Oakland Mills eNews
July 12, 2021
Upcoming Events
CALL AHEAD or CHECK EMAILS and FACEBOOK to find out the status of meetings and events.
July 13th, 7:00 p.m.
OMCA Virtual Board Meeting & Community conversation with members of the HCPSS Board of Education on issue of deferred maintenance and condition of both OMMS and OMHS

July 15th, 7:30 p.m.

July 27th

August 9th & 12th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Oakland Mills Pool Parties
Contact Us!
The OMCA staff is working a hybrid schedule this summer. There will be staff in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 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!
Due to the lifting of many COVID restrictions our capacity for events at the Other Barn has now increase to 200 guests.

Click the button below to view venue photos and info. 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

Oakland Mills Neighborhood Community Resource Officer: Cpl. Joseph DeBronzo
OM Nursery School at the Thunder Hill Neighborhood Center website
Contact OMNS to learn more about enrollment for the upcoming 2021-2022 nursery school year. 
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
Board News
The OMCA Board will continue to meet virtually until further notice. (Click date for link.)

The position of OM Liaison for the CA Senior Advisory Committee is still vacant. Please let us know if you are interested in serving and we'll pass along information. Email

Upcoming OMCA Board Meetings
July 13th, 7:00 p.m. Board Meeting & community discussion with members of the HCPSS Board of Education

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.
A Friendly MOWING Reminder
Property owners are reminded that it is their responsibility to mow the islands that are adjacent to sidewalks surrounding your property. Please make sure that this is done as part of routine lawn care. Please also trim bushes and overhanging plants from the sidewalk. Thank you!
OMCA Committees
OMCA Education Committee
Meets the fourth Tuesday of each month (virtually on Zoom) at 6:00 p.m.
Next meeting: July 27th

OMCA Public Space Committee
Meets the third Tuesday of each month (virtually on Zoom) at 7:00 p.m.
Next meeting: July 20th

Resident Architectural Committee (RAC)
Meets virtually (Zoom) on the first & third Thursdays of each month.
Next meeting: July 17th

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.
Oakland Mills Pool Parties
Oakland Mills Pool Parties
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
(please plan to attend one party only)

The Oakland Mills Community Association is happy to announce that we will once again be hosting our community pool party. In order to keep our numbers low and the party enjoyable for all, we have decided to host two community pool parties for Oakland Mills residents.

Bring your own picnic, and we'll provide water, lemonade and a fun dessert. For more info, including location and how to get tickets, click on the date above.
Prepare for Success Annual Donation Drive
Prepare for Success Annual School Supply and Monetary Donation Drive for all Howard County Students
Donation bin inside The Other Barn
Drop off Tuesdays & Thursdays between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

List of needed items HERE OR consider making a monetary donation:

Donate Online through Community Action Council. CLICK HERE to be taken to the CAC donor form. Please select us under "Donor Restriction"
Send a check payable to Community Action Council / PFS to:
Community Action Council, 9820 Patuxent Woods Drive,               
Columbia, MD 21046 

More info HERE.
Free Summer Meals for Kids
Lifeguards Needed!
Lifeguards Needed to Open Two Additional Pools
CA is opening the Faulkner Ridge and Dasher Green pools. Doing so depends entirely on finding staff, and CA is actively recruiting for all positions including managers and lifeguards. Click HERE to apply. Feel free to share this opportunity with anyone over the age of 15 who may be interested!
Special Branding Opportunity for Local Businesses
at the Columbia Ice Rink
More than 200,000 visitors skate or attend events each year at the Columbia Ice Rink in Oakland Mills. Get your business noticed with an 8′ x 4′ dasher board on the side of the rink (see picture for example). This is a great way to brand your business and get year-long exposure to potential buyers of your product and service that live in the Region.
This is a special offer for local businesses only. Reserve yours today and make it part of your annual branding and visibility campaign!
Click this link to advertise and find out more details about this exciting new program. You can also contact Thomas Conners, General Manager of the Columbia Ice Rink at 410-730-0322 or thomas.connors@columbiaassociation.org.
Oakland Mills Farmers Market
Howard County Farmers Market in OM!
Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Oakland Mills Village Center Parking Lot

The Howard County Sunday Farmers' Market is open on Sundays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 p.m. in the Oakland Mills Village Center parking lot close to the Robert Oliver Place bus stop and the Interfaith Center.

For more information, please visit the Howard County Farmers' Market website or their Facebook page.
CA's Yards Alive! Blog
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.
County & Statewide Vaccination Info
Community Events
HC DrugFree Life Skills Classes for Youth in Grades 6-9
8 FREE online sessions
July 13th through July 28th
Sign up ASAP as space is limited. More info and registration HERE.
Columbia Workforce Center's Virtual Logistics Employment Information Session
July 23rd , 10:00 a.m.
Howard County businesses will share their open positions in the transportation, fulfillment, and warehousing industries. Sign up for your virtual seat HERE.
Events At The Chrysalis Are Back!
Concerts, free yoga, happy hour, and more. Click HERE to see the full lineup.
Rep Stage Announces In-Person Productions for the 2021–2022 Season
Starting September 30th with "Songs for a New World." Shows, performance dates, and more info HERE.
Services & Volunteer Opportunities
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.
OMHS Food Pantry
July 28th, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
For pick up procedures and info on donating, click HERE.
Community Action Council
Community Action Council offers housing assistance, utility 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.
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.
Energy Assistance
Energy assistance through Community Action Council. If you or someone you know is in need, visit the CAC website for more info.
Howard County Residents Assistance
Info on Covid-19 resources, food assistance, housing help, social services, and more. 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. July/Aug Newsletter
Howard County Directory of Behavioral Services for Youth
Many youth are facing mental health challenges during this time. Click HERE for a thorough list of providers and services.
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.
CA's Lakefront Summer Festival
CA's Lakefront Summer Festival

Everyone is welcome to come out to the Downtown Columbia Lakefront for FREE movies and concerts all summer long. Please be respectful of your neighbors and maintain distance when possible. Masks are welcome, but not required.
  • Dancing Under the People Tree: Fridays, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Outdoor Movies: Mondays and Fridays at dusk
  • Concerts: Sundays (6:30 p.m.) and Thursdays & Saturdays (7:30 p.m.)
Visit CA's Lakefront Summer Festival website for details!
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

Be the first to know about all things AQUATICS! CLICK HERE!


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 @TheBarn
Phone: 410-992-3726

The Youth and Teen Center is now OPEN! Welcome back!

Summer Drop-in Enrichment Programs
Mondays through Fridays
4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Through August 20th
Ages 9-18, FREE!

Friday Night Live
July 23rd & August 20th
7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
For middle and high school students. Cost: $5. Registration required. More info

The Art of Words Workshop
Tuesdays & Thursdays
July 13th through August 5th
5:00 p.m.
Open to middle and high schoolers. $135 for members and $140 for nonmembers. More info
Other Resources & Info
Howard County Recycling

Howard County Recycling now accepts #5 plastics (restaurant carry-out plastics). Remember to clean out the containers before you put them in the blue bin!

Know Before You Throw: Cooking Oil
Alpha Ridge Landfill's Resident Convenience Center accepts any type of liquid vegetable oil (peanut, corn, canola, olive, etc.). Vegetable oil mixed with a small amount of animal fats can be recycled, but please be sure oil is free of all other fluids (water, petroleum products, soaps, etc.). Used cooking oil is collected by Atlantic Biofuels in Baltimore where it is filtered and processed into biodiesel fuel, a cleaner alternative to petroleum diesel.
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 now open for limited 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! 
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.