HAWARDEN—God’s Squad, a ministry of Friendship Assembly of God Church in Hawarden, is presenting a free Christmas movie for families 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.

SIOUX CENTER—Sioux Center National Wreaths Across America Day will begin with the ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday Dec. 14, at First Reformed Church in Sioux Center. Refreshments will be served at 11:35 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall and then wreath laying will begin. Remember, honor and teach by l…

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SIOUX CENTER—The Northwest Iowa Symphony Youth Orchestra will present a Fall Concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Dordt University’s B.J. Haan Auditorium in Sioux Center.

SIOUX CENTER—Cinema 5 Theatres will offer free kids’ movies during Christmas 11 a.m. and noon Saturdays, Nov. 16-Dec. 14; noon Sundays, Nov. 17-Dec. 15; and 11 a.m. and noon Friday, Nov. 29, at the Centre Mall in Sioux Center. Get tickets at participating Centre Mall stores.

HOSPERS—The adult choir of First Presbyterian Church at 200 Elm St. in Hospers will present the Christmas Cantata “Come, Let Us Worship the King,” under the direction of Dawn Huisman, at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15. A candlelighting service will follow. All are welcome, and a lunch will be served…

LEMARS—The Northwest Area Education Agency Board of Directors will meet for a meal at 5:30 p.m. followed by its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at the Education Service Center in LeMars. Agenda items include electing a board president and vice president, appointing a board…

HULL—LifeServe Blood Center of Sioux City will hold a blood drive noon-6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Hull Public Library; 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Faith Reformed Church in Rock Valley; and 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at Centre Mall in Sioux Center. To make an appo…

ROCK VALLEY—LifeServe Blood Center of Sioux City will hold a blood drive 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Faith Reformed Church in Rock Valley and 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at Centre Mall in Sioux Center. To make an appointment, call 1-800-287-4903 or visit www.lifeserveb…

SIOUX CENTER—LifeServe Blood Center of Sioux City will hold a blood drive 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at Centre Mall in Sioux Center. To make an appointment, call 1-800-287-4903 or visit www.lifeservebloodcenter.org.

PAULLINA—Winter officially arrives soon. What kind of weather will it bring? O’Brien County Conservation wants people to celebrate the season with a “Welcome Winter” hike around the lake at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Mill Creek Park in Paullina.

SHELDON—Holiday craft making will be offered during the Little Picassos Art Club for children in grades 1-4 9:30-11 a.m. on Saturdays in December at Prairie Arts Historical Park in Sheldon. Here is the schedule:

SIOUX CENTER—The Centre Mall in Sioux Center will host free children's mini-train rides 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, and 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14 and 21.

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SIOUX CENTER—Shoe Sensation, a regional chain of name-brand family shoe stores, is hosting its fourth annual “Socks for Troops” fundraiser companywide through Dec. 31.

REGIONAL—The Northwest Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund Inc. provides financial assistance to low- to moderate-income homeowners in making the necessary repairs to their homes.

REGIONAL—Struggling to give up cigarettes? Quitline Iowa can help. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit the website www.quitlineiowa.org.

REGIONAL—MidAmerican Energy Co. reminds its customers about the importance of submitting a streetlight repair request whenever a streetlight is out or not operating correctly. Customers may submit a repair request form online by visiting www.midamericanenergy.com and selecting “Submit Street…

REGIONAL—Who are you going to call if you have a legal question, need someone to talk to, are trying to find a resource or are just feeling stressed? Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Iowa Concern Hotline at 1-800-447-1985 is a toll-free number that is available 24/7.

REGIONAL—The Iowa Department of Public Health has a bullying and suicide hotline where youth, parents, school personnel and all concerned Iowans can get help and information about bullying and youth suicide. Your Life Iowa is available 24/7 by calling 1-855-581-8111 or texting 855-895-8398. …

REGIONAL—The Iowa Department of Public Health, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, has a blog-style website for Iowa teens focusing on a variety of health issues. The website, www.IAMincontrol.org (Iowa Adolescents Making Choices to Control Their Future), includ…

SHELDON—Lewis Drug in Sheldon has been designated as the site of a Take Back Drug Kiosk in O’Brien County. The kiosk provides a secure site for disposal of any outdated or unwanted drugs. However, no liquids or needles or sharp objects may be deposited.

ORANGE CITY—The master’s degree program in physician assistant studies at Northwestern College in Orange City has received accreditation-provisional, which is the initial accreditation status for new programs.

SHELDON—Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon was ranked the fourth Best College Overall in the state of Iowa, according to a new report published by EdSmart.org, which assessed Iowa colleges based on cost, academic quality, student satisfaction and salary after attending.

ORANGE CITY—Northwestern College in Orange City was ranked fifth for its master’s in early childhood education program on Intelligent.com’s list of the Top 50 Master’s in Early Childhood Education programs.

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SIOUX CENTER—Dordt University in Sioux Center is one of nearly 200 organizations that participated in the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption’s Best Adoption Friendly Workplace Survey for 2019 and achieved Adoption Advocate Status.

SIOUX CENTER—An exhibit titled “Of System of Elements” by art professor Matt Drissell will be open to the public Dec. 3 to mid-January at the Dordt University Art Gallery in the Campus Center in Sioux Center.

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