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  February 16, 2017

Arts Alliance is Now Accepting Nominations
for 2017 - 2019 Board of Directors

The Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) wants you!
Deadline to Apply is March 15, 2017
Elections will be Held on Saturday, May 13, 2017

If you are a leader and want to help promote the arts in our county, nominate yourself to serve on the CCAA Board of Directors! CCAA is now accepting self-nominations for the 3 Officers and 9 Directors. The 3 Officers are President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer; all Board positions are volunteer.

Information for Nominations:
  • Self-nominations must be submitted by March 15, 2017.
  • All nominees must be CCAA current members as of January 1, 2017.
  • Please submit a typed, brief written statement indicating:

1) why you are interested in serving on the CCAA Board;

2) what specific contribution(s) you wish to make;
3) your qualifications.
  • Send the written statement (not to exceed one page) to: info@charlescountyarts.org, with the subject line to read: Nomination for CCAA Board of Directors.
Requirements to be on the Board of Directors:
  • Attend monthly Board Meetings (12/year).
  • Attend Board Retreats (2/year for full-day meeting), and participate in CCAA-sponsored cultural and membership events throughout the year.
  • Serve on an active "hands-on" Board, including as a Chair and/or Committee Member.
  • Serve in a volunteer capacity; Board positions are not compensated.
  • Become a CCAA Member at the Silver Circle Level or higher by July 1, 2017.
What can you expect after you self-nominate?
  1. The CCAA will accept all self-nominations via email at info@charlescountyarts.org through the deadline of Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
  2. All nominations will be considered and those nominees being accepted will be notified and will be expected to attend the CCAA Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD.
  3. Nominations will not be accepted from the floor at this meeting.
Thank you for your consideration!



CCAA Scholarship Committee
Needs You!
 
The Charles County Arts Alliance is seeking volunteers with degrees or professional experience in the performing, visual and literary arts to serve on our Scholarship Committee. 
Your arts expertise will be used to review scholarship applications from highly talented Charles County high school seniors pursuing a college degree at a four-year college.

Every year, we offer a $1000 Arts Scholarship to a graduating senior at each of our 7 Charles County public high schools.

Scholarship Committee members must:
  • Be a current member of the Charles County Arts Alliance.
  • Attend scheduled Scholarship Committee meetings.
  • Represent a Scholarship Recipient at two events (CCAA Annual Membership Meeting/High School Seniors Convocation).
  • Participate in fundraising events for the Scholarship Program.  Our annual goal is $7,000.
For more information, contact the CCAA Office at info@charlescountyarts.org or 301-392-5900.

PERFORMING ARTS  {top}
College of Southern Maryland
Blood Relations
Thursday, February 16 and 23, 7:30 pm
Friday, February 17 and 24, 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 18, 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 25, 2:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $15 Adults; $12 Seniors/Military/ Youth of High School Age and Below

The play is based on the true story of Lizzie Borden, her trial for the murders of her father and stepmother, and her eventual acquittal. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or visit  http://www.csmd.edu/community.
The Newtowne Players
Dial M for Murder
Now through February 26
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:30 pm
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets: $15 Adult; $12 Senior/Student/Military; $10 Child
Thursdays Only:  All Tickets $10

Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her for a fee of one thousand pounds, and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. Unfortunately, the murderer gets murdered and the victim survives. What happens next? Come see the show to find out!  For more information, go to  http://www.newtowneplayers.org.

College of Southern Maryland
Benny C. Morgan Series
The Southern Maryland Chamber Ensemble
Saturday, March 4, 8:00 pm
Leonardtown Campus
Building A Auditorium, 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
Free Admission 
The Southern Maryland Chamber Ensemble is a group of musicians from Charles a nd St. Mary's Counties who have extensive backgrounds either as soloists or as gro up performers. Members of the ensemble are teachers in the public school system, at CSM, or at private studios. They come together to present chamber music for sextets from the Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary music periods. Members include Lucy Snell, flute; Tak Mato, Clarinet; Amy Hones, oboe; Dan Romagno, French horn; Ashley Adams, bassoon; and Eileen Peerless, piano.   For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828. 

Tantallon Community Players
Auditions for Singers, Dancers Ages 17 and Up
A Chorus Line
March 5 - 6, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744

Prepare 32 bars of music (bring your own sheet music in the correct key, an accompanist will be provided). A song from the show is preferred, but any song that shows your range and ability is acceptable.   THIS IS A DANCE HEAVY SHOW. Be dressed and prepared to dance at the audition. Performance Dates: May 26, 27; June 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 2017.    If you cannot make either of these auditions contact Christopher Gerken at  christophergerken@me.com  to discuss alternative times.  For more information and a complete list of the roles open, go to http://www.tantallonplayers.org/auditions.  

Charles County Arts Alliance
Auditions
The Letter E Leaves the Alphabet
Tuesday - Wednesday, March 7 - 8, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Old Waldorf School, 3074 Crain Highway, Waldorf, MD 20601

The play, based on the children's book by Martha Lane, tells the story of E, who runs away from home because he is not the first letter in the alphabet.

Auditions consist of a recitation from memory of any nursery rhyme.

Roles open for:
          • The Letters E, A, B, C, D (ages 13 to 21 years)
          • The Father (age 40+ years)
          • The Letter Maker (age 40+ years)
          • Also needed: Stage Manager, Projection Technician, and at least one stage hand

Performances take place at the Watermelon Festival, June 3 - 4, 2017, at St. Mary's College; and at ArtsFest, June 10, 2017, at the La Plata Town Hall. 

 

Contact the CCAA Office at 301-392-5900, or info@charlescountyarts.org for more information and to sign up for the audition.


College of Southern Maryland Children's Theatre
Knuffle Bunny:  A Cautionary Tale
March 10, 7:00 pm
March 11, 2:00 and 7:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $7 Adults/Seniors; $5 Youth of High School Age and Below

Girl loves stuffed animal. Girl loses beloved animal. Girl fights to get animal back. Trixie, her father, and her favorite stuffed bunny set off on a trip to the laundromat. The trip brings wonder, excitement and joy to the lively toddler, until she realizes she has left her Knuffle Bunny back at the laundromat. Trixie does everything in her power to make her father understand the emergency, but her father fails to see the issue at hand.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Port Tobacco Players
Company
March 10 - April 2
Friday - Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets:  $18 Adult; $15 Senior (60+), Youth to 18, Military
Adult themes and language - not suitable for children

(Modern Musical)  Phone rings, door chimes - in come s Company, Stephen Sondheim's compelling, funny and heartfelt musical about love and marriage. Facing his 35th birthday, perpetual bachelor Bobby finds himself questioning his singleton life. As he spends time with his friends, each at a different phase of married life, he sees their relationships at their best and worst - and most human - moments. Through their trials and triumphs, Bobby begins to see the merits of not being alone, but "being alive." Company is an unflinching love letter by one of America's greatest contemporary composers to the chaotic and sublime possibilities of life. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819.

C ollege of Southern Maryland
Ward Virts Concert Series
The Eric Byrd Trio
Sunday, March 12, 3:00 pm
Prince Frederick Campus 
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick 
Free Admission
For almost two decades, The Eric Byrd Trio , pianist/vocalist Eric Byrd, bassist Bhagwan Khalsa, and drummer Alphonso Young, Jr., have traveled the world as enthusiastic ambassadors of jazz. Rooted in swing and be-bop, The Trio also embraces gospel and the blues as core elements of their expansive performance style.  For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or go to http://www.csmd.edu/community.
 

SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, June 10, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street

Registration opens next week!

Port Tobacco Players
Camp Mockabee
Summer Theatre Camp for Children Ages 6 through Grade 12
Deadline to Apply:  July 14, 2017
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Click HERE for complete details and to download the application

Camp Mockabee
Camps for elementary, middle and high school students. Workshops offer instruction in multiple areas of acting, choreography, singing, stage design and more.  For more information, call 301-932-6819.
 
VISUAL  ARTS 
Arts Alliance "Call for Artists"  
for the Spring Art Show at Waldorf West Library 

Waldorf West Library

Deadline to Submit Extended to February 17, 2017

Theme is "Artists Choice" 

The Charles County Arts Alliance is now accepting submissions for the Spring Art Show, a multi-media public exhibit, to be held at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD, from April 10, to July 8, 2017 . The Library consists of four separate gallery spaces on two floors. 

Current members of the Charles County Arts Alliance are invited to submit a maximum of two works of 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional art on any subject for consideration (there is no submission fee). Nonmembers are encouraged to join and be eligible to submit their art.  Click HERE to download a Membership Form.

Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to waldorfwestgallery@gmail.com. Please reference "Waldorf West Spring  Show" in the subject line.

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
Arts Alliance members who have previously shown in the gallery are invited to submit new work for consideration. Selections will be made by the Gallery Committee and the artists will be notified by mid-March. All 2-dimensional artwork must be wired and ready to hang at time of delivery. 

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, a "Meet the Artists" Public Reception will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, at the Waldorf West Library's Main Gallery, to honor all the artists participating in the spring show. 

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

Community Bank of the Chesapeake Waldorf Branch
"Call for Artists"
 
 

  Theme is "Artists Choice"
Deadline to Submit: February 17, 2017

Community Bank of the Chesapeake, in partnership with the Charles County Art Alliance, is now accepting submissions for their first-quarter art show in 2017.  This is a multi-media exhibit, to be held at the Main Waldorf Branch, 3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD, from March 10, to May 26, 2017.
 
Current members of the Charles County Arts Alliance are invited to submit a maximum of two works of art on any subject for consideration (there is no submission fee).  Nonmembers are encouraged to join and be eligible to submit their art.  Click HERE to download a Membership Form.

 Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to  waldorfwestgallery@gmail.com.  Please reference "Community Bank Gallery" in the subject line.
 
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 
The artists will be notified by the beginning of March.  All artwork must be wired and ready to hang when delivered to the Bank.

For more information on the gallery, please contact Gale Kladitis at  gkladitis@comcast.net .  

College of Southern Maryland
Call for Crafters and Arts Vendors!
Renaissance Festival
Deadline to Apply:  February 28, 2017
Click HERE to Download the Registration Form

The Festival will be held on the La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Road, on
Saturday, April 22, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Sunday, April 23, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

General Smallwood Middle School
Destination Imagination Team 
"Create Our Community" Call for Artists
Click HERE for Complete Details

The 7th and 8th graders at General Smallwood Middle School have teamed together for a community outreach program as part of their competition in Destination Imagination, to be held on March 11, at North Point High School.  The students are seeking artists to paint the store fronts on vacant buildings in the Town of Indian Head.  The art will be celebrated during a "Create Our Community" Day to be held on February 25 (snow/rain date is March 4).  Artisan vendors are also needed as well as local groups and organizations to support the "Create Our Community" Day. For more information, contact Wendy Paulin at 240-320-4992.

Behavioral Health Awareness Art Show
Destigmatizing Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder
"Call for Artists"
Deadline to Submit:  March 1, 2017
Art Display:  April 24 - 28, 2017
First Lady Art Reception, Maryland House of Delegates Building, Annapolis; Monday, April 24, 5:00 pm
Click HERE for Details and Click HERE to download a Submission Form

The Behavioral Health Awareness Art Show is one of two exhibitions in Spring 2017 hosted by Maryland's First Lady Yumi Hogan as part of a statewide multi-government agency and community partnership to increase public awareness of the need to de-stigmatize mental illness and addiction. The committee for the exhibition is made up of representatives of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Behavioral Health Administration, the Maryland Department of Disabilities, the Maryland State Arts Council, the New Day Campaign, the Mental Health Association of Maryland, and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-Maryland.   For more information, contact Peter Bruun at 410-916-3752 or peter@newdaycampaign.org or visit http://www.newdaycampaign.org
 
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury, MD 20658
The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays,  11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors! Inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park.
Click HERE for the 2017 Calendar of Exhibits
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Winter Open All-Media Show
February 17 - March 19
Reception:  Sunday, February 19, 1:00 - 4:00 pm



MCAC Open Studio
Fridays, March 3 - May 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.
MCAC Workshop  Drawing with Pencil
Fridays, March 3, 10, 17, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fee: $100 MCAC Members / $110 Nonmembers
Maryland Veterans Museum, 11000 Crain Highway, Newburg, MD 20664
Instructor: Nicole Stewart (NStewartStudio.com)

An art form all on its own, drawing with pencil is an excellent way for painters to sharpen their skills on perspective, composition and values.  Explore using graphite to create work that strengthens these themes. Some supplies needed. Note: This workshop will be held at the Maryland Veterans Museum. (Beginning and Intermediate Levels)  

If you wish to take only 1 or 2 of the classes, you may pay the corresponding set fees. (The $10 discount only applies to signing up for all 3 sessions, one week in advance of the first class.)
March 3: Simple drawing techniques, value studies, perspective and composition. Setting up and drawing a still life. $40             
March 10: Drawing from photographs (portraits, landscapes, etc.), determining what photographs translate well into pencil drawings (or paintings), and avoiding the pitfalls of photography.  Students will be given a homework assignment. $30
March 17: Critiquing homework and working on WWI images (landscape, figure and portrait), including the still life set up of a WWI soldiers' billet. $30
MCAC Winter Tea
Sunday, March  5, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Free



Join them for a cup of hot tea and their enticing array of treats, while visiting Mattawoman Creek Art Center's extensive gallery and gift shop.
 

College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
Jim Arendt:  Selvage
Now through March 9
Gallery Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm;
Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

Art making is a way for Ardent to explore our changing relationship with labor. His research focuses on transitions in macroeconomic structures through the lens of their effects on individual lives, communities, and workers' relationships to the structures of labor itself. The artist paid witness to the demise of opportunities to engage in meaningful work and has seen cities ravaged by the absence of industry. As the landscape of work and labor continue to shift around us, he uses art making as a way to investigate how the division of labor and alienation from work has impacted individual lives.  For more information, call 301-934-7828, or go to http://www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/visual-arts/hungerford-gallery/index.

Quality Printers and Southern Maryland Artists Collective (SMAC)
Visions of Maryland:  Selected Works by Addison Likins
Now through Saturday, March 18, 2017
10485 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains





Quality Printers and SMAC (Southern Maryland Artists Collective) are proud to present the art works of Addison Likins.   For more information, click HERE or contact Joseph Wimberly at 240-349-2953, or JMW@QP2Creative.com.

NEW!  SMAC Workshops
Click HERE for the Workshop Schedule
10485 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains

Steampunk Jewelry
Saturday, February 18, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Cost:  $40 (Includes All Supplies)

Explore the basic techniques of using cogs, keys, charms, clock parts and more to create unique jewelry.  Bring along any old jewelry or small objects and metal pieces to incorporate into your art.   For more information, contact somdartscollective@gmail.com.

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home "Call for Artists"
 
Theme is "Artists Choice"
Deadline to Submit: March 27, 2017
 
Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, in partnership with the Charles County Art Alliance, is now accepting submissions for their Spring/Summer Art Show, a multi-media exhibit, to be held at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, 29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622, from April 20, 2017 to October 18, 2017.  The gallery will be presented along the E-Wing Dining Hallway.   
 
The Crossroads of Hughesville Garden Club will also create floral interpretations of selected art to be included in the show.
 
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
  • Optional: Background information or inspiration of artwork (100 words or less) 
Selections will be made by the Charlotte Hall Gallery Committee and the artists will be notified in early April.  All artwork must be wired and ready to hang when delivered to the Veterans Home.
 
On Saturday, September 23, 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 Melissa Canada at 240-577-7034 or VeteransHomeArt@gmail.com.

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

Solo Show by Renée Fuqua, through April 12, 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 Sarˈdär Aziz, through April 13, 2017
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show, through April 8, 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 info@charlescountyarts.org.

LITERARY ARTS  {top} 
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 info@charlescountyarts.org.
 
College of Southern Maryland
Connections Literary Series
Michael Archer
Friday, February 17, 7:30 pm
Leonardtown Campus
Building A, Auditorium, 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
Tickets:  $3 in Advance, $5 at the Door

Michael Archer grew up in northern California and served in Vietnam as a U.S. Marine in 1967-68.  His books include A Patch of Ground: Khe Sanh Remembered, which VIETNAM magazine called "the best first-hand account of the battle of Khe Sanh;" A Man of His Word: The Life and Times of Nevada's Senator William J. Raggio; and, his most recent book, The Long Goodbye: Khe Sanh Revisited, chronicling his search for answers to a friend's mysterious death at Khe Sanh.   For more information, contact Neal Dwyer at 301-934-7864, or  visit http://www.csmd.edu/community/connections.

Charles County Public Library
Author Reception
Saturday, February 18, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf

Yvonne Medley, Founder of the Life Journeys Writers Guild, leads this reception where you can meet local authors and purchase their books. 
Featured authors include: Andrea M. Renfroe, Madison Love, Tricia Payne. Georgette Littlejohn, Dorothy Simms, Linda Heard, Carrie Staples, Dan Brennan, Musu Bangura, Andrew Rickert, Kabrena Severe, Denise Peake-Tucker, Ngadi Turay, and Texie Susan Gregory.  
For more information, contact Sarah Guy at 301-645-1395, ext. 417, or SGuy@ccplonline.org.

College of Southern Maryland
Connections Literary Series
Sunil Yapa, Novelist
Friday, March 3, 7:30 pm
Prince Frederick Campus
Flagship Building, Room 119, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Tickets:  $3 in Advance, $5 at the Door

Sunil Yapa's first novel,  Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist , is one of Time Magazine's Best Books of the Year as well as one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year, a Barnes & Noble's Discover Great New Writers Pick, and an Indies Next Pick.  The biracial son of a Sri Lankan father and a mother from Montana, Yapa has lived around the world, including The Netherlands, Thailand, Greece, Guatemala, Argentina, Chile, China, and India, as well as, London, Montreal, and New York City. He is currently 39 years old and lives in upstate New York.  For more information, contact Neal Dwyer at  301-934-7864 , or  visit  http://www.csmd.edu/community/connections.

Life Journeys Writers Guild
Workshops
To Register, Click HERE and Select the Specific Workshop

Write on Saturdays with a Twist!
Fundamental First Timers!  
March 4, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fee: $ 69.99 (Includes Lunch)


If you've never attended the LJWG Workshops before, this is where you need to start.  Readings, critiques, story construction, marketing/publishing info and more will abound throughout!   For more information and directions to the workshop, contact Yvonne Medley at 240-427-5594, or email yvonnejmedley@lifejourneyswritersguild.org.  

Write on Wednesdays with a Twist!
March 8, 15, 22, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Registration:  $79.99

Intense and tangible!  For those returning to WOW and want to take their literary projects to the next level.   For more information and directions to the workshop, contact Yvonne Medley at 240-427-5594, or email yvonnejmedley@lifejourneyswritersguild.org.  

Charles County Library Programs

Get a copy of the 
January/February 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 http://www.ccplonline.org.

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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.  Note: The February club will meet at 10:30 am. For more information, contact the Waldorf Senior Center at  301/638-4420 .

February 22:  Me Before You by JoJo Moyes.  They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose. Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy, but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

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.


February 22:  Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore.   It begins outside a burning plantation hut in Louisiana... and an East Texas honky-tonk... and, without a doubt, in the heart of God. It unfolds in a Hollywood hacienda... an upscale New York Gallery... a downtown dumpster... a Texas ranch. Gritty with pain and betrayal and brutality, it also shines with an unexpected, life-changing love.



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. 


March 2:  Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck. With Charley, his French poodle, Steinbeck drives the interstates and the country roads, dines with truckers, encounters bears at Yellowstone and old friends in San Francisco. Along the way he reflects on the American character, racial hostility, the particular form of American loneliness he finds almost everywhere, and the unexpected kindness of strangers. 
P.D. Brown Library 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 .  

March 4:  The Revenant by Michael Punke. T he year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the company's finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two company men are dispatched to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies. When the men abandon him instead, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge. 
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.
  


March 9:  Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d'Art by Christopher Moore.  P art mystery, part history (sort of), part love story, and wholly hilarious, the story follows a young baker-painter as he joins the dapper Henri Toulouse-Lautrec on a quest to unravel the mystery behind the supposed "suicide" of Vincent van Gogh.
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Community Senior Centers
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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 February 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, 
President
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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Thank you for supporting the Charles County Arts Alliance!  Your donation is 100 percent tax deductible. 

The Newsflash is published every Thursday.  If you would like your event included, contact the CCAA office by email at info@charlescountyarts.org or phone 301-392-5900, no later than the Monday before your event.

The CCAA is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.  All membership dues and donations are 100 percent tax deductible.
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.