May 6 - Art in the Arboretum
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum
A published botanical illustrator for a book about bromeliads, Anita Cooper also did pen-and-ink drawings for scientific papers for the National Institute for Biodiversity. Cooper majored in fine art at Berea College and earned a master’s degree in art education at the University of Iowa. She currently teaches at the Beverly Street Studio School in Staunton. For more information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum. Free.
May 24 - Wine and Cheese Lecture
Edith J. Carrier Arboretum
Julie Haushalter and Rebecca Haushalter from White Oak Lavender Farm lecture on growing, harvesting and using lavender in cuisine, home and beauty products. At $15 per person, enjoy two beverages of choice (red, blush or white wine) and cheeses and crackers for tasting.
Online reservation is required by 5 p.m. May 21. Register at http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum/wine-and-cheese-lecture-series-registration.shtml.
May 25 - John C. Wells Planetarium Shows
2:30 p.m. ("One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure") and 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. ("Universe")
The planetarium offers shows for the public, with seating beginning 10 minutes before show time on a first-come, first-seated basis; the first show is geared toward families with young children while the second and third shows appeal to older children and adults; each show is followed by a 25-minute "star talk" that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible; for more information, including program descriptions, check http://www.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml; free.
May 26 - Concerts on the Lawn Series
JMU Sculpture Garden located between the Music Building and Duke Hall (Rain location: Memorial Hall Auditorium)
Mr. Jefferson’s Bones, an ensemble formed in 2001, presents classical, sacred, popular and jazz music, and is comprised of some of the Shenandoah Valley’s most experienced and talented trombonists including Niki Lendvay, a Harrisonburg City Schools’ music educator and freelance symphonic trombonist; Tom McKenzie, a noted area trombonist and Shenandoah Valley band leader; Andy Lankford, associate professor of trombone at JMU; and Robert Mott, a bass trombonist whose arrangements and compositions for the ensemble have been published by Cimarron Music Press.
Audience members are encouraged to bring picnic dinners and lawn chairs to the concerts. Parking is available between Duke Hall and Miller Hall, between the Forbes Center and Anthony-Seeger, and in the Warsaw Parking Deck. Sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Free.
May 27 - Memorial Day