September 29, 2016  

"Meet the Artists" Public Reception
Saturday, October 1, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf

Waldorf West Library
The Charles County Arts Alliance presents a new fall art exhibit at the Waldorf West Library, showcasing 33 artists and 52 works of art. This is the 16th Alliance-sponsored art exhibit at Waldorf West since the library opened in 2012. The artworks will be displayed through January 7, 2017, in four separate gallery spaces which include the main conference room on the first floor, and two study rooms and wall space in the Fiction Section on the second floor.
On Saturday, October 1, the Arts Alliance hosts a "Meet the Artists" Public Reception, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, to honor all the artists participating in this show. The public is invited to this event, and will have a chance to meet the artists while viewing their works on display throughout the Library.   The Charles County Garden Club will create floral interpretations of selected art and light refreshments will be  served.
The show's theme was open to the artists and includes works from:  
Beverly Adams, Free Akins, Theresa Alo, Michael Anderson, Sarˈdär Aziz, Cynthia Ruth Bailey, Benjamin Butler, Suzanne Cassidy, William Cassidy, Brenda Chin, Dorothy Crown, Andy Dixon, Cecelia Dunay, Gina Durgin, Penelope Gold, Sally Goldsmith, Debbie Grafton, Kenneth Graves, Deborah Harkins, Lonnie Harkins, Gordon Johnson, Alie Badarah Koroma, Addison Likins, Susannah Lynch, Ivette Marcucci, Kathleen Noel, Jan Norton, Nadira Nunez, Allen Price, Dianne Shisler, Ernest Sinnes, Alexander Wanda and Joyce Wilson

Most of the artworks are available for purchase; the Library's information desk will have copies of the price list.
The Library is located at 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, Maryland. Hours are: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm; Friday, 1:00 to 5:00 pm; and Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information, contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or

Charlotte Hall Veterans Home
Call for Artists!

Theme is "Artists Choice"
Deadline to Submit Extended to October 3, 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 the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home at 301-884-8171, ext. 468, or

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

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

Click HERE to download the AIE Application

For more information, contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or
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
Cause Theatre
Tickets:  $5
This show contains some mature language and may not be suitable for all ages.

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

Leonardtown Campus, 22950 Hollywood Road
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

Town of La Plata
Last of the Summer Concert Series
Robbie Boothe
September 30, Friday, 7:00  pm
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free Admission

Bring lawn chairs or blankets for sitting. 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. For more information, go to   La Plata Summer Concert Series. 

Port Tobacco Players
Blithe Spirit
Now through 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; $10 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

North Sea Gas
Friday, October 7, 7:00 pm
Christ Church, Old Durham Parish
8700 Ironsides Road, Nanjemoy
Free Admission, Donations Accepted

Performing for over 35 years, North Sea Gas is one of Scotland's most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three-part harmonies.  Guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bouzouki, harmonica, whistles, bodhrans, banjo and good humor are all part of the entertainment.  For more information, contact Carl Lockamy at 240-346-4130, or Gary Leyland at 301-807-6797.

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

Town of La Plata
La Plata Fall Festival
Sunday, October 9, Noon to 3:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free Admission

Family fun for all.  Activities include a m oon bounce,   p etting zoo, c raft and food vendors, p edal cars and l ive music from Pork Donut.   Vote for People's Choice Aw ard for the Festival of Scarecrows!  For more information, visit  

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
Music Teachers Association of Charles County
POPS Concert
Saturday, October 15, 1:00 pm, 2:15 pm, 3:30 pm
Christ Church
112 East Charles Street, La Plata
Free and Open to the Public
Three concerts will be presented. Students and teachers will perform familiar standards as well as more recent selections. The Flute Choir of Southern Maryland will be featured in two of the three programs. Vocalists and instrumentalists will also participate, along with pianists. Contact Judy Dalton at  301-645-4511, for additional information.

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

The Chamber Players, a trio of professional musicians with extensive  backgrounds in performance, join forces to perform not only as a trio but  as soloists. Members include Tak Mato, clarinet; Lucy Snell, flute; and  Eileen Peerless, piano. Their talents come together to perform the trios of  Debussy and Saint Saens and solos to showcase music of each instrument.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.
Tantallon Players
Auditions for Ages 18 and Under
Babes in Toyland
Saturday, October 15, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday, October 16, 2:00 - 6:00 pm
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744
Performance dates:  Friday, Saturday, Sunday, December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 2016  
A little boy unwillingly exiting childhood wishes he could live in Toyland instead  of the real world, and he gets his wish! But living with nursery rhymes come to life, from Little Bo Peep to Humpty Dumpty, isn't as much fun as it sounds.  To audition: Come prepared with a verse from a song.  Auditions will also feature cold reads from the script. For more information and the list of characters, go to .

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

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

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.

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

Multi-Artist Show, through October 19, 2016
E-Wing Assisted Living Dining Hallway
29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
Gallery Hours: Daily, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

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

Solo Show by Gordon Johnson, through October 5, 2016
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
New solo show by David Zippi opens on October 6, 2016

Multi-Artist Show, through January 7, 2017
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD 20603
Gallery Hours:  Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm; Friday, 1:00 - 5:00 pm; and Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
"Meet the Artists" Reception on Saturday, October 1, 2:00 - 4:00  pm

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

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

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

Community Bank of the Chesapeake, in partnership with the Charles County Art Alliance, is now accepting submissions for their fourth art show in 2016, a multi-media exhibit, to be held at the Main Waldorf Branch, 3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD, from November 18, 2016, to March 10, 2017
Local artists are invited to submit a maximum of two works of art for consideration (there is no submission fee).  Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to  Please reference "Community Bank Gallery" in the subject line.
The email must include: 
  • Artist's name
  • Artist's mailing address
  • Artist's email address
  • Artist's phone number
  • Artist's biography (half-page max, in MS-Word)
  • Artist's headshot (jpeg)
  • Title of artwork
  • Medium/materials used
  • Size/dimensions
  • Year created
  • Price, if applicable 
The artists will be notified in early November, after the Gallery Committee meets and makes their selections.  All artwork must be wired and ready to hang when delivered to the Bank.

Beginning January 1, 2017, all artists participating in the CCAA-managed galleries must be current members of the Charles County Arts Alliance.
For more information on the gallery, please contact Gale Kladitis at  

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Exhibits, Workshops, Open Studio
Smallwood State Park,  5565 Upham Place, Marbury, MD 20658
The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays,
11:00 am - 4:00 pm.  For more information call 301-743-5159. or go to
Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors! Inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park.
Click HERE for the Fall Brochure and Information on Early Bird Registration Discounts!
The Great Art Heist Mystery Dinner
Friday, September 30, 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Tickets:  $65

Fun, food, a mystery to solve and art for sale.  For more information, call 301-743-5159, email, or visit
Inspiration for Art:  Motivated by Beauty & Meaning
Original Artwork by Mary Kercher
Now through October 16

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Open Studio
Fridays, Now through December 9 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come create: paint, draw, take photos, sculpt, knit,  quilt, etc.  Bring your own materials and your lunch.  Bring your friends (both members and nonmembers).  Share ideas and techniques.  Critique each other's work.  Enjoy the creative process!  For more information, go to
Beginning Watercolor
Sunday, October 2, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Fee: $40 Members / $50 Nonmembers
Instructor: Maria Estevez
If you've always meant to try watercolor painting, now is the time to get started! This class will cover brush strokes, color choices, simple glazes, and basic wet and dry techniques. As you build your confidence with this classic medium, you'll learn how to make its surprise and spontaneity work to your advantage. Demonstrations and handouts are provided, and students receive individual attention as needed. The class will emphasize the importance of good materials, but students should bring whatever paints, brushes, palette and watercolor paper they have on hand. (Beginners)
Creating Depth in Paintings
Friday - Saturday, October 14 - 15, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fee: $210 Members / $220 Nonmembers (Fee includes lunch)
Instructor: Vicki Marckel
Click HERE for the Information Flyer

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

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

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

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

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.  

College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
Dominic Sansone's # the drone life
October 10 - November 3
La Plata Fine Arts Center 
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Gallery Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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.  

Maryland Humanities One Maryland One Book (OMOB)
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
Drop-In Book Discussions
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+
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

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

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

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

Be part of the Literary Party, complete with food, fun, music, and more! Get the literary jump on your holiday shopping, too! Give the gift of a good read.   For more information, contact Yvonne Medley at 240-545-5594.
Charles County Public Library
Call for Authors
Deadline to Submit:   December 15, 2016; 8:00 pm
Reception:  February 18, 2017, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf

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

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

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

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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.

Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon, at the Senior Center, 100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head. Call 301-375-7375 for more information.

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

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 and October copies 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.