Education Digest


Cedar Lane School holding an 'Aloha' party this week

The Cedar Lane School community will hold an "Aloha" celebration, to mark the closing of the facility at 5451 Beaverkill Road and anticipate the opening of the new Cedar Lane facility in Fulton.

The celebration, which will include food and entertainment, will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the old building in Columbia. The new school, on the Lime Kiln Middle School campus, is to open in August.

The Cedar Lane School serves severely disabled students ages 3 to 21 in Howard County.

Board of Education is to meet June 21

The Howard County Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled meeting at 4 p.m. June 21 in the boardroom at the Department of Education, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City.

The afternoon session and an evening session, which is to start at 7:30 p.m., will begin with a public forum during which members of the community can address the board on any topic for which there is no formal hearing process.

Sign-up in advance is preferred.

Information: 410-313-6682. To sign up: 410-313-7197.

To request a sign-language interpreter: Rebecca Davis, 410- 313-7046. Two-weeks' notice is requested.

Tai Sophia Institute holding commencement today

Tai Sophia Institute in North Laurel, a graduate school in complementary medicine, is to award 66 master's degrees at its commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. today at Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia.

Receiving degrees are 35 graduates of the institute's acupuncture program; 14 graduates of the herbal medicine program; and 17 graduates of the applied healing arts program -- that program's first graduating class.

The Maryland Higher Education Commission recently approved a request by the institute to award a master of science degree in herbal medicine instead of an master of arts in botanical healing.

Botanical medicine seminar to start Friday

The fourth seminar on botanical medicine will be held Friday through June 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 in practice 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, an 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.

There is a fee.

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

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