December 1, 2016  

Free Workshop!  Register Today!
Mind Your Business Sem inar:  Financial and Legal Education for Maryland's Creatives

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Charles County Government Building
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Free Admission! Refreshments Served! 

Free seminar on financial and legal issues affecting artists, presented by PNC Bank, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Art, Maryland Citizens for the Arts, the Charles County Government and the Charles County Arts Alliance.  This event is a state-wide opportunity, directed at artists in all media of the arts (literary, visual, and performance), to provide guidance and legal advice on cash flow, copyright laws, insurance, banking and other issues unique to protecting the rights of artists.  Register at or call 410-467-6700.

College of Southern Maryland
Bringing It Home Barbershop Concert
Friday, December 2, 8:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $5 in Advance; $7 Day of the Concert

Southern Mix is a men's barbershop chorus that rehearses and performs on CSM's La Plata Campus. Membership is open to community members throughout Southern Maryland and music majors studying for credit.
Tantallon Community Players
Babes in Toyland, Really
Fridays - Saturdays, December 2, 3, 9 and 10, 8:00 pm
Sundays, December 4 and 11, 3:00 pm
Harmony Hall Regional Center
John Addison Concert Hall
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington
Tickets:  $20 Adults; $15 Students and Seniors (60+)

A little boy unwillingly exiting childhood wishes he could live in Toyland instead of the real world, and he gets his wish! But living with nursery rhymes come to life, from Little Bo Peep to Humpty Dumpty, isn't as much fun as it sounds. For more information, visit

Indian Head Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre
God of Carnage
Fridays, Saturdays, Now through December 10, 8:00 pm
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Adult content and language not suitable for children
Tickets: $15 Adult; $12 Seniors, Military, Youth

(Adult Drama/Language)  Winner of the 2009 Tony Award, the play begins with a  playground altercation between eleven-year boys which brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters. Performed by the Port Tobacco Players.  For more information, call the Box Office at 301-743-3040.

Port Tobacco Players
Irving Berlin's White Christmas
Now through December 18
Thursdays, December 8 and 15, 8:00 pm
Fridays, Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets:  $18 Adults; $15 Seniors (60+), Military, Youth to 18

Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs!  Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former army commander. White Christmas is an uplifting musical for the whole family! For more information, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819.

The Newtowne Players
Holmes for the Holidays or the Game's Afoot
December 2 - 18
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:30 pm
Three Notch Theatre
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets:  $15 Adult; $12 Senior/Student/Military; $10 Child 

It is Christ mas Eve, 1936. William Gillette, an actor famous for his portrayal of Sherloc k 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.  For more information, call 301-737-5447.  
Port Tobacco Players Auditions
Ages 17 and Up
Saturday, December 3, 9:00 am
508 Charles Street, La Plata

Company is Stephen Sondheim's compelling, funny and heartfelt musical about love and marriage.  To audition: prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theater song (not one from Company , though).  An accompanist is provided; bring sheet music in the correct key.  No singing along to recordings or a c appella  auditions. Cold readings will follow.   Performance dates: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, March 10 - April 2, 2017.  For more information, contact the producer, Ann Marie Watson, at, or go to
Dr. Samuel Mudd House
15th Annual Victorian Christmas Celebration
Saturday - Sunday, December 3 - 4, 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
3725 Dr. Samuel Mudd Road, Waldorf
Admission:  $8 Adults, $2 Children

Enjoy music, refreshments, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, Civil War soldiers and a walking tour of the house.  The house will be decorated as it would have been in the Victorian Period.  For more information, call 301-274-9358, or go to .
Buggé Ballet and the Studio Cooperative
The Nutcracker
Saturday, December 3, 3:00 and 7:00 pm
North Point High School
2500 Davis Road, Waldorf
Tickets:  $20 Adults, $16 for Groups of 10 or more, Free for Children 5 and Under

The story of Clara and her nutcracker doll has delighted audiences since it premiered in 1892.  Accompanied by Tchaikovsky's immortal music, "The Nutcracker Ballet" has been a holiday ritual for American audiences for many years. The parade of delightful scenes - the children on Christmas morning, the Kingdom of Sweets, the various national dances performed by costumed characters - presents a child's view of the season and is arguably the most performed ballet.  The performance will feature dancers of all ages from The Studio Cooperative in Waldorf and the local community, who will be performing choreography by Nicole Buggé, of Buggé Ballet from New York City.   For more information, call 301-861-4345.

College of Southern Maryland 
Big Band Holiday Jazz Concerts
Tickets: $5 in advance, $7 day of concert

December 3, 8:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

December 5, 7:30 pm 
Leonardtown Campus, 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown

Solid Brass,  directed by Randy Runyon, is CSM's jazz ensemble, comprised of CSM students, local high school students, community members, and professional musicians. This December, Solid Brass will present its Holiday Concert at both the La Plata and Prince Frederick campuses. For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7878.

Town of La Plata
Olde Tyme Holiday Gathering
Sunday, December 4, 3:00 - 6:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall, 305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free Admission

The sounds and spirit of the season bring friends and neighbors together for an afternoon of good cheer. Join in for holiday music, activities, refreshments, and a visit from Santa!

Event Schedule:  
  • Lighting Ceremony - 3:10 pm
  • Horse Drawn Carriage Rides  - 3:30 pm to 5 pm

Activities in the Tent:

  • The Balloon Nerd - 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Be sure to see The Balloon Nerd. He will be making fun holiday balloons for you to wear and take home.
  • Crafts for children - 3:00 to 5:15 pm
  • Story time with the Charles County Public Library - 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm
  • "Meet and Greet" with Holiday Characters Gracie's Guys and Gals Show Troupe - 4:00 - 5:00 pm 
Entertainment in the Council Chamber:
  • Peace Ringers - 3:20 pm -3:45 pm
  • La Plata United Methodist Church Cherubs and Crimson Angels -  4:00 to 4:15 pm 
  • Southern Mix Barbershop Chorus - 4:35 to 5:05 pm
  • Holiday Sing-Along - 5:15 pm (outside) 
SANTA ARRIVES - 5:30 pm!        

For more information, call 301-934-8421.

The Newtowne Players Auditions
Over the River and Through the Woods
Monday, December 5, 6:30 pm
Wednesday, December 7, 6:30 pm
Call Backs, Saturday, December 10, 10:30 am
Three Notch Theatre Lobby
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park

Synopsis:  Nick is a single Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida.  That doesn't mean his family isn't still in Jersey.  In fact, he sees both sets of grandparents every Sunday for dinner.  This is his routine until he has to tell them that he's been offered a dream job.  The job he's been waiting for - marketing executive - that would take him away from his beloved, but annoying grandparents.  He tells them. The news doesn't sit so well.  Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. Auditions will be cold readings from the script.  Performance dates are April 21 - May 7, 2017.  For more information and the list of characters, visit

College of Southern Maryland Dance Ensemble
Winter Nights 
Monday, December 5, 7:30 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $5 in Advance; $7 Day of the Performance

Whether it's a Balanchine ballet or breaking, locking, and popping, CSM's Dance Ensemble performs a variety of pieces to appeal to all lovers of dance. Directed by Joanne Lunsford, the dance ensemble presents two performances each year, which may include traditional ballet alongside modern styles such as hip hop, contemporary, and jazz dance.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

College of Southern Maryland
Music Student Honors Recitals.
Thursday, December 8, 2:30 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Free Admission

CSM's best students perform at a public recital each semester. The recitals feature a variety of styles from classical instrumental and vocal solos to contemporary vocal and guitar performances that represent the highest level of musicianship. The recitals take place during CSM's afternoon activity period in the La Plata Campus Theatre. For more information, call the Box Office 301-934-7828.

Chesapeake Choral Arts Society
A Renaissance Christmas
Peace Lutheran Church, 11610 Rubina Place, Waldorf

photo Thursday, December 8, 7:30 pm, Concert Only
Donations Accepted, Benefits Peace Lutheran Church

Sa t urday, December 10, 6:30 pm
Dinner and Performance
Limited Seating, Order Your Tickets Online Now!
Tickets:  $30 Adult; 
 $25 Students, Senior, Military
- Full course, single visit buffet dinner
- Concert Performance
- Period Dress
- Singing, Dancing, and Merriment

Sunday, December 11, Concert and Dessert
$15 Adults; $12 Students, Senior, Military.  Call to Reserve Tickets.

Performers will appear in period dress. For more information, call 301-642-0594.
College of Southern Maryland
Chorale and Chamber Choir
Friday, December 9, 8:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

CSM's Chorale is a mixed choir of women's and men's voices that performs a variety of styles, including traditional and modern choral music, gospel music, contemporary popular music, and historical styles such as the madrigal. Membership is open to all without audition. The Chamber Choir is open to music majors and others who audition for membership.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Call for Film Submissions
Deadline to Submit:  December 9, 2016

Apply now for the opportunity to take your film on the road with Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's film touring program. All-expense-paid tours connect filmmakers with new audiences across the mid-Atlantic region.   On Screen/In Person  provides opportunities for independent filmmakers to tour throughout the mid-Atlantic region with their recent films and foster greater understanding and appreciation of their work through direct audience engagement. Film submission is free and is open nationwide to filmmakers! Click HERE t o learn more about the program, eligibility requirements, and connect to the online application.  

Want to become a host site and meet the filmmakers, present the films and engage your community?  Click HERE t o learn more about the program . C ontact Kimberly Steinle-Super at for more information.

2016 Charles County Holiday Trail
December 9 - 11, 2016
The annual Charles County Holiday Trail will offer locals and visitors alike an opportunity to get into the holiday spirit, while visiting county landmarks. Admission costs, dates, and times vary with each location.  Click HERE for the complete list of locations and times.  For more information, visit
Flute Choir of Southern Maryland
Holiday Classics
Saturday, December 10, 3:00 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
Free and Open to the Public

The Choir will present a concert of seasonal favorites with sparkling new arrangements and a sing-along.  For more information, contact Lucy Snell at
Christ Church
Candlelight Christmas
Saturday, December 10, 7:00 pm
112 Charles Street, La Plata
Free and Open to the Public

Michael and Eileen Peerless, accompanied by additional professional musicians, will offer a program of traditional Christmas candlelight!  For more information, call 301-392-1051.

College of Southern Maryland
Latin Ensemble Concert
Saturday, December 10, 8:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $5 in Advance, $7 Day of Concert

CSM's Latin Ensemble 
Ritmo Caché, directed by Dr. Stephen Johnson, specializes in Salsa, Mexican, Afro-Cuban, Merengue, Latin Jazz, and other musical styles of Latin America. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.
Christmas at Mt. Aventine
Saturday - Sunday, December 10 - 11, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Chapman State Park, 3452 Ferry Place, Indian Head
Donation of $5 per Vehicle Suggested

Traditional decorations, music, mansion tours, and more.  For more information, visit  

Old Waldorf School
An Old Fashioned Christmas: Holiday Open House
Sunday, December 11, Noon - 5:00 pm
3074 Crain Highway, Waldorf
Free Admission!

Santa will visit all afternoon, and he will have a small gift for each child who comes to see him.  There will be Christmas Carolers and song sheets for those who wish to sing along.  A delicious assortment of holiday treats and refreshments will be provided, and many affordable gift ideas will be available for purchase.  For more information, contact Sandi Middleton, President, Friends of Old Waldorf School (FOWS), at  301-752-5198.
Henry E. Lackey High School
Winter Concert
Tuesday, December 13, 6:30 pm
3000 Chicamuxen Road, Indian Head
Free Admission.  Donations Accepted

Join the symphonic band, the orchestra and the concert band for a concert featuring a variety of band and orchestra music.  This includes traditional holiday favorites and a good old fashion sing - along.  For more information, contact the school at 301-743-5431.

Watermelon, Inc.
Christmas Show
Friday - Saturday, December 16 - 17, 7:00  pm
College of Southern Maryland Leonardtown Campus
Building A Auditorium, 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
Tickets:  $5 at the Door, Children 12 and under are FREE

The Watermelon, Inc. Choir and children from the local community present an evening of Christmas carols and other songs that are sure to lift your spirits.   Santa will make a visit, too!  For more information, go to ,or email  

Watermelon One-Act Festival
Call for Script Submissions!
Deadline to Apply:  February 14, 2017

The Baltimore Regional Representative for The Dramatists Guild of America will be one of the adjudicators for the Watermelon One-Act Festival (WOAF) hosted by St. Mary's College of Maryland on June 3-4, 2017.   Given this special opportunity to receive professional feedback on original works, WOAF will consider original script submissions that have been shown in past WOAF festivals. Playwrights, this is  a special opportunity to submit your best short plays! Preference will be given to plays less than 30-minutes running time and with a committed director. For more information about The Dramatists Guild of America, go to F or more information about the festival, visit .    


Solo Show by Ernest Sinnes, through January 11, 2017
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Multi-Artist Show, through April 19, 2017
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:  Saturday, March 25, 2017, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show, through March 10, 2017
3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601
Gallery Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Solo Show by David Zippi, through January 12, 2017
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show, through January 7, 2017
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

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 the Fall Brochure and Information on Early Bird Registration Discounts!
Wreath Design Class
Sunday, December 4, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Fee: $40 Members / $50 Nonmembers
Instructor: Bryan Swann
Materials cost of $30 paid to the instructor
Learn how to make a beautiful wreath for your front door with evergreens you can cut from your yard. Bryan Swann will demonstrate how to make a wreath from scratch using a mixture of evergreens including pines, firs, magnolia, boxwood and other seasonal evergreens. You will then be able to enhance a pre-constructed base wreath with other evergreens, adornments, flowers, ribbon and cones. Everyone will leave with a beautiful wreath you will take pride in hanging on your front door. Class limited to twelve people. 
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Open Studio
Fridays, Now through December 9 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
Mattawoman Creek Art Center Holiday Salon
Now through December 11
The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays,  11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Come shop for beautiful and unique presents for the holidays!

College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
Gregory T. Davis:  Impermanence of Knowledge
Now through December 8
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

Gregory T. Davis is an artist living and working in Lexington, KY. He received his BFA in art studio from the University of Kentucky in 2002, and his MFA in photography in 2006. He works in different media, including photography, sculpture, and bookmaking. For his photographic work, his preferred material is film and large format cameras.  For more information, visit 

National Gallery of Art
Programs in American Sign Language and Assistive Listening Devices
Tour on Sunday, December 11, 1:00 pm
East Building, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC (use the Mall entrance or 6th and Constitution Avenue 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 East 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. Beginning January 7, 2017, ASL Family Tours will be offered on the first Saturday of each month at 11:00 am.  For more information, go to  and click on Calendar or contact Lorena Bradford at or 202-842-6905.  

National Gallery of Art
Picture This! An Explosion of Color! Matisse and Bonnard
Tours for People with Low Vision or Who Are  Blind 
Saturday, December 17, and Wednesday, December 28, 1:00 pm
East Building, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC (use the Constitution Avenue or Madison Drive entrances for easiest access to the Rotunda)

Still Life with Apples on a Pink Tablecloth by Henri Matisse,1924
Picture This tours incorporate vibrant verbal description with information about works of art. Tours meet at 1:00 pm by the information desk of the East 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 Bradford 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 .

Charles County Public Library
Calling All Artists for the Mobile Library!
Deadline to Submit:  December 30, 8:00 pm

The Library is looking for high-quality graphics fitting the theme of learning, discovery and technology to use on their new mobile library (debut date: April 2017). If you have design talent, submit your art for the mobile library to  in a .tiff, .jpg or .psd format, no later than December 30, 2016, at 8:00 pm. Include your name and your contact information to be notified if your art is chosen to decorate their vehicle. All art that is submitted MUST be original and un-copyrighted.  For more information, go to

Charles County Arts Alliance and PNC Foundation
Arts Scholarships Are Now Available!
Deadline to Apply: March 17, 2017

Each year, the Arts Alliance offers $1000 scholarships to one eligible graduating student from each of the high schools in Charles County. The funds are to be applied toward tuition in a 4-year college or university to advance the education of the student toward a career in the arts. In addition, the Arts Alliance has partnered with the PNC Foundation to award $1000 scholarships to three seniors who meet certain financial requirements.  

Click HERE to download the CCAA Scholarship Application.

Click HERE to download the PNC Foundation Scholarship Application.

For more information, contact the CCAA Office at 301-392-5900, or
College of Southern Maryland Connections Literary Series
"Connections" Literary Magazine Publication Reading
Friday, December 2, 7:30 pm
La Plata Campus Center for Business and Industry (BI) Building
Dr. John M. Sine Conference Room (Room 103)
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Free Admission

Spring 2016

Contributors to the Fall 2016 "Connections" Literary Magazine will read and discuss their published works. 

Charles County Public Library
Call for Authors
Deadline to Submit:   December 15, 2016; 8:00 pm
Reception:  February 18, 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf

Local authors (currently living in Southern MD) who would like to have their work featured at the Author's Reception should submit a copy of their book (it will be returned at the author's request after the event or it can be added to the library's circulating collection) to Sarah Guy, Program Coordinator, at the any Charles County Public Library branch. All items submitted will be reviewed by CCPL's Acquisitions Department to verify the submission meets library minimum standards. Authors must include contact information and must be able to attend the Author's Reception on  February 18, 2017. Authors will present a brief (2 - 3 minute) overview of their book and will be able to sell copies to the public. For more information, contact Sarah Guy at  301-645-1395, ext. 417, or
Charles County Library Programs

Get a copy of the November/December brochure to see all the programs available at your local libraries. There are art classes, computer classes, book discussions for all ages, movies, 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,

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

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


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. 

December 1:  The Pearl by John Steinbeck.   Like his father and grandfather before him, Kino is a poor diver, gathering pearls from the gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the Kings of Spain and now provide Kino, Juana, and their infant son with meager subsistence. Then, on a day like any other, Kino emerges from the sea with a pearl as large as a sea gull's egg, as "perfect as the moon." With the pearl comes hope, the promise of comfort and of security.  A story of classic simplicity, based on a Mexican folk tale, The Pearl explores the secrets of man's nature, the darkest depths of evil, and the luminous possibilities of love.

P.D. Brown Library Adult 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.  For more information, call 301-645-2864 .  

December 3:  Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger.  New Bremen, Minnesota, 1961. The Twins were playing their debut season, ice-cold root beers were selling out at the soda counter of Halderson's Drugstore, and Hot Stuff comic books were a mainstay on every barbershop magazine rack. It was a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Accident. Nature. Suicide. Murder.   Told from Frank's perspective forty years after that fateful summer,  Ordinary Grace  is a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.  

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.
December 8:  The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.  
France, 1939.   In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France ... but invade they do. When a German captain requisitions Vianne's home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything.  Vianne's sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth.   With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France--a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. 

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.

December 28:  Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen. The novel begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.

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 December copy of The SCOOP, Charles County's Senior Center News, or cli ck here   to go to their website. 
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CCAA Board of Directors

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
Joseph Wimberly

Honorary Board Member
Cindi Barnhart

Youth Representative
Greg A. Kenney, Jr.

Student Intern
Benjamin Butler
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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.