OM eNews                  January 31, 2020
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

February 11th, 7:00 p.m.
OMCA Board Meeting
February 18th
OMCA Board candidate packets available at The Other Barn
February 25th
6:00 p.m. Education Committee Meeting
7:00 p.m. OMCA Board Meeting
February 26th, 7:00 p.m.
OM Community Meeting with the Howard County Police Dept. Community Outreach Division
February 28th, 10:00 a.m.
Lively Arts: Chris Campbell
February 28th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
SFES Family Bingo at The Other Barn
Contact Us
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Send a Fax  
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 
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.

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.
Little Free Library at The Other Barn
Feel free to browse through our selection of books and take any you like. Donations are always welcome and can be left in the Little Free Library or brought in and left with the front desk. OM loves reading!
Oakland Mills Nursery School
@ the Thunder Hill Neighborhood Center
Located in the Thunder Hill Neighborhood Center
I'm the Chef, Too!
Summer Camp at 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:

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
Key Dates to Complete the Census:
March 12th Online Census Opens
April 1st mail and Phone Census Opens

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories and is required by the U.S. Constitution. Census data is used determine the level of federal funding for important programs such as Medicaid, food supplements, school construction, and highway and transportation projects. All information gathered is safe, secure, and protected by federal law. For more information, visit or call 410-313-6325.
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.
Howard County Diaper Project
Diaper Drive
February 1st through 29th
Drop off diapers at any Howard County Library System Branch. Larger sizes (3, 4, 5, and 6) especially needed. For more information, contact 410-313-2273 or
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.  
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
Upcoming Board Meetings 
February 11th, 7:00 p.m.
Discussion with CA about Tot-Lot Pilot Program  
about to begin in Oakland Mills and a presentation on 2020 Census from HoCoCounts 2020
February 25th, 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: February 25th, 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!  
Nomination Packets will be available at the Other Barn beginning Tues. Feb. 18th and must be returned by candidates by Friday, March 13th.   
An information session for those interested in running for an OM Board Seat will be held at the Other Bran on Monday, March 2 at 6:30 p.m. 
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).  
OM Community Meeting with the HC Police Department Community Relations Division
Lively Arts Presents: Pam the Kindersinger
SFES Family Bingo Night at The Other Barn
SFES Family Bingo Night
February 28th
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
at The Other Barn

Free admission, cards for sale, 5 cards for $1. Complimentary snacks/beverages. Awesome prizes (non-cash)!  Everyone welcome!
Co-sponsored by the Stevens Forest Elementary School PTA and Oakland Mills Community Association

Hands-only CPR, AED, & Narcan Training
Hands-only CPR, AED & Narcan Training
March 14th, 10:00 a.m.
at The Other Barn

This FREE class will review Hands-only CPR and AED use on those 8 years and older. This class is aprropriate for all ages, so bring the whole family! (Please note, this is a non-certification class.)

To register, contact Brigitta Warren at 410-730-4610 or
For questions about the class, contact Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services at 410-313-2016 or
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.
Events Around Town
CLICK on the links below to access detailed 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!
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 
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

Discover the Flavors of China: Sister Cities Cuisine Class
February 21st, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. 
Claret Hall, 6020 Daybreak Circle, River Hill Village Center
Tickets $60. Click HERE for more info and to register.

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  
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.