July 20, 2017
Celebrating 30 Years of Service to the Community

"Meet the Artists" Public Reception
Saturday, July 22, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Waldorf West Library
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf

On Saturday, July 22, the Arts Alliance will honor the artists currently participating in the summer art show at the Waldorf West Library.  This is the 19th show the Alliance has sponsored since the opening of the Library in 2012.

The show runs through October 14, 2017, and features 31 artists and 60 works (including sculptures) throughout the Library's two floors.  Artists include:  Beverly Adams, Free Akins, Theresa Alo, Sarˈdär Aziz, Ibraham Badru, Cynthia Ruth Bailey, Suzanne Cassidy, William  Cassidy, Dorothy Crown, Andy Dixon, Cecelia Dunay, Penelope Gold, Richard Gold, Sally Goldsmith, Mark Hayes, Gordon Johnson, Philip Lang, Addison Likins, Ivette Marcucci, Bill Meck, Constance Moore, Rudolph Nielsen, Nadira Nunez, Mary Jo O'Neill, Josh Owen, Nancy Owens, Dianne Shisler, Suzannah Sulek, Dwayne Thomas, Joanne Van Brunt and Larry Veloso.

Come and meet the artists, tour the Library and enjoy light refreshments. The reception is free and open to the public. Bring your family and friends for a delightful afternoon with some of the most talented artists in the area. For more information, contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900.

Community Bank of the Chesapeake
Waldorf Branch
"Call for Artists"
  Theme is "Artists Choice"
Deadline to Submit Extended to July 28, 2017
Click HERE for Complete Details on Submitting Art
Community Bank of the Chesapeake, in partnership with the Charles County Art Alliance, is now accepting submissions for their second art show in 2017. This is a multi-media exhibit, to be held at the Main Waldorf Branch, 3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD, from August 25 to November 10, 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).  Non-members 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  Please reference "Community Bank Gallery" in the subject line.  Artists will be notified by email in early August; all accepted art must be wired, ready to hang and delivered to the Bank on August 25.

For more information, contact Gale Kladitis at

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The Hard Bargain Players
The Weir
Thursday, July 20, 7:00 pm - Top of the Hill
Saturday, July 22, 10:00 am (Includes callbacks) - Top of the Hill
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek

Synopsis: In a bar in rural Ireland, the local men swap spooky stories in an attempt to impress a young woman from Dublin who recently moved into a nearby "haunted" house. However, the tables are soon turned when she spins a yarn of her own. Auditions consist of cold readings.  Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, October 6 - 21, 2017.   Visit their website at  for more details, or contact the director at   

Maryland State Arts Council
2018 Individual Artist Awards
Deadline to Apply:  Friday, July 21, 4:30 pm EST
Each year, the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) recognizes outstanding artistic achievement through the Individual Artist Awards (IAA) program. Grants of $1,000-$6,000 honor the unique contributions of Maryland artists to the state's creative economy and help support artists to advance their craft.

Categories Offered for the 2018 Fellowships:
  • Non-Classical Music: Composition
  • Non-Classical Music: Solo Performance
  • Playwriting
  • Visual Arts: Crafts
  • Visual Arts: Photography
Visit and select the "Maryland" tab for complete details, guidelines, online videos and webinar registration. If you need additional assistance, contact Kimberly Steinle-Super at 410-539-6656, ext. 101, or

Town of La Plata
Free Friday Night Concerts
Now through September 29, 7:00 pm
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata

Concert goers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for sitting. Coolers are allowed, but no alcohol. Concessions are available from the Town's food trailer located near the back of the parking lot, an ice cream truck is also stationed there for your enjoyment. A play area for children, the Kids' Zone, allows parents to enjoy the concert while keeping an eye on the little ones. With the variety of music styles ranging from country, jazz, oldies, military bands, and classic rock there is something for everyone at the La Plata Summer Concert Series. For more information, contact Colleen Wilson at

July 21: U.S. Naval Academy Band Superintendent's Combo - Jazz

July 28: The Muddy Crows - Americana/Alt Rock

August 4: 257th Army Band - "The Band of the Nation's Capital"

August 11:  U.S. Air Force Band Max Impact - Classic/Contemporary Rock & Country

August 18:   Eric Scott Band - Acoustic Soul/Pop

August 25: Southern Maryland Concert Band - Concert Band Favorites & Showtunes

September 1: Community Groove - Funky rock, Blues originals & covers

September 8:  Dr. Robert Band - Classic Rock with an emphasis on the works of the Beatles

September 15:  Three Days of Rain - Today's hits, 80s, Dance, Funk, Classic Rock & Country

September 22: Trilogy - Rock, Pop, Dance, Hip hop & Country Covers with a twist

September 29: U.S. Navy Band The Commodores - Jazz

River Concert Series
Now through July 22
Grounds open at 5:00 pm, Concerts begin at 7:00 pm (except where noted)
Townhouse Green, 47645 College Drive, St. Mary's City
Free Admission!
Friday, July 21 - 5:00 - 6:00 pm -  The Spirit of Jazz and Democracy - Auerbach Auditorium , St. Mary's Hall

Friday, July 21 - The Roaring Twenties Redux!

Saturday, July 22 - The DNA of It!

For more information, visit

Indian Head Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre
The Glass Menagerie
Friday - Saturday, July 21 - 22, 7:00 pm
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Free Admission, Donations Accepted

A son longs to escape from his stifling home, where his genteel mother worries about the future prospects of his shy sister. But when a gentleman caller stops by unexpectedly, the family's prospects begin to look up. The Wingfield family invites you to share the evening with them as they explore the depths of love and loss and the promise of what could be. For more information, visit or call 301-743-3040.

Port Tobacco Players
Sister Act
Now through July 30
Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets:  $18 Adult; $15 Seniors (60+), Youth (to 18), Military

( Musical) Based on the 1992 hit film, Sister Act is sure to have audiences jumping to their feet. When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder and is placed in a convent for her safety, she has to trade her sequined gowns for a black-and-white habit and her late-night partying for early-morning Mass. Though she's at odds with the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior, Deloris breathes new life into the choir, the congregation and the community at large. Powerful music and outrageous dancing combine to make Sister Act a feel-good story about the power of sisterhood. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819.

The Newtowne Players
Once Upon a Mattress
Now through July 30
Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:30 pm
Thursdays, July 13, 20, and 27, 8:00 pm
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets:  $18 Adult; $15 Senior/Student/Military; $13 Child
Thursday Performances: $13 All Seats

Due to an unhappy curse, King Sextimus is unable to speak; and, his terror-of-a-wife, Queen Aggravain, has taken control of the kingdom. In an attempt to keep Prince Dauntless single, she has decreed that only the princess who can pass her test may marry her son; and no one else in the kingdom may marry until Prince Dauntless does. Luckily, Sir Harry is able to find an amazing princess: Winnifred the Woebegone.  For more information,visit 
Town of La Plata Summer Kids Shows
Tuesday, July 25, 10:00 am
La Plata Town Hall West Lawn
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free Admission  

Get ready to dance, scream and shout!  The Balloon Nerd is ready to take you into his fantastic world of balloons and magic, along with his friends Scooter the giant dancing balloon snake, and Teddy the mind reading teddy bear.   Don't get too comfortable in your seats because The Balloon Nerd will need your help on stage. He can't make the magic happen without you, so make sure you are there!  For more information, call the Town Hall at 301-934-8421.

Town & Country Old Tyme Concert
Saturday, July 29, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Southwinds Active Adult Community Lobby
4225 Southwinds Place, White Plains
Free and Open to the Public

Bluegrass concert featuring CrossRoads.  For more information, call 301-848-1864.

Tantallon Community Players
Auditions for Little Shop of Horrors
Saturday, July 29, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington

Be prepared to sing and dance.  Bring 32 bars of uptempo music to sing. Performances will be held on Fridays and Saturdays, and Sundays, September 22 to October 1, 2017. For more information, send an email to

Indian Head Center for the Arts
Kidventure Summer Camp
Monday - Friday,  July 31 - August 11
Ages 5 - 9, 9:00 am - Noon, $250
Ages 10 - 15, 1:30 - 4:30 pm, $280
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head

Instructors will introduce techniques that will help children develop methods of acting as well as other skills such as improvisation, voice projection, audition skills, etc. Along with acting, campers will be encouraged to try their hand at any other field of theater they might show interest in, such as design, stage management, or technical work, hair, makeup, and sound design.  Students will have the opportunity to audition for our Camp production which will take place on the last Friday or Saturday after camp. All campers are expected to participate in the full two-week program.  For more information, visit    

Town of La Plata Summer Kids Shows
Tuesday, August 1, 10:00 am
La Plata Town Hall West Lawn
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free Admission  

The Curiosity Crew, starring Ryan Buckle, is an interactive science and music show for kids.   In addition to live music, Ryan performs awesome experiments to inspire and amaze kids, often inviting friends on stage to help him.  Audiences of all ages ooh and aah at the floating smoke rings, circle of electricity, expanding "gas heads," disappearing water and more.   For more information, call the Town Hall at 301-934-8421.

Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco
Women in the Civil War
Friday, August 4, 6:00 pm
Port Tobacco Courthouse
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco
Light refreshments will be served. Donations appreciated.

The program is presented by Donna Peterson, head Docent at the Dr. Mudd Museum in Waldorf.  For more information, contact Joyce Edelen at 301-934-9056, or
The Hard Bargain Players
Fridays and Saturdays, August 4 - 19, 8:00 pm
Theater in the Woods
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets:  $10 Adults; $8 Stude nts, Seniors, Members of the Alice Ferguson Foundation
William Shakespeare finds himself between a powder keg and the crown in this brilliant new play by Bill Cain that premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2009. Reserve your tickets at  For more information, call 240-766-8830, or email

College of Southern Maryland Leonardtown Campus
Summer Concert Series with Horizon
Sunday, August 6, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
Free Admission

Horizon's performance will feature songs and oldies that have withstood the test of time. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or email 

Town of La Plata Kids Summer Show
Tuesday, August 8, 10:00 am
La Plata Town Hall West Lawn
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free Admission
Ahoy! People don't just build on land, they build on water, too! Set sail for a thrilling action-packed adventure about a crew of quirky pirates marooned on a deserted island. With mutiny and high-tide looming, they must rescue their salty captain and find a way to construct a ship before all hope is lost ... at sea! Planks, sails, rigging, rails... what else could building a pirate ship possibly take? Throughout the story, volunteers from the audience will help explore the incredible science behind clouds, flash paper, air pressure, inertia, explosions and more. For more information,  call the Town Hall at 301-934-8421.  

The Newtowne Players
Auditions for 'Twas the Night Before Christmas
Saturday, August 12, 9:00 am to Noon
Sunday, August 13, 3:30 - 6:30 pm
Three Notch Theatre Lobby
21744 S. Coral Drive, Lexington Park

Synopsis:  The wild holiday adventures of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won't take no for an answer (no matter if that "no" comes from a kindly but easily agitated uncle, a Shakespearean knight, his loyal squire, or Santa Claus himself!), on their quest to find out why Santa missed their house last year. Auditions consist of cold readings from the script. Performance dates are November 17 - December 10, 2017. For more information and the complete list of characters, visit

College of Southern Maryland
Auditions for Ages 5 and Up
Monday - Tuesday, August 14 - 15, 6:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

Open auditions for these productions:
  • The Voice of the Prairie (Main Stage)
  • My Children! My Africa (Children's Theatre)
  • Know Your Role (Cause Theatre)
  • Ragtime (Main Stage Musical)
Prepare a one-minute monologue and 16 bars of a song with music for the accompanist.  Come dressed to move.  For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

The Town of North Beach
Sunrise: A Celebration of the Arts
Call for Art Entries
Saturday, July 22, Noon to 6:00 pm
Click HERE for Complete Details

The celebration consists of an outdoor sculpture competition and art festival. For more information, visit

Southern Maryland Artists Collective Workshop
Mind Your Beeswax
New Date: Sunday, July 23, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Quality Printers
10485 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Pains
Class Fee:  $35

Come join in for a mixed media workshop where you take many elements and bring them together to make interesting Beeswax collages. Got leftover tissue paper? Old candy wrappers? Used coffee filters with stains that resemble a famous person? Bring 'em in and make some art! Students are encouraged to bring rigid surfaces on which to create their art (wood, cardboard or stiff paper such as watercolor) and some personal elements to incorporate into their work. For more information and to sign up visit

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Express Charles County in Art
Call for Artists 18 Years of Age and Up
Entry Fee: $35 for up to 3 pieces through July 31; 
$45 after July 31
Cash Prizes Awarded
Art must have been created in 2017, delivery date is September 8
Show runs from September 22 to October 29, 2017
Reception:  October 1
Click HERE for the Brochure
Click HERE for the Entry Form and Rules
For more information, go to

Charles Regional Medical Center Foundation
20th Annual Autumn Wine Tasting
Call for Artists to Donate Art
September 9, 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Deadline to Donate:  August 15, 2017
Donate by August 1, and be entered to win a pair of 20th Annual Autumn Wine Tasting Tickets
Port Tobacco Courthouse
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco
Click HERE for details on donations and submission form

The Medical Center Foundation is asking artists to donate art for a silent auction to raise funds for the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center.  For more information, contact Holly Gonzalez at 301-609-4319.

Mattawoman Creek Art Center Exhibits and Workshops
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 Summer Brochure. Check out their Early Bird Special Rates for registering for workshops in advance!
Friday Open Studio
Now through August 25, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come create: paint, draw, take photos, sculpt, knit,   quilt, etc.   Bring your own materials and your lunch.   Bring your friends (both members and nonmembers).   Share ideas and techniques.  Critique each other's work.   Enjoy the creative process!  For more information, go to
Vibrant Color Harmony (Oils)
Monday - Tuesday, July 24 - 25, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Fee: $230 Members / $250 Non-members
Instructor: Vicki Marckel (

Learn how to create dynamic paintings with vibrant color harmony. Vicki will lead you through all the stages of the painting process with demonstrations of how to: create color mixing charts, create rich composition painting alla prima (wet on wet), and utilize critiques to improve your artwork. To enable you to begin with a strong composition, this class will emphasize the fundamental element of color. You will receive individual attention to help improve your painting techniques and confidence by rendering images from a photograph of your choice into a successful painting. A materials list will be available prior to class. Painting/drawing experience will be helpful but not necessary.
Beginner Alcohol Inks
Tuesday, August 8, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fee: $65 Members / $75 Non-members
Additional Fee: $4 for Supplies
Instructor: Janice Jones ( )
Alcohol Inks are one of the newest rages in the art community.  They are known for their bold jewel-tone colors and their ability to run and blend into beautiful new color combinations.  This is a beginner class where you will learn to work with the inks to make beautiful abstract and/or impressionist paintings. These smaller works frame well and make beautiful cards.  Bring your Yupo (preferably a  5" x 7" or 7" or 6" square), gloves and any small old brushes you have, and the remainder of the supplies will be available for a $4 supply fee.  If you have your own Inks, bring them. (all levels)
Free Movie and Popcorn
Gerhard Richter Painting
Sunday, August 13, 2:00 pm
This  is a thrilling documentary of legendary German artist Richter's creative process, juxtaposed with intimate conversations and rare archive material. From your "fly-on-the-wall" perspective, you will watch the 79-year-old create a series of large-scale abstract canvases, using fat brushes and a massive squeegee to apply (and then scrape off) layer after layer of brightly colored paint. Considered by many to be the greatest living artist, in 2015, a 1983 painting of his sold for $46.5 million. This mesmerizing footage, of a highly charged process of creation and destruction, turns Belz's portrait of an artist into a work of art itself.  In German with English subtitles;  97 minutes.
Art as Meditation
Exhibit runs through August 13
The new exhibit features monotype, prints and paintings by Harriett Lawler-Hernick, and metal and other sculpture by Harold Kyle. 
Vibrant Landscapes (Pastel Drawing)
New Date:  Friday, August 18, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Fee: $115 Members / $125 Nonmembers
Instructor: Vicki Marckel ( )

Learn how to create dynamic color harmony by using soft pastels. Vicki will lead you through all the stages of the artistic process with demonstrations on how to: work with pastels, create color vibrancy by placing pastels next to each other, and utilize critiques to improve your artwork. This class will emphasize the fundamental element of color for a strong composition. You will receive individual attention to help improve your painting techniques and confidence by rendering images from a photograph of your choice into a successful piece of art. A materials list will be available prior to class. Drawing experience will be helpful but not necessary.

Maryland State Arts Council
Calling All Maryland Artists!

Join the Maryland Artists Registry. This free resource is an effective tool for those seeking to reach curators, consultants, collectors and others looking to commission or review contemporary artwork.  

The Marketplace provides an image and link to where Maryland-based artists' works can be purchased.  For more information, visit or, or call the Registry Coordinator at 410-962-8565.


"Artists without Limits" Show
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Multi-Artist Show
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, September 23, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

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

Solo Show by Dr. Theresa Alo
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show
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
"Meet the Artists" Public Reception:  Saturday, July 22, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

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


Historic St. Mary's City is hosting a variety of events for all ages.  Visit the websites for details, locations, and admission fees.

Little Pirates!
Thursday, Friday; July 20, 21; 10:00 - 11:00 am
For Children 3 to 6 years, with an accompanying adult
For more information, call 240-895-4990, or visit Little Pirates

Day Camp: Pirates - Fact vs. Fiction
Sunday, July 23, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
For Children 9 to 12 years
For more information, call 240-895-4990, or visit  Pirates - Fact vs. Fiction

Tidewater Archaeology Days
Saturday - Sunday, July 29 - 30, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
For all ages
For more information, call 240-895-4990, or visit  Tidewater Archaeology Days.
For more information on their events, go to

Charles County Public Library
Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge: Build A Better World
Now through August 26

Sign up to win prizes. Open to individuals, families and groups. Click  HERE  for more information and to register.

Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, July 26, 11:00 am - Noon
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month 
100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head. 
Call 301-375-7375 for more information

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick.  Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 am, just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater vest, waters his fern, Frederica, and heads out to his garden. 
But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam's death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam's possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he's never seen before. What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife's secret life before they met, a journey that leads him to find hope, healing and self-discovery in the most unexpected places.

Life Journeys Writers Guild
Big Quarterly Gathering
Saturday, July 29, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
The Legends Club, Inside the  Blue Crabs Stadium
11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf

Join them to glean from their guest speakers, firsthand, about "The Business of Books!" Enjoy great food, giveaways and raffles, networking, encouragement to get your literary projects to the finish line, publishing tips, and more! Learn about what they do, year-round, to inform, inspire and support. Take part in their Famous LJWG Champagne Toast to our Success! (a Cash Bar will be available).  Free to the public. For more information, click on or contact Yvonne Medley at 240-427-(LJWG) 5594. 
Waldorf Senior Center Afternoon Book Club
Wednesday, August 2, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
3092 Crain Highway, Waldorf
Meets on the first Wednesday of every month
For more information, call  301-638-4420
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson.   After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested, so he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey.   It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the twentieth century, but he has actually played a key role in them. Starting out in munitions as a boy, he somehow finds himself involved in many of the key explosions of the twentieth century and travels the world, sharing meals and more with everyone from Stalin, Churchill, and Truman to Mao, Franco, and de Gaulle.

Waldorf West Library
"Meet the Author"
A.L. Herbert/Patrick Sanchez
Wednesday, August 2, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf

Join Patrick Sanchez for a fun and engaging talk about his inspirations for writing mysteries and keeping a sense of humor.  For more information, call 301-645-1395, or visit

Richard R. Clark Senior Center Book Discussion
Thursday, August 3, 1:00 pm
1210 Charles Street, La Plata
Meets the first Thursday of each month 
For more information, call 301-934-9001

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race 
by Margot Lee Shetterly.
Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.  Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation.  Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA's greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades as they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country's future.

P.D. Brown Library Book Discussion Group
Saturday, August 5, 9:30 - 10:30 am
50 Village Street, Waldorf
Meets on the first Saturday of every month
For more information, call 301-645-2864.  

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.   The Nightingale  tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France.  This is a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. 
La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
Thursday, August 10, 7:00 pm
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
Meets on the second Thursday of every month
For more information, call 301-934-9001

Silas Marner by George Eliot.  Wrongly accused of theft and exiled from a religious community many years before, the embittered weaver Silas Marner lives alone in Raveloe, living only for work and his precious hoard of money. But when his money is stolen and an orphaned child finds her way into his house, Silas is given the chance to transform his life.
Charles County Public Library
Click  HERE for the Program Brochure of Activities Held at Your Local Library!

Get a copy of the July - August brochure to see all the programs available. 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

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 July 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

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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.