July 26, 2018

Celebrating 30 Years of Service to the Community
Community Bank of the Chesapeake
Call for Artists
Theme is "Artists Choice"
Show Runs from August 24 to December 28, 2018
Click HERE for Submission Details
Deadline to Submit Extended to August 3, 2018

Community Bank of the Chesapeake, in partnership with the Charles County Arts Alliance, is now accepting submissions for their next art show to be held at the Main Waldorf Branch, 3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD.
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.

For more information, contact Gale Kladitis at  
Charles County Arts Alliance
FREE Photography Classes
Tuesdays, July 31 and August 14, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
United Way of Charles County Conference Room
10250 La Plata Road, La Plata
Open to the Public, Pre-Registration Required
Instructors: Bill and Suzanne Cassidy

The classes are intended to be an introduction to the basics of photography, but each session can stand alone. On  July 31 , the first hour will focus on "Getting to Know Your Camera," and will cover basic information about photography. The second hour is on "How to Take a Good Photo," and will cover the components of exposure, composition, etc.  Bring your cameras to this class!
The class on  August 14 , will also be divided into two one-hour segments, with the first hour on "Preparing and Printing Your Photo," which will cover very basic photo editing, sizing your photos, and adjusting for basic exposure and color correction. The second hour will cover mounting and matting your photos to display at county fairs and for framing. Class size is limited; to register for one or both classes, contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or

Request from the CCAA President
Call for Volunteers

Come and help us pack 500 Art Boxes! These art supplies will be donated to the Children's Aid Society for students in K through 3rd grade. Please give us a hand on Thursday, August 9, beginning at 10:00 am, at the United Way House, 10250 La Plata Road (Rt. 488), La Plata, MD. Contact our Office Manager, Judy Crawford, at 301-392-5900, to let us know you're coming. 

Thank you!

Gale S. Kladitis
President, Charles County Arts Alliance

Attention All Organizations and Businesses 
Charles County Fair is September 13 - 16
Help Us Fill the CCAA Arts Bags!

Arts Bag 2013 The Charles County Arts Alliance has been a proud partner with the Charles County Fair Board for many years. We help supervise the P.D. Brown Fine Arts Building, and staff a CCAA booth to promote the arts in our county and membership in our organization.

Each year we assemble arts bags filled with interesting flyers, pens, bookmarks, coupons, water bottles, rulers, brochures, business cards, press releases, event announcements and other promotional materials to hand out to Charles County Fair-goers. We want to advertise the broad diversity of the arts we offer here in Charles County: music, visual art, drama, dance and literature, and the businesses that support them. 
This year, again, we plan to stuff 500 arts bags. We need your stuff, so we can fill these bags. The bags are 12" wide and 15" tall. Please deliver 500 of your promo items to our CCAA Office, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. Deadline for delivery is noon on Wednesday, September 5. The office is located at 10250 La Plata Road, La Plata, MD 20646, near the corner of Rts. 488 and 6, in the United Way House. Please call the office at 301-392-5900, if you have any questions. Thank you!

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happening in the Arts!
The Newtowne Players
9 to 5
Now through July 29
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8:00
Sunday, 3:30 pm
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets: $18 Adult; $15 Senior, Student, Military; $13 Child
Thursday: All Tickets are $13

Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy: giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains "otherwise engaged," the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. For more information, go to .

Town of La Plata
Free Concerts
Friday Nights, Now through September 25, 7:00 pm
On the Lawn of the La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata

La Plata Concerts
Bring a chair or blanket to sit on and enjoy the music under the open sky. Concessions are available from the Town's food trailer located in the back of the parking lot; an ice cream truck is 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.

The concerts through July and August are listed below. For the complete schedule and updates on inclement weather cancellations, visit  For more information, call 301-934-3870. 

August 3257th Army Band - "The Band of the Nation's Capital"

August 10The Muddy Crows - Americana/Alt Rock

August 17Band of Gold  - Country, Soul, 50's to 90's Rock & Roll

August 24Southern Maryland Concert Band  - Concert Band Favorites & Showtunes

August 31BackFin - Classic Hits

Port Tobacco Players
Catch Me If You Can
Now through August 5
Friday, Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets: $18 Adult; $15 Senior (60+), Youth to 18, Military

(Musical Comedy) Follow the real life adventures of Frank Abagnale Jr., a runaway teenager who parlays big ideas and brilliant charm, along with millions in forged checks, into a new and fictional life. Frank passes himself off as a pilot, doctor, and lawyer, all while courting the girl of his dreams; but when FBI agent Carl Hanratty catches wind of Frank's crimes, he sets off on a cross-country chase to bring Frank to justice.  For more information, call 301-932-6819.

Alice Ferguson Foundation
Open Mic in the Woods
Sundays, July 29, August 26, September 23, October 21
7:00 pm
Hard Bargain Amphitheater
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Free Admission
Come down to the Hard Bargain Amphitheater and participate in OPEN MIC in the Woods. This event is open to performers and spectators of all ages. Instrumentalists, singers, dancers, storytellers, poets, jugglers, magicians and others are all welcome. Audience seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. For more information on performing, contact Trey Thomas at 240-766-8830 or

Indian Head Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre
B.B.'s Kidventure Theatre Camp
Open to Ages 7 - 17 (By Audition Only)
July 30 - August 10, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head

Summer Theatre Camp will give new and experienced students performance and backstage skills that will last a lifetime. They will explore improvisation, cold readings, writing, directing, costuming, hair, make-up, and more. At the end of camp, students will show what they have learned and leave having a greater appreciation for the arts. For more information, go to

Town of La Plata Summer Shows for Kids
Tuesday, July 31, 10:00 am
La Plata Town Hall West Lawn
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free and Open to the Public, Bring Lawn Chairs or Blankets for Sitting

These hilarious actors will have everyone laughing in the aisles with the productions of Pinocchio and Robin Hood. Packed with audience interaction, the 45-minute adventure is brimming with character education lessons, audience participation and plenty of puns to bring these literary classics to life in an unforgettable fashion. For more information call 301-934-8421.
Jay Armsworthy
"L'il" Margaret's Bluegrass & Old Time Music Festival
Thursday, August 9, 2:00 - 9:50 pm
Friday, August 10, 1:00 - 9:50 pm
Saturday, August 11, 11:00 am - 9:50 pm
Goddard Farm,  21810 Clay Hill Road, Leonardtown
Tickets at the Gate:  $65 for All Three Days
Thursday Only: $25;  Friday Only: $30; Saturday Only: $35
Children Under 12 Free with a Paid Adult

Three days (27 hours) of Bluegrass music! Food will be available for purchase.  For more information and the complete schedule, visit, 
Alice Ferguson Foundation
Theater in the Woods: The Guys
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, August 9 - 18, 8: 00 pm  
Hard Bargain Amphitheater
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets: $10 Online, $15 at the Door
Refreshments Available for Purchase

Based on a true story. Less than two weeks after the September 11 attacks, New Yorkers are still in shock. One of them, an editor named Joan, receives an unexpected phone call on behalf of Nick, a fire captain who lost most of his men in the attack. He's looking for a writer to help him with the eulogies he must present at their memorial services. Nick and Joan spend a long afternoon together, recalling the fallen men through recounting their virtues and their foibles, and fashioning the stories into memorials of words. For more information, go to 

College of Southern Maryland
Auditions for Ages 10 and Up
Monday and Tuesday, August 13 and 14, 6:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Register for Each Production by Clicking on the Links Below

Open auditions will be held for these productions: To Audition: P repare a one-minute monologue. You may be asked to perform a song. Come dressed to move. For more information, go to 

Town of La Plata Summer Shows for Kids
Tuesday, August 14, 10:00 am
La Plata Town Hall West Lawn
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free and Open to the Public, Bring Lawn Chairs or Blankets for Sitting

Join this award-winning "kindie" band from Brooklyn, NY, for a high energy, interactive show that's a mix of funk, rock and folk music mashed into original tunes about natural living, eating healthy and staying active! For more information call 301-934-8421.

Port Tobacco Players Auditions for Ages 15 and Up
Next to Normal
Tuesday and Thursday, August 21 and 23, 7:00 pm
Saturday, August 25, 9:00 am
Callbacks: Wednesday, September 5, 7:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and three Tony Awards, "Next to Normal" is a modern musical theatre masterpiece that takes a searing and honest look at mental illness and the personal crises that accompany it. To audition: prepare 16 - 32 bars of a musical theater song (not one  from this production) and bring the sheet music to the audition.  Performance dates are January 18 - February 3, 2019. For more information, go to 

Art Comes Alive
National Call for Artists
Deadline to Enter: August 5, 2018
Exhibit Dates: October 6 - November 30, 2018
310 Culvert Street, 5th Floor, Cincinnati, OH 45202

ADC, Art Design Consultants, Inc. proudly sponsors ART COMES ALIVE (ACA), an annual, fine-art contest and exhibit that awards the best emerging and professional artists working in North America. For registration information and fees, go to For more information about ACA, call the gallery at 513-723-1222.
Spotsylvania's Historic Courthouse District
Spotsy Arts Festival Call for Artists and Artisans
Some Non-Juried Spots Available
Fee to Register: $300
Festival Dates: August 11 and 12
Spotsylvania Court House
9102 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22553

Each second weekend in August, the shade-covered lawns of the Spotsylvania Court House are transformed into a massive indoor/outdoor art gallery for 200+ artists and artisans from across the region and all around the United States.  For more information and to register, call Janice Jones at 703-887-2878, or go to .
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Summer Open All-Media Show
Now through August 12
Gallery Hours: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury
Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors; inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park

Come to the Art Center, located on the shore of the beautiful Mattawoman Creek, and enjoy artwork celebrating the fun of summer! For more information, call 301-743-5159, or go to
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Beauty in Beeswax
August 17 - September 16
Reception: Sunday, August 19, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Artist Demonstrations Saturdays During this Exhibit, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Gallery Hours: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury
Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors; inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park

Enjoy the wax artworks by Renee Nelson.  For more information, visit
Washington County Arts Council and the Maryland Theatre
Call for Artist for Theatre Expansion Project
Deadline to Submit: 5:00 pm, September 14, 2018 

The Maryland Theatre seeks an artist to create a permanent indoor light fixture to be installed on the top floor event space within the expansion of the historic theatre. The total budget for the work is to be determined with artist input. The call is open to all artists living within a 100-mile radius of The Maryland Theatre, 21 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740.   For more information and complete submission details, go to   

"Artists without Limits," through September 5, 2018
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Multi-Artist Show through January 31, 2019
E-Wing Assisted Living Dining Hallway
29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
Gallery Hours: Daily, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show through August 24, 2018
3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Solo Show with Gina Durgin, through October 10, 2018
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show through October 13, 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

Waldorf West Book Club
Saturday, July 28, 10:00 am
10450 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
Meets on the fourth Saturday of each month.
For more information, call 301-645-1395

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter.  Alexander Hamilton, the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States.  This is the story behind the groundbreaking musical production.

Richard R. Clark Senior Center Book Discussion
Thursday, August 2 , 1:00 pm
1210 Charles Street, La Plata
Meets the first Thursday of each month 
For more information, call 301-934-9001

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.  Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. One of her relatives was shot. Another was poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more Osage were dying under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll rose, the newly created FBI took up the case, and the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including a Native American agent who infiltrated the region, and together with the Osage began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
Thursday, August 9, 7:00 pm
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
Meets on the second Thursday of every month
For more information, call 301-934-9001

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner.   This is the tragic story of  the Compson family, featuring some of the most memorable characters in literature: beautiful, rebellious Caddy; the manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their black servant. Their lives fragmented and harrowed by history and legacy, the character's voices and actions mesh to create what is arguably Faulkner's masterpiece and  one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.

P.D. Brown Library Book Discussion Group
Saturday, August 11, 9:30 - 10:30 am
50 Village Street, Waldorf
Meets on the first Saturday of every month (note change for August)
For more information, call 301-645-2864 

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez.  When fifteen-year-old Maribel Rivera sustains a terrible injury, the Riveras leave behind a comfortable life in Mexico and risk everything to come to the United States so that Maribel can have the care she needs. Once they arrive, it's not long before Maribel attracts the attention of Mayor Toro, the son of one of their new neighbors, who sees a kindred spirit in this beautiful, damaged outsider. Their love story sets in motion events that will have profound repercussions for everyone involved. 

Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, August 22, 11:00 am - Noon
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month 
100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head
Call 301-375-7375 for more information

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver.   Set in present day Appalachia, the story is a parable of catastrophe and denial that explores how the complexities we inevitably encounter in life lead us to believe in our particular chosen truths. A young wife and mother on a failing farm in rural Tennessee experiences something she cannot explain, and her discovery energizes various competing factions --religious leaders, climate scientists, environmentalists, politicians -- trapping her in the center of the conflict and ultimately opening up her world. 

Writers of Color Book Club
Tuesday, August 28, 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

I'm Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi.  Social commentary delivered as a guide to modern manners. Luvvie dissects our cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in our increasingly digital, connected lives. With a lighthearted, rapier wit and a unique perspective, it's the handbook the world needs now, doling out the hard truths and a road map for bringing some "act right" to our popular culture, social media, and our lives.
Attention Teachers!
Maryland Poetry Out Loud 
Registration is Open
Deadline to Register: October 5, 2018

Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national poetry recitation competition for high schoo l students co-created and cosponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation. POL encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. Teachers register on behalf of their school. Registration ends October 5, with a cap of 60 schools so get in early! Maryland State Arts Council will mail program materials in August - October. The deadline to report school winner is December 14. For more information, go to or contact Program Director Christine Stewart at 410-767-6476.  

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Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco
First Friday Program Series
When is Our Nation's Birthday?
Friday, August 3, 6:00 pm
Port Tobacco Courthouse
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco
Light Refreshments Served
Donation of $5 Welcomed

For more information, contact Joyce Edelen at or 301-934-9056.

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 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
Cindy Johnson
Joseph Wimberly

Honorary Board Member
Cindi Barnhart
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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.