Woodford County News Briefs

The number of giraffes at the Peoria Zoo could increase with the pending birth of a new giraffe. Here, the last baby giraffe, Finely, is with Emy and mother Vivian. Vivian is pregnant again. Not pictured, is the father Taji.


Reception to celebrate veterans’ art exhibit

The creative side of area veterans are on display in the 2nd annual Veterans’ Art Show on the campus of Illinois Central College (ICC). Two- and three-dimensional works submitted by area veterans are on display in the ICC Performing Arts Center Gallery, located in the lobby of the facility on the East Peoria campus. Artists will be feted 6-8 p.m. Nov. 9 at a reception in the gallery. The public is invited to the free event.

The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 28. The Performing Arts Center Gallery is open 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday. The gallery also is accessible when the Performing Arts Center is open for public events. Operation of galleries varies with ICC’s holidays and breaks. For more information or to confirm gallery hours, visit ArtsAtICC.com or call (309) 694-5113.

Another exhibit has also opened. Paintings by Mark David Lloyd are on display in ICC Art Gallery 336B, located in the Academic Building. Lloyd is a British contemporary artist who was born in Birmingham, England in 1971. He works predominantly in painting but also in other disciplines, and his works have been exhibited internationally. His work has been described as meta-modernist, post post-modernist and nascent. His work is on display through Nov. 28.

Free workshop to give advice about going into business

A free workshop for individuals who are interested in starting their own business in Illinois will be offered Nov. 14. Participants will learn about how to register a business name and obtain a tax identification number; which legal form to choose; how to write a business plans; what taxes to pay and more. The workshop will be held from 3-5 p.m. at the PeoriaNEXT Innovation Center, 801 W. Main St., Peoria. The event is being sponsored by the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University and co-sponsored by Morton Community Bank. For more information, call the small business development center at (309) 677-2992.

Zoo is expecting birth of giraffe

The Peoria Zoo is experiencing a bit of a baby boom. One of the zoo’s giraffes is expecting again.

Vivian, age 8, is pregnant, and expected to give birth by the end of the year. The pregnancy was confirmed by an ultrasound.

This is not the first time Vivian was pregnant. Last July, she and the zoo’s 12-year-old male giraffe, Taji, became parents to baby Finely. He may be moved to a different zoo, depending upon a recommendation by the Species Survival Program.

The zoo also has a second female giraffe, Emy, who is 4 years old. If Finley is not relocated, the new giraffe would bring the zoo’s number to five.


November diabetes clinic offers healthy holiday recipes 

University of Illinois Extension invites the public to its November Diabetes Clinic Healthy Holiday Helper. This program will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Woodford County Extension Office, 109 E. Eureka Ave., Eureka.

The holidays can often be known for food, fun and pounds. Learn how to turn some of those traditional recipes into healthier versions while keeping the great taste. Enjoy new tricks and tastes with what can become new diabetes-friendly holiday favorites, and take home a packet of recipes to try this holiday season. 

Diabetes clinics are informal but informational walk-in programs with a different topic each month designed especially for persons living with diabetes. There is no cost to attend this program and no registration is necessary.  

For more information on this program or upcoming events, go to go.illinois.edu/LMW, or contact University of Illinois Extension Nutrition and Wellness Educator and Registered Dietitian Jenna Smith by phone at (309) 663-8306 or jesmith6@illinois.edu.


–Woodford County News Briefs–