OM eNews                  October 25, 2019
Oakland Mills Community Association
News about the community we live in and information of importance and interest  
Highlights In This Issue

Upcoming Events and Programs
at The Other Barn
November 4th: 
Breakfast with Santa tickets on sale for OM residents only (event date: December 7th)
November 4th: 
Gingerbread House Decorating tickets on sale (event date: December 11th)
November 12th, 7:00 p.m.
OMCA Board Meeting
November 15th, 10:00 a.m.
Lively Arts: Mr. Hyson
November 26th, 7:00 p.m.
OMCA Board Meeting
Contact Us
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Office Hours
*Please note that we will be closed some weeknights at 5 p.m.  Please call before stopping by.  
Mon - Thurs 
9:00 am - 8:00 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:
  Karina Caico 
(Property Concern Issues)
office hours: Mon, Wed, Thurs. 10-4

Carrie Wenholz
(Exterior Alteration Applications)
(Letters of Covenant Compliance) 
office hours: Tues - Thurs 11-4 
Support our OM Merchants
Visit the  OM Website  for a complete list of merchants and businesses.
Lucky's China Inn  410-997-5454
Vennari's Pizza   410-884-8500
Second Chance Saloon  443-545-5844
Pizzaman  410-992-9553
Sams Mart 410-992-0300
Little Caesars  410-730-2100
Dunkin'  443-472-6140
Celebrate Life's Events at 

Contact Brigitta Warren, Facility Coordinator, for details about renting this venue!
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Little Free Library at 
The Other Barn
Stop by our Little Free Library and browse through our selection of books. If you see one you like, please take it and enjoy!  The Little Free Library was established to foster the love of reading.
Oakland Mills Farmers Market
Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  
OM Village Center 
(near the Interfaith Center and the bus shelter)
Click HERE for a list of vendors and other information.
Support Oakland Mills Schools!
Click on the school name to link to the school's website.
Nursery Co-Op located in OM
Located in the Thunder Hill Neighborhood Center
OMHS Food Pantry
Donations Needed!
Drop off at The Other Barn
during regular business hours
The OMHS Food Pantry will be opening its doors soon, and donations are needed to fill its shelves. Find more details HERE.

A-OK Mentoring: Volunteers Needed!
A-OK volunteers serve as mentors and tutors  for preschool and elementary school children and middle school youth  in Howard County schools and in community programs. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age and be able to work during weekday daytime hours.

Email  or call 
443-895-2457 for more information.
Oakland Mills Neighborhood Community Resource Officer
PFC Roberto Lopez

For emergencies call

If You See Something, Say Something

For Non-Emergencies call
Other Useful Contact Info:
General info: 410-313-3200 or

Anonymous tips: 410-313-STOP or

Drug activity tips: 410-290-DRUG or

Gang activity tips:

Oakland Mills Road Complete Streets Study Open House
October 30th, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Christ Episcopal Church
6800 Oakland Mills Rd, Columbia
Hosted by the HC Office of Transportation. A 15-minute presentation summarizing the process and concepts will be given at both 6:30 and 7:30 p.m, but interested community members are encouraged to drop in any time.  For those who cannot attend the meeting, exhibits will be posted at the Office of Transportation's website the day after the meeting, and an opportunity to comment will be open until November 13th. Howard County anticipates a final report on the study by late fall.

Deer Management Dates
Blandair Park (North): 
Bow Only - 11/7/2019, 12/5/2019, & 1/14/2020
The Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks has announced its fall/winter schedule for managing the deer population through bow and shotgun managed hunts. Each park will be closed on its scheduled days for all other uses from dawn until noon during the managed hunt operations. The managed hunt program gives specially-screened, approved hunters daytime access to various parks with a combination of archery equipment or shotguns. For more information, click HERE.
Howard County Council Contact Info
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
District 4 - Deb Jung  Website 
District 5 - David Yungmann  Website 
See Click Fix
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.
Howard County Recycling
It's time to rake those leaves! Check out Howard County's info sheet on what to do with all those leaves.
Department of Public Works Notification System
Get email alerts for water outages, sanitary sewer overflows, and other general utility information. To sign up, click HERE. . For more information about County services
Please remember to pick up after your pets!
Fido is very cute but Fido's poop is very nasty.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace
Beds for Children in Need
Collection Bin located in the lobby of The Other Barn. Needed: new twin-sized bedding sets, sheet sets, and comforters.
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 or emailing SHP delivers the bunks/single beds along with new mattresses, pillows, sheets, and comforters.
OMCA Board Meetings 
and Announcements
Oakland Mills Board of Directors  

Upcoming Board Meetings 

November 12th, 7:00 p.m.: OMCA Board Meeting
November 26th, 7:00 p.m.:  OMCA Board Meeting

All board meetings are at The Other Barn. Agendas for upcoming board meetings are posted 6 days prior on this PAGE.  

View past board meeting minutes HERE 
To contact the OM Board click HERE
   Board of Directors Facebook
   Discussion Page: 
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OM Education Committee
Meetings held on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at The Other Barn. Stay tuned for the date of the next meeting.
BWI Roundtable 
Regional 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 Architectural Committee (RAC)
Halloween Reminders
Li ttle ones will be out trick-or-treating soon, so here are a few things to remember:
  • DRIVE SLOW and watch out for trick-or-treaters Halloween night.
  • Keep your porch light on to indicate that your are receiving trick-or-treaters
  • Put out a teal pumpkin if you offer allergy-safe treats (more info HERE)
Blessings in a Backpack for TSES
Talbott Springs Elementary School is in need of monetary donations to support an increase (double!) of students receiving Blessings in a Backpack for the 2019-2020 school year. The cost to feed one child over the entire the school year is $130. Visit and specify that your donation is for Talbott Springs Elementary School, Columbia, Maryland. Donations are tax deductible.
Lively Arts Presents Mr. Jon & Friends
Breakfast with Santa
Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 7th
at The Other Barn
Two Seatings: 9:00 and 9:45 a.m.
T ickets on sale for OM residents beginning   November 4th  (general public after November 22nd).
Cost: $5 for everyone ages 2 and older

Enjoy breakfast, holiday crafts, and a conversation and photo with Santa.  Limited tickets available. Must be purchased in advance.

For more information, email Brigitta Warren  at or call 410-730-4610. 
Sponsored by the Oakland Mills Community Association
Jazz in the Mills Holiday Extravaganza
Jazz in the Mills Holiday  Extravaganza: 
Shirleta Settles
Sunday, December 8th
5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
The Other Barn

Tickets: $35 advance/$40 at the door. Advance tickets available at The Other Barn or online at ($1.99 fee applies to online purchases). 

Tickets non-refundable and cannot be replaced. Ticket includes buffet & dessert. Beverages for sale.
Advance tickets online and at the Other Barn available until Saturday, December 7th at noon. If the concert is not sold out, tickets will be available at-the-door just prior to the concert. 
Sponsored by the Oakland Mills Community Association and  
Lavenia Nesmith. For more information contact or  
or call 410-730-4610. 
Gingerbread House Decorating
Gingerbread House Decorating
Wednesday, December 11th
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
at The Other Barn
Tickets go on sale November 4th at The Other Barn and
Cost: $20/gingerbread house kit

All supplies provided. Light refreshments available.

For more information, contact Brigitta Warren at 410-730-4610 or
Sponsored by the Oakland Mills Community Association
Save the Date: Holiday Open House
Holiday Open House 
Sunday, December 15th
at The Other Barn
More information to follow!
Events Around Town
Jazz in Mills - see box above

CLICK on the links below to access detailed information:

HC DrugFree Drug Take Back Day
October 26th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Wilde lake Village Center parking lot
5305 Village Center Drive, Columbia, near the UPS Store
Dispose of unwanted or expired medications & sharps at this convenient drive-thru collection. For details or to volunteer, click HERE.

Oakland Mills High School Craft Fair
November 2nd, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Proceeds directly support the students and staff of OMHS. For more info or to become a vendor, click HERE.

OMHS Presents: Alice in Wonderland
November 7th through 9th, 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $8 online and at the door
Click HERE for more info.

Together We Soar! Community Conversations
Various dates and Howard County library locations
Share your ideas, passions and perspectives on your community and help shape Howard County Library System's future. For more information and to register, click HERE.

Talbott Springs Elementary School Designer Purse Bingo
November 10th, 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.
at The Other Barn
See the event's  Facebook page for more info and to buy tickets.

Robinson Nature Center
Sensory-Friendly Sundays 
November 10th, December 15th
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Basket Bingo to Benefit The Village in Howard
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #69
2832 Nine Mile Circle,Catonsville
November 15th, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
T ickets: $20/advance, $25/door
For more info, visit or call 443-367-9043.

The Meeting House Gallery  (Oakland Mills Interfaith Center)

Sundays At Three -  Chamber Music Series

The largest and fastest growing choral music program for older adults in the country!
Columbia Ice Rink
Columbia Ice Rink News 
Click HERE for Columbia Ice Rink's public session schedule. 
Learn to Skate 
October 23rd through December 21st (Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday)

Hockey Program 
October 23rd through December 21st (Saturdays only)
Hockey Registration

Register online before the start of the session and get 10% off. Online registration closes on October 22nd. Regular registration ends on November 13th. 

Halloween Skate Sessions
October 27th, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
November 1st, 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Wear your safe to skate costumes! Enjoy a free bag of popcorn with purchase of any drink.

Visit the Columbia Ice Rink's website for more information about rates, lessons, and sessions.
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: .

Maggie J. Brown Spirit of Columbia 2020 Scholarship Award
Application deadline: March 15, 2020
The Columbia Association scholarship program offers up to six $2500 education awards to graduating high school seniors who provide exceptional community service to the Columbia area. For more information and to apply, click HERE.

Don't throw away Columbia's history: donate it! 
Has spring cleaning had you digging through piles of paperwork, deciding what to get rid of and what to keep? Don't throw away Columbia's history - donate it to Columbia Archives! More info HERE.

Youth and Teen Center @TheBarn
For more information, call 410-992-3726 or email  
YTC@TheBarn Calendar of Events