September 1, 2016  

Attention All Organizations and Businesses 
Charles County Fair is September 15 - 18
Help Us Fill the Arts Bags with Your Promo Items!

Arts Bag 2013
The Charles County Arts Alliance has been a proud partner with t he  Charles County Fair Board for many years. We  help supervise the P.D. Brown Fine Arts Building, and staff a CCAA booth to promote the arts in our county and membership in our organization.

Each year we assemble arts bags filled with interesting flyers, pens, bookmarks, brochures, business cards, press releases, event announcements and other promotional materials to hand out to Charles County Fair-goers. We want to advertise the broad diversity of the arts we offer here in Charles County: music, visual art, drama, dance and literature. 
This year, again, we plan to stuff 500 arts bags. We need your stuff, so we can fill these bags. The bags are 12" wide and 15" tall. Please deliver 500 of your promo items to our CCAA Office by 12:00 noon on Friday, September 9. The office is located at 10250 La Plata Road, near the corner of Rts. 488 and 6, in the United Way House, La Plata, MD. Thank you!
Arts Alliance Grant Season is Now Open!
Deadline to Submit is October 21, 2016

Dollar Signs Applications for FY2017 grants are now available! Over the past 29 years, the CCAA has awarded over $650,000 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 offering two dates for the mandatory workshop for organizations seeking a CAD General Operating or Special Project Grant. The first date is Wednesday, September 7, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm, and the second opportunity is Saturday, September 10, from 1:00 - 2:00 pm, both at the United Way House, 10250 La Plata Road, La Plata. Contact the CCAA Office at 301-392-5900, or to sign up for one of these classes. Those applying for an Arts in Education Grant are not required to attend these workshops.

Organizations seeking funding can obtain applications by clicking on the links below or by going to

Click HERE to download the AIE Grant Form

Click HERE to download the CAD Special Projects Grant Form

Click HERE to download the CAD General Operating Grant Form  

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

Maryland State Arts Council
FY2018 Grants For Organizations

The Maryland State Arts Council's (MSAC) FY2018 Grants for Organizations (GFO) Program provides unrestricted operating support to arts organizations and arts programs through grant awards. To apply for activities that take place during FY2018 (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018), you must submit an FY2018 GFO application. 

Intent to Apply Deadline: September 21, 2016. Mandatory for those new to MSAC and those who did not receive funding for FY2017. Go to to submit your Intent to Apply electronically. 

GFO Information Sessions are scheduled throughout Maryland and a Webinar will be held Monday, September 12, at 2:00 pm.  For more information and to register, go to and search for MSAC FY18 Grants for Organizations.  After registering, additional information will be e-mailed to you.

For more information, visit or email with your questions. The Maryland State Arts Council is an agency of the State of Maryland, under the authority of the Department of Commerce, Division of Tourism, Film, and the Arts.


Last Concert this Season!
Thursday, 7:00 pm
O'Donnell Lake
10400 O'Donnell Place

Bands perform on the boardwalk, which is in the center of the community. Plenty of free parking is available. Coolers are permitted, but alcohol and glass containers are prohibited. Concerts will end at dusk.

September 1 - Tomorrow's Time

For more information, go   St. Charles Sunset Concert Festival. 

Fridays, 7:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street
La Plata

Coolers are allowed, but no alcohol. Concessions are available from the Town's food trailer located near the back of the parking lot, an ice cream truck is also stationed there for your enjoyment. A play area for children, the Kids' Zone, allows parents to enjoy the concert while keeping an eye on the little ones.
September 2 John Luskey Band 

September 9 -   Paul Thomas and The M W B Band
September 16 BackFin

September 23 Port Tobacco Pickers
September 30 - Robbie Boothe 

For more information, go to  La Plata Summer Concert Series. 

Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco, the Charles County School Board, and Members of the One Room Schoolhouse
Education Then and Now: A Century of Learning
Friday, September 2, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Historic Port Tobacco Courthouse
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco
Free and Open to the Public, Donations of School Supplies Gratefully Accepted.   Light Refreshments Follow the Program.

The program will feature a visit from a teacher from 1916, and a lesson taught as it would have been taught in that year, followed by a lesson from 2016. The program will begin at  6:15 pm , followed by break out sessions including a trip to the Port Tobacco one-room school, discussion about the changes in education, crafts from long ago, and viewing of artifacts.  For more information, call 301-392-3418.

Ms Georgia's Creative Arts Academy
Enrollment is Now Open!
7454 Woodhaven Drive, La Plata
Registration for the full term ends September 3.  Pro-rated tuition fees will be considered for late registrations. Individual lessons begin Tuesday, September 6; all music and art classes begin Monday, September 12.
Lessons and classes are starting soon! Register your child now for music lessons in piano, voice, violin, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, and more! They also offer excellent and exciting art classes in studio art (ages 5-8, 9-14) and cartoon creation (ages 9-14).  MGCAA is a dynamic and joyful academy with passionate teachers and exciting programs for every age. For more information, go to, call 301-542-9359, or email
Schubert Singers
Auditions for Children, Ages 5 - 17
Tuesday, September 6, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
By Appointment
St. Paul's Church
4535 Piney Church Road, Waldorf

Schubert Singers, Ltd., a concert choir for children, is open by audition to all children, ages 5-17, who like to sing beautiful music. The singers learn and perform folk songs, spirituals, rounds, and music by classical and contemporary composers that are especially suited to the young voice. They are taught how to sing with a lovely tone, to read music, and to work together to create musical beauty. The directors believe that singing and making music are very important to the human spirit, that the acts of singing and making music enrich the life of the mind and strengthen its capabilities, and that collaborative music-making can serve as a vehicle for goodwill and peace among peoples of the world. To schedule an audition, send an email to  

College of Southern Maryland
The Runner Stumbles
Thursdays, September 8 and 15, 7:30 pm
Fridays, September 9 and 16, 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 10, 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 17, 2:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $15 Adults; $12 Seniors, Military with ID, Youth of High School Age and Below

A young nun has died under mysterious circumstances in a remote parish in northern Michigan, and her superior, Father Rivard, has been charged with her murder. The action alternates between interrogations, testimony and scenes from the past which reveal that Father Rivard, who had been banished to the small, up-country parish, fell in love with Sister Rita; and when circumstances forced her to move into the rectory with him, his anguish became unbearable. Their relationship, inevitably, spelt tragedy, but not until the explosive and surprising climax of the play is the full extent of their sacrifice made clear and the identity of the murderer revealed. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Alice Ferguson Foundation
Lynn Hollyfield & Friends
Saturday, September 10, 8:00 pm
Hard Bargain Amphitheater
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets: $15, $12 Students and Members of the Alice Ferguson Foundation

Blend a powerful singer, crisp acoustic guitar player and a heartfelt observer of the world and you have award-winning singer-songwriter, Lynn Hollyfield.  Her original music is a soulful mix of indie-folk-pop with a little bit of blues and jazz. Also performing are Dave Abe, multi-instrumentalist (violin, mandolin, pennywhistle); Jimmy Brink, (percussion); and special guest Keely Hollyfield (vocals and violin).   For more information, contact Doris Sharp at 301-292-5665, or visit

Charles County Youth Orchestra
Saturday, September 10, and Tuesday, September 13
Click HERE for Complete Details and Audition Requirements

  The Charles County Youth Orchestra is looking for advanced high school string, wind, brass and percussion students.  Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings.   Encore Strings has openings for all middle school level string players.  Rehearsals are Saturday mornings.   Encore Band has openings for all middle school level band players.  Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings.  To schedule an audition, send an email to Director Anne Marie Patterson at

Mount Aventine
1866 Wedding Re-Enactment
Sunday, September 11, 2:00 pm,  Gates Open at 1:00 pm
Chapman State Park
3452 Ferry Place, Indian Head

Celebrate the renewal of wedding vows of Pearson and Sigismunda Chapman, a costumed re-enactment of an 1866 wedding. Guests in period costume are invited to join in the ceremony. Cake and Cider will be served.   For more information, visit .
Chesapeake Choral Arts Society
Monday, September 12, 6:30 pm
By Appointment (alternate dates may be arranged)
Peace Lutheran Church
401 E. Smallwood Drive, Waldorf

Auditions will consist of vocal warm-ups, pitch matching and vocal exercises to determine the singer's vocal range.  No prepared piece is necessary. High School age singers and older are welcome. The choir meets regularly from September - June, rehearsing at Peace Lutheran Church on Monday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, and produces three different concerts throughout the season.  Call Carol at  301-642-0594  to set up an audition appointment.   For more information about CCAS, visit , or find them on  Facebook .

College of Southern Maryland
Cause Theatre
Tickets:  $5
This show contains some mature language and may not be suitable for all ages.

La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Thursday, September 22, 7:30 pm
Friday, September 23, 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 24, 2:00 pm

Prince Frederick Campus, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Thursday, September 29, 2:30  pm

Leonardtown Campus, 22950 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown
Friday, September 30, 8:00 pm

Meghan, Timby and Joan meet every day at the same park bench to laugh, commiserate and complain about the challenges of motherhood. They don't even realize the co-dependent unit they have become, until one of them confronts one of life's powerful changes, and their connection is threatened in a profound and frightening way.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828, or visit

Port Tobacco Players
Blithe Spirit
September 23 - October 9
Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets:  $18 Adult; $15 Senior (60+), Military, Youth to 18

Charles and his second wife, Ruth seek the aid of a "quirky" medium, Madame Arcati, with research for his new book. A séance is held in their home conjuring up Charles's first wife, Elvira, who reveals herself only to him. Ruth begins to think her husband has gone completely psychotic until she watches a vase of flowers float across the room. This creates a lively contest between the wives, leading Charles into an amusing predicament.  For more information, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819.
The Newtowne Players
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
September 30 - October 16
Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:30 pm
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets:  $15 Adult; $12 Senior (65+), Student, Military; $12 Children (12 and Under), $10 Thursdays 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


"Artists without Limits" Multi-Artist Show, through September 26 , 2016
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
"Meet the Artists" Public Reception, September 24, 2:00 - 4:00  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 Gordon Johnson, through October 5, 2016
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show, through September 24, 2016
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

Maryland Federation of Art
Call for Artists
Strokes of Genius and Small Wonders

MFA Circle Gallery

18 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401

Gallery Hours:  Daily, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Strokes of Genius
 is Maryland Federation of Art's 5th annual all-painting competition. Original 2-D work created through any painting media (including oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor, encaustic, etc.) and following entry guidelines, will be considered. Juror is Joey P. Mánlapaz, Associate Faculty at the Corcoran College of Art and Design and Lecturer at Georgetown University. She also teaches painting at The Art League School in Alexandria, VA.The selected works will be on exhibit at MFA's Circle Gallery from October 28-November 26, 2016. Cash awards total $1000. Entry deadline is TODAY, September 1. Click HERE for the prospectus. Details and online entry are at

Small Wonders 
is Maryland Federation of Art's 14th annual celebration of the mantra that good things come in small packages.  MFA invites all artists residing in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico to enter any original 2-D work 11" or smaller and 3-D work 7" or smaller. Juror is Amanda Burnham, Associate Professor at Towson University in Baltimore, MD. She holds a BA from Harvard University and a MFA from Yale University. Works selected will be on exhibit in the MFA Circle Gallery from December 2-23, 2016. Cash awards total $1000. Entry deadline is September 22. Click HERE for the prospectus. Details and online entry are at

Howard County Arts Council 
Art Maryland 2016 Call for Artists Juried Exhibit
Deadline: Friday, September 2
Click HERE for Complete Details and Entry Form

Artists, 18 years or older, residing in Maryland or within a 100-mile radius of Ellicott City, Maryland, are invited to submit up to three works, in any medium, for Art Maryland 2016, a biennial juried exhibit that will run from October 28 to December 9, 2016.  

For more information, go to,  or call 410-313-2787.

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 new Fall Brochure!
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Open Studio
Fridays, September 2 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
2016 Summer Open All-Media Show
Now through September 11

Inspiration for Art:  Motivated by Beauty & Meaning
Original Artwork by Mary Kercher
September 16 - October 16
Reception:  Sunday, September 18, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Candle Making with Tiffany
Saturday, September 24, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Fee:  $55 Members / $65 Nonmembers
Instructor:  Tiffany Blues

Make six scented soy candles and several wax tarts from Southern
Maryland's only candle making teacher: Tiffany Blues. Each participant will receive a kit to keep which includes a reusable pouring pot, thermometer,14 oz. of soy wax, containers for candles to be made during workshop, wicks, fragrance and instructions. Tiffany will also have other fragrances, wax and accessories for purchase after class. The registration price includes all supplies.
Three-Dimensional Fiber Art: Basketry
Sundays, September 25, October 23, November 13, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tuition: $10 / Fee: $159
Instructor: Pam King

Information about basket uses and forms, materials  and methods will be discussed. Techniques will be  demonstrated and students will develop skills  through experiential learning. Three baskets will be completed: Market Basket with Randing; Framed Woven Creation; and Holiday Bells. All materials are included in the price of the class. The workshop is hosted by Mattawoman Creek Art Center, but registration is through the College of Southern Maryland. Register at .
The Great Art Heist Mystery Dinner
Friday, September 30, 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Tickets:  $55; $65 After September 16

Fun, food, a mystery to solve and art for sale.  For more information, call 301-743-5159, email, or visit
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 

College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
Meggan Gould's Traces of Vision
September 6 - 29
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
Artist Lecture: Tuesday, September 27, 2:30 pm,  Learning Resource Center (LR Building), Room 102

Meggan Gould is a photographer living and working in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of New Mexico. Her current work is primarily interested in using photography to examine the practice of photographing, and in the lives of photographs as objects.   For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

The Southern Maryland Decorative Painters
Paint In and Art Show
Saturday, September 10, 10:00 am
Charlotte Hall Library
37600 New Market Road, Charlotte Hall
Free and Open to the Public

The Southern Maryland Decorative Painters will host an Art Show on  September 10, from  10:00 am - 2:00 pm, in the lobby of the Charlotte Hall Library. Guests are welcome and encouraged to vote on the artwork.   A business meeting will be followed by painting a Susan Boerman scarecrow project together, led by Karen Showalter. Guests are always welcome and should contact for a list of supplies needed to paint the project.  For more information,  visit their website at, or  contact Garnett Joy at  301-884-2835

National Gallery of Art
Programs in American Sign Language and Assistive Listening Devices
Tour on Sunday, September 11, 1:00 pm
West Building, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC (use the Constitution Avenue or Madison Drive entrances 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.  

National Gallery of Art
Picture This! A Woman's Perspective: The Paintings of Mary Cassatt
Tours for People with Low Vision or Who Are Blind 
Saturday, September 24, and Wednesday, September 28 1:00 pm
6th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC (use the Constitution Avenue or Madison Drive entrances for easiest access to the Rotunda)

Picture This tours incorporate vibrant verbal description with information about works of art. Tours meet at 1:00 pm in the Rotunda of the West 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 .

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home
Call for Artists!

Theme is "Artists Choice"
Deadline to Submit: September 26, 2016

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, in partnership with the Charles County Art Alliance, is now accepting submissions for their Fall/Winter Art Show, a multi-media exhibit, to be held at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, 29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622, from October 20, 2016, to April 19, 2017. The gallery will be presented along the Assisted Living E-Wing Dining Hallway.

Local artists are invited to submit a maximum of two works of art for consideration (there is no submission fee). Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to

The email must include:
  • Artist's name
  • Artist's mailing address
  • Artist's email address
  • Artist's phone number
  • Artist's biography (half-page max, in MS-Word)
  • Artist's headshot (jpeg)
  • Title of artwork
  • Medium/materials used
  • Size/dimensions
  • Year created
  • Price, if applicable

Selections will be made by the Charlotte Hall Gallery Committee and the artists will be notified in early October. All artwork must be wired and ready to hang. Since the show spans the length of six months, artists will have the option of replacing any sold pieces with an approved piece of similar size.

On Saturday, March 25, 2017, a "Meet the Artists" Public Reception will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home E-Wing Multi-Purpose Room, to honor all the artists participating in the show.

For more information on the gallery please contact Charlotte Hall Veterans Home at 301-884-8171 ext. 468, or

Maryland Independent, Calvert Recorder and Enterprise
Calling All Photographers!
Photos Wanted for the 2017 Calendars
Deadline to Submit Extended to Friday, October 7, 2016

Submit up to 5 of your picturesque photos of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's Counties for a chance to be featured in the Southern Maryland News 2017 Calendars. Landscapes in all seasons from North Beach to Waldorf, Hollywood to Dunkirk are wanted.  Send large, high-resolution files (5MB or greater), horizontal landscapes preferred, to Megan Johnson at Include the photographer's name, hometown and location of the photo.  

The Southern Maryland Decorative Painters
FREE "Learn to Paint" Workshop
Saturday, October 8
Choose One of Two Sessions:  1:00 - 2:00 pm or 3:00 to 4:00 pm
Charlotte Hall Library
37600 New Market Road, Charlotte Hall
Pre-Register at

Open to  adults and children (9 and above). Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Each session will be limited to 18 participants.  The project will be a gingerbread bell adapted from a pattern by Kathleen Whiton.  N o painting experience is necessary; everything needed to paint the project will be provided.    Pre-registration is strongly encouraged to secure a seat!    When registering,  provide name, session, ages of children and phone number.   For more information, email

Arts Alliance "Call for Artists"
Eight Artists Needed for Four Quarterly Shows in 2017

Deadline to Submit is October 16, 2016

The Charles County Arts Alliance hosts art exhibits in the Charles County Government Building Commissioners' Gallery, and the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, both in La Plata, MD. Submissions will be accepted for each location by October 16, 2016, for the four quarterly shows in 2017.

Local artists are invited to submit 15 artworks on any subject to the Charles County Arts Alliance for consideration (there is no submission fee). Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as low-resolution digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to, and reference 2017 Solo Artist Show in the subject line of your email.

Entries must include:
  • Artist's name
  • Artist's 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 
Artists who have previously shown in these galleries are invited to submit new work for consideration.  

For more information on the Arts Alliance, contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900,, or
Author James Burd Brewster
Book Signing
Saturday, September 3, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Family Christian Store
Shops at Waldorf Center, 3003 Festival Way, Waldorf, MD 20601

These are good books for young boys and girls. Parents love the message and children love to shout, "Glad to do it!" at the end of each story.  For more information, go to or watch the video at .
Maryland Humanities One Maryland One Book (OMOB)
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
Drop-In Book Discussions
Wednesday, September 21, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, Ages 16+
Saturday, October 1, 11:00 am - 12:00 noon, P.D. Brown Library, 50 Village Street, Waldorf, Ages 16+
Thursday, October 6, 7:00 - 8:00 pm, La Plata Library, 2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, Ages 16+
Author Visit:  Wednesday, September 28, 11:00 am, St. Charles High School, 5305 Piney Church Road, Waldorf, Ages 12+
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

College of Southern Maryland
Connections Literary Series
Evie Shockley, Poet
Friday, September 30, 7:30 pm
Prince Frederick Campus,  Flagship Building, Room 119
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Tickets:  $3 in Advance, $5 Day of the Event

Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, poet Evie Shockley earned a BA at Northwestern University, a JD at the University of Michigan, and a PhD in English literature at Duke University. Shockley is the author of several collections of poetry, as well as the critical volume  Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (2011). Her poetry and essays have been featured in several anthologies, including  Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (2009),  Poets on Teaching: A Sourcebook (2010),  A Broken Thing: Contemporary Poets on the Line (2011), and  Contemporary African American Literature: The Living Canon (2013).   Shockley is a professor at Rutgers University; she lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.  

Charles County Library Programs

Get a copy of the  September and October brochure to see all the programs available at your local libraries. There are art classes, computer classes, book discussions for all ages, movies, craft programs, preschool story times, games, writing classes, and lots of other activities for every interest and age!   

For more information, call 301-645-1395, or go to

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


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. 

September 1:  My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman (and Henning Koch, Translator)Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy--as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers--crazy. She is also Elsa's best, and only friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal. When Elsa's grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa's greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother's instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

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.

September 7: The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve.
A pilot's wife is taught to be prepared for the late-night knock at the door. But when Kathryn Lyons receives word that a plane flown by her husband, Jack, has exploded near the coast of Ireland, she confronts the unfathomable, one startling revelation at a time. Soon drawn into a maelstrom of publicity fueled by rumors that Jack led a secret life, Kathryn sets out to learn who her husband really was, whatever that knowledge might cost. Her search propels this taut, impassioned novel as it movingly explores the question, How well can we ever really know another person?

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.
September 8:  Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff.  Her palace shimmered with onyx and gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Her supple personality and the drama of her circumstances have been lost. In a masterly return to the classical sources, Stacy Schiff boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order.
P.D. Brown Library Adult Book Discussion Group
Meets on the first Saturday (Note date change for September) 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 .  

September 10:  A Passage to India by E.M. Forster. This is the story of the clash of cultures in British India after the turn of the century. In exquisite prose, Forster reveals the menace that lurks just beneath the surface of ordinary life, as a common misunderstanding erupts into a devastating affair.

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.

September 28:  All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.   This is the Maryland Humanities One Maryland One Book selection for 2016. T wo teens--one black, one white--grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension. 
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 September 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.