November 17th, 2023
From my family to yours, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving! I am so grateful for your support and dedication to the betterment of District 30a and Maryland. I’m giving thanks to so many whose commitment to our community keeps moving us forward! My family and I are counting down to the 14th Annual Small Business Saturday on November 25th! Annapolis is home to scores of small businesses to shop from - especially for the holidays. I hope all of you make time to visit our local stores this #SmallBusinessSaturday!
I am so thankful for our small businesses that are the backbone of our community. Throughout the holiday season, as you go about your holiday shopping, consider supporting the local shops & small businesses here in #Annapolis by shopping small.
Please Support Two Amazing Women for the AACO Board of Education
Mark your calendars for upcoming events in support of my dear friends & amazing Board of Education members! Board President Dr. Joanna Tobin from District 6 and Dana Schallheim from District 5 have been invaluable members of the Board, and they are both running for reelection in 2024! I’m a co-host for both of their upcoming events. I hope you will join us at each of them!
Dr. Tobin’s 23-24 School Year Update is taking place on December 5th at 6pm, reserve your tickets here!
Dana Schallheim’s Hanukkah Party is happening on Thursday, December 7th from 7-8:30pm, reserve your tickets here!
SSA Wants Your Old Pumpkins!
If you have pumpkins you would like to offload after the Thanksgiving holiday, Severn Sailing Association wants them! They will be donating them to local farms, and would be happy to take them off your hands. They must be uncarved and unspoiled!
You can drop them off between 9a - 4p OR you can leave them at the front gate! SSA is at: 311 First Street.
Chesapeake Bay Watershed Investment
I am very excited to share with you some amazing news for the Chesapeake Bay! This week, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a substantial investment in the future of the Bay. Twenty-five grants totaling $7.4 Million were awarded to support wildlife habitat, climate resilience, community conservation partnerships, and equitable access to nature in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. This investment is crucial to the health of our bay, and protecting the largest estuary in North America!
To learn more about this investment, visit here!
Delegate Jones Receives 100% Environmental Score
I’m very excited to announce that I’ve received a 100% score for my voting record in the 2023 Legislative Session on critical environmental legislation! Protecting our environment and combating climate change are some of the most important issues we are facing today. I am proud that my hard work and standing up for the environment has been recognized by receiving this perfect score. I will always be dedicated to an equitable, healthy, and green Maryland.
To read the full report from the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, please click here!
Paca Garden Storytime: Thanks for Thanksgiving
What are you thankful for? We all know that Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, but where do we begin? Is it the turkey on the table or cozy cuddles? Life is full of small things and bigger pleasures, but what’s most important is being able to share them with family. This week they will read Thanks for Thanksgiving and celebrate the little details that make each day enjoyable. Come explore the beauty of the historic 18th century English garden as Historic Annapolis celebrates Thanksgiving. Advance registration required, space is limited.
Congratulations to Rhodes Scholar Midshipman Abigail Ward!
It was announced last weekend that United States Naval Academy (USNA) Midshipman 1st Class (senior) Abigail Ward has been selected as one of 32 Americans awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. This is a truly incredible achievement, with more than 2,500 students completing the application process. She is the Naval Academy’s 56th Rhodes Scholar and is a Computer Science major with a minor in Chinese. Congratulations to this amazing woman on her achievement and I am so excited to see all that you will achieve!
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with AACPL!
November is Native American Heritage Month, a month-long celebration of the rich traditions, history and cultures of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas.
Anne Arundel County Public Library honors Native American Heritage Month this November by sharing books to read, providing resources to learn from and hosting events that celebrate the important contributions of Native Americans and their diverse heritage. Celebrate Native American Heritage Month at your local library by attending fun, educational events! - Explore the history of the Piscataway, a local tribe that called much of what is now Anne Arundel County home, and enjoy a performance by Piscataway Nation Singers & Dancers. - Play traditional Native American games.
- Uncover the origins of the Navajo Code Talkers and how the U.S. military used the unique languages of Native Americans to send secure voice communications in both World Wars. Presented by the National Cryptologic Museum. - Create art inspired by Native American artists. Journey through time and solve puzzles based an the ancient civiliations of the Americas. - Discover how Native Americans of Maryland made use of local natural resources through an interactive presentation investigating friction fire making methods, communication techniques and more. - Learn about the Earth and her animal children with Dovie Thomason, Native storyteller. Visit our Native American Heritage Month events calendar for a complete list of programs.
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Stay safe and healthy,
Delegate Dana Jones
District 30A, Annapolis & Anne Arundel County