March 1, 2018

Celebrating 30 Years of Service to the Community
Community Bank of the Chesapeake
Waldorf Branch
"Call for Artists"
Theme is "Artists Choice"
Deadline to Submit: March 8, 2018
Click HERE for Complete Details
Community Bank of the Chesapeake, in partnership with the Charles County Arts Alliance, is now accepting submissions for their next art show in 2018. This is a multi-media exhibit, to be held at the Main Waldorf Branch, 3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD, from April 20, 2018 - August 24, 2018.
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; reference "Community Bank Gallery" in the subject line. Please click on the link above for complete submission details.

For more information on the gallery, please contact Gale Kladitis at 

Charles County Arts Alliance
2018 Scholarship Program is Open!
Deadline to Apply: Noon, March 9, 2018

Each year the Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) awards $1,000 scholarships to one outstanding graduating senior from each public high school in Charles County who plans to continue studying the Arts (performing, visual or literary) at a four-year college or university toward a career in the Arts.  Additionally, the PNC Foundation is sponsoring two $1000 scholarships to graduating public high school seniors who demonstrate a financial need and plan to continue studying the Arts at a four year college or university toward a career in the Arts. 

Go to or 
click  HERE to download the CCAA Scholarship Application for High School Students;  click  HERE  to download the PNC Foundation Scholarship Application for High School Students Meeting the Financial Need Requirements.

Completed applications must be received (not postmarked) in the CCAA Office by noon, March 9, 2018.  Mail to CCAA, PO Box 697, White Plains, MD 20695; or deliver to the CCAA Office at 10250 La Plata Road, La Plata, MD 20646, between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

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

ArtsFest is Coming!

Saturday, June 9
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street,
La Plata, MD

Early Bird Registration Ends April 15

The 26th annual ArtsFest will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018, from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, on the beautiful grounds of the La Plata Town Hall, in La Plata, Maryland. ArtsFest is the largest arts festival in Charles County, and one of the largest in Southern Maryland. This is our seventh year to present the festival in partnership with the Town of La Plata.

Visual and literary artists of all media are invited to display and sell their works. In addition, nonprofit arts organizations are invited as exhibitors to display information and encourage participation in their performing, visual and literary arts activities. Also invited as nonprofit exhibitors are cultural, historical, heritage and environmental organizations. Local commercial organizations are also invited to distribute information on their products and services.  Live entertainment on two stages takes place beginning at noon, and a variety of great food will be available for purchase throughout the day.

Click  HERE  for the Arts Vendors and Exhibitors Form

Click  HERE for the Food Vendors Form

Click HERE for the Commercial Displayers Form

For more information, call the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or email at  

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happening in the Arts!
Hard Bargain Players
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Thursday, March 1, 7:00 pm
Port Tobacco Players Rehearsal Hall (behind the main theater structure),  508 Charles Street, La Plata

Auditions consist of cold readings from the script. This production of the Bard's will be an abridged version, running at about 90 minutes. Many of the roles will be doubled and any age or gender will be considered for most roles. Performance dates are May 10 - 19, 2018.  For more information, go to

Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco
First Friday: Women in the Civil War
Friday, March 2, 6:00 pm
Port Tobacco Courthouse,  8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco
Light Refreshments will be Served
Free Admission!  Donations Welcomed!

Presented by Donna Peterson from the Dr. Mudd Museum. For more information, contact Joyce Edelen at 301-934-9056, or

College of Southern Maryland
Children's Theatre
Around the World in 8 Plays
Friday, March 2, 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 3, 2:00 and 7:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre,  8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $7 Adults/Seniors, $5 Youth High School Age and Below

(Comedy)  Travel around the world and explore forgotten myths and unusual legends in eight fast-paced and hilarious tales! Guided by a band of traveling Romani, the audience is transported from the ancient Far East, where a hero must kill a giant centipede to save a dragon king, to the Russian countryside, where a poor orphan must defeat three witches who stole his grandfather's eyes. Always quirky, and sometimes bizarre, these eight tales are filled with magic, mystery, and morals. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Jay Armsworthy & the Sons of the American Legion
Bluegrass Series
Lou Reid & Carolina
Sunday, March 11, 2:00 pm
American Legion Post 238, Rts. 381 & 231, Hughesville
Admission: $20 (Children under 12 admitted free with a paying adult)

Lou Reid and Carolina are based out of Union Grove, North Carolina.   The band began in 1992, with its sound largely based in traditional bluegrass roots with emphasis on dynamic vocals.  The current band is no exception.  For more information, visit .

College of Southern Maryland Prince Frederick
Ward Virts Concert Series
Michael Kannen, Cello
Sunday, March 11, 3:00 pm
Building B, Multipurpose Room 104,
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Free Admission!

Cellist Michael Kannen has distinguished himself as a musician and educator of uncommon accomplishment who is comfortable in widely diverse musical situations and venues. He was a founding member of the Brentano String Quartet and for seven years performed with that group on concert stages around the world, on radio and television, and on recordings. For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

The Newtowne Players
Auditions for Ages 16 and Up
9 to 5
Wednesday and Friday, March 14 and 16, 6:00 pm
Three Notch Theatre,  21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park

(Musical) It's 1979, and the employees of Consolidated Industries drag their tired bodies and depleted souls to the office, where they toil under the dictatorial leadership of a "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot." Three smart, brave women in the secretarial trenches, sick of dealing with their unscrupulous boss, embark upon an unbelievable scheme to change their oppressive workplace into a company about which workers can honestly say, "What a way to make a livin'!" Performance dates are July 6 - 29, 2018. For audition information and the list of characters, visit  

College of Southern Maryland Cause Theatre
Journey's End
Thursday, March 15, 7:30 pm
Friday, March 16, 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 17, 2:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre,  8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets: $5
Due to mature subject matter, this production may not be suitable for all ages. 

Set over the course of four days leading up to a massive German attack on the British trenches in 1917, Journey's End charts the tension and claustrophobia as the new recruit to the company, Lieutenant Raleigh, discovers that Captain Stanhope, his former childhood friend and hero, has changed almost beyond recognition. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Port Tobacco Players
Jesus Christ Super Star
March 16 - April 9
Fridays, Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets: $18 Adult; $15 Seniors (60+), Youth to 18, Military

(Musical) This rock opera is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally knows series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. Loosely based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Superstar follows the last week of Jesus Christ's life. The story, told entirely through song, explores the personal relationships and struggles between Jesus, Judas, Mary Magdalene, his disciples, his followers and the Roman Empire. For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-932-6819.
College of Southern Maryland, Leonardtown
Benny C. Morgan Recital Series
Calvert Chamber Players
Saturday, March 17, 3:00 pm
Auditorium, Building A
22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
Free Admission
In 1989, the Calvert Chamber Players (CCP) began as a group of musicians getting together to enjoy their love of performing classical music. They specialize in Baroque and Classical period chamber music, but also play some Celtic, waltz, ragtime, and various other types of music. For more information, visit

Port Tobacco Players
Auditions for Ages 15 and Up
Catch Me If You Can
Tuesday and Wednesday, March 20 and 21, 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 24, 9:00 am
508 Charles Street, La Plata

Based on the hit movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, "Catch Me If You Can" is a sensational swinging show with a jazzy 60s-style score, high energy dancing, and a story that's almost too good to be true. 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 ... until FBI agent Carl Hanratty catches wind of Frank's crimes and sets off on a cross-country chase to bring Frank to justice. To audition: Prepare 16 - 32 bars of a musical theater song (not from this play), no recordings or a cappella. Cold readings follow.  Performance dates are July 13 - August 5. Visit for the complete list of characters.  For more information, contact the producer, Ann Marie Watson, at

Indian Head Center for the Arts & Black Box Players
The Tin Woman
Friday - Saturday, March 23, 24, 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 25, 3:00 pm
Saturday, March 31, 3:00 and 8:00 pm
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Tickets: $15 Adults; $12 Seniors, Students, Military; $9 Children 12 and Under
Instead of relishing life after her heart transplant, Joy enters a downward spiral, unsure whether she truly deserves a second chance.  Meanwhile, Alice and Hank mourn the loss of their son, Jack, whose heart was used to save Joy.  At a friend's urging, Joy tracks down Jack's family to find closure.  But are Alice and Hank, and their daughter Sammy ready to accept Jack's death?  Based on a true story, The Tin Woman uses humor and pathos to explain loss, family, and what it means to be given new life. For more information, visit

National Folk Festival 
Call for Vendors
Festival Dates: September 7 - 9, 2018
Salisbury, Maryland
Early Bird Application Deadline: March 1
Final Application Deadline: April 16
Click HERE for Complete Application Details

The Festival Marketplace at the National Folk Festival will exclusively feature the juried, handmade creations of the finest artists and craftspeople from the State of Maryland and the Delmarva Peninsula . It will include both deeply traditional crafts and more contemporary artistic expressions. Eligible items include pottery, jewelry, quilts, stained and blown glass, sculpture, photography, woodwork, paintings, textile art, custom furniture and mixed media.  For more information, contact Carol Alexander at, or Caroline O'Hare at 347-678-3525, or

Howard County Arts Council
Call for Artists with Public Art Experience
Deadline to Apply:  March 2, 2018
Click HERE for Guidelines and Submission Information

The Howard County Arts Council is currently seeking proposals from artists and sites for A RTsites 2018 , a one-year outdoor sculpture exhibit on display from August 2018 to July 2019. Selected artists will be awarded a $2,500 grant to participate in the exhibit.  For more information and to apply, visit

Southern Maryland Decorative Painters
Meeting and Paint-In
Saturday, March 10, 9:30 am
Immaculate Conception Church (Hall behind the Church)
28297 Old Village Road, Mechanicsville, MD

After the business meeting, Leslie Cates will lead in creating "Be the Change," a painting project designed by Deb Mishima.  Guests are welcome and should contact Garnett Joy at 301-884-2835, or email for more information and a list of supplies needed for the project.
College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
Masters of the Universe
March 12 - April 4
Artist Lecture: March 20, 2:30 pm 
Learning Resource Center, Room 102
Reception to follow in the Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
Gallery Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm; 
Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center,  8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Free and Open to the Public

The exhibit features artwork celebrating the myth, magic and marketing of a Mattel Toy masterpiece with works by Chris Bishop, Bonner Sale, and Andrew Wodzianski.  For more information, visit
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Winter Open All-Media Exhibition
Now through March 25
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.

For more information, call 301-743-5159, or visit

Annemarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
Call for Entries for a National Juried Exhibition
Of a Feather: Birds in Art
May 25 - August 26, 2018
Deadline to Apply: March 26, 2018
13470 Dowell Road, Dowell (Solomons), MD
Click HERE for Complete Application Details

Explore the wonderful, wild world of birds! With dazzling displays of colorful plumage and a myriad of lively birdsong, it's no wonder our feathered friends have fascinated birdwatchers for centuries. The jury seeks artwork that captures the vibrant spirit of aviary life, portraying beauty, diversity and detail of the birds that fill our skies. All media welcome; small to large-scale works sought; indoor and outdoor works to be included; cash awards.  Juror to be announced, typically drawn from the Smithsonian Institution. For more information, visit, or email


Mattawoman Creek Art Center's "Express Charles County in Art" 
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Multi-Artist Show through June 30, 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 April 20, 2018
3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Solo Show by Vicki Marckel, through April 2018
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show, through June 2, 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
"Meet the Artists" Public Reception on Saturday, February 24, 2:00 - 4:00 pm!

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

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

The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff.   Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep. When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night. 

College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus
Connections Literary Series
Poet Fleda Brown
Friday, March 2, 7:30 pm
John E. Harms Academic Center (Building A), Room 119
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Tickets:  $3 in Advance, $5 at the Event

Fleda Brown has won the Felix Pollak Prize, a Pushcart Prize, the Philip Levine Prize, and the Great Lakes Colleges New Writer's Award, and her work has twice been a finalist for the National Poetry Series. She is professor emerita at the University of Delaware, where she taught for 27 years and directed the Poets in the Schools program. She was poet laureate of Delaware from 2001-07. She now lives in Traverse City, Michigan, and is on the faculty of the Rainier Writing Workshop, a low-residency MFA program in Tacoma, Washington. For more information and to reserve advance tickets, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

NOTE:  The deadline to submit to the spring issue of the Connections Literary Magazine is March 17. Click HERE for submission guidelines.

P.D. Brown Library Book Discussion Group
Saturday, March 3, 9:30 - 10:30 am
50 Village Street, Waldorf
Meets on the first Saturday of every month
For more information, call 301-645-2864 

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson.  Running into a long-ago friend sets memories from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything--until it wasn't. For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighborhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant--a part of a future that belonged to them.  But beneath the hopeful veneer, there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where ghosts haunted the night, where mothers disappeared. A world where madness was just a sunset away and fathers found hope in religion.

La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
Thursday, March 8, 7:00 pm
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
Meets on the second Thursday of every month
For more information, call 301-934-9001

News of the World by Paulette Jiles.  It is 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings to paying audiences hungry for news of the world.   In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio.  Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous.  Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember, strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become, in the eyes of the law, a kidnapper himself.

Life Journeys Writers Guild
Nuts and Bolts Gathering
Saturday, March 17, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
Free and Open to the Public!

Join them for   refreshments, literary critiques and dramatizations, 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.    Invite your family , f riends  and high school/college journalism students For more information, visit   or contact Yvonne Medley at 240-427-(LJWG) 5594. 

2018 Maryland Writers' Association Conference
From Brain to Bookshelf
Friday - Saturday, March 23 - 24
BWI Airport Marriott
1743 West Nursery Road, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090
Click HERE for the Flyer

Network, learn and meet face-to-face w ith editors and agents.  Keynote speakers are Michael Hauge, Hollywood Writing Coach, and John Gilstrap, New York Times best selling author. For more information, visit

Writers of Color Book Club
Tuesday, March 27, 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

Ain't I a Woman: black women and feminism
 by bell hooks.
  A groundbreaking work of feminist history and theory analyzing the complex relations between various forms of oppression.  Examining the impact of sexism on black women during slavery, the devaluation of black womanhood, black male sexism, racism among feminists, and the black woman's involvement with feminism, hooks attempts to move us beyond racist and sexist assumptions. 
Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, March 28, 11:00 am - Noon
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month 
100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head. 
Call 301-375-7375 for more information

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.

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 March 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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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 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.