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Explore More Discovery Museum: Curiosity, Creativity, and Community

September 19, 2019 by Morgan Phillips

In a flurry of dancing and singing, students from ages 8-12 perform on their final day of Up with People Jr. camp at the Explore More Discovery Museum on July 12.  The program allows the students to learn about themselves as individuals in the community through service and performing arts.  It also raises cultural awareness as students discuss how they can welcome those who decide to settle in Harrisonburg from all around the world. more

Pink Ambition Dance & Fitness: The Power of Dance

September 11, 2019 by Jeslyn Stiles

You’ve probably noticed Pink Ambition Dance & Fitness on East Market Street — with its bright pink sign, blacked-out windows decorated with colorful class schedules, and door sign boasting “Women Only,” it’s hard to miss. But what you can’t see from the street is the heart and soul inside — a community full of women from all kinds of backgrounds, coming together to support, uplift, and love each other as they embark on their dance journey together. I recently sat down with Pink Ambition owner Karen McIntyre and instructor Anna Williford to talk pole fitness, overcoming fear and preconceived notions, what to expect from classes, and the power of the pole community. more

Downtown Sad to See Chris Howdyshell Go – But Don’t Worry, He’ll Be Back!

September 4, 2019 by Guest

By Kyle Kirby — Chris Howdyshell unlocked the door to the Agora Downtown Market with a smile and a fresh beverage from Broad Porch Coffee. Though Agora is closed on Mondays, the inside was still bustling with entrepreneurs; prepping and cleaning their shops for tomorrow’s customers. more

Destination Downtown: Massanutten Regional Library’s StoryWalk

March 25, 2019 by Jeslyn Stiles

We were thrilled to get a sneak peek of Massanutten Regional Library's upcoming StoryWalk project last week! Made possible by a Destination Downtown grant from HDR, StoryWalk is an interactive, kid-friendly, fun, and free new way to explore Downtown Harrisonburg— while also enjoying a diverse selection of childrens' stories with messages and lessons that you'll feel good sharing with your family. more

Icebreaker

June 5, 2014 by Guest

The community has a new primary point of interface with James Madison University at the Ice House, an innovative redevelopment project in downtown Harrisonburg. more