January 2024 Newsletter

Happy New Year Oakenshawe Neighbors,

This month’s Oakenshawe Improvement Association (OIA) Newsletter includes:

  • Parking Permit Pickup –  Saturday, January 27th
  • Annual OIA Meeting – Also January 27th
  • Progressive Dinner – Saturday, March 2nd
  • Become a Baltimore Treekeeper
  • Oakenshawe Meal Exchange
  • Save the Dates and more!


With the new year, it is time for everyone in Zone 1 (Oakenshawe) to renew our parking permits. The date has changed from what was stated in previous newsletters. It is now the 27th of January.

If you want to save money on the shipping fee or save yourself a trip downtown to pick up your permit, select the Community Pickup option. This year OIA is organizing a pickup option on Saturday, January 27. 

You can renew your permit starting January 2. Simply select the Community Pickup option when you purchase/renew your parking permit if you want to take advantage of the community pickup event. 

PABC Permit Website: https://pabc.thepermitstore.com/purchase.php 

Community Pickup Event Details:

Note: For the Community Pickup, order your permit before January 24th so the Parking Authority of Baltimore City can fulfill your order in time! Only choose the parking permit pickup option if you will be in town and available for the pickup on Saturday, January 27.

4-6 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR PERMIT DISTRIBUTION: Let John Hillegass know if you are interested in volunteering to help distribute parking permits. Please email johnhillegass@gmail.com if you are willing to volunteer. Also, if anyone wants to bring some yummy baked goods to share with neighbors, you’d be a neighborhood hero.

OIA Annual Meeting: January 27

The next OIA annual meeting is Saturday, January 27 at 4:00pm, immediately following the parking permit pickup. Elections for new board members and board positions are voted on at the Annual Meeting.

Join for updates from the President, Treasurer, and Committees including: Membership & Communications, Events, Greenspace & Trees, and Public Safety & University Engagement. 

OIA Annual Meeting

Date & Time: Saturday, January 27 from 4-5:00pm

Location: The Waverly Enoch Pratt Free Library (400 E. 33rd Street)

Join your neighbors to discuss how to strengthen our community.

PROGRESSIVE DINNER 2024: March 2nd, 6pm

OIA is hosting a Progressive Dinner on Saturday, March 2nd for Oakenshawe neighbors. Please let Karen know by Friday, February 9th if you are interested and can participate on March 2.

What is a Progressive Dinner? A Progressive Dinner is a relaxed and easy way to get to know your neighbors. One house hosts everyone for appetizers. Then all participants receive instructions to walk to an assigned dinner house (participants are split into smaller groups mixed up purposely so people dine with new neighbors) for entrees and a salad. Then participants go to a third house for dessert. Participants bring wine, beer, or a non-alcoholic beverage to their dinner host’s house.

Please email Karen Stokes at karen.stokes2@gmail.com and let her know if you are:

  1. Interested in joining and can participate on March 2
  2. Willing to host as a:
    1. appetizer house (host a large group (20-30  for appetizers); and/or
    2. dinner house (host 6-8 people for an entree); and/or
    3. dessert house (host a large group for dessert); or
    4. Coming as a guest

*If we have too many interested parties and not enough hosts, those who offer to host will be prioritized.

Volunteer Appreciation: Greenspace Maintenance

OIA, and all of the neighborhood activities, runs on volunteers. The Board wants to take a brief moment each month to celebrate our neighbors who dedicate time to the neighborhood.

This month, we give a special thanks to Tucker Fulwiler and Dave Lujak for all their greenspace mowing and lawn mower management (not to mention cheaply getting our beloved lawnmower fixed this fall!) Thank you to all the 2023 new mowers who helped maintain the Greenspace. You know who you are.

Save the Dates

Below are some important dates that you should add to your calendar. 

  • Saturday, January 27: Parking Permit Pickup & OIA Quarterly Meeting
  • Sunday, January 28: East University Parkway Task Force Community Cleanup
  • Saturday, March 2: OIA’s Progressive Dinner
  • Saturday, September 7, 2024: Annual Oakenshawe Block Party 

Community Updates

Become a Baltimore TreeKeeper

Baltimore TreeKeepers is TreeBaltimore’s free, city-wide tree stewardship program open to all city residents interested in helping Baltimore’s trees. As a TreeKeeper, you’ll learn how to help plant and care for trees on your street, in your neighborhood, around your schools, and in your parks. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will get a certificate that allows them to trim street trees as needed.  And, you’ll join a growing community of people who care about Baltimore City’s tree canopy. Sign up now! TreeBaltimore’s next pruning training on Saturday, January 13th, from 10am-1:30pm

Oakenshawe Meal Exchange

Interested in joining a neighborhood meal exchange for adventurous planners. The idea is to stimulate community, while reducing the overall amount of thought process behind meal planning at home. Meeting and exchange location will mainly occur at the Oakenshawe green space unless otherwise communicated. If interested in learning more, reach out to Davon Pulliam at geraldrinkcidre@gmail.com.

Pro-Tip: Watch the Winter Sunset from the Hopkins Bleachers

Looking for some cheap, meaningful thrills to combat the winter blues? Catch the sunset from the Hopkins stadium bleachers. It’s a great way to spend some time marveling at creation and appreciating the community asset.

Councilmember Ramos Weekly Newsletter

Councilmember Ramos sends out a weekly District 14 newsletter (Oakenshawe falls within Council District 14) that includes updates on legislation in City Council, events, and more. This is a good resource to stay up to date on local news. Sign up for the Councilmember’s weekly newsletter on her website.

Oakenshawe Opines

If you have a local business review, poem, or story for the next newsletter you would like to see featured, submissions can be sent to John Hillegass at johnhillegass@gmail.com. Publication and editing decisions are at the discretion of the OIA Board.

Contractor Recommendations

Have you had a good experience with a contractor, handyman, landscaper or house cleaner?  Are you willing to share with your neighbors? The Oakenshawe Improvement Association often gets emails from members asking for suggestions for repairs, home improvements or just help with the yard.

We have created this google doc for folks to add names and contact info for the ones you have liked and recommend.  Help your neighbors and help a contractor with new business.Be sure to include your name and contact info! 


OIA Block Captains

OIA’s Block Captains help communicate with neighbors, especially those who may not be on this newsletter. Thank you to the amazing volunteers listed below. Hopefully, most of you have already met your Block Captain. 

BarclayVanessa ProtoSouthway 200-300sJessica Kohnen
BirkwoodRachael EdginSouthway 400sShannon Frede
CalvertLaura UrbanEUP 200sEd & Karen Stokes*
CalvinDavon PulliamEUP Guilford HallNeed Volunteer
The CarrolltonKevin ClearyEUP 301-320Need Volunteer
Guilford Terrace (Even side)Ben WrightEUP 321+Bethan McGarry
Guilford Terrace (Odd side)Co-Captains: Marcy Feeney & Anne KernUniversity Place (Odds)Robin  Prescott
Homewood TerraceLeah GlasheenUniversity Place (Evens)Amelia Jamison
Oakenshawe PlaceJenny SorelVenableDavon Pulliam**

*Ed and Karen Stokes have agreed to help temporarily on the 200 block of EUP until we can find a permanent block captain.

**Davon Pulliam has agreed to help temporarily on Venable until we can find a permanent block captain.

If you know anyone who lives on a block without a captain, ask them if they are interested in volunteering or can think of a friendly neighbor who might be interested. Block Captains greet & welcome new neighbors, drop off flyers ahead of quarterly OIA meetings, seek volunteers for events, and gather contact information to keep OIA’s neighbor database up-to-date. If you are interested, please reach out to John at johnhillegass@gmail.com

On behalf of the OIA Board, we hope you are having a wonderful start to your 2024 and we look forward to seeing you around the neighborhood.

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