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Reid Barden, a high school senior from Henrico, has been selected by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) to attend its fifth annual Safe Schools Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC. Barden was selected to participate in the Summit because of his previous involvement with safe schools advocacy. As a co-president at his high school’s Unite Club, Barden helped organize events collaborating with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. In addition, he helped organize a Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program for incoming freshman students. Attendees at the Summit will participate in workshops where they will learn about federal legislation, advocacy and organizing skills, and develop strategies to continue their work on advocating for safe schools at the local, state and federal levels. Participants will also meet with their elected officials on Capitol Hill about the importance of safe schools issues.


Shayla Lightfoot, of Richmond, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Bowie State University in Bowie, Md. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Lightfoot is a sophomore majoring in sport management.


The following students graduated from Boston University in January: Leslie M. Sale, of Glen Allen; and Timothy J. Drummond and Victoria F. Martin, of Henrico. Sale earned a master of arts degree in political science. Drummond earned a master of music degree in music. Martin earned a master of arts degree in art education.


Calee Nicole Whitten, daughter of Michael and Charlotte Whitten, of Henrico, has been awarded first-year honors for outstanding academic achievement during the fall 2012 semester at Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Va. To be eligible for first-year honors, students must earn a 3.3 grade point average. Whitten plans to major in business with a minor in Spanish.


Charles Overton, of Glen Allen, and Ryan Easter, of Richmond, recently were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.4 or above.


Marcus Burley, of Richmond, graduated in January from the University of Delaware in Newark, Del.


Marissa Steinbeck, daughter of Andrew and Constance Steinbeck, of Henrico, recently was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.4 or higher.


Kelly Bangs, a J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College opticianry student who lives in Henrico County, has been named as a finalist in Transition Optical’s first Student Video Contest. The company asked optometry and opticianry students to submit short videos that encouraged patients to see “Life well lit,” complementing its global communications campaign. More than 25 videos were submitted and grand prize packages were awarded to nine students. Four additional students received finalist packages. Finalists were selected based on the number of “likes” their video received from YouTube viewers. Bangs received a $100 cash prize.

Henricus to portray ‘Arnold’s Raid on Richmond’ Jan. 31

The Henricus Historical Park in Chesterfield this weekend will portray "Arnold's Raid on Richmond," which took place in 1781 when British General Benedict Arnold took his small British and Loyalist forces and raided Richmond as Governor Thomas Jefferson watched from the safety of Manchester.

The event will take place Jan. 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Period-dressed historical interpreters will occupy the bluff overlooking the James River.

Visitors are invited to join the American militia, British regulars, Hessians and Loyalists in camp. > Read more.

‘Secret Keeper Girl - Crazy Hair Tour’ returning to West End Assembly of God

Hundreds of 'tweens' and their moms will attend the Secret Keeper Girl Crazy Hair Tour at West End Assembly of God on Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m., a popular Bible-based tour geared toward building and strengthening relationships between mothers and their daughters (typically ages 8 to 12).

The event will feature a full fashion show, oversized balloon sculptures and confetti cannons – all in the name of inner beauty, Biblical modesty and vibrant purity. > Read more.

OutRVA, ‘Say I Do!’ to give away all-expenses paid wedding at Lewis Ginter

OutRVA and Say I Do! have collaborated to offer LGBT couples an opportunity to win an all-expenses-paid wedding at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Robins Tea House on March 7.

In September, Richmond Region Tourism launched OutRVA, a campaign designed to show people Richmond’s strong LGBT community and highlight the area as a travel destination.

The winning couple will say "I do" in a ceremony coordinated by event designer and floral artist Casey Godlove of Strawberry Fields Flowers & Gifts and marriage concierge, Ayana Obika of All About The Journey. The couple will receive wardrobe and styling, a custom wedding cake, florals, an overnight stay at the Linden Row Inn (including a suite on the day of the wedding for preparation), and a post-wedding brunch at the Hilton Garden Inn on Sunday, March 8. > Read more.

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Weekend Top 10

For our Top 10 calendar events this weekend, click here! > Read more.

CAT Theatre announces auditions for ‘Quartet’

CAT Theatre will hold auditions for Quartet on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 22, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Auditions will be held at the theatre, located at 319 N. Wilkinson Road in Richmond. Quartet will run May 22 through June 6 and will close out CAT’s 51st season.

Director Laurie Follmer is seeking two males, ages 50-70 and two females ages 50-70. British accents are required for roles and are requested for auditions. There is no actual singing in the show. Singing ability and experience is not a requirement. Audition sides are available at http://www.cattheatre.com on the Audition Page. > 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.

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