Area News & Events

Belden Boy Writing Camp June 27-29
The Belden Boy Writing Camp comes back to the Belden School in The Galena Territory in June. The camp runs June 27-29. Sign up today, as space is limited. Pattie HarteNaus, educator and author of the Belden Boy Series of books, leads the camp sessions. For more information go to or email.

Shenandoah Pro Rodeo

  July 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m.
5 & Under Free. It’s Wild, It’s Western, it’s Pro Rodeo competition at its best! The Shenandoah Pro Rodeo will be serving up an exciting slate of competition, 8 seconds at a time! The One Armed Bandit & Company, rodeo’s 12-time entertainer of the year, headlines the Most Wanted “to see” List for the 2017 tour. Since 1988, The One Armed Bandit & Company has thrilled rodeo fans around the world including kings and princes from faraway places. They ride a variety of good horses and mules in this full throttle exhibition of genuine cowboy skills with longhorn steers, buffalo and wild horses. Moving all these animals around an arena the show reaches its grand finale with all atop a custom stock trailer reflecting the excitement and true spirit of the west!Anthony Lucia, star of TV’s Rodeo Girls, and top ProRodeo announcer returns to Galena as emcee extraordinaire and Rider Kiesner, one of rodeo’s young guns of comedy will keep fans on edge of their seats.Want to see a little local talent? The Shenandoah Pro Rodeo invites some of the toughest little buckaroos to get on and hold on tight in the “Mutton Bustin”. Don’t forget about our fireworks spectacular set to music and free barn dance to cap off each night’s entertainment. Join us this July for two great nights of family entertainment at its best!Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the gate for adults and $7 in advance. Tickets for children ages 6 to 12 are $7 in advance and $10 at the gate. Children 5 and under are free. Advance tickets are also available at Longhorn Saddlery in Dubuque and Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa and the Owners’ Club, as well as Blain’s Farm & Fleet and Casey’s General Store locations. Free kid’s tickets are available at Blain’s and Casey’s.

Friends of Galena Library accepting books for sale
The Galena Territory residents Barb and Al Efflandt and Denise and Frank Sedlak are co-chairs for the 2017 Friends of Galena Library pre-owned book sale and they are asking for help with book donations for the sale. The sale will be at the Galena Convention Center on Friday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, July 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Many Territory residents are involved in planning the sale; last year more than 4,000 items were available. Spring is a great time to clear your shelves and clear out boxes of books. Until June 30, Friends will be accepting children’s and adult books in good condition, DVDs and books on CD. Materials not included in the sale are textbooks, computer manuals, Harlequin romances, Readers’ Digest condensed books, magazines, encyclopedias, business books and cassette and VHS tapes. Books can be dropped off in the lower level of the Galena Public Library at 601 S. Bench St. 
On Tuesday evening May 23, several Territory residents will be working at Culver’s for Share Night on behalf of the Friends. Come visit with your neighbors, have a delicious meal and support a great cause. 
On Thursday, July 27, from 7 to 9 p.m., there will be a reception for Friends members. This will also be an opportunity for members to shop for books before the sale officially opens on Friday. Membership information is available at
The sale is the premier fundraising event for the Friends. Funds raised are used to provide items not covered by the library’s operating budget, such as computer enhancements, adult and children’s programs, large print books, audio books and the Galena Little Free Libraries. The Friends are a nonprofit 501(c)(3), independent organization established in 1994 to provide broad support to the Galena Public Library. The various Friends’ activities include organizing the annual pre-owned book sale, maintaining the pre-owned book sale corner in the library, managing the Books for Babies outreach program and sponsoring the Little Free Libraries at various locations in Galena. Membership information is available at the library or at 

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
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
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.

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.