September 7, 2017

Celebrating 30 Years of Service to the Community

Two Opportunities Open to Help the Arts Alliance

Thanks go out to all the organizations who responded to our call for promotion items!  Now we need volunteers to help us fill the bags. Tomorrow, beginning at 10:00 am, at the United Way House Conference Room, 10250 La Plata Road, we will gather to insert all the promo goodies into 500 bags.  Please contact the CCAA office if you can help!

Next, w e need help during the Charles County Fair.  Beginning at 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 14, and during Fair exhibit building hours through Sunday, September 17, we need volunteers to work 4-hour shifts in the P.D. Brown Building to greet guests and hand out the Fair Bags. If you wish to sign up, please contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or send an email to, and let us know the dates and hours you can help.
Call for Artists
Waldorf West Library Gallery's Fall-Winter Show

  Waldorf West Library
Deadline to Submit: September 14, 2017
Delivery Date: October 14, 2017
Show Runs until February 3, 2018
"Meet the Artists" Public Reception: October 28, 2017
Click HERE for Complete Information on Submitting Art

The Charles County Arts Alliance is now accepting submissions for the Fall-Winter Art Show, a multi-media public exhibit, to be held at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD, from October 14, 2017, to February 3, 2018. The Library consists of four separate gallery spaces on two floors. 

Current members of the Charles County Arts Alliance are invited to submit a maximum of two works of 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional art on any subject for consideration (there is no submission fee). Non-members are encouraged to join and be eligible to submit their art. Click  HERE to download a Membership Form.
On Saturday, October 28, 2017, a "Meet the Artists" Public Reception will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, at the Waldorf West Library's Main Gallery, to honor all the artists participating in the show. 

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

Arts Alliance Grant Season is Now Open!
Deadlines to Submit: October 13, 2017, for CAD Grants
and October 27, 2017, for AIE Grants  

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

There are two types of grants: Arts in Education (AIE) for schools, and Community Arts Development (CAD) for nonprofit organizations. Some examples are arts services, children's events, dance, folk arts and heritage, literature, media, and music. Schools may request up to $800, while nonprofit organizations may be eligible to receive up to $6,000 in grant monies.
This year, we are offering two mandatory workshops: CAD Grant Training on Wednesday, September 13, 7:00 pm, and AIE Grant Training on Wednesday, October 11, 7:00 pm, both at the United Way House Conference Room, 10250 La Plata Road, La Plata, MD 20646.   Application forms are available at the CCAA website:, or click on the links below to download the applications.

Click HERE for an AIE Grant Application.

Click HERE for a CAD General Operating Grant Application.

Click HERE for a CAD Special Project Grant Application.

Contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, or, for more information and to sign up for the applicable workshop.  
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Town of La Plata
Free Friday Night Concerts
Now through September 29, 7:00 pm
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata

Concert goers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs 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. With the variety of music styles ranging from country, jazz, oldies, military bands, and classic rock there is something for everyone at the La Plata Summer Concert Series. Concerts are cancelled for inclement weather.  For more information, contact Colleen Wilson at

September 8:  Dr. Robert Band - Classic Rock with an emphasis on the works of the Beatles

September 15:  Three Days of Rain - Today's hits, 80s, Dance, Funk, Classic Rock & Country

September 22: Trilogy - Rock, Pop, Dance, Hip hop & Country Covers with a twist

September 29: U.S. Navy Band The Commodores - Jazz

Hard Bargain Players
Bambi: A Life in the Woods
Now through September 17
Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:00 pm
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets: $10 Adults; $8 Students, Seniors, Members of the Alice Ferguson Foundation

Here for the first time is a stage version of the original story of Bambi written by Austrian novelist Felix Salten in the 1920s.  Bambi becomes heir to his father, the great prince. After Bambi encounters and masters for the first time the novel feelings of love, fear, loneliness and independence, he comes to understand that all of Earth's creatures are guided by a greater force than themselves and all are dependent on each other. Intertwined in this great story is Bambi's growing awareness of the fragility of the forest environment and the impact of human encroachment on all of the forest inhabitants. For more information and to reserve your tickets, visit
Chesapeake Choral Arts Society
Auditions for the 2017 - 2018 Season
High School Age and Up
Monday, September 11,  6:30 pm
Peace Lutheran Church, 401 E. Smallwood Drive, Waldorf
Auditions By Appointment; Call Carol at 301-642-0594
Auditions consist of vocal warm-ups, pitch matching and vocal exercises to determine the singer's vocal range. No prepared piece is necessary.   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. For more information about CCAS, visit
Charles County Youth Orchestra 
Tuesday, September 12, North Point High School, 2500 Davis Road, Waldorf
Saturday, September 16, La Plata United Methodist Church, 3 Port Tobacco Road, La Plata
Go to for Audition Requirements
and to Schedule an Appointment 

Prelude Strings
 is a brand new group, perfect for string players with one to two years of experience. The group will meet Tuesday evenings under the direction of Laura Ellison. Encore Strings is a group of advanced middle school string players, meeting Saturday mornings under the direction of Anne Marie Patterson. Encore Band is for advanced middle school band players, meeting Wednesday evenings under the direction of Takako Mato. Charles County Youth Orchestra is a full symphonic orchestra of advanced high school string, wind, brass and percussion players, and is especially looking for more bass and brass players. This fall, they will be rehearsing Mozart's Marriage of Figaro Overture, Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain and a Super Mario Bros. Medley. The group rehearses Tuesday evenings under the direction of Anne Marie Patterson.  For more information, visit .

94th Annual Charles County Fair
Thursday - Sunday, September 14 - 17
8440 Fairground Road, La Plata
Admission:  $5 Ages 11 and Over, Children 10 and Under are Free; 4-day Passes are $12
All school children are admitted FREE on Friday, September 15, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

photo Exhibits as varied as livestock, field corn, arts and crafts, quilts and flowers are shown in the Greens area.  Entertainment, special events, and activities for all ages  as well as four stages filled with games, shows, live music, a baby show, pig races, pony rides and performers of all sorts add up to fun for the whole family.  The carnival midway is full of exciting rides and contests; there's even have a "kiddie" midway for children. If you get hungry, there are plenty of choices of food vendors.  And be sure to stop by the P.D. Brown Building to see the wonderful variety of fine art and photography by local artists, and to say "Hi" to the Arts Alliance!   For more information about the Fair, visit

Christ Church, Old Durham Parish
North Sea Gas
Friday, September 15, 7:00 pm
8700 Ironsides Road, Nanjemoy
Free Admission, Donations Accepted

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.

College of Southern Maryland
The Voice of the Prairie
Thursdays, September 21 and 28, 7:30 pm
Fridays, September 22 and 29, 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 23, 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 30, 2:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theater
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $15 Adults; $12 Seniors, Military, Youth of High School Age and Below
As the play begins, an old hobo, named "Poppy" by his avid companion, young Davey Quinn, is telling a tall tale. It is the early 1890s and itinerant story tellers like Poppy are the voices of the prairie. Years later, Davey is discovered by a radio entrepreneur while he is telling stories about Poppy and Frankie, a blind girl he rescued from a cruel father. Quinn becomes famous on radio as the "Voice of the Prairie." Frankie re-enters his life and the FCC threatens them all for broadcasting without a license. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Friends of Old Waldorf School (FOWS)
11th Annual School Dayz Fundraiser
Friday, September 22; Doors Open at 6:00 pm, Buffet Dinner at 7:00 pm
Waldorf Jaycees G-Room
3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf
Dinner Tickets:  $50
Featured performer is Jimi Simon, singer and impersonator of music legends.  To order tickets, contact Peggy Goldsmith at 301-645-5564, Sandi Middleton at 301-752-5198, or Susie Bender at 301-292-1024, or send an email to  You may also visit the Waldorf School on any Wednesday, 12:30 - 7:30 pm.  FOWS is a 501(c)(3) organization; all donations are tax-deductible. 

The Tantallon Community Players
Little Shop of Horrors
September 22 - October 1
Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:00 pm
Harmony Hall Regional Center
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington
Tickets:  $20 Adults; $15 Seniors (60+), Students, Groups of 10 or more

(Horror/Comedy/Rock Musical) A  hapless florist shop worker raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. The musical is based on the low-budget 1960 comedy film. For more information, visit
Port Tobacco Players
Hound of the Baskervilles
September 22 - October 8
Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets:  $18 Adults; $15 Seniors (60+), Military, Youth to 18

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

Port Tobacco Players Auditions for Ages 18 and Up
Boeing Boeing
Saturday, September 23, 9:00 am
Monday and Tuesday September 25 and 26, 7:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata

Synopsis:   It's the 1960s, and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn't be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other.  But Bernard's perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all of his careful planning.  Soon, all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell to whom, and catastrophe looms. Auditions consist of cold readings from the script.   Performance dates are January 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, February 2, 3, and 4, 2018.  For more information and a complete list of roles, visit

Hard Bargain Players Concert in the Woods
Lynn & Friends
Saturday, September 23, 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Hard Bargain Amphitheater, 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets:  $15 Online; $20 at the Door (Discounts for Alice Ferguson Foundation Members)
Refreshments Available; Performance is Outdoors

A passionate singer and songwriter, Lynn Hollyfield blends her mastery of acoustic guitar and beautiful voice to create a diverse repertoire of contemporary folk, pop, blues and jazz. For more information,  visit

The Newtowne Players
Young Frankenstein
Friday, September 29 - Sunday, October 15
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 pm
Sundays, 3:30 pm
Three Notch Theatre
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets: $18 Adult; $15 Senior/Student/Military
Thursdays: All Tickets $13
Note:  This is an adult comedy, intended for mature audiences.

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

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

ArtsLab:  Embracing Reinvention
Thursday, October 12, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Harmony Hall Arts Center
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington
Cost:  $15 per person, $12 per person for groups of 3 or more from one organization

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

Southern Maryland Decorative Painters
Art Show and Paint-In
Saturday, September 9, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Charlotte Hall Library
37600 New Market Road, Charlotte Hall

Following a business meeting, Roberta Perry will lead in creating Carolyn Roach's  "Painting a Merry Christmas." Guests are always welcome and sh ould contact Garnett Joy at 301-884-2835 or email for the list of supplies needed for this project.  For more information, visit .

College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
Rachel Schechtman: Un-Easement
Now through September 28
Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm,  Saturday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Gallery Talk:  Wednesday, September 27, 2:30 pm
Learning Resource Center (LR) Building, Room 102
Free and Open to the Public

Rachel Schechtman's work explores the body and its associated anxieties through the lens of commonplace material explorations. She most commonly uses materials that change over time. These elements crystallize, grow, wither, etc. The dynamic behavior of the materials allow her the room to both collaborate with the materials as well as be surprised by them.  Rachel Schechtman is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Washington, D.C. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The George Washington University in 2012.  For more information, call 301-934-7828.

Community Bank of the Chesapeake
Connecting Creativity with Community:  Call for Photos
Deadline to Submit:  September 29
Click HERE for Complete Contest Rules and Submission Form

Connect your creativity with your community and send your photos now through September 29, 2017. Thirteen unique, full colored landscapes will be selected and featured in the Bank's  2018 calendar. The winners will include a cover photo and a photo for each of the 12 months of the year, including the "People's Choice" photo selected by popular vote on their  Facebook page  from October 2-9, 2017.  If you'd like to enter in this year's contest, send a digital copy of your photo and completed submission form to  For more information, visit or contact Stefanie Cusick at 240-427-1048.

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

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

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

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

Mattawoman Creek Art Center Exhibits and Workshops
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury, MD 20658
The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors! Inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park.
Click HERE for the Fall Brochure. Check out their Early Bird Special Rates for registering for workshops in advance!
Friday Open Studio
Now through December 15, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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
Using Silk Paints
Tuesday, September 12, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fee: $75 Members / $85 Non-members
Materials Fee: $5 Paid to the Instructor
Instructor: Diane Tuckman

Using silk paints, learn the basics of painting on silk within a limited amount of time. Students will create five pieces of art. Basic silk painting and setting techniques will be shown as well as an introduction to product knowledge. No prior painting or art skills required.

Summer Open All-Media Show
Now through September 17

Three-Dimensional Fiber Art: Basketry
Sundays, September 17, October 22, November 5, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tuition: $10 / Fees: $169
Instructor: Pamela King
Three baskets will be completed: Pine Needle Basket on a ceramic center, Double Wall Twined Basket embellished with wooden beads, and a Holiday Basket with Cherokee wheels and a saw-tooth border at the rim. The workshop is hosted by Mattawoman Creek Art Center, but registration is through the College of Southern Maryland, course PEP-7490-147449 . Register at .  
Watercolor Swooshes
Wednesday, September 20, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fee: $75 Members / $85 Non-members
Materials Fee:  $8
Instructor: Mary Blumberg

Come join them for an exciting swoosh of watercolor. You will paint on small canvases with their delightful watercolors. No paper to glue, just fun!  Think negative painting...Bring all the materials you love and be ready to create fantastic small works! 

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Express Charles County in Art
Exhibit Runs from September 22 to October 29, 2017
Friday - Sunday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Reception and Awards:  October 1, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Atmospheric Watercolors
Date Changed to Thursday, October 5, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Fee:  $75 Members, $85 Non-members
Instructor: Peter Ulrich (

Wet-into-wet watercolor offers wonderful opportunities for creating a mood or "atmosphere." Landscapes and cityscapes in the rain, fog, or haze are especially good candidates for expressive treatment by transparent washes and subtle effects. However, this approach is not limited to somber, bad-weather scenes. Bright shimmering sunlight, especially when dappled by overhead trees or sparkling on water, also lends itself to watercolor's unique effects. This workshop explores a gamut of atmospheric subjects. Students work from photographs and imagination.

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


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

Multi-Artist Show through January 31, 2018
E-Wing Assisted Living Dining Hallway
29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
Gallery Hours: Daily, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
 "Meet the Artists" Public Reception - Saturday, January 20, 2018, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

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

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

Multi-Artist Show, through October 14, 2017
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD 20603
Gallery Hours:  Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm; Friday, 1:00 - 5:00 pm; and Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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

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

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See.   In 1937 Shanghai, the Paris of Asia, 21-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Both are beautiful, modern, and carefree, until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth. To repay his debts, he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from Los Angeles to find Chinese brides. As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, Pearl and May set out on the journey of a lifetime, from the Chinese countryside to the shores of America.  Along the way they make terrible sacrifices, face impossible choices, and confront a devastating, life-changing secret.

La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
Thursday, September 14, 7:00 pm
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
Meets on the second Thursday of every month
For more information, call 301-934-9001

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance.   From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America's white working class. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over forty years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside.
Life Journeys Writers Guild
Write on Wednesdays - with a Twist
September 13, 20, 27, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Fee: $79.99
Contact Yvonne Medley for Location Details

Spend three intense evenings fine-tuning your literary skills.  Register online or contact Yvonne at 240-427-5594 for more information.

Nuts and Bolts Gathering
Saturday, September 16, 2:30 - 4:30 pm
Waldorf West Library
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
Free and Open to the Public

Listen and critique some great reads from LJWG members, gain valuable industry news, networking and more.  For more information, contact Yvonne Medley at 240-427-5594, or visit

Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, September 27, 11:00 am - Noon
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of every month 
100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head. 
Call 301-375-7375 for more information

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

Waldorf Senior Center Afternoon Book Club
Wednesday, October 4, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
3092 Crain Highway, Waldorf
Meets on the first Wednesday of every month
For more information, call  301-638-4420
The Center of Everything by Laura Moriarty. Set in Kerrville, Kansas, the story is told by Evelyn Bucknow, an endearing character with a wholly refreshing way of looking at the world. Living with her single mother in a small apartment, Evelyn is a young girl wincing her way through adolescence. With a voice that is as charming as it is recognizable, Evelyn immerses the reader in the dramas of an entire community. The people of Kerrville, stuck at once in the middle of nowhere but also at the center of everything, are the source from which Moriarty draws on universal dilemmas of love and belief to render a story that grows in emotional intensity until it lifts the reader to heights achieved only by the finest of fiction.

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

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

Charles County Public Library
Programs for September - October 2017

Get a copy of the
  September-October brochure to see all the programs available. There are art classes, computer classes, book discussions for all ages, movies, craft programs, preschool story times, g ames, writing classes, and lots of other activities for every interest and age! For more information, call  301-645-1395 , or go to

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. 
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
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CCAA Board of Directors

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

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Cindi Barnhart

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The CCAA is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.  All membership dues and donations are 100 percent tax deductible.
Mailing Address:  PO Box 697, White Plains, MD 20695
Office Hours:  Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, 10250 La Plata Road, La Plata, MD 20646

About the Charles County Arts Alliance, Inc.


The mission of the Charles County Arts Alliance (CCAA) is to stimulate, promote, encourage, and provide recognition of the arts and the creative spirit.  Founded in 1987, the CCAA promotes ALL the arts in Charles County:  music, visual art, drama, dance and literature.

The CCAA is the official arts council of Charles County and is recognized as such by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) of the State of Maryland.  In this capacity, the CCAA serves as the "umbrella" organization for the arts community in Charles County.  The CCAA promotes Charles County arts organizations and individuals, provides financial support to nonprofit organizations and the schools through its annual arts grant programs, sponsors the creation and presentation of new, diverse cultural activities and special events for the community, provides arts scholarships, and ensures the Charles County's underserved population, people with disabilities, residents with limited income, minorities, and senior citizens have access to the arts. The CCAA builds partnerships with local government, the business community and the educational community, in an effort to enhance the overall quality of life for the citizens of Charles County.