Charles Co. Community News Briefs

Photos and Artifacts Sought for 15th Annual Nanjemoy Heritage Day Event

On Saturday, Sept. 12, the 15th annual Nanjemoy Heritage Day will be held at the Nanjemoy Community Center (4375 Port Tobacco Road) from noon until 3 p.m. The Department of Community Services is requesting old family photos and Nanjemoy artifacts to showcase. If you have a piece of Nanjemoy heritage to share, or you would like to be part of the parade with a classic vehicle or antique farm equipment, contact the Nanjemoy Community Center coordinator at 301-246-9612.

The festivities will begin with a lively parade. Following the parade, participants will enjoy live music, crafts for the kids, face painting, area artists, local heritage displays, classic cars, games, and more. Refreshments and souvenir t-shirts will be available.

For more information, call 301-246-9612. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD at 800-735-2258.

Aug. 11 Board of Appeals Meetings Canceled

The Charles County Board of Appeals meetings originally scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 11 is canceled.

Board of Appeals meetings are generally held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, unless otherwise noted, in the Commissioners’ meeting room at the Charles County Government Building (200 Baltimore St., La Plata). The next regular meeting of the Board of Appeals is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Ms. Carrol Everett, Clerk to the Board of Appeals, at 301-645-0540 or Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 866-269-9006.

Arts Alliance Grant Season is Now Open

Mandatory Workshop for Community Arts Development Grant Recipients on Wednesday, September 9; Grant Application Deadline - October 9

Over the past 28 years, the Arts Alliance has awarded more than $600,000 in grant funding to nonprofit organizations and schools in Charles County to support activities in the performing, visual and literary arts. Last year (FY 2015), the Arts Alliance provided over $43,000 in funding for its CAD and AIE grants to 21 nonprofit organizations and schools in Charles County. This has helped enhance our county's arts and culture, and inspire our fellow residents to explore the diverse arts community and arts offerings present in our own backyard.

As in previous years, our CCAA Arts Grant Program offers two types of grants: Community Arts Development (CAD) grants for nonprofit organizations, and Arts in Education (AIE) grants for schools. The CAD grants have two sub-categories: General Operating grants for arts organizations, and Special Project grants for non-arts organizations that present activities in the performing, visual and literary arts. Schools may request up to $750, while nonprofit organizations may be eligible for grants up to $6,000. All grants have matching requirements ranging from 1:1 to 3:1 depending on the amount being requested. Grant applications are reviewed by a Grant Panel comprised of members of the CCAA Board of Directors and representatives from the community. The grant monies will be awarded at the CCAA Annual Grantee and Membership Gala on November 14, 2015.

Our annual grant season is now open with the posting of applications online on our website at, and with hard-copies available through our CCAA Office. A mandatory CCAA Grant Workshop will be held on Wednesday, September 9, at 7:00 pm, at the United Way House in La Plata (10250 La Plata Road), to provide training and answer questions for all potential applicants for CAD grants. Completed CAD and AIE grant applications with all required copies must be in the possession of the CCAA Office (not postmarked) no later than 12:00 noon on October 9. The CCAA does not accept responsibility for incomplete, lost, misdirected, or late applications; such applications will not be considered.

Founded in 1987, the mission of the Charles County Arts Alliance is to stimulate, promote, encourage and provide recognition of the arts and the creative spirit in Charles County. For more information on the CCAA Arts Grant Program, call 301-392-5900, or email

Railroad Repairs Scheduled for Weekend of August 14-17 in Brandywine

Brandywine Road Closure Begins at 6 P.M.; Drivers Should Plan for Additional Travel Time

This coming weekend, CSX Transportation and the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) will close a section of MD 381 (Brandywine Road) between Tower Road and Brandywine Heights Road in southern Prince George’s County.

Crews will close the road between Friday, August 14 at 6 p.m. and Monday, August 17 at 5 a.m.

Scheduled CSX work includes replacing deteriorated rubber panels at the railroad crossings. The signed detour route includes US 301 (Crain Highway), Cherry Tree Crossing Road, Old Indian Head Road, and Tower Road. If weather conditions delay repairs, the work will take place the weekend of August 21.

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