OM eNews                  November 6, 2018
Oakland Mills Community Association
News about the community we live in and information of importance and interest
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Highlights In This Issue

Upcoming Events and Programs
at The Other Barn
Now Through November 12th
Donation drive for OMHS Food Pantry
November 13th, 7:00 p.m.
Board Meeting
November 14th 
Gingerbread House Decorating tickets on sale
November 27th
6:00 p.m. Education Committee
7:00 p.m. Board Meeting
November 30th
Lively Arts: Chris Campbell
December 2nd
Jazz in the Mills Holiday Extravaganza: Steve Washington
December 8th
Breakfast with Santa                              
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The Oakland Mills Office and the Other Barn will be closed on Thurs. Nov. 22 and Fri. Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving. 
Office Hours  
Mon - Thurs 
9:00 am - 8:30 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)
Carrie Wenholz
(Exterior Alteration Applications)
office hours: Tues - Thurs 11 - 4 
Tom Dudek
(Letters of Compliance)

Jonathan Edelson
OM Board Chair
Click on this  LINK  
to contact Oakland Mills Board Members.
Support our OM Merchants
Oakland Mills Liquor Store


Sams Mart


Update on LA Mart - LA Mart is working with the County on licensing and permits and expects to stock the shelves very soon.  The store will have a large volume of fresh produce as well has a large selection of Hispanic and Asian products along with items that are normally found in a supermarket.  We'll pass along information on an opening date as soon as we find out!
OM Garden Flags and Magnets for Sale
Available for purchase at the Other Barn

Flags are $10 each
Flag holder is $5 each
Magnets are $2 each

Please bring a check or correct amount of money. (No credit card purchases please.)
Celebrate Life's Events at 

Contact Brigitta Warren, Facility Coordinator, for details about renting this venue!

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Support Oakland Mills Schools!
Click on the school name to link to the school's website.
Nursery Co-Op located in Oakland Mills
Located in the Thunder Hill Neighborhood Center
Oakland Mills Neighborhood Community Resource Officer
PFC 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:


Click link below for scam alerts:

Beware Medicare and Health Insurance Scams During 2018 Open Enrollment! 
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.
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 visit
Report Broken Cable Boxes

Verizon has set up a special email for Oakland Mills residents to report damaged cable boxes. More info.
Please report broken and abandoned cable boxes by emailing:
For further information please visit the Oakland Mills website

REPORT Broken/Abandoned VERIZON boxes:
Little Free Library at 
The Other Barn

Stop by our Little Free Library and browse through our selection of books. If you see one you like, please take it and enjoy!  The Little Free Library was established to foster the love of reading.
Updated Oakland Mills Homeowners Resource Guide
The Oakland Mills website now has an updated Homeowners Resource Guide. Click here to see!
Please remember to pick up after your pets!
Neighbor Ride
Giving Thanks by Giving Back
You can make a difference in the lives of local seniors by volunteering to provide rides for medical appointments, social outings, shopping and other needs. NO SET SCHEDULE is required. Simply provide a couple of rides a month that are convenient to your home, office and daily routines.
Parents are welcome to bring their children along when volunteering, making this a wonderful family service opportunity. Join Neighbor Ride (5570 Sterrett Place, #102 - Columbia 21044) on Tuesday, November 27th at 6pm or any Tuesday at 9:30am for volunteer orientation. You can also ask about scheduling an offsite orientation for your group of 5 or more.  
** Medicare Open Enrollment is from 
October 15th  through December 7th.
**ACA Health Insurance Open Enrollment is from November 1st through December 15th

Medicare Public Education Seminars
Click here for the September to January class schedule. Classes available for both new enrollees and those who have Medicare but want to deepen their understanding. Also, available for anyone, a seminar on using Medicare's Plan Finder. 
OMCA Board Meetings 
and Announcements
Oakland Mills Board of Directors  

Welcome to our newest Board member, Bageshwar Verma
The Oakland Mills board welcomes Mr. Bageshwar (Bag) Verma to the Board. Mr. Verma has a lifelong career in the broadcast industry and is anxious to share his talent and interests with OMCA. Please welcome Bag at our upcoming meeting on Nov. 13th. 

Upcoming Board Meetings:  
November 13, 7:00 p.m. Board Meeting
November 27, 7:00 p.m. Board Meeting
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: 
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OM Education Committee
Meetings held on the 4th Tuesday of the month, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at The Other Barn. 
Next meeting: November 27, 6:00 p.m. 
BWI Roundtable 
Regional committee addressing airplane noise issues.
Please visit the  BWI Roundtable committee tab  on the Oakland Mills 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 meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. The next RAC meeting will be held on  Thursday, November 15th at 7:30 p.m. at the Other Barn. Sign-in begins at 7:00 p.m. A list of applications for the meeting can be found here .

URGENT! OMHS Food Pantry Food Drive
Now through November 12th!
The OMHS Food Pantry currently serves our community, and its shelves are currently empty. Drop off donations at The Other Barn during regular business hours, and we will bring them to the food pantry at OMHS each week. Click HERE for more information, including a list of items needed.

Contact Sandy Cederbaum at or 410-730-4610 if you have any questions. 
Lively Arts: Chris Campbell
Jazz in the Mills Holiday Extravaganza
Jazz in the Mills Holiday Extravaganza with Steve Washington
Sunday, December 2nd, 5:00-8:00 PM
The Other Barn
$35 Advance/$40 Door (includes Buffet/Desserts)
The man with the golden voice. Currently on a month long tour of Russia, playing clubs and concert halls, culminating in a packed performance at the US Embassy of Moscow, guest of US Ambassador, Jon Huntsman.
Purchase tickets at The Other Barn or . N o refunds, no replacement of lost tickets.
For more information, contact either Lavenia Nesmith at
(301) 596-5128,
or Sandy Cederbaum at (410) 730-4610,

Jazz in the Mills is sponsored by Ms. Lavenia Nesmith and the Oakland Mills Community Association
Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 8th
Two Seatings: 
9:00 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.
at The Other Barn

Enjoy breakfast, holiday crafts, and a  conversation and photo with Santa!

Tickets go on sale for Oakland Mills residents on November 5th.   
Tickets $5/person for everyone ages 2+ 
Tickets must be purchased in advance.

For more information, email Brigitta Warren at
Gingerbread House Decorating
Wednesday, December 12th
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
at The Other Barn

All supplies will be provided. Limited space.  Children under 16 must be accompanied by 
an adult.

$20/kit - more than 1 person may work on one house, but no more than 4 people.

Tickets go on sale November 14, 2018 at The Other Barn.
Tickets must be purchased in advance.

For more information, email Brigitta Warren at
Columbia Ice Rink Happenings
Learn to Skate Session IIOctober 24th through December 16th
Hockey Program: October 27th through December 15th
(no lesson on Thanksgiving Day)

Try Hockey for Free!
November 10th from 5:55-7:15pm, check-in begins at 5:30 
Registration page (enter zip code and click on location pin)
Exploring Columbia on Foot

The walks are led by award-winning environmental author Ned Tillman, who guides discussions on the nature, history and future of these wonderful outdoor settings, including the plans for them and challenges they may face in the near future. Registration not required! 
Last walk of the season: Thursday, Nov. 8, 10:00 a.m., Kings Contrivance - meet at Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive
Events Around Town
CLICK on the links below to access detailed information.

Jazz and The Mills See the box above for information on the next concert. 

Columbia Families in Nature (CFIN)
Registration is required for all events on the CFIN  website or via  Facebook.

Undesign the Redline Interactive Exhibit
Now through December 31st
Howard County Public Library Central Branch
Holiday Craft Fair at Historic Oakland
Saturday, November 10, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
40+ Craftspeople! More info:  or call 410-730-4744.

Howard County Arts Council Open House & Holiday Sale
November 29, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Featuring work made by talented local artists and crafters. HCAC's Resident Artists will welcome visitors into their studios from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.  More info

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!
Oakland Mills Farmers' Market
Sundays,  9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Through November 18th
Oakland Mills Village Center
Featuring the season's freshest locally grown produce, baked goods, fruits, flowers, transplants, organically grown produce and specialty items. 

For market information and a list of vendors visit the Howard County Farmers Market
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: .
Spirit of Columbia Scholarship Award
Application Deadline: March 15 , 2019
Up to six $2500 education awards to graduating high school seniors who exhibit exceptional efforts in providing community service to benefit Columbia residents and those in Columbia area. For more info
click HERE
CA Work Session and Meeting
Thursday, November 8th
Work Session: 7:00 p.m. (note the earlier start time)
Board Meeting: 9:15 
CA Headquarters Boardroom 
6310 Hillside Court, Suite 100, Columbia 
For more information on CA's Board of Directors and a link to a live feed of the meeting, please visit
CA Open House
November 10th, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Various CA facilities
Visit for a full schedule, participating facilities and registration information.  
Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony
November 11th
Parade starts at 9:30, Ceremony starts at 10:45
Downtown Columbia

Youth and Teen Center @TheBarn

The Choice Jobs Program
The Choice Jobs Program prepares Maryland's youth for the
work world. The program utilizes a supported employment model
that delivers community-based vocational services that include a
job readiness curriculum, individualized service planning, and
supported job placement. For more information, click HERE
For more information, call 410-992-3726 or email 
YTC@TheBarn Calendar of Events 
Howard County Honors Veterans with a Parade on Sunday, November 11th.
Click the link below for details.