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Local Events Calendar

Fullerton Elementary PTA

11/21 Spirit Night-Frank’s Pizza

12/12 Spirit Night-MidiCi Pizza on the Avenue

Teacher wishlist coming soon to Fullerton PTA Facebook Page


11/30, 6:30-8pm, Wreath Workshop

12/4, 6:30-7:30pm, Kissing Ball

12/11, 6:30-7:30pm, Beaded Star

12/14, 3-4pm, Gingerbread House

12/16, 12-3pm, Log Cabin Christmas

For additional events: 


For info or to register, go to:
11/17, 1-3pm, Nature Connections: Trees 

12/15, 1-3pm, Nature Connections: Nature Crafts

1/26, 1-3pm, Nature Connections: Skulls
2/23, 1-3pm, Nature Connections: Iron 

Overlea Soccer

Overlea Indoor Soccer Registration ends soon!

Go to for info and upcoming spring season


Teen coding club, computer classes, resume writing workshops, story times, adult crafting, and teen hangouts. More information can be found at: 

St. Michael/St. Clement School

11/23, 11am-1pm, Open House for all grades

12/15, Breakfast with Santa

1/25, 1-3pm, Open House for all grades

2/8, 2nd Annual Cornhole Tournament

Dumpster Day

Tentative Date: December 7
 NEW LOCATION: Brook Avenue & Walnut Avenue

9am – Noon or Until Full

Dumpster is FREE for Overlea city and county RESIDENTS only.


ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED: oil-based paints, pesticides,
herbicides, car and household batteries, drain cleaners, gasoline,
pool chemicals, tires or any other hazardous materials.

OCA Meeting Schedule

NEXT COMMUNITY POTLUCK Meeting:  Tuesday, March 10, 2020 • 6:30pm

LOCATION: The Natural History Society of MD 6908 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21206 (Chesley Ave. & Belair Rd.)

Join us for our second Community Potluck gathering! Bring your family and bring a dish to share.
We’ll also discuss upcoming events and Belair Road development.

The OCA board meets the fourth Tuesday of every month. Interested residents and business owners are encouraged to attend! 
Email or call Caitlin Ceryes at  (443) 538-5029 to request a calendar invite.

Year-Round Food Pantry Donations

Are you looking for a food pantry to donate to this holiday season?
St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Overlea has operated a food pantry serving the community for more then 30 years. Non-perishable in-date food, as well as gift cards are always greatly appreciated. Donations can be dropped off to the Parish Office, located at 10 Willow Avenue.

If someone you know needs food assistance or info about donating, please call 410-665-1054 or go to the Parish Office weekdays. Food is distributed from 10 am to 12 pm, Monday–Thursday.

The History of Overlea

In 1858, Margaret Fuller, a widow, brought her six children from Ohio and purchased 43 acres and a tract called Sophie’s Garden Regulated, adjacent to Taylor Avenue and Belair Road. (The home they lived in is the Bicycle Shop on the corner)  The Lassahn family, as well as other early families in Fullerton, played significant roles in the business and community development of the area. The first post office and general store opened in 1885. Fullerton School started in 1886 in a one room log house. In 1890, it was replaced with a frame school house built on land purchased from the Lassahn family.

In 1895, the Kennard Land Company began development of Overlea when they bought Lange’s Farm. The streets were mapped out and named after trees: Spruce, Ash, Cedar, Hickory, Chestnut, Walnut, Willow, Beech, Poplar, Elm and Linden. Thus the community of Overlea was born.

At the turn of the century Overlea was rural, made up mainly of farmland. Real estate men recognized that the high-lying farmland would make excellent home sites and persuaded the United Railways to extend the Belair Road carline. Belair Road was unpaved in 1902, and the single track carline only ran four times a day, ending at Kenwood Avenue.

The introduction of the trolley service created interest in the location and cottages started springing up. Lange’s Farm was the first name for the area, but the name was changed to Overlea which means “over the meadow.” To learn more Overlea history visit

Beech Avenue Park Project

Beech Avenue Park Project
2nd Steering Meeting a Positive Step

On November 6, Barbara Hopkins from NeighborSpace led a meeting of neighbors at Kenwood Presbyterian Church to discuss new developments and future plans for the lot at the intersection of East Elm and Beech Avenues.

Close to 20 community members and a representative of Councilwoman Cathy Bevins’ office learned of positive moves including the clearing of invasive plants, an openness on the part of County government toward relinquishment of an adjacent parcel and abandonment of the paper road that forms one side of the proposed park. With the enthusiastic support of neighborhood families, the group discussed calling the park “Cherry Heights Wooded Garden.” The proposed design would pay homage to the Cherry Heights neighborhood whose original border bisected the park. There is a dark history of deed covenants and redlining of real estate in Baltimore. The story of this corner of Overlea established at the end of the Number 15 streetcar line as a place where African-American families could own a home in a quiet suburban community deserves to be remembered.

NeighborSpace buys property inside the Urban-Rural Demarcation Line (UDRL) in an effort to make green space accessible to all residents of Baltimore County.  You can read more about this and other projects at

The Overlea Fullerton Senior Center

The Overlea Fullerton Senior Center is Missing Someone-YOU!

The Overlea-Fullerton Senior Center, located at 4313 Fullerton Avenue is an active, lively community center that provides activities and services for both county and city residents, age 60 and over.

Enjoy trips and special events throughout the year. Engage in activities such as oil painting, aerobics, tai chi, computers, current events, needlepoint, cards, billiards, quilting, stained glass, yoga and more.

The center council sponsors several service projects including newborn hats, lap robes for nursing home residents, food baskets for the needy, a mitten tree and aluminum can and pull tab collection. They have a federally sponsored Eating Together lunch at noon each day.

There is a community outreach worker assigned to the center, available on the last Friday of the month from 9:30-11:30am. An appointment can be made by calling 410-887-5128 for other times. The community outreach worker is able to help county seniors connect to services they may need such as Meals on Wheels, property tax credit forms, financial help in emergency situations, etc. The SHIP Counselor (Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program) is available by appointment only, to help people resolve health insurance issues. Please call the center at 410-887-5220 for an appointment.

Overlea Citizens On Patrol (OCOP)

By Doris Poling, OCOP Volunteer Coordinator

For fiscal year 2018-2019, a total of 144 patrols plus 49 other reports were filed on the closed NextDoor site by 19 total OCOP patrollers.

Thinking about becoming an Overlea patroller? More patrollers are needed! If you want more information or have questions, contact OCOP Coordinator Doris Poling at

Overlea Farmers Market

The Market Managers wish to thank all of our shoppers, vendors, and volunteers for a fantastic season at Overlea Farmers Market!  We enjoyed bringing many new vendors to you this season, along with many exciting new “themed” market weeks, and can’t thank you enough for continuing to support our local growers, makers, creators, and merchants as well as your local community.  Also a special thank you to Baltimore County Government for their continued support with funding for the market, as well as many of our local representatives that support the market by coming to shop!!

We are excited to have launched our Community Compost Collection during our last three markets this season, and we are proud to tell you we kept approximately 130 pounds of food scraps out of the landfills and instead added to the compost used for cut flowers by our partner and market vendor Ladybrook Farm.  Compost collection will continue throughout our off-season mostly on a bi-weekly basis.  See our Facebook page ( to stay up to date!

We look forward to seeing you and continuing to grow our community through this amazing local gem of a market!  Season 5 kicks off May 30th…stay tuned!

You are Warmly Invited to Attend!

Please come out and join your neighbors for the 6th Annual Overlea Community Tree Lighting event, December 14th at 7pm! Sippel Electric has hung over 600 feet of lights on our 30 foot tree. Carrabba’s Italian Grill Overlea and Central Alarmers will provide delicious sweet treats and hot chocolate. Weis Market has donated s’mores and eggnog. Raymond Geddes & Company will hand out small gifts for the children. Santa will arrive with the Rosedale Volunteer Fire Company, and the St. Michael-St.Clement School choir will sing Christmas carols. Talented local singer Josie Baltimore will also delight the crowds with her signature Christmas classics. It promises to be another great family event in Overlea, and our generous community partners are making it extra special! Parking is available on the rear lot of the community center, and at the rear of Raymond Geddes Inc., across Belair Road at W. Elm Avenue. See you there!