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Niabi Zoo Announces Elephants’ Birthday Bash PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Heinzman   
Friday, 20 July 2012 13:26
Coal Valley, IL – July 18, 2012 – Niabi Zoo announced today that it will be holding its annual Elephants’ Birthday Bash on Saturday, July 21.

The event, which kicks off at noon at the Zoo, is a joint celebration for the birthdays of Niabi Zoo’s biggest stars, Asian elephants Babe and Sophie. The elephants, who turn 37 and 43 respectively, will have a custom cake presented to them by Niabi Zoo’s zookeepers.

Guests who attend the Birthday Bash will have a chance to enjoy their own slice of birthday cake in order to properly celebrate with Babe and Sophie. The event will also feature several fun inflatable activities, such as a bounce house and obstacle course for children to enjoy. A silent auction will also be held, which will give event guests the chance to buy elephants paintings created that day by Babe herself during a public demonstration.

Additionally, local children’s author Blake Ross will be on-hand from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm to sign copies of his new book “Why Isn’t the Zoo a Pet Store, Too?” for anyone who purchases it that day. The book features a forward written by Niabi Zoo Director Marc Heinzman, and a portion of the proceeds from each book sold benefit Niabi Zoo.

Niabi Zoo will be open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.

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Figge to Presents the Art Talk “Discovering a Universe beyond the Cosmic Shore” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Horan   
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 14:34

Art Talk To Offer Perspective of our Place in the Universe

Davenport, IOWA (July 2012) The cosmic ocean which surrounds us is no longer a mythical place; it is governed by natural laws and can be observed and understood by science. The Figge Art Museum presents the art talk “Discovering a Universe beyond the Cosmic Shore” at 7 pm Thursday, July 19. Dr. John D. Johnson will lead the talk and focus on how astronomy takes us on a journey from the Big Bang through the formation of galaxies, stars and planets to the present day. The talk is offered in conjunction with the special exhibition NASA | ART: 50 Years of Exploration and is free with Figge membership or paid admission.

During his talk, Dr. Johnson will offer perspective of our place in the Universe and emphasize the importance of space exploration through the use of various examples from the exhibition. “This talk will compare space to a vast ocean that we are beginning to explore, and I will compare this to how our ancestors took a chance and explored our own planet, setting out on adventures across the sea with no guarantee of success. It is in our nature to be explorers,” Dr. Johnson said.

John D. Johnson has served as global security program manager for John Deere since 1999. Dr. Johnson is also an adjunct astronomy instructor at St. Ambrose University and Scott Community College. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from The University of Texas at Austin.

About NASA | ART: 50 Years of Exploration 

In celebration of its 50th anniversary in 2008, NASA collaborated with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum on the exhibition NASA | ART: 50 Years of Exploration. Drawn from the collections of NASA and the National Air and Space Museum, the exhibition features 72 works of art commissioned by the NASA Art Program. Established soon after the inception of the U.S. space program in 1958, NASA’s Art Program provides a unique way to communicate the accomplishments, setbacks and sheer excitement of space exploration to the public. The selected works span the entire history of NASA and include paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and other media by such artists as Annie Leibovitz, Nam June Paik, Robert Rauschenberg, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, William Wegman and Jamie Wyeth.

NASA | ART at the Figge Art Museum is generously sponsored by the ALCOA Foundation, John Deere, Genesis Health Systems and Cobham, plc.

NASA | ART was organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in cooperation with the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. The Smithsonian Community Grant program, funded by MetLife Foundation, is a proud sponsor of “NASA | ART” public programs.

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Author Explains How the War of 1812 Shaped Illinois Statehood PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Stewart Reeve   
Monday, 16 July 2012 14:20

Military Museum Marks Bicentennial of War of 1812

SPRINGFIELD, IL (07/16/2012)(readMedia)-- To recognize the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, the Illinois State Military Museum and the Illinois National Guard and Militia Historical Society are hosting a lecture by Gillum Ferguson.

WHO:

Gillum Ferguson, author of Illinois in the War of 1812

WHAT:

To recognize the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, the Illinois State Military Museum and the Illinois National Guard and Militia Historical Society are hosting a lecture by Gillum Ferguson. The author of the recently published Illinois in the War of 1812 will examine the personalities of those who fought, the war’s defining events and the importance of the war in developing the Illinois territory into a state. Admission and parking are free.

WHEN: Saturday August 11, 2012 at 02:00PM Central Time (US & Canada)

WHERE:Illinois State Military Museum
1301 N. MacArthur Blvd
Springfield, Illinois 62702

NOTES:

The Illinois State Military Museum displays the history of the Illinois National Guard from 1723 to the 21st Century. Located two blocks north of the intersection of MacArthur Blvd. and North Grand Ave. in Springfield, Ill., the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 1-4:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Contact the museum at (217) 761-3910 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit http://www.il.ngb.army.mil/museum/. Become a museum Facebook Fan at www.facebook.com/illinoisstatemilitarymuseum. To learn more about Illinois National Guard history visit http://www.il.ngb.army.mil/History/.

 
Niabi Zoo Begins Summer Hours PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marc Heinzman   
Monday, 16 July 2012 14:04
Coal Valley, IL – July 16, 2012 - Niabi Zoo has announced that it will be open for its summer hours on Thursdays for the next several weeks.

The zoo will be open until 8:00 pm every Thursday throughout the months of July and August. Gates will still open at 9:30 am as usual, but the late closing time will allow zoo visitors a chance to attend the zoo in somewhat cooler temperatures.

“Coming to the zoo in the evening is a great opportunity to enjoy our animals in cooler temperatures and with smaller crowds,” says Zoo Director Marc Heinzman. “It’s a much more relaxed atmosphere than you might have on a visit during the day, and the animals are usually more active.”

While the zoo is open until 8:00 pm on Thursdays, the last admission will be at 7:30 pm. All other days of the week, Niabi Zoo will be open 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.

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