Oct. 17-31: Art in the Arboretum, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday, Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Artist and educator Jewel Yoder Hertzler, who recently retired from teaching at Broadway High School, exhibits encaustic and oil paintings that reveal the play of light on color-rich tress and rocks, mountains and valleys. For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194. Free.
Oct. 17-Dec. 16: Seventh Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday–Friday, Memorial Hall first and second floors: More than 120 works of art created by students from Harrisonburg City Public Schools, Eastern Mennonite School, Redeemer Classical School and Woodland Montessori School showcase creativity and talent. Area art teachers select some of their prekindergarten through high school students’ best work for this open exhibition, which includes a wide range of media. Supported by JMU’s College of Education. Free. For more information, visit http://www.jmu.edu/coe/
Oct. 17: Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Bessie House-Soremekun, 9 a.m., Allegheny Room, Festival Conference and Student Center: Bessie House-Soremekun, public scholar of African American Studies, Civic Engagement and Entrepreneurship and director of Africana Studies at Indiana University-Perdue University Indianapolis, presents “Rethinking Africana Studies for the 21st Century.” Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call (540) 568-6472. Free.
Oct. 17-31: The Art of the Puppet, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday–Friday and by appointment, Institute for Visual Studies, Room 208, Roop Hall: This exhibition explores the art of both puppet making and performance. Visitors will see a range of puppets including marionettes and shadow puppets, and have the chance to create their own. For information, call (540) 568-5656.
Oct. 17: 5th Annual Wind Energy Open House, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Small Wind Training and Testing Facility across from Rose Library: Breeze by the Small Wind Training and Testing Facility for a tour and to learn how the Virginia Center for Wind Energy is engaging communities at JMU, in Virginia and throughout the mid-Atlantic region. For information, call (540) 568-8770. Free.
Oct. 17-Dec. 12: “Beyond the 300: The Classical World and You,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday–Friday, James and Gladys Kemp Lisanby Museum, Room 1108, Festival Conference and Student Center: Learn how Greek and Roman ideas on religion, politics and medical practices have been adopted into today’s culture. For more information, visit https://www.jmu.edu/
Oct. 17: Treble Chamber Choir and the University Men’s, Women’s and Combined Choruses, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: For tickets, visit https://www.jmu.edu/
Oct. 18: Children’s Harvest Festival, 1-5 p.m., Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Gus Bus, the JMU Duke Dog, free children’s crafts, dancers, musicians and Harrisonburg’s favorite horses from Classic Carriage with their wagon, all join together with the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum for the 2014 Children’s Harvest Festival. Registration is not needed and admission is free. Severe inclement weather automatically cancels the outdoor family event. For information, check http://www.jmu.edu/arboretum.
Oct 19: Lieder unter Brudern, 2 p.m., Recital Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: JMU faculty members Kevin McMillan and Gabriel Dobner perform a program featuring German Lieder by composers Richard Wagner, Franz Liszt and Hugo Wolf. For tickets and further information, visit https://www.jmu.edu/
Oct. 20-Dec. 5: Rebecca Kamen Sculpture, noon-5 p.m. Monday–Friday, 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art: Kamen has exhibited and lectured both nationally and internationally in China, Hong Kong and Egypt. Her work explores the nexus of art and science, and is informed by wide-ranging research into chemistry, cosmology, spirituality and philosophy – and the investigation of rare books and manuscripts. She is the recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, among others, and her work is represented in many private and public collections. For information, call (540) 568-6918. Free.
Oct. 20-Dec. 5: Richard Robinson, “Rothstein’s First Assignment,” noon-5 p.m. Monday–Thursday, noon-4 p.m. Friday andSaturday, New Image Gallery, 131 Grace St.: This re-photographic project by Richard Robinson, an award-winning photographer and filmmaker based near Charlottesville, Va., documents the first assignment of Arthur Rothstein at Shenandoah National Park. For more information, visit https://www.jmu.edu/
Oct. 20: United States Army Field Concert Band and Soldier’s Chorus, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: Free.
Oct. 21: JMU Symphonic Band, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: For tickets, visithttps://www.jmu.edu/
Oct. 22 and 29: Bonsai Workshop, noon-1 p.m. each session, Frances Plecker Education Center, Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Arboretum Grounds Manager and Bonsai Master Mike Hott leads the two-part workshop to create a “wee-tree” to enjoy at home or office. $40 fee covers all materials inclusive to create a Bonsai tree. For more information, check the arboretum website athttp://www.jmu.edu/arboretum or call (540) 568-3194.
Oct. 22: Special Collections Speaker Series, “The Community Photo Scanning Project of the Daily-News Record,” 4 p.m., Room 301, Carrier Library: Peter Yates, editor and general manager of the Daily-News Record, will discuss how the Harrisonburg newspaper’s scanning project resulted in a book of local history.
Oct. 23: Visiting Scholars Program Lecturer Caty Borum Chatto, 7 p.m., Room 2105, Harrison Hall: Caty Borum Chatto, professor of public communication and executive in residence, School of Communication, American University, presents “Designing for Impact: A Strategic Approach to Storytelling.” Sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. For information, call(540) 568-6472. Free.
Oct. 24: JMU Madison Singers and Chorale, 8 p.m., Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: For tickets, visithttps://www.jmu.edu/
Oct. 26: JMU Symphony Orchestra, 2 p.m., Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts: For tickets, visithttps://www.jmu.edu/
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.
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 http://www.jmu.edu/coe; 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 [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 http://www.jmu.edu/