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Boat Cruise on the Mississippi

The Savanna Historical Society will host a cruise on the Mississippi River, Saturday, September 16th. The 2nd annual boat ride will leave from LeClaire, Iowa at 1:00pm with boarding at 12:45. The cruise will be 1 1/2 hours long. The cruise is a major fundraiser for the Society. Last year, the boat was filled to capacity and the crowd enjoyed delicious desserts provided by the Savanna Historical Society.

The Twilight is a beautiful replica of a Victorian steamboat with 3 decks, a salon and both inside and outside seating. Come, relax, view the majestic shoreline, enjoy the sun or shade. The Twilight is air conditioned or heated, as needed. The Society has reserved the boat for the afternoon so come with your friends and enjoy the afternoon as you help support the Society.

Tickets are $50 each and are available from any SHS member or call Ann at 815-275-1958 .

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history of the Savanna Army Depot

Saturday October 7th at 2:00 PM

On Saturday October 7th at 2:00 PM, at the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center, a program on the history of the Savanna Army Depot will be given. The program will provide an overview of the history of the depot thru the closure in 2000 and the current state of the progress of cleaning up and transferring the property to the local redevelopment authority and the US Fish and Wildlife service.

The presentation will be narrated by Cindy Irwin and Jo Carey, both retirees of the Savanna Army Depot. Cindy spent 33 years in various ammunition jobs at the depot starting as a Quality Assurance Specialist and was the chief of ammunition operations at the time of closure. She then worked as the Commanders Representative and Site Manager for several years through the closure process. Jo worked in the IT department for 18 years while the depot was active and worked in the environmental cleanup and closure office for 15 years after the depot closed.

The program will include many photos of the history thru the early years of the depot as well as pictures of the various cleanups that have been conducted and briefly discuss the current tenants and businesses/landowners at the depot and the role of the Local Redevelopment Authority in the transfer and closure process.

It is hoped that many retirees will come and provide their stories and knowledge on the history of the depot to add to the program. A donation of $8.00 will be appreciated.

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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 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

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Final Ride Old Bridge Cruise Celebration
Oct 21 – 10am – 8pm
Saturday, October 21 from 10 AM - 8 PM Savanna, Illinois and The Block That Rocks will celebrate the closing of the Route 64/52 bridge with a final "ride-cruise-drive" across the Mississippi. Join us with your classic, old, antique, special bike, car, or truck for special cruise / ride as the Old Bridge's final days come to a close. Music - Food - Car Show - Street Dance – Fun. Go to the FB page for details.

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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.

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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.

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