July 5, 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: July 27, 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  
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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. 

July 6 Ryan Forrester Band -  R&B, Funk, Soul & Rock

July 13 U.S. Navy Band The Commodores -  Jazz

July 20 Bucket List -  Classic & Modern Rock

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

Indian Head Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre
B.B.'s Kidventure Theatre Camp
Open to Ages 5 - 16
Now through August 10
Different Weeks for Different Age Groups
Choice of Half or Full Day Sessions
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head

These 1 and 2 week Summer Theatre Camps 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

Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco Courthouse
Beyond the Courtyard: The Last Hour of the Lincoln Conspirators
Friday, July 6, 6:00 pm
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco
Admission: $5
Refreshments will be served

Experience history with costumed actors portraying the public execution of the conspirators to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln.  For more information, contact Joyce Edelen at 301-934-5056, or

The Newtowne Players
9 to 5
Friday through Sunday, July 6 - 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

Alice Ferguson Foundation
Concert in the Woods with Mark Wenner & The Blues Warriors
Saturday, July 7, 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Hard Bargain Amphitheater
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets: $15 Online; $20 at the Door
Refreshments Available for Purchase; Performance is Outdoors

Digging into his renowned collection of '50s blues records from labels like Chess, Vee Jay, and Excello, Mark Wenner brings together some shining traditional blues from the Chicago and Louisiana schools. The Blues Warriors feature Mark Wenner's harp and vocals, Clarence "Bluesman" Turner on guitar and vocals, Zach Sweeney on guitar, Steve Wolf on upright bass and Mark Stutso on drums and vocals. For more information, go to

Town of La Plata Summer Shows for Kids
Marsha and the Positrons
Tuesday, July 10, 10:00 am
La Plata Town Hall West Lawn
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free and Open to the Public

Marsha and the Positrons are known for shows that are a ton of family friendly fun! Both playful and educational, they are entertaining for adults as well as kids. Besides getting audiences singing along and dancing to songs that will inspire curiosity about science, they play kid-appropriate pop covers, parodies, and traditional favorites.  Their goal is to send families home with smiles on their faces and plant the seeds for good conversations. For more information call 301-934-8421.
College of Southern Maryland
July 10, 11, 12, 6:45 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Free Admission
Artwork by Tom Chalkley
Tuesday, July 10 - Frederick Douglass , a writer, orator, and abolitionist, was one of the most important African-American activists of the nineteenth century.
Wednesday, July 11 - Eleanor Roosevelt, a humanitarian, diplomat, and the longest serving First Lady in American history, was also an important advocate for justice. 
Thursday, July 12 - Thurgood Marshall, was a civil rights activist from Baltimore who broke barriers as the lead NAACP attorney in  Brown v. Board of Education and as the first African American Supreme Court Justice.
For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Port Tobacco Players
Catch Me If You Can
Friday through Sunday, July 13 - 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.

Port Tobacco Players
Camp Mockabee Summer Theatre Camp
Deadline to Register: July 14
Camp Dates: July 30 - August 3 for Ages 6 Years through 5th Grade;
August 13 - 17 for Grades 6th through 8th
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Click HERE for Details and an Application

Camp Mockabee

Workshops geared for each age group. Students experience choreography, acting, makeup, singing, designing and much more.  For more information, call 301-932-6819
Port Tobacco Players Auditions, Open to All Ages
A Christmas Carol in Washington
Saturday, July 14, 10:00 am
Tuesday, July 17, 7:00 pm
Thursday, July 19, 7:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata

This world-premier adaptation is a re-telling of the familiar tale of a miserly businessman and his ghostly encounters on Christmas Eve.  Auditions will consist of cold readings from the show.  Performance dates are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from November 23 to December 16, 2018. For more information, contact producer, Bill Righter, at 240-682-5503, or by email at

Alice Ferguson Foundation
Comedy in the Woods: Porkchop Volcano Improv Troupe
Saturday, July 14, 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Hard Bargain Amphitheater
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets: $15 Online; $20 at the Door
Refreshments Available for Purchase; Performance is Outdoors

Porkchop Volcano  is a comedic improv troupe based out of Northern Virginia. They take your suggestions and present a hilarious act. 
For more information, go to  or 
Maryland State Arts Council
2019 Individual Artist Awards
Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, July 25, 4:30 pm EST

Each year, the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) recognizes outstanding artistic achievement and honors the contributions artists make to our state through the Individual Artist Awards (IAA) program. IAAs are accompanied by grants of $1,000, $3,000 or $6,000 to help support artists as they advance their craft.  The 2019 IAA application is now open to Maryland artists in the following categories:
  • Creative Non-Fiction/Fiction
  • Media
  • Digital/Electronic Arts
  • Theater Solo Performance
  • Painting
  • Works on Paper
One more webinar is offered to guide IAA applicants through the application process. Advance registration is required.   
  • Saturday, July 7, 2018, 10:00-11:30 am - Register here
For more information, go to, or contact Kimberly Steinle-Super at

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

Town of La Plata Summer Shows for Kids
Storybook Tales by Bright Star Touring Theatre
Tuesday, July 31, 10:00 am
La Plata Town Hall West Lawn
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free and Open to the Public

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.
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Light of the Caribbean
Now through July 8
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

Celebrating National Caribbean-American Heritage Month through the artwork and artists of Art Impact International.  For more information, visit or call 301-743-5159.
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Summer Open All-Media Show
July 13 - August 12
Reception: Sunday, July 15, 1:00 - 4:00 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

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
Alice Ferguson Foundation
Art Camp for Ages 7 - 14
Monday - Friday, July 23 - 27, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Hard Bargain Farm, 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Cost: $200 Per Participant

This summer art camp will introduce young art enthusiasts to the world of creativity. Kids new to art and young veterans are welcome, with activities ranging from beginner to advanced concepts and techniques.   Each day, students will experience a creative Art curriculum that includes Drawing, Painting, Clay, Origami, T-Shirt Design, Wood Sculpture and their Spectacular Friday ART SHOW. (3:00pm).  For more information and to apply, 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 .
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   

Solo Show with Norma Baretincic, through July 6, 2018
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Multi-Artist Show Extended to July 10, 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

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

Mattawoman Creek Art Center's "Express Charles County in Art" 
Exhibit Runs through July 6, 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

Richard R. Clark Senior Center Book Discussion
Thursday, July 5, 1:00 pm
1210 Charles Street, La Plata
Meets the first Thursday of each month 
For more information, call 301-934-9001

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.  In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

P.D. Brown Library Book Discussion Group
Saturday, July 7, 9:30 - 10:30 am
50 Village Street, Waldorf
Meets on the first Saturday of every month
For more information, call 301-645-2864 

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell." Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations.
La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
Thursday, July 12, 7:00 pm
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
Meets on the second Thursday of every month
For more information, call 301-934-9001

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain.  Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature's delicate balance. But even the wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships.
Writers of Color Book Club
Tuesday, July 24, 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

Choir Boy
by Tarell Alvin McCraney.  
The Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys is dedicated to the creation of strong, ethical black men. Pharus wants nothing more than to take his rightful place as leader of the school's legendary gospel choir, but can he find his way inside the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key? 
Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, July 25, 11:00 am - Noon
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month 
100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head
Call 301-375-7375 for more information

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident.  Will is acerbic, moody, bossy, but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
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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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

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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.