September 10, 2015

Dollar Signs
Arts Alliance Grant Season is Open!

Deadline to Submit is October 9, 2015

Our annual grant season is now open with the posting of the applications at, and with hard-copies available through our CCAA Office in La Plata.  Completed applications with all required copies must be in the possession of the CCAA Office (not postmarked) no later than 12:00 noon on October 9, 2015. 

As in previous years, our CCAA Arts Grant Program offers two types of grants: Community Arts Development (CAD) grants for nonprofit organizations, and Arts in Education (AIE) grants for schools. The CAD grants have two sub-categories: General Operating grants for arts organizations, and Special Project grants for non-arts organizations that present activities in the performing, visual and literary arts. Schools may request up to $750; nonprofit organizations may be eligible for up to $6,000.   All grants have matching requirements ranging from 1:1 to 3:1, depending on the dollar amount being requested. Grant applications are reviewed by a Grant Panel comprised of members of the CCAA Board of Directors and representatives from the community. The grants will be awarded at the CCAA Annual Grantee and Membership Gala on November 14, 2015.

For more information, contact the CCAA Office at 301-392-5900, or
Request from the CCAA President

Volunteers Needed to help at the P.D. Brown Fine Arts Building

I am asking all members and supporters of the Charles County Arts Alliance to consider volunteering a few hours of their time to help us with our coverage at the Charles County Fair, Wednesday - Sunday, September 16 - 20, 2015. We need people to hang art in the P.D. Brown Fine Arts Building on Wednesday, monitor the display area Thursday through Sunday, meet and greet Fair-goers, and help return the art to the participants on Sunday.  If you can help, contact our Office Manager, Judy Crawford, at 301-392-5900, and become a more active member of the CCAA. 
Thank you!

Robert K. Rausch
President, Charles County Arts Alliance  

Town of La Plata
Free Evening Concerts
Fridays, 7:00 pm
West Lawn, 305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata

La Plata Concerts

September 11  - Dr. Phill's Big Band 

September 18 - U.S. Navy Band The Cruisers

September 25 - John Luskey Band

Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Coolers are allowed, but no alcohol. Concessions are available from the Town's food trailer located near the back of the parking lot; an ice cream truck is also stationed there for your enjoyment. A play area for children, the Kids' Zone, allows parents to enjoy the concert while keeping an eye on the little ones.  For more information, go to

Hard Bargain Players
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)
Friday - Saturday
September 11, 12, 18 and 19; 8:00 pm
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets: $10 Adults; $8 for Students, Seniors and Members of the Alice Ferguson Foundation

Instead of performing Charles Dickens' beloved holiday classic, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told - plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung. A madcap romp through the holiday season! For more information and to order tickets, go to
15th Annual Nanjemoy Heritage Day
Saturday, September 12, Noon - 3:00 pm
Nanjemoy Community Center
4375 Port Tobacco Road


The festivities begin with a lively parade, followed by live music, crafts for the kids, face painting, area artists, local heritage displays, classic cars, games, and more. Refreshments and souvenir t-shirts will be available.  For more information, call 301-246-9612. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD at 800-735-2258


Charles County Youth Orchestra and Encore Strings
Auditions for the 2015-2016 season 
Saturday, September 12
Click HERE for Audition Registration Information and Requirements
No Fee to Audition, Membership is $120/Year

Charles County Youth Orchestra is comprised of high school level string, wind, brass and percussion players, and rehearses  on Tuesday  evenings during the school year. Performance opportunities include concerts in January and May, as well as playing at the Fair, ArtsFest, etc.  They are especially looking for bass, flute, oboe, bassoon, french horn, trumpet, and percussion.

Encore Strings is a middle school level string group that rehearses on Saturday mornings. Performance opportunities are the same as for CCYO.  Rehearsal time is spent not only preparing for concerts, but learning advanced string technique. 

Both CCYO and Encore Strings are directed by Anne Marie Patterson.  For more information, go to or email

Encore Band is a new musical ensemble for young band musicians!   Beginning this fall, Encore Band will provide middle school level band players an opportunity to receive extra training and rehearse with other motivated students. Rehearsals will be  Wednesday  evenings, performances in January and May with CCYO and Encore Strings.  For this year, no auditions are required, simply get a teacher's recommendation and contact director Takako Mato at .

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Sunday Movie & Dessert
Woman in Gold
Sunday, September 13
2:00 pm
5565 Upham Place, Marbury

Woman in Gold is the remarkable true story of one woman's journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (played by Helen Mirren), starts her journey to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Klimt's famous painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (portrayed by Ryan Reynolds), she embarks upon a major battle which takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court. For more information about MCAC events, call 301-743-5159, or go to  

Chesapeake Choral Arts Society
Auditions for 2015-2016 Season
High School Age and Older
Monday, September 14
Beginning at 6:30 pm by Appointment
Peace Lutheran Church
401 E. Smallwood Drive, Waldorf

Do you like to sing? The Chesapeake Choral Arts Society, under the direction of Michael K. Santana, will conduct auditions on September 14; alternate dates may be arranged. Auditions will consist of vocal warm-ups, pitch matching and vocal exercises to determine the singer's vocal range.  No prepared piece is necessary! The chorus is especially looking for tenors and baritones/basses, but ALL voices are appreciated. The choir meets regularly from September - June, rehearsing Monday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, at Peace Lutheran Church, and produces three different concerts throughout the season.  Next season's concerts include " A Rutter Christmas" in December, "A Pops Potluck" in April, and a combination concert/theater production with the College of Southern Maryland Theater Department in May.  Call Carol at  301-642-0594  for audition appointments. For more information, visit

Estonian Youth Choir in Concert
Meditations with Tormis
Wednesday, September 16, 7:00 pm
St. Charles High School
5305 Piney Church Road, Waldorf
Free and Open to the Public
Click HERE to view the Flyer

The Charles County Commissioners, in partnership with World Artists Experiences, present a concert-play by the Youth Mixed Choir Vox Populi of Estonia. The special concert presentation, an opportunity to connect people through the arts and culture, is part of Charles County's sister county relationship with Jogeva County, Estonia.  Performed by over 60 members of the Estonian Youth Mixed Choir Vox Populi, "Meditations with Tormis," based on the choral cycles "Etudes in Keys" and "Nature Pictures" by Veljo Tormis, is a musical journey in the natural landscapes of Estonia, the variation of the four seasons and their corresponding patterns of harmonies.  The harmony-language of composer Veljo Tormis is illustrated by photos of Estonian nature in different seasons. The concert-play celebrates the 85th birthday of Veljo Tormis.  
For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 301-885-2779, or Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

College of Southern Maryland
Greater Tuna
Thursday, September 17 and 24, 7:30 pm
Friday - Saturday, September 18 - 19, 8:00 pm
Friday, September 25, 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 26, 2:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets: $15 Adults, $12 Military/Seniors/Youth

What do Arles Struvie, Thurston Wheelis, Aunt Pearl, Petey Fisk, Phineas Blye and Rev. Spikes have in common? In this hilarious send-up of small town morals and mores, they are all among the upstanding citizens of Tuna, Texas' third smallest town. The fictitious town of Tuna, Texas, is located in west Texas, about half-way between San Angelo and Hell. For more information and to order tickets, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
22nd Artsfest
Saturday - Sunday, September 19 -  20
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
13480 Dowell Road, Dowell (Solomons)
Admission: $6 Adults; Children 11 and Under are Free;
Annmarie Members are Free
No Pets Allowed

More than 165 artist booths, 30 performers on two stages, activities for kids in the Discovery Tent, Studio School, and the Zany Zone, great food, wine & beer, and lots more!  Street performers, including stilt walkers, mimes, living statues, balloon artists, bubble artists, and strolling artists, found throughout the festival!  It's a fabulous weekend of great shopping and artful activities at the beautiful Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Solomons, Maryland.  For more information, go to

Port Tobacco Players  
The Westing Game
Friday - Saturday - Sunday
September 25 - October 11
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets: $18 Adult, $15 Seniors (60+), Youth to 18, and Military
(Mystery/Thriller) The unsuspecting residents of Sunset Towers are summoned to the reading of a mysterious will, only to find themselves locked in a thrilling game, as they must discover who is responsible for killing an eccentric millionaire. Through blizzards, bombings and unlikely alliances, the game is on, and the only people who hold all the clues are one Westing heir! Can you solve The Westing Game? For more information and to order tickets, to go, or call 301-932-6819.

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
Wanted Dead or Alive
Friday, October 2, 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center
3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf
$60 per Person

Saloon gals, sheriffs, gunslingers and gamblers are welcome! Rustle up your cowboy hat and boots and join them at the watering hole. Award for the best costume.  Call 301-743-5159 to make reservations.  

2nd Annual Rocktoberfest
Saturday, October 3, 3:00 - 10:00 pm
Casey Jones Restaurant
417 E. Charles Street, La Plata
Free Admission and Open to the Public

The Festival offers a lively outdoor gathering place for families and friends with a laid back guitar-centric vibe in the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center Urgent Care Music Festival Tent and Casey Jones Restaurant & Bar VIP Lounge. The master of ceremonies is Josh Joson, a local businessman and member of the La Plata Business Association. Festival patrons can move between the Island Music Company Main Outdoor Stage and indoor stage for simultaneous performances by acoustic singer/song writers and musicians, playing a diverse range of popular music, including classic and modern rock, blues, country, and pop.   For more information, contact Christine Parker at 301-751-7553, or visit their Facebook page.
La Plata Fall Festival
Sunday, October 11, 12:00 noon - 3:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Click HERE for the Registration Form

Come join in for a day of free family fun!  Live music by the Sara Gray Band, craft and food vendors, kids activities - Moon Bounce, petting zoo and art tent.


There is no charge for vendor space and applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.  There are about 40 spaces available and very few with access to electricity.  As a vendor you must provide your own tables, chairs and pop up tent (not required).  Only one home party sales vendor per company (like Mary Kay, Thirty One, Tupperware, etc.) is accepted.  For more information, go to or contact Colleen Wilson at 301-934-8421, ext. 142.

Southern Maryland Decorative Painters
Chapter Art Show
Saturday, September 12, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Charlotte Hall Branch Library
37600 New Market Road, Charlotte Hall
Open to the Public

The art show highlights artwork done by SMDP members in a variety of mediums (e.g., acrylic, watercolor, oil, pen and ink and colored pencils).  Entries are displayed in 10 different categories. The art show is open to the public and attendees have the opportunity to vote for their favorite pieces.  SMDP will also hold a business meeting beginning at  10:00 am  (lasts approximately 1 hour) followed by painting a simple project (a turtle from terra cotta pots).  Anyone interested in participating in the paint-in should e-mail prior to September 12 to obtain a list of supplies needed for the paint-in.  For more information, go to

Art Impact USA
Artist Career and Business Development
Free Workshop
Saturday, September 12, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library
5625 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Art Impact USA is dedicated to supporting artists by helping them to develop their careers and expand opportunities for selling their art.  You are invited to attend a one hour training workshop for artists.  If you want to learn how to improve your art business you definitely want to attend.  You will learn 11 important tips and tricks to further your art career, including places where you can show your work around town.  Space is limited, so reserve your spot early by completing the registration form. For more information and to register, go to

Quality Printers
Eric Giles
Interstitial Drawings
Saturday, September 12, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Quality Printers|SMC3
10485 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains
Light Refreshments Served

Quality Printers and Southern MD Creative Cultural Center (SMC3) are proud to present the work of Eric Giles to the public. This body of work explores what is possible to make in small gaps of time found between the events of an over-scheduled life and what tales lurk in the spaces we only experience from the corners of our eyes. Eric 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.  For more information, visit their Facebook page, or call 240-349-2953.

College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
Christopher Scott Dolan
Landscapes of the District and Southern Maryland
September 12 - October 2
Gallery Talk and Reception: Tuesday, September 15, 2:30 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Christopher Scott Dolan's goal is to create work that will justify itself and assert its own logic based upon his own rather ill-defined criteria, which, if reduced to its simplest, would be "Does that feel right or wrong?"  For more information, go to

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home 
"Call for Artists"
Theme is "Maryland Landscapes"
Deadline to Submit: September 24, 2015

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, in partnership with the Charles County Art Alliance, is now accepting submissions for their Fall Art Show, a multi-media exhibit, to be held at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, 29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622, from October 22, 2015, to February 17, 2016. This brand new gallery will be presented along the E-Wing Dining Hallway. The Crossroads of Hughesville Garden Club will also create floral interpretations of selected art to be included in the show.

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

The email must include:

* Artist's name
* Artist's mailing address
* Artist's email address
* Artist's phone number
* Artist's biography (half-page max, in MS-Word)
* Artist's headshot (jpeg)
* Title of artwork
* Medium/materials used
* Size/dimensions
* Year created
* Price, if applicable

Selections will be made by the Charlotte Hall Gallery Committee and the artists will be notified in early October.  All artwork must be wired and ready to hang.

On Saturday, January 23, 2016 , a "Meet the Artists" Public Reception will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home E-Wing Multi-Purpose Room, to honor all the artists participating in the fall show.

For more information on the gallery, please contact Charlotte Hall Veterans Home at 301-884-8171 ext. 468, or

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
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   Click here to download the fall programs brochure.
MCAC Multi-Media Open Show
Now through September 13

Expressions of Nature & Wit
Artwork of Patricia Fecko and Renee Nelson
September 18 - October 18
Reception:  Sunday, September 20, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

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 Workshops
Mini Intro to Zentangle®
Friday, September 25, 10:00 - 11:30 am
Fee: $15 (no early bird special)
$5 Materials Fee Payable to the Instructor
Instructor: Jill Smithson

Come explore the meditative art form known as Zentangle®. This Mini Intro workshop introduces what has been described as "yoga for the mind" and is a prerequisite for the Illuminated Letter class if you have yet to experience Zentangle® from a Certified Zentangle® Teacher. You are invited to explore, create and play as you rekindle your creativity, develop greater hand-eye coordination, improve your capacity to perceive with an artist's eye and quiet your mind. Discover the joy of all possibility as you touch the quiet center of your being, connecting your inner and outer world. This simple practice is your invitation to be inspired as you practice focused awareness by being YOU!  

Luscious Illuminated Letters
Prerequisite: Zentangle® experience
Friday, September 25, 12:30 - 3:00 pm
Fee: $40 Members / $50 Nonmembers
Instructor: Jill Smithson

Allow your creativity to take flight and explore the process known as Zentangle® Inspired Art, better known as ZIA. Our ZIA's will be based on the art of illuminated letters.  In this class you will create colorful, gilded illuminated cards to give or frame.
Three-Dimensional Fiber Art: Basketry
Sundays, September 27, October 25, November 15
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tuition: $10 / Fees: $159
Instructor: Pam King

Three baskets will be completed: Box Basket with a Wooden Lid, Double Wall Basket, and a Meeting Tote Basket. Some choice of colors will be available. The workshop is hosted by Mattawoman Creek Art Center, but registration is through the College of Southern Maryland, course PEP-7490/128411.  Register at
Master European Artist Workshop
Thursday - Saturday, October 8, 9, 10; 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fee: $330 for MCAC Members / $360 for Nonmembers
Payment due by October 1: $300 for Members / $330 for Nonmembers
Instructor: Hugh O'Neill (
Daily painting demonstrations by O'Neill will illustrate key points on canvas. He is renowned for teaching by example -- demonstrating while he explains and describes each choice he makes.  Among his objectives is to introduce students to powerful color and painting techniques.  Topics covered will include a more refined eye, looser flowing brushwork and powerful color mixing. The last day will be a plein aire demonstration with time for students to paint on their own. Critiques are part of the program as he likes to follow up on how each student progresses. For a full explanation of what these three days encompass, go to the MCAC website at or call for a flyer. Students may work in oils, pastels or acrylics. Bring your own painting materials and easel if you have one. (All levels.)  

Plein Aire Workshop
Saturday, October 10, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fee: $140 for MCAC Members / $150 for Nonmembers
Instructor: Hugh O'Neill (

Come fo
r the third day of the Master European Artist Workshop. This will be the plein aire demonstration and painting on your own.  Students may work in oils, pastels or acrylics. Bring your own painting materials and easel if you have one.  Please check with MCAC as the location may change. (All levels.)

National Gallery of Art
Programs in American Sign Language and Assistive Listening Devices
Tours on Sundays, September 13, October 11, 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  and click on Visit. For more information, go to  and click on Calendar or contact Lorena Baines at or 202-842-6905.  

National Gallery of Art
Painting Light and Music in Dutch Art
Tours for People with Low Vision and Who Are Blind
Wednesday, September 23, 1:00 pm
Saturday, September 26, 1:00 pm
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.

Picture This! Tours incorporate vibrant verbal description with information about works of art. Everyone is welcome!  For more information or to receive web links to works that will be described on the tour in advance, contact Lorena Baines at or 202-842-6905. Verbally described tours are also available by request with 3 weeks' notice by e-mailing 

Arts Alliance "Call for Solo Artists"
Eight Artists Needed for Four Quarterly Shows in 2016 
Deadline to Submit is October 16, 2015

The Charles County Arts Alliance hosts art exhibits in the Charles County Government Building Commissioners' Gallery, and the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center Gallery, both in La Plata, MD. Submissions will be accepted for each location by October 16,2015, for the four quarterly shows in 2016.

Local artists are invited to submit 15 artworks on any subject to the Charles County Arts Alliance for consideration (there is no submission fee). Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as low-resolution digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to, and reference 2016 Solo Artist Show in the subject line of your email.

Entries must include:
  • Artist's name
  • Artist's 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. All artwork must be wired and ready to hang.

For more information, contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900,, or
Life Journeys Writers Club
Nuts and Bolts Gathering
S aturday, September 19, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
Free Admission!
Life Jurneys Writers Club Come to the LJWC's Nuts and Bolts Gathering  and expect to hear great reads, to join in the rich dialogue and critiques, while networking and learning industry info.  And there's always more.  Members, bring your works to read.  Visitors, come to network and critique.  For more information, call Yvonne Medley at 301-705-8972, or email  

Charles County Library Schedule
For September/October   

Get a copy of the September/October brochure 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 .

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
Writers of Color Book Club
A book club for all who enjoy reading books by authors of African descent who write contemporary fiction. The Club mee ts every month on the second Thursday at alternating locations. The September meeting will be held at the Potomac Branch Library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. For more information, call 301-645-1395.
September 10:  Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile.   When Charley unexpectedly inherits eight hundred acres of sugarcane land, she and her eleven-year-old daughter say goodbye to smoggy Los Angeles and head to Louisiana. As the sweltering summer unfolds, Charley struggles to balance the overwhelming challenges of a farm in decline with the demands of family and the startling desires of her own heart

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.
September 10:  The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel Brown. Out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times--the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant. The Boys in the Boat is the Maryland Humanities Council's One Maryland One Book selection for 2015.

Waldorf Book Discussion Group
Meets on the first Saturday of every month (note date change for September) 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.  

September 12: The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman.
Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the sinister impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a Coney Island freak show that thrills the masses. One night Coralie stumbles upon a striking young man taking pictures of moonlit trees in the woods off the Hudson River.  The dashing photographer is Eddie Cohen, a Russian immigrant who has run away from his community and his job as a tailor's apprentice. When Eddie photographs the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, he becomes embroiled in the mystery behind a young woman's disappearance. And he ignites the heart of Coralie.

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.

September 12:  East of Eden by John Steinbeck.   Set in the rich farmland of California's Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families--the Trasks and the Hamiltons--whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.  Steinbeck had created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love's absence. 


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.

September 23:  The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel Brown. Out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times--the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant. The Boys in the Boat is the Maryland Humanities Council's One Maryland One Book selection for 2015.

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. 
Great Gatsby
October 1:  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.   Fitzgerald's third book stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. It's the story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby, his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, and lavish parties on Long Island.  It is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

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.

October 7:  The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig.   "Can't cook but doesn't bite." So begins the newspaper ad offering the services of an "A-1 housekeeper, sound morals, exceptional disposition" that draws the attention of widower Oliver Milliron in the fall of 1909. That unforgettable season deposits the ever-whistling Rose Llewellyn and her font-of-knowledge brother, Morris Morgan, in Marias Coulee along with a stampede of homesteaders drawn by the promise of the Big Ditch--a gargantuan irrigation project intended to make the Montana prairie bloom. When the schoolmarm runs off with an itinerant preacher, Morris is pressed into service, setting the stage for the "several kinds of education" (none of them of the textbook variety), Morris and Rose will bring to Oliver, his three sons, and the rambunctious students in the region's one-room schoolhouse. 

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. Click here to get a copy of their newsletter.  For more activities and events, get a copy of the September issue 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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National Endowment for Arts

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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.