August18, 2016  

Attention All Organizations and Businesses 
Charles County Fair is September 15 - 18
Help Us Fill the CCAA Arts Bags!

Arts Bag 2013
The Charles County Arts Alliance has been a proud partner with t he  Charles County Fair Board for many years. We  help supervise the P.D. Brown Fine Arts Building, and staff a CCAA booth to promote the arts in our county and membership in our organization.

Each year we assemble arts bags filled with interesting flyers, pens, bookmarks, brochures, business cards, press releases, event announcements and other promotional materials to hand out to Charles County Fair-goers. We want to advertise the broad diversity of the arts we offer here in Charles County: music, visual art, drama, dance and literature. 
This year, again, we plan to stuff 500 arts bags. We need your stuff, so we can fill these bags. The bags are 12" wide and 15" tall. Please deliver 500 of your promo items to our CCAA Office by 12:00 noon on Friday, September 9. The office is located at 10250 La Plata Road, near the corner of Rts. 488 and 6, in the United Way House, La Plata, MD. Thank you!
Arts Alliance Grant Season is Now Open!
Deadline to Submit is October 21, 2016

Dollar Signs Applications for FY2017 grants are now available! Over the past 29 years, the CCAA has awarded over $650,000 in grant funding to schools and organizations in Charles County for projects in the performing, visual, and literary arts. This has helped enhance our county's culture and inspire its residents to explore the diverse arts community present in its own backyard. There are two types of grants: Arts in Education (AIE) for schools, and Community Arts Development (CAD) for nonprofit organizations. Some examples are arts services, children's events, dance, folk arts and heritage, literature, media, and music. Schools may request up to $800, while nonprofit organizations may be eligible to receive up to $6,000 in grant monies.

This year, we are offering two dates for the mandatory workshop for organizations seeking a CAD General Operating or Special Project Grant. The first date is Wednesday, September 7, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm, and the second opportunity is Saturday, September 10, from 1:00 - 2:00 pm, both at the United Way House, 10250 La Plata Road, La Plata. Contact the CCAA Office at 301-392-5900, or to sign up for one of these classes. Schools applying for an Arts in Education Grant are not required to attend these workshops.

Organizations seeking funding can obtain applications by clicking on the links below or by going to

Click HERE to download the AIE Grant Form

Click HERE to download the CAD Special Projects Grant Form

Click HERE to download the CAD General Operating Grant Form  

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

Port Tobacco Players Encore Kids
Auditions for Grades 1st - 8th
Thursday, August 18, 6:30 pm
508 E. Charles Street, La Plata

The Encore Kids group consists of children in 1st - 8th grades.  Their mission is to serve as a community outreach program of the Port Tobacco Players by providing year-round onstage opportunities for kids with an interest in and a flair for theater. To audition, prepare 16 to 32 bars of musical theater or Disney-style song and a memorized short monologue, poem or story. Bring sheet music for the song; an accompanist will be provided.  For more information, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819, or contact the PTP Education Chairperson at

Historic St. Mary's City and The Newtowne Players
Shakespeare in the City
The Tempest
Thursday, Friday, Saturday,  August 18, 19, 20, 7:30 pm
Southern Maryland Youth Orchestra Performs, August 19, 20, 7:00 pm
Reconstructed State House of 1676
47418 Old State House Road, Saint Mary's City, MD 20686
Tickets: $15 Adult; $12 Senior, Military, Student; $10 Children 6 to 11; 
Free for Children Under 6
Thursday, August 18 - This Night Only - Tickets: $10, Children under 6 are Free

Exiled to an abandoned island in the middle of the sea, Prospero, the former Duke of Milan, grows into a powerful sorcerer. When chance brings his enemies close to his shores, Prospero schemes his revenge against the ones who overthrew him: his cunning sister, Antonia, and Alonso, the King of Naples. Raising a powerful storm with the help of his faithful and spritely servant, Ariel, Prospero brings the shipwrecked king and crew into his world of mystery, danger and enchantment. Family and political drama intertwine with lighthearted comedy and romance as fools, lovers, and villains alike traverse the island in William Shakespeare's The Tempest For additional information, contact Aaron Meisinger at, or call 240-895-4990.



Thursdays, 7:00 pm
O'Donnell Lake
10400 O'Donnell Place

Bands perform on the boardwalk, which is in the center of the community. Plenty of free parking is available. Coolers are permitted, but alcohol and glass containers are prohibited. Concerts will end at dusk.

August 18 - Sin Miedo

August 25 - US Navy Band, Sea Chanters

September 1 - Tomorrow's Time

For more information, go   St. Charles Sunset Concert Festival. 

Fridays, 7:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street
La Plata

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.
August 19 The Muddy Crows
September 2 John Luskey Band 

September 9 -   Paul Thomas and The M W B Band
September 16 BackFin

September 23 Port Tobacco Pickers
September 30 - Robbie Boothe 

For more information, go to  La Plata Summer Concert Series. 

The Hard Bargain Players
Radio Golf
Friday, Saturday, August 19, 20, 26 and 27, 8:00 pm
Theater in the Woods
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets:  $12 Adults, $10 Students and Members of the Alice Ferguson Foundation
Ambitious, well-connected, charismatic, Ivy League educated real estate mogul Harmond Wilks is on a path to become thefirst Black mayor of Pittsburgh.  With a lucrative real estate development project about to break ground and a smart, supportive and equally ambitious wife by his side, he is living the dream.  However, he is forced to evaluate the true cost of success when the revelation of secrets creates a moral crisis threatening all of his aspirations. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact Doris Sharp at 240-766-8830, or email

Chesapeake Choral Arts Society
Mondays, August 29 and September 12, 6:30 pm
By Appointment (Alternate Dates May be Arranged)
Peace Lutheran Church
401 E. Smallwood Drive, Waldorf

Auditions will consist of vocal warm-ups, pitch matching and vocal exercises to determine the singer's vocal range.  No prepared piece is necessary. High School age singers and older are welcome. The choir meets regularly from September - June, rehearsing at Peace Lutheran Church on Monday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, and produces three different concerts throughout the season.  Call Carol at  301-642-0594  to set up an audition appointment.   For more information about CCAS, visit , or find them on  Facebook .

The Newtowne Players
Holmes for the Holidays (or The Game's Afoot)
Monday - Tuesday, August 29 - 30, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Call Backs, Thursday, September 1, 6:00 pm
Three Notch Theatre Lobby
21744 S. Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Performance dates are December 2 - 18, 2016 

Synopsis:  It is Christmas Eve, 1936. William Gillette, an actor famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it's up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. This glittering whodunit has murder, infidelity, wit, and surprises--something for everyone

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please bring your calendar with all conflict dates from September 1 to December 18. As always, NTP invites both experienced and new actors to audition and welcomes volunteers interested in production and back-stage positions. For more information and a complete list of character descriptions, go to or contact the director, Jennifer Carnahan, via email at  or cell 805-415-4017.

College of Southern Maryland
The Runner Stumbles
Thursdays, September 8 and 15, 7:30 pm
Fridays, September 9 and 16, 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 10, 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 17, 2:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $15 Adults; $12 Seniors, Military with ID, Youth of High School Age and Below

A young nun has died under mysterious circumstances in a remote parish in northern Michigan, and her superior, Father Rivard, has been charged with her murder. The action alternates between interrogations, testimony and scenes from the past which reveal that Father Rivard, who had been banished to the small, up-country parish, fell in love with Sister Rita; and when circumstances forced her to move into the rectory with him, his anguish became unbearable. Their relationship, inevitably, spelt tragedy, but not until the explosive and surprising climax of the play is the full extent of their sacrifice made clear and the identity of the murderer revealed. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Alice Ferguson Foundation
Lynn Hollyfield & Friends
Saturday, September 10, 8:00 pm
Hard Bargain Amphitheater
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets: $15, $12 Students and Members of the Alice Ferguson Foundation

Blend a powerful singer, crisp acoustic guitar player and a heartfelt observer of the world and you have award-winning singer-songwriter, Lynn Hollyfield.  Her original music is a soulful mix of indie-folk-pop with a little bit of blues and jazz.  Also performing are Dave Abe, multi-instrumentalist (violin, mandolin, pennywhistle); Jimmy Brink, (percussion); and special guest Keely Hollyfield (vocals and violin).   For more information, contact Doris Sharp at 301-292-5665, or visit

Charles County Youth Orchestra
Saturday, September 10, and Tuesday, September 13
Click HERE for Complete Details and Audition Requirements

  The Charles County Youth Orchestra is looking for advanced high school string, wind, brass and percussion students.  Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings.   Encore Strings has openings for all middle school level string players.  Rehearsals are Saturday mornings.   Encore Band has openings for all middle school level band players.  Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings.  To schedule an audition, send an email to Director Anne Marie Patterson at

Port Tobacco Players
Blithe Spirit
September 23 - October 9
Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets:  $18 Adult; $15 Senior (60+), Military, Youth to 18

Charles and his second wife, Ruth seek the aid of a "quirky" medium, Madame Arcati, with research for his new book. A séance is held in their home conjuring up Charles's first wife, Elvira, who reveals herself only to him. Ruth begins to think her husband has gone completely psychotic until she watches a vase of flowers float across the room. This creates a lively contest between the wives, leading Charles into an amusing predicament.  For more information, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819.
Ms Georgia's Creative Arts Academy
Seeking Teachers in Piano, Guitar, Strings and Voice

Ms Georgia's Creative Arts Academy (formerly Ms Georgia's Musical Beginnings) serves over 100 families in Southern Maryland and is rapidly expanding. Her upbeat academy focuses on developing the creative spark in each student, including those with special needs, and exposing them to the great masters in the world of Fine Arts through dynamic hands-on experiences. The Academy offers individual and group lessons, student performance opportunities, in-house performances by professional artists, and field trips to shows and museums throughout the DC area. The Academy serves students of all ages, however the majority of the students are ages 5-11. For more information about becoming one of the Academy's  teachers, contact Georgia Bonney at 301-542-9359, or  


"Artists without Limits" Multi-Artist Show, through September 26 , 2016
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Multi-Artist Show, through October 19, 2016
E-Wing Assisted Living Dining Hallway
29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
Gallery Hours: Daily, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
"Meet the Artists" Public Reception, September 24, 2:00 - 4:00  pm

New Multi-Artist Show Opens August 19 through November 18, 2016
3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601
Gallery Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Solo Show by Gordon Johnson, Now through October 5, 2016
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show, through September 24, 2016
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

Howard County Arts Council 
Art Maryland 2016 Call for Artists Juried Exhibit
Deadline: Friday, September 2
Click HERE for Complete Details and Entry Form

Artists, 18 years or older, residing in Maryland or within a 100-mile radius of Ellicott City, Maryland, are invited to submit up to three works, in any medium, for Art Maryland 2016, a biennial juried exhibit that will run from October 28 to December 9, 2016.  

For more information, go to,  or call 410-313-2787.

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Exhibits, Workshops, Open Studio
Smallwood State Park,  5565 Upham Place, Marbury, MD 20658
The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays,
11:00 am - 4:00 pm.  For more information call 301-743-5159. or go to
Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors! Inform the Park Ranger when Entering the Park.
Click HERE for their summer brochure!
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Open Studio
Fridays, Now through August 27,  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!  For more information, go to
Plein Air Fridays !
9:00 am to Noon
August 19: Waldorf West Library, Waldorf
August 26: MCAC, General Smallwood State Park
Free and Op en to the Public

Just show up at the location listed at 9:00 am. Meet together in the parking lot and then paint until 12:00 noon. Gather together for lunch and a friendly critique of each other's works. Bring your own art supplies, lunch and beverage. To get directions, contact Mary Kercher at

Strokework -- Violas
Saturday, August 20, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fee: $50 Members / $60 Nonmembers
Instructor: Sandy Scales, Member of Society of Decorative Painters

Join Sandy Scales as she teaches a few brushstrokes that lead to many flower and leaf designs. Fee includes paints, prepped surfaces, instructions and color photo of project.  You will need to bring stroke brushes and a wet palette.  Brushes will be available for purchase if needed. All Levels.  
2016 Summer Open All-Media Show
Now through September 11

The Great Art Heist Mystery Dinner
Friday, September 30, 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Tickets:  $55; $65 After September 16

Fun, food, a mystery to solve and art for sale.  For more information, call 301-743-5159, email, or visit
National Gallery of Art
Picture This! The Close of Day: Twilight Landscapes!
Tours for People with Low Vision or Who Are Blind 
Wednesday, August 24, and Saturday, August 27, 1:00 pm
6th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC (use the Constitution Avenue or Madison Drive entrances for easiest access to the Rotunda)

Lumber Schooners at Evening on Penobscot Bay
by Fitz Henry Lane, 1863
Picture This tours incorporate vibrant verbal description with information about works of art. Tours meet at 1:00 pm in the Rotunda of the West Building of the National Gallery and last about an hour. 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   For more information, go to .

Quality Printers
Shadow and Light
New Works by Laura Lisak and Eric Giles
Saturday, August 27, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
10485 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains
Free and Open to the Public

This body of work explores the interconnectedness of the seemingly divergent work of husband and wife Eric Giles and Laura Lisak. Laura's work is rooted in the capturing of light (photography) which she interprets through her fiber arts practice. Giles' work, on the other hand, centers on his drawing practice, applying shadows (ink) to create form. In this show, they bring together their work to show they are sides of the same coin, shadow to light and light to shadow, whose mediums may differ, but whose sensibilities are analogous.  For more information, call 240-349-2953.

College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
Meggan Gould's Traces of Vision
September 6 - 29
Artist Lecture: Tuesday, September 27, 2:30 pm
Learning Resource Center (LR Building), Room 102
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Gallery Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Meggan Gould is a photographer living and working in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of New Mexico. She received an MFA from the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her photographs have been exhibited widely in the United States and internationally, and she was a resident at Light Work in 2009. Her current work is primarily interested in using photography to examine the practice of photographing, and in the lives of photographs as objects.   For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

National Gallery of Art
Programs in American Sign Language and Assistive Listening Devices
Tour on Sunday, September 11, 1:00 pm
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.  

Maryland Independent, Calvert Recorder and Enterprise
Calling All Photographers!
Photos Wanted for the 2017 Calendars
Deadline to Submit Extended to Friday, October 7, 2016

Submit up to 5 of your picturesque photos of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's Counties for a chance to be featured in the Southern Maryland News 2017 Calendars. Landscapes in all seasons from North Beach to Waldorf, Hollywood to Dunkirk are wanted.  Send large, high-resolution files (5MB or greater), horizontal landscapes preferred, to Megan Johnson at Include the photographer's name, hometown and location of the photo.  

The Southern Maryland Decorative Painters
FREE "Learn to Paint" Workshop
Saturday, October 8
Choose One of Two Sessions:  1:00 - 2:00 pm or 3:00 to 4:00 pm
Charlotte Hall Library
37600 New Market Road, Charlotte Hall
Pre-Register at

Open to  adults and children (9 and above). Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Each session will be limited to 18 participants.  The project will be a gingerbread bell adapted from a pattern by Kathleen Whiton.  N o painting experience is necessary; everything needed to paint the project will be provided.    Pre-registration is strongly encouraged to secure a seat!    When registering,  provide name, session, ages of children and phone number.   For more information, email

Arts Alliance "Call for Artists"
Eight Artists Needed for Four Quarterly Shows in 2017

Deadline to Submit is October 16, 2016

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, both in La Plata, MD. Submissions will be accepted for each location by October 16, 2016, for the four quarterly shows in 2017.

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 2017 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 these galleries are invited to submit new work for consideration.  

For more information on the Arts Alliance, contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900,, or
Waldorf West Library
Local Authors' Reception
Saturday, August 20, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf

Meet and celebrate our local authors at the Local Author's Reception. Be inspired by our own local celebrities from Charles, Calvert, St. Mary's and Prince Georges counties. Appropriate for school age through adult. Sponsored by Charles County Public Library and Life Journeys Writers Guild. For more information, contact Sarah Guy at 301-645-1395.
Charles County Public Library
Summer Reading Program:  Sports & Games
Now though August 20
Register at

The summer reading program offers three levels of participation:  Bronze, Silver and Gold.  Choose any or all, with drawings for prizes in each level.  Go to for complete details.
Charles County Library Programs
Get a copy of the  July/August and September/October brochures to see all the programs available at your local libraries. There are art classes, computer classes, book discussions for all ages, craft programs, preschool story times, games, writing classes, and lots of other activities for every interest and age!   

For more information, call 301-645-1395, or go to


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.

August 24:  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.   Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris, and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo.    In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure's converge.

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. 

September 1:  My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman (and Henning Koch, Translator)Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy--as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers--crazy. She is also Elsa's best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal. When Elsa's grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa's greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother's instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

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.

September 7: The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve.
A pilot's wife is taught to be prepared for the late-night knock at the door. But when Kathryn Lyons receives word that a plane flown by her husband, Jack, has exploded near the coast of Ireland, she confronts the unfathomable, one startling revelation at a time. Soon drawn into a maelstrom of publicity fueled by rumors that Jack led a secret life, Kathryn sets out to learn who her husband really was, whatever that knowledge might cost. Her search propels this taut, impassioned novel as it movingly explores the question, How well can we ever really know another person?

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 8:  Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff.  Her palace shimmered with onyx and gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Her supple personality and the drama of her circumstances have been lost. In a masterly return to the classical sources, Stacy Schiff boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order.
P.D. Brown Library Adult Book Discussion Group
Meets on the first Saturday (Note date change for September) of every month from 9:30 - 10:30 am, at the P.D. Brown Memorial Library, 50 Village Street, Waldorf.  For more information, call 301-645-2864 .  

September 10:  A Passage to India by E.M. Forster. This is the story of the clash of cultures in British India after the turn of the century. In exquisite prose, Forster reveals the menace that lurks just beneath the surface of ordinary life, as a common misunderstanding erupts into a devastating affair.

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 August and September copies of The SCOOP, Charles County's Senior Center News, or cli ck here   to go to their website. 
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Robert Rausch, 
Gale Kladitis, Vice President
Ronald G. Brown, Secretary/Treasurer
Diane Rausch, Past President
Bill Adams
Emily Ferren
Lorina Harris
Kathleen Jenkins
Amelia Jones
Cecelia Keller
Vicki Marckel

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.