May 5, 2016  

              
"Call for Visual Artists"   Click HERE!

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED!

CCAA ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP RECEPTION AND MEETING

"Rose" Photography by Dianne Shisler,
Charles County Artist
SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
WALDORF WEST LIBRARY

On Saturday, May 7, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, members, friends and supporters of the Charles County Arts Alliance will gather for the CCAA Annual Membership Reception and Meeting, to be held in the main conference room at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, Maryland.

A full program is planned.  During the opening social time, guests can enjoy refreshments while viewing the current art exhibit in the main gallery and on the second floor. The spring show, which runs through June 25, displays 55 works of art by 36 local artists.

Following the "meet and greet," attendees will be treated to presentations by the 2016 CCAA Scholarship recipients:

Henry E. Lackey High School - Quinn Waltman

La Plata High School - Joshua Lewis

Maurice J. McDonough High School - Dezmond Covington

North Point High School - Benjamin Busch

Thomas Stone High School - Cameron Reynolds

During the business session, various  Committee Chairs will report on their activities, and members will then vote on the changes to the Bylaws as recommended by the Board of Directors.  Click  HERE  to review the complete Bylaws and proposed changes.

Please contact the CCAA Office at  info@charlescountyarts.org, or call 301-392-5900, to RSVP.

See you on Saturday, May 7!




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

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!

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

Click HERE to download the Food Vendor Registration Form. 

Click HERE to download the Product Sponsorship Registration Form.

Registration forms are also available at    www.charlescountyarts.org , or by calling the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or email at info@charlescountyarts.org.

PERFORMING ARTS  {top}
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  acapvocens11@gmail.com .

College of Southern Maryland
Music Student Honors Recital
Thursday, May 5, 2:30 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theater
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Free Admission

CSM's best students perform at a public recital each semester. The recitals feature a variety of styles from classical instrumental and vocal solos to contemporary vocal and guitar performances that represent the highest level of musicianship. For more information, visit  http://www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/music/recitals/index. 
 
College of Southern Maryland
Chorale and Chamber Choir Concert
Saturday, May 7, 2:00 pm
Prince Frederick Campus
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
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 bxoffc@csmd.edu, or visit  www.csmd.edu/arts .

College of Southern Maryland
Latin Ensemble Concert
Sunday, May 8, 2:00 pm
Leonardtown Campus
22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
Tickets:  $5 in Advance, $7 at the Door

Ritmo Caché, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Johnson, presents an encore concert from the Latin Festival, with additional music to celebrate Mother's Day.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or bxoffc@csmd.edu.
Christ Church "Old" Durham Parish
Songs from the Highway
Friday, May 13, 7:00 pm
8700 Ironsides Road, Nanjemoy
Free Admission, Donations Accepted


Guitarist/vocalist  Peter Griggs, from  New York City, will  perform a selection  of instrumentals and songs, including  folk, blues, jazz  and originals, in  this all-American  music program.  For more information, contact Carl Lockamy at 240-346-4130.

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.

Hard Bargain Players
Auditions for Radio Golf
Friday, May 13, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Saturday, May 14, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Callbacks, Saturday, May 21, 11:00 am
Hard Bargain Players Amphitheater
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek

Radio Golf is the final play in August Wilson's unprecedented 10-play cycle chronicling African-American life in the 20th century. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Monologues are welcomed as an adjunct to the readings.   All roles are open. Performance dates are Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm, August 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27, 2016.  Go to  www.hbplayers.org for complete information on the play and characters, or contact Terry Spann at terry.spann@yahoo.com.

Chesapeake Choral Arts Society, College of Southern Maryland Theater & Dance Club and Delta Psi Omega
Kids Night on Broadway
Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14, 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 15, 3:30 pm
College of Southern Maryland
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theater
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $15 Adults, $12 Students, Seniors, Military
 
T he Chesapeake Choral Arts Society, in collaboration with the College of Southern Maryland Theater & Dance Club and Delta Psi Omega, present a family-friendly concert of music for kids of all ages! "Kids Night on Broadway" will feature music from several Disney classics: "Beauty and Beast," "Lion King," and "Mary Poppins," as well as some of the favorite numbers from "Bye, Bye Birdie," "Into the Woods," "Matilda," and "Once on This Island." Countertenor opera singer  Jacques Wieciech joins the program, and CSM students will entertain by performing scenes from several of the musicals. For more information and to reserve tickets, c all Carol Charnock at  301-642-0594,  
visit http://www.chesapeakechoral.com or find them on Facebook.

The Southern Maryland Chamber Ensemble
Spring Concert
Saturday, May 14, 3:00 pm
Christ Church, 112 Charles Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Free and Open to the Public!





Lucy Snell, flute; Amy Hones, oboe; Takako Mato, clarinet; Ashley Adams, bassoon;
Daniel Romagno, horn; and Eileen Peerless, piano, will perform works by Fuhrmeister, Croakley, Mozart, Ibert & Hart.    

For more information, contact Lucy Snell at  ljsnell@comcast.net.

The Newtowne Players
A Night on Broadway:  Sight, Sound and Song
May 20 - 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  http://newtowneplayers.org/index.html.

Cecil Ray Comedy Club
Willie Brown & Friends
Saturday, May 21, 7:30 pm
Indian Head Black Box Theatre
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Tickets:  $25, $35 VIP (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. Special appearances by  Cornbread, Cecil Ray, Miss Clareese and Curtis Gaskins.  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.

Tantallon Community Players
Dreamgirls
May 27, 28, June 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11 and 12
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 8:00 pm

Sundays, 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  tantallonplayers.org.
 
Town of La Plata 
Summer Concert Series
Fridays, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
The Grounds of the La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free Admission!
La Plata Concerts
Concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for sitting. Coolers are allowed, but no alcohol, please. 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 -  Country

June 3 Franklin Square Band -  Rock, Country, Blues, 90s Alternative, & Acoustic

June 10:   US Navy Band Country Current -  Country & Bluegrass

June 17 Three Days of Rain -  Today's hits, 80s Dance, Funk, Classic Rock & Country
 
July 1:   Pork Donu t -  Classic Rock 70s, 80s & 90s
 
July 8:  Sara Gray Band -  Top 40 Country/Classic Rock
   
July 15 U.S. Naval Academy Band Electric Brigade -  Pop & Rock Favorites
 
July 22:  US Navy Band The Sea Chanters -  Traditional choral music, including sea chanteys & patriotic fare, to opera, Broadway, & contemporary
   
July 29 Dr. Robert Band -  Classic Rock with an emphasis on the works of the Beatles
 
August 5:  257th Army Band -  "The Band of the Nation's Capital"
 
August 12:  Eric Scott Band -  Acoustic Soul/Pop
 
August 19: The Muddy Crows -  Americana/Alt Rock
 
August 26:  Southern Maryland Concert Band -  Concert Band Favorites & Showtunes
   
September 2:  John Luskey Band -  Pop, Country, & Rock
 
September 9:  Paul Thomas and The M W B Band -  50s & 60s Oldies
 
September 16:   BackFin -  Pop, Rock, Oldies, Country, Blues, & Funk
   
September 23:  Port Tobacco Pickers -  Bluegrass
 
September 30:  Robbie Boothe -  Country

For more information, visit www.townoflaplata.com
 
CALL FOR VISUAL ARTISTS {o Anchor1}
Community Bank of the Chesapeake Waldorf Branch
"Call for Artists"

 
  Theme is "Artists Choice"
Deadline to Submit is May 6

Community Bank of the Chesapeake, in partnership with the Charles County Art Alliance, is now accepting submissions for their third art show, a multi-media exhibit, to be held at the Main Waldorf Branch, 3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD, from May 20 to August 19, 2016.
 
Local artists are invited to submit a maximum of two works of art for consideration (there is no submission fee).  Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to  waldorfwestgallery@gmail.com.  Please reference "Community Bank Gallery" in the subject line.
 
The email must include: 
  • Artist's name
  • Artist's mailing address
  • Artist's email address
  • Artist's phone number
  • Artist's biography (half-page max, in MS-Word)
  • Artist's headshot (jpeg)
  • Title of artwork
  • Medium/materials used
  • Size/dimensions
  • Year created
  • Price, if applicable 
The artists will be notified later in May.  All artwork must be wired and ready to hang.
 
For more information on the gallery, please contact Gale Kladitis at gkladitis@comcast.net.

Indian Head Business Association
Local Artists Wanted
4th Annual Taste of Indian Head
Saturday, May 14, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Indian Head Village Green Pavilion
100 Walter Thomas Road, Indian Head Highway, Indian Head


The Association is seeking  local artists, sculptors and painters.   Each year, this event attracts over 500 people.  There will be food, vendors, entertainment for all ages, expo's, dance performances, and fashion shows.  Vendor space is $25.00 for non-members and $20.00 for members of the Indian Head Business Association. C ontact Pam at  301-743-6777,  for applications and more information, and visit their Facebook page, Taste of Indian Head for updates.

Calling All Artists
Dorchester Center for the Arts
2nd Annual Plein Air Golf Tournament and Cocktail Party
Sunday, May 15, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Registration:  1:00 pm
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina
100 Heron Boulevard (at Route 50), Cambridge, MD 21613  
No Entry Fee, Participation Includes the Cocktail Party
 
Calling all artists to paint or draw any subject
or scene at the golf course. Cash awards for Best of Show, placing 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention, with a $25 gift certificate drawing for all other entries. Each completed painting will be entered in a live auction; the artists receive 65% of the sale (the balance benefits the Dorchester Center for the Arts). Click HERE to view the entry form and complete rules. For more information, call 410-228-7782, or visit  dorchesterarts.org


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

Waldorf West Library  
 
  Deadline to Submit is May 16, 2016
Theme is "Artists Choice"
 
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 waldorfwestgallery@gmail.com.
 
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 info@charlescountyarts.org.

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


Theme is "Artists Choice"
Deadline to Submit: May 24, 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 VeteransHomeArt@gmail.com.

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 VeteransHomeArt@gmail.com.

Arts Alliance "Special Call for Artists" 
for the Summer Art Show 
at the Charles County Government Building

 

Deadline to Submit: June 1, 2016!
Theme is "Artists Without Limits"

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  waldorfwestgallery@gmail.com.  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  info@charlescountyarts.org.

VISUAL  ARTS  {top}
College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
Annual Juried Student Exhibition
Exhibition Dates:  Now through May 6
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

For more information, go to  http://www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/visual-arts/hungerford-gallery/index  or call  301-934-7828.

National Gallery of Art
Programs in American Sign Language and Assistive Listening Devices
Tour on Sunday, May 8, 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!
MCAC Workshop
Plein Air
Friday, May 6, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Fee: $40 Members / $50 Nonmembers
Instructor: Barbara Stepura, member of MAPAPA (Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association)

Experience the challenge of painting outdoors. This first session will include a brief explanation about plein air painting, demonstration, individual instructor attention and a lunch time critique. Any medium that you are experienced with may be used.  Bring your lunch, painting supplies, one support (canvas or board), and a sturdy, portable easel suitable for outdoor work. Intermediate or advanced levels.

Plein Air
Fridays, May 13, 20, 27,  9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Fee: No Charge


There will be no instructor for these sessions. 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 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.
MCAC
Open Photography Show
Now through through May 22, 2016


Southern Maryland Decorative Painters
Paint-In
Saturday, May 14, 9:30 am
Charlotte Hall Library
37600 New Market Road, Charlotte Hall

This month's project is a Renee Mullins'  mini flag design, "Bless our Country."  Click HERE to see a photo; the design is  on the second row -- the house with the flag in red, white and blue.  Guests are always welcome and should contact SMDP for supplies required for this project. Email LearnToPaint@Outlook.com, or visit http://www.smdpaint.org. Any questions, contact Garnett Joy at 301-884-2835. 

You Are Invited!
Charlotte Hall Veterans Home
"Meet the Artists" Reception
Saturday, May 21, 2:00 - 4:00 pm



In partnership with the Charles County Arts Alliance, Charlotte Hall Veterans Home presents their public art gallery, showcasing 36 artists and 44 works of art. The gallery is located along the E-Wing Assisted Living Dining Hallway at 29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD.

On Saturday, May 21, the Veterans Home will host a "Meet the Artists" Public Reception in the E-Wing Multipurpose Room, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, to honor all the artists participating in the show. The public is invited to this event, and will have a chance to meet the artists while viewing their works on display. Light refreshments will be served.

The show's theme was "Artist's Choice" and includes works from: Beverly Adams, Theresa Alo, Sarˈdär Aziz, Albert Belford, Patricia Valdes Biles, Anne Buffington, Suzanne Cassidy, William Cassidy, Brenda Chin, David Cleland, Fanny Cramer, Ralph "Andy" Dixon, Cecelia Dunay, Linda Falcao, Greg Ford, Rita Fox, Sally Marie Goldsmith, Roxana Gonzales, Bryan Hill, Becky Hunter, Gordon R. Johnson, Alie Badarah Rocky Koroma, Ursula Lawrence, Addison Newton Likins, Susannah Lynch, Ivette Marcucci, Bill Meck, Julie Meisel, Kathleen Noel, Jonathan Nordstrom, Josh Owen, Nancy Owens, Ashley Radano, George L. Skypeck, Lucas Steger, and Paula Williams. Most of the artwork is available for purchase; the Security desk has a copy of the price list and artists' biographies.

Floral interpretations of several pieces will be provided by the Crossroads of Hughesville.

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home is Maryland's only long-term care and assisted living facility specifically for Veterans and their eligible spouses.  Hours are: Monday-Sunday, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. Please follow the signs for the "State Office" entrance around back. 

For more information, contact Melissa at 301-884- 8171 ext. 1468#, or VeteransHomeArt@gmail.com.

National Gallery of Art
Picture This! American Seascapes!
Tours for People with Low Vision or Who Are Blind 
Wednesday, May 25 and 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)

Florentine, 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 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 .

LITERARY ARTS  {top} 
College of Southern Maryland
Spring 2016 "Connections" Magazine Publication Reading
Friday, May 6, 7:30 pm
La Plata Campus Center for Business and Industry (BI) Building
Dr. John M. Sine Conference Room 103
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Free Admission

CSM Connections Literary Journal logo
Contributors to the Spring 2016 "Connections" Literary Magazine will read and discuss their published works.  For more information, visit http://www.csmd.edu/community.
Life Journeys Writers Guild
Nuts and Bolts Gathering
Saturday, May 21, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
Free and Open to the Public

A special feature for the Gathering will be a workshop on Blogging: Get it started, and keep it flourishing!  They will tear down the challenges of blogging and build up your confidence to blog. Bring your laptops to go head-to-head (or come to listen), to learn and create your Blog. Blogging is a writer's tool to promote and build one's platform. Don't miss this event. Invite your friends! For more information,  call Yvonne J. Medley at 240-545-5594,  or email 

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  http://www.cherylholloway.net or 

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  http://www.ccplonline.org .

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Adult Discussion Book Groups
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. 

 May 5:  The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure.  In 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money -- and maybe get him killed. But if he's clever enough, he'll avoid any trouble. All he has to do is design a secret hiding place for a wealthy Jewish man, a space so invisible that even the most determined German officer won't find it. He sorely needs the money, and outwitting the Nazis who have occupied his beloved city is a challenge he can't resist.  But when one of his hiding spaces fails horribly, and the problem of where to hide a Jew becomes terribly personal, Lucien can no longer ignore what's at stake. The Paris Architect asks us to consider what we owe each other, and just how far we'll go to make things right. 

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 .  

May 7:  Dead Wake:  The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larsen.  On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. As a U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small-- hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more-- all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.

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.
  
May 12:  The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.   Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal -- a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream.  Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss. Written in 1952, this hugely successful novella confirmed his power and presence in the literary world and played a large part in his winning the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature.

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.

May 14:  My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira. Mary Sutter is a brilliant young midwife who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Eager to run away from recent heartbreak, Mary travels to Washington, D.C., to help tend the legions of Civil War wounded. Under the guidance of two surgeons, who both fall unwittingly in love with her, and resisting her mother's pleas to return home to help with the difficult birth of her twin sister's baby, Mary pursues her medical career against all odds. 
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.

May 25:  Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf.   Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in the small town of Holt, Colorado, they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis' wife. His daughter lives hours away in Colorado Springs, her son even farther away in Grand Junction, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in houses now empty of family, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with. This is a spare yet eloquent, bittersweet yet inspiring story of a man and a woman who, in advanced age, come together to wrestle with the events of their lives and their hopes for the imminent future. 

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.

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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 May copy of The SCOOP Charles County's Senior Center News, or cli ck here   to go to their website. 
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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.