Oakland Mills eNews

November 1, 2023

Oakland Mills Community Association
Important news & info about the community in which we live.
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Upcoming Events
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November 2, 7:00 p.m.

RAC Meeting

November 12, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

New Resident Open House (open to all residents)

November 14, 7:00 p.m.

OMCA Board Meeting

November 17, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Lively Arts for Little Ones: Mr. Jon & Friends

November 21, 7:00 p.m.

Public Space Committee Meeting @ Columbia Central Library (Collage Room)

December 2, 9:00 & 9:45 a.m.

Breakfast Snacks with Santa (Tickets available now for OM residents!)

December 3, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Jazz in the Mills, Holiday Extravaganza featuring the Manny Kellough Sextet

December 13, 6:30 p.m.

Gingerbread House Decorating (Tickets available November 8)

December 16, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Holiday Lights in the Courtyard

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 2024. To view 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!

Be sure to stop by the New Resident Open House on Sunday, November 12th at The Other Barn between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

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, at The Other Barn and on Zoom on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Next meeting: November 28

(No October meeting)

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: November 21, 7:00 p.m. @ Columbia Central Library (Collage Conference Room)

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: November 2

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

OM New Resident Open House: Open to ALL residents

Lively Arts Presents Mr. Jon & Friends

Info & Tickets

Holiday Events at The Other Barn: Save the Date!

9:00 a.m. Seating
9:45 a.m. Seating

Jazz in the Mills Holiday Extravaganza

Tickets & Info

Gingerbread House Decorating

Tickets (available Nov 8)

Holiday Lights in the Courtyard

Updates from the Howard County Health Department

Community Flu Vaccine Clinics

The Howard County Health Department offers walk-in seasonal flu vaccine clinics, including high-dose flu vaccines for those 65+. Visit HCHD's Seasonal Flu webpage for more info. Individuals can also call 410-313-6284 for registration assistance.

COVID Testing, Vaccines & Boosters

Covid Testing: Visit HCHD's COVID testing page for info on how to get tested. Also available: The federal government has reinstated its COVID rapid test kit program. Households can now order four free tests through COVIDTests.gov. These tests will detect the currently circulating COVID-19 variants


Covid Vaccine: HCHD recommends contacting your healthcare provider or local pharmacy or visiting www.vaccines.gov.

2023 Farmers Market in OM

Howard County Farmers Market in Oakland Mills

Sundays through November 5th

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Thank you to our Farmers Market merchants for a wonderful season. See you in the spring.

More Info
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.
Community Events & Opportunities

The Meetinghouse Gallery Spirit of Willowbrook Exhibit, featuring a Willowbrook Studio artists' collage of The Other Barn

Exhibit runs through January 6.

More Info

The Village in Howard Basket Bingo

November 4, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

FOP Lodge #69

2832 Nine Mile Circle, Catonsville

$25 in advance, $30 at the door. Designer bags, themed baskets, 50/50s, raffle baskets, bonus games, and door prizes. Food available for purchase (cash only.) More info & registration.

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

OMHS Food Pantry Decades Donations

Happy 50th Anniversary OMHS

Are you an OMHS alum? Do you know an OMHS alum that you can forward this to? Do you have or know a current student or class at OMHS that you'd like to support?

In conjunction with the OMHS 50th anniversary celebration, the OMHS Food Pantry is holding a Decades Donation fundraiser. Here's how it works.​​​​​​​

  • Go to this link, and along with your name and email address, add your graduation year (or the year of a current class that you'd like to support), and make a donation. You can also donate via check made out to OMHS with FOOD PANTRY in the memo line) and mail it to:

Oakland Mills High School

9410 Kilimanjaro Road

Columbia, MD 21045

Attention: FOOD PANTRY

  • The decade of graduates that raises the most money will split the amount that they raised with the current OMHS class that represented them at this year's homecoming festivities and the Food Pantry. That class will then be able to use the money for any class activities that they have coming up. All other funds raised will go directly to support the OMHS Food Pantry's community work

The 1970s and 2020s (because neither was a full decade) - Class of 2025

The 1980s - Class of 2027

The 1990s - Class of 2024

The 2000s - Class of 2026

The 2010s - split evenly between all four classes

This fundraiser will remain open until January 2, 2024, with the winning decade/current class to be announced on Friday, January 5, 2024. 

Red Cross Blood Drive

November 27, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Kahler Hall Ballroom

5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia

Visit redcrossblood.org to schedule a donation appointment.

Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center


8990 Old Annapolis Road, Suite A , Columbia

Call: 410-531-6677 or 410-531-6006 

24 Hour Hotline: Dial 211 


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 211 and Press One" to reach help.

National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Dial 988.

Work on Wheels Mobile Resources for Job Seekers

Human Services Campus

Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia

November 14 & 28

December 12

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The County’s Office of Workforce Development (OWD) has partnered with the Howard County Library System (HCLS) to launch its Work on Wheels program. This new initiative enhances the Office of Workforce Development's range of services by bringing job seeking resources and services, such as resume reviews, connections to jobs and potential training, to underserved communities throughout the county. More locations coming soon. Visit the Workforce Development website for info and updates.

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:

November 15, 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 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

CA FY2025 Budget Process Update

Don't miss your opportunity to make a difference in our community!


Year after year, CA's investments have a significant impact on all of us. There are multiple ways to have your voice heard as the Board of Directors moves forward in the FY25 budget process.


💻 Register for the virtual information session on Thursday, November 2.


📋 Take the latest online survey. (It only takes a few minutes to complete and ends Friday, November 3!)


Bookmark ColumbiaAssociation.org/budget to keep up with all of the ways to get involved.


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

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

Veterans Day County Closings

Closed on Friday, November 10th   

County Government Offices


Animal Shelter

50+ Centers 

Historic sites with the exception of Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum 


Open on Friday, November 10th 

All trash, recycling, yard trim and food scrap services

Alpha Ridge Landfill

County parks

Gary J. Arthur, North Laurel and Roger Carter Community Centers

Robinson Nature Center

Baltimore & Ohio Ellicott City Station Museum 

Meadowbrook Athletic Complex*  

Cedar Lane and Schooley Mill Park Activity Rooms*

Kiwanis-Wallas Hall*

Harriet Tubman Cultural Center*

RTA regular weekday schedule  


* Facilities open for scheduled programs only

All parking regulations and fees will be in effect 

Howard County Bureau of Environmental Services

Harvest Heap

Visit the County's Harvest Heap website to learn about sustainable activities during the Fall season.

Pumpkin Drop-offs

Once again, pumpkin collection sites will be available to residents who wish to have their "sunken pumpkins" composted. Please be sure to remove all candles, lights, decorations and plastic bags.

  • Clark's Elioak Farm (10500 Clarksville Pike): November 1-17, 10am-5pm
  • Alpha Ridge Landfill (2350 Marriottsville Road): All Year Round, Monday - Saturday, 8am - 4pm

Composting Demonstrations

Learn the basics of composting and take home a FREE backyard bin. Download the schedule

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
The Howard County Library System is open for in-person services!

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.

Daylight Savings begins Sunday, November 5. Don't forget to turn your clocks back an hour!