Local News and Events

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.

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.

Women of Courage and Commitment welcomes new member

We are glad to welcome Laura Keyes to our cast of courageous pioneer women. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a master’s degree in library studies, and is working as Head of Adult Services at the Freeport Public Library. She has been charming audiences with her portrayals of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln and Laura Ingalls Wilder since 2008. 

Here’s the group’s schedule for 2017:
Oct. 28 – Galena ghosts come alive - Scary tales of Galena’s ghosts, told by the ghosts themselves! Evening performance only, following Halloween parade.

Nov. 18 – Christmas With Laura Ingalls Wilder - New! Laura Keyes shares recollections of her Christmases on the prairie.

All shows are at the DeSoto House Hotel at 3 p.m., except the Halloween show, which follows the Halloween parade. Tickets for the July, August and November show are $15. This includes the show and coffee and dessert. Contact the DeSoto for price of the High Tea and the Halloween show. Reservations are suggested. Phone 1-815-777-0090.

Return of large predators to the Midwest

The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF), Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and the Jo Daviess County Farm Bureau invite the public to a seminar to provide research-based information about basic biology, identification, status in the Midwest and expectations for the future of wolves, cougars and black bears – carnivores that in yet small but increasing numbers are appearing on our landscape. The seminar will take place on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. at the restaurant at Woodbine Bend Golf Course.
Keynote speakers include:  
Adrian Wydeven: From 1990 through 2013, as a wildlife biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wydeven headed up the Wisconsin wolf recovery program. During that time, Wisconsin’s wolf population grew from fewer than 20 to more than 900.
Michelle LaRue: LaRue is executive director of the Cougar Network and a research associate in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Minnesota. She leads the Cougar Network’s efforts to gather and analyze confirmation data in the eastern and Midwestern portions of North America.
Doug Dufford: Dufford is the program manager for the Wildlife Disease and Invasive Wildlife Program for IDNR. He coordinates IDNR’s large carnivore surveillance and incident response.
Craig Bloomquist: Bloomquist is a wildlife biologist for United States Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services. He works in collaboration with IDNR to confirm wolf, cougar or black bear sightings and to provide management plans to reduce human-wildlife conflicts caused by these large carnivores.
Woodbine Bend is located at 3500 E. Center Road, just south of the town of Woodbine. This speaker event is free to attend.

You’re getting sleepy, very sleepy

A hypnotic experience is coming up over Thanksgiving weekend in The Galena Territory that owners and visitors will want to get a jump on planning. Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is thrilled to announce that the world–famous Dr. Jim Wand, founder and owner of The Hypnosis Agency, and considered to be one of the top hypnotic entertainers in the world today, is performing a live hypnosis show that’s fun for the whole family over Thanksgiving weekend on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, at Eagle Ridge.  The Jim Wand Hypnosis Show is an entertaining performance that event-goers will never forget, except perhaps those in the audience who may not remember being hypnotized. It is expected to be a sellout show with only 250 tickets available to those ready to discover the amazing powers of the mind. Dr. Wand has done more than 10,000 engagements throughout the United States and eight foreign countries, and has worked with personalities such as Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Chris Rock, Heidi Klum, Sylvester Stallone and Rascal Flatts. The hypnosis performance is designed specifically for an entertaining, family-friendly experience including children of all ages, with interactive and fun audience participation. The hypnosis event is open to the public and Eagle Ridge guests and members. For the show time and details, to purchase individual tickets, as well as special Thanksgiving weekend packages available for this event visit eagleridge.com or call 815-777-5000.

Annual Half Marathon is Nov. 24

As you gather for your family Thanksgiving celebration, please take a minute to think about helping to provide food for others. The Annual Half Marathon Walk-Bike-Run-Ride to benefit the Galena Food Pantry will take place on Friday, Nov. 24. Come out and participate or support with only your contribution.Registration is at 11 a.m. in the lobby of Woodstone Restaurant off U.S. 20 in The Galena Territory. Race start will be at 11:30 a.m. in the same location.Everyone is welcome, and no minimum distance is required. Dogs, horses, people of all ages and abilities; runners, riders, bikers and walkers, everyone is welcome.  Drivers, cookie makers and office help are needed to help support the event even if you don’t get out and run/walk. Can you think of someone less fortunate – especially this Thanksgiving? Please be a participant, sponsor or volunteer with your minimum contribution of $26 each. Send e-mail to Frances Rivoire or call 815-930-4100 with questions or to sign up to participate or volunteer to help. Please make your checks out to United Churches of Galena Inc. – Food Pantry. This is a 501(c)(3) organization. Checks are due in advance. Please mail to 1139 N. Clark Lane, Galena, IL 61036. You can also bring your check to the start on the morning of Nov. 24.

Holiday ‘radio’ show Nov. 9-12

The Galena Center for the Arts celebrates the holidays with the live radio play Miracle on 34th Street, a heartwarming holiday classic retold in the tradition of a live 1940s era radio broadcast, complete with vintage styled commercials, vintage costumes and the magic of live sound effects and musical underscoring. When a department store Santa claims he’s the real Kris Kringle and is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. Watch the miracle unfold when the belief of a little girl makes all the difference in this iconic story. Adapted from the 1947 Lux Radio Hour Broadcast and staged with live Foley effects, Miracle on 34th Street is a beloved story that will melt even the most cynical of hearts. Performances are Thursday, Nov. 9, Friday, Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m., plus matinee performances Saturday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, $8 for children age 12 and under, and are available at the Center and at the DeSoto House Hotel. They are also available online at GalenaCenterForTheArts.com.

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.
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 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.