March 2, 2017

Charles County Arts Alliance
The Letter E Leaves the Alphabet
Tuesday - Wednesday, March 7 - 8, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Old Waldorf School, 3074 Crain Highway, Waldorf, MD 20601

The play, based on the children's book by Martha Lane, tells the story of E, who runs away from home because he is not the first letter in the alphabet.

Auditions consist of a recitation from memory of any nursery rhyme and a cold reading.

Roles open for:
          • The Letters E, A, B, C, D (ages 13 to 21 years)
          • The Father (age 40+ years)
          • The Letter Maker (age 40+ years)
          • Also needed: Stage Manager, Projection Technician, and at least one Stage Hand

The play was submitted for inclusion in the Watermelon Festival, and will be performed at ArtsFest on June 10, 2017, at the La Plata Town Hall. 


Contact the CCAA Office at 301-392-5900, or for more information and to sign up for the audition.

Arts Alliance is Now Accepting Nominations
for 2017 - 2019 Board of Directors

The Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) wants you!
Deadline to Apply is March 15, 2017
Elections will be Held on Saturday, May 13, 2017

If you are a leader and want to help promote the arts in our county, nominate yourself to serve on the CCAA Board of Directors! CCAA is now accepting self-nominations for the 3 Officers and 9 Directors. The 3 Officers are President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer; all Board positions are volunteer.

Information for Nominations:
  • Self-nominations must be submitted by March 15, 2017.
  • All nominees must be CCAA current members as of January 1, 2017.
  • Please submit a typed, brief written statement indicating:

1) why you are interested in serving on the CCAA Board;

2) what specific contribution(s) you wish to make;
3) your qualifications.
  • Send the written statement (not to exceed one page) to:, with the subject line to read: Nomination for CCAA Board of Directors.
Requirements to be on the Board of Directors:
  • Attend monthly Board Meetings (12/year).
  • Attend Board Retreats (2/year for full-day meeting), and participate in CCAA-sponsored cultural and membership events throughout the year.
  • Serve on an active "hands-on" Board, including as a Chair and/or Committee Member.
  • Serve in a volunteer capacity; Board positions are not compensated.
  • Become a CCAA Member at the Silver Circle Level or higher by July 1, 2017.
What can you expect after you self-nominate?
  1. The CCAA will accept all self-nominations via email at through the deadline of Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
  2. All nominations will be considered and those nominees being accepted will be notified and will be expected to attend the CCAA Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD.
  3. Nominations will not be accepted from the floor at this meeting.
Thank you for your consideration!

Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco
First Friday
March 3, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Port Tobacco Courthouse
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco
Free and Open to the Public, Donations Accepted

Join the Society for an evening with John Wilkes Booth and Friends of Rich Hill.  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information, go to or email or call Mary Fenton at 301-375-7892.
St. Charles High School Spring Production
Game of Gold
Friday - Saturday, March 3 - 4, 7:00 pm
Sunday, March 5, 2:00 pm
5305 Piney Church Road, Waldorf
Tickets:  $8 General Admission; $5 Students, Senior Citizens, Military

St. Charles High School presents a western-theme production.  A play preview is available at  For more information, call the school at 301-753-2090.
College of Southern Maryland
Benny C. Morgan Series
The Southern Maryland Chamber Ensemble
Saturday, March 4, 8:00 pm
Leonardtown Campus
Building A Auditorium, 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
Free Admission 
The Southern Maryland Chamber Ensemble is a group of musicians from Charles a nd St. Mary's Counties who have extensive backgrounds either as soloists or as gro up performers. Members of the ensemble are teachers in the public school system, at CSM, or at private studios. They come together to present chamber music for sextets from the Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary music periods. Members include Lucy Snell, flute; Tak Mato, Clarinet; Amy Hones, oboe; Dan Romagno, French horn; Ashley Adams, bassoon; and Eileen Peerless, piano.   For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828. 

Tantallon Community Players
Auditions for Singers, Dancers Ages 17 and Up
A Chorus Line
March 5 - 6, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744

Prepare 32 bars of music (bring your own sheet music in the correct key, an accompanist will be provided). A song from the show is preferred, but any song that shows your range and ability is acceptable.   THIS IS A DANCE HEAVY SHOW. Be dressed and prepared to dance at the audition. Performance Dates: May 26, 27; June 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 2017.    If you cannot make either of these auditions contact Christopher Gerken at  to discuss alternative times.  For more information and a complete list of the roles open, go to  

College of Southern Maryland Children's Theatre
Knuffle Bunny:  A Cautionary Tale
Friday, March 10, 7:00 pm
Saturday,  March 11, 2:00 and 7:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $7 Adults/Seniors; $5 Youth of High School Age and Below

Girl loves stuffed animal. Girl loses beloved animal. Girl fights to get animal back. Trixie, her father, and her favorite stuffed bunny set off on a trip to the laundromat. The trip brings wonder, excitement and joy to the lively toddler, until she realizes she has left her Knuffle Bunny back at the laundromat. Trixie does everything in her power to make her father understand the emergency, but her father fails to see the issue at hand.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Port Tobacco Players
March 10 - April 2
Friday - Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets:  $18 Adult; $15 Senior (60+), Youth to 18, Military
Adult themes and language - not suitable for children

(Modern Musical)  Phone rings, door chimes - in come s Company, Stephen Sondheim's compelling, funny and heartfelt musical about love and marriage. Facing his 35th birthday, perpetual bachelor Bobby finds himself questioning his singleton life. As he spends time with his friends, each at a different phase of married life, he sees their relationships at their best and worst - and most human - moments. Through their trials and triumphs, Bobby begins to see the merits of not being alone, but "being alive." Company is an unflinching love letter by one of America's greatest contemporary composers to the chaotic and sublime possibilities of life. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819.

C ollege of Southern Maryland
Ward Virts Concert Series
The Eric Byrd Trio
Sunday, March 12, 3:00 pm
Prince Frederick Campus 
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick 
Free Admission
For almost two decades, The Eric Byrd Trio , pianist/vocalist Eric Byrd, bassist Bhagwan Khalsa, and drummer Alphonso Young, Jr., have traveled the world as enthusiastic ambassadors of jazz. Rooted in swing and be-bop, The Trio also embraces gospel and the blues as core elements of their expansive performance style.  For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or go to
Port Tobacco Players
Auditions for Ages 16 and Up
Sister Act
Thursday, March 16; Tuesday, March 21, 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 18, 9:00 am
508 Charles Street, La Plata

Synopsis:  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.   To Audition:  Prepare 16-32 bars of a song in the style, but not from, the show (contemporary musical theatre, disco, rock, pop, r&b).  An accompanist will be provided; bring sheet music in the correct key and clearly marked.  No singing along with recordings or a cappella auditions. Wear comfortable clothing/footwear and be prepared to dance/move. Cold readings to follow.  Performances:  July 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, 2017.  Go to for audition details and a complete list of characters. For more information, contact producer Mike Gahan at or 301-609-1969.

College of Southern Maryland Cause Theatre
9 Parts of Desire
Thursday, March 16, 7:30 pm
Friday, March 17, 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 18, 2:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $5, All Seats
Due to mature subject matter, this production may not be suitable for all ages. 
In the playwright's own words, "I intended to write a piece about the Iraqi psyche, something that would inform and enlighten the images we see on T.V. However, the play is equally about the American psyche. It is a dialogue between East and West. The characters are deeply engaged in circumstances unique to them as Iraqis and yet through their passions seem to answer the concerns of the West. The audience plays a vital role in the show with each Iraqi character speaking directly to them in English as if they were a trusted Western friend."  For more information, go to or call the CSM Box Office at 301-934-7828.
Spring Concert
Christ Church
Saturday, March 25, 7:00 pm
112 Charles Street, La Plata, MD
Free Admission and Open to the Public


Enjoy an evening of delightful music with Lucy Snell, flute; Takako Mato, clarinet; and Eileen Peerless, Piano. The program includes music by Witold Lutoslawski, Claude Debussy, Ernesto Lecouna, Francis Poulenc, Wilhelm Stenhammar and Camille Saint-Saëns.  For more information, contact Lucy Snell at

College of Southern Maryland
14th Annual Jazz Festival
Friday and Saturday, March 31, and April 1, 8:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $5 in Advance; $7 Day of Event

Friday's concert features The Randy Runyon Trio with Randy Runyon Jr. on guitar, John Young on bass and Tom Hartman on drums.  Saturday's performances include CSM's Solid Brass Big Band Jazz Ensemble with special guest artists: The Randy Runyon Trio.  For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

ArtsFest 2017
Saturday, June 10, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street
La Plata, MD 20646

The Charles County Arts Alliance is pleased to announce our 25th annual ArtsFest, to be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017, 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 sixth year to present the festival in partnership with the Town of La Plata.

ArtsFest is our annual outdoor celebration of all the arts and artists - visual, literary and performing. It is our "free gift" to the citizens of Charles County and Southern Maryland, and there is no charge for the public to attend. It is a family-friendly, wonderful way to kick off the summer season!  

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, and a  variety of great food will be available for purchase throughout the day.

Our audience attendance at ArtsFest averages 2000 people each year. At last year's ArtsFest, we presented nonstop music and dance performances on two stages, 60 artists and exhibitors on display, food vendors, and a Kid's Art Tent with a wide variety of hands-on creative projects. This year's ArtsFest promises to be even bigger and better than last year's!

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

Port Tobacco Players
Camp Mockabee
Summer Theatre Camp for Children Ages 6 through Grade 12
Deadline to Apply: July 14, 2017
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Click HERE for complete details and to download the application

Camp Mockabee
Camps for elementary, middle and high school students. Workshops offer instruction in multiple areas of acting, choreography, singing, stage design and more.  For more information, call 301-932-6819.
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
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 2017 Calendar of Exhibits
Click HERE for the 2017 Spring Brochure of Workshops and Events
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Winter Open All-Media Show
Now through March 19

MCAC Open Studio
Fridays, March 3 - May 26, 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
MCAC Workshop  Drawing with Pencil
Fridays, March 3, 10, 17, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fee: $100 MCAC Members / $110 Nonmembers
Maryland Veterans Museum, 11000 Crain Highway, Newburg, MD 20664
Instructor: Nicole Stewart (

An art form all on its own, drawing with pencil is an excellent way for painters to sharpen their skills on perspective, composition and values.  Explore using graphite to create work that strengthens these themes. Some supplies needed. Note: This workshop will be held at the Maryland Veterans Museum. (Beginning and Intermediate Levels)  

If you wish to take only 1 or 2 of the classes, you may pay the corresponding set fees. (The $10 discount only applies to signing up for all 3 sessions, one week in advance of the first class.)
March 3: Simple drawing techniques, value studies, perspective and composition. Setting up and drawing a still life. $40             
March 10: Drawing from photographs (portraits, landscapes, etc.), determining what photographs translate well into pencil drawings (or paintings), and avoiding the pitfalls of photography.  Students will be given a homework assignment. $30
March 17: Critiquing homework and working on WWI images (landscape, figure and portrait), including the still life set up of a WWI soldiers' billet. $30
MCAC Winter Tea
Sunday, March  5, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Join them for a cup of hot tea and their enticing array of treats, while visiting Mattawoman Creek Art Center's extensive gallery and gift shop.

MCAC Workshop Pysanky by Mary
(Handcrafted Ukrainian Eggs)
Saturday, March 18, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fee: $40 Members / $50 Nonmembers
Instructor: Mary Whitmore

Mary Whitmore learned how to make Ukrainian painted eggs at the age of 8 from her Slovenian grandmother. Eggs are made with simple to complex designs using a wax stylus and dyes. Mary will teach simple Easter designs and then convert them to hanging ornaments if preferred.  Painted eggs are traditionally given to friends, neighbors and religious leaders as a symbol for rebirth, resurrection and a good harvest. A $5.00 fee will be paid to the instructor for a Ukrainian egg decorating kit that will include many designs, stylus, wax and dyes to make further eggs as desired. (All levels)

College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
Jim Arendt: Selvage
Now through March 9
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

Art making is a way for Ardent to explore our changing relationship with labor. His research focuses on transitions in macroeconomic structures through the lens of their effects on individual lives, communities, and workers' relationships to the structures of labor itself. The artist paid witness to the demise of opportunities to engage in meaningful work and has seen cities ravaged by the absence of industry. As the landscape of work and labor continue to shift around us, he uses art making as a way to investigate how the division of labor and alienation from work has impacted individual lives.  For more information, call 301-934-7828, or go to

Quality Printers and Southern Maryland Artists Collective (SMAC)
Visions of Maryland:  Selected Works by Addison Likins
Now through Saturday, March 18, 2017
10485 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains
NEW!  SMAC Workshops
Click HERE for the Workshop Schedule

Quality Printers and SMAC (Southern Maryland Artists Collective) are proud to present the art works of Addison Likins.   For more information, click HERE or contact Joseph Wimberly at 240-349-2953, or

Charles County Arts Alliance 
Paint Party II
Monday, March 20
7:00 - 9:30 pm
Boston's Restaurant (across from Waldorf West Library)
10440 O'Donnell Place, 
Waldorf, MD 20603
Donation: $35
Registration Deadline:  March 17, 2017

Every year, the Charles County Arts Alliance offers a $1,000 scholarship to a talented, high-achieving student at each of our 7 high schools in Charles County, to be applied to tuition at a 4-year college or university for studies toward a career in the performing, visual and literary Arts.  

Come join in the fun of creating your very own artwork while helping us raise the $7,000 needed to provide the 7 CCAA Arts Scholarships in 2017. Vicki Marckel, CCAA Board Member and art teacher at Henry E. Lackey High School, will lead in painting "Northern Lights."  All supplies are provided and you get to take your masterpiece home!  100% of your donation goes to the CCAA Arts Scholarship Program.

Boston's has also agreed to donate a percentage of your food and beverage (non-alcoholic) purchases made between 4:00 and 9:00 pm, so plan on joining us for dinner, too!

The all-inclusive registration for this Arts Alliance fundraising event is $35 (non-refundable donation).  You can pay through PayPal; send a check to CCAA, PO Box 697, White Plains, MD 20695; or pay in person at the CCAA Office, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, at 10250 La Plata Road (Rt. 488), La Plata, MD. 

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

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home "Call for Artists"
Theme is "Artists Choice"
Deadline to Submit: March 27, 2017
Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, in partnership with the Charles County Art Alliance, is now accepting submissions for their Spring/Summer Art Show, a multi-media exhibit, to be held at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, 29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622, from April 20, 2017, to October 18, 2017.  The gallery will be presented along the E-Wing Dining Hallway.   
The Crossroads of Hughesville Garden Club will also create floral interpretations of selected art to be included in the show.
Local artists are invited to submit a maximum of two works of art for consideration (there is no submission fee).  Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to
The email must include:  
  • Artist's name
  • Artist's mailing address
  • Artist's email address
  • Artist's phone number
  • Artist's biography (half-page max, in MS-Word)
  • Artist's headshot (jpeg)
  • Title of artwork
  • Medium/materials used
  • Size/dimensions
  • Year created
  • Price, if applicable
  • Optional: Background information or inspiration of artwork (100 words or less) 
Selections will be made by the Charlotte Hall Gallery Committee and the artists will be notified in early April.  All artwork must be wired and ready to hang when delivered to the Veterans Home.
On Saturday, September 23, 2017, a "Meet the Artists" Public Reception will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home E-Wing Multi-Purpose Room, to honor all the artists participating in the show.
For more information on the gallery please contact Melissa Canada at 240-577-7034 or


Solo Show by Renée Fuqua, through April 12, 2017
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Multi-Artist Show, through April 19, 2017
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, March 25, 2017, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show, through March 10, 2017
3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601
Gallery Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Solo Show by Sarˈdär Aziz, through April 13, 2017
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show, through April 8, 2017
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

Charles County Arts Alliance and PNC Foundation
Arts Scholarships Are Now Available!
Deadline to Apply: March 17, 2017

Each year, the Arts Alliance offers $1000 scholarships to one eligible graduating student from each of the high schools in Charles County. The funds are to be applied toward tuition in a 4-year college or university to advance the education of the student toward a career in the arts. In addition, the Arts Alliance has partnered with the PNC Foundation to award $1000 scholarships to three seniors who meet certain financial requirements.

Click HERE to download the CCAA Scholarship Application.

Click HERE to download the PNC Foundation Scholarship Application.

For more information, contact the CCAA Office at 301-392-5900, or
Charles County Library Programs

Get a copy of  the March/April brochure to see all the programs available at your local libraries. 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

College of Southern Maryland
Connections Literary Series
Sunil Yapa, Novelist
Friday, March 3, 7:30 pm
Prince Frederick Campus
Flagship Building, Room 119, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Tickets:  $3 in Advance, $5 at the Door

Sunil Yapa's first novel,  Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist , is one of Time Magazine's Best Books of the Year as well as one of Amazon's Best Books of the Year, a Barnes & Noble's Discover Great New Writers Pick, and an Indies Next Pick.  The biracial son of a Sri Lankan father and a mother from Montana, Yapa has lived around the world, including The Netherlands, Thailand, Greece, Guatemala, Argentina, Chile, China, and India, as well as, London, Montreal, and New York City. He is currently 39 years old and lives in upstate New York.  For more information, contact Neal Dwyer at  301-934-7864 , or  visit

Life Journeys Writers Guild
To Register, Click HERE and Select the Specific Workshop

Write on Saturdays with a Twist!
Fundamental First Timers!  
March 4, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fee: $ 69.99 (Includes Lunch)

If you've never attended the LJWG Workshops before, this is where you need to start.  Readings, critiques, story construction, marketing/publishing info and more will abound throughout!   For more information and directions to the workshop, contact Yvonne Medley at 240-427-5594, or email  

Write on Wednesdays with a Twist!
March 8, 15, 22, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Registration:  $79.99

Intense and tangible!  For those returning to WOW and want to take their literary projects to the next level.   For more information and directions to the workshop, contact Yvonne Medley at 240-427-5594, or email  

Nuts and Bolts Gathering
Saturday, March 18, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
Free and Open to the Public   

Calling all adult writers - fiction or non-fiction! This session is free and open to all lovers of the literary arts. Enjoy networking, reading/critiquing your works, sharing industry information and more!  For more information, contact Yvonne Medley at 240-427-5594, or email  


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

March 2:  Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck. With Charley, his French poodle, Steinbeck drives the interstates and the country roads, dines with truckers, encounters bears at Yellowstone and old friends in San Francisco. Along the way he reflects on the American character, racial hostility, the particular form of American loneliness he finds almost everywhere, and the unexpected kindness of strangers. 
P.D. Brown Library Book Discussion Group
Meets on the first Saturday of every month from 9:30 - 10:30 am, at the P.D. Brown Memorial Library, 50 Village Street, Waldorf.  For more information, call 301-645-2864 .  

March 4:  The Revenant by Michael Punke. T he year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the company's finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two company men are dispatched to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies. When the men abandon him instead, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge. 
La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
Meets at 7:00 pm on the second Thursday of every month at the La Plata Library, 2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata. Call 301-934-900 1,  for more information.

March 9:  Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d'Art by Christopher Moore.  P art mystery, part history (sort of), part love story, and wholly hilarious, the story follows a young baker-painter as he joins the dapper Henri Toulouse-Lautrec on a quest to unravel the mystery behind the supposed "suicide" of Vincent van Gogh.
Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon, at the Senior Center, 100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head. Call 301-375-7375 for more information.

March 22:  Shanghai Girls by Lisa See.   In 1937 Shanghai, the Paris of Asia, 21-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Both are beautiful, modern, and carefree-until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth. To repay his debts, he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from Los Angeles to find Chinese brides. As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, Pearl and May set out on the journey of a lifetime, from the Chinese countryside to the shores of America.  Along the way they make terrible sacrifices, face impossible choices, and confront a devastating, life-changing secret, but through it all the two heroines of this astounding new novel hold fast to who they are-Shanghai girls.
Potomac Branch Adult Book Discussion
"Pushing the Limits" discussion series brings together popular books and videos featuring authors, scientists and everyday people who thrive on exploring the natural world.   This is the first of four discussions, meeting at 3225 Ruth B. Swann Drive, Indian Head, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

March 27:  Pushing the Limits on Nature:  When the Killing's Done by T.C. Boyle.   Principally set on the wild Channel Islands off the coast of California, T.C. Boyle's novel is a gripping adventure with a timely theme. Alma Boyd Takesue is a National Park Service biologist spearheading the efforts to save the islands' native creatures from invasive species. Her antagonist, Dave LaJoy, is a local businessman who is fiercely opposed to the killing of any animals whatsoever and will go to any lengths to subvert her plans.
Waldorf Senior Center Afternoon Book Club
Meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, at the Waldorf Senior Center, 3092 Crain Highway, Waldorf.  For more information, contact the Waldorf Senior Center at  301-638-4420 .

April 5:  My Ántonia by Willa Cather.  My Ántonia evokes the Nebraska prairie life of Willa Cather's childhood, and commemorates the spirit and courage of immigrant pioneers in America. One of Cather's earliest novels, written in 1918, it is the story of Ántonia Shimerda, who arrives on the Nebraska frontier as part of a family of Bohemian emigrants. Her story is told through the eyes of Jim Burden, a neighbor who will befriend Ántonia, teach her English, and follow the remarkable story of her life.

Charles County Public Library
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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

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. 
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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.
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.