Several fun community events are coming up at Southern Door Schools that you will not want to miss. The Southern Door Elementary and Middle School Art Departments are sponsoring the 13th annual Fine Arts Festival from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Student art work will be hanging on the walls in the hallways and cafeteria, and musical performances by the Middle School students will take place in the cafeteria.
During the festival, attendees can browse the Scholastic Book Fair. This is a free family event to attend. Ice cream sundaes will be for sale in the cafeteria to help fund future artist-in-residence projects.
Southern Door Elementary School is participating in Relay Recess, an extension of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Students will learn to make healthy choices about nutrition, physical activity, sun safety and tobacco prevention as well as raise funds for cancer research.
The event is paired with Screen Free week, which encourages families to turn away from technology - video games, computers, television and more - and give physical activity a try. Students will participate in different themes each day April 22-26 and will have a "penny war" to see several teachers complete silly challenges.
A community Recess Relay event will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 25 in the Eagle Gym. Families and community members are welcome to attend and walk around the gym that will be decorated with white luminaries in honor or memory of people who have experienced cancer. A survivor lap will be held at 6:15 pm.
Educational booths from local community organizations will be set up as well. The YMCA will have an obstacle course set up in the middle of the gym for children to enjoy. Popcorn and water will be available.
An Adopt a Soldier collection bin is at the Brussels branch of Baylake Bank. Pick up a few goodies at the store and drop them in the bin to help brighten the day of local soldiers serving abroad and at stations throughout the United States. Boxes will be packed and sent out at the end of the month so they get to the soldiers by Memorial Day.
If you need some ideas, here are just a few: peanut butter and jelly, microwave popcorn, lip balm, non-aerosol deodorant (no aerosols), baby wipes, toothbrushes, cotton swabs, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, powdered drink mixes, gum, beef jerky (no pork), hard candy, tuna or chicken in pouches, and easy open cans of food. Some creative ideas include small Nerf footballs, travel size board games, water balloons and DVDs. Notes of encouragement are great.
Donations are tax-deductible. Place your receipt with name and address on the back with your donated items in the collection box to receive an in-kind donation form by mail.
Send monetary donations to the Forestville American Legion Auxiliary Post 372 (note that it is for Adopt a Soldier) at 1603 County DK, Brussels, WI 54204, or stop in at Baylake Bank to make a donation. For more information, contact Hutchinson at (920) 823-2164 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The town of Brussels annual meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Brussels Community Center. In addition to the usual town information presented at the meeting, Scott Nelson, traffic safety engineer with the Department of Transportation, will give a presentation on a possible design change to the intersection of County C and Wisconsin 57 to make it safer. The public is encouraged to attend.
The 11th annual Door County 4-H Small Animal Sale and Swap begins at 7 a.m. April 20 at the Door County Co-op Country Store, 317 Green Bay Road in Sturgeon Bay. Many 4-H participants will find animals to raise as a fair project at the swap, but the event is open to the general public to come and have a look at the animals.
For folks purchasing poultry, pullorum testing will be available on site. Arrive early for the best selection of animals. Admission is $1 per person and includes entry into a door prize drawing. The event is held rain or shine.
Venders interested in booth space, which includes covered areas and electricity, can contact Mike Riederer at (920) 737-1741 or the Door County Co-op Country Store at (920) 743-3422.
Mark your calendars for upcoming events at the Southern Door Community Auditorium. At 7 p.m. May 4 Cavern Beat - The Best of the Beatles - will be in concert. Cavern Beat is a top-notch Beatles tribute band. Tickets are $10 each and available online at www.southerndoorauditorium.org. The concert is sponsored by Ministry Door County Medical Center and proceeds will benefit several special projects at the school, such as the Eagle Community Walking Trail.
"Art on the Wild Side," a visual and performing arts day camp for elementary students, will take place at the Southern Door Auditorium July 15-19. Find out more at www.southerndoorauditorium.org.
Missoula Children's Theatre returns to Southern Door Schools for the production of "The Secret Garden." Auditions will be held after school on April 22 at the Southern Door Auditorium for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Approximately 50-60 local students will be cast to appear in the show. The public performance of "The Secret Garden" will be at 1 p.m. April 27 at the Southern Door Community Auditorium.
Don't forget to stop in for some Booyah and homemade bread at the Belgian Heritage Center, 1255 County DK, Brussels (the former St. Mary of the Snows Church), from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Eat in and bring your own carryout container to purchase some to take home with you to enjoy. The menu includes booyah, bread, dessert and a beverage. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children and children 3 or younger are admitted free. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Belgian Heritage Center's mission.