OM eNews                  December 4, 2019
Oakland Mills Community Association
News about the community we live in and information of importance and interest
Highlights In This Issue
OMHS cOMmunity Food Pantry
Donations Needed!

Drop off at The Other Barn
during regular business hours

Please donate non-perishables by Dec. 17th so that the pantry is fully stocked for the next food pantry date of Dec. 19th, just before the holidays. 
The OMHS Food Pantry is held the 4th Thurs of each month and open to the cOMmunity. Tee December pantry date is Dec. 19 from 3-5 p.m. at OMHS.  Find more details HERE.

Upcoming Events and Programs
at The Other Barn
December 7th, 9:00 and 9:45 a.m.
Breakfast with Santa
December 8th, 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Jazz in the Mills Holiday Extravaganza: Shirleta Settles
December 10th
6:00 p.m.
Education Committee Meeting
7:00 p.m. 
OMCA Board Meeting
December 11th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Gingerbread House Decorating
December 15th, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Holiday Open House 
Contact Us
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The Other Barn will close at noon on December 24th for the holidays and will reopen January 2nd.
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
*Book Second Chance Saloon for your holiday party of up to 200 people, and Second Chance will make a donation to a local charity selected by you.
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!
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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.
Support Oakland Mills Schools!
Click on the school name to link to the school's website.
Nursery Co-Op located in OM
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:

County Executive's FIRST Citizens' Budget Hearing for the FY2021 Budget Cycle  
December 9th, 7:00 p.m.
Banneker Room,
George Howard Building 
3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City. 
For more info, including how to sign up to speak and provide testimony, click HERE.
State of District 2 Address by Councilman Opel Jones, Vice-chair of the Howard County Council
December 11th
6:30 p.m. doors open
7:00 to 8:30 p.m. State of the District
Talbott Springs Elementary School
9550 Basket Ring Rd.
Join Councilman Opel Jones, representatives from county departments, and local partners for his State of the District Address. He will highlight his legislative priorities and will inform District 2 residents of county resources. 

Deer Management Dates
Blandair Park (North): 
Bow Only - 12/5/2019, & 1/14/2020 
The Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks has announced its fall/winter schedule for managing the deer population through bow and shotgun managed hunts. Each park will be closed on its scheduled days for all other uses from dawn until noon during the managed hunt operations. The managed hunt program gives specially-screened, approved hunters daytime access to various parks with a combination of archery equipment or shotguns. For more information, click HERE.
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
Check out Howard County Recycling's December newsletter for a virtual tour of the Residents' Convenience Center, Christmas and New Year's Day collection dates, the county's Merry Mulch (Christmas tree recycling) program, and more! 
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.

Email  or call 
443-895-2457 for more information.
OMCA Board Meetings 
and Announcements
Oakland Mills Board of Directors
Upcoming Board Meetings 

December 10th, 7:00 p.m.:  OMCA Board Meeting
December 24th Board Meeting  has been cancelled due to the holiday.
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
Next Education Committee meeting: December 10th, 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  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 is looking for new members. Please contact     Lynn Engelke at or Carrie Wenholz at
for information.
Breakfast with Santa
Tickets are availble, deadline for ticket purchase is Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7:30pm 

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 7th
at The Other Barn
Two Seatings: 9:00 and 9:45 a.m.
T ickets now on sale! Must be purchased by Thurs. Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Advance purchase only.
Cost: $5 for everyone ages 2 and older

Enjoy breakfast, holiday crafts, and a conversation and photo with Santa.  Limited tickets available. Must be purchased in advance.
For more information, email Brigitta Warren  at or call 410-730-4610. 
Sponsored by the Oakland Mills Community Association
Jazz in the Mills Holiday Extravaganza
Jazz in the Mills Holiday  Extravaganza: 
Shirleta Settles
Sunday, December 8th
5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
The Other Barn

Tickets: $35 advance/$40 at the door. Advance tickets available at The Other Barn or online at ($1.99 fee applies to online purchases). 

Tickets non-refundable and cannot be replaced. Ticket includes buffet & dessert. Beverages for sale.
Advance tickets online and at the Other Barn available until Saturday, December 7th at noon. If the concert is not sold out, tickets will be available at-the-door just prior to the concert. 
Sponsored by the Oakland Mills Community Association and  
Lavenia Nesmith. For more information contact or  
or call 410-730-4610. 
Gingerbread House Decorating
Gingerbread House Decorating
Wednesday, December 11th
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
at The Other Barn
Tickets now on sale at The Other Barn and
Cost: $20/gingerbread house kit

All supplies provided. Light refreshments available.

For more information, contact Brigitta Warren at 410-730-4610 or
Sponsored by the Oakland Mills Community Association
Holiday Open House at The Other Barn
Stevens Forest Holiday Caroling
Friday, December 13th
6:30* to 8:30 p.m.
Meet at the sculpture in front of The Other Barn. 
*Caroling starts at 6:30, so be there a few minutes early. Hosted by Stevens Forest neighbors.

Celebrate the holidays with a fun evening of signing holiday songs while strolling through the Stevens Forest neighborhood of Oakland Mills. No singing experience necessary. More info HERE.
Lively Arts Presents: Pam the Kindersinger
In Search of Blueprints
The Oakland Mills office is searching for blueprints of the interior of homes in Oakland Mills that we can copy for our files. There is a potential program and possible grant funding for residents to make home modification for aging in place.
Oakland Mills currently does not have blueprints. Please look in your drawers and files to see if you have the blueprints of your house. If you do, we'd love to make a copy. Paul Verchinski , Oakland Mills Board Member and Senior Advisory Representative, is heading up this project. Please contact Paul if you have blueprints that we can copy. We will give you your original back and also a digitized version.
Paul can be reached at or by calling 410-997-3879.
Events Around Town
CLICK on the links below to access detailed information:

WBAL Annual Concert for Kids 2019
THIS SATURDAY, December 7th 
1:00 p.m. Family Matinee 
7:30 p.m. Evening Pops
Oakland Mills HS Auditorium 
The annual Concert for Kids is a holiday concert that supports the community by raising funds and awareness for the WBAL Radio Kids Campaign. The  concert features professional singers, choirs, dancers, and students from many Howard County high schools. More info and tickets HERE
Ice and Fire Festival
Saturdays and Sundays through December 22nd
5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods
10431 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia
Stroll through the Light Forest, get lost in the Light Maze, and be enthralled by the Ice Fairy and her friends as they transform Symphony Woods into a Winter Wonderland. More info and tickets HERE.

Symphony of Lights
Now through January 1st
Weekdays: 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Weekends: 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Merriweather Post Pavilion,  Columbia
$20/car; separate pricing for special events. More information

Holiday Maker-Mart
December 5th, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Howard County Arts Council
8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City

Sensory-Friendly Sundays 
December 15th
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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!
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.
Columbia Ice Rink
Columbia Ice Rink News 
Click HERE for Columbia Ice Rink's public session schedule. 
Learn to Skate 
October 23rd through December 21st (Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday)

Hockey Program 
October 23rd through December 21st (Saturdays only)
Hockey Registration

Register online before the start of the session and get 10% off. Online registration closes on October 22nd. Regular registration ends on November 13th. 

Visit the Columbia Ice Rink's website for more information about rates, lessons, and sessions.
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: .

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  
YTC@TheBarn Calendar of Events