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From the June 18th edition of the Manito Review:  

 Sunday Evening Worship

The Manito Community United Methodist Church is now hosting a Sunday Evening Worship for those people who have a hard time getting started early on Sunday morning.  Pastor Steve Oaks provides the sermon and music is provided by a newly formed praise band called The Commission+.  The service begins at 5:00 P.M. and lasts approximately an hour.

This service is a little more relaxed and not as structured as the morning service.  Join us and encounter Jesus at each and every service. We embrace a spiritually healthy mixture of the newest modern worship songs, classic hymns, as well as original worship music.


Summer Reading Program

It’s that time of year again! Forman Valley Public Library would like to present: Showtime at Your Library! We have lined up another summer full of fascinating presentations and crafts all summer long Anyone from the ages of preschool to adults can join and it’s always free. Register now through June 7th, so stop on in at Forman Valley Public Library to get registered! For more details call the library at 309/968-6093.



June 19  Curtain Call…

Munch A Lunch

(provided by Subway)

June 26  Intermission…

Storytime with Chris McBrien

July 3    Cut!...

Make and Take it Craft Day

July 10   That’s a Wrap…

Pool Party: includes hot dog, chips, and soda


Manito-Forman Alumni Banquet

The Forman Class of 1969 will host the annual Manito-Forman Alumni Banquet on Friday evening, August 30, 2019, during the  annual Popcorn Festival at the Forman Center in Manito.  The Class of 1977 will be added.  If you graduated or attended the Manito-Forman High Schools with the Class of 1932 through 1977, you are invited to attend.  Please SAVE the DATE!!

To add your address and phone information or revised address and phone information, contact Becky Peplow by email at  You may also call/text her at  (309) 202-0701.  Invitations will be mailed in late May. 

Committee Coordinator, Bob Skaggs, welcomes any class member of 1968, 1969 or 1970 to attend the meetings every Tuesday morning at the Forman Center at 8:30 a.m.  The Forman Center is located at 308  S. Harrison St., Manito, IL. 


PCD is Looking For Mason County’s Next Generation of Leaders

Are you interested in revitalizing your community, ensuring it is the place of choice to live, work, own a business, raise children and retire?  Not sure how to get involved or what skills you can offer to make this vision a reality?

Prairieland Community Development (PCD), based in Havana is inviting volunteers between the ages of 21 and 45 to attend the Midwest Community Development Institute (CDI) later this summer and join the PCD Advisory Council.  Midwest CDI is the premiere training ground for the skill sets needed to help shape the future of Mason County.  “They strive to make the training fun, interactive, and practical so that it can be immediately applied in our communities,” said Tia Mortensen, a member of Prairieland Community Development Advisory Council.  “In addition to learning new skills, CDI helps participants to build relationships and develop a network of allies, resulting in an on-going source of support throughout their careers,” she added.  PCD has secured the cost of tuition and will be seeking local sponsors for lodging and travel for the selected group of community leaders.   “We are seeking residents from each of the three local school districts   Havana, Illini Central, and Midwest Central  to attend the 4 day training from August 12th to 15th,” Mortensen said. The current PCD advisory council will also be attending as second year participants.

Upon completion of the training, participants will then be asked to commit to a monthly, casual roundtable with other participants from Mason County to discuss local issues, potential development activities, and avenues to utilize their newly learned skill sets.   Participants may then have the opportunity to attend year two and three of the Midwest Community Development Institute and those who commit to all three years and work in the Community Development field are eligible to test for the Professional Community and Economic Development designation. At the present time only 400 individuals have earned these credentials across the country.

If you are interested, would like to nominate someone to attend, or if your business/organization would like to sponsor an community leader, please contact Tia Mortensen at The Lodge at Manito, 309-968-5330-0110 or by email at no later than June 19th.   Space is limited and based on funding availability.  To learn more about Midwest Community Development  Institute, visit


University of Illinois Extension

Project Wingspan

Special Training Opportunity

The national Pollinator Partnership (, has joined forces with several organizations and agencies to launch a new initiative called Project Wingspan, and they are seeking volunteers to collect seed throughout the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. All of the seed collected across the six states will be processed initially right here in Central Illinois, at the IDNR’s Mason State Tree Nursery.

University of Illinois Extension in Fulton, Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell Counties is pleased to partner with the Mason State Tree Nursery to host a Pollinator Partnership workshop in Topeka, Illinois to teach volunteers interested in contributing to Project Wingspan how to identify and collect seed from their target list of native plants that support monarchs, rusty patched bumble bees, and other native pollinators. Participants will also learn proper data collection techniques using a GIS app for mobile devices.

This free training will take place during National Pollinator Week 2019 on Tuesday, June 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Mason State Tree Nursery, 17855 N Co Rd 2400 E, Topeka, IL. Registration closes on June 11 or when the workshop is full. You may read all the details of the workshop and register here:

As Project Wingspan notes, this is a wonderful opportunity--by combining efforts with volunteers in six states--to make a valuable contribution to supporting migrating monarchs and the imperiled rusty batched bumblebee! To find out more about Pollinator Partnership visit


Blood Drive

July 11 • 1-5:30 p.m.

The Bloodmobile will be held on Thursday, July 11th from 1:00-5:30 p.m., at the Forman Center Main Hall, located at 308 S. Harrison in Manito.

Call Rosemary Palmer at 309/545-2423 to schedule an appointment or for more information.


Trinity Lutheran Church to hold

Ice Cream Social

Trinity Lutheran Church, 110 S. Park Ave, Manito, will have their Annual Ice Cream Social on Sunday, June 23, from 4:00-6:00 pm.  Menu will consist of hot dogs, bbq, chips, fruit pies, cake, and homemade ice cream.  What a good way to start your summer! Please plan on attending for good food and fellowship.


Manito Historic Buildings Open House

This summer, the Manito Historical Society will be hosting an open house of our historic Old Jail and Old Red Schoolhouse.  The dates these buildings will be open are July 13 and August 10. On these Saturdays from 11am to 1pm, the buildings will be open to tour, view our local artifacts, and ask questions of our historical society members. 

Our MCHS History League students teach local history to Midwest Central 5th graders in these buildings. Fundraising by the Manito Historical Society has gone toward maintaining these buildings.  Please come check this out.  Our original Manito History book will be for sale at these locations. 

This open house is free;  donations are appreciated. 


Praise In The Park

The Manito Community United Methodist Church will host “Praise In The Park” on Saturday evening, June 22 in Veteran’s Park in Manito. 

The evening will feature  “Revive Worship” a group of worshipers from Pekin who are hungry for leading God’s people into a Fresh and Intimate experience with Him!  Also performing praise songs will be the Methodist Church’s Praise Band.

The men from the Methodist will be cookin up a bunch of hot dogs with all the trimmings and serving them with chips, ice cream and drinks.

Everyone is invited to attend, a free will offering will be taken.

Bring your own lawn chairs and join us rain or shine.


Popcorn Festival News

Can you believe summer is coming and so is the Popcorn Festival. The committee has already started meeting and working hard to provide a fun filled week-end.

We talked about our theme this year and choose “WE’VE GOT THIS” for two reasons:

1) without the physical help of so many people of all ages this festival would not be a reality

2) without the generous donations of you our festival friends and local businesses, this festival would not be a reality. Because we have been very careful with the donations you have given us each year we, the committee, have enough funds set back that we can afford to pay for the festival this year. This is in honor of each and every one of you who have been so supportive of us in the past.

If you still want to honor your loved ones or make a donation we will not turn it away but just know that you all are so appreciated in everything you have done for us, the committee. You are the village that has supported us thru thick and thin years.


Floats this year can reflect how your support of the popcorn festival has affected you over the years. You choose your float theme this year. We are looking forward to working with you all again this year.

Dorothy Kreiling, financial secretary and all the committee members who work so hard so that you will enjoy the Festival!


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