April 4, 2019

Now in Our 32nd Year of Service to the Community
Community Bank of the Chesapeake
Call for Artists

T heme is "Artists Choice"
Exhibit Dates: April 19 - August 23, 2019
Deadline to Submit Extended to April 5
Click HERE for Complete Submission Details
Submission is Free and Open to the Public
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.
For more information, contact Gale Kladitis at  

Call for Artists
Waldorf West Library
Spring-Summer 2019 Art Show
Click HERE
for Submission Details
Deadline to Submit: April 15
Exhibit Dates: June 1 - September 28, 2019
"Meet the Artists" Reception: June 29
Waldorf West Library  
 Submission is Free and Open to the Public

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 Please reference "Waldorf West Spring 2019 Show" in the subject line.

For more information, contact Gale Kladitis at

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

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. 

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happening in the Arts!
North Point High School
Saturday Night Fever
Thursday - Friday, April 4 -5, 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 6, 1:00 and 7:00 pm
2500 Davis Road, Waldorf
Tickets: $10 General Admission; $5 Students, Senior Citizens

Set in the 1970s in New York, the play follows Tony Manero, a teenager from Brooklyn, who spends his weekends at a local discotheque. Follow Tony as he dazzles the crowd with his dancing while trying to forget about his troubles in life, such as his boring job and trouble-making friends.  For more information, call 301-753-1759.

The Newtowne Players
Brighton Beach Memoirs
Now through April 14
Thursday - Friday - Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:30 pm
21744 South Coral Drive, Lexington Park
Tickets: $15 Adults; $12 Senior Citizens, Students, Military; $10 Child
Thursday Performances (April 4 and 11): All Seats $10

Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn; formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche and her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and you have a recipe for hilarity. Here is part one of Simon's autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up.  Purchase tickets online or call 301-737-5447 to make a reservation.
College of Southern Maryland
16th Annual Jazz Festival Concerts
Friday - Saturday, April 5 - 6, 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 Event;
$5 Senior Citizens, Military, Youth of High School Age and Below

Concerts feature Solid Brass and guest artists.  For more information, contact the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Port Tobacco Players
James and the Giant Peach
Now through April 7
Friday - Saturday, 8:00 pm
Sunday, 3:00 pm
508 Charles Street, La Plata
Tickets: $18 Adults; $15 Seniors (60+), Youth (to 18), Military

(Family Musical) Roald Dahl's fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit is now a musical for the whole family to enjoy! When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach... and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James' quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-932-6819.

Maurice J. McDonough High School
In the Heights
Thursday - Friday, April 11 - 12, 7:00 pm
Saturday, April 13, 2:00 (Understudy Performance), and 7:00 pm
7165 Marshall Corner Road, Pomfret
Tickets: $10 Adults; $8 Students, Senior Citizens, Military; 
$7 Thespians and Children Under 6

The scene is Washington Heights, a New York City neighborhood, in which a close Hispanic-American community lives. Follow the characters as they deal with social issues, adapt to change and the death of a patriarch family member. For more information, call 301-934-2944.
Thomas Stone High School
All Shook Up
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, April 11 - 13, 7:00 pm
3785 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf
Tickets: $5 All Seats
Set in a small Midwestern town, the play f eatures the music of Elvis Presley.  A new community member named Chad comes to town and challenges its conservative views. Follow the characters as they learn about music, love and pursuing their dreams. For more information, call 301-645-2601.

Westlake High School Theatre Company
Smokey Joe's Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, April 11 - 13, 7:00 pm
3300 Middletown Road, Waldorf
Tickets: $8 Adults; $6 Students, Senior Citizens

The musical revue, written by songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, highlights music such as pop, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll.The show is set to feature popular hits such as "On Broadway," "Hound Dog," and "Charlie Brown."  For more information, call 301-645-8857

The Flute Choir of Southern Maryland
Spring is in the Air
Saturday, April 13, 4:00 pm
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
4535 Piney Church Road, Waldorf
Free and Open to the Public

Concert presents  Fireworks by Daniel Dorff, and The Five Movements of Floris by Catherine McMichael. For more information, contact Lucy Snell at

College of Southern Maryland
Barbershop Extravaganza
Saturday, April 13, 4:00 pm
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

Southern Mix , under the direction of Paul Douglass, is a men's barbershop chorus consisting of community members and CSM students taking the ensemble for credit. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

Chesapeake Choral Arts Society
A Glorious Concert!
Saturday, April 13, 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 14, 3:30 pm
St. Joseph Catholic Parish Center
4590 St. Joseph's Way, Pomfret, MD
Tickets: $15 Adults; $12 Students, Senior Citizens, Military

The concert features different settings of the Gloria. Arnold Freed's Gloria is a very powerful modern work performed with brass ensemble and timpani. The Haydn Gloria in Excelsis Deo is a very traditional setting of the work. Dufay's work was written in the 1400s, and the medieval tone is haunting and more somber than the other two settings A highlight will be the premiere performance of The "Gloria" Variations by W.G. Pete Stokes, which will feature Director Emeritus Michael Santana as a soloist. Concluding the concert is Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria. For more information, visit  A Glorious Concert  or call 301-642-0594.

College of Southern Maryland Ward Virts Concert
Creative Concert Group: Dvořák Reimagined
Sunday, April 14, 3:00 pm
Building B, Multipurpose Room 104
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick  
Free Admission

Hear two great masterpieces by Czech composer Antonín Dvořák: the  Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major , and a premiere of a brand-new string quintet version of the heroic  Cello Concerto. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.
La Plata High School
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
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 (Renaissance Festival)
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

Tantallon Community Players
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 or email

Kassia Music Collective
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.

College of Southern Maryland
7th Annual Renaissance Festival
Saturday, May 4, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday, May 5, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Free Admission, Activities are either free or priced by the vendor 

Travel back to a time when lords ruled and peasants pleased, all in the language and costumes of Shakespeare.  Festival activities will take place in two locations. In the Brad and Linda Gottfried Theater, the CSM Theater Company will present the spring Main Stage production of  Pippin . All other activities, musical performances, face-painting, games, mock combat demonstrations, etc., will be on the lawn in front of the FA building. For more information, call the Box Office at 301-934-7828.

College of Southern Maryland
Spring Dance Performance
Monday, May 6, 7:30 pm
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.

Port Tobacco Players
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.
Maryland Arts Summit
AEMS Pre-Conference, June 6
Arts Summit, June 7 - 8
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  

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.

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

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

College of Southern Maryland Connections
Visions of Verses: Artworks and Poetry
calvART Gallery, 110 South Solomons Island Road, Prince Frederick
Reception: Saturday, April 13, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Gallery Dates: April 10 - May 5
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

CSM, in collaboration  with the Arts Council of Calvert  County and the calvART gallery, will host a very special evening to celebrate the value of art in our lives. The program will feature paintings by calvART Gallery member artists and a reading of poems by Southern Maryland poets inspired by the artwork. The evening is offered as an opportunity for the Southern Maryland community to come together to experience and reflect on the ways the arts can serve to enrich our lives with beauty and understanding.  For more information, visit or call 410-535-9252.

2019 Congressional Art Competition
An Artistic Discovery
Open to all High School-Age Students, Including Home-Schooled Students
All art must be delivered to one of Congressman Hoyer's offices in White Plains or Greenbelt by
April 17, 2019

congressional art competition
Students residing in Maryland's Fifth District (Charles, Calvert, St. Mary's and parts of Prince George's and Anne Arundel Counties) are invited to submit their art for consideration. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The winning works are displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol. For more information, contact Stefanie Carey Barone at 301-843-1577,,  or visit  Congressional Art Competition .

College of Southern Maryland 
Faculty Excellence "Provocations" Lecture Series
Addiction and Art
Thursday, April 18, 7:00 pm
Building B, Room 103-105
115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick
Free, No Tickets Required

CSM Instructor Margaret Dowell, a writer and speaker, will give a lecture on "Addiction and Art," focusing on how art can convey the human experience of addiction in a way that can help the general public understand addiction as a preventable and treatable chronic disease. For more information, call 301-934-7578.

Humane Society of Charles County
2019 Poster Contest
Deadline to Submit: April  22
71 Industrial Park Drive, Waldorf
Go to Poster Contest for Submission Rules

In celebration of "Be Kind to Animals Week," the Humane Society invites residents of Charles County to submit a poster that demonstrates the theme "Don't Shop, Adopt."  Prizes and certificates will be awarded at a ceremony held at the Waldorf West Library on May 18. For more information, call 301-645-8181.
College of Southern Maryland
Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery 
Annual Juried Student Exhibition
April 22 - May 8
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.

Painting Live Flowers - With Oil Pastels
Tuesday - Wednesday, April 23 - 24, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $225 ($100 Deposit due no later than April 10)
Instructor: Luba Sterlikova
Click HERE to Register
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

Oil pastel is a unique medium. Neither oil paint nor pastel, it combines the best qualities of both. You will learn basic techniques for this medium, some basics of flower drawings, and then you'll use oil pastel for creating an enlarged image of a tulip. Each student will complete a drawing on 19"x24" Canson Mi-Teintes paper. For more information, email

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
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 or call 301-743-5159.
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


Solo Show with David Zippi, through April 10, 2019
200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Weekdays, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Multi-Artist Show through June 30, 2019
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 April 19, 2019
3035 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Solo Show with Dorothy Crown, through April 17, 2019
5 Garrett Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646
Gallery hours: Daily, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Multi-Artist Show Opens June 1, 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

Richard R. Clark Senior Center Book Discussion
Thursday, April 4 , 1:00 pm
1210 Charles Street, La Plata
For more information, call 301-934-9001

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.  This is the story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different and far more satisfying than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.
College of Southern Maryland Connections Literary Series
Edna Troiano: Uncle Tom's Journey from Maryland to Canada: The Life of Josiah Henson
Friday, April 5, 7:30 pm
Center for Business and Industry (BI Building)
Dr. John M. Sine Conference Room 103
8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata
Tickets: $3 in Advance, $5 Day of the Event

Novelist Edna Troiano will read from her latest book, Uncle Tom's Journey from Maryland to Canada, which traces the life of Josiah Henson from his birthplace in La Plata, Maryland.  To reserve advance tickets, email your request to 

Citizens for the Charles County Public Library
Spring 2019 Used Book Bazaar
Friday, April 5 - Members Day, Non-Members can join at the door
Saturday, April 6 - Saturday, April 13
Friday -  Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Monday - Thursday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
La Plata Branch, Lower Level
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata

Hardback books are $1 each; paperback books are 50 cents each.  Friday and Saturday, April 12 and 13, a  grocery-size "bag full of books" is $3. C4CCPL members are entitled to 5 free books during the bazaar. For more information, call 301-259-4615, or visit C4CCPL.
Waldorf Adult Book Discussion
Saturday, April 6 , 9:30 - 10:30 am
P.D. Brown Library
50 Village Street, Waldorf
For more information, call 301-645-2864 

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.  The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it's been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what's been missing in her life. And when she's forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it's worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

Waldorf Jaycees Senior Center Book Discussion
Wednesday, April 17, 1:00 pm
Jaycees Center,  3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf

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 Grace and her husband, Gene, have fallen out of love and barely speak. 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, April 18, 7:00 pm
2 Garrett Avenue, La Plata
For more information, call 301-934-9001

The Rosie Effect   by Graeme Simsion.   Don Tillman returns in the hilarious and charming sequel to the international sensation,The Rosie Project.   Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he's left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

Writers of Color Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, April 23, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
PD Brown Branch,  50 Village Street, Waldorf

Kindred by Octavia Butler.  Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.

Indian Head Senior Center Book Discussion Group
Wednesday, April 24, 11:00 am
100 Cornwallis Square, Indian Head
Call 301-375-7375 for more information

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman Britt-Marie can't stand mess, bu t hidden inside the socially awkward, fussy busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams, and a warmer heart than anyone around her realizes.  When Britt-Marie walks out on her cheating husband, she finds work as the caretaker of a soon-to-be demolished recreation center, and the fastidious Britt-Marie is 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, 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.

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Society for the Restoration of Port Tobacco
First Friday Series: "With Every Man's Hand Against Me"
Friday, April  5, 6:00 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm)
Port Tobacco Courthouse
8430 Commerce Street, Port Tobacco
$5 Donation Welcomed; Refreshments Served

Bob Bowser's presentation discusses Charles County and the plots against President Abraham Lincoln.  For more information, contact Joyce Edelen at
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.
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 will begin 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
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

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Thanks  to Our Sponsors
National Endowment for Arts

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CCAA Member Organizations & Businesses

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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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.