Hazelett honored by VCU

Retiring Henrico County Manager Virgil Hazelett was honored today by Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs for his contributions to government and community. Hazelett was one of six individuals and groups honored as part of the eighth annual "Excellence in Virginia Government Awards" ceremony at the Richmond Marriott.

Hazelett earned the lifetime achievement award, signifying his four decades of leadership and service to Henrico County, as well as his management practices and efficiency that brought national recognition to the county. Hazelett, who has served as county manager for nearly 20 years, oversees a budget of more than $140 million and a workforce of more than 10,000. Henrico was recognized as the first locality in the nation to receive a AAA bond rating after the federal government’s bond rating downgrade.

Hazelett will retire in mid-January and be replaced by Deputy County Manager John Vithoulkas.

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. Melissa Gay will share her book “When Are You Leaving” at Tuckahoe Library. For details, visit http://www.henricolibrary.org/authors. Full text

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