Harrison Up for Top Collegiate Award

HarrisonQueen Harrison, a Hermitage High School and Virginia Tech graduate, is in the running for The Bowerman, the nation's top award for collegiate track and field athletes.

The Bowerman is given each year to the top male and female collegiate athletes in the sport of track and field. Performances during both the NCAA indoor and outdoor track and field will be considered, but an athlete does not have to participate in both seasons to be considered. The Bowerman is given by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) and is named in honor of Bill Bowerman, a track and field coach recognized for his numerous contributions to the sport.

Harrison won Virginia Tech's first national title in women's track and field at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships, winning the 60-meter hurdles. She also broke a school record in the 400-meter dash three times in the season. Harrison was named ACC performer of the Week twice during the indoor campaign and named USTFCCCA Southeast Region Track Athlete of the Year.

In outdoor track and field, Harrison became the first female in NCAA history to win both the 100- and 400-meter hurdle national titles. She also won the ACC crowns in the 100- and 400-meter hurdles and was given ACC Women's Track MVP honors for the outdoor season.

Harrison also participated in the 2008 summer Olympics in China.

The male and female finalists with the highest point total after the tabulation of ballots, fan voting, and USTFCCCA member voting will be declared the winner. Fan voting is available online until Aug. 20 at thebowerman.org.

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.

Weekend Top 10

Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.


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The Henrico County office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is selling apples, peanuts, honey and cookbooks to benefit local 4-H youth programs. Orders are due by Oct. 26.

The sale features Virginia produce and six different cookbooks, each with more than 140 recipes. The items and prices are:

•Winesap or York apples, $20 per half-bushel, or 83 cents per pound;
•Raw peanuts, with recipes, $10 per 2-pound sack;
•Salted or unsalted cocktail peanuts, $15 per 2-pound sack;
•Honey, $10 per 1-pound jar; and
•Cookbooks, $8 apiece. The titles are “On the Grill,” “Kids in the Kitchen,” “Slow Cooker,” “Homemade Classics,” “Cookies & Bars” and “Quick Fix.” Each spiral-bound cookbook measures 5½ by 4¼ inches and includes a soft cover and 150 pages.

Order forms are available at http://www.henrico.us/extension, the Extension Office, any Henrico library or by calling (804) 501-5160. A check or money order payable to Henrico 4-H Fund must accompany each order.

Because supplies are limited, orders received after Wednesday, Oct. 26 will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Orders will be available for pickup from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 at the loading dock of the Human Services Building, 8600 Dixon Powers Drive. Full text

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