December 22, 2016  

You are Invited!

Charles County Arts Alliance Hosts 
"Paint Party"

All Proceeds Benefit 
CCAA Arts Scholarship Program

Monday, January 9, 2017
7:00 - 9:30 pm
Boston's Restaurant
(across from Waldorf West Library)
10440 O'Donnell Place
Waldorf, MD 20603

Scholarship Donation is $35
RSVP Deadline:  January 6, 2017
Snow Date:  Monday, January 23, 2017

Every year, the Charles County Arts Alliance offers a $1,000 scholarship to a talented, high-achieving student at each of our 7 high schools in Charles County, to be applied to tuition at a 4-year college or university for studies toward a career in the performing, visual and literary Arts.  

The public is invited to join us at our very first Arts Alliance "Paint Party" fundraiser to be held at Boston's Restaurant in Waldorf, on Monday evening, January 9, 2017, from 7:00 to 9:30 pm. If the minimum of 8 registrants is not met, or in case of inclement weather, the Paint Party will be postponed to Monday, January 23, 2017.

Come join in the fun of creating your very own artwork while helping us raise the $7,000 needed to provide the 7 CCAA Arts Scholarships in 2017. Lorina Harris of ArtSmart Studio in Bryans Road, will lead the Paint Party. All supplies are provided and you get to take your masterpiece home! 100% of your donation goes to the CCAA Arts Scholarship Program and is tax-deductible.  Boston's has also agreed to donate a percentage of your food and beverage (non-alcoholic) purchases made during the Paint Party. 

This makes a great Christmas gift for you or a friend!  There are three ways to sign up: 1) Use  PayPal by clicking on the Register Now! button above or by going to; 2) Mail a check to CCAA, PO Box 697, White Plains, MD 20695; or 3) Pay in person at the CCAA Office, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, at 10250 La Plata Road (Rt. 488), La Plata, MD.

Thank you for your support!
For more information, contact the Arts Alliance at  301-392-5900, or
Port Tobacco Players
Don't Dress for Dinner
January 20 - February 5, 2017
Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets:  $18 Adults; $15 Seniors (60+), Youth (to 18); Military

(Comedy) Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, whilst his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along to provide the alibi. It's foolproof; what could possibly go wrong? Well.... suppose Robert turns up not realizing quite why he has been invited. And then suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers, and consequently Jacqueline is determined she will NOT leave for the weekend. Suppose the cook has to pretend to be the mistress and the mistress is unable to cook. Suppose everyone's alibi gets confused with everyone else's. An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed.  For more information, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819, or visit

Port Tobacco Players
Auditions for Ages 17 and Up
The Tempest
Saturday, January 21, 10:00 am
Monday - Tuesday, January 23 - 24, 7:00 pm
Callbacks (if needed) - Thursday, January 26
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Synopsis:   Prospero, the powerful magician and exiled Duke of Milan, conjures a storm to wreck the ship carrying his betrayers onto the enchanted island he and his daughter have made their home.  With a magical spirit and a villainous native, Prospero sends them on a journey to seek his revenge, escape the island, and reclaim his dukedom.  Trickery and romance share the stage with magic, music and mayhem in Shakespeare's final and most musical masterpiece.   Auditions:   Casting for male and female performers, all roles open.  Looking for 13 characters and up to 6 ensemble members. Come prepared with a Shakespearean monologue (does not have to be memorized); cold readings will follow. Performance dates are May 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21, 2017.  For more information, visit  or contact Debbie Gilley at

College of Southern Maryland
Auditions for Ages 18 and Up
Monday - Tuesday, January 23 - 24, 6:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

Open auditions for these productions:
Prepare a one-minute monologue.  Performances will take place between March 16 and April 23, 2017.   For more information, contact Keith Hight at or call 301-934-7827.

College of Southern Maryland Cause Theatre
The Library and The Amish Project
Thursday, January 26, 7:30 pm
Friday, January 27, 8:00 pm
Saturday, January 28, 2:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $5
Due to mature content and heavy subject matter, this production may not be suitable for all audiences.

This special Cause Theatre event features two plays, presented back to back, exploring how two communities that were rocked by tragedy had very different reactions. For more information, go to

Maryland Arts Day
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

St. John's College
Mellon Hall, Francis Scott Key Auditorium
60 College Avenue, Annapolis, MD

Registration for Maryland Arts Day 2017 is now OPEN!
Early Bird Registration : $25 per Person until February 3
$40 per Person February 4 - 10
Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, 
parking and free shuttle to St. John's College

Join hundreds of arts advocates in Annapolis as we raise our voices in support of public funding for the arts. This year will be extra special as MCA celebrates its 40th Birthday!

Maryland Arts Day is the largest annual gathering of arts professionals in Maryland. With more than 500 participants, representing every county in the state, this state-wide arts advocacy event connects artists, educators, administrators, volunteers and trustees with lawmakers from every legislative district in Maryland. 

Maryland Arts Day needs your partcipation to show strong support for the arts in Maryland and the impact they have on the economic and cultural vitality of the state.

For more information, visit
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
New show opens on January 9, 2017.  "Meet the Artists" Public Reception is Saturday, January 14, 2017, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

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

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

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Call for Artwork by Women Veterans
Deadline to Submit:  December 31, 2016
Click HERE to download the complete details

The Veteran Artist Program has partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Center for Women Veterans to lead the call for artwork created by women veterans for display at 10 VA medical centers around the United States. The project launches in March 2017, to coincide with Women's History Month and the 100th anniversary of women being allowed to enlist in the US military with military rank and pay. Announcement of selected works will be made on January 15, 2017. 

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
Charles County Library Programs
Get a copy of the November/December and January/February brochures 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


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.

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. 

January 5:  Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova.  Joe O'Brien is a 43-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, proud father of four children in their twenties, and respected officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements.  He initially attributes these episodes to the stress of his job, but as these symptoms worsen, he agrees to see a neurologist and is handed a diagnosis that will change his and his family's lives forever: Huntington's disease. 

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 .  

January 7:  Self-Selected Poetry. Bring in a favorite poem or two to share with the group. Original compositions welcomed.
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.
January 12: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.   Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles? Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. 
Waldorf Senior Center Afternoon Book Club
Meets on the last Wednesday of every month from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, at the Waldorf Senior Center, 3092 Crain Highway, Waldorf.  For more information, contact the Waldorf Senior Center at  301/638-4420 .

January 25: The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan.  Ruth Young and her widowed mother, LuLing, have always had a tumultuous relationship. Now, before she succumbs to forgetfulness, LuLing gives Ruth some of her writings, which reveal a side of LuLing that Ruth has never known. In a remote mountain village where ghosts and tradition rule, LuLing grew up in the care of her mute Precious Auntie as the family endured a curse laid upon a relative known as the bonesetter. When headstrong LuLing rejected the marriage proposal of the coffinmaker, a shocking series of events were set in motion, following Ruth and LuLing to modern San Francisco. The truth that Ruth learns from her mother's past will forever change her perception of family, love, and forgiveness.  
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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The CCAA is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.  All membership dues and donations are 100 percent tax deductible.
Office Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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.