Run for the Parks cancelled

Kiwanis_2942GALENA–The Kiwanis Club of Galena’s Run for the Parks event, planned for Saturday, May 16, is cancelled due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation.

Race director Susan Sostak said, “Given the current circumstances with the ongoing, daily changes in the extent and spread of the Coronavirus, we are cancelling this race out of an abundance of caution to protect the health of our race participants. We hope you understand the necessity of this decision.”

The run raises funds for park equipment in Galena. The Kiwanis Club plans on refurbishing equipment at the Tot Lot on Ridge Street.

Race participants who already signed up for this year’s run will receive a special promotional code for next year’s run.

“At this time, we intend to hold the race in May on the same weekend in 2021,” said Sostak.

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Registration now open for the Run for the Parks! Galena Kiwanis Spring Race!

Registration is open now for the Run for the Parks! Galena Kiwanis Spring Race!

The event will include a kid’s fun run; a 5-mile run; and a 10-mile run on Saturday, May 16.

To register, and for more information, click here.


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Caramel Apple Sundaes coming your way at Galena’s Country Fair!

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Ty Cocagne and Jay Dickerson man the booth at Country Fair. In the back of the booth are Theresa and Lew Riniker.

The Kiwanis Club of Galena will again offer caramel apple sundaes at the Galena Country Fair, Oct. 12-13.

In the Oct. 2, 2019 Galena Gazette, Kiwanis Club president Jay Dickerson talked about the importance of Country Fair. It benefits the club in many ways, providing funds for the two scholarships Kiwanis gives out every year.

“We’ve also replaced playground equipment in Galena, and we’re in the early stages of replacing the equipment at the Tot Lot. There are many other things we do in the community–a spring half marathon, the July 4 events and the Kiwanis peanut days. But our Country Fair efforts are organized by Theresa and Lew Riniker each year, and I don’t know what we’d do without them.”

Dickerson’s favorite memory from a past Country Fair was the year there was snow and no one seemed interested in ice cream sundaes.

“John Osmanski, Jr., and I came up with the idea of covering the popcorn with hot caramel sauce,” he said. “Now I need to have it every year.”

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Sign Up now for Galena’s 25th annual Independence Day Parade!

Register your parade entry now for the Kiwanis Club of Galena’s 25th annual July 4 Parade! The parade starts at 6 p.m., on Main Street at the corner of the DeSoto House.

Live music and food is available at the city hall parking lot beginning at 2:30 p.m. with Not Dead Yet. After the parade, Ten Gallon Hat takes the stage. Fireworks begin at dusk.

The events, food and fun are brought to you by the Kiwanis Club of Galena and the GOATS.

To register for the parade, just click: ParadeEntry2019

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The Kiwanis Club of Galena thanks our sponsors and supporters who helped make the River Trail Run on Saturday, May 18 a SUCCESS:

Illinois Bank and Trust
DeSoto House
Envision Tees
Big Apple Bagels
The Shoe Shack
Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa
First Community Bank of Galena
J3 Timing
Medical Associates*Mercy Galena and Elizabeth Clinics
Prairie Ridge of Galena
The Galena Gazette
Tri-State Porta Potty, Inc.
Tammy’s Piggly Wiggly
Journey Church
Mr. Richard Bagster-Collins donation in memory of his wife, Nancy
Mrs. Teresa Townsend donation in memory of her husband, George

Mark you calendar now for the 2020 River Trail Run!

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Join the Kiwanis Club of Galena!

New to Galena and want to serve the children of the world?

Or are you a longtime Galena resident, and you’re looking to do more in the community?

Join Kiwanis! Below is the membership form. Just fill it out and bring it with you to our meetings. The Kiwanis Club of Galena meets every Tuesday at noon at Prairie Ridge.


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Register NOW for the Kiwanis Club of Galena’s 2nd annual Spring 2019 River Trail Run!

Join us for the 2nd Annual Kiwanis Club of Galena River Trail Run on Saturday, May 18, 2019. The Galena River Trail is a scenic, forested trail that begins at the Galena Depot Park adjacent to the old Galena Trail Station on Bouthillier Street near downtown Galena.  Runners and walkers will travel south along the newly extended trail to Pilot Knob Road and along the backwaters of the Mississippi River. The trail is crushed limestone with a few sections of asphalt pavement in previously flood-prone areas. The course is primarily flat.

To register click HERE. Continue reading

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