Kurtz Corral Hosts 50th Anniversary Celebration

• Kurtz Corral is celebrating their 50th anniversary by raising money for the Door County Humane Society (DCHS).

The celebration will take place on June 21, beginning at 5 pm. The event will feature evening and moonlit horseback rides, a bonfire, food sponsored by Casey’s, and an acoustic drum circle (attendees are welcome to bring instruments).

The entrance fee is free for DCHS members or by purchasing an annual membership to the DCHS, starting at $25. Attendees are encouraged to make reservations for the event by June 18.

Kurtz Corral is located at 5712 Howard Lane in Sturgeon Bay. For more information call 920.743.6742 or visit

To learn more about the DCHS visit

• June’s Donation Creation Pizza at the Wild Tomato in Fish Creek will benefits war veterans at Door County’s Operation Welcome Homes. The Cheeseburger Pizza was created in honor of USA veterans returning home from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Operation Welcome Homes was started in 2006 by Don Rubin and his wife Barbara Weiner. Since then, the program has provided free vacations to more than 100 military families since its inception.

Each month the Wild Tomato in Fish Creek honors one specific local charity organization with a Donation Creation – an original, wood-fired, gourmet pizza recipe specially designed to benefit a select Door County non-profit organization. One dollar for each Donation Creation pizza sold goes to support that month’s local non-profit beneficiary.

The Cheeseburger Pizza features Door County’s Narrowgate Farms grass-fed beef, bacon, cheddar cheese, Roma tomatoes and red onions all on a sesame-seed crust with a special spice and condiment sauce base. The pizza is topped off with iceberg lettuce, French fries and a deep-fried pickle. The small 12” pizza is $17.95 and the large 16” pizza is $21.95.

For more information call the Wild Tomato at 920.868.3095.

To learn more about Operation Welcome Homes, Inc. visit

• The entire community is invited to attend a Community Needs Assessment at the Door County YMCA on June 23 at noon at the Northern Door Program Center in Fish Creek.

“In fulfilling the YMCA’s promise as the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, we feel it is important to invite the entire community to share their thoughts and concerns with us as we plan for the future,” said Dan Powell, Chief Executive Officer of the Door County YMCA.

During the one and half hour brainstorming sessions individuals will be asked to assist and identify what they feel are the critical needs facing our community.

A light meal will be provided. Please contact the Door County YMCA at 920.868.3660 to sign-up to participate.

• The way patients talk to family and friends can literally affect their illness experience according to a new book entitled I’m Sick, Can We Talk? by Dr. Mary Carson, a summer resident in Ellison Bay. In the book, Carson shares strategies rooted in General Semantics Theory that can help patients and caregivers be more mindful of their language choices, resulting in reduced anxiety and increased hope.

“I learned the strategies in my undergrad career at Alverno College, and then used them when my dad was dying from cancer,” said Carson, a communications professor at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. “They helped me better handle both his illness and death. Since then I’ve conducted more research and have shared strategies informally through hospice volunteer experiences. Both patients and caregivers encouraged me to put it all in a book to help even more people.”

The book is available at as well as Amazon (print and e-book) and Barnes & Noble.

• The Cowboy Church of Northern Door is scheduled to run for eight weeks starting June 19. The services will feature a country acoustic music house band, a 30-minute concert preformed by a guest artist, and a short message. At the close of the service there will be an open mic for those wishing to perform.

Services will be conducted every Sunday from 10 – 11 am at the horse barn at 12376 Timberline Road, one mile north of Uncle Tom’s candy store. Depending on the weather attendees may bring lawn chairs.

For more information contact Pastor Lloyd at 920.421.1327 or via email at [email protected].

• United Way of Door County is pleased to announce the four recipients of its scholarship program awards. Each award is in the amount of $500, which can be used for any educational expense.

Nicholas Jon VanDreese of Sturgeon Bay was awarded a scholarship. During the past four years, he has volunteered at the Badger Boy event, and been involved with various mission opportunities at the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church, the Sunshine House, the YMCA and Altrusa.

Two graduates from Gibraltar High School received scholarships as well – Hannah Cole and Holly Joy Free. Cole has been a life-long member and volunteer for the Girl Scouts organization and has volunteered her time at Peninsula Players, the Door County Library system, the YMCA, Third Avenue Playhouse, and knitted for the needy. Free has been very active within the community by volunteering for a 30-Hour Famine and helping with elementary music and art classes.

The recipient from Southern Door High School is Abraham Kielar. He has been involved in mission trips with his church, volunteering with the Southern Door School District’s AODA coalition, the Forestville Library, and a school blood drive with the American Red Cross.

For more information call 920.746.9645 or email [email protected].

• The Wellness Center of Door County has invited women between the ages of 18 to 30 to participate in a new program called Woman Food. Participants will gather once a month to cook and share a meal, engage in lively discussion, learn about gardening, and shop for fresh produce while making new friends and learning about nutritious, delicious foods and breastfeeding.

The purpose of the Woman Food program is to empower women of childbearing age to appropriately feed their own bodies and to trust their bodies to provide healthy, life sustaining food for their infants.

The first gathering will take place on June 25 from 10 am – noon at United Methodist Church in Sturgeon Bay. Subsequent gatherings will be held on the fourth Saturday of each month, June through November. The program is free and childcare will be provided.

For more information contact Susan via email at [email protected] or call the Wellness Center of Door County at 920.746.9444 to register for Woman Food. The group is limited to 10 women; early registration is encouraged.

• HELP of Door County recently released their Coupons for a Cause booklets. For the cost of $20, people can support the organization’s efforts to eliminate domestic abuse while saving hundreds of dollars countywide. Coupons are redeemable for a variety of services, including restaurants home improvement, entertainment, landscaping, and home furnishings. Call HELP of Door County at 920.743.8785.

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