National Crayon Collection Month Celebration - August 3, 2-6PM

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National Crayon Collection Month was designed to make sure every child can be equipped with this vital supply as they start school. The initial concept was to visit places like local restaurants and other establishments that might have broken or used crayons that they would be willing to donate, and gather them as supplies for children in need.

We're expanding on that thought by partnering with Helping Kids - which supports the Sheboygan Falls School District by helping to ensure local kids in our area have all the supplies they need as they head back to school in the fall.

On August 3rd, we're holding a social event in the Community Center of our Haven Drive campus. Everyone is invited to come share refreshments and make donations to benefit Helping Kids. Both supplies and monetary donations will be accepted. (Checks should be made out to "Sheboygan Falls School District Helping Kids".)

Prior to this event, there will be boxes where you can drop off your donations at many participating local organizations - as outlined in the list below. (Please note that this post will be updated as additional organizations come on board, so check back to see if any additional locations have been added that are convenient to you!)
 

List of requested supplies:

(downloadable file available by clicking here)
Backpacks
2-pocket folders
Plastic-coated 2-pocket folders
Glue sticks
24 ct. box crayons
Plastic pencil boxes (smaller kids)
#2 pencils
Pencil pouches (older kids)
Pink erasers
Scissors (small kids blunt-pointed)
Scissors (big kids med/lg)
Kleenex
Ziplog bags (qt., gal., snack & sandwich)
7-pocket plastic accordion folders
1-subject (wide ruled) spiral notebook
Vinly resting mat (for Kindergarten)
Small activity books for indoor recess - 2nd grade
Washable markers (fine-point and large-point)
School planners (for high school kids)
Composition notebooks
Colored pencils
Highlighters
12” ruler
Basic calculator
Washable watercolor paints
Post-it notes - 3x3
8 oz. Elmer’s glue
Scotch tape
Pens (black, blue, & red)
USB flash drives
Pencil sharpener with cover
Wide-rule loose leaf paper
3 subject notebooks (wide-rule)
3-ring 1” binders
Expo dry erase markers (black, large point)
Expo dry erase markers (fine point)
4x6” ruled index cards
Hand sanitizer & disinfecting wipes
Plastic sheet protector (for older kids)
Compass & protractor (for high school kids)

List of participating organizations:

St. Paul Lutheran Church - 730 County Trunk PPP, Sheboygan Falls
St. Luke Lutheran Church - N6193 Hwy. 32, Sheboygan Falls
Word of Grace Community Church - 837 Buffalo St., Sheboygan Falls
Saron United Church of Christ - W3830 Couonty Trunk J, Sheboygan Falls
The Salvation Army - 710 Pennsylvania Ave., Sheboygan
First Reformed Church - 527 Giddings Ave., Sheboygan Falls
Gibbsville Reformed Church - N3245 South 32, Sheboygan Falls

 

Red Cross Blood Drive - July 13

Pine Haven Christian Communities will once again partner with the American Red Cross to hold their biannual blood drive on July 13th. This event will take place from 1pm to 6pm in the Community Center at their Haven Drive campus.

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While some view Friday the 13th as being unlucky, by donating blood, you will be helping to make someone have a very lucky day: by helping to save their life. Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross. Donations of blood typically decrease during busy summer months, so healthy, eligible donors are urged to give now. This event provides an easily accessible and comfortable environment for people to participate.

The drive is scheduled to run from 1pm until 6pm, and while walk-ins are welcome, you can reduce waiting time if you sign up ahead of time to donate. There are three ways those interested in donating can schedule their donation appointment: 1) by visiting https://www.redcrossblood.org. Enter the Sponsor Code “Pine Haven” in the blue box in the upper right corner of the page, select the drive and sign up for a slot. 2) Call the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule a time. 3) Contact Karin Oliver-Kreft at Pine Haven Christian Communities at 920-550-5227 or via email at koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org.

This event is the fourth blood drive at Pine Haven, and is part of Pine Haven’s Public Happenings program that provides events and/or educational sessions once a month, designed to benefit our community. 

National Adopt A Pet Event

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June is National Adopt A Cat Month. To celebrate, Pine Haven Christian Communities is partnering with the Sheboygan County Humane Society to hold an adoption event for pets (not just cats) on Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 10am – 2pm at their Haven Drive campus.

The Sheboygan County Humane Society will bring cats and dogs in need of loving homes to the Community Center at the Haven Drive campus of Pine Haven. Residents will be able to visit with the pets as guests come to find the next addition to their home. “Our residents love interacting with pets,” said Pine Haven’s community outreach director, Karin Oliver-Kreft. “We have therapy dogs that visit regularly, but the chance to interact with more pets – as well as help to see them get adopted was a match we just couldn’t resist. We hope many people will come out to join the fun – whether they’re ready to adopt or not.”

The event will take place in the Community Center room at the Haven Drive Campus of Pine Haven Christian Communities, located at 220 Haven Drive in Sheboygan Falls. Refreshments will be served. All are invited to come enjoy this event.

For more information, see the events on Pine Haven’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PineHavenChristian. 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.

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.

 

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.

Save A Life/Donate Blood on Jan 26 at Pine Haven’s Red Cross Blood Drive

On January 26, 2017, the Red Cross will hold a blood drive at Pine Haven Christian Communities’ Haven Drive campus, located at 220 Haven Drive in Sheboygan Falls, from 1pm until 6pm.

Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross. Donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative. 

Currently, the drive is scheduled to run from 1 pm until 6 pm, but those hours may be expanded if a large enough donor base signs up to donate. 

There are three ways those interested in donating can sign up for a time to donate: 

  1. Visit https://www.redcrossblood.org and entering in the Sponsor Code “Pine Haven” in the blue box in the upper right corner of the page, selecting the drive and signing up for a slot; 
  2. Call the Red Cross at 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule a time; 
  3. Contact Karin Oliver-Kreft at Pine Haven Christian Communities at 920-550-5227 or via email at koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org.

This event is part of Pine Haven’s Learning For Life program that provides educational sessions on topics of interest to the community. During the blood drive, donors will not only donate blood that can save lives, but they will be able to learn more about the Red Cross – what it does and how it saves lives.

Learning For Life: A Common CENTS Approach to Cancer (& Other Life Challenges)!

Tim Renzelmann, 45-yr penny collector and 24-yr Cancer Survivor, offers a light-hearted but
thought-provoking penny-themed pre-CENT-ation of common CENTS lessons of body, mind
heart and spirit that will open ourselves to the magnifi-CENTS of this CENT-sational life!

This free event will be held on November 12, starting at 10:30 am 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. 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. Snacks will be served. This event is free to attend.

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

Learning For Life: Cataract Awareness - June 4, 10:30am

Pine Haven Christian Communities’ June community learning event will focus on cataract awareness, featuring speaker Dr. Todd Larson from Larson Eye Care.

This event offers information that is important for everyone, as everyone eventually will develop cataracts, as a natural part of aging Dr. Larson will explain what cataracts are, when you can expect them, and what you can do about them. This free event will be held on June 4, starting at 10:30 am 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. 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 on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/ 531142773759289/. Or you can reach Karin Oliver-Kreft on the phone at 920-550-5227 or via email: koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org. 

Learning For Life: Tips For Better Hearing - May 21, 10:30am

Pine Haven Christian Communities’ next community learning event will offer Tips For Better Hearing, presented by Welsch Hearing’s Susan Fenrich, BC-HIS (Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences).

Susan, a State Licensed Hearing Instrument Specialist for 31 years, is passionate about the field of hearing. “There are so many options to help people to hear better, right now – but most people don’t know of all the advances that have been made. It’s great to be able to share information and see people improve their lives!”

This free event will be held on May 21, starting at 10:30 am 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. 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 on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/933021743483776/. Or you can reach Karin Oliver-Kreft on the phone at 920-550-5227 or via email: koliver-kreft@pinehaven.org. 

Pine Haven Women's Auxiliary Italian Supper: April 12th

Pine Haven Christian Communities’ Women’s Auxiliary will hold their annual Italian Supper to benefit the residents of Pine Haven Christian Communities will be held on April 12th, 2016. The benefit will take place at First Reformed Church in Cedar Grove, located at 237 South Main.

Spaghetti and other Italian main dishes, salad, bread, desserts, and beverages will be served from 4:30pm – 7pm. All donations received will benefit the residents of Pine Haven Christian Communities. Pine Haven Women’s Auxiliary and all the staff at Pine Haven Christian Communities encourage everyone to come by to enjoy the food and fellowship, while supporting your community.

Dedication Ceremony / Autumn Festival Scheduled for Sept. 12

Pine Haven Christian Communities will hold a dedication ceremony for their new Haven Drive campus on September 12. This event will be combined with their annual autumn festival and brat fry to benefit the residents of Pine Haven Christian Communities. The dedication ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will include performances from the Pine Haven Men’s Chorus, a short prayer, and brief words from community leaders. The event will take place in the Community Center of the new Haven Drive campus, which provides a full continuum of care for seniors, located at 220 Haven Drive in Sheboygan Falls. Attendees are encouraged to tour the new community after the ceremony. There will be entertainment and informational videos in marked locations around the campus.

“God has guided Pine Haven to always serve the needs of our residents in His name,” said Ron Walvoort, CEO at Pine Haven. “We are humbled to be able to share the blessings we’ve received with the community during this dedication ceremony, acknowledging that Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of all we do here – and certainly the foundation upon which this new campus was built.”

Immediately after the ceremony, the annual autumn festival and brat fry held by the Pine Haven Women’s Auxiliary will take place in the Community Center, running until 6 p.m. The festival will include food, entertainment, and harvest crafts. Produce, crafts, baked goods, canned items, and pies will be available for purchase – most of which are hand-crafted by members of the Women’s Auxiliary. There will also be brats, burgers, potato salad, baked beans, desserts, and beverages served from approximately 2:45 p.m. until 6 p.m. Take outs are available. All proceeds benefit the residents of Pine Haven Christian Communities.

Pine Haven Women’s Auxiliary and all the staff at Pine Haven Christian Communities encourage everyone to come by to enjoy the festivities, while supporting your community.

Pine Haven Hosts Community Event To Raise Awareness of Alzheimer's and Dementia

Award Winning Film “Glen Campbell – I’ll Be Me” To Be Shown at Kohler Memorial Theatre on April 18

Pine Haven Christian Communities will hold a community event at Kohler Memorial Theatre on April 18th, to help build community awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. This event will showcase the award-winning film, “Glen Campbell – I’ll Be Me,” with three separate showings to help encourage as many people in the community as possible to attend.

“Working in senior care, we see first-hand how many people are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Not just those with the disease, but their loved ones and caregivers,” said Lori Albsmeier, director of human resources at Pine Haven. “What’s great about this movie is that it highlights how capable someone with Alzheimer’s still is, and how full their life can be.”

The movie tells how in 2011, music legend Glen Campbell set out on an unprecedented tour across America. He thought it would last 5 weeks. Instead, it went for 151 spectacular sold out shows over a triumphant year and a half. What made this tour extraordinary was that Glen had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He was told to hang up his guitar and prepare for the inevitable. Instead, Glen and his wife went public with his diagnosis and announced that he and his family would set out on a “Goodbye Tour.” This film documents their amazing journey as he and his family attempt to navigate the wildly unpredictable nature of Glen’s progressing disease using love, laughter, and music as their medicine of choice.

Pine Haven will be showing this film to build awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The event will be held at Kohler Memorial Theatre, located at 260 School Street in Kohler, Wisconsin. There is no charge to attend. Donations will be accepted at the event to help cover the cost of production rights – valued at $10 per ticket. As a public service, Pine Haven has decided to take on the costs to get this message out to the public. This will be the only showing of this award-winning film in our area for the next six months.

“As a faith community, we are called to serve and encourage those entrusted to our care. The opportunity through the ‘I’ll Be Me’ presentation, allows us in a tangible way to support families, friends, and church communities with both encouragement and education,” stated Pine Haven CEO, Roger Leys. “The journey of many of us who have traveled with loved ones can sometimes feel deep with despair, but we must never forget how the love of Jesus does not fail even when memories are diminished.”

There will be a reception with light snacks prior to each showing of the film, where guests can ask questions about dementia care. Receptions will be at 10:30am, followed by an 11:30am showing, at 2:00pm, followed by a 3:00pm showing, and at 5:30pm, followed by a 6:30 showing.