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  • 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.

  • Jul 13
    Arboretum Brown-Bag Lunch Lecture Series

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

    Deborah Davis, artist and painter of native moths, shares about her love for these fuzzy, winged, nocturnal creatures, how she captures them causing no harm, and paints beautiful paintings from photographs she takes of her temporary captives.

    Bring your own lunch for this free event. No registration is needed. For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call 540-568-3194.

  • Jul 20
    Arboretum Brown-Bag Lunch Lecture Series

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

    Dr. Dan Downey, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at JMU, shares about harm caused to local waterways from acidification and how science is working to solve negative impacts to aquatic environments.

    Bring your own lunch for this free event. No registration is needed. For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call 540-568-3194.

  • Jul 27
    Arboretum Brown-Bag Lunch Lecture Series

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

    Neal Roth, senior regional director of Ducks Unlimited, shares on wetlands conservation in the region and leads a conversation with questions and answers on how Ducks Unlimited works to mitigate human impact to native waterfowl and their environments.

    Bring your own lunch for this free event. No registration is needed. For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call 540-568-3194.

  • 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

    Step 2.

    Complete and return them no later than Thursday, June 30, 2016.
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    Presented by the Furious Flower Poetry Center with the support of generous contributions from
    Larry and Kathy Whitten
    JMU Dining Services/Aramark

  • Aug 3
    Arboretum Brown-Bag Lunch Lecture Series

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

    Thom Teears of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries shares information about native fish commonly found in regional streams and ponds, rivers and lakes and the challenges natives face with invasive and detrimental kinds of competitive fish, crayfish, bacteria and more.

    Bring your own lunch for this free event. No registration is needed. For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call 540-568-3194.

  • 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 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. (Want to learn more about the influence of Angelou’s work not only in the U.S. but also in Africa and the Carribean? Join us for a pre-event panel discussion, “Maya Angelou: Poetry That Travels,” on Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. in JMU’s Madison Union.)

    JMU’s Furious Flower Poetry Center presents this event in partnership with poet Nikki Giovanni, director of the Steger Poetry Prize 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.

    This program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    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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