October 26, 2017

Celebrating 30 Years of Service to the Community
"Meet the Artists" Public Reception
Waldorf West Library
Saturday, October 28, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf

Please join us as we celebrate the artists whose works are currently on display at the Waldorf West Library.  This is the 20th art show exhibited in partnership with the Library and the Arts Alliance, and includes 63 works of art by 34 artists. Light refreshments will be served, and you will get a chance to meet the artists and tour the Gallery in the main level and second floor. 

The theme was open to the artists and includes both two- and three-dimensional works by artists:  Beverly Adams,  Theresa Alo, Sarˈdär Aziz,  Cynthia Ruth Bailey,  Allan Canter,  Suzanne Cassidy,  William Cassidy,  Syanne Centeno,  Tracy Cole,  Dorothy Crown,  Andy Dixon,  Cecelia Dunay,  Gina Durgin,  Michael English,  William Gibson,  Penelope Gold,  Sally Goldsmith,  Patty Gyorda,  Gordon Johnson,  Nichelle Alston Jones,  Lori Joseph,  Philip Lang,  Addison Likins,  Susannah Lynch,  Nadira Nunez,  John Odom,  Nancy Owens,  Wayne Russell,  Dianne Shisler,  Ernest Sinnes,  Joanne Van Brunt,  Larry Velozo,  Jim Waters and  Ron Webb.

Most of the works are available for purchase.  They can be viewed online at

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

Charles County Arts Alliance
Annual Grantee and Membership Gala

Saturday, November 18, 2017
6:00 - 10:00 pm

Old Waldorf School
3074 Crain Highway
Waldorf, MD 20601

Come join in as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Arts Alliance! There will be delicious food from Rucci's, great music with Gretchen Richie's Jazz Cabaret, a Silent Auction to benefit the Student Scholarship Program, and the award of grant monies to the Arts in Education and Community Arts Development Grant Recipients. Purchase your ticket now and save $10!

Click HERE to purchase "Early Bird" Tickets for $40
After October 31, Tickets are $50

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

Call for Artists
for the Community Bank of the Chesapeake

Deadline to Submit:  November 16
Show Dates:  December 29, 2017 - April 20, 2018
Click HERE for Submission Details
Community Bank of the Chesapeake, in partnership with the Charles County Arts Alliance, is now accepting submissions for their next art show. This is a multi-media exhibit, to be held at the Main Waldorf Branch, 3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD, from December 29, 2017, to April 20, 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 refer to the Submission Details for submitting your art.

For more information, contact Gale Kladitis at

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Music Teachers Association of Charles County
A General Recital for Students and Teachers of MTACC
Saturday, October 28, 1:00 and 2:30 pm
Christ Church, 112 East Charles Street, La Plata
Free and Open to the Public

Enjoy a delightful afternoon of music with flute, piano, violin and voice by students and teachers of the MTACC. For more information, contact Krista Keysar at
The Flute Choir of Southern Maryland
Music for Hope and Comfort
Saturday, October 28, 7:00 pm
Christ Church, 112 East Charles Street, La Plata
Free and Open to the Public, Donations Accepted to the Church

Concert features both adult professional and serious amateur flute players.  For more information, contact Lucy Snell at

Alice Ferguson Foundation
Film in the Woods: Rocky Horror Picture Show
Saturday, October 28, 11:30 pm
Hard Bargain Amphitheater
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Admission:  $10 Online; $15 at the Door
Seating is Limited, No One Under 18 Admitted
Refreshments Available for Purchase

Grab your fishnets, and jump to the Hard Bargain Amphitheater's Film in the Woods feature presentation of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Time warp back to the 1970s and shimmy the night away to the voices of Magenta, Frank N Furter & Riff Raff, at this outdoor venue. Dust off your gold sequin top hat, snap on your rubber gloves and lace up your corset for a fun filled evening of call-backs and great one liners. For more information, visit

Westlake High School
Game of Tiaras
Thursday - Friday - Saturday, November 2 - 3 - 4, 7:00 pm
3300 Middletown Road, Waldorf
Tickets:  $8 Adults, $6 Students

The production is an adaptation of "King Lear," set in a magical kingdom in which tragedy strikes after an aging king decides to split his land among his three daughters.  For more information, call 301-645-8857.
College of Southern Maryland
Thursday, November 2 and 9, 7:30 pm
Friday, November 3, and 10, 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 4, 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 11, 2:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $15 Adults; $12 Seniors, Military, Youth High School Age and Below
At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing... and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together - that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician - united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair... and what it means to live in America. For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco First Friday
My Dearest Darling, The Letters of Sarah and  Dr. Samuel Mudd
Friday, November 3, 6:00 pm
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco
Free Admission, Light Refreshments Served, Donations Accepted

Presented by docents from the Dr. Mudd House Museum in Waldorf, MD.  For more information, contact Joyce Edelen at 301-934-9056, or
Indian Head Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre
John Luskey
Saturday, November 4, 7:00 - 10:00 pm
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Tickets:  $15

Join them for a evening of music from one of Southern Maryland's greatest local talents. John Luskey has performed all over the world for more than 20 years. Come out, sit back, or stand and sing along with this talented musician. For more information, visit

Jay Armsworthy & the Sons of the American Legion
Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
Sunday, November 5, Doors Open at Noon, Show Starts 2:00 pm
American Legion Post 238
Corner of Rts. 231 and 381, Hughesville
Tickets:  $20 per Person
Refreshments Available for Purchase

Special guest "Just Us Band" opens the show.  For more information, visit  or call 301-737-3004.  
Maurice J. McDonough High School
Peter and the Starcatcher
Thursday - Friday, November 9 - 10, 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 11, 2:00 and 7:00 pm
7165 Marshall Corner Road, Pomfret
Tickets:  $10 Adults; $8 Students, Senior Citizens and Military; $7 Thespians and Children under age 5

The show features the backstory of Peter Pan, the famous boy who could fly. The plot includes how Peter Pan earned his name, learned to fly and highlights how Captain Hook lost his hand. For more information, call 301-934-2944.
College of Southern Maryland  
Ward Virts Concert Series  
Megan Jolley, Viola  
Sunday, November 12, 3:00 pm
Prince Frederick Campus
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Free Admission, Ticket Required
Megan Jolley is a professional violist living in Alexandria, Virgi nia. She  enjoys performing 20th and 21st century chamber and orchestral music  throughout the Washington, DC, area and especially enjoys mentoring young violists in her private studio. Ms. Jolley received a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance from the Blair School at Vanderbilt University.   To make a reservation, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.  For more information, visit .

College of Southern Maryland
Auditions for Ages 8 and Up
Monday - Tuesday, November 13 - 14, 6:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Open auditions for these productions:
  • Lockdown (Cause Theatre)
  • Amazing Grace (Children's Theatre)
  • Around the World in 8 Plays (Children's Theatre)
Prepare a one-minute monologue. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Henry E. Lackey High School
Death by Chocolate
Thursday - Friday - Saturday, November 16 - 17 - 18, 6:30 pm
3000 Chicamuxen Road, Indian Head
Tickets: $8 Adults; $7 Students, Senior Citizens, Military; $6 Thespian Honor Society
The show features drama, comedy, murder, mystery and romance, and takes place in a local coffee shop, the Precious Perks Coffee Shoppe. The show follows the main character Nick, a private detective, as he investigates the death of a man who was poisoned with the shop's signature coffee, Death by Chocolate. For more information, call 301-743-5431.

North Point High School
Thursday - Friday - Saturday,  November 16 - 17 - 18, 7:00 pm
2500 Davis Road, Waldorf
Tickets: $10 Adults; $5 Students, Senior Citizens 

The show follows the members of the 4077 th  Mobile Army Surgical Hospital stationed on the front lines of battle during the Korean War. The plot includes humor, drama and more as the characters turn to one another for friendship while surrounded by war. For more information, call 301-753-1759.

Thomas Stone High School
Greek Story Theatre
Thursday - Friday - Saturday, November 16 - 17 - 18, 7:00 pm
3785 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf
Tickets:  $5

The plot features the Odyssey, a Greek poem that chronicles  Odysseus and his journey home after the Trojan War and the fall of Troy, and Oedipus, who is destined to bring destruction to his family. For more information, call 301-645-2601.
The Newtowne Players
'Twas the Night Before Christmas
Friday, November 17 - Sunday, December 10
Fridays, 8:00 pm
Saturdays, 3:30 and 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:30 pm
No Shows over Thanksgiving Weekend (November 24 - 26)
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets: $15 Adult; $12 Senior (65+), Military; $10 Children (12 and Under)

The wild holiday adventures of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won't take no for an answer, on their quest to find out why Santa missed their house last year. A joyful tribute to the holiday season! For more information, visit

College of Southern Maryland
Benny C. Morgan Recital Series
Michael Langlois, Pianist
Saturday, November 18, 3:00 pm
Leonardtown Campus, Building A Auditorium
22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
Free Admission
Mike Langlois is a versatile pianist and collaborative artist active throughout the DMV region: he is Director of Music at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church (Leesburg, VA), and keyboard artist at Adas Israel Congregation and Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation. His formal training took place at Indiana University in Bloomington with Émile Naoumoff (B.M.) and at the University of Maryland (M.M.), where he is completing his D.M.A. in Collaborative Piano with Rita Sloan. For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
On Screen/In Person: Call for Film Submissions
Deadline to Submit:  November 20, 2017

Apply now for the opportunity to take your film on the road with Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's film touring program. All-expense-paid tours connect filmmakers with new audiences across the mid-Atlantic region. The  On Screen/In Person program provides opportunities for independent filmmakers to tour throughout the mid-Atlantic region with their recent films and foster greater understanding and appreciation of their work through direct audience engagement.  Animation, experimental, documentary, and narrative films on any subject are accepted for consideration.   Visit  for complete program guidelines.  For more information, contact Kimberly Steinle-Super at

Port Tobacco Players
The Christmas Schooner
November 24 - December 17
Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets:  $18 Adult; $15 Seniors (60+), Youth to 18, Military

The whole family will enjoy this heart-warming story of the first Christmas tree ship and the family who risked their lives to fill Chicago with the Christmas spirit.  Based on the historic Great Lakes voyages of Christmas tree ships during the late 1800s and early 1900s,  The Christmas Schooner tells the true story of a Michigan shipping captain who braves the deadly winter weather to bring Christmas trees to homesick German-American families in turn-of-the-century Chicago. His voyages become a yearly tradition, despite his wife's misgivings - until a fateful voyage makes her realize the true importance of his mission. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819.

La Plata High School
Elf, Jr.
Thursday - Friday - Saturday, November 30, December 1 - 2, 6:30 pm
6035 Radio Station Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $10 Adults, $5 Students.

The show follows the main character Buddy, a young orphan raised by elves at the North Pole. As Buddy ages and realizes he is not an elf, he travels to New York City to find his father and discover his true identity. For more information, call 301-934-1100.
St. Charles High School
World War II Radio Christmas
Friday - Saturday, December 1 - 2, 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 3, 2:00 pm
5980 Radio Station Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $8 General Admission; $5 Students, Senior Citizens, Military

Student actors will recreate the experience of attending a live 1940s radio broadcast on Christmas Eve during World War II. For more information, call 301-753-2090.

Maryland Art Place
Call for Artists "Under $500"
Deadline to Apply: October 27
218 West Saratoga Street, Baltimore
Click HERE for an Application

Maryland Art Place (MAP) is seeking artists for UNDER $500, an annual affordable art sale. Held on Friday, December 8, and Saturday, December 9, 2017, this event will promote the sale of artwork by artists in the Maryland region.  The exhibition will include 1-3 works by each artist with each individual piece retailing for $500 or less. Participating artists will receive one free ticket to the opening event on  Friday, December 8 . Proceeds from the sale of artwork will be split 50/50 with each artist or an optional 100% donation in support of MAP.   For more information and to apply, visi 
or  contact Naomi at .

College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
Painters Be Like
Now through November 2
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

Featuring art by Jason Stopa, Adam Lovitz, and Madeline Seely.  Their works run the gamut from representation to abstraction, often straddling and blurring the line between both, and incorporating elements of humor, sincerity, and at times a casual indifference. For more information, visit  

Henry E. Lackey High School 
Performing Arts Boosters
Holiday Paint Night
Thursday, November 9, 6:30 pm
Port Tobacco Restaurant and Marina
7536 Shirley Boulevard, Port Tobacco
Deadline to Register:  November 7
Fee: $35

Charles County's acclaimed artist Vicki Marckel will instruct in creating a holiday-themed painting. Come enjoy 50% off appetizers and other discounted menu items. For more information and to register, contact  

JarrettThor Fine Arts Gallery
Fleeting Moments: Solo Show by Vicki Marckel
November 10 - December 17
Opening Reception and Meet the Artist: Friday, November 10, 6:00 - 9:00 pm;  Artist Talk: 7:00 pm
100 Taylor Street, Colonial Beach, VA 22443
Gallery Hours: Thursday - Sunday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, or by appointment

For this exhibit, Vicki has noticed that experiences are a collection of moments that captivate our senses. She has focused on capturing how the light illuminates the scene through vivid color selection and texture within her work. In addition to the many landscapes it contains, the exhibit shows light use in cityscapes and still life. For more information, call 804-224-7200, or visit
Shop 53 Custom Tattoo & Art Studio
Call for Art:  Books!
6 St. Mary's Avenue, La Plata
Artists Ages 16 and Up;  Deadline to Submit: November 12

Shop 53 is looking for artwork either on or using books, and/or about a certain book.  Illustrations, drawings, paintings, assemblages, sculptures, multi-media accepted. For more information, contact Shannon Wang at 240-349-2932, email, or visit

On Demand: Digital Content and Time-Based Media Exhibition
Deadline to Submit:  November 15, 2017, 11:59 pm EST
Click HERE for Entry Details
On Demand will be featured along with the 20+ illuminated sculptures on the 2018 BGE Light Art Walk, taking place during this year's  Light City festival from  April 14 through April 21, 2018, in Baltimore, Maryland.  On Demand will host a curated program of looped video and time-based media content, exploring the range and diversity of experimental forms of cinema made locally and abroad. Creatives working across traditional and experimental short films, animations, poetronica, music videos, and other forms of digital media are encouraged to submit their existing works for consideration. For more information, visit

Mattawoman Creek Art Center Exhibits and Workshops
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 Fall Brochure. Check out their Early Bird Special Rates for registering for workshops in advance!
Express Charles County in Art
Exhibit Open Through October 29
Friday - Sunday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Friday Open Studio
Now through December 15, 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 Holiday Salon and Small Works Show
November 3 - December 17
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Opening Reception:  Sunday, November 5, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Holiday Tea:  Sunday, November 19, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Click HERE for the Holiday Salon Guidelines and Submission Form
Click HERE for the Small Works Show Guidelines and Submission Form

Seven 3-day weekends to sell your art!  This year, MCAC has added a Small Works Show to its Holiday Salon. Click on the above links for fees, deadlines and delivery information.
Brass & Glass (Pastels)
Friday - Saturday, November 10 - 11, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Fee: $160 Members / $180 Non-members
Instructor: Monna Kauppinen

Polish your pastel skills by learning to produce images that make brass look like metal and glass that sparkles. The class will be working from still life setups in the studio. Friday will concentrate on brass; Saturday, the focus will be on glassware. Individual attention is available for all skill levels.  A materials list will be available prior to class though you are encouraged to bring and use pastels and pastel supports you already have.

Pine Needle Ornaments
Tuesday, November 28, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fee: $65 Members / $75 Non-members
Instructor: Becky Butler

Learn how to make unique pine needle ornaments using a variety of centers, beads, and threads.  Participants will learn to start a pine needle coil attached to a center, then use a choice of stitches and embellishments to create a one-of-a-kind ornament.  Choices of centers and thread colors available.  All materials included.
Shop 53 Custom Tattoo & Art Studio
Put A Bird on It: A Collection of Art All About Birds
Exhibit Runs through November 30
6 St. Mary's Avenue, La Plata
Gallery Hours:  Monday, Wednesday through Saturday, noon - 8:00 pm
Tuesday by Appointment Only, Closed on Sundays

For more information, contact Shannon Wang at 240-349-2932, or visit

JarrettThor Fine Arts Gallery
Creating Captivating Scenes Workshop
Vicki Marckel, Instructor (
Friday - Saturday, December 1 - 2, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
100 Taylor Street, Suite 101, Colonial Beach, VA 22443
Click HERE for Complete Details and Registration Form

Join Vicki for an exciting two-day workshop, where you will learn how to create dynamic paintings with vibrant color harmony. Vicki will lead students through all the stages of the painting process with demonstrations of how to: create color mixing charts, create rich composition painting alla prima (wet on wet), and utilize critiques to improve your artwork. To enable students to begin with a strong composition, this class will emphasize the fundamental elements of color.  For more information, call 804-224-7200, email, or visit

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
Artists in Action: Call for Artists 
January 19 - February 28, 2018
Deadline to Apply:  December 8, 2017
13480 Dowell Road,  Dowell (Solomons), MD
Click HERE for Complete Application Details

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, is accepting applications for their resident program.  From January 19 - February 28, 2017, Annmarie's Main Gallery will be transformed into temporary artist studios, providing a serene retreat and experimental space for artists to develop new works, display and sell their work, network with other artists, and share their creative process with visitors.  Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center seeks artists working in any media to submit proposals to set up a working studio space in the Main Gallery for 1-2 week periods.  For more information and to apply online, go to,  or call 410-326-4640, or email


Solo Show by Nadira Nunez, through January 10, 2018
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Multi-Artist Show through January 31, 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
 "Meet the Artists" Public Reception - Saturday, January 20, 2018, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show, through December 29, 2017
3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601
Gallery Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Solo Show by Addison Likins, through January 2018
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show, through February 3, 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 is Saturday, October 28, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

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

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
All Ages; Open to the Public
Take advantage of several FREE opportunities to improve your writing skills!

Kick Off Event: Saturday, October 28, 9:30 am
Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. Learn how to survive 30 days of mad-cap writing, and start creating your characters, plot, and setting! Join published author Yvonne Medley to help launch your National Novel Writing Month experience! 

NaNoWriMo Midway Event: Saturday, November 18, 2:30 pm
Behind on your word count? Want a great excuse to come out to the Library (not that you need one)? Need a mid-November extravaganza of lots and lots of "noveling"? Join published author Yvonne Medley to discuss your progress at the midway point of National Novel Writing Month!  

NaNoWriMo Wrap-up Event: Thursday, November 30, 6:00 pm
The only thing that matters in NaNoWriMo is output. "Writing by the seat of your pants" forces you to take risks, and write on the fly. Join published author Yvonne Medley to discuss your progress! 

For more information, contact Tisha Tyler at 301-934-9001, ext. 132.  

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

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley.   On a foggy summer night, eleven people--ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter--depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are the painter Scott Burroughs and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.  Was it by chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something more sinister at work? A storm of media attention brings Scott fame that quickly morphs into notoriety and accusations, and he scrambles to salvage truth from the wreckage. 

P.D. Brown Library Book Discussion Group
Saturday, November 4, 9:30 - 10:30 am
50 Village Street, Waldorf
Meets on the first Saturday of every month
For more information, call 301-645-2864 

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

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

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly.  
Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.  Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation.   Even as Virginia's Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley's all-black "West Computing" group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens.

College of Southern Maryland
Connections Literary Series Reading
Tim Seibles, Poet
Friday, November 10, 7:30 pm
Prince Frederick Campus
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Tickets:  $3 in Advance, $5 at the Door

Poet Tim Seibles was born and raised in Philadelphia. He approaches themes of racial tension, class conflict, and intimacy from several directions at once in poems with plainspoken, yet fast-turning language. In a 2010 statement he shared in From the Fishouse, Seibles states, "I think poetry, if it's going to be really engaging and engaged, has to be able to come at the issues of our lives from all kinds of angles and all kinds of ways: loudly and quietly, angrily and soothingly, with comedy and with dead seriousness. [...] Our lives are worth every risk, every manner of approach." To order advance tickets, send an email to  For more information, visit
Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, November 15, 11:00 am - Noon (Note change for November)
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month 
100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head. 
Call 301-375-7375 for more information

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri The Lowland  is an engrossing family saga steeped in history: the story of two very different brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn apart by revolution, and a love that endures long past death. The story takes readers from the 1960s to the present, and from India to America and across generations.
Writers of Color Book Club
Tuesday, November 28, 6:30 pm
Meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month
P.D. Brown Library
50 Village Street, Waldorf
For more information, call 301-645-2864  

A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall.   Rikki Moore was always the star of the family, easily outshining her younger sister, Stacy, at every turn. Stacy? She was just the overweight little sister who couldn't get her love life together.   But the world didn't know about the storms that rippled just beneath the surface of Rikki's image of perfection. When Rikki's husband, Matt, mysteriously disappears, however, the Moore family's carefully constructed image comes crashing down.

Mind Your Business: A Free Legal and Financial Workshop for Artists
Saturday, November 4, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Motor House
120 W. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201     


Maryland Citizens for the Arts, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, PNC Bank, and Times  Community Services have partnered to present this free workshop to help artists better navigate budgets, cash flow, copyright, insurance, and more. Registration is free, but space is limited, so make sure to register early!  .  For more information and to register, visit   .
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 October and November copies of The SCOOP, Charles County's Senior Center News, or cli ck here   to go to their website. 
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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.