Activities & Events

Property owners and their guests are invited to participate in GTA activities and events. Please have member information available when registering. For more information about GTA events and activities contact Recreation Manager Sue Young at 815-777-8272.
Please use the name of the event as the invoice number when registering. Thank you!
Belden School was built in 1859.The stone structure is located off Heatherdowns Lane in The Galena Territory. The Belden School Restoration Committee was formed in 2004 by a group of Territory residents. Active efforts, using funds contributed from many interested and generous people, resulted in the restoration of the building. The committee provides tours and special events at the school on the first and third Saturdays June through October from 10 a.m. until noon. Visit Belden School website

GTA Activities and Events

Tee Bags Kick-off Meeting

April 30 at 10 a.m.
New players are welcome! Galena Tee Bags Kick-off Meeting to sign up, meet other golfers and see firsthand what is planned for the upcoming season. For over 20 years Tee Bags Golf has been a weekly, 9-hole league sponsored by Ladies of the Galena Territory with a mission of FUN golf at all levels.  Our home course is Woodbine Bend, as well as playing several dates at Eagle Ridge courses.  We have Guest Days, special activities and tons of fun scheduled for this year!  More... 

Lakeshore and Roadside Clean-up

Saturday, May 5
Lakeshore Clean-up: Join us at the Marina at 9 a.m. Boats are available from 9-10:30 a.m. Roadside Clean-up: Clean up a route during the week or join us at the Marina Pavilion at 10 a.m. Call ahead for route assignments or choose Saturday morning. 
Lunch and beverages for volunteers available at 11 a.m. Make your FREE lunch reservation by calling 815-777-2000 by Monday, April 30.

Personal Document Shredding

May 5, 10 a.m. until noon
Marina parking lot. Watch your confidential materials shredded by Tri-State Shredding on premises, courtesy The Galena Territory Association. For more information call 815-777-2000.

Hit the Trail (Walk)

May 5, June 16, August 4, September 22, October 20 at 9 a.m.
The “Hit the Trail” series will occur in May, June, August, September and October in 2018.  Contact Emily Lubcke, Natural Resources Coordinator or Sue Young Recreation Coordinator for The Galena Territory Association at 815-777-2000.

2018 Doodles & Doodads

1 p.m. in the Game Room May 12, Oct. 6, Nov. 10 & 24, Dec. 31
Join the Recreation Department for crafts at 1 p.m. in the Owners’ Club Game Room. Advanced reservations required. This is a free activity! Maximum participation = 25 children. Sorry, no walk-ins. Call the Recreation Office at 815-777-8272 or email Sue Young.

Star Gazing (Public Observation)

May 12 - 8 p.m., June 9 - 8:30 p.m., July 7 - 8:30 p.m., August 11 - 8 p.m.,  September 8 - 7:30 p.m., October 27 - 6:30 p.m. 
Sponsored by: The Galena Territory Association Recreation Department and The Galena Astronomical Society in the Owners' Club parking lot. Bring your telescope! No worries if you forget or don’t own a telescope, we will have some for the event! Bring blanket or lawn chair for seating. For more information contact Recreation Coordinator Sue Young at 815-777-8272 or visit

How to Use a Telescope Workshop: June 9, 7:30 p.m. A beginner's workshop designed for the amateur or beginning astronomer to become familiarized with a telescope, and learn the basic techniques that astronomers use to locate objects in the sky. This class is taught by Walter Trentadue, an adjunct professor at Rock Valley College, and is condensed from the classes he taught for many years both there and at Harper College to his astronomy students. This class requires advance pre-registration and a nominal, non-refundable $10 fee. To register for this class, send an e-mail to Walter Trentadue.

Deep Sky Objects Workshop: July 7, 8:30 p.m.
This is a more advanced workshop, designed to assist amateur astronomers and observers- who already know the basics of using a telescope- learn some techniques that will allow them to find more interesting objects in the sky easily. Since this workshop is "hands on" it will require you to have your telescope set up before dark, at the Owners Club parking lot before the public observing program begins, and will run concurrently with the public observing program. This workshop is FREE; no pre-registration necessary.

Meteorite Identification presentation: August 11, 7 p.m.
 This FREE presentation will show you how to identify meteorites and categorize them into their three main classification types. No pre-registration necessary. Genuine meteorite specimens will be available for purchase.

Territory Farmers Market

May 13 and EVERY SUNDAY May 27 through October 7, 8 a.m. until Noon
Fresh produce, free-range and antibiotic-free meat, flowers and plants, jams, jellies, baked goods, arts and crafts, breakfast vendors and more...

Contact Emily Lubcke, Natural Resources coordinator for The Galena Territory Association at 815-777-2000.

Click here to subscribe to the Territory Farmers Market Newsletter. 

Spring Bass Fishing Classic

Saturday, May 19
Registration: 6:30 - 7:30 a.m.
Tournament: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$35 per person in advance  ($40 day of event) Read/Download 2018 Spring Bass entry form.
Pre-register by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16. Early registration includes lunch and eligibility for door prizes. Day-of event registration does not include lunch or door prize drawing.
  • Largest creel contest based on 6 heaviest fish, 14+ inches
  • $35 person in advance ($40 day of event)
  • Teams must fish from a boat
  • No boats outside of the “No Wake” buoys before 7:30 a.m.
  • No fishing within the “No Wake” buoys in the Marina area.
  • A seperate “Biggest Bass” competition is $10 per boat, based on weight. Winners take all.
  • Participants must have valid GTA identification and/or pass.
  • Each boat must be registered with the GTA and must have a live well or aerator pump with cooler. 
  • Boats & trailers will be inspected and must be free of invasice species. There may not be any water in bilges, live wells, or coolers.
  • Each participant, 16 and older, must have a vaild Illinois fishing license (available at Marina Bait Shop).

Real estate auction May 26

The Galena Territory Association will host a real estate auction on Saturday, May 26 at 10 a.m. in the Owners’ Club Social Hall. If any owner is interested in selling property and wants to join the auction, contact Terry Dieken at Dieken Auction Service at 815-222-0542 or by April 1. 

Galena Territory Travel Destinations

Mt. Rushmore & Yellowstone
August 22 (9 days) Yellowstone, Badlands, Grand Tetons, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, Fort Hays, Jackson Hole Valley, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Devil’s Tower, Deadwood, Salt Lake City, Wall Drug, Cowboy cookout and Rapid City. Cost: $2,895

Cape Cod & the Islands
September 16 (7 days) Nantucket Island, Nantucket Whaling Museum, Boston, Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth Rock, Hyannis, Martha’s Vineyard, Breakers Mansion, Heritage Plantation, Sandwich, New England lobster dinner and Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Cost: $2,225

Iceland Explorer
October 10 (7 days) Reyjavik, Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Strokkur Geyser, Gullfoss/Golden Falls, Hot Spring Bread experience, Thingvellir, South Coast Tour, Skogar Folk Museum, Keflavik, Bessastadir, Viking Ship Museum, Lake Kleifarvatn and whale watching. Cost: $3,395

For more information on great Galena Territory trips contact Recreation Coordinator Sue Young at 815-777-8272.