January 1, 2015

Arts Alliance Opens New Winter Art Show at Waldorf West Library

Show Runs from January 5 to March 27, 2015

Waldorf West Library

You Are Invited!

"Meet the Artists" Public Reception 

January 10, 2015, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

The Charles County Arts Alliance presents a new winter art exhibit at the Waldorf West Library, showcasing 38 artists and 56 works of art.  The artworks will be displayed in four separate gallery spaces which include the main conference room on the first floor, and two study rooms and wall space in the Fiction Section on the second floor.

On Saturday, January 10, the Arts Alliance will host a
"Meet the Artists" Public Reception, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, to honor all the artists participating in this show.  The public is invited to this event, and will have a chance to meet the artists while viewing their works on display throughout the Library.  Most of the artworks are available for purchase; a price list will be available at the Library's information desk.

The show's theme was open to the artists and includes works from: Free Akins, Theresa Alo, Cindi Barnhart, Patricia Biles, Donna Capuano, Suzanne Cassidy, William Cassidy, Cecelia Dunay, Gale Euchner, Ren´┐Że Fuqua, Betty Fuqua, Jan Garland, Roxana Gonzales, Lonnie Harkins, Josh Hettel, Gordon Johnson, Deborah Ledbetter, Stacey Littledeer, Vicki Marckel, Ivette Marcucci, Leah Meyers, Pat Morrison, Jan Norton, Jason Powell, Cryz Proctor, Ayanna Proctor, Spencer Russell, Wayne Russell, Annabel Lee Russell, Christian Sams, Lee Anne Shontere, Shon Simpson, Paul Toscano, Pat Troiani, Shannon Wang, Neil Wilmoth, Sandra Wood and Gerry Wood.

The Library is located at 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, Maryland.  Hours are: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am to 8:00
pm; Friday, 1:00 to 5:00 pm; and Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

For more information about this show and future exhibits, please contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or
Maryland Arts Day
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Miller Senate Building
11 Bladen Street
Annapolis, MD
Early Bird Registration: $25 until January 30;
$50 from January 31 to February 6

Keynote Speaker is Freeman A. Hrabowski, III. 

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992, is a consultant on science and math education to national agencies, universities, and school systems. Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME (2012) and one of America's Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report (2008), he also received TIAA-CREF's Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence (2011), the Carnegie Corporation's Academic Leadership Award(2011), and the Heinz Award (2012) for contributions to improving the "Human Condition." 

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, parking, and shuttle ride to the President's Conference Center at the Miller Senate Building. Following the morning speakers and information session, the main purpose of the day will be to discuss with lawmakers the importance of a strong arts community to the economic and cultural vitality of Maryland. Maryland Arts Day needs your participation! For more information and to register, go to http://www.mdarts.org.
Port Tobacco Players
Super Hero Sanitarium
Saturday, January 3, 2015, 3:00 and 7:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata, MD
Tickets: $10 Adults, $7 Children

(Comedy) Lois Lancaster is a big-city journalist writing about the current state of mental health facilities. Her research takes her to a hospital populated with a unique group of quirky inmates who imagine they are crime-fighting superheroes. At first Lois finds their elaborate superhero fantasies to be an entertaining diversion, the wild delusions of unstable minds, until something unusual happens that makes her wonder. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Foundation for Heroes who encourages children to believe in themselves, fulfill their dreams and overcome obstacles while lifting their spirits and being supportive of their unique needs. For more information, call 301-932-6819.

Schubert Singers
Winter Celebrations in the Americas
Saturday, January 3, 4:00 pm
First Baptist Church of La Plata
9070 Hawthorne Road, La Plata

Sunday, January 4, 4:00 pm
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
4535 Piney Church Road, Waldorf

A concert choir for children in Southern Maryland.  The concerts are free; good will offerings will be accepted.
For more information, email schubertsingers@gmail.com or visit www.schubertsingers.org.

Port Tobacco Players
The Dixie Swim Club
January 16 - February 1
Fridays - Saturdays 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets: $17 Adults; $14 Seniors (60+), Military, and Youth (to 18)

(Comedy) Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives. The Dixie Swim Club focuses on four of these weekends - a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever. For more information and to order tickets, go to http://www.ptplayers.com, or call 301-932-6819.

Port Tobacco Players
William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
Saturday, January 17, 10:00 am
Monday, January 19, 7:00 pm
Callbacks, if necessary, Wednesday, January 21
Main Stage,  508 E. Charles Street, La Plata

One of Shakespeare's best loved comedies follows Prince Don Pedro and his officers, Benedick and Claudio, as they arrive in Messina after a successful battle. Auditions will consist of a monologue and cold readings from the script.  The monologue should be between 80 - 160 words. You will be allowed to have a printed copy of your monologue on stage during your audition.  Performance dates are May 22 to June 7, 2015.  For additional  information, contact the producer at migraine_boy98@hotmail.com.

Charles County Youth Orchestra and Encore Strings Concert
Sunday, January 18, 4:30 pm
Westlake High School, 3300 Middletown Road, Waldorf
Free Admission
Charles County Youth Orchestra is comprised of advanced high school level string, wind, brass and percussion players by audition. Encore Strings is a strings-only orchestra of middle school level musicians, open to any age by audition.  For more information, go to www.ccyo.com  or email annepatterson@aol.com.

Kids Crossing Productions
and Grace Lutheran Church
Call for Actors, Writers, Musicians and Stage Production Assistants
Open Auditions For Actors
Sunday - Monday, January 18 - 19, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Grace Lutheran Church, Room 116, 1200 Charles Street, La Plata Md

Actors, make-up artists, writers, costumers, graphic artists, musicians and stage crew are needed to produce a new sketch comedy television series that will air locally. Actors must prepare a 1 to 2 minute comedic monologue for the audition.

Go to their website at www.kcptv.org for more information and applications for writers, actors, stage crew and musicians.

The Newtowne Players
Auditions for William Inge's Classic Drama Picnic
Thursday, January 22, 6:00 pm
Saturday, January 24, 10:00 am
Callbacks, January 24, 1:00 pm
Lobby of the Newtowne Players
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park

Play synopsis: Emotions ignite when a handsome drifter arrives in a small Kansas community on the morning of their Labor Day picnic. Auditions will generally consist of cold readings from the script where your ability to act and take directions will be evaluated. Show Dates: April 17 - May 3, 2015. For detailed information about the characters, go to the website at www.newtowneplayers.org or call 301-737-5447.
College of Southern Maryland
Open Auditions for Ages 10 and Up
Monday - Tuesday, January 26 - 27, 6:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata








Open auditions for these productions:

  • All Out
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

Prepare a one-minute monologue.  Performances will take place between March 5 and April 26, 2015.  For more details, please contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or bxoffc@csmd.edu.


Mattawoman Creek Art Center
High School "Seven Up" Art Show
January 16 to February 8
5565 Upham Place, Marbury, MD 20658

MCAC logo A showcase of the best works of art students from the seven Charles County public high schools. The Gallery and Gift Shop are open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm For more information, call 301-743-5159 or go to www.mattawomanart.org.

Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery

Erin Wiersma

Liminal Territories 

January 26 - March 20

Gallery Talk and Reception:  Thursday, January 29, 5:30 pm

College of Southern Maryland, Fine Arts Center

8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, MD

Gallery Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm  

Erin Wiersma's current work explores what exists beyond the edges of the surface, beyond the image itself. In these new drawings she seeks to address the liminal within her work to reconnect with the performance of making, seeking a confluence between the spiritual and material aspects of being. In doing so, she cultivates a sense of mutual seeing and revelation in the process of creating. "What intrigues me in the notion of looking is this gaze, this emotive interaction, between me and the work, the work and the viewer, the viewer and me."  The results are pieces that could be perceived as ganglions of tiny alien veins and capillaries or other micro organic systems, mapping explicit gestures and patterns. They may also be perceived as minute diagrams of synapses or of the myriad of complex activity going on constantly in the universe and within us.  For more information, go to http://www.csmd.edu/Arts.

Cox Art Center
Located at  32 Cox Road in Huntingtown, MD, Cox Art Center was launched in 2013 to provide significant enrichment and experience in all aspects of visual arts.  They provide a wide variety of art education courses and the sale of art objects produced by some of the finest artists in southern Maryland.  Click here to learn more about course offerings.  For more information, contact the Center at 410-535-0014, or visit their website a www.coxartcenter.com.

Charles County Literacy Council
Tutor Training Workshop
Saturday, January 17, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Christ Episcopal Church, Old Durham Parish
8700 Ironsides Road, Nanjemoy, MD 20662
Registration fee waived; deadline to register is January 12;
Four hours of online training required prior to January 17

The council trains volunteer tutors who provide confidential, free, one-on-one tutoring in reading, writing, basic math skills, English as a second language, citizenship training and the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery entrance exam for all branches of the U.S. military.  Click here for the registration form. For more information, contact Sue Lateulere at 301-934-6488 or go to 

Life Journeys Writers Club
Big Quarterly Gathering
Saturday, January 17, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf

Life Jurneys Writers Club
Come to network, get informed, inspired and come to hear great reads and critiques! Find out what the LJWC is all about! For more information, contact Yvonne Medley at 301-705-8972.

Charles County Arts Alliance

2015 Scholarship Program is Now Open!


Deadline to Apply is February 28, 2015


Each year the Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) awards $1,000 scholarships to one outstanding graduating senior from each high school in Charles County and one graduating student from the College of Southern Maryland, who plan to continue studying the arts (performing, visual or literary) at a four-year college or university. 


The completed application and all required documentation must be postmarked by noon, February 28, 2015, and mailed to CCAA, PO Box 697, White Plains, MD 20695. For more information, send an email to scholarship.ccaa@gmail.com or click here to go to the CCAA website to download an application.  Charles County Public School Seniors may also see their high schools' College and Career Advisors for a copy of the application.  


The Charles County Arts Alliance was founded in 1987 with the goal of stimulating, promoting, encouraging, and providing recognition of the arts and the creative spirit in Charles County, MD. For 27 years, the Arts Alliance has worked toward this goal by providing a variety of events, workshops, and services designed to help Charles County artists and arts organizations succeed and thrive, including:  the ArtsFest countywide festival, school and community grants, and the management of three public art galleries.


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

Adult Discussion Book Groups
Waldorf 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, MD.   To join, call 301-645-2864, and reserve a book with your library card.  

January 3: Self-Selected Poetry.  Share a favorite poem or two with the group. Original compositions are welcomed.

Chicks for Lit Book Club 
Meets on Saturdays from 10:00 - 11:00 am, at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD 20603. Pre-registration is required; click here to register for this discussion. For more information, call 301-645-1395.

January 3:  Mean Streak by Sandra Brown. Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her. While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name. She's determined to escape him, and willing to take any risks necessary to survive. Combining the nail-biting suspense and potent storytelling that has made Sandra Brown one of the world's best loved authors, Mean Streak is a wildly compelling novel about love, deceit, and the choices we must make in order to survive.

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.

January 7: Momma Makes Up Her Mind: And Other Dangers of Southern Living by Bailey White.  Welcome to the unique world of Bailey White. Her aunt Belle may take you to see her bellowing pet alligator. Her Uncle Jimbuddy may appall you with his knack for losing pieces of himself. Most of all, you may succumb utterly to the charms of Bailey's mama, who will take you to a juke joint so raunchy it scared Ernest Hemingway, or tuck you into her antique guest bed that has the disconcerting habit of folding up on people while they sleep.

Richard R. Clark Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Meets at 1:00 pm, on the first Thursday of each month at the Clark Senior Center, 1210 Charles Street, La Plata, MD.  For more information, call 301-934-9001. 
January 8:  The Distance Between Us:  A Memoir by Reyna Grande. The 2014 One Maryland One Book selection.  Reyna Grande vividly brings to life her tumultuous early years in this story of a childhood spent torn between two parents and two countries.  As her parents make the dangerous trek across the Mexican border to "El Otro Lado" (The Other Side) in pursuit of the American dream, Reyna and her siblings are forced into the already overburdened household of their stern grandmother.  When their mother at last returns, Reyna prepares for her own journey to "El Otro Lado" to live with the man who has haunted her imagination for years, her long-absent father.  Funny, heartbreaking, and lyrical, The Distance Between Us poignantly captures the confusion and contradictions of childhood, reminding us that the joys and sorrows we experience are imprinted on the heart forever, calling out to us of those places we first called home.

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, MD. Call 301-934-9001, for more information.
January 8:  The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls.  Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and above all, how to embrace life fearlessly. Rose Mary, who painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family, called herself an "excitement addict."  As the dysfunction of the family escalated, Jeannette and her brother and sisters had to fend for themselves, supporting one another as they weathered their parents' betrayals and, finally, found the resources and will to leave home.
Writers of Color Book Club
A book club for all who enjoy reading books by authors of the African diaspora who write contemporary fiction. The Club meets bi-monthly at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Click here to register for the next discussion. For more information, call 301-645-1395.
January 22:  The Good Lord Bird by James McBride.   Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry's master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town-with Brown, who believes he's a girl. An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBride's meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival.

Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Meeton the fourth Wednesday of every month from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon, at the Senior Center, 100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head, MD.  Call 301-375-7375  for more information or to place a copy of a book on hold.

January 28:  Dear Life: Stories by Alice Monroe.   Alice Monroe illumines the moment a life is forever altered by a chance encounter or an action not taken, or by a simple twist of fate that turns a person out of his or her accustomed path and into a new way of being or thinking.  Suffused with Munro's clarity of vision and her unparalleled gift for storytelling, these tales about departures and beginnings, accidents and dangers, and outgoings and homecomings both imagined and real, paint a radiant, indelible portrait of how strange, perilous, and extraordinary ordinary life can be.

Jane Austen Book & Film Club
Meets six times a year from 6:30 - 7:30 pm, on the last Thursday of the month (no meeting in December) at the P.D. Brown Library, 50 Village Street, Waldorf, MD. To join, call 301-645-2864, with your library card number to place a copy of the book on reserve for you.

January 29:  Persuasion by Jane Austen.  First published in 1818, Persuasion was Jane Austen's last work.  Set in Somersetshire and Bath, the novel revolves around the lives and love affair of Sir Walter Elliot, his daughters Elizabeth, Anne, and Mary, and various in-laws, friends, suitors, and other characters  While essentially a touching love story, Austen nonetheless expresses her profound concerns about the pressures and choices facing the young women of her day.
Charles County Library Schedule
For January and February

Get a copy of the January/February brochure to see all the programs available at your local libraries. There are computer classes, book discussions, craft programs, preschool story times, games, and lots of other activities for every interest and age! 

For more information, call 301-934-9001 or go to http://www.ccplonline.org.

The Charles County Public Library offers book discussion groups at all of their branches and online too!  Click the link to sign up.

Nanjemoy Community Center

The Nanjemoy Community Center offers a wide variety of programs and services designed to fulfill the needs of the Nanjemoy community for all ages from tots to senior adults.  Click here to get a copy of their January newsletter. For more activities and events, get a copy of the January edition of The Scoop, Charles County's Senior Center News.

The Center is located at 4375 Port Tobacco Road, Nanjemoy, MD 20662.  For more information, call 301-246-9612301-934-5423, 301-753-1647, or click here to go to their website.  The Center is open Monday and Wednesday - 8:30 am - 8:00 pm; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
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CCAA Board of Directors
Robert Rausch, President
Gale Kladitis, Vice President
Cindy Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer
Diane Rausch, Past President
Bill Adams
Ronald Brown
Lorina Harris
Kathleen Jenkins
Roy Jenkins, PhD
Amelia Jones
Cecelia Keller
Shane Seremet
Mark Walker

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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.