The award-winning singer-songwriter, performer and recording artist Richard Walton just released his 10th album, "Cover Me", a blend of 60's, 70's and 80's retro pop and rock vocals, now available on iTunes and cdbaby.com.

The Ellicott City resident has won numerous awards for both individual and group performances including the annual Billboard and John Lennon songwriting contests.


In addition to his solo performances, the bass player and lead singer appears with two Maryland rock bands, Release and Legal Tender, the duo Three's A Crowd with Vicki Scarinzi and his award winning contemporary jazz band the Richard Walton Group.

Walton's other albums can be heard on Pandora radio. Or see him perform live solo or with his bands locally at Alexandra's restaurant in Turf Valley, Pure Wine Cafe in the historic district, the Columbia Lake front and Dorsey Search Village Center.

Ellicott City residents Lenora Booth and Tracey Williams serve as Howard County's Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha president and vice president, respectively. They would like to invite the community to the organization's 33rd annual scholarship luncheon Showcase of Excellence for Education, Sunday, April 28, from 2 to 6 p.m., at Martin's West.

Hosted by Shelia Steward of Radio One, the event benefits the college education scholarship program run by the organization's Pearl Foundation Inc. The luncheon will feature musical selections by Warren Williams, comedian Mike Easterling of Columbia Matters, and the Morgan State University Fashion Team by ABC Modeling. To purchase tickets, go to the event website at http://www.akafashionshow2013.eventbrite.com.

The Orchestra of St. John's presents "Festive Finale" featuring Boccherini: Cello Concerto in B-flat major with the orchestra's principal cellist Gretchen Gettes, Dvorak: Serenade for Winds, Op.44 with winds and bass string players and Warlock: "The Capriol Suites" .

The performance is Sunday, April 21, at 4 p.m., in Ellicott City's historic St. John's Episcopal Church. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for students ages 18-24 with ID and free for children under 18 years accompanied by an adult.

For more information, including ticket purchases, call 410-461-7793, ext. 398, or go to the orchestra website at http://www.orchestraofstjohns.org.

Congratulations to Grace Kubofcik, who was recently inducted into the Howard County Women Hall of Fame.

Since she moved to Ellicott City with her family in 1969, Kubofcik has served in leadership positions with various county organizations, including Worthington Elementary school PTA, Howard County PTA Council (president), Association of Community Services, Ellicott City Restoration Foundation and the League of Women Voters (president).

In the late 1980's, Kubofcik's outstanding volunteer work brought her to the attention of then County Executive Elizabeth Bobo, who requested she join her administration. While an assistant to the county executive, she established the first county recycling and county agricultural preservation programs.

Over the years, Kubofcik's work in county and state governments coupled with her passion for civic involvement has built a legacy of giving that has inspired many. She continues to serve in local organizations and to provide endless hours of leadership, mentoring and support to women. Well deserved award, Grace!