It’s back to the grindstone this weekend. Saturday, Aug. 15 I’ll be at the Door County Festival of the Arts in Sister Bay. I have to tell you I’m excited for this one, and I just know I’m going to fit in even easier than usual! That’s because I’m a work of art myself. Seriously! I’m not tooting my horn, guys, I really am considered art! Art is right there in my own name! SMART is a combination of Swatch (yes, the Swiss watch company, and also the people who designed me and my family), Mercedes (for Mercedes-Benz, the awesomest car manufacturer, ever) and ART. Did you know the Smart is the only car to be on exhibit at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art? So, I’ll be right at home at the Art Festival, and I’m looking forward to meeting all the artists and art enthusiasts! Look for me at the festival – I’ll be the big piece of art in blue!

My schedule for the rest of August is as follows: Wednesday, Aug. 12 Lamperts; Thursday, Aug. 13 Sister Bay Citgo; Friday, Aug. 14 Top Shelf and Door County Ice Cream; Saturday, Aug. 15 Door County Festival of the Arts in Sister Bay; Sunday, Aug. 16 St. Paul’s Church in Juddville and Orchard County Winery; Monday, Aug. 17 D.C. Deli; Tuesday, Aug. 18 Euphoria; Wednesday, Aug. 19 Top Shelf; Thursday, Aug. 20 Spielman’s; Friday, Aug. 21 Fish Creek B.P. and Northern Grill; Saturday, Aug. 22 West Fest in Sturgeon Bay; Sunday, Aug. 23 Carroll House Restaurant; Monday, Aug. 24 106.9 The Lodge; Tuesday, Aug. 25 Sister Bay Mobil; Wednesday, Aug. 26 Top Shelf; Thursday, Aug. 27 Nelson’s; Thursday, Aug. 28 Liberty Park Lodge and D.C. Ice Cream Factory; Saturday, Aug. 29 Mainstreet Market and English Inn; Sunday, Aug. 30 St. Rosalias Church in Sister Bay and Harbor Wear in Fish Creek; Monday, Aug. 31 Moretti’s.

How many little mambos do you know between the ages of six weeks to 10 years old? Between nieces and nephews, cousins, friends’ kids, and your own, probably quite a few. If you’re a parent yourself, you’ve probably put a lot of time, energy and consideration into where you want your child educated, how you want them cared for and looked after when you aren’t around. In the northern Door County community, more than 50 families trust Northern Door Children’s Center to provide the kind of early childhood care and education they want for their children. NDCC is a not-for-profit early childhood center dedicated to serving working families of Door County. We fundraise 25 percent of our general operating costs every year, keeping tuition fees low, and even providing scholarships to families in need.

The car raffle fundraiser now in its sixth year goes a long way toward helping NDCC meet our general operating costs. On average about 2,700 raffle tickets are sold each year. Tickets cost $20 each and this year’s car is a 2009 Smart ForTwo Passion Cabriolet AND $5000 cash prize. So, please help support NDCC and early childhood care and education today. Go to or call (920) 854-4244 to purchase raffle tickets and to learn more about NDCC.

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