The following students graduated from Virginia Tech in December 2011: Amira Aljabar, Bailey Atkins, Kevin Barry, Ashley Fortier, Robert Hoke, Jonathan Peck and Tiffany Luu, of Glen Allen; and Paul Croasdale and Kylie Roman, of Henrico.


Elizabeth Hawkins, of Richmond, recently graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla. Hawkins received a bachelor of arts degree.


Elyse Clark, of Glen Allen, recently was inducted into the University of Mary Washington chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Kappa of Virginia. Kappa of Virginia inducted 46 students, including seniors with weighed GPAs of 3.74 or higher and a select group of juniors, as well as one alumna.


Hampden-Sydney College senior Shawn Derrick Maxwell, Jr. recently received the Military Leadership/National Security Studies Program Certificate. The program was initiated in the spring of 2005 for students interested in the historical, political, cultural, ethical and legal dimensions of national security policy as well as the place and role of the military in American society.


New members of Nation Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) VFC Board were elected at the recent 58th Annual Convention, held April 22-25. The Board assumes duties immediately. Elected to serve on the Virginia Board was Treasurer Samuel Harris, of Glen Allen. The largest federal employee/retiree organization, NARFE represents the retirement interests of nearly 5 million current and future federal annuitants, spouses and survivors.

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 Henrico County Community Author Showcase, a program that connects writers and readers in the community, will begin at 7 p.m. and continue on the second Monday and every Thursday of the month at various libraries. Sabin Duncan will share “Assuming Hurts” at Fairfield Library. For details, visit Full text

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