December 17, 2015

Maryland Citizens for the Arts
Maryland Arts Day
Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
St. John's College
Mellon Hall,  Francis Scott Key Auditorium
60 College Avenue, Annapolis, MD
Registration is Open Now!
Cost: $35 before February 5; $50 from February 6 - 12

Maryland Arts Day needs your participation! Here's yo ur chance to hear the latest news and influence the lawmakers that control the funding for the Arts! 
Sure to be compelling, interactive and dynamic, come and be inspired by an array of speakers, and discuss with lawmakers the importance of a strong arts community to the economic and cultural vitality of Maryland. More information coming soon!
PERFORMING ARTS  {top}
Port Tobacco Players
A Christmas Carol
Thursday,  Friday, Saturday, December 17 - 19, 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 20, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets:  $18 Adult, $15 Senior (60+)/Youth (to 18)/Military

As miserly old Ebenezer Scrooge falls asleep in his dingy quarters on Christmas Eve, three ghosts appear, each revealing to Scrooge the wrong doings of his life and what will happen if he continues in his evil ways. He is racked with fear and remorse and sets out on Christmas Day to bless with his newfound generosity all those whom he has neglected and abused. Charles Dickens' timeless tale of "grinchiness" transformed into generosity returns to PTP. This adaptation with musical elements will be the highlight of your holiday season.  Get your tickets now - Holiday shows will sell out!  For more information, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819, or visit  http://www.ptplayers.com.

Indian Head Center for the Arts
Almost, Maine
Friday - Saturday, December 18 - 19, 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 20, 3:00 pm
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Tickets:  $15
Welcome to Almost, Maine, a town that's so far north, it's almost not in the United States, it's almost in Canada. And it almost doesn't exist. Because its residents never got around to getting organized. So it's just Almost.   One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.   ALMOST, MAINE: It's love. But not quite. Go to http://www.indianheadblackbox.org for more information.

The Newtowne Players
It's a Wonderful Life: Radio Play
December 18 - 20
Friday, 8:00 pm
Saturday, 3:30 and 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:30 pm
Three Notch Theatre
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets:  $15 Adult; $12 Senior (65+), Military, Student; $10 Children (12 years and under)



This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.  For more information, go to  http://www.newtowneplayers.org.

Taryn Packheiser Brown Dance (TPBDance)
Call for Adult Professional Dancers 
(Ages 18 and Up)
The Dance Company is located in California, MD

Training required in ballet, modern/contemporary, and theater for pick-up work in the District/Maryland/Virginia area. Rehearsals will be once a week. Dancers will be required to attend an additional technique class every week. Dancers should have a bachelors degree or minor in dance, theater, or fine art. Those with high school experience only will be considered if training and mastery is evident. Send pictures (one headshot and one motion shot), one video selection (clearly describe who you are), and  résumé  to tpbdance@gmail.com. For more information regarding the company, go to www.tpbdance.org.

VISUAL  ARTS  {top}
National Gallery of Art
Picture This!  Stuff of Everyday Life: Material Culture in the Italian Renaissance
Tours for People with Low Vision or Who Are Blind 
Wednesday, December 23, and 
Saturday, December 26, 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)

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 .

National Gallery of Art
Programs in American Sign Language and Assistive Listening Devices
Tour on Sunday, January 10, 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.  
LITERARY ARTS  {top} 
Life Journeys Writers Club
Season Opener and Big Quarterly Gathering
Saturday, January 23, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf

Life Jurneys Writers ClubIt's a celebration and more!  LJWC begins their 9th year of promoting and producing a passion for the literary arts. Enjoy great speakers, performers, food, networking, major announcements, and their famous (non-alcoholic) "Champagne" toast.  For more information, contact Yvonne Medley at 301-705-8972, or email emeddle@aol.com.
Life Journeys Writers Club
Write on Saturdays--with a Twist!
Saturday, January 30, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Register by January 8, Cost is $59.99
Contact Yvonne Medley for Location Information

Life Jurneys Writers Club Dedicate just one Saturday to electrify your passion - to journey the road to creating polished writing projects worthy of publication. Bring your works in progress. Expect to write, critique and edit. Gain invaluable writing, publishing and promotional tips, with time to create. Refreshments provided throughout the day, and includes lunch. 

Go to  http://www.lifejourneyswritersclub.com/news  to register with PayPal, or contact Yvonne Medley at 301-705-8972, or email emeddle@aol.com.

Arts Alliance Student Arts Scholarship Application Program is Now Open!

Deadline to Apply is March 4, 2016

Each year the Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) awards $1,000 scholarships to  one outstanding graduating senior from each high school in Charles County to further his or her study of the arts (performing, visual or literary) at a four-year college or  university.
 
Applications are available for downloading by going to the CCAA website at  http://charlescountyarts.org/program/scholarships.   C harles County Public School Seniors may also see their high schools'  College and Career Advisors for a copy of the application.  

The completed application and all required documentation must be received in the CCAA office by  noon March 4, 2016.  Mailing address is PO Box 697, White Plains, MD 20695; physical location is 10250 La Plata Road (Rt. 488), La Plata, MD 20646. 

For more information, contact scholarship.ccaa@gmail.com or call the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or  info@charlescountyarts.org .
 
Charles County Library Schedule
For November/December 2015

  

Get a copy of the November/December 
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 .

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Adult Discussion Book Groups
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 .  


January 2:  Self-Selected Poetry. Bring a poem or two to share with the group.

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.

January 6:  The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty.   My darling Cecilia.   If you're reading this, then I've died. Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret--something with the potential to destroy not only the life you have built together, but the lives of others as well. And then imagine that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive!

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. 
  
January 7:  The Round House by Louise Erdrich.  One of the most revered novelists of our time and a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life, Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves with The Round House, transporting readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. It is an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family.  The Round House  is a page-turning masterpiece of literary fiction--at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture.

Potomac Book Discussion
Meets on the second Saturday of each month from 10:30 am - noon, at the Potomac Branch Library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head.  For more information, call 301-375-7375. 

January 9:  Atonement by Ian McEwan. On a hot summer day in 1935, 13-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment's flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia's childhood friend. But Briony's incomplete grasp of adult motives, together with her precocious literary gifts, brings about a crime that will change all their lives, with repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century.

Writers of Color Book Club
Mee ts every month on the second Thursday at 6:30 pm, at alternating locations. The January meeting will be held at the Potomac Branch Library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head.  For more information, call 301-375-7375.

January 14:  Black Water Rising by Attica Locke.  Jay Porter is hardly the lawyer he set out to be, but he's long since made peace with not living the American Dream and carefully tucked away his darkest sins: the guns, the FBI file, the trial that nearly destroyed him.  Now he's in Houston, Texas, it's 1981, and Jay believes he can make a fresh start. That is, until the night in a boat out on the bayou when he impulsively saves a woman from drowning, and opens a Pandora's box. Her secrets put Jay in danger, ensnaring him in a murder investigation that could cost him his practice, his family, and even his life. But before he can get to the bottom of a tangled mystery that reaches into the upper echelons of Houston's corporate power brokers, Jay must confront the demons of his past.

La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
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.
 
January 14:  Lila by Marilynne Robinson.   Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church, the only available shelter from the rain, and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the life that preceded her new-found security.

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.
January 27:  A Painted House by John Grisham.   Until that September of 1952, Luke Chandler had never kept a secret or told a single lie. But in the long, hot summer of his seventh year, two groups of migrant workers (and two very dangerous men) came through the Arkansas Delta to work the Chandler cotton farm. And as young Luke watches the world around him, he unravels secrets that could shatter lives - and change his family and his town forever.

COMMUNITY ARTS  {top} 
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 December and January copies of The SCOOP,  Charles County's Senior Center News, or cli ck here  to go to their website. 
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CCAA Board of Directors

Robert Rausch,
President
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
Cryz Proctor

Youth Representative
Greg A. Kenney, Jr.

Honorary Board Member
Cindi Barnhart
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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.