Happy 40th anniversary to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's Iota Lambda Omega Chapter.

To mark this important occasion, the AKA Sorority is inviting the public to a celebration, the chapter's 40 Years of Timeless Service Luncheon, Saturday, Oct. 14, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the BWI Airport Marriott.


Four decades ago, the AKA Iota Lambda Omega Chapter was founded by 23 women. Many of these charter members are still involved in the Sorority today, including Lenora Booth,Tracey Williams, Rosalyn Terborg-Penn, Ethil Hill, Grace M. Scott Dixon, Ruby Polley, Lula Wade, Barbara Bray, Barbara Brown, Jacqueline Ellis Brown, Sandra Edgecomb, Elsie Hardwick, Joan Harris, Rosa Holland, Fredericka Smithson-Mathews, Jacqueline Pelzer, Jessie Simpson, Roberta Briscoe and Elaine Mitchell.

In fact, founders and Ellicott City residents Lenora Boot and Tracey Williams currently serve as the chapter's president and vice president.

At present, the chapter boasts over 200 members who conduct numerous educational and philanthropic programs in Howard County. Their programming includes feeding the hungry at the Grassroots Shelter, distributing educational scholarships, providing the needy with clothes through their AKA Coat Day, and conducting educational workshops on topics such as Safety for Seniors, Home Ownership and Retirement Savings Planning.

In addition, their signature program is the Emerging Young Leaders workshops that support young girls, in six through eight grades, with leadership development, civic engagement, enhanced academic preparation and character building training.

AKA is an international service organization founded at Howard University in 1908. With over 260,000 members worldwide, It is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women.

Luncheon tickets are $65 for adults and $45 for children under 12 years of age. For more information about AKA or for ticket information, contact Denise Riley at 240-482-9272 or Anna Smith at 443-527-4531.

Next month, the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company hosts a moveable Shakespeare production of "Richard III" Oct. 5-28 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.. Sundays at 6 p.m.

Ian Gallanar, the show's director and the CSC founding artistic director, will transform Richard III, which is set among powerful warring families in Europe, to a place which is similar, but more familiar to contemporary audiences.

"I love to be able to connect the text with the physical space in which we work both metaphorically and literally," Gallanar said.

Starring Vince Eisenson in the title role and staged among the stone ruins of the Patuxent Female Institute's historic park, the play's moveable format will allow the audience to follow the actors throughout the grounds of the ruined antebellum boarding school as they watch the outrageous Richard manipulate, marry, and murder his way to take the crown of England and then battle to keep it.

Moveable Shakespeare productions have a limited audience size, so advance ticket purchases are encouraged. Tickets range in price from $15 (students), $29 (seniors) to $36 (adults).

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company website at http://www.chesapeakeshakespeare.com or call 410-313-8661.

In other Shakespeare news, Centennial High School's theater department announced its fall play, "Twelfth Night." Evening performances are Nov. 15, 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. and mantinee performances are on Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 3 p.m.

For more information, contact Kathryn Carlsen at kcarlsen@hcpss.org.