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 September 8, 2016  

Attention All Organizations and Businesses 
Charles County Fair is September 15 - 18
We Need Your Promo Items for the Fair Bags
Deadline to Deliver Your Materials is Tomorrow!

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

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

Dollar Signs Applications for FY2017 grants are now available! Over the past 29 years, the CCAA has awarded over $650,000 in grant funding to schools and organizations in Charles County for projects in the performing, visual, and literary arts. This has helped enhance our county's culture and inspire its residents to explore the diverse arts community present in its own backyard. There are two types of grants: Arts in Education (AIE) for schools, and Community Arts Development (CAD) for nonprofit organizations. Some examples are arts services, children's events, dance, folk arts and heritage, literature, media, and music. Schools may request up to $800, while nonprofit organizations may be eligible to receive up to $6,000 in grant monies.

There is a  mandatory workshop for organizations seeking a CAD General Operating or Special Project Grant. The last opportunity is Saturday, September 10, from 1:00 - 2:00 pm, at the United Way House, 10250 La Plata Road, La Plata. Contact the CCAA Office at 301-392-5900, or info@charlescountyarts.org to sign up. Those applying for an Arts in Education Grant are not required to attend the workshop.

Organizations seeking funding can obtain applications by clicking on the links below or by going to http://charlescountyarts.org/program/grants.

Click HERE to download the AIE Grant Form

Click HERE to download the CAD Special Projects Grant Form

Click HERE to download the CAD General Operating Grant Form  

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

Maryland State Arts Council
FY2018 Grants For Organizations


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

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

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

For more information, visit https://www.msac.org/programs/grants-organizations or email steve.drapalski@maryland.gov 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.
PERFORMING ARTS  {top}
FREE EVENING CONCERTS

BRING LAWN CHAIRS OR BLANKETS FOR SITTING
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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 9 -   Paul Thomas and The M W B Band
 
September 16 BackFin

September 23 Port Tobacco Pickers
 
September 30 - Robbie Boothe 

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

Ms Georgia's Creative Arts Academy
Enrollment is Now Open!
7454 Woodhaven Drive, La Plata
Registration for the full term ended September 3, but pro-rated tuition fees will be considered for late registrations.  Classes begin 
September 12, enrollment still open for individual lessons.
Lessons and classes are starting soon! Register your child now for music lessons in piano, voice, violin, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, and more! They also offer excellent and exciting art classes in studio art (ages 5-8, 9-14) and cartoon creation (ages 9-14).  MGCAA is a dynamic and joyful academy with passionate teachers and exciting programs for every age. For more information, go to  http://www.msgeorgiascreativeartsacademy.com, call 301-542-9359, or email mgcreativearts@gmail.com.
 
College of Southern Maryland
The Runner Stumbles
Thursdays, September 8 and 15, 7:30 pm
Fridays, September 9 and 16, 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 10, 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 17, 2:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center Theatre
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets:  $15 Adults; $12 Seniors, Military with ID, Youth of High School Age and Below

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

College of Southern Maryland
Cause Theatre
Benched
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  http://www.csmd.edu/community/the-arts.

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 http://www.newtowneplayers.org/gentlemen-prefer-blondes.html

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.

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 http://www.ptplayers.com/audition-announcement.html.  For additional information, call the Producer at 301-642-0594, or send an email to Carol Charnock at charnockc@sec.gov.
Tantallon Players
Auditions
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  http://www.tantallonplayers.org.

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 http://mdarts.org/news_events/artslab-2016 for more information and to register.
 
VISUAL  ARTS 
HERE'S WHAT IS HANGING NOW!
CCAA-SPONSORED ART GALLERIES

"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 info@charlescountyarts.org.

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

The Southern Maryland Decorative Painters will host an Art Show on  September 10, from  10:00 am - 2:00 pm, in the lobby of the Charlotte Hall Library. Guests are welcome and encouraged to vote on the artwork.   A business meeting will be followed by painting a Susan Boerman scarecrow project together, led by Karen Showalter. Guests are always welcome and should contact LearnToPaint2016@gmail.com for a list of supplies needed to paint the project.  For more information,  visit their website at  www.smdpaint.org, or  contact Garnett Joy at  301-884-2835

Quality Printers
Cyanotype Workshop
Saturday, Sepember 10, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
10485 Theodore Green Boulevard, White Plains
Fee:  $35
Click HERE to Sign Up

Interested in exploring alternative photographic processes? Join local artist Laura Lisak for a special cyanotype workshop.   Cyanotype  is a photographic printing process that produces a  cyan-blue  print. Engineers used to use this process as a simple and low-cost way of producing copies of construction diagrams, commonly referred to as  blueprints . You can also use this process to produce some really interesting artwork.  This workshop will teach participants about the  cyanotype  process and the basic chemistry involved. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own  prints  using a variety of techniques, including printed and hand drawn negatives as well as direct object printing. To those of you who are planning on attending, Q uality Printers is offering to print your images on acetate at no additional cost. Contact Joseph Wimberly at  jmw@qp2creative  to arrange printing. For more information about the class contact Laura at  lalisak@me.com.
 
National Gallery of Art
Programs in American Sign Language and Assistive Listening Devices
Tour on Sunday, September 11, 1:00 pm
West Building, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC (use the Constitution Avenue or Madison Drive entrances for easiest access to the Rotunda)

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

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 www.mattawomanart.org.
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
Free!

Come create: paint, draw, take photos, sculpt, knit,  quilt, etc.  Bring your own materials and your lunch.  Bring your friends (both members and nonmembers).  Share ideas and techniques.  Critique each other's work.  Enjoy the creative process!  For more information, go to mattawomanart.org.
2016 Summer Open All-Media Show
Now through September 11

Inspiration for Art:  Motivated by Beauty & Meaning
Original Artwork by Mary Kercher
September 16 - October 16
Reception:  Sunday, September 18, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
 
Candle Making with Tiffany
Saturday, September 24, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Fee:  $55 Members / $65 Nonmembers
Instructor:  Tiffany Blues

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

Information about basket uses and forms, materials  and methods will be discussed. Techniques will be  demonstrated and students will develop skills  through experiential learning. Three baskets will be completed: Market Basket with Randing; Framed Woven Creation; and Holiday Bells. All materials are included in the price of the class. The workshop is hosted by Mattawoman Creek Art Center, but registration is through the College of Southern Maryland. Register at www.csmd.edu/Go/Register .
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 mattawomanart@aol.com, or visit www.mattawomanart.org.
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 http://mdfedart.com/portfolio/74.

 
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 access@nga.gov or 202-842-6905. Verbally described tours are also available by request with 3 weeks' notice by  e-mailing access@nga.gov.   For more information, go to www.nga.gov .

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 VeteransHomeArt@gmail.com.

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 VeteransHomeArt@gmail.com.

 
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 msjohnson@somdnews.com. 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 learntopaint2016@gmail.com
 

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 learntopaint2016@gmail.com.

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 waldorfwestgallery@gmail.com, and reference 2017 Solo Artist Show in the subject line of your email.

Entries must include:
  • Artist's name
  • Artist's Address
  • Artist's Phone Number
  • Artist's biography (half-page max, in MS-Word)
  • Artist's headshot (jpeg)
  • Title of artwork
  • Medium/materials used
  • Size/dimensions
  • Year created
  • Price, if applicable 
Artists who have previously shown in these galleries are invited to submit new work for consideration.  

For more information on the Arts Alliance, contact the CCAA office at 301-392-5900, info@charlescountyarts.org, or www.charlescountyarts.org.
 
LITERARY ARTS  {top} 
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  http://www.mdhumanities.org/programs/one-maryland-one-book.

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 http://www.charlescountyliteracy.org/news.html,   email the Literacy Council at  charlescount yliteracy@comcast.net , 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  http://www.ccplonline.org.

Charles County Public Library
Stream TV, Movies and Music for FREE 
Click HERE to start your hoopla experience today!

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

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La Plata Library Book Discussion Group
Meets at 7:00 pm on the second Thursday of every month at the La Plata Library, 2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata. Call 301-934-900 1,  for more information.
  
September 8:  Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff.  Her palace shimmered with onyx and gold but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Famous long before she was notorious, Cleopatra has gone down in history for all the wrong reasons. Her supple personality and the drama of her circumstances have been lost. In a masterly return to the classical sources, Stacy Schiff boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order.
 
P.D. Brown Library Adult Book Discussion Group
Meets on the first Saturday (Note date change for September) of every month from 9:30 - 10:30 am, at the P.D. Brown Memorial Library, 50 Village Street, Waldorf.  For more information, call 301-645-2864 .  


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

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



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

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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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CCAA Board of Directors

Robert Rausch, 
President
Gale Kladitis, Vice President
Ronald G. Brown, Secretary/Treasurer
Diane Rausch, Past President
Bill Adams
Emily Ferren
Lorina Harris
Kathleen Jenkins
Amelia Jones
Cecelia Keller
Vicki Marckel
Joseph Wimberly

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.