Miss Henrico, Mrs. Henrico pageants open

Applications are now being accepted for the titles of 2012 “Miss Henrico County” and “Mrs. Henrico County.” “Miss” and “Mrs.” will have the honor of representing her area at the Miss Virginia International Pageant, to be held Oct. 7-8 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen.

Applicants for Miss Henrico County must be between the ages of 19-29. The woman crowned Miss Virginia International will receive a prize package valued at over $5,000 and will compete in the Miss International Pageant in Chicago, Ill. Applicants for Mrs. Henrico County must be married and between the ages of 21-56. The woman crowned Mrs. Virginia International will receive a prize package valued at over $10,000 and will also compete in the international pageant in Chicago.

The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign is the official charity of the Miss and Mrs. Virginia International Pageant. All contestants will compete in interview, fun fashion, fitness wear and evening gown categories. There is no talent or swimsuit competition and no experience is necessary.

To apply, call 443-832-3294 or visit http://www.virginiainternationalpageants.com.

Reynolds CC to host sculptor Paul DiPasquale

Reynolds Community College will host Richmond sculptor Paul DiPasquale Sept. 28 as he shares his presentation “Art Talk, Why Art Matters” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Center Gallery of the Workforce Development and Conference Center on the Parham Road Campus, located at 1651 E. Parham Road in Richmond. This event is free and open to the public. > Read more.

Free children’s clothing for those in need

The Children's Clothing Closet at Highland Springs United Methodist Church will be open Saturday, Aug. 27 and Tuesday, Aug. 30 to provide free new or nearly new children's clothing for families in need, prior to the start of the school year. The Clothing Closet will be open from 10 a.m. to noon both days. The church is located at 22 North Holly Avenue. > Read more.

Theme for this year’s Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter announced

The theme for the annual Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside has been announced.

This year's event, which opens Nov. 25 and will continue through Jan. 9, will explore "Living Color" and show how the world's kaleidoscope of colors speaks to people, impacts nature and influences culture, according to Garden officials. The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. > Read more.


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The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society will meet at 7 p.m. at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Why would a young woman spend time fertilizing native grass on an undeveloped barrier island? That young woman, Ashley Moulton, will present the results of her Master’s thesis, including the important implications of how the functional diversity of plant communities can be altered by global and local disturbances in coastal systems. The program is free and open to the public. A short business meeting will follow the presentation. For details, visit http://www.pocahontaschapter-vnps.org. Full text

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