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A Scary Good Time!


Metamora St. Jude Run presents the fourth annual Jeepers Creepers Haunted Trail!  Come if you dare on Saturday, October 19th  from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. at Black Partridge Park in Metamora

The Haunted Trail is new and improved with more frights! Geared towards kids and adults 13 and above.



The Metamora Area Business Association is hosting its family-friendly Trunk-Or-Treat event on Saturday, October 26th from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Metamora Square.  Bring the kiddos in their Halloween costumes (not required) out for a spooktacular time of trick-or-treating at Halloween decorated vehicles.

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast


The Men’s Club of St. Mary of Lourdes will hold their delicious pancake and fresh sausage breakfast on Sunday, October 6th from 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.  The breakfast will be held at St. Mary of Lourdes Parish Center.  

Pork Chop Fry


Stop by Metamora IGA on Friday, October 4th from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Saturday, October 5th from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. for the Knights of Columbus Pork Chop Fry.  The cost for a freshly grilled pork chop sandwich is $4.  A meal, including a pork chop sandwich, chips and a drink is $5.

Proceeds to benefit local charity initiatives.


Adult Spelling Bee


 Join the Illinois Prairie District Library at their sixth Adult Spelling Bee!  This fun and relaxed evening takes place at Old Mill Vineyard at 700 Coon Creek Road in Metamora on Thursday, October 24th from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

In three rounds, teams of two to six will spell words as pronounced by the host.  This event costs $25 per person  and includes snacks and one beverage per admission. Additional beverages are available for purchase.

Registration is required since this event typically sells out. Please e-mail or call 309-367-4594 to register. You may also register in person at any of the library branches.

MTHS Sports/Concerts on TV and YouTube!


 Tune to digiMAX HD channel 410 this fall to watch replays of MTHS football, volleyball, and band and choral concerts!  Football games will be first replayed on Wednesdays following the Friday night game at 7pm and 10pm.  Volleyball and other events will replay within three to four days after the match.  Click here for the fall broadcast schedule:

NEW this year—REDBIRD REPLAY IS ON YOUTUBE!  Watch sporting events and concerts from previous years, including Classic football games from the past.  Newly recorded content this fall will be posted to YouTube within a few weeks of the live event.  Subscribe to the MTCO digiMAX YouTube channel today at

Halloween Fun


The Germantown Hills Fire Department at 313 Prairie Avenue will host its 13th Annual Halloween Costume Contest on Saturday, October 26th!  Contest registration for children up to age 12 are from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with judging at 5:45 p.m. 

There will also be a pumpkin-carving contest with a 50/50 prize for the pumpkin receiving the most donations. Pumpkins need to be dropped off by 2 p.m.  From 3 p.m. - 8 p.m. there will be food, fun and games for kids, Flint The Fire Truck Slide and new this year Flash the Fire Truck Bouncer!

Germantown Hills Curbside Cleanup


 Get rid of old furniture, mattresses, and other items that will not fit in a trash can.  Place these “bulky items” at the curb by 6 a.m. on your normal pickup day during the week of October 28th.

Items that cannot be picked up include tires, liquid paint, concrete, batteries, appliances, yard waste, hazardous material (oil, gas, solvents), and E-waste (computers, TVs, electronics).

Support the Playground


 The Metamora Knights of Columbus announces an exciting evening to raise funds for the Germantown Hills Easter Seals Playground Project located on the corner of Route 116 and Fandel Road.

Set your dinner plans to visit Michael’s Italian Feast in Germantown Hills on Wednesday, October 23rd from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Ten percent of food and ice cream purchases will go towards the project  You MUST mention you saw this article in Connected Magazine to activate donation.  You can also enjoy live music by Ken Hahn & Co. and James Herr.

MTHS Madrigal Dinner


 Metamora Township High School’s 44th Annual Madrigal Dinner tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday, October 26th at 10 a.m. 

To purchase tickets, please park in the west parking lot at MTHS and enter through the large doors (door number nine) near the Toepke Gym. Tickets may be purchased just outside of the Kenneth H. Maurer Performing Arts Center entrance and are $25 each. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Seiler at or (309) 367-4151 ext. 572. 

Dinner Dates & Times

Friday, December 6th @ 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 7th @ 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 8th @ 3:30 p.m.


FREE Preview


October 25th - 28th

Settle in for another FREE HBO and Cinemax weekend!  Free viewing for all digiMAX TV customers begins at 6 a.m. on Friday, October 25th and ends at midnight on Monday, October 28th. 

Along with a variety of blockbuster movies such as Catherine the Great, there will be a Silicon Valley marathon prior to its season premeire on October 27th.

Fall Sun Outages


Fall TV sun outages will begin on Friday, October 4th and are expected to last through October 14th. You can expect to see video issues these days between the hours of 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Video outages will range from a few blips of interrupted video to channels that may go dark for several minutes. 

Sun outages are a natural phenomenon that occurs when a satellite and a receiving earth station come directly in line with the sun. The sun’s energy interferes with the satellite’s signal and affects the signals received by the earth station. 

Almost Family


Wednesday, October 2

Almost Family, 9 p.m., FOX

Based on the Australian series Sisters, Fox’s Almost Family is a story of an unusual family formed through extreme odds, exploring such hot-button issues as identity, human connection and what it truly means to be a family. In the show, an only child finds her life turned upside down when her father reveals that, over the course of his prize-winning career as a pioneering fertility doctor, he used his own sperm to conceive upwards of a hundred children, including two new sisters. As these three young women slowly embrace their new reality, they will attempt to form an untraditional bond as sisters, even as they must welcome a tidal wave of new siblings into their rapidly expanding family.



Sunday, October 6

Batwoman, 8 p.m., CW

The CW’s newest superhero series revolves around Kate Kane (Ruby Rose), who was first introduced into the Arrowverse last season as part of the annual crossover event. Armed with a passion for social justice and flair for speaking her mind, she soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, a highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet -- in a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.