Oakland Mills eNews
November 22, 2021
Upcoming Events
CALL AHEAD or CHECK EMAILS and FACEBOOK to find out the status of meetings and events.
November 23rd

RAC Meeting

A Night of Holiday Lights in Oakland Mills
December 11th, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Oakland Mills Board and Staff
Our best wishes to the Oakland Mills cOMmunity for a wonderful Thanksgiving. The OM office will be closed for the holiday on Thursday and Friday (11/25 and 11/26).
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!

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
OM Community Resource Officer:
PFC Matthew Paul
Non-emergency phone: 410-313-2614
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.
OMCA Committees
OMCA Education Committee
Meets virtually on Zoom the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m.
Next meeting: November 23rd

OMCA Public Space Committee
Meets virtually on Zoom the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
Next meeting: December 21st
Resident Architectural Committee (RAC)
Meets virtually on Zoom on the first & third Thursdays of each month at 7:00 p.m.
Next meeting: December 2nd

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.
OMHS Food Pantry Donations at The Other Barn
We are now taking donations for the OMHS food pantry at The Other Barn. Drop off items Monday through Thursday between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Click HERE to see a list of items needed. (Please note the OM office will be closed from 11/24 - 11/28)
Rake up Those Fall Leaves!
Howard County Recycling offers three choices for curbside leaf 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.)
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.
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.
Health Insurance Open Enrollment Period
Community Events
Howard County Arts Council
Holiday Maker-Mart
  • Maker-Mart: December 2nd, 5:30 to 8:30p.m.
  • Juried Holiday Market: December 3rd through 12th, Hours: Tues-Fri, 4-8 p.m. & Sat-Sun 12-4 p.m.
Virtual 50+ Expo
Now through January 31st
DCRS’ Office on Aging and Independence (OAI) is a proud sponsor of the Beacon Virtual 50+EXPO, an online event which features an interactive website with information and resources geared to older adults. Now through January 31st, visitors can access content on demand 24 hours a day from https://beacon50expo.com/
Consumer Protection Day
December 8th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Howard County MultiService Center
9900 Washington Boulevard, Suite I, Laurel
Join the Howard County Office of Consumer Protection for a free educational opportunity. Learn about:
  • Landlord-Tenant Laws
  • Towing from Private Property
  • Consumer Complaints
  • Making Smart Purchasing Decisions
  • Tips to Avoid Scams
  • Resources and Information.
For more information/accommodations, call 410-313-0220 one week in advance. Website
Workshops & Activities for Families
Visit the Howard County Office of Children & Families' November newsletter to find out about upcoming workshops and activities as well as parenting tips.
Undesign the Redline Exhibit
Now through February 2022
At the Howard County Library Central Branch
This interactive exhibit outlines the Federal government’s role in enacting housing discrimination along racial and ethnic lines into law and the continuing impacts today, nationally and locally. Tour the exhibit on your own, as part of a public tour, or with a group in a private tour. More info.
Events At The Chrysalis
Click HERE to see the full lineup of concerts and yoga.
Candlelight Concert Series
Click HERE.
Services & Volunteer Opportunities
OMHS Food Pantry
Next Distribution Date:
December 15th, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
For pick up procedures and info on donating, click HERE. Donations can also be dropped of at The Other Barn Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. More info.
Free Bikes 4 Kidz
Got a bike to give away? Donate to Free Bikes 4 Kidz. The organization also has volunteer opportunities. More info HERE.
Community Action Council: Ways to Help
  • Donate to CAC's Season of Hope HERE
  • Sign up here to volunteer.
  • Create meals kits for the Howard County Food Bank. Learn more by emailing Rachel Sanborn rsanborn@cac-hc.org
  • Give a financial contribution to the Community Action Council by donating here.
  • Participate in Giving Tuesday on November 30, 2021, when we will raise funds to continue support of S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in our Early Childhood Education Program
  • Sign up to adopt one of our Early Childhood Education families by emailing Rachel Sanborn rsanborn@cac-hc.org
  • Purchase a coat for a family in need by emailing Rachel Sanborn rsanborn@cac-hc.org
  • Select items off of CAC's wish list here.
Community Action Council Assistance
Community Action Council offers housing assistance, energy 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.
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.
Howard County Food Bank
Shop for the Foods YOU want at the Howard County Food Bank. All shopping trips are family-choice. Fresh items such as milk, eggs, hygiene products, meats, produce are all on hand each time. Families who may qualify should visit www.CAC-HC.org or call 410-313-6440 for more details.
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.
Howard County Residents Assistance
Info on Covid-19 resources, food assistance, housing help, social services, and more. HERE
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.
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. November Newsletter
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

December 4, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Columbia Mall, at the food court between the escalators!

CA's FY23 Budget Process
Learn about CA's budget process and see important meeting dates HERE.
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.

Learn more at ColumbiaConversation.org.
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 has afterschool drop-in programming, fun events, and more. Click HERE to see what's happening at the YTC!
Job Opportunities & Other Resources/Info
Howard County Recycling
Holiday Slide Schedule
No curbside collections on Thanksgiving Day. Collections will slide to the next day for the rest of that week.

The 2021 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) season will come to a close on Saturday, November 27th.
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 open for 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.