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Aug 26 2020

Anne Arundel Encourages Residents to Appreciate Local History The first round of roadside “Historic Markers” were installed earlier this year, with little fanfare amid the immediate public health threat posed by COVID-19 in March. Today, Anne Arundel County wants its residents to get outside, enjoy fresh air and visit local historical sites, while social distancing during staycations spent more safely closer to home. The historic marker program, developed by the Cultural Resources Division, Office of Planning and Zoning, is designed to raise public awareness about some of the County’s most significant historic...

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Aug 24 2020

Thursday is a busy day for local events this week. Even though "Colonial Cocktails: Syllabub & Sangaree" and Historic London Town and Gardens is sold out, here are some other opportunities to learn and engage. Join Historic Annapolis for a Virtual Lecture on Hamilton, the Man and the Musical, on Thursday, August 27 at 7:00 pm. Alexander Hamilton has always been known as a central player in America’s early history, but the smash Broadway musical Hamilton has focused new attention on the life and career of this fascinating individual. This multimedia...

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Aug 21 2020

In case you missed it, this week Carol Benson, Executive Director of the Four Rivers Heritage Area, joined County Executive Stuart Pittman and others for a discussion on "Vacationing in Place" in Anne Arundel County, and the recording is now available. Learn more about some of the great things to see and do in our county by watching the video below. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/AACoExec/videos/307178954036962[/embed]   And find more information here about the featured heritage sites currently open to the public: Historic London Town and Gardens Historic London Town and Gardens is a twenty-three acre park featuring history, archaeology,...

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Aug 20 2020

The below information was shared with us by the Maryland Department of Commerce's Office of Tourism (OTD), and we wanted to be sure to make our partners aware of these great tools and resources as we all prepare to celebrate International Underground Railroad Month. This September, join Maryland’s commemoration of International Underground Railroad Month and inspire visitors to travel to learn about the Underground Railroad. For all the information and details about how you can participate in International Underground Railroad Month, please visit the Department of Commerce Office of Tourism website. Current visitor research...

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Aug 19 2020

Yesterday, August 18, 2020, was an important anniversary, the centennial of the passing of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote. We encourage you to continue the recognition of this milestone by joining the 2020 Women's Centennial Summit on Wednesday, August 26. This Summit is presented by the Maryland Commission for Women in partnership with The Foundation for the Maryland Commission for Women & The Maryland Commission on the Commemoration of ​the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. Presented virtually,...

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Aug 17 2020

Governor Hogan is allocating $50 million to the Maryland Nonprofit Recovery Initiative (NORI) to assist nonprofit organizations whose critical operations have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and state-of-emergency. Round II of funding is now open and will close August 21 at 12:00pm a​​t the latest; the portal may close if and when grant requests exceed available funding. If you were unable to apply during the first round, you now have another opportunity. ​ The funding will be administered through FOUR funding applications administered as follows by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) or...

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Aug 17 2020

Although we don’t have any in-person events to highlight this week in the Four Rivers Heritage Area, here are some educational and informative webinars you’re not going to want to miss. Click the event title for links to each event’s page. Partner Webinars Earth Optimism Panel: Building Climate-Resilient Communities on the Coast Date: Tuesday, August 18 Time: 7:00-8:30 pm Location: Online Host Organization: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Tens of millions of Americans make their homes in coastal cities. How these cities adapt to rising seas will determine their futures in the 21st century. In this webinar...

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Aug 13 2020

The General Development Plan (GDP) is Anne Arundel County’s comprehensive plan to guide land use in the County, capitalize on its assets and conserve critical resources. Adopted by the County Council, the GDP establishes policies and recommendations to guide land use decisions over a 20-year planning timeframe. Community engagement is critical! In order to promote continued public participation in this year’s Plan 2040, the County has developed Plan2040 Community [email protected] This interactive website gives the public the opportunity to review draft elements of Plan2040 and provide your comments. Plan2040 includes four...

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Aug 12 2020

Lately, we’ve been excited to watch Annapolis becoming more colorful with the addition of new murals and public art.  During this time of social distancing, several new projects have helped to bring our community closer together, and even into the national spotlight. The first is by Annapolis local artist Comacell Brown, who designed a mural dedicated to Carlester Smith, Annapolis’s legendary “Walking Man,” known for his fast-walking and trash-collecting activities along local streets for decades, stretching back some 40 years. Located on the side wall of Pinkey’s Liquors in outer West...

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Aug 11 2020

Maryland Department of Commerce recently announced a new grant fund, the Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund for 501(c)(6) Nonprofits. These organizations may have been excluded from previous funding opportunities that more specifically targeted 501(c)3 organizations. Please see below for further information. Applications will open on Monday, August 17! Overview To support Maryland’s nonprofit 501(c)(6) organizations facing financial impacts from the novel coronavirus, the Maryland Department of Commerce in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) have established the Maryland COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Fund for 501(c)(6) Nonprofits...

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