April 30, 2015

You Are Invited!

Waldorf West Library

Arts Alliance Honors Artists at Public Reception


May 2, at the Waldorf West Library



On Saturday, May 2, the Arts Alliance hosts a "Meet the Artists" Public Reception, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, to honor all the artists participating in the new spring exhibit at the Waldorf West Library.  The public is invited to attend and get a chance to meet the artists while viewing their works on display throughout the Library. 


The spring show, which runs through June 26, is the tenth exhibit sponsored in partnership with the Charles County Library and the Arts Alliance, and showcases 40 local artists and 59 works of art.  The art is displayed in four separate gallery spaces which include the main conference room on the first floor, and two study rooms and wall space in the Fiction Section on the second floor.  Most of the artworks are available for purchase; the Library's information desk has copies of the price list.  You can view the exhibit by visiting the CCAA website at http://charlescountyarts.org.


The show's theme was open to the artists and includes works from: Free Akins, Theresa Alo, Sue Belmore, Patricia Biles, Suzanne Cassidy, William Cassidy, Cecelia Dunay, Gale Euchner, Reneé Fuqua, William Gibson, Roxana Gonzales, Deborah Green, Lonnie Harkins, Kylus Harris, Lorina Harris, Josh Hettel, Chez Jackson, Gordon Johnson, Janice Jones, Mary Kercher, Addison Likins, Vicki Marckel, Ivette Marcucci, Julie Meisel, Leah Meyers, Constance Moore, Debra Moorehead, Pat Morrison, Jamie Oliver, Nancy Owens, Cryz Proctor, Brandon Romero, Spencer Russell, Wayne Russell, Lee Anne Shontere, Shon Simpson, Pat Troiani, Shannon Wang, Jennafer Williams and Amy Julianne Young.


The Library is located at 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, Maryland. Hours are: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm; Friday, 1:00 to 5:00 pm; and Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  


Hope to see you on Saturday, May 2!


ArtsFest 2015 is Coming!

 Call for Artists, Authors, Exhibitors!

Saturday, June 13, 2015
(Rain Date:  Sunday, June 14)
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street
La Plata, MD

Last "Early Bird Discount" Ends Today!

The Charles County Arts Alliance is pleased to announce our 23rd annual ArtsFest, to be held on  Saturday, June 13, 2015, 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.  We are pleased to be presenting ArtsFest for the fourth year 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.

Time is of the essence, so please register for your booth space today and save money!  Spaces are filling up!  The last "Early Bird Discount" ends todayApril 30The final deadline for registration is May 31.

Click HERE  to download the ArtsFest 2015 Registration Form for all visual and literary Artist Vendors (sales) and Nonprofit Organization Exhibitors (no sales).

Click  HERE  to download the ArtsFest 2015 Food Vendor Registration Form.

F orms are also available on the CCAA website at  www.charlescountyarts.org.

For more info or if you have any questions, please contact our CCAA Office at  info@charlescountyarts.org, or call 301-392-5900.


La Plata High School

The Wizard of Oz

April 30 - May 3

Thursday - Saturday, 6:30 pm

Sunday, 2:30 pm 

6035 Radio Station Road, La Plata

Tickets:  $10 Adults; $5 Students; CCPS staff also receive a free ticket with their identification badge


The play follows Dorothy, a young girl from Kansas, who finds herself in a strange place, the Land of Oz, after a tornado comes through her town. During the performances, the La Plata student actors will be joined by students from Mary H. Matula, T.C. Martin and Walter J. Mitchell Elementary Schools. Call 301-934-1100 for more information.


Newtowne Players
Picnic by William Inge
April 30 - May 3
Thursday - Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:30 pm
Three Notch Theatre
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets: $15 Adults; $12 Seniors (65+), Military; $12 Children under 12; $10 Thursday Performances

Emotions ignite when a handsome drifter arrives in a small Kansas community on the morning of their Labor Day picnic. Set in a small town in 1950s Kansas, Picnic details the lives of "ordinary" Americans, from hopeful widows and embittered spinsters to idealistic teenagers and restless wanderers.   For more information, call 301-737-5447, or go  to 
Tantallon Community Players Invites You to Meet
Cast Members from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Saturday, May 2, 8:00 - 10:00 am
Applebee's,  3610 Crain Highway, Waldorf
Meet members of the cast  and then  enjoy a Kentucky Derby flapjack breakfast with pancakes, sausages, scrambled eggs, coffee, juice, soda or tea.  Wear a BIG Kentucky Derby hat!  Cost for the breakfast is $10. For more information, contact Vicki Cline at 571-236-6185, or vasilikih@hotmail.com  

College of Southern Maryland
Southern Maryland Concert Band
Saturday, May 2, 8:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $5 in Advance, $7 Day of Concert

The Southern Maryland Concert Band (SMCB), under the direction of Michael Peerless, will continue its collaboration with CSM's music program. For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or go to http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/MusicEnsembles.html.

College of Southern Maryland
Ward Virts Concert Series
Blue Mountain Ensemble
Sunday, May 3, 3:00 pm 
(Doors open 2:30 pm, seating is limited)
Prince Frederick Campus
Building B, Multipurpose Room 104
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Free Admission

Blue Mountain performs music from diverse style periods written for flute, bassoon, and piano, and also adapts repertoire for this colorful combination. The name is taken from exceptionally beautiful and diverse natural areas worldwide carrying the name Blue Mountain. The group's engaging and varied programming mirrors the contrasting environments of these places: serene, young, old, laid-back, joyful, and rugged. Michael Burns ( www.michaelburnsbassoon.com) is a Yamaha Artist and Professor of Bassoon at UNC-Greensboro. Carla Copeland-Burns ( www.carlacopelandburns.com) is Instructor of Flute at UNC-Greensboro. For more information, go to http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/WardVirts/index.html, or call the CSM Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Charles County Youth Orchestra 
and Encore Strings
Sunday, May 3, 4:30 pm
Westlake High School
3300 Middletown Road, Waldorf
Free Admission; Donations Accepted

The Youth Orchestra will perform the Moldau by Smetana, the Overture to The Magic Flute by Mozart, Rumanian Folk Dances by Bartok, and Symphonic Suite from Lord of the Rings by Howard Shore.

Encore Strings will perform Pavane by Faur√©, Entrance of the Queen of Sheba by Handel, Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky, Blue Rhythmico by Kirt Mosier, and American Fiddle Triptych

For more information, go to  http://ccyo.com, or contact Anne Marie Patterson at annempatterson@aol.com.

College of Southern Maryland
CSM Dance Ensemble Performance
Monday, May 4, 7:30 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $5 in Advance, $7 Day of Performance

Whether it's a Balanchine ballet, or breaking, locking, and popping, CSM's Dance Ensemble, directed by Joanne Lunsford, performs a variety of pieces to appeal to all lovers of dance. This year's spring performance is titled "Awakening."  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828 or bxoffc@csmd.edu.

College of Southern Maryland
Music Student Honors Recitals
Tuesday, May 5, 2:30 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Free admission

Each semester, CSM's private instructors in music select their best student musicians to perform in a public recital. These recitals feature a variety of styles from classical instrumental and vocal solos to contemporary vocal and guitar performances and represent the highest level of musicianship in the respective studios. For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or go to http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/MusicEnsembles.

Henry E. Lackey High School

Cabaret Night

Thursday, May 7
Doors open 6:00 pm; Dinner & Entertainment 6:30 pm

3000 Chicamuxen Road, Indian Head

Tickets:  $12 Adult, $8 Student, $5 with CCPS Badge, Free for Children 4 and Under


The night features a family style spaghetti dinner with salad and desserts as well as students from chorus, band, orchestra and drama providing entertainment for the evening. Select pieces of art will also be on display by the talented students in Lackey's Fine Arts Department.  For more information visit  http://lackeyarts.org.  


World Premiere of "Haara" 

New Musical Work for Symphonic Band

Free Admission


Monday, May 18, 6:30 pm 

Henry E. Lackey High School

3000 Chicamuxen Road, Indian Head


Monday, May 18, 6:30 pm

La Plata High School

6035 Radio Station Road, La Plata


Tuesday, May 19, 7:00 pm

North Point High School

2500 Davis Road, Waldorf


Composed by Mary Coy Whitmore, a 2007 graduate of Henry E. Lackey High School, this musical is dedicated to the high school bands of Charles County, Maryland.  The project was conceived and spearheaded by Alan D. Freeman, Director of Instrumental Music at Lackey High School, who was Ms. Whitmore's former band director.  It was commissioned as the result of a special project grant awarded in 2013 by the Charles County Arts Alliance to the Charles County Public Schools.  Ms. Whitmore will be in attendance at the Lackey High School and North Point High School world premieres.  At Lackey, there will be a special reception honoring Ms. Whitmore immediately following the concert, and an opportunity for members of the audience to meet the composer in person.   


For more information on the upcoming world premiere concerts of Haara on May 18-19, contact Dr. Freeman at Lackey High School at 301-753-1753 or afreeman@ccboe.com.


Tantallon Community Players
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
May 22, 23, 29, 30, 31; June 5, 6, 7
Fridays - Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:00 pm
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Road, Ft. Washington
Tickets: $15 Adults; $12 Students, Seniors (60+); $10 Groups of 10 or more

Follow this classic tale of betrayal and forgiveness through the lands of ancient Egypt! The Biblical story of Joseph and his brothers is brought to life through vibrant song and dance in this delightful family musical. For more information and to order tickets, go to www.tantallonplayers.org.


Free Evening Concerts
Two Locations!

Thursdays, 7:00 pm
O'Donnell Lake
10400 O'Donnell Place
Fridays, 7:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street
La Plata
May 21 - U.S. Navy Band Country Current

May 28 - Sara Grey
June 4 - Eric Scott

June 11 - U.S. Naval
Academy Band Electric Brigade

June 18 - John Lewis

June 25 - Lynn Hollyfield

July 9 - Anthony Swampdog

July 16  -Jennifer Cooper

July 23 - Sin Miedo

July 30 - Marguerite

August 6 - Donegal X-press

August 13 - U.S. Navy Band

August 20 - U.S. Air Force
Band Max Impact

August 27 - Tomorrow's

For more information, go

For both locations, bring lawn chairs or blankets.

For the La Plata Town Hall Concerts 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.

May 22  - 25th Hour Band

May 29 -  Federal Brass of The U.S. Army Field Band

June 5 -  Franklin Square Band

June 12 -  Four of a Kind

June 19 - The Sea Chanters

June 26 - Drivin' Muzzy

July 3 - Paul Thomas and MWB

July 10 - Sara Gray Band

July 17 - U.S. Naval Academy Band Electric Brigade

July 24 - Roadhouse

July 31 - The Lucky Few

August 7 - 257th Army Band 

August 14 - U.S. Air Force Band Max Impact

August 21 - Eric Scott Band

August 28 - Southern Maryland Concert Band

September 4 - Dance Party with Elite Beatz Entertainment &Chesapeake Country Cruizers

September 11 - Dr. Phill's Big Band

September 18 - U.S. Navy Band The Cruisers

September 25 - John Luskey Band

For more information, go to  www.townoflaplata.org .
Port Tobacco Players
Much Ado About Nothing
May 22 - June 7
Fridays - Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets:  $17 Adults, $14 Seniors (60+), Youth, Military

One of Shakespeare's best loved comedies follows Prince Don Pedro and his officers, Benedick and Claudio, as they arrive in Messina after a successful battle. Claudio is in love with Hero, the daughter of Messina's Governor, Leonato.  Benedick and Beatrice, Leonato's neice, are, for all appearances, not in love, as neither can keep a civil tongue where the other is concerned.    Enter the Villain, Don John, the illegitimate brother of the Prince Don Pedro.   Complications arise, evil plans are at work, accusations are made, a death is faked, and emotions escalate before all is resolved.   For more information, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819.

Charles County Youth Orchestra
Free Masterclass
T uesday, May 26, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
North Point High School
2500 Davis Road, Waldorf

The guest clinician, Olivia Gutoff, will work with students on how to prepare for auditions. All interested students are welcome to observe, though only CCYO/Encore Strings students will be invited to perform. Ms. Gutoff was the conductor of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra in Montgomery County for many years, and has extensive experience in working with both string and wind instrumentalists, so the masterclass will be helpful for all musicians. No reservation is necessary to observe, but please contact Anne Marie Patterson at annempatterson@aol.com if you would like to perform in the masterclass.  For more information, go to www.ccyo.com.

Flute Magic! 2015 Flute Camp!
Monday - Friday, July 6 - 10, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Ages 8-18,  Maximum 20 students
First Baptist Church of Waldorf
10045 Bunker Hill Road, Waldorf
Now in its 7th year! Flutists, aged 8 - 18, share a week of flute fun and challenge in Southern Maryland. Classes include group and private flute lessons, ensemble classes, optional piano class, and arts and crafts. Instructors present recitals, and the students will present the Grand Finale Concert on Friday, July 10, at 2:30 pm.  Staffed by all professional flutists and educators.  Click here to download a registration form.  Visit http://lsnell.mtacc.org for more information or call Lucy Snell, director, at 301-751-5029.

Port Tobacco Players
Camp Mockabee Registration is Open!
Summer Theatre  Kids and Teen Camps 
Ages  6 through High School
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Click Here to Download a Registration Form

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

Deadline to Submit Extended to May 14 !

Waldorf West Library

Theme is "Artist's Choice"


The Charles County Arts Alliance is now accepting submissions for the Summer Art Show, a multi-media public exhibit, to be held at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD, from June 29 to September 25, 2015. 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 June.

Date Changed:  On Saturday, July 18, 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 summer show.  

For more information, contact the CCAA Office at 301-392-5900, or info@charlescountyarts.org.

College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Gallery
Annual Juried Student Exhibition
Now through May 4
La Plata Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm;
Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

"Gas Station" by Katharina Fleming, 2014 Faculty 
Purchase Prize
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 presented in the Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery. Artist Laurel Kukazewski will be the Juror for this year's exhibit.   For more information, call the box office at 301-934-7828 or go to  http://csmd.edu/Arts

2015 Chesapeake Bay Waterfowl Arts Show

May 15 - 16

St. Mary's County Fairgrounds

42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown


Friday, May 15, Reception, 6:00 pm

$75 Advance Tickets Required


Saturday, May 16, Live Auction Begins at 8:00 am

Art Show and Activities, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Admission:  $5 per Person, 12 and under Free

For the ninth straight year, world class wildlife art, antique duck decoys, delicious wild game, local wines, and retriever dogs come together in southern Maryland for a fun-filled weekend, with something for everyone.


The event kicks off Friday, May 15, with a Cattails and Cocktails reception and auction in recognition of the show's 2015 featured carver, renowned Maryland decoy carver, President of the Southern Maryland Carousel Group and carousel animal maker, Burkey Boggs.  On Saturday, the day begins with a live auction of the decoys, followed by retriever and decoy demonstrations, decoy competition, cooking demonstrations, workshops, and a "meet the artists." For more details and a schedule of events, go to  http://www.cfsomd.org/waterfowlshow.html.


Mount Aventine Manor House
Afternoon Tea
Sunday, May 17, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
3452 Ferry Place, Indian Head
Donation:  $30
Reservations Required by May 13

E njoy an afternoon of food, live music, antique costumes and a mini Mount Aventine doll house. To make reservations, call 240-472-1384.

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  www.mattawomanart.org.
Sunday Movie and Dessert!
Free Movie and a Treat!
May 3, 2:00 pm
Power  of Art:  Rembrandt

Renowned art historian Simon Schama explores the power and passion of art, focusing on Rembrandt. Born to a family of millers in Leiden, Dutch Republic (now the Netherlands), in 1606, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn left university at 14 to pursue a career as an artist. Despite being known as a portrait painter, Rembrandt used his talent to push the boundaries of painting. This direction made him unpopular in the later years of his career as he shifted from being the talk of the town to becoming adrift in the Amsterdam art scene and criticized by his peers.

Mattawoman Creek Art Center Workshops

Acrylics on Canvas

Thursday, May 7, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Fee: $40 Members / $50 Nonmembers

Space is Limited!

Instructor: Peter Ulrich


In this workshop, you will paint a subject of your choice, e.g., a landscape, cityscape, or seascape from your photo or a still life of your own making. Support will be either stretched canvas or canvas-on-board.  Steps and topics include: toning the support, some thoughts on composition, sketching with the brush, color mixing, under-painting, use of acrylic medium, keeping the brushes and paints wet, alla prima technique, working from dark to light values, achieving an impressionistic effect and varnishing the finished painting. Some drawing and painting experience in any medium is suggested. For a detailed list of materials, please check Workshops  at  www.mattawomanart.org  
Monday, May 11, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Rain Date:  Monday, May 18
Fee:  Members: $40 / $50 Nonmembers
Materials Fee:  $10 or Less
Instructor: Pat Spradlin

Expand your painting experience by trying the ancient art of encaustic painting. This workshop will introduce the techniques of this media which includes beeswax melted to a fluid state on a hot palette and painted, drawn or dripped onto panels. The instructor will provide panels and materials, but bring your own palette knives, old white bristle brushes and ideas.

MCAC Friday Open Studio

Now through May 22, 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!   

Romanticism Revisited
Invitational Show by Robert Wayt Smith
Now through May 24
Gallery Hours: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays,
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

College of Southern Maryland
Spring 2015 Connections
Magazine Readings
Friday, May 1, 7:30 pm
La Plata Campus
Center for Business and Industry (BI), Room 103
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Free Admission!
Contributors to the Spring 2015 Connections Literary Magazine will read and discuss their published works.   Connections Literary Magazine is a regional journal published twice a year that features poems, stories, artwork and photography of Southern Maryland. Also included in each issue is featured material from visiting authors.  Visit

Life Journeys Writers Club
Write on Wednesdays -- with a Twist!
May 6, 13, and 20, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Fee:  $59.99

Life Jurneys Writers Club
Dedicate just three Wednesdays in May to electrifying your passion, to journey the road to creating polished writing projects worthy of publication.  S essions I & II feature light fare; Session III includes dinner.   For more information and location, contact Yvonne Medley at  301-705-8972, emeddle@aol.com , or go to  www.lifejourneyswritersclub.com .

Life Journeys Writers Club
Nuts and Bolts Gathering
Saturday, May 16, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Gaithersburg Book Festival
Children's Village
Gathersburg City Hall Grounds
31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Free Admission and Parking

Life Jurneys Writers Club Meet the authors, poets and songwriters. There will be booksigning sessions and workshops This is your opportunity to meet and learn from published authors. Go to  www.gaithersburgbookfestival.org for the complete schedule of events. For more information, contact Yvonne Medley at 301-705-8972, emeddle@aol.com, or go to www.lifejourneyswritersclub.com.

Adult Discussion Book Groups
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.  

May 2:  The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe.  During her treatment for cancer, Mary Anne Schwalbe and her son Will spent many hours sitting in waiting rooms together.  To pass the time, they would talk about the books they were reading.  Once, by chance, they read the same book at the same time-and an informal book club of two was born.  A profoundly moving memoir of caregiving, mourning, and love-The End of Your Life Book Club is also about the joy of reading, and the ways that joy is multiplied when we share it with others.

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.

May 6: Every Last One by Anna Quindlen. Anna Quindlen creates an unforgettable portrait of a mother, a father, a family, and the explosive, violent consequences of what seem like inconsequential actions.  Mary Beth Latham is first and foremost a mother. Caring for her family and preserving their everyday life is paramount. And so, when one of her sons, Max, becomes depressed, Mary Beth becomes focused on him, and is blindsided by a shocking act of violence. What happens afterward is a testament to the power of a woman's love and determination, and to the invisible line of hope and healing that connects one human being with another. Every Last One is a novel about facing every last one of the the things we fear most, about finding ways to navigate a road we never intended to travel, to live a life we never dreamed we'd have to live but must be brave enough to try.

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. 
May 7:  A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway.  Written when Ernest Hemingway was thirty years old and lauded as the best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms  is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Set against the looming horrors of the battlefield-weary, demoralized men marching in the rain during the German attack on Caporetto, and the profound struggle between loyalty and desertion, this gripping, semi-autobiographical work captures the harsh realities of war and the pain of lovers caught in its inexorable sweep. 

Chicks for Lit Book Club at Potomac
Meets on Saturdays from 10:30 - 12:00 noon, at the Potomac Branch Library, 3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head.  Pre-registration is required; click here to register for this discussion. For more information, call 301-375-7375.

May 9:  The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. It is 1866, and Walter Moody has come to stake his claim in New Zealand's booming gold rush.  On the stormy night of his arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men who have met in secret to discuss a series of unexplained events.  Moody is soon drawn into a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely ornate as the night sky.  Richly evoking a mid-nineteenth-century world of shipping, banking, and gold rush boom and bust, The Luminaries is at once a fiendishly clever ghost story, a gripping page-turner, and a thrilling novelistic achievement. 

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 301-934-9001,  for more information.
May 14: The Last Lecture  by Randy Pausch. A lot of professors give talks titled "The Last Lecture." Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them.  And while they speak, audiences can't help but mull the same question.  When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave--"Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams"--wasn't about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because "time is all you have...and you may find one day that you have less than you think"). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.

Writers of Color Book Club
Note location change!  A book club for all who enjoy reading books by authors of African descent who write contemporary fiction. The Club mee ts bi-monthly at alternating locations.  The May meeting will be held at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. For more information, call 301-645-1395.
May 21: Till You Hear from Me by Pearl Cleage.  Just when it appears that all her hard work on Barack Obama's presidential campaign is about to pay off with a White House job, thirty-five-year-old Ida B. Wells Dunbar finds herself dealing with her outspoken father, the Reverend Horace A. Dunbar, Atlanta civil rights icon; and childhood friend and smooth political operator Wes Harper, also in town to pay a visit to the Reverend Dunbar, his mentor. 

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.

May 27:   Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles.  Suddenly she is a Sassenach-an "outlander"-in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. 
Charles County Library Schedule
For May and June

Get a copy of the May/June 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  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.

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.  For details of all events, get a copy of their April and May  newsletters.   For more activities and events, get a copy of the April   and  May   editions 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 301-934-5423, 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
County Seal

E L Sanders Insurance

CCAA members receive the monthly newsletter,  The Arts Insider, on the first of each month.
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.
CCAA Board of Directors
Robert Rausch, President
Gale Kladitis, Vice President
Cindy Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer
Diane Rausch, Past President
Bill Adams
Ronald Brown
Lorina Harris
Kathleen Jenkins
Roy Jenkins, PhD
Amelia Jones
Cecelia Keller
Shane Seremet
Mark Walker

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.