Fraternity marks 20th anniversary of local chapter


This Sunday, the Columbia Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the chartering of their chapter. The event is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center and will reflect upon two decades of community service by the fraternity.

The program will include musical and poetic interludes featuring the works of Langston Hughes, Sterling Brown, John Coltrane, Joshua Redman, Lafayette Harris, Avee Sougree and others.

The poetry of Langston Hughes and Gwendolyn Brooks will be recited by middle school students Brandon Barrett and Chris Riley.

Author Edward P. Jones will read from his book "Lost in the City," which offers reflections of African-American life in Washington, D.C.

Other entertainment includes Tappers with Attitude, who will perform a dance number choreographed by Brenda Bufalino.

And middle schooler Daniel Moore will perform lively piano and vocal selections.

The concluding music, "Christo Redintor . . .," will be performed by Donald Byrd.

A reception will be held after the program. For more information, please call Alpha Drim at 740-0909 or David Barrett at (301) 596-3656.


Congratulations to the Wilde Lake High School girls varsity basketball team and coach Kelly Storr. Their victory over top-seeded Brunswick in the Class 1A South Regional championship game is definitely the high point in an otherwise lackluster year so far for the Wilde Lake sports teams.


The professional staff at Howard County General Hospital has a new president. Last week, Dr. Adinarayana Divakaruni, a Columbia gastroenterologist, was elected to president, succeeding internist Dr. Gary Miles.

Dr. Divakaruni, who received staff privileges at the hospital in 1979, has been active in medical staff and hospital affairs. As president, he will oversee the 508 member medical staff at the hospital and will also serve as a member of the its board of trustees.

Other officers elected to service in key leadership positions include Charles Lancelotta, vice president, and Dr. Mary Hogan, secretary-treasurer.


Slayton House's Camp of the Arts has traditionally been a big favorite among the summer camps offered in Columbia.

For those interested in having their children attend camp, there will be an open house at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Center from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 26.

The theatrical arts camp offers training in dance, music, set design and theater for beginners, as well as intermediate and advanced students.

The full range of classes includes acting, jazz, tap, improvisation, voice, musical theater, painting and set design.

Three camp sessions are available: June 19 to July 7; July 10 to 28 and July 31 to Aug. 18. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Extended care is available.

Information: 730-3987.


The Howard County government has chosen April 1 for its Discover County Government Expo.

The all-day event to be held at the Mall in Columbia will feature exhibits, live entertainment, dance performances, fire department demonstrations, a fashion show featuring county government employees and performances by The Goldenaires.

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