Spring 2018

Get to know LLI by attending our Brown Bag Lunches at the Ice House. Bring your lunch on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, from 12:00pm - 1:15pm. Brown Bag Lunch presentations are open to everyone. You do not have to be a member, you do not have to register, and there is no admission fee. Come and enjoy fun and fellowship while having the opportunity to enhance your knowledge. Parking is available in the JMU lot without a parking pass during Brown Bag Lunches. 

For more information, contact the JMU-LLI at (540) 568-2923


Simplifying the Sale of Your Real Estate
February 6, 2018

It’s simple:  real estate auctions get results. Find out how to sell a home, a farm, land or commercial property in 60 days, by auction, no contingencies, no excuses. Cottonwood Auctions was formed in 2012 by Tim Peters and Keith May who have backgrounds in commercial brokerage. Megan Ruckman is the Director of Operations for the company, while Michelle Scafidi acts as our Director of Senior Transition Services program. They will explain how to develop and implement a 30-day marketing plan to put your property in front of serious buyers. 


Mongolia: A Felt Journey
February 20, 2018

Come and hear about the events that led to the Mongolian government asking Jim and Lisa Jacenich to help their people mechanize the traditional felt making processes. In this presentation, Lisa and Jim will take you  to the high desert plains of Central Asia where you will experience all facets of nomadic and city life in a place half a world away.

Following her service as a Lieutenant in the Army, Lisa worked as a consultant and adjunct faculty member for George Washington University specializing in government contracting and project management. James Jacenich served as a career Warrant Officer in the Coast Guard and later as an award winning journalist and editor. They took an interest in the abundant, sustainable, underutilized resource of wool and their study of fibers has taken them around the world.


Make a Difference: Boys & Girls Clubs of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County
March 6, 2018

Boys & Girls Clubs of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County operates seven clubs in our community, directly impacting the lives of youth ages 5-18 through our before school, after school, and summer camp programs. Our clubs are located in five elementary schools in our area including Elkton, Plains and South River in Rockingham County and Stone Spring and Spotswood in Harrisonburg City.

Whether you have a hobby to share, enjoy helping with homework or reading with a child, there may be an opportunity for you. Volunteers can sign up to help at a particular club near their home and can come as often as weekly or whenever it fits into their schedule. Our clubs are open Monday-Friday, 3:00-6:00pm during the school year.

Lori Kizner, BSW, MA, Med, Executive Director Boys & Girls Clubs of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County has more than 30 years experience as a special education teacher and school counselor. After serving as a board member, she became the excutive director in 2015. 


Gemeinschaft Home: The Journey from Incarceration to Living in Society
March 20, 2018

Established in 1985, Gemeinschaft Home promotes restorative justice practices through residential and non-residential programs. Gemeinschaft Home offers individuals who have just been released or diverted from incarceration an environment to restore a sense of wholeness in their lives, and we support them with quality shelter, food, counseling, and a curriculum that provides valuable tools for productive living. We reject the term “half-way house” to describe what we do—we offer much more than a bed, meal, and a curfew—which truly distinguishes us from other service providers. Based on the Therapeutic Community (TC) model, our philosophy is rooted in values such as mutual self-help, peers as role models, and work as education and therapy. Such interventions make our community stronger and safer, lowering crime rates and recidivism (returning to prison after a prior incarceration).

Sharon Ringgold grew up in the Shenandoah Valley and has worked with various nonprofits and organizations before joining Gemeinschaft Home in 2009.


What's Normal and When Should I Be Worried About Dementia?
April 3, 2018

Every 66 seconds someone develops Alzheimer's in America. Although Alzheimer's is not normal aging, people often assume it is. Learn the difference between warning signs for dementia and concerns you have that may be typical for everyone.

Lauren Blackshaw is the Family Services Manager of the Alzheimer's Association, Central and Western Virginia Chapter. Lauren oversees the Chapter's programs in Early Stage Education and Social Engagement.


Nuns Had All the Fun: Women's Lives, Art, and Sainthood in Renaissance Italy
April 17, 2018

This talk takes an irreverent, but truthful, look at women’s lives in fifteenth-century Italy. Sharing research from my new book on a Franciscan convent in northern Italy, we ask why did women become nuns. Scandals at Renaissance courts, small dowries, and gender stereotypes led intelligent women of all ages to take refuge behind cloister walls whatever their religious vocation. Within fifty years, the convent of Corpus Domini grew from 13 to 142 nuns, achieving a reputation for Observant religious piety. One reason was their charismatic leader, Caterina Vigri--a teacher, artist, writer, mystic, and later Saint Catherine of Bologna. We will look at some of her illuminated manuscripts. After her death, the convent continued with help from royal patrons like Isabella d’Este and the infamous Lucrezia Borgia, who donated artworks and took ‘spiritual vacations’ there! Still a working convent today, it became the burial place and mausoleum of the Renaissance dukes of Ferrara.

Kay Arthur is a Professor Emeritus in Italian Renaissance Art.


Blacks Run and Cooks Creek: Are We meeting Our "Pollution Budget"?
May 1, 2018

Blacks Run and Cooks Creek are located in the city of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. The creeks were placed on Virginia's list of impaired waters in 1998. In 2002, the Department of Environmental Quality set a pollution budget for each stream. Progress has been made; however, land use in the watersheds has changed and we are re-visiting the study in order to reflect existing conditions. We will identify the current conditions and the necessary reductions in sediment and phosphorous needed to restore the biological community in these streams.

As a TMDL Coordinator for the VA Dept of Environmental Quality, Nesha McRae works with communities throughout the Shenandoah and Upper James River watersheds to develop water quality studies to address water quality impairments on Virginia's streams. 


Virginia Poultry: More than Chicken Feed!
May 15, 2018

Poultry is Virginia's largest agricultural sector, employing thousands and generating billions in economic impact. The Shenandoah Valley is where it all started and now one of the biggest poultry regions in the nation. Come learn more about poultry's rich history and today's industry.

President of the Virginia Poultry Federation since 1998, Hobey Bauhan resides in Harrisonburg and graduated from Washington and Lee University.  

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