25 Howard students awarded $25,000 in scholarships

The Howard County Foundation for Black Educational and Cultural Achievement Inc. has presented $25,000 in scholarships to 25 graduating Howard County high school students.

The organization has given scholarships since 1979, awarding more than $425,000 to more than 370 students. Contributions come from Howard County residents, organizations and churches.

Botanical medicine seminar to be held June 17-20

The Fourth Annual Intensive Seminar on Botanical Medicine will be held June 17-20 at Tai Sophia Institute in North Laurel and the Green Farmacy Garden in Fulton.

The seminar will bring together allopathic and naturopathic physicians, pharmacists, chiropractors, nurses, herbalists, botanists and others interested in herbal medicines to discuss how plants are used to treat a variety of disorders.

Topics will include the use of herbs in acute infections, auto-immune disorders and in treating kidney stones, as well as the use of plants to reduce cholesterol levels and calm the nervous system.

Sessions will be held each day in the Green Farmacy Garden, the botanical garden of James A. Duke, a world expert on medicinal plants. The garden contains more than 300 species of medicinal plants, arranged according to their uses. This year, Dr. Agatha Thrash, co-founder of the Uchee Pines Institute in Seale, Ala., an alternative healing and lifestyle education facility, will speak.

The seminar is jointly sponsored by the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine.

Information: Holly Shull Vogel, director, Green Farmacy Garden, 301-854-3951.

Home-educators' group to hold book sale, swap

Howard County Home Educators will hold its Book Sale and Swap from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 13 at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

Information: Rebecca Johnson,

Camp for kids with asthma is accepting registrations

Camp Superkids, a summer camp for children with asthma in Laytonsville is accepting registrations.

Campers, ages 7 1/2 to 12, participate in outdoor activities, learn decision-making skills and socialize. The program, sponsored by The American Lung Association of Maryland, is designed to enhance the self-esteem of the children and encourage an appreciation of their abilities and potential. Activities are to include basketball, volleyball, swimming, fishing and karate.

The children are encouraged to be responsible for their asthma management. Registered nurses, respiratory therapists and nurse practitioners are on the staff.

Camp will be held July 17-22. The cost is $300. Partial and full scholarships are available.

Information or to request a registration packet: 410-560- 2120, ext. 224.

College holding a social today at conference center

Howard Community College is holding an Alumni and Friends Spring Social from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Belmont Conference Center, 6555 Belmont Woods Road, Elkridge.

The event features a picnic-style buffet and live jazz music by award-winning faculty member Kyle Coughlin.

Tickets, available at the door, are $15, and include a buffet and beverages.

Information: www.howardcc .edu/alumni.

Teens can enroll in reading program

Teens can pick up a copy of Say What? What Teens Want to Know, the teen magazine with summer reading program information for middle- and high-school students, at any Howard County library. Registration is available online at, or in library the branches, starting Saturday.

A summer reading celebration for young people, grades six and above, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the east Columbia library. The program includes demonstrations of Indian dancing and fencing. In the morning, Rich Suchoski will give a workshop on chain mail.

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