ElderbridgeElderbridge Agency on Aging will hold a public hearing to obtain comments and input from citizens in regard to the Elderbridge Agency Plan for State Fiscal Year 2016-2017.

The hearing is scheduled to take place at 1:00 p.m. on March 4, 2015 at the Fort Dodge office of Elderbridge Agency on Aging located at 308 Central Avenue, Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Any Iowa resident in the 29 counties in the Elderbridge service area is encouraged to take part. Those counties are Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Mitchell, Worth, Winnebago, Hancock, Franklin, Wright, Kossuth, Humboldt, Webster, Hamilton, Greene, Guthrie, Emmet, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Calhoun, Dickinson, Clay, Buena Vista, Sac, Carroll, Audubon, Crawford, Osceola, O’Brien, Lyon and Sioux.

The is a 2nd hearing scheduled to take place at 1:00 p.m. on April 1, 2015 at the Fort Dodge office of Elderbridge Agency on Aging located at 308 Central Avenue, Fort Dodge, Iowa.

For more information or to obtain a copy of the 2016-2017 Elderbridge Area plan please call Doug Merbach at 641-424-0678 extension 7079 or e-mail dmerbach@elderbridge.org

February 26, 2015 - 10:02 am - Posted in Community Calendar

Elderbridge Agency on Aging will hold a public hearing to obtain comments and input from citizens in regard to the waiver to provide options counseling as a direct service, review “Priority Services” (Access, In-Home and Legal) and to review the Elderbridge Area Plan for State Fiscal Year 2016-2017.

The hearing is scheduled to take place at 1:00 p.m. on April 1, 2015 at the Fort Dodge office of Elderbridge Agency on Aging located at 308 Central Avenue, Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Any Iowa resident in the 29 counties in the Elderbridge service area is encouraged to take part. Those counties are Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Mitchell, Worth, Winnebago, Hancock, Franklin, Wright, Kossuth, Humboldt, Webster, Hamilton, Greene, Guthrie, Emmet, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Calhoun, Dickinson, Clay, Buena Vista, Sac, Carroll, Audubon, Crawford, Osceola, O’Brien, Lyon and Sioux.

For more information or to obtain a copy of the 2016-2017 Elderbridge Area plan please call Doug Merbach at 641-424-0678 extension 7079 or e-mail dmerbach@elderbridge.org

The hearing may also be accessed toll-free via telephone by calling prior to the hearing at 1-800-243-0678. Request to talk to Jennifer for instructions

February 24, 2015 - 12:04 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

ORANGE CITY, Iowa—The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus will present a concert on Sunday, March 15, at 3 p.m. in Northwestern College’s Christ Chapel.

The concert is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Tickets can be obtained in the Northwestern music department’s office in DeWitt Music Hall Monday through Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. or by visiting www.armyfieldband.com/tickets.

February 19, 2015 - 4:00 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

Judy Thompson Tulips EmailWatercolor Batik will be taught by renowned Midwest artist Judy Thompson. Create beautiful translucent watercolor paintings on textured Japanese paper, using a batik-like process. The hands-on workshop is Saturday, June 6 from 9am to 2pm at Northwestern’s Korver Art Center. Open to high schoolers and adults; no watercolor experience necessary. Fee includes materials. Cost is $65. Registration deadline is May 30.

Advance registration for class is required. Send name, age (if youth), class, email address, phone number & payment to Orange City Arts Council, PO Box 202, Orange City IA 51041 or drop in city hall slot. See orangecityarts.net, phone 707-4885 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com for more information.

February 19, 2015 - 3:42 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

Lily 2Spring Wildflower Photo Workshop will be taught by experienced wildflower photographer Ken Fry of Centrum Foto Studio, for middle schoolers through adults. Travel to a flower-filled park, and learn the secrets of macro photography, great composition and your camera’s many features.  Date is Saturday, April 11 from 9am to 2pm; meet at Centrum Foto Studio. Cost is $20 prior to April 4; $30 after April 4.

Advance registration for class is required. Send name, age (if youth), class, email address, phone number & payment to Orange City Arts Council, PO Box 202, Orange City IA 51041 or drop in city hall slot. See orangecityarts.net, phone 707-4885 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com for more information.

February 19, 2015 - 3:34 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

Turnwall, BarbMemoir: Writing Your Stories is offered again by experienced memoir writer and instructor, Barbara Turnwall. Write about your life experiences to preserve them for yourself and future generations. Discuss memoir and strategy for writing memoir; spend time writing and possibly sharing. Eight Monday/ Thursday sessions will be held, April 6-30 from 1:30-4pm at Old Factory Coffee Shop. Cost is $50 prior to March 30; $65 after March 30.

Advance registration for class is required. Send name, age (if youth), class, email address, phone number & payment to Orange City Arts Council, PO Box 202, Orange City IA 51041 or drop in city hall slot. See orangecityarts.net, phone 707-4885 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com for more information.

Alissa_Sinclair_drawing_classDrawing, taught by Northwestern art/ education major Alissa Sinclair, will be held on three Thursday evenings, from March 12-26, from 7 to 8:30pm. High school and adult students will learn the foundations of gesture, line value and proportions through demos, discussion and instructor assistance. Beginners are welcome. Materials will be provided. Location is Northwestern’s Korver Art Center. Cost is $20 prior to March 5 and $30 after March 5.

Advance registration for class is required. Send name, age (if youth), class, email address, phone number & payment to Orange City Arts Council, PO Box 202, Orange City IA 51041 or drop in city hall slot. See orangecityarts.net, phone 707-4885 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com for more information.

nccLearn the basics of keeping your Windows 7 and Windows 8 computer running at its best. Topics covered include: hard drive cleanup and optimization, removal of unwanted software, updating/patching of Windows, configuring your antivirus software and options on how to back up the files on your computer. Windows 7 computers will be provided in the classroom. Students may bring their Windows 7 or Windows 8 laptop to class if they wish to use it instead.

This class will meet on 2 Wednesdays from 7:00-9:00 pm, starting on March 4 and ending on March 11 in the Sioux Center Library Computer Lab, Section #43949. The cost of the class is $39. Eric Ortner will be the instructor. Eric has been in the Information Technology department for Northwest Iowa Community College for the past seven years. Eric had his start in the tech industry in 1997 working in the service department for Iowa’s oldest Apple Computer dealer. He has a degree in Computer Networking Technology from Iowa Central and a Business Management degree from NCC.

 To preregister: Call Northwest Iowa Community College at 712-324-5061 or 800-352-4907 and ask for Continuing Education.

February 16, 2015 - 12:29 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

spent shotgun shellLiving Water Church in Sheldon will sponsor a “Cottontail Classic” hunting event this Saturday (February 21st). Meet at the church, on Business 60 in Sheldon at 8 am. Two-person teams of hunters will then go out to hunt pigeons, cottontail rabbits, crows and coyotes. Each species will have a point value assigned, 1 pt for pigeons, 2 for cottontails, 3 for crows and 10 for coyotes. Teams will then meet back at Living Water Church at 1 pm for pizza and soft drinks.

Entry fee is $15 per hunter, and the profits will be awarded as prize money to the team with the most points at the end of the hunt.

All DNR rules and regulations must be obeyed. 2015 Iowa Hunting Licenses are required.

Call Galen Elgersma at 712-348-1197 with any questions

February 16, 2015 - 10:24 am - Posted in Community Calendar

eagle 1Watching a bald eagle soar overhead is a breathtaking sight.  Bald Eagles have been very active in the area in the past few weeks!  Other raptors have also been moving around in the Little Sioux River Valley.  The large Rough-legged Hawks are especially impressive as they hover over the prairie while hunting.

All of this raptor activity comes just in time for the annual Bald Eagle Watch on Saturday, March 7 at the Prairie Heritage Center.  This event is a come-and-go opportunity to observe eagles throughout the day.  The O’Brien County Naturalist as well as members of the Iowa Lakes Audubon Society will be on hand to help you spot and identify eagles.  A car-pool field excursion into the valley to check out a couple of eagle “hot-spots” may also occur during the day.

This year there are a two special presentations which you won’t want to miss!  At 11:00 a.m. the dedication of Iowa’s newest Bird Conservation Area and Important Bird Area will occur.  Representatives from the Iowa DNR, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, the Nature Conservancy, the Iowa Audubon Society and others will be on hand to take part in the ceremony and will be available to speak with participants.  Come and join in this long-awaited designation of the special prairie habitat in the Little Sioux Valley watershed!

At 2:00 p.m., Christina Roelofs from S.O.A.R. (Saving Our Avian Resources) will be bringing a LIVE bald eagle to the event!  Bring your camera and take advantage of this amazing opportunity to see a majestic bald eagle from an arm’s length!  Christina will talk about the bird’s special adaptations and give other information about their current population status.

There will be also be learning activities for people of all ages and a surprise photo opportunity!

Bring the family for an enjoyable day of viewing eagles and learning more about them.  The Prairie Heritage Center is located just one mile off of Hwy 10 at 4931 Yellow Ave.  Stop by throughout the day from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Contact the Prairie Heritage Center at 712-295-7200 for more information about this great opportunity to view our national symbol in the wild and in the center!