Oakland Mills eNews
April 19, 2021
Upcoming Events
CALL AHEAD or CHECK EMAILS and FACEBOOK to find out the status of meetings and events.
April 21st, 7:00 p.m.
OM Board will discuss FY21 year end financials and the FY22 draft budget.

April 24th
  • OMCA Board Elections: See election box
below for details.

  • 10:00 a.m. - Lively Arts Facebook Live Concert Featuring Chris Campbell
See box below w/details.
upcoming events continued:

April 27th
6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.

May 1st
Oakland Mills Cleans at hOMe

May 6th, 7:30 p.m.
RAC Virtual Meeting

May 11th, 7:00 p.m.
OMCA Virtual Board Meeting

Save the Date!
May 22nd
Annual Plant Sale returns to The Other Barn
June 5th
Free shredding for OM residents & free vehicle VIN etching
Contact Us!
The OMCA staff will continue to work remotely for a short time longer and are always available by phone or appointment. Please contact us by email until the doors to The Other Barn open 
Sandy Cederbaum, Village Manager
Brigitta Warren, Facility and Event Coordinator 
Amy Carpenter, Administrative Assistant 
Karina Caico, Covenant Advisor for Property Concerns

Sandy Cederbaum
Temporary Covenant Advisor
Exterior Alteration Applications
Letters of Covenant Compliance
Contact Board Members HERE.

The Other Barn Phone: 410-730-4610
(Messages only)
Rent The Other Barn!
We are pleased to announce new wedding pricing for events with less than 50 guests! Click the button below to view venue photos and info. 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. Roberto Lopez
OM Nursery School at the Thunder Hill Neighborhood Center website
Contact OMNS to learn more about enrollment for the upcoming 2021-2022 nursery school year. 
Howard County Government Website
  • Howard County Virtual Portal (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
Upcoming Board Meetings
The OMCA Board will continue to meet virtually until further notice. (Click date for link.)

April 21st, 7:00 p.m. (special open meeting)

April 27th, 7:00 p.m.
At the April 27th Board meeting the board and the community will view a presentation by a developer interested in builidng a 7/11 gas station, convenience store, and car wash on the vacant lot located at 5901 Stevens Forest Road. This presentation and discussion will be limited to design drawings only.

May 11th, 7:00 p.m.

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.
OM Committees
OMCA Education Committee
The next OMCA Education Committee meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, April 27th at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome, click HERE for meeting link. 
Resident Architectural Committee (RAC)
The RAC meets virtually the first & third Thursdays of each month.
Next Virtual RAC Meeting
May 6th on Zoom
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.

Download 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:
Letter of Compliance Timeframe
House buying and selling season is upon us! If you are planning to sell your home, please review the following information:
  • We suggest that all property owners in OM request a Letter of Compliance prior to placing your house on the market. This will give you time to proactively address any potential non-compliant items.
  • It takes us approximately THREE WEEKS to issue a Letter of Compliance. To ensure your closing is not delayed, don’t wait until your buyer asks for it!
  • Letters are issued as a PDF via email.
  • At this time, due to staffing constraints we are unable to complete follow-up inspections on properties found to be non-compliant; however, we will continue to work with you through the entire process.
  • To better understand what is expected for a property to be compliant, please contact propertyconcerns@oaklandmills.org for a copy of our Compliance Checklist
  • To request a resale packet, please contact Sandy Cederbaum at manager@oaklandmills.org.

For all of the information regarding buying/selling in Oakland Mills please visit our website.
OMCA Village Elections

All mail-in ballot election, no in person voting. Ballot return envelopes must be postmarked by April 24th date and received by April 30th.
If April 24th arrives and you have not mailed your ballot we will have a locked
drop box just outside The Other Barn between 9 a.m. and noon where you can drop your ballot in the envelope that was mailed to you. We will provide the
drop box only, no ballots or blank envelopes will be available.

If you have not received a ballot please email manager@oaklandmills.org.
If you are unable to email to request a newsletter, please leave a message on the Oakland Mills phone at 410-730-4610. Email is the preferred way to reach us!
Lively Arts Virtual Concert Featuring Chris Campbell
Lively Arts Virtual Concert Featuring Chris Campbell
10:00 a.m.

For more info, click HERE or email Brigitta Warren at events@oaklandmills.org.
Columbia Cleans at hOMe!
Columbia Cleans at hOMe!
Saturday, May 1st,
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The warm weather is finally here and it is a great time to clean up Columbia right at hOMe! 

Take a look around your backyard and the common areas around your house. 
Pick up, sweep up and let’s make OM the
best it can be.

For more info, email events@oaklandmills.org.
Oakland Mills Farmers Market Returns!
Howard County Farmers' Market Returns to OM!
Sunday, May 9th
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Oakland Mills Village Center

The Howard County Sunday Farmers' Market will be back in Oakland Mills for 2021! The market will be open on Sundays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 p.m. in the Oakland Mills Village Center.

The market opens on May 9th and will run through November 7, 2021.

For more information, please visit the Howard County Farmers' Market website or their Facebook page.

We can't wait to see you there!
HC DrugFree
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
Drive-thru Medication & Sharps Disposal
April 24th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Wilde Lake Village Center Parking Lot
More info, including how to volunteer, HERE.
Overdose Response Training (Virtual)
May 4th, 3:00 p.m.
May 18th, 6:00 p.m.
Offered through Howard County. Register here.
Guiding Good Choices: Free Parenting Classes
May 4th & 11th and June 1st & 8th
Info HERE.
County & Statewide Vaccination Info
Mobile Covid Testing Sites
First Call Urgent Care and Centennial Medical Group has implemented four mobile testing units for those who may not have access to other testing facilities. Rapid testing and PCR testing will be available to residents at no cost.
A Message from Community Action Council
A message from Community Action Council:

"We are a community, and one in four in our community are struggling to make ends meet. If you are wondering where to get help, or how to help your neighbors, go to www.cac-hc.org to learn about the Community Action Council of Howard County. We offer four main programs and services to help improve economic security and strengthen our community: food assistance, housing assistance, utility assistance and early childhood education. We’re here for you, get support or get involved now. 410-313-6440."
Community Events
Flood Insurance Forum
April 20th, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Virtual Meeting
Join the Maryland Insurance Administration, FEMA, and the Maryland Department of the Environment to learn about the importance of flood insurance and steps that can be taken to know, reduce, and insure the risk of flooding. During this event, you will have the opportunity to hear from speakers on numerous topics related to flooding. When registering, please select the two presentations that you would like to attend. Registration: http://ow.ly/FhMN50E7i7R
Free Bike Repair Clinics for Kids
April 21st, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Wilde Lake Interfaith Center
April 24th, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Wilde Lake Interfaith Center
April 28th, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Wilde Lake Interfaith Center
May 1st, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Oakland Mills Middle School

Free Bikes 4 Kidz is teaming with Columbia Community Care to provide free bike repair for kids. Website
HoCoPoLitSo’s 13th Annual Nightbird Poetry Festival—(Re)imagining Language/Silence: The Poetry of Ilya Kaminsky
April 29th, pre-show begins at 7:20 p.m.
Online Virtual Event
Howard County Public School System Kindergarten & Pre-K Registration
  • Kindergarten Registration now open online.
  • Pre-Kindergarten Registration is also open online 
  • Kindergarten Readiness resources from the Howard County Public Library System.
Services & Volunteer Opportunities
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
April 28th, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
For pick up procedures and info on donating, click 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.
Energy Assistance
Energy assistance through Community Action Council. If you or someone you know is in need, visit the CAC website for more info.
Howard County Virtual Portal
Covid-19 disaster and emergency assistance resources and info 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. April 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 and CA 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

Be the first to know about all things AQUATICS! CLICK HERE!

Youth and Teen Center @TheBarn
For more information, call 410-992-3726 or email CA.Teens@ColumbiaAssociation.org.

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.
Other Resources & Info
Howard County Recycling

Yard Trim Collection Has Resumed! More info

Do you have a bike gathering dust?
Consider donating! More info
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! 
Please remember to pick up after your pet! More folks than ever are using our beautiful paths. Please don't leave anything behind.