April 12, 2018

Celebrating 30 Years of Service to the Community
ArtsFest is Coming!

Saturday, June 9
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street,
La Plata, MD

Call for Artist, Exhibitor, and Food Vendors
Early Bird Registration Ends April 15!

The 26th annual ArtsFest will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018, from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, on the beautiful grounds of the La Plata Town Hall, in La Plata, Maryland. ArtsFest is the largest arts festival in Charles County, and one of the largest in Southern Maryland. This is our seventh year to present the festival in partnership with the Town of La Plata.

Visual and literary artists of all media are invited to display and sell their works. In addition, nonprofit arts organizations are invited as exhibitors to display information and encourage participation in their performing, visual and literary arts activities. Also invited as nonprofit exhibitors are cultural, historical, heritage and environmental organizations. Local commercial organizations are also invited to distribute information on their products and services.  Live entertainment on two stages takes place beginning at noon, and a variety of great food will be available for purchase throughout the day.

Click  HERE  for the Arts Vendors and Exhibitors Form

Click  HERE for the Food Vendors Form

Click HERE for the Commercial Displayers Form
Funding for ArtsFest is provided, in part, by the County Commissioners of Charles County, Maryland.

For more information, call the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or email at  

Call for Artists
Waldorf West Library Gallery's
Summer - Fall 2018 Show
Waldorf West Library  
Deadline to Submit: April 20, 2018
Show Runs From June 2 to October 13, 2018
"Meet the Artists" Public Reception: June 23, 201 8
Click HERE for Complete Submission Details
The Charles County Arts Alliance is now accepting submissions for the Summer-Fall 2018 Art Show, a multi-media public exhibit, to be held at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD, from June 2, 2018, to October 13, 2018. The Library consists of four separate gallery spaces on two floors. 

Current members of the Charles County Arts Alliance are invited to submit a maximum of two works of 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional art on any subject for consideration (there is no submission fee). Non-members are encouraged to join and be eligible to submit their art. Click HERE for a membership form.

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

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happening in the Arts!
The Newtowne Players
God's Favorite
Now through April 22
Thursday - Friday - Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:30 pm
Three Notch Theatre
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets: $15 Adults; $12 Seniors (65+), Student, Military; $10 Children 12 and Under; Thursday Shows: All Tickets are $10

Long Island cardboard box tycoon Joe Benjamin is a modern-day Job in this hilarious comedy. He has a demanding wife, ungrateful children and wise-cracking employees, but through it all maintains a solid religious faith. Then one night he is visited by a messenger from God in the person of Sidney Lipton, a compulsive film buff with a mission: to test Joe's faith and report back to "the Boss." For more information, go to
 Maurice J. McDonough High School
High School Musical
Thursday - Friday; April 12 - 13, 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 14, 2:00 and 7:00 pm
7165 Marshall Corner Road, Pomfret
Tickets: $10 Adults; $8 Students, Seniors, Military; $7 Children under 5 and Thespians with ID

Jock Troy and new girl Gabriella plan to audition together for the school play, but won't succeed if Queen Bee Sharpay has anything to say about it. Troy, Gabriella and their friends explore themes of friendship, first love and acceptance.  For more information, visit or email

College of Southern Maryland, La Plata
Barbershop Extravaganza
Saturday, April 14, 4:00 pm
Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Advance Tickets: $5 Adults, Seniors, Military, Youth of High School Age and Below;  Day of the Concert: $7 Adults

Southern Mix, under the direction of Paul Douglass, is a men's barbershop chorus consisting of community members and CSM students taking the ensemble for credit.   For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Chesapeake Choral Arts Society
The End of the Great War
Saturday, April 14, 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 15, 3:30 pm
Port Tobacco Players Theater
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets: $15 Adults; $12 Students, Seniors, Military

In 1918, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour, the Armistice was signed to end "The War to End All Wars," "The Great War. Unfortunately, the end of World War I was not the end to struggles throughout the world, but it was a turning point for music and pop culture in America.  J oin the Chesapeake Choral Arts Society as they commemorate the end of the Great War and explore what music and culture were like before, during and after the war.  This will be a multi-media production with songs, photos, reading of letters from home and pictures of the era.  For more information, visit or call 301-642-0594.

Henry E. Lackey High School
The Pajama Game
Thursday - Friday - Saturday, April 19 - 20 - 21, 6:30 pm
3000 Chicamuxen Road, Indian Head
Tickets: $8 Adults; $7 Students, Seniors, Military; $6 Thespians with ID

Things at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are restless when the new superintendent, Sid Sorokin, clashes with Babe Williams, the head of the union grievance committee. Sparks fly between the two and come to a head when Williams and the workers strike for a 7.5 percent pay increase. The strike sets off a conflict between management and labor while igniting a battle of the sexes. For more information, contact the school at 301-743-5431.

North Point High School
The Addams Family
Thursday - Friday, April 19 - 20, 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 21, 1:00 and 7:00 pm
2500 Davis Road, Waldorf
Tickets: $10 General Admission; $5 Students and Senior Citizens

They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky. S pend a couple of hours with Morticia and Gomez as they deal with their 18-year-old daughter, Wednesday, who has fallen in love with a nice boy from a respectable family.  For more information, call the school at 301-753-1759.
College of Southern Maryland, La Plata
6th Annual Renaissance Festival
Friday, April 20, 7:00 pm - " The Impostures of Scapin"
Saturday, April 21 - Festival: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm; " The Impostures of Scapin": 2:00 and 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 22 - Festival: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm; "The Impostures of Scapin": 3:00 pm
Fine Arts Center Theatre and Lawn
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Admission to the Festival is Free; Tickets for the Play are $10
Activities are either free or priced by the vendor

Travel back in time when lords ruled and peasants pleased, all in the language and costumes of Shakespeare.  In  "The Impostures of Scapin" by  Molière, two fathers are absent when O ctave secretly marries Hyacinthe and Léandre secretly falls in love with Zerbinette. But then the  fathers return from a trip with their own marriage plans for their respective sons. Scapin, after hearing many pleas for help, comes to the rescue. Thanks to many tricks and lies, Scapin manages to come up with enough money from the parents to make sure that the young couples get to stay married. But, no one knows who Hyacinthe and Zerbinette really are. For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Westlake High School
Sister Act
Thursday - Friday - Saturday, April 26 - 27 - 28, 7:00 pm
3300 Middletown Road, Waldorf
Tickets: $8 Adults; $6 Students, Seniors

Singer Deloris Van Cartier goes on the run from her married gangster boyfriend after witnessing him commit a murder. Working with police, Deloris hides out in a convent whose parish is in trouble. Struggling to fit in without her sequins and heels, she takes over the choir, bringing life back into the parish while finding a true sisterhood.  For more information, call the school at 301-645-8857.

Flute Choir of Southern Maryland
"Welcome Spring" Concert
Saturday, April 28, 7:00 pm
Christ Church
112 E. Charles Street, La Plata
Free and Open to the Public, Donations Accepted

The selections include  Flute Joy and Free as a Child by Jonathan Cohen, Charles Griffes' Poem, and Catherine Michaels' Gaelic Offering.  For more information, contact Lucy Snell at

American Legion Post 238
Jay Armsworthy & Sons of the American Legion
The Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show
Sunday, April 29, 2:00 pm (Doors open at Noon)
Rts. 381 and 231, Hughesville
Tickets:  $20, Children under 12 admitted free with a paying adult

"The Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show"  keeps the spirit of the past alive with their "old school" delivery of vintage bluegrass and classic country music: "Real Country Music" as  they like to put it.  Harnessing the synergy and raw edginess of classic  country acts  of the 1940s and 50s,  they bring the best of the past to the present with an energized fusion of bluegrass, western swing, honky tonk and classic country music. For more information, visit, or call 301-737-3004.
College of Southern Maryland, La Plata
Music Student Honors Recital
Thursday, May 3, 2:30 pm
Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Free Admission

Each semester, CSM's private studio teachers recommend their most accomplished students for performance in this recital to celebrate their individual musical accomplishments. Any student taking a lesson for credit who has been approved by their instructor is eligible to perform. The recitals feature a diversity of musical styles ranging from classical instrumental and vocal music to popular and jazz renditions for piano, guitar, voice, or other instruments. The Honors Recitals represent the highest level of musicianship in the CSM music program. For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

La Plata High School
The Little Mermaid
Thursday - Friday, May 3 - 4, 6:30 pm
Saturday, May 5, 2:30 and 6:30 pm
6035 Radio Station Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $10 Adults; $5 Students

Based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, the play features songs from the popular Disney animated feature. Ariel, a mermaid, gets her wish to live on land when she and Ursula, the Sea Witch, strike a deal: Ariel must trade her beautiful voice for a pair of legs and get Prince Eric to fall in love with her within three days.  For more information, call the school at 301-934-1100.

College of Southern Maryland, La Plata
CSM Spring POPS Concert
Saturday, May 5, 7:00 pm
Business and Industry Building (BI), Room 113
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $15 Adults; $12 Seniors, Military, Youth of High School Age and Below

Featuring performances by Southern Mix Barbershop Chorus, Ritmo Caché Latin Ensemble, CSM Chorale, and Chamber Choir.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

College of Southern Maryland, La Plata
Dance Ensemble: Bringing in the Light
Monday, May 7, 7:30 pm
Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Advance Tickets: $5 Adults, Seniors, Military, Youth of High School Age and Below; Day of the Concert: $7 Adults

Whether it's a Balanchine ballet, or breaking, locking, and popping, CSM's Dance Ensemble performs a variety of pieces to appeal to all lovers of dance.  For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.
Hard Bargain Players
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 10 - 19, 8:00 pm
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets: $10 Adults; $8 Students, Seniors, Members of the Alice Ferguson Foundation

An abridged version of William Shakespeare's classic comedy is coming to a space where it was always meant to be performed: right under the beautiful canopy of trees and starlight! Come join the royals, the starry-eyed lovers, the rude mechanicals, and the mischievous woodland faeries as they spin their magical tale! Tickets can be reserved online at  

Barking Fish Theatre Project
The Impossibly Possible Unbelievably Believable Journey and Return of Josephine Clark
Friday, May 11 and May 18, 7:00 pm
Saturday, May 12 and 19, 2:00 and 7:00 pm
Indian Head Black Box Theatre
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Children under 16 Years 

The Journey and Return of Josephine Clark follows our heroine over the distant hill from her noisy town and into the unknown beyond. Along her journey, you meet a busload of tourists out on a shopping spree and the empty city they wander into, bicyclists who are racing towards a finish line that has yet to be determined and, finally, into the darkness of the cave of the Brisky Bat. The multimedia production features shadow puppetry created with overhead projectors mixed with traditional hand and rod puppets.  This show is family friendly with colorful costumes and plenty of energy from live actors and dancers gracing the stage. For more information, call 202-361-5300, or visit,

College of Southern Maryland, La Plata
Southern Maryland Concert Band
Saturday, May 12, 8:00 pm
Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Advance Tickets: $5 Adults, Seniors, Military, Youth of High School Age and Below; Day of the Concert: $7 Adults

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

College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick
Ward Virts Concert Series
Antony Zwerdling, Baritone
Sunday, May 13, 3:00 pm
Building B, Multipurpose Room 104
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Free and Open to the Public

Antony Zwerdling has performed over twenty-five operatic roles and appeared in numerous opera companies. He received his Bachelors degree from Northwestern University and Masters from Boston University. In 2007, he earned his Doctorate from Shenandoah Conservatory, writing about songs of Samuel Barber. Dr. Zwerdling is an active voice teacher, maintaining a studio at Hood College and College of Southern Maryland. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828. 
Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC)
Artist in Residence Grant Applications Available
Deadline to Apply: 5:00 pm, May 18, 2018

The MSAC's Artist in Residence (AiR) program provides grants to Maryland schools that cover half the cost of a teaching artist residency in a particular school. Maryland schools are invited to browse the MSAC's AiR Roster to select an MSAC Artist in Residence. The school then applies for a grant from the MSAC that covers half the cost of the residency.

The AiR Program provides opportunities for hands-on intensive workshops involving a small core group of students and teachers over a number of days or weeks. A larger group benefits from additional activities including the artist's lectures, performances, and demonstrations, and through projects developed by classroom teachers with the artists' assistance. 

Residencies are available in: dance, multi-discipline, music, puppetry, theater, playwriting, poetry, architecture, ceramics, doll making/puppet making, fiber arts, glass, handmade paper/books/artist books, media, mixed media, murals, photography, sculpture, site-specific installation, and two-dimensional art. For more information, contact the AiE Program Director, Chris Stewart, at

Southern Maryland Artists Collective
A Fluid Point of View: Art Works by Gina Durgin
Now through May 2018
Quality Printers, 10485 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains
Gallery Hours:  Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public

Come tour the exciting, colorful art exhibit of 64 works currently on display at the SMAC Gallery!  For more information,  visit or call Quality Printers at 240-349-2953.

Southern Maryland Decorative Painters
Meeting and Paint-In
Saturday, April 14, 9:30 am
Immaculate Conception Church (Hall behind the Church)
28297 Old Village Road, Mechanicsville

After the meeting, Cordy Dickson will lead an Erica Joanne project titled "On Healing Wings."  Guests are always welcome and should contact Garnett Joy at 301-884-2835 or for the list of supplies required for the project.

Rochester Contemporary Art Center
Call for Art for the 6x6 Exhibition
Deadline to submit: April 15, 2018
137 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604
Public Gallery Runs from June 2 - July 15, 2018

Each year Rochester Contemporary Art Center's 6x6 exhibition brings together thousands of original artworks, made and donated by celebrities, international & local artists, designers, youth and YOU. Each participant may enter up to four artworks of any medium (2D or 3D). Artworks must be six inches square and signed only on the back, to be exhibited anonymously. Participation is free. All artworks will be exhibited and for sale to the public for $20 each to benefit RoCo. Artists' names will be revealed to the buyer upon purchase. For more information, visit

College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
Annual Juried Student Exhibition
April 16 - May 10
Awards Presentation: Tuesday, April 24, 2:30 pm
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm; 
Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Free and Open to the Public

Untitled Cyanotype
by Ashley Saldana
Paintings in broad brush strokes, photos in captivating focus, and sculptures molded with playfulness are among the types of artwork showcased each spring as part of the College of Southern Maryland's Annual Juried Student Exhibition. 
For more information, visit

Call for Vendors
National Folk Festival 
Application Deadline: April 16
Festival Dates: September 7 - 9, 2018
Salisbury, Maryland
Click HERE for Complete Application Details

The Festival Marketplace at the National Folk Festival will exclusively feature the juried, handmade creations of the finest artists and craftspeople from the State of Maryland and the Delmarva Peninsula . It will include both deeply traditional crafts and more contemporary artistic expressions. Eligible items include pottery, jewelry, quilts, stained and blown glass, sculpture, photography, woodwork, paintings, textile art, custom furniture and mixed media.  For more information, contact Carol Alexander at, or Caroline O'Hare at 347-678-3525, or

Alice Ferguson Foundation
Paint in the Woods
Sunday, April 22, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Fee: $35

Unleash your inner artist in a fun and social environment. All painting supplies are included in the ticket price.  Vicki Marckel will walk you through all the steps to produce your own masterpiece. For more information, call 301-292-5665.
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Elements of Variety
Now through April 29
Gallery Hours: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury
Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors; inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park

The exhibition features works by the Colonial Beach Artists' Guild.  For more information, visit or call 301-743-5159.

Solo Show with Norma Baretincic, through July 6, 2018
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Multi-Artist Show through June 30, 2018
E-Wing Assisted Living Dining Hallway
29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
Gallery Hours: Daily, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show through April 20, 2018
3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Mattawoman Creek Art Center's "Express Charles County in Art" 
Exhibit Runs through July 6, 2018
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show through June 2, 2018
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD 20603
Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm; Friday, 1:00 - 5:00 pm; and Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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

Citizens for the Charles County Public Library (C4CCPL)
Spring 2018 Used Books Bazaar
Now through Saturday, April 14
La Plata Branch, Lower Level
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
Hours: Friday and Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
M onday through Thursday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Hardbacks are $1 each; paperback books are 50 cents each.  Friday, April 13,  and Saturday, April 14, grocery-size "bag full of books" are $3.00 each.  C4CCPL members are entitled to 5 free books during the bazaar. For more information, visit  
or call Ann Chess at 301-259-4615.  
College of Southern Maryland
Visions of Verses
Saturday, April 14, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
calvART Gallery, Prince Frederick Shopping Center
110 South Solomons Island Road, Prince Frederick
Free Admission

The program features poetry by CSM faculty and students and other Southern Maryland poets as well as paintings, jewelry, ceramic, and fused glass pieces by CalvART Gallery member artists inspired by the poems. The evening is offered as an opportunity for the Southern Maryland community to come together to experience and reflect on the ways in which the arts can serve to enrich our lives with beauty and understanding, pointing us toward that more perfect world our hearts know is possible.  For more information, go to

La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
Thursday, April 19, 7:00 pm
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
Meets on the second Thursday of every month (note change for April)
For more information, call 301-934-9001

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

Life Journeys Writers Guild
Big Quarterly Gathering
Saturday, April 21, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
Free, Donations Accepted, Refreshments Served

Glean from their guest speaker, enjoy networking with other movers and shakers in the literary world, learn from dramatic reads.  Discover what it takes to get noticed by the Big Five Publishers. For more information, go to or  contact Yvonne Medley at 240-427-5594. .
Writers of Color Book Club
Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 pm
Meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month
P.D. Brown Library
50 Village Street, Waldorf
For more information, call 301-645-2864

Self-Selected Poetry. 
Bring  your favorite poem to share in celebration of National Poetry Month.
Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, April 25, 11:00 am - Noon
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month 
100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head
Call 301-375-7375 for more information

Zero Day by David Baldacci.  John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigation Division.
Now, Puller is called out on a case in a remote, rural area in West Virginia coal country far from any military outpost. As Puller digs through deception after deception, he realizes that absolutely nothing he's seen in this small town, and no one in it, are what they seem. Facing a potential conspiracy that reaches far beyond the hills of West Virginia, he is one man on the hunt for justice against an overwhelming force. 

Richard R. Clark Senior Center Book Discussion
Thursday, May 3, 1:00 pm
1210 Charles Street, La Plata
Meets the first Thursday of each month 
For more information, call 301-934-9001

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.  Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells, taken without her knowledge in 1951, became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.

College of Southern Maryland, La Plata
Spring Connections Literary Magazine Publication Reading
Friday, May 4, 7:30 pm
Center for Business and Industry (BI Building)
Dr. John M. Sine Conference Room (Room 103)
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Free and Open to the Public

CSM Connections Literary Journal logo
Contributors to the spring 2018 "Connections" Literary Magazine will read and discuss their published works.  For more information, contact

P.D. Brown Library Book Discussion Group
Saturday, May 5, 9:30 - 10:30 am
50 Village Street, Waldorf
Meets on the first Saturday of every month
For more information, call 301-645-2864 

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald.  B roken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds Amy's funeral guests just leaving. The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered visitor, there's not much else to do in a dying small town that's almost beyond repair.
You certainly wouldn't open a bookstore. And definitely not with the tourist in charge. You'd need a vacant storefront (Main Street is full of them), books (Amy's house is full of them), and...customers.  The bookstore might be a little quirky. Then again, so is Sara. But Broken Wheel's own story might be more eccentric and surprising than she thought.  

Modern Adventure Novel Book Club
Wednesday, May 9, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
P.D. Brown Library
50 Village Street, Waldorf
Meets on the second Wednesday of every month
For more information, call 301-645-2864

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett.   A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grafter named Joel Cairo, a fat man name Gutman, and Brigid O'Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett's iconic, influential, and beloved  The Maltese Falcon.
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Alice Ferguson Foundation
Call for Vendors and Exhibitors
Spring Farm Festival
Deadline to Apply: April 20
Festival is Saturday, May 5, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Hard Bargain Barn
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Click HERE for the Vendor Information Details
Click HERE
to Register

Festival showcases arts and crafts, live music, refreshments, farm products, plant sale, hay rides, historic demos, butter churning, blacksmithing and more.  For more information, call 301-292-5665, or email
Town of La Plata
Celebrate La Plata
Saturday, April 28, Noon to 4:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free Admission
The Town of La Plata will come together for a day of family fun at the annual Spring Festival. Enjoy a day of activities for children of all ages with face painting, Moon Bounce, displays, entertainment, refreshments for sale from local favorites and the ever entertaining Bed Races! For more information and the complete schedule of events, go to

Friends of Old Waldorf School Foundation
4th Annual Friendship Tea: Tea in the Garden
Sunday, April 29, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
3074 Crain Highway, Waldorf
Tickets are Free, RSVP Required
Donations Accepted

Assorted teas and scones, tea sandwiches and sweet treats will be served. There will be a few special sales tables, including bedding plants and fresh asparagus; a silent auction; door prizes and more. Seating is limited.  RSVP to Sandi at 301-752-5198; Kim at 301-645-4546; Peggy at 301-645-5564; or

Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco 
and Charles County Government
9th Annual Port Tobacco Village Market Day
Saturday, May 5 (Rain date: Saturday, May 19), 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Historic Port Tobacco Courthouse
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco
Free Admission

The Market includes the Charles County Garden Club plant sale; tours of the Courthouse, Stagg Hall, Burch House, and the Port Tobacco One Room School; a bake sale; food; music and a wide variety of arts and crafts vendors.  For more information, contact Mary Fenton at 301-375-7892, or

Community Senior Centers
Get the SCOOP on What's Happening!
The Department of Community Services operates each of the County's Senior Centers, where citizens 60 and older may access a variety of programs and services, including: Social/Recreational activities, Clubs, Special Events, Trips, Nutritious Lunches, Health and Screenings Programs, Health Scope/Visit the Nurse, Educational programs, Physical Fitness programs, Creative Arts, and Computer Lab/Classes.  For more activities and events, get the April copy of The SCOOP, Charles County's Senior Center News, or cli ck here   to go to their website. 

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

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

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CCAA Board of Directors

Gale Kladitis, President
Robert Rausch, Vice President
Ronald G. Brown, Secretary/Treasurer
Diane Rausch, Past President
Bill Adams
Cindy Johnson
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Mailing Address: PO Box 697, White Plains, MD 20695
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, 10250 La Plata Road, La Plata, MD 20646

About the Charles County Arts Alliance, Inc.


The mission of the Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) is to stimulate, promote, encourage, and provide recognition of the arts and the creative spirit.  Founded in 1987, the CCAA promotes ALL the arts in Charles County: music, visual art, drama, dance and literature.

The CCAA is the official arts council of Charles County and is recognized as such by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) of the State of Maryland.  In this capacity, the CCAA serves as the "umbrella" organization for the arts community in Charles County.  The CCAA promotes Charles County arts organizations and individuals, provides financial support to nonprofit organizations and the schools through its annual arts grant programs, sponsors the creation and presentation of new, diverse cultural activities and special events for the community, provides arts scholarships, and ensures the Charles County's underserved population, people with disabilities, residents with limited income, minorities, and senior citizens have access to the arts. The CCAA builds partnerships with local government, the business community and the educational community, in an effort to enhance the overall quality of life for the citizens of Charles County.