State high school seniors prefer Va. Tech, survey says

Virginia Tech is the most popular college choice of Virginia high school seniors, according to a survey by

The survey found that 29 percent of seniors in Virginia named Virginia Tech University a top college choice, compared with 19 percent who named the University of Virginia a top choice.

More than 25,000 Virginia seniors reported their choices to the website. Overall, more than 51,000 Virginia students currently participate in the college planning program.

"This year's competitions between universities are not only settled on the football field, the basketball court and other sporting venues – they begin much sooner for students and families across the country," said Ryan Munce, vice president of My College Options. "As early as eighth grade, students are planning and preparing to attend the college or university that is best for them. All institutions of higher education try to stand apart from their competition in the hearts and minds of their future freshman classes,"

The top five overall most declared colleges for the Virginia high school class of 2011, according to the survey, are:

1. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - 28.9 percent

2. The University of Virginia - 19.2 percent

3. James Madison University - 15.1 percent

4. Old Dominion University - 11.6 percent

5. The University of North Carolina - 10.6 percent.

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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CharacterWorks will hold its Fall Festival from 9 a.m. to noon at North Run Baptist Church, 2100 Lydell Dr. There will be a bounce house, photo booth, games and candy prizes, a bake sale, food and drinks, face painting, music and a costume contest. All proceeds benefit CWorks' Missions Trip to the Dominican Republic with Samaritan's Feet in December. For details, visit Full text

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