March 24, 2016              

Self-Nominations Being Accepted
to Fill Two Vacancies on the
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 two 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: 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

Thank you for your consideration! 


ArtsFest 2016 is Coming!
Saturday, June 11, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata, MD

Vendor Registration Begins March 28!

The Charles County Arts Alliance is pleased to announce our 24th annual ArtsFest, to be held on Saturday, June 11, 2016, from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, on the beautiful grounds of the La Plata Town Hall, in La Plata, Maryland.  ArtsFest is the largest arts festival in Charles County, and one of the largest in Southern Maryland.  This is our fifth year to present the festival in partnership with the Town of La Plata.
ArtsFest is our annual outdoor celebration of all the arts and artists - visual, literary and performing.  It is our "free gift" to the citizens of Charles County and Southern Maryland, and there is no charge for the public to attend.  It is a family-friendly, wonderful way to kick off the summer season!  Great food and Southern Maryland specialties will be available for purchase throughout the day.
Visual and literary artists of all media are invited to display and sell their works. In addition, nonprofit arts organizations are invited as exhibitors to display information and encourage participation in their performing, visual and literary arts activities. Also invited as nonprofit exhibitors are cultural, historical, heritage and environmental organizations.
Our audience attendance at ArtsFest averages 2000 people each year.  At last year's ArtsFest, we presented nonstop music and dance performances on two stages, 50 artists and exhibitors on display, local authors autographing their books, and a Kid's Art Tent with a wide variety of hands-on creative projects.  This year's ArtsFest promises to be even bigger and better than last year!

Registration forms will be available online on Monday, March 28, at, or by calling the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or email at

Hard Bargain Players
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

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

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

(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

College of Southern Maryland
Barbershop Extravaganza
Saturday, April 2, 4:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $5 in Advance, $7 Day of Concert

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, call 301-934-7828, or visit

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

Chesapeake Choral Arts Society Spring Pops Concert
A Pops Potluck
Saturday, April 2, 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 3, 3:30 pm
College of Southern Maryland
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets: $15 Adult, $12 Senior, Student, Military

The spring concert features a wide variety of music! They are bringing back some of their favorites as well as an assortment of new music from a variety of genres. Like Gospel? Come hear "The Storm is Passing Over" arranged by Barbara Baker and "Praise His Holy Name" by Keith Hampton. Like Broadway? Sondheim! They will give you a taste of some of his best known musicals. How about Motown? "Forever Motown" will have you tapping your toes to some of your best memories. Regional Folk Music? "El Vito" is an Andalusian folk song. They have jazz, novelty songs, trios, duets, and solos - something for everyone!   Tickets are available at the door or by phone at  301-642-0594.  For more information, go to

Port Tobacco Players
Auditions for 1776
Seeking men ages 16 and up, and women ages 20 and up, to be part of the Ensemble Cast
Saturday, April 2, 9:00 am
Tuesday, April 5, 7:00 pm
Thursday, April 7. 7:00 pm
PTP Main Stage
508 Charles Street, La Plata

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 Richard Henry Lee 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.

For auditions, come prepared to perform 8-16 bars of a classical musical theater piece (no recorded music, a cappella or songs from the show), and bring  a list of conflicts coinciding with the rehearsal schedule. If you play  an instrument, feel free to bring it to be considered for the drum/fife corps.  Performance dates are the  four weekends beginning  July 15 - August 7,  Fridays and Saturdays at  8:00 pm,  and Sundays at  3:00 pm. For more information, contact Liz Mildenstein, Producer, at
College of Southern Maryland
Ward Virts Concert Series
David Kane, Classical Piano
Sunday, April 3, 3:00 pm
Prince Frederick Campus
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 443-550-6011 , or

College of Southern Maryland
13th Annual Jazz Festival
Friday - Saturday, April 8 - 9, 8:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $5 in Advance, $7 Day of Concert

On April 8, the Randy Runyon Trio performs, featuring Randy Runyon, Jr. on guitar, John Young on bass and Tom Hartman on drums.  On April 9, the Solid Brass Big Band Jazz Ensemble is joined by the Randy Runyon Trio; Grammy Award winning international jazz artist, percussionist Gregg Bissonette; and the  North Point High School Jazz Band.   For more information about the Festival, contact the Box Office at, 301-934-7828, or

Casting Call for PBS Period Docudrama
Seeking Males, 20 to 50 Years Old, Any Ethnicity, as Background Extras
Shooting Dates:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, April 11, 12, 13
Assateague Island

The film is a period piece, late 12th/13th century.  This is a paid position. You must submit a 3/4 to full self-photo saved in jpeg format as firstname_lastname_.jpg, your age range, your resume in PDF format and your contact information to Write "A.I." in the subject line.  For more information, contact Pat Moran at Pat Moran Associates, 410-558-0400, or visit 

United States Navy Concert Band
Thursday, April 14, 7:00 pm
Henry E. Lackey High School
3000 Chicamuxen Road, Indian Head
Free Admission!

The United States Navy Concert Band, the premier wind ensemble of the U.S. Navy, presents a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral transcriptions and modern wind ensemble repertoire.  As the original ensemble of the Navy Band, the Concert Band has been performing public concerts and participating in high-profile events for over 85 years. For more information, contact, call 201-433-4777, or visit

Maurice J. McDonough High School
Mary Poppins
Thursday - Friday, April 14 - 15, 6:30 pm
Saturday, April 16, 2:00 and 6:30 pm
7165 Marshall Corner Road, Pomfret
Tickets:  $10 Adult; $8 Student, Senior Citizen, Military with ID;
$7 Child

Based on the books by P.L. Travers, the musical tells the story of the Banks family and how the arrival of a magical nanny - practically perfect in every way - changes their lives.  For more information call 301-934-2944, or 301-753-1755.

North Point High School
Willy Wonka
Thursday - Friday, April 14 - 15, 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 16, 1:00 and 7:00 pm
2500 Davis Road, Waldorf
Tickets:  $8 Adult; $5 Child, Student

Based on Roald Dahl's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, this is the story of  Charlie Bucket, who finds a golden ticket, and with his grandfather in tow,  gets a tour of the chocolate factory operated by the eccentric Wonka.  For more information, call 301-753-1759, or 301-885-2012.
Westlake High School
The Wiz
Thursday - Friday - Saturday, April 14 - 15 - 16, 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 17, 3:00 pm
3300 Middletown Road, Waldorf
Tickets:  $10 Adult, $8 Senior Citizen, $6 Student, $5 Child 12 and Younger

Hit the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Lion as they make their way to the Emerald City where each has a request of the Wizard, though he may not be all he's purported to be!  For more information, call 301-645-8857, or 301-753-1758.

Henry E. Lackey High School
Into the Woods
Friday - Saturday, April 15 - 16, 6:30 pm
Sunday, April 17, 2:00 pm 
3000 Chicamuxen Road, Indian Head
Tickets:  $8 Adult; $7 Student, Senior, Military; $6 Thespians

The play features classic fairytale characters while weaving in an original story about a childless baker, his wife and their hopes of having a family.  For more information, call 301-743-5431, or 301-753-1753.
College of Southern Maryland
Latin Music Festival
Friday - Saturday, April 15 - 16, 8:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets: $5 in Advance, $7 Day of Concert

The Latin Music Festival will feature performances by CSM's Latin Ensemble Ritmo Caché under the direction of Dr. Stephen Johnson, and guest professional artist Pa' Gozar.  For more information and to purchase tickets, contact the Box Office at, or 301-934-7828.

Cecil Ray Comedy Club
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, limited seating)

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, or contact Tracy Chase at 571-245-7379, or

Thomas Stone High School
Once on This Island
Thursday - Friday - Saturday, April 21 - 22 - 23, 7:00 pm
3785 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf
Tickets:  $5
The one-act musical is based on the Rosa Guy novel, My Love, My Love.  It is set in the French Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean Sea, and follows the life of peasant girl Ti Moune who falls in love with a member of the upper class. The story includes inspiration from "The Little Mermaid" and "Romeo and Juliet."  For more information, call 301-645-2601 or 301-753-1756.

College of Southern Maryland
Renaissance Festival
Thursday - Sunday, April 21- 24
La Plata Campus
Fine Arts Center Theatre and Outside Lawn
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Activities are either free or priced by the vendor

Travel back to a time when lords ruled and peasants pleased, all in the language and costumes of Shakespeare, at CSM's fourth annual Renaissance Festival!

Thursday, April 21, Madrigals and Choral Concert, 7:30 pm, Admission: $5 in Advance; $7 Day of Concert
Friday, April 22, Last Days of Judas Iscariot, 7:00 pm, Admission: $10
Saturday, April 23, Festival, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Last Days of Judas Iscariot, 2:00 and 7:00 pm, Admission: $10
Sunday, April 24, Festival, 11:00 am - 4:00  pm
Last Days of Judas Iscariot, 3:00 pm, Admission $10

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot will be performed in the Fine Arts Center Theatre.  This production contains strong language and content and is not suitable for younger audiences.   For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or go to .

College of Southern Maryland
Chorale and Chamber Choir Concert
Tuesday, April 26, 7:30 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $5 in Advance, $7 Day of Concert

CSM's Chorale, under the direction of Krystal McCoy, will be joined by the Chamber Choir in performing an assortment of classics.  For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828, email, or visit .

La Plata High School
Sweet Charity
Thursday - Friday, April 28 - 29, 6:30 pm
Saturday, April 30, 2:30 and 6:30 pm
6035 Radio Station Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $10 Adult, $5 Student

The play, with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon, follows taxi dancer Charity Hope Valentine who is unlucky in love but always looks on the bright side of life.   For advance tickets, email  For more information, call 301-934-1100 or 301-753-1754.

Honoring Our Heros Award Ceremony and 
The Adventures of Uncle Rocky, Fireman
Friday, April 29, 10:00 am
Saturday, April 30, 2:00 and 5:00 pm
Port Tobacco Players Theatre
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets:  April 29, All Tickets are $5
Tickets:  April 30,  $10 Adult, $5 Child

There are heroes living among us!  Come join the
Honoring Our Heroes Award Ceremony  to  thank and honor five Charles County fire, police and EMS heroes for their courage, bravery, and public service. Then rev up your fire engine with the dramatic presentation of The Adventures of Uncle Rocky, Fireman. Participate with Officer Jack, Uncle Rocky and EMT Morales as they put out fires, rescue people, and stop crime. Be ready to scream like a siren, honk like a fire truck and shout "Glad to do it!" just like Uncle Rocky. Patrol cars, a fire truck and an ambulance will be on display outside the theater. Take your picture with Moxie, a champion Dalmatian, and be impressed as Jr Miss Fire Prevention (11 years old) talks about fire safety.  For more information, call 301-932-6819, or visit  

Uncle Rocky, Fireman children's books are available in all Charles County libraries;  Maries Diner and Country Store, La Plata; and at Keepin It Local, Morganza. For more information, go to

Celebrate La Plata!
Saturday, April 30, Noon to 4:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free Family Fun!

Enjoy a day of activities for children of all ages at Celebrate La Plata:  Face painting, displays, entertainment, refreshments for sale from local favorites and the ever entertaining Bed Races!  Go to and click on Events to see the complete schedule.  

Indian Head Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre
Born to Entertain Broadway Cabaret
Saturday, April 30, 7:00 pm
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Tickets:  $8
Staring Broadway hopefuls Amelia Arrigo and Kristin Kauffman, who will wow you with their brassy voices and hilarious patter. Enjoy classics from shows like Fiddler on the Roof, Annie Get Your Gun and Les Miserables, peppered with more modern showstoppers from Nunsense, Jekyll & Hyde, and Hairspray. Watching these two women switch from a high-energy comedic duet to an introspective dramatic song is captivating!   For more information, call 301-743-3040, email, or visit

College of Southern Maryland 
Concert Band
Saturday, April 30, 8:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $5 in Advance, $7 Day of Concert

Under the direction of Michael Peerless, CSM students can join community members and professional musicians in the SMCB for ensemble credit.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828, email, or visit

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 . Contact with any questions.

National Gallery of Art
Picture This!  Chardin's Children at Play!
Tours for People with Low Vision or Who Are Blind 
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 or 202-842-6905. Verbally described tours are also available by request with 3 weeks' notice by  e-mailing   For more information, go to .

College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
Annual Juried Student Exhibition
Submission Dates:  March 28 - April 1
Exhibition Dates:  April 11 - May 6
Award Reception:  Tuesday, April 19, 2:30 pm
Click HERE for the Submission Form and Guidelines
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

Gas Station #1
by Tom Siehl, 2015 Faculty Purchase Prize Recipient

The jury will select exhibition works on April 5.   For more information, go to or call  301-934-7828.

Community Bank of the Chesapeake
"Meet" the Artists" Public Reception
Thursday, March 31, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf

You are cordially invited to attend the reception to honor the 29 artists whose works are on display throughout the Bank.  This show is presented in partnership with the Charles County Arts Alliance.  Light refreshments will be served and harp music will be performed by Kathryn Keough.  For more information, contact Susan Becker at 240-427-1060.

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
Click HERE for their spring brochure!
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Open Studio
Fridays through May 20, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come create: paint, draw, take photos, sculpt, knit,  quilt, etc.  Bring your own materials and your lunch.  Bring your friends (both members and nonmembers).  Share ideas and techniques.  Critique each other's work.  Enjoy the creative process!  For more information, go to
MCAC Invitational Art Show
Elaborations:  Paintings by Sally V. Parker
Now through April 17
The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

MCAC Workshop
Let's Have Fun with Collage
Friday, April 1, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fee: $40 Members / $50 Non-members
Instructor: Janice Jones

In this class, you will use the basic cruciform design and, with a few design changes, your work will take on a new life. Start collecting napkins in designs and colors you like;  also, bring some to share. The instructor will have an assortment to choose from, but try to keep your design around a central theme(s). This will be a fun class with the opportunity to complete or almost complete two pieces of work. It's good to work on two pieces at a time as it allows time for drying.   Supply list: watercolor or acrylic paints, brushes, fine spray mister, Arches 140 lb. paper (at least ½ sheet), stencils and/or stamps, ruler, HB pencil or other pencil, Derwent watercolor pencils (these work best for your purposes), and thinned YES glue or thinned matte medium (preferably the YES glue as it holds watercolor better). A little goodie bag with a few extra fun items will be available for purchase. (All Levels)
MCAC Workshop
The Ancient Art of Encaustic
Two Dates:  Friday, April 15, or Saturday, April 16, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Fee: $150 per person (no early bird special)
Instructor: Carolyn Goodridge
Join esteemed artist and curator of Art Impact, USA, Carolyn Goodridge, as she guides you through the exciting and colorful ancient technique of painting with melted beeswax mixed with pigment. In a fun and relaxed atmosphere, you will learn about encaustic and its uses and personal applications through demonstrations and hands-on guidance. No prior art experience is required, and you will go home with a finished work of art!   All materials, lunch, and an instructional DVD (for her first-time students) are included. Wear old clothing and/or bring an apron.   Class size is limited to 6 and some spots are already taken, so register soon. Register online at: or by mailing your payment , made out  to Carolyn Goodridge, to MCAC, P.O. Box 258, Marbury, MD 20658.
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, or  Harriett at  301-868-0364  or .

MCAC Workshop
The Art of Framing
Saturday, April 23, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fee: $40 Members / $50 Non-members
Instructor: Shelby Oppermann, CPA (Certified Picture Framer)

The art of framing is an entire field of study, and after this presentation you will look at custom framing in a new way, and understand why Shelby has loved this career field for 35 years.  
Please bring your questions, willingness to learn, and two pieces of art with you. Bring a canvas, art on paper, or a photograph to use in the "Play Time" section on the agenda. Your work may also be used as examples throughout the presentation.
College of Southern Maryland Global Initiatives Committee
A Passport to China:  Chinese Calligraphy Exhibit
Exhibit Held on Two Campuses!
La Plata:  April 4 - 15
Calligraphy Demonstration, Tuesday, April 12, 1:00 pm
Traditional Dragon Dance, Tuesday, April 12, 3:00 pm
Library Resources (LR) Building,
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

Leonardtown:  April 18 - 30
Building A, Room 206, 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD

Special Presentation at the Prince Frederick Campus
Tuesday, April 19, Traditional Dragon Dance, 3:00 pm
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick, MD

For more information, visit

National Gallery of Art
Programs in American Sign Language and Assistive Listening Devices
Tour on Sunday, April 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.  
Congressman Steny Hoyer Presents
The 2016 Congressional Art Competition
An Artistic Discovery
Open to All High School Students Residing in Maryland's 5th Con gressional District!
Deadline to Submit:  Wednesday, April 13
Click HERE to Download the Invitation, Submission Checklist and Competition Form

Framed submissions will be rotated between the Waldorf District Office and the Longworth House Office Building in Washington, DC, throughout the year.  All participating students will be invited to a reception in June and receive recognition for their work.   For more information, contact Ms. Stefanie Carey Barone at 301-843-1577, or go to  or 

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 , or contact Christopher Markin at or 410-260-8584.

Art Impact USA
Call for Artists
Caribbean Jubilee Juried Exhibition
Torpedo Factory
105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA
Deadline to Enter:  Friday, April 29, 11:59 pm
Reception:  Saturday, June 11, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Entry Fees Apply

Rhythms of the Diaspora
 by Clifford Darrett

AIUSA's second annual juried exhibition for National Caribbean-American Heritage Month June 2016 will be held on two floors at the Site Gallery Two and Site Gallery Three at The Torpedo Factory. The art must be joyful and related to and/or inspired by any Caribbean nation or Caribbean historical figure. The work can be abstract.  All works with a joyful Caribbean theme are welcome.  Dimensions of work must not exceed 72" H x 36" W (including frame.) Selections will be announced on Monday, June 2; drop off time is Saturday, June 4, noon to 5:00 pm;  To read the full prospectus and to submit art, go to  For more information, contact Carolyn Goodridge, 877-772-6045 or 202-297-3040.


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  To learn more about the Connections series, go to .

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,  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 .


Adult Discussion Book Groups
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?

La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
DATE CHANGE FOR APRIL!  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.
April 21:  The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. On a winter's day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history.  But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened: the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot.   Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did?  In this thrilling book, master historian David McCullough draws on the immense riches of the Wright Papers, including private diaries, notebooks, scrapbooks, and more than a thousand letters from private family correspondence to tell the human side of the Wright Brothers' story, including the little-known contributions of their sister, Katharine, without whom things might well have gone differently for them.

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.

April 27:  We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. This is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel about a beautiful and distinguished family; a brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy; and a group of four friends-the Liars-whose friendship turns destructive.
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 and April copies of The SCOOP,  Charles County's Senior Center News, or cli ck here  to go to their website. 
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About the Charles County Arts Alliance, Inc.


The mission of the Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) is to stimulate, promote, encourage, and provide recognition of the arts and the creative spirit.  Founded in 1987, the CCAA promotes ALL the arts in Charles County:  music, visual art, drama, dance and literature.

The CCAA is the official arts council of Charles County and is recognized as such by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) of the State of Maryland.  In this capacity, the CCAA serves as the "umbrella" organization for the arts community in Charles County.  The CCAA promotes Charles County arts organizations and individuals, provides financial support to nonprofit organizations and the schools through its annual arts grant programs, sponsors the creation and presentation of new, diverse cultural activities and special events for the community, provides arts scholarships, and ensures the Charles County's underserved population, people with disabilities, residents with limited income, minorities, and senior citizens have access to the arts. The CCAA builds partnerships with local government, the business community and the educational community, in an effort to enhance the overall quality of life for the citizens of Charles County.