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  • May 1
    "With Good Reason" Public Radio Program

    3:30 p.m.
    WMRA, 90.7 FM

    Dr. Chris Hughes, professor of physics and astronomy at JMU, discusses how he and his students found a new way of attaching metal, in this case gold, to plastic. Hughes believes that this breakthrough is a perfect example of his philosophy of teaching: that students often learn more by discovery and less by lectures.

    Hughes is a 2016 Outstanding Faculty Award winner, an honor bestowed by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

  • May 2
    James Crable - Photography Exhibition

    DUKE HALL GALLERY

    James Crable, emeritus professor of art and art history at JMU, is a photographic artist living in Harrisonburg, Virginia. His patterned yet geometrically diverse artwork, which generally includes features such as doorways, sidewalks, walls and stairways, has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad.

    For further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/05/02-james-crable.shtml

  • May 4
    "With Good Reason" Public Radio Program

    3 p.m.
    WMRA, 90.7 FM

    Dr. Chris Hughes, professor of physics and astronomy at JMU, discusses how he and his students found a new way of attaching metal, in this case gold, to plastic. Hughes believes that this breakthrough is a perfect example of his philosophy of teaching: that students often learn more by discovery and less by lectures.

    Hughes is a 2016 Outstanding Faculty Award winner, an honor bestowed by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

  • May 16
    Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes

    Noon-1 p.m.
    Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Children and their caregivers are invited to come hear a story about fairies and build their own fairy house or gnome home.

    Fairy houses are built outside, so dress for the weather. Bring your brown-bag lunch to enjoy during the story.

    For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call 540-568-3194.

  • May 20
    Arboretum Spring Celebration Plant Sale

    9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday
    Parking lot of the Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Wide selection of plants, shrubs and trees to make any home or business landscape ecofriendly and lovely, with Saturday educational activities that may include a lecture, demonstrations, ask-an-expert, raffles, live music and a butterfly release.

    For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • May 21
    Arboretum Butterfly Release with Facilitator Gail Napora

    Noon
    Jurney Stage Garden, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Free event held during the Spring Celebration Plant Sale. No registration needed. Free parking in Convo G without a JMU permit.

    For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Jun 6
    Arboretum Nature-Themed Greeting Cards Workshops

    June 6, 8 and 10

    1-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Attend one or attend all. Each session is $30. All materials are included for one-day workshops creating greeting cards at each session with Lynda Chandler, artist in residence.

    Online registration opens 30 days before the event. For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Jun 9
    Schoolhouse Rock Live!

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    STUDIO THEATRE

    June 9-19

    JMU CHILDREN'S THEATRE

    Originally Adapted and Produced for the Stage by Theatre BAM
    From the Series Created by George Newall and Tom Yohe

    Presented by JMU Children's Theatre Playshop Players. Based on the Emmy Award-winning 1970s' Saturday morning cartoon series, this pop culture phenomenon that taught topics like history, grammar and math through clever, catchy tunes, comes to the musical stage!

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/06/09-schoolhouse-rock-live.shtml

  • Jun 9
    Arboretum Flying Flowers

    Noon-1 p.m.
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    Arboretum Flying Flowers: Butterflies and Moths in the Garden with Gail Napora is a free event that starts in the education center and then goes outdoors to the Monarch Waystation Garden.

    Online registration opens 30 days before the event. For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Jun 13
    Arboretum Big Bug Hunt

    Noon-1 p.m.
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    The free scavenger hunt is on for the fascinating insects that call the arboretum home! Learn about the different parts of an insect and how other invertebrates, such as spiders and millipedes are different. Children of all ages will discover how to make their backyards bug friendly while learning about all types of invertebrates. After the Big Bug Hunt, create your own stick bug to take home!

    For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Jun 14
    Arboretum Storytime in the Understory

    11 a.m.-noon
    Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    The monthly program helps children develop an understanding of the importance of nature from children’s literature selections.

    Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs and a brown-bag picnic lunch for after storytime.

    For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Jun 20
    Arboretum Explorer Camp

    June 20-24

    8 a.m.-noon or 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    The Arboretum Explorer Camp is a summer program designed to encourage a love of the outdoors, foster environmental stewardship and inspire future scientists. Campers will catch bugs, learn about reptiles, investigate the pond, make crafts and go on daily nature walks.

    Ages 5-7 meet 8 a.m.-noon and ages 8-10 meet 1-5 p.m.

    Cost per child is $125 for the week. For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Jun 20
    Collage on Canvas, Trees of the Arboretum

    June 20-23

    1-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    A four-day workshop offered with two sessions (the second session is June 27-30), each at $140, to create a collage on stretched canvas with paint and decoupage medium under the guidance of Lynda Chandler, artist in residence.

    For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Jun 27
    Collage on Canvas, Trees of the Arboretum

    June 27-30

    1-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    A four-day workshop to create a collage on stretched canvas with paint and decoupage medium under the guidance of Lynda Chandler, artist in residence.

    Cost is $140. For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Jul 2
    Rapunzel: The Musical

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    STUDIO THEATRE

    July 2-3

    ROANOKE CHILDREN'S THEATRE

    Books and Lyrics by David Crane and Marta Kauffman
    Music and Lyrics by Michael Skloff

    From the Emmy Award-winning creators of the hit television show Friends, comes a hair-larious new spin on a familiar fairy tale! Featuring music by Michael Skloff, who wrote the Friends’ theme song “I’ll Be There for You,” Rapunzel: The Musical is an adaptation of the story of the long-haired princess and her climbing suitor who overcome all obstacles to get their happy ending.

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/07/02-rapunzel-the-musical.shtml

  • Jul 7
    Rumpelstiltskin

    FORBES CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

    STUDIO THEATRE

    July 7-17

    JMU CHILDREN'S THEATRE

    Book, Music and Lyrics by Carl Pariso and Andrew Widger
    Originally Conceived at the IMPACT Children’s Theatre, Lincoln, NH

    This zany musical based on the classic children’s story of mischief and friendship centers around a strange little man who offers to help the miller’s daughter spin straw into gold—but for a high price. When the princess is forced to pay up, the only way to save her family is to guess the little man’s name. Can she do it?

    For tickets and further information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/forbescenter/events/2016/07/07-rumpelstiltskin.shtml

  • Jul 11
    Arboretum Big Bug Hunt

    Noon-1 p.m.
    Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    The free scavenger hunt is on for the fascinating insects that call the arboretum home! Learn about the different parts of an insect and how other invertebrates, such as spiders and millipedes are different. Children of all ages will discover how to make their backyards bug friendly while learning about all types of invertebrates. After the Big Bug Hunt, create your own stick bug to take home!

    For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Jul 12
    Arboretum Storytime in the Understory

    11 a.m.-noon
    Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    The monthly program helps children develop an understanding of the importance of nature from children’s literature selections. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs and a brown-bag picnic lunch for after storytime.

    For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Aug 1
    Wor(l)d Explorers! - Children's Poetry Camp

    2015 Children's Poetry Camp

    August 1–5, 2016—Rising third to eighth graders (ages 7 to 13) become “Wor(l)d Explorers” at Furious Flower’s 12th annual Children’s Poetry Camp. This day camp (no overnight stay) for both girls and boys starts at 9am and concludes at 2pm each day on the JMU campus.

    2016 Children's Poetry Camp at JMU

    Our program includes age-appropriate workshops on writing, movement, visual art, and rhythm-making. This is an integrated arts camp with an emphasis on expression, inclusion, and fun. Join us for a week of creativity this summer! To see our schedule and review this year’s workshops, please visit http://www.jmu.edu/furiousflower/2016-camp-workshops.

    Registration fee is $75. Lunch and snacks are provided, and scholarships are available upon request by sending an email to furiousflower@jmu.edu.

    Each of our workshops is taught by a professional who is assisted by three camp counselors, which ensures a 1:4 ratio of adults to children (no more than 15 children per workshop). Children attend three workshops a day, and our goal is to inspire them to discover all the ways they can be creative with words: through writing, dance, music, art, and more. On Friday, the last day of camp, we celebrate with a grand finale performance and art show.

    To receive updates on camp registration and activities from us, please subscribe. Or take these two steps to sign up today: 

    Step 1.

    Register for Furious Flower's 2016 Children's Poetry Camp

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    Download the rest of our details and forms.
    Complete and return them no later than Thursday, June 30, 2016.
     
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    Presented by
    Furious Flower Poetry Center at JMU

  • Aug 9
    Arboretum Storytime in the Understory

    11 a.m.-noon
    Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    The monthly program helps children develop an understanding of the importance of nature from children’s literature selections. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs and a brown-bag picnic lunch for after storytime.

    For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Sep 13
    Arboretum Storytime in the Understory

    11 a.m.-noon
    Edith J. Carrier Arboretum

    The monthly program helps children develop an understanding of the importance of nature from children’s literature selections. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs and a brown-bag picnic lunch for after storytime.

    For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

  • Sep 29
    Throw Your Head Back and Sing - tribute to Maya Angelou

    7 p.m.
    Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts 

    One of America’s most popular poets, Maya Angelou produced an extraordinary body of work that counters despair with “a glorification of life and sensuality which produced a transcendence over all which could otherwise destroy,” according to critic Priscilla Ramsey. Embraced by a wide readership, her poetry uses accessible language and a powerful, incantatory rhythm. MacArthur fellow Edwidge Danticat remarked that Angelou “soars beyond art into the realm of survival. We were not mere consumers of Dr. Angelou's work; we were fellow travelers on a brutal, exuberant journey.”

    “... soars beyond art into the realm of survival.”

    Featuring performances by more than 20 acclaimed poets and vocalists, including Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, Rutha Mae Harris, Sonya Baker, and New Song a cappella singers, this tribute to the late poet echoes Angelou’s own frequent pairing of two art forms, spoken word and spirituals. Those fortunate enough to have seen Angelou perform her poetry were impressed with her vocal virtuosity that resonated with the lyricism of the King James Bible, the cadences of black sermons and traditional spirituals, and the influence of literary figures William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, and James Weldon Johnson, among others. 

    JMU’s Furious Flower Poetry Center presents this event in partnership with poet Nikki Giovanni, Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech, as part of Forbes Center for the Performing Arts’ 2016–17 Masterpiece Season. For more information, call 540.568.8883.

    Starting June 16, 2016 tickets will be available from the box office (540.568.7000) and online through the Forbes Center’s website.

    Throw Your Head Back and Sing!

    Photo © Chester Higgins, Jr./chesterhiggins.com

  • Dec 2
    Downtown Harrisonburg ::: Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting

    Presented by the City of Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation

    All are welcome to join for this a family-friendly kickoff to the holiday season with an exciting mainstreet parade and celebration.

    The annual holiday parade begins at 7:30pm at the corner of Grattan and Main Street and ends at the Rockingham County Office Building on Gay St. Look for Downtown's entry in the parade!

    Following the parade, Mayor Christopher B. Jones will host a tree lighting ceremony in Court Square, followed by a holiday concert performed by the JMU Marching Royal Dukes.

    For more details and updates about this event, please see the City of Harrisonburg website.
    To see Harrisonburg local business holiday support events, please see the Celebrate Downtown Harrisonburg website.

    Photo by Harrisonburg Community Member, Art Pekun.

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