May 26, 2016  

ArtsFest 2016 is Coming!
Saturday, June 11, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata, MD
Time is Running Out To Register!
Deadline is May 31

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.
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.
Click HERE to download the Artist/Exhibitor Vendor Registration Form.

Click HERE to download the Commercial Display Registration Form.

Registration forms are also available at , or by calling the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or email at

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 .

The Newtowne Players
A Night on Broadway:  Sight, Sound and Song
May 27, 28, 29
Friday, Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:30 pm
Three Notch Theater
21744 S. Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets: $18 Adults; $15 Military, Senior, Member, Student; 
$13 Children under 12

Join them for a magical journey to the heart and soul of Broadway as the Newtowne Players present renditions of favorite Broadway songs.  For more information and to order tickets, call 301-737-5447, or visit

Port Tobacco Players
Rabbit Hole
Now through June 5
Friday, Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets: $18 Adult, $15 Senior, Youth to 18, Military

(Adult Drama & Language) Becca and Howie Corbett suffer a soul-shattering loss that takes them from the perfect family to a family adrift, searching for a way back. David Lindsay-Abaire's drama, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, is a study in loss, grief, pain, comfort, and hope. Rabbit Hole holds up a mirror to the displacement suffered by a grieving family. More than a "tear jerker," it tells the story with intelligence, candor, wit, and subtlety. After the loss, comes the journey.  For more information call the Box Office at 301-932-6819, or go to

Waldorf Senior Center
Tuesday, May 31, 12:00 noon
3092 Crain Highway, Waldorf
For Senior Citizens 60 and over

Showstoppers is comprised of more than 40 volunteer senior citizens who perform variety shows with singing, dancing and comedy.  For more information, go to,  or call the Center at 301-638-4420.
Tantallon Community Players
May 27, 28, June 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11 and 12
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 8:00 pm

Sunday, 3:00 pm
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington
Tickets:  $20 Adult, $15 Student/Senior

Set to the beat of the rise of Motown, this dynamic musical pits the bonds of love and friendship against the pressure cooker of fame, image, and prejudice.

For more information, go to


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.

May 26 -  Anthony "Swampdog" Clark

June 2 - Project Natale

June 9  - Bucket List

June 16 - US Navy Band, Country Current

June 23 - Marguerite and NexXzit

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.
May 27 Drivin' Muzzy

June 17 -  Three Days of Rain 
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. 

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

Little Kids Camps (for ages 3-5)
June 6 - 9, July 18 - 21, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Big Kid Camps (for ages 5 - 12)
June 13 - 16, 27 - 30, July 11 - 14, 25 - 28, August 1 - 4, 
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Click HERE for the flyer with details of each exciting camp and fees.

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

Hard Bargain Players
The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon
June 10 - 25
Friday, Saturday, 8:00 pm
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets:  $10 Adults, $8 Students, Seniors and Members of the Alice Ferguson Foundation
Contains mature content and themes

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. For tickets, go to,  or email m.
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Music Supports Art
Presented by 3rd Degree
Saturday, June 18, 8:00 pm, Doors Open at 7:00 pm
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury, MD
Tickets: $10.00
Light Refreshments Served

Come listen to your favorite music from the 60s and 70s up to the present by 3rd Degree, f
eaturing vocalists Alan and Lisa Colvin and Tom Rupert with guitars and flute; plus special guests for your evening's entertainment. Enjoy the music and learn something about art as you view MCAC's 22nd Annual Juried Show. Purchase tickets at MCAC or call MCAC at 301-743-5159, or email
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
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.

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

Waldorf West Library  

Theme is "Artists Choice" 
  Deadline to Submit Extended to May 27, 2016

The Charles County Arts Alliance is now accepting submissions for the Summer Art Show, a multi-media public exhibit, to be held at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD, from June 27 to September 24, 2016. 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 at a later date in May. All artwork must be wired and ready to hang.

On Saturday, July 23, 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 summer show.

For more information, contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home "Call for Artists"
For the Summer Art Show

Theme is "Artists Choice"
Deadline to Submit Extended to May 31, 2016

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, in partnership with the Charles County Art Alliance, is now accepting  submissions for their Summer Art Show, a multi-media exhibit, to be held at Charlotte Hall Veterans  Home, 29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622, from June 16, 2016 to October 19, 2016.   The gallery will be presented along the E-Wing Dining Hallway. 

Local artists are invited to submit a maximum of two works of art for consideration (there is no submission fee). Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to

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
Selections will be made by the Charlotte Hall Gallery Committee and the artists will be notified in early  June. All artwork must be wired and ready to hang.

On Saturday, September 24, 2016, a "Meet the Artists" Public Reception will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home E-Wing Multi-Purpose Room, to honor all the artists participating in the summer show.

For more information on the gallery please contact Charlotte Hall Veterans Home at 301-884-8171 ext. 468, or

Allegany Arts Council
Appalachian Nature Art Competition and Exhibition
Saville Gallery
9 N. Centre Street, Cumberland, MD
Deadline to Apply:  May 31
Opening Reception:  June 18, 6:00 pm
Over $2,000 in Prizes Awarded
Enter Online at

They are looking for subject matter that expresses the rich diversity of nature including wildlife, flora, landscapes, and sporting art, including decoys. They will also accept artwork that is constructed of natural materials that celebrates nature in a more conceptual or abstract way. The subjects do not have to be Appalachian. This competition is national and open to all artists using traditional media (no photography or digital arts please). The juror for the competition is Paul Rhymer, a nationally known wildlife artist whose work is installed at the National Zoo, the National Museum of Natural History, and the Denver Zoo, among other locations. He is on the Board of Directors of the Society of Animal Artists and the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury, MD. For more information about the juror, visit  F or more information about the competition, see
Arts Alliance "Special Call for Artists" 
for the Summer Art Show 
at the Charles County Government Building


Theme is "Artists Without Limits"
Deadline to Submit Extended to June 10, 2016!

The Charles County Arts Alliance is now accepting submissions for a Special Summer Art Show, a multi-media public exhibit, to be held at the Charles County Government Building, 200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, Maryland, from July 13 to September 26, 2016. The gallery is adjacent to the front entrance lobby. The exhibit will recognize local artists with disabilities. The month of July is Americans with Disabilities Month. Celebrate with the Charles County Arts Alliance and the Commission on Individuals with Disabilities for this event.

Local artists with disabilities are invited to submit a maximum of two works of art on any subject, to the Charles County Arts Alliance for consideration (there is no submission fee). Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to  Please include Special Summer Art Show in the subject line.

The email must include:
    • Artist's name
    • Artist's mailing address
    • Artist's email address
    • Artist's phone number
    • Artist's biography (half-page max, in MS-Word)
    • Artist's headshot (jpeg)
    • Title of artwork
    • Medium/materials used
    • Size/dimensions
    • Year created
    • Price, if applicable
Selections will be made by the Charles County Arts Alliance and the Commission on Individuals with Disabilities, and the artists will be notified in mid-June. All artwork must be wired and ready to hang. 

On Tuesday, July 19, 2016, a "Meet the Artists" Public Reception will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at the Charles County Government Building to honor all the "Artists without Limits" participating in the summer show.
For more information about the Gallery, contact the CCAA Office at  301-392-5900, or


Multi-Artist Show, through June 15, 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

Multi-Artist Show, through June 25, 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 

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

Solo Show by Dr. Theresa Alo, through July 12, 2016
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

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

For more information about the galleries, contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or
National Gallery of Art
Picture This! American Seascapes!
Tours for People with Low Vision or Who Are Blind 
Saturday, May 28, 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)

Lorenzo de' Medici
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 .

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!
MCAC Workshop
Plein Air
Friday, May 27,  9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Fee: No Charge

There will be no instructor for this session. Come and paint. At 1:00 pm, eat lunch and critique each other's work. If there is rain, the participants will set up a still life inside.
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Open Studio
Fridays,  June 3 - 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
MCAC 22nd Annual All-Media Juried Exhibition
June 3 - July 3
Reception:  Sunday, June 5, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Summer Tea:  Sunday, June 26, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Beginning Watercolor
Saturday, June 4, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Fee: $40 Members / $50 Nonmembers
Instructor: Maria Estevez
If you've always meant  to try watercolor painting,  now is the time to get
started! This class will cover brush strokes, color choices, simple glazes, and basic wet and dry techniques. As you build your confidence with this classic medium, you'll learn how to make its surprise and spontaneity work to your advantage. Demonstrations and handouts are provided, and students receive individual attention as needed. The class will emphasize the importance of good materials, but students should bring whatever paints, brushes, palette and watercolor paper they have on hand. 

Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco
First Friday Grand Opening
Friday, June 3, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Port Tobacco Courthouse
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco
Tickets:  $10,  Call Mary at 301-375-7892, to Reserve Your Ticket
Wine and Light Hors d'oeuvres will be Served

Public Exhibit:  Saturday - Sunday, June 4 - 5, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Free Admission, Donations Accepted

Visit the historic Port Tobacco Courthouse as local artists of all media display and sell their works. Members of the Charles County Arts Alliance and the Charles County Garden Club will exhibit their creations and many will be available to share their inspirations and techniques.   For additional information, call 
National Gallery of Art
Programs in American Sign Language and Assistive Listening Devices
Tour on Sunday, June 12, 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.  

Weekend Mini Writing Retreat
Getting Focused
Cheryl Holloway, Host Writer
Saturday - Sunday, May 28 - 29, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Click HERE for the Flyer
Cost:  $149, Includes continental breakfast, lunch and snacks for both days
Call 1-877-974-8318 to register and for location details

Start or finish your novel. Write those poems. Revise that short story. Become part of an instant writing community.
There will be structured writing time and free writing time, as well as writing workshops.   For more information, go to or 

The Charles County Literacy Council
Teach Adults to Read 
Volunteer Tutor Training Workshop
June 18, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Christ Church, Old Durham Parish
8700 Ironsides Road, Nanjemoy
FREE; $30 Fee is WAIVED
Pre-registration required by June 8, and 4 hours online preparatory work required prior to the workshop

I f 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 ma   tched 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 News page of CCLC's website at , email the Literacy Council at , or call the office at  301-934-6488 .

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:  Thursday, 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 Library Schedules
For May/June 2016

Get a copy of the  May/June  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 301-645-1395 or go to .


Adult Discussion Book Groups
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.

June 1:  Heartwood by Belva Plain.   Though Iris Stern considers herself a modern woman, with a successful career and a happy marriage, she still holds steadfast to her old-fashioned sensibilities. However, she often finds those sensibilities challenged by her children and the choices they have made. For Iris's daughter, Laura, a fresh start in New York City may be the last chance to save her troubled marriage, but as Laura copes with an impending separation and its effect on Iris' young granddaughter, Iris herself must come to grips with a long-held family secret. An emotional parting of another kind looms most prominently on Iris' horizon, as neither her beloved husband nor her marriage is immune to the ravages of time. But like the inmost rings of a tree that abide through the generations, Iris will be as strong as heartwood.

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. 

June 2:  The Forgotten by David Baldacci.  Army Special Agent John Puller is the best there is. A combat veteran, Puller is the man the U.S. Army relies on to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. Now he has a new case--but this time, the crime is personal: His aunt has been found dead in Paradise, Florida.  The local police have ruled his aunt's death an unfortunate, tragic accident. But just before she died, she mailed a letter to Puller's father, telling him that beneath its beautiful veneer, Paradise is not all it seems to be.  What Puller finds convinces him that his aunt's death was no accident . . . and that the palm trees and sandy beaches of Paradise may hide a conspiracy so shocking that some will go to unthinkable lengths to make sure the truth is never revealed.

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 .  

June 4:  Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brien.   This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against a thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Details of a life aboard a man-of-war in Nelson's navy are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the roar of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

Waldorf West 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.

June 4: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.   The One Maryland One Book selection for 2016 tells of t wo teens--one black, one white--who grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension. Written in tandem by two award-winning authors, this tour de force shares the alternating perspectives of Rashad and Quinn as the complications from that single violent moment, the type taken from the headlines, unfold and reverberate to highlight an unwelcome truth.

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.
June 9:  The Martian by Andy Weir.   Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive-and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

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.

June 22:  Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.   "Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet." So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing,  Everything I Never Told You 
is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

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 May and June copies of The SCOOP, Charles County's Senior Center News, or cli ck here   to go to their website. 
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Lorina Harris
Kathleen Jenkins
Amelia Jones
Cecelia Keller
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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.