Delta Dental Awards Grant to Ministry Door County Medical Center

• Delta Dental of Wisconsin awarded a grant of $25,000 to the Ministry Door County Medical Center Dental Clinic (MDCMC). The Delta Dental funds will help support clinic operations by assisting with the cost of staff, supplies and equipment purchases.

“For 50 years, Delta Dental’s mission has been to improve access to quality oral health care for all Wisconsin residents,” said Dennis Peterson, Delta Dental’s executive vice president. “Supporting the Ministry Door County Medical Center Dental Clinic helps us fulfill our mission to the people of Door County.”

Located in Sturgeon Bay, the MDCMC Dental Clinic is a non-profit facility that has been providing oral health care to the underserved youth population of Door and Kewaunee Counties since 1999. The clinic only sees patients from the region and is the only dental clinic of its kind in the area.

“We are grateful to Delta Dental for their generous contribution of $25,000,” says Mary Ann Zjala, MA, dental coordinator of the MDCMC Dental Clinic. “In 2011 the dental clinic served 866 youths with 1,691 appointments – an all-time high. Annually, the cost to operate the clinic has risen to $243,653, so we truly appreciate this gift and any others supporting the Dental Clinic.”

• Sevastopol School Music Department is hosting the Wisconsin School Music Association Door County Solo and Ensemble Festival on Feb. 25. Parent, grandparent, and community volunteers are welcome to assist as door monitors, greeters, and concession workers. Please consider donating time to help this great event for local music students.

Volunteer shifts are available as half-day slots from 7:30 am – 12 pm, 11:30 am – 4 pm, or all day. To volunteer contact music teacher Cheryl Pfister at 920.495.9165 or via email at [email protected].

• The “Not-so-New Newlywed Game Show” is an event organized by HELP of Door County, Inc., in partnership with Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) to promote healthy and positive relationships. Guests can volunteer to compete for prizes or just sit back and enjoy the show.

The game show will take place Feb. 10 at TAP in Sturgeon Bay from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Admission fee is $10 and will help raise money for HELP of Door County and TAP.

• Kathleen Blankenburg, a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church of Sister Bay, will present a Lenten study based upon the book Thorn, Fire and Lily – Gardening with God in Lent and Easter.

Jane Mossendew, British author and gardener, has extensively researched and beautifully written this Lenten meditation. Beginning Ash Wednesday and ending on Easter, the author has chosen a plant (flower, herb, shrub), its history, lore and cultivation to reflect the themes in liturgy and Bible readings for each of the 40 days.

The study will begin Feb. 19 at 1 pm at St. Luke’s Church, located at 2336 Canterbury Lane in Sister Bay.

This Lenten study is open to all denominations, gardeners and non-gardeners alike. For more information call Blankenburg at 920.854.2260.

• Janet Davidson, an interior designer from the Chicago area with Door County ties, has been named a finalist in the GRANGE Furniture Inc. Colorful Expectations contest.

Davidsen gained inspiration for her piece from the ceiling in the Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris. The two-drawer chest displays bright turquoise and gold finishes as the base colors with tobacco-colored detailing. Davidsen chose Sunshine House, Inc., where her sister Lizzie is employed, of Sturgeon Bay as the charity to receive 75 percent of the chest’s proceeds.

Online voting for the winner of the contest began Jan. 18. The winner will receive a French prize and will be featured in Traditional Home Magazine.

For on-going information regarding the contest visit

• Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry is currently offering a three-part series on “Recognizing Risky Youth Behavior,” a guide for parents, grandparents, and guardians of children in grades four through 12.

The second program in this Community Health Information Program (CHIP) series is entitled “Bullying and Dating Violence” and will be presented Feb. 5 from 4 – 5 pm at Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church in Ellison Bay. The program is free and open to the public.

Jessica Holland, BS, Youth Advocate for Help of Door County, will address behaviors/symptoms to looks for, the help that is available and more.

• To help letter carriers deliver mail in the aftermath of the recent snowstorm, the Postal Service asks customers to clear snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes.

Customers receiving door delivery should make sure their sidewalks, steps and porches are clear. Customers receiving curbside delivery should remove snow piles left by snowplows to keep access to their mailboxes clear for letter carriers.

Delivery service may be delayed or curtailed whenever streets or walkways present hazardous conditions for letter carriers or when snow is plowed against mailboxes.

Blue collection boxes also need to be kept clear for our customers to deposit their mail and for the Postal Service to collect the mail for delivery. Residents and businesses with collection boxes near their property are asked to keep them clear of snow and ice.

• Scandia Village is hosting a unique fundraiser: “Tisket a Tasket, Bid on a Basket!” featuring 20 themed baskets created by Scandia’s staff that will be available for silent auction bidding or outright purchase in the Front Lobby.

All the baskets are fun and creative, including themes such as Chocolate Lovers, The Best of Door County, Vera Bradley, Movie Night, Oriental Delights, Relaxation, Bountiful Bread and more.

The event will run Feb. 6 to 10 from 8 am – 4:30 pm (bids will close on Feb. 10 at 2 pm). Scandia Village is located at 10560 Applewood Rd, Sister Bay. For more information call 920.854.2317.

• Get the “Heart Truth” about heart disease at a program on Feb. 14. Pam Peterson, Family Living Educator, will be discussing the facts and the risks about heart disease and how attendees can take action.

The program will be held from 12 – 1:30 pm in the Peninsula Room at the Door County Government Center in Sturgeon Bay. To attend, contact the Extension Office at 920.746.2260 by Feb. 7.

Sponsored by the Door Association for Home and Community Education and the Door County UW-Extension Office, this program is free and open to the public.

• The 10th annual Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration will be presented by Ministry Door County Medical Center and the Volunteer Center at Stone Harbor Resort April 26.

“The Golden Heart event shines a light on what is good and possible in Door County and is a meaningful reminder that we are surrounded by ordinary people doing extraordinary things every day,” said Pam Seiler, executive director of the Volunteer Center of Door County.

Nomination forms for this year’s event are now available. Nominations are accepted in five categories: Youth, Adult, Group, Arts & Culture and the esteemed “Lifetime of Service” award for those 62 and older.

Nominees are treated to a complimentary dinner and will be recognized individually. Award recipients will receive a unique art piece created by Chad Luberger of Plum Bottom Pottery as well as $500 to donate to a Door County charity of their choice. The Youth category award recipient will receive a $500 academic scholarship. Nomination forms are due by March 15 and are available at the Volunteer Center in Sturgeon Bay or by visiting Forms are also available throughout the community.

Marti Spittell Ziegelbauer, philanthropist and women’s health advocate, will be returning as Master of Ceremonies.

This event is sponsored by Ministry Door County Medical Center, Thrivent Financial, Door County Charities and Baylake Bank.

For more information call 920.746.7704 or email [email protected].

• What Next?, located in Fish Creek at the Top of the Hill Shops, is teaming up with Yaleet Inc., distributors of Naot shoes, to donate 100 pairs of handcrafted comfort shoes to Sturgeon Bay’s Head Start program.

Naot footwear is manufactured in Israel and is one of the leading comfort footwear brands in the United States. Since 1991 Yaleet and Naot have donated shoes to those in need with the help of retailers like What Next? Women’s shelters, hurricane victims and homeless shelters are all examples of the types of charities that benefit from this program.

“It’s great to be able to give a product of such quality, and it makes me proud to be affiliated with both Yaleet and Naot,” said Mary Stephens, owner of What Next?

Head Start is a federally funded program that offers comprehensive child development services for low income children and children with special needs. Businesses and individuals who would like to donate to Head Start can contact Ann Grimmer at 920.743.3699.