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Alexander N. Beck, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the President’s List for the fall 2011 semester at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. To be eligible for the President’s List, students must earn a 4.0 grade point average. The following students were also named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester: Meghan M. Bandura, of Glen Allen; Mallory L. Moore and Jessica F. Smith, of Richmond; and Garrett I. Walker, of Henrico. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must earn a 3.5 grade point average.

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The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts recently awarded 27 fellowships to Virginia art students and professional artists for a total of $157,000. Professional fellowships, each worth $8,000, were awarded to Katie Baines (painting), Jeremy Drummond (mixed media), Corin Hewitt (mixed media), Matt King (sculpture), Melanie McLain (mixed media), Dana Ollestad (mixed media) and Edward M. Shenk (mixed media), of Richmond. Undergraduate awards, worth $4,000 each, were given to Rebecca Kuzemchak (painting), of Glen Allen, and Alexander Curley (drawing) and Barbara Pearsall (sculpture), of Richmond. During the VMFA Fellowship Program’s 72 years, the museum has awarded more than $4.6 million to 1,174 students and professional artists. The fellowship funds come from a privately-endowed fund administered by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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Warren Leslie Snead III, of Richmond, recently was named to the Dean’s List for the advent 2011 term, at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.625. Snead is the son of Brenda and Warren L. Snead, Jr.

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Hilary Hope Koss, of Richmond, recently was named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C. Koss is a senior.

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Julie Condit and Ronald Harrison, of Richmond, and Timothy West, of Glen Allen, recently were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must earn a grade point average of 3.33 or higher. Condit is a sophomore majoring in University Studies. Harrison is a senior majoring in Arts and Sciences. West is a sophomore majoring in Engineering.


Community

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

New Italian restaurant opens in Short Pump

Charlottesville's Bella’s Restaurant recently opened a location in Short Pump Village, at 11408 West Broad Street. The restaurant is owned by Valeria Biesnti, a native of Rome who arrived in the U.S. at age 21 and later became a U.S. citizen. With her restaurants, Bisenti has sought to create an ambiance that welcomes diners in a casual setting, like her favorites from her hometown. > Read more.

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