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ORANGE CITY – Classes in drawing, photography and improv will be offered for students and/ or adults this fall, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council.

Drawing, taught by Northwestern art/ education major Alissa Sinclair, will be held on four Monday evenings, from Oct. 27 to Nov. 17, from 7 to 8:30pm. High school and adult students will learn the foundations of gesture, line value and proportions through demos, discussion and instructor assistance. Beginners are welcome. Materials will be provided. Location is Northwestern’s Korver Art Center. Cost is $20 prior to Oct. 20 and $30 after Oct. 20.

NWC Black VImprov with NWC’s Black V will be offered for middle school students at Northwestern’s DeWitt Theatre, Dec. 3, 10 and 17. Black V is an energetic and creative group of students from Northwestern, who create and perform comedy on the spot. Learn through games, acting out scenes and meeting some Black V members. Time is 4 to 5:00pm. Cost is $15 prior to Nov. 26 and $25 after Nov. 26.


Ken in GermanyAdult & Youth Creative Outdoor Photography will be taught by Ken Fry of Centrum Foto Studio. The class is designed for an adult and student (age 10+) to work together, learning the basics of composition and how to use the camera more effectively… both inside and outdoors. Date is Saturday, Nov. 8 from 9:30am to 12:30pm, at Centrum Foto Studio. Cost is $20/pair or $15/each prior to Nov. 1; $30/pair and $25/each after Nov. 1. Add $5 for two 5×7 prints of your favorite image.

Registration is necessary. Send name, age (if youth), class, email address, phone number & payment to Orange City Arts Council, PO Box 202, Orange City IA 51041 or drop in city hall slot.

See or email for more information on these classes, plus a Watercolor Workshop for intermediate level and up taught by Judy Thompson; Memoir Workshop taught by Barbara Turnwall; and Life-Drawing sessions offered at Northwestern College.

October 13, 2014 - 9:45 am - Posted in Community Calendar

Job FairFind the job you’ve been searching for at the Orange City Job Fair. Visit with over 20 employers on Wednesday October 22 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Prairie Winds Event Center on Hwy 10.

Sponsored by Agropur, the City of Orange City, Civco, Den Hartog Industries, Diamond Vogel Paints, Orange City Area Health System, Premier Communications, Premium Pet Health, Quatro Composites, Sioux County Radio, Staples Promotional Products, AND VanBeek Natural Science.

Call 707-4510 for more information and a full list of participating employers

western logoThe Western Christian High School Booster Club is hosting a Tailgate sponsored by Dordt College prior to the Unity Christian-Western Christian football game on Friday, October 17 at 5:30 pm at Hesla Field in Hull. Pulled pork sandwiches, chips, cookies, and juice are on the menu.

September 29, 2014 - 4:11 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

pss101114The Boyden Fire, Rescue, and Ambulance teams recognize Fire Prevention Week, October 5th – 11th. The teams will be serving “All You Can Eat” Pancakes and Sausages from 5 – 7:30 pm on Saturday, October 11th at the Boyden Fire Station. All proceeds will go towards the repair of existing equipment and additional equipment needs. Come out, enjoy, and support the Boyden Fire, Rescue, and Ambulance departments on October 11th at the Boyden Fire Department from 5 – 7:30 pm.

orange city arts council (2)ORANGE CITY – They’re the third international music ensemble coming to Orange City in 2013-2015, thanks to the Orange City Arts Council and Arts Midwest World Fest.

It’s Paulo Padilha and Group from Sao Paulo. They’ll bring the swing and rhythm of urban Brazil to Orange City, Sioux Center and Sheldon, Oct. 5-10.

David Fraher, President and CEO of Arts Midwest, finds exceptional music ensembles to participate in Arts Midwest World Fest. His goals are finding ensembles with quality music and performance, a strong commitment to education and a willingness to be ambassadors of their culture.

Fraher looked to Brazil because he finds that region’s music and culture interesting and fun. It’s the first South American group with which Arts Midwest World Fest has worked.

Arts Midwest also selects one city in each of nine midwestern states, to participate in the program. Orange City was chosen for 2013-2015.

Padilha and his five-member band will perform Friday, Oct. 10 at Unity Christian Knight Center at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 adult, $7 student, and free for children age five and under. Tickets are available at the door, and in advance at Dove Bookstore.

Padilha and Group will perform for students from seven schools, plus residents of Village Northwest Unlimited of Sheldon. They will also do short coffee house shows Monday, Oct. 6 at Fruited Plain Cafe in Sioux Center at 8pm, and Wednesday, Oct. 8 at Old Factory Coffee Shop in Orange City at 7:30pm. There will be a $2 cover charge for each coffee house show. Brazilian cuisine will be available for sale at Old Factory.

For more information, contact the Orange City Arts Council at 712-707-4885 or For links to Padilha and Group, see

PETER FLTC 5970ORANGE CITY – Acclaimed classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will perform in Orange City Friday, October 3 at 7:00pm at the Orange City Public Library, part of a nationwide tour.
Fletcher began guitar study at age seven, and a few years later, spent a week in a master class with José Tomás, assistant teacher to Andrés Segovia. Fletcher, at age 12, was the youngest student to perform. He earned his masters in music from the Eastman School of Music, under Nicholas Goluses.
He has performed across the country, making his New York debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in ’07, and, in 2010, playing to a sold-out crowd.
Fletcher’s many recordings include Federico Mompou: Guitar Works. In Barcelona, when Fletcher performed for Mompou’s widow, Carmen Bravo, she commented on Fletcher’s “high technical level” and “refined sensibility.”
His most recent album features the music of Edvard Grieg, transcribed by Fletcher. His October 3 program will feature music by Grieg, Praetorius, Frescobaldi, and Villa-Lobos plus Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring by Bach, Fandango by Spanish composer Rodrigo, and Four Catalan Folksongs by Llobet.
He also performs the traditional Shaker hymn, Simple Gifts. The last half of this guitar setting modulates down a step to C major. To accommodate this key change, the bass string of the instrument must be tuned down one whole step in performance, producing a sound reminiscent of a country fiddler.
The final work on the program will feature Fletcher’s transcription of Paganini’s dazzling Caprice no. 24.
Reviewers of Fletcher’s music have been effusive: “Lush and intricately detailed.” “Bold interpretive imagination.” “Shimmering technique.” “Vibrant!” “A stand-out in the classical guitar world.”
Hear and read more about Fletcher at and, or phone 712-707-4885.
In fall 2010, Fletcher performed in Orange City to a full house. This intimate concert is a joint venture of the Orange City Arts Council and Orange City Public Library, and will be held in the main library area, after regular library hours. The concert is free, but donations will be received. Fletcher’s CDs will be for sale.
Complimentary coffee will be provided by Old Factory Coffee Shop, and refreshments will be offered by Old Factory, for a small charge.
September 23, 2014 - 9:27 am - Posted in Community Calendar


September 19, 2014 - 10:06 am - Posted in Community Calendar, School News

Orange City Christian School will be hosting its annual Family Fun Night from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 27, at the school.

The event is open to the public. Mark your calendars and bring your family and friends for a great time.  There are many fun booths and exciting activities planned for all ages. Come for supper and join us for the fun!

September 18, 2014 - 9:38 am - Posted in Community Calendar

SHELDON, Iowa— RISE Ministries, along with Echo Ministries, and Northwestern College, are bringing Dove Award-winning Christian band Tenth Avenue North back to the area. They will be joined by singer/songwriter Phil Wickham Sunday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in Christ Chapel on NWC’s campus.

General admission tickets are $20 and can be purchased at and in Northwestern’s student life office in Ramaker Center. Enter the code “RISE” when ordering online to receive $18 general admission tickets. A $35 deluxe ticket comes with early access, a Q/A with Tenth Avenue North, and an exclusive tour poster.

The From Islands to Cathedrals Tour is leading up to the release of their fourth album “Cathedrals,” which will be released in November. The album celebrates the fact that we were made to thrive in community and are able to share Jesus in whatever we do. “It means the greatest thing we’ll ever accomplish with our lives is bringing Jesus with us to whatever vocation that may be,” says leader singer Mike Donehey “Our lives no longer depend on goals achieved or dreams realized. Our lives are hidden in Him, He is our life.”

Tenth Avenue North has released three studio albums: “Over and Underneath” in 2008, “The Light Meets the Dark” in 2010, and “The Struggle” in 2012. The group has had numerous songs climb the Billboard Christian Songs charts with 2010’s “Strong Enough to Save” and “You Are More” reaching number 1. In 2009, 2010 and 2012 the group won GMA Dove Awards for New Artist of the Year and Song of the Year with “By Your Side.”

Singer/songwriter Phil Wickham will open the show. The popular praise artist is a California native and has released multiple albums including “The Ascension,” which was released in 2013.

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