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  April 25, 2019

Now in Our 32nd Year of Service to the Community
Call for Artists
Waldorf West Library
Spring-Summer 2019 Art Show
Click HERE
for Submission Details
Deadline to Submit Extended to April 30
Exhibit Dates: June 1 - September 28, 2019
Waldorf West Library  
"Meet the Artists" Reception: June 29
 
The Charles County Arts Alliance is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2019 Art Show, a multi-media public exhibit, to be held at the Waldorf West Library, 10405 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf, MD. The Library consists of four separate gallery spaces on two floors.

A maximum of two works of 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional art on any subject can be submitted. Artwork entries must be submitted electronically as digital images (jpegs) attached to an email sent to waldorfwestgallery@gmail.com. Please reference "Waldorf West Spring 2019 Show" in the subject line.

For more information, contact Gale Kladitis at gkladitis@comcast.net.

27th ArtsFest is Coming!
Saturday, June 8, 2019
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
 
Call for Artist, Exhibitor and Food Vendors!
Early Bird Registration Ends April 30

The Charles County Arts Alliance is pleased to announce our 27th annual ArtsFest, to be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, on the beautiful grounds of the La Plata Town Hall, in La Plata, Maryland. ArtsFest is the largest arts festival in Charles County, and one of the largest in Southern Maryland. This is our eighth year to present the festival in partnership with the Town of La Plata.

Visual and literary artists of all media are invited to display and sell their works. In addition, nonprofit arts organizations are invited as exhibitors to display information and encourage participation in their performing, visual and literary arts activities. Also invited as nonprofit exhibitors are cultural, historical, heritage and environmental organizations. Local commercial organizations are also invited to distribute information on their products and services. There's live entertainment on two stages, and a variety of great food will be available for purchase throughout the day.

Click HERE to download a Vendor/Exhibitor Form

Click HERE to download a Food Vendor Form

Click HERE to download a Commercial Organization Form

For more information, contact the CCAA Office at 301-392-5900, or info@charlescountyarts.org.

ArtsFest is sponsored in partnership with the Town of La Plata. Funding for this project is provided (in part) by the County Commissioners of Charles County, Maryland. 

Maryland Arts Summit
AEMS Pre-Conference, June 6
Arts Summit, June 7 - 8
UMBC
1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore
Early Bird Registration Ends April 30
Click HERE for the More Information

Presented by Maryland Citizens for the Arts, Maryland State Arts Council, Maryland Department of Education and AEMS: Arts Education in Maryland Schools.   The 2019 Maryland Arts Summit will be the first of its kind for the arts sector in Maryland, highlighting the work that is being done through our communities. Dialogue, learning and networking opportunities will focus on the growth of Maryland arts.  The Maryland Arts Summit will be presented by and for the Maryland arts sector, which includes, but is not limited to:
  • Arts Advocates
  • Arts Educators/Teaching Artists
  • Independent Artists
  • Arts Organizations
For more information, call 410-467-6700, or email events@mdarts.org.  

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PERFORMING   ARTS  {top} 
The Newtowne Players Auditions
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Thursday, April 25, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Three Notch Theatre
21744 South Coral Drive,  Lexington Park
Due to the nature of this production, you must be 18 years of age or be a graduating high school senior to audition

Performance dates: June 28 - July 21, 2019. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and a vocal selection.  Those seeking lead roles should prepare a Broadway style song showcasing their vocal range.  Bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided.  Those seeking the role of Melvin P. Thorpe or the Governor should come prepared to sing "The Sidestep." The sheet music is available from  musicnotes.com . For more information on auditioning and the complete list of characters, go to Auditions or call the Auditions Hotline at 240-237-3463.

La Plata High School
Cabaret
Thursday - Friday, April 25 - 26, 6:30 pm
Saturday, April 27, 2:30 and 6:30 pm
6035 Radio Station Road, La Plata
Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 Students
The play is rated PG-13, and includes themes not recommended for a younger audience

It's Germany during the early 1930s, when the Nazi party begins to build political power. The play follows its main characters at a Berlin nightclub called the Kit Kat Club, and their struggles to find love during times of growing conflict. For more information, call 301-934-1100.
 
College of Southern Maryland
Pippin
Thursday, April 25, 7:30 pm
Friday - Saturday, April 26 - 27, 8:00 pm
Friday, May 3, 7:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday, May 4 - 5, 2:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center
Brad and Linda Gottfried Theater
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets: $15 Adults; $12 Military, Senior Citizens, Youth

Pippin   is the story of one young man's journey to be extraordinary.  Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavors, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Best of Maryland Arts Education Festival
Call for Volunteers
Friday, April 26, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mt. Vernon, Baltimore
Click HERE to Sign Up



Volunteers are needed to serve as Venue Greeters, Performance Managers, and Festival Traffic Guards. Lunch is provided and volunteers will receive an event T-shirt! For more information, visit bestofmdartsed.com.

Indian Head Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre and
College of Southern Maryland
Ritmo Caché Latin Ensemble
Friday, April 26, 7:00 pm
Indian Head Center for the Arts
4185 Indian Head Highway,  Indian Head
Free Admission, Good-Will Donations Accepted


Concert directed by Phil Ravita. For more information, call 301-743-3040.



Tantallon Community Players
Annie
April 26 - May 5
Friday - Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:00 pm
Harmony Hall Arts Center
10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington
Tickets: $20 Adult; $18 Student, Senior Citizens

Annie  is a Broadway musical based on the popular Harold Gray comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and book by Thomas Meehan. The musical's songs "Tomorrow" and "It's the Hard Knock Life" are among its most popular musical numbers. For more information, visit Tantallon Players or call 301-966-2358.  

Celebrate La Plata!
Saturday, April 27, Noon - 4:00 pm
La Plata Town Hall
305 Queen Anne Street, La Plata
FREE Admission!
Family fun day with craft and food vendors, kids art activities, face painting, Moon Bounce, the Uncle Devin Show, music from Flippin' Eyelids, and the annual La Plata Bed Races.  For more information, call 301-934-8421.

Port Tobacco Players
PTP Memorial Scholarships Available
Deadline to Apply: May 1
Click HERE to Download an Application

Two $1000 scholarships are offered for graduating students residing in Charles, Calvert or St. Mary's counties. Visit their website for eligibility details and an application. For more information, call 301-932-6819.
 
Hard Bargain Players
Good People
Friday and Saturday, May 3 - 18, 8:00 pm
2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek
Tickets: $12 Adults; $10 Military, Students, Senior Citizens

 " Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month's paycheck covers last month's bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go again from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who's made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out."(Dramatists Play Service, Inc.). For more information, visit www.hbplayers.org/ or email hbplayersboxoffice@gmail.com.

Kassia Music Collective
Concert
Saturday, May 4, 5:00 pm
Christ Church, Old Durham Parish
8700 Ironsides Road, Nanjemoy
Admission: Free-will Donation

Kassia Music Collective, a chamber ensemble dedicated to bringing contemporary music to the D.C. area, features Southern Maryland violinist duo Bernard and Adina Vallandingham. For more information, contact Carl Lockamy at 240-346-4130.

CANCELED
College of Southern Maryland
7th Annual Renaissance Festival


Due to weather-related damages, the Renaissance Festival, previously scheduled for May 4 and 5, has been canceled. You are invited to join CSM for a performance of "Pippin," which will be held indoors in the La Plata Fine Arts Center.  For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

College of Southern Maryland
Spring Dance Performance
Monday, May 6, 7:30 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center
Brad and Linda Gottfried Theater
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets: $5 Adults in Advance; $7 Day of the Event; 
$5 Senior Citizens, Military, Youth of High School Age and Below

Whether it's a Balanchine ballet, or breaking, locking, and popping, CSM's Dance Ensemble performs a variety of pieces to appeal to all lovers of dance. CSM's dancers come from diverse backgrounds and experiences ranging from credit students on the path to professional dance careers to community members with strong regional experiences in dance studios and theatres. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

College of Southern Maryland
Music Student Honors Recital
Friday, May 10, 3:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center
Brad and Linda Gottfried Theater
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Free Admission, No Tickets Required

Each semester, CSM's private studio teachers recommend their most accomplished students for performance in this recital to celebrate their individual musical accomplishments. The recitals feature a diversity of musical styles ranging from classical instrumental and vocal music to popular and jazz renditions for piano, guitar, voice, or other instruments. The Honors Recital represents the highest level of musicianship in the CSM music program. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

College of Southern Maryland
Southern Maryland Concert Band
Friday, May 10, 8:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center
Brad and Linda Gottfried Theater
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets: $5 Adults in Advance, $7 Day of the Concert;
$5 Senior Citizens, Military, Youth of High School Age and Below

The Southern Maryland Concert Band (SMCB), under the direction of Michael Peerless, is a community-based concert band comprised of amateur and professional community musicians and CSM students. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

College of Southern Maryland
POPS Concert
Saturday, May 11, 7:00 pm
La Plata Fine Arts Center
Brad and Linda Gottfried Theater
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets: $15 Adults; $12 Senior Citizens, Military, Youth of High School Age and Below


Featuring performances by Southern Mix Barbershop Chorus, Ritmo Caché Latin Ensemble, CSM Chorale, and Chamber Choir. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

College of Southern Maryland
Ward Virts Concert Series
Jazz One: "Happening Now"
Sunday, May 12, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Building B, Multipurpose Room B-104
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Free Admission


Jazz One is an ensemble from the D.C./Baltimore area, specializing in recreating historic jazz.  For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.
Port Tobacco Players
Deathtrap
May 17 - June 2
Friday - Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets: $18 Adults, $15 Senior Citizens (60+), Military, Youth to 18

(Comedy Thriller) Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a "dry" spell. A possible break occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting:a thriller which Sidney recognizes as a potential Broadway hit. He devises a plan, with his wife's help, to offer collaboration to the student. Thereafter suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness, and with such an abundance of thrills and laughter, that audiences will be held enthralled until the final, startling moments of the play.  For more information, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819.
 
Port Tobacco Players Auditions
The Crucible
Saturday, May 18, 10:00 am
Monday, May 20, 7:00 pm
Tuesday, May 21, 7:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata

Synopsis: This drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society. The story focuses upon a young farmer, his wife, and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife's arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie, and it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted.  Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Performance dates are September 20 - October 6, 2019.  For more information, contact the producer at 301-752-5651.
 
The Kalnasy Concert Series at St. Aloysius
The Flute Choir of Southern Maryland
Sunday, May 19, 3:00 pm
St. Aloysius Church
22800 Washington Street, Leonardtown
Free and Open to the Public
Concert features a delightful bouquet of springtime music by contemporary composers, including the entire five movements of Floris for flute choir and piano by Catherine McMichael.   For more information, contact keyofgmh@gmail.com.

Town of La Plata
Friday Night Concerts
May 24 - 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  https://townoflaplata.org or call 301-934-8421 for a recorded message (press #7 for special events).
 
May and June Schedule:

May 24 - BackFin - Classic Hits


June 7Pork Donut - Classic Rock 70s, 80s, 90s

June 14 - Trilogy - Rock, Pop, Dance, Hip Hop & Country Covers with a twist

June 21 - U.S. Navy Band The Sea Chanters - Traditional choral music, including sea chanteys & patriotic fare, opera, Broadway & contemporary

June 28 - The Bradley-Turner Band - Country Rock

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

Indian Head Center for the Arts
What Kind of Man
Saturday, May 25, 7:00 pm
Sunday, May 26, 3:00 pm
Tickets: $25
4185 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head
Due to this shows strategic raw nature and content, audience members under 18 are not permitted

"What Kind of Man" was written with the intent of spotlighting familiar issues and truths that individuals are often not willing to address, such as  the gender biases regarding psychological, physical and emotional abuse, and communication barriers and self-esteem issues.  For more information, go to https://www.indianheadblackbox.org.

Southern Maryland Film Festival
Call for Original Movie Submissions
Deadline to Submit: July 1
Click HERE for Submission Details

The Steering Committee for the Southern Maryland Film Festival is currently accepting submissions of locally-produced films for the 4th annual film festival to be held at the R/C Theatres' Lexington Exchange 12 in California, MD, the weekend of August 23-24, 2019. There is a $10 submission fee per film; filmmakers under the age of 18 may submit for free. Questions for the committee can be sent via email to SMDfilmfest@gmail.com.

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.

VISUAL ARTS  {top} 
College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery 
Annual Juried Student Exhibition
Now through May 8
La Plata Fine Arts Center
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Award Presentation: April 30, 2:30 pm
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm; Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Paintings in broad brush strokes, photos in captivating focus, and sculptures molded with playfulness are among the types of artwork showcased each spring as part of the College of Southern Maryland Annual Juried Student.  For more information, go to  Tony Hungerford Exhibit  or call 301-934-7828.

Maryland Citizens for the Arts
Arts Summit Artists Bazaar
June 6 - 8
Deadline to Apply is April 26
University of Maryland Baltimore County

Hosted by MCA, in conjunction with the Maryland State Arts Council, Maryland State Department of Education and AEMS: Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance. The artists bazaar will be held d uring the Arts Summit,  which will serve as a networking and promotional opportunity, as well as a free space for Maryland artists to showcase and potentially sell their work. For more information and to register for the Artists Bazaar, go to  Arts Summit Bazaar or call 410-467-6700.

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Theresa Alo: Living in the Medium
Now through April 28
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





The show includes works created in clay, glaze, paint, pencil, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic and more. Come to the reception and watch Theresa demonstrate her use of the potter's wheel.  For more information, visit mattawomanart.org.




Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Let's Explore the Magic of Watercolors
Thursday - Friday, May 9 - 10, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fee: $110 MCAC Members, $130 Non-Members,  Lunch Provided
Payment is due before April 30
300# Watercolor Paper available for purchase: $13 Each
Instructor: Mary Blumberg
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury
Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors; inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park


This watercolor workshop will "let you get loose." Still life and other "props" will innovate your desire to paint.  For more information, visit mattawomanart.org or call 301-743-5159.
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
25th Annual All-Media Juried Exhibition
May 3 - June 2
Reception, Awards and Juror Talk: Sunday, May 5, 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





The exhibition features a variety of media created by regional artists. For more information, visit Mattawoman Art.

Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association
MAPAPA Paint Out
Sunday, May 5, 9:00 am
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury
Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors; inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park

Hosted by Barbara Stepura. Paint anywhere in the park and enjoy a day with fellow artists.  Bring a bag lunch.  For more information go to  mattawomanart.org.
Maryland Citizens for the Arts
Mind Your Business: A Free Legal and Financial Education Workshop for Artists
Saturday, May 18, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Leonardtown Town Hall
22670 Washington Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650
Click HERE to Register
 
This traveling event is a symposium to help the state's independent artists better navigate budgets, contracts, copyright laws, insurance, and more. In partnership with Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, PNC Bank, St Mary's Arts Council and Maryland Citizens for the Arts. Lunch is provided. For more information, to go mdarts.org.

Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Blue Moon Zentangle Inspired Art
Saturday, May 18, Noon - 3:00 pm
Cost: $55 for MCAC Members, $65 for Non-Members
Save $10: Register and Pay Before May 10
Additional Fee: $10 Paid to the Instructor (includes all supplies)
Instructor: Jill Smithson
Click HERE for a Registration Form
Smallwood State Park, 5565 Upham Place, Marbury
Admission is Free for MCAC Visitors; inform the Park Ranger when entering the Park

This class is an opportunity to work in meditative creativity, learning and combining five simple strokes to create patterns that become the pigments as we apply them to the paper. These patterns woven together with applications of shading and toning create your unique piece of art. To register, contact Nancy Owens and nancypaints@verizon.net.
Mattawoman Creek Art Center
Open Studio on Fridays, 11:00 am - 3:00 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 you own supplies and a friend. For more information, contact Nancy Owens at nancypaints@verizon.net.

HERE'S WHAT IS HANGING NOW!
CCAA-SPONSORED ART GALLERIES

Solo Show with Works by Walter Pearsall, through July 9, 2019
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Multi-Artist Show through June 22, 2019
"Meet the Artists" Public Reception: June 22, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
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

Solo Show with Marie Parham, through July 10, 2019
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show, June 1 - September 28, 2019
"Meet the Artists" Public Reception: Saturday, June 29, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
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.

LITERARY   ARTS  {top} 
Waldorf West Book Club
Saturday, April 27, 10:00 am
10450 O'Donnell Place, Waldorf
For more information, call 301-645-1395


The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater.  If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.

Richard R. Clark Senior Center Book Discussion
Thursday, May 2 , 1:00 pm
1210 Charles Street, La Plata
For more information, call 301-934-9001

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. After five years, Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

College of Southern Maryland La Plata Campus
Spring 2019 Connections Literary Magazine Reading
Friday, May 3, 7:30 pm
Free Admission, No Tickets Required
Center for Business and Industry (BI) Building
Dr. John M. Sine Conference Room (Room 103)
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata

CSM Connections Literary Journal logoContributors to the Spring 2019 "Connections" Literary Magazine will read and discuss their published works. For more information, contact connections@csmd.edu.


Waldorf Adult Book Discussion
Saturday, May 4 , 9:30 - 10:30 am
P.D. Brown Library
50 Village Street, Waldorf
For more information, call 301-645-2864 

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue.  Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heat wave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman named Jenny Bonnet is shot dead.  The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, will risk everything to bring Jenny's murderer to justice.  The story Blanche struggles to piece together is one of free-love bohemians, desperate paupers, and arrogant millionaires; of jealous men, icy women, and damaged children. It's the secret life of Jenny herself, a notorious character who breaks the law every morning by getting dressed: a charmer as slippery as the frogs she hunts.

La Plata Library Book Discussion
Thursday, May 9, 7:00 pm
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
For more information, call 301-934-9001

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.   In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned, from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.  Enter Mia Warren, an enigmatic artist and single mother, who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.  Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mi a's past, but her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Waldorf Jaycees Senior Center Book Discussion
Wednesday, May 15, 1:00 pm
Jaycees Center,  3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf

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.
Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism-but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion.  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.

Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, May 22, 11:00 am
100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head
Call 301-375-7375 for more information

Educated: A Memoir 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.

Writers of Color Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, May 28, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
PD Brown Branch,  50 Village Street, Waldorf

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. After five years, Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together.

COMMUNITY  - HERITAGE - CULTURAL  
ARTS  {top} 
Friends of Old Waldorf School
Tea at Historic Waldorf School
Sunday, April 28, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
3074 Crain Highway, Waldorf
Tickets: $20, RSVP Required



Enjoy assorted teas, scones, sandwiches and sweet treats! Take part in the Silent Auction and special sales tables, including bedding plants, hat parade, and more.  For more information and to RSVP, contact Kim at 301-645-4546, Sandi at 301-752-5198, or Pam at 301-908-1680.
 
Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco
10th Annual Market Day
Saturday, May 4, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (Rain Date: May 18)
Port Tobacco Courthouse
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco
Free Admission




Enjoy shopping at the many vendor tables, tour the Courthouse, Stagg Hall, Burch House and the Port Tobacco One-Room School House. For more information, contact Mary Fenton, 301-375-7892.
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 February 1, 2019, for the FY19 Application cycle; and began accepting applications on April 1, 2019, for the FY20 Application cycle. The grant period for FY19 is February 1, 2019 - June 30, 2019. The grant period for FY20 is 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 April copy of The SCOOP, Charles County's Senior Center News, or click  here   to go to their website. 

Charles County Public Library
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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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CCAA Board of Directors

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

Honorary Board Member
Cindi Barnhart
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Thank you for supporting the Charles County Arts Alliance!  Your donation is 100 percent tax deductible. 

The Newsflash is published every Thursday. If you would like your event included, contact the CCAA office by email at info@charlescountyarts.org 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.