November 8, 2018

Celebrating 31 Years of Service to the Community
You Are Invited!

It's Time to Celebrate!
Join us for the CCAA Annual Grantee, Membership and Public Gala

Carousel Horse Night
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

Come out for a delightful evening celebrating the Arts!  There's 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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happening in the Arts!
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.

Indian Head Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre and
College of Southern Maryland
Ritmo Caché Latin Ensemble
Friday, November 16, 7:00 pm
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Free Admission, Donations Accepted.

CSM's Latin Ensemble, directed by Phil Ravita, will perform at the Indian Head Center for the Arts. For more information, call 301-743-3040.

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.
College of Southern Maryland
Music Student Honors Recital
Thursday, December 6, 3:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Free and Open to the Public

Each semester, CSM's private studio teachers recommend their most accomplished students for performance in this recital to celebrate their individual musical accomplishments.  The Honors Recitals represent the highest level of musicianship in the CSM music program. For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.
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
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
Now through December 9
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.  

College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
Chris Troutman: Time and Line - Drawing and Narrative
November 19 - December 13
La Plata Fine Arts Center
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

In the artist's words:  "Figures and environments in individual compositions present singular moments within a suggested narrative, which I enhance by dividing images into sections to tell stories in multipart works.  Additionally, I use multiple sections in drawings to juxtapose imagery from the US and Japan, the two places I live each year.  Influences on my work are artists that focused on composition and the relationship of the human figure and their surrounding urban space, which include Edgar Degas, Edward Hopper, and Robert Birmelin.  Also, graphic novels and comic books have had a large influence on my work. " For more information, go to  Hungerford Exhibit .
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  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

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.

P.D. Brown Library Book Discussion Group
Saturday, December 1, 9:30 - 10:30 am
50 Village Street, Waldorf
Meets on the first Saturday of every month
For more information, call 301-645-2864 

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.
February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. 

Jaycees Senior Center Book Discussion
Wednesday, December 5, 1:00 pm
Meets on the First Wednesday of each Month
Jaycees Center,  3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman.   Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse.  Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations.

Richard R. Clark Senior Center Book Discussion
Thursday, December 6 , 1:00 pm
1210 Charles Street, La Plata
Meets the first Thursday of each month
For more information, call 301-934-9001

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. The Vance family story begins hopefully in postwar Ame rica. J. D.'s grandparents were "dirt poor and in love," and moved north from Kentucky's Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually one of their grandchildren would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga  plays out, we learn that J.D.'s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, never fully escaping the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. With piercing honesty, Vance shows how he himself still carries around the demons of his chaotic family history.

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Friends of Old Waldorf School
12th Annual School Dayz Fall Festival
Friday, November 9, Doors Open at 6:00 pm
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.  Musical entertainment by the PTP Adult Encore group, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, door prizes and more! For more information, contact Sandi Middleton, 301-752-5198, or Kim Lukas at 301-752-4546.

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

Town of La Plata
Olde Tyme Holiday Gathering
Sunday, December 2, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata

Ce lebrate the season with music, children's activities, refreshments, horse-drawn carriage rides by Suttler Post Farm and a visit from Santa! For more information, contact Colleen Wilson at 301-934-8421.
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 
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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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CCAA Board of Directors

Gale Kladitis, President
Robert Rausch, Vice President
Ronald G. Brown, Secretary/Treasurer
Diane Rausch, Past President
Bill Adams
Cindy Johnson
Joseph Wimberly

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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.