Henrico resident receives VHS award

Henrico County resident Kelly Winters was one of 12 recipients honored recently at a luncheon at the Virginia Historical Society (VHS), at which VHS presented awards to individuals who have excelled in the fields of research, education, service and support of the Society. A total of ten VHS awards were presented to a teacher, a businessman, an author, students, volunteers, and staff.

Winters received the Howson W. Cole Award, which recognizes staff members who have shown great dedication to the VHS. The award, which was created to honor Howson Cole, senior archivist at the VHS for nearly four decades, is not given annually, but in years in which the award committee feels it is merited.

Starting out as an administrative coordinator for the development department, and later promoted to membership services manager, Winters worked for the Society for nearly 16 years before leaving in June 2011. VHS President and CEO Dr. Paul Levengood said that under her supervision membership doubled to a high of 8,000 members, and during her tenure, the renewal rate climbed to a high of 90 percent.

“Kelly set high standards for exemplary customer service, an impeccable work ethic, and a willingness to go above and beyond the parameters of her published job description time and time again,” said Levengood.

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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