July 11, 2019

Now in Our 32nd Year of Service to the Community

"Artists without Limits" Reception
Wednesday, July 17, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Charles County Commissioners Building
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata
Free and Open to the Public

Please join us to meet and celebrate the artists whose works are on display at the Commissioners Building through September 4, 2019. There are  40 works of art by 20 artists. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Emily Ferren at
Community Bank of the Chesapeake
Call for Artists
Theme is "Artists Choice"
Exhibit Dates: August 23 - December 27, 2019
Deadline to Submit: July 31
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
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College of Southern Maryland
Last Night: Thursday, July 11, 6:45 pm
Fine Arts Center Theater
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Free Admission

In their 25th season, Maryland Humanities is diving into how water has shaped our history. They will celebrate those who have navigated ice, waves, and the depths below by bringing three historical adventurers to life on the Chautauqua stage:

Thursday, July 11:  Grace O'Malley, a 16 th  century Irish Pirate Queen, who commanded ships, men, and the respect of Queen Elizabeth I.

For more information, visit Chautauqua 2019, or call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

The Newtowne Players
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Now through July 21
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:30 pm
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park     
Tickets: $18 Adults; $15 Students, Seniors, Military
Thursdays (July 11, July 18): All Seats are $13          
Recommended for mature audiences
This happy-go-lucky view of small-town vice and statewide political side-stepping recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch. It's the late 1970s and the institution has been operating outside Gilbert, Texas, for more than a century. When crusading television reporter Melvin P. Thorpe focuses his television cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution, political ramifications mean its demise. For more information, call 301-737-5447.

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).
July 12 - Ryan Forrester Band - R&B, Funk, Soul and Rock

July 26 - Funkzilla - Hits from the 60s to Modern Rock

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.

Port Tobacco Players
Guys and Dolls
July 12 - August 4
Friday and Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street,  La Plata, MD
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.

Port Tobacco Players
Camp Mockabee Summer Theatre Camp
For Ages 6 - 12th Grades
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Click HERE for Dates, Fees and Registration Form
Deadline to Apply: July 14, or when filled

Camp Mockabee
Elementary Camp (ages 6 through 5th grade) runs from July 29 - August 2. Middle School (grades 6th - 8th), runs from August 12 - 16, with a show on August 17. High School (grades 9th - 12th) runs from August 5 - 9, with a show on August 10. Sessions are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, call 301-932-6819.

Indian Head Center for the Arts
B.B's Kidventure Summer Camp 
Ages 5 - 10: Monday, Friday, July 15 - 19
Ages 7 - 15: Monday - Friday, July 29 - August 9 or  August 5 - 9
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Click HERE for info on fees and times

B.B.'s Kidventure Summer camps are an excellent way to explore the arts. Students will learn the fundamentals of the theatre performance as well as have the opportunity to write, direct, design, and act. Each camp is different, but they all end in a presentation for friends and family. For more information, call 301-743-3040.

The Newtowne Players
Auditions for Angel Street (Gaslight)
Monday - Tuesday, July 22 - 23, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Three Notch Theatre Stage
21744 S. Coral Drive, Lexington Park

Synopsis: The Manninghams live on Angel Street in 19th century London. All appears to be the essence of Victorian tranquility; however, Mr. Manningham is slowly driving his devoted wife, Bella, to the brink of insanity with an insinuating kindness that masks more sinister motives. Auditions consist of reading scenes from the script.  Be prepared to use a British dialect.  Performance dates are September 27 - October 13, 2019.  For more information and the list of characters, visit Auditions , or contact Wade Thompson at or 240-237-3463 (audition questions only).

Alice Ferguson Foundation
Summer Theater Camp for Ages 7 - 14
Monday - Friday, July 22 - 26, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Hard Bargain Amphitheater
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tuition: $200 per Participant
To Register, Go to Summer Theater Camp

The summer theater workshop will introduce young theater enthusiasts ages 7-14 to the world of the theater. Both kids new to theater and young veterans are welcome, with activities ranging from beginner theater to advanced theatrical concepts and acting techniques. For more information, visit  Alice Ferguson Theater Camp.

Town of La Plata Summer Shows for Kids
Mr. Skip
Tuesday, July 23, 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. 

Alice Ferguson Foundation 
Arts in the Woods: "The Gods Hate Texas" and " David and the Dynamos"
Saturday, July 27, 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Hard Bargain Amphitheater
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets: $20 non-Alice Ferguson Members; $17 for Members; 
Day of sales: $25 non-Alice Ferguson Members; $20 Members

Come on down to Arts in the Woods at the Hard Bargain Amphitheater for an evening of great music with The Gods Hate Texas (Rock/Blues/Original Band) at 7:30 pm, and David and the Dynamos (Americana Rock) at 8:45 pm.  Refreshments are available. No outside food or beverages allowed. Performances are outdoors, so  comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and bug spray are highly recommended! For more information visit  Alice Ferguson - Arts in the Woods.
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
July 12 - August 11
Reception: Sunday, July 14, 1:00 - 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 show features artwork in varying styles, forms and media by regional artists.  For more information, visit

Southern Maryland Decorative Painters
Meeting and Paint-In
Saturday, July 13, 9:30 am
Immaculate Conception Church (Hall behind the Church)
28297 Old Village Road, Mechanicsville

Following a brief business meeting, Leslie Cates will lead the design of a gnome ornament, Tomtes Des Noel. Guests are always welcome, and should contact for the list of supplies. For more information, contact Garnett Joy at 301-884-2835.
Along the Way:  A Visual Journey by Joseph Wimberly 
Now through September
Reception: Saturday, July 13, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Quality Printers
10485 Theodore Green Blvd, White Plains
Free and Open to the Public
Light Refreshments will be Served

Join local artist, Joseph Wimberly, and learn more about him and his work at his opening show reception. For more information, call 240-349-2953.
Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco
Art Show with the Charles County Arts Alliance
Now through July 16
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Historic Port Tobacco Courthouse (Check in Next Door at Stagg Hall for Admittance to the Art Gallery)
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco
Free Admission

Enjoy 45 works of art by 17 artists. For more information, contact Joyce Edelen at, or call the Courthouse at 301-392-3418.
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Putting People in Your Paintings with Pen & Ink
Saturday, July 27, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Betty Carney
Fee: $55 MCAC Members, $65 Non-members
Register by July 13 and take $10 off the Fee
Click HERE for a registration form, or contact Nancy Owens at
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury
Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors; inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park

Seeing people as artistic resources will be discussed and demonstrated. Hands-on drawing will be done with visual aids. By the end of this class, you will be on your way to developing your own style of drawing people.  For more information and the list of supplies to bring, visit MCAC Classes.
Community Bank of the Chesapeake
"Capturing the Community" Calendar Contest
Deadline to Submit: July 31
Click HERE for Submission Details and Form

The Bank is now accepting entries for their 2020 community calendar photo contest. Submit a photo that captures the character and beauty of your community for a chance to have your work included in this annual celebration of the Chesapeake region. For more information, go to Calendar Contest, or contact Stefanie at 240-427-1048, or  

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. Plein Air outings will be held on June 7, July 5 and August 2. For more information, contact Nancy Owens at


"Artists without Limits" Multi-Artist Show through September 4
Meet the Artists Public Reception: Wednesday, July 17, 5:30 pm
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, July 11 , 1:00 pm
1210 Charles Street, La Plata
For more information, call 301-934-9001

Educated by Tara Westover.  Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

La Plata Library Book Discussion
Thursday, July 11, 7:00 pm
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
For more information, call 301-934-9001

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.  Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions.  But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. 

Waldorf Jaycees Senior Center Book Discussion
Wednesday, July 17, 1:00 pm
Jaycees Center,  3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf
For more information, call 301-645-2864

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.  Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. As Roy's time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

Maryland Writers' Association
Notable Maryland Author: Michael Glaser
Submit Entries to Fun with Words
Deadline to Submit: July 20

Maryland Writers' Association invites you to  have fun writing poetry using just 100 words. Use your poetry to describe human emotions, feelings, or soul inspiring interaction with nature.  All entries will be published at
Writers of Color Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, July 23, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
PD Brown Branch,  50 Village Street, Waldorf
For more information, call 301-645-2864 

The Turner House
by Angela Flournoy. 
For over fifty years the Turners have lived on Yarrow Street. Their house has seen thirteen children get grown and gone, and some return. It has seen the arrival of grandchildren, the fall of Detroit's East Side, and the loss of a father. But when their powerful mother falls ill, the Turners are called home to decide their house's fate and to reckon with how their past haunts, and shapes, their future. 

Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, July 24, 11:00 am
100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head
For more information, call 301-375-7375

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris.
In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.  Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.  One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.

Waldorf West Book Club
Saturday, July 27, 10:00 am
10450 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
For more information, call 301-645-1395

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.  In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Life Journeys Writers Guild Big Quarterly Meeting
A Full Gallery Experience by Moné Michelle
Saturday, July 27, 2:00 - 6:00 pm
Middleton Hall
4045 Renner Road, Waldorf
Free Admission, Registration by July 12 Required (for the dinner count).  Register at or call 240-427-5594

Visual arts demonstration, poetry reads, improv by St. Mary's College students, dinner, giveaways, live music and more.  For more information, go to LJWG Workshop.

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.

Coming this Fall!
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"
Historic Port Tobacco One Room School
7215 Chapel Point Road, Port Tobacco
Free, Pre-Registration Required
Contact Linda Talley at; Mary Vargo at

More information coming soon. Watch the Newsflash!

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The African American Heritage Society of Charles County
11th Annual Unity in the Community Summer Dance: Dancing through the Decades
Friday, July 26, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Greater Waldorf Jaycees
3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf
Tickets: $40; Ticket Deadline: July 14

Come dressed to impress from your favorite decade and be ready to hit the dance floor with DJ Mean Gene, as he spins music hits from Motown, Soul Train tributes, and spotlights Southern MD band personalities from the 50s. Food will be served and there is a cash bar. For more information call Dorothea Smith at 301-843-2150.
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 July 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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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.