January 4, 2018

Celebrating 30 Years of Service to the Community
Call for Artists!
Waldorf West Library Gallery's 
Winter-Spring 2018 Show

Deadline to Submit Extended to January 5, 2018
Delivery Date: February 3, 2018
Show Runs Until June 2, 2018
"Meet the Artists" Public Reception: February 24, 2018
Click HERE for Complete Details on Submitting Art

The Charles County Arts Alliance is now accepting submissions for the Winter-Spring 2018 Art Show, a multi-media public exhibit, to be held at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD, from February 3 to June 2, 2018. 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). Non-members are encouraged to join and be eligible to submit their art. Click  HERE to download a Membership Form.
On  Saturday, February 24, 2018, 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 show. 

For more information, contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900.

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home "Call for Artists"

Theme is "A rtists Choice"
Deadline to Submit: January 15, 2018
Delivery Date:  January 31, 2018
Click HERE for Compete Details on Submitting Art

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, in partnership with the Charles County Art Alliance, is now accepting submissions for their Spring Art Show, a multi-media exhibit, to be held at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, 29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622, from January 31, to June 30, 2018. The gallery will be presented along the E-Wing Dining Hallway.

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

Selections will be made by the Charlotte Hall Gallery Committee and the artists will be notified by  January 19, 2018 . All artwork must be wired and ready to hang.

For more information on the gallery, please contact Charlotte Hall Veterans Home at 301-884-8171 ext. 403 , or
"Meet the Artists" Public Reception
Saturday, January 20, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home
E-Wing Multipurpose Room
29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622

Please join us as we celebrate the artists whose works are on display until January 31, 2018. Take a tour of the hall where 63 works of arts are exhibited by 51 artists!  Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home at 301-884-8171, ext. 403.

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Jay Armsworthy & Sons of the American Legion
Nothin' Fancy & Remington Ryde
Sunday, January 7, 2:00 pm (Doors Open at Noon)
American Legion Post 238, Rts. 381 and 231, Hughesville
Admission: $20 per person, Children under 12 admitted free with a paying adult

Dinner, drinks and dessert are available for purchase.  For more information, call 301-737-3004, email jaychelle1@verizon, or visit

Tantallon Community Players Auditions
Sunday, January 7, 5:00 - 10:00 pm
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington

To audition, prepare 32 bars of an uptempo song and be prepared to dance.  All roles are open. Performances run from June 1 -10, 2018. For more information, contact Jonathan Jackson through

Chesapeake Choral Arts Society
Auditions for the 2018 - 2019 Season
High School Age Singers and Older
Monday, January 8 and 15, 6:30 pm (Alternate dates can be arranged)
Peace Lutheran Church
11610 Rubina Place, Waldorf

photo A u diti ons will consist of vocal warm-ups, pitch matching and vocal exercises to determine the singer's vocal range.  The choir meets regularly from September - June, rehearsing at Peace Lutheran Church on Monday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, and produces three different concerts throughout the season. To schedule an audition, contact Carol at 301-642-0594.   For more information about CCAS, visit  

Indian Head Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre
The Movement: 50 Years of Love and Struggle
Thursday - Friday, January 11 - 12, 7:00 pm
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Tickets: $20 Adults; $15 Students, Active Military; $10 Seniors

One man - ten characters - the past 50 years of the Black experience in America.  For more information, call 301-743-3040, or visit .

Port Tobacco Players
Boeing Boeing
January 19 - February 4, 2018
Friday - Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets: $18 Adults, $15 Seniors (60+), Youth to 18, Military

(Comedy) It's the 1960s, and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms. A riotous farce! For more information, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819 or visit

College of Southern Maryland
Auditions Open for Ages 18 and Up
Monday - Tuesday, January 22 - 23, 6:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

Open auditions for these productions:
  • Journey's End (Cause Theatre)
  • The Impostures of Scapin (Renaissance Festival)
Prepare a one-minute monologue.  For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

The Newtowne Players
A Streetcar Named Desire
Friday, January 26 - Sunday, February 11, 2018
Thursday - Friday - Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:30 pm
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets: $15 Adults; $12 Seniors (65+), Students, Military
$10 Children 12 and Under
Thursday: All Tickets $10

The play reveals to the very depths the character of Blanche du Bois, a woman whose life has been undermined by her romantic illusions, which lead her to reject and ignore the realities of life. For more information, visit .
Port Tobacco Players Auditions Open for Ages 18 and Up
Calendar Girls
Monday, January 29, 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 3, 10:00 am
Monday, February 5, 7:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata

Synopsis: (Comedy) Based on a true story, members of the Women's Institute in Yorkshire, England, prepare and publicize an unusual "alternative calendar" to raise funds for leukemia research. Auditions consist of cold readings from the script.  Performance dates are Saturdays and Sundays, May 4 to 20, 2018.  For more information and a complete list of characters, visit, or contact the producer, Kathy Mead, at 240-346-6448.

College of Southern Maryland Cause Theatre
Thursday, February 1, 7:30 pm
Friday, February 2, 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 3, 2:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre Room 143
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $5
Due to mature content and heavy subject matter, this production may not be suitable for all audiences.

I n a dark classroom, eight students sit in an "official lockdown," not knowing if it's just a drill or an actual emergency. When a hysterical younger girl bolts from the room and the teacher follows, the remaining students are left alone to decide if it's safer to stay or run. For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.
College of Southern Maryland
Call for Performers for the 6th Annual Renaissance Festival
Performer Worksheets Must Be Submitted by February 28
La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Festival dates: April 21 - 22, 2018

Actors and musicians needed! You could wander the festival with your talent and entertain the people! Street performers are vital for creating an immersive experience at a Renaissance festival. Town Folk and Wandering Talent will be trained in the basics of street performance and improvisation by someone with 19 years of experience performing at Renaissance Festivals. Evening and weekend rehearsals will be required.  Contact the Renaissance Festival Director, Erin Timmermann, at 

Southern Maryland Decorative Painters
Saturday, January 13, 9:30 am
Immaculate Conception Church (Hall behind the Church)
28297 Old Village Road, Mechanicsville

A business meeting will be followed by painting "Winter Duo Landscapes," designed by Nancy Scott and led by Karen Showalter. Guests are always welcome and should contact Garnett Joy at 301-884-2835 or email for the supplies required for the project.  
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Seven-Up High School Exhibit
January 26 - February 11
Reception: Sunday, January 28, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
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.

This exhibit is only open to local high school student artists who are selected by their art teachers. For more information, call 301-743-5159, or visit


Solo Show by Nadira Nunez, through January 10, 2018
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Multi-Artist Show through January 31, 2018
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, January 20, 2018, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show, through April 20, 2018
3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Solo Show by Addison Likins, through January 2018
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show, through February 3, 2018
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

Richard R. Clark Senior Center Book Discussion
Thursday, January 4, 1:00 pm
1210 Charles Street, La Plata
Meets the first Thursday of each month 
For more information, call 301-934-9001

The Book of Joy: Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama's home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness's eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others. They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life's inevitable suffering? This book offers the opportunity to experience their astonishing and unprecedented week together, from the first embrace to the final good-bye.

P.D. Brown Library Book Discussion Group
Saturday, January 6, 9:30 - 10:30 am
50 Village Street, Waldorf
Meets on the first Saturday of every month
For more information, call 301-645-2864 

Self-Selected Poetry. Bring in a favorite poem or two to share with the group. Original compositions welcomed.
La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
Thursday, January 11, 7:00 pm
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
Meets on the second Thursday of every month
For more information, call 301-934-9001

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.   After a staged terrorist attack kills the President and most of Congress, the government is deposed and taken over by the oppressive and all controlling Republic of Gilead. Offred, now a Handmaid serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name. Despite the danger, Offred learns to navigate the intimate secrets of those who control her every move, risking her life in breaking the rules in hopes of ending this oppression.

Life Journeys Writers Guild
Big Quarterly Meeting!
Saturday, January 20, 2018, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
Free! Donations Accepted!

Empower yourself by writing! Meet with the experts to improve your writing skills, glean from their guest speakers, enjoy networking, food and more.  For more information, visit or contact Yvonne Medley at 240-427-5594, or email
Life Journeys Writers Guild
Readers Lead! Leaders Read! But Writers Rule the World!
Four Sessions! 
Tuesdays, January 23, 30, February 6 and 13, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
3261 Old Washington Road, Suite 2020, Waldorf 
Registration Required. Fee: $30 per Session
Deadline to Register: Friday Before Each Class
Click HERE to go to the Website to Pay with PayPal

In these classes, you will discover how to perfect your elevator speech, self-branding and presentation, story creation, publishing industry knowledge, critical thinking/persuasiveness/
communication skills, purpose and literary passion, and much more! This class is a must for business owners, and aspiring entrepreneurial adults and young adults. For more information, call Yvonne Medley at 240-427-5594, or

Writers of Color Book Club
Tuesday, January 23, 6:30 pm
Meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month
P.D. Brown Library
50 Village Street, Waldorf
For more information, call 301-645-2864  

Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah.  This is the true  story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man's relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother -- his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, January 24, 11:00 am - Noon
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month 
100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head. 
Call 301-375-7375 for more information

Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker.    On an ordinary Saturday, Julia awakes to discover that something has happened to the rotation of the earth. The days and nights are growing longer and longer, gravity is affected, the birds, the tides, human behavior and cosmic rhythms are thrown into disarray. In a world of danger and loss, Julia faces surprising developments in herself, and her personal world --divisions widening between her parents, strange behavior by Hannah and other friends, the vulnerability of first love, a sense of isolation, and a rebellious new strength. 

Maryland Citizens for the Arts
Maryland Arts Day
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 8:15 am - 2:00 pm
Miller Senate Building, Annapolis, MD
Early Bird Registration: $25 until February 9, 2018
Regular: $40 February 10 through February 16, 2018
Keynote Speaker:  Adam Lerner, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
Limited Scholarships Available. Click HERE and click on "Scholarships" for more information.

Register NOW for the most important arts advocacy event of the year. Join the chorus of voices that will be making the case  to Maryland lawmakers for public funding for the arts.  This exhilarating event brings together more than 500 arts advocates, artists, educators, administrators, board members, volunteers, and more from across the state. In addition to remarks from lawmakers passionate about the arts and the presentation of the annual Sue Hess Arts Advocate of the Year Award, attendees will hear from dazzling keynote speaker Adam Lerner (Director and Chief Animator, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver), and have the opportunity to champion the arts directly with their lawmakers.  For more information, visit
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 January copy of The SCOOP, Charles County's Senior Center News, or cli ck here   to go to their website. 
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

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CCAA Board of Directors

Gale Kladitis, President
Robert Rausch, Vice President
Ronald G. Brown, Secretary/Treasurer
Diane Rausch, Past President
Bill Adams
Joseph Wimberly

Honorary Board Member
Cindi Barnhart

Student Intern
John Javier
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The Newsflash is published every Thursday.  If you would like your event included, contact the CCAA office by email at 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.
Mailing Address:  PO Box 697, White Plains, MD 20695
Office Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, 10250 La Plata Road, La Plata, MD 20646

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.