The following students recently were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at University of Mary Washington: Tawany C. Almeida, Jack K. Anderson, Mary K. Hubbard, Christopher A. Moore and Nathalie I. Rieder, of Glen Allen; LeeAnne R. Brooks, of Sandston; John L. White, of Henrico; and Nathan J. Bemis, Hallie E. Gibson, Lara R. Pugh and Amy M. Purello, of Richmond. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.5.

Elyse V. Clark, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the president’s list for the fall 2011 semester at University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. To be eligible for the president’s list, students must earn a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Alexandria T. Kunz, of Henrico, recently graduated from Boston University in Boston, Mass. Kunz received a master’s degree in criminal justice.

Parth P. Shah, of Glen Allen, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester at Boston University in Boston, Mass.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to state boards and commissions: Virginia Retirement System Board of Trustees – Diana F. Cantor, of Glen Allen, partner with Alternative Investment Management, LLC; and Virginia Wine Board – Mitzi L. Batterson, of Glen Allen, general manager of James River Cellars.

The Henricus Foundation with Chesterfield and Henrico Counties recently named Charles Lewis Grant the executive director of Henricus Historical Park. Grant served as acting executive director since July 2010 and throughout the site’s 400th commemoration. He previously served as operations manager of the living history museum for two years. Prior to Henricus Historical Park, Grant served as president of Custom Collectibles, Ltd. and senior project manager at The American Historical Foundation. Grant has undergraduate and master’s degrees in history from Radford University and Virginia Tech, respectively.

Alan Meekins, of Richmond, recently graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y. Meekins received a bachelor of science degree in computer science from RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.

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 President’s Own United States Marine Band, founded in 1798 and America’s oldest continually active professional musical organization, will perform at 3 p.m. at Glen Allen High School. “The President’s Own” is celebrated for its role at the White House and its dynamic public performances, which total more than 500 annually. This concert is the final performance of the 125th anniversary of the Marine Band Tour. In the style of the band’s 17th director, John Philip Sousa, who initiated the concert tour tradition in 1891, Marine Band Director Lt. Col. Jason K. Fettig has chosen a diverse mix of programs, from traditional band repertoire and marches to instrumental solos. Tickets are free but required. For details, visit Full text

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