Oakland Mills eNews
September 14, 2022
Upcoming Events
CALL AHEAD or CHECK EMAILS and FACEBOOK to find out the status of meetings and events.

Our weekday hours at The Other Barn are Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Staff members work a hybrid schedule. Please call before stopping by.
September 15th, 7:00 p.m.

September 27th

OM Fall Festival
October 1st, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

October 6th, 7:00 p.m.

October 11th, 7:00 p.m.

October 21st, 10:30 a.m.
Lively Arts for Little Ones: Mr. Jon and Friends

SOLD OUT - The September Jazz in the Mills Concert featuring Ms. Lavenia Nesmith has sold out.
MASK POLICY - Masks are optional inside The Other Barn.
Contact Us!
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)
Celebrate in our amazing space!
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 
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!
Oakland Mills Board of Directors
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
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: September 27th

OMCA Public Space Committee
Meets virtually on Zoom the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
September 20th meeting cancelled. Next meeting: October 18th
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: September 15th

Info/list of applications will be posted three 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

Resale Packet
Click HERE to download. Hard copies can also be purchased for $30 at The Other Barn Monday through Thursday between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

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.

CA's Rain Garden Cost Share Program is up and running again. Click HERE for more info.
OMCA Board Accepting Donation Requests
OMCA Board Now Accepting Donation Requests from Non-Profit Organization

The Oakland Mills Board is accepting Donation requests from non-profit organizations based on the criteria outlined in the OMCA Donation Policy. Please refer to the policy for application and submission details. Questions should be emailed manager@oaklandmills.org
Lively Arts for Little Ones Presents Mr. Jon and Friends
Oakland Mills Fall Festival: Vendors Still Needed!
Columbia Ice Rink Now Open!
Ready to take the ice? The Columbia Ice Rink is now open! 

Enjoy daily public skate sessions, hold a party, or take in an ice show! For those who are new to skating, the Learn to Skate program is a fun and safe way to learn. More info

Columbia Ice Rink is located in the Oakland Mills Village Center at 5876 Thunder Hill Rd. 
Oakland Mills Farmers Market
Howard County Farmers Market in Oakland Mills
Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Oakland Mills Village Center

A variety of products available, including fresh produce, baked items, and more. Come enjoy both the shopping and seeing your OM neighbors!
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
HoCo By Design Update
The final planning theme chapter County in Motion: Fostering Modern Mobility Choices is about to be released. Learn about opportunities to give feedback and get more info HERE.
One World Coffeehouse Presents John Flynn in Concert 
September 17th, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Owen Brown Interfaith Center
7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia
Tickets $25 and available for advanced purchase HERE.
Master Gardener Workshops
Free online presentations by the Howard County Master Gardeners. Thanks to the Village of Long Reach for hosting these presentations!
Bulbs: Forcing Bulbs for an Early Spring
September 19th, 7:00 p.m.
This presentation addresses the forcing of spring bulbs for conventional indoor bloom or outdoor pots and window boxes. The topics covered include step-by-step directions for preparing the soil and planting the bulbs, for chilling and storing bulbs to facilitate blooming, choice of bulbs and containers, and suggestions for attractive arrangement in planters. Register at LRCA.eventbrite.com.
HoCoPoLitSo’s 31st Annual Lucille Clifton Reading: E. Ethelbert Miller Book Release Party
September 25th, 7:00 p.m.
Busboys and Poets
6521 Mango Tree Road, Columbia
Admission is free and registration suggested (HERE). Books, food, and beverages will be available for purchase onsite. More info.
2022 Lakefront Activities and Performances
Visit the CA section below to learn more about this year's Lakefront Fest. Lots of fun to be had!
HCC Student Theatre Productions
Click HERE.
Live Events at The Chrysalis
Click HERE.
Candlelight Concert Series
Click HERE.
Howard Community College Concert Series
Click HERE.
Rep Stage Professional Theatre
Click HERE.
St. Louis Church Concert Series
Click HERE.
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.
Services & Volunteer Opportunities
Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center
6700 Freetown Road, Columbia
Call: 410-531-6677 or 410-531-6006 
24 Hour Hotline: Dial 211 

Grassroots is in CRITICAL NEED of MEALS for September and OctoberSign up to provide a meal here. Make your donation here​. 

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.
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. September Newsletter
OMHS Food Pantry
Next Distribution Date:
September 28th, 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.
Childcare Scholarship Program
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.
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 in Oakland Mills is at Oakland Mills Middle School (Saturday 10 a.m. to noon). Other locations are also available. Please visit the CCC website for details.
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 Residents Assistance
Info on Covid-19 resources, food assistance, housing help, social services, and more. HERE
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.
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.
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.
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 FY2024 Budget

Learn about the next steps in the CA FY2024 Budget process at ColumbiaAssociation.org/budget.
Come out to Lakefront Live! 

CA is bringing back all of your favorites – like movies, local music acts and Dancin’ Under The People Tree. Plus, you’re invited to a new series of internationally-recognized acts produced by the Columbia Festival of the Arts, celebrating the incredible diversity we enjoy here in Columbia. Plus, some of your favorite local restaurants are curating food and drink menus curated exclusively for these headline events. Visit LakefrontLive.org for a full schedule.
Spotlight on Columbia
CA now has a monthly newsletter about developmental projects in Columbia. August newsletter.
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 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 Center Director: Rene Buckmon, Rene.Buckmon@columbiaassociation.org
Other Resources/Info
Howard County Recycling
Is that old appliance still working?
Working appliances should always be donated. Old refrigerators and freezers may even be eligible for a refund through BGE's Appliance Recycling Program.
Non-functioning appliances are readily recyclable at Alpha Ridge Landfill's Residents' Convenience Center or through a scheduled scrap metal pickup.

Backyard Composting Demonstrations
University of Maryland Extension offers several composting demonstrations throughout the year. Click HERE to see the full schedule.
County Water Main Break Notifications
Click HERE to find how to receive notifications.
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!

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 Merchants ~ Our merchants are all open and appreciate your patronage!

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.