OM eNews                  November 6, 2019
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
November 12th, 7:00 p.m.
OMCA Board Meeting
November 15th, 10:00 a.m.
Lively Arts: Mr. Hyson
November 26th, 7:00 p.m.
OMCA Board Meeting
December 2nd, 7:00 p.m.
TVIH Info Session
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 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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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 
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
DD Grand Opening this Saturday! More info HERE .
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.
Oakland Mills Farmers Market
Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
through November 24th  
OM Village Center 
(near the Interfaith Center and the bus shelter)
Click HERE for a list of vendors and other information.
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
OMHS Food Pantry
Donations Needed!
Drop off at The Other Barn
during regular business hours
The OMHS Food Pantry will be opening its doors soon, and donations are needed to fill its shelves. Find more details HERE.
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:

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.

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
Location: Talbot 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 - 11/7/2019, 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
There will be REGULAR curbside collection of recycling, yard trim, food scraps and trash on Monday, November 11th. The Alpha Ridge Landfill will be OPEN from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. County offices will be CLOSED.

Looking for a place to recycle those plastic grocery bags? Click HERE for a map of plastic bag/film recycling locations.
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.
OMCA Board Meetings 
and Announcements
Oakland Mills Board of Directors  

Upcoming Board Meetings 

November 12th, 7:00 p.m.: OMCA Board Meeting
November 26th, 7:00 p.m.:  OMCA 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 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at The Other Barn. Stay tuned for the date of the next meeting.
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)
Lively Arts Presents Mr. Jon & Friends
Breakfast with Santa
Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 7th
at The Other Barn
Two Seatings: 9:00 and 9:45 a.m.
T ickets now on sale for OM residents  (general public after November 22nd).
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
Save the Date: Holiday Open House
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.
The Village in Howard Info Session
The Village in Howard Information Session
December 2nd, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
at The Other Barn

The Village in Howard (TVIH) is a member-based community of Howard County residents aged 55 and older who want to continue living independently in the homes and neighborhoods they know. Following a short slide presentation, TVIH members will share their personal experiences and favorite activities the organization has hosted.  Free and open to the public, including younger residents with elderly parents or friends living in the east Columbia area. More info HERE.

Sponsored by the Oakland Mills Community Association 
and The Village in Howard
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.
Events Around Town
Jazz in Mills - see box above

CLICK on the links below to access detailed information:

OMHS Presents: Alice in Wonderland
November 7th through 9th, 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $8 online and at the door
Click HERE for more info.

Town Center Holiday Craft Fair
November 9th, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Historic Oakland
5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia
Free admission. Click HERE for more info and to register.

Together We Soar! Community Conversations
Various dates and Howard County library locations
Share your ideas, passions and perspectives on your community and help shape Howard County Library System's future. For more information and to register, click HERE.

Talbott Springs Elementary School Designer Purse Bingo
November 10th, 3:00 to 5:30 p.m.
at The Other Barn
See the event's  Facebook page for more info and to buy tickets.

Robinson Nature Center
Sensory-Friendly Sundays 
November 10th, December 15th
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tommy Ivey Magic Show
November 11th, 7:00 p.m.
Christ Episcopal Church New Brick Building 
6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia
Free and open to the public
Fun for the whole family.  Please bring a canned food item or dry goods item to donate to the Howard County Food Bank. More info HERE.

Basket Bingo to Benefit The Village in Howard
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #69
2832 Nine Mile Circle,Catonsville
November 15th, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
T ickets: $20/advance, $25/door
For more info, visit or call 443-367-9043.

Concert for Kids 2019
December 7th
1:00 p.m. Family Matinee
7:30 p.m. Evening Pops
OMHS 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

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: .

CA Time Bank Skill Share Fair and Swap
November 16th, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
East Columbia 50+ Center
6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia
More info HERE.

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