June 30, 2016  

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

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.

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



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.

June 30 -  Eric Scott

July 7- US Naval Academy Band, Electric Brigade

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 1 -  Pork Donu t
July 8 - The Lucky Few
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. 

Black Box Theatre 
Indian Head Center for the Arts 
Never Swim Alone
Friday, Saturday, July 1 - 2, 7:00 pm
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Donations Welcomed
"Never Swim Alone" is a fast-paced, and often hilarious, satire about two boyhood friends who have been in competition with each other their whole lives. In the play, they duke it out (sometimes literally) in a 13-round champion match - winner takes all. This tour de force performance brings with it a tantalizing mystery, as we slowly begin to learn about the role of the enigmatic third character: the referee.  For more information, call 301-743-3040, or email

Alice Ferguson Foundation
Concert in the Woods Photo
Hard Bargain Amphitheater
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Admission:  $15, $12 for Members of the Alice Ferguson Foundation and Students
Refreshments available
Saturday, July 2, 8:00 pm
Rick Whitehead Jazz Trio
An evening of American music with a mix of Swing, Jazz and good old American Blues

Saturday, July 23, 8:00 pm
Blues Night with Mark Wenner's Blues Warriors

Saturday, September 10, 8:00 pm
Lynn Hollyfield & Friends
Folk, Pop with a bit of Blues and Jazz

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, or Lynn Hollyfield at 301-292-1139.

Newtowne Players
Bye Bye Birdie
July 8 - 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  

Flute Magic! 2016 
For Flutists Ages 8 - 18
Monday - Friday, July 11 - 15, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
First Baptist Church of Waldorf
10045 Bunker Hill Road, Waldorf
Click HERE for the Brochure and Registration Form

The week offers new musical challenges for all levels in a friendly environment. Activities include performances, group lessons, master classes, private lessons, mock auditions, flute choir, and arts and crafts.  Parents are invited to the 3:00 pm concert every day, and students will present the Grand Finale on Friday at 2:30 pm. For more information and to register, call 301-751-5029, or visit
Ms. Georgia's Summer Camps
Musical Beginnings For Children Ages 3 - 12
7454 Woodhaven Drive, La Plata, MD

Big Kids Camps (for ages 5 - 12)
July 11 - 14, 25 - 28, August 1 - 4, 
9:30 am - 2:00 pm

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

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 12, 10:00 am
Featuring Magician Joe Romano
Joe Romano brings popular children's books to life through the art of magic and illusion and will motivate your children by igniting a passion for reading all through the school year. 

Step, Dance or Visual Arts 
Three Separate Summer Programs for Children
Step Team and Visual Arts for Ages 9 to 16
Dance for All Ages
Monday - Friday, July 11 - 22, 10:00 am - Noon
Indian Head Center for the Arts
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Fees:  $50 per Program

Presenting three enrichment programs at the Black Box Theatre!  These programs offer kids the opportunity to express themselves through dance, step or visual arts. Students pick one program and at the end of the two weeks, they demonstrate what they learned at a showcase.

If you would like to learn more or are interested in joining this program, please email Byron McClure at or call 301-442-2447.

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

Tuesday, July 12:   Duke Ellington, the incomparable showman, was one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century with a career that spanned over fifty years. 
Wednesday, July 13 Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize, captured the black experience in America through her poetry.
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 12 Dave Chappell Band 
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

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. 

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 .

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. The Maryland State Arts Council and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation have scheduled several webinars to assist artists with the application process.

Applicants can access the guidelines, application, webinar registration links, and other application assistance resources by clicking the "Maryland" tab HERE on Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's website.  Please review the program guidelines and contact Kimberly Steinle-Super at, if you have any questions.
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 .


Solo Show by Dr. Theresa Alo, through July 7, 2016
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 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" 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 Nadira Nunez, through July 7, 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" Reception, July 23, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

For more information about the galleries, contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or
Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco
First Friday
July 1, 6:00 pm
Port Tobacco Courthouse
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco
$10 Donation Requested

The second First Friday features a special performance of "1776" by the Port Tobacco Players. The performance  highlights through song, the story of "1776,"  a journey in time. For more information, contact Sheila Geisert at 301-645-0682, or email
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 1:  MCAC, General Smallwood State Park
July 8: La Plata Town Hall
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
MCAC 22nd Annual All-Media Juried Exhibition
Now Through July 3
Exhibit by Bert Stevenson
July 8 - August 7
Reception:  July 10, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Monotypes Using Layering Techniques
Saturdays, July 9 & 16, Noon - 4:00 pm
Fee: $70 Members / $80 Nonmembers
Additional Lab Fee: $15 to Cover Cost of Materials
Instructor: Harriett Lawler

This is a two-day workshop featuring monotypes produced by using various layering techniques. Demonstrations include  layering monotypes on transparent rice papers, and other collage effects, including layering preprinted monotypes for texture and color contrast.  These techniques may include the use of natural materials like feathers, grasses and pressed flowers, or ribbons and other items to give the feeling of movement or to add color. The first day of the workshop will, for the most part, be used to prepare the materials, and the second day to assemble the final product.  All materials will be provided, but students are welcome to bring such things as pressed flowers, feathers, special papers, etc.  (All levels)
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
Programs in American Sign Language and Assistive Listening Devices
Tour on Sunday, July 10, 1:00 pm
West Building, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC (use the Constitution Avenue or Madison Drive entrances for easiest access to the Rotunda)

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

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 .

Charles County Public Library
Semi-Annual Author's Reception
Saturday, August 20, 2:00 - 4:00 pm 
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
Deadline for Authors to Apply:  TODAY, June 30, 8:00 pm

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

Charles County 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 May/June and July/August 2016
Get a copy of the  May/June and 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
P.D. Brown 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 .  

July 2:  Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie.  Neverland is home to Peter Pan, a young boy who has never grown up. On one of his visits to London, Peter makes the acquaintance of young Wendy Darling, whom he invites to travel with him to Neverland and become the mother of his gang of Lost Boys. Flying through the night sky to Neverland, Wendy and her brothers, John and Michael, soon become caught up in marvelous adventures with the Indian Princess Tiger Lily, the loyal fairy Tinker Bell, and Peter's nemesis, the sinister hook-handed pirate known as Captain Hook. 

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.

July 6:  Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah.   In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the "coolest girl in the world" moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. They make a pact to be best friends forever; by summer's end they've become inseparable.  For thirty years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship---jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they've survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart . . . and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

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. 

July 7:  The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. The hero-narrator is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield and a dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school. His constant wry observations about what he encounters, from teachers to phonies, capture the essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation. 
Waldorf West Library
NEW Adult Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, July 12, 6:00 - 7:00 pm
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf    

We Too Sing America:  South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future by Deepa Iyer.     A discussion follows on social inclusion with a special emphasis on how to dialogue about racial equality in your community.   For more information, call 301-645-1395.
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.
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 June and July copies of The SCOOP, Charles County's Senior Center News, or cli ck here   to go to their website. 
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Bill Adams
Emily Ferren
Lorina Harris
Kathleen Jenkins
Amelia Jones
Cecelia Keller
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Greg A. Kenney, Jr.

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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.