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From the March 31st edition of the Manito Review:  

Manito Spring Town-Wide Garage Sale Sign Up Starts Now

The Spring Town-wide Garage sale sponsored by the Manito Chamber of Commerce, will be on Friday April 17th and Saturday April 18th. Sign-up is at The Egypt Station Art Gallery downtown, 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Deadline to sign-up is April 13th and maps will be available on April 15th at The Egypt Station Art Gallery, Havana National Bank in Manito, Manito Community Bank, Forman Valley Library, Casey’s, Country General and Manito Hardware. There is a minimal fee to be listed on the map.


Annual Forman Jr. Women’s Easter Egg Hunt

The Jr Women’s Club of Manito will hold their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4, at 3 p.m. SHARP in front of the MC Primary School in Manito. This event will feature five age groups for children ages 0-10. Bring a basket along to gather your eggs.  Parents bring your cameras for photos with the Easter Bunny!  We also recycle our eggs and will have containers near the starting lines for those who would like to donate back their eggs. In the event of rain or inclement weather, the hunt will be held on Sunday, April 5, at 3 p.m. at the school.

This event is free to the public and is sponsored by the Forman Jr. Women’s Club.  Donations are always gladly accepted for our Christmas For Kids program at P.O. Box 583, Manito, IL 61546.


Trinity Lutheran Lenten and Easter Services

Trinity Lutheran at 110 So. Park Avenue in Manito invite you to join us as we prepare for Holy Week and Easter throughout the Lenten Season.  Each Wednesday, beginning Feb. 18th through March 25th we will have a Lenten service at 7:00 pm.  “Taking On Something for Lent” is the theme for these worship services.  Continuing on into Holy Week we will have Holy Thursday service at 7:00 pm on April 2 and Good Friday service at 7:00 pm on April 3.  Easter morning we will gather to celebrate Christ’s resurrection at 9:00 am.  We welcome you and want to share this time with you.


Charles Beebe Scholarship

Applications for the Charles A. Beebe Scholarship Fund may now be picked up at Midwest Central High School or at Manito Community Bank in Manito.  Applications must be filled out and returned to Manito Community Bank, PO Box 646, Manito, IL 61546 no later than May 15, 2015.  You must be a graduate of Forman High School or Midwest Central High School and be furthering your education to qualify for this scholarship.


Pecan Povitica for Easter

Immaculate Conception Church of Manito will be selling Liz Marie’s Pecan Poviticas for Easter.  Cost is twenty dollars per loaf.  Gift wrapping and shipping available.  Order yours today by calling Joan Mattson 309-360-7841.    All proceeds benefit the building of Immaculate Conception Church and Hall. 


Kindergarten Screening

Spring Lake School is holding screening for children who will be attending kindergarten during the upcoming school year. In order for children to be eligible, they must be at least 5 years old on or before September 1st, 2015, and be a resident of our district.

Screening will be held during the afternoon of Thursday, April 2nd, by appointment only. Please call 309-545-2241 to schedule. We ask that you bring your child’s Certified Birth Certificate to your appointment.


Green Valley Methodist Church Lenten Breakfast

The women of the Green Valley United Methodist Church are inviting women of the area to join them for their sixty-fifth annual Lenten Breakfast to be held Good Friday, April 3rd at 9:00 a.m.

Following the breakfast, a musical program will be presented by Tim and Renee Ellison of Pekin.  Tim is the pastor of Town and Country Baptist Church and feels God uses his family to minister in music.  They will be joined by their sons, Ben and Caleb.

There is no charge for the breakfast, but an offering will be taken and divided between Cunningham Children’s Home in Champaign and Lessie Bates Davis Neighborhood House in East St. Louis.

Reservations may be made by calling Darlene Curry at 309/352-2025 or 309/369-4250.  Please make reservations by Monday, March 30th.


Pleasant Hill Cemetery Clean Up Day

Pleasant Hill Cemetery clean up day will be Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. rain or shine! Rakes and buckets are useful. Please take notice of the guide lines posted at the entrance. After the clean up there will be a short business meeting. Board members and assistants are as follows: Ross and Cindy Meeker, Waylon and Heidi Palmer, John and Alison Smock, Harold and Dawn Butler. Please volunteer if you would like to either serve on the board and/or help in any way throughout the year.


Emmanuel’s Warehouse

Emmanuel’s Warehouse Monthly Drive Thru Food Pantry will be serving on Saturday, April 11th, 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.


Town & Country Art Show

The Mason County Arts Council will be holding the 11th annual Town & Country Art Show on Saturday, April 11th & Sunday, April 12th at the Havana Nature Center, RiverFront Park, Havana, Illinois.  Public viewing hours are 1 to 5pm on Saturday & 1 to 3pm on Sunday.

The show is open to all artists who creatively pursue art in a professional or recreational manner.  The show is open to all media exhibited in 4 age divisions (Kindergarten-4th grade, 5th-8th grade, 9th-12th grade, & Adults 19 & up).  Each artist may exhibit up to 3 entries.  Ribbons are awarded to exhibits that merit recognition.  Blue, red, and white ribbons are given in each student division and in the adult division.  Four judge’s choices are given for “Best of Show” (one in the adult division & three in the student divisions).  Exhibits are due Friday, April 11th from 3 to 8pm at the Havana Nature Center.  Paintings, drawings, and photographs must be suitably framed and /or matted, with proper wire hangers.  All framed exhibits must be ready for hanging or they will not be accepted. 

Entry forms are available in Havana at the C. I. Chester Center, 200 South McKinley & the Havana Public Library District, 201 West Adams; in Mason City at the Mason City Public Library District, 820 West Chestnut; and in Manito at Egypt Station Gallery & Studio, 200 North Broadway & the Forman Valley Public Library, 404½ South Harrison.  Thank you for your support to help keep the arts alive in Mason County!  For more information on the show or the Mason County Arts Council, please call Nancy Glick at (309)543-4701 or Rick Noble (309)338-8528.


Green Valley Town Wide Sale

Green Valley Town Wide Sales  will be held on May 2nd from 8-2 rain or shine.

Please contact Pam Autrey at 202-2471 by April 26th with your list of items and donation to be put on the map... Lets have a great sale.


Good Friday Service At FCCC

The Forest City Community Church will be hosting the community Good Friday service on Friday, April 3, beginning at 7:00 p.m. 

 Also, the church will have an Easter morning worship service at 9:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 5.  Following the morning service, there will be an Easter Egg Hunt for the youngsters. 

All are invited to attend these services and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 


Celebrate Easter At Sunrise Worship In Green Valley

An Easter Sunrise Worship Service will be held at 7:30 am on Sunday April 5, 2015. You are invited to experience the joy of the Resurrection at the Green Valley United Methodist Church. A light, simple breakfast will follow downstairs in Fellowship Hall.

The Green Valley United Methodist Church is located at 100 W. Main St. in Green Valley or at the corner of Church and Main (Toboggan Road)Streets, 3 tenths of a mile East of IL. Route 29.

For more information, please call 309-840-5225.


Midwest Central Parent Teacher Organization will be hosting… Raider Night...

...with the silver, black, and white!

Midwest Central Parent Teacher Organization will be hosting Raider Night...with the silver, black, and white! on Saturday, April 11th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Midwest Central Primary School.

Included during Raider Night will be games, inflatables, student art auction, food, cake walk, face painting, glitter tattoos, bid board raffles, nail painting, photo booth, Wii Just Dance, Unique Twist Balloons,  appearances by Batman and Elsa from Frozen and more!

Mark your calendars now.

Hope to see you there!   

Contact Shannon at 309/231-2527 or sthrasher2462@gmail.com for questions or to volunteer!



Raider Night Needs Baked Goods

Raider Night is in need of Baked Goods for the Cake Walk and desserts for the food sales!

If you are interested in donating baked goods to help out, please fill out the information below and return it.

They may be dropped off at the Primary School on Friday, April 10th from 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. or Saturday, April 11th from 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Questions: Contact Shannon at 231-2527 or sthrasher2462@gmail.com.

Appreciation in advance for your generosity!

Student ______________________________________

Grade ______  Teacher  _________________________

Parent/Guardian  _______________________________

Contact #  ____________________________________

(Raider Night Baked Goods Donation Reply)


Cass Communications & MACC to host after hours event for Manito area businesses

Cass Communications in cooperation with the Manito Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an after hours event for Manito area businesses at Willett's Winery. The date is set for Monday April 13th from 5-7:00 p.m. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served. A cable advertising program valued at $2000 will be given away as part of the presentation. Manito Area Chamber of Commerce members with up to date dues paid are eligible for the giveaway. Must be present to win.

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