OM eNews                  January 16, 2020
Oakland Mills Community Association
News about the community we live in and information of importance and interest
The Oakland Mills Community Association office and the Other Barn will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2020 in observance of MLK Day of Service. 
Highlights In This Issue

Upcoming Events and Programs
at The Other Barn

January 17th, 10:00 a.m. 
Lively Arts: Pam the Kindersinger
January 28th
6:00 p.m. Education Committee Meeting
7:00 p.m. OMCA Board Meeting
February 11th, 7:00 p.m.
OMCA Board Meeting
February 18th
OMCA Board candidate packets available at The Other Barn                                                   

SAVE THE DATE:  BINGO at THE OTHER BARN - Feb. 28th co-sponsored with Stevens Forest Elem. PTA and OMCA.  Details to follow!

Contact Us
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Office Hours
The Office and the Other Barn will be closed on Monday, January 20,2020  
*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 
OMCA Board of Directors
Jonathan Edelson, Chair 
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!
Like me on Facebook   
Support Oakland Mills Schools!
Click on the school name to link to the school's website.

Road to Kindergarten Workshops
January 23rd*, 6:30 to 7:30 
*Two additional workshops available
Information session for families of children who will turn 5 years old before September 1, 2020.

OMHS cOMmunity Food Pantry
Donations Needed!

Drop off at The Other Barn
during regular business hours
The OMHS Food Pantry is held the 4th Thurs of each month from 3-5 p.m. and is open to the cOMmunity. Find more details HERE.

The Loan Closet has relocated! 
7125 Riverwood Drive, Suite D1, Columbia

The new location allows the Loan Closet to expand its services and offer more educational opportunities.

Click HERE for more information. Donations welcome!
For our newest neighbors!
New to the Neighborhood? Welcome hOMe to Oakland Mills! Please stop by The Other Barn to introduce yourself and pick up a Welcome Packet. We have lots of information to help you get acquainted with the community. 
Little Free Library at 
Our Little Free Library is very popular, and our overflow is almost gone! If you'd like to donate, drop books off at The Other Barn during regular business hours. We are in need of both children's and adult books. As always, feel free to browse through our selection of books and take any you like. OM loves reading!
Oakland Mills Nursery School
@ the Thunder Hill Neighborhood Center
Located in the Thunder Hill Neighborhood Center
Oakland Mills Neighborhood Community Resource Officer
CPL. 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:

Howard County Housing Department Accepts Moderate Income Housing Unit Applications
Free informational workshops scheduled for January 9th, 15th, 23rd and 27th
Applications will be accepted through Friday, January 31, 2020. More info

Free Opioid Overdose Response Program (Narcan) trainings 
1st Tuesday and last Thursday of each month
3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia
Training is drop-in (no registration needed). More information
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
Alpha Ridge Landfill is accepting household hazardous waste on February 1st and March 7th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Click HERE for more information.

Read Howard County Recycling's January newsletter HERE.
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.
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.

Upcoming Information Sessions:  
February 12th at 11:00 a.m. OR
March 4th at 1:00 p.m.
Hawthorn Center
6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia

Email  or call 
443-895-2457 for more information.
OMCA Board Meetings 
and Announcements
Oakland Mills Board of Directors
Oakland Mills Gives Back!  The Oakland Mills Board finalized a review of donation requests submitted as per OMCA's donation policy and have awarded donations to the following organization (names are listed in no particular order):  Oakland Mills HS Fine Arts Boosters; Oakland Mills HS Labyrinth Project; Oakland Mills Middle School PTSA; Stevens Forest Elementary School PTA; Talbott Springs Elementary School PTA; Talbott Springs Elementary School Blessings in a Backpack; FISH of Howard County; Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Howard County; and The Village in Howard.  
Upcoming Board Meetings 
January 28th, 7:00 p.m.
Discussion with Amy Gowan, Director, HC Department of Planning and Zoning regarding the county's role with regard to   in-home businesses and the legal aspects of investigating the operation of in-home businesses.  The discussion will not include any discussion related to a specific business or property.

February 11th, 7:00 p.m.
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: 
   Like us on Facebook
OM Education Committee
Next Education Committee meeting: January 28th, 6:00 p.m.
Meetings held on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at The Other Barn.  
BWI Roundtable 
Regional committee addressing airplane noise issues.
Please visit the Maryland Aviation community relations 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)

The RAC is looking for new members. Please contact     Lynn Engelke at or Carrie Wenholz at
for information.
2020 OM Elections
Oakland Mills annual elections for the seven board seats and one Columbia Association Board seat are just around the corner.  
Now is the time to consider running for office in Oakland Mills and making a direct impact in  
OM, your hOMe, and our cOMmunity! 
Complete details will be sent in an email in the next two weeks.  Please be on the lookout for the email. Now is a great time to attend upcoming OM board meetings and/or Columbia Association board meetings to get a first hand look at what goes on!
If you have any questions please email or click HERE to contact the Oakland Mills board (individually or as a group). 
Lively Arts Presents: Pam the Kindersinger
Jazz in the Mills 2020 Season
Jazz in the Mills will return on Sunday, March 29th with vocalist Alison Crockett! Click on the image below to buy tickets and view the 2020 season.
Snow Shovelers Wanted!

Get your name added to the list by providing your name, contact email and/or phone number, and the neighborhood(s) area that you are willing to shovel. to add your name to the list please send an email to

DISCLAIMER: OMCA will only maintain a list of names. OMCA does not endorse nor will be OMCA liable for any thing that may occur by the use of this list.  All arrangements must be made directly with the person(s) listed.
Events Around Town
CLICK on the links below to access detailed information:

Wilde Lake HS Band's Jazz at the Lake
January 18th, 7:00 p.m.
Jim Rouse Theater
5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia
Tickets: $20 adults/$10 students
Featuring Trumpeter Sean Jones. For more information, contact or 410-997-2070.  Tickets

Dr. Martin Luther Kind Jr. Day of Service Across Howard County
Martin Luther King Day
January 20th
Opening ceremony 9:00 a.m.
Ascend One building, 8930 Stanford Blvd, Columbia
Many volunteer opportunities and workshops will be available. More information

Youth Career, Job, and Internship Fair--Volunteers needed!
January 24th, 11:15 to 3:00 p.m.
Sponsored by the Oakland Mills Local Leadership Team. OMLLT is looking for individuals in the community who would like to share and information on their careers. Click HERE for more information.

HoCoPoLit's Evening of Irish & Poetry
February 21st, 7:30 p.m.
Smith Theater, Howard Community College, Columbia
Admission $40

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!
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.
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: .

2020 Student Exchange Trips to France and Spain  Info Sessions 
January 15th and Februray 11th, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Columbia Association Headquarters
6310 Hillside Ct., Columbia
Available to all Howard County high school students. For more details, visit

CA Sport and Fitness Career Fair
January 18th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Long Reach Tennis Club
6180 Old Dobbin Lane, Columbia
On-site interviews. Bring your resume. For more information, contact Eraine Franklin at 443-456-8595 or email 

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  
Join CA's Teen Advisory Committee/Middle School Advisory Committee!
Meetings on the 1st and 4th Thursdays of the month, 5:00 p.m.
at The Barn, 5853 Robert Oliver Place, OM Village Center
Help plan and organize fun programs and activities for youth.  Develop leadership skills and make new friends!  All middle and high school students who live in Howard County are welcome. Contact Safire Windley for an application at

Food Bank Supper Program
Monday through Friday, 4:00 p.m.
at The Barn
5853 Robert Oliver Place, OM Village Center
Come to the Youth and Teen Center for a nutritious meal, sponsored by the Center and the Maryland Food Bank. Participants do not have to be YTC registrants to enjoy the supper program. Meals must be consumed on the premises.

YTC@TheBarn Calendar of Events