Brown Bag Lunches
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
What's New in Continuing Care Retirement Communities
Join us for a panel discussion with representatives of three continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) in the area. They will discuss the trends in their industry and the new housing options and living styles at Sunnyside Community, Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, and Bridgewater Retirement Community.
The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts
Regan Byrne, Executive Director of the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, will speak about the process of booking Encore events for the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts Masterpiece Season, working with agents, and selecting shows that will engage audiences and serve the educational mission of the Center and James Madison University students. She is an arts manager and communications executive with over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, operations, sponsorship, marketing, public relations, and community outreach for commercial Broadway organizations, regional theatres, non-profits, universities, ballet and entertainment companies.
Economic Development in Harrisonburg
What type of development is Harrisonburg seeking to attract? What is involved in helping existing firms to grow and expand locally? You are invited to join Brian Shull, Harrisonburg Economic Development Director, in an interactive discussion regarding economic development in Harrisonburg. Brian has been with the City of Harrisonburg for 15 years and has been active in the economic development field for 24 years. Bring your ideas and your wish list!
How Poetry Changed My Life
Dr. Joanne Gabbin, Founder and Executive Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center at JMU, will talk about defining moments in her career as a writer and the important poets who influenced her. A dedicated teacher and scholar, Dr. Gabbin was inducted into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent. She is also founder and organizer of the Wintergreen Women Writers' Collective, owner of the 150 Franklin Street Gallery in Harrisonburg, and author of the children's book I Bet She Called Me Sugar Plum.
JMU – Service to the Community
Wondering about the state of “town/gown” collaboration these days? Are you aware of the amount of community service provided by JMU students? Each social work major is required to complete a minimum of 472 hours working in a human service agency setting during their final semester of study. This brown bag session will feature three JMU social work students and their professor reflecting on the value of JMU students and their interaction with Harrisonburg and the surrounding communities. They will discuss challenges, lessons learned and self-care. Please join us for an informative discussion and a look at service from the student’s perspective.
Open Doors – Harrisonburg and Rockingham Thermal Shelter (formerly HARTS)
This presentation will include characteristics of chronically homeless people in our community, how they use the emergency winter shelter and focus on our Permanent Supportive Housing program. We will discuss why it is so challenging for a homeless person to make a transition from homelessness to a life of living in a permanent home with support. Brooke Rodgers, Executive Director of Open Doors, has worked in non-profits and community development corporations for 25 years in the areas of domestic violence, rural affordable housing development and homeless programs.
Brown Bag Lunches are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, from 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM at Gilkerson Activity Center, Westover Park, 305 S Dogwood Dr., and are open to the public as a way to get to know LLI. There is no registration required, nor any fee. Bring your lunch! Come and enjoy fun and fellowship while having the opportunity to enhance your knowledge. For further information, call or write the JMU-LLI:
The James Madison University-Lifelong Learning Institute
800 S. Main St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Tel: (540) 568-2923
Fax: (540) 568-6409
E-mail address for questions: email@example.com