Singers to Perform Paert

A Chamber Singers concert Sunday, under the direction of St. Mary's College of Maryland professor Larry Vote, will present modern classical selections from Estonian composer Arvo Paert.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 3 p.m. in Trinity Episcopal Church, next to the college campus.

Paert was born outside of Estonia's capital, Tallinn, in 1935. At 11, he witnessed the beginnings of the Soviet occupation. He studied at the Tallinn Conservatory, graduating in 1963 as a published composer. Paert's works were considered innovative because he had very little contact with contemporary Western music.

In 1980, he immigrated to Vienna and later to Berlin (then called West Berlin), where he lives today.

Vote is provost and professor of music at the college. A vocal soloist and conductor, he has performed throughout the United States and Europe.

Arts Education Masters

Gratz College recently received approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission to present an MA in education with a concentration in instruction at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in St. Mary's County.

The program will follow an unusual weekend format of Friday night and all day Saturday and Sunday for two weekends (typically two to three weeks apart).

Courses planned for spring 2006 include: Skills and Strategies for Inclusion and Disability Awareness, Feb. 10, 11, 12 and March 3, 4, 5; Teaching for Success in the Multicultural Classroom, March 17, 18, 19 and April 3, 4, 5; and Expanding Student Thinking in the Classroom, April 28, 29, 20 and May 19, 20, 21.

The Higher Education Center campus is at 44219 Airport Rd. in California -- a half-mile off Route 235 in the Wildewood Professional and Technology Park.

For additional information call Cynthia Shoemaker at the center, 301-737-2500; or visit the Web site,, or the Gratz College Regional Training Center Web site at; or call John Parkin at 800-433-4740.

Parkin will be available to answer questions at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center Open House, scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. today.

Swim at a Discount

Swimmers can get a 50 percent discount on general admission for children at the Great Mills Swimming Pool, 21100 Great Mills Rd., on days scheduled as holidays or closings for St. Mary's County public schools.

Those days are:

* Nov. 11, 23, 24 and 25.

* Dec. 23, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30.

* Jan. 2, 16 and 20.

* Feb. 8 and 20.

* March 21.

* April 13, 14, 17 and 18.

* May 29.

The open swim fees on these dates are $2 for children and seniors and $3 for adults. Swim party fees are also reduced on school holidays and closing days.

For more information, call 301-866-6560.

New at Applebee's

Applebee's International Inc. has named Brian Lutton general manager of its new La Plata restaurant, which is scheduled to open Nov. 14.

In addition to Lutton, two La Plata residents were named assistant managers. They are Theresa Parsons and Joann Savoy. Kitchen manager Garland Wilkerson, who has been in the industry for for more than eight years, rounds out the management team.

Applebee's International Inc., headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., develops, franchises and operates restaurants under the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar brand.

More than 1,600 Applebee's restaurants operate in 49 states and eight countries.

Calvert Schools Honored

Three Calvert County schools were honored this year at the annual Summer Institute for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) held in Ellicott City.

Dowell Elementary, Plum Point Middle and Windy Hill Elementary were named "Exemplar Schools" for their efforts to maintain good discipline and behavior.

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports is a joint effort of the Maryland State Department of Education and Sheppard Pratt Health System. The program attempts to create safer schools by developing research-based, school-wide and classroom discipline systems.

The initiative began in 1999 and with a pilot program at 14 schools throughout the state, including Calvert Elementary. Last year, more than 200 schools across the state participated.