Door County YMCA Offers Various Community Programs

• The Northern Door YMCA is continuing efforts to reach out and collaborate with more organizations in the community.

The Y and the Boys and Girls Club are creating a program to provide an afterschool experience that develops confidence and friendship in a safe environment. The program will take place 3:30 – 5:15 pm every Monday at the Northern Door Program Center and Tuesdays and Thursdays at Gibraltar Schools.

NEW Curative Nor-Door Adult Day Care services will now be available on Thursdays at the Northern Door Program Center from 1 – 3 pm. The Y is collaborating with this group to provide an opportunity for caregivers to run errands, workout or simply take a break. A nurse and volunteer from NEW Curative will be on hand to care for the individual with special needs. Registration is appreciated, but drop-ins are welcome. The cost of the program is $8 per hour for members and $12 per hour for the general public.

The Y and the Team Leadership Center have teamed up to offer unique workshops at the Northern Door Program Center. Participants can learn about fly-fishing and flat water canoeing. Camping trips will be planned for adults and youth.

To learn more call 920.868.3660 or visit

• Department of Tourism Deputy Secretary David Fantle presented a $39,550 Joint Effort Marketing (JEM) grant to market a new multi-community sales promotion, “Wisconsin’s Schooner Coast Passport,” that features travel opportunities in the coastal communities of Manitowoc, Two Rivers, Algoma, Kewaunee and Sturgeon Bay.

“Wisconsin’s Schooner Coast” will begin at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc and finish at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay. Along the way, visitors will have many opportunities to experience Lake Michigan and the coast’s unique maritime history.

For more information call 920.743.5958 or visit

• The Door County Sail & Power Squadron 57th Change of Watch and Recognition Dinner took place Saturday, April 2 at Stone Harbor Resort and Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay. Commander Dave Baumann, who began his first year of service in the position, was joined on the bridge by Executive Officer Bob Stierna, Administrative Officer Sandy King, Educational Officer Jeff Rosenfeld, Secretary JoAnne Rosenfeld, and Treasurer Cynthia Weis. In addition, the Blaine P. Dreutzer Commander’s Cup Award was given to JoAnne Rosenfeld for outstanding service by a new member.

For more information on upcoming educational opportunities, Vessel Safety Check dates and locations, membership, and other Squadron activities, visit

• Father Dave Ruby has invited Christ Child Society members to use space at St. Michael’s Social Hall for storage of layette items. Meetings will also move to St. Michael’s where members can utilize the kitchen and be part of the layette packing process.

The first meeting will take place on Monday, April 18. Members and friends will gather for a light lunch at 12 pm with a meeting to follow. Anyone is welcome to join. For more information call Diane at 920.823.2200.

• The Cornerstone Pub of Baileys Harbor is hosting a Spring Fling Benefit Dinner to raise funds for the Community Clinic of Door County (CCDC) on May 7 from 6 – 8 pm.

Main entrées are prime rib and roasted chicken with a wide selection of side dishes. Door prizes and a 50/50 raffle will be conducted. Tickets are $30 per person (with half the proceeds benefitting the CCDC).

CCDC, located in Sturgeon Bay and Sister Bay, is the only local non-profit clinic offering primary health care and mental health counseling to those in the community who have no health insurance or who are under-insured.

Advance tickets can be purchased at the Cornerstone Pub, located on the corner of Highway 57 and County Road F, in Baileys Harbor. Tickets may also be purchased by contacting the CCDC at 920.746.8989. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door the night of the event.

For more call 920.746.8989 ext. 105 or visit

• The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is celebrating National Teacher’s Day on May 3, 2011 by inviting individuals nationwide to nominate a special teacher, educator, tutor or other professional as an “Unsung Hero.”

The IDA will recognize each educator nominated as an “Unsung Hero” by sending a letter informing them of their nomination. In addition, the name of each honoree will be listed on the IDA website.

All teachers honored will be placed in a drawing for one free conference registration, $250 travel stipend, and three nights’ accommodations to attend IDA’s 62nd Annual Conference: “Reading, Literacy & Learning” from November 9 – 12, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.

Entries are due by May 15. To nominate an educator, visit

• The severe weather that recently struck northeast Wisconsin is a reminder of the importance of being prepared.

To ensure safety the Door County Emergency Management urges the public to be aware of the weather, and to tune into local TV or radio stations if the weather looks ominous. They also suggest learning the terms used by broadcasters and having a pre-designated safe place – such as a basement or interior room without windows.

According to a recent survey, 80 percent of Wisconsin residents had not taken basic emergency precautions and would not be prepared to respond if an emergency or disaster struck.

To request information on severe weather planning or purchase a NOAA Weather Radio, contact Ann DeMeuse at 920.746.7101.

• A group of Door County Girl Scouts are making plans to travel to Savannah, GA in October to visit the birthplace of the organization. Eight girls and their leaders will visit the birthplace of the Girl Scouts founder, Juliette Gordon-Low. The girls will visit Gordon-Low’s home, the first Girl Scouts headquarters, and other points of interest in the historic southern city. They also hope to explore Tybee Island, visit the Marine Science Center, and learn about the ecology of the saltwater coastline.

Fundraising activities will take place throughout Door County. For more information or to donate, contact Suzi Hass at 920.421.1379 or Joni Witalison at 920.421.1420.

• Ministry Door County Medical Center (MDCMC) Women’s and Children’s Health Center and the Community’s Garden are sponsoring “Food for Heath,” a series of 12 classes intended to make nutrition more fun by involving parents and their children in all facets of food – from planting seeds and nurturing a garden to cooking and eating. The medical center is partnering with the UW-Extension Door County office, area organic gardeners and local chefs in the program that began Tuesday, April 12.

Parents and their children, ages 8 to 15, will participate in the entire series. Classes will take place from 3:30 – 5 pm on April 12 and 26; May 10 and 24; June 14 and 28; July 12 and 26; August 9 and 23; and September 6 and 20. Classes will be held at various locations.

Register by calling the Ministry Door County Medical Center at 920.746.3592.

• The Northern Door Children’s Center will hold a “Zumba for Bricks” fundraiser on Friday, April 15. The children will Zumba with instructors to raise money for the center through selling bricks that are personalized and placed on the brick walk at the center. This portion of the event will take place from 4:30 – 5:15 pm at the center; all children are welcome.

The “Zumba Bash” at the Sister Bay Village Hall will take place from 6:30 – 8 pm; registration will be from 6 – 6:30 pm. The event will cost $10 per person and all proceeds will go to the Northern Door Children’s Center. There will also be a raffle with gifts donated from local businesses.

For more information, call the Northern Door Children’s Center at 920.854.4244 or Amie Brey at 920.854.6801.

• Phillip Whiteman, Jr., a nationally known Indian cultural consultant, storyteller and horseman will present a two-day workshop on employing Native American spiritual philosophy and practices to everyday life at the Nelson Healing Center.

April 30 from 9 am – 5 pm, Whiteman will share the oral history and philosophy that pertains to “Realigning with Spirit” using the foundational teachings of the Medicine Wheel Model. Sunday, May 1 from 9:30 – 4 pm, he will demonstrate the spiritual connections that exist between horse and horseman at Idlewild Farms.

The fee is $75 per day and lunch is included. For more information or to register call 920.818.0045 or visit

• Two Door County women in need will have the opportunity to pursue a health care career thanks to the Jacksonport Women’s Club, which recently contributed $900 to the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Educational Foundation in support of the Starting Over Project.

The grant will enable two low-income women from Door County to enroll in the Nursing Assistant technical diploma program at the NWTC Sturgeon Bay campus. The students’ tuition, books, and supplies will be funded through the club’s contribution. Prospective students will be identified this spring through a screening and scholarship application process proving financial need.

Applications for the Starting Over Project in Door County are currently being accepted. The application period will remain open until the two spots have been filled by applicants who meet all eligibility requirements. For more information or to apply, contact Pam Ray at 920.746.4902.

• May 14 a fundraising event will take place for Eric Murrock, who had a diving accident last July, rendering him a quadriplegic.

The event will feature a golf outing at The Orchards. In the evening, there will be a dinner/auction held at the Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. Money raised during the event will be used for outstanding and ongoing medical bills, as well as specialized equipment not covered by insurance.

For more information visit

• Recently, Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) students enrolled in Professor Bruce Cecka’s Surveying II class volunteered to help clarify Peninsula State Park’s infrastructure, including the 40-mile trail system. Forty students spent two days at Peninsula using GPS to map everything from roads to sewer covers.

“This graded project is a summative assessment,” said Cecka. “Students learn how to collect data and draft GIS maps using ARC software.” Proceeds from nature merchandise sales at Peninsula State Park (facilitated by Friends of Peninsula State Park) funded the group’s meals.

Trails, roads and campgrounds in Peninsula State Park are well marked, but published maps reflect “best guesses” as to exact locations. Today’s technology enables the park to collect data using state-of-the-art GPS units that take readings off of several satellites.

For more information call 920.868.3258.

• Volunteers are needed to help with grounds clean up at Scandia Village Good Samaritan, at 9 am on Saturday, April 30. A free picnic lunch will be provided by Scandia Village and will be prepared by members of the Kiwanis Club of Northern Door.

For more information or to sign up, call Nicki Scharrig at 920.854.2317.

• The 7th Annual Sister Bay Village Rummage Sale will be held Saturday, May 21 from 8 am – 4 pm. The first 35 registrations are guaranteed a place on the widely distributed and advertised map. Deadline for registration is Monday, May 2 and may be completed at the Village Administration Office.

This is a permitted outdoor sales event by zoning code, and requires everyone participating to be registered. Participants will share the expenses of advertising on thousands of printed maps, a website, and mass media advertising for a nominal fee of $10. They will also receive official signs to mark their location on the day of the sale.

Sister Bay restaurants are also invited to take part with offered coupons on the maps. To be included, call Sharon Doersching at 920.421.1941.

• Sturgeon Bay Jaycee’s Club is hosting a Fish Fry Fundraiser on Friday, April 15 from 5 pm – 8 pm. The event will take place at the Sturgeon Bay Jaycee Club House, located at 340 Jaycee Court in Sturgeon Bay. The community-based, non-profit club is a Young Person Leadership Organization (ages 21-41).

• Unity honored the organization’s hospice, palliative and bereavement care volunteers in recognition of National Volunteer Week, April 10 through April 16. At Unity, over 260 volunteers provided 25,125 hours in 2010 to help care for patients and families throughout Northeast Wisconsin.

Unity, based in Green Bay with offices in Marinette, Shawano and Sturgeon Bay, always welcomes new individuals to serve as volunteers throughout its 12-county service area.

For more information call 920.338.1111.

• Tickets are now available for the ninth annual Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration to be held Thursday, April 28 at Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay. This event honors outstanding volunteers in the community, recognizes the importance of the organizations through which they work and supports the Volunteer Center’s programming.

During the celebration, each honoree will be individually recognized and presented with a nomination gift designed by Tara Nikko Rossman. The five award recipients will receive a custom designed art piece by Plum Bottom Pottery plus $500 to designate to a Door County charity of their choice. The Youth recipient will receive a $500 academic scholarship.

Kimberly Sawyer, Miss Wisconsin 2010, will speak on her platform, “Service for the Soul – Finding Your Passion in Volunteering.” Marti Spittell Ziegelbauer, philanthropist and women’s health advocate, will be returning as Master of Ceremonies.

Tickets for the event are $35 per person and available only in advance by calling the Volunteer Center at 920.746.7704. To learn more about volunteer opportunities in Door County, visit

• The Village of Sister Bay will be sponsoring a Community Shredding Day on Saturday, April 30. Village residents can stop by the parking lot on the former Walkway Shops property located at the corner of N. Bay Shore Drive and Mill Road from 9 – 11:45 am to have their personal documents securely shredded. The event is free but only open to Village residents and businesses who can provide proof of residency or business location.

Documents to be shredded may include old bank statements and other papers listing bank account information, credit card statements and documents listing credit card numbers, credit applications, pre-approved credit offers, old pay stubs, old utility bills, old tax records, and any and all other outdated records which contain identification numbers.

All shredded materials will be recycled. For more information call the Village Administration Office at 920.854.4118.

• Last May, during National Women’s Health Week, over 300 women’s health supporters came together at the first Wisconsin Women’s Health Policy Summit with a shared vision of raising the status of Wisconsin women’s health. Over the course of the past year, women’s health advocates, patients, providers, and policy leaders worked together to prioritize six important steps to advance Wisconsin women’s health. The Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health (WAWH) released the first ever Wisconsin Women’s Health Policy Agenda on behalf of the collective women’s health community.

To view a copy of the 2011 Wisconsin Women’s Health Policy Agenda, visit

• The public is welcome to honor a special women in their lives this Mother’s Day with a donation to Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Project. Honorees will receive a special recognition card.

To honor someone, visit and print off the Honoree Application form. Payment and forms must be received by May 1. Donations and recognition cards will be accepted and sent until June 30 for those who wish to recognize someone’s birthday, anniversary or other occasion.

For more information, contact Door County Habitat for Humanity at 920.743.2869.

• In partnership with the Door County Home Builders Association (DCHBA), Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) and area school districts, the Door Kewaunee Business & Education Partnership (DKBEP) is currently looking for interested parties who would like to have a home built in Kewaunee County.

The DKBEP High School Home Construction Program, established in 2007, has successfully built and sold four custom, high quality homes in Sturgeon Bay and Luxemburg. Up to 15 junior and senior high school students representing Algoma, Kewaunee and Southern Door School Districts will have the opportunity to construct a home from start to finish during the 2011/12 school calendar year. Participating students will be involved in all aspects of home construction under the direct guidance of an NWTC contracted instructor and a project advisor representing an area building professional. Upon successful completion of the program, each student will earn 16 transcripted credits for advanced placement in the Wood Tech Technical Diploma one-year program at NWTC. Completion date of the home is set for May 2012.

For more information contact Tara LeClair at 920.743.3113 ext. 205 or via email at [email protected].