The Open Arms Child Development Center at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 13611 Laurel Bowie Road, is excited to welcome a new director and assistant director. The new director, Rachel Clark, comes to the center from Atwood, Ala., where she was the lead teacher in a Head Start program. She has also served as an educator and administrator at Cross of Calvary Lutheran School in Memphis, Tenn. Clark holds a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education and additional child development credentials. She finds great joy in helping children grow and develop. She also looks forward to working with the center's 32 teachers whom she will direct and guide. The center's new assistant director, Helen Kasemeyer, has been working in an administrative position at Open Arms for more than five years after retiring after 38 years as a hospital administrator for a large veterinary practice. Kasemeyer couldn't stay retired long, and her love of people — especially children — led her to her latest career and now to the position of assistant director.
Open Arms provides half-day and full-day preschool programs, as well as before- and after-care for children ages 4 –12. Transportation is provided. For more information, call 240-568-9352.
Best wishes for a great school year to Open Arms and to the new staff!
Parents of young children should check out the free car seat check up on Friday, Aug. 19, between 1 and 4 p.m. at 6985 Muirkirk Meadows Drive, in Beltsville. The location is the Prince George's Community Federal Credit Union parking lot. The event is sponsored by Kids in Safety Seats and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Car seats should be already installed in your vehicle. Inspections will take approximately 30 minutes per seat. Technicians will check for recalls, ensure that your seat is correct for the age and size of your child, and that the seat and harness are positioned properly. If it is available, have the car seat owner's manual with you. For more information, call KISS at 800-370-SEAT.
Tickets are currently available for the 2011-12 performance series at the Montpelier Arts Center. Individual concert tickets will be on sale beginning Aug. 23. The first offering in the Fall Jazz Series features Davey Yarborough and Esther Williams on Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets for the complete seven-concert series are $125 and $20 for individual performances.
Registration for classes at the arts center is also open now for Prince George's County residents. Among the classes offered for adults are ceramics, stained glass and handmade books. For children and teens, the offerings include comic book illustration, digital photography and poetry writing. For information on the concerts and classes, call 301-377-7800.