October 29, 2015

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

Waldorf West Library

Deadline to Submit is November 16, 2015!

Theme is "Artists Choice"
 
The Charles County Arts Alliance is now accepting submissions for the Winter Art Show, a multi-media public exhibit, to be held at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD, from January 9 to April 2, 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 December.  All artwork must be wired and ready to hang.

On  Saturday, January 16, 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 winter show.

For more information about the Gallery, contact the CCAA Office at 301-392-5900, or info@charlescountyarts.org.
PERFORMING ARTS {top}
Henry E. Lackey High School
Night of the Arts
Thursday, October 29,  6:30 pm
3000 Chicamuxen Road, Indian Head
Free Admission (Donations Accepted) and Open to the Public

The program will feature performances by the chamber singers "Fully Charged," as well as the school orchestra, symphonic band, concert band and the school's drama department, plus a display of visual art in the lobby and hallways. Refreshments available for purchase. For more information, contact Cyndi LeDoux at cledoux@ccboe.com or 301-743-5431.

Indian Head Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre
Welcome Back, Plotter: a Frogwarts Reunion
Friday, October 30 , 7:00 pm
4185 Indian Head Highway,  Indian Head
Tickets:  $12
 
Hickory Dickory Dark Productions present an evening of murder, mystery, and mayhem. Join your favorite witches and wizards and hold your wand at the ready, because you might be next!  For more information and to order tickets, call 301-743-3040 or email tickets.ihca@gmail.com.  

La Plata Business Association
2nd Annual Shop La Plata Celebration
"Call for Performers"
Deadline to Apply:  October 31
Event is Saturday, November 28
La Plata, MD

La Plata Business Association is seeking talented individuals and groups to perform at the 2nd Annual Shop La Plata Celebration on Small Business.   The theme of A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens' timeless tale, travels beyond the stage of the Port Tobacco Players and extends throughout the town this holiday season.   LPBA is seeking strolling carolers, musicians, a cappella groups, dance groups, choirs and singers, holiday cartoon characters, balloon artists, bell ringers, mimes, and performing elves.  Stroll outside or perform on the main street event stage. For more information and t o volunteer, contact Sara Payne, Entertainment Coordinator, Shop La Plata Celebration on Small Business  Saturday , at  301-934-9521,  or email  sarap@elsanders.com .

College of Southern Maryland
Ward Virts Concert Series
Unified Jazz Ensemble
Sunday, November 1 , 3:00 pm
Prince Frederick Campus
Building B, Multipurpose Room
115 J.W. Williams Road
Free Admission  
Based in Annapolis, the Unified Jazz Ensemble is dedicated to bringing the best of jazz to audiences of all ages. Founded in 1992 as the first jazz group in the National Endowment for the Arts Rural Residency Arts Initiative, the ensemble has performed across the United States and internationally, engaging listeners in innovative performances of jazz standards and original compositions. For more information, contact  rfleming@csmd.edu443-550-6011, or visit  http://www.csmd.edu/community/index.html.

Maurice J. McDonough High School
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Thursday, Friday, November 5, 6,  6:30 pm
Saturday, November 7 , 2:00 and 6:30 pm
7165 Marshall Corner Road, Pomfret
Tickets:  $10 Adults, $8 Students/Senior Citizens, $7 Children under 6 Years

Based on the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, t he production is a classic tale of good versus evil and is set in the magical land of Narnia. Featured are the travels of Aslan, the great lion, and his struggle with the White Witch, who wants to rule over Narnia. Aslan comes across four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia and enlists their help in deterring the White Witch.   For more information, call 301-934-2944.

Grace Brethren Church
Grace Ole Opry
Friday, Saturday, November 6, 7,  7:00 - 10:00 pm
13000 Zekiah Drive, Waldorf
Free Admission, Offering Taken

Enjoy two evenings of music with a blend of Christmas, gospel and folk themes! Groups include Crossroads, Sonrise, New Life Grass, Bluegrass Gospel Express, Steve Potter Band, Bob Stone and the Virginia Gospel Singers, The Flea Bops, Band of Brothers and Cedar Run. Comedy with "Minnie Pearl" and old time radio commercials will take you back to the years when the family gathered around the radio for an evening of entertainment. For more information, visit  http://www.gracewaldorf.org.

Port Tobacco Players at Indian Head Center for the Arts
ART
Friday, Saturday, November 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21,  8:00 pm
Black Box Theater at the Indian Head Center for the Arts
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Tickets:$15 Adult, $12 Student/Senior (60+)

Serge has bought a painting for $200,000. Marc hates it. Yvan tries to keep the peace. As the trio debates the painting's artistic value, the argument goes from philosophical to personal, and a 15-year friendship is suddenly put to the test. Wickedly funny and emotionally frank, the Tony Award-winning "Art" is a piercing exploration of the singular aspects of modern life.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-932-6819, or visit  http://www.ptplayers.com.

Port Tobacco Players and Cosmic Symphony
Crazy for You:  The Concert
Saturday, November 7, 7:00 pm
Sunday, November 8, 3:00 pm
Port Tobacco Players Theatre
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets:  $15 Adult, $12 Senior

Two of Southern Maryland's best arts organizations have combined forces for an exclusive, two-night-only concert production of "Crazy For You." The Cosmic Symphony brings their gifts to Ira and George Gershwin's music, while actors from the Port Tobacco Players bring Ken Ludwig's zanily madcap, sweetly romantic script to life - all while using minimal costumes and props. Well-to-do Bobby Child is being pressured into joining the family business, but all he wants to do is dance. When business takes him to a suffering Nevada town, he finds not only the girl of his dreams, but a way to make his own dream a reality. Beloved songs like "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "Nice Work if You Can Get It" and "Someone to Watch Over Me" shine in this banter-filled comedy. "Crazy For You: The Concert" will be a unique performance that all area arts lovers will absolutely not want to miss. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819, or visit  http://www.ptplayers.com.

College of Southern Maryland
Oliver!
Thursday, November 12 and 19, 7:30 pm
Friday, November 13, 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 14, 8:00 pm
Friday, November 20, 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 21, 2:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $15 Adults, $12 Military/Seniors/Youth


This is the classic tale of Oliver Twist, an orphan boy who is thrown out of the workhouse and struggles to find a better life. Along his journey, he is sold to an undertaker, made to join Fagin's gang of pick-pockets, taken in by a rich benefactor, and has a run-in with the villain Bill Sikes. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or visit  http://www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/index.html .
 
St. Charles High School
You Can't Take It With You
Friday, Saturday, November 13, 14, 7:00 pm
Sunday, November 15, 2:00 pm
5305 Piney Church Road, Waldorf
Tickets:  $8 General Admission, $6 Students

The comedy is based on the antics of a few New York City families as they cross paths during a whirlwind of events. One of the main characters, Alice Sycamore, works for Tony Kirby and is in love with him. Kirby is vice president of his father's powerful company and comes from a rich and reserved family. Although their families have yet to meet, Tony proposes to Alice and she accepts but warns him that her family is anarchic and eccentric. They arrange for their parents to meet but Tony arrives a day earlier, causing the families to clash upon meeting and jeopardizing Alice and Tony's engagement.  For more information, call 301-753-2090.
 
College of Southern Maryland
Auditions
Ages 14 and Up
Monday, Tuesday, November 16, 17, 6:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata


Open Auditions for:
Performances take place between January 28 and February 27, 2016. Prepare a one-minute monologue.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or visit  http://www.csmd.edu/community/index.html.

North Point High School
Father Knows Best
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, November 19, 20, 21, 7:00 pm
2500 Davis Road, Waldorf
Tickets:  $8 General Admission, $5 Students/Senior Citizens

The production is based off the radio and television comedy series and features the Andersons, a middle class family that lives in the Midwest. Featured are Jim Anderson, the "father" of the production, and his wife, Margaret. The Andersons have three children: Betty, Bud and Kathy. The play follows the Anderson family as they encounter daily life. For more information, call 301-753-1759.

Thomas Stone High School
The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, November 19, 20, 21, 
7:00 pm
3785 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf
Tickets:  $7 General Admission, $5 Students/Senior Citizens

The performance is a spin on the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, as the actors will combine several classics such as  Snow White, Cinderella, and Hansel and Gretel  with obscure stories such as  The Girl Without Hands .  As part of the show, student actors will encourage audience participation to enhance the performance.  For more information, call 301-645-2601.

Westlake High School
The Love of Three Oranges
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, November 19, 20, 21, 7:00 pm
3300 Middletown Road, Waldorf
Tickets:  $8 Adults, $6 Students/Senior Citizens

The show is about Prince Tartaglia, who is cursed by an evil witch to search for and fall in love with three large oranges. Along his journey, the prince discovers love, friendship, and laughter when he encounters wizards, monarchs, and a wild narrator who isn't sure how far removed from the story she truly is.  For more information, call 301-645-8857.

Joyful Voices Children's Choir
For Children Ages 7 - 18
Call for Voices!
Rehearsals Held on Tuesdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Good Samaritan Presbyterian Church
13025 Good Samaritan Drive, Waldorf
Fee:  $30 Per Child, Per Year

Joyful Voices Children's Choir was created with service to the Charles County community in mind. Their students perform for children's hospitals, veteran homes, assisted living communities, and ultimately make a difference. Students in Joyful Voices are taught music theory and history, healthy singing technique, and performance etiquette. For more information and to register, contact Julia Reppucci at 240-210-2996, or visit their Facebook page.

Port Tobacco Players
A Christmas Carol
November 27 - December 20
Friday, Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets:  $18 Adult, $15 Senior (60+)/Youth (to 18)/Military

As miserly old Ebenezer Scrooge falls asleep in his dingy quarters on Christmas Eve, three ghosts appear, each revealing to Scrooge the wrong doings of his life and what will happen if he continues in his evil ways. He is racked with fear and remorse and sets out on Christmas Day to bless with his newfound generosity all those whom he has neglected and abused. Charles Dickens' timeless tale of "grinchiness" transformed into generosity returns to PTP. This adaptation with musical elements will be the highlight of your holiday season.  Get your tickets now - Holiday shows will sell out!  For more information, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819, or visit  http://www.ptplayers.com.

VISUAL ARTS {top}
Quality Printers and Southern MD Creative Cultural Center (SMC3)
Eric Giles
Interstitial Drawings
Reception, Saturday, October 31, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
10485 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains
Light Refreshments Served

Eric Giles' work explores what is possible to make in small gaps of time found between the events of his over-scheduled life and what tales lurk in the spaces we only experience from the corners of our eyes. He has been a practicing artist for twenty-five years and works in a wide variety of mediums on projects ranging from graphic novels and illustration to installation and gallery shows. Giles currently teaches as an adjunct faculty member at the College of Southern Maryland.  Come in costume and be entered in a raffle to win a piece of new work!  For more information, go to www.qualprnt.com or call 240-349-2953.

College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
Marcia Wolfson Ray
In Translation
Now through November 6
La Plata Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Marcia Wolfson Ray looks to nature for both the ideas for her work and the materials. She uses dog fennel, phragmites, hibiscus, pine bark, bamboo and marsh elder in the construction of her sculptures. Ray hopes to convey her own relationship with the natural world through her work, taking advantage of the light, temperature and season. The sun, rain, snow all manifest t
heir influences on the pieces.  
For more information, go to  http://www.csmd.edu/community/index.html .
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
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 about events, workshops and discounts for early registration, call 301-743-5159 or go to  www.mattawomanart.org.   Click here to download the fall programs brochure.
MCAC Workshop
Painting Wine Glasses Plus. . .
Sunday, November 8, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Fee: $45 Members / $55 Nonmembers
Instructors: Norma Baretincic & Nancy Owens
 
An afternoon of wine, dine and paint for the ladies. Join them for heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine and conversation while learning how to paint your own wine glasses. You will have lots of examples of patterns for you to paint on your four glasses that are yours to keep or give as gifts. All materials supplied. Class size is limited to 10. (All levels)
MCAC FRIDAY OPEN STUDIO
Fridays, Now through December 11 
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!    
MCAC HOLIDAY SALON 
Multimedia Holiday Art Show
Now through December 13
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

All the artworks are available for purchase!  

 
National Gallery of Art
Programs in American Sign Language and Assistive Listening Devices
Tours on Sundays, November 8, and December 13
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.  

Maryland Federation of Art "Call for Artists"
Focal Point
6th Annual Open Juried Fine Art and Creative Photography Exhibition
Deadline to submit is November 19, 2015
Show Runs from January 29 to February 27, 2016
Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, MD



Original 2D and 3D artwork crated in any form of photography (other than video) is eligible for entry.  Juror is Richard Olsenius, former photo editor at National Geographic Magazine.  For entry details go 
to http://mdfedart.com/portfolio/56.  
Contact  info@mdfedart.org  or  410-268-4566  with any questions.

LITERARY ARTS {top} 
C ollege of Southern Maryland C onnections
Three Local Poets
Neal Dwyer, Michael Glaser and Rachel Heinhorst
Friday, November 6, 7:30 pm
Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium
22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
Tickets:  $3 in Advance, $5 Day of the Event, $3 with CSM Student ID

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Neal Dwyer is a poet and a professor for the Languages and Literature Division at the College of Southern Maryland.   Michael Glaser served as Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2004 - 2009, and is a professor emeritus at St. Mary's College of Maryland, serves on the Board of the Maryland Humanities Council, and co-leads retreats which embrace the reading and writing of poetry as a means of self-reflection and personal growth.  Rachel Heinhorst received her MFA from Goddard College in Vermont and currently teaches in the Language and Literature Division at the College of Southern Maryland.  For more information, contact the Box Office at  bxoffc@csmd.edu 301-934-7828 , or http://www.csmd.edu/community/connections-literary-series/index.html .  

Life Journeys Writers Club
Nuts and Bolts Gathering
Saturday, November 21,  2:30 - 4:30 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf

Life Jurneys Writers Club
Enjoy great reads, join in the critiques and discussion, engage in literary networking and learn publishing news!  For more information, contact Yvonne Medley at 301-7405-8972, or emeddle@aol.com
Charles County Library Schedule
For September/October  and November/December

  

Get a copy of the September/October and November/December brochures to see all the programs available at your local libraries. There are computer classes, book discussions, craft programs, preschool story times, games, writing classes, and lots of other activities for every interest and age!    For more information, call 301-934-9001 or go to  http://www.ccplonline.org .



The Charles County Public Library offers book discussion groups at all of their branches and online too!  Click the link to sign up.


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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.

November 4:  Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks.  When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna's eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a village in the rugged hill country of England,  Year of Wonders is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history. 
 
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. 
 
November 5:  God Help the Child by Toni Morrison.  God Help the Child weaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape, and misshape, the life of the adult.  At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Bride's mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that "what you do to children matters. And they might never forget."

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.  To join, call 301-645-2864,  and reserve a book with your library card.  



November 7:  Self-Selected Non-Fiction.  Choose any non-fiction title and share your reactions with the group.

Writers of Color Book Club
Mee ts every month on the second Thursday at 6:30 pm, at alternating locations. The November meeting will be held at the Potomac Library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head.   For more information, call 301-375-7375.
 


November 12:  Family of Lies by Mary Monroe.
Secrets and deceit rule the lives of wealthy Vera Lomax and her husband's daughter, Sarah Cooper, as each battles to gain the fortune they think they deserve in this gritty story of a tumultuous family.
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.
 
November 12:  I Am Malala:  The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai.   When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.   On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.  Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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. Note date changed for November!  Call 301-375-7375 for more information or to place a copy of a book on hold.

November  18:  The Sound and The Fury by William Faulkner.   The Sound and the Fury
 is the tragedy of the Compson family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant. Their lives fragmented and harrowed by history and legacy, the character's voices and actions mesh to create what is arguably Faulkner's masterpiece and one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.

Potomac Book Discussion
Meets on the second Saturday of each month from 10:30 am - noon, at the Potomac Branch Library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head.  For more information, call 301-375-7375.  There is no November meeting.



December 12:  The Gift by Cecelia Ahern.  The Gift is a magical, fable-like Christmas story of Lou Suffern, a successful executive frustrated by the fact that he spends more time in the office than with his doting wife and two young children
COMMUNITY ARTS {top} 
Nanjemoy Community Center

The Nanjemoy Community Center offers a wide variety of programs and services designed to fulfill the needs of the Nanjemoy community for all ages from tots to senior adults. Get a copy of their October 
newsletter.  For more activities and events, get a copy of the October and November issues of The Scoop,  Charles County's Senior Center News.

The Center is located at 4375 Port Tobacco Road, Nanjemoy, MD 20662.  For more information, call  301-246-9612 , 301-753-1647, or click here  to go to their website. The Center is open Monday and Wednesday - 8:30 am - 8:00 pm; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
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CCAA Board of Directors
Robert Rausch, President
Gale Kladitis, Vice President
Ronald G. Brown , Interim Treasurer
Diane Rausch, Past President
Bill Adams
Emily Ferren
Lorina Harris
Kathleen Jenkins
Amelia Jones
Cecelia Keller
Vicki Marckel
Cryz Proctor

Youth Representative
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.