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JMU August 2014 Calendar of Events


jamesmadisonlogopurplepcAugust 2014 Calendar of Events
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Aug. 1-29: Art in the Arboretum, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Lynda Chandler, artist in residence at the arboretum, creates wonderful botanical paintings. For information, check or call (540) 568-3194. Free.

Aug. 1-Oct. 31: Walk-Up Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Shop from the entire greenhouse inventory of natives, perennials, shrubs and trees, by advance appointment only, with $50 minimum purchased required. Call (540) 568-3194, or visit the arboretum website to make an appointment

Aug. 4-8: Furious Flower Children’s Poetry Camp, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday, Taylor Hall: The annual camp for rising third to eighth graders focuses on the theme “In a Sea of Words.” The goal of the camp is to inspire children to explore all the ways they can be creative with words. They will, of course, write poems, but they’re also taught to use dance, art and music to express their poetic ideas. Six teachers and 18 counselors share their talent, enthusiasm and creativity with a maximum of 80 children. Registration is $75 for the week. Lunch and snacks are provided, and scholarships are available upon request. For more information, call Karen Risch Mott, camp director, at (540) 568-8883.

Aug. 11-15: Peace Camp, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, Warren Hall: The theme for Peace Camp is “Peace and Diversity.” Children ages 6-13 are encouraged to register. Children 14 or older are encouraged to apply to be a junior counselor. The cost is $60 per child but scholarships are available. Sponsored by the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence. For more information check or call (540) 568-7249.

Aug. 12: Storytime in the Understory, 11 a.m.-noon, Jurney Stage Garden, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum (rain location: Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum): Young story enthusiasts will develop an understanding of the importance of nature from children’s literature selections. Bring a picnic blanket and picnic lunch for after story time and plan to explore miles of arboretum trails. For information, check or call (540) 568-3194. No advance registration is needed. Free.

Aug. 25: Fall semester begins. Classes meet as scheduled.


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.

“Dressing for Education: Carrier Library’s Diamond Jubilee 1939-2014” Exhibition, open during all library hours through spring semester 2015, historic west wing of Carrier Library: Presented by JMU Libraries and Educational Technologies, the exhibition features artifacts, images and ephemera from Special Collections paired with items from the School of Theatre and Dance’s Historic Clothing Collection. Additional images provided by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society and JMU Facilities Management. Come experience campus fashion, technology and architecture circa 1939. 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 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[email protected]; 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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