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Briefs: Swamp monkey born at zoo; Civil War fashion at library; Lego League tourney

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 12:01 am

Swamp monkey born at zoo

A new addition to the swamp monkey family was born Nov. 1 at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo to Brie and Bangi. The baby, whose gender is not yet known and has not been named, is the fifth baby for the pair. Older brother Anderson, age 3, and sisters Izzy, 2, and Luella, 1, are curious about the new arrival. An older sister named Calvin is now at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo in California.

Zookeepers report at first Luella seemed upset she couldn't get all her mom's attention, but she is adjusting. Right now the baby clings to Brie's belly to nurse and nap. In a few weeks, it should begin to interact with its siblings. Swamp monkeys are native to central Africa's forests. The zoo is closed for the season but will reopen April 20. By that time the baby should be hopping, jumping and swinging in the enclosure with its siblings.

Civil War-era fashion at library

“The Many Layers of Fashion: Clothing of the 19th Century and the American Civil War” will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza, in Meeting Room A, by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library. Susan Pfeiffer, who has been involved Civil War reenacting since 1991 and has done extensive research on and collected a number of original ball and dance ephemera pieces, will share her knowledge of fashion. She will be “dressing” several dress forms and explaining what the fashion trends were, what the clothing looked like, felt like and how it was so different from today's. She also will have a number of unusual and original pieces from the 19th century on display

Youngsters ready to build robots

Science Central's 10th annual FIRST Lego League Indiana Qualifying Tournament is 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Schaefer Center on the Indiana Tech campus, 1600 E. Washington Blvd. Twenty-six teams, including more than 225 students ages 9-14, have been tasked with designing and building an original robot. This year's challenge, “Senior Solutions,” involves designing technology to complement the aging process. Teams partner with a senior to learn about problems seniors face and then create solutions. Qualifying teams move on to the state championship tournament Dec. 8 at IPFW's Gates Sports Center.

Thanksgiving meal at Rescue Mission

The Rescue Mission, 301 W. Superior St., will host its annual Thanksgiving meal Thursday. It is free and open to the public. Meals will be served noon-3 p.m. The meal is made possible by food and monetary donations. This year's dinner will feature 3,000 pounds of turkey and gravy, 700 pounds of corn, 700 pounds of garlic mashed potatoes, 400 pounds of stuffing, 100 pounds of cranberry salad, 2,800 dinner roles, and 350 pies. Last year about 2,800 Thanksgiving meals were served to the hungry and homeless.

— News-Sentinel staff reports