August 19, 2014 - 11:02 am - Posted in Church News, Community Calendar

The Cornerstone Baptist Church, 221 Third Street SW, (block west of courthouse) Orange City invites everyone to a night of gospel singing Saturday, September 13 at 7:00.  The Bontrager Family singers from eastern Iowa will be presenting their musical program. A free-will offering will be taken and following the musical program, refreshments will be served.

The Bontrager family consists of Marlin and Becky and their 10 children. They travel extensively throughout the United States and Canada sharing in word and song a unique, refreshing gospel/bluegrass style. Providing their own instrumentation, they bring to the stage banjos, violins, keyboard, mandolin, guitars, dobro, harmonica and bass guitar.

Their one and only purpose is to glorify their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in all they do. Come and be blessed!

For more information call: 712/737-8444.

Amy NoelckORANGE CITY – Singer-songwriter Amy Noelck of Dallas is performing in Orange City Wednesday, August 27.

It’s the final Onstage Orange City show of summer 2014, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council. The show will be held at 7:00pm on the Northwestern College Green in Orange CIty.

Sponsors of the event are Iowa State Bank and Quatro Composites™.

Opening the evening are Northwestern College students Sean Russell and Clarissa Oehler, “This Much,” performing from 7:00 to 7:30pm. From Prairie de Chien, WI, the duo has performed and led worship together for years, and competed in NCDC here last year. They sing, with Russell accompanying on guitar or piano.

Amy Noelck will take the stage at 7:30pm. Noelck, who has roots in Iowa, performs songs of love, heartbreak and hope. “I try to write music with lyrics that reveal the transparency of life… I write about brokenness so those that are hurting and longing for something to fulfill them, will see that they are not alone. We are constantly searching for peace and joy, but I am confident that lasting peace and joy cannot be found in anything, unless first found in Jesus.”

The proceeds from her album go to anti-human trafficking organizations around the world, especially Traffick 911, the Dallas/ Fort Worth organization working primarily with children; and the A21 Campaign, an organization which raises awareness, prevents future trafficking, takes legal action and provides rehabilitation services for survivors.
Noelck works with family life and children’s ministry in a Dallas church, and is looking into opportunities to work as a sing-songwriter, teaching music to orphans overseas.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets. The concert will not be Windmill Park, but the Northwestern College Green, south of the Chapel; rain location is the Northwestern Chapel. For links to Noelck and “This Much,” or weather-related announcements, see or, call 712-707-4885 or email

orange city arts council (2)ORANGE CITY – Classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel and originals – it’s Monroe Crossing. The Twin Cities-area band takes the stage at Windmill Park in Orange City on Wed. Aug 13 at 7:00pm.

Monroe Crossing’s show is part of the Orange City Arts Council’s Onstage Orange City series. Sponsors are Quatro Composites™ and Community Bank of Alton & Orange City.

The evening will begin at 5:00pm with a motorcycle show, then a hot dog supper, with donations collected for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Following the bluegrass show, at dusk, will be the showing of “The Lego Movie,” sponsored by Orange City Parks & Recreation.

Monroe Crossing has been selected as an official showcase band at the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Convention in Raleigh, NC. They performed in New York City’s Carnegie Hall last year as part of Carol Barnett’s “The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass.” They were inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

The only bluegrass band ever nominated as “Artist of the Year” by the Minnesota Music Academy (MMA), Monroe Crossing won the 2003 MMA “Bluegrass Album of the Year” award.

Monroe Crossing includes five distinct personalities with differing musical backgrounds and tastes, combining for a unique ensemble sound. They are Derek Johnson: guitar, lead & harmony vocals; Lisa Fuglie: fiddle, mandolin, lead & harmony vocals; Matt Thompson: mandolin, fiddle, baritone vocals; Mark Anderson: bass & bass vocals; and David Robinson: banjo. Their paths crossed through the music of Bill Monroe, “the father of bluegrass music,” so they like to say they had a “Monroe Crossing.”

The group plays an average of 125 shows annually, at venues and festivals across the U.S. and Canada… and have recorded 13 CDs.

KCBL Radio of Sacramento said, “Monroe Crossing strikes again. Each and every song keeps you wanting more. I can foresee many of (their) original songs becoming classics down the line.”

Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, see or, call 712-707-4885 or email Hear the band at

The 23nd annual Western Christian Booster Club golf tournament will be held on Friday, August 15, at noon at the Ridge Golf Course in Sioux Center.

It will be a four person scramble and the cost to golf is $80 per person and that includes 18 holes of golf, cart, supper, and the chance to win prizes. Mulligans will also be sold at registration.Registration is from 11:00-11:45 with a shotgun start at 12:00 sharp.

To reserve a spot or If you have any questions call Kris Marra at 712-578-9227 or Jamie Van Zee at 712-470-2829.

July 28, 2014 - 11:07 am - Posted in Community Calendar, School News
IMG_7790ORANGE CITY – Onstage Orange City’s Wed., August 6 show will be a SchoolHouse Company show, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
The musical theatre production will be in Orange City’s Windmill Park at 7:00pm August 6. It will also be presented August 8 at 7:00pm at Central Park in Sioux Center.
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is an average day in the life of Charles M. Schulz’s Charlie Brown — from Valentine’s Day to baseball season, his moods ranging from wild optimism to utter despair, with his best friends — both human and not.
It’s a familiar story and a fun musical, said Lois Estell of The SchoolHouse Company. “It’s our first official musical. We’ve done shows with music in them, but this year the majority of the show is sung or has underscoring. Best of all, we have an orchestra pit!”
The SchoolHouse Company is drawing from both the Orange City and Sioux Center artistic pool, said Estell, plus bringing in Chris Haak from Sioux Falls to play flute, clarinet and alto saxophone. Haak switches  between the instruments at a moment’s notice, she said. “He makes it look so easy!”
Actors are Drew Lemke as Charlie Brown; Amanda Vander Stelt: Sally; Lois Estell: Lucy; Tanner Van Wyhe: Linus; Zach Wright: Schroeder; and Trevor McMahan: Snoopy.
Orchestra members are Hannah McGarvey, director; Pam DeHaan, piano; Chris Haak, reed; Ashley Wielenga, strings; Lexy Kraayenbrink, bass; and Braden Jahn, percussion.
The free show is 90-minutes long.
The SchoolHouse Company has presented theatre in Orange City and Sioux Center for the past six years.
The Onstage Orange City event is sponsored by the Pizza Ranch Restaurant and Onstage Orange City contributors, in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council. Pizza Ranch will offer concessions: pizza by the slice, cactus bread, soda, water and candy.
The Sioux Center production is sponsored by the Sioux Center Recreation and Arts Council.
Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location in Orange City is the Unity Christian Knight Center August 6 and Centre Mall in Sioux Center August 8. For more information or weather-related announcements, see or, call 712-707-4885 or email
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

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 For more information, call 712-707-4885 or check

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,, call 712-707-4885 or email Or check

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 or