a list of committees and committee chairs click  HERE. 
Oakland Mills Education Committee
The education committee's next meeting will be September 12th at 6:00 p.m. at  The Other Barn.
School Redistricting: 
The AAC recommendation to the Interim Superintendent will be presented to the public on September 12 and 13, 2017. Click here for more info about future meetings and public hearings. 
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, September 21st at 7:30 pm at The Other Barn.  Sign-in begins at 7:00 p.m. 
A list of applications for the September 21st  meeting are listed  HERE. 
If you would like to file an online complaint about a property in Oakland Mills follow this  LINK.
Jazz in the Mills Presents
The Thad Wilson Orchestra featuring
Alison Crockett
Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Thad Wilson Orchestra featuring Alison Crockett. 
Sunday, September 17, 2017 
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  
at The Other Barn 
Thad's music is best described in one word: AUTHENTIC. He is a world renowned and much sought after trumpet player. With him will be Alison Crockett - "she's the real deal."
Advance tickets are $20 each and At-The-Door are $25.
Advance tickets can be purchased at The Other Barn or online at: 
Jazz in the Mills is sponsored by Ms. Lavenia Nesmith and the Oakland Mills Community Association. Snacks and beverages available for sale at the performance.

For further information contact Lavenia at or Sandy Cederbaum at
No refunds or replacement tickets.
Future shows: Dec. 3, Holiday Jazz Extravaganza featuring Shirleta Settles 
US-29 Pedestrian/Bike Bridge Closure
The pedestrian/bike bridge that connects Oakland Mills with downtown Columbiais closed for approximately 3 months while a new bridge crossing is constructed. Information about alternative routes are av ailable.  Click the link below.

A new bridge will be installed by the County.  A photo of the new bridge is included below. We are very excited about the new bridge and hope that the transportation alternatives during the closure will enable residents to get back and forth easily.   
Click here for more information.
Lively Arts For Little Ones
Our Season Begins on Friday, Oct. 13th
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.   
Shows are at 10 a.m.Here's our line-up: 
Friday, October 13, ROCKNOCEROS 
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.  
Oakland Mills Fall Festival  
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Oakland Mills Village Center and 
The Other Barn Courtyard

Come to our annual festival filled with great crafts, festival food, free crafts for kids, and continuous entertainment on our Courtyard Stage.
The event is held rain or shine (inside the Other Barn if it's raining).

We are currently seeking craft vendors, non-profits, and food vendors.  If you would like to participate please click HERE for a vendor application and festival info .
Remembering When:
Fire and Fall Prevention for Older Adults
Tuesday, October 17th, 7:00-8:00 pm
at The Other Barn

Do you know how many smoke alarms you should have in your home? What two things should you do with your stairways? Not quite sure? Come listen to Howard County Fire & Rescue address these and many other issues.
Sponsored by the Oakland Mills Community Safety and Security Committee.  No rsvp required. Open to all! 
Renew.  Rehab. Replace....and Restore
October 28, 9:30 - noon at The Other Barn
A workshop focused on the conserving of Columbia's tree canopy.
Saturday, October 28, 2017  
9:30 - noon at The Other Barn

Renew.Rehab.Replace....Restore. The final workshop in our series - Renew, Rehab, Restore will focus on Columbia's leafy street scape.  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 of 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:
Columbia Solar Cooperative
Information Session
Tuesday, September 12th 
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  
Amherst House
7251 Eden Brook Dr., Columbia

Learn how to save 20% off the cost of solar panels, lower your electricity bills, and improve your property value. For more information, click here.
AC and Dehumidifier Recycling Event

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.
Events Around Town
CLICK on the links below to access detailed information.

Under The Harvest Moon - Sat. Sept. 9
7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Merriweather Park
  Click HERE for details.
visit the website for a complete listing of upcoming events to celebrate Columbia's 50th Birthday.

Saturday, Sept. 9, 8:30am-7pm
Lake Kittamaqundi and Wilde Lake 

Columbia Association provides FREE entertainment all summer long at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront!

Rethinking Retirement: A Columbia Perspective on Aging 
Thursday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m. to noon 
Historic Oakland (5430 Vantage Point Road)
Please call 410-992-1241 for more information and to register for this free event.

Saturday, September 16, 11am-3pm
Wilde Lake Park (near the boathouse)
Saturday, September 23, Noon-4 pm
Lake Elkhorn Park

Saturday, September 23, 9:30 am
Lake Elkhorn Dock

Registration is open fall arts classes.

The Village in Howard ~ Events and Information

Sundays At Three
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. Sept. 14, Harpers Choice, meet at Hobbits Glen Pool
  • Thurs. Oct. 12, Downtown Columbia, meet at Lakefront Plaza (10275 Little Patuxent Parkway)
  • 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:  

BikeAbout - Saturday, September 23rd
Click Here for more information:
YTC@TheBarn activities: 
Save the Dates: Columbia Teen Idol Auditions and Competition Coming Soon

The road to crowning this year's Teen Idol begins this September, when Columbia Association will host four auditions for its annual Hear My Voice Columbia Teen Idol Competition.

The auditions will be held on:
  • Tuesday, Sept. 12
  • Thursday, Sept. 14
  • Tuesday, Sept. 19
  • Wednesday, Sept. 20
Locations and times are still to be determined and will be posted at (Click on "Upcoming Events Calendar"). Registration for auditions is not required but is preferred by calling 410-992-3726. No music is necessary for auditions. Explicit lyrics are not allowed.

The finale will be held on Sunday, Oct. 15 from 3-6pm. The top three places will receive a cash prize, and a People's Choice Award will also be selected by the crowd. The competition is open to Howard County performers from sixth grade through 12th grade. All Teen Idol finalists must agree to participate in a community service project organized by CA's Youth and Teen Center @ The Barn.   
Click here for a calendar of events at YTC@TheBarn.
Have A Great Weekend
Have a great weekend around town.

There are some many great things going on this weekend for you to enjoy!
Sandy Cedderbaum, Village Manager