Former Savanna resident, Michele Brown, TV personality, lifestyle artisan and founder of Remake.Life, will present a program on Saturday, July 29th at the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center at 1:00 pm. During the informal presentation, vivacious Michele will guide participants through a hands-on creative experience, making a sketchbook. She will give a glimpse of a transformational, creative life that can unfold between the sheets of a handmade book. Using reclaimed, repurposed materials along with expressive tools, every page can be a delight. It will be fun for everyone, all ages. All materials for the program will be provided. Michele uses her creativity, love and appreciation of nature, and resourceful living to entertain and inform. Her program will last approximately 2 hours. In order to know how many to plan for, reservations will be appreciated. Please call MaryEllen at 815-273-3536 by July 22nd.
The program is sponsored by the Savanna Historical Society, 406 Main Street. An $8.00 donation will be appreciated. Refreshments will be served.
One of the Savanna Historical Society's favorite story tellers, Brian "Fox" Ellis, returns to the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center on Saturday, July 22nd at 2:00 pm. The audience is 'invited' to a private board meeting and celebration of John Deere & Co. The founder of the company is retiring and handing the plow to his son Charles. John Deere reflects on the history of his self-scouring plows, shares some of his personal struggles and then turns to the future and the great changes in agriculture that he foresees in the vision of his son who transforms the company and the future of farming. As John Deere, historian and author, Brian “Fox” Ellis, covers a hundred years of agricultural history and then leads a discussion on the future of farming. Raising issues like the pros and cons of agriculture versus agribusiness, the role of technology and mechanization, the small family farm, centennial farms, and community service agriculture, this program promises to engage the audience in a complex conversation on how we continue to feed the world. A portion of the program is John Deere asking the audience questions about their family roots in agriculture and where they think the future will lead us.
The program will be in the Community Room and a donation of $8.00 is appreciated. Refreshments will be served.
The Historical Society is also inviting area farm equipment owners to bring equipment for display during the day. Farm implements may be parked on the 400 block of Main Street, east side or the closed off area of Madison Street starting at 7 am until 4 pm. There is no cost for entering your equipment.
Walk Out Cancer 5K Walk/Run
Sept 16th – 7am
Savanna Bike Path/Behind Fire Station
The 5th annual WALK OUT CANCER 5K Walk/Run and Kids Fun Run will take place Sept 16th. Join us for this fun walk/run on the bike path in Savanna. The race begins behind fire station at 101 Main St with the Kids Fun Run at 7:30am followed by the 5K Walk/Run at 8:00 am. Registration starts at 7:00 am next to the fire station. There will be a FREE After Party at Manny’s Pizza in downtown Savanna for race volunteers and race participants. Race packet will be available for pick up on Friday September 15, 2017 at 6:00-7:00 pm at Manny’s.
100% of proceeds go for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Questions? Contact Deb Long at 815-218-7496 or firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsored by Manny’s Pizza .
REGISTRATION INFORMATION Race held Rain or Shine Pre-Registration by August 11, 2017 $20 after August 11 - $25 (t-shirt and hat guaranteed to all who pre-register ) Special prizes will be given to the first registration. Goodies bag for only per-register child ages 5-11 by Aug 11,2017
Bird Walk at Ingersoll Wetlands
April 8th & 2nd Saturday of each month
Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge are holding a bird walk on April 8th from 9-11. The walks take place the 2nd Saturday of each month April - October. Participants will meet at 8:45 a.m. at the Ingersoll Wetland Learning Center located on Riverview Rd between Thomson & Savanna. Registration is required so call the Refuge office at 815-273-2732 to make your reservation and for more information them on Facebook.
Birding Golf Cart Tours
Beginning May 4th – 8am
1st & 3rd Thursdays & 3rd Saturdays through September
Stewards of the Upper Mississippi River Refuge are hosting Refuge Golf Cart Tours that travel through the refuge on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays and the 3rd Saturday of every month from May through September. The Golf Cart will leave promptly at 8 a.m. from the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center located on Riverview Rd, Thomson. Participants are asked to arrive at 7:45 am. Registration is required and seating is limited so call the refuge office at 815-273-2732 to make your reservation.