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American Legion February Events:
The Galva American Legion will be holding a community breakfast at the Galva Legion Building located at 45 Wallace Street on 11 February, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. They will be serving all you can eat pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, biscuits and gravy, coffee, milk and orange juice.Pop and bottled water are available for an extra charge.A donation of $6.00 is appreciated.
Visit the Gallery for photos from our recent Veteran's Day Celebration.
Santa Coming to Visit Children In Galva...
Lucia Nights in Bishop Hill...
Bishop Hill invites you to join the Lucia Nights celebration on Friday December 8 and Saturday December 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. This Swedish tradition is based on a legend of Saint Lucia, Queen of Light. Girls in Sweden today wake their families on December 13th carrying a tray of Lucia buns while dressed in a white robe and wearing a crown of candles.
Lucia Nights begins in Bishop Hill with the Lighting of the Park Christmas tree at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 8. The public is invited to bring edible ornaments to hang on the tree. Evening attractions include free musical performances in various locations in town. Businesses and museums will have a Lucia girl serving cookies. Around the village, each building will have a single candle in each window, and sidewalks will be illuminated. Restaurants are open both evenings. Special Christmas gifts will also be on sale.
On both Friday and Saturday evenings, Bishop Hill will be hosting a wide variety of activities. At the Fire Station, the Peoria Cooperative Academy Madrigal Singers will perform at 6:30 p.m. each night followed by Jazz on the Side. The VASA National Archives will have a closing reception for their exhibits, with storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis sharing traditional Swedish and Pioneer Christmas stories the first night and the Peoria Prairie Tellers sharing stories on the second night. At the Steeple Building Museum, Hammer and Pick will be playing a variety of Christmas and folk music. In addition, the Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church will host the annual Soup and Chili Supper beginning at 4:00 p.m. until they run out. A free-will donation is appreciated to cover the cost of the meal.
On Saturday, December 9 only, beginning at 7 p.m., there will be an Old Fashioned Barn Dance at the Colony School. The Rusty Pickup String Band will be performing. All dances taught and called by Gail Hintze and Jim Hicks. Admission is $5 per person, and beginners are welcome. No partner is necessary.
For more information about Lucia Nights, call 309-927-3899 or visit www.bishophill.com.
Lucia Nights is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Arts Council, Bishop Hill Heritage Association, Bishop Hill State Historic Site, Old Settler’s Association. VASA National Archives, Bishop Hill Volunteer Fire Department, and numerous local businesses. The event is also partly funded by grants from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation.
Galva Competes for Concert Series...
The Galva Arts Council is now in the running for a grant that would provide significant funding for a 10-week live music series they have planned for the summer of 2018.
Sponsored by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a national foundation dedicated to strengthening the social fabric of America through free live music, Galva Arts Council hopes to qualify as one of 15 winning organizations competing in the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards.
The Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards are an exciting matching grant opportunity created by the Levitt Foundation to serve small to mid-sized towns and cities with populations up to 400,000. Up to 15 nonprofits will receive $25,000 each in matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP Music Series—an outdoor, free concert series featuring a diverse lineup of professional musicians.
The Galva Arts Council submitted the proposal for Galva, Illinois. The proposed venue site is Wiley Park. Galva’s proposal is now posted on the Levitt AMP website for public voting. http://levittamp.org
A successful campaign for Galva depends on community participation to get as many online votes as possible to bring the concert series to town. Community support, as measured by the number of online votes received, will be one of the key factors when the Levitt Foundation selects up to 15 winners.
Supporters are asked to visit https://grant.levittamp.org/voter-registration-page/ to register and vote. Online public voting opens November 1 and ends November 20 at 7:00 p.m. Central Time. The Top 25 finalists will be selected through online public voting. The Levitt Foundation will then review the proposals of these 25 finalists and will select up to 15 Levitt AMP winners, which will be announced on January 2, 2018.
"The City of Galva is very excited to be in the running for a ten week concert series that will allow us to enjoy and learn from the good work of dedicated and talented musicians," says David Dyer, Galva’s City Administrator.
Galva Arts Council asks supporters to start spreading the word to family, friends, colleagues and neighbors and rally the community to sign up and vote for Galva’s proposal.
For more information, contact John Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Machinery Pete Comes to Galva...
Jerry and Connie Kuster give Machinery Pete a tour of their International Harvester (and more) collection.