Lakeside Farmers’ Market earns top honors

Lakeside Farmers' Market has been named the top mid-size market in Virginia and the No. 2 mid-size market in the United States by voters in the 2012 America's Favorite Farmers Markets competition, sponsored by the American Farmland Trust. Voting took place through the summer and concluded Sept. 3.

The mid-size division includes markets with 16 to 30 vendors.

Lakeside Farmers' Market earned 1,017 votes, finishing second overall in the state to the Williamsburg Farmers' Market, which competes in the medium size division. The Lakeside market finished second nationally in its category to a farmers market in Texas.

Last year, the Lakeside market competed in the small market category and placed first overall in Virginia and second nationally in the small market category.

Lakeside Farmers' Market operates year-round at 6110 Lakeside Ave. Market hours are dawn to dusk on Wednesdays through Thanksgiving and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon through Christmas. From January through
March, the market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at its indoor pavilion, Lakeside Farmers' Market TOO!

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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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