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Lindsay Crittenden and Christopher Alexander, juniors at Washington and Lee University, recently had their work included in an art exhibition titled Drawing Italy 2011, which was recently on display at the university’s Lenfest Center. The exhibition is composed of drawings and paintings by Washington and Lee students who spent the 2011 spring term abroad in Italy. Every other spring term, students in Professor Kathleen Olson's Drawing Italy class explore the rich artistic traditions of Italy as they travel through Rome, Florence, Umbria and Tuscany. Over the span of the month-long course students live and draw on site using the unique experience as inspiration for their artwork. Crittenden, a graduate of St. Catherine's School, is a business administration major with a minor in studio art. Alexander, a graduate of St. Christopher’s School, is a politics major with a minor in studio art.

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In its 2011 Open Doors Report, the Institute of International Education ranked the University of Richmond third in total study abroad students among the 40 U.S. baccalaureate institutions recognized. The university, whose baccalaureate and masters programs have placed in each of the last 10 Open Doors Reports, sent 582 students abroad in the 2009–10 academic year. The report considered only students who received academic credit from their institutions for studying abroad, and is based on survey results from more than 3,000 universities. Named the “Hottest School for International Studies” by Newsweek, the university maintains a study abroad portfolio of more than 75 programs in 30 countries, with 59 percent of the 2011 class studying abroad. A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that Richmond ranked ninth among baccalaureate institutions in the number of international students on campus this year, with 291.

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Navy Seaman Marcus S. Jones, son of Cherrate V. Jones and Larry J. Turner, of Richmond, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Jones completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, shipboard and aircraft safety and physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations,” an exercise that gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor. Jones is a 2010 graduate of Henrico High School.

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Tom Woodward, assistant director of Instructional Technology for Henrico County Public Schools, recently was named VSTE Outstanding Leader of the Year by the Virginia Society for Technology in Education. Woodward was recognized for his work towards ways to clarify, document and assess 21st century skills in the classroom through the development of the Teaching Innovation Progression Chart. He was also recognized for his support to teachers for their work in creating high quality 21st century lessons through the Henrico21 effort. Woodward is also a member of the VSTE Board of Directors.
Community

Lions Club donates backpacks to elementary school

The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.

Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.

Glen Allen student to perform at Carnegie Hall

Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.

At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.

Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.

Gayton Baptist Church dedicates new outreach center


The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.

Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.

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Entertainment

New Henrico biscuit shop thrives with grandmother’s recipe

Tix Laxton rises at 4:30 a.m. every day for a biscuit. But he’s not rushing out to any restaurant to get his favorite Southern comfort food; he’s baking his own from scratch and serving them up from his bakery on Lakeside Avenue.

Laxton opened Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery in early July and since then biscuits have been flying out of there.

The self-taught baker draws hungry crowds in with a biscuit of the day like the Old Bay Cheddar, but the buttermilk biscuits are the staple.

“On a Saturday I generally make about 400 biscuits with my two hands,” Laxton said. “I’m constantly making biscuits all day long.” > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

CAT Theatre announces cast of Sherlock Holmes play

CAT Theatre’s 51st season will open with Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, which will run from Oct. 24-Nov. 8. Adapted by Steven Dietz, it is based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and was the winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play.

The plot follows what seems to be the end of the career of the world’s greatest detective as he is confronted with a case far too tempting to ignore. When the King of Bohemia faces blackmail by famed opera singer Irene Adler, Holmes and his faithful companion, Dr. Watson, find themselves falling into the trap of evil genius Professor Moriarty. As Holmes says, “The game is afoot Watson, and it is a dangerous one!” > Read more.

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