July 1, 2015 - 11:30 am - Posted in Community Calendar

BP LOGO BWORANGE CITY – Blackbeard the Pirate!

Missoula Children’s Theatre is coming to Orange City again this summer! Audition for the show Blackbeard the Pirate. Up to 55 local children will be selected to perform with two actors from Missoula Children’s Theatre, Ariana Mai Lucius and Kayla Elizabeth.

Auditions will be held Monday, July 13 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 13 – 17 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The fee for each child participating in Blackbeard the Pirate is $25 if registered by July 8, $30 if registered after July 8.

Among the roles to be cast are Blackbeard and his crew of bearded pirates, sailors of the high seas, cranky crabs and crocodiles, magical mermaids and seaweed creatures, parrots and even a group of beach bums. Assistant directors will also be chosen to aid in rehearsals and handle essential backstage responsibilities.

The show will be performed on Friday, July 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 18 at 2 p.m. at Northwestern College’s DeWitt Theatre. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for students K-12.

In addition, Ariana Mai and Kayla will be running several free drama workshops for all interested children. For children entering grades 1-2, there will be The Marvelous Mini-Musical workshop on Tuesday, July 14. A workshop on Wednesday, July 15, for grades 3-6, is called Let’s Make-up. For youth entering grades 7-12, the workshop Mime Time will be offered on Thursday, July 16. All workshops will be held at Northwestern College’s DeWitt Theatre from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m.

Orange City Arts, sponsor of the Missoula Children’s Theatre residency, requests that children register online by July 8 at the Orange City Summer Recreation website. Students 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 13 if you miss the online deadline.)

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

Thunder In The Valley

The 12th Annual Thunder in the Valley Outlaw Truck & Tractor Pull will take place on Friday, July 10, and Saturday, July 11 at the Thunder in the Valley Tractor Pulling Arena in Rock Valley, Iowa. This pull is an Outlaw Ultimate National Truck & Tractor Pull, one of the largest pulls across the Midwest.  It has also been voted ‘Pull of the Year’ 10 years in a row by the Iowa Tractor Pulling Association and seven times by the Outlaw Truck & Tractor Pulling Association.

There are two tracks, two sleds, and three sessions featuring all classes.  The event kicks off on Friday, July 10, at 7:00 p.m.  On Saturday, July 11, the event resumes at 12:30 p.m. and then again at 6:00 p.m.  Concessions are available and coolers are permitted.

“This will be bigger and better than ever this year, featuring 14 classes of pulling vehicles during three sessions and paying out a purse over $100,000,” says Rich Rozeboom.

Thunder in the Valley Pulling Arena recently made upgrades to their facility including; additional bleacher seating, a larger pit parking area and free camping sites.

The city of Rock Valley has hosted pulls for many years and 12 years ago Valley Pullers partnered with Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pulling Association. The first Outlaw pull only had three classes with a purse of $12,000.  Valley Pullers Inc., has 10 directors that promote the pulls each year in Rock Valley. There are approximately 250 volunteers.

Rozeboom says “We wouldn’t be able to pull off this event without the help of our volunteers and sponsors. We are so grateful for their help.”

Sponsors for this year’s pull include; the City of Rock Valley, A&I Products, Case IH, Town & Country Implement, Farmer’s Elevator Coop, Dekalb, and Extreme Performance & Tire Cutting.

On the day of the event to line up interviews, please contact Travis Olson at 712-441-5016.

Help your community and roll up your sleeve to save lives! Donate today with LifeServe Blood Center.


Donate on Thursday, July 2nd at the Center Mall in Sioux Center, located at 251 Main Ave, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m

You can donate on Thursday, July 9th  wtih LifeServe in Orange City at the American Reformed Church, located at 407 Albany Street SE, from 12:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 15th, LifeServe will be in Sioux Center at Sioux Center Health, located at 1101 9th Street SE,  from 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Donate on Thursday, July 16nd at the Center Mall in Sioux Center, located at 251 Main Ave, from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m

Contact Abby Hausmann-Virgil at 1-800-287-4903 or email at communitycalendar@lifeservebloodcenter.org.

June 5, 2015 - 10:44 am - Posted in Community Calendar

Dan Wardell 1Dan Wardell is coming to Northwest Iowa! Dan hosts programs on Iowa Public Television and promotes healthy lifestyles for kids. His 2015 Reading Roadtrip, entitled “Superhero, Superhero, Superhero, Sidekick!” is underway, and he will be visiting area libraries on Tuesday, June 9th & Wednesday, June 10th. While he works for a television station, he openly encourages kids to turn off their TVs, get up, get out, and get active using their imagination.


His appearance dates for our area are listed below:

Tuesday, June 9th

Storm Lake – 10:30 a.m.

Spirit Lake – 1:15 p.m. & 2:15 p.m.

Everly – 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 10th

Sioux Center – 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

Sibley – 1:00 p.m.

Remsen – 3:30 p.m.

June 3, 2015 - 10:18 am - Posted in Community Calendar

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The All-American Blood Drive will be taking place in Sheldon on Monday, June 8th at the Community Building. Donation times are from 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and again from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. All blood donated stays right here in Sheldon! Donors will receive a free t-shirt and lunch; you must be 17 to donate. Call the SCDC office to make an appointment at 324-2813, but walk-ins are also welcome!

Help your community and roll up your sleeve to save lives! Donate today with LifeServe Blood Center.


Tuesday, June 16th LifeServe will be in Hull, at the Hull Library, located at 1408 Main Street, from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Donate on Wednesday, June 17th at the Granville Community Fire Hall Granville, located at 740 Broad Street, from 3:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Donate on Thursday, June 18th at the Center Mall in Sioux Center, located at 251 Main, from 12:00 9.m. – 6:00 p.m

Wednesday, June 24th you can donate in Rock Valley at the Faith Reformed Church, located at 1305 7th Street, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

You can donate on Thursday, June 25th  wtih LifeServe in Orange City at the American Reformed Church, located at 407 Albany Street SE, from 8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Contact Abby Hausmann-Virgil at 1-800-287-4903 or email at communitycalendar@lifeservebloodcenter.org.

June 1, 2015 - 11:24 am - Posted in Community Calendar

music 1The Community Reformed Church in Hawarden, located at 1700 Central Avenue, is hosting a variety of musical groups again this summer at their 7:30 p.m. Sunday evening outdoor service, held on the lawn north of the church.

June 7 — Hallelujah Hooligans (Crooks-Renner Area)

June 14 — Relative Harmony (Sioux Falls, SD)

June 28 — 4 Journeymen Quartet (Wayne, NE)

July 5 — Voices of Faith (Inwood, IA)

July 12 — Gospel Gold (Sioux Falls, SD)

July 19 — Queena Getskow & Family Gospel Singers (Parker, SD)

July 26 — Tri-Valley Men’s Chorus

August 2 — Joel Jolliard (Sioux Falls, SD)

August 9 — Kempers Quartet (Sioux Center, IA)

August 16 — Russ & Helen Vande Vegte (Sioux Center, IA)

August 23 — Masters Voice (Sioux Falls, SD)

August 30 — Jeff Jackson

May 19, 2015 - 3:24 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

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Sunday, June 14th, 2015, there will be a Praise and Worship Concert at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hull, at 6:00 p.m. featuring Dave Anderson and Roger Walck of The Fellowship Ministries, Shepherds Canyon Retreat, Phoenix, AZ.

Dave and Roger’s music is a blend of contemporary, gospel, hymns and lots of old-time Sunday school songs.  The audience will be invited to sing along, but as Dave says, “So long as it’s the same song!”  Please join us in welcoming Dave & Roger to the Hull area.  A free will offering will be received to benefit Shepherd’s Canyon Retreat.  Refreshments will follow.

May 19, 2015 - 2:20 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

Circuit Riders Quartet

The Circuit Riders from Sheldon, Iowa will be presenting an evening of outdoor entertainment on Sunday evening, May 31st, at the Free Grace Reformed Church of Middleburg beginning at 7:00 p.m. A free will offering will be taken for mission trips where help is greatly needed. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy. A time of fellowship and refreshments will be served after the concert. In case of inclement weather it will be held in the church.

May 18, 2015 - 3:38 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

Boyden Ambulance Bingo & Bake Sale

EMS Week is May 17th through May 23rd

Bingo will be played at the DEMCO Center in Boyden, IA on Wednesday, May 20th, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Purchase a card for $5 and play all evening!

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There will be many prizes, including a Valhalla Island Weekend Camping Package on Lake Shetek, Minnesota!

baked goods

There will be baked goods available for sale during Bingo. Any donated baked goods are greatly appreciated! Contact Holly at 712-348-0312 for more information.

Proceeds will go toward Ambulance Power Load