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James Madison University campus events

Sept. 11-20: Art in the Arboretum, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, Frances Plecker Education Center at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: The tapestries of Joan Griffin use wool, silk and metallic yarns selectively with color variations and patterns to produce unique pieces that have earned accolades at juried art shows throughout the country; some pieces are available for purchase; for more information, visit or phone (540) 568-3194. 

Sept. 11-20: The Gallery @ Festival Exhibition, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Room 2104, Festival Conference and Student Center: “The World of the Ancient Greeks and Romans” is an interactive, fun and child-friendly exhibit that encourages exploration of classical Mediterranean culture through objects drawn from the Madison Art Collection; learn about how Western life today is strongly influenced by the Greeks and Romans; free.

Sept. 11-20: New Image Gallery Exhibition, noon-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 131 Grace St.: The contemporary photography gallery presents the printmaking of Jack McCaslin, JMU professor of art and art history; for information, call (540) 568-7175; free.

Sept. 11-12: artWorks Gallery Exhibition, noon-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 131 Grace St.: JMU Graduate Student Exhibition; free.

Sept. 11-12: Experimental Theatre, 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Theatre II: “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”; admission is $4.

Sept. 14-20: artWorks Gallery Exhibition, noon-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 131 Grace St.: Features the work of JMU undergraduate students; free.

Sept. 17: Constitution Day.

Sept. 19: Old Trees Tour, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., tour leaves from the upper parking lot of the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum for Cypress Bridge on the Nottoway River at 8 a.m.: Ecologist Gary Fleming and retired teacher Byron Carmean lead the wetlands tour via canoe and kayak; retracing the route of their 2005 expedition, the guides lead tourists through an impressive grove containing record-sized bald cypress and swamp tupelo, including specimens thought to be over a thousand years old; cost is $40 and includes round-trip transportation and canoes to ferry tourists to the site; participants should bring their own lunch and snacks, pest repellant and drinking water and should wear clothes and shoes suitable for a wetlands habitat; for information and registration, visit or call (540) 568-3194.

Sept. 19: JMU American Choral Directors Association Choralfest, 5 p.m., Harrisonburg High School: The JMU student chapter sponsors the annual high-school festival that blends the voices of the student guests with college musicians; check the School of Music’s Concert Hotline at (540) 568-3481 for venue and time changes; donations accepted.

Sept. 20: JMU Steel Band, 3 p.m., Room 108, Music Building: Admission is $2 at the door; check the School of Music’s Concert Hotline at (540) 568-3481 for venue and times changes.


Through December 2009

Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition, during regular building hours, first floor hallway, Memorial Hall: The JMU College of Education, with support from the Office of the Dean, sponsors the exhibition, which features over 60 pieces of K-12 student work from area public and private schools as well as home schooling groups; for more information, call 568-6572; free.

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, open daily dawn to dusk, off University Boulevard: Contains a wide variety of trees and plants native to Virginia; call 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.

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 568-6130; free.

Madison Art Resource Site, 1-4 p.m. Friday and by appointment, Room 2102, Festival Conference and Student Center: The gallery and study center houses the 3,000-piece Madison Art Collection of artifacts and art objects from the Neolithic period to the 20th century; for information, call 568-6934; closed March 9-15 for Spring Break; free.

John C. Wells Planetarium Shows, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, through April: Shows are free, with tickets required due to limited seating; tickets may be obtained by calling the Warren Hall Box Office at 568-7960 until 4 p.m. the day before the show and may be picked up at the Warren Hall Box Office; each show is followed by a 25-minute “star talk” that provides visitors with updates about the night sky, including constellations, planets and any comets that might be visible; school groups may make reservations by e-mailing

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