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From the July 21st edition of the Manito Review:

Manito Popcorn Festival


Remember there is a August 1st deadline for booth registration.  If you want to reserve  your space, do it now before you forget .

The Popcorn Festival Committee is accepting donations for the 2015 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 for this year: Beverly Schimmelpfenning - $150.00; Jane Armbrust - $100.00; John & Loretta Whitaker - $50.00; Manito Self Storage - $150.00.

Library News

The Forest City and Green Valley Libraries began on Wednesday, June 10.

Forest City is open from 11:00 a.m. until noon at the Town Hall and Green Valley is open from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. at the Green Valley Methodist Church.

There will be books for all ages, some from the Forman Public Library and some from private collections.

If you have books to donate, call Zoe Rene Worner at 309-597-2227 or Mary Ann Canada at 309-863-0798.

Happy Summer


Little Miss & Mr. & Princess at Forest City Jubilee

The FCPC Little Miss and Little Mr Jubilee (ages 0-5), and Princess Jubilee (ages 6 and up) will be held on Friday, July 31st at 7pm.  The contest is a “penny” per vote contest with all money raised donated to St. Jude.  In the past 5 years the kids have been able to donate $4000!!  Please contact Paticia Gordon 309-840-4385 or Kati Wooding 309-620-3605 for more information.


Forest City Jubilee 5K Run/Walk

Forest City Jubilee 5K run/walk will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 8am.  Early registration online at fcjubilee.com, or by contacting Rickett Grain @ 309-597-2331.

5K registration is at Rickett Grain at 7am. 


Seeking Donations for F.C. Jubilee

The FCPC is seeking donations/sponsorships for this years Forest City Jubilee to be held on July 31, August 1, and August 2, 2015.

Anyone wishing to donate can contact Paticia Gordon 309-840-4385 or Kati Wooding 309-620-3605.  Or mail payments to FCPC, P.O.Box # 5, Forest City, Illinois 61532


Seeking Vendors for F.C. Jubilee

The FCPC is seeking vendors for the Forest City Jubilee to be held on July 31, August 1, and August 2, 2015. 

Please contact Paticia Gordon 309-840-4385 or Kati Wooding 309-620-3605.


Parade Participants Needed for F.C. Jubilee

The FCPC is seeking participants for the Forest City Jubilee parade.  The parade will be held on July 31st with line-up at 6pm at Forest City Campground Park and parade starting at 6:30.  Please contact Paticia Gordon 309-840-4385 or Kati Wooding 309-620-3605 for any information.


Manito Farmer’s Market

Tuesday night was the Manito farmer’s market on Broadway Street and there were quite a few vendors there. The pork chops and brats were gone before the end of the night. There were some neat things there like handmade butterfly boxes, handcarved ducks, hand woven rugs, and home baked desserts. There were also Junk In Your Trunk sellers, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, blueberries, some peppers, green tomatoes, corn, cabbage, glass ware, metal decorative pieces, painted gourds and signs, books, and quite a few other things. Next Tuesday the 21st Chuck Otto will be back with his handmade cigar box guitars to play!!! The market goes from 5-7pm every Tuesday in Manito. Contact Alex at 339-3737 or Jennifer at 620-3764 or email FarmersMarket2014@yahoo.com if you would like to play music or sell. See you Tuesday on Broadway Street at the market!!!


Forman Valley Community Foundation Grant

The Forman Valley Community Foundation (FVCF) is taking grant applications for 2015.  The deadline for submitting completed applications is August 1, 2015.  The FVCF’s purpose is to assist projects in the fields of education, arts, health, human services, community service or community development, and community issues.  501(c)(3) organizations within the Midwest Central School District #191 may apply for a grant.  The grant applications are available at Manito Community Bank.


Project Kids

Project Kids is asking for your help again this year to make sure our students at Midwest Central have the supplies needed for learning in the coming school year.  Each year 350 - 400 students benefit from your participation to guarantee that all students have what is needed to get off to a good start.

Manito Community Bank has the Project Kids account and donations may be taken there.  If your are purchasing supplies,  please check the school supply lists available in area stores.  Supplies may be dropped off at 801 S Washington in Manito.

Thank you for your  continued support for our community of students.


Manito-Forman Classes

The Manito-Forman Alumni Banquet will be during the annual Popcorn Festival on Friday, September 4, 2015 at the Forman Center in Manito, Illinois. If you graduated or attended the Manito/Forman High Schools with the classes of 1932 through 1973, you are invited to attend.

Thank you to all of you who have given us addresses! We really appreciate it. We still needed addresses for these people [our list is smaller!!]

Evelyn Volk Gilchrist ‘35, Delores Borchelt Brammer ‘50, Anna Mae Vaughn Peterson ‘51, Ethel Hamlet ‘56, Gene White ‘57, Rebecca Watters Boyd ‘65.

To give us any information, please contact Helen Herrman Cox options@mtco.com 309-692-1931 OR Randy Maas 309-267-6158 maasfh@centurylink.net.


Spaghetti Supper

The Green Valley Presbyterian Church will be having a Spaghetti Supper on Wednesday, August 12, 2015.  Menu consists of Spaghetti with meat sauce, Salads, Garlic Bread, 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 to go to support Women’s Mission projects.


VBS at Forest City

Community Church

Forest City Community Church will have their Vacation Bible School August 3 through 7, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the church in Forest City.  Children from 3 years old through those just finishing 5th grade are invited to take a safari to Mount Kilimanjaro learning lessons from Proverbs. Using our ears to hear, hearts to trust, tongues to tame, hands to work, and feet to walk, the kids will learn God’s plan for us and hear of Jesus’ amazing grace. You never know what craziness will come out of the jungle!!

If you have any questions regarding Vacation Bible School, contact the church office at 309/597-2111.


Free Diabetic

Retinopathy Screening

A FREE Diabetic Retinopathy Screening for persons with diabetes, or those at risk for diabetes, will be held on Wednesday, July 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Mason County 4-H Grounds, 1600 N. Co. Rd., 1760 E., Havana. The screening is coordinated by the Lions Club and the Lions of Illinois Foundation, and is made possible through your generous donations.

The quality of life for people with diabetic retinopathy and other retinal disorders, such as macular degeneration, is dramatically impacted. Since early detection of such disorders is critical, persons with diabetes or those 55 or older are encouraged to take advantage of this free screening.

Persons wishing to join the Lions in their fight against the effects if vision and hearing loss should contact the local Lions Club or the Lions of Illinois Foundation.


Ag Of The Past Of Central Illinois 2015

Tractor Pull Schedule

Mason County 4-H Fair-July 23, 2015-Start Time: 11:00 a.m.

Forest City, IL Jubilee-Sunday, August 2, 2015-

Start Time: 11:00 a.m.

Havana Car Show, Havana, IL-Sat., Aug. 8, 2015: Pull Cancelled. Havana Car Show will have Antique Tractor Display.

Manito, IL Popcorn Festival-Sat., Sept. 5, 2015-Start Time: 12:00.


Ice Cream Social at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 21819 CR 3300E, Manito, will have their Ice Cream Social on Sunday, August 2, 2015 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. There will be a free will offfering. The menu includes hot dogs, brats, ham sandwiches, homemade ice cream, assorted toppings, homemade pies, cakes and beverages.


Pancake Breakfast to be Held

The Ridgelake Fire Department will hold a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, August 1st 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.


Emmanuel’s Warehouse

Emmanuel’s Warehouse Monthly Drive Thru Food Pantry will be serving on Saturday, August 8th, 2015 at the American Legion (201 South Broadway Street, Manito, IL) from 12:00 noon till 1:30 p.m. Remember no proxies unless approved by President Dave Cragger or Rosemary Palmer. Emmanuel’s Warehouse is for those in need in the Midwest Central communities.

Please call Rosemary Palmer at (309) 545-2423 for any needed information.


2015 Popcorn Princess Pageant

The 2015 Popcorn Princess Pageant, sponsored by Manito Community Bank, will be held during the Popcorn Festival on Friday, September 4th.  All participants must live within the Midwest Central School District or the Spring Lake School District and be 5-7 years of age at the time of the pageant.

 Entry forms are available at Bernshausen Automotive & Manito Auto Sales.

Forms are also available at the Egypt Station on Tuesday evenings 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

An entry fee applies.  All contestants will receive a t-shirt, trophy & a royal gift bag fit for a princess!

You won’t want to miss this great experience!  Entry deadline is Friday, August 7, 2015!!!


Forman Class of 1973

The Manito-Forman Alumni Banquet will be during the annual Popcorn Festival on Friday, September 4, 2015 at the Forman Center in Manito, Illinois. If you graduated or attended the Manito/Forman High Schools with the classes of 1932 through 1973, you are invited to attend. We would like to locate the following 1973 graduates: David Fry, Steven Keen, Steven Lovell, Denise Edmonds, Laurel Musch, Debra Smith, Vickie Byrd and Karen Brooks.

To give us any information, please contact Helen Cox options@mtco.com 309-692-1931;  Bill Wills bill.wills@hotmail.com (309) 261-1667; Randy Maas 309-267-6158 maasfh@centurylink.net.


The Manito Historical Society recently hosted a garden walk tour called "Glads, Gerbers
and Giggle Tea." The weather couldn't have been more perfect and the event was well attended. Click to take your own photo gallery tour.

Official online publication of the 2014 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report) - Click Here

Visit Downtown Manito on Tuesdays for Manito Farmers Market, “Junk In Your Trunk” and Pork Chop Tuesday


Every Tuesday we will be downtown with our fundraiser for Friday Night on Broadway's “It's a Wonderous Life in Manito”. We will be grilling our pork chops and brats, serving from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Also open (with special Tuesday hours) will be Rustic Roost from 3:30-7:30 p.m.


Don't want to hassle with a garage sale but have some things too good for the curb? Load them up and bring them downtown. Although, you can sell any items, each week we will offer a specific theme. The “Junk in Your Trunk” will be available on Tuesdays. If you have any questions concerning the “Junk in Your Trunk” please call Debbie Kalhammer at 968-6853 Diane Beebe at 968-6111.


Also available on Tuesdays will be the Farmers Market. Come shop all the fresh offerings Manito residents have available and enjoy the wonderful music provided. Everyone is welcome to bring a lawn chair to sit and relax! 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 620-3764.


We are looking for groups who want to help with this AWESOME weekly event. If you are interested, contact Debbie Kalhammer at 309/968-6853.

We look forward to seeing you downtown!!!

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