March 2024 Newsletter

Happy March Oakenshawe Neighbors,

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

  • Progressive Dinner Recap & Volunteer Appreciation
  • Become a Baltimore TreeKeeper: First class Tuesday, March 5
  • Introducing the Children’s House of Baltimore
  • City Council Hearing on Baltimore’s Bike Infrastructure – March 7
  • Save the Dates and more!

PROGRESSIVE DINNER: 2024 RECAP

On Saturday, March 2, OIA held this year’s Progressive Dinner with 30 neighbors dining together..It was a fun intergenerational affair that included five young Oakenshawe children too! Neighbors walked from house to house on a lovely cool evening and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each other. Check out the pictures below. 

Missed this year’s dinner? Email karen.stokes2@gmail.com to let Karen know if you are interested in being notified about joining the 2025 gathering. 

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.Then participants go to a third house for dessert. Participants bring wine or beer to their dinner host’s house, if they would like alcohol with their dinner.


Volunteer Appreciation: Progressive Dinner Hosts

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 want to thank all the hosts for the Progressive Dinner. Jessica Kohnen and Aaron Meisner on Southway hosted the cocktail and delicious appetizer house and Miye Schakne, Peter Halstad, and David Miranda presented an amazing selection of  exquisite desserts. There were four dinner houses, hosted by Elizabeth and John Bredin on Calvert, Zach Gieske and Amelia Jamison on University Place, Peter Hinderberger and Bonny Eisenbise on Oakenshaw Place, and Meghan and Christian Page on Guilford Terrace. Thanks also to Karen Stokes for helping to coordinate another successful dinner. Thank you! You help make this community such a special place to call home.


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. And, you’ll join a growing community of people who care about Baltimore City’s tree canopy. TreeKeeper Planting Leaders can qualify to plant and mulch street and park trees by taking four classes, and going to 2 volunteer tree planting events hosted by one of our amazing partners.

  • TK Core 1: Trees & Baltimore
  • TK Core 2: The Science of Trees
  • TK Introduction to Tree Planting
  • TK Tree Planting Field Session

The first TreeKeeper class begins on March 5, 2024. You can register for all the classes here! Classes are FREE and will occur at Rita Church Recreation Center in Clifton Park.

Introducing the Children’s House of Baltimore
The Children’s House of Baltimore is newly licensed for childcare in Remington and has an outdoor garden, curated Montessori learning space, and evidence-based early childhood curriculum – now accepting preschool applications for the fall (children aged 2-5)! Their website is below – be sure to schedule a visit or reach out to learn more: www.childrenshouseofbaltimore.com

Bethan has been involved since its inception as a playgroup and would be more than happy to answer any questions you have about the program. Her son absolutely loves his teacher and classmates, and has seen firsthand how they foster confidence, stewardship, and belonging for involved kids and families alongside the broader community. Feel free to email Bethan about her experience as a parent at bethanmcgarry@gmail.com, or from the program directly at info@childrenshouseofbaltimore.com. 

City Council Hearing on Baltimore’s Bike Infrastructure – March 7

On Thursday, March 7th, the City Council scheduled a hearing to discuss calls for a moratorium on new bike lanes, removal of existing bike lanes, and repeal of Baltimore City’s Complete Streets ordinance. Many of our neighbors use bike lanes and trails to get to work or school and for recreation and many more neighbors are interested in safe streets for people of all ages. If you are interested in learning more about the hearing or how to get involved, check out Bikemore’s Action Alert. OIA plans to reserve time for a discussion on bike infrastructure at an upcoming meeting.

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.

Contractor Recommendations

Have you had a good experience with a contractor, landscaper or house cleaner? OIA often gets asked for suggestions for repairs, home improvements or help with the yard. Help your neighbors and your favorite contractors by adding their name and contact info in our Oakenshawe Household Services Directory Google Doc.

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.


Save the Dates

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

  • Sunday, March 31: East University Parkway Task Force Community Cleanup
  • Monday, April 22 at 6:30pm: OIA Quarterly Meeting
  • Monday, July 15 at 6:30pm: OIA Quarterly Meeting
  • Saturday, September 7: Annual Oakenshawe Block Party 
  • Monday, October 21 at 6:30pm: OIA Quarterly Meeting

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. 

BlockCaptainBlockCaptain
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 have a wonderful March and we look forward to seeing you around the neighborhood.

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