September 15, 2016  

93rd Charles County Fair Opens Today!
Thursday - Sunday, September 15 - 18
8440 Fairground Road, La Plata
Exhibit Building Hours:  
Thursday, 5:00 - 10:00 pm (Gates Open at 4:00 pm)
Friday - Saturday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm (Gates Open at 8:30 am)
Sunday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm (Gates Open at 9:30 am)
Entrance Fees:  $5 Ages 11 and Over; $12 for 4-Day Passes; 
Free for Children 10 and Under

The Arts Alliance manages the Fine Arts/Photography Exhibit in the P.D. Brown Building. Be sure to stop in to see the hundreds of wonderful art on display and pick up your Arts Fair Bag. This year, the Alliance is honored to sponsor Amanda Clements as a candidate for the 81st Queen Nicotina. The crowning takes place tonight at 7:00 pm.  Best wishes, Amanda!

For more information about the Fair, visit

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. 

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.
Schubert Singers
Call for Singers, Children Ages 5 - 18

The Schubert Singers is looking for children, ages 5 to 18, who love to sing to join their choir. Children will experience the joy of music in weekly rehearsals and bi-annual performances in the community. Auditions will be held by appointment and can be made by contacting For more information, visit
College of Southern Maryland
The Runner Stumbles
Thursday, September 15, 7:30 pm
Friday, September 16, 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.


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 16 BackFin

September 23 Port Tobacco Pickers
September 30 - Robbie Boothe 

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

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

Friends of Old Waldorf School
10th Annual School Dayz Celebration
Friday, September 23, 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Greater Waldorf Jaycees Community Center, G Room
3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf
Tickets:  $50 Donation

Delicious buffet dinner and an evening filled with exciting events.  For more information, contact Peggy at 301-645-5564, Sandi at 301-752-5198, or email at

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

College of Southern Maryland Children's Theatre
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Friday, October 7, 7:00 pm
Saturday, October 8, 2:00 and 7:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theater
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $7 Adults, $5 Youth of High School Age and Below

This dramatization of C.S. Lewis' classic, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. The intense action features chases, duels and escapes as the witch is determined to keep Narnia in her possession and to end the reign of Aslan. For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Hard Bargain Players
The Birds
October 7 - 22
Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Theater in the Woods
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets: $10 Adults; $8 Students, Seniors and Members of the Alice Ferguson Foundation

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

College of Southern Maryland
Ward Virts Concert Series
Brian Ganz, Piano
Sunday, October 9, 3:00 pm
Prince Frederick Campus
Building B, Multipurpose Room 104
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
No Tickets or Reservations Needed

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, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.
Port Tobacco Players
Auditions for Ages 18 and Older
Don't Dress for Dinner
Thursday, October 13, 7:00 pm
Saturday, October 15, 9:00 am
Tuesday, October 18, 7:00  pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Performance dates:  Friday, Saturday, Sunday, January 20 - February 5, 2017.

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

For audition details and the complete list of characters, go to  For additional information, call the Producer at 301-642-0594, or send an email to Carol Charnock at
Tantallon Players
Babes in Toyland
Saturday, October 15, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday, October 16, 2:00 - 6:00 pm
Harmony Hall Regional Center
John Addison Concert Hall
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744
Performance dates:  Friday, Saturday, Sunday, December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 2016
For more information, go to

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

Visit for more information and to register.

"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

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, Now through December 9 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come create: paint, draw, take photos, sculpt, knit,  quilt, etc.  Bring your own materials and your lunch.  Bring your friends (both members and nonmembers).  Share ideas and techniques.  Critique each other's work.  Enjoy the creative process!  For more information, go to
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 

Maryland Federation of Art
Call for Artists
Small Wonders

MFA Circle Gallery

18 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401

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

Deadline to Apply:  September 22


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.  Click HERE for the prospectus. Details and online entry are at

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

College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
Meggan Gould's Traces of Vision
Now through September 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.

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.  

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

National Gallery of Art
Programs in American Sign Language and Assistive Listening Devices
Tour on Sunday, October 9, 1:00 pm
East Building, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC (use the Mall entrance or 6th and Constitution Avenue for easiest access to the Rotunda)

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

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.  

Please Note:  Beginning January 1, 2017, all artists participating in the CCAA-managed galleries must be current members of the Arts Alliance.  

For more information on the Arts Alliance, contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900,, or
Life Journeys Writers Guild
Nuts and Bolts Gathering
Saturday, September 17, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf

LJWG members - bring your creative works. Visitors come and help them critique!  Expect writing /publishing tips, networking, refreshments, and more.  Come and see what they do - and how you can join. For more information, contact Yvonne Medley at 240-545-5594.
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.  

The Charles County Literacy Council
Teach Adults to Read 
Volunteer Tutor Training Workshop
Saturday, October 8, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
United Way House
10250 La Plata Road (Rt. 488), La Plata
Fee: $30
Pre- registration required by September 28, and 4 hours online preparatory work required prior to the workshop
Click HERE  to register

I f you can read  th is you can teach an adult to read!  Tutor notebooks and resources as w ell as light lunch fare will  be provided. Once trained, volunteer tutors will be ma tched one-on-one with adults who need help improving their reading, math and English-speaking skills, along with GED and ASVAB help. For m ore information, go to,   email the Literacy Council at  charlescount , or call the office at  301-934-6488.
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


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

October 1:  Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro.  Ten new short stories by the winner of the 2009 Man Booker International Prize.  With clarity and ease, Alice Munro once again renders complex, difficult events and emotions into stories about the unpredictable ways in which men and women accommodate and often transcend what happens in their lives.

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.

October 5:  The Witch's Journal by Mary Ann Jenkins. When familial troubles drive Sadie Ferguson from London, she embarks with little more than a bag with her small amount of belongings. Her escape takes her to a steamboat bound for America, where her spirit is renewed by personal encounters. With a strong will and determination, she begins a journey where she will endure incredible hardship and unexpected triumph. Through sheer faith and the will to survive, Sadie will overcome all manner of struggles, from finding work to finding love, to ultimately finding the true family she needs. 

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. 

October 6:  All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely.  This is the Maryland Humanities One Maryland One Book selection for 2016. Two 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. 

La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
Meets at 7:00 pm on the second Thursday of every month (note date change for October) at the La Plata Library, 2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata. Call 301-934-900 1,  for more information.
October 6:  A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. Behind the cranky exterior, there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations.

Community Senior Centers
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 September copy of The SCOOP, Charles County's Senior Center News, or cli ck here   to go to their website. 
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Ronald G. Brown, Secretary/Treasurer
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Bill Adams
Emily Ferren
Lorina Harris
Kathleen Jenkins
Amelia Jones
Cecelia Keller
Vicki Marckel
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Honorary Board Member
Cindi Barnhart

Youth Representative
Greg A. Kenney, Jr.

Student Intern
Benjamin Butler
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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.