What’s up in and around Harrisonburg – April

It happened last week — if you have a news, views or review item to share with harrisonburg readers, please pass it along! Among the better news providers we find WSVA, blogs and others in this week’s news : [*] JMU students accepted into intensive summer medical training program
[*] UNCW’s Adams, JMU’s Brewer Honored as CAA Women’s Golfers of the Week – April 9
[*] Staunton City Council Considering Doubling Cigarette Tax
[*] Mulitple Vehicle Accident Closes US 340 in Virginia
[*] Student Suspended After Alleged Facebook Threats
[*] Teams Volunteer For Blacks Run Cleanup Day
[*] Annual Plane Pull Benefits Fairfield Center
[*] Saturday sunrise in the Shenandoah Valley
[*] Farmers wanted for infrastructure survey
[*] Pamela’s Secrets Building Sold
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April 14, 2014

Harrisonburg receives Virginia Main Street Milestone Awards

Downtown Renaissance for Harrisonburg Virginia On Wednesday, March 19, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance and the city of Harrisonburg were presented with a Virginia Main Street Milestone Achievement Award for the dedication of over 85,000 volunteer hours to the revitalization of the downtown and for creating an environment that has encouraged more than $55 million in private investment in the city’s historic commercial district. The awards were presented at Richmond’s historic Hippodrome Theater.

April 4, 2014

Stephen Bennett next up in the Music Series at Harrisonburg’s Court Square Theater

Stephen Bennett

Whether playing his great-grandfather’s harp guitar, his 1930 National Steel or a standard 6-string, Stephen Bennett is a musician to hear. His playing has won awards and critical praise. In live performance and on record, his diverse musical influences and interests are joined with a lifelong love affair with the sound of guitar strings. (more…)

April 4, 2014

National Arts Advocacy Day is March 24-25

ARTS_advocacy

When we say “ARTS” it is important for us to specify that the arts include visual fine art, design, art education, music, dance, art history, theater and performance, literary art, new media, film, integrated media, and public works. The arts are designated as a “core academic subject” in federal law, which means the arts have the same importance as reading, math, social studies, language arts, and science. This federal designation is an acknowledgement of the relevance of the arts in a complete education and their rightful place in the main instructional day. However, a 2011 national survey of over 1,000 public schools found that schools are narrowing curriculum and shifting instructional time and resources away from visual art, music, foreign language, and social studies.

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March 24, 2014

Harrisonburg Arts for April

Upcoming arts events and happenings in the central Shenandoah Valley … make your plans to enhance your spring with art . Don’t miss the Progressive Party, and other special events . .

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March 24, 2014

National Ag Day is Tuesday, March 25th

United States Congress Many days, long before the sun rises and long after the sun sets, farmers across the nation are hard at work producing the food and fiber products we rely upon. From the very foundation of the United States to the present day, these hardworking farmers and ranchers have held a place at the core of our economy.
A message from Congressman Bob Goodlatte:

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March 22, 2014

U.S. Navy Band’s 2014 National Tour HERE on 28th

United States Navy Band

America’s Navy is coming home to Harrisonburg, Va., one of 18 cities in six states selected to host a performance by the United States Navy Band Sea Chanters chorus during its 2014 national tour — one of the Navy’s signature outreach programs.

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March 17, 2014

Beyond Mountains: Photographs

inspired by the Poems of Nadine Pinede
February 5 – April 15 at Court Square Theater

The photographs in this exhibition are hanging in the Court Square Theater lobby and are based on Nadine Pinede’s poetry chapbook, An Invisible Geography.

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March 12, 2014

Doctor’s New Book Offers Children an Entertaining Way To Learn the Fundamentals of Good Nutrition

Griffin the Dragon has returned for a third appearance in Dr. Ken Mask’s most recent illustrated children’s book, this time showing his friends how and why to eat healthy — with an eye on the growing problem of child obesity.

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March 12, 2014

Action for Congress on Executive Overreach

United States Congress Our Constitution is clear: Congress writes our laws, the Judiciary interprets them, and the President enforces them. But for the past five years, President Obama repeatedly has waived, amended, or ignored our laws and has bypassed the Congress, issuing executive decrees from the Oval Office rather than working with Americans’ elected representatives in Congress.

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March 10, 2014