FREE PUBLIC EVENT: Spring Senior Wellness Open House

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Pine Haven Christian Communities will host a senior wellness open house at their Giddings Avenue campus in Sheboygan Falls from 1pm – 4pm on May 5, 2018. This event is open to the public and will provide entertainment and wellness checks for seniors who attend.

This event will start at 1pm with musical entertainment and an ice cream social. Attendees are invited to enjoy the music and sing along with residents. Choose your own topping ice cream sundaes will be served. At 2pm, there will be a brain fitness class. Participants can join in to keep their brains healthy and active. During this hour, each attendee will be invited to get their own individual wellness screening including a blood pressure check, a brain wellness assessment, and balance and gait testing. From 3-4pm, join in for a social hour. Attendees will have the option to participate in games and socialize with residents, take a tour of the campus, take a ride in Pine Haven’s taxi bike, and/or get a demonstration of the IN2L interactive system.

“Our mission is to serve Christ by meeting the needs of seniors,” said Pine Haven’s Community Outreach Director, Karin Oliver-Kreft. “This event is designed to be fun for residents and attendees – and to help encourage everyone to stay healthy and active.”

This day of fun and wellness for seniors is free! Reservations are NOT required, however you may RSVP if you would like, or ask any questions about the event by contacting Karin Oliver-Kreft at 920-550-5227 or via email at koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org.

 

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER EVENT - MAY 3

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Pine Haven Christian Communities, Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis Club, and local faith organizations are coming together on Thursday May 3rd to hold a community prayer event on Thursday, May 3rd, in celebration of the National Day of Prayer.

This event will take place starting at 11 am in the Community Center at Pine Haven’s Haven Drive campus. Leaders of local faith organizations will join together to lead participants in prayer and song. Lunch will also be served.

“Great things can happen when we come to God in prayer” said Pine Haven’s community outreach director, Karin Oliver-Kreft. “In today’s troubled times, we need God more than ever. I’m proud to be part of an organization that can help organize an event like this for our community.”

For more information, this event is listed under events on Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis’ Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/558559641189759/.

FREE PUBLIC EVENT: Tabletop Games To Stimulate Your Brain

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Pine Haven Christian Communities will host a community event on Saturday, April 21st.  At this event, Lynn Potyen, owner of The GameBoard, will present on how playing board games can increase brain health and strengthen critical thinking.

This event will take place starting at 10:30 am in the Community Center at Pine Haven’s Haven Drive campus. Attendees will not only learn the theory of why games help strengthen the brain, they’ll also get the opportunity to learn and play several different games – to keep their brains strong! Refreshments will be provided, and this event will last as long as necessary for attendees to learn and enjoy the variety of games Lynn Potyen will be demonstrating.

“Games aren’t just for fun,” said Potyen, “they keep us active and engaged, and help us connect with each other. My goal is to help others to grow and keep their brains healthy. And have a lot of fun while doing it!”

This event is part of Pine Haven’s Public Happenings program that provides events and/or educational sessions once a month, designed to benefit our community. Future events include the National Day of Prayer in May, an adoption event with the Humane Society in June, and a blood drive in July.

For more information, this event is listed under events on Pine Haven’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1980327761996349. You can reach Karin Oliver-Kreft on the phone at 920-550-5227 or via email: koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org with questions, to volunteer, or to suggest a topic for future events.

 

Rise of the Phoenix - Our DON in the News Graphic

Going through your own personal struggles can truly help build empathy for better caregiving - and that certainly has been the case with our own director of nursing, Dawn Nimtz.

Check out the attached image - a copy of the article about her own fight through cancer and the support and strength she found by joining Team Phoenix is the Milwaukee area.

We are so blessed to have Dawn on our team!

National Speech & Debate Education Day Presentation By Sheboygan Falls Students

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Pine Haven Christian Communities will host a community event on Saturday, March 3rd starting at 10:30am in celebration of National Speech & Debate Education Day.  At this event, students from Sheboygan Falls High School’s forensics team will showcase their speech skills in a variety of categories.

The showcase is open to the public, and will take place in the Community Center at Pine Haven Christian Communities’ Haven Drive campus, located at 220 Haven Drive in Sheboygan Falls. It’s a great chance to witness the talent of our students and celebrate their learning achievements.

This event is part of Pine Haven’s Public Happenings program that provides events and/or educational sessions once a month, designed to benefit our community. Future events include a demonstration on how board games help with brain fitness in April, and a celebration of the National Day of Prayer in May.

For more information, this event is listed under events on Pine Haven’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/2018593785028957/. You can reach Karin Oliver-Kreft on the phone at 920-550-5227 or via email: koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org with questions, to volunteer, or to suggest a topic for future events.

Winter Olympics at Pine Haven

2018 is the year of the Winter Olympics, and with the planning and coordination of our Life Enrichment team, our residents are getting the opportunity to participate! 

At each campus, a week has been set aside for Olympic games. Events include things like the snowball relay, a snowball fight (with wadded up paper instead of snow, and team members with plastic snow shovels sweeping the "snow" onto the other team's court), hockey, basketball, bobsledding (with residents selecting their own "bobsled team" made of Lego people frozen into sleds made of ice, racing down a length of gutter), and more.

"It's been a lot of fun for the residents and the staff," said life enrichment manager Martina Wessels. "We love seeing everyone having such a good time, and proudly showing off their medals to others, telling them what they won them for."

Giddings Avenue campus completed their events last week - you can see the video of highlights to see all the fun.

Crime Prevention Tips For You & Your Family

Pine Haven Christian Communities will host a community event on Thursday, February 8th in celebration of Crime Prevention Week.  At this event, Sheboygan Falls Police Inspector Nicole Schmelter will present on crime prevention with tips to help you protect yourself and your family.

This event will take place from 5pm to 6pm in the Community Center at Pine Haven’s Haven Drive campus, which is located at 220 Haven Drive in Sheboygan Falls.

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Pine Haven’s Public Happenings are events and/or educational sessions that take place once a month and are designed to benefit our community. Future events include a public presentation from Sheboygan Falls High School’s forensics team in March, and a demonstration on how board games help with brain fitness in April

For more information, this event is listed under events on Pine Haven’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/246206675919008/. You can reach Karin Oliver-Kreft on the phone at 920-550-5227 or via email: koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org with questions, to volunteer, or to suggest a topic for future events.

CELEBRATE NATIONAL COFFEE MONTH WITH US - AUG. 9, 10AM

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Pine Haven Christian Communities’ August community learning event will celebrate National Coffee month in an open to the public event.

This free event will be held on August 9, 2017, starting at 10:00 am in the community center at Pine Haven’s Haven Drive campus in north Sheboygan Falls. Speaking at the event will be Karin Oliver-Kreft, marketing director and coffee aficionado, who will explain the different types and characteristics of coffee roasts as well as the different types of coffee drinks. Attendees will be able to enjoy free samples of coffee – provided by Daydream Café.

This coffee lovers’ celebration is part of Pine Haven’s “Learning For Life” series of educational events, which are open to the public and feature a new topic each month. The goal of these lecture series is to provide information that is of interest to the general population, offering them a chance to learn more about topics that will benefit them through life. Future topics are outlined on Pine Haven’s Facebook page, so that the community can plan their attendance in advance. Refreshments will be served.

Reservations are not necessary. Event is listed under events on Pine Haven’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PineHavenChristian/. Or you can reach Karin Oliver-Kreft on the phone at 920-550-5227 or via email: koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org.

June 21 - Longest Day Fundraiser

Between 9am and 3pm on Wednesday, June 21st, come to either the Community Center at Haven Drive or the sitting area outside the business office at Giddings. Make a donation to go toward Pine Haven's Walk Team (all donations go to the Alzheimer's Association), and you can decorate your own cupcake or cookie! 

We'll also have board games set out for people to relax and join in a game (make a donation to play). 

It's fun for a very good cause. Come join us!

Haven Drive Campus - Community Center - 220 Haven Drive, Sheboygan Falls
Giddings Avenue Campus - Business Lounge - 531 Giddings Avenue, Sheboygan Falls

Brat Fry, Craft & Bake Sale Scheduled for June 24 to Benefit Our Residents

Pine Haven Men’s Chorus and Pine Haven Women’s Auxiliary have announced that they will hold their annual brat fry and summer craft/bake on June 24, 2016. This event will benefit the residents of Pine Haven Christian Communities, and will take place in the residential center activity room at Pine Haven’s original campus – at 531 Giddings Avenue in Sheboygan Falls.

Brats, burgers, potato salad, baked beans, desserts, and beverages will be served from 2pm – 6pm. Take outs are available. Handmade crafts and baked goods will be available for sale. The Men’s Chorus, the Women’s Auxiliary, and all the staff at Pine Haven Christian Communities encourage everyone to come by to enjoy the food, crafts, and fellowship, while supporting your community.

Pine Haven Job Fair June 14th!

Looking for a job? Come to our job fair!

June 14, 2017, 9am-noon & 3-6pm
Pine Haven - Haven Drive Campus
220 Haven Dr., Sheboygan Falls

  • Bring your resume, apply onsite, and be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card! 

  • Meet and greet managers and staff.
  • Learn more about Pine Haven.
  • Tour our beautiful campus.

When you work at Pine Haven Christian Communities, you make a difference in people's lives every day. It's not just a job - it's a calling.

 

LFL - National Cancer Survivor's Day - 10 Days Later, 6/14-6pm

Join Pine Haven to celebrate National Cancer Survivor's Day - 10 Days Later with a Learning For Life lecture.

Learning for Life seminars are FREE events featuring a different topic each month, held at our Haven Drive campus community center, at 220 Haven Drive in Sheboygan Falls.

On June 14th, at 6pm, we're celebrating National Cancer Survivor's Day. (National Cancer Survivor’s Day is June 4th.) Tim Renzelmann will speak on not just surviving cancer, but finding the joy in living.

Special presentations will be made to those attending who are actual cancer survivors.

Those who would like to take a walk around the campus can plan to come an hour early (by 5pm). We will also offer another walk after the event has concluded.

 

LFL - National Senior Health & Fitness Day, May 31st

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Wednesday, May 31st is National Senior Health & Fitness Day, and to celebrate, Pine Haven Christian Communities will be holding a Learning For Life Lecture on senior fitness.

Learning for Life seminars are FREE events featuring a different topic each month, held at our Haven Drive campus community center, at 220 Haven Drive in Sheboygan Falls.

At 2pm on May 31st, Pine Haven’s Martina Wessels will lead a fitness event where attendees participate in brain fitness exercises, and receive physical fitness tips and demonstrations.

LeadingAge Wisconsin Report on The Long-term Care Workforce Crisis

LeadingAge Wisconsin has released a report outlining the current workforce crisis facing long-term care. Pine Haven Christian Communities' leadership team has been active in reaching out to our elected officials and spreading the word, to help address this issue, so that current and future residents will always get the Christ-centered care they deserve!

To read this report, simply download the report in pdf form.

Pine Haven's Virtual Dementia Tours featured in Press article!

Pine Haven Christian Communities is partnering with the Weill Center to offer virtual dementia tours to the public during their special dementia event on March 31. People can sign up to take the tour anytime from 12:30 - 7pm on March 31, 2017. It only takes about 15 minutes to take the tour. At 4pm and 7pm, the Weill Center will be offering special showings of Glenn Campbell I'll Be Me, which is a documentary filmed about his diagnosis with dementia and the music tour that he and his family ran for a year after that diagnosis, to help build awareness for Alzheimer's disease.

To read the online version of the Sheboygan Press article about these events click here.

To read the official Weill Center blog, purchase tickets, or sign up for the tour, click here.

Mar. 15, 2017: LFL Event - Easter Crafting with JoAnn

Celebrate National Craft Month!

Crafters from JoAnn will teach attendees about the joys of craft them and guide them through making their own Easter project to take home. There is no cost for this event!

This free event will be held on March 15th, from noon until 1:30pm in the community center at their Haven Drive campus in north Sheboygan Falls, as part of Pine Haven’s “Learning For Life” series of educational events, which are open to the public and feature a new topic each month. The goal of these lecture series is to provide information that is of interest to the general population, offering them a chance to learn more about topics that will benefit them through life. Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP so we can have enough supplies on hand. This event is FREE! Snacks will be served.

If you have questions or to RSVP, please contact Karin Oliver-Kreft on the phone at 920-550-5227 or via email: koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org.

Feb. 23, 2017: LFL Seminar - Attracting Purple Martins

Celebrate National Bird Feeding Month with the Wisconsin Purple
Martin Society's Tom Rank, who will give tips on how to attract martins (and other songbirds) to your yard.

This free event will be held on February 23rd, starting at 6pm in the community center at their Haven Drive campus in north Sheboygan Falls, as part of Pine Haven’s “Learning For Life” series of educational events, which are open to the public and feature a new topic each month. The goal of these lecture series is to provide information that is of interest to the general population, offering them a chance to learn more about topics that will benefit them through life. Refreshments will be served.

Reservations are not necessary. Snacks will be served. The event is free.

If you have questions, you can reach Karin Oliver-Kreft on the phone at 920-550-5227 or via email: koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org.