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. MTIShows.com

Lifeguard Certification Class

City of Orange City is hoping to offer a lifeguard certification class prior to the start of the 2015 pool season. Please check back or watch the Advisor closer to April for details regarding this class. Participants must be at least 15 years old and attendance will be required for all scheduled class dates.

Lifeguard applications for Orange City and Alton pools

  • Applications will be due April 18th (after April 18th will be by discretion only)
  • Letters will be sent out May 1st. Contact 707-9494 w/questions or to sign up
  • Download the application HERE.
  • Email the completed application to wellnessdir@orangecityiowa.com or drop off at OC Area Fitness.

Job Details

Qualifications: Responsible young adult with a strong interest in public service.  Must be reliable, emotionally stable, courteous, tactful and physically fit.  Must accept directions easily and openly.  Desire a person with an interest in children and in learning about pool management and maintenance. The following current, minimum certification requirements are desired:  Red Cross Lifeguard Training, Red Cross First Aid and CPR, and Water Safety Instructor Certificate (Swimming Instructors only).

Responsible To:  Community Wellness Director and/or Park and Rec Director



  • Identify potential accident hazards.
  • Be alert.  Prevent accidents.
  • Enforce pool rules in a consistent manner.
  • Handle discipline situations with courtesy and fairness.
  • Respond quickly, intelligently, decisively and in accordance with established emergency procedures.
  • Administer first aid and CPR as required.


  • Communicate with lifeguards and supervisors.
  • Facilitate public relations with a positive and professional attitude.
  • Be available to substitute for other staff members.
  • Follow established personal leave procedures.
  • Fill out appropriate reports.
  • Carry out additional duties as assigned by supervisors.



  • Provide competent, safe instruction using recognized lead up skills.
  • Plan and effectively organize class time.
  • Teach with encouragement and positive reinforcement.
  • Position and supervise the on duty lifeguard as they relate to the safety of program participants.


  • Facilitate the certification process by attending course records as soon as possible.
  • Promote good public relations by talking with parents before and after class.
  • Dress appropriately with a bathing suit and staff shirt for all classes.

The results from the Orange City Community Survey are posted below:

Community Survey Results

Please note: The Orange City Satisfaction survey was approved by Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Northwestern College.  The surveys were sent out to a convenience sample of billed utility accounts and respondents were not chosen at random. The results of the survey are based on voluntary completion of the surveys both in paper form as well as via online survey.  Comments and verbatim responses are considered confidential and will not be released other than in aggregate data sets. Completed surveys were entered into a drawing for a free month’s worth of utilities.  The survey results were collected and compiled by Northwestern College students as a part of course work and were presented to the Orange City Council.  Northwestern College, its students and staff should not be liable for any and all damages or costs with respect to the use of the data. The survey data in the Customer Satisfaction survey does not necessarily reflect or constitute the opinions or endorsement from Northwestern College of the results.

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 

Ken Peterson artwork

Sioux City artist Ken Peterson will display his work in Northwestern College’s Te Paske Gallery Jan. 7–23.

A public reception is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m.

Entitled “In Process,” the exhibit is a visual display of the development and repetitive practice of making functional objects in wood.

Peterson is a native of Portland, Ore., and his experiences with nature in Oregon, California and Alaska have influenced his work. After earning a degree in sociology, he eventually settled in Iowa, where he developed an appreciation for wood and a distinctive sociological perspective in his sculptural motifs.

“I’ve always been interested in an interactive element in my work,” Peterson says.

“This series explores my tooling and finish methods applied to functional objects intended for daily use. Adding the idea of utility to my art stretches the challenge of its creation.” A simple jelly spoon, for example, becomes a study in crafting form and balance as well as ergonomics and durability. Peterson’s sculptures could become part of a daily interaction, and the concept of usefulness is one principle of the collection. Peterson’s work has appeared in art centers, fairs and festivals in Sioux City, Omaha, Des Moines, Minneapolis, Chicago and Denver. He is a frequent winner of “Best in Show” awards, was the featured artist for the Iowa Artist Showcase of the Iowa Governor’s Office, and had his work commissioned for the Outdoor Sculpture Trail in Okoboji, Iowa. In 2013 he was commissioned to make the Tri-State Governor’s Award for the governors of Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska.

The Te Paske Gallery is located in the Thea G. Korver Visual Arts Center, on Highway 10 at 214 8th Street SW in Orange City. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to midnight Sunday.

Hampton Inn of Orange City, one of the region’s newest hotels, is offering a free night’s stay for families of hospitalized patients at Orange City Area Health System during Christmas. Anyone with a family member who is hospitalized on Christmas Eve or Christmas night may book up to two complimentary rooms at the hotel.

“Being in the hospital over Christmas can mean being away from family,” noted Brock Jensen, manager of the Orange City Hampton Inn. “Often the cost of accommodation can keep family from visiting. We want to do our part in eliminating that cost for traveling families of hospitalized patients. It is our hope to help bring families together and to enjoy a very Merry Christmas. ”

ocahsMarty Guthmiller, CEO of Orange City Area Health System, added, “We are grateful for the generous offer from the Hampton Inn in supporting those whose loved ones are under our care. We appreciate their support of these families, as well as the impact that the Hampton is making in our community on many fronts.”

Hampton Inn opened its doors in Orange City in August, 2014, and has since earned five-star reviews on TripAdvisor. According to Jensen, its location on the Highway 10 East corridor near the hospital, and close to several eating establishments, make it a convenient and comfortable place for guests coming to northwest Iowa, particularly those who are visiting hospital patients.

Patients who are hospitalized overnight on December 24 or 25 will receive a voucher from Hampton Inn for the complimentary hotel rooms. For more information or to make reservations, contact Hampton at 712-707-4100. Reservations will be held at the regular rate until the voucher is presented upon check-in.



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

Emerald_ash_borer_05Emerald Ash Borer has been found in Iowa. The most recent infestation was documented in August 2014 in Story County. Story County is the 13th confirmed infestation in the state. The Emerald Ash Borer is expected to keep spreading through-out the State of Iowa… are communities prepared for this disease or any other potential diseases of the future?

“The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is perhaps one of the most destructive tree pests we have seen in decades. Larvae of this insect feed under the bark of ash trees. They damage the ability of the tree to transport water and nutrients, and may kill the tree in as little as two to four years,” states Jesse Randall, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach Forestry.

Join Randall on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Western Iowa Tech Community College, Cherokee campus auditorium, 200 Victory Dr., where he discusses all aspects of EAB and what that means for the future.

Iowa found emerald ash borer for the first time in 2010. The pest was found on an island in the main channel of the Mississippi River that was less than a mile from known infested areas in Wisconsin and Minnesota. To date, the emerald ash borer has been officially found in thirteen Iowa counties: Allamakee, Des Moines, Jefferson, Cedar, Union, Black Hawk, Bremer, Wapello, Jasper, Henry, Muscatine, Boone, and Story Counties.

The entire State of Iowa was placed under quarantine for EAB on Feb. 4, 2014, to slow the accidental movement of EAB by humans to areas outside of Iowa. A matching statewide Federal quarantine is also active.

ash_borer_damageInformation at the Dec. 2 seminar will focus on EAB identification, current locations of EAB in Iowa, treatment options, and tree replacement options for homeowners. Randall will discuss the individual treatment options available to homeowners and when is the best time to apply the chemicals for maximum effectiveness. Participants will be shown what signs and symptoms to look for to help in the search for new EAB infestations and who to contact if you think your trees have EAB. Information will be given as to common ash tree decline symptoms that are not related to EAB as well.

Learn about the Iowa EAB Team who provide EAB diagnostic assistance to landowners. They include officials from Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS), Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service and the USDA Forest Service.

The Iowa EAB Team strongly cautions Iowans not to transport firewood across county or state lines, since the movement of firewood throughout Iowa or to other states increases the risk of spreading EAB infestations.

Seminar is free to the public.

Register by Nov. 26 by calling the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Cherokee 712-225-6196 or email Mary Dunn at mdunn@iastate.edu.

Keep up-to-date with all research-based programs through ISU Extension and Outreach Cherokee County at www.extension.iastat.edu/cherokee. Find us on Facebook, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach-Cherokee County.

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.



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Twenty-two regional artists will be featured in the Orange City Arts Council’s exhibit November 13-22 at the DeWitt Theatre Arts Center at Northwestern College. A reception with the artists will be Saturday, Nov. 22 from 6:00 to 7:00pm.
The juried exhibit, Artists’ Showcase: Orange City Arts Council’s Regional Exhibition, is being held in conjunction with the Northwestern College production of Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory.
Artists featured in the exhibit are Sara Alsum-Wassenaar, David Versluis, Jean-Guy Richard, Melissa Brantsen, Elena Wendt, Kali Wolkow, Lynae Dadisman, Brian J. Damon, Jacob Van Wyk, Faye Dengler, Betsy Brown,  Raynee Buckley, Mavis Simms, Matt Drissell, Rebekah Dykhuizen, Ken Fry, Timothy J. Arand-McIlrath, Emily Stokes, Bridget F. Rowe, Adam Peterson, Josh Wynia and Amelia Thies. They are from Orange City, Ireton, McCook Lake, Sioux Center, Sheldon, Sergeant Bluff, North Sioux City, Sioux City, Sac City, Okoboji, Omaha, West Des Moines and Wakonda SD. A few artists are area college students.
Media includes ceramics, four-color letterpress, monotype, lithography, oil on canvas, acrylic on canvas, watercolor, crayon, charcoal, glicee print, textile/ silk, food products, polyurethane, plaster, photography, linocut, etching, collage, and red twig dogwood with crocheted yarn, buttons and bracelets.
Jurors for the exhibit are artists Joanne Alberda of Sioux Center and Joan Brower of Orange City. They will announce “best of show” and “honorable mention” awards at the reception November 22. Cash prizes will be awarded.
Sponsor of the show is the Orange City Arts Council, in conjunction with Northwestern’s Art and Theatre Departments. For more information, call 712-707-4885, email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or check the website orangecityarts.net.
For tickets to The Power and the Glory, email boxoffice@nwciowa.edu or nwciowa.edu/tickets.


Fifteen regional artists will be featured in the Orange City Arts Council’s exhibit Feb. 14-22 at the DeWitt Theatre Arts Center at Northwestern College. A reception with the artists will be Sat., Feb. 22 from 6:00 to 7:00pm.

Highlights - Judy Thompson

The juried exhibit, Artists’ Showcase: Orange City Arts Council’s Regional Exhibition, is being held in conjunction with the Northwestern College musical, Man of La Mancha. Artworks are related to the themes in de Cervantes’ tale of Don Quixote: from madness and idealism to the fine line between illusion and reality.


Artists featured in the exhibit are Joanne Alberda, Brenda Schoenherr-Thelen, Vanessa Reusch, Becca (Lokker) Ortner, Judy Thompson, Bob  Huibregtse, David Versluis, Timothy J. Arand-McIlrath, Brian J. Damon, Glenda Drennen, Kali Wolkow, Katlyn Loeschen, Lyric Morris, David Lammers, and Kayla Vetter. They are from McCook Lake, SD, Sioux City, Storm Lake,  Okoboji, Le Mars, Sioux Center and Orange City.

David Versluis

Media includes batik, acrylic, oil, watercolor, aqua media, chalk pastel, ink, crocheted yarn, graphite, colored pencil, hot glue, textile, wire, steel, and wood.


Jurors for the exhibit are Rein and Margo Vanderhill, artists from Alton. They will select “best of show” and “honorable mention”, and those artists will receive cash prizes.


Sponsor of the show is the Orange City Arts Council, in conjunction with Northwestern’s Art and Theatre Departments. For more information, call 712-707-4885, email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or check the website orangecityarts.net.


For tickets to Man of La Mancha, email boxoffice@nwciowa.edu.

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 www.orangecityarts.net, email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or call 712-707-4885. Thompson’s website is judythompsonwatercolors.com.


Lifeguard certification class available in Sheldon at the Holiday Inn for $150.

• March 3-7 from 5-9 pm
• and March 8 from 8am-12pm

Lifeguard applications for Orange City and Alton pools will be available
Feb. 18th on the City of Orange City web site.

• Applications will be due April 1st (after April 1st will be by discretion only)
• Letters will be sent out April 18th. Contact 707-9494 w/questions or to sign up
• Download The application HERE.
• Email the completed application to wellnessdir@orangecityiowa.com or drop off at OC Area Fitness.


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

Congratulations to Woudstra Meat Market!

The 78th Annual Convention of the Iowa Meat Processors Association was held at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center and the ISU Meat Laboratory in Ames, IA on Feb. 13-16, 2014. Processors from 38 plants were in attendance as well as suppliers in the Trade Show displaying products and services in 42 booths. Processors representing 25 plants entered a total of 277 products and there were winning entries from 20 of the 25 plants. Amy Vanden Hull, Woudstra Meat Market in Orange City received two awards. One for Large Diameter Luncheon Meat (Farmers Bologna) and the other for Innovative Beef Product (Amsterdam Roast).

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Orange City, IA (May 1-2, 2014)
Elinor Noteboom, a regionally noted artist, has released a portion of her collection to be sold with proceeds benefiting the Luke Society. The sale will be held on May 1-2 in the lower level of the Iowa State Bank, 105 Albany Ave SE, Orange City, Iowa. The hours will be Thursday, 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM and Friday, 10:30 AM-3:00PM.

Including some limited editions, her collection contains more than 25 original serigraphs, pencil sketches, oil and acrylic paintings. Jean Vogel, art sale coordinator, commented, “This is a rare opportunity to be able to purchase these wonderful pieces of art. Elinor has captured the Dutch Heritage in many of her original serigraphs. Another theme she expresses is the relationship of what she experienced on her trips to Japan with the rural beauty of northwest Iowa. This is an exciting collection and I am honored to help bring it to our community.”

About the Artist:
Noteboom’s prints and tapestries are part of public and private collections in the United States, the Netherlands, France and Japan. An authority in the art of screen printing, she has written articles published in the Journal of the Print World and Screenprinting magazine and was a speaker at the International Printmaking Conference held is Bristol, England in 1999.Elinor’s work on the history of serigraphy, also known as silk screen printing, is owned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

About the Luke Society:
The Luke Society is an interdenominational organization of Christian health and business professionals dedicated to medical missions. They support indigenous Christian health professionals who have a vision to reach their own people. Learn more about the Luke Society by visiting www.lukesociety.org

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BF-1.2-1024x237The Orange City Development Corporation announced today the future opening of a Ben Franklin Crafts store in the former Bomgaars Supply store building on Orange City’s main street. Phil and Lori Warnke will be opening their second Ben Franklin Crafts store in the fall of 2014.

“We are thrilled that this important building in our vibrant downtown will be home to a Ben Franklin Crafts store,” reports Lyle Korver, President of the Development Corp. “This corner represents an important piece to our retail market. It will not only serve our residents’ stated wants and needs, but also enhance the ‘destination’ niche that continues to build here… an ethnic tourist experience, sought-after shopping and dining venues, and a quality of life enjoyed by all generations.”

Mike Hofman, Orange City Chamber of Commerce Director, adds that Orange City is on a path to become a destination for retail shopping, entertainment, cultural offerings, as well as great place to live. “Our downtown is home to many niche shops and nationally recognized retailers,” he explains. “We believe that Ben Franklin will be a perfect fit and help to complement our other downtown retailers.”

“We are looking forward to opening our second location, being a long-term member of the community, serving the citizens of Orange City, and helping draw new shoppers to town,” said Phil Warnke, co-owner of Ben Franklin. The Warnke’s have operated their Sheldon, Iowa store for over 20 years. Orange City’s Ben Franklin is expected to open in the fall of 2014.