November 1, 2018

Celebrating 31 Years of Service to the Community

Grants Available for Arts Programs
Dollar Signs

You have an opportunity to receive a grant of up to $500 to enhance your arts program! That means you could host a program for $1,000 with the Arts Alliance funding half.

Public schools requesting funds for visual, performance or literary arts programs should contact the Central Office for matching funds.

Click  HERE for an AIE Grant Application for Public Schools.  Performing groups must be  selected from the approved Young Audiences of Maryland list.

Click  HERE for an AIE Grant Application for Non-Public Schools

For more information, go to CCAA Grants,or contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or
You Are Invited!

It's Time to Celebrate!
Join us for the CCAA Annual Gala

Saturday, November 17, 2018
6:00 - 10:00 pm
Old Waldorf School
3074 Crain Highway, Waldorf, MD 
Tickets: $25 per Person in Advance (Through 11/14)
$35 at the Door

It's Carousel Horse Night!

Spend an evening of fun and fellowship with delicious food by Rucci's, music by the Gretchen Richie Jazz Cabaret, a Silent Auction and a chance to win a hand-carved rocking horse. Meet the recipients of the CCAA Arts in Education and Community Arts Development grants for 2019, and get to know the opportunities for the arts in our schools and community.

In keeping with the theme of "Carousel," the CCAA's own horse, Lord Baltimore, plus others that will be used in the completed carousel, will decorate the beautiful ballroom at the school.

Click HERE to buy your ticket with PayPal, or mail a check to CCAA, PO Box 697, White Plains, MD 20695. For more information, contact the CCAA Office at 301-392-5900.
Community Bank of the Chesapeake Waldorf Branch
Call for Artists

Theme is "Artists Choice"
Exhibit Dates: December 28, 2018 - April 19, 2019
Deadline to Submit: December 7, 2018
Click HERE for Submission Details

Community Bank of the Chesapeake, in partnership with the Charles County Arts Alliance, is now accepting submissions for their next multi-media art show to be held at the Main Waldorf Branch, 3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD.
Current members of the Charles County Arts Alliance are invited to submit a maximum of two works of art on any subject for consideration (there is no submission fee).  Non-members are encouraged to join and be eligible to submit their art.  Click  HERE to download a Membership Form.

For more information, contact Gale Kladitis at

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Henry E. Lackey High School
12 Angry Jurors
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, November 1 - 3, 6:30 pm
3000 Chicamuxen Road, Indian Head
Tickets: $8 Adults; $7 Students, Military, Senior Citizens

The show sets the stage in a courtroom where a teenager is on trial for murder. As the jury deliberates, tensions arise among the group as they decide the fate of the accused.  For more information, call 301-753-1753.

La Plata High School
Dog Eat Dog
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, November 1 - 3, 6:30 pm
6035 Radio Station Road, La Plata
Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 Students
The show includes adult themes that may not be understood by children under 13 years old

Set in an affluent suburban American city during a time of extreme recession, the characters must deal with struggles they have not encountered before, such as job loss and failing businesses, and figure out how to survive during an economic crisis. To reserve tickets, contact Jennifer Joyner at For more information, call 301-934-1100.
College of Southern Maryland
Southern Maryland Concert Band
Saturday, November 3, 8:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets: $5 Adults in Advance, $7 Day of Concert; $5 Seniors, Military, Youth of High School Age and Below

The Southern Maryland Concert Band, under the direction of Michael Peerless, is a community-based concert band comprised of amateur and professional community musicians and CSM students. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.  

Maurice J. McDonough Drama Club
Alice in Wonderland
Thursday, Friday, November 8 - 9, 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 10, 2:00 and 7:00 pm
7165 Marshall Corner Road, Pomfret
Tickets: $10 Adults, $7 Senior Citizens, Children under 5, Thespians
Follow the story of Alice as she travels through a magical land with characters such as the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat and others. During her travels, Alice learns she is in the land to end the reign of the evil Red Queen. For more information, call 301-934-2944.

North Point High School
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, November 8 - 10, 7:00 pm
2500 Davis Road, Waldorf
Tickets: $10 General Admission; $5 Students, Senior Citizens

Follow the pursuits of several students who attend the High School of Performing Arts. From an aspiring actor and comedian, to dancers and violinists, the show features obstacles the characters face in reaching their future goals. For more information, call 301-753-1759.

Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco
The Broken Pitcher: A Play in Three Acts
Friday, November 9, 6:00 pm
Port Tobacco Courthouse
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco
Tickets: $15

The place is Charles County, circa 1907.  A desperate mother takes the law into her own hands. The Defense will rely on "The Unwritten Law" as an appeal to the jury. The verdict will be decided by 12 Marylanders. For more information, contact Joyce Edelen at 301-934-9056, or

College of Southern Maryland
Ward Virts Concert Series
Jones-Holton-Faulkner Jazz Trio
Sunday, November 11, 3:00 pm
Building B, Multipurpose Room 104
115 J.W. Williams Road,  Prince Frederick
Free and Open to the Public

For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828

College of Southern Maryland
Monday and Tuesday, November 12 and 13, 6:00 pm
Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

Open auditions for ages 8 and up for these productions:
Prepare a one-minute monologue. For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Thomas Stone High School
High School (non) Musical
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, November 15 - 17, 7:00 pm
3785 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf
Tickets: $5 All Seats

The production is a fun spoof based on the Disney classic "High School Musical" and follows Toy and Gaberella, high school students who are at the top of their class. Toy is a bowling champion and Gaberella is a surgical prodigy; however, they both desire more and look to take the lead in the upcoming Winter Muse Cycle. For more information, call 301-645-2601.

Westlake High School
Spy School
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, November 15 - 17, 7:00 pm
3300 Middletown Road, Waldorf
Tickets: $8 Adults; $7 Senior Citizens, $6 Students

Set in a high school, Jane Doe, an undercover secret agent with the CIA, is sent to locate a Russian spy. While adjusting to family life as a high school student, Doe is tasked with finding the spy before top secret space mission information is sent to the USSR. For more information, call 301-645-8857.

College of Southern Maryland
Benny C. Morgan Services
Great American Songbook
Saturday, November 17, 3:00 pm
Building A, Room 206
22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
Free and Open to the Public

The group Jazz One will perform American favorites. For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Jay Armsworthy and the Sons of the American Legion
Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
Sunday, November 18, 2:00 pm (doors open at noon)
American Legion Post 238, MD Rt. 381 & Rt. 231, Hughesville
Tickets: $20, Children under 12 admitted free with a paying adult
Dinner, drinks, and dessert available for purchase

For more information, call 301-737-3004 .

Port Tobacco Players
A Christmas Carol in Washington
November 23 - December 16
Friday, Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets: $18 Adults; $15 Seniors (60+), Youth to 18, Military

(Family) A Christmas Carol in Washington is a world premier of an adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol written by one of PTP's own, Kim Bessler. It is a re-telling of the familiar tale of a miserly businessman and his ghostly encounters on Christmas Eve and his ultimate redemption. The play has a local setting, depicting true history in Washington, DC, and Southern Maryland during the Great Depression. For more information, visit
St. Charles High School
Friday, November 30, 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 1, 2:00 and 7:00 pm
Sunday, December, 2:00 pm
5305 Piney Church Road, Waldorf
Tickets: $8 General Admission; $5 Senior Citizens, Students, Military

Follow the adventures of Mowgli, a boy abandoned in the jungle and raised by wolves with the help of a bear named Baloo. Mowgli is pursued by the tiger Sherakhan, who killed his parents, but is protected by a panther with the help of Baloo. Mowgli is left to figure out how to deal with Sherakhan. For more information, call 301-753-2090.

The Newtowne Players
Christmas Belles
November 30 - December 16
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:30 pm
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets: $15 Adult; $12 Senior, Student, Military; $10 Child
Thursday Shows: All Tickets are $10

It's Christmas-time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the  church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator.  For more information, visit or call 301-737-5447.
Chesapeake Choral Arts Society
Third Annual Christmas Renaissance Concert
Thursday, December 6, 7:30 pm,
Saturday, December 8, 6:30 pm, Concert and 3-Course Meal
Sunday, December 9, 3:30 pm, Concert and Dessert
Peace Lutheran Church, 11610 Rubina Place, Waldorf
Tickets: Thursday, Free Admission, Donations Accepted
Saturday: $40 Adult; $35 Students, Seniors, Military
Sunday: $15 Adults; $12 Students, Seniors, Military

Performing in period dress, you will be taken back to the time of great feasts in great halls with the joy and merriment of the Christmas Season. With their Procession of the Court into the Banquet Hall with Masters in This Hall, you will be transported to the world of Elizabethan England. There will also be some well-known Christmas carols and other holiday songs to put you in the Spirit of the Season. For more information, call 301-642-0594, or visit
Call for Artists
Watermen's Heritage Sculpture
Concord Point Park, Havre de Grace
Deadline to Submit: November 2, 2018
Click HERE for Project Details

The City of Havre de Grace, the Public Arts Committee and partners are seeking a sculpture that will reflect the maritime culture of Havre de Grace and raise awareness about the importance of maintaining a healthy Chesapeake Bay to our ecological system. The sculpture must be designed for outdoor installation on the waterfront. The anticipated footprint for the sculpture is to be no larger than 100 square feet. The installation may include a base, which could incorporate a plinth, slab or in-ground anchors for the sculpture. The proposed site is on the water front in Concord Point Park. The sculpture must be large enough to be visible from the water. The total cost to purchase and install the sculpture is not to exceed $20,000. For more information, go to

College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
Reni Gower: Proof Perfect
Now through November 8
La Plata Fine Arts Center
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Artist Lecture:
Thursday, November 8, 2:30 pm, Community Education Building (CE), Room 101, 
Reception to Follow
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Reni Gower  is a Professor in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. Inspired by sacred geometry, Reni creates interlocking stencils based upon Celtic knotwork and Islamic ornamental tiles. For more information, go to

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Holiday Salon and Small Works Show
November 2 - December 9
Opening Reception: Sunday, November 4, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Holiday Dessert Tea: Sunday, November 18, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Gallery Hours: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury
Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors; inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park

Six 3-day weekends to buy art and gifts, just in time for Christmas!  For more information, contact Jo Ann Gilhooly at, or 301-934-1430.
Southern Maryland Decorative Painters
Meeting and Paint-In
Saturday, November 17, 9:30 am
Immaculate Conception Church (Hall behind the Church)
28297 Old Village Road, Mechanicsville

The project this month will be led by Leslie Cates, using Margot Clark's Mudding Technique. Black paper for practice will be provided by the instructor.  Bring a glass item, or any surface of choice to mud on.  Guests are welcome and should contact Garnett Joy at 301-884-2835 or email for the list of supplies needed for this project.  

Maryland State Arts Council
From The Mountains, To The Ocean - Maryland Landscapes Inspired by Countryside, City and Sea
Exhibit Runs Now through January 14, 2019
MSAC Office, 175 W. Ostend Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

Maryland has a rich and diverse tradition of capturing and expressing the physical and cultural fabric of our state and its people. The range of expression from  plein air painting, to urban photography, to writing and poetry, reveals and communicates the environments of the present influenced by the past. For more information, go to

Maryland Federation of Art
Calls for Artists
Circle Gallery
18 State Circle, Annapolis

The MFA has several calls for artists to display their art in juried and non-juried galleries. A  brand new exhibition, Light and Shadow, has artists using their talents and tools to capture rich shadows, bright highlights and their many subtleties.  Deadline to apply is November 5. Another brand new exhibition is Visual Harmony, open to those who have found their muse and wish to interpret it into art. And it's a great collaboration with Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts! Deadline to submit is November 10. Focal Point seeks artists using computer software to produce their work. The deadline to submit is November 15Go to for more information on the exhibitions and how to submit art.  


Solo Show with Susannah Lynch, through January 16, 2019
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Multi-Artist Show through January 31, 2019
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 December 28, 2018
3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Show with Bill and Suzanne Cassidy, through January 15, 2019
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show through December 15, 2018
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

For more information about the Galleries, contact the CCAA Office at 301-392-5900, or

Richard R. Clark Senior Center Book Discussion
Thursday, November 1 , 1:00 pm
1210 Charles Street, La Plata
Meets the first Thursday of each month
For more information, call 301-934-9001

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware.   Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. As the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for, and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo's desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong.

College of Southern Maryland Connections
Poet Alan King
Friday, November 2, 7:30 pm
Building A, Room 119
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Tickets: $3 in Advance, $5 at the Door

Alan King is an author, poet, journalist and videographer, who lives with his wife and daughter in Bowie, MD.  He's a communications specialist for a national nonprofit and a senior editor at 
Words Beats & Life's  global hip hop journal. As a visiting author for Pen Faulkner's Writers-in-Schools program, he's inspiring the next generation of readers and writers to "see literature as it happens, rather than as it happened in history." To order advance tickets, send your request to For more information, contact Neal Dwyer at 301-934-7864.

P.D. Brown Library Book Discussion Group
Saturday, November 3, 9:30 - 10:30 am
50 Village Street, Waldorf
Meets on the first Saturday of every month
For more information, call 301-645-2864 

Self-Selected Non-Fiction.  Choose any non-fiction title and share your reactions with the group.

Jaycees Senior Center Book Discussion
Wednesday, November 7, 1:00 pm
Meets on the First Wednesday of each Month
Jaycees Center,  3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf

Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Evidence by  Tim Junkin  (One Maryland One Book for 2018).   Charged with rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in 1984, Kirk Bloodsworth was tried, convicted, and sentenced to die in Maryland's gas chamber. Maintaining his innocence, he read everything on criminal law available in the prison library and persuaded a new lawyer to petition for the then innovative DNA testing. 

La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
Thursday, November 8, 7:00 pm
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
Meets on the second Thursday of every month
For more information, call 301-934-9001

Night by Elie Wiesel. A terrifying account of the Nazi death camp horror that turns a young Jewish boy into an agonized witness to the death of his family and his innocence. Penetrating and powerful, Night awakens the shocking memory of evil at its absolute and carries with it the unforgettable message that this horror must never be allowed to happen again. 
Waldorf West Book Club
Saturday, November 17, 10:00 am
10450 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
For more information, call 301-645-1395

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie.   Family relationships are never simple. But Sherman Alexie's bond with his mother Lillian was more complex than most. She plunged her family into chaos with a drinking habit, but shed her addiction when it was on the brink of costing her everything. She survived a violent past, but created an elaborate facade to hide the truth. She selflessly cared for strangers, but was often incapable of showering her children with the affection that they so desperately craved. She wanted a better life for her son, but it was only by leaving her behind that he could hope to achieve it. It's these contradictions that made Lillian Alexie a beautiful, mercurial, abusive, intelligent, complicated, and very human woman.

Writers of Color Book Club
Tuesday, November 27, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month
P.D. Brown Library
50 Village Street, Waldorf
For more information, call 301-645-2864

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. 
It is November 25, 1960, and three beautiful sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The official state newspaper reports their deaths as accidental. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of Gen. Rafael Leonidas Trujillo's dictatorship. It doesn't have to. Everybody knows of Las Mariposas: The Butterflies."

Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, November 28, 11:00 am - Noon
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month 
100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head
Call 301-375-7375 for more information

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman.   Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and Elsa's best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.  When Elsa's grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa's greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother's instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

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Chesapeake Indian Day & Mini Pow-Wow
Friday, November 2, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Piscataway Indian Cultural Center
16816 Country Lane, Waldorf
Tickets: $10 General Admission; $20 Teachers (includes entrance fee and food for each student)

Spend the day with Chesapeake Tribal members learning about their history and who they are today! Learn about Chesapeake style Pottery from expert Pamunkey Pottery Maker Debora Moore, hatchet throwing and weaponry with Piscataway Elder Rico Newman, experience village life with Piscataway cultural interpreter Hope Butler, dance traditional social dances and songs with Piscataway Two-Spirit Cryz Proctor, participate in Indigenous sports with professional coach and gym teacher Kyle Harmon of the Nanticoke Nation and more.  Native food and face painting will also be available for purchase. For more information, email

Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco
First Friday: Don Zimmer and "Shores of Port Tobacco in the 1700s"
Friday, November 2, 6:00 pm (Doors open at 5:30 pm)
Port Tobacco Courthouse
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco
$5 Donation Welcomed, Light Refreshments will be Served

Local artist Don Zimmer will unveil his new art as he presents "The Port Tobacco Shores," about life in the 1700s.  For more information, contact Joyce Edelen at 301-934-9056, or
Maryland Citizens for the Arts
7th Annual ArtsLab: Unheard Voices
Thursday, November 8, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $20 per Person
The Gordon Center
3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, MD 21117

The theme of this year's symposium will feature presentations by, and conversations with, artists and arts administrators, that have made conscious efforts to create more inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible spaces in their communities through their artistic work. Keynote speaker is Alysia Lee, Coordinator of Fine Arts, Maryland State Department of Education Fine Arts Office. Come and add your voice to the conversation! For more information, go to

Friends of Old Waldorf School
12th Annual School Dayz Fall Festival
Friday, November 9
Waldorf Jaycees Community Center,  3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf
Tickets: $50 per Person

Come out for a day of fun and help support the Old Waldorf School. For more information, contact Sandi Middleton, 301-752-5198

National Guild for Community Arts Education
Conference for Community Arts Education
Wednesday - Saturday, November 14 - 17
Renaissance Harborplace Hotel
202 East Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

The Conference for Community Arts Education brings together more than 700 leaders and educators from a range of backgrounds to share knowledge, build relationships, and advance a common vision: a nation where arts education is accessible and embraced as essential for human development and healthy communities.  The Conference features four days of transformative learning and networking. With breakout sessions, special community events, networking opportunities, site visits, and a host of other offerings, the Guild Conference is an invaluable resource for the field. For more information and to register, go to

Community Senior Centers
Get the SCOOP on What's Happening!
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 November copy of The SCOOP, Charles County's Senior Center News, or cli ck here   to go to their website. 

Charles County Public Library
Stream TV, Movies and Music for FREE 
Click HERE to start your hoopla experience today!

CCPL is excited to announce the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital. Hoopla is a category-creating service that partners with public libraries across North America to provide online and mobile access to thousands of Movies, TV Shows, Music, eBooks, Audiobooks and Comics. With hoopla, you can borrow, instantly stream and download free dynamic content with your library card, and the best part... no late fees! Each cardholder is allowed six checkouts per month. All content is accessible via hoopla's mobile app and online at

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Mailing Address: PO Box 697, White Plains, MD 20695
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, 10250 La Plata Road, La Plata, MD 20646

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.