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 August 25, 2016  

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

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 info@charlescountyarts.org to sign up for one of these classes. Those 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 http://charlescountyarts.org/program/grants.

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. 

PERFORMING ARTS  {top}
FREE EVENING CONCERTS
TWO LOCATIONS!

BRING LAWN CHAIRS OR BLANKETS FOR SITTING

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

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 25  - US Navy Band, Sea Chanters

September 1 - Tomorrow's Time

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





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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.
       
   
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 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 hbplayersboxoffice@gmail.com.

Life Journeys Writers Guild
Prison Plumb Line, A Lyrical Drama
Saturday, August 27
Reception 7:00 pm, Showtime 8:00 pm
THEARC
1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20020
Tickets: $20 in Advance, $25 at the Door


Finding your beauty under the rock of life.  Five women in prison, five chances to change.  Featuring vocal artist Ayanna Gregory, and special guest star appearance by Charrisse Jackson-Jordan. 

To order tickets, go to https://squareup.com/store/prisonplumbline.  

For more information about the play, visit  http://prisonplumbline.com or call Yvonne Medley at 240-545-5594.  
Chesapeake Choral Arts Society
Auditions
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  www.chesapeakechoral.com , or find them on  Facebook .

The Newtowne Players
Auditions
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  http://www.newtowneplayers.org or contact the director, Jennifer Carnahan, via email at  arcangel3435@yahoo.com  or cell 805-415-4017.

Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco, the Charles County School Board, and Members of the One Room Schoolhouse
Education Then and Now: A Century of Learning
Friday, September 2, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Historic Port Tobacco Courthouse
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco
Free and Open to the Public, Donations of School Supplies Gratefully Accepted.   Light Refreshments Follow the Program.

The program will feature a visit from a teacher from 1916, and a lesson taught as it would have been taught in that year, followed by a lesson from 2016. The program will begin at  6:15 , followed by break out sessions including a trip to the Port Tobacco one-room school, discussion about the changes in education, crafts from long ago, and viewing of artifacts.  For more information, call 301-392-3418.

Schubert Singers
Auditions for Children, Ages 5 - 17
Tuesday, September 6, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
By Appointment
St. Paul's Church
4535 Piney Church Road, Waldorf

Schubert Singers, Ltd., a concert choir for children, is open by audition to all children, ages 5-17, who like to sing beautiful music. The singers learn and perform folk songs, spirituals, rounds, and music by classical and contemporary composers that are especially suited to the young voice. They are taught how to sing with a lovely tone, to read music, and to work together to create musical beauty. The directors believe that singing and making music are very important to the human spirit, that the acts of singing and making music enrich the life of the mind and strengthen its capabilities, and that collaborative music-making can serve as a vehicle for goodwill and peace among peoples of the world. To schedule an audition, send an email to schubertsingers@gmail.com.  

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 http://fergusonfoundation.org/performing-arts.

Charles County Youth Orchestra
Auditions
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 annempatterson@aol.com

Mount Aventine
1866 Wedding Re-Enactment
Sunday, September 11, 2:00 pm,  Gates Open at 1:00 pm
Chapman State Park
3452 Ferry Place, Indian Head



Celebrate the renewal of wedding vows of Pearson and Sigismunda Chapman, a costumed re-enactment of an 1866 wedding. Guests in period costume are invited to join in the ceremony. Cake and Cider will be served.   For more information, visit www.friendsofchapmansp.org .
Hard Bargain Players
Bambi: A Life in the Woods
Saturdays and Sundays, September 17, 18, 24 and 25, 3:00 pm
Theater in the Woods
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets:  $5 General Admission

Here, for the first time, is a stage version of the original story of Bambi, written by Austrian novelist Felix Salten in the 1920s.  Bambi: A Life in the Woods  is an eloquent and haunting tale of growing up, set in a superbly sensitive work of theatre, appealing to children and adults alike.   For more information. call Doris Sharp at 240-766-8830, or visit  https://hbplayers.wordpress.com .

College of Southern Maryland
Cause Theatre
Benched
Tickets:  $5
This show contains some mature language and may not be suitable for all ages.

La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Thursday, September 22, 7:30 pm
Friday, September 23, 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 24, 2:00 pm

Prince Frederick Campus, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Thursday, September 29, 2:30  pm

Leonardtown Campus, 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
Friday, September 30, 8:00 pm

Meghan, Timby and Joan meet every day at the same park bench to laugh, commiserate and complain about the challenges of motherhood. They don't even realize the co-dependent unit they have become, until one of them confronts one of life's powerful changes, and their connection is threatened in a profound and frightening way.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or visit  http://www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts.

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.
The Newtowne Players
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
September 30 - October 16
Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:30 pm
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets:  $15 Adult; $12 Senior (65+), Student, Military; $12 Children (12 and Under), $10 Thursdays Only

"A refined girl like I" is the way Lorelei describes herself, and it's a role in which any young actress can have the time of her life. The roaring 20s are in full swing and Lorelei, a dazzling blonde, and Dorothy, her sensible brunette friend, are planning to complete their educations by going to Europe for the summer. They'll "improve their minds" all day, but for their evenings their main interest is in dates! Lorelei greets each new adventure with a carefree smile often leaving catastrophe in her wake. A frivolous and witty show and good clean fun for the entire family! For more information, go to http://www.newtowneplayers.org/gentlemen-prefer-blondes.html

VISUAL  ARTS 
HERE'S WHAT IS HANGING NOW!
CCAA-SPONSORED ART GALLERIES

"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

Multi-Artist Show, 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, 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 info@charlescountyarts.org.

National Gallery of Art
Picture This! The Close of Day: Twilight Landscapes!
Tours for People with Low Vision or Who Are Blind 
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 access@nga.gov or 202-842-6905. Verbally described tours are also available by request with 3 weeks' notice by  e-mailing access@nga.gov.   For more information, go to www.nga.gov .

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.

Maryland Federation of Art
Call for Artists
Strokes of Genius and Small Wonders

MFA Circle Gallery

18 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401

Gallery Hours:  Daily, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm


Strokes of Genius
 is Maryland Federation of Art's 5th annual all-painting competition. Original 2-D work created through any painting media (including oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor, encaustic, etc.) and following entry guidelines, will be considered. Juror is Joey P. Mánlapaz, Associate Faculty at the Corcoran College of Art and Design and Lecturer at Georgetown University. She also teaches painting at The Art League School in Alexandria, VA.The selected works will be on exhibit at MFA's Circle Gallery from October 28-November 26, 2016. Cash awards total $1000. Entry deadline is September 1. Click HERE for the prospectus. Details and online entry are at http://mdfedart.com/portfolio/72.
 


Small Wonders 
is Maryland Federation of Art's 14th annual celebration of the mantra that good things come in small packages.  MFA invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter any original 2-D work 11" or smaller and 3-D work 7" or smaller. Juror is Amanda Burnham, Associate Professor at Towson University in Baltimore, MD. She holds a BA from Harvard University and a MFA from Yale University. Works selected will be on exhibit in the MFA Circle Gallery from December 2-23, 2016. Cash awards total $1000. Entry deadline is September 22. Click HERE for the prospectus. Details and online entry are at http://mdfedart.com/portfolio/74.

 
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  http://www.hocoarts.org/exhibits.php,  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 www.mattawomanart.org.
Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors! Inform the Park Ranger when Entering the Park.
Click HERE for their summer brochure!
Plein Air Friday !
9:00 am to Noon
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 mkercher@aol.com.

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Open Studio
Friday, August 26 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Free!

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 mattawomanart.org.
2016 Summer Open All-Media Show
Now through September 11

Inspiration for Art:  Motivated by Beauty & Meaning
Original Artwork by Mary Kercher
September 16 - October 16
Opening Reception:  Sunday, September 18, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
 

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 mattawomanart@aol.com, or visit www.mattawomanart.org.
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 www.nga.gov  and click on Visit. For more information, go to www.nga.gov  and click on Calendar or contact Lorena Baines at access@nga.gov or 202-842-6905.  

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home
Call for Artists!


Theme is "Artists Choice"
Deadline to Submit: September 26, 2016

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, in partnership with the Charles County Art Alliance, is now accepting submissions for their Fall/Winter Art Show, a multi-media exhibit, to be held at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, 29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622, from October 20, 2016, to April 19, 2017. The gallery will be presented along the Assisted Living E-Wing Dining Hallway.

Local artists are invited to submit a maximum of two works of art for consideration (there is no submission fee). Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to VeteransHomeArt@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

Selections will be made by the Charlotte Hall Gallery Committee and the artists will be notified in early October. All artwork must be wired and ready to hang. Since the show spans the length of six months, artists will have the option of replacing any sold pieces with an approved piece of similar size.

On Saturday, March 25, 2017, a "Meet the Artists" Public Reception will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home E-Wing Multi-Purpose Room, to honor all the artists participating in the show.

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

 
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 msjohnson@somdnews.com. 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 learntopaint2016@gmail.com
 

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 learntopaint2016@gmail.com.

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 waldorfwestgallery@gmail.com, 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, info@charlescountyarts.org, or www.charlescountyarts.org.
 
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College of Southern Maryland
Connections Literary Series
Evie Shockley, Poet
Friday, September 30, 7:30 pm
Prince Frederick Campus,  Flagship Building, Room 119
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Tickets:  $3 in Advance, $5 Day of the Event

Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, poet Evie Shockley earned a BA at Northwestern University, a JD at the University of Michigan, and a PhD in English literature at Duke University. Shockley is the author of several collections of poetry, as well as the critical volume  Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (2011). Her poetry and essays have been featured in several anthologies, including  Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (2009),  Poets on Teaching: A Sourcebook (2010),  A Broken Thing: Contemporary Poets on the Line (2011), and  Contemporary African American Literature: The Living Canon (2013).   Shockley is a professor at Rutgers University; she lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.  

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  http://www.ccplonline.org.

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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.

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.



September 28:  All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.   Two teens--one black, one white--grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension.
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Gale Kladitis, Vice President
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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.