Sturgeon Bay Hosts First Fridays April 13

• The next First Fridays event in downtown Sturgeon Bay is scheduled for April 13; please note the date change due to the Easter Holiday. The highlighted nonprofits will be the Sexual Assault Center of Door County, the Alcohol and Other Drug Coalition, and Open Door Youth Services.

Local businesses will have expanded hours with some of them open until 8 pm. Many will feature refreshments and live entertainment.

Representatives from the featured nonprofits will be at a few of the participating businesses to answer questions about the services they provide.

Untitled Books will again host a poetry reading.

For more information contact the United Way of Door County office at 920.746.9645 or email [email protected].

• Hietpas Chiropractic and Anytime Fitness will be hosting a free “Girl’s Night Out” for all women April 19 from 4 – 8 pm at the Jaycee Hall in Sturgeon Bay, located at 340 N. Jaycee Court. The event will feature chair massages, body wraps, spinal screenings, and representatives from over 20 home networking businesses who will be displaying their wares. The event will also feature four guest speakers presenting topics of interest to all women.

The event is “a convenient way to see or sample all the things those in-home party-based businesses offer, like cosmetics, jewelry, baskets, candles, soaps, candy, food containers and more,” said Dr. Cathleen Hietpas.

For more information call Hietpas Chiropractic at 920.743.2200 or the Jaycee Clubhouse at 920.743.4224.

• The Northern Door Health & Wellness Ministry continues its Community Health Information Programs with their April 22 presentation of “Transportation in Northern Door” at Sister Bay Baptist Church at 4 pm.

The program will be presented by Pam Busch of Door-Tran and Roger Tepe of Door-2-Door and Door County Department of Social Services.

• Baylake Bank employees are coordinating a unique “Crowns and Gowns” clothing drive for teens in Door County. Autumn Brown of Green Bay, who remembers struggling to afford typical high school activities like prom and homecoming, originally developed this event.

Baylake Bank employees are asking co-workers and the public to donate casual or formal dresses, jewelry, shoes, or purses. Items may be dropped off at Baylake Bank locations in Fish Creek, Sturgeon Bay, and Brussels, or at Anytime Fitness in Sturgeon Bay. Donations will be accepted until April 5.

Dresses and other accessories will be distributed on April 6 at an event exclusively for students, with any items left over from the drive available for purchase by the general public. The public sale will be held April 7 from 8:30 am – 12 pm at the Baylake Bank Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay. Anyone who donates an item by April 5 will receive a $10 coupon for use at the April 7 sale.

For more information call 920.743.5551 or 1.800.267.3610.

• Bob Harlan, former Chairman of the Board and President of the Green Bay Packers, and Ron Wolf, former General Manager of the Green Bay Packers, will headline the 3rd Annual Celebrity golf outing to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Door County presented by Jim Olson Motors.

Other celebrities scheduled to participate in the fundraiser are former Green Bay Packers Jerry Kramer, Dave Robinson, Doug Hart and Harry Sydney, philanthropist Marti Spittell-Ziegelbauer, Portland Trail Blazers basketball player Joel Przybilla, former NFL player Chris Greisen and WLUK Sports Director Drew Smith.

The event will take place June 12 at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club in Egg Harbor. The outing will include lunch, dinner and a live auction conducted by WBAY news anchor Bill Jartz.

Proceeds raised by last year’s event helped the club serve over 200 youth in Door County with programs that provide help with homework, outdoor clothing, mentoring, healthy meals, and more.

For more information about the event visit or call Heather Powell at 920.746.5125 or Willie Schartner at 920.495.1218.

• The Northern Door Cowboy Church has begun a Packet of Hope Project to provide seniors in Door County with Cowboy Church Instrumental music and short sermonettes. Friends of the Cowboy Church have generously covered the production costs. Local volunteer talent created the CD, which is passed out as a gift from the church.

The Cowboy Church house band supplied the old time gospel music; Lloyd Michalsen provided six short sermonettes with music written by Patrick Smits. The CD was recorded at High Frequency Studios in Sister Bay on a volunteer basis.

The Northern Door Cowboy Church meets in Robert Tidball’s horse barn in Ellison Bay from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

For more in formation or to receive a CD, contact Lloyd Michalsen via email at [email protected] or call 920.421.1327.

• The Friends of Door County Libraries’ 2011 celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week has gained recognition from the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF, a division of the American Library Association).

In its profile of innovative and notable observances nationwide, the January-February issue of The Voice, the organization’s nationally distributed newsletter, spotlighted the Friends’ presentation of Wisconsin Poet Laureate Bruce Dethlefsen and reading by local high school students at the Miller Art Museum last October.

Through its members and activities, the Friends of Door County Libraries funds materials, programs and projects to benefit all of the Door County Libraries and its patrons.

• The Piggly Wiggly Store in Sister Bay is teaming up with Door County Humane Society Volunteers and Board Members for a “Shopping Day” aimed at gathering supplies for the shelter on March 31 from 10 am – 2 pm.

Volunteers will have a “Wish List” of animal and cleaning supplies in hand at the store entrance. Donations to help animals are appreciated.

• The Ephraim Yacht Club offers scholarships for its 2012 junior group sailing lesson program to year-round residents of Door County.

Scholarships include tuition discounted to only 1/3 of the regular price, a free student membership, a free textbook and use of a life jacket. A typical two-week lesson session includes 10 days (30 hours) of instruction for a regular price of $300. A scholarship student would receive 30 hours of instruction for $100.

The scholarship application process is simple, requires no paperwork, and is confidential. Scholarship students participate in lessons on an equal basis with all other EYC students. EYC membership is not necessary to apply for a scholarship. Parents who wish to apply for junior scholarships should email [email protected].

The EYC offers lessons over a nine-week period beginning June 11, in a single one-week session and four two-week sessions. Lessons are taught Monday through Friday both in the mornings and afternoons. Lessons are offered for beginners through advanced students, from first graders through teenagers.

For more information visit or email [email protected].

• Wisconsin Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers that general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) began on March 12 and continues through April 6. During this signup period, landowners may offer eligible land for CRP’s competitive general signup at their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.

Land currently not enrolled in CRP may be offered in this signup provided all eligibility requirements are met. Additionally, current CRP participants with contracts expiring on September 30 may make new contract offers. Contracts awarded under this signup are scheduled to become effective October 1, 2012.

For more information, visit

• The new community walking program, “Walk the Walk with Dr. Nate,” was introduced during Wisdom Wednesday, a monthly learning session at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA on March 7.

The four week program began on Monday, March 12 and continues the following three Mondays at 5:30 pm at the Ministry North Shore Medical Clinic parking lot. Everyone is welcome to participate including children and pets.

The final walk will take place April 2 and feature a five-mile walk.

Looking to the future, Dr. Nate Hayes hopes to expand his walking program to include biking or running. “My goal right now is simple – it’s to get people outside and active. But I’d like to expand the program to include more goals such as weight loss, lowering resting heart rate and decreasing body fat percentage.”

Dr. Hayes provides Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine services at North Shore Medical Clinic in Sturgeon Bay. He is board certified in Family Medicine.

• Steve Leonard, executive director of The Ridges Sanctuary, will be the guest speaker at the April 11 meeting of the Northern Door Breakfast Rotary at 7:30 am at Bjorklunden Lodge in Baileys Harbor.

At the end of October 2011, The Ridges Sanctuary purchased the Sandpiper Restaurant property on Highway 57 in Baileys Harbor. However, through an environmental investigation of the site in 2010, it was discovered that there had been some soil contamination as a result of the fish boils, which had been held on the property for many years.

Together with geologist Roger Kuhns, the DNR, Omni Professional Environmental Associates, and The Boldt Company, The Ridges formulated a remediation plan which was satisfactory to all parties, enabling the organization to proceed with the land purchase.

“What grew out of this process was a community problem-solving model for dealing with situations like this,” said Leonard. “We’re eager to share our findings and our solution with the community and pleased that Rotary has given us this opportunity.”

As part of the April 11 presentation, Leonard will discuss his experiences with the Sandpiper site and review the plan which has been put in place to remediate the soil. Representatives from Omni Professional Environmental Associates will also be present to answer questions.

For more information call 920.839.2802.

• Northern Door Rotary Club is working with Northern Door students to form one of the first Interact Clubs for middle school adolescents in the nation. Interact is Rotary’s services club for young people focused on helping the community and building leadership skills through the development of one local and one international service project each year.

The Fish Creek YMCA will host Interact’s first informational meeting for students and their families on April 17 at 3:30 pm. Interact is a place for adolescents to express what is important to them in their community and create self-led projects to make improvements. Rotary works to expose youth to new opportunities and experiences while building leadership skills in an accepting environment.

For more information contact Jess Holland, Youth Advocate at HELP of Door County, Inc., at 920.743.8785 or via email at [email protected].

• “Living Well with Chronic Conditions” self-management workshop will be held on Fridays through April 13 and May 18 from 1 – 3:30 pm at Good Samaritan Scandia Village.

The workshop is designed to improve the self-management skills of people living with long-term health issues. Those caring for people with chronic conditions can also benefit from this action-oriented, problem-solving course.

Taught by specially-trained leaders, the program covers a new topic each week and provides opportunities for interaction and group problem solving.

The workshop is offered free of charge, but donations for materials are appreciated. Registration is required. Participants should be able to attend all six sessions, and will receive the Living Well book, materials, and refreshments provided by Good Samaritan Scandia Village.

For more information or to enroll in the workshop, call Donna DeNardo at 920.854.2317.

• Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP) will host their Annual Garage Sale on March 31 from 9 am – 3 pm.

TAP will be selling a hodgepodge of items, everything from props to knick-knacks to assorted furniture pieces. All proceeds from the sale will be used to help create the Studio Theatre Space at TAP.

TAP is located at 239 N 3rd Avenue in Sturgeon Bay.

• United Way of Door County has invited the public to their 2012 Annual Meeting on April 18 at Bistro 42 in the Door Peninsula Winery in Carlsville.

A Community Gathering will be held from 5 – 6 pm, with a program to follow from 6 – 7 pm. A short business meeting will give way to honoring award recipients, especially the coveted Bob Steifvater “Magnificent” Volunteer of the Year Award, given to a United Way volunteer who displayed exemplary community service.

In addition, new board members will be elected and outgoing board members will be honored for their volunteer service to United Way of Door County.

Tickets are $15 per person and include heavy hors d’oeuvres.

To attend this event, contact the United Way office at 920.746.9645 prior to April 9.

• Unity, leaders in hospice and palliative care, received $7,000 from the Shopko Foundation to support its palliative care program.

The announcement was made following the foundation’s review of February applicants for its Green Bay Area Community Grants program.

In addition, Unity announced the additions of Julie Gerczak, Director of Tourism & Visitor Services for the Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Dee Geurts-Bengtson, Director of Community Relations at St. Norbert College, to its Community Development Council.

Unity’s Community Development Council is comprised of community leaders who serve as advisors to Unity for community outreach and fundraising efforts throughout Unity’s 12-county service area. Gerczak and Geurts-Bengtson join 2012 chair Mike Blaney and members Julie Blank, Elizabeth Kostichka, Ann Renard, Fred Schmidt, Mike Vogel, Sue Watts and John Zakowski. Completing terms in 2011 were Kay Ferguson, Father Dane Radecki, JoAnn Reimer and Bill Schneider, MD.

For more information call 920.338.1111 or visit