The 8th Annual “A Village Christmas” is set for Sunday, December 6th from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. Visit nearly 20 businesses and organizations around the square in Metamora for a great day of fun to kick-off the Christmas season. We’ll be there!
This year will be a little different due to social distancing efforts. All participants will be located outside their business or set up in Metamora Square to offer a variety of take-and-make crafts or treats. Santa will still be making the trip and will be at the gazebo at the center of the Square! Families can still take “socially-distant” pictures with Santa.
Visit the Metamora Area Business Association (MABA) Facebook page or visit https://metamorabusiness.com/a-village-christmas for a participant list and a map for the event.
The show must go on and Santa Claus will be there!!
Plaid Tidings opens on December 3rd! Don’t miss this fantastic musical that will put everyone in the holiday spirit! The cast and crew have been working hard to present a fun, professional, and safe production for audiences.
Tickets are still available for this socially distant event at Metamora Fields Golf Club. Performances on Thursday (limited), Friday (tickets available), Saturday (limited), and Sunday (tickets available).
Visit the Metamora Thespian Society’s website for tickets and additional information at www.metamorathespiansociety.org
Refunds will be granted if the show cannot be performed. Reserve your spot today!
MTCO is a drop-off location for the Woodford County Heartline and Heart House Tree of Hearts program. Tree of Hearts is a program that provides Christmas gives to low-income people in Woodford County. All the gifts are donated generously by businesses and individuals within our community.
Heartline needs help in collecting new, unwrapped gifts for kids 0 - High School-aged. All gifts should be delivered to MTCO at 220 N. Menard Street in Metamora by Thursday, December 10th.
Through generous donations in 2019, Heartline wrapped 1,350 gifts to give to 100 families (270 children).
The St. Mary of Lourdes Men’s Club will hold their Sausage Sale at St. Mary of Lourdes Parish Center at 424 Lourdes Church Road. Orders must be picked (curbside pickup only) on Sunday, December 13th from 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
If you wish to pre-order sausage, please contact Bill Kessling at 309-645-7795. The last day to pre-order is December 6th. Sausage is $3.00 per pound (bulk or link).
Snyder Village needs healthy, able-bodied individuals who would be willing to help screen employees. Each volunteer will be trained on the screening process and volunteer shifts are two-three hours each. Volunteers are also needed to help deliver meals to residents and community members.
If you can help or would like more information, please contact Ashley at (309) 367-4300 ext. 135 or email@example.com.
IPDPL is committed to serving our patrons through the coronavirus pandemic. Have no fear! IPDPL continues to offer curbside pick-up! Reserve your materials online, or by calling (309) 921-5074. When you are notified that your holds are available for pick-up, give them a call to schedule your curbside pick-up. If you would like contactless pick-up (where staff will place your books in your back seat or trunk), let them know that, as well.
Browse their catalog and reserve materials online: https://alsi.sdp.sirsi.net/client/en_US/IllinoisPrairie
Tune to digiMAX Local Channel 410 for Redbird Replay’s newly produced Pat Ryan Retirement Show! Scott Kerker chats with Pat to reflect on his football coaching career, personal stories, and includes congratulatory comments from many of the people he was closest to. This program, along with replays of MTHS sports, and Christmas concerts and programs from past years, will broadcast during the holiday season.
You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch over 130 programs that have been uploaded so far. Stay tuned for more programming to be added every week.
A new 2020 report on passwords shows many people are not improving the security of their passwords. The most common password being used is still “123456”, and “password” is the fourth most frequently used. It takes a hacker less than one second to crack these types of passwords, and in 2020, “123456” was exposed over 23 million times!
When selecting a password, you should avoid patterns or repetitions, such as letters or numbers that are next to each other on a keyboard. Adding a capital letter, symbols, and numbers in unexpected places is important for security -- and in all cases, do not use personal information, such as birthdates or names.
Abbreviated passwords also work well. Choose a phrase like ‘I want to go to England” and abbreviate it by using the first letters in each word and change the word “to” to the number “2” for the result of iw2gtne. Make it even more complex by adding a symbol like “&”.
Thursday, December 10th
7 p.m. – Silent Night – A Song For The World (CW) Special
A musical film documentary about the creation and cultural impact of the world’s most famous Christmas carol, composed in 1818 in Salzburg. Translated into 140 languages, Silent Night caused a Christmas ceasefire in World War I, while Bing Crosby’s version is the third best-selling single ever. In short: A song for the world! The film tells the story of Silent Night, narrated by Hugh Bonneville, with new recordings by global stars in different languages with a cast including Kelly Clarkson, Joss Stone, John Rhys-Davies, David Foster, Kathrine McPhee, Randy Jackson, Gavin Rossdale, Sheléa, Ailee, Josh Groban, The Vienna Boys Choir, Anggun, Lina Makhoul, The Tenors, Rolando Villazón and many more. The special was created and directed by Award winning director Hannes M. Schalle and produced by Marlene Beran of Moonlake Entertainment.
Need some fun or last-minute gifts? Here are some practical, and unique tech gift ideas for the house and the family. https://www.theverge.com/21558887/home-tech-holiday-gift-guide-kitchen-speakers-work
Friday, December 4th
9:00 p.m. on CBS
Blue Bloods returns for its 11th season premiere with “Triumph Over Trauma” - Amidst a shifting political climate, Frank goes head-to-head with City Council over protests against police brutality. Jamie and his nephew Joe Hill (Will Hochman) work together to locate Danny and Baez when they go missing while searching for a killer, and Eddie steps up to help an abrasive woman find her father’s body after it was misplaced during the outset of the pandemic.
Wednesday, December 9th
7:00 p.m. – The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC) Special Series
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as ABC’s tree-mendously popular decorating competition series, “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” takes over Wednesdays in December as it returns for its eighth season with back-to-back episodes starting WEDNESDAY DEC 9 at 8/7c, for three consecutive weeks. America’s brightest houses bring joy to the world with the help of celebrity judges – lifestyle expert Carter Oosterhouse and famed interior designer Taniya Nayak. All isn’t always calm, but all is definitely bright as the Christmas classic takes viewers across the country to the most elaborate and awe-inspiring holiday displays in the nation.
Sunday, December 6th
7:30 p.m. – A Holly Dolly Christmas (CBS) Special
Performing from an intimate, candlelit set, Dolly brings both powerful, faith-ﬁlled hymns and light-hearted holiday classics to help viewers celebrate her favorite time of year. The legendary country star also showcases tracks from her new holiday album, A Holly Dolly Christmas.
Wednesday, December 9th
7:00 p.m. – Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical! (NBC) Special
NBC is bringing Dr. Seuss to life this holiday season with a fun-filled two-hour production of Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Musical… from the Troubadour Theatre in London.
We've had many requests for this one! MTCO digiMAX just added Newsmax channel to its Select package. You can now view Newsmax on channel 118 in SD and in HD on channel 516.