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.

Guided trail walks at Galena Territory May 18, Sept. 21

Galena, Illinois (May 2, 2019) – The Galena Territory, a semi-private 6,800-acre recreational, residential and resort community located 6 miles east of Galena, will be the site of three one-hour free guided trail walks at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and Saturday, Sept. 21, as part of its Hit the Trail program.


During this rare opportunity, Natural Resources Coordinator Emily Lubcke will lead nature lovers on public trail walks. Normally,
the private trails are open only to property owners, their guests and guests of Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa. The Territory boasts more than 25 trails that traverse hills, ravines and ridge tops, providing encounters with a range of flora and fauna.


More than 1,900 acres of Greenspace (open spaces) scattered throughout The Territory are maintained as natural habitat and protected from future development, including the 7.5-mile shoreline of Lake Galena. Wild turkey, white-tailed deer and red fox are frequently seen, along with hawks and eagles soaring overhead. Woods and meadows are lush with grasses, flowers, ferns, shrubs and trees April through October. 

Space is limited to the free Hit the Trail and reservations are required.  Please email or call 815-777-2000 to RSVP or for more information.
 


Attendees will meet and park at a designated area and are asked to wear appropriate footwear and dress for the anticipated weather. Trails are open to the public only for the duration of the event.

Looking For Book Donations

The annual Friends of the Galena Library pre-owned book sale will be held at the Crossroads Community Church (formerly the Galena Convention Center) on July 26 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and July 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For members of the Friends of the Library, there will be a sale preview on July 25, from 7 to 9 p.m. The sale is the Friends’ premier fundraising event in support of the library and as past years, thousands of items will be available for purchase. The sale is organized by genre and includes art, audio books, bestsellers, biographies, children’s books, cooking, crafts, mysteries, non-fiction, sports and much more. Donations of gently used books, CDs and DVDs will begin on Friday, Feb. 1. They can be dropped off in the lower level of the Galena Public Library. Business books, children’s activity and coloring books, computer manuals, cookbooks older than 2008, dictionaries, encyclopedias, harlequin romances, law books, magazines, reader’s digests, textbooks older than 2004, theology, travel books older than 2008, VHS and cassette tapes and who’s who books are not accepted. 

Funds raised by the Friends are used to provide items not covered by the Library’s operating budget, such as adults and children’s special programs, large print books, audio books, magazine subscriptions, LitFest sponsorship and the Galena Little Free Libraries. Information on membership in the Friends is at the Galena Library front desk or at galenalibrary.org. The Friends are a nonprofit 501(c)(3), independent organization that was established in 1994, to provide support to the Galena Public Library
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Sinsinawa Mound hosts variety of programs

Sinsinawa Mound will host a number of programs in the next few months. Sinsinawa Mound, the motherhouse for the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, is located in southwest Wisconsin on County Road Z, off Highway 11, about five miles northeast of Dubuque.

• Memory Café held the last Thursday of each month, 1-2:30 p.m.; 
• Crossing Bridges, a series for people who have mild memory loss or are in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and a care partner, May 2, 9, 16, and 23, 1-3:30 p.m.; 
• Learning among Friends, the second Thursday of each month beginning June 13, 1-2:30 p.m.; and 
• Is It Time for Facility Care? held Aug. 22, 1-2:30 p.m. 
• End of Life and Dementia, Oct. 24, 1-2:30 p.m.

 For more information, contact Coni LaBarbera at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at www.sinsinawa.org/moundcenter.

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.

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.
 
Open House Dates First and third Saturday 
June through October
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