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; alternatively, you may contact James Schaap at 712 441 1125 or email at


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Siouxland Habitat for Humanity (SHFH) is now offering a new donation site for the SHFH ReStore.

The donation site is a white storage container in the parking lot of the former MOC-FV administrative offices along Hwy. 10 in Orange City. ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. The Restore in Sioux City is owned and operated by the local affiliate, SHFH, and proceeds are used to build homes, community and hope locally and around the world. The ReStore thrives on donations from individuals and businesses. This donation site is by appointment only. To schedule a donation, donors must contact the donation site volunteer, Ken Oldenkamp, at 712-395-1209. There is a list of acceptable and non-acceptable items on the door of the container. Mr. Oldenkamp will make sure the materials are sellable at the ReStore before accepting the donation. Donating to the ReStore is a great opportunity to not only keep usable items out of the landfill, but also help generate revenue for the Habitat ministry. Donations are tax-deductible, and donors will receive a donation receipt at the donation site. If you have further questions, please visit the website, or call the ReStore at 712-224-6133. Siouxland Habitat invites the public to shop the ReStore, Mondays through Saturdays, 9 AM to 5 PM. The ReStore is located at 1150 TriView Ave., just off of Hamilton Blvd., right behind the Horizon Restaurant.


Your donation of just one pint of blood could help save the lives of up to three different hospital patients!

Orange City Community Blood Drive is TODAY, March 12th, from 12:30 to 6PM at the American Reformed Church!

For more information, please click the make an appointment link at the end of this email or call LifeServe Blood Center at 800.287.4903

If you have already scheduled an appointment to donate blood at this blood drive, please invite a friend or family member to donate with you at the blood drive!

The Blood Center of Iowa and Siouxland Community Blood Bank are now LifeServe Blood Center. Your donation is very important and will save lives. Thank you for being a contributor to your local community blood center.

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The Tulip Festival Steering Committee is pleased to introduce a commemorative book for the upcoming 75th annual Tulip Festival, slated for May 14-16.

The book, entitled “Celebrating Our Dutch Heritage: The Story of the Orange City Tulip Festival,” was written by Bill Kalsbeek, an Orange City native and current part-time resident of the community. The book documents the festival’s history and contains hundreds of images that span the decades of the event.

“We are very grateful for Bill and his willingness to research the history and tell the story of the festival since its founding in the 1930s,” says Arlyn Schaap, co-chairman of the Steering Committee. “We are excited to share the book with community members and visitors alike.”

Kalsbeek will hold book signings during Tulip Festival, and attendees will have the opportunity to have their books signed and stamped with the 75th annual Tulip Festival seal. The book signings will take place at Stadscentrum from 9 to 10 a.m. each day of the festival.

“We extend many thanks to the individuals who assisted in the completion of this book through their collections, focus groups, interviews, and editing,” says Schaap. “The book is a wonderful representation of the dedication our community holds for the festival, both now and in years past.”

The book is available now through April 15 for a presale price of $30 per copy at the Tulip Festival/Chamber of Commerce office. The book is currently in production, and copies will arrive this spring. Questions can be directed to the festival office at 712-707-4510.

Payment is required when books are reserved. Checks can be made out to the Orange City Tulip Festival and sent with the order form to the festival office:

Orange City Tulip Festival

509 8th Street SE

Orange City, Iowa 51041


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.

Community Health Partners 211 Central Avenue Southeast Orange City, IA 51041

2015 January-March Immunization Schedule


Immunizations are given to infants through adults to protect against vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccines work by stimulating the immune system to make antibodies that respond and provide protection when exposed to the virus or bacteria that causes illness. Immunizations are effective in limiting the spread of disease and preventing epidemics.

Tuesday, January 13 & Tuesday, March 10

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

New Life Reformed Church – Daniel Room

232 16th Street Southeast Sioux Center, IA 51250

The clinics listed  will be held on a first come first served basis. En las clínicas se los van a atender a los clientes en el orden que vienen.

Questions/Preguntas? 800-435-3454 



Your local electric utility might have what you need this year.

From free lighting audits to cash rebates, we are committed to helping your business be more energy-efficient, so you can save money.  Remember, we are public power, owned and operated by the people who call our community home.  What’s good for our local businesses, is good for our community.

Stop in or give us a call.

We would be happy to visit with you about potential energy savings and rebates for projects on your wish list.

City of Orange City
125 Central Ave. SE

Orange City Municipal Utilities