August 1, 2019

Now in Our 32nd Year of Service to the Community
Attention All Organizations and Businesses 
Charles County Fair is September 12 - 15
Help Us Fill the CCAA Arts Bags!

Arts Bag 2013
The Charles County Arts Alliance has been a proud partner with the 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, coupons, water bottles, rulers, brochures, business cards, press releases, event announcements and other promotional materials to hand out to Charles County Fair-goers. We want to advertise the broad diversity of the arts we offer here in Charles County: music, visual art, drama, dance and literature, and the businesses that support them. 
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, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. Deadline for delivery is noon on Wednesday, September 4. The office is located at 10250 La Plata Road, La Plata, MD 20646, near the corner of Rts. 488 and 6, in the United Way House. Please call the office at 301-392-5900, if you have any questions. Thank you!
Community Bank of the Chesapeake
Call for Artists

Theme is "Artists Choice"
Exhibit Dates: August 23 - December 27, 2019
Deadline to Submit Extended to August 10
Click HERE for Submission Details

Community Bank of the Chesapeake, in partnership with the Charles County Arts Alliance, is now accepting submissions for their next multi-media art show to be held at the Main Waldorf Branch, 3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD. 

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.

For more information on the gallery, please contact Gale Kladitis at

Scroll down for the latest on what's
happening in the Arts!
Port Tobacco Players
Guys and Dolls
Now through August 4
Friday and Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street,  La Plata
Tickets: $18 Adults, $15 Seniors (60+), Students, Military

Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City,  Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy.  Nathan Detroit, a gambler, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck.  Meanwhile, Nathan's girlfriend, nightclub performer Adelaide, laments that they've been engaged for 14 years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the money, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819.

Town of La Plata
Friday Night Concerts
Now through August 30, 7:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall Lawn
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free Admission

Concert goers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for sitting. Coolers are allowed, but no alcohol, please. Concessions are available from the Town's food trailer located in the back of the parking lot; an ice cream truck is 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. In case of inclement weather, announcements will be posted on their website at or call 301-934-8421 for a recorded message (press #7 for special events).
August 2 - 257th Army Band - "The Band of the Nation's Capital"

August 9 - U.S. Navy Band The Commodores - Jazz

August 16 - Bucket List Band - Classic & Modern Rock

August 23 - Southern Maryland Concert Band - Band Favorites and Showtunes

August 30 - Sam Grow - Country

For the full summer schedule, go to La Plata Summer Concerts.

The Newtowne Players
The 24-Hour Project
Sunday, August 4, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Three Notch Theatre Stage
21744 S. Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets: $5

One night to day to play. The clock starts ticking when the playwrights' fingers hit their keyboards and ends with a final bow. The 24-Hour Project invites audiences to enjoy a collection of brand new one-act plays written, directed and performed within 24 hours! After the kick-off event, playwrights will have 12 hours to compose an original 10-minute play that the directors and actors will have 12 hours to rehearse and produce. At 8:00 p.m. - it's show time! For more information visit or call 301-737-5447.
The Newtowne Players
Julius Caesar
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, August 9 - 17, 7:30 pm
State House Lawn, Historic St. Mary's City
18751 Hogaboom Lane, St. Mary's City
Tickets: $15 Adults; $13 Members; $12 Seniors, Students, Military; $10 Children (under 12)

Conspirators plot the assassination of the dictator Julius Caesar to save the Roman republic from tyranny.  The tragedy of Julius Caesar is one of several plays written by Shakespeare based on true events from Roman history.  Performances will take place under a tent if it rains. Chairs are available to rent and bug repellent is available for purchase. Food and beverage service is available. No outside alcohol allowed. For more information, call 301-737-5447.
Town of La Plata Summer Shows for Kids
Rainbow Rock Band
Tuesday, August 20, 10:00 am
La Plata Town Hall West Lawn (check the  website for any weather-related cancellations)
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free and open to the public; bring blankets or chairs, drinks, snacks

Join the Rainbow Rock Band as they entertain your little ones with tunes, laughs, and more! They provide a mix of musical genres from folk, pop rock to rockabilly, all the while being EDUCATIONAL and FUN! The Rainbow Rock Band encourages all rainbow rockers to participate in the show on the microphone or at their seat, either way, everyone is sure to have fun! For more information, call 301-934-8421.

Cosmic Symphony
Skilled Musicians Wanted, high-school age and up
Rehearsals for 2019-2020 season begin August 20
To arrange a formal audition, send an email to

Cosmic Symphony is seeking experienced players for all string sections. They are in special need of cellists and double bassists.There are no paid positions. Performance season has four concerts in November, December, March, and May. For more information, visit their website or call 240-561-9799.
Town of La Plata Summer Shows for Kids
Mr. Skip
Tuesday, August 27, 10:00 am
La Plata Town Hall West Lawn (check the website for any weather-related cancellations)
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
Free and open to the public; bring blankets or chairs, drinks, snacks

"It's all about the kids!" declares young children's musical artist, Mr. Skip, who's been entertaining, educating and enlightening young children for over 40 years. Combining an innate ability to connect with the sticky finger set and enthusiastically strumming his guitar to deliver fresh original tunes and familiar favorites, he delights audiences with good humor and grace. For more information, call 301-934-8421. 

Maryland State Arts Council
Grant Opportunities

Applications are now being accepted for three programs:  Artist in Residence , Presenting and Touring   and Creativity Grants. Click on each grant type for guidelines. For more information, visit  or call 410-767-6555.

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
2019 Summer Open Show: Road Trip
Now through August 11
Gallery Hours: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury
Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors; inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park
This show features artwork in varying styles, forms and media by regional artists. For more information, visit

Southern Maryland Decorative Painters
Saturday, August 10, 9:30 am
Immaculate Conception Church (Hall behind the Church)
28297 Old Village Road, Mechanicsville

Weezie will lead a Laurie Speltz project titled "Love Is In The Air." Cutout wood plaques are available for $7.50, or attendees can paint on the surface of their choice. Guests are always welcome and should contact Garnett Joy at 301-884-2835, or for the full list of supplies required.

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Chasing Light
August 16 - September 15
Reception: Sunday, August 18, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Gallery Hours: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury
Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors; inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park

 This exhibit features the photography of Victor Foulk. For more information, visit

Southern Maryland Film Festival
Filmmakers' Reception
Saturday, August 23, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Taphouse Ale 
23418 Three Notch Rd, California
Free and Open to the Public

Film Screenings
Saturday, August 24, 10:00 am - 10:15 pm
R/C Theatres' Lexington Exchange
44800 Oak Crest Drive, California
Tickets: $ 8 per person, per block

This year's festival offers films with a variety of genres and subject matter, mostly produced by local and regional filmmakers. Also featured will be a few exhibition films from outside of Southern Maryland, including one from Australia and another from Brazil. Be sure to check the website for film descriptions as some films may include content not suitable for all viewers. Also check for block times and listings. For more information, send an email to

Art Impact International
Caliente: A Celebration of Caribbean, Latin, and Hispanic American Art
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 24, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Exhibit: August 24 through October 12
Harmony Hall Arts Center
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington

Vivid images and colors leap off the walls during this exhibit celebrating art and culture. Artists' talks and presentations are scheduled throughout the exhibition dates. For more information visit their website or call 301-203-6040.
St. Charles Town Center
Creation Station
Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (and some Saturdays)
11110 Mall Circle, Waldorf
Lower Level, in the former Metro PCS space, near the center court
Free and Open to the Public

Creation Station is a temporary art activity space where parents and their children can create various types of art and crafts for FREE. Parents along with their children can enter and exit the space as they please. Anyone under the age of 18 MUST enter with a parent or guardian and the parent or guardian MUST remain with that person in the space. For more information, contact the Mall at 301-870-6997.
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Open Studio on Fridays, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury
Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors; inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park

Come and paint at your leisure. Bring your own supplies and a friend. The next Plein Air outing is August 2. For more information, contact Nancy Owens at


"Artists without Limits" Multi-Artist Show through September 4
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Multi-Artist Show through January 31, 2020
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 August 23, 2019
3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Featuring Works by Addison Likins, through August 23
30165 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
Gallery Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm,
Friday, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am to noon

Solo Show with Beverly Adams, through October 9, 2019
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show, through September 28, 2019
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

Charles County Public Library
Summer Reading: Discovery Starts Here!
The program runs through September 9. Go to  to register for new users, or to log in. To learn more about the program, how to win PRIZES, and the special programs happening at CCPL this summer visit  or  click HERE to watch their video! 

Richard R. Clark Senior Center Book Discussion
Thursday, August 1 , 1:00 pm
1210 Charles Street, La Plata
For more information, call 301-934-9001

The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve In October 1947, Grace Holland is experiencing two simultaneous droughts. An unseasonably hot, dry summer has turned the state of Maine into a tinderbox, and she and her husband have fallen out of love and barely speak. Five months pregnant and caring for two toddlers, Grace has resigned herself to a life of loneliness and domestic chores. One night she awakes to find that wildfires are racing down the coast, closer and closer to her house.  Forced to pull her children into the ocean to escape the flames, Grace watches helplessly as everything she knows burns to the ground.  By morning, her life is forever changed: she is homeless, penniless, awaiting news of her husband's fate, and left to face an uncertain future in a town that no longer exists. 
La Plata Library Book Discussion
Thursday, August 8, 7:00 pm
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
For more information, call 301-934-9001

Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say by Kelly Corrigan.  This story-driven collection of essays on twelve powerful phrases we use to sustain our relationships, is a personal memoir by the author. Corrigan swings between meditations on life with a preoccupied husband and two mercurial teenage daughters, to profound observations on love and loss. She has set out to try and name the phrases that make love and connection possible in a deeply personal and often hilarious examination of the essential phrases that turn the wheel of life. 

Waldorf Adult Book Discussion
Saturday, August 10 , 9:30 - 10:30 am
P.D. Brown Library
50 Village Street, Waldorf
For more information, call 301-645-2864 

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan.
Nina is a literary matchmaker, and until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city.  Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling.  From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there's plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that's beginning to feel like home, a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.

Waldorf West Library Events
Local Authors' Reception
Saturday, August 10, 2:00 pm
10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
Free and open to the public

Meet and celebrate Charles County authors and be inspired by our celebrities. The work of many local authors will be featured. Come hear their stories and have the opportunity to meet each author and purchase their works. For more information, call 301-645-1395.
Waldorf Jaycees Senior Center Book Discussion
Wednesday, August 21, 1:00 pm
Jaycees Center,  3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf
For more information, call 301-645-2864

Britt-Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman.
Britt-Marie can't stand mess, but hidden inside the socially awkward, fussy busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams, and a warmer heart that anyone around her realizes. When Britt-Marie walks out on her cheating husband and has to fend for herself in the miserable backwater town of Borg, she finds work as the caretaker of a soon-to-be demolished recreation center. Most alarming of all, she's given the impossible task of leading the supremely untalented children's soccer team to victory. In this small town of misfits, can Britt-Marie find a place where she truly belongs?

Waldorf West Book Club
Saturday, August 24, 10:00 am
10450 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
For more information, call 301-645-1395

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. In the quiet village of Carriveau, France, 1939, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne's home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.

Writers of Color Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, August 27, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
PD Brown Branch,  50 Village Street, Waldorf
For more information, call 301-645-2864 

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez. The story primarily revolves around a romance between two Latino teenagers - Maribel Rivera from Mexico, and Mayor Toro from Panama - and how Maribel and her family handle living in a new country. Their love story sets in motion events that will have profound repercussions for everyone involved. Interwoven throughout the novel are testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Latin America, and offer stunning tales of hopes and dreams, guilt and love. 

Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, August 28, 11:00 am
100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head
For more information, call 301-375-7375

The Alchemist  by Paulo Coelho. Follow the journey of an  Andalusian  shepherd boy named Santiago. Believing a  recurring dream  to be  prophetic , he asks a  Romani   fortune teller  in a nearby town about its meaning. The woman interprets the dream as a prophecy telling the boy that he will discover a treasure at the  Egyptian pyramids Along the way, he learns to listen to his heart and, more importantly, realizes that his dreams, or his Personal Legend, are not just his, but part of the Soul of the Universe.

The Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco and The Port Tobacco Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
Cursive Handwriting Classes: "Breaking the Secret Code"
Wednesdays, September 18 through October 30, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Historic Port Tobacco One Room School
7215 Chapel Point Road, Port Tobacco
Free, Pre-Registration Required

This class provides instruction to all ages who wish to learn the foundations of cursive writing. Learning cursive writing provides a connection to the past, a path to understanding and unlocking the secrets of our nation's historical documents, reading past correspondence and signing one's signature. Materials are provided. For more information and to pre-register, email Linda Talley at or Mary Vargo at
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The Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco
First Friday: Matthew Henson
Friday, August 2, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Port Tobacco Courthouse
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco
Donation: $5, Light refreshments will be served

National Park Ranger David Lassman will present the lecture: Matthew Henson, Charles County's African American Explorer of the Arctic/North Pole. For more information, contact Joyce Edelen at 301-934-9056,
Maryland State Arts Council
Creativity Grants
Click HERE for the Guidelines and Application Process
Applications accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
Deadlines for the Creativity Grant Program are rolling. MSAC began accepting applications on April 1, 2019, for the FY20 Application cycle (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020).

The purpose of the program is to strengthen the vitality and sustainability of artists and small organizations to maintain a strong and stable arts infrastructure in the State of Maryland. The Creativity Grant also provides opportunities to serve the growing needs of relevant arts projects and collaborations within Maryland communities. For more information, go to Creativity Grants.

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 August copy of The SCOOP, Charles County's Senior Center News, or click  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, there are 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

Robert Rausch,  President
Cindy Johnson, Vice President
Ronald G. Brown, Secretary/Treasurer
Gale Kladitis , Past President

Bill Adams
Johnathon Clinkscales
Barbara Lord Graves
Bill Graves
Angelica Jackson
Keith Linville
Lew McIntyre
Diane Rausch

Honorary Board Member
Cindi Barnhart
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The Newsflash is published every Thursday. If you would like your event included, contact the CCAA office by email at or phone 301-392-5900, 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.
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 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.