Campus events and activities at James Madison University

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For the dates July 12-21, 2013
(Check for updates on events at JMU)

July 12-Dec. 16: Area Youth Art Exhibition, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, Memorial Hall first and second floor: More than 120 works of two- and three-dimensional art created by PreK-12 students from area schools enliven the hallways in Memorial Hall in an annual show. This year’s exhibit features the work of Rockingham County Public Schools and JMU’s Young Children’s Program. Area art teachers select some of their students’ best work for this open exhibition, which includes a wide range of media: paintings, drawings, collage, sculpture, photography and mixed media. For more information and to view the online gallery, visit; free.

July 17: Summer Brown-Bag Lunch Lecture Series, noon-1 p.m., Edith J. Carrier Arboretum Pavilion: “Down to Earth Dirt Deli” with Sandy Greene. Be sure to bring a brown-bag lunch to eat while enjoying this lecture because the soil horizon parfait and subterranean sub sandwich that will be created from custom all natural soil ingredients aren’t edible! Learn all about the Earth’s soil layers and explore soil quality and management practices at this fun and interactive lecture. For more information, check Free.

July 18-21 and July 25-28: “Charlotte’s Web” by JMU Children’s Playshop, 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Studio Theatre, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: The best-selling children’s paperback of all time, “Charlotte’s Web” tells the story of Wilbur, the irresistible young pig that desperately wants to avoid the butcher, and Charlotte, the extraordinary spider on a campaign to save him. Watch this timeless tale come to life in a thrilling theatrical presentation. For tickets, check or call (540) 568-7000.


Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, open daily dawn to dusk, off University Boulevard: Contains a wide variety of trees and plants native to Virginia; call (540) 568-3194 for tours; free.

JMU Meteorite Collection, open daily, first- and second-floor hallways, Physics and Chemistry Building: Features fragments of meteoroids that survived passage through the atmosphere to fall to the earth’s surface as masses of metal or stone; includes specimens from Diablo Canyon, Ariz., the Sahara Desert and the Central European Strewn Field; free.

Masks from Around the World Collection at the College of Education, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, lobby of War Memorial Auditorium, Memorial Hall: Featuring 50 masks, this collection was donated to the college for use by its students interested in studying the interplay between cultural ideals and masks; the collection includes masks used in performance, masks of Asia and masks of Europe; for information and to view the online gallery, see; free.

JMU Mineral Museum, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Room 6139, Memorial Hall: The Department of Geology and Environmental Science opens its collection of over 550 crystals and gemstones from around the world to the public; for information, call (540) 568-6130; free.

JMU Libraries and Educational Technologies’ Special Collections, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday and by appointment, Room 207, Carrier Library: Features manuscripts, rare books and periodicals, oral histories and other resources for study, including many acquisitions focusing on the Central Shenandoah Valley; for information, call(540) 568-3612 or send email to; free.

John C. Wells Planetarium, Miller Hall: The planetarium offers full-dome shows and special events for the public; groups can schedule visits by calling (540) 568-4071; check the planetarium’s website at for the latest information; free.

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