Oakland Mills eNews
September 13, 2021
Upcoming Events
CALL AHEAD or CHECK EMAILS and FACEBOOK to find out the status of meetings and events.
September 14th, 7:00 p.m.
Presentation by the Howard County Office of Transportation about changes to Oakland Mills Road.
September 16th, 7:30 p.m.

September 21st, 7:00 p.m.
OM Public Space Committee Meeting

September 28th
7:00 p.m. OMCA Virtual Board Meeting

October 2nd, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Oakland Mills Fall Festival
(Outside The Other Barn)
MASK POLICY - For the safety of all, and regardless of one's vaccination status, everyone at The Other Barn is required to wear a mask. Thank you!
Contact Us!
Please note that regardless of vaccination status and for the safety of all, we are requiring that masks be worn by everyone when at the Other Barn.

The OMCA staff is working a hybrid schedule. Before you visit the Other Barn, please contact us by email or phone to leave a message and schedule an appointment.
Sandy Cederbaum, Village Manager
Brigitta Warren, Facility and Event Coordinator 
Amy Carpenter, Administrative Assistant 
Carrie Wenholz, Covenant Advisor for Letters of Compliance

Michael Vaughn, Covenant Advisor for Exterior Alteration Applications

Karina Caico, Covenant Advisor for Property Concerns

Contact Board Members HERE.

The Other Barn Phone: 410-730-4610
(Messages only)
Rent The Other Barn!
The Other Barn is currently booking events through 2023. To view venue photos and info, please click on the button below. Tours are by appointment only.
For further questions, contact Brigitta Warren at events@oaklandmills.org. Follow The Other Barn on Facebook!
Other Important Community Contact Info
Howard County Police
For emergencies, call 911
Non-emergencies: 410-313-2200

Oakland Mills Neighborhood Community Resource Officer: Cpl. Joseph DeBronzo
Howard County Government Website
  • Howard County Assistance page (Covid-19 emergency assistance & resources) 
  • Covid-19 County Updates HERE
Howard County Council
Oakland Mills is located in Council District 2 and represented by Opel Jones. 
  • District 1 - Liz Walsh Website 
  • District 2 - Opel Jones Website 
  • District 3 - Christiana Mercer Rigby Website 
  • District 4 - Deb Jung Website 
  • District 5 - David Yungmann Website 
New to the neighborhood? Welcome hOMto Oakland Mills! We'd love to virtually welcome you to OM. Email manager@oaklandmills.org and we'll send you all of the great info you need to feel right at hOMe!
Oakland Mills Board of Directors
Board News
The OMCA Board will continue to meet virtually until further notice. (Click date for link.)

Upcoming OMCA Board Meetings

Agendas for upcoming board meetings are posted four days prior on this page. Past board meeting minutes can also be found on this page. 
To contact the OM Board click here.
A Friendly MOWING Reminder
Property owners are reminded that it is their responsibility to mow the islands that are adjacent to sidewalks surrounding your property. Please make sure that this is done as part of routine lawn care. Please also trim bushes and overhanging plants from the sidewalk. Thank you!
OMCA Committees
OMCA Education Committee
Meets the fourth Tuesday of each month (virtually on Zoom) at 6:00 p.m.
Next meeting: September 28th

OMCA Public Space Committee
Meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
Next meeting: September 21st

Resident Architectural Committee (RAC)
Meets virtually (Zoom) on the first & third Thursdays of each month.
Next meeting: September 16th

Info/list of applications will be posted five days in advance of the meeting HERE.

Architectural Covenant Processes
For info on architectural covenant processes, visit the Covenant Tab on the Oakland Mills website.

Exterior Alterations Applications Info
Click HERE.

Request For Letter of Compliance
Click HERE

Property Concerns
If you have a concern about your property or another in Oakland Mills, please email Karina Caico, Covenant Advisor for Property Concerns, at: propertyconcerns@oaklandmills.org.
OMCA Donation Request Policy
The Oakland Mills Board of Directors is accepting donation requests from local non-profit organizations. We are accepting requests through October 15, 2021 and the board will discuss requests and vote on donation recipients during the month of November, 2021. All request letters should be sent by email to

Please review the information on the attached document DONATION REQUEST INFORMATION and make sure that your request submission contains all required information.

Questions? Email manager@oaklandmills.org
Oakland Mills Fall Festival: Seeking Vendors
Oakland Mills Fall Festival
October 2nd, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Other Barn (outside)
5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia
The Oakland Mills Community Association is happy to announce that we will be hosting our Oakland Mills Fall Festival in person! Enjoy live music, festival food, community and craft vendors, children’s crafts, and much more.

If you'd like to be a vendor, email Brigitta Warren at events@oaklandmills.org.
Free Master Gardener Presentations
River Hill Fall 2021 Master Gardener Presentations
Three classes will be offered on Zoom.

Long Reach Master Gardener Presentations
Offered online. Register HERE.
  • Beyond Honeybees: Meet Our Native Bees (Sept. 27th, 7:00 p.m.)
  • Rain Barrels: Why and How (Oct. 25th, 7:00 p.m.)
  • Using Citizen Science to Guide Your Gardening (Nov. 15th, 7:00 p.m.)
Spare that Tree!

Trees with dead leaves and branches are showing up all over the area. Does that mean they're dying? Not necessarily. Read more to learn about what's really happening and about Oakland Mills' covenant guidelines regarding tree removal.
Oakland Mills Farmers Market
Howard County Farmers Market in OM!
Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Oakland Mills Village Center Parking Lot

The Howard County Sunday Farmers' Market is open on Sundays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 p.m. in the Oakland Mills Village Center parking lot close to the Robert Oliver Place bus stop and the Interfaith Center.

For more information, please visit the Howard County Farmers' Market website or their Facebook page.
County & Statewide Vaccination Info
Need to replace, print, or view your Covid-19 vaccination card? Visit the Maryland Department of Health’s “Maryland MyIR” website.
Community Events
HoCo By Design Draft Plan Workshop Series 
Attend a virtual meeting:
September 13th, 6:00 p.m.
September 14th, 11:30 a.m.

Or attend an in-person meeting:
September 15th, 4: 00 p.m.
George Howard Building, Banneker Room
3430 Court House Drive
Ellicott City

And complete the survey (attendance of a meeting not required).
More info and registration HERE.
Virtual Overdose Response Training
Sept. 14th, 3:00 p.m. Register
Learn how to save a life after an overdose. Free Narcan kits are available to attendees. Must pre-register with the Howard County Health Department. More info HERE.
Grief, Loss, and Trauma Series
The Horizon Foundation, in partnership with Gilchrist and the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing, will host a fall series on grief, loss and trauma. More info & registration.
  • Caring for Yourself (Sept. 14th, 10:00 a.m.) 
  • Caring for Youth (Sept. 21st, 10:00 a.m.) 
  • Caring for Older Adults (Sept. 28th, 10:00 a.m.) 
  • Caring for Each Other (Oct. 5th, 10:00 a.m.
HC DrugFree Medication & Sharps Disposal
October 23rd, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Wilde Lake Village Center
Events At The Chrysalis
Click HERE to see the full lineup of concerts and yoga.
Rep Stage In-person Productions
Rep Stage has delayed its production schedule due to Covid-19. More details and schedule HERE.
Services & Volunteer Opportunities
HC DrugFree: Work and Volunteer Opportunities
Are you an adult looking for part-time work or a fulfilling volunteer opportunity? Or a college student looking for an internship, a volunteer experience, or a job? For fall 2021 and spring 2022, HC DrugFree is looking for 1) adult with a flexible schedule and 2) highly-talented, dependable, and mature college students. Click here to access the first step of the online application process. 
Howard County General Hospital's Member Care Support Network
Receive FREE support while recovering from a health crisis (weekly calls, wellness checks, connection to community resources, and more). To qualify, you must be 18 or older and live or worship in Howard County. To enroll or for more information, email HCGH-J2BH@jhmi.edu or call 410-740-7601.
A-OK Mentoring: Volunteers Needed!
A-OK Mentoring & Tutoring is actively recruiting volunteers to support Howard County elementary and middle school students for the '21-'22 school year. Click HERE to see when the next information session is. More info on the A-OK Mentoring website.
Columbia Community Care
Free food and goods for those in need. Volunteers and donations welcome.
The distribution site has relocated to the front of Oakland Mills Middle School and other locations. Please visit the CCC website for details. For more info, click HERE.
OMHS Food Pantry
September 29th, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
For pick up procedures and info on donating, click HERE.
Community Action Council
Community Action Council offers housing assistance, utility assistance, food assistance, and early childhood education. Visit www.cac-hc.org to learn more. Get support or get involved now by calling 410-313-6440.
Howard County Multiservice Center Food Pantry
9900 Washington Blvd, Suite 1, Laurel
Mondays & Wednesdays, 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Third Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
More info: EnglishSpanish
Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland
Meals on Wheels provides nutritious meals once a week for seniors, as well as support and safety-net services. To learn more about services or to donate/volunteer, click HERE.
Howard County Residents Assistance
Info on Covid-19 resources, food assistance, housing help, social services, and more. HERE
Energy Assistance
Energy assistance through Community Action Council. If you or someone you know is in need, visit the CAC website for more info.
The Village in Howard
The Village in Howard is a member-based community of Howard County residents 55 and older. Membership benefits enable members to actively age in place. September Newsletter
Howard County Directory of Behavioral Services for Youth
Many youth are facing mental health challenges during this time. Click HERE for a thorough list of providers and services.
Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center
6700 Freetown Road, Columbia
Call: 410-531-6677 or 410-531-6006 
24 Hour Hotline: Dial 211 
Telephone counseling, free walk-in counseling, emergency shelter for the homeless, a 24-hour suicide hotline, Mobile Crisis Team, and a Runaway Teen Program that provides crisis intervention for runaway youth and their families. All services are free. Marylanders with mental health or substance use issues are encouraged to "Call 211 and Press One" to reach help.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace Beds for Children in Need
Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a charity that builds beds for kids who don't have their own. If your child or a child you know is sleeping on the floor, a sofa, an air mattress, or with other siblings or parents, you can request a bed by visiting www.shpbeds.org/request-bed or emailing md-howardco@shpbeds.org. SHP delivers the bunks/single beds along with new mattresses, pillows, sheets, and comforters.
Columbia Association News & Events
CA Headquarters & Member Services Office
Please call or email. Most CA staff work remotely and the CA Member Service Center is accessible by phone.  
6310 Hillside Court
Columbia, MD 21046
CA main number: 410-715-3000
Member Services number: 410-730-1801

Columbia Conversations
The team at Columbia Association wants to talk to you about what you love about Columbia, what you don't, why you're here, and what you'd like to see.

CA International Programs: Volunteer!
Looking for a way to learn more about the cultures represented here in Columbia while helping others to do the same? Volunteers are needed for:
  • The Mall in Columbia's 50th Birthday on September 25th
  • The Long Reach 50th celebration on October 16th
  • Upcoming World Language Cafes
Email grace.chang@columbiaassociation.org for all of the ways to get involved.
CA Yards Alive
Yards Alive! is an exciting new program established to educate by CA's Climate & Sustainability Committee and Oakland Mills residents about more sustainable landscaping practices. Oakland Mills is the location of the first pilot program. Visit the Yards Alive! Blog to learn more about the program and about ways you can improve your little square of paradise. The Yards Alive! blog has articles written by your Oakland Mills neighbors.

Does your land abut CA Open Space? Then you could qualify to have CA pay for half of your home's boundary survey!

To ensure accurate installation of exterior alterations within your property boundaries, a survey of your property can be done. In order to assist with that effort and to prevent encroachments onto CA Open Space, the 50/50 Survey Program was created. CA now offers a discounted survey for community members who own property adjacent to CA Open Space.
For more information and to take advantage of this program, email: RealEstateServices@ColumbiaAssoication.org.
Youth and Teen Center @TheBarn
Phone: 410-992-3726

The Youth and Teen Center is now OPEN! Welcome back!

Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers! Interested in serving on the Teen Advisory Committee? The committee meets once a month to plan activities for youth throughout Columbia. Contact Rene M. Buckmon at (410) 992-3726 or Rene.Buckmon@ColumbiaAssociation.org for more info.
Other Resources & Info
Howard County Recycling

It's almost fall, and that means leaf and other yard trim! What to do with it all? Howard County Recycling offers three choices for collection:
  • Feed the Green Bin. (Info HERE.)
  • Use your own reusable bin (must be lidless and weigh less than 40 pounds).
  • Use paper yard trim bags. (Tie up bundles of sticks less than 4' long; no plastic bags accepted.)
Need help getting fast, reliable internet?
Visit Consumer Action's fact sheets to learn about discounted internet and phone service:
See Click Fix
See Click Fix is an interactive website 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.
Visit OMO!
One CLICK opens the door to become engaged in a community-based, multi-generational social learning environment.
Oakland Mills United is a community organization that advocates for Oakland Mills through education, empowerment, and demanding change. OMU empowers OM's students, schools, and community by providing programs to address the needs of students and families. 
Howard County Public Library
The Howard County Library System is now open for limited in-person services! More Info

Visit the Howard County Public Library website to access virtual educational resources & events and more.
Little Free Library at The Other Barn
While we are away...
The free little library is open to the public. While our OM librarian is away please feel free to continue to leave a book and take a book so that OM can continue to enjoy reading and sharing. 

Please remember that only books that you would find at the HoCo Library should be left in our library and be appropriate in nature.
Support our OM Merchants
Visit the OM Website for a complete list of merchants and businesses. All Oakland Mills merchants are open and would love your support! 
HC DrugFree provides resources and education on prevention, treatment, recovery, and health and wellness to help Howard County residents develop knowledge and skills to understand and address behavioral health (substance use and mental health) disorders. HC DrugFree website
Please remember to pick up after your pet! More folks than ever are using our beautiful paths. Please don't leave anything behind.