ARPRIL 21st, 2022

Serving the Community for 34 Years

Suzanne and William Cassidy
Constance Moore
Christopher Ripley
Roy Maier and Jimmie Roberts

Thank You for Your
Continued Support!
 The Charles County Youth Orchestra
Two CCYO Quartets advance to finals of Misbin Chamber Music Competition

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Two string quartets of students from the Charles County Youth Orchestra have advanced to the finals of the Misbin Chamber Music Competition in Washington D.C. presented in conjunction with the Washington Performing Arts Society. All the students have participated in CCYO’s summer chamber music festivals and have continued rehearsing through the winter. Members of the quartets are Blythe McCammon, Kelsey Njembu, Esther Bonney, Joseph Bonney, Eileen Browning, and Candace Jackson. The quartets will be performing works by William Grant Still and Franz Joseph Haydn at the finals on April 24 at the Levine School of Music in Washington DC.

“I am so very proud of these students! Participating in CCYO and chamber music helps students develop good working habits: teamwork, social skills, discipline and perseverance while having fun performing great works of composers from all around the world.” - CCYO director, Dr. Osman Kivrak

Upcoming Theatre Productions in Charles County
Port Tobacco Players Presents:

The Importance of Being Earnest
from May 6th to May 22nd, 2022
Upcoming Area Theater Productions
Newtowne Players Presents:

Noises Off
April 22nd to May 8th, 2022
Tune in for our Second Saturday event featuring
The Life Journeys Writers Guild - Poetry is Power.

What do I need to do?
  • Must follow the Terms of Use Agreement described below.
  • Click the link below.
  • Select ACT 1 - Poetry is Power.
  • Type the free password: FREELJWG2022 
  • Enjoy the show!

Free password: FREELJWG2022 

Terms of Use Agreement: All rights and material related to Poetry is Power are reserved exclusively to the Life Journeys Writers Club (LJWC). You do not have permission to download, save, or reupload Poetry is Power, in whole or in part, on any platform for any reason. CCAA will be held responsible for the breach, and legal action will be pursued.

Does your child love to act up?
Would they love more social engagement?

The Actin' Up Theatre Troupe program is open for spring registration. We help our youth take acting, leadership, public speaking, and confidence to the next level. Ages 8-17.
Call for Artists

The CCAA is seeking artists to feature in the upcoming show at the Community Bank of the Chesapeake's Waldorf location.

Review the submission guidelines and send your .jpg files to Gale Kladitis by May 12th

Show Dates:
June 10th, 2022 - October 7th, 2022
CCAA-Supported Galleries

Open 10:00 am - 8:00 pm daily
E-wing Assisted Living Dining Hallway
29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall MD

Open 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday
Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
30165 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall MD
CCAA-Sponsored Galleries
The Commissioners Gallery is featuring works by Joyce Reid. From April 8th, 2022 to July 12th, 2022.

The Charles Regional Medical Center Gallery is featuring works by Evans Thorne From January 11th, 2022 to July 13th. 2022

Community Bank of The Chesapeake - Waldorf Branch Gallery February 4th to June 10th, 2022

For more information about CCAA sponsored and supported galleries, contact our office at 301-392-5900 or

Visit our website to see the current gallery shows online!
There's much literary work to do in 2022!

Monthly Life Journeys Writers Guild's Members Writing Workshops are set to return on March 19th, the next Big Quarterly will be April 23rd, and there's a workshop on writing memoirs and autobiographies coming to the Waldorf Senior and Recreational Center on May 10th!

For more information about these and other programs that LJWG offers, email or call (240)427-5594.
Notable Author for April 2022

Barbara Louise Mertz (1927 – 2013) was a Maryland author who wrote under her own name, as well as under the pseudonyms Elizabeth Peters and Barbara Michaels. She was born in Astoria, IL., grew up in Oak Park, IL., and attended Ernest Hemingway’s high school. She became enchanted with Egypt as a teenager after her aunt took her to see the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago. This attraction was her motivation to get a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in Egyptology

Join CCPL for another Library After Hours featured event! 
The Charles County Chapter of the Maryland Writers Association assists new and established writers from the basics of the craft, editing, traditional and self-publication, marketing and many other aspects of writing. The Chapter coordinates book signings at various events throughout the year, and coordinated writing events to the Mattawoman Creek Art Center. The Chapter meets at Christ Church, 112 Charles Street, La Plata at 6 PM every third Wednesday of the month for a Critique Group, followed by a business meeting and writing prompts at 7 PM. Contact Lewis McIntyre at, to be put on distribution for meeting notices and events.
There will be a hat and mask parade with prizes for various categories. Vendors include K&T Kettle Corn, beautiful bedding plants, silent auction, and much more!  
Proceeds will benefit the future Waldorf History Museum, Research Room and Gallery.
Neighborhood Creative Arts Center is offering exciting, enriching, educational programs for all ages in music, art, nature, community, and more. See it all and get involved by visiting their website:

Class Catalog by Age:
The Thinking Kid is a live online academy for kids, ages 6-17, offering a wide range of fun after-class clubs and virtual field trips. Classes meet in real time, so students can engage in discussions, ask questions, and participate in activities while being seen and heard by their online classmates!

Please visit The Thinking Kid online or email to register.
MSAC is accepting applications for the Creativity Grant!
Click here for the Guidelines and Application Process.
Professional Development Opportunities with MSAC:
Learn how the Maryland State Arts Council is working
to advance the arts in our State.
Click the button below to see what's available!
When Charles County Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, Charles County Senior Centers will also be closed and there will be no Meals on Wheels service.

Click the button below to read the latest SCOOP newsletter.

KEITH LINVILLE, Acting President
CINDY JOHNSON, Vice-President
RONALD G. BROWN, Secretary/Treasurer
GALE S. KLADITIS, Past President

Honorary Board Member
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no later than the Monday before your event.

The CCAA is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. All membership dues and donations are 100 percent tax deductible.
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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 under-served 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. 
CCAA Office Hours: Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM