Summer Classes to be Offered

ORANGE CITY – Classes for children and adults are being offered this summer by the Orange City Arts Council.

Theatre: Behind the Scenes & Improv

“Theatre Behind the Scenes” will be taught by Jonathan Sabo, who teaches theatre and speech at Northwestern College. It’s a hands-on class, walking through the process of taking ideas from one’s imagination to a 3-D scale model.

Classes will be held at the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre, Monday and Wednesday afternoons from June 6-22. Grades 1-3 meet 1-2 p.m.; grades 4-6 meet 2-3 p.m. Fee is $18.

Sabo is pictured here with a scale model from Northwestern College’s 2009 production of “The Ballad Hunter.”

Another theatre class will be “Zip, Zap, Zog: Exploring Theatre,” taught by Janie Van Dyke, theatre and English teacher at Unity Christian High School. The class will use drama games and improvisations to tap imaginations and develop acting and speaking skills.

Classes meet once weekly for three weeks at Immanuel Christian Reformed Church. Grades 1-3 meet Mondays, June 27, July 11 and 18, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fee is $8.

Grades 4 & 5 meet Tuesdays, June 28, July 5 and 12, 6:30-8 p.m. Grades 6-8 meet Thursdays, June 30, July 7 and 14, 6:30-8 p.m. Fee is $12.

Painting & Ceramics

Painting classes will be taught by Lisa Thvedt, an art student at Northwestern. Students will explore abstract and realism styles, and experiment with various media from watercolor to acrylic.

Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 7-23, at the MOC-FV Orange City Elementary School. Grades 1-3 meet 3:30-4:30 p.m. Grades 4-6 meet 4:45-5:45 p.m. Fee is $15.

Thvedt will also teach “Ceramics.” Those classes are filled.

Kids in the Kitchen

A cooking class, “Kids in the Kitchen,” will be taught by Ashley Wright, with assistance by Sheila Van Den Brink. It’s a parent-child cooking class, for children age 4 and up – and they’ll prepare everything from snacks to simple meals. And they’ll decorate cookies!

Classes meet Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. June 8-July 13, at MOC-FV High family & consumer sciences room for four weeks, then Dover Church kitchen for the last two weeks. Fee is $20.

Rockin’ Jake Harmonica Workshop

The Rockin’ Jake Band is returning this year – by popular demand – and Jake will conduct another harmonica workshop, Thursday, July 7 from 4-5 p.m. at Orange City town hall. Jake has been called “probably the best harmonica player in New Orleans” by DownBeat.

Adults and children, grade 6 and up, may register. The first 24 registrants receive a free Hohner “Old Standy” harmonica in the key of G (a different key from last year). A special prize will be awarded to one 2nd year Rockin’ Jake workshop attendee. Fee is $5 if registered by July 1. Afterwards, fee is $8.

For children’s classes, register online at For the Rockin’ Jake class, register with the Orange City Arts Council at city hall, 707-4885, or P.O. Box 202, Orange City IA 51041.