We are bringing back our Community Spotlight this month to feature Biscuits & Gravy. Owners Tommy and Shirley Moraga opened their first Biscuits & Gravy location on March 1, 2018, at 920 N. Niles Street (the old Didley’s location) in Metamora. Their love of serving and feeding people food motivated them to bring their homemade southern recipes to our town.
Tom’s love for learning about and preparing food began by watching his mother’s hard work and devotion. She would collect new recipes and learn how to make them on her own. Tom later went on to study and learn more about cooking at culinary school.
Biscuits & Gravy is thankful to have gotten through the pandemic and continues to grow relationships within the amazing community. When asked about one of the more humorous happenings at their restaurant, Tom quickly noted the whole hog cookout they held during their first anniversary of opening. The look on everyone’s face was priceless when they saw the cooked whole pig with an apple in its mouth!
They are excited to announce the expansion of their services to the Metamora square in the old Aztekita building that will be opening mid-July! Biscuits & Gravy will offer Kids Culinary classes in one-hour segments focused on learning techniques and flavors from around the world.
Adults can also join in on the fun on Saturday nights with hands-on cooking and also learning cooking techniques to simplify their lives when cooking at home. Adult nights will be themed to taste cuisines from around the world as well. They want to make cooking easy and exciting from the younger junior chefs to the adults. Biscuits and Gravy will also have cooking competitions alongside regional amateur chefs from surrounding communities.
Biscuits & Gravy can be reached at 309-367-2424.
The Metamora Farmers Market is held every from 8:00 a.m. - noon on the Metamora Square(weather permitting) every Saturday through September.
Pick up fresh vegetables from the produce vendors and a variety of other craft and food vendors, along with live music that will be sprinkled in on some Saturdays.
The St. Mary’s School will host its 13th Annual Golf Outing Benefit on Friday, August 6th. The $110 .00 golfer registration fee includes a gift bag, green fees, cart, two drink tickets, a grab-and-go breakfast, lunch, and a fun day of golfing and fun! Tee times begin at 7:00 a.m. and are available every ten minutes until noon.
The registration deadline is Friday, July 30th. For full details and registration form, visit http://www.stmfalcons.com/subs/formsuploads/GolfOuting_Registration_2021(1).pdf
This is such a fun event! Bring your family, form a team, sign up to volunteer, donate a silent auction item, or join in on the dance floor! It all takes place on Saturday, July 25th at Germantown Crossing with the kids run at 5:30 p.m., 5K Walk/run at 6:00 p.m., followed by music, food, and fun!
Visit www.run4michael.com for full details and to register for the walk or run which includes a concert/admission ticket and race shirt. You can also purchase the admission/concert ticket separately if the walk/run isn’t your thing.
The registration needs to be completed by July 10th to guarantee a race shirt.
Free concerts, sponsored by the Village of Metamora, are held on Friday evenings from 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the bandstand in the Park on the Square. The public is invited to attend to come out and enjoy the music! There is bleacher-type seating or bring your lawn chairs. Performers for July are:
July 2 Brass Band of Central IL
July 9 Aristocrats
July 16 Metamora Community Band
July 23 C Notes
July 30 Music with Chris & Betty
Get ready for outdoor music and fun in July at the KDB Center Stage at the Spring Bay American Legion at 500 Legion! (Each concert has a cover charge).
Friday, July 2nd
Whiskey Bent (6:30pm - 8:30pm) and Doug Stone & the Stone Age Band (9pm - 11pm). This is a ticketed event, please call for tickets at 309-822-8741.
Saturday, July 3rd
Whiskey Bent: 7pm - 11pm. Fireworks at dusk!
Saturday, July 10th
Boat Drunks: 7:30pm - 10:30pm.
Sunday, July 11th
Brushville Band: 2pm - 5pm.
Saturday, July 17th
Spooney & Bootleggers: 8pm - 11pm.
Saturday, July 24th
Captain Quirk: 7pm - 11pm.
Saturday, July 31st
Whiskey Bent: 7pm - 11pm.
A Drive-Thru for St. Jude event will be held at Germantown Grille from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 10th. All proceeds benefit the St. Jude Metamora Run. For $12.00, you will get a pulled pork sandwich, coleslaw, baked, beans, chips, and water. Add $3.00 for a lemon shake -up instead of water!
Local Firework Shows:
July 3rd @ Spring Bay American Legion
July 3rd @ The Jumbo in Roanoke
July 4th @ Pekin Memorial Stadium
July 4th @ Three Sisters Park in
July 4th @ McClallen Park in Morton
July 4th @ Eureka Lake in Eureka
July 4th @ Sweetwater Park in Elmwood
July 4th @ Waterworks Park in Henry
July 4th @ Brock Lake in Mackinaw
Woodford County Heartline and Heart House is launching its Operation Backpack School Supply Drive for 2021. Last year, over 70 families signed up with 166 children in need. If you wish to donate by July 23rd, drop off locations In Metamora and Germantown Hills are Heartland Bank (both locations), Goodfield State Bank, IL Prairie District Library, and MTCO. Visit MTCO’s Facebook page for a list of items: https://www.facebook.com/digiMAXMTCO
The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage and needs all eligible donors, especially those with type O blood.
There is a Metamora Community Blood Drive at Metamora Fields on Tuesday, July 6th from 1:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m. They currently have over 20 appointment times still available. Walk-ins are being accepted as well. Receive a Red Cross embroidered hat while supplies last!
Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment.
Illinois Prairie District Public Library wants everyone to read, whenever they can, wherever they are. They can help you track when and what you read. And if you can earn some cool swag along the way, GREAT!
For more details on the Summer Reading Program and more, visit https://www.ipdpl.org/
Stop and Shop the Public Market where you can enjoy chicken dinners served by Izaak Walton, grab a drink, and shop from local farmers and vendors. The Public Market is held every Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m until August at the Peoria, IL Chapter of Izaak Walton League, located just a few minutes past Thortons on the river side of the road.
Contact Tom Miller for participation information at 309-338-7265.
On June 24th, Microsoft unveiled the Windows 11 operating system that will start rolling out this fall and going into early 2022.
Feeling familiar may take some adjusting, however. Windows 11 is built around a simplified user interface for productivity, creativity, and ease of use. The new design entails a smaller, centered taskbar and a new approach to task switching. For more details on new features, visit https://www.theverge.com/22557060/microsoft-windows-11-hands-on-preview
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Saturdays - Series airs until August 21st
7:00 p.m. Animal Planet
Steve Irwin’s legacy lives on via his wife Terri and children Bindi and Robert. As passionate wildlife conservationists, they care for over 1,200 animals daily at the Australia Zoo, its world-class wildlife hospital and on expeditions across the globe.
Friday, July 23rd
6:30 p.m. – (NBC)
NBC Olympics will provide unprecedented coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday, July 23, creating a full day of Olympic programming on NBC that culminates in what is always one of the most-watched nights in television with the primetime presentation of the Ceremony. The day will begin with the network’s first-ever live morning broadcast of an Opening Ceremony, followed by a special edition of TODAY with reaction and athlete interviews and then NBC’s first-ever Olympic Daytime show on the opening Friday of the Games.
The NBC primetime broadcast will feature special coverage of Team USA, along with the performances, pageantry, and Parade of Nations, the heart of any Opening Ceremony, which will be especially meaningful this year. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT on NBC, as well as the NBC Sports app and NBCOlympics.com.
The Tokyo Opening Ceremony will also be broadcast live on NBC across all time zones starting at 6:55 a.m. It can also be streamed live in the NBC Sports app and on NBCOlympics.com. The NBC primetime coverage of the Tokyo Opening Ceremony will be replayed overnight, allowing viewers another opportunity to experience this historic moment and creating a near Ceremony takeover of NBC.
More information about the Olympics avavailable at https://www.nbcolympics.com
Attackers are using a new technique to exploit Google Docs for phishing attacks, according to researchers at Avanan. The attackers take advantage of the fact that Google Docs automatically renders HTML code, so a Google Doc can act as a landing page to direct the user to the real phishing page. The researchers describe one example in which the Doc appeared to be a file share page.
“This Google Docs page may look familiar to those who share Google Docs outside of their organization,” Avanan says. “This, however, isn’t that page. It’s a custom HTML page made to look like that familiar Google Docs share page. The attacker wants the victim to “Click here to download the document” and once the victim clicks on that link, they will be redirected to the actual malicious phishing website where their credentials will be stolen through another webpage made to look like the Google Login portal.”
The researchers describe another attack in which the Google Doc itself acted as a phishing page. This Doc appeared to be a DocuSign login page. The login form contained an embedded listener that would send the user’s password to the attacker.
Top Chef Amateurs (Bravo, 7/1)
Young Royals (Netflix, 7/1)
The Beast Must Die (AMC+, 7/5)
Big Brother Season 23 (CBS, 7/7)
Love Island Season 3 (CBS, 7/7)
Backyard Bar Wars (TruTV, 7/8)
grown-ish Season 4 (Freeform, 7/8)
Impractical Jokers Season 9 (TruTV, 7/8)
Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness (Netflix, 7/8)
Leverage: Redemption (IMDb TV, 7/9)
Wellington Paranormal (CW, 7/11)
Miracle Workers Season 3 (TBS, 7/13)
Naomi Osaka (Netflix, 7/13)
Good Trouble Season 4 Part 2 (Freeform, 7/14)
The Outpost Season 4 (CW, 7/15)
Making the Cut Season 2 (Amazon, 7/16)
McCartney 3, 2, 1 (Hulu, 7/16)
Turner & Hooch (Disney+, 7/16)
Dead Pixels Season 2 (CW, 7/18)
The End (Showtime, 7/18)
Power Book III: Raising Kanan (Starz, 7/18)
Chip ’N’ Dale: Park Life (Disney+, 7/23)
Masters of the Universe: Revelation (Netflix, 7/23)
Roswell, New Mexico Season 3 (CW, 7/26)
Behind the Music (VH1 7/29)
Burden of Truth Season 4 (CW, 7/30)
Turning the Tables With Robin Roberts (Disney+, 7/30)
Watch the Sound With Mark Ronson (Apple TV+, 7/30)