October 15, 2015

Charles County Arts Alliance and
C ommunity Bank of the Chesapeake  Waldorf Branch
"Call for Artists"

Theme is "Artists Choice"
Deadline to Submit is October 22, 2015

Community Bank of the Chesapeake, in partnership with the Charles County Art Alliance, is now accepting submissions for their opening art show, a multi-media exhibit, to be held at the Main Waldorf Branch, 3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf MD, from November 2, 2015, to February 2, 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 by October 26.  All artwork must be wired and ready to hang.
For more information on the gallery, please contact Gale Kladitis at gkladitis@comcast.net.

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.
Maryland Citizens for the Arts
Tuesday, October 27, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
BlackRock Center for the Arts
12901 Town Commons Drive
Germantown, MD
Cost:  $15

The theme of this year's conference is "Community Engagement: Roles and Responsibilities of Publicly Funded Arts Organizations." ArtsLAB was created by MCA to provide a space for the nonprofit arts sector to come together to address concerns facing their field. This year, MCA is excited to have a conversation not only about the role of publicly funded arts organizations, but also their responsibility. Join them as they explore ways to break down barriers to arts participation and create new ways to serve the communities in which they operate everyday.   For more information and the complete schedule, go to http://www.mdarts.org/news_events/artslab-2015.  
The Newtowne Players
The 39 Steps
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, October 15, 16, 17, 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 18, 3:30 pm
Three Notch Theatre
21744 South Coral Drive
Lexington Park
Tickets:  $15 Adult, $12 Student/Military/Senior (65 and Up), $10 Child (12 and Under) 

In, The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she is a spy. When he takes her home she is murdered.  Soon after, a mysterious organization called "The 39 Steps" is hot on his trail and we follow the incredible adventure of our handsome hero, Richard Hannay, as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women.   This wonderfully inventive and gripping comedy thriller features four fearless actors, playing over 100 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action.  For more information, go to  http://www.newtowneplayers.org/joomla .

College of Southern Maryland
Cause Theatre/Social Issues
The Bright Blue Mailbox Suicide Note
Thursday, October 15, 7:30 pm
Friday, October 16, 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 17, 2:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center, Black Box Theatre, Room 143
8730 Mitchell Road
Tickets:  $5 For All Ages; Production May Not Be Suitable For Younger Audiences

Jake finds a suicide note in his mailbox. He doesn't know who it's from, or to whom it is addressed. His friends speculate, joke, and lose interest while Jake becomes obsessed. He goes on a crusade to find the author of the note. Instead, he stumbles upon a secret he never wanted to know.   This play explores how a group of teenagers publicly and privately deal with the issue of suicide. It is honest, straightforward, and also humorous.  For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or visit http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/CauseTheatre.html.

Hard Bargain Players
The Mystery Plays
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
October 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 8:00 pm
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets:  $10 Adults, $8 Students/Seniors and Members of the Alice Ferguson Foundation

The Mystery Plays are two interrelated one acts, loosely based on the tradition of the medieval mystery plays.  In the first play,  The Filmmaker's Mystery, Joe Manning, a director of horror films, survives a horrible train wreck - only to be haunted by the ghost of one of the passengers who didn't survive.  In the second play,  Ghost Children, Joe's attorney and friend, Abby Gilly, travels to a small town in rural Oregon to make peace with the man who brutally murdered her parents and younger sister sixteen years earlier.  Like the original medieval mystery plays, The Mystery Plays wrestle with the most profound of human ideas:  the mystery of death, the afterlife, religion, faith , and forgiveness - in a uniquely American way.  To make reservations, go to www.hbplayers.org or call Doris Sharp at 240-766-8830.

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.

La Plata High School
The Little Foxes
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, October 22, 23, 24, 6:30 pm 
6035 Radio Station Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $10 Adults, $5 Students

The production is set in a small Alabama town in the early 1900s and focuses on power and greed. The main character, Regina Hubbard Giddens, struggles to become rich in a society in which fathers only recognize their sons as financial heirs. She attempts to go into business with her two brothers, who own cotton mills and are wealthy, but Giddens has trouble gaining money to support her participation. For more information, call 301-934-1100.

The District Players
Twelfth Night or, What You Will
October 23 - 25
Friday, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Sunday, 2:00 and 7:30 pm
Indian Head Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Tickets:  $10

Twelfth Night or, What You Will  is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written around 1601-02, as a Twelfth Night's entertainment for the close of the Christmas season. The play centers on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck and focuses on the Countess Olivia falling in love with Viola (who is disguised as a boy), and Sebastian in turn falling in love with Olivia.  For more information, contact Michelle Wood at 252-717-6617, or theatre@woodmrnet.

Music Teachers Association of Charles County
Annual Ensemble Festival
Saturday, October 24, 
11:00 am and 12:30 pm
Christ Church
112 East Charles Street,  La Plata
Free and Open to the Public

Festival showcases piano duets, flute duets, and flute and piano performances. The 11:00 am program features  The Flute Choir of Southern Maryland.   For more information, c ontact Krista Keysar at  klkeysar@hotmail.com, or visit  http://mtacc.org/events.

Celebrate Charles! FallFest 2015
Saturday, October 24, 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm
Regency Furniture Stadium
11765 Linus Drive, Waldorf
Rain or Shine - Free Admission

Fun for the whole family!  Local artisans and crafters will showcase their talents in the Celebrate Charles Marketplace.   Kids of all ages can test out their Halloween costumes on the Trick-or-Treat Trail and can play all day in the Family Fun Zone.  Enjoy fantastic local live entertainment performed by the Sara Gray Band and The Balloon Nerd.  Learn new techniques and tips during cooking demonstrations presented by A Taste of Southern Maryland.  Pet adoptions available by the Tri-County Animal Shelter.   For more information, call 1-800-766-3386.


Life Journeys Writers Club
The Prison Plumb Line: A Lyrical Drama
Saturday, October 24
VIP Reception: 7:00 pm, Show Time: 8:00 pm
Thearc Theater (Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus)
1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Washington, DC
Tickets: $20 for the Play; $30 for VIP Reception, Gift Package and Play
FIVE WOMEN IN PRISON, FIVE CHANCES TO CHANGE!!!   Yvonne J. Medley began her prison ministry 20 years ago, and one of the first lessons learned was that it's easier to go to jail than you think!   Evie Freeman, 20, is arrested and sure that her life is over when in fact she's about to discover her true talent, her true self, and through the prior journeys of her fellow female inmates, she's about to discover her true worth.   Purchase tickets online at www.prisonplumbline.com or call 407-970-1550 or 301-705-8972, or email emeddle@aol.com.

College of Southern Maryland
Southern Maryland Concert Band
Saturday, October 24, 8:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets: $5 in Advance, $7 Day of Concert

The Southern Maryland Concert Band under the direction of Michael Peerless, will continue its collaboration with CSM's music program on the La Plata Campus. CSM students will be able to join community members and professional musicians in the SMCB for ensemble credit. For more information, go to  http://www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/music/concert-band.

Henry E. Lackey High School
Night of the Arts
Thursday, October 29, 6:30 pm
3000 Chicamuxen Road, Indian Head
Free and Open to the Public

Enjoy the stage performances by the Lackey band, orchestra, choirs, and theatre art students, 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"
Event is Saturday, November 28
La Plata, MD
Deadline to Apply:  October 31

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.edu 443-550-6011 , or visit  http://www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/ward-virts-series/index.

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
F riday, 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.

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
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/the-arts/auditions/index.

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.

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.
Expressions of Nature & Wit
Artwork of Patricia Fecko and Renee Nelson
Now through October 18

Multimedia Holiday Art Show
October 23 - December 13
Reception: Sunday, October 25
1:00 - 4:00 pm

All the artworks are available for purchase!  

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!    
Mat Cutting Tips and Tricks
Saturday, October 24, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Fee: $40 Members / $50 Nonmembers
Instructor: Harriett Lawler
Learn how to use a mat cutter to cut mats with a minimum of fuss. You will learn how to measure using a simple system and will have the opportunity to practice cutting mats cleanly and efficiently. If you already own a mat cutter, bring it with you. If not, we will provide some for practice. Inexpensive mat board will also be provided.
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)
National Gallery of Art
Picture This!
American Realists: Homer and Sargent
Tours for People with Low Vision or Who are Blind
Saturday, October 24, and Wednesday, October 28
Tours meet at 1:00 pm in the Rotunda of the West Building
6th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC (use the Constitution Avenue or Madison Drive entrances for easiest access to the Rotunda)
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.
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.

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.

Life Journeys Writers Club
Big Quarterly Gathering
Saturday, October 17, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf

Life Jurneys Writers Club
There will be three great speakers schooling you on the business of writing. Find out how to get your book into the big name bookstores, and get all your questions answered about copyright rules, regs and protections--straight from the experts!  Also, expect great giveaways, and raffles (come ready to support the LJWC, while winning some awesome prizes), great food, networking, and their famous LJWC (non-alcoholic) "Champagne" Toast!  There will be hot-off-the-press-news such as their LJWC Sixth Annual Holiday Celebration on Saturday, December 5, 2015!   For more information, go to  http://www.lifejourneyswritersclub.com , or contact Yvonne Medley at emeddle@aol.com or 301-705-8972.

Charles County Public Library
Used Book Bazaar
October 17 - 24
Members Only Sale on Friday, October 16
La Plata Branch (Lower Level)
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
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

CSM Connections Literary Journal logo
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 .  

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.

Adult Discussion Book Groups
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 or to place a copy of a book on hold.

October 28:  Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.  Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.  Tatiana de Rosnay offers a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode.

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.

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
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.
In This Flash
Thanks to Our Sponsors
National Endowment for Arts

The Maryland State Arts Council
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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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Thank you for supporting the Charles County Arts Alliance!  Your donation is 100 percent tax deductible. 

The Newsflash is published every Thursday.  If you would like your event included, contact the CCAA office by email at info@charlescountyarts.org or phone 301-392-5900, no later than the Monday before your event.

The CCAA is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.  All membership dues and donations are 100 percent tax deductible.
Contact Us
301-392-5900 | info@charlescountyarts.org |   www.charlescountyarts.org

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.