The International School of Music Performs at NYC’s Carnegie Hall

The International School of Music celebrates its 15th anniversary with a student recital at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on July 13, showcasing its best students.

“Our mission is to make the world a better place by growing a generation of musically educated, loving, caring individuals, who will pass on their knowledge to future generations. We are building a school that responds to the community’s needs and fosters a lifetime of musical enjoyment,” ISM’s founder, Inja Stanic, says.

ISM looks forward to sharing music in the future!

Library Cards Provide Access to Free Streaming Acorn TV Programs

Montgomery County Public Libraries’ library cardholders now have free access to commercial-free programming and new shows with Acorn TV. This new service provides thousands of hours of international, commercial-free programming; Acorn TV originals; and new shows such as mysteries, dramas and comedies added weekly. 

Library cardholders can access Acorn TV by registering via the MCPL website. Customers can “checkout” the Acorn TV channel for seven days and have unlimited access to all content. Currently, there is no limit on the number of seven-day “checkouts” a library cardholder is permitted.  

Metro Has Eliminated Saturday Parking Fees

Good news: Metro riders will be able to park in station lots for free on Saturdays.

WMATA said it will eliminate Saturday parking fees for customers with the exception of specific regional or special events, such as the Fourth of July and presidential inaugurations. 

Those who park at a Metro facility but do not use the Metrorail system will be charged a higher “non-rider fee” at certain stations. The fee ranges from $8.70 to $10, Metro said. This policy will affect the following stations: Greenbelt, Suitland, Branch Avenue, Huntington, Dunn Loring, Minnesota Avenue, New Carrollton, Largo Town Center, Franconia-Springfield, Rhode Island Avenue, Twinbrook, White Flint and Rockville.

In addition, Metro said it is planning to unveil new payment technology options, such as online reservation systems or mobile applications.

How Healthy Maryland Really Is via New Rankings

Maryland is the 19th healthiest state in America, according to the 29th annual report from the United Health Foundation. The report, “America’s Health Rankings,” looks at 35 health markers that seek to evaluate how healthy a state really is. This includes indicators involving behaviors, community and environment, policy, clinical care and health outcomes.

Maryland performed best in behaviors and worst in health outcomes. Here’s a complete breakdown:

  • Overall ranking: 19th
  • Behaviors: 10th
  • Community and environment: 25th
  • Policy: 11th
  • Clinical care: 17th
  • Health outcomes: 27th

The healthiest state in the nation is, once again, Hawaii, the researchers found. Hawaii ranked in the top 10 in all five categories and in the top five in four of them.