Oakland Mills eNews
January 4, 2022
Upcoming Events
CALL AHEAD or CHECK EMAILS and FACEBOOK to find out the status of meetings and events.
January 6th, 7:00 p.m.

January 11th,

January 18th, 7:00 p.m.
MASK POLICY - Masks are required at all times inside the Other Barn.
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
Snow Shoveling Reminder: County law states that residents must clear all sidewalks that abut their property within 48 hours after the snow has stopped. Please take time today or tomorrow to clear the sidewalks so that our children can get to school safely.

Board News
The OMCA Board meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 7:00 p.m. Meetings will continue to be held virtually until further notice. (Click date for link.)

Upcoming OMCA Board Meetings
  • January 11th: Architectural Committee Appeal (6:30) & Board Meeting (7:00). Both meetings held virtually with the same link.
  • January 25th

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: January 25th

OMCA Public Space Committee
Meets virtually on Zoom the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
Next meeting: January 18th

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING RESALE PACKETS: The entire packet is now posted on at www.oaklandmills.org and can be downloaded for free. Hard copies also can be purchased for $25 at The Other Barn Monday - Friday between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Resident Architectural Committee (RAC)
Meets virtually on Zoom on the first & third Thursdays of each month at 7:00 p.m.
Next meeting: January 6th

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.
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.
Community Events
Reflections Art Exhibit
Now through February 26th
At the Meeting House Gallery
(OM Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place)
Gallery hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays. Hours vary on weekends (call 410-730-4090) Closed on federal holidays
Featuring artists from Willowbrook Studio. More Info.
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/
Wilde Lake High School Visual Art: 50 Years as a Creative CATalyst
Exhibit: January 6th through February 5th
(Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.)
Reception: January 9th at 3:00 p.m.
Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House
10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia
Celebrate Wilde Lake High School’s 50th birthday with this exhibit showcasing the art of alumni and former/current staff. For more information, contact Lisa Kim at 410-730-3987 or e-mail events@wildelake.org.
River Hill Master Gardener Series: Growing from a Seed
January 11th, 7:00 p.m. 
Free & Online
Learn how to grow annuals and perennials during the winter in preparation for spring and summer. Includes a demonstration on making newspaper pots for seedlings. More info & registration.
Webinar: Winter Removal of Invasive Vines & Adopt-A-Spot
January 13th, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Sponsored by KC CARES. Preregister by emailing kcvillagecares@gmail.com. More info.
Child Care Fair: Save the Date!
January 22nd, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
North Laurel Community Center
9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd., Laurel
Workshops & Activities for Families
Visit the Howard County Office of Children & Families' 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.
Candlelight Concert Series
Click HERE.
Services & Volunteer Opportunities
OMHS Food Pantry
Next Distribution Date:
January 19th, 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 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. January 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

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 @ The Barn
Phone: 410-992-3726

Teen Tuesday Nights @ The Barn
2nd Tuesday of the Month
Free and open to all Howard County teens. Have fun, meet new friends, and enjoy karaoke, foosball, pool, basketball, video games, the snack bar (items for purchase), and more.

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
Due to inclement weather, curbside collections are now on a slide schedule and will be made one day later this week. Scrap metal collections will remain as scheduled and will not slide.

Holiday Tips & Info: click HERE.

Merry Mulch! Recycle Your Holiday Tree!
December 26th through January 15th
Put your tree out with your yard trim or drop off at a collection location. More info.

Hazardous Household Waste Collection Days:
  • January 8th
  • February 5th
  • March 5th
The 2022 HHW season will resume the first Saturday of April. More info.

Curbside Yard Trim collection ends January 14th and will resume March 28th. Residents who participate in Feed the Green Bin have year-round collection.
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! 

Oakland Mills welcomes NYC Pizza to the village center. Stop by and meet the owners and pick up a pie of authentic NY style pizza!

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.