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 October 5, 2017

Celebrating 30 Years of Service to the Community
Arts Alliance Grant Season is Open!
Deadlines to Submit: October 13, 2017, for CAD Grants
and October 27, 2017, for AIE Grants  

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Over the past 30 years, the CCAA has awarded over $700,000 in grant funding to schools and organizations in Charles County for projects in the performing, visual, and literary arts. This has helped enhance our county's culture and inspire its residents to explore the diverse arts community present in its own backyard. 

There are two types of grants: Arts in Education (AIE) for schools, and Community Arts Development (CAD) for nonprofit organizations. Some examples are arts services, children's events, dance, folk arts and heritage, literature, media, and music. Schools may request up to $800, while nonprofit organizations may be eligible to receive up to $6,000 in grant monies.
 
This year, we are requiring all AIE grant applicants to attend training on Wednesday, October 11, at 7:00 pm, at the United Way House Conference Room, 10250 La Plata Road, La Plata, MD 20646.   Application forms are available at the CCAA website: charlescountyarts.org, or click on the links below to download the applications.

Click HERE for an AIE Grant Application.

Click HERE for a CAD General Operating Grant Application.

Click HERE for a CAD Special Project Grant Application.

Contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or info@charlescountyarts.org, for more information and to sign up for the applicable workshop.  
 
SAVE THE DATE!
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, great music, 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 .

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PERFORMING   ARTS  {top} 
The Newtowne Players
Young Frankenstein
Now through October 15
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:30 pm
Three Notch Theatre
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets: $18 Adult; $15 Senior/Student/Military
Thursdays: All Tickets $13
Note:  This is an adult comedy, intended for mature audiences.



Dr. Frankenstein aims to fulfill his grandfather's legacy by bringing a corpse back to life. With help and hindrance from servant Igor, buxom assistant Inga and needy fiancĂ©e Elizabeth, his experiment yields success and unexpected consequences. For more information, call 301-737-5447, or visit  http://www.newtowneplayers.org.
Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco 
First Friday: Lizzie Borden Trial
Friday, October 6, 6:00 pm
Port Tobacco Courthouse
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco
Admission:  $10 per person for the Show and Refreshments


Costumed actors recreate the actual trial of Lizzie Borden for the murder of her parents in 1892. Buy tickets online with PayPal at www.restoreporttobacco.wordpress.com  or make a check payable to SRPT and mail it to PO Box 302, Port Tobacco, MD 20677.   For more information, contact Joyce Edelen at 301-752-2354.

College of Southern Maryland Children's Theatre
My Children! My Africa!
Friday, October 6, 7:00 pm
Saturday, October 7, 2:00 and 7:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $7 Adults and Seniors, $5 High School Age and Younger

The play confronts the tragedy of apartheid and tells the story of a humble and humane black teacher in a segregated township who tries to persuade just one young person that education, not violence, is the answer to South Africa's problems.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.  

Port Tobacco Players
Hound of the Baskervilles
Final Weekend
Friday - Saturday, October 6 - 7, 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 8, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets:  $18 Adults; $15 Seniors (60+), Military, Youth to 18


Sir Henry is heir to the vast Baskerville fortune, a legacy that comes with a family curse: death at the fangs of a horror that prowls the moor. Only Sherlock Holmes can stop the beast. While mysterious lights signal Baskerville Hall and the hound terrifies the countryside, the sleuthing begins and suspicion falls on sinister servants, butterfly collectors, ladies in distress and escaped convicts. Is the supernatural at work? For more information, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819, or visit 


Hard Bargain Players Theater in the Woods
The Weir
October 6 - 21
Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Hard Bargain Amphitheater
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets: $10 Adults; $8 Students, Seniors, Members of the Alice Ferguson Foundation
 
In a small bar called The Weir in a rural town in Ireland, three local men are settling down for the night, enjoying good beer and company. Their normal routine is shaken up when their friend Finland enters the bar and introduces them to Valerie, an attractive woman from Dublin who has just moved into an old haunted house in the town. As the night (and the amount of liquor) progresses, each local from the bar starts to tell a tale of ghostly happenings in the town. What starts as innocent braggadocio between the men turns into a real fright when Valerie reveals a real, haunted tale of her own from the past. Examining chances of missed opportunity and the loneliness that results in it, The Weir is a haunting play with its roots in Irish folklore. For more information, visit http://fergusonfoundation.org/events/theater-in-the-woods-the-weir.

The Newtowne Players Auditions
A Streetcar Named Desire
Saturday, October 7, 10:00 am 
Sunday, October 8. 7:00 pm
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park

Synopsis: The play reveals to the very depths the character of Blanche du Bois, a woman whose life has been undermined by her romantic illusions, which lead her to reject, so far as possible, the realities of life with which she is faced and which she consistently ignores.  To audition: Be prepared to perform a short, one minute, dramatic monologue. Complete memorization is not an absolute requirement, but it does demonstrate commitment. Emphasis is on showing dramatic range, depth of emotion and projection. Cold readings will be held at the callbacks. Performance dates are January 26 - February 11, 2018. For more information and a complete list of roles available, visit  http://www.newtowneplayers.org/auditions.html. 

College of Southern Maryland
Benny C. Morgan Recital Series
Bruce Swaim Jazz Quartet
Saturday, October 7, 3:00 pm
Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Room 206
22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
Free Admission

The Bruce Swaim Quartet, which consists of Bruce Swaim on saxophone, Paul Langosch on bass, Jay Cooley on piano, and Dominic Smith on drums, is recognized as one of Washington, D.C.'s premier jazz quartets. In 2010, the quartet received Washington Area Music Association awards for Jazz Group of the Year as well as the Jazz Recording of the Year for "Winter's Waltz," repeating the honor the following year with their CD, "My Heart Stood Still ." For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or visit  http://www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/music/benny-c-morgan-series/index.

Kassia Music Collective Concert
Sunday, October 8, 3:00 pm
Christ Church, Old Durham Parish
8700 Ironsides Road, Nanjemoy, MD
Admission:  Free-will Donation


Kassia Music Collective is a newly-formed chamber ensemble dedicated to bringing contemporary music to the DC area, featuring Southern Maryland violinist duo Bernard and Adina Vallandingham. For more information, call Carl Lockamy at 240-346-4130.
 
College of Southern Maryland
Ward Virts Concert Series
Brian Ganz, Piano
Sunday, October 8, 3:00 pm
Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room 104
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Free Admission
Brian Ganz

Brian Ganz is widely regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation. Mr. Ganz is on the piano faculty of St. Mary's College of Maryland, where he is artist-in-residence, and is a member of the piano faculty of the Peabody Conservatory. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or visit  http://www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/music/ward-virts-series/index.


ArtsLab:  Embracing Reinvention
Thursday, October 12, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Harmony Hall Arts Center
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington
Cost:  $15 per person, $12 per person for groups of 3 or more from one organization

The theme of this year's conference will feature presentations by, and conversations with, artists and arts administrators that have found creative ways to adapt to the ever changing conditions of the arts sector. Keynote speaker is Michael Bobbitt, Artistic Director, Adventure Theatre MTC. Performers are Shobha Subramanian (Jayamangala), and Patrick Washington (Spoken Word Mercenary). Come and add your voice to the conversation. For more information, visit http://mdarts.org/news_events/artslab-2017.

College of Southern Maryland 
Cause Theatre
Know Your Role
Thursday, October 12, 7:30 pm
Friday, October 13, 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 14, 2:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $5 All Seats
This show contains some mature language and may not be suitable for all ages

Through scenes and monologues that range from hilarious to heartbreaking, this one-act play explores how society's expectations affect teens' daily lives.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.
Chesapeake Choral Arts Society
Halloween Spooktacular
Saturday, October 21, 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 22, 3:30 pm
Port Tobacco Players Theater
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets:  $15 Adults; $12 Students, Seniors and Military

Show features songs from  Sweeny Todd, Little Shop of Horrors, and themes from The Addams Family  , Ghostbusters, and other ghoulish favorites. Come in costume and get into the fall festivities.  For more information, call 301-642-0594.  To order tickets online, go to http://www.chesapeakechoral.com/halloween-spooktacular.html.

College of Southern Maryland
Southern Maryland Concert Band
Saturday, October 21, 8:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  Adults $5 in Advance or $7 Day of the Concert; $5 Seniors, Military, Youth of High School Age and Below

The Southern Maryland Concert Band (SMCB), under the direction of Michael Peerless, is a community-based concert band comprised of amateur and professional community musicians and CSM students. The SMCB is a popular fine arts fixture in the Southern Maryland music scene, performing concerts throughout the year in their community series and on the La Plata Campus.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or visit http://www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/music/concert-band/index.

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 klkeysar@hotmail.com.
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



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



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  http://www.americanlegionbluegrass.com  or call 301-737-3004.  
 
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 http://www.midatlanticarts.org/grants-programs/grants-for-artists/#on-screen-in-person  for complete program guidelines.  For more information, contact Kimberly Steinle-Super at Kimberly@midatlanticarts.org.

VISUAL ARTS  {top} 
Southern Maryland Decorative Painters
Learn to Paint
Saturday, October 7, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Immaculate Conception Church Social Hall
28297 Old Village Road, Mechanicsville
FREE!  Pre-registration is Open Now and Strongly Recommended!

Here's your chance to give decorative painting a try!   The project is a design by Nancy Wood called "Beneath the Harvest Moon," and will be painted on an 8" x 10" canvas.  You will be provided with everything you need to complete the project and an instructor will be with you every step of the way to help you.  Students will learn how to trace, basecoat and use a variety of decorative painting techniques to include floating color, dry brushing and line work.  Open to adults and children 11 years and older. Children (ages 11-17) must be accompanied by an adult during the entire session.   Bring a bag lunch for the 1/2 hour break at 12:30 pm.  You can pre-register at   Smdp.learntopaint@gmail.com  by providing the name(s) of attendee(s), ages of children (11-17), email address and phone number.  For more information, send an email to president@smdpaint.org or visit  http://www.smdpaint.org or  https://www.facebook.com/groups/SMDPaint.

College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
Painters Be Like
October 9 - November 2
Gallery Talk and Reception: Tuesday, October 10, 2:30 pm, Room 143
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  http://www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts/visual-arts/hungerford-gallery/index.  


Patuxent River Naval Air Museum
Aerial Inspirations: The Silk Batik Works of Mary Edna Fraser
Now through October 13, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Main Exhibit Hall, 22156 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park
Admission Fees:  $9 Adults; $7 Active Military and their Dependents, Seniors (55+); $4 Children (Ages 5 - 12), Children Under 5 are free

The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum is proud to host an exciting display of batik works on silk by Charleston-based artist Mary Edna Fraser. From now through October 13, the main exhibit hall will be awash with large colorful batiks inspired by Mary Edna's own aerial photography.  For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Shop 53 Custom Tattoo & Art Studio
Put A Bird on It: A Collection of Art All About Birds
Exhibit Runs from October 14 - November 30
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 14, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
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 https://www.shop53tattoostudio.com..

Southern Maryland Artists Collective
Sequential Arts: Graphic Novels
Saturday, October 14, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Quality Printers, 10485 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains
Instructor:  Eric Giles
Fee:  $35
If you have ever wanted to make that character in your head come to life, this might might be a good place to start. This workshop will cover some of the basics for creating your own comics. Participants will learn about story structure, page composition, and character design. In the process, they will begin developing their own comic. For more information, call Joseph Wimberly at 240-349-2953.
 
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 http://www.mdartplace.org/opportunities/maportunities or  contact Naomi at  naomi@mdartplace.org .

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!
Friday Open Studio
Now through December 15, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Free!

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 mattawomanart.org.
Express Charles County in Art
Exhibit Open Through October 29
Friday - Sunday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


New Ideas on Fall Flowers
Sunday, October 15, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Fee: $35 Members / $45 Non-members
Supplies Fee: $25, Paid to the Instructor
Instructor: Bryan Swann

The traditional fall flower arrangement concentrates on the color palette of red, orange and yellow with chrysanthemums taking center stage. Bryan Swann will focus on alternative flowers and color palettes for fall using fall textures like fruits and vegetables along with berries and grasses to create a different thought. Colors will be rich ambers, burgundy, plum and browns using garden flowers that are readily available. Bring a sharp knife or scissors and wire cutters.
Pine Needle Jewelry
Monday, October 16, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fee: $65 Members / $75 Non-members
Instructor: Becky Butler
 

Learn how to make one-of-a-kind pendants and bracelets from pine needles.  Start with a stone, bead, or other interesting center then add pine needle coils to create a unique piece of art jewelry.  Participants will learn to start a pine needle coil, how to use a basic stitch and a v-stitch for decoration, and finish with a completed piece. Choices of centers and thread colors available.  All materials included.

Clue Live:  MCAC Murder Mystery Dinner
Friday, October 20, 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Waldorf Jaycees
3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf
Tickets:  $55 by October 6, $65 after October 6
Click HERE for More Details and to Order Tickets

 
Watercolor Portrait Painting
Tuesday, October 24, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fee: $75 for MCAC Members / $85 for Non-members
Instructor: Jung Lea Smith (www.jungsmith.com) 


See a demonstration of how to paint the face, mixing the right colors for skintone and shadows. Prior to the workshop, do a large (12 X 16) sketch using a graph of a portrait from a photograph. Individual attention will be given to making that sketch come alive as participants work on their own. Bring your sketch, photograph, watercolors and brushes.

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.
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  http://www.promotionandarts.org.

HERE'S WHAT IS HANGING NOW!
CCAA-SPONSORED ART GALLERIES

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 Renee Fuqua, extended through October 20, 2017
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show, through October 14, 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 info@charlescountyarts.org.

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

Purple Hibiscus
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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This is the One Maryland One Book selection for 2017. Fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged life in Enugu, Nigeria. They live in beautiful house, with a caring family, and attend an exclusive missionary school. They're completely shielded from the troubles of the world. Yet, as Kambili reveals in her tender-voiced account, things are less perfect than they appear.  As the country begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili and Jaja are sent to their aunt, a university professor outside the city, where they discover a life beyond the confines of their father's authority. Purple Hibiscus is an exquisite novel about the emotional turmoil of adolescence, the powerful bonds of family, and the bright promise of freedom.

La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
Thursday, October 5, 7:00 pm
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
Meets on the second Thursday of every month (Note change for October)
For more information, call 301-934-9001

Purple Hibiscus  by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This is the One Maryland One Book selection for 2017. Fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged life in Enugu, Nigeria. They live in beautiful house, with a caring family, and attend an exclusive missionary school. They're completely shielded from the troubles of the world. Yet, as Kambili reveals in her tender-voiced account, things are less perfect than they appear.  As the country begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili and Jaja are sent to their aunt, a university professor outside the city, where they discover a life beyond the confines of their father's authority. Purple Hibiscus is an exquisite novel about the emotional turmoil of adolescence, the powerful bonds of family, and the bright promise of freedom.   

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

Purple Hibiscus: by Chimamanda Ngozi Adicie .  
This is the One Maryland One Book selection for 2017. Fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged life in Enugu, Nigeria. They live in beautiful house, with a caring family, and attend an exclusive missionary school. They're completely shielded from the troubles of the world. Yet, as Kambili reveals in her tender-voiced account, things are less perfect than they appear.  As the country begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili and Jaja are sent to their aunt, a university professor outside the city, where they discover a life beyond the confines of their father's authority. Purple Hibiscus is an exquisite novel about the emotional turmoil of adolescence, the powerful bonds of family, and the bright promise of freedom.

Citizens for the Charles County Public Library
Used Book Bazaar
Saturday, October 14 - Saturday, October 21 
Members Only Day: Friday, October 13, Non-members are welcome to join at the door
Hours:  Fridays and Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm; 
Monday through Thursday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; 
(closed Sunday)
La Plata Branch, Lower Level,  2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata


Hardback books are 50 cents; paperback books are 25 cents.  Friday and Saturday, October 20 and 21, get a grocery-size bag full of books for $2.00. Join C4CCPL and receive 5 free books during the bazaar!  For more information, visit https://ccplonline.org/c4ccpl.
College of Southern Maryland Leonardtown
Connections Literary Series Reading
Jake Shore, Playwright
Friday, October 13, 7:30 pm
22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
Tickets:  $3 in Advance, $5 at the Door

Jake Shore  received his MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College.He currently  teaches courses in creative writing and literature at Wagner College.  His short stories have appeared in  Litro, Halfway Down the Stairs, The Pitkin Review, Calico Tiger, and  Fiction365 . He ghostwrote "The 87 Rules for College" for  New Chapter Press . Shore's play entitled  Down the Mountain and Across the Stream  won the New York International Fringe Festival's Overall Excellence in Playwriting Award in 2013. To order advance tickets, send an email to Connections@csmd.edu.  For more information, visit  http://www.csmd.edu/community/connections-literary-series/connections-readings.

Life Journeys Writers Guild
Big Quarterly Meeting
Saturday, October 21, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
The Legends Club at the Regency Furniture Stadium
11765 St. Linus Drive, Waldorf


Meet, greet and network with other writers.  Glean valuable information from their guest speakers.  Enjoy great food and their famous toast to literary success. For more information, contact Yvonne Medley at 240-427-5594, or email yvonnejmedley@lifejourneyswritersguild.org. 

Writers of Color Book Club
Tuesday, October 24, 6:30 pm
Meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month
P.D. Brown Library
50 Village Street, Waldorf
For more information, call 301-645-2864  

Purple Hibiscus: by Chimamanda Ngozi Adicie.   This is the One Maryland One Book selection for 2017. Fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged life in Enugu, Nigeria. They live in beautiful house, with a caring family, and attend an exclusive missionary school. They're completely shielded from the troubles of the world. Yet, as Kambili reveals in her tender-voiced account, things are less perfect than they appear.  As the country begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili and Jaja are sent to their aunt, a university professor outside the city, where they discover a life beyond the confines of their father's authority. Purple Hibiscus is an exquisite novel about the emotional turmoil of adolescence, the powerful bonds of family, and the bright promise of freedom.
 
Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, October 25, 11:00 am - Noon
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month 
100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head. 
Call 301-375-7375 for more information

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.  Hetty "Handful" Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke's daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.O n her 11th birthday, Sarah is given ownership of 10-year-old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next 35 years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other's destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.

COMMUNITY ARTS  {top} 
17th Annual Nanjemoy Heritage Day
Saturday, October 7, noon to 3:00 pm
Nanjemoy Community Center
4375 Port Tobacco Road, Nanjemoy

The  festivities begin with a lively parade, followed by live music, crafts for the kids, face painting, area artists, local heritage displays, classic cars, games, and more. Refreshments and souvenir t-shirts will be available.  For more information, call 301-246-9612.

Mallows Bay Day!
Saturday, October 7, Noon to 6:00 pm
1440 Wilson Landing Road, Nanjemoy
Help clean up Mallows Bay and enjoy fun for the whole family.  Activities include kayaking, history walks, and bird watch hikes.  Food vendors will be on hand.  Exhibits include WWI history, archaeological topics and wreck mapping simulation. For more information, visit
http://trashnetwork.fergusonfoundation.org/event/3740/show.

La Plata Business Association and Island Music Company
4th Annual Rocktoberfest
Saturday, October 7, Noon to 10:00 pm
Casey Jones,  417 E. Charles Street,  La Plata
Admission:  $10 Adults, Children 12 and Under are Free


Featuring "Non-Fiction" and 20 other bands, plus street vendors, face painting and moon bounces for children, and food and drinks available for purchase. For more information, visit laplatabusinessassociation.com.
 
Town of La Plata
La Plata Fall Festival
Sunday, October 15, Noon to 3:00 pm
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free Admission
Family Fun For All!  Events include m usic by Pork Donut, a p etting zoo, Trackless Train, Moon bounce, craft and food vendors!   For more information contact the  Charles County Chamber of Commerce   at 301-932-6500. 
 
Celebrate Charles! FallFest
Saturday, October 21, Noon - 4:00 pm
Capitol Clubhouse
3033 Waldorf Marketplace, Waldorf
Free Admission

The festival will showcase Southern Maryland's talented artisans and crafters, plus a puppet show at 12:30 pm, and magic performances by John Jenson at 1:30 pm, and The Great Zucchini at 3:15 pm.  Food, drink and market items available for purchase.  For more information, go  to www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/CelebrateCharles or call the Crain Memorial Welcome Center at 1-800-766-3386.
 
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 copy of The SCOOP, Charles County's Senior Center News, or cli ck here   to go to their website. 
Charles County Public Library
Stream TV, Movies and Music for FREE 
Click HERE to start your hoopla experience today!

CCPL is excited to announce the public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital. Hoopla is a category-creating service that partners with public libraries across North America to provide online and mobile access to thousands of Movies, TV Shows, Music, eBooks, Audiobooks and Comics. With hoopla, you can borrow, instantly stream and download free dynamic content with your library card, and the best part... no late fees! Each cardholder is allowed six checkouts per month. All content is accessible via hoopla's mobile app and online at hoopladigital.com

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CCAA Board of Directors

Gale Kladitis, President
Robert Rausch, Vice President
Ronald G. Brown, Secretary/Treasurer
Diane Rausch, Past President
Bill Adams
Joseph Wimberly

Honorary Board Member
Cindi Barnhart

Student Intern
John Javier
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The Newsflash is published every Thursday.  If you would like your event included, contact the CCAA office by email at info@charlescountyarts.org 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.