April 14, 2016              

ArtsFest 2016 is Coming!
Saturday, June 11, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata, MD

Vendor Registration Is Now Open!
First "Early Bird" Discount Ends Tomorrow!

The Charles County Arts Alliance is pleased to announce our 24th annual ArtsFest, to be held on Saturday, June 11, 2016, from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, on the beautiful grounds of the La Plata Town Hall, in La Plata, Maryland.  ArtsFest is the largest arts festival in Charles County, and one of the largest in Southern Maryland.  This is our fifth year to present the festival in partnership with the Town of La Plata.
ArtsFest is our annual outdoor celebration of all the arts and artists - visual, literary and performing.  It is our "free gift" to the citizens of Charles County and Southern Maryland, and there is no charge for the public to attend.  It is a family-friendly, wonderful way to kick off the summer season!  Great food and Southern Maryland specialties will be available for purchase throughout the day.
Visual and literary artists of all media are invited to display and sell their works. In addition, nonprofit arts organizations are invited as exhibitors to display information and encourage participation in their performing, visual and literary arts activities. Also invited as nonprofit exhibitors are cultural, historical, heritage and environmental organizations.
Our audience attendance at ArtsFest averages 2000 people each year.  At last year's ArtsFest, we presented nonstop music and dance performances on two stages, 50 artists and exhibitors on display, local authors autographing their books, and a Kid's Art Tent with a wide variety of hands-on creative projects.  This year's ArtsFest promises to be even bigger and better than last year!

Click HERE to download the Artist/Exhibitor Vendor Registration Form.

Click HERE to download the Food Vendor Registration Form.

Click HERE to download the Product Sponsorship Registration Form.

Registration forms are also available at    www.charlescountyarts.org , or by calling the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or email at info@charlescountyarts.org.

"Mind Your Business" Symposium
Thursday, April 28, 1:00 - 4:30 pm
College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown Campus
Building A, 206 - Auditorium
22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650
Free Admission!
Click HERE to Sign Up!

PNC Bank, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Maryland Citizens for the Arts, St. Mary's County Arts Council, and the Leonardtown Arts & Entertainment District present a symposium to help the state's creative class better navigate budgets, cash flow, copyright, insurance, and more! For more information, go to  http://www.mdarts.org/news_events/mind-your-business-legal-and-financial-workshop-for-artists  or call 410-467-6700.

Port Tobacco Players
Now through April 24
Friday and Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets:  $18 Adult; $15 Senior (60+), Youth (to 18), Military

(Musical) The 1950s are out and change is in the air!  It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her 'do!  For more information, go to www.ptplayers.com.

United States Navy Concert Band
Thursday, April 14, 7:00 pm
Henry E. Lackey High School
3000 Chicamuxen Road, Indian Head
Free Admission!

The United States Navy Concert Band, the premier wind ensemble of the U.S. Navy, presents a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral transcriptions and modern wind ensemble repertoire.  As the original ensemble of the Navy Band, the Concert Band has been performing public concerts and participating in high-profile events for over 85 years. For more information, contact NavyBand.Public.Affairs@navy.mil, call 201-433-4777, or visit  http://www.navyband.navy.mil.

Maurice J. McDonough High School
Mary Poppins
Thursday - Friday, April 14 - 15, 6:30 pm
Saturday, April 16, 2:00 and 6:30 pm
7165 Marshall Corner Road, Pomfret
Tickets:  $10 Adult; $8 Student, Senior Citizen, Military with ID;
$7 Child

Based on the books by P.L. Travers, the musical tells the story of the Banks family and how the arrival of a magical nanny - practically perfect in every way - changes their lives.  For more information call 301-934-2944, or 301-753-1755.

North Point High School
Willy Wonka
Thursday - Friday, April 14 - 15, 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 16, 1:00 and 7:00 pm
2500 Davis Road, Waldorf
Tickets:  $8 Adult; $5 Child, Student

Based on Roald Dahl's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this is the story of  Charlie Bucket, who finds a golden ticket, and with his grandfather in tow,  gets a tour of the chocolate factory operated by the eccentric Wonka.  For more information, call 301-753-1759, or 301-885-2012.
Westlake High School
The Wiz
Thursday - Friday - Saturday, April 14 - 15 - 16, 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 17, 3:00 pm
3300 Middletown Road, Waldorf
Tickets:  $10 Adult, $8 Senior Citizen, $6 Student, $5 Child 12 and Younger

Hit the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Lion as they make their way to the Emerald City where each has a request of the Wizard, though he may not be all he's purported to be!  For more information, call 301-645-8857, or 301-753-1758.

St. Charles High School
Ball in the House 
Friday, April 15, 7:00 pm
5305 Piney Church Road, Waldorf
Tickets: $10 in Advance, $15 at the Door

Following in the path of classic harmony groups like Boyz II Men, The Temptations, and Take 6, while incorporating the pop and neo-soul influence of artists like Bruno Mars, Daft Punk, and Pharrell Williams, five member veteran vocal band, Ball in the House, will move audiences with their music.  Also performing with the group is the school's a Capella chorus, the Spartones.  For more information, contact schsperformancetix@gmail.com or call 301-753-2090.

Henry E. Lackey High School
Into the Woods
Friday - Saturday, April 15 - 16, 6:30 pm
Sunday, April 17, 2:00 pm 
3000 Chicamuxen Road, Indian Head
Tickets:  $8 Adult; $7 Student, Senior, Military; $6 Thespians

The play features classic fairytale characters while weaving in an original story about a childless baker, his wife and their hopes of having a family.  For more information, call 301-743-5431, or 301-753-1753.
College of Southern Maryland
Latin Music Festival
Friday - Saturday, April 15 - 16, 8:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets: $5 in Advance, $7 Day of Concert

The Latin Music Festival features performances by CSM's Latin Ensemble Ritmo Caché under the direction of Dr. Stephen Johnson.  On Saturday, guest professional artist Pa' Gozar joins the program.  For more information and to purchase tickets, contact the Box Office at bxoffc@csmd.edu, or 301-934-7828. This Festival is sponsored in part by the Charles County  Arts Alliance.

The Newtowne Players
A Few Good Men
April 15 - May 1
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:30 pm
21744 S. Coral Drive, Lexington Park, MD
Tickets:  $15 Adult; $12 Senior (65+), Military, Student; $10 Child (up to 12 years)
Due to mature language and content, this production is recommended for theatergoers ages 13 and over.

During the summer of 1986, two Marines are on trial for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  The Navy lawyer, a callow young man more interested in softball games than the case, expects a plea bargain and a cover up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial.  For more information, go to  http://newtowneplayers.org  or call 301-737-5447.

Cecil Ray Comedy Club
Saturday, April 16, 7:30 pm
Indian Head Black Box Theatre
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Tickets:  $20 in Advance, $25 at the Door; $35 VIP Tickets (Includes dinner, limited seating)

Cecil Ray Comedy Club Show was birthed out of a vision to entertain people through laughter and allow other comedians to showcase their gifts and talents without compromising, using vulgar language or explicit material. Show features Cecil Ray, Kadesha Bonds, E-Boogie, Ms. Vee and music by Kenny Mac and VMP. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to http://www.cecilraycomedy.com, or contact Tracy Chase at 571-245-7379, or cecilraycomedy@gmail.com.

The Newtowne Players
Auditions for Shakespeare's The Tempest
Monday - Tuesday, April 18 - 19, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Callbacks:  Saturday, April 23, 10:00 am
Three Notch Theater
21744 S. Coral Place, Lexington Park
Performance Dates:  August 12 - 13, 18 - 20, 7:00 pm

All actors should prepare a one-minute Shakespearean monologue and demonstrate an ability to create a character. Memorization is not required, but is highly encouraged. No prior Shakespeare experience necessary! If you are unable to make the audition date/time, wish to work backstage or have any questions, contact Monica at  mmeinert713@gmail.com .   For more information about the play, complete audition details and descriptions of the characters, go to http://newtowneplayers.org/audition-information.html.

Thomas Stone High School
Once on This Island
Thursday - Friday - Saturday, April 21 - 22 - 23, 7:00 pm
3785 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf
Tickets:  $5
The one-act musical is based on the Rosa Guy novel, My Love, My Love.  It is set in the French Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean Sea, and follows the life of peasant girl Ti Moune who falls in love with a member of the upper class. The story includes inspiration from "The Little Mermaid" and "Romeo and Juliet."  For more information, call 301-645-2601 or 301-753-1756.

College of Southern Maryland
Renaissance Festival
Thursday - Sunday, April 21- 24
La Plata Campus
Fine Arts Center Theatre and Outside Lawn
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Activities are either free or priced by the vendor

Travel back to a time when lords ruled and peasants pleased, all in the language and costumes of Shakespeare, at CSM's fourth annual Renaissance Festival!

Thursday, April 21, Madrigals and Choral Concert, 7:30 pm, Admission: $5 in Advance; $7 Day of Concert
Friday, April 22, Last Days of Judas Iscariot, 7:00 pm, Admission: $10
Saturday, April 23, Festival, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Last Days of Judas Iscariot, 2:00 and 7:00 pm, Admission: $10
Sunday, April 24, Festival, 11:00 am - 4:00  pm
Last Days of Judas Iscariot, 3:00 pm, Admission $10

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot will be performed in the Fine Arts Center Theatre.  This production contains strong language and content and is not suitable for younger audiences.   For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or go to  http://www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/special-events/renaissance-festival .

College of Southern Maryland
Chorale and Chamber Choir Concerts
Tuesday, April 26, 7:30 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

Saturday, May 7, 2:00 pm
Prince Frederick Campus
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Tickets:  $5 in Advance, $7 Day of Concert

CSM's Chorale, under the direction of Krystal McCoy, will be joined by the Chamber Choir in performing an assortment of classics.  For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828, email bxoffc@csmd.edu, or visit  www.csmd.edu/arts .

La Plata High School
Sweet Charity
Thursday - Friday, April 28 - 29, 6:30 pm
Saturday, April 30, 2:30 and 6:30 pm
6035 Radio Station Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $10 Adult, $5 Student

The play, with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon, follows taxi dancer Charity Hope Valentine who is unlucky in love but always looks on the bright side of life.  For advance tickets, email jjoyner@ccboe.com.  For more information, call 301-934-1100 or 301-753-1754.

The Southern Maryland Chamber Ensemble
Spring Concerts
Friday, April 29, 7:00 pm
College of Southern Maryland Leonardtown Campus
22950 Hollywood Rd, Leonardtown, MD 20650

Saturday, May 14, 3:00 pm
Christ Church, 112 Charles Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Free and Open to the Public!

Lucy Snell, flute; Amy Hones, oboe; Takako Mato, clarinet; Ashley Adams, bassoon;
Daniel Romagno, horn; and Eileen Peerless, piano, will perform works by Fuhrmeister, Croakley, Mozart, Ibert & Hart.    

For more information, contact Lucy Snell at  ljsnell@comcast.net.

Honoring Our Heros Award Ceremony and 
The Adventures of Uncle Rocky, Fireman
Friday, April 29, 10:00 am
Saturday, April 30, 2:00 and 5:00 pm
Port Tobacco Players Theatre
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets:  April 29, All Tickets are $5
Tickets:  April 30,  $10 Adult, $5 Child

There are heroes living among us!  Come join the  Honoring Our Heroes Award Ceremony  to  thank and honor five Charles County fire, police and EMS heroes for their courage, bravery, and public service. Then rev up your fire engine with the dramatic presentation of The Adventures of Uncle Rocky, Fireman. Participate with Officer Jack, Uncle Rocky and EMT Morales as they put out fires, rescue people, and stop crime. Be ready to scream like a siren, honk like a fire truck and shout "Glad to do it!" just like Uncle Rocky. Patrol cars, a fire truck and an ambulance will be on display outside the theater. Take your picture with Moxie, a champion Dalmatian, and be impressed as Jr Miss Fire Prevention (11 years old) talks about fire safety.  For more information, call 301-932-6819, or visit  www.ptplayers.org.  

Uncle Rocky, Fireman children's books are available in all Charles County libraries;  Maries Diner and Country Store, La Plata; and at Keepin It Local, Morganza. For more information, go to  www.gladtodoit.net.

Celebrate La Plata!
Saturday, April 30, Noon to 4:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free Family Fun!

Enjoy a day of activities for children of all ages at Celebrate La Plata:  Face painting, displays, entertainment, refreshments for sale from local favorites and the ever entertaining Bed Races!  

Go to  http://www.townoflaplata.org and click on Events to see the complete schedule.  
Indian Head Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre
Born to Entertain Broadway Cabaret
Saturday, April 30, 7:00 pm
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Tickets:  $15
Staring Broadway hopefuls Amelia Arrigo and Kristin Kauffman, who will wow you with their brassy voices and hilarious patter. Enjoy classics from shows like Fiddler on the Roof, Annie Get Your Gun and Les Miserables, peppered with more modern showstoppers from Nunsense, Jekyll & Hyde, and Hairspray. Watching these two women switch from a high-energy comedic duet to an introspective dramatic song is captivating!   For more information, call 301-743-3040, email web.ihca@gmail.com, or visit http://www.indianheadblackbox.org.

College of Southern Maryland 
Concert Band
Saturday, April 30, 8:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $5 in Advance, $7 Day of Concert

Under the direction of Michael Peerless, CSM students can join community members and professional musicians in the SMCB for ensemble credit.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828, email bxoffc@csmd.edu, or visit www.csmd.edu/arts.

Friends of Old Waldorf School
Friendship Tea:  Celebration of Spring
Sunday, May 1, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Waldorf School Auditorium
3074 Crain Highway, Waldorf (access across from Jaycees Hall)
Free Admission!  Donations Accepted.

This year's theme will be a celebration of Spring with an Exhibit of past May Festivals and the Maypole Dance at Waldorf School.  It will include a photo of Waldorf School's first May Queen, Margaret "Berry" Dodson, daughter of early Waldorf Postmaster E. Guy Berry.  The menu will feature assorted teas, delicious scones, tea sandwiches, fruit, tea cakes, and cookies.  In addition, there will be a few vendor tables with affordable gifts for purchase including:  bedding plants such as Marigolds, Waxed Begonias, etc., & fresh cut asparagus in 1 lb. bundles; Artists' works from Mattawoman Creek Art Center's Gift Shop; select affordable gifts from FOWS including local history books, local ornaments, etc.; and there will be a 50/50 "stretch" raffle and door prizes!   Seating is limited to 100; please RSVP to  Sandi at 301-752-5198, Peggy at 301-645-5564, or email waldorfschl@aol.com.  For more information about the school, visit http://oldwaldorfschool-com.webs.com.

College of Southern Maryland
Ward Virts Concert Series
Octtava Duo
Sunday, May 1, 3:00 pm
Prince Frederick Campus
Building B, Multipurpose Room 104
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Free Admission

Pianists Wei-Der Huang and Hsien-Ann Meng, now in their fifth year of collaboration, have been friends since they pursued their Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Maryland at College Park. Both pianists now serve on the piano faculty at Howard Community College.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or bxoffc@csmd.edu.

Music at Mount Aventine
Lynn Hollyfield with Steve Wolf on Bass
Sunday, May 1, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Gates Open:  1:00 pm, Rain or Shine
Chapman State Park, 3452 Ferry Place, Indian Head
Free Admission

Featuring singer/songwriter Lynn Hollyfield, accompanied by bass player Steve Wolf. Enjoy an afternoon of music at beautiful Mount Aventine, a tour of the mansion, refreshments and kids' crafts. For more information, contact Friends of Chapman State Park at 301-753-6664, or visit www.friendsofchapmansp.org.

College of Southern Maryland
The Fresh Sounds of Spring Dance Performance
Monday, May 2, 7:30 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theater
8730 Mitchell Road
Tickets:  $5 in Advance, $7 at the Door

Whether it's a Balanchine ballet, or breaking, locking, and popping, CSM's Dance Ensemble, directed by Joanne Lunsford, performs a variety of pieces to appeal to all lovers of dance.   For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.
College of Southern Maryland
Music Student Honors Recital
Thursday, May 5, 2:30 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theater
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Free Admission

CSM's best students perform at a public recital each semester. The recitals feature a variety of styles from classical instrumental and vocal solos to contemporary vocal and guitar performances that represent the highest level of musicianship. For more information, visit  http://www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/music/recitals/index. 
College of Southern Maryland
Latin Ensemble Concert
Sunday, May 8, 2:00 pm
Leonardtown Campus
22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
Tickets:  $5 in Advance, $7 at the Door

Ritmo Caché, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Johnson, presents an encore concert from the Latin Festival, with additional music to celebrate Mother's Day.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or bxoffc@csmd.edu.
Southern Maryland Film Festival
Call for Film Submissions
Open to All Age Groups in Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's Counties
Deadline is May 13
Festival is July 15 and 16
Complete submission guidelines are available at  www.smdff.org . Contact smdfilmfest@gmail.com with any questions.

College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
Annual Juried Student Exhibition
Exhibition Dates:  Now through May 6
Award Reception:  Tuesday, April 19, 2:30 pm
Gallery Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm; 
Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. 
La Plata Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

Gas Station #1
by Tom Siehl, 2015 Faculty Purchase Prize Recipient

For more information, go to  http://www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/visual-arts/hungerford-gallery/index  or call  301-934-7828.

Indian Head Business Association
Local Artists Wanted
4th Annual Taste of Indian Head
Saturday, May 14, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Indian Head Village Green Pavilion
100 Walter Thomas Road, Indian Head Highway, Indian Head

The Association is seeking  local artists, sculptors and painters.   Each year, this event attracts over 500 people.  There will be food, vendors, entertainment for all ages, expo's, dance performances, and fashion shows.  Vendor space is $25.00 for non-members and $20.00 for members of the Indian Head Business Association.  C ontact Pam at  301-743-6777,  for applications and more information, and visit their Facebook page, Taste of Indian Head for updates.

College of Southern Maryland Global Initiatives Committee
A Passport to China:  Chinese Calligraphy Exhibit
La Plata:  Now though April 15
Library Resources (LR) Building, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

Leonardtown:  April 18 - 30
Building A, Room 206, 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD

Special Presentation at the Prince Frederick Campus
Tuesday, April 19, Traditional Dragon Dance, 3:00 pm
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick, MD

For more information, visit  www.csmd.edu/PassportToChina

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Spring 2016 Events
Smallwood State Park,  5565 Upham Place, Marbury, MD 20658
The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays,
11:00 am - 4:00 pm.  For more information call 301-743-5159. or go to www.mattawomanart.org.
Click HERE for their spring brochure!
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Open Studio
Fridays through May 20, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come create: paint, draw, take photos, sculpt, knit,  quilt, etc.  Bring your own materials and your lunch.  Bring your friends (both members and nonmembers).  Share ideas and techniques.  Critique each other's work.  Enjoy the creative process!  For more information, go to mattawomanart.org.
Open Photography Show
April 22 through May 22, 2016
Reception: Sunday, April 24, 1:00 to 4:00 pm

MCAC Workshop
The Ancient Art of Encaustic
Two Dates:  Friday, April 15, or Saturday, April 16, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Fee: $150 per person (no early bird special)
Instructor: Carolyn Goodridge
Join esteemed artist and curator of Art Impact, USA, Carolyn Goodridge, as she guides you through the exciting and colorful ancient technique of painting with melted beeswax mixed with pigment. In a fun and relaxed atmosphere, you will learn about encaustic and its uses and personal applications through demonstrations and hands-on guidance. No prior art experience is required, and you will go home with a finished work of art!   All materials, lunch, and an instructional DVD (for her first-time students) are included. Wear old clothing and/or bring an apron.   Class size is limited to 6 and some spots are already taken, so register soon. Register online at:  http://www.artimpactusa.org/encaustic-workshop or by mailing your payment , made out  to Carolyn Goodridge, to MCAC, P.O. Box 258, Marbury, MD 20658.
MCAC Workshop
The Art of Framing
Saturday, April 23, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fee: $40 Members / $50 Non-members
Instructor: Shelby Oppermann, CPA (Certified Picture Framer)

The art of framing is an entire field of study, and after this presentation you will look at custom framing in a new way, and understand why Shelby has loved this career field for 35 years.  
Please bring your questions, willingness to learn, and two pieces of art with you. Bring a canvas, art on paper, or a photograph to use in the "Play Time" section on the agenda. Your work may also be used as examples throughout the presentation.
MCAC Workshop
Plein Air
Friday, May 6, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Fee: $40 Members / $50 Nonmembers
Instructor: Barbara Stepura, member of MAPAPA (Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association)

Experience the challenge of painting outdoors. This first session will include a brief explanation about plein air painting, demonstration, individual instructor attention and a lunch time critique. Any medium that you are experienced with may be used.  Bring your lunch, painting supplies, one support (canvas or board), and a sturdy, portable easel suitable for outdoor work. Intermediate or advanced levels.

Plein Air
Fridays, May 13, 20, 27,  9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Fee: No Charge

There will be no instructor for these sessions. Come and paint. At 1:00 pm, eat lunch and critique each other's work. If there is rain, the participants will set up a still life inside.
National Gallery of Art
Picture This! Titans of the Italian Renaissance!
Tours for People with Low Vision or Who Are Blind 
Saturday, April 23, and Wednesday, April 27, 1:00 pm
6th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC (use the Constitution Avenue or Madison Drive entrances for easiest access to the Rotunda)

Lorenzo de' Medici
Picture This tours incorporate vibrant verbal description with information about works of art. Tours meet at 1:00 pm in the Rotunda of the West Building of the National Gallery and last about an hour. Everyone is welcome! For more information or to receive web links to works that will be described on the tour in advance, contact Lorena Baines at access@nga.gov or 202-842-6905. Verbally described tours are also available by request with 3 weeks' notice by  e-mailing access@nga.gov.   For more information, go to www.nga.gov .

Art Impact USA
Call for Artists
Caribbean Jubilee Juried Exhibition
Torpedo Factory
105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA
Deadline to Enter:  Friday, April 29, 11:59 pm
Reception:  Saturday, June 11, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Entry Fees Apply

Rhythms of the Diaspora
 by Clifford Darrett

AIUSA's second annual juried exhibition for National Caribbean-American Heritage Month June 2016 will be held on two floors at the Site Gallery Two and Site Gallery Three at The Torpedo Factory. The art must be joyful and related to and/or inspired by any Caribbean nation or Caribbean historical figure. The work can be abstract.  All works with a joyful Caribbean theme are welcome.  Dimensions of work must not exceed 72" H x 36" W (including frame.) Selections will be announced on Monday, June 2; drop off time is Saturday, June 4, noon to 5:00 pm;  To read the full prospectus and to submit art, go to 

http://www.artimpactusa.org/caribbean-jubilee-artist-call.html.  For more information, contact Carolyn Goodridge, 877-772-6045 or 202-297-3040.


Community Bank of the Chesapeake
Waldorf Branch
"Call for Artists"
  Theme is "Artists Choice"
Deadline to Submit is May 6

Community Bank of the Chesapeake, in partnership with the Charles County Art Alliance, is now accepting submissions for their third art show, a multi-media exhibit, to be held at the Main Waldorf Branch, 3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD, from May 20 to August 19, 2016.
Local artists are invited to submit a maximum of two works of art for consideration (there is no submission fee).  Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to  waldorfwestgallery@gmail.com.  Please reference "Community Bank Gallery" in the subject line.
The email must include: 
  • Artist's name
  • Artist's mailing address
  • Artist's email address
  • Artist's phone number
  • Artist's biography (half-page max, in MS-Word)
  • Artist's headshot (jpeg)
  • Title of artwork
  • Medium/materials used
  • Size/dimensions
  • Year created
  • Price, if applicable 
The artists will be notified later in May.  All artwork must be wired and ready to hang.
For more information on the gallery, please contact Gale Kladitis at gkladitis@comcast.net.

National Gallery of Art
Programs in American Sign Language and Assistive Listening Devices
Tour on Sunday, May 8, 1:00 pm
West Building, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC (use the Constitution Avenue or Madison Drive entrances for easiest access to the Rotunda)

The tours take place on the second Sunday of every month and last about an hour.  Meet the guide in the Rotunda of the West Building for the public tour. The program is interpreted into spoken English. Assistive listening devices are available for use on any public tour with 3 weeks' advance notice.  To plan your trip and view hours and maps, go to www.nga.gov  and click on Visit. For more information, go to www.nga.gov  and click on Calendar or contact Lorena Baines at access@nga.gov or 202-842-6905.  

Arts Alliance "Call for Artists"
for the Summer Art Show at Waldorf West Library

Waldorf West Library  
  Deadline to Submit is May 16, 2016
Theme is "Artists Choice"
The Charles County Arts Alliance is now accepting submissions for the Summer Art Show, a multi-media public exhibit, to be held at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD, from June 27 to September 24, 2016. The Library consists of four separate gallery spaces on two floors. 

Local artists are invited to submit a maximum of two works of art on any subject, to the Charles County Arts Alliance for consideration (there is no submission fee). Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to waldorfwestgallery@gmail.com.
The email must include:
      • Artist's name
      • Artist's mailing address
      • Artist's email address
      • Artist's phone number
      • Artist's biography (half-page max, in MS-Word)
      • Artist's headshot (jpeg)
      • Title of artwork
      • Medium/materials used
      • Size/dimensions
      • Year created
      • Price, if applicable
Artists who have previously shown in the gallery are invited to submit new work for consideration. Selections will be made by the Gallery Committee and the artists will be notified at a later date in May. All artwork must be wired and ready to hang.

On Saturday, July 23, 2016, a "Meet the Artists" Public Reception will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, at the Waldorf West Library's Main Gallery, to honor all the artists participating in the summer show.

For more information, contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or info@charlescountyarts.org.

Arts Alliance "Special Call for Artists" 
for the Summer Art Show 
at the Charles County Government Building


Deadline to Submit: June 1, 2016!

Theme is "Artists Without Limits"

The Charles County Arts Alliance is now accepting submissions for a Special Summer Art Show, a multi-media public exhibit, to be held at the Charles County Government Building, 200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, Maryland, from July 13 to September 26, 2016. The gallery is adjacent to the front entrance lobby. The exhibit will recognize local artists with disabilities. The month of July is Americans with Disabilities Month. Celebrate with the Charles County Arts Alliance and the Commission on Individuals with Disabilities for this event.

Local artists with disabilities are invited to submit a maximum of two works of art on any subject, to the Charles County Arts Alliance for consideration (there is no submission fee). Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to  waldorfwestgallery@gmail.com  Please include Special Summer Art Show in the subject line.

The email must include:
    • Artist's name
    • Artist's mailing address
    • Artist's email address
    • Artist's phone number
    • Artist's biography (half-page max, in MS-Word)
    • Artist's headshot (jpeg)
    • Title of artwork
    • Medium/materials used
    • Size/dimensions
    • Year created
    • Price, if applicable
Selections will be made by the Charles County Arts Alliance and the Commission on Individuals with Disabilities, and the artists will be notified in mid-June. All artwork must be wired and ready to hang. 

On Tuesday, July 19, 2016, a "Meet the Artists" Public Reception will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at the Charles County Government Building to honor all the "Artists without Limits" participating in the summer show.
For more information about the Gallery, contact the CCAA Office at  301-392-5900, or  info@charlescountyarts.org.

Citizens for the Charles County Public Library, Inc.
Spring 2016 Used Book Bazaar
Now through Saturday, April 16
Bazaar Hours: Thursday, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm; F
riday and Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
La Plata Branch Library, Lower Level
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
Non-members may join at the door; every member is entitled to 5 free books during the Bazaar

Hardbacks are 50 cents each; paperbacks are  25 cents each.  Clearance Day is Saturday, April 16: grocery-size bag full of books is only $2.00!   For more information, go to  https://sites.google.com/a/ccplonline.org/c4ccpl,  or call the library at 301-934-9001.

Life Journeys Writers Guild
Big Quarterly Gathering
Saturday, April 16, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place,  Waldorf

Come learn from a bookseller about your book's journey, behind-the-scenes, and join in to celebrate the combined commitment of all involved. Expect an exciting guest speaker -- just how do you get your self-published offering on the bookshelves of brick-and-mortar bookstores?-- giveaways/raffles, networking, industry news, food, their famous LJWG (non-alcoholic) Champagne Toast and more! For more information, contact Yvonne Medley at 240-545-5594, email yvonnejmedley@lifejourneyswritersguild.com, or visit  www.lifejourneyswritersguild.org.

College of Southern Maryland
Spring 2016 "Connections" Magazine Publication Reading
Friday, May 6, 7:30 pm
La Plata Campus Center for Business and Industry (BI) Building
Dr. John M. Sine Conference Room 103
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Free Admission

CSM Connections Literary Journal logo
Contributors to the Spring 2016 "Connections" Literary Magazine will read and discuss their published works.  For more information, visit http://www.csmd.edu/community.
Charles County Public Library
Semi-Annual Author's Reception
Saturday, August 20, 2:00 - 4:00 pm 
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
Deadline for Authors to Apply:  Thursday, June 30, 8:00 pm

Local authors who would like to have their work featured at the Author's Reception need to submit a copy of their book to Sarah Guy, Program Coordinator, at any Charles County Public Library branch.  Authors must include contact information and must be able to attend the Author's Reception on  August 20 .  Authors will present a brief (2 minute) overview of their book and will be able to sell copies to the public. Submitted books will be returned at the author's request after the event or the books can be added to the library's circulating collection. CCPL reserves the right to restrict which authors' works will be included at the Author's Reception. For more information, contact Sarah Guy at  301-645-1395, x417,

Charles County Library Schedule
For March/April 2016

Get a copy of the March/April  brochure to see all the programs available at your local libraries. There are computer classes, book discussions for all ages, craft programs, preschool story times, games, writing classes, and lots of other activities for every interest and age!    For more information, call 301-934-9001 or go to  http://www.ccplonline.org .


Adult Discussion Book Groups
La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
DATE CHANGE FOR APRIL!  Meets at 7:00 pm on the second Thursday of every month at the La Plata Library, 2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata. Call 301-934-900 1,  for more information.
April 21:  The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. On a winter's day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history.  But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot.   Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did?  In this thrilling book, master historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers, including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers' story, including the little-known contributions of their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them.

Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon, at the Senior Center, 100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head. Call 301-375-7375 for more information.

April 27:  We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. This is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel about a beautiful and distinguished family; a brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy; and a group of four friends-the Liars-whose friendship turns destructive.
Waldorf Senior Center Afternoon Book Club
Meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 1:00 - 2:00 pm, at the Waldorf Senior Center, 3092 Crain Highway, Waldorf. For more information, call 301-638-4420.

May 4:  The Violets of March by Sarah Joi.   In her twenties, Emily Wilson was on top of the world: she had a bestselling novel, a husband plucked from the pages of  GQ , and a one-way ticket to happily ever after.   Ten years later, the tide has turned on Emily's good fortune. So when her Great Aunt Bee invites her to spend the month of March on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, Emily accepts, longing to be healed by the sea. Researching her next book, Emily discovers a red velvet diary, dated 1943, whose contents reveal startling connections to her own life.  

Richard R. Clark Senior Center Book Discussion
Meets at 1:00 pm, on the first Thursday of each month at the Clark Senior Center, 1210 Charles Street, La Plata.  For more information, call 301-934-9001. 

 May 5:  The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure.  In 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money -- and maybe get him killed. But if he's clever enough, he'll avoid any trouble. All he has to do is design a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man, a space so invisible that even the most determined German officer won't find it. He sorely needs the money, and outwitting the Nazis who have occupied his beloved city is a challenge he can't resist.  But when one of his hiding spaces fails horribly, and the problem of where to hide a Jew becomes terribly personal, Lucien can no longer ignore what's at stake. The Paris Architect asks us to consider what we owe each other, and just how far we'll go to make things right. 

Waldorf Book Discussion Group
Meets on the first Saturday of every month from 9:30 - 10:30 am, at the P.D. Brown Memorial Library, 50 Village Street, Waldorf.  For more information, call 301-645-2864 .  

May 7:  Dead Wake:  The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larsen.  On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. As a U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small-- hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more-- all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.

Adult Book Discussion
Meets monthly at 10:30 am at  Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf.   For more information, call 301-645-1395.

May 14:  My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira. Mary Sutter is a brilliant young midwife who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Eager to run away from recent heartbreak, Mary travels to Washington, D.C., to help tend the legions of Civil War wounded. Under the guidance of two surgeons, who both fall unwittingly in love with her, and resisting her mother's pleas to return home to help with the difficult birth of her twin sister's baby, Mary pursues her medical career against all odds. 
Community Senior Centers

The Department of Community Services operates each of the County's Senior Centers, where citizens 60 and older may access a variety of programs and services, including:  Social/Recreational activities, Clubs, Special Events, Trips, Nutritious Lunches, Health and Screenings Programs, Health Scope/Visit the Nurse, Educational programs, Physical Fitness programs, Creative Arts, and Computer Lab/Classes.  For more activities and events, get the April and May copies of The SCOOP
Charles County's Senior Center News, or cli ck here  to go to their website. 
In This Flash
Self-Nominations Now Being Accepted for Two Vacancies on the CCAA Board of Directors

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CCAA Board of Directors

Robert Rausch, 
Gale Kladitis, Vice President
Ronald G. Brown, Secretary/Treasurer
Diane Rausch, Past President
Bill Adams
Emily Ferren
Lorina Harris
Kathleen Jenkins
Amelia Jones
Cecelia Keller
Vicki Marckel

Youth Representative
Greg A. Kenney, Jr.

Honorary Board Member
Cindi Barnhart
Antoinette "Toni" Roxanne Megas
February 5, 1960 - March 20, 2016

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About the Charles County Arts Alliance, Inc.


The mission of the Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) is to stimulate, promote, encourage, and provide recognition of the arts and the creative spirit.  Founded in 1987, the CCAA promotes ALL the arts in Charles County:  music, visual art, drama, dance and literature.

The CCAA is the official arts council of Charles County and is recognized as such by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) of the State of Maryland.  In this capacity, the CCAA serves as the "umbrella" organization for the arts community in Charles County.  The CCAA promotes Charles County arts organizations and individuals, provides financial support to nonprofit organizations and the schools through its annual arts grant programs, sponsors the creation and presentation of new, diverse cultural activities and special events for the community, provides arts scholarships, and ensures the Charles County's underserved population, people with disabilities, residents with limited income, minorities, and senior citizens have access to the arts. The CCAA builds partnerships with local government, the business community and the educational community, in an effort to enhance the overall quality of life for the citizens of Charles County.