July 14, 2016  

Community Bank of the Chesapeake Waldorf Branch
"Call for Artists"

   Theme is "Artists Choice"
Deadline to Submit is July 29

Community Bank of the Chesapeake, in partnership with the Charles County Art Alliance, is now accepting submissions for their fourth art show, a multi-media exhibit, to be held at the Main Waldorf Branch, 3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD, from August 19 to November 18, 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  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 August after the Gallery Committee meets and makes their selections.  All artwork must be wired and ready to hang when delivered to the Bank.
For more information on the gallery, please contact Gale Kladitis at
Arts Alliance "Call for Artists"
for the Fall Art Show
at Waldorf West Library
Waldorf West Library

Deadline to Submit is July 29, 2016
Theme is "Artists Choice"

The Charles County Arts Alliance is now accepting submissions for the Fall Art Show, a multi-media public exhibit, to be held at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD, from September 26, 2016, to January 7, 2017 . 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 Please reference "Waldorf West Fall 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
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 in August. All artwork must be wired and ready to hang at time of delivery.

On Saturday, October 1, 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 fall show.

"Meet the Artists" Public Reception 
July 23, 2016, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

On Saturday, July 23, 2016, the Arts Alliance will host a "Meet the Artists" Public Reception in the Main Gallery at the Waldorf West Library, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, to honor all the artists participating in the current summer show. The public is invited to this event, and will have a chance to meet the artists while viewing their works on display throughout the Library. Guests will be entertained by the music of Joseph Norris with songs about the region, watermen, love and lost love. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information about the Gallery, contact the CCAA Office at 301-392-5900, or

Request from the CCAA President
Call for Volunteers

Come and help us pack 500 Art Boxes! These art supplies will be donated to the Children's Aid Society for students in K through 3rd grade.  Please give us a hand on Wednesday, August 3, beginning at 10:00 am, at the United Way House, 10250 La Plata Road (Rt. 488), La Plata, MD. Contact our Office Manager, Judy Crawford, at 301-392-5900, to let us know you're coming. 

Thank you!

Robert K. Rausch
President, Charles County Arts Alliance


Thursdays, 7:00 pm
O'Donnell Lake
10400 O'Donnell Place

Bands perform on the boardwalk, which is in the center of the community. Plenty of free parking is available. Coolers are permitted, but alcohol and glass containers are prohibited. Concerts will end at dusk.

July 14 -  I and I Riddim

July 21 - Franklin Square Acoustic

July 28 - Earl Carter

August 4 - Peterson Brothers

August 11 - GrooveSpan

August 18 - Sin Miedo

August 25 - US Navy Band, Sea Chanters

September 1 - Tomorrow's Time

For more information, go St. Charles Sunset C oncert Festival. .

Fridays, 7:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street
La Plata

Coolers are allowed, but no alcohol. Concessions are available from the Town's food trailer located near the back of the parking lot, an ice cream truck is also stationed there for your enjoyment. A play area for children, the Kids' Zone, allows parents to enjoy the concert while keeping an eye on the little ones.
July 29 -  Dr. Robert Band 
August 5 -  257th Army Band
August 12 -  Eric Scott Band 
August 19 -  The Muddy Crows
September 2 -  John Luskey Band 

September 9 -   Paul Thomas and The M W B Band
September 16 -  BackFin

September 23 -  Port Tobacco Pickers
September 30 - Robbie Boothe 

For more information, go to  La Plata Summer Concert Series. 

Newtowne Players
Bye Bye Birdie
Now through July 31
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:30 pm
Three Notch Theatre
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets:  $18 Adult, $15 Senior/Student/Military, $13 Child

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. For more information, go to  

College of Southern Maryland
Twilight Performances
All Performances are Free and begin at 6:45 pm
Bring a lawn chair. In case of inclement weather, performances will be held inside.

Chautauqua:  Masters of Their Craft
La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center Theater Lawn
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

Thursday, July 14: 
Ernest Hemingway, 
one of the greatest American literary figures of the twentieth century, continues to influence modern literature with his trademark style of simple yet perceptive prose.

Leonardtown Campus
22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown

July 19: Afro Bop Alliance
July 26: Coastline
August 2: Children's Play (CSM Theatre Program): "Spirit of Hispania: Hispanic Tales"

La Plata Campus
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

July 20: U. S. Navy Band Commodores
August 3: Children's Play (CSM Theatre Program): "Spirit of Hispania: Hispanic Tales"

Prince Frederick Campus
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick

July 21: Jennifer Cooper and GrooveSpan
July 28: U. S. Navy Band Sea Chanters
August 4: Children's Play (CSM Theatre Program): "Spirit of Hispania: Hispanic Tales"

For more information, visit , or call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Southern Maryland Film Festival
Friday, July 15, St. Mary's Ryken High School
22600 Camp Calvert Road, Leonardtown
6:00 pm Reception
7:00 pm Recap and Previews
9:00 pm Afterparty

Saturday, July 16, Leonardtown Walking District
8:00 am Box Office Opens
10:00 am Screenings All Day
5:00 pm Awards/Celebration
Go to for ticket information and the full schedule of films and locations.

Showcasing filmmakers from Southern Maryland, visitors can take part in a full day of screenings at various local businesses in charming Historic Leonardtown. The fun continues during the festival with panel discussions, receptions, award ceremonies and meet-and-greets. For more information, email, call 240-298-0183, or visit their Facebook page.

Port Tobacco Players
July 15 - August 7
Friday, Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets: $18 Adult; $15 Senior (60+), Youth to 18, Military

Can musical theater be funny, insightful and educational? Yep! It's the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence. . .if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence. Come see the pivotal event in American history blaze to life in this unconventional, hilarious and family-friendly Broadway hit.   For more information, go to, or call the Box Office at 301-932-6819. 

Ms. Georgia's Summer Camps
Musical Beginnings For Children Ages 3 - 12
7454 Woodhaven Drive, La Plata, MD

Little Kids Camps (for ages 3-5)
July 18 - 21, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Big Kids Camps (for ages 5 - 12)
July 25 - 28, August 1 - 4,  9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Click HERE for the flyer with details of each exciting camp and fees

Camps include archery, swimming, miniature golf, table tennis, open art and more. Each week focuses on a different theme.  Call 301-542-9359, email, or go to  to register.

Maryland State Arts Council
Individual Artist Awards
Deadline to Apply:  Friday, July 22, 2016, 4:30 pm

The Individual Artist Awards are grants awarded to practicing Maryland artists through an anonymous, competitive application process to encourage and sustain their pursuit of artistic excellence. 

Categories offered for the 2017 Awards are:
  • Classical Music: Composition
  • Classical Music: Solo Performance
  • Dance: Choreography
  • Dance: Solo Performance
  • Poetry
  • Visual Arts: Sculpture
  • World Music: Composition
  • World Music: Solo Performance
All applications must be submitted online. Applicants can access the guidelines, application and other application assistance resources by clicking the "Maryland" tab HERE on the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's website. Please review the program guidelines and contact Kimberly Steinle-Super at, if you have any questions.
Indian Head Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre
All in the Timing
Friday, Saturday, July 22 - 23, 7:00 pm
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Tickets:  $15

All in the Timing  is a collection of short comedic plays written by master wordsmith David Ives.  Sure Thing  stars a couple on a hilarious date, struggling to find common ground in their conversation. If they say the wrong thing, the date resets with the "ding of a bell" and the conversation takes a new direction. In  Words, Words, Words , three chimpanzees, Milton, Kafka and Swifty, have been put into a cage with three typewriters. The experiment explores the theory that eventually, they will write Hamlet . In  The Universal Language,  a man uses language that is less-than universal to teach a woman with a speech impediment, and gets outrageous results.  At a restaurant in The Philadelphia, a man is informed by a friend that his frustratingly unlucky day is the result of his ensnarement in an  anomalous  pocket of reality, called a "Philadelphia," in which he will only be fulfilled by asking for the opposites of what he wants. The evening concludes with Variations on the Death of Trotsky In comic fashion, revolutionary  Leon Trotsky  dies over and over again from a mountain-climber's axe-wound received many hours prior. With these entertaining David Ives plays, this will be an evening of laughs you'll not soon forget!   For more information, go to .

Alice Ferguson Foundation
Concert in the Woods 
Mark Wenner's Blues WarriorsPhoto
Saturday, July 23, 8:00 pm
Hard Bargain Amphitheater
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Admission:  $15, $12 for Members of the Alice Ferguson Foundation and Students
Refreshments available
Digging in to his renowned collection of '50s blues records from labels like Chess, Vee Jay and Excello, Mark Wenner brings together some shining traditional blues from the Chicago and Louisiana schools. He shows off this classic repertoire with a band of the region's finest blues men.   Performances are held outdoors (comfortable clothing and bug spray are recommended) and moved indoors during inclement weather.  For more information, contact Doris Sharp at 301-292-5665, or  email at
La Plata Town Hall Kids' Summer Shows
West Lawn,  305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free and Open to the Public
Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for sitting. No concessions will be available, but you are welcome to bring drinks and snacks along.
For more information, visit

Tuesday, July 26, 10:00 am

Presentation about various birds of prey.  

Historic St. Mary's City and The Newtowne Players
Shakespeare in the City
The Tempest
Friday, Saturday,  August 12, 13, 19, 20, 7:30 pm
Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra Performs, 7:00 pm
Tickets: $15 Adult; $12 Senior, Military, Student; $10 Children 6 to 11; 
Free for Children Under 6
Thursday, August 18, 7:30 pm (This Night Only - Tickets: $10, Children under 6 are Free)
Reconstructed State House of 1676
47418 Old State House Road, Saint Mary's City, MD 20686

Exiled to an abandoned island in the middle of the sea, Prospero, the former Duke of Milan, grows into a powerful sorcerer. When chance brings his enemies close to his shores, Prospero schemes his revenge against the ones who overthrew him: his cunning sister, Antonia, and Alonso, the King of Naples. Raising a powerful storm with the help of his faithful and spritely servant, Ariel, Prospero brings the shipwrecked king and crew into his world of mystery, danger and enchantment. Family and political drama intertwine with lighthearted comedy and romance as fools, lovers, and villains alike traverse the island in William Shakespeare's The Tempest For additional information, contact Aaron Meisinger at, or call 240-895-4990.

Take a Bow Performing Arts Group
M. The Musical Dinner Theater
Saturday, August 13, 1:00 and 5:00 pm
Sunday, August 14, 3:00 pm
The Waldorf Culture Center
109 A Post Office Road, Waldorf
Tickets:  $25, Includes Dinner

This full-scale musical production of Matilda, performed by the Theater Arts Camp kids, proves that miraculous things come in small packages.  For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Heather Dautrich at 240-754-7732 or email
Acapella Vocal Ensemble
Call for Voices

Do you like to sing challenging choral music from composers Eric Whittacre, Rene Clausen, Ola Gjeilo, Anton Brukner, Philip Stopford and Bobby McFarren? AVE (the Acapella Vocal Ensemble) is looking for new voices to be a part of their group. There is a need for Sopranos and Tenors, but they also need additional Altos and Basses. The group performs in Southern Maryland (Charles, St. Mary's, and Calvert Counties) and anticipates 2-4 concerts a season. To schedule an audition,  contact AVE  at .


"Artists without Limits" Multi-Artist Show, through September 26 , 2016
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
"Meet the Artists" Public Reception, July 19, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home
Multi-Artist Show, through October 19, 2016
E-Wing Assisted Living Dining Hallway
29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
Gallery Hours: Daily, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
"Meet the Artists" Public Reception, September 24, 2:00 - 4:00  pm

Multi-Artist Show, through August 18, 2016
3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601
Gallery Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Solo Show by Gordon Johnson, Now through September 28, 2016
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show, through September 24, 2016
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD 20603
Gallery Hours:  Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm; Friday, 1:00 - 5:00 pm; and Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
"Meet the Artists" Public Reception, July 23, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

For more information about the galleries, contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Exhibits, Workshops, Open Studio
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
Click HERE for their summer brochure!
Plein Air Fridays !
9:00 am to Noon
Free and Open to the Public

Just show up at the location listed at 9:00 am. Meet together in the parking lot and then paint until 12:00 noon. Gather together for lunch and a friendly critique of each other's works. Bring your own art supplies, lunch and beverage. To get directions, contact Mary Kercher at

July 15: St. Ignatius Church, Port Tobacco
July 22: Indian Head Village Green
July 29: Port Tobacco River, Mary Kercher's Home
August 5: Mt. Aventine, Chapman State Park
August 12: Benedict Pier, Benedict
August 19: Waldorf West Library, Waldorf
August 26: MCAC, General Smallwood State Park
Mommy or Grandma & Me Painting Class
Wednesday, July 20, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Fee: $45 Members / $55 Nonmembers
(Fee is for both adult and one child; $15 for each additional child.)
Instructor: Norma Baretincic

Bring your 7 - 12 year old child or grandchild to make painted "Treasure Jars." The class includes all materials to make a large and small jar with glass paint that is permanent when allowed to dry for 21 days.  Patterns, stamps, and stencils will be available if needed. This is a fun summer activity to allow budding artists to try their hands at painting without too much cleanup.  
Sunday Movie &  Ice Cream Sundae
The Point
Sunday, July 24, 2:00 pm
Free Movie and Special Treat

An animated classic, filled with wonderful songs, for the whole family to enjoy! The Point tells the story of Oblio, a round-headed boy living in the land of "Point" where everything and everybody has one. This ageless fable, featurin g voices of talented performers and narrated by Ringo Starr, contains many classic Harry Nilsson songs, including "Me and My Arrow." The entire family -- from children to grandparents -- will delight in this enchanting tale! (74 min.)  
Exhibit by Bert Stevenson
Now through August 7
Southern Maryland
Exhibit by J o Ann Gilhooly
Now through August 7

Over  20 paintings portray the beauty and wonder of the Southern Maryland area.
Open All-Media Show Call for Entry
August 12 - September 11
Delivery Dates:  
Saturday, August 6, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday, August 7, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Click HERE to download the Application Form
For more information, go to, contact Harriett at, 301-868-0364, email, or call 301-743-5159.  
Call for Individual Artist Show
Deadline to Submit: August 15
Click HERE for complete Framing Standards and Application Form.
Artists will be notified on November 1. For more information, call 301-743-5159, or visit .  
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Open Studio
Fridays, Now through August 27,  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
National Gallery of Art
Summer Story Series: Discover Dutch Art
Stories in Art in ASL for Children Ages 4 to 7
Sundays, July 17, 24, 31, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
West Building, Rotunda
6th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, 
Washington, DC (use the Constitution Avenue or Madison Drive entrances for easiest access to the Rotunda)
Free, but Pre-Registration is Required

Would you like to visit the Netherlands this summer? Pack your imagination and travel to the National Gallery of Art! You'll visit a windmill, sail the seas, discover mince pie, and listen to a concert. Participants learn about landscapes, still life, seascapes, and scenes of interior Dutch life by reading children's books, looking at 17th-century Dutch art, and making a souvenir to document each adventure. You will receive a passport to the summer story series and a stamp for each program attended. If you collect all four stamps at the end of the summer, you will receive a prize!
Families who use ASL are invited to participate in sessions led by a deaf guide.   The sessions are offered entirely in ASL and  introduce children to artists th rough careful looking, storytelling, and hands-on experimentation. Led by museum educators, each program includes reading a children's book, exploring one work of art in the galleries, and completing a simple, hands-on activity. 
Because this is a pilot program, families are asked to register in advance. Go to and register for each date individually. For more information, c ontact Lorena Baines at

Creating Vibrant Color Harmony Workshop with Vicki Marckel
July 18 - 20
Monday - Tuesday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday, 9:00 am - Noon
JarrettThor Fine Arts
100 Taylor Street, Ste. 101
Colonial Beach, VA 22443
Click HERE for more information and the Registration Form
Fee:  $200, includes snacks and beverages

Vicki will lead you through all the stages of the painting process with demonstrations on creating color mixing charts, creating rich composition painting alla prima (wet on wet), and utilizing critiques to improve artwork. The fundamental elements of color will be emphasized. Some painting/drawing experience is desirable, but not necessary.  For more information about Vicki's art, visit   

Art Smart Studio
Visual Intelligence Art Camp 
Monday - Friday
July 18 - 22, August 22 - 26
Two Sessions Per Day:  9:00 am - Noon, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Bryans Road, MD 20616
Fees:  Single Session - $125/week, Both Sessions - $195/week 

Art Smart studio is having its annual Visual Intelligence Art Camp. It is a wonderful opportunity for young people to engage in some new and old art techniques and sharpen their observational skills, all while allowing their creative selves to flourish. They will love coming away with some art they can be proud of.  To register and for location details, send an email to, or call 240-258-7758. For more information, visit the Art Smart studio  Facebook page.

2016 Congressional Art Competition Recognition
"An Artistic Discovery"
Thursday, July 21, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Port Tobacco Courthouse
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco
Free and Open to the Public

Spons ored by Congressman Steny Hoyer, the ceremony recognizes and awards  the high school students who participated in the juried competition held earlier this year.  The art will be displayed in the south wing of the Courthouse.   For more information, contact Stefanie Barone at 301-843-1577, or  

National Gallery of Art
Picture This! America, the Beautiful!
Tours for People with Low Vision or Who Are Blind 
Saturday, July 23, and Wednesday, July 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)

by Frederick Edwin Church,1857
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 or 202-842-6905. Verbally described tours are also available by request with 3 weeks' notice by  e-mailing   For more information, go to .

BWI Marshall Airport Competition
Open to All Artists Ages 18 and Up
Must be a Resident of Maryland or District of Columbia
Deadline to Submit:  July 29, 2016
Click HERE to Download the Complete Instructions and Requirements

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Marshall Airport) is currently constructing the D/E Connector and Security Checkpoint, and seeks to showcase the region's talented art community with a gallery space along the connector. Artists may submit up to three digital images of artwork that can be reproduced and printed on large-scale fabric panels to be displayed within the D/E Connector for one of four six-month exhibits. The jurors will consider any two-dimensional work of art, in reproducible format, following the guidelines listed in the instructions. Jurors will select 28 images from the entries, to be displayed in four shows of seven pieces lasting 6 months each, over a five-year period.  For more information, call  410-859-7086, or email

National Gallery of Art
Programs in American Sign Language and Assistive Listening Devices
Tour on Sunday, August 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  and click on Visit. For more information, go to  and click on Calendar or contact Lorena Baines at or 202-842-6905.  

Life Journeys Writers Guild
BIG Quarterly Meeting
Saturday, July 16, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
Free and Open to the Public

The theme is "Landing the Literary Deal!"  Join them as they celebrate their combined literary commitment -- get the 411, and much more, from their guest speaker -- a very accomplished literary agent, who wrote the book on how to get the deal! Also expect giveaways/raffles, networking, industry news, food, their famous Champagne Toast (sparkling cider) and more! For more information, call 240-545-5594, or go to  
Charles County Public Library
Summer Reading Program:  Sports & Games
Now though August 20
Register at

The summer reading program offers three levels of participation:  Bronze, Silver and Gold.  Choose any or all, with drawings for prizes in each level.  Go to for complete details.
Charles County Library Programs
For July/August 2016

Get a copy of the July/August  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  301-645-1395, or go to .


Adult Discussion Book Groups
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.
July 14:  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.   Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo.  In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure's converge.

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.

July 27:  Defending Jacob by William Landay.  Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney for two decades. He is respected, admired in the courtroom, and happy at home with the loves of his life: his wife, Laurie, and their teenage son, Jacob.  Then Andy's quiet suburb is stunned by a shocking crime: a young boy stabbed to death in a leafy park. And an even greater shock: The accused is Andy's own son-shy, awkward, mysterious Jacob. It is the ultimate test for any parent: How far would you go to protect your child?  For Andy Barber, a man with an iron will and a dark secret, it is a test of guilt and innocence in the deepest sense.
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.

August 3:  Miller's Valley by Anna Quindlen.    For generations the Millers have lived in Miller's Valley. As Mimi Miller eavesdrops on her parents and quietly observes the people around her, she discovers more and more about the toxicity of family secrets, the dangers of gossip, the flaws of marriage, the inequalities of friendship and the risks of passion, loyalty, and love. Home, as Mimi begins to realize, can be "a place where it's just as easy to feel lost as it is to feel content."   Miller's Valley  is a masterly study of family, memory, loss, and, ultimately, discovery, of finding true identity and a new vision of home.

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. 

August 4:  Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. 
Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise (Scout) Finch returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Featuring many of the iconic characters from  To Kill a MockingbirdGo Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past, a journey that can only be guided by one's own conscience.

P.D. Brown Library Adult 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 .  

August 6:  Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies by Laura Esquivel.   The youngest daughter of a well-born rancher, Tita has always known her destiny: to remain single and care for her aging mother. When she falls in love, her mother quickly scotches the liaison and tyrannically dictates that Tita's sister Rosaura must marry the luckless suitor, Pedro, in her place. But Tita has one weapon left--her cooking. Forced to make the cake for her sister's wedding, Tita pours her emotions into the task; each guest who samples a piece bursts into tears. Tita's unrequited love for Pedro survives the Mexican Revolution, the births of Rosaura and Pedro's children, even a proposal of marriage from an eligible doctor. In a poignant conclusion, Tita manages to break the bonds of tradition, if not for herself, then for future generations. 

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 July copy of The SCOOP, Charles County's Senior Center News, or cli ck here   to go to their website. 
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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.