MEMBERS ONLY: Tour of the Stuttgart Synagogue (+1 Event)

Wednesday, May 18th at 16:30
Meeting Place/Location: Stuttgart Synagogue, Hospitalstraße 36, 70174 Stuttgart -Mitte
Nearest station: Stadtmitte/Rotebühplatz
This event is for members +1 guest

Bring a friend along for an informative afternoon at the Jewish synagogue in Stuttgart! Katja Zajac has arranged for an English-language tour of this historic building with the Israeli Religious Community of Württemberg. In addition to learning about the synagogue and its history, our guide will teach us about the Jewish religion, customs, and holidays.

Our 90-minute tour will start promptly at 16:30, so please arrive a few minutes earlier.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THIS TOUR

We will need a minimum of 8 people for this tour to take place. Children who are old enough to be interested and act respectfully in this place of worship are welcome to join you as your guest.

For security reasons, we have been asked to submit a list of names and dates of birth for all participants seven days in advance. In addition, please refrain from bringing large luggage such as large backpacks, trolley cases or similar.

After the tour we will go to dinner at Yafa, an Israeli restaurant in the Bohnenviertal (optional).

CORONAVIRUS SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

As of the date of this post, there are no entry or masking requirements for this event.

These requirements can change at any time, so please watch for updated information in the Facebook event.

THIS IS A +1 EVENT, WHICH MEANS:

      • Any IWCS member is welcome to attend and bring along a guest
      • Your +1 can be a partner, spouse, child, or friend
      • You and your guest each pay the member cost listed below.

The cost of this event is €5 per person, paid in advance. The remainder of the tour costs will be sponsored by the IWCS and this is a Round Up For Charity event. All proceeds will benefit Frauen helfen Frauen.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP using the form below or respond in the pending Facebook event. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the  €5 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than Wednesday, May 11th. If you have any extenuating circumstances that keep you from getting the funds to us by that date, please speak directly with the host so we don’t assume you are no longer interested.

Prepayments are non-refundable after the payment deadline. Members who have to cancel at the last minute are welcome to find another member or guest to send in their place.

MEMBERS ONLY: WEITBLICKWEG WALK & WINE TASTING (+1 EVENT)

WHERE & WHEN

Saturday, May 7th (see details in description)
Location: The vineyards of Hohenhaslach, Kreis Ludwigsburg
Your Host: Alison Tyler
This event for for members only +1 guest

EVENT DETAILS

The “WEITBLICKWEG” is a special walking trail  in the middle of the vineyards above Hohenhaslach (approx. 30 km north of Stuttgart). The sculptures from Tübingen artist Martin Burchard stimulate all the senses against the gorgeous backdrop of the surrounding Stromberg-Heuchelberg nature park. It is a meditative walk that invites us to slow down and think about the central questions of life.

Getting to the trail via public transportation will be part of the fun (because wine tasting!). See all the details further down in this blog post. Those who would prefer to drive to the starting point of the trail can meet the group at a car park along the way.

Alison will lead the group along the Weitblickweg trail for approximately four kilometers, experiencing four of the art stations along the way. The reward for all of that walking will be the panoramic view from the vineyards of Familie Weiberle and a wine tasting that includes five wines, finger food, mineral water, and Traubensaft.

THIS IS A +1 EVENT, WHICH MEANS:

    • Any IWCS member plus one guest are welcome to attend.
    • Your +1 can be a partner, spouse, adult child, or friend (18+)
    • You and your guest each pay the member cost listed below.

The cost of the walk & wine tasting is €15 per person, paid in advance. The remainder of the costs will be sponsored by the IWCS and this is a Round Up For Charity event (a donation is included in your prepayment). All proceeds will benefit the Frauenhaus of Stuttgart.

There are 20 spaces available. To reserve your spot, please RSVP in the pending Facebook event, or use the form below if you are not on Facebook. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the  €15 per person to the IWCS bank account to arrive no later than April 30th . If you have any extenuating circumstances that keep you from getting the funds to us by that date, please speak directly with the host so we don’t assume you are no longer interested.

Prepayments are non-refundable after the payment deadline. Members who have to cancel at the last minute are welcome to find another member or guest to send in their place.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The four kilometer trail is mostly paved but most of the walking is uphill. Don’t forget supportive footwear, something to drink, sunscreen, and clothing for whatever Mother Nature throws at us. Eat a good breakfast!

There are no public toilets near the car park or along the walking trail. There is a public toilet at the train station in Bietigheim.

If you wish to to join the public transport group, be sure to choose the destination “Hohenhaslach Steige” and arrival time of 10:54 when purchasing your VVS ticket. You will be routed through the Bietigheim Bahnhof where Alison will be waiting to take everyone to bus 567 leaving at 10:32.

After the bus ride part of the journey, the public transport group will walk 15-20 minutes up into the vineyards to the parking lot to meet up with anyone coming by car.  Those who are driving should be at the car park at Kelterplatz 11, Hohenhaslach, no later than 11:15.

After the wine tasting it’s about 20 minutes downhill to the car park and then another 10 minutes to the bus stop.

MEMBERS ONLY: TOUR OF STUTTGART HAUPTBAHNHOF CONSTRUCTION (+1 EVENT)

WHERE & WHEN

Sunday the 24th of April at 11:45 (3 hours)
Location/Haltestelle: Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof
Meeting Point: Reception area of ITS/Infoturm Stuttgart
Your host: Emily Born
This event is for members +1 guest

EVENT DETAILS

Didn’t get a chance to go on this tour last month? You aren’t alone, so we’ve scheduled a second one!

On Sunday, April 24th, we will spend three hours with an English-speaking guide from InfoTurm Stuttgart. First we will enjoy their digital and multimedia exhibit and then suit up in vests, boots, and safety helmets to go into the construction area itself. This tour promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

For safety reasons, the minimum age for this tour is 14 and babies in buggies or carriers are not allowed. Participants must be in good physical condition for this tour. Spaces are limited to 19 at this event, so sign up immediately.

THIS IS A +1 EVENT, WHICH MEANS:

    • Any IWCS member is welcome to attend and bring a guest along
    • Your +1 can be a partner, spouse, child (14+), or friend
    • You and your guest each pay the member cost listed below.

The cost of this event is €10 per person, paid in advance. The remainder of the tour costs will be sponsored by the IWCS and this is a Round Up For Charity Event (donation included in prepayment) – all proceeds will benefit the Frauenhaus of Stuttgart.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP in the private Facebook event (or use the form at the end of this post if you aren’t on Facebook). To confirm your reservation, please transfer your prepayment to the IWCS bank account no later than Thursday, April 21st . If you have any extenuating circumstances that keep you from getting the funds to us by that date, please speak directly with the host so we don’t assume you are no longer interested.

Prepayments are non-refundable after the payment deadline. Members who have to cancel at the last minute are welcome to find another member or guest to send in their place.

COVID SAFETY INFORMATION:

As of the date of this blog post, all public Covid-19 mitigation requirements are set to be lifted the first weekend in April, which means there should be nothing extra required of guests for this tour. Things could change quickly between now and the time of the event, so keep an eye on the Facebook event for announcements and updates!

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Please arrive NO LATER than 15 minutes before the tour is due to start i.e. 11:45. Our meeting place is the reception area of ITS/InfoTurm Stuttgart which is located next to Track/Gleis 16 upstairs in the long-distance trains area.
  • Minimum age for this tour is 14 years old.
  • Dressing for this tour: We are required to wear long trousers for safety reasons and it is recommended we bring clothing for any kind of weather, including rain and cold. Wear warm socks because the safety boots can be chilly.
  • Any bags need to be smaller than A4 size (no large bags or backpacks). There are no facilities to leave bags in the exhibition so anything bigger than A4 will need to be secured in the train station lockers.
  • To take part in the tour, each person is required to wear the available safety helmet/boots/vest and sign a statement that they understand the safety rules.
  • Moderate physical fitness is required for this tour  – walking aids are not allowed (this includes Nordic Walking sticks).
  • Photography and filming is only allowed for private use – commercial posting on social media is not allowed. A continuous filming or recording of the tour is not allowed. Our tour guide on the day will let us know where and when filming/photography is allowed.
  • Animals are not allowed.

 

FOR MEMBERS ONLY: FASHION EXHIBIT AT THE LANDESMUSEUM & LUNCH

WHEN & WHERE

When: Thursday, April 7 at 10:30
Location: Landesmuseum Württemberg, Altes Schloss, Schillerplatz 6, 70173 Stuttgart-Mitte
Nearest station: Charlottenplatz or Schlossplatz
Cost: €10 per person (prepaid)Maximum 10 participants
Your host: Heather Tehan
This event is for members only

EVENT DESCRIPTION

Using audio guides, we will tour the special exhibit at the Landesmuseum entitled, “Fashion?! The Elements of Style.” The exhibition will present the highlights of international fashion history from the 1950s to the present. The tour will be followed by lunch for those interested.

The Landesmuseum is both wheelchair and stroller friendly and babies can be brought along in carriers. Taking photos for private purposes is permitted and larger bags and backpacks are required to be stored in lockers at the entrance (bring 1€ coins for the deposit).  The entrance fee includes an audio guide (multiple languages) and you can also download a special smartphone app for a multimedia experience.

COVID-19 SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

At this time of this post, current Corona regulations were set to expire the weekend before this event takes place. Please check the Facebook event for any last-minute changes.

PREPAYMENT & RSVP

The cost of this event is €10 per person, paid in advance. The entrance fee and audio guide will be partially sponsored by the IWCS and this is a Round Up For Charity event (charity donation included). All proceeds will benefit Frauen helfen Frauen. The cost of lunch and drinks is not included.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP using the form below or respond in the pending Facebook event. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the €10 per person to the IWCS bank account to arrive no later than Wednesday the 6th of April. If you have any extenuating circumstances that keep you from getting the funds to us by that date, please speak directly with the host so we don’t assume you are no longer interested.

Prepayments are non-refundable after the payment deadline. Members who have to cancel at the last minute are welcome to find another member or guest to send in their place.

 

++CORONA RULES RELAXED February 9, 2022++

BaWü updated the state Corona regulations unexpectedly this afternoon.

Here are the changes to Alarmstufe 1 taking effect tomorrow, Wednesday the 9th of February:

👜 All restrictions on retail stores will be removed except the FFP2 mask requirement (no more testing or showing certificates).

📝 Most locations will no longer be required to collect personal data for contact tracing, although they are still recommending that folks use the Corona Warn app for passive tracking and alerts.

⚽️ 🎭 The number of spectators/audience members allowed at public sporting and cultural events will be increased to maximum 50% capacity (events remain 2G/2G+).

🧙‍♀️ Although Fasching parades are still forbidden in the Alarm levels, indoor Fasching celebrations appear to be allowed (without dancing) under the “public events” rules in the new summary.

The newest handy dandy chart can be found here.

 

Members Only Event: Tour of Stuttgart Main Station Construction Site (+1 Event)

ENGLISH-LANGUAGE TOUR OF STUTTGART 21 HAUPTBAHNHOF CONSTRUCTION SITE
For members +1 guest
Sunday the 20th of March at 11:00 (3 hours)
Location/Haltestelle: Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof
Meeting Point: to be determined
Your host: Shannon Macika

**THIS TOUR IS NOW FULL AND WE ARE STARTING A WAIT LIST**

If you are curious about the construction taking place at the Stuttgart Main Station (Hauptbahnhof), this tour is for you!

We will spend three hours on Sunday, March 20th with an English-speaking guide from InfoTurm Stuttgart. First we will enjoy their digital and multimedia exhibit and then suit up in vests, boots, and safety helmets to go into the construction area itself. This tour promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

For safety reasons, the minimum age for this tour is 14 and babies in buggies or carriers are not allowed. Participants must be in good physical condition for this tour. Spaces are limited to 19 at this event, so sign up immediately.

THIS IS A +1 EVENT, WHICH MEANS:

  • Any IWCS member is welcome to attend and bring along a guest
  • Your +1 can be a partner, spouse, child (14+), or friend
  • You and your guest each pay the member cost listed below.

The cost of this event is €10 per person, paid in advance. The remainder of the tour costs will be sponsored by the IWCS and all proceeds will benefit Frauen helfen Frauen.

COVID SAFETY INFORMATION:

As of the date of this blog post, guided tours are 2G and require FFP2 masks. Things could change quickly between now and the time of the event, so keep an eye on the Facebook event for announcements and updates!

To reserve your spot, please RSVP in the private Facebook event (or use the form below if you aren’t on Facebook). To confirm your reservation, please transfer your pre-payment to the IWCS bank account no later than Thursday, March 17th . If you have any extenuating circumstances that keep you from getting the funds to us by that date, please speak directly with the host so we don’t assume you are no longer interested.

Prepayments are non-refundable after the payment deadline. Members who have to cancel at the last minute are welcome to find another member or guest to send in their place.

 

 

IWCS 2020 HOLIDAY GIVING TREE FOR FRAUEN HELFEN FRAUEN

In keeping with one of our favorite annual traditions, the IWCS is once again supporting Frauen helfen Frauen e.V. by creating a virtual Holiday Gift Tree for its residents this December!

Every year our members can sign up to buy gifts for the women and children living in the Frauenhaus. You will receive one woman’s age/wishes or the age/gender/wishes of  a child to assist you in choosing what to buy. If you would like to take part, please let Sandra know in the event that can be found in the private Facebook event OR by using the RSVP form at the end of this post if you are not on Facebook.

We already have some ages and wishes, so you can go ahead and start shopping! We do not yet know how many people we need, so we will assign folks on a first-come, first-serve basis.

🎁Please choose a gift valued between €15-20 (the children’s wishes might be higher than €20, but usually not more than €30) and try to keep in mind that the shelter is multicultural and many of the families might not yet have strong German skills.

🎁Wrap the gift up all festive and add a tag with the age/gender information you were given to identify who it is for when they distribute the gifts.

🎁Drop the finished gift off at Sandra’s house in Stuttgart-Zazenhausen or mail it to her.

Thank you to all of our members for your continuing enthusiasm for this project every year! 

 

MEMBER ONLY EVENT: CHRISTMAS COOKIE EXCHANGE & BRUNCH

Sunday, December 12th at 11:00
Location: Sandra B’s home in Stuttgart-Zazenhausen
Nearest stations: Zazenhausen Viadukt
RSVP in the private Facebook event or using the form below if you are not on Facebook


Join us for our Ninth Annual Christmas Cookie Swap this December!

As always, Sandra will host a unique and delicious brunch to go with all of the cookies and plenty of Sekt will be on hand.

Guests are asked to bake about three dozen of one kind of holiday cookie and bring them along with the recipe so everyone can try them at home! There’s no need to pre-package the cookies; each guest will take the cookies and the quantity they want.

All food and drinks will be provided by the host. A bottle or two of bubbly is always welcome!

This event is limited to 10 guests.

CORONA SAFETY INFORMATION:
❄️ This is an indoor, unmasked event (due to food and drink)
❄️ All guests are asked to test themselves before attending, even if vaccinated/recovered
❄️ Current pandemic regulations allow a maximum of two unprotected (unvaccinated/not recovered) guests – please let Sandra know if you are in this category

MEMBERS ONLY Annual Winter Event

**Coronavirus Update – The Christmas Garden has 2G+ entry requirements as of 04.12.21**

So maybe we can’t have our usual holiday dinner, but at least this year we can still do something fun together!

All current members are invited to join us at the Wilhelma Zoological Gardens on Tuesday, December 14th for a walk through the magical “Christmas Garden” light exhibit and a hot drink together afterwards. If you haven’t been to this magical experience before, you are in for a treat!!

Eat some dinner, put those little ones to bed, and meet us at the front gate of the Wilhelma at 19:00 when it’s nice and dark. Looking for other members to eat dinner with before the event? Make a post in the Facebook event or our members-only Facebook group.

We will go through check in around 19:15 when the rush settles down and walk through the park together, enjoying the lights. We should be finished around 21:00 when we will meet at a predetermined refreshment stand – hot drinks are on us!

YOU MUST BUY YOUR ENTRANCE TICKET IN ADVANCE

To keep things as flexible as possible, you’ll need to book your own tickets directly on the Christmas Garden website. If you use this link, it will take you directly to the 19:00 entrance ticket. Because parking is limited, they advise guests to use public transportation (www.vvs.de) If do you plan to arrive by car and want a parking spot, you must also book that in advance too.

Please let us know if you plan to attend by RSVPing in the Facebook event or send us an email if you aren’t on Facebook.

Looking forward to seeing you all there!!

CORONAVIRUS SAFETY RULES

This event is now 2G+!!

What this means:

1. 2G+ is required for entry – only vaccinated and recovered guests will be allowed in with a negative Schnelltest not older than 24 hours. (Exception: Those who have received a booster or had covid/their second dose in the past six months do not have to do a Schnelltest)

2. Please remember that they are no longer allowed to accept the yellow booklets are proof anymore. You must have a QR code now that can be scanned (either in paper, digital, or card format). And don’t forget your ID – they are required to ask for it.

3. If you have respiratory or other Covid-like symptoms, please do not attend (or if you have been in close contact with a positive case in the past 14 days).

You can find the current hygiene concept from the event provider here.

We will need our masks for the entrance and for areas where social distancing isn’t possible. Your personal contact data will be collected when you purchase your ticket.

 

 

 

MEMBERS ONLY: After Work Art & Glühwein (+1 event)

IWCS AFTER WORK ART + GLÜHWEIN
For members +1 guest
Thursday, November 25th at 18:00
Location: Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 30 – 32, 70173 Stuttgart-Mitte
Nearest stations: Staatsgalerie (U), Hauptbahnhof

Join Emily after work in late November for a bit of culture and Christmas!

First we will meet at the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart to visit their interactive exhibit, “Play,” which is meant for children of all ages, including those of us who are young at heart. If it’s a short exhibit, we will take a quick walk through the regular collection afterwards.

Then we will head over to the Christmas market to find a Glühwein stand and hopefully see some pretty lights. Will there be early snow?

CORONAVIRUS SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

As of the date of this post, visiting the art museum requires:

    • social distancing
    • contact data collection
    • masks for 6 and up, and
    • proof of 3G for adults (vaccination, recovery, or a negative test in the prior 24 hours).

The requirements for the Christmas market are not yet known.

Please note that as a club we will also be keeping a list of members in attendance and collecting contact data for guests belonging to non-member households.

These requirements can change at any time, so please watch for updated information in the Facebook event.

THIS IS A +1 EVENT, WHICH MEANS:

      • Any IWCS member is welcome to attend and bring along a guest
      • Your +1 can be a partner, spouse, child, or friend

The cost of entry to the museum and special exhibit is €8 per person, which will be covered by the IWCS.

You are responsible for any additional costs, including refreshments at the market. To reserve your spot, please RSVP using the form below or respond in the private Facebook event.