March 10, 2016

Help the Leprechaun Fill His Pot O' Gold
by March 17,  and Help a Charles County Student!

Arts Alliance Fundraiser
and CCAA Night at Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar
 
Only SEVEN Days Left!

We are looking for 20 donors who will give a minimum of $25 each to our Scholarship Program Fund. Every dollar donated will be matched by the Charles County Arts Alliance Board, up to $500.
 
This will provide one of the seven scholarships that we give out annually. These scholarships are given to one graduating student, from each of our high schools, who will continue his or her arts education at a four-year college or university.
 
You can make your donation through PayPal or by mailing a check to:  CCAA at PO Box 697, White Plains, MD 20695.   Click HERE to download the flyer.
Current Scoreboard 

Donors Needed
20
$500
Donors to Date
4
$100
CCAA Board Members
11
$550
CCAA Board Donors to Date
4
$300
If you cannot donate, then come have dinner with us on Tuesday, March 15, at Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar, located at 10440 O'Donnell Place in St. Charles, Maryland.
 
If you dine with us between 4:00 and 10:00 pm, we will receive a minimum of 10% of your total receipt when you write "CCAA" on the back of your tab.  These funds will also go into our Scholarship Program Fund.
 
Our Leprechaun Friend Thanks You!

For more information, contact the CCAA Office at 301-392-5900, or info@charlescountyarts.org.
 
Self-Nominations Being Accepted
Arts Alliance Board of Directors
 

Do YOU want to PROMOTE the ARTS?
 
The Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) wants you!  If you are a leader and want to help promote the arts in our county, nominate yourself to serve on the CCAA Board of Directors!
 
What the CCAA is looking for:
CCAA is accepting self-nominations for 2 Directors of the CCAA for a one-year term of office, starting upon acceptance through June 30, 2017. All CCAA Board positions are volunteer. 
 
Do you qualify?
All nominations for CCAA Board positions must be current in their CCAA membership.
 
I DO qualify!  How do I submit a self-nomination?
Please submit a typed, brief, written statement indicating:  (1) why you are interested in serving on the CCAA Board, and what specific contribution(s) you wish to make;  (2) your qualifications;  and (3) which specific CCAA committee you are interested in leading or serving on.  Send this written statement (not to exceed one page) to:  info@charlescountyarts.org with the subject-line to read:  Nomination for CCAA Board of Directors.
 
Here is what the CCAA Board job entails:
  1. Commit to the mission, goals, and objectives of the Charles County Arts Alliance.
  2. Commit to being a leader; CCAA Board positions are leadership positions.
  3. Commit the personal time required to:
    • Attend monthly Board Meetings (12/year).
    • Attend Board Retreats (2/year for full-day meeting).
    • Participate in CCAA-sponsored cultural and membership events throughout the year.
    • Serve on a "hands-on" Board;  it is not an advisory group.
    • Serve in a volunteer capacity;  Board positions are not compensated.
    • Chair or serve on one CCAA standing committee:  
      • ArtsFest
      • Budget, Finance and Audit
      • Events
      • Gallery
      • Grant
      • Membership 
      • Outreach and Marketing
      • Scholarship

Thanks for your consideration! 

 

PERFORMING ARTS  {top}
Watermelon, Inc.
Watermelon One-Act Festival
Call for Actors
Audition Dates:  Thursday, March 10, 5:30 pm, and 
Saturday, March 12, 10:00 am
College of Southern Maryland
Leonardtown Campus
Building A, Auditorium
22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown








The 2016 WOAF will be hosted by St. Mary's College at the Bruce Davis Theatre, St. Mary's City, on June 3 - 5.   This is a fun festival and a great opportunity to do some acting that requires significantly less time than a full stage production.  Please be there at the start of auditions as they run through the available parts one at a time and will not return to them later in the audition.  For more information, email watermelon@watermeloninc.org, or visit www.watermeloninc.org.

Grace Christian Academy of Maryland
Cinderella
Thursday - Friday, March 10 - 11, 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 12, 2:00 pm
13000 Zekiah Drive, Waldorf
Tickets: $10 Adult, $7 Senior, $5 Student (Ages 5+) 
Special Performance for Homeschool and Daycare Groups Only on Wednesday, March 9, 12:30 pm; Tickets $7 Adult, $5 Children


This is Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (the 2013 release).  At every performance, the children are invited to dress in costume and take pictures with Cinderella, Prince Topher and their friends following the show.  For more information, contact Melissa Burdin at melissa.burdin@graceknights.org, or call the school at 301-645-0406.

 
College of Southern Maryland Children's Theatre
Spirit of Hispania:  Hispanic Tales
Friday, March 11, 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 12, 2:00 and 7:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $7 Adult/Senior, $5 Youth (High School and Below)




Five short plays that explore Latin-American mythology for all ages and races.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828
St. Charles High School
Grease
Friday, March 11, 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 12, 2:00 and 7:00 pm
Sunday, March 13, 2:00 pm
5305 Piney Church Road, Waldorf
Tickets:  $8 Adult, $5 Senior/Military/Student

With book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, the play features the songs  "Grease," "You're the One That I Want" and "Hopelessly Devoted to You," by arrangement with Robert Stigwood. The story focuses on Sandy and Danny, the classic good girl/bad boy relationship.  For more information, contact the school at 301-753-2090.


College of Southern Maryland
Cause Theatre
The Walls
Thursday, March 17, 7:30 pm
Friday, March 18, 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 19, 2:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $5
This production may not be suitable for younger audiences.

The Walls takes a look at the effects of mental illness--and the various forms of separation it so often brings with it--on a group of women and their families in three different time periods. The play is an exploration of separation as a physical reality--the high walls of the dreaded asylums of the past--and as a multilayered metaphor--the often impenetrable walls of our own perception, the subjective walls that necessarily divide every human relationship, the walls between the sick and the well, and the lifesaving but potentially soul-deadening walls erected by psychotropic medications.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or go to  http://www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/theatre-and-dance/cause/index.

American Legion Post 238
Bluegrass Concert
Sunday, March 20, 2:00 pm
Doors Open at Noon
Rts. 381 and 231 in Hughesville, MD
Tickets:  $15

Concert features The Boxcars, with Josh Grigsby and County Line opening the show.  For more information, go to  http://americanlegionbluegrass.com/index.html.
 
Friends of the Old Waldorf School
Calling All Homeschoolers, Ages 6 - 12
Dance Training for the 2nd Annual Friendship Tea
3074 Crain Highway, Waldorf (Across from the Jaycee's Hall)
Registration is Open Now!  Classes Begin in Late March!
The Tea will be held on Sunday, May 1, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, at the Old Waldorf School

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

Hard Bargain Players
Auditions
The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon
Thursday, March 24, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 26, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Call Backs:  Saturday, April 2, 11:00 pm
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, MD

The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm are turned on their heads in this fast-paced, rollicking ride as two narrators and several actors attempt to combine all 209 stories ranging from classics like Snow White, Cinderella, and Hansel and Gretel to more bizarre, obscure stories like The Devil's Grandmother and The Girl Without Hands. A wild, free-form comedy with lots of audience participation and madcap fun. To audition, come prepared for cold readings, improvisation and movement exercises. Performance dates are Fridays and Saturdays, June 10 - 25, 2016.  For more information, go to http://www.hbplayers.org.

Grace Brethren Church
Cabin Fever Barn Dance Concert
Saturday, March 26, 7:00 - 9:30 pm
13000 Zekiah Drive, Waldorf
Free Admission, Donations Accepted


Featuring Cedar Run and Sonrise.  For more information, contact the Church at 301-645-0407, or visit   www.gracewaldorf.org.


Port Tobacco Players
Hairspray
April 1 - 24
Friday and Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets:  $18 Adult, $15 Seniors (60+)/Youth (to 18)/Military

(Musical) The 1950s are out and change is in the air!  It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her 'do!  For more information, go to www.ptplayers.com.

College of Southern Maryland
Barbershop Extravaganza
Saturday, April 2, 4:00 pm
La Plata Campus
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $5 in Advance; $7 Day of Event


Southern Mix, directed by Paul Douglass, will be joined by professional ensembles for an afternoon of barbershop harmony.   For more information, contact the Box Office at bxoffc@csmd.edu, call 301-934-7828, or visit www.csmd.edu/Arts.

Indian Head Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre
Once Upon a Crime
Saturday, April 2, 7:00 pm
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Tickets:  $15

It's time for the quarterly town meeting in Fairyville, and the townsfolk are grumbling. But the fairy tale world you know is about to go Humpty-Dumpty. When one of them doesn't show up for the meeting, a body is discovered. Has Goldilocks' wanton disregard for the law finally landed her in hot porridge? Did Snow White eat another apple? Find out whodunit in Once Upon a Crime, an interactive murder mystery dinner and show. For more information, go to http://www.indianheadblackbox.org.

College of Southern Maryland
Ward Virts Concert Series
David Kane, Classical Piano
Sunday, April 3, 3:00 pm
Prince Frederick Camps
Building B, Multipurpose Room 104
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Free Admission

Born in 1955 in Glasgow, Scotland, David Kane has been a fixture on the U.S. music scene since 1975, both as a pianist and composer. He has performed with notable jazz artists Woody Shaw, Steve Kujala, Dave Liebman and Dizzy Gillespie. He has performed extensively with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony and the 20th Century Consort, and is a composer with hundreds of film and television scores to his name. For more information, contact  rfleming@csmd.edu 443-550-6011

College of Southern Maryland
Jazz Festival with Solid Brass
April 8 - 9, 8:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $5 in Advance, $7 Day of Event

Directed by Randy Runyon, Solid Brass is CSM's jazz ensemble and is joined by Grammy Award winning international jazz artist, percussionist Gregg Bissonette, who has toured with Santana, David Lee Roth, Ringo Starr, Linda Ronstadt and Andrea Bocelli. For more on Bissonette, visit  http://greggbissonette.com.   For more information about the Festival, contact the Box Office at bxoffc@csmd.edu, 301-934-7828, or www.csmd.edu/Arts

Cecil Ray Comedy Club
Note Date Change! Saturday, April 16, 7:30 pm
Indian Head Black Box Theatre
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Tickets:  $20 in Advance, $25 at the Door; $35 VIP Tickets (Includes Dinner)

Cecil Ray Comedy Club Show was birthed out of a vision to entertain people through laughter and allow other comedians to showcase their gifts and talents without compromising, using vulgar language or explicit material. Show features Cecil Ray, Kadesha Bonds, E-Boogie, Ms. Vee and music by Kenny Mac and VMP. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to http://www.cecilraycomedy.com, or contact Tracy Chase at 571-245-7379, or cecilraycomedy@gmail.com.

Southern Maryland Film Festival
Call for Film Submissions
Open to All Age Groups in Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's Counties
Deadline is May 13
Festival is July 15 and 16
Complete submission guidelines are available at  www.smdff.org . Contact smdfilmfest@gmail.com with any questions.

VISUAL  ARTS  {top}
College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
Margaret Noel - Fractured View
Now Through March 11
Gallery Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm; 
Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. 
La Plata Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

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

Southern Maryland Decorative Painters
Decorative Painting Seminar
Colors in White and Touches of Spring
Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor:  Maureen J. Baker
Immaculate Conception Church Reception Hall
28297 Old Village Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659
Fee is $100 for Both Days; $50 for One Day
Deadline to Register:  March 12
Click HERE to Download the Application

Surfaces may be ordered for $10 each, including shipping, or you may  paint on appropriately sized surfaces of your choice .  Bring prepped surfaces and usual acrylic painting supplies.   DecoArt Traditions Acrylic  Paint  as well as l unch are provided.  Registration and checks payable to SMDP should be received by March 12, 2016, to:  SEMINARS, SMDP,  P. O. Box 235, White Plains, MD 20695-0235 .   To view seminar projects, visit  http://www.smdpaint.org   or http://www.maureen-baker.com .   For more info, contact  president@smdpaint.org;  write "Seminars" in the subject line.

National Gallery of Art
Programs in American Sign Language and Assistive Listening Devices
Tour on Sunday, March 13, 1:00 pm
West Building, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC (use the Constitution Avenue or Madison Drive entrances for easiest access to the Rotunda)

The tours take place on the second Sunday of every month and last about an hour.  Meet the guide in the Rotunda of the West Building for the public tour. The program is interpreted into spoken English. Assistive listening devices are available for use on any public tour with 3 weeks' advance notice.  To plan your trip and view hours and maps, go to www.nga.gov  and click on Visit. For more information, go to www.nga.gov  and click on Calendar or contact Lorena Baines at access@nga.gov or 202-842-6905.  
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Spring 2016 Events
Smallwood State Park,  5565 Upham Place, Marbury, MD 20658
The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays,
11:00 am - 4:00 pm.  For more information call 301-743-5159. or go to www.mattawomanart.org.
Click HERE for their spring brochure!
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Open Studio
Fridays through May 20, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Free!


Come create: paint, draw, take photos, sculpt, knit,  quilt, etc.  Bring your own materials and your lunch.  Bring your friends (both members and nonmembers).  Share ideas and techniques.  Critique each other's work.  Enjoy the creative process!  For more information, go to mattawomanart.org.
Winter Multi-Media Open Show
Now Through March 13
The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays,
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free Admission

MCAC 
Sunday Movie and Dessert
Mr. Turner
Sunday, March 13, 2:00 pm
Free Admission

Mr. Turner explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.  Rated R.
Mattawoman Creek Art Center Workshop
Three-Dimensional Fiber Art: Basketry
Sundays, March 13, April 17, May 15, 1 0:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tuition: $10 / Fees: $159
Instructor: Pam King



Information about basket uses and forms, materials, and methods will be discussed. Techniques will be demonstrated and you will develop your skills through experiential learning. Three baskets will be completed: toilet paper towel basket with a wooden lid (approx. 6 inches in diameter); a large bakery basket (approx. 14 X 20 x 4 inches high); and a pin striped basket (5 X 8 X 8). All materials are included in the price of the class. The workshop is hosted by Mattawoman  Creek Art Center, but registration is through the College of Southern Maryland, course AAA-7280. Register at www.csmd.edu/Go/Register .
MCAC Invitational Art Show
Elaborations:  Paintings by Sally V. Parker
March 18 - April 17
The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Reception:  Sunday, March 20, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

MCAC
Call for Entry:  Open Photography Show
Artwork Delivery Dates:  Saturday, April 16, and Sunday, April 17, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.
The Show Runs from April 22 through May 22, 2016
Entry Fee: Members - $5.00 per piece; Non-members - $10.00 per piece for 1 or 2 pieces or $25  for 3 pieces 
Reception: Sunday, April 24, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Click HERE for the complete guidelines for submitting your photos


Retrieval Dates:   Sunday, May 22, from  4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and  Monday, May 23, from  11:00 am to 1:00 pm. For m ore Information: contact MCAC at  301-743-5159 or   mattawomanart@aol.com, or  Harriett at  301-868-0364  or  ahahproductions@yahoo.com .

National Gallery of Art
Picture This!  Chardin's Children at Play!
Tours for People with Low Vision or Who Are Blind 
Wednesday, March 23 and Saturday, March 26, 1:00 pm
6th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC (use the Constitution Avenue or Madison Drive entrances for easiest access to the Rotunda)

Jean Siméon Chardin's
"Soap Bubbles"
 circa 1733-1734

Picture This tours incorporate vibrant verbal description with information about works of art. Tours meet at 1:00 pm in the Rotunda of the West Building of the National Gallery and last about an hour. Everyone is welcome! For more information or to receive web links to works that will be described on the tour in advance, contact Lorena Baines at access@nga.gov or 202-842-6905. Verbally described tours are also available by request with 3 weeks' notice by  e-mailing access@nga.gov.   For more information, go to www.nga.gov .

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



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

LITERARY ARTS  {top} 
Charles County Literacy Council
Volunteer Adult Literacy Tutor Training Workshop
Saturday, March 19, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
10250 La Plata Road (Rt. 488),  La Plata
FREE; $30 Fee is WAIVED
Pre-registration extended to March 14, and 4 hours online preparatory work required prior to the workshop

If you can read this you can teach an adult to read! 
Tutor notebooks and resources as well as light lunch fare will be provided. Once trained, volunteer tutors will be matched one-on-one with adults who need help improving their reading, math and English-speaking skills, along with GED and ASVAB help. To register, visit the Events page of CCLC's website at www.charlescountyliteracy.org, email the Literacy Council at charlescountyliteracy@comcast.net, or call the office at 301-934-6488.

Life Journeys Writer's Guild
Nuts and Bolts Gathering
Saturday, March 19, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Contact Yvonne Medley at 240-545-5594 for Location

Life Jurneys Writers Club In their 9th year, LJWG (new name, same intense game!), invites you to jump aboard for an exciting literary ride!  Enjoy great reads, critiques, networking and information sharing.  Also glean useful tips on blogging. For more information, contact Yvonne Medley at 240-545-5594, emeddle@aol.com, or visit www.lifejourneyswritersclub.com.
 
College of Southern Maryland
Connections Literary Reading
Demetria Martinez, Author, Poet, Activist
Friday, April 1, 7:30 pm
Leonardtown Campus
Building A, Auditorium
22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
Tickets:  $3 in Advance; $5 at the Event, $3 with CSM Student ID

T he work of Demetria Martinez is particularly relevant now, at a time when issues of immigration have generated new national debates and passions. For Martinez, an author, poet, activist, creativity coach, and journalist, based in New Mexico, writing and activism are ways to explore--and bridge--the borders between people.  She presently teaches creative writing in all genres, including poetry workshops at a youth detention center. F or more information about the author, go to http://www.demetriamartinez.com/index.htm.  To learn more about the Connections series, go to  http://www.csmd.edu/community/connections-literary-series/connections-readings/index.html .

Citizens for the Charles County Public Library, Inc.
Spring 2016 Used Book Bazaar
Saturday, April 9 through Saturday, April 16
Friday, April 8 - Preview Day for C4CCPL Members (Non-members may join at the door; every member is entitled to 5 free books during the Bazaar)
Bazaar Hours: 
Fridays and Saturdays: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Monday through Thursday:  9:00 am - 6:00 pm
La Plata Branch Library, Lower Level
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata



Hardbacks are 50 cents each; paperbacks are  25 cents each.  Clearance Day is Saturday, April 16: grocery-size bag full of books is only $2.00!   For more information, go to  https://sites.google.com/a/ccplonline.org/c4ccpl,  or call the library at 301-934-9001.

Charles County Library Schedule
For March/April 2016




Get a copy of the March/April  brochure to see all the programs available at your local libraries. There are computer classes, book discussions for all ages, craft programs, preschool story times, games, writing classes, and lots of other activities for every interest and age!    For more information, call 301-934-9001 or go to  http://www.ccplonline.org .

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Adult Discussion Book Groups
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.
 
March 10:  The Long Way Home:  A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny.    Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he'd only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book,  The Balm in Gilead , in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole."  While Gamache doesn't talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home and she wants Gamache's help to find him.  Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Québec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he would sell that soul. And may have.

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.

March 23:  Just One Evil Act: A Lynley Novel by Elizabeth George.   Barbara is at a loss: Hadiyyah, the daughter of her friend Taymullah Azhar, has been taken by her mother, and Barbara can't really help; Azhar has no legal claim.  Just when Azhar is beginning to accept his soul-crushing loss, he gets more shocking news: Hadiyyah has been kidnapped from an Italian marketplace. As both Barbara and her partner, Inspector Thomas Lynley, soon discover, the case is far more complex than a typical kidnapping, revealing secrets that could have far-reaching effects outside of the investigation. With both her job and the life of a little girl on the line, Barbara must decide what matters most and how far she's willing to go to protect it.

Waldorf Book Discussion Group
Meets on the first Saturday of every month from 9:30 - 10:30 am, at the P.D. Brown Memorial Library, 50 Village Street, Waldorf.  For more information, call 301-645-2864 .  

April 2:  Dracula by Bram Stoker.   During a business visit to Count Dracula's castle in Transylvania, a young English solicitor finds himself at the center of a series of horrifying incidents. Jonathan Harker is attacked by three phantom women, observes the Count's transformation from human to bat form, and discovers puncture wounds on his own neck that seem to have been made by teeth. Harker returns home upon his escape from Dracula's grim fortress, but a friend's strange malady - involving sleepwalking, inexplicable blood loss, and mysterious throat wounds - initiates a frantic vampire hunt.

Adult Book Discussion
Meets monthly at 10:30 am at  Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf.   For more information, call 301-645-1395.

April 2:  Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Wolf.  The novel chronicles a June day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway -- a day that is taken up with running minor errands in preparation for a party and that is punctuated, toward the end, by the suicide of a young man she has never met. Originally published in 1925, Mrs. Dalloway is Woolf's first complete rendering of what she described as the "luminous envelope" of consciousness: a dazzling display of the mind's inside as it plays over the brilliant surface and darker depths of reality.

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.

April 6: Gilead: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson. Robinson weaves a n intimate tale of three generations, from the Civil War to the 20th century -- a story about fathers and sons and the spiritual battles that still rage at America's heart. In the words of  Kirkus , it is a novel "as big as a nation, as quiet as thought, and as moving as prayer. Matchless and towering."  Gilead  tells the story of America and will break your heart.
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. 
  
April 7:  Defending Jacob by William Landy.  Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney for two decades. He is respected and admired in the courtroom. 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 and how well can a parent know a 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. How far would you  go?

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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 March copy of The SCOOP,  Charles County's Senior Center News, or cli ck here  to go to their website. 
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Robert Rausch, 
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Gale Kladitis, Vice President
Ronald G. Brown, Secretary/Treasurer
Diane Rausch, Past President
Bill Adams
Emily Ferren
Lorina Harris
Kathleen Jenkins
Amelia Jones
Cecelia Keller
Vicki Marckel

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Greg A. Kenney, Jr.

Honorary Board Member
Cindi Barnhart
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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.