July 28, 2016  

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 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 Concert 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
Last Performances! July 28 - 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  

Ms Georgia's Creative Arts Academy
Seeking Teachers in Art, Piano, Guitar, Strings and Voice

Ms Georgia's Creative Arts Academy (formerly Ms Georgia's Musical Beginnings) serves over 100 families in Southern Maryland and is rapidly expanding. Her upbeat academy focuses on developing the creative spark in each student, including those with special needs, and exposing them to the great masters in the world of Fine Arts through dynamic hands-on experiences. The Academy offers individual and group lessons, student performance opportunities, in-house performances by professional artists, and field trips to shows and museums throughout the DC area. The Academy serves students of all ages, however the majority of the students are ages 5-11. For more information about becoming one of the Academy's  teachers, contact Georgia Bonney at 301-542-9359, or  
Ms Georgia's Summer Camp
Musical Beginnings Big Kids (for ages 5 - 12)
August 1 - 4,  9:30 am - 2:00 pm
7454 Woodhaven Drive, La Plata, MD
Click HERE for details of the 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.

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.

Leonardtown Campus
22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown

August 2: Children's Play (CSM Theatre Program): "Spirit of Hispania: Hispanic Tales"

La Plata Campus
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

August 3: Children's Play (CSM Theatre Program): "Spirit of Hispania: Hispanic Tales"

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

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.

Port Tobacco Players
Auditions for Ages 16 to 75
White Christmas
Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 pm
Thursday, August 4, 7:00 pm
Saturday, August 6, 9:00 am
508 E. Charles Street, La Plata

Synopsis:  Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features 17 Irving Berlin songs.  Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. For auditions:  They are looking for a diverse cast; one female 9-12 years old part available. Auditions consist of singing, dancing, and cold reading from the script. Prepare 16 to 32 bars of a classic Broadway-style song (Berlin, Gershwin, Rogers and Hammerstein, etc.), and arrive with sheet music.  No acapella, no songs from the show, and no recordings of music. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for dancing. Performance dates are November 25 - December 18, 2016. For more information, contact Laurie Mudd at or visit

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

Meet the Rainbow
For Infants to 7 Years
Tuesday, August 2, 10:00 am

Join the Rainbow Rock Band as they entertain with tunes, laughs and more!  Winners of a Parents' Choice Fun Stuff Award for their debut CD, "Meet the Rainbow," is a  mix of musical genres from folk to rock to rockabilly, all the while being EDUCATIONAL and FUN!!  Your child will learn about shapes, colors, movement, and more!  The Rainbow Rock Band encourages all the rainbow rockers to participate in the show either on the microphone or at their seat, but either way your little one is sure to have fun!

Tuesday, August 16, 10:00 am

The Uncle Devin Show® is a live, interactive musical experience for children by renowned drummer Devin Walker. The show cultivates the minds of children through percussion instruments and is a dynamic cross between Fat Albert and Schoolhouse Rock.

Indian Head Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre
Saturday, August 6, 7:00 pm
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Tickets:  $10 at the Door

Featuring Jack McNutt with acoustic, rock and metal music.  For more information, call 301-743-3040, or visit
Port Tobacco Players
Now through 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. 

College of Southern Maryland
Auditions for Ages 8 and Up
Monday and Tuesday, August 8 and 9, 6:00 pm
La Plata Campus Fine Arts Center Theater
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

Open auditions for these productions:
Performances will take place between September 8 and November 19, 2016. 
  • Prepare a one-minute monologue.
  • Prepare 16 bars of a song with music for the accompanist
  • Come dressed to move
For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828 or go to

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

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.

The Hard Bargain Players
Radio Golf
Friday, Saturday, August 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27, 8:00 pm
Theater in the Woods
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets:  $12 Adults, $10 Students and Members of the Alice Ferguson Foundation
Ambitious, well-connected, charismatic, Ivy League educated real estate mogul Harmond Wilks is on a path to become thefirst Black mayor of Pittsburgh.  With a lucrative real estate development project about to break ground and a smart, supportive and equally ambitious wife by his side, he is living the dream.  However, he is forced to evaluate the true cost of success when the revelation of secrets creates a moral crisis threatening all of his aspirations. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Doris Sharp at 240-766-8830, or email

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
Port Tobacco Players Encore Kids
Auditions for Grades 1st - 8th
Tuesday, August 16, 6:30 pm
Thursday, August 18, 6:30 pm
508 E. Charles Street, La Plata

The Encore Kids group consists of children in 1st - 8th grades.  Their mission is to serve as a community outreach program of the Port Tobacco Players by providing year-round onstage opportunities for kids with an interest in and a flair for theater. To audition, prepare 16 to 32 bars of musical theater or Disney-style song and a memorized short monologue, poem or story. Bring sheet music for the song; an accompanist will be provided.  For more information, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819, or contact the PTP Education Chairperson at

Chesapeake Choral Arts Society
Mondays, August 29 and September 12, 6:30 pm
By Appointment (Alternate Dates May be Arranged)
Peace Lutheran Church
401 E. Smallwood Drive, Waldorf

Auditions will consist of vocal warm-ups, pitch matching and vocal exercises to determine the singer's vocal range.  No prepared piece is necessary. High School age singers and older are welcome. The choir meets regularly from September - June, rehearsing at Peace Lutheran Church on Monday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, and produces three different concerts throughout the season.  Call Carol at  301-642-0594  to set up an audition appointment.   For more information about CCAS, visit , or find them on  Facebook .


"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

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 October 5, 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 

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

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
Summer Story Series: Discover Dutch Art
Stories in Art in ASL for Children Ages 4 to 7
Sunday, July 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

Community Bank of the Chesapeake, Waldorf Branch

"Call for Artists"

  Theme is "Artists Choice"
Deadline to Submit Extended to August 5, 2016

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

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

Deadline to Submit Extended to August 12, 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.

For more information about the Gallery, 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
Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors! Inform the Park Ranger when Entering the Park.
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 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
Painting an Abstract Watercolor
Wednesday, August 3, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fee: $40 Members / $50 Nonmembers
Instructor: Jung Lea Smith
Abstract art uses a visual language of shape, form, color, line and texture to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world. Abstraction is creating the idea of what the artist wants to explain in his/her own artistic way.  Artwork which takes liberties, altering for instance color and form in ways that are conspicuous, can be said to be partially abstract. Total abstraction bears no trace of any reference to anything recognizable. In this workshop, the artist will determine how abstract he/she would like to be. Participants should bring their own watercolor supplies as well as colorful photographs or pictures cut from magazines as inspiration for what they might want to create in abstract form. Some previous experience with watercolor is required.
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 .  
Strokework -- Violas
Saturday, August 20, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fee: $50 Members / $60 Nonmembers
Instructor: Sandy Scales, Member of Society of Decorative Painters

Join Sandy Scales as she teaches a few brushstrokes that lead to many flower and leaf designs. Fee includes paints, prepped surfaces, instructions and color photo of project.  You will need to bring stroke brushes and a wet palette.  Brushes will be available for purchase if needed. All Levels.  
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
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.  

National Gallery of Art
Picture This! The Close of Day: Twilight Landscapes!
Tours for People with Low Vision or Who Are Blind 
Wednesday, August 24, and Saturday, August 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)

Lumber Schooners at Evening on Penobscot Bay
by Fitz Henry Lane, 1863
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 .

Maryland Independent, Calvert Recorder and Enterprise
Calling All Photographers!
Photos Wanted for the 2017 Calendars
Deadline to Submit Extended to Friday, October 7, 2016

Submit up to 5 of your picturesque photos of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's Counties for a chance to be featured in the Southern Maryland News 2017 Calendars. Landscapes in all seasons from North Beach to Waldorf, Hollywood to Dunkirk are wanted.  Send large, high-resolution files (5MB or greater), horizontal landscapes preferred, to Megan Johnson at  Include the photographer's name, hometown and location of the photo.  

Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco
Keep Reading Growing Strong for All Ages
Friday, August 5, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Historic Port Tobacco Courthouse
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco
Free and Open to the Public; Donations of School Supplies Gratefully Accepted

Looking for a great book to read this summer?  On Friday, August 5, join the Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco as they welcome local authors to the historic Port Tobacco Courthouse. From children's literature to romance to historical works, and everything in between, there is something for everyone!  Authors will be giving brief book talks and sharing their work. Books will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served.  Donations of school supplies will be given to Children's Aid Society for distribution.   For more information, go to their Facebook   page, or contact Joyce Edelen at  
The Life Journeys Writers Guild
SpeakNow! Official Launch and Release Party!
Saturday, August 6, 2016, 12:30 - 3:00 pm
The Legends Club, located in the Blue Crabs Stadium
11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf

Expect "spoken word" performances, food, a presentation and book signing by Malcolm Jarell, community activist, poet and author of SpeakNow! For more information, please contact LJWG at 240-545-5595, or email
Waldorf West Library
Local Authors' Reception
Saturday, August 20, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf

Meet and celebrate our local authors at the Local Author's Reception. Be inspired by our own local celebrities from Charles, Calvert, St. Mary's and Prince Georges counties. Appropriate for school age through adult. Sponsored by Charles County Public Library and Life Journeys Writers Guild. For more information, contact Sarah Guy at 301-645-1395.
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 art classes, 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 .


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. 

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.
August 11:  The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She's even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life, as she sees it, is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.  And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
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.

August 24:  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.

Community Senior Centers
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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 and August 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, 
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
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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.