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. 26.

A 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. Free will donations will be accepted for the new mural commissioned by the Orange City Arts Council.

Stadscentrum will be open during the Arts on Central event from 5 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.

The Northwestern Leadership series conference, Courageous Communication, will offer proven strategies for employing the power of language to speak and lead better.

A professional conference focusing on effective communication will be held on the campus of Northwestern College Aug. 10 through 12. The Northwestern Leadership Series conference, titled Courageous Communication, will offer proven strategies for employing the power of language to speak and lead better. The conference is being sponsored by Northwestern College’s Graduate School and the college’s Franken Leadership Center in partnership with Pizza Ranch. Sessions will cover successful negotiating; conflict resolution; crafting powerful presentations; messaging that motivates; and using technology and remote communication to expand your business, brand and ability to get everyone on the same page. Keynote speakers include former news anchor Kristie VerMulm. Among the other speakers will be Dr. Chris Gurrie, a communication scholar at the University of Tampa; Paul Ten Haken, president of Click Rain, a digital marketing firm in Sioux Falls; Scott Peterson, CEO of Interstates Companies; Dr. Rick Melmer, South Dakota’s former secretary of education; and Angela Ten Clay, communication manager for Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and president of the Iowa chapter of the American Marketing Association. Sessions will also be led by three college presidents: Greg Christy of Northwestern College, Kurt Dykstra of Trinity Christian College and Dr. Alethea Stubbe of Northwest Iowa Community College. Conference registration is open until July 27; the Courageous Communication fee is $400 until July 15 and $450 starting July 16. Northwestern College alumni can attend the conference at a discounted rate of $350. Overnight accommodations are separate from the conference fee and are being provided by the Hampton Inn, Orange City, and the Holiday Inn Express, Sioux Center. Visit for conference details and to register.


Wednesday, May 6 marked the grand opening and ribbon cutting for downtown Orange City’s latest addition, Stadscentrum.  Stadscentrum, meaning City Center in Dutch, is located on the corner of Central Avenue and 2nd Street North downtown Orange City.  The new building is now home to the Orange City Tulip Festival’s Dutch Street Organ and wooden shoe making equipment.

Northwest Iowa to debut Dream Big Grow Here Contest

The economic development organizations in northwest Iowa are teaming up to bring the statewide Dream Big Grow Here business grant contest to our region for the first time. The Dream Big Grow Here contest is an opportunity for Iowans to fulfill their dreams of self-employment or expansion of their current business. The contest allows entrepreneurs the chance to submit their dreams to start or expand a business then encourage friends, family, and customers to vote for them online. The finalists will compete in a pitch off for a chance to win thousands in cash prizes.

From now until January 31st, entrepreneurs in Cherokee, Lyon, Monona, O’Brien, Osceola, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury counties can submit their business or startup ideas to Those submitting an idea will choose one of six industry categories from which to apply. The six industry categories include: Pre-revenue, Retail/Wholesale, Hospitality/ Restaurants, Ag/Production, Professional Services, and Manufacturing/Bioscience/ Information Technology.

Voting on the submitted ideas will take place February 16th – March 1st. During the voting period, the entrepreneur will recruit others to vote for their entry at The top vote getter, along with four other selections from each industry category will advance to the statewide pitch off at the statewide entrepreneurial conference, EntreFest, in Iowa City on May 21, 2015. Each entrepreneur that advances in their industry category will compete against the other industry finalists for a chance to win $5,000. The winners of each industry category will then advance to the finals the evening of May 21st for a chance to win the grand prize of $10,000.

All entrepreneurs advancing to the statewide contest will also have access to the University of Northern Iowa’s Business Concierge services, as well as receive personalized coaching and mentoring from VentureNet Iowa to prepare their pitch.

As an added bonus, the economic development organizations in northwest Iowa will also host a regional Dream Big Grow Here contest in April. This regional contest will allow the top 5 vote getters in northwest Iowa to refine their pitches, showcase their ideas, and compete in a regional pitch off event for $5,000. Additional details about the regional contest will be announced in March.

The Northwest Iowa regional contest is organized by the City of Sioux City, Northwest Iowa Developers, and The Siouxland Initiative and includes the following counties: Cherokee, Lyon, Monona, O’Brien, Osceola, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury. To learn more or to enter the contest, please visit or email


What is it?

The 5210 Family Challenge is a weekly set of challenges for you and your family. We hope they will help encourage your family to work together, understand the importance of healthy lifestyles, and have fun while doing it!

When is it?

The Family Challenge will last for 4 weeks. Each week a new set of challenges will be sent to you. The challenges will begin the week of January 12.

Who can participate?

All are welcome! There is no cost.

How do I sign up?

You can choose to receive each week’s challenges by e-mail or visit our Facebook page each week for the challenges.




Auditions for the 2015 Tulip Festival Night Show, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins,” are scheduled for four evenings in January.

Adults and high school and college students can audition for the show on Jan. 15, 19 or 22 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Children ages 9-12 can audition on Jan. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m.

All auditions will take place at the Orange City Town Hall. Individuals wishing to audition do not need to prepare any material prior to the auditions, but are asked to bring their schedules for February through May.

The cast of “Mary Poppins” will consist of approximately 30 people, including Mary Poppins, members of the Banks family, Mrs. Brill, Robertson Ay, Katie Nanna, the Banks’ neighbors and former nanny, and many more. Non-singing roles are also available in the production.

Tickets for the Night Show will go on sale for $20 each on Monday, Feb. 2 at the Orange City Tulip Festival/Chamber of Commerce office.

Join us for The Orange City Tulip Festival’s Production of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins.” A Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film. Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. Book by Julian Fellowes. New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh.

“Mary Poppins” 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.

Orange City Arts Presents Shanren

They’re from China! It’s the OC Arts Council’s final of four acclaimed international ensembles coming with the assistance of Arts Midwest. Shanren combines original modern styles with traditional music from the mountains of SW China, creating a fresh sound… and have earned praise at major festivals in China, Indonesia, Japan, Australia, Canada & Spain. They’ll do workshops, coffee house shows and a public concert at Unity’s Knight Center. Mark your calendars: the concert has been moved from Jan. 17 to Friday, Jan. 16.



Orange City Arts Council

ORANGE CITY – Artist Judy Thompson will offer a series of drawing and watercolor classes for adults, beginning in early March.

On Monday evenings, March 3-24, Thompson will teach “Drawing FUNdamentals I for Adults.” The class will explore basic techniques with a variety of subjects.

On Thursday evenings, March 6-27, Thompson will teach “Take the Plunge! Beginner Watercolor Class.” Also for adults, the class will explore the “beautiful, fluid medium of watercolor.”

Highlights - Judy ThompsonThompson, a signature member of the Iowa Watercolor Society and the National Association of Art Educators, is an Orange City artist whose watercolors have received regional and national awards, including two artist residencies with the National Park Service.

Both classes will be 6:30-8:30pm at the Korver Visual Arts Center, Northwestern College. The fee is $60 per class if registration is received by Feb. 20. After Feb. 20, the fee is $70.

Sponsor is the Orange City Arts Council, in conjunction with the Northwestern College Art Department. To register, send your name, address, email address, phone number, and fee by Feb. 20 to Orange City Arts Council, PO Box 202, Orange City IA 51041.

For more information, see, email or call 712-707-4885. Thompson’s website is

Northwestern College

14                    Preview Day, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Northwestern College

A cappella Choir home concert, 7:30 p.m., Christ Chapel, Northwestern College

17–21              Senior art exhibit by Jeriah Dunk, Te Paske Gallery, Korver Visual Arts Center, Northwestern



20                    LifeLight Reset Tour concert, featuring Remedy Drive, VOTA, Manic Drive, Jeremy

Vanderloop and speaker Josh Brewer, 7 p.m., Christ Chapel, Northwestern College


21–22              World Premiere Festival, 7:30 p.m., Allen Black Box Theatre, Northwestern College


24–28              Senior art exhibit by Kayla Vetter, Te Paske Gallery, Korver Visual Arts Center, Northwestern College


28                    Concert by Baladino, a folk group from Israel, 7:30 p.m., Christ Chapel, Northwestern College


29                    Ethnic Fair, 5 p.m., Rowenhorst Student Center Gym, Northwestern College


31–April 4         Senior art exhibit by Lindsey Vander Velde, Te Paske Gallery, Korver Visual Arts Center, Northwestern