Samuel George Johnson, a graduate of Highland Springs High School, and John Donald Lloyd, a graduate of Deep Run High School, have enrolled as Patrick Henry Scholars with the class of 2016 at Hampden-Sydney College. The Patrick Henry Scholarship is named to honor the American patriot and early trustee of Hampden-Sydney. Recipients of the Patrick Henry Scholarship are recognized for leadership and academic achievement.


Gov. Bob McDonnell recently appointed the following local residents to Virginia boards and commissions: Board of Dentistry – Dr. Charles E. Gaskins, III, of Richmond, periodontist and president of Gaskins and Associates; and Melanie C. Swain, of Richmond, dental hygienist with Westhampton Dentistry; Board of Directors of the Small Business Financing Authority – Monica Rao, of Henrico, self-employed; State Executive Council for At-Risk Youth and Families – Patricia S. O’Bannon, of Henrico, member of the Board of Supervisors, Tuckahoe District; and Greg Peters, of Richmond, president and CEO of United Methodist Family Services.


Percy Andrews and Blair Farinholt, of Richmond, have been awarded scholarships at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. The Denison Alumni Award recognizes academic achievement, leadership and personal merit. Both students are members of the class of 2016.


Julie Sjostrom, of Glen Allen, has been named to the dean’s list for the summer 2012 semester at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.899. Sjostrom is majoring in international affairs and modern foreign language.

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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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will host October Oddities Oct. 1-31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Refresh your “garden spirit” with displays and activities for all ages throughout the month of October. Enjoy vignettes designed to provoke a sense of curiosity and wonder using underappreciated oddities of nature and “horti-torture.” Pick up a Gourd Quest at the admissions desk before heading down to the Children’s Garden. Included with regular admission which is $13 for adults, $11 for seniors 55+ and $8 for children 3-12. For details, visit Full text

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