Tai Sophia Institute graduation is today

The Tai Sophia Institute, a graduate school offering advanced degrees in acupuncture, herbal medicine and applied healing arts, will award 51 master's degrees at its commencement at 1 p.m. today at Jim Rouse Theater at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia.

James A. Duke, author of The Green Farmacy and an expert on the medicinal use of plants and herbs, will deliver the commencement address.

A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

Advisory panel seeks at-large members

The Citizens Advisory Committee to the Board of Education is seeking at-large members for the 2006-2007 school year.

The group of citizens and representatives from local PTAs serves in an advisory capacity to the elected school board, sponsors educational programming for members and encourages them to study and comment on curriculum, education policy, redistricting and the budget.

The committee usually meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. At-large members serve two-year terms.

Information: 410-313-6682.

Dance theater to hold summer classes

Kinetics Dance Theatre, 3280 Pine Orchard Lane, Ellicott City, will offer summer classes for children and adults, as well as weeklong dance camps for new dancers, experienced dancers and Girl Scouts.

Children's classes will be available in ballet, tap, musical theater, hip-hop, ballet and jazz. Classes and camps begin this month and continue through the summer.

Information: 410-480-1686 or

Columbia Ravens to offer tutoring

Registration is required by Thursday for the Columbia Ravens football organization's free after-school tutoring. The Howard County youth football and cheerleading group is cooperating with Howard County schools to offer the free service before football practices from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 5.

The program is open to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. Space is limited.

Information or registration:

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