July 23, 2014 - 10:07 am - Posted in Community Calendar

warriors logoSioux Center Public’s Athletic Booster’s annual golf outing is happening on Friday, August 8th at 12 pm noon. To register please contact Eric Vande Hoef at 712-541-9120 or ericvh@ambankiowa.com

oc arts councilORANGE CITY –– Northwest Iowans are invited to join a Community Conversation sponsored by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. Discussion will focus on northwest Iowans’ visions for the future related to arts, culture and history — locally and statewide.

Local forums are being held in Sioux City Tuesday, July 29 at 4:00pm at the Sioux City Public Museum, and in Orange City Wednesday, July 30 at 9:00 am at the Northwestern College Vermeer Dining Room. A forum was held July 9 in Spencer.

The Department of Cultural Affairs oversees the Iowa Arts Council, the State Historical Society and Produce Iowa – State Office of Media Production.

According to Janine Calsbeek of the Orange City Arts Council, the conversations will include discussions on what’s important in local communities related to arts, history and culture. Where is funding needed, both locally and statewide? The revitalization of the State Historical Building will be part of the conversation. Chris Kramer from the Department of Cultural Affairs will be part of the forums.

Twenty Department of Cultural Affairs Community Conversations are being held in Iowa in July.

RSVP or give input at www.culturalaffairs.org. For more information, call 712-707-4885 or check orangecityarts.net.

Boyden First Reformed Church services for this weekend have been changed due to Ragbrai.

Church services will be Saturday night July 19, 2014, at 7:00 pm at the Presbyterian Church in Boyden. There will not be Church service Sunday morning July 20, 2014. If you have any questions, please call the church 725-2366.

Chris O'Leary photoORANGE CITY – A six-piece “perfectly rounded, energetic blues band” from New York, the Chris O’Leary Band, takes the stage Wednesday, July 23 at Windmill Park in Orange City. It’s the Onstage Orange City series, sponsored by Revival Animal Health in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council.

The evening begins with Revival’s annual pet costume contest, at 6:00pm. All local pet owners are invited to join the fun; pets will be judged for presentation, uniqueness and creativity.

At 7:00pm, the Chris O’Leary Band takes the stage.

O’Leary spent many years as frontman, lead singer and harmonica player for Levon Helm. He has appeared on stage with many artists: Bobby Keys of the Rolling Stones, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmy Vivino, James Cotton, Dan Akroyd and more.

He has moved on to his own 6-piece band and his first release “Mr. Used to Be” won the 2011 Blues Music Award (Memphis) and the 2011 Illinois Blues Blast Award (Chicago) for “Best New Artist Debut”. Now the band has released a second CD: “Waiting For The Phone To Ring.”

Reviews include this one from the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange: “Chris O’Leary’s got it, man, he’s got it. From rol­lickin’ rock to week­end stomp to slinkin’ down-lo back-alley swank to bar­rel­house bal­ladry and well beyond.”

CO Band photoAnd from Eric Gleason: “Every so often you’re lucky enough to see a band and realize that everything is just right. The right personalities, the right arrangements, the right instruments, the right attitude… ‘Tight’ doesn’t describe it. Bands that work hard and can stop and start on a dime are tight. Bands that know each other like the back of their hands are something special.”

And Bob Margolin: “While you and your fine band were play­ing I heard peo­ple say, ‘Who cares about the rest of the show, I just want to hear them all night!’ What a strong and impres­sive set. You and your band rock, big time.”

Concessions on July 23 will be offered by the Kiwanis. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, see orangecityarts.net, facebook.com/ocarts, call 712-707-4885 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. Or check thechrisolearyband.com.

PlayedLateOrange City, IA – On Wednesday, July 16, Orange City will hold its third Festival Latino, an event that celebrates diversity and appreciates Latin culture.  The Onstage Orange City event will be 5:00-8:30pm at Windmill Park.
The evening begins at 5:00pm. Experience arts and crafts, mural painting, games, and a “fun zone” for kids between 5:30 and 7:30.  Starting at 5:00 and going until 7:00, authentic Latin cuisine will be available for purchase and enjoyment.  The main event is Mariachi Los Rancheros from Hawarden, playing from 7:00 to 8:00. The evening ends with participation by festival attendees in some high-energy Zumba.
Throughout the event, t-shirts with the festival logo as well as t-shirts from CASA featuring the slogan “Love Our Immigrant Neighbor” will be available for purchase.
Rain location is Unity Christian High School.
Bus transportation will be available to and from Sioux Center. The bus will leave from the mall parking lot in Sioux Center at 5:00 and 5:45. The bus will leave Orange City for Sioux Center at 8:15 and 9:00.
For more information and to join the conversation, visit facebook.com/FestivalLatinoOrangeCity or orangecityarts.net.
July 14, 2014 - 9:45 am - Posted in Community Calendar, School News

KA PHOTO - 300 DPIORANGE CITY – King Arthur’s Quest!

The Missoula Children’s Theatre is coming to Orange City again this summer!  Come audition for the show King Arthur’s Quest!  Up to 50 local children will be selected to perform with two actors from the Missoula Children’s Theatre, Victoria Pace and Augustus Bennett.

Auditions will be held Monday, July 28 from 9:45 a.m. to noon at Northwestern College’s DeWitt Theatre.  Local students entering grades 1-12 may audition and all participants must stay for the entire audition session.  All children that are cast in the show must be available to attend rehearsals Monday through Friday, July 28 – August 1 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The fee for each child participating in King Arthur’s Quest is $17.

The show will be performed on Friday, August 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 2 at 2 p.m. at Northwestern College’s DeWitt Theatre. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for students K-12.

In addition, Pace and Bennett will be running several free drama workshops for all interested children. For children entering grades 1-2, there will an Acting 1-2-3 workshop on Tuesday, July 29: when odds and evens come together, everyone has a fun time! A workshop on Wednesday, July 30, for grades 3-6 entitled Behind the Scenes, will explore what happens before the curtain rises and how role-play helps group dynamics.  For youth entering grades 7-12, a Shakespeare workshop will be offered on Thursday, July 31.  All workshops will be held at Northwestern College’s DeWitt Theatre from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m.

The Orange City Arts Council, sponsor of the Missoula Children’s Theatre, requests you register online by July 24 at orangecityiowa.com/parks-recreation.  Go to the registration tab, select Arts, Crafts, Library link and then Missoula Children’s Theatre.  Students in King Arthur’s Quest must attend school at MOC-FV, OCCS, Spalding or Unity, or be homeschoolers in the MOC-FV school district. (Registration is available in person on July 28 if you miss the online deadline.)

For more information, call 707-4885, email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or see orangecityarts.net.

July 8, 2014 - 2:35 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

Tractor PullThunder in the Valley is happening July 11th at 7 pm and 12th at 6 pm in Rock Valley. Thunder in the Valley was voted Pull of the Year last year.  Admission is $18 dollars for adults and children 8-15 only $10, and children 7 and under get in FREE! 13 pulling classes all vying for part of that $100k purse. That’s happening this weekend in Rock Valley

July 8, 2014 - 2:33 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

Fair LogoMake plans to attend the Sioux County Youth Fair in Sioux Center, July 12th-17th. Some of this year’s attractions are the Kids Tractor Pull, Sprint Car Races, Greased Pig Contest, Barnyard Olympics, and entertainment under the BIG Ten that we are excited about– Highroad 3 from Nashville, TN singing Appalachian gospel music. For More details and a full schedule of events go to siouxcountyfair.org

June 24, 2014 - 2:16 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

Everyone is invited to Music in the Park, a free outdoor gospel music concert on Thursday, July 10, at 7:00 p.m. in Westside Park in Hull.

This event is sponsored by the First Reformed Church in Hull and free will donations will be accepted for church mission projects.  Performers this year include:  The Vermeer Family from Sioux Center; Arnie and the Sohl Brothers from Hull; and James and Rachelle Vanden Bos from Rock Valley.

Free root beer floats will be served during the concert.  Remember to bring your lawn chairs.

1bc2d9_48c9d3badd4c4445b7cd686c7ebcf322.jpg_srz_980_523_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzORANGE CITY – High-spirited. Exuberant. Entertaining. First-class! That’s Exit 113 from Des Moines. Exit 113 takes the stage at Orange City’s Windmill Park Wednesday, July 2 at 7:00pm.

The free concert, part of the Onstage Orange City series, is sponsored by Northwestern Bank and Quatro Composites™.
Exit 113 features Bob Long on lead guitar; Jill Belgarde, lead vocals and saxophone; Travis Belgarde, bass; Marty Fisher, percussion; Taylor Telford, keyboard; and Jerry Anderson, sound. Their specialty is classic rock ’n’ roll from the 50s and 60s, but they throw in 70s and 80s favorites, a bit of country, and originals. They call themselves a “rockin’ roll band.”

“Watch out! You’ll be blown away with their versatility!” said Diane Larson of Snus Hill Winery. “Sultry, upbeat and wild… they do it all and do it well.”

Their playlist is listed on orangecityarts.com and Facebook.com/ocArts, classics including I’m a Believer, Great Balls of Fire, Hound Dog and Mustang Sally. Vote for your favorites on Facebook by June 26. Watch their music video on orangecityarts.net.

Bring your dancing shoes; a dance floor will be available.
Onstage Orange City is a program of the Orange City Arts Council.

Concessions will be offered July 2. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, see the OC Arts website or Facebook page, call 712-707-4885 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com. Exit 113’s website is exit113.com .