October 13, 2016  

Community Bank of the Chesapeake Waldorf Branch
"Call for Artists"

  Theme is "Artists Choice"
Deadline to Submit is October 20, 2016

Community Bank of the Chesapeake, in partnership with the Charles County Art Alliance, is now accepting submissions for their fourth art show in 2016, a multi-media exhibit, to be held at the Main Waldorf Branch, 3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD, from November 18, 2016, to March 10, 2017
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  Please reference "Community Bank Gallery" in the subject line.
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 
The artists will be notified in early November, after the Gallery Committee meets and makes their selections.  All artwork must be wired and ready to hang when delivered to the Bank.

Beginning January 1, 2017, all artists participating in the CCAA-managed galleries must be current members of the Charles County Arts Alliance.  Nonmembers are encouraged to join to be eligible to submit their art.
For more information on the gallery, please contact Gale Kladitis at  

Charles County Arts Alliance 
Arts in Education Grants are Available!
Due Date: October 21, 2016

Arts in Education Grants for schools are due in the CCAA Office no later than noon, Friday, October 21, 2016.  

Click HERE to download the AIE Application

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

Maryland Citizens for the Arts
ArtsLab 2016
Citizen Artists: Arts Professionals and Civic Engagement
Tuesday, October 25, 2016  
9:30 am to 3:00 pm
194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park, Maryland 21225
Cost:  $15 per person; $12 per person for groups of 3 or more from one organization (registration includes lunch)
Click HERE to register!
  ArtsLAB was created by MCA to provide a space for the nonprofit arts sector to come together to address concerns facing their field.  Seating for ArtsLAB is limited and spaces fill up quickly.

9:30      Welcome
9:40      Overview of the Day
9:45      Speakers
                 Saida Agostini & Hannah Brancato: FORCE
                 Connie Brantner: Quilter
                 Lady Brion: Spoken Word Artist
                 Kurt Kolaja: Filmmaker
                 CJay Philip: Dancer
11:00    Interactive Panel Discussion
12:00    Networking Lunch Break
12:45    Workshop Breakouts - "Using Your Art for Civic Engagement"
2:00      Reconvene, Idea Presentations, Panel Feedback
2:55      Closing Remarks

Visit for more information and to register.
The Newtowne Players
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
October 13, 14, 15, 16
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:30 pm
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets:  $15 Adult; $12 Senior (65+), Student, Military; $10 Children (12 and Under), $10 Thursday Only

"A refined girl like I" is the way Lorelei describes herself, and it's a role in which any young actress can have the time of her life. The roaring 20s are in full swing and Lorelei, a dazzling blonde, and Dorothy, her sensible brunette friend, are planning to complete their educations by going to Europe for the summer. They'll "improve their minds" all day, but for their evenings their main interest is in dates! Lorelei greets each new adventure with a carefree smile often leaving catastrophe in her wake. A frivolous and witty show and good clean fun for the entire family! For more information, go to

Port Tobacco Players
Auditions for Ages 18 and Older
Don't Dress for Dinner
Thursday, October 13, 7:00 pm
Saturday, October 15, 9:00 am
Tuesday, October 18, 7:00  pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Performance dates:  Friday, Saturday, Sunday, January 20 - February 5, 2017.

(Family Comedy) Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, whilst his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along too, to provide the alibi. It's foolproof; what could possibly go wrong? 

For audition details and the complete list of characters, go to  For additional information, call the Producer at 301-642-0594, or send an email to Carol Charnock at
Watermelon, Inc. and College of Southern Maryland's 
National Theater Honor Society (Delta Psi Omega)
Auditions for Singers
Saturday, October 15
Ages 8 - 15, 11:00 am; Ages 16 and Older, 12:00 noon
College of Southern Maryland Leonardtown Campus
Building A, Auditorium
22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown

Talented singers are sought to audition for Songs to Lift Your Spirit, a family-friendly Christmas show to be performed December 16-17, 2016. Choose to sing either "O Christmas Tree," "Silent Night," "Ave Marie" (either Schubert or Gounod), or "O Holy Night" without accompaniment. Memorized lyrics are not required. Come warmed up.  For more information, email
Tantallon Players
Auditions for Ages 18 and Under
Babes in Toyland
Saturday, October 15, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday, October 16, 2:00 - 6:00 pm
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744
Performance dates:  Friday, Saturday, Sunday, December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 2016  
A little boy unwillingly exiting childhood wishes he could live in Toyland instead  of the real world, and he gets his wish! But living with nursery rhymes come to life, from Little Bo Peep to Humpty Dumpty, isn't as much fun as it sounds.  To audition: Come prepared with a verse from a song.  Auditions will also feature cold reads from the script. For more information and the list of characters, go to .

Music Teachers Association of Charles County
POPS Concert
Saturday, October 15
NEW TIMES:  1:30 pm and 3:00 pm
Christ Church
112 East Charles Street, La Plata
Free and Open to the Public
Students and teachers perform familiar standards as well as more recent selections. The Flute Choir of Southern Maryland will also be featured. Vocalists and instrumentalists will participate, along with pianists. Contact Judy Dalton at  301-645-4511, for additional information.

Newtown Players Auditions
Frederick Knott's Dial M for Murder
Saturday, October 15, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Call Backs, Tuesday, October 18, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Three Notch Theatre Lobby
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington, Park
Performance Dates:  February 10 - 26, 2017

Synopsis:  Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her for a fee of one thousand pounds, and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. Unfortunately, the murderer gets murdered and the victim survives. What happens next? Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. All characters except Max Halliday require a British accent. As always, NTP invites both experienced and new actors to audition and welcomes volunteers interested in production and back-stage positions.  For more information and the list of characters, go to .

I ndian Head Center for the Arts
Comedy for a Cause
Saturday, October 15, 7:30 pm
Black Box Theatre
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Tickets:  $20

Mark Matusof of Night Shift, Wolftrap, DC Prov and more, headlines the evening with Corey Hunter of Funny Bone, Junior's Last Stop and the Comedy Zone.   For more information, call 301-743-3040.

College of Southern Maryland Leonardtown Campus
Benny C. Morgan Series
The Chamber Players
Saturday, October 15, 8:00 pm
Building A Auditorium
22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
Free Admission

The Chamber Players, a trio of professional musicians with extensive  backgrounds in performance, join forces to perform not only as a trio but  as soloists. Members include Tak Mato, clarinet; Lucy Snell, flute; and  Eileen Peerless, piano. Their talents come together to perform the trios of  Debussy and Saint Saens and solos to showcase music of each instrument.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.
Hard Bargain Players
The Birds
Now through October 22
Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Theater in the Woods
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets: $10 Adults; $8 Students, Seniors and Members of the Alice Ferguson Foundation

Daphne du Maurier's short story is a gripping, unsettling, and moving look at human relationships in the face of societal collapse. In an isolated house, strangers Nat and Diane take shelter from relentless masses of attacking birds. They find relative sanctuary but not comfort or peace; there's no electricity, little food, and a nearby neighbor may still be alive and watching them. Another refugee, the young and attractive Julia, arrives with some news of the outside world, but her presence also brings discord. Their survival becomes even more doubtful when paranoia takes hold of the makeshift fortress: an internal threat to match that of the birds outside.  Reservations are not required, but may be made at and selecting "Performances" then "Ticket Info & Reservations."  For more information, call 240-766-8830, or email

Celebrate Charles:  FallFest
Saturday, October 22, Noon to 4:00 pm
Regency Furniture Stadium
11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf
Free Admission, Held Rain or Shine

The Celebrate Charles Marketplace will feature Southern Maryland's artisans and crafters. Enjoy live entertainment performed by the 
The Balloon Nerd (noon), and Rocknoceros (1:30 pm).  This is a fun-filled, family-friendly day, with events for adults and children.  For more information,  go to   or call 1-800-766-3386.  

College of Southern Maryland
Southern Maryland Concert Band
Saturday, October 22, 8:00 pm
Tickets:  $5 in Advance, $7 Day of Concert
La Plata Campus Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

The Southern Maryland Concert Band collaborates with CSM's music program in a pair of performances on the La Plata Campus. CSM students can join community members and professional musicians in the SMCB for ensemble credit. The SMCB plays a variety of music from marches to Broadway medleys and contemporary concert band music.  For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Hickory Dickory Dark Productions
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Friday - Saturday
October 28 - 29, November 4 - 5, 8:00 pm
Indian Head Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Tickets:  $20

This musical comedy opens with the cast of the Royal Music Hall in London, where the rowdy group of actors is about to portray one of the greatest mysteries of Victorian England. Charles Dickens had begun writing this very mystery "when he committed the one ungenerous deed of his noble career: He died." Accordingly, the cast needs the help of the audience to decide the real ending of the show.   Who died?  Whodunit?  Who witnessed it?  Who was the mysterious detective investigating the case? These are all questions the audience will answer near the final curtain, creating an ending that will never be the same from show to show! And, of course, as with any charming musical, it should end with a love song between two characters of the audience's choice.  For more information, go to

Grace Church
The Grace Ole Opry
Friday - Saturday, November 4 - 5, 7:00 - 10:30 pm
13000 Zekiah Drive, Waldorf, MD
Free Admission, Donations Accepted

Featured guests for Friday:  Bluegrass Gospel Express, Cedar Run, Corrick Brothers, CrossRoads, New Life Grass, Sonrise, Steve Potter Band and Virginia Gospel Singers.  On Saturday, the program includes: Band of Brothers, Bluegrass Gospel Express, Cedar Run, CrossRoads, The Flea Bops, Sonrise, Steve Potter Band, and Tom & Elizabeth.  For more information, call 301-645-0407.

College of Southern Maryland
Southern Mix Barbershop Chorus
Saturday, November 5, 3:00 pm
Prince Frederick Campus
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Tickets:  $5 in Advance, $7 day of the Concert

Southern Mix is a men's barbershop chorus that rehearses and performs on CSM's La Plata Campus. Membership is open to community members throughout Southern Maryland and music majors studying for credit.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

National Cherry Blossom Festival
Sing into Spring Competition
Open to Residents of DC, Maryland and Virginia, Ages 15 and Up
Applicants Under 18 Require Parental Consent
Deadline to Apply:  November 18, 2016
Click HERE for Compete Details and to Register
Click HERE for Videos of Last Year's Applicants

The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc. is seeking vocal talent for the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival ParadeĀ®.  The Festival will present vocal soloists and/or group vocalists from the Washington, DC, area to perform in the National Cherry Blossom Festival ParadeĀ® on Saturday, April 8, 2017. To be considered, submit the online application and $15 entry fee (payable by credit card only).  All entry  fees are non-refundable.  The competition is comprised of video entries posted at For more information, contact Diana Cirone at


Solo Show by Ernest Sinnes, through January 11, 2017
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Multi-Artist Show, through October 19, 2016
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 November 18, 2016
3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601
Gallery Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Solo Show by David Zippi, through January 12, 2017
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show, through January 7, 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

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Exhibits, Workshops, Open Studio
Smallwood State Park,  5565 Upham Place, Marbury, MD 20658
The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays,
11:00 am - 4:00 pm.  For more information call 301-743-5159. or go to
Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors! Inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park.
Click HERE for the Fall Brochure and Information on Early Bird Registration Discounts!
Inspiration for Art:  Motivated by Beauty & Meaning
Original Artwork by Mary Kercher
Now through October 16

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Open Studio
Fridays, Now through December 9 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
Creating Depth in Paintings
Friday - Saturday, October 14 - 15, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fee: $210 Members / $220 Nonmembers (Fee includes lunch)
Instructor: Vicki Marckel
Click HERE for the Information Flyer

Join Vicki for an exciting 2-day workshop to learn how to create depth in your paintings.  Students will be led through all the stages of the painting process with demonstrations of how to create a dynamic grisaille, apply rich textures using a pallet knife and utilize critiques to improve composition.  Some experience is desirable but not required.   Oils or acrylics may be used.  Bring photographs to work with and a sense of humor. Supply list will be sent when you register.

Sunday Movie & Dessert
Big Eyes
Sunday, October 16, 2:00 pm
Free Movie and A Special Treat!

Walter Keane became a worldwide celebrity and talk show fixture in the 1950s after he pioneered the mass production of prints of big-eyed kids, and used his marketing savvy to sell them cheaply in hardware stores and gas stations across the country. Unfortunately, he claimed to be the artist. That role was played by Margaret, his shy wife. The ruse broke up their marriage and led to a divorce and a dramatic courtroom battle to prove authorship of the paintings. PG13 (109 min.)
Mattawoman Creek Art Center Holiday Salon
October 21 - December 11
Eight 3-Day Weekends to Sell Your Art
Entry Fee:  $30 per Space for Members / $45 per Space for Nonmembers
Deadline to Enter:  October 16
Click HERE for Guidelines and Entry Form
Reception: Sunday, October 23, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Watercolor on Canvas
Tuesday & Wednesday, October 25 - 26, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fee: $105 Members / $115 Nonmembers
Instructor: Mary Blumberg

A most exciting way to present your watercolor paintings:  adhere to canvas, wax and voila, a beautiful image with no glass!  They will work together with your own personal images to create a painting that will not need a mat nor will it need a frame. It will also reject humidity.  Bring your own watercolor supplies. Beginner supply list is available from their website.
Plein Air Workshop
Saturday, October 29, 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Fee: $40 Members / $50 Nonmembers
Instructor: Barbara Stepura, member of MAPAPA (Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association)

Experience the challenge of painting outdoors. This first session will include a brief explanation about plein air painting, demonstration, individual instructor attention and a lunch time critique. Any medium that you are experienced with may be used.  Bring your lunch, painting supplies, one support (canvas or board), and a sturdy, portable easel suitable for outdoor work. (Intermediate or advanced levels.)

National Gallery of Art
Picture This! The Year was 1978: Reintroducing the East Building
Tours for People with Low Vision or Who Are Blind 
Saturday, October 22, and Wednesday, October 26 1:00 pm
East Building, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC (use the Constitution Avenue or Madison Drive entrances for easiest access to the Rotunda)

by Alexander Calder
Picture This tours incorporate vibrant verbal description with information about works of art. Tours meet at 1:00 pm by the information desk of the East Building of the National Gallery and last about an hour. Everyone is welcome! For more information or to receive web links to works that will be described on the tour in advance, contact Lorena Baines at or 202-842-6905. Verbally described tours are also available by request with 3 weeks' notice by  e-mailing   For more information, go to .

44th Annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival
2017 Cover Art Competition
Deadline to Enter:  November 1, 2016
Click HERE for Complete Details and Entry Form

Each year the Festival uses art celebrating sheep and wool to create a new design for the catalog cover, poster, t-shirts and other items available at the Festival. This has become a distinctive part of each year's Festival and prizes are awarded to the winners. For more information, go to
College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
Dominic Sansone's #the drone life
Now through November 3
La Plata Fine Arts Center 
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Gallery Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sansone's current body of artwork is a critical response to the disproportionate role of the Military Industrial Complex in our society. There is always a new enemy or evil to vanquish leading to war without end. Ultimately, his body of work is born of his own identity and his response to it as a former member of the Military Industrial Complex, and having grown up during the height of the Cold War in the 1980s. In the end, these works do not answer the questions or propose solutions, but hopefully cause the viewer to consider, with more than a cursory glance, the visual culture of our cities, our entertainment, our public art, and our media.

Arts Alliance "Call for Artists" 
for the Winter Art Show
at Waldorf West Library

Waldorf West Library

Deadline to Submit is November 10, 2016
Theme is "Artists Choice"

The Charles County Arts Alliance is now accepting submissions for the Winter Art Show, a multi-media public exhibit, to be held at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD, from January 9 - April 8, 2017 . The Library consists of four separate gallery spaces on two floors. 

Current members of the Charles County Arts Alliance are invited to submit a maximum of two works of art on any subject, to the Alliance for consideration (there is no submission fee). Nonmembers are encouraged to join and be eligible to submit their art.

Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to Please reference "Waldorf West Winter  Show" in the subject line.

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
Arts Alliance members who have previously shown in the gallery are invited to submit new work for consideration. Selections will be made by the Gallery Committee and the artists will be notified in December. All artwork must be wired and ready to hang at time of delivery.

On Saturday, January 14, 2017,  a "Meet the Artists" Public Reception will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, at the Waldorf West Library's Main Gallery, to honor all the artists participating in the winter show.

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

National Gallery of Art
Programs in American Sign Language and Assistive Listening Devices
Tour on Sunday, November 13, 1:00 pm
East Building, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC (use the Mall entrance or 6th and Constitution Avenue for easiest access to the Rotunda)

The tours take place on the second Sunday of every month and last about an hour.  Meet the guide in the Rotunda of the West Building for the public tour. The program is interpreted into spoken English. Assistive listening devices are available for use on any public tour with 3 weeks' advance notice.  To plan your trip and view hours and maps, go to  and click on Visit. For more information, go to  and click on Calendar or contact Lorena Baines at or 202-842-6905.  

Maryland Federation of Art
Focal Point Annual Photography show
Circle Gallery
18 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401
Deadline to Apply:  November 15
Click HERE for Details and Entry Instructions
Click HERE  to Download the Prospectus.  
The Selected Works will be on Exhibit January 26 - February 25, 2017

Mr. Callahan
by Nan Thompson
From photography to filmmaking, computers have forever expanded ways for artists to capture and produce their work. MFA celebrates this disruption by changing their annual photography show,  Focal Point, to an exhibition examining artistic use of digital media. Eligible artwork may be either 2-D or 3-D work that is created and/or produced through the use of software, whether purchased or artist-created, including photography, graphic design, digital painting, video, projection, and limited only by the artist's imagination.  Juror is  Hamidah Glasgow, Executive Director and Curator at The Center for Fine Art Photography. Cash awards total $1000.

Charles County Public Library
Calling All Artists for the Mobile Library!
Deadline to Submit:  December 30, 8:00 pm

The Library is looking for high-quality graphics fitting the theme of learning, discovery and technology to use on their new mobile library (debut date: April 2017). If you have design talent, submit your art for the mobile library to  in a .tiff, .jpg or .psd format, no later than December 30, 2016, at 8:00 pm. Include your name and your contact information to be notified if your art is chosen to decorate their vehicle. All art that is submitted MUST be original and un-copyrighted.  For more information, go to

Citizens for the Charles County Public Library (C4CCPL)
Fall 2016 Used Book Bazaar
Saturday, October 15 - Saturday, October 22
Members Preview Day: Friday, October 14
Hours:  Friday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm; Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm; Closed Sunday
La Plata Branch, Lower Level
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata

Citizens for the Charles County Public Library (C4CCPL) is hosting their fall used book bazaar.   Non-members are welcome to join at the door.   Each C4CCPL membership is entitled to 5 free books during the bazaar.   Hardback books are 50 cents each, p aperback books are 25 cents each. On  Saturday, October 22, a grocery-size "Bag Full of Books" is $2.00 each.   The Used-Book Book Store is closed during the bazaar.  For more information, go to

Maryland Humanities One Maryland One Book (OMOB)
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
Drop-In Book Discussions
Reader's Theatre:  Saturday, October 15, 7:00 pm, Huntingtown High School, 4125 North Solomons Island Road, Huntingtown, Ages 12+

Maryland Humanities created One Maryland One Book (OMOB)  to bring  together diverse people in communities across the state  through the shared experience  of reading the same book. You are invited to participate in book-centered discussions and related programs at public libraries, high schools, colleges, museums,  bookstores, and community and senior centers around the state. 

For more information and the complete tour schedule, visit

Life Journeys Writers Guild
Big Quarterly Gathering:  Authors 'n Things Showcase Party
Saturday, October 29, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
The Legends Club,  Blue Crabs Stadium, 11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf
Free Admission

Be part of the Literary Party, complete with food, fun, music, and more! Get the literary jump on your holiday shopping, too! Give the gift of a good read.   For more information, contact Yvonne Medley at 240-545-5594.
College of Southern Maryland Connections Literary Series
Poet Rick Benjamin
Friday, November 4, 7:30 pm
Leonardtown Campus
Building A, Auditorium
22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
Tickets:  $3 in Advance; $5 at the Event

Rick Benjamin is the State Poet of Rhode Island. He teaches or has taught at Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design, the MFA Program in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College, in many schools, and in community and assisted living centers, where he spent good time in the company of people who ranged in age from six to ninety-six.  Rick believes that poetry can play a primary role in helping to build community and that communities are vibrant and connected when they are engaged with the medium of poetry.   For more information, go to .

Charles County Public Library
Call for Authors
Deadline to Submit:   December 15, 2016; 8:00 pm
Reception:  February 18, 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf

Local authors (currently living in Southern MD) who would like to have their work featured at the Author's Reception should submit a copy of their book (it will be returned at the author's request after the event or it can be added to the library's circulating collection) to Sarah Guy, Program Coordinator, at the any Charles County Public Library branch. All items submitted will be reviewed by CCPL's Acquisitions Department to verify the submission meets library minimum standards. Authors must include contact information and must be able to attend the Author's Reception on  February 18, 2017. Authors will present a brief (2 - 3 minute) overview of their book and will be able to sell copies to the public. For more information, contact Sarah Guy at  301-645-1395, ext. 417, or
Charles County Library Programs

Get a copy of the  September/October and November/December brochures 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,

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


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.

October 26:  The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She's even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life-as she sees it-is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.  And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Waldorf Senior Center Afternoon Book Club
Meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 1:00 - 2:00 pm, at the Waldorf Senior Center, 3092 Crain Highway, Waldorf. For more information, call 301-638-4420.

November 2:  The Journal Reopened by Mary Ann Jenkins.  When I began reading my grandmother's journal, I knew that my grandmother, Sadie Crowe, was talking to me from beyond the grave through her words. I really didn't want to hear all those things Grandmother told me, but she convinced me to start my own journal and trust in God. What I wrote in my journal was straight from my heart, just like grandmother suggested. However, the secrets I revealed could possibly come back to haunt me in the future. Hard feelings, hate, and misunderstandings might have a way of rearing their ugly heads for me as they did for Grandmother.

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. 

November 3:  The Escape by David Baldacci.   It's a prison unlike any other. Military discipline rules. Its security systems are unmatched. None of its prisoners dream of escaping. They know it's impossible . . . until now.   John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller must bring in his brother to face justice.   As the nationwide manhunt for Robert grows more urgent, Puller's masterful skills as an investigator and strengths as a fighter may not be enough to save his brother-or himself.
P.D. Brown Library Adult 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 .  

November 5:  Self-Selected Non-Fiction.   Choose any non-fiction title and share your reactions with the group.

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.
November 10:  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. 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.

Community Senior Centers
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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 October copy of The SCOOP, Charles County's Senior Center News, or cli ck here   to go to their website. 
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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.