Displays at the recent CCDC open house.

• The Community Clinic of Door County (CCDC) held its first-ever fundraising event selling raffle tickets over the course of the summer, culminating in an Open House Gala on Thursday, August 26. Many local businesses generously supported the fundraising event, donating well over $3,000 worth of goods and services to the Community Clinic to include in the raffle. All raffle prizewinners were announced at the Open House and the grand prize was a five-night Caribbean Cruise through Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. The winning ticket went to a local Brussels couple, Natasha and Matthew Phillips.

Numerous friends and supporters of the Community Clinic attended the Open House Gala and were provided a personal tour of the facility by CCDC staff, Board Members, and other CCDC volunteers. Guests who toured the Clinic were given a prime opportunity to learn more explicitly about the Community Clinic’s mission of providing primary and mental health care to the uninsured of Door County.

“The Community Clinic may well be Door’s best kept secret,” wrote one Open House guest, “but certainly not to those who benefit, whether as recipients or as donors. All of us are touched, and blessed, by this example of the practice of humanity in a seemingly inhumane world.”

For more information call toll-free at 888.698.8989 or visit

• Sunday, September 26 marks the installation date of Ephraim Moravian Church’s new pastor, the Rev. Dawn E. Volpe, and her first Sunday in the pulpit.

A native of Staten Island, New York, she graduated magna cum laude from Wagner College in Staten Island, and went on to receive her Master of Divinity degree from the Moravian Seminary in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She has joined Ephraim Moravian after serving 19 years as pastor of the Trinity Moravian Church in New Carrollton, Maryland.

Following the 10 am installation and service, there will be a light lunch served to greet Pastor Dawn, her husband Bob, and their son Robert, who is attending Gibraltar’s middle school. The community is invited to join.

Ephraim Moravian Church is located at 9970 Moravia Street in Ephraim. For more information call 920.854.5521.

• The sixth annual Gibraltar Booster Club Fundraiser held at the Gibraltar Grill in Fish Creek will be held on Friday, September 17 and Saturday, September 18. Ten percent of all sale proceeds at the restaurant for both days will be donated to the Booster Club.

The public is welcome to dine at Gibraltar Grill on Friday for lunch or dinner before the Vikings game against Brillion. To celebrate the football team’s victory, the Gibraltar Grill has “Cookee and the Ghost” performing on Saturday beginning at 7:30 pm. Cookee will perform a variety of old tunes including songs by Simon and Garfunkel.

The Gibraltar Grill is located at 3993 Main Street (Hwy 42) in Fish Creek, just down the hill from Gibraltar School.

• When the archery deer season opens on Saturday, September 18, Hunt For The Hungry will be accepting donated deer for their 16th season. The program processes the deer and wild game for many area food pantries, including Paul’s Pantry in Green Bay.

In addition to the standard donation of whole deer, the organization will be introducing a “Pound For The Pantry” program. Hunt For The Hungry venison processors will be encouraging area deer hunters to donate a small portion of venison from the deer these hunters plan to keep for their own families.

On Wednesday, October 20 the Hunt For The Hungry will host “Buck Fever Night” at the Stadium View on Holmgren Way in Green Bay. The event is special night for area deer hunters, featuring live youth/adult archery and air gun shooting, venison samples, and prizes including a 2010 Polaris ATV, a wide screen TV, gift cards, and more. Admission to the event is free with a canned or non-perishable food donation to Paul’s Pantry.

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• Neighbor-to-Neighbor Volunteer Caregivers of Door County are sponsoring their second annual Door County Rib Fest, Saturday, October 2 from 4 – 8 pm at Andre’s Food & Spirits. The night’s fare will include samples of each chef’s signature ribs, baked beans, coleslaw, and desserts. The event will also include DJ/Karaoke by Ken-Ya-Sing, and a silent auction and bucket drawing with items from Door County businesses. Attendees may vote for their favorite ribs in the professional and amateur categories.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children. For more information and/or to reserve tickets call the Neighbor-to-Neighbor office at 920.743.7800. All proceeds from the event will support Neighbor-to-Neighbor programs.

• Peninsula Players Theatre has received a matching grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board in the amount of $22,804 through the Wisconsin Arts Board’s Creation & Presentation Program.

The grant is in essence a renewal of last year’s grant, the amount of which was based on the Players being one of the highest-scoring applicants for these state grants. The theater will submit a new application for evaluation in February.

Peninsula Players provides live theatrical productions for more than 38,000 patrons attending the five summer and autumn productions. Another 6,000 attend a range of free community outreach programs including theater tours, seminars, school programs, and The Big Read Door County.

Funds from the Wisconsin Arts Board will augment the strong support Peninsula Players receives from the community and visitors through ticket sales, individual contributions, and corporate and foundation support, including the National Endowment for the Arts. Organizations that receive Arts Board funding are required to match state tax dollars with such additional public and private funds.

For more information visit

• Local high school students and their parents are invited to learn more about spending a year abroad as an exchange student.

The Rotary Youth Exchange program is one of the pre-eminent student exchange programs in the world. For nearly three decades, each year a handful of Door County students spend a year overseas sponsored by the Sturgeon Bay Rotary Club and the Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Club.

An informational meeting for interested students and parents will be held on Wednesday, September 29 at 6:30 pm in the Jane Greene Room of the Sturgeon Bay Library at 107 S. 4th Avenue in Sturgeon Bay.

Rotary Youth Exchange’s goal is to promote the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace at the person-to-person level. It is targeted at high school students, aged 16-18, who are interested in living and studying abroad for one year.

Local Rotary Club representatives will outline specifics of the 11-month exchange program. Students who have (or currently are) involved in the Rotary Youth Exchange programs will be on hand to answer questions as well.

The meeting will also outline Rotary International’s rules and expectations, financial obligations of participating students and families, and address the application process.

For more information about Rotary Youth Exchange contact Sue Anschutz at 920.743.1057 or Bret Bicoy at 920.746.1786.

• The Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church’s “Health & Wellness” cabinet ministry will be presenting a series of presentations dealing with the various aspects of diabetes.

“An Introduction to Diabetes” will be presented by Ruth Norton, R.N., a certified Diabetes Educator, on Sunday, September 26 at 4 pm.

The second program, “Diabetes and Vision,” presented by Dr. Paul Filar, an optometrist, will be presented on Sunday, October 24 at 4 pm.

The third and final program, “Nutrition Management for Diabetes Control,” presented by Carmen Schroeder, a registered dietician and diabetic educator, will be presented on Sunday, November 14 at 4 pm.

The programs, free and open to the public, will be presented at The Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church located in Ellison Bay. For more information visit

• A Kermis, the traditional Belgian harvest festival, will be held Sunday, September 26 to celebrate saving the former St. Mary of the Snows Church building in Namur.

The Kermis will be held from 11 am – 5 pm on the former church grounds located at the curve of County Highway DK in Namur. The church is located next to the official state historic marker for the Belgian Settlement.

The fun will be centered on the traditional Belgian fare: trippe, booyah, Belgian pie, and a cooyah card tournament. Music will be provided by local high school student, Brittany Hallet and local DJ, “The Milkman.” Pipe organ music will be played throughout the day on the historic church pipe organ by former organists from the church. Local stained glass artist Gary Chaudoir will hold glass fusing and slumping demonstrations.

At 1 pm and 3 pm, Belgian historian, Dr Bill Laatsch will present a lecture. Participants are invited to bring old photos of the church and/or memorabilia connected with the church and the historic Belgian Settlement.

Proceeds from the event will help support the foundation’s plans to stabilize the building and establish a new use for the building as the Wisconsin Belgian Heritage Center.

To preregister for the cooyah tournament, call Carol Price at 920.825.1353. For information about participating in the Belgian pie-baking contest, call Jenny Jandrin at 920.825.7261.

• The Rev. Bryan Massingale, associate professor of moral theology at Marquette University, will be the “Tom Bennett-Stella Maris Distinguished Speaker” on Saturday, September 25 at 1 pm. The presentation will take place at Stella Maris Parish in Fish Creek (on Highway 42 opposite the main entrance to Peninsula State Park.) His speech, “An Instrument of Your Peace: Christian Witness and the Challenge of Unity with Our Adversaries,” grows out of his extensive research on ways to both reconcile a divided world and to reduce tensions within the Church.

Massingale is the immediate past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the winner of Marquette University’s highest award for Teaching Excellence. He received his doctorate in theology in 1991 from the Academica Alphonsianum, Rome, Italy, and has been teaching theology since then, winning high honors from his professional peers and from his students.

The Distinguished Speaker Series is named after one of its principal founders, the late Dr. Thomas J. Bennett, professor and administrator at Marquette University and Loyola University Chicago prior to his retirement to Door County.

Massingale’s lecture is free and open to the public. Questions from the audience will be welcomed.

• The Top of The Hill Shops in Fish Creek will hosts its annual “Taste of the Top” on Saturday, September 25. This year’s event will benefit both Habitat for Humanity and the Door County Humane Society.

Children play with kitten at last year’s Taste of the Top.

Habitat for Humanity will be on site building a playhouse; visitors are invited to help. The finished playhouse will be raffled off at 5 pm. Tickets, $1 each or 5 for $4, can be purchased at participating Top of the Hill shops, at the Habitat office in Sturgeon Bay, or the day of the event at the Habitat for Humanity booth.

The annual Pet Parade, hosted by The Door County Humane Society, will begin at 2 pm. The public is welcome to bring their pets.

Trendy Tails, from Top of The Hill Shops, has donated a log cabin doghouse to the Humane Society to be raffled off at 5 pm. Tickets, $1 each, are available at Trendy Tails and at the Humane Society booth during the festival.

The Wine Gallery will host wine tasting and The Main Course will be providing demonstrations of new gadgets and equipment for cooks.

Crusty Uprising will feature Chuck Sully’s delicious home baked breads and The Knights of Columbus will be back again with their famous barbeque beef sandwiches, beer and soda. The Top of the Hill Cafe, serving both inside and out, will feature homemade soups, Door County Cherry Brats, Italian beef sandwiches, and cherry pie.

The Top of the Hill Shops are located on the corner of Highway 42 and County Highway F in Fish Creek.

• At a sold-out “Celebrate Women” luncheon on September 1, it was announced to a crowd of more than 300 women that the Women’s Fund of Door County is now accepting its first round of grant applications to support programs that directly affect women and girls in Door County.

Thanks to generous Door County donors, the Women’s Fund will offer these grants during their first year of operation. The Women’s Fund was formed to serve as a comprehensive resource that promotes understanding the status of women and girls in order to improve their quality of living. It is the only organization in Door County that takes this holistic approach to assisting women at every stage of life and development.

Applicant organizations must be either 501(c)(3) public charities or a unit of government. Applications must be received in the offices of the Door County Community Foundation by 4 pm on Monday, November 1.

The ideal grant applications will address education and information needs of women and girls, build self-esteem and dignity, or support solutions to critical issues faced by women and girls in Door County.

Several grants will be awarded during this cycle. The organization anticipates the maximum grant will be $1,000.

For more information call 920.746.1786 or visit

• In celebration of Carla and Ellsworth Peterson’s enduring philanthropy to the Y and local community, the Door County YMCA will be honoring the couple at the annual Heritage Club Dinner on Wednesday, September 29 at Stone Harbor Resort at 5:30 pm. All are invited to attend.

Ellsworth and Carla Peterson’s support has been monumental and instrumental in creating and sustaining the Door County YMCA over the past 25 years.

“Carla and Ellsworth’s generosity and civic pride expressed through their benevolence has shaped and provided great opportunity for all in Door County for the past half of a century,” said Dan Powell, Door County YMCA, CEO. The Carla & Ellsworth Peterson Foundation has contributed millions of dollars to the community through the Y and local organizations like the Maritime Museum, Peninsula Players, Door County Land Trust, American Folklore Theatre, Ministry Door County Medical Center, Birch Creek, and many others.

This is an opportunity to not only thank Carla and Ellsworth Peterson for all of their work in the community as they retire from the Door County YMCA Endowment Board, but to thank all who are part of the Heritage Club.

The community is welcome to attend. Tables and individual tickets are available for reservations by contacting the YMCA at 920.743.4949. Cost of the dinner is $25 per person. Seating is limited and reservations are required by September 22.