February 11, 2016

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

Waldorf West Library
    Deadline to Submit is February 18, 2016
Theme is "Artists Choice"
The Charles County Arts Alliance is now accepting submissions for the Spring Art Show, a multi-media public exhibit, to be held at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD, from April 4 to June 25, 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 February. All artwork must be wired and ready to hang.

On Saturday, April 9, 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 spring show.
For more information about the Gallery, contact the CCAA Office at 301-392-5900, or info@charlescountyarts.org.
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
Cost: $50 - Registration Ends Tomorrow!
Registration Includes Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Parking at the Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and Shuttle to St. John's College

Maryland Arts Day is the largest annual gathering of arts professionals in Maryland.  With more than 400 participants, representing every county in the state, this state-wide arts advocacy event connects artists, educators, administrators, volunteers and trustees with lawmakers from every legislative district in Maryland. Maryland Arts Day needs your participation to show strong support for the arts in Maryland and the impact they have on the economic and cultural vitality of the state. 

8:15 am     Registration/Networking Breakfast
9:00 am     Opening Remarks and Greetings from Elected Officials
9:30 am     Sue Hess Arts Advocate of the Year Award Presentation
9:45 am     Keynote Address: Navasha Daya
10:15 am   Budget Realities and Legislative Talking Points
10:45 am   County Delegation Coordination
11:45 am   Legislative Visits and Lunch
The Newtowne Players
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
February 12 - 28, 
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:30 pm
Three Notch Theater
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets:  $18 Adult, $15 Senior (65 and Over)/Military/Student
Due to mature language and content, this play is not recommended for patrons under 13.

Six awkward spelling champions learn that winning (and losing) isn't everything.   Winner of the TONY and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching book by Rachel Sheinkin and a truly fresh and vibrant score by William Finn, this bee is one unforgettable experience.  For more information and to reserve tickets,  call 301-737-5447.

Cecil Ray Comedy Club
Saturday, February 13, 7:00 pm, Doors Open 6:30 pm
Indian Head Center for the Arts
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Tickets:  $30 General Seating
$40 VIP Includes Dinner (limited to 8 seats)

Cecil Ray Comedy Club Show performs at the Indian Head Black Box Theatre for Valentine's Day Weekend! The comedy 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. Come out for some good, clean fun as Cecil Ray and several other comedians share the stage for one night only. In recognition of Valentine's Day, there will be a special vocalist for this performance!  VIP tickets enjoy dinner with the comedians.  For more information or to order tickets, contact Tracy Chase at 571-245-7379, cecilraycomedy@gmail.com, or go to http://www.cecilraycomedy.com.

Port Tobacco Players
See How They Run
Final Weekend!
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

The Bishop is about to visit the Vicarage, at Merton-Cum-Middlewick, but in a British farce, like See How They Run , nothing can ever be that easy. This high-speed comedy also mixes in an American actress, escaped Russian spy, Cockney maid, multiple mistaken-identity clerics, and a tee-totaling nosey neighbor who takes her first drink to liven up the fun.  Author Philip King's three-act farce is big on laughs and fast-paced excitement, leaving the audience breathless and just a little sore. How can a show with a line like "Sergeant, arrest most of these vicars" possibly go wrong?  For more information, go to www.ptplayers.com  or call the Box Office at 301-932-6819.
The Newtowne Players
Auditions for Bye Bye Birdie
Men Only - Saturday, February 13, 12:30 - 4:00 pm
Soprano Ladies - Monday, February 15, 5:30 - 9:00 pm
Mezzo Soprano/Alto Ladies - Wednesday, February 17, 5:30 - 9:00 pm
Callbacks/Dance Auditions, Saturday, February 20, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Three Notch Theater Stage
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park

Synopsis:  The year is 1958, and the much-adored rock and roll idol - Conrad Birdie - has been drafted into the US Army. His songwriter and agent Albert Peterson, along with Albert's secretary and girlfriend Rose Alvarez, have created a brilliant plan for a huge send off. They're going to have Conrad sing his latest song "One Last Kiss" on the Ed Sullivan show, AND actually give one last kiss to Kim MacAfee, President of the Conrad Birdie Fan Club in Sweet Apple, Ohio. Hopefully, this will ensure a huge hit for Conrad, keep the public's adoration for the new G.I. and ultimately keep Almaelou records from going under. This is a big cast with over 30 named roles for all ages and ethnicities. Performance dates are July 8 - 30. For a complete list of characters and audition requirements, go to newtownplayers.org .

College of Southern Maryland
Ward Virts Concert Series
Barry Gurley, Pianist-Vocalist
Sunday, February 14, 3:00 pm
Prince Frederick Campus
Building B, Multipurpose Room 104
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Free Admission
Photo Credit: 
Yvonda Waltrip

Mr. Gurley's career has taken him to countless venues including Washington, D.C.'s Blues Alley, New York City's The Blue Note, The Monterey Jazz Festival and Le Bilboquet in Paris, France. Mr. Gurley's eclectic style and repertoire transitions from American standards to songs that have withstood the test of time.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or go to http://www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts.
American Legion Post 238
Bluegrass Concert
Sunday, February 14, 2:00 pm
Rt. 381 & Rt. 231 In Hughesville
Tickets:  $15 

Music by Russell Moore & IIIrd Time Out and singer/songwriter David Norris. Collections of non-perishable food items will be accepted for the Helping Hands Food Bank.  For tickets and more information, call 301-737-3004, or go to americanlegionbluegrass.com.
College of Southern Maryland
Before It Hits Home
Thursday, February 18 and 25, 7:30 pm
Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20, 8:00 pm
Friday, February 26, 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 27, 2:00 pm
La Plata Campus Fine Arts Center Theatre 
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $15 Adults, $12 Military/Seniors/Youth
Due to the subject matter and language, this play is not suitable for patrons under 18.

This is the story of Wendal, an unsuccessful musician diagnosed with the AIDS virus.  He seeks comfort and help by returning home to his parents but faces hate and accusations of immorality from his mother while his father overcomes his fa├žade of masculine pride to care for Wendal.  For more information, contact the Box Office at bxoffc@csmd.edu, 301-934-7828, or www.csmd.edu/Arts.

Pops Concert
Sunday, February 21, 1:30 pm
Christ Church
112 East Charles Street, La Plata
Free Admission; Reception Follows

Come enjoy a program of popular music of many genres in a  game show format! The piano students of Judy Dalton will 
perform solos and duets of music from Beethoven to Broadway as well as CUPS accompaniments  to some surprising selections.  The audience will have a chance to guess each song before it is  played, and the winners will receive a delicious prize!    For more information, contact Judy Dalton at jdalton@aol.com.

US Navy Band Commodores
Friday, February 26, 7:00 pm
Henry E. Lackey High School
3000 Chicamuxen Road, Indian Head
Free Admission

Jazz is America's music and the U.S. Navy Band Commodores, the Navy's premier jazz ensemble, have been performing the very best of big band jazz for the Navy and the nation for over 40 years. Formed in 1969, this 18-member group continues the jazz big band legacy with some of the finest musicians in the world. For more information, go to http://www.navyband.navy.mil/commodores.html, or contact Alan Freeman at 301-753-1753, Ext. 153617, or afreeman@ccboe.com.

Port Tobacco Players' Encore Kids
School House Rock Live Jr.
Saturday, February 27, 1:00 and 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets:  $10 Adult, $7 Student/Senior/Military

Based on the Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever, tuneful songs!  Tom, a nervous school teacher about to start his first day of teaching, tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality materialize from the set. These characters show him how to win his students over with imagination and music. At first Tom thinks they are hallucinations and he tries to get rid of them. Eventually, he realizes that he needs them to help him become a great teacher.  For more information, go to http://www.ptplayers.com.

Friends of the Old Waldorf School
Calling All Homeschoolers, Ages 6 - 12
Dance Training for the 2nd Annual Friendship Tea
3074 Crain Highway, Waldorf (Across from the Jaycee's Hall)
Registration is Open Now!  Classes Begin Early March!
The Tea will be held on Sunday, May 1, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, at the Old Waldorf School

The first students at the Waldorf School danced around the Maypole in 1930 when it was founded and the School is now inviting young homeschooled boys and girls, ages 6-12, to revive and celebrate this tradition by learning this dance and other traditional country dances. Dance training is not necessary and there are no fees associated with this enrichment activity. Friends of the Old Waldorf School is reaching out to the homeschooled community because the practices, which will be limited to one or two days a week, will be held during the mornings or early afternoons at the school beginning in March  and culminating with a presentation of the dances at the May 1 event. To sign up your student for participation in this enrichment activity or obtain more information about the event, contact Sandi Middleton at waldorfschl@aol.com.

Tantallon Community Players
Dizney Dazzle: A Musical Revue
Saturday, March 5, 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 6, 3:00 pm
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington
Tickets: $20 Adult, $15 Student/Senior, $10 per Person for Groups of 10 or more

TCP performs this fun, family-friendly musical revue with proceeds to benefit TCP veteran Greg Kenney (pictured left), who is currently recovering from a brain injury sustained in September 2015. For more information and to order tickets, go to tantallonplayers.org.
College of Southern Maryland
Ward Virts Concert Series
The Merling Trio
Sunday, March 6, 3:00 pm
Prince Frederick Campus
Building B, Multipurpose Room 104
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Free Admission
A classical combination of piano, violin and cello, the Merling Trio is recognized as one of today's premier ensembles. A truly international group, it brings together musicians from Polish, Japanese and Dutch backgrounds. The Merling Trio has been hailed as a brilliantly distinguished group endowed with remarkable gifts of communication, magnificent precision, and an impeccable blend of sound. For more information, go to 

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.

Southern Maryland Decorative Painters
Paint In
Saturday, February 13, 11:30 am
Charlotte Hall Library
37600 New Market Road, Charlotte Hall

Jan Norton will lead the project inspired by Betty Caithness' background techniques.  Guests are always welcome.  For more information and to get a list of paint supplies needed for the art project, contact SMDP at LearnToPaint@Outlook.com, call  Garnett Joy at 301 -884-2835, or  visit their website at http://www.smdpaint.org.

National Gallery of Art
Programs in American Sign Language and Assistive Listening Devices
Tour on Sunday, February 14, 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.  
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 new spring brochure!
Winter Multi-Media Open Show
February 12 - March 13
Reception:  Sunday, February 14, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Free Admission

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Winter Tea Party
Sunday, February 28, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
(Snow Date:  March 6)
Smallwood State Park
5565 Upham Place, Marbury, MD 20658
Free Admission!

Bring friends and enjoy the Multimedia Open Show, teas, sandwiches, pastries and other tasty treats.  For more information, call 301-743-5159, 301-934-8311 (ask for Brenda), or visit mattawomanart.org.

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Open Studio
Fridays, March 4 - 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.
Mattawoman Creek Art Center Workshop
Three-Dimensional Fiber Art: Basketry
Sundays, March 13, April 17, May 15, 1 0:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tuition: $10 / Fees: $159
Instructor: Pam King

Information about basket uses and forms, materials, and methods will be discussed. Techniques will be demonstrated and you will develop your skills through experiential learning. Three baskets will be completed: toilet paper towel basket with a wooden lid (approx. 6 inches in diameter); a large bakery basket (approx. 14 X 20 x 4 inches high); and a pin striped basket (5 X 8 X 8). All materials are included in the price of the class. The workshop is hosted by Mattawoman  Creek Art Center, but registration is through the College of Southern Maryland, course AAA-7280. Register at www.csmd.edu/Go/Register .
Paint Annapolis 2016
Open for Entry Until February 16
The Outdoor Competition will be Held May 30 - June 5
All Art on Display from June 5 - 12
$35 Entry Fee Per Person
Painting Takes Place in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County

To enter to be one of the juried Paint Annapolis artists, submit 3 examples of your artwork in their online entry system. Selection juror is Richard Sneary, Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society.   Paint Annapolis is a five-day juried plein air painting competition that brings to Annapolis plein air painters from around the world. For 14 years it has been a premier event, bringing people together to share in the spirit and vibrancy of outdoor painting. The event is designed to explore in paint the colonial architecture, marine atmosphere, and overall energy of Maryland's capital city and a former capital of the United States - home to families, businesses, colleges, and maritime activities.  For more information and to register, go to http://mdfedart.com/portfolio/paint-annapolis.
National Gallery of Art
Picture This!  Dutch Seascapes!
Tours for People with Low Vision or Who Are Blind 
Wednesday, February 24, and Saturday, February 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)

Detail from Ludolf Backhuysen's
Ships in Distress off a Rocky Coast, 1667
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 .

Department of Natural Resources
Calling All Fifth-Graders Across Maryland
Arbor Day Poster Contest is On!
Trees Are Terrific....in Cities and Towns!
Deadline to Submit is 4:00 pm, February 26

Last year's First Place Overall
by Jenny Ha from Washington County
The Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Maryland Forest Conservancy District Boards, is sponsoring an Arbor Day poster contest, Trees Are Terrific....in Cities and Towns!  Fifth-grade students are encouraged to share their appreciation for Maryland's forests and trees through original works of art. The department will choose the top three posters to receive tree plantings at the winning artist's school: first place will win 15 trees; second place will receive 10 trees; and third place will get five.

All posters must be between 8.5- by 11-inches and 22- by 28-inches, and done in marker, crayon, paint pens, watercolor, ink, acrylic, regular or colored pencil, and/or tempera paint. They must be delivered or mailed to one of the state forest service offices no later than 4:00 pm, on February 26, 2016.  To locate the mailing or delivery address for your county, go to http://dnr2.maryland.gov/forests/Pages/2016_ArborDayPosterContest.aspx.
Posters will be judged on a county level and then submitted to the Maryland Urban and Community Forestry Committee to compete at the statewide level. Winners' teachers will be notified by March 25. Questions or comments may be directed to Anne Gilbert at 410-260-8510 or anne.gilbert@maryland.gov, or visit http://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2015/12/21/fifth-graders-encouraged-to-show-appreciation-for-trees-through-art.
College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
Margaret Noel - Fractured View
Now Through March 11
Gallery Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm; 
Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. 
Gallery Talk and Reception: Tuesday, February 23, 2:30 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

Margaret Noel's mixed-media paintings fuse collage with encaustic to portray landscapes that have been altered and abandoned by industry. Using layers of paper and wax to distort and fragment the original forms, the paintings juxtapose the sharp geometry of industrial architecture against the fluid lines of the surrounding landscape. In the finished pieces, some landscape elements are fully articulated: recognizable and concrete. Other parts become simplified, exaggerated, or transformed, allowing viewers to feel as if they have stumbled upon the record of a familiar but half-forgotten scene-- a blurred remembrance rather than a precise rendering.  For more information, go to  http://www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/visual-arts/hungerford-gallery/index or call  301-934-7828.

Department of Natural Resources
Wildlife and Heritage Services
Black Bear and Migratory Game Bird Stamp Contests
Deadline to Submit is April 15
Judging on April 22

Waterfowl and wildlife artists are invited to submit their original artwork for the 20th Annual Maryland Black Bear Conservation and 42nd Annual Migratory Game Bird stamp design contests.  The Black Bear Conservation Stamp contest is open to Maryland residents and non-residents. Each contestant may submit one entry for a non-refundable $10 entry fee. Proceeds from the sale of these stamps and other related products are used to compensate farmers who experience agricultural damage caused by black bears.   The Migratory Game Bird Stamp contest is open to Maryland residents only. Each contestant may submit up to three entries ($15 for one entry; $20 for two; $30 for three). Proceeds from the sale of these stamps help fund migratory bird and waterfowl projects and research.   To enter either contest, artists must mail their design(s) with the required entry fee and forms to: Christopher Markin, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife & Heritage Service, 580 Taylor Ave., E-1, Annapolis, MD 21401. All entries must be the artist's original work, neither copied nor duplicated from any previously published paintings, drawings, prints or photographs by the contestant, or any other artist. For complete contest rules and entry forms, visit dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife , or contact Christopher Markin at Christopher.Markin@maryland.gov or 410-260-8584.

Life Journeys Writers Club
Nuts and Bolts Gathering
Saturday, February 20, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place Waldorf

Life Jurneys Writers Club
Enjoy great reads, join in the critiques and discussion, engage in literary networking and learn publishing news!  For more information, contact Yvonne Medley at 301-7405-8972, or emeddle@aol.com. 

College of Southern Maryland
Connections Literary Reading
An Evening with Naomi Shihab Nye:  Reading and in Conversation with Michael S. Glaser
Thursday, March 3, 7:30 pm
La Plata Campus Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $3 in Advance; $5 at the Event, $3 with CSM Student ID

This program will explore how poetry can help us address the complex issues of our times, prod us to more fully embrace our own humanity, and shine light onto the ways that the long arch of history may bend towards the arch of justice and peace.  Naomi Shihab Nye is the author of numerous books of poems. She  gives voice to her experience as an Arab-American through poems about heritage and peace that overflow with a humanitarian spirit.   For more information on Naomi Shihab Nye, visit poets.org/poetsorg/poet/naomi-shihab-nye.   Michael S. Glaser served as Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2004 - 2009. He is a professor emeritus at St. Mary's College of Maryland, serves on the Board of the Maryland Humanities Council, and co-leads retreats which embrace the reading and writing of poetry as a means of self-reflection and personal growth.  For more information on Michael Glaser, visit  www.michaelsglaser.com .  For more information about Connections, go to http://www.csmd.edu/community/connections-literary-series/connections-readings/index.html.
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 January/February and March/April 2016

Get a copy of the January/February  and March/April  brochures 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
Writers of Color Book Club
The meeting will be held at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, at 6:30 pm.  For more information, call 301-645-1395.

February 11:  Inside a Silver Box by Walter Mosley.
Two people brought together by a horrific act are united in a common cause by the powers of the Silver Box. The two join to protect humanity from destruction by an alien race, the Laz, hell-bent on regaining control over the Silver Box, the most destructive and powerful tool in the universe. The Silver Box will stop at nothing to prevent its former master from returning to being, even if it means finishing the earth itself.

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.
February 11: The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper.    Chingachgook and Uncas are the last living members of the great Mohican tribe. Hawkeye, a colonial scout, is their companion and loyal friend. In the midst of the French and Indian War, these three will risk everything to lead the two daughters of a British colonel to safety through the battle-torn northern wilderness. When the girls are captured by the vicious Huron tribe, Chingachgook, Uncas, and Hawkeye determine to do whatever they can to save them--no matter the cost.

Potomac Book Discussion
This is the last meeting for this book club.  The meeting will be held at the Potomac Branch Library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head, from 10:30 am - noon For more information, call 301-375-7375. 

February 13:  Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America and American in Iran by Azadeh Moaveni.   As far back as she can remember, Azadeh Moaveni has felt at odds with her tangled identity as an Iranian-American. In suburban America, Azadeh lived in two worlds. At home, she was the daughter of the Iranian exile community, serving tea, clinging to tradition, and dreaming of Tehran. Outside, she was a California girl who practiced yoga and listened to Madonna. For years, she ignored the tense standoff between her two cultures. But college magnified the clash between Iran and America, and after graduating, she moved to Iran as a journalist. This is the story of her search for identity, between two cultures cleaved apart by a violent history. It is also the story of Iran, a restive land lost in the twilight of its revolution. 

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.

February 24:  The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore.
Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question. In alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption,  The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.

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.

March 2: 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. 

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. 
March 3:  The Truth According to Us by Annie Barrows.  In the summer of 1938, Layla Beck's father, a United States senator, cuts off her allowance and demands that she find employment on the Federal Writers' Project, a New Deal jobs program. Within days, Layla finds herself far from her accustomed social whirl, assigned to cover the history of the remote mill town of Macedonia, West Virginia, and destined, in her opinion, to go completely mad with boredom. But once she secures a room in the home of the unconventional Romeyn family, she is drawn into their complex world and soon discovers that the truth of the town is entangled in the thorny past of the Romeyn dynasty.

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 .  

March 5:  The Paris Wife by Paula McLain.  Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness--until she meets Ernest Hemingway. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group, the fabled "Lost Generation," that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.  Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking, fast-living, and free-loving life of Jazz Age Paris. As Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history and pours himself into the novel that will become  The Sun Also Rises, Hadley strives to hold on to her sense of self as her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Eventually they find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage: a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they've fought so hard for. 

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 February copy 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,
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

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Greg A. Kenney, Jr.

Honorary Board Member
Cindi Barnhart
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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.