Local News and Events

Property Owners and their guests are invited to participate in GTA activities and events. If you have questions or would like to register for an event, please call 815-777-2000 or email Recreation Coordinator Sue Young.


June is the month for the Galena Territory’s first Woodland Fairy Garden Walk. It will take place on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the Belden School grounds and surrounding woodland trail. There is a suggested donation of $5 per person (children free). All proceeds will go to the Belden School Preservation Foundation and will benefit the care and upkeep of Belden School.

Why Benefit Belden?
Belden is a limestone, one-room schoolhouse that was built in 1859. It sat empty and sheltered in the Territory Woods for many years. In 2004 a small group of dedicated and visionary Territory residents embarked upon the restoration of the building with the efforts of many participants and donors. Just five years later in 2009 Belden School opened its doors as an interpretive center. The Belden School Preservation Committee has been actively involved in providing programs for the community and to raising the ongoing funds necessary for the upkeep of the building. As one can imagine, if Belden School is to be preserved it needs ongoing attention and funds to support its care. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the beauty of the area and to also benefit this historic and worthwhile building - Belden School. 

The Walk
Many artists and creators have donated their time and talent to make Fairy Garden Houses and place them along the woodland trail in an area of their choice around Belden School. The Territory Garden Club has spent hours on the trail making sure that the grounds are beautiful and ready for the installation of the artist’s creations. Materials used in the fairy houses are mostly from the woodlands and natural. What better place to create and display a Fairy Garden than in this beautiful woodland? 

This walk will appeal to both children and adults and is open to EVERYONE! Some fairy houses may even be for sale. If you wish to purchase a fairy garden house this will be indicated and they may be picked up after 2pm at the completion of the Walk. 

Belden School will be open to the public during the walk. Docents from the Belden School Preservation Foundation will be available to greet visitors, share stories and answer questions about the one room school house.

Would YOU Like to Be Involved?
It’s not too late to become involved in this fun event. If you would like to be a participant please contact us! Barb Liles and Toni Klingler are the chairs and will put interested people to work! 

If you are interested in being an artist/garden creator: Contact Toni Klingler, 563-580-3128, klinglers@mchsi.com. Toni is the person who will coordinate with all the artists. If you want to help with signage, grounds preparation or day of event organization, contact Barb Liles, 630-642-0205, barbandwarren@gmail.com.

Taste the Good Life at Eagle Ridge

Monthly culinary event underway 
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa introduces Taste the Good Life at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, new monthly culinary events showcasing not only the resort’s award-winning culinary talent, but celebrating and honoring Galena’s local farms and purveyors. Monthly sessions will be focused around a quarterly theme. 

On Thursday, June 14, the Pastabilities dinner will be vegetarian and Eagle Ridge’s culinary team is featuring an all-locally grown and sourced vegetarian lasagna. Time Out starts in July and focuses on fun foods intended to be eaten outdoors and with family and friends, including ribs, pork and salads on Thursday, July 12, bison on Thursday, Aug. 9 and chicken on Thursday, Sept. 13, all in Woodstone Restaurant. A representative from Iowa Bison Company will be the speaker for the Aug. 9 Time Out Bison Dinner.  Iowa Bison Company is located in Dubuque, Iowa, and they co-op with bison farmers within a 100-mile radius of Dubuque. The bison are locally grown, no antibiotics/steroids and are free-range grass fed.

 Holiday Spirits is the theme for October through December at Woodlands. Spirits and apps take center stage on Thursday, Oct. 11, followed by Tablescapes on Thursday, Nov. 8 and a locally-sourced holiday dinner on Thursday, Dec. 13. Some events will feature speakers sharing expert culinary knowledge, and most events are dinnertime oriented and will run from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $27 per person, with children ages 4 to 12, $15 and children 4 and under, free. The multi-course dinners include the event’s buffet including salad, bread and one glass of wine or one non-alcoholic beverage for those under 21. For more information contact Laura Cowell or by calling 815-776-5066.

June 16: Galena Chalkfest

On June 16, the lower parking lot of the Galena Center for the Arts will be transformed into a gigantic work of art, showcasing regional artists as they use their creativity to create artwork with chalk. Galena Chalkfest will be fun for participants as well as spectators. Bring your imagination and tools to compete for one of five cash prizes of $100 with an additional $100 donated to the art department of your favorite school or arts organization. Teams of up to four people can participate. Pre-register to get the best location. There are more than 50 spaces available. The $15 entry fee will grant your team an 8-foot-by-8-foot asphalt canvas (no need to fill the entire space), a box of chalk and sponge brushes to use in blending. Team registration is between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m., and the public is invited to view progress starting at 11. Judging for the best in each team category will be at 6 p.m. There will also be music, face-painting, hopscotch, magicians and free chalk for the younger children. Food and beverages will be available for sale inside the air-conditioned adjacent building, along with restrooms. The center is located at 219 Summit St., Galena. Please call 779-214-0261 for more information.

Seeking books for used book sale

Work is underway for the 2018 Friends of Galena Public Library annual pre-owned book sale, to be held July 27- 28 at Crossroads Community Church (formerly the Galena Convention Center). Territory residents Larry and Karen Johnson and Jack and Lois Gotto are co-chairing this year’s Book Sale Committee. The sale is supported by dozens of Territory residents and is the premier fundraising event for the library. Culver’s Share Night on May 8 and custard sales at the book sale are being coordinated by Territory residents Barb Liles and Warren Dorn. The current president of the Friends of the Galena Library is Territory resident Maria Rector. The Friends of Galena Public Library need your help and are looking for book donations for the sale. Friends are accepting adult, teen and children’s books in good condition along with DVDs and CDs. Items not accepted are textbooks, computer manuals, Reader’s Digest books, encyclopedias, business books and cassette and VHS tapes. Materials can be dropped off in the collection bin in the lower level of the Galena Public Library by the back entrance, 601 S. Bench St. This is a great opportunity to donate your gently used books to a great cause. Last year, all of the Friends fundraising events raised approximately $9,000 for the library. Proceeds are going to support programs and purchases such as the Galena LitFest, summer reading program, access to eRead Illinois, large print books and audio books. 

Farm Fun Day July 7, 10 a.m.

See the horses. Milk a cow, Make ice cream and butter. Enjoy the petting zoo and more at Shenandoah Riding Center. FREE event hosted by Jo Daviess Farm Bureau and The Galena Territory Association.

Star Gazing and Public Observation Events

  • July 7, 2018 at 8:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 11, 2018 at 8 p.m.
  • Sept. 8, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. 
  • Oct. 27, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
How to Use a Telescope Workshop June 9, at 7:30 p.m. 
Designed for the amateur or beginning astronomer to become familiarized with a telescope and learn the basic techniques that astronomers use. 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 non-refundable $10 fee. To register, send an email to Walter Trentadue at wtrentadue@sbcglobal.net with “Telescope Workshop” in the subject line.

Deep Sky Objects Workshop July 7, 8:30 - 10 p.m. 
This is a more advanced workshop for amateur astronomers and observers, who know the basics of using a telescope. Participants will learn some techniques to help them find more interesting objects in the sky easily. Since this workshop is hands-on it requires participants have a telescope set up before dark prior to the public observing program, and will run concurrently with the public observing program. This workshop is FREE; no registration necessary.

Meteorite Identification presentation August 11, at 7 p.m. 
This free presentation will help participants identify meteorites and categorize them into their three main classification types. No pre-registration necessary. Genuine meteorite specimens will be available for purchase.

Sponsored by: The Galena Territory Association Recreation Department and The Galena Astronomical Society

Shenandoah Pro Rodeo June 30, July 1

The Shenandoah Pro Rodeo returns to The Galena Territory Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1. The Shenandoah Riding Center will host the rodeo, which will feature bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, bull riding and women’s barrel racing. Gates open at 6 p.m. each night for a free preshow. The rodeo begins at 7:30 p.m. both nights. Fireworks set to music and free barn dance conclude each night’s entertainment. New for Sunday night only, witness professional bull jumping, never performed in the Midwest. It’s gymnastics over the top of a charging bull, extreme action taken to a whole new level. The first 250 kids on Sunday night will receive a free cowboy hat compliments of First Community Bank. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate for adults. Tickets for children ages 6 to 12 are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Children 5 and under are free. Advance tickets are available at The Galena Territory Association Owners’ Club and Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, as well as Tammy’s Piggly Wiggly and Blain’s Farm & Fleet. 

Hello Galena! 

You'll be greeted by our local Galena artists and find original art, handmade artwork and crafts that make the perfect gifts including—paintings, baskets, stained glass, hand-knit items, Galena history books, pottery, cards, music, toys, jewelry and much more! Hello Galena! is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization made up of more than 65 local artists. Their artwork and signature gift items are displayed at 121 N. Commerce St., Galena, Ill. Artists staff the art-only shop hours of operation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday. The shop is open on Tuesday and Wednesday by chance from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, including a map and directions to the store, call 815-777-1448 during shop hours.
Safe Haven exploring dog park
Safe Haven Humane Society of Jo Daviess County wants to hear from you if you would be interested in a dog park on Safe Haven property in Elizabeth. If Safe Haven receives enough interest, it will proceed with plans to turn several acres of property it owns on the west side of its building into a dog park. If you would be interested in the use of a dog park for a nominal annual fee contact the shelter at petinfo@aeroinc.net or 815-858-2265.

AART Drive, First weekend each month

All River Road Talent (AART) a collection of the Tri-State region's top artists. Enjoy refreshments while viewing art, watching demonstrations and meeting the people who make it happen.
Apple River Fort open year round
On June 24, 1832 a small company of Illinois militia (some 30 men and boys) and their families (an additional 40-odd women and children) successfully defended a small civilian-built fort against 200 warriors led by the great Sac tribal leader known as Black Hawk. Today Apple River Fort State Historic Site, a Black Hawk War landmark, includes both an interpretive center and a reconstruction of the long-vanished fort, completed in 1997 and modeled upon findings of a 1995 archaeological dig. Because of its archaeological and historic significance, the site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Apple River Fort is a family-friendly historic site, open Wednesday through Sunday year round. The site interpretive center features knowledgeable staff, a variety of exhibits and showings of a brief dramatic video depicting the attack on Apple River Fort and other events of the 1832 Black Hawk War. The fort itself is open for self-guided tours.
On weekends from May 1 through Oct. 31, the fort comes to life through ongoing living history activities and special events that present stories both of the settlers within its walls and of the attacking Sac and Meskwaki without. Through demonstrations, hands-on activities and conversation, interpreters garbed in 1830s-style dress create a visitor experience that is historically accurate, engaging, educational, entertaining and most of all, memorable. Apple River Fort State Historic Site is located off U.S. 20 at 311 E. Myrtle St. in Elizabeth, Ill. Hours from Nov. 1 through April 30 are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For further information call 815-858-2028 or visit http://appleriverfort.org.
  Clothing featuring The Galena Territory logo now for sale
The Galena Territory Association has clothing with The Galena Territory logo on it for sale. The clothing includes polo shirts, windbreakers and zip-up sweatshirts. All are available for purchase at the Owners’ Club or to order online CLICK HERE.
Open House Dates First and third Saturday 
June 2 and 16, 2018
July 7 and 21, 2018
August 4 and 18, 2018
September 1 and 15, 2018
October 6 and 20, 2018
June through October 10 a.m. until noon p.m. 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. Belden School website