Students excel in ‘Reflections’

Hermitage High School senior Helen Rai (above) displays her artwork, which will advance to the national PTA Reflections Program competition in Washington, D.C. Rai and Short Pump Elementary School second-grader Madeleine Wang (pictured inset at right with School Board members Beverly Cocke, Diana Winston and Henrico Superintendent Patrick Russo), were the two Henrico students whose art advanced to the national competition.

The theme of this year's competition was "Diversity Means..."

Other county students received awards in the contest at the state competition. They are: Caroline Armstrong (Participation), Short Pump Middle School; Samuel Hurst (Award of Excellence) Longan Elementary School; Trisha Kocherlakota (Participation), Jackson Davis Elementary School, Catherine Liu (Award of Merit) Short Pump Middle School, Madison Lowerre (Award of Excellence), Glen Allen High School, Kathryn Rainer (Award of Excellence), Deep Run High School, Joshua Sargent (Participation), Springfield Park ES School; Jonathan Singh (Participation), Jackson Davis Elementary School; Olivia Wilkinson (Award of Excellence), Nuckols Farm Elementary School.

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 Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond will present acclaimed folk duo The Milk Carton Kids, with special guest Vance Gilbert, at 7:30 p.m. in Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music. Tickets are $14 to $28. For details, visit Full text

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