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!

Galena Territory Travel Destinations

Come Travel With Us
Paris River Cruise
April 30 (11 days) Paris city tour, Dijon, Lyo, Mâcon, Beaune, Cahalon sur Saone & Tournus, Viviers, Avignon, Arles, aboard the MS Amadeus Provence. Cost: $4,695

May 1 (9 days) Yverdon-les-Bains, Lucerne, Geneva City, Chamonix, Chateau de Chillon, Montreaux, Zermatt, Matterhorn, Gstaad, Bern City and Interlaken. Cost: $3,895

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.
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

Golf Talk

March 1 & 15. 9 a.m. in the Lounge
Join us in the Lounge for Golf Talk with Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa Director of Golf Reagan Davis, PGA. Everyone Welcome!

First Fridays

March 2  ~  April 6
Join your friends from 6-8 p.m. the First Friday December through April in the Owners’ Club Lounge. Watch a movie, play white elephant bingo and socialize with friends. Please bring your own appetizers and drinks. Keep it simple!

Greenspace Workshops

March 3 at 9 a.m. Jon Kelly, of Mississippi Valley Tree Experts and a certified arborist, will discuss tree diseases, prevention and treatment. This informative presentation will be interactive and there will be plenty of time to ask specific questions. Photos of specific tree problems will be helpful during the question-and-answer period.
April 14 at 10.30 a.m. join Master Gardener Don Klinger for a workshop on composting. Don will discuss different methods, including vermicomposting, hot composting and cold composting. After his presentation, interested persons are invited to Don’s house to see these methods in action.

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

Happy Feet Yoga

Friday, March 9 11 a.m. 
27 bones. 32 joints. Feet serve us every day. They not only provide us with means to move from one palce to the next and help us with balance, but also have profound effects on other parts of the body. Why not do something special for your feet to honor and care for them? This special class will focus on feet and ankles. Anyone can attend. No yoga experience required. Most people do yoga barefoot, if necessary you can get the same benefits with shoes. Wear something comfortable. Bring water and a yoga mat if you have one. Cost is $7. Contact Candace at 815-777-1890 or Recreation Coordinator Sue Young at 815-777-8272.

2018 Doodles & Doodads

1 p.m. in the Game Room March 10 & 24, April 21, 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.

Spring Lake Dinner

March 10 at 6 p.m.
The Lake Galena Spring Dinner will be held at the Owners’ Club Social Hall at 6 p.m. The evening will include “The Watershed Game,” a wonderful meal and an open forum question-and-answer session.

Social Media Class (Mostly Facebook)

March 14, 3 p.m.
 An informal discussion about Social Media (mostly Facebook) Wednesday, March 14 at 3 p.m. in the Owners’ Club Lounge. Please register (so we have enough materials). Call 815-777-2000, e-mail or register now.

St. Patrick's Party

March 17
Social Hour 6 p.m. Dinner 7 p.m. You don’t have to be Irish to attend! Sliced Corned Beef with Cabbage Wedges, Mixed Potatoes, Onions & Carrots, Soda & Rye Bread/butter, Cheese & Sausage Trays with Crackers, Veggies & Dip, Lemon Squares, Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting, Beer, Wine, Soda & Irish Coffee. $24 per person. Register now for St. Patrick's Party.

Easter Fun Day

March 31, 1 p.m.
FREE Easter party recommended for kids up to and including 11 years old. Maximum participation 80 children. A special visit from the Easter Bunny will help kick off our famous Easter Egg Hunt! Call 815-777-8272 to make your reservations today! Registration deadline is March 20. Sorry no walk-ins.

For the Love of Wine

April 7, 4:30 p.m.
An Educational Afternoon That is Sure to Please the Most Discerning Wine Lover! Wine Education, Wine and Cheese provided by Galena River Wine & Cheese. Limited to 50 participants. Call 815-777-2000 for the waiting list.

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.

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, 27 - June 17 - July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - August 5, 12, 19, 26 - September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 - October 7
The Territory Farmers Market will begin on Mother’s Day and The Galena Territory Association will host it every Sunday between July 1 and Oct. 7.

The Holiday Market will be Dec. 1 in conjunction with the Holiday Housewalk. 

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


1 Easter: All GTA offices closed
Recreation Complex open


5 Spring Roadside & Lakeshore Clean-up
19 Spring Bass Fishing Classic
19 Outdoor pools open 10-7
19 New Member Orientation
22 Garden Club Plant and Seed Exchange
28 Memorial Day


1 Just Show Up Friday
2 Belden School Open House
8 Just Show Up Friday
9 Territory Garage Sale
9 Family Flicks
9 Lobster Boil
15 Just Show Up Friday
16 Property Owner Golf Scramble at The General
16 Hit the Trail (walk)
16 Belden School Open House and Garden Fairy Walk
16 Doodles & Doodads
16 Family Flicks
22 Just Show Up Friday
23 Doodles & Doodads
23 Family Flicks
28 Men’s Coffee
29 Just Show Up Friday
30 Kids’ Fishing Contest
30 Doodles & Doodads
30 Family Flicks
30 Shenandoah Pro Rodeo


1 Territory Farmers Market
1 Shenandoah Pro Rodeo
6 Just Show Up Friday
7 Farm Fun Day
7 Doodles & Doodads
7 Family Flicks
7 Belden School Open House
13 Just Show Up Friday
14 Super Hero Party
20 Just Show Up Friday
21 Belden School Open House
21 Doodles & Doodads
21 Family Flicks
22 Music on the Green
27 Just Show Up Friday
28 Doodles & Doodads
28 Family Flicks


3 Just Show Up Friday
4 Hit the Trail (walk)
4 Belden School Open House
4 Doodles & Doodads
4 Family Flicks
10 Just Show Up Friday
11 Barbie Party
17 Just Show Up Friday
18 Belden School Open House
18 Doodles & Doodads
18 Family Flicks
18 Kayak 5K Fun Paddle
24 Just Show Up Friday
25 Doodles & Doodads
25 Family Flicks
25 GTA Volunteer Appreciation Party
31 Just Show Up Friday


1 Belden School Open House
1 Doodles & Doodads
1 Family Flicks
1 Brats, Corn & Rock ‘n’ Roll 
8 Fall Bass Fishing Classic
9 Territory Farmers Market
11 Garden Club Plant and Seed Exchange
15 Belden School Open House
16 Outdoor pools close end of day
22 Hit the Trail (walk)


5 Just Show Up Friday
6 Belden School Open House
6 Doodles & Doodads
6 Flicks & Floats
6 Firemen’s Pork Chop Dinner 
12 Just Show Up Friday 
13 Fall Roadside & Lakeshore Clean-up
13 Household Hazardous Waste Collection
13 New Member Orientation 
19 Just Show Up Friday 
20 Hit the Trail (walk)
20 Belden School Open House
27 Kids’ Halloween Party
28 Monsters in the Trunk 


10 Doodles & Doodads
10 Flicks & Floats
10 Thanksgiving Potluck
22 Thanksgiving: All GTA offices closed
Recreation Complex open
24 Doodles & Doodads
24 Flicks & Floats


1 Holiday Market
1 Holiday Housewalk
12 Ladies’ Holiday Potluck
13 Men’s Coffee
15 Kids’ Christmas Party
24 Christmas Eve: All GTA offices closed
Recreation Complex open
25 Christmas: All GTA offices closed
Recreation Complex open
26 Kids’ Activities
27 Kids’ Activities
28 Kids’ Activities
29 Kids’ Activities
30 Kids’ Activities
31 Kids’ Activities
31 Just Show Up New Year’s Eve Party