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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.
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Architect of World Trade Center Memorial to speak in Henrico

Michael Arad, the architect of the World Trade Center Memorial, will be the keynote speaker for The 2016 Adolf-Adams JCC Forum on Sat., Jan. 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., at the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Jewish Community Center in Henrico.

Arad’s “Reflecting Absence” architectural design was selected from more than 5,000 competitive entries as the template for the Memorial’s construction in New York City. During the forum, Arad will discuss the significance and symbolism of the design, as well as his inspiration. The event, which is a highlight of the Weinstein JCC’s Patron of the Arts series, is open to the public > Read more.

Environmental Film Festival planned for February

The Sixth Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) will be held Feb. 1-7, 2016 at various locations, including in Henrico County.

A partnership of The Enrichmond Foundation, Capital Region Land Conservancy, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Falls of the James Group - Sierra Club, the festival will feature a number of insightful films designed to raise awareness of environmental issues relative to all residents of the planet and Richmond citizens in particular.

A detailed schedule will be released at a time closer to the festival, but the popular children's portion has been set for Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Byrd Theatre in Carytown. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10

If you like theatre and music (especially if you’re in need of a date night idea for Valentine’s Day), you’re going to love some events taking place this weekend in Henrico! The county’s 30th annual One Act Showcase ends this weekend and Jewish Family Theatre will begin their production of “The Sisters Rosenweig.” Bluegrass fans will enjoy the McShin Foundation’s fifth annual Bluegrass Concert/Benefit at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church. Balsam Range will perform at the Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond and The Tin Pan will host two Valentine’s Day events featuring Doctors of Jazz and The Bob Blagg Trio. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.


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Eastern Henrico Recreation Center will host “50s Dance: Remembering Tommy Edwards” from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dance the night away while paying tribute to Tommy Edwards and his multi-million… Full text

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