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Male Giraffe Calf Born at Niabi Zoo PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Heinzman   
Friday, 13 February 2015 14:03

Coal Valley, IL – February 13, 2015 – Niabi Zoo announced today the birth of a male giraffe calf on Tuesday, February 10, at 3:28am. This is the sixth giraffe born at Niabi Zoo since 2007.

The baby giraffe, which has not yet been named, was born to Mimi, Niabi Zoo’s 11 year old female. This is Mimi’s fourth baby. The father is Kenya, an 8 year old male. The baby weighed 107 pounds at birth and stands about five and a half feet tall.

“Mimi and her new calf are doing very well,” said Zoo Director Marc Heinzman. “We’re all very excited to have a healthy and thriving giraffe calf born here at Niabi Zoo. He’s certainly a welcome addition to our giraffe herd.” Niabi Zoo staff had been monitoring Mimi’s pregnancy closely, including regular checks throughout the night for the last several weeks and 24 hour video monitoring through a system of surveillance cameras.

The new calf is expected to be publicly viewable once the Zoo opens for the 2015 season on March 23. At that time, a contest will also be launched in order to select a name for the male giraffe.

The giraffe, Giraffa camelopardalis, is the world’s tallest mammal. Average height for an adult giraffe is 14-19 feet and the average weight is 1,800 – 3,000 pounds.

They are herbivores, using their 18 inch tongues to help pull leaves from the branches of tall trees. Although their necks are unusually long, they have only seven neck vertebrae, just like humans. After a gestation of approximately 14 months, giraffes give birth standing up. The calf drops five to six feet to the ground. This fall helps the calf take its first breath. Calves can stand usually within a few hours and run with their mothers within ten hours. Nearly six feet tall a birth, calves normally weigh 100 – 150 pounds and can grow as much as one inch per day.

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Augustana students invited to exhibit art at Figge Art Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lauren Reed   
Thursday, 12 February 2015 15:44

ROCK ISLAND, IL (02/12/2015)(readMedia)-- Seven Augustana students were among a select group of artists from colleges and universities in the Quad Cities area to exhibit their art at the Figge Art Museum's College Invitational Exhibition. A closing reception and awards ceremony was held at the Figge on Thursday, February 5.

The students invited to exhibit their art included:

Nathan Gray of Rock Island, IL

Emily Grooms of Coal Valley,

Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. The college is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact learning experience such as study abroad, an internship or research with a professor. Current students and alumni include 155 Academic All-Americans, a Nobel laureate, 13 college presidents and other distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located along one of the world’s most important waterways, the Mississippi River, in a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.

Learn About the Project to Preserve the Rock Island County Civil War Memorial PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lisa Lockheart   
Thursday, 12 February 2015 15:37

Rock Island, IL: The Civil War memorial at the Rock Island County Courthouse has seen better days, but organizers of a local monument restoration project hope to change that.

You can learn more about Restoring Rock Island's Civil War Monument at 3:00 pm Wednesday, Feb. 25 at Rock Island Main Library, 401 19th Street. Project organizers Doug Lambert, Quad City Civil War Roundtable, and Lt. Ron Ericson, a Rock Island County deputy sheriff, will present a history and images of the badly weathered memorial, discuss the need for saving it, and list local soldiers honored on the memorial. Questions and answers will follow. The program will last about an hour.

In July 2014, the life-sized marble soldier at the top of the memorial was lifted off the pedestal base after observers noted the statue had moved several inches off center. Since then, the 1,200 pound statue has been secured in a frame next to the 18-foot marble column. According to a report prepared by Diane Oestreich of the Rock Island County Preservation Society, more than 30,000 people gathered at the statue's unveiling in 1869. Rock Island's statue is an original work. It was commissioned especially for the county from artist Leonard Volk, one of two sculptors to model Abraham Lincoln from life, and a later founder of the Chicago Academy of Design.

The Restoring Rock Island's Civil War Monument program is free and open to the public. For more upcoming library events, visit library locations or the website at, follow Rock Island Library on Facebook or Twitter or call 309-732-READ (7323).


Art In Protest Of Obama And His Anti-American Administration PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Thursday, 12 February 2015 15:36

This is our opening Art exhit for the Phoenix plus in Cyberspace.

Please print this Press Release in your PSA.

This begins today, with Abraham Lincoln's birthday, and we will CONTINUE  taking Submissions through July4th. 2015.

It's a rolling show.

Our aim is specified below.

Significantly: it's the New Medium : Cyberspace PLUS Physical space.
In Art. For the same show.

All the art will be shown on WWW.ATTHEPHOENIX.COM

as well as At the Phoenix Art Gallery on Fifth Avenue. Moline.

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Written by University of Iowa Fine Arts Council   
Thursday, 12 February 2015 15:29
All regional and local artists are encouraged to apply to the Riverbank Art Fair by WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25.
Iowa City, IA, (February 11, 2015) CALLING ALL ARTISTS— The application deadline for the 2015 Riverbank Art Fair is quickly approaching. For decades, Midwest artists have applied to this spring fine art show that features artwork across a wide breadth of genres. All artists and artisans are encouraged to apply by February 25. Applications and information can be found at
The Fine Arts Council is proud to present the Riverbank Art Fair; an indoor exhibition held annually that showcases the work of artists across Iowa, the Midwest, and beyond. The 2015 show will be held on Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sunday, April 26 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Iowa Memorial Union located in downtown Iowa City. Admission is free and open to the public.
The University of Iowa Fine Arts Council is a self-supporting, non-profit organization of students that strives to support and promote community artists within the Iowa City/Coralville area and beyond. The council organizes two professional fine arts exhibitions throughout the year, the Riverbank Art Fair in late April, as wells as the Holiday Thieves’ Market in December. Both shows support arts outreach within the community while supporting local artists in lively, unique, and welcoming atmospheres. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with inquiries, comments, or concerns.

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