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.

Galena Center for the Arts

Another Thin Man playing in April
The Galena Center for the Arts will present the next radio mystery/comedy in the adventures of the Thin Man series, titled Another Thin Man, at 7 p.m. April 26, 27 and 28 and at 2 p.m. on April 29. This radio play, based on the writings of Dashiel Hammett, brings back the era of radio drama, complete with period costumes, original jingles for sponsors, live music and sound effects.Another Thin Man, set in 1939, features the hard-drinking private detective Nick Charles, played by Jay Dickerson, and his wealthy heiress wife Nora, played by Susan Barg. Of course, murders are committed, and it’s up to Nick and Nora (and their dog Asta) to figure it out. Among the suspects are multiple characters played by Robert Armstrong, Mark Haman, Emily Painter, Cindy Caraway and Michael Crawford, with Dan Harms at the sound effects table. One of the joys of radio theatre is to see how many different characters a single actor can play, and watching the actors change characters as easily as one might change a hat. In Another Thin Man, seven actors play the roles of more than 30 characters (and two dogs).Another Thin Man is directed by Carole Sullivan, with assistant direction by Jenni Ackerman and technical direction by Jan Lavacek. The radio play will be performed in the ADA accessible performance space in the center at 219 Summit St., Galena. Tickets may be purchased April 1 online at GalenaCenterForTheArts.com, at the center during open hours, 1-4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, or at the DeSoto House Hotel. For more information, call 779-214-0261. Seating is limited and the last radio show sold out, so it’s a good idea to get tickets early.

Hospital Auxiliary kicks off fundraiser

The Midwest Medical Center Auxiliary Foundation is launching a new fundraiser, an Engraved Brick Garden. This garden will be located to the left of the main entrance to the hospital.Bricks are $75 for the 4-inch by 8-inch size and $150 for the 8x8 size. Bricks will be sold on an ongoing basis. This is a wonderful way to honor or remember a loved one or great recognition for area businesses.Vincent Monuments of Galena will engrave the bricks and Ben Wienen Landscaping will place them. The Auxiliary’s goal is to initially sell 200 bricks, although 400 bricks will be placed in the garden for future engraving. The Auxiliary is aiming for brick placement this fall.The Auxiliary plans to donate funds from the project to the hospital’s new cardiac rehabilitation program. Bricks can be ordered from any auxiliary member. Order forms are available at the Whispering Willow Gift Shop located at the hospital.

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

  • May 12, 2018 at 8 p.m.
  • June 9, 2018 at 8:30 p.m.
  • 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

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 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