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ORANGE CITY – The Orange City Area Community Band will take the stage for its final 2014 concert on Wed. July 30 in Orange City’s Windmill Park. Dan Mangold will be guest director.

The concert will feature a variety of music, including España Cañi, a Spanish pasodoble march often used as background music in bullfights in Spain, and occasionally in baseball matches in the States; and Ammerland by Dutch composer Jacob de Haan, named for a beautiful lake region in Germany.

The community band will play a famous Pirates of the Caribbean piece: Symphonic Suite from The Curse of the Black Pearl.

Other pieces will be Trombone King, a march by Karl King; the hymn arrangement of Beautiful Savior by James Swearingen; and a piece written in the classic American folk style: Cumberland Cross by Carl Strommen.

Guest conductor Dan Mangold is band director at MOC-Floyd Valley Middle School, assistant marching band director for the Pride of the Dutchmen marching band, and a trumpeter in the Orange City Area Community Band and Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra.

Long-time community band director, Carla Van Beek, directed her final concert July 9, after 17 years.

The concert is part of the Onstage Orange City series, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council. It will begin at 7:00pm. The concert is free and open to the public. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Concessions will be offered.

Rain location is Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, contact the Orange City Arts Council: or 712.707.6514 or see

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Onstage Orange City presents the Chris O’Leary Band

ORANGE CITY – A six-piece “perfectly rounded, energetic blues band” from New York, the Chris O’Leary Band, takes the stage Wednesday, July 23 at Windmill Park in Orange City. It’s the Onstage Orange City series, sponsored by Revival Animal Health in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council.

The evening begins with Revival’s annual pet costume contest, at 6:00pm. All local pet owners are invited to join the fun; pets will be judged for presentation, uniqueness and creativity.

At 7:00pm, the Chris O’Leary Band takes the stage.

O’Leary spent many years as frontman, lead singer and harmonica player for Levon Helm. He has appeared on stage with many artists: Bobby Keys of the Rolling Stones, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmy Vivino, James Cotton, Dan Akroyd and more.

He has moved on to his own 6-piece band and his first release “Mr. Used to Be” won the 2011 Blues Music Award (Memphis) and the 2011 Illinois Blues Blast Award (Chicago) for “Best New Artist Debut”. Now the band has released a second CD: “Waiting For The Phone To Ring.”

Reviews include this one from the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange: “Chris O’Leary’s got it, man, he’s got it. From rol­lickin’ rock to week­end stomp to slinkin’ down-lo back-alley swank to bar­rel­house bal­ladry and well beyond.”

And from Eric Gleason: “Every so often you’re lucky enough to see a band and realize that everything is just right. The right personalities, the right arrangements, the right instruments, the right attitude… ‘Tight’ doesn’t describe it. Bands that work hard and can stop and start on a dime are tight. Bands that know each other like the back of their hands are something special.”

And Bob Margolin: “While you and your fine band were play­ing I heard peo­ple say, ‘Who cares about the rest of the show, I just want to hear them all night!’ What a strong and impres­sive set. You and your band rock, big time.”

Concessions on July 23 will be offered by the Kiwanis. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, see,, call 712-707-4885 or email Or check

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AND worship service

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Cars Arrive

4:00 p.m. –

5:30 p.m. — Outdoor Worship Service

Hot dogs, chips, and root beer floats will be served.

Join the fun! Sunday, July 20th @ First Reformed Church!

Several projects in Orange City making good progress.

Here are some of those projects and where they are at:

Puddle Jumper #6


This addition was developed for multi-family housing. This area was designated an urban revitalization area with a ten year property tax abatement being offered to developers. The first lot has been sold in this addition with the first four-plex apartment under construction.

Industrie Centrum #5


This area was developed for light industrial projects. These are smaller lots to accommodate smaller service or light industrial businesses. There were six lots developed in this area ranging from .55 acre to .77 acre. One lot has been sold with construction to begin in the near future.

Ben Franklin


Remodel work has come a long way in the former Bomgaar’s Building. We expect the Lori and Phil Warnke will be able to begin to assemble fixtures and start filling the store with inventory by the end of June. Although they do not have a specific opening date, their goal is to open in late August.

Los Tulipanes


The kitchen addition is moving along at the west end of Holland Plaza. Los Tulipanes will occupy the west end of the building with a kitchen addition built onto it. Los Tulipanes has a goal of opening late summer or as soon as the kitchen addition is complete.

Casey’s General Store


The land sale to Casey’s is complete and they own the eastern portion of the former Dutch Colony Inn property. Although we do not know the specific day construction will begin, we stay in touch with Casey’s and will coordinate a groundbreaking ceremony in the very near future.

OCDC Commercial Properties

You will see two signs appear on Highway 10 at the east end of town. There are two prime commercial lots available for sale along Highway 10. One is at the former MOC – Floyd Valley Superintendent Building and the other is the west portion of the property left from the Dutch Colony Inn. We are actively marketing the properties and hope to have them sold to commercial businesses needing a high traffic area.

Hampton Inn


The project is moving along on schedule. Brock Jensen is the General Manager and they are on pace to have a late summer / early fall opening.


Advisory: The City of Hawarden is requesting volunteers to assist in sandbagging.

Please report to 717 7th St. Please bring shovels and gloves.

Volunteers are needed for general clean-up on Wednesday June 18th in Rockvalley.

Volunteers are asked to go to Trinity Christian Reformed Church, 2020 8th Street South East for further instructions. For safety purposes, you are asked to wear proper work clothing, including: shoes, boots, and gloves.

Transportation to emergency areas will be provided. Free daycare for volunteers will be provided and Jungle Kids Daycare at the Faith Reformed Church from 12:30 to 3:30pm.

If you are not volunteering, you are asked to stay OFF city streets to allow emergency services to provide assistance to those who need it most.

Rockvalley is only accessible two ways, COUNTY BLACKTOP K-30 from the South, or from the East by taking U-S HIGHWAY 18. YOU CANNOT GET INTO ROCK VALLEY FROM THE NORTH OR THE WEST.


Street Scape Map

Over the course of this summer the Orange City Street Department will carrying out plans to improve some of the side streets downtown that lead to Central Ave. Below is an estimate of when different parts of the project are expected to be completed. Keep in mind these are estimates and that the actual dates may change based on weather and other circumstances outside of anyone’s control. Businesses affected by the street closings will NOT be closed because of the construction. People wanting to access them are encouraged to use sidewalk access and side street parking.

The Northwestern Bank Drive Thru will be open for walk up service, and the businesses located on 2nd St NW will still be open. This includes Dr. Dave Gohman, Windmill Park Jewelers, Bibles for Missions, and Perkins Office Solutions. Parking for these businesses is limited so please park on nearby streets and access them via the sidewalk.

2nd Street NE

Paving on the week of June 23rd
Open for traffic the week of June 30th

2nd Street NW

Started 6/17/14 and is planned to be finished during the first half of July.


2nd St NW

2nd St NW

other side streets with tba construction dates

2nd Street SW

This is the street directly north of the courthouse

1st Street W

This is the street directly north of New York Life

Central Ave

Construction will take place between 3rd St N and 5th St N

OnStage Orange City Presents

Summer Suites



Three lovely gardens, wonderful sweets, exceptional performers: cellist Hannah McGarvey, storyteller Jim Schaap & ventriloquist Lisa Laird will make summer sweet this year during OnStage Orange City’s Summer Suites.

Three terrific shows: Jim Schaap tells stories from his new book, Up the Hill. Hannah McGarvey and her cello bring the tango, from Brazil & Argentina. Lisa Laird does an encore performance of her ventriloquist show destined for adults at an international convention. Marilyn Mayberry’s, Dale & Jill Pluim’s, Shay & Jackie Davis’ Succulent gardens and lovely desserts.

THANKS to Old Factory Coffee Shop, Don’s Food Center, Sweet Steele Edible Art & OC Floral Co.

When: Wed June 18. 6:30-8:45pm

Where: Three backyard gardens in Orange City

Tickets: $10 adults, $7 students; prior to June 13 $7.50 & $5 at Dove or OC town hall (Ticket includes schedule & map)

Rain location: NWC DeWitt Theatre.


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Watoto Children’s Choir

Original & vibrant music from Africa, with dance routines & lifetransforming stories. Watoto is a compelling & energetic advocate for the 50 million orphaned children of Africa. Don’t miss it! Rain location: Unity Christian Knight Center. Thanks to Living Water Community Church for its generous support in providing housing & meals for Watoto! Concessions offered by American Reformed Church youth for their Urban Plunge missions trip.

When: Wed June 11 at 7pm
Where: Windmill Park, downtown Orange City
Details: | 712-707-4885 |

Sponsored by: Orange City Communications

Friday, June 6 at 9:30 am

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Onstage Orange City begins its fifth season next week, and the stage will be popping with entertainment. It’s Orange City’s Got Talent! (But the talent comes from beyond city limits!)

Windmill Park is the place, Wednesday, May 28 the day. The show begins at 7:00pm.

This annual show promises a variety of performances from talented locals.

 Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third places: $100, $75, and $50, respectively.

Tim Breen, Deb De Haan and Mike Noteboom are serving as judges. Lois Estell, along with last year’s winner Amanda Haverdink, are emcees. Plus Haverdink and Estell will treat the audience to a duet during the judges’ deliberation.

This free event, part of the Onstage Orange City series, is sponsored by the Orange City Area Health System and Quatro Composites™.

Additional thanks go to Orange City Floral, Windmill Park Jewelers, Headquarters for Hair and Mary Kay Beauty Consultant Christie Conover.

The planning committee includes Aaron Beadner, Leanne Bonnecroy, Lois Estell and Mike Stokes.

Concessions will be offered. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Unity Christian Knight Center.

Onstage Orange City is a program of the Orange City Arts Council. For more information or weather-related announcements, see or, call 712-707-4885 or email



Class 1: May 19, 20, 22, 24 – 5:00-9:00 PM, May 25 – 8:00 AM-4:00PM
Class 2: May 27, 28 – 5:00-9:00 PM, May 29, 30 – 8:00 AM–noon, May 31 – 8:00AM-4:00PM

Cost is $175. Students must attend all class sessions in order to receive credit for the course. Students must be 15 years of age by the last day of the course.

Contact Rachel at or 712-707-9494 to get signed up.



Poffertjes will be available in The Little White Store, downtown Orange City on Wednesday, May 7, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The authentic Dutch sweet treats are made by The Dutch Heritage Boosters and proceeds are used to preserve Orange City history and promote the community’s Dutch heritage. Dutch Heritage Booster projects include The Century Home, Little White Store and Sinterklaas Day

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

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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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The 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.

Tickets for Orange City Tulip Festival’s 2014 Night Show, “The Music Man” will go on sale on Monday, March 3. The production will begin at 8:00 in the evening on May 14, 15, 16 and 17 at the Unity Christian Knight Center. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the Orange City Chamber and Tulip Festival office, located at 509 8th Street SE in Orange City. Additional information can be found on the festival’s website, Questions can be directed to Juliana by calling 712-707-4510.

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


ORANGE CITY – A world music ensemble from Israel will perform in Orange City and surrounding towns March 24-28, as part of a multi-city Midwest tour.

The five-member folk group, Baladino, takes its audience on a journey through music of the Mediterranean region – music carried to Israel by people from Spain, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Arabic countries. They will perform in Orange City on Friday, March 28 at 7:30pm at the Northwestern College Chapel, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council.

Ensemble members include Tomer Moked, a brilliant string player and musical arranger, Yael Badash, who brings rich vocals to the mix, Yonnie Dror, providing color with a variety of wind instruments, Daniel Spier, with a solid foundation and hip sound on the string bass, and Yshai Afterman, who holds it all together on percussion with mesmerizing Mediterranean rhythm.


The ensemble is part of a series of international music ensembles coming to Orange City, from Israel, Quebec, Brazil and China. In November, Le Vent du Nord was a huge success, said Janine Calsbeek of the Orange City Arts Council. “Great humor and great talent… people of all ages couldn’t stop talking about them! It will be the same with Baladino.”

“Baladino” is actually a combination of two words. “Baladi” is the name for the most popular rhythm pattern in Middle Eastern music, and the word also means “my land” in the Arabic language. Ladino” is the language primarily spoken among Sephardic Jews and the cultural inspiration for much of the group’s music.

Baladino’s music was born from Jews exiled from Spain and Portugal, traveling through the former Ottoman lands, Turkey, Greece, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, and Morocco. The group brings together instruments and traditions from this wide span of cultures, updating them with their own youthful energy and contemporary backgrounds in jazz improvisation and electronica. Embracing the old and the new, members perform on instruments both ancient and modern, and have made names for themselves collectively and individually.

Tickets for the public concert on Friday, March 28 may be purchased at Orange City Arts Council, Dove Bookstore, Northwestern’s music department and at the door, at $10 adults and $7 students. Children age five and under are free.

Baladino will also do school programs and workshops, and, for the public, coffee house shows.  On Mon., March 24, Baladino will perform at Fruited Plain Cafe at 172 North Main in Sioux Center. On Wed., March 26, Baladino will perform at Old Factory Coffee Shop, 110 4th St. SW in Orange City. Both shows will begin at 7:30pm, with a $2 cover charge.

Through the Orange City Arts Council, Orange City was selected as the one city in Iowa to host the 2013-’15 Arts Midwest World Fest. Arts Midwest, based in Minneapolis, partners with program sponsors like The National Endowment for the Arts and 3M to cover a substantial portion of the cost so that communities like Orange City can enjoy this rich arts experience, said Calsbeek. “It’s a wonderful honor, which we didn’t fully realize until the residency in the fall with Le Vent du Nord.”

The concert is part of the Beyond Onstage series.

For more information, contact Calsbeek at 712-707-4885 or To see Baladino,  and for the week’s schedule, see


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 or drop off at OC Area Fitness.


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



1 Guest vocal recital by Holly Bewlay, assistant professor of music at the State University of New York, Buffalo State, 7:30 p.m., Christ Chapel, Northwestern College

3–21 Art exhibit by Rachel Mindrup, “The Many Faces of NF,” Te Paske Gallery, Korver Visual Arts Center, Northwestern College. Public reception: 7 p.m.,

7 Symphonic Band concert, 7:30 p.m., Christ Chapel, Northwestern College 8 Scholarship Auction, “Buy it Now” begins at 10:30 a.m. and audible auction begins at 11:30 a.m., Rowenhorst Student Center gym, Northwestern College

12 Day of Learning in Community, “Jesus and Justice,” featuring keynoter Alexia Salvatierra speaking at 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Christ Chapel, Northwestern College

14–15 Theatre Preview Weekend, DeWitt Theatre Arts Center, Northwestern College

14,15,20–22 “Man of La Mancha,” 7:30 p.m., England Theatre, Northwestern College

14–22 Orange City Arts Council Regional Exhibition, “Man of La Mancha,” DeWitt Theatre Arts Center, Northwestern College. Public reception: 6–7 p.m.

18 Deep Song Reading Series, featuring Daniel Tysdal, 7 p.m., Te Paske Gallery, Korver Visual Arts Center, Northwestern College

22 “Man of La Mancha,” 2 p.m., England Theatre, Northwestern College 24 Preview Day, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Northwestern College

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.

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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 or check the website


For tickets to Man of La Mancha, email

ORANGE CITY – It’s true. Chicago’s legendary comedy theatre, Second City, is coming to northwest Iowa. Second City’s Improv All-Stars will perform at the Unity Christian Knight Center in Orange City Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7:00pm.


The show will be entirely improvised, based on audience input.


Sponsor of the evening is the Orange City Arts Council.


Founded over 50 years ago in Chicago, The Second City has become a premier training ground for the world’s best comedians, with an alumni list that reads like a who’s who of American hilarity: Tina Fey, Joan Rivers, Stephen Colbert, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, John Candy, Gilda Radner and countless others.


Today there are Second City training centers in Chicago, Toronto and Los Angeles. Four touring companies perform throughout North America and abroad. And a communications division teaches improv-based skills to business professionals.


The company to perform in Orange City includes Nick Rees, a native of Sioux City and University of Iowa graduate… in addition to Kellen Alexander, Lisa Barber, Rachel LaForce, Chris Redd, and Christine Tawfik.


The evening promises to bring a family-friendly show with hilarious satire and cutting-edge improvisation.


General admission tickets for Second City Improv All-Stars may be purchased at the Orange City Arts Council office, Dove Christian Bookstore, and at the door. Adults are $10, students $7. For more information, call 712-707-4885, email or check the website:


An afternoon workshop is also being offered, with limited admission. Advance tickets are required for the workshop, at $10. Contact the Orange City Arts Council, 707-4885.


The show is part of the Beyond Onstage series, sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council, with support from Community Bank of Alton & Orange City and the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

ORANGE CITY ­– The Orange City Arts Council will be conducting its 2013-2014 fundraising phone-a-thon in January, and appreciates your support.

Donations are essential to keep the arts alive and growing in the area. Each year, the Orange City Arts Council receives 36 to 46% of its budget from donors from the community.

This year, the Council is offering donor perks to new members who donate $30 or more and members who donate $100. New members who donate $30 or more may choose between a beautiful canvas tote bag or the latest Bella Ruse CD, Those Were Good Times, Weren’t They?

Those who contribute $100 or more will receive complimentary tickets to select OC Arts Council events, plus a gift card providing discounts on original art by local artists.


Several local artists are offering discounts on the purchase of original art – watercolor, fiber art, collage, ceramics, stained glass and more – to those who donate $100 or more. With your donation, you’ll receive a gift card offering discounts of 10 to 25 percent, from the following artists: Jo Alberda, Gerry Punt, Julie Punt, Rola Sowienski, Judy Thompson, Margo Vanderhill and Rein Vanderhill.


To donate, please send your contribution to Orange City Arts Council, PO Box 202, Orange City IA 51041, or drop a check to Orange City Arts Council in the city hall mail slot.

Thanks for your support from the Orange City Arts Council’s board members: Phyllis Van Gelder, Mark Volkers, Angela Kroeze Visser, Sandie Vant Hof, Becky Donahue, Susan Le Mahieu, Gail Marincovich, Jennifer Sabo, Jim Schaap, Kimberly Seligman, Richard Sowienski, and Emily Stokes, and from the Arts Council director Janine Calsbeek.  

For more information, call 712-707-4885, email, or visit To see if you donated for 2013-2014, check the website: click on “About” then “Membership & Board.”

If you need to dispose of your “real” Christmas tree after the holiday season, OC residents are reminded that a complimentary pickup service will be provided on Saturday, Jan. 4th.  Please set your tree out at your regular pickup site by 7 AM.  All decorations must be removed.  Also, the tree must not be enclosed in a plastic bag.