Glen Allen teen wins Junior Teen award

Davina Ariana Seoparsan of Glen Allen (pictured above) recently won the title of National U.S.A. Ambassador Junior Teen. A rising sophomore in the International Baccalaureate program at J. R. Tucker High School, Seoparsan also won the talent, spokesmodel, actress, modeling, academic and volunteer service awards.

Seoparsan was crowned Aug. 6 at the Innisbrook Golf and Spa Resort in Tampa, Fla., where contestants ages 4-25 from across the nation competed in a personal interview, U.S.A. Fashionwear competition, onstage conversation, and evening gown, in addition to their chosen optional competitions.

National winners receive cash awards, trip opportunities, wardrobe, electronics, interview training, and additional gifts from pageant sponsors. Seoparsan will spend the year traveling and representing the U.S.A. Ambassador program at various events and community service opportunities across the country.

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 Shady Grove Coffeehouse at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 11105 Cauthorne Rd., continues its 16th season with Bob Zentz at 8 p.m. A Bob Zentz concert is a smorgasbord of contemporary, traditional and original songs, tunes and chat, linked by the artist's philosophic perspective, thematic logic and a strong “sense” of history, humanity and humor. Tickets are $15 to $20; teens are admitted at half price and children age 12 and under are free. Net proceeds benefit UUCC. For details, call 323-4288 or visit Full text

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