If you have some experience with Microsoft Word, it is time to get hands-on experience discovering the tools and features of Microsoft Excel 2013. Excel is a powerful program that helps users to create and organize spreadsheets that will save you time, help you communicate better and have a professional look. In this class, the instructor will guide you through the steps of building a user-friendly worksheet, both for the reader and the creator. Then you will be introduced to the important formula/function feature in Excel. Learning how to use Excel formulas is very critical for the successful use of spreadsheet software. The more you learn about formulas, the more you will want to know!

This class will be held at Northwest Iowa Community College in Room 514H, Section #43940 on Tuesdays, March 17 and 24 from 5:30—9:30 pm. OR in the Sioux Center Library Computer Lab, Section #43939, on Thursdays, March 19 and 26 from 12:30—4:30 pm.

Twyla Vogel will be the instructor for the class. The cost is $59.

To register, call Northwest Iowa Community College at 712-324-5061 or 800-352-4907 and ask for Continuing Education.

February 26, 2015 - 10:06 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 - 12:03 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.

better central lyon logoCongratulations to the Central Lyon girls basketball team on qualifying for the State Tournament!

Central Lyon has posted a page on which you can keep up with all the details. So far we know that there will not be school on Monday, March 2 as Central Lyon will be playing Burlington Notre Dame at 11:45 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Click here for the link.

Use the link as well as social media pages to keep up to date with any changes or announcements. Go Lions!

Missoula Children’s Theater auditions are Monday, March 2nd at 3:15 PM. Again, there’s no school at Central Lyon that day, but the auditions will NOT be cancelled. They will take place AS SCHEDULED. The MCT team must function on their schedule.

February 19, 2015 - 4:03 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 - 3:40 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 - 3:35 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.

February 19, 2015 - 3:07 pm - Posted in Community Calendar

churchThe World Day Of Prayer will be March 6th at 1:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, located at 302 S. Carroll Street in Rock Rapids. The church is handicapped accessible. Marge Smith, a registered nurse with Sanford Hospice, of the United Congregational Church of Christ will be presenting the program.

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.