Oakland Mills eNews

January 31, 2024

Oakland Mills Community Association

Important news & info about the community in which we live.

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Upcoming Events
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February 1, 7:00 p.m.

RAC Meeting

February 13, 7:00 p.m.

OMCA Board Meeting

Please note: Oakland Mills Community Association at The Other Barn will be closed on Monday, February 19th.

February 13, 9:00 am.

OMCA Board and OM Columbia Council Representative candidate packets available online (see Elections box below for more details).

February 15, 7:00 p.m.

RAC Meeting

February 20, 7:00 p.m.

Public Space Committee Meeting

February 27

6:00 p.m. Education Committee Meeting

7:00 p.m. OMCA Board Meeting

Contact Info

Office Hours:

Monday through Thursday

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Before you visit The Other Barn, please contact us by email or phone to schedule an appointment.

Brigitta Warren, Village Manager



Ashleigh Jacobs, Facility & Rental Coordinator 



Amy Carpenter, Events & Administrative Coordinator



Carrie Wenholz, Covenant Advisor for Letters of Compliance


Michael Vaughn, Covenant Advisor for Exterior Alteration Applications (in office Tues/Thurs)


Karina Caico, Covenant Advisor for Property Concerns (in office Mon/Wed)


Contact Board Members HERE.

The Other Barn Phone: 410-730-4610

Contact Us!

Celebrate in our amazing space!

Rent The Other Barn!

The Other Barn is currently booking events through 2025.

Please note The Other Barn will be closed to rentals from January through March 2024. If you're looking for a venue to rent from during these months, consider Stonehouse in Long Reach. Visit the Long Reach rentals page for more info.

To view The Other Barn venue photos and info, please click on the button below. Tours are by appointment only. For further questions, contact Ashleigh Jacobs 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
  • Traffic non-emergency: email hcpdtraffic@howardcountymd.gov
  • Traffic emergencies: call 911.
  • File a traffic complaint HERE.
  • Traffic & Engineering Division (info on street calming, community speed control program, etc.) HERE.

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 
Who handles what?
Want to know who handles what—CA, the Howard County Government, or the Columbia Village Community Associations? Click HERE to see a
simple breakdown.

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

Upcoming OMCA Board Meetings

For meeting agendas and past board meeting minutes, click HERE


To contact the OM Board click here.

OMCA Committees

OMCA Education Committee

Meetings are hybrid, held at The Other Barn and on Zoom on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Next meeting: February 27

Jonathan Edelson, Chair


OMCA Public Space Committee

For residents interested in the uses of Howard County's public spaces and roadways. Meets the third Tuesday of each month.

Next meeting: February 20

Warren Wortman, Chair, wwortman.omca@gmail.com

OMCA Open Space Advisory Committee
For community members who are interested in the current and future use of CA's open space.

Bill McCormack Jr., Chair

Resident Architectural Committee (RAC)

The RAC meets virtually on Zoom on the first & third Thursdays of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Next meeting: February 1

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


Architectural Covenant Processes
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

Resale Packet
Click HERE to download. Hard copies can also be purchased for $30 during regular business hours.

Covenant Complaint Form
Click HERE

2024 Oakland Mills Village Elections

Election season is approaching! If you are interested in being a part of the Oakland Mills Village Board or would like to serve as the Oakland Mills Columbia Council Representative for the upcoming Board year (May 1, 2024-April 30, 2025), visit the Oakland Mills Village elections page for information and to stay updated.

Upcoming Important Election Dates

Tuesday, February 13, 9:00 a.m.: Candidate Packets available online. If you'd like a hard copy, please email manager@oaklandmills.org to request one.

Thursday, February 15, 5:00 p.m.: Columbia Association Candidate Info Night for those running for the CA Board. Registration and info.

Wednesday, February 21, 6:30 p.m.: Info session on serving on the OM Board/CCR, held in-person at The Other Barn.

Friday March 1, 4:00 p.m.: Candidate application due.

Save the Date!

Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Election Day (in-person voting at The Other Barn). Online and mail-in voting will be available prior to Election Day. Stay tuned for more information.

For a full calendar of elections dates and to view this year's Election Guidelines, visit the Oakland Mills Village elections page.

Welcome, El Gran Sabor!

Oakland Mills' newest restaurant, El Gran Sabor, opened last week in the village center. Offering Salvadoran and Mexican cuisine, El Gran Sabor is located at 5865 Robert Oliver Place and is open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Check out their Facebook page for more information, or click the button below to view their menu.

Take a look at their menu!

OMHS Food Pantry Donations

On January 23rd, the County held a Multimodal Transportation Board virtual meeting, which included a discussion about changes that have been made since the initial shared electric scooters pilot program in Downtown Columbia and the surrounding area. If you'd like to learn more about the program, including the upcoming schedule for permitting, visit the Transportation Office's “Bikeshare & Shared Electric Scooters” webpage

OMHS Food Pantry Donations

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.

Updates from the Howard County Health Department

Cold Weather Safety

Visit the Howard County Emergency Preparedness page for info on how to stay safe during cold weather.


Howard County Urgent Care Centers

Howard County has put together a comprehensive list of available Urgent Care Centers in the County to use should you need non-emergency medical care when your healthcare provider is unavailable. Click on the Urgent Care List HERE.

Visit the Howard County Health Department webpage for info on Covid-19, flu, and RSV.

Community Events & Opportunities
More Info & Application

Try It Out Comedy: Ala Bama

February 5, 7:00 p.m.

(Doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

Busboys & Poets

6251 Mango Tree Road, Columbia

Tickets & Info

Beyond the Blues: A Visual Arts Exhibit and Concert

  • Gallery Reception and Juror Awards Ceremony: February 10, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Concert with Blues Musician Carla Harvey: February 20, 7:00 p.m.
  • Exhibition Dates: February 8 through March 2

Columbia Arts Center

6100 Foreland Garth, Columbia

Beyond the Blues features art by 65 local artists. Concert tickets will be available soon. More info.

TVIH Outreach Presentation

February 13, 1:00 p.m.

Howard County Library Miller Branch

Find out how The Village In Howard can provide opportunities for seniors who are aging-in-place to volunteer and to attend social, cultural, and educational activities. Register at http://tinyurl.com/TVIHOutreachFeb1324

Red Cross Blood Drive

February 14, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Supreme Sports Club

7080 Deepage Drive, Columbia

Save a life! More info.

Evening in the Stacks 2024

February 24, 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Howard County East Columbia Library

Evening in the Stacks is Howard County Library System’s signature annual fundraiser. One of Howard County’s most anticipated events, the East Columbia Branch transforms into a dance party for one night, with music, food stations, bars, and fun. Proceeds benefit HCLS’ early childhood initiatives that serve budding learners, our community’s most precious blossoms. More info.

Track & Field Youth Team through HCC

Enrollment Open Now Through March 2024

For Youth Ages 11-17. Discover your love for Track and Field while enhancing your athletic skills to become a top competitor. Email program coordinator Phil DeRosier at pderosier@HowardCC.edu to learn how to sign up.

HC DrugFree Free Parenting Classes - Guiding Good Choices®

Tuesdays, March 12 & 19 and April 2, 9 & 16

12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

Held virtually

Guiding Good Choices® is an evidence-based, interactive prevention program that helps you build a stronger bond with your child, while also providing skills proven to reduce the risk of children engaging in substance use or other risky behaviors. More info & registration

Yoga for Golfers

Thursdays, January 25 - March 14

6:30 to 7:45 p.m.


6110 Foreland Garth, Columbia

Boost your game! Explore the five parts of your golf swing through yoga movement. $150 for entire 8-week session. More info and registration.

Art Exhibition: Evanson Elad, Homeira Nazariyan, & Steele Hill

Now through March 1

Bernice Kish Gallery

10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia

More info

HCC Student Theatre Productions
Click HERE.
Howard Community College Concert Series
Click HERE.
St. Louis Church Concert Series
Click HERE.
The Family Institute Parenting Workshops & Newsletter
The Howard County Office of Children and Families offers free workshops through its Family Institute program. Check out the office's newsletter for more great resources.
Services & Volunteer Opportunities

HCC & Making Change Inc. Offering Free Tax Preparation Services

MakingChange, Inc. will be on HCC’s campus on the following dates and times for income tax preparation assistance for low-to-moderate income Howard County families making $64,000 or less:

  • February 12 and 21: 4:30–6:30 p.m.
  • March 16: 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • March 20, April 1, and April 10: 4:30–6:30 p.m.

Advanced registration required. Email vita2@MakingChangeCenter.org, or call 443-518-7649 for an appointment.

Diaper Giveaway

February 27, March 26, April 30, & May 28

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Howard County Health Department

Back Entrance

8930 Stanford Blvd.

HCHD's PEACE Project and MOMCares will be holding monthly diaper giveaways while supplies last. The PEACE Project team will be on-hand to answer questions and provide resources for other pregnancy needs.

Free Digital RTA Passes for HCPSS and HCC Students

Students can enjoy access to free bus passes right from their phone through the Transit app. More info

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center

8990 Old Annapolis Road, Suite A , Columbia

Call: 410-531-6677 or 410-531-6006 

24 Hour Hotline: Dial 988 


Telephone counseling, free walk-in counseling, a 24-hour suicide hotline, Mobile Crisis Team, and a Runaway Teen Program that provides crisis intervention for runaway youth and their families. The emergency shelter will still be open at its location, 6700 Freetown Road. All services are free. Marylanders with mental health or substance use issues are encouraged to call 988 to reach help.

National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Dial 988.

Civic Works Home Energy Programs

The Howard County Office of Community Sustainability has joined forces with Civic Works, a nonprofit organization committed to helping homeowners and renters in Howard County save energy. Together, we’ve established an initiative aimed at helping Howard County residents go solar and upgrade their energy efficiency. Learn more.


Find services for food, health, housing, transportation, education, employment assistance, and more. Click HERE for info.

Bike Hoco is doubling the number of Bike Corrals this year. Sign up to help support free bicycle parking at over ten Howard County events, including the Fireworks at the Lakefront, EC Springfest, HCC Greenfest, EC Music Fest, and Books in Bloom, to name a few.

Dreaming of Home Ownership

Do you have dreams of owning your own home in Howard County but can’t cover the down payment? You may be eligible to participate in the County's Settlement Downpayment Loan Program (SDLP)! Howard County’s SDLP program provides families of eligible income with a low-interest loan that helps cover the down payment and closing costs for home purchases. Applications are accepted year-round by the Department of Housing and Community Development.

A-OK Mentoring and Tutoring Volunteer Info Sessions

Would you like to be a volunteer mentor-tutor who supports Howard County, Maryland elementary and middle school students? Are you a trustworthy adult who can commit to one school year of service for a student? Attend a 30-minute info session to learn more. Register HERE. A-Ok Mentoring and Tutoring website

OMHS Community Food Pantry

Next Distribution Date:

January 31, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

at Oakland Mills HS

For pick up procedures and info on donating, click HERE. Donations can also be dropped off at The Other Barn Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 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. To view TVIH's current Village Vibe newsletter, click HERE.

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 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.
Ride RTA for Free for those 60 Years+
Did you know residents 60 years of age and older or persons with a disability can take the Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland’s (RTA) fixed route service for free? Individuals just need to complete a RTA Certified FREE Ride Card Application and submit it either via email or mailed or dropped off in person at the RTA’s Administrative Office. Once received, applications will be reviewed within 48 hours and the applicant will be contacted to have their picture taken for their RTA Certified Bus Rider ID, completed weekdays, Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. The ID can be processed in five minutes while rider waits in the lobby or it can be mailed.
To learn more about this free ride program, contact RTA Mobility at 1-800-270-9553, press option 3, then option 6.

A Home Of Our Own Howard is a nonprofit organization that provides furniture and household items at no cost in a timely fashion to individuals, veterans, and families in Howard County Maryland who are transitioning from homelessness. Learn more about services or how to donate volunteer HERE.

Columbia Community Care
Free food and goods for those in need. Volunteers and donations welcome.
For food distribution dates and location and other information please visit the CCC website for details.

The Loan Closet of Howard County

7125 Riverwood Drive, Suite D1, Columbia

Need medical equipment? Try The Loan Closet. Appointments are required for all services; call 410-313-0363 (voice/relay) to discuss your needs. More info.

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

Howard County Food Connections Map

Interactive tool to help you find low-cost, accessible food and nutrition resources in the County. Also find transit routes/stops. Click HERE.

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
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.
Childcare Scholarship Program
Fast Track Child Care Scholarship: Fast Track shortens the application process time to three business days for help with child care expenses, and includes 60 days of child care assistance while your application is processed, if you are eligible! Use the MSDE scholarship inquiry form to submit questions. Ready to get started? Contact Amber Eash, aeash@howardcountymd.gov, or Carla Lunn, clunn@howardcountymd.gov, Family Resource Specialists, for support to complete the application.  

If you’re a working parent, in school or participating in an approved training program you may be eligible for the Child Care Scholarship Program. For more information and step-by-step instructions to complete an application click HERE or contact the CARE Line at 410-313-2273 or children@howardcountymd.gov.
Columbia Association News & Events
CA Headquarters & Member Services Office

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

February KidSpace Movie Night

February 2 , 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Columbia Athletic Club

February 10, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Supreme Sports Club

February 17, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Columbia Athletic Club

February 24, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Columbia Gym

Bring your child to enjoy an evening of fun activities, pizza, popcorn and a movie! For children ages 4-13. Registration & Info

Columbia Ice Rink

Located in the Oakland Mills Village Center (5876 Thunder Hill Rd)

  • Instructional Hockey Session 3: January 7 – February 18, 2024
  • Learn to Skate Session: January 3 – February 18, 2024

More info and registration on the Columbia Ice Rink website.

Become a Lifeguard!

Enjoy flexible hours, a fun work environment, competitive pay and a free CA Fit&Play membership — including pools, gyms and so much more! Apply now!

What's Cooking in Columbia?

Columbia Maryland Archives

Online Exhibit

See these cookbooks and recipes in CMA's collection. Click on the image arrows (they're white, so they may be hard to see) to flip through some of the recipe books. See exhibit.


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 @ The Barn


Phone: 410-992-3726

Teen Center Director: Rene Buckmon, Rene.Buckmon@columbiaassociation.org

Middle School Advisory Movie Night

February 9, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

The Barn

5853 Robert Oliver Place

Free for youth in grades 6-8! Come out to watch a great movie YOU will help select. All registered guests will vote on the movie to be shown during movie nite. Enjoy Door Prizes and free popcorn. Pizza, snacks, and soda will be on sale. Register by February 7th. 

Drop-in Program

Is your child looking for a community of peers, great activities, and a whole lot of fun? Sign them up for the Drop-In program at the Youth and Teen Center! It has a range of educational, enrichment and recreational opportunities that support positive peer interaction, hands-on learning opportunities, decision-making, and development of life skills. September's calendar is full of fun activities including sports, trivia, art classes and more.

Other Resources/Info

Howard County Bureau of Environmental Services

Curbside Yard Trim Collection has ended and will resume April 6. Households participating in the Feed the Green Bin program can continue to put out yard waste.

BGE Natural Gas Info Pages
If you smell gas, call 911.
Learn how BGE responds to, assesses and repairs natural gas leaks HERE.

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.
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. 
Visit OMO!
One CLICK opens the door to become engaged in a community-based, multi-generational social learning environment.

The mission of the Oakland Mills Local Leadership Team is to mobilize residents of Oakland Mills Village to build an equitable and cohesive community that helps children, youth and families thrive.

Howard County Public Library

Visit the Howard County Public Library website to access virtual educational resources & events and more.

Little Free Library at The Other Barn
The free little library is open to the public.  Please feel free 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.