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🎉Opening Day in Annapolis!

January 12th, 2024

Dear Neighbor,

Opening Day!

Session is here, and I couldn't be more excited! I've been working for months on legislation to address issues impacting the lives of my constituents and Marylanders as a whole, and I can't wait to share it with you! Stay tuned to my social media and newsletter for more information.

As Session moves forward, be sure to reach out to my office to share with me your thoughts on what's going on in Annapolis! You can reach me by emailing my office at!


District 30 Night! 

Join me, Senator Sarah Elfreth, Delegate Shaneka Henson, and Delegate Seth Howard on

Monday, January 22nd for our annual District night to celebrate the legislative session, hear about the work we are doing on behalf of Marylanders, and enjoy some great local food!

I’m looking forward to seeing you there, please be sure to RSVP by confirming your attendance here!


Autism Hiring Program, Application due 1/15

The Autism Society of MD is excited to kick off the application process for their Autism Hiring Program for Winter 2024! Applications are due January 15th for all three program sites in Howard, Montgomery and Anne Arundel Counties. Stay tuned for information on their new site launching at Towson University (my alma mater!) this Winter/Spring! If you are interested in joining them as either a candidate or an employer, please visit their website here for more information!


Please note:

✅ They have simplified the process with a new online form for applicants


They have a new LinkedIn page for their Autism Hiring Program: all applicants and employers please like and follow for updates and exciting news: Autism Hiring Program - An Initiative of the Autism Society of Maryland


The Autism Hiring Program advances workplace neurodiversity and acceptance, connecting businesses to an untapped workforce of skilled Autistic adults and targeting jobseekers not supported by existing systems.


String of Pearls, The Musical, at Maryland Hall!

Maryland Hall, in association with the Banneker-Douglass Museum, is proud to present the jazz musical String of Pearls. This captivating musical tells the love story of Nettie and Sam, sharecroppers, who dare to preserve their love in a daring and ingenious escape from the Chikoree Wood Cotton Plantation to Washington, D.C.’s Greater U Street neighborhood. Through the Great Depression, World War II, and the tumultuous 1960s, Nettie and Sam's epic tale of hope, resilience, and enduring love celebrates their struggle to find meaning and purpose in the Greater U Street neighborhood. The adventures, calamities, and flashes of joy and wonder they encounter are the thread that holds them together --The String of Pearls.

For more information and to buy tickets, please visit their website here!


Army Reserve Minuteman Scholarship, Apply Now! 

The Army Reserve Minuteman Scholarship program offers generous college scholarships in exchange for service in the Army Reserve (not active duty).

The Minuteman Scholarship program pays full tuition at a public or state university for four-year scholarship recipients. The program will pay full tuition at any public, private or state university for a three-year scholarship.

In exchange for service in the Army Reserve (one weekend per month and two weeks annual training), scholarship recipients receive:

  • Full tuition and fees or room and board

  • $1200 per year stipend for books

  • $450 per month ROTC Cadet stipend

  • $275 per month Sergeant drill pay

  • $1300 annual Army Reserve training

The Deadline for applying is July 2024, however, scholarships are based on available funding.

For further information contact Jayson Spiegel, Army Reserve Ambassador for Maryland, at


Spring Break Nature Explorer Registration Now Open!

Let’s get outside! Registration is now open for Spring Break Nature Explorers! Experience the wonders of nature in this three-day session during AACPS spring break. Adventurers will explore Bacon Ridge Natural Area with park rangers, conduct nature experiments, make crafts, and learn about the natural world with time for unstructured play and games. Be sure to register soon as it is sure to fill up quickly!


Register here:


Oyster Myth Animations

Thanks to a group of talented students from Pratt Institute Digital Arts and Animation program, The Oyster Recovery Partnership is proud to share this short video dispelling three oyster myths titled, "Do You Know Oysters?" The students worked the entire semester to create original animations, and I am so grateful and proud of what they accomplished. Join me in congratulating them, and be sure to click the link above to watch the animations in full.


Community Coat Rack Donation Drive with AACPL!

As temperatures drop and winter slides in, AACPL is excited to continue its mission of ensuring everyone in our community stays warm these next few months with their Winter Coat Drive at Anne Arundel County Public Library!

Ten library locations – Busch Annapolis, Deale, Discoveries: The Library at the Mall, Edgewater, Linthicum, Maryland City at Russett, Glen Burnie, Brooklyn Park, Odenton and Severn are equipped with community coat racks, ready to receive your gently used and no-longer-needed winter coats. If you or someone you know could use some extra warmth, feel free to browse the racks and take what you need.

Each branch has its specific needs and donation guidelines, so please give your branch a call if you have any questions about what items are most helpful. Your donations to the coat racks make a significant difference and are helping keep our community warm this winter, and I’m incredibly grateful.


You can follow me on Facebook, X, and Instagram to learn about volunteer opportunities, community resources, legislative updates and much more. If you have any questions or concerns, you can always contact my office by email at or by phone at 410-841-3211.

Stay safe and healthy,

Delegate Dana Jones

District 30A, Annapolis & Anne Arundel County


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