Updated: March 22, 2014 6:45AM
The Governors State University Library and GSU Friends of the Library will celebrate Black History Month with “Traditional Art of the Ivory Coast,” the inaugural exhibit of the Skylight Gallery in the library, according to a news release from the school.
The exhibit’s opening will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday and is to begin with a lecture in the E Lounge presented by doctors Arthur P. Bourgeois and Michel Nguessan. After the lecture at 4 p.m., Bourgeois and Nguessan will lead a gallery tour with commentary. The tour will be followed by a ribbon-cutting, reception and remarks from GSU President Elaine P. Maimon and provost Deborah Bordelon.
“This exhibit gives us a unique look into the history and culture of the people from Ivory Coast,” Lydia Morrow Ruetten, dean of the GSU Library, said in the release. “The GSU Library and Friends of the Library are pleased to offer this exhibit to the entire GSU community as our inaugural exhibit.”
The event is free and open to the public. Attendees should enter GSU through the main entrance. Guides at the information desk will show attendees how to get to the lecture and library.
“Traditional Art of the Ivory Coast” will run through April 25 during times when the library is open.
For more information, visit www.govst.edu/library.
Governors State University is at 1 University Parkway, University Park.
Blood drive for New Lenox girl, 7
A blood drive is scheduled for Saturday at Lincoln-Way Central High School, 1801 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox, in support of Bella Rodriques, a 7-year-old who is battling a dangerous heart virus. Bella is going through blood quickly, and LifeSource and her family and friends are hosting a replenishment drive to help build blood supplies.
Rodriques’ father is employed by Ford Motor Co., which will also be sending donors, according to a news release about the event.
The “Blood Drive for Bella” will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Type O negative — which is Bella’s blood type — is in particularly short supply, according to the release.
Cabin fever event
The New Lenox Police Department will host its sixth annual cabin fever event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Martino Junior High School, 731 E. Joliet Highway, New Lenox, according to a press release about the free event.
Traveling World of Reptiles will put on a show at 11 a.m. There also will be games, face painting, free pizza and beverages, police said.
“It’s a good day to try to let off some steam and have some fun as a family,” said Officer Aurena Davis, noting that families have been cooped up because of the extreme wintry weather.
Participants are asked to bring a canned food item for the New Lenox Food Pantry.
For more information, call (815) 462-6100.
Fleadh parade selects grand marshals
Shirley Cozzo and LaVerne Schultz have been selected as the grand marshals for the Oak Forest Fleadh family parade, according to a press release from the city of Oak Forest and the Oak Forest-Crestwood Area Chamber of Commerce.
The parade is to step off at 11 a.m. March 8 at 157th Street and Cicero Avenue.
Cozzo and Schultz are lifetime chamber directors, and this is the 50th anniversary of the chamber.
“We thought it was extremely fitting to select our lifetime directors as the grand marshals of this year’s parade,” chamber director Kimberly Malecky-Iles said in the release. “Shirley and LaVerne were instrumental in making the chamber what it is today — a successful and viable organization.”
More than 80 units are expected to participate in the parade, including pipe and drum bands, civic and community groups, schools and churches, and local businesses along Cicero Avenue.
The Oak Forest Fleadh celebrates Irish culture and tradition as well as the people and businesses of Oak Forest.