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Our 2018 calendar of events is taking shape! We have some exciting new outings planned in addition to our signature events of Camp Casper, Potluck and Program Series, Moonlight Frog Walk, Bluebird Trail Walk, and Fall Forest Walk. The full calendar will be posted soon so check back often for more information.

November 2018

Potluck & Program – Citizen Science, Modern Technology & the Conservation of Nature

Charlie Blake, PhD biologist, will present on Citizen Science, Modern Technology and the Conservation of Nature. Charlie directs RiverWatch, an Illinois statewide citizen science program which monitors stream health. She will be giving an overview of popular phone apps including eBird and iNaturalist and web sites like FieldScope, which allow for far more accurate gathering and sharing of information about our natural world and thus are becoming increasingly vital to conservationists and educators. Charlie says her passion is “bringing science to the community and bringing the community into science.”

This speaker event will take place at River Ridge School District, 4141 Illinois Route 84, just south of the intersection with Route 20. The potluck will begin at 5:30 with the presentation at 7 pm. If attending the potluck, please bring a dish to pass and your own table service. All beverages must be non-alcoholic. An entrée will be provided. If attending just the talk, please arrive shortly before 7.

We wish to thank River Ridge for hosting this event and the Apple River State Bank/First Community Bank of Galena for sponsoring our 2018 speaker series.

Art of the Native Peoples – An Evening of Poetry

Three very unique women will present their poetry and art in conjunction with the galley exhibit, Art of the Native Peoples at the Galena Center for the Arts.  This trio of women will share tribal stories as they relate to the artwork, their symbolism and connections to myth. Kimberly Blaser is Anishinaabe and an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.  Karen Ann Hoffman is a citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and Denise Lajimodiere is an enrolled citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Belcourt, North Dakota.

Blaeser is a professor at the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee, where she teaches creative writing and Native American Literature.  She has authored several books of poetry and is currently working on “Picto-Poems”, which combines he poetry and photography.  Blaeser was honored as the Wisconsin Poet Laureate of 2025-2016.

Hoffman is a beadwork artist whose work is nationally exhibited.  She was named a Wisconsin Master Folk Artist by the Wisconsin Arts Board in the winter of 2007.  Her art combines beads, materials and matter that embodies, preserves and expresses the Iroquois World View.

Lajimodiere has been an educator, principal, and an associate professor at North Dakota State University in Fargo.  She is a Jingle Dress dancer, poet and birch bark biting artist.  Her book, Stringing Rosaries: Stories from Norther Plains Boarding School Survivors will be published in February 2019.

The exhibit Art of the Native Peoples will be open from 6-7 on November 16, 2018.  The poetry reading will follow at 7 pm.  Sponsors for this events are the Galena Poetry Group, Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation, and Galena Center for the Arts. There is no charge to attend either the exhibit or the poetry reading, but donations are always appreciated. There will be a reception after the program for the audience to meet the artists. The Galena Center for the Arts is located at 219 Summit Street, Galena.  For more information call 779-214-0261 or visit www.GalenaCenterForTheArts.com.


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