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At a special luncheon on July 18, the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) presented awards to individuals who have made significant contributions to research, education and the mission of the society. The Patricia Rodman and Martin Kirwan King Volunteer Award, which recognizes the outstanding volunteer of the year, was awarded to Henrico resident Lee Ball, who has been volunteering in the advancement office at VHS for more than a year. A total of nine VHS awards were presented.

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The University of Richmond recently ranked 69th out of 96 participating colleges in the Sierra Club’s annual review of America’s greenest colleges. The rank is an improvement from last year’s placement of 84th, reflecting continued efforts to implement green policies. During the 2011-12 school year, the university achieved two advances: discontinuation of coal usage at the on-campus steam plant and establishment of a fund to pay for future energy efficiency and conservation projects. The student body also contributed, placing in the top ten for electricity usage reduction in the spring Campus Conservational Nationals.

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Deep Run High School graduate Adam White recently headed to Japan on Sept. 3 to begin eight months of intensive Japanese language study. His travel, tuition and other expenses are being funded by a $20,000 Boren Scholarship. A sophomore, international affairs major at James Madison University, White just returned from another six-month stint in Japan, where he was learning Japanese and how to teach English in a program called International Village Study Abroad. White's first trip to Japan was in summer 2008, before starting his senior year of high school. He spent three weeks touring the country and was involved in a 10-day exchange program as part of the U.S. High School Diplomats program. White will continue to study in Asia next fall when he heads to Kyung Hee University in South Korea on a scholarship from the International Network of Universities.

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Lindsey Leach, a 2004 graduate of the Steward School in western Henrico, has joined the Legal Information Network for Cancer (LINC) as an executive assistant. She is a 2008 graduate of Christopher Newport University, with degrees in sociology and English. Her diverse career experience includes working in the finance department for Henrico County and working for the nonprofit, Campaign Virginia. Leach enjoys reading, writing and painting in her spare time. An experienced traveler, she has been to 11 different countries and recently spent three months backpacking through Europe. LINC helps ease the burden of cancer for patients and their families by providing assistance and referral to legal, financial and community resources.

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Catherine Vaughan, of Glen Allen, recently served as a first year orientation guide (FrOG) on James Madison University's orientation team. FrOGs are a diverse group of undergraduate students who assist incoming first-year students in their academic, personal and social transition. They are legendary on campus for their annual FrOG dance. Vaughan is a senior whose major is management.

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The American Association of University Women has awarded Karen Zekauskas, a student at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, a $1,500 scholarship. Zekauskas is a science major.
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

Weekend Top 10


It’s Halloween! Ghosts and goblins are everywhere…especially at Dorey Park’s Monster Mash and the annual Pumpkin Festival at Gayton Crossing Shopping Center. But don’t let the fun stop on the 31st – the Latin Ballet of Virginia will present El Dia de los Muertos Family Festival on Nov. 1. And if you need a break from the candy, enjoy some classical music at the University of Richmond and the Weinstein JCC on Sunday. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Brews and bites done right

Urban Tavern’s big, bold themes impress

The Urban Tavern opened in August, replacing the former Shackelford’s space at 10498 Ridgefield Parkway in Short Pump. Because of local and longtime devotion to Shackleford’s, Urban Tavern has some big shoes to fill.

Without any background information, I headed to the restaurant for dinner on a Wednesday night, two months after its opening.

On a perfect fall evening, four out of eight outdoor tables were taken, giving the impression that the restaurant was busier than it was. On the inside, a couple tables were taken, and a few folks were seated at the bar. > Read more.

A terrible, horrible movie. . . that’s actually pretty good

‘Alexander’ provides uncomplicated family fun
It’s not surprising in the least that Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day doesn’t much resemble the book it’s based upon.

Judith Viorst’s 1972 picture book isn’t exactly overflowing with movie-worthy material. Boy has bad day. Boy is informed that everyone has bad days sometimes. Then, the back cover.

In the film, the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad-ness is blown up to more extreme size. Alexander Cooper (Ed Oxenbould) has a bum day every day, while the rest of his family (Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey) exist in a constant bubble of perfection and cheery optimism – to the point that the family is so wrapped up in their own success that Alexander’s being ignored.

So on the eve of his 12th birthday, Alexander makes a wish: just once, he’d like his family to see things from his perspective; to experience the crushing disappointment of one of those no good, very bad days. Once he has blown out the candle on his pre-birthday ice cream sundae, his family’s fate is sealed: one full day of crippling disasters for all of them. > Read more.

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