We Love Our Community!


Do you know an outstanding person, organization, or business in the Metamora and Germantown Hills community? This month we’re asking our readers for subjects to be focused on in the community that we at MTCO Communications and Connected Magazine are proud to serve.

Please email us at with the person, business, or organization you would like to see as the Spotlight in a future issue.  Thank you!



Community Festival & Hog Roast


Bring your family and friends out for a fun day at the 3rd Annual Community Festival and Hog Roast at the Spring Bay American Legion. The festival will take place from 3 p.m. - 11 p.m. on Saturday, August 3rd at 500 Legion Lane in Bayview Gardens. 

Great food will be available from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. as well as music from GD Country from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. and West MacQueen Street Band from 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.  There will also be activities for children, raffles and prizes, and fireworks at dusk!  

Pirate & Fairy Party


Calling all pirates and fairies!  Sunday, August 11th at 2 p.m.,  a super special kids costume party at the Potting Shed at 401 Timberlan Road in Germantown Hills!  There will be a fairy garden treasure hunt, pirate games, treats, face painting and a craft project. 

The event benefits St. Jude through Parker’s Purpose, which was started when two-year-old, Parker was diagnosed with Leukemia last October. The cost is $25 and all proceeds will go straight to childhood cancer resources and families in the area. 

Grab your eyepatches and fairy wings for a fun family event for a great cause. Register online at

Tee It Up


There is still time to sign up to get another golf outing in before school schedules start again! St. Mary’s 11th Annual Golf Outing will be held on Friday, August 2nd at the Metamora Fields Golf Club. Check in starts at 11:00 a.m., followed by lunch and then a shotgun start at 12:30p.m.  Dinner starts at 6 p.m. at Kouri’s Grill & Bar.

Come join an afternoon of golf and fun in the sun playing to benefits St. Mary’s School.

Call Cindy Garber at 309-360-2809 for more details or print the registration form at

Summer Activities on the Square


Farmers Market

The market is open from 8 a.m. - noon at the Metamora Square on Saturday mornings until September.  Stop by for fresh, locally grown vegetables, craft items, baked goods, and more!

Summer Concerts

Enjoy free relaxing concerts on Friday evenings from 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at the bandstand in the Metamora Square. All are welcome to attend. Bring your lawn chair, or bleacher seating is available. The concerts run through August 30th.


Pork Chop Meal

 The MTHS boys basketball team is holding a pork chop meal on Friday, August 2nd from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Metamora IGA.  Cost is $5 for a grilled pork chop sandwich, chips, and a drink.  

Businesses and organizations can pre-order meals to be delivered.  Come out and help support the boys basketball program!


MTHS Emphasis Night

Metamora Township High School will introduce all Fall Sports Teams on Friday, August 23rd, beginning at 6 p.m. at Malone Field.  Scrimmages will follow once the introductions are complete for the Boys Soccer and Football teams.  The MTHS Sports Boosters will offer concessions that night.  

As in years past, we ask all attendees bing a canned food donation.  All food donations will go to assist the Open Arms Food Pantry, which serves individuals within the boundaries of MTHS District 122.   

Redbird Replay is Back!


Tune in for another exciting year of Redbird Replay on local digiMAX HD channel 410.  Look for replays this fall of Metamora High School football and volleyball games, the band invitational, and band and choral concerts. 

A fall schedule will soon be posted on this site, or check your on-screen TV Guide for dates and times of games and concerts.

Hot Rods & Hamburgers


Hot Rods & Hamburgers is hosting another car show on Sunday, August 11th from noon - 3 p.m. on the Square in Metamora. See classics, muscle cars, hot  rods, street rods, and trucks.

Enjoy a fun, family-friendly event that includes food, local vendors and a live band!


FREE HBO & Cinemax Weekend!


MTCO digiMAX customers:  Settle in for another HBO and Cinemax FREE Preview weekend starting at 6 a.m. on Friday, August 16th through midnight on Monday, August 19th.

Tune in to family-friendly programming on HBO Family, and check out  newer movie releases, including: The Mule, Aquaman, Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star is Born, and more!

Back-To-School Resource


Help your kids get off to a a great start in the new school year!  Visit Scholastic’s site at to find useful articles, book lists, worksheets, and other helpful tools.



Wednesday, August 7th at 9 p.m on FOX

Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Jennie Garth, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Brian Austin Green and Tori Spelling, the original stars of “Beverly Hills, 90210,” return to FOX, in an all-new event series that takes the concept of a series reboot to a whole new meta-level.  When the cast gets back together, it will come with a big twist: the seven former teen idols will be playing heightened versions of themselves in the brand-new serialized drama that is inspired by their real lives and relationships with each other.

WE Day Special


 Friday, August 9th at 7 p.m. on ABC

The WE Day special airs on ABC, Friday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. CT. Join host Neil Patrick Harris for an unforgettable WE Day Special featuring chart-topping performers and iconic celebrities.

Tune in to the WE Day Special to find hope, optimism and ideas that will inspire you to get doing and create big, lasting change. Featuring energetic performances combined with moving speeches, comedic interludes and documentary-style features highlighting incredible individuals who are making a difference, the WE Day special motivates viewers with tangible ways they too can have a positive impact at home and beyond.