free e-recycling program

 

The Cities of Orange City & Alton are cosponsoring a free e-recycling program that will accept computer monitors, CPU’s, keyboards & mice, smaller batteries and TV’s. Sorry, car batteries and light bulbs are not allowed. Items can be dropped off at Alton City Hall, 905 3rd Avenue on Friday, May 4, 4:00-7:00 pm and Saturday, May 5, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

tulip bulb giveaway: oct. 25-27

free tulip bulbs

Color your part of the community vibrant with FREE tulip bulbs complements of the Orange City Parks and Recreation Department. Tulip bulbs are distributed on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. First come, first serve.

Where: Downtown Bandshell

When: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, October 25
Thursday, October 26
Friday, October 27

For more information contact: Mitch at (712)707-4885 or prdir@orangecityiowa.com

Orange City Fire Department to break ground for fire station expansion

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The Orange City Fire Department will break ground for its fire station expansion on Friday, August 19 at 10 a.m.

The Orange City Fire Station will be expanded by approximately 12,000 square feet, and 3,840 square feet of the current station will be remodeled. The Orange City community passed a $2,700,000 bond issuance with a vote on March 1, 2016 with an 83.7% approval, that will fund a portion of the estimated $3,150,000 cost to expand the current fire station.  The remaining cost will be funded by the City of Orange City and fundraising efforts of the Orange City Fire Department.

The current fire station, built in 1973, lacks adequate training and work space and has limited storage.  The station no longer meets national health and safety codes, has a lack of ventilation, and firefighters risk injury by pulling their gear on next to moving trucks. An increase in population growth, new hazards and technological advances also contribute to the need for an expanded station.

The public is invited to join the ground breaking at the Orange City Fire Station, located at 202 Albany Avenue SE.

More information on the expansion can be found on the Friends of the Orange City Fire Department’s website, www.friendsoftheocfd.com, or Facebook page.

arts on central planned for august 24

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Arts on Central, a celebration of the visual and performing arts, will return to downtown Orange City Wednesday, Aug. 24.

Now in its second year, the free interactive arts fair concludes the weekly summer series Onstage Orange City, sponsored by Orange City Arts. Streets will be blocked off starting at 4:3pm, and local artists will entertain on the street and in businesses. The evening will include music, poetry, visual arts, puppetry, chalk art, dance, children’s activities and a live mannequin contest.
Artwork on display will range from paintings to quilts to woodworking, with some items for sale. There will be demonstrations of such artistic techniques as painting with beeswax, using alcohol inks, and working with watercolors. Those interested may also create their own art with the help of artists who specialize in tie-dye, stencils or block printing on fabric.IMG_1079 arts on central Pam Harp medium
Musical performances will include vocal ensembles; guitar, violin, ukelele and string bass players; and Usual Suspects, an acoustic blues and rock group from Orange City. There will also be a strolling ventriloquist, a balloon artist clown, and demonstrations by dancers from Just for Kix and Elite Dance and Tumbling.
Among the activities for children are face painting, a story walk
in Windmill Park, kite-making, magnet poetry and a scavenger hunt. Kids can also paint a t-shirt, create mini sculptures with marshmallows and toothpicks, build large structures, and experiment with baking soda and vinegar or bubbles to make artwork.

Popular last year, according to Janine Calsbeek, director of Orange City Arts, was The Cube — a huge plywood structure in the middle of the street — which kids and adults filled with their artistic touches. It’ll be back. Also a big hit were live mannequins. This year the mannequins will be “on” for two 15-minute sessions each, from 5:30-6:30pm. Eight businesses will host live mannequins in their store fronts, and people can vote for their favorites with donaIMG_1106 arts on central people 2015 mediumtions big and small—with all proceeds going to Orange City Arts and ATLAS.

Businesses have donated prizes for drawings that will be held throughout the evening. And food vendors will be on hand, selling pizza, burritos, tacos, gelato, skewers, stroopwaffles and more. College students can purchase poffertjes for half price. Local merchants are giving free hotdogs with toppings, “Thanks with Franks.”

The 2016 Arts on Central will feature dozens of new artists and activities, said Calsbeek: a kid water fight (note: bring a change of clothes), a full-face face painting station, and the opportunity to create artwork on tiles with alcohol inks. Also new is Thrift Wars, where contestants have one hour to transform thrift store castoffs into works of art–while others watch!

The Windmill in the downtown park is the center for information, maps and signing up for prizes, said Calsbeek.
Arts on Central will move to Windmill Park at 7:30pm, when Omaha Street Percussion takes the stage. Inspired by Broadway hits like STOMP and the Blue Man Group, the seven-member ensemble provides a visually appealing, highly energetic form of drumming using unorthodox “instruments” like pots and pans, buckets and trash cans.
Arts on Central is supported by the Old Factory Coffee Shop, Northwestern Bank and local merchants in conjunction with Orange City Arts. Rain locations for Arts on Central are downtown businesses and City Hall. Windmill Park is located at 200 Central Avenue NW. For more information, see orangecityarts.net or contact ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or 712-707-4885.

Orange City Chamber of Commerce plans events for August 24

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The Orange City Chamber of Commerce is planning two events in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council’s Arts on Central event happening Wednesday, Aug. 24.

PaintedWoodenShoesA scavenger hunt, open to participants ages 18 and under, will take place with several downtown merchants. The scavenger hunt will begin at Stadscentrum, and participants will proceed to find wooden shoes and clues in downtown merchants’ stores.  Participants who complete the scavenger hunt will receive a prize, and will be entered to win one of two grand prizes for the event. The scavenger hunt will take place from 5 to 7 p.m.

Orange City Chamber of Commerce merchants will also be hosting their annual “Thanks with Franks” event from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  The public is invited to visit the participating merchants for free hot dogs, and will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite hot dog at the event.

Stadscentrum will be open during the Arts on Central event from 4:30 to 8 p.m.

Questions about the scavenger hunt or “Thanks with Franks” event can be directed to the Chamber office at 712-707-4510.

 

World War II Resistance Drama returns

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Local group to perform readers theater rendition of Things We Couldn’t Say

Orange City, IA, June 9, 2016– A story that thrilled local audiences two decades ago will return to the Knight Center at Unity Christian High, Orange City, when a group of local actors will perform the readers theater version of Things We Couldn’t Say.

The story of Diet Eman, a Holocaust survivor and resistance fighter in the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation, is basically a love story set against the great human tragedy of World War II. A quarter century ago Ms. Eman sought the services of Alton writer James Schaap to help her write her story. Things We Couldn’t Say has thousands of beloved readers around the world and has been published in several versions and languages.

When the book was published in 1994, Schaap wrote the script, and the play was performed locally and nationally. Ms. Eman visited many area schools back then to tell her story of intrigue and danger, of courage and faith.

Janie Van Dyke, who is directing the performance, was herself part of some of those performances twenty years ago. Van Dyke, who teaches English at Unity, chose to do Things We Couldn’t Say as an experiment because she knew the script could be done without major costuming requirements or elaborate stage design.

“The story is so powerful,” Van Dyke says, “that we still have trouble not getting emotional just reading through it.” She has her own designs on a summer theater program at the Knight Center. “I felt it was important for this first attempt to do something really good and relatively easy to produce.”

James Schaap plays a minor role in the production, introducing the story before Diet Eman (Leanne Bonnekroy) begins to tell it. Soon, Diet’s own younger self (Teresa Ter Haar) appears, along with Hein Sietsma (Jason Alons), the resistance fighter she’d planned to marry. Greg Steggerda and Tom Hydeen play Nazi officials and guards.

Van Dyke is not the only member of the cast to return to the script. Teresa Ter Haar, who teaches theater at Dordt, was a member of the first cast back in 1994, when she was a senior at Calvin College, Grand Rapids Michigan. “It’s quite amazing how much more I feel the story today, now that I’m older,” she says.

Performances are scheduled at 7:30, for Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25, at the Knight Center. General admission is $5.00. The intensity of the Eman story makes it wise not to take small children.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Janie Van Dyke at 712 441 3228 or email at jvandyke@unity.pvt.k12.ia.us; alternatively, you may contact James Schaap at 712 441 1125 or email at jschaap@dordt.edu.

 

2016 Tulip Festival ticket sales begin Feb. 1

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Tickets for the 2016 Tulip Festival Extravaganza, Night Show and reserved parade seating will go on sale Monday, Feb. 1. Ticket sales will begin at 9 a.m. at the Orange City Tulip Festival/Chamber of Commerce office. The 76th annual Tulip Festival will take place May 19-21.

 

The annual Tulip Festival Extravaganza will take place Wednesday, March 16, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The event will include a luncheon and program at Prairie Winds Event Center. Tickets are $15 each through March 4, and $20 each beginning March 5.

 

Tickets for the 2016 Night Show, “West Side Story,” are $20 each. The production will take place at the Unity Christian Knight Center May 18-21, beginning at 8 p.m.

 

Reserved parade seats are $4 each. Seats are reserved beginning at 1 p.m. each day of the festival, and are reserved for Straat Feest, street scrubbing and the afternoon volksparade.

 

Value ticket books will also be available for purchase Feb. 1. The books include tickets to eight festival attractions and hold a value of $26, but are sold for $15 each.

 

All tickets for the Night Show and parade are reserved, and all are sold on a first come, first served basis. Questions can be directed to the Tulip Festival office at 712-707-4510, and more information can be found at www.octulipfestival.com.

 

“West Side Story” is based on a conception of Jerome Robbins. Book by Arthur Laurents. Music by Leonard Bernstein.  Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Entire original production directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. Originally produced on Broadway by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince by arrangement with Roger L. Stevens.

 

“West Side Story” is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Phone: 212-541-4684. Fax: 212-397-4684. www. MTIShows.com

tulip bulb giveaway: nov. 4-6

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free tulip bulbs

Color your part of the community vibrant with FREE tulip bulbs complements of the Orange City Parks and Recreation Department. Tulip bulbs are distributed on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last.

Where: Downtown Bandshell

When: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • Wednesday, November 4
  • Thursday, November 5
  • Friday, November 6

For more information contact: Mitch at (712)707-4885 or prdir@orangecityiowa.com

Sioux County to receive Home Base Iowa designation on oct. 28

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Orange City, Iowa – Sioux County will be designated as a Home Base Iowa county during a ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 28. The designation will take place in the courtroom of the Sioux County Courthouse at 8:30 a.m., and the public is invited to attend. Governor Terry Branstad will present the official designation at the event.

Home Base Iowa provides veterans with resources that assist them in finding employment in and becoming part of Iowa communities.

To receive the Home Base Iowa designation, communities and counties must meet four requirements: 10 percent of the businesses in the designated area must become Home Base Iowa businesses and pledge to hire a specific number of veterans; a welcome and incentive package must be developed for veterans; Home Base Iowa designation signage must be prominently displayed; and the local governing body must give a resolution of support.

“We are proud to receive the Home Base Iowa designation. We are excited to have a program that will help our local employers find much needed skilled employees,” says Mark Gaul, community development director for the City of Orange City. “We are glad to be able to assist our people coming out of the military and to provide them with quality employment and a place to call home.”

More information on the Home Base Iowa program is available on the county’s website:  www.siouxcounty.org.