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From the July 22nd edition of the Manito Review:

Forest City Jubilee

August 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2014

This is only a Tentative Schedule and is subject to change!!

Did we mention?... We’ve Got a Carnival This Year!!!! Or all the Food that will be available all 3 days!!!!  We have Rita Robison and her Duck Pond!!! And we have Truck Pulls!!! There is a lot of things going on this year!!!

Friday, August 1st:

5:00 p.m. FCPC Serving Hamburgers/Hotdogs under Pavilion 

6:00 p.m. Parade Line-Up at Campground Park

6:30 p.m. Parade (from Campground Park, down to Main Street to Bluebird Park) 

7:00 p.m. Kids Games Open 

7:00 p.m. Little Mr, Little Miss, and Princess Jubilee Contest (St. Jude Penny Vote Fundraiser) 

8:00 p.m. Beer Tent Opens 

8:00 p.m. Karaoke Contest 20 and Under ($5 Entry Fee with a split cash payout for winners) 

9:00 p.m. Karaoke Contest 21 and Older ($5 Entry Fee with a split cash payout for winners) 

11:00 p.m. Park Closes

Saturday August 2nd:

7:00 a.m. Registration 5K Run (Rickett Grain Parking Lot) 

8:00 a.m. 5K Run 

10:00 a.m. Pig Wrestling (12 and Under)

10:00 a.m. Kids Games Open

10:00 a.m. Craft Tents Open

10:00 a.m. Presentation of Check to St Jude Runners (money raised from penny votes for Little Mr, Little Miss, and Princess Jubilee)

10:00 a.m. Antique Tractor Pulls Begin

12:00 p.m. Cow Patty Bingo

12:00 p.m. Registration Mud Volleyball

1:00-3:00 p.m. Mud Volleyball (must be 16 and older) 

2:00 p.m. Ice Cream Eating Contest 

2:00 p.m. Kiddie Tractor Pull Registration 

3:00 p.m. Kiddie Tractor Pull 

4:00 p.m. Inflatables Open 

7:00 p.m. Beer Tent Opens 

8:00 p.m. “Tattoo's and Lace” Live Music 

9:00 p.m. Auction and Prize Drawings 

11:00 p.m. Park Closes

Sunday, August 3rd:

9:00 a.m. Tractor Ride

10:00 a.m. Kids Games Open

11:00 a.m. Bags Tournament Registration

11:00 a.m. Truck Pull Registration

12:00 p.m. Bags Tournament

12:00 p.m. Truck Pulls


Midwest Central Announces Registration Dates and a New Streamlined Process for 2014-15 School Year

Office of the Superintendent -- The Midwest Central public school system announced changes to its registration process for the 2014-15 school year.  To make the process easier for parents and students, the location of registration will now be held in one place for all three buildings in the school district. 

The school district is offering two dates for registration, with morning hours one day and late afternoon on the second day:

Dates: Wednesday, August 6th from 2:00-8:00 p.m. and Thursday, August 7th from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Location: Midwest Central Primary School, 450 Southmoor Street, Manito, IL 61546

To expedite enrollment, parents are asked to bring documents listed below to registration and take note of the following information:

All students (district-wide):

• New students are required to have proof of residency, a parent photo I.D. (at the Primary School only), a certified birth certificate from the county in which they were born, and immunization records.

High School students:

• Incoming freshman should have updated shots, including proof of 2 Varicella booster shots, along with a physical exam.

• Basic book fees will be $80.00 (other fees will apply and vary by courses enrolled in)

Middle School students:

• New students will need a certified birth certificate from the county in which they were born and physical.

• 6th grade students are required to have physicals, a dental exam, and the appropriate vaccinations (prior to entering school as required by State Law)

• A sports physical is required for all Middle School students who plan to participate in sports.

• Fees: Basic Book Fees - $85.00, Band - $7.00, PE Shirts - $5.00 each (students are required to provide their own black shorts), and 7th grade students and new 8th grade students to the district will be required to also pay a $7.00 fee for Constitution Books.

Primary School students:

• The Primary School Book Fees will be $65.00 for K-5th and $20.00 for Early Childhood.

• First time students and kindergarten students are required to have a physical, eye exam, and proper immunizations.

We accept cash, check or credit card.

The Mason County Health Department will be at registration on Wednesday, August 7h from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. to host an immunization clinic.  Students must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian to receive immunizations.

For more information, parents are requested to contact the school directly. Offices are closed the month of July and will reopen Friday, August 1st.


Ice Cream Social at St. Paul’s

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 21819 CR 3300E, Manito, will have their Ice Cream Social on Sunday, August 3, 2014, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. There will be a free will offering. The menu includes homemade ice cream, assorted toppings, brats, hot dogs, ham sandwiches, homemade pies, cakes and beverages.


Manito Farmers Market is Hopping

Produce was looking great at the Manito Farmers Market on Broadway Street this past Tuesday night! Cantaloupes made their debut and the tomatoes were almost sold out by 7. There were lawn mowers, small motor tools, and plants for sale this week besides the usual handwoven rugs, handmade soaps, junk-in-your-trunk sellers, wood carvings, brats and pork chops, handmade wooden furniture, and  Ed and Amber Autrey did a great job playing and singing that evening. Next Tuesday they are expecting even more produce! Everyone is welcome to bring a lawn chair to sit and relax in. If you have any questions or would like to play music or sell at the farmers market contact Alex at 309/339-3737 or Jennifer at 620-3764.


Emmanuel’s Warehouse

Emmanuel’s Warehouse Monthly Drive Thru Food Pantry will be serving on Saturday, August 9th, 2014 at the American Legion (201 South Broadway Street, Manito, IL) from 12:00 noon till 1:30 p.m. Emmanuel’s Warehouse is for those in need in the Midwest Central communities.

Look for the signs to line up at 12:00 noon. Rosemary Palmer will start along the drive thru line up to sign cars in.

The Peoria Area Food Bank will deliver 10:00 a.m. Volunteers are welcome to help unload the food truck, bagging each box and are encouraged to stay and volunteer to help with the drive thru pantry until 1:30 p.m. to help clean up.

Emmanuel’s Warehouse volunteers and volunteer board members are here to serve you every second Saturday of the month from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at the drive thru pantry.

Please call Rosemary Palmer for donation pick up at (309) 696-4217 or to arrange your emergency needs between the dates of Emmanuel’s Warehouse pantry or if you are unable to get to the pantry.


Pancake Breakfast to be Held

The Ridgelake Fire Department will hold a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, August 2nd from 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at the firehouse. All-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs and sausage with coffee and orange juice. There is a reduced cost for children under 12 years old.

A 50/50 drawing will also be held, need not be present to win.


Spaghetti Supper

The Green Valley Presbyterian Church will be having a Spaghetti Supper on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.  Menu consists of Spaghetti & Meatballs, Garlic Bread, Salads, variety of Desserts and Drink for a donation.  Carryout is available but please bring your own containers.  Serving time is from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Green Valley Presbyterian Church, 300 S. Church St., Green Valley, Illinois.  Church is handicap accessible.

Proceeds will go to purchase Coats for Kids at Midwest Central Schools.


Family Fun Night in Green Valley Park

Valley Chapel is hosting a "Family Fun Night" on Friday, July 25th, at the Centennial Park in Green Valley, IL. Illusionist Richard Landry and his "magic" bunny Snowball will be performing "The Amazing Gospel!" Richard and Snowball have appeared all over central Illinois and parts of Indiana, Iowa, and Missouri as they travel to bring positive messages to schools, libraries, and churches. Richard seeks to bring a little laughter into a person's day and make the world a better place. He blends magic and comedy in a unique and creative way and lets kids and adults help him during his presentation to make it fun for everyone. The magic begins at 6:30 pm with popcorn and drinks provided as you enjoy the show. Bring your camera to take pictures of the magical and hilarious antics that you will witness during the program. Bring some friends also to share in the fun! In case of storms that evening we will host the show at Valley Chapel located at 5903 Chapel Road, Green Valley. If you have questions or need to confirm the location that evening, please call Pastor Nate at (309) 202-4714.


Tri-County Sand Devils Junior Football Signup

We have lots of places for more players.  Anyone from 6-14 years old in Mason, Tazewell or Logan counties can sign up.  Our practices start the first Monday in August at West Park in San Jose.  We play by IHSA rules.  Come and join the fun.  All kids that sign up get a free Sand Devils T-Shirt. 

For more information, call Bill at (309)241-0061, Daric at (309)613-0314 or Ben at (309)210-1405.  Come and find out what Junior Football is all about.


Emmanuel’s Warehouse

Our July 12th Food Distribution came on a very hot day.  120 families lined up for food on that day.  We were very lucky to have so many volunteers to help unload the food bank truck, taking the many steps from the truck to the Legion hall  like  cogs on a wheel insuring that the wheel turned smoothly.

We appreciate every hand helping others.  Love and dedication keep us going every month.

Our distribution is the second Saturday of every month.  Next date is August 9, 2014 from noon to 1:30.

Our heartfelt appreciation is expressed to you all.  We are blessed.  We appreciate any and all who participate in any way.


Festival Friends

We are on the downside of the year for the Festival.  We had our last monthly meeting at the Village Hall last night.  From now until the festival we meet in the park weekly on Tuesdays at 6:30 P.M,  As usual, this is the time we begin to ask for volunteers (later in the month it turns to begging).  In the forty years we have had this celebration, volunteers have always stepped forward.  In the past few years volunteers have gotten harder to find.  We hope that this festival goes for many, many more years and does not go the way of the Firemen’s Chicken BBQ.  So if you can help in any way (even if it is only a couple hours, call any member of the committee (contact info on website www.manitopopcornfestivl.com. Or you may sign up at the Manito Village Hall  We have a family that drives here from Texas every year to volunteer so surely we can find people from the area to help.

It is also that time of the year to remind everyone to submit their booth applications before space runs out.

It is also time to sign up for the various events held Festival weekend.

The theme this year is “Celebrating The American Farmer”.  A great opportunity to put your imagination to work and build a float for the parade.

We are still looking for someone to sponsor a meal on Friday night.

The Popcorn Festival Committee will be meeting every Tuesday in Veteran’s Park at 6:30 p.m. until Festival weekend.

The Popcorn Festival Committee is accepting donations for the 2014 celebration.

Donations can be mailed to: Manito Popcorn Festival, Festival Friends, PO Box 540, Manito IL 61546.

Please indicate if you would like your donation to be a memorial, or used for a particular event.

Donations can also be taken to Manito Community Bank.

Donations made this year: Hopedale Medical Complex - $100.00; Weaver Popcorn Company-  $2,500.00;  Jane Armbrust -  $100.00: John & Loretta Whitaker -  $0.00;Havana National Bank - $300.00; Talbott Trees - $200.00; Sunrise FS - $500.00; Burrus Seed - $150.00; Rickett Grain - 100.00; Monsanto - $800.00; Jim & Ulla Wistehuff  - $50.00; Marge Talbott - $100.00; Jim & Elaine Parkin - $100.00; Brian & Susan Frank/Talbott Trees - $200.00.


Forest City Jubilee 5K Race
and Fun Run

Manito Popcorn Festival 5K Race
and Fun Run


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Mark your calendars all walkers and art lovers and anyone looking for a great event:

The second annual Manito Volkswalk will be held on Saturday, October 18th at the Jake Wolf Fish Hatchery.  The Hatchery is located in Sand Ridge State Forest just west of Manito on 25410 Fish Hatchery Road.  Sponsors are the AVA (American Volkswalk Association) and the Manito MAPPING Committee.

The beautiful autumn walk beginning at 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. will include 5K or 10 K (or 3.1 mile or 6.2 mile) walks through the State Forest surrounding the Jake Wolf Fish Hatchery. In addition, tours of the Hatchery will be available all morning.

Other events scheduled in Manito that day include an Art Fair and Bazaar on Broadway where dozens of artists will have their art available for sale and viewing.   The Classic Car Museum will be open, and  scarecrows, created by local citizens, will be displayed throughout the downtown area.

The Mason County Ag of the Past Tractor Club will have antique tractors on display. 

In addition, local Food items of various kinds will be available all day.

For more information, please contact Ruth Rademacker (309) 202-0506.

The Manito Farmers Market/
Junk in the Trunk
is Back!

Get ready for another fun Manito Farmers Market season!! We are looking forward to all the produce, art, pork chops, brats, music, crafts, Junk-In-Your-Trunk sales, and much more this year! If you want to be a seller this year please first contact us through our email: FarmersMarket2014@yahoo.com OR call either Alex 309/339-3737 OR Jennifer 309/620-3764 to register with the market for the county. If you have any questions go ahead and call. We look forward to seeing you there!

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