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Treasure Sale Pickups Stop on March 29

Due to the surplus of Treasure Sale donations, we will be closing the Treasure Sale Pick Up Line and donations will not be picked up after Friday, March 29, 2019.  Furniture donations will be accepted, as space allows. Please call Emily Fowler in Philanthropy at 410-737-8892 if you have a furniture donation. We will continue to do apartment cleanouts.

We appreciate everyone’s compliance, patience and understanding during this interruption in service.

Pet Lovers Collect for MD SPCA April 1 – 5

The Pet Lovers Association of Charlestown is sponsoring a drive to collect supplies and donations for Maryland SPCA. Collection dates, times and locations:


  April 1   11 AM – 6:30 PM   Chesapeake/Shortline
  April 2   4 – 6:30 PM   Atrium
  April 3   11 AM – 6:30 PM   Fireside
  April 4   2:30 – 6:30 PM   Refectory
  April 5   8 AM – 6:30 PM   Terrace

The following items are needed.

Pet Food: Canned or dry dog and cat food; soft dog treats.
Pot Toys: Toys for cats and dogs; empty toilet paper rolls; scratch pads for cats.
Pet Care: Scoopable kitty litter; fleece material and washable blankets; puppy pads; latex exam gloves.
Laundry/Dishes for Pets: Dish washing gloves; paper towels; large and scrubbing sponges; towels; plastic measuring cups.

The SPCA cannot accept donations of medication, pillows, sheets, catnip, or dog bowls. Financial donations can be made by checks payable to Maryland SPCA.

Upcoming Pet Lovers Group Activities

The next meeting of the Pet Lovers Association of Charlestown will be held Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 1 PM in CTS #116. Please note the change of time!

All are welcome!

On Monday, April 1, 2019, Katie Flory from Maryland SPCA will present, Benefits of Pets to Seniors and How to Address Fear of Animals at 2:30 PM in BR Classroom 2. Her visit will coincide with the Pet Lovers collection drive for MD SPCA to be held the week of April 1 – 5.

United Seniors of MD Legislative Forum in Annapolis

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
7 AM
Free Shuttle Service from lobbies
Departs 9 AM: Returns early afternoon
Cost: $15

Cost includes, admission, breakfast snacks, box lunch, and annual membership to the United Seniors of MD. Hear leaders from the Executive Branch and the General Assembly. Meet with Senators and Delegates from Baltimore County.

Contact: Don Sillars (Check Resident Directory in print or online through MyErickson.

Arbutus Library/Senior Center Shuttle Resumes Regular Schedule

Shuttle service to the library is on the 3rd Monday of every month.
Pick up time is 10 AM from all main lobbies.
Return trip for those using the library is at 11:30 AM
Return trip for those using the Senior Center is 12:30 PM

~Please let driver know if you are going to Senior Center and will need a 12:30 PM pickup~

Multiracial Awareness Group Meets March 20

Multiracial Awareness Discussion Group
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
10 – 11:30 AM
Brookside Classroom 1

Please join us and participate in this month’s discussion about our nation’s past and current problems concerning race. Our focus this month turns to finding ourselves in our history of racism. How has racism impacted your life? What does “living in a racial bubble” mean to you? As always, there will be the optional opportunity to go to lunch together following the discussion.

Questions? Contact Lois Schmidt or Joan Green. Check the Resident Directory in MyErickson for phone and/or email contact.

Artists of the Month: March/April 2019 Exhibit

Fireside Artists of Charlestown

Carol Schimpff and Betty Caldwell

The Gallery

March 1 – April 25, 2019

Inspired by Nature
Artist Carol Schimpff will be exhibiting selected watercolors
of the fine forests and mountains of Canaan Valley WV.

Foxes and Forests
Photographer Betty Caldwell will present some of her prized wild fox collection
from Yellowstone and Charlestown.

Charlestown Band Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

All are welcome to come enjoy your favorite Irish music. Charlestown Band (formerly Brass Plus One) will present two concerts, open to all, in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day:

Thursday, March 14, 2019
3 PM
The Gallery
Charlestown Square

Friday, March 15, 2019
2 PM
Main floor lobby
Caton Woods

Community Town Hall with County Executive Johnny O

Want to learn more about Baltimore County government?

Shuttle to this Town Hall is $5.00 for the round trip! For those wishing to drive on their own: Directions & Parking

Contact Resident Council Chair of the Legislative and Political Committee Seldra Funk for shuttle reservations (See Resident Directory for Contact Information)

Town Hall
with County Executive
Johnny O

Join your County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Councilman Tom Quirk for a town hall discussion on the county budget and share your thoughts, ideas and priorities with the new administration. Make your voice heard!

When: Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Where: UMBC Fine Arts Building Recital Hall,
1000 Hilltop Circle
Catonsville MD 21250

Track 2019 Maryland State Legislation

A list of bills being heard during the 2019 session of the Maryland General Assembly, which are of interest to Charlestown residents, is now posted on the website.


This website provides residents with the following information on the selected bills of interest:
Number for the Senate Bill and the House Bill
Summary of each selected bill, and
Update for each bill as the status of the bill changes (i.e., Unfavorable, Withdrawn, Sent to the opposite House, or Bill is passed).

Bills on this website concern prescription drug pricing, end-of-life options, minimum wages, retention of State retirees prescription plan, hospital patients bill of rights, single-payer health program, redistricting and apportionment, prohibition of expanded polystyrene food service products, criminal checks – State Board of Nursing, additional penalties for scamming of elderly, CCRCs to allow counsel at hearings, CCRCs with time limits for handicapped parking, and several additional topics.

This legislative information is posted and updated on the website by members of the Legislative/Political Committee. The website is sponsored by the Charlestown Residents’ Council.

Seldra Funk, Chair
Legislative/Political Committee of the Residents’ Council

Celebrate Women’s History Month March 2019

Recognizing Maryland Women in History

Guest Speaker: Diana M. Bailey, Executive Director of the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center

Friday, March 8, 2019
2 – 3 pm
~Light refreshments will be served~


Ms. Bailey will be presenting the social, political and economic experiences and contributions of Maryland women in history. Ms. Bailey has been an educator and administrator for more than 30 years. Several of Ms. Bailey’s roles have focused on educational equity as well as community organizations supporting gender equity. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Howard County Women’s Giving Circle and Vice Chair of the National Gender Equity Leadership in Education.

~Sponsored by the Charlestown Diversity & Inclusion Council~

Read more about the activities of the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center.