OPEN EVENT: GHOST WALK THROUGH STUTTGART

Thursday, October 15th at 19:15
Location: Downtown Stuttgart
Host: Emily Born
Open to current and prospective members
Maximum 20 people

Because it’s the month of Hallowe’en, we will be taking a fun and spooky “Ghostwalk” through downtown Stuttgart and learn a bit more about the darker side of the city’s history.

This English-language walking tour is being held in lieu of our regular monthly dinner in October. Prospective members interested in learning more about the city and our club are welcome to join us for the tour – just follow the RSVP instructions below!

This entire event will take place outside, so please dress warmly and bring a rain hat or umbrella if necessary – the tour will still take place in all weather! Although our guide will not being wearing a mask (so that we can hear her), we are asking all participants to wear one during the tour for safety.

The cost of this event is €5 per member or prospective member, paid in advance via bank transfer

To reserve your spot, please RSVP using the form below or respond in the Facebook event. To confirm your reservation, please transfer your participation fees to the IWCS bank account no later than Monday the 12th of October. 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. Participants who have to cancel at the last minute are welcome to find another member or guest to send in their place.

Once you have confirmed your reservation, we will send you information about the exact meeting point. Hope to see you there!

FOR MEMBERS ONLY: MUSHROOM HUNTING

MUSHROOM FORAGING WORKSHOP WITH ABENTEUERREICH
For members and their families
Sunday, October 18th from 13:00 – 16:00
Location: Schorndorf area, exact location given a week beforehand

Nearest station: Ride sharing is recommended
Maximum 20 participants

We are pleased to be working with local guides Abenteuerreich again this fall!! Our guide will meet us in the car park and give a short intro before proceeding into the woods with us to learn how to recognize and collect edible mushrooms.

We will learn which kind of mushrooms grow in which places, what is a cauliflower mushroom, can one eat giant puffballs and which mushrooms make great tinder. After collecting all our goodies we will then gather to prepare and sample a little of what we have collected.

Please note: as with prior Abenteuerreich tours, the tour will be conducted in German. It’s a great chance to practice your German comprehension and there will be plenty of members there who can help translate (such as your host, Alex Elwin).

This 2-3 hour event will take place in the woods, so please bring along proper walking shoes, a raincoat, camera and rucksack with something to drink. Wheelchairs and strollers are possible to use on the main forest path and babies can come along at no cost. We will be outside, so masks are not required but recommended for when social distancing isn’t possible.

The cost of this event is €10 per adult, €5 per child (5-17) or €20 per family, paid in advance. The tour guide 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 your participation fees to the IWCS bank account no later than Friday the 2nd of October. 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.

FOR MEMBERS ONLY: TOUR OF WÜRTTEMBERG SEPULCHRAL CHAPEL & VINEYARD WALK

For members and their families
Saturday, October 10th at 10:00
Location: Grabkapelle auf dem Württemberg
, Württembergstraße 340, 70327 Stuttgart
NO PREPAYMENT REQUIREDMaximum 17 guests

Come and learn about the love of King Wilhelm I and the people of Baden-Württemberg for his wife, Queen Katharina, and how she founded the Volksfest as a thanksgiving party for the people after a good harvest. The couple are buried here and you can learn lots more about them and the place itself through an audio guide tour of the chapel, the crypt and the circular walkway around it.

After this approximately 30-minute tour (it’s only a small place), host Alex Elwin will lead us on a stroll around the vineyards. Feel free to bring a brezel with you, or a small picnic lunch to keep the hunger pangs at bay. There are lots of beautiful spots from which to sit and enjoy the view over the city and vineyards.

We will meet in front of the chapel itself. Parking is available there, or you can reach it via public transportation (Bus 61 from the Untertürkheim S/U train station – the 9:44 bus arrives at Rotenberg at 9:53 and from there it’s a 3 minute walk to the chapel).

The chapel entrance fees will be sponsored by the IWCS and no prepayment or charity round up is required for this event. Please bring €20 along per person for the audio guide deposit, which is completely refundable. The audio guide is available in English, German, and Russian.

Masks need to be worn inside the chapel and a maximum of 17 people can be inside at one time. There are steps up to the chapel and again down to the crypt, so it is NOT wheelchair friendly and strollers are not allowed inside. Babies can be brought inside the chapel in carriers. The walk through the vineyards, however, IS stroller/wheelchair friendly.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP using the form below or respond in the pending Facebook event.

FOR MEMBERS ONLY: TOUR OF THE BREZEL MUSEUM & LUNCH

ENGLISH LANGUAGE TOUR OF THE BREZEL MUSEUM
For members only
Wednesday, 14th October at 11:30
Location: Brezel Museum, Badstraße 8, 71729 Erdmannhausen

Nearest station: Erdmannhausen
Cost €5 per person (prepaid)Maximum 10 participants

The pretzel has been the symbol of the bakery trade for as long as there have been craft guilds in Germany. However, their real origin is framed by legends. No other pastry has so many places that boast of its invention!

Join host Alison Tyler in a tour where we will learn about the history of the ultimate Swabian baked good, including a 20 minute video that is only available in German. The rest of the 60 minute tour will be in English.

The tour will be followed by lunch for those interested. The Vereinsgaststätte Erdmannhausen is a 20 minute walk from the museum and is booked for a maximum of 10 people for 13:00.

The location is stroller and wheelchair-friendly. This is an indoor event and you are required to wear a mask inside the building although the guide herself will not be wearing a mask during the presentation.

The cost of this event is €5 per person, paid in advance. The tour guide will be sponsored by the IWCS and this is a Round Up For Charity event. 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 €5 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than Tuesday the 6th of October. 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: WORLD OF TRAMS MUSEUM

IWCS members are invited to join host Alison Tyler for an English-language tour of the Strassenbahn Museum in July!

In this multifaceted exhibition in a large 2,500 square meters, our tour guide will show us the highlights of Stuttgart’s tram history. Marvel at the first horse-drawn tram from 1868 and experience the development of the vehicles up to the “Stuttgart classic” GT4, which was replaced in 2007 by today’s light rail. Detailed themed islands take up individual aspects from operation and technology and present them particularly vividly. A separate exhibition deals with the development of the buses.

We will meet at 12:45 on Sunday, July 26th at the payment point near the main entrance to pick up our tickets and our tour will start promptly at 13:00. The English-language tour will be 60-90 minutes long and afterwards we will have the option to ride the Old Timer Line #23 as a round trip.

This event is for members only plus spouse or partner, up to 10 people (including host). The cost of this event is €5 per person, paid in advance. The tour guide will be sponsored by the IWCS and this is a Round Up For Charity event. All proceeds will benefit Frauen helfen Frauen.

If you would like to ride the optional Old Timer tram afterwards, it will cost an additional €9 per person round trip, paid at the museum.

CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS:

  • This event is in a very large hall
  • You must wear a mouth and nose covering during the museum visit and on the Old Timer tram
  • Hygiene regulations at the museum require visitors to disinfect their hands upon arrival or after using the toilets
  •  Please keep a minimum 1.5 meter from all other persons/couples, where possible

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 Friday the 17th of July. 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.

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We’ve missed you!

Dear members,

On the 10th of June we heard some long-awaited news…Coronavirus restrictions on club activities and in-person meetings are being partially lifted!

This means that we will be activating our alternative program scheduled for June and creating more in-person events for July and August. While we’ve enjoyed Zooming with you, nothing replaces the connection of being with one another in person.

We won’t be resuming our full program immediately. First of all, limits in the numbers of participants allowed restricts us to 10 people at each event in June and we don’t yet know what July rules will hold.

And second of all, we have decided to move forward slowly to keep our members safe. Even though we have flattened the curve, the virus is still out there and spreads quickly in large groups.

With that in mind, this summer we will only be scheduling events that are small and mostly outdoors. We will also continue with some of our virtual events to protect our more vulnerable members.

Thank you for sticking with us in this strange time; stay safe and stay healthy!

CLUB ACTIVITIES IN THE AGE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING

As we announced last month, we have started using Zoom for online club activities. In this post you can find out more about that decision and how to best use the program.

The decision to use Zoom was made based on its ease of use and high quality connections. We looked into the security issues, the most serious of which have been fixed. Security experts say now that with the use of best safety practices (some of which Zoom has added into their software), it is safe to use for social events.

Members do NOT need a Zoom account to participate!!

Here’s how it works:

Zoom works best on a computer/laptop and it is where you can be the most anonymous. Everyone who RSVPs will be given a meeting link with an embedded password. Simply click on the link to join as a guest in your web browser automatically. You do not need to download any software – if you get a message asking you to install software, click on “just open in my browser” at the bottom.

If you would like to use a mobile device, you WILL need to install the Zoom app for the link to work. Tablets are ok but phones are not recommended as you will not be able to see everyone without lots of swiping.

Looking forward to seeing all of your faces again soon!

ANNOUNCING VIRTUAL MEETINGS WITH ZOOM!

Starting this month we will be using our new club Zoom Pro account to use for some of our regular meetings, including book club and German conversation.

Members can look for information about which virtual meetings are available in the monthly newsletter. We are looking forward to seeing your shining faces again soon!

SUPPORT THE FRAUENHAUS WITH AMAZON SMILE

By IWCS member Laura L.

Hey fellow members!

Just wanted to remind you that even though we currently cannot fundraise for Frauen Helfen Frauen with in-person activities, there is still a way we can support them – by buying things on Amazon Smile instead of the regular Amazon site.

If you have not yet heard, Amazon Smile is basically the same website as Amazon, the only difference being that the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

In order to set this up, all you have to do is

  1. Visit Amazon Smile and log into your account
  2. Select “Frauen helfen Frauen e.V. Stuttgart” as the organisation which you would like to support
  3. For future purchases, make sure to always start your online shopping via the Amazon Smile website.

Android users can use this handy shortcut to enable the Smile version of Amazon in their Amazon shopping app.

Sorry iPhone users, this is not currently possible via the iOS Amazon app but you can set up a shortcut on your phone to the Smile browser website.

Enjoy your shopping and hope to see you in person again soon!