OPEN EVENT: MOVIE NIGHT FOR CHARITY

We are thrilled to invite members of our club and the general public to a special charity screening of the documentary film, These Are My Hours, on Tuesday, November 9th at Impact Hub in Stuttgart.

This special event is being sponsored by the International Women’s Club of Stuttgart and all proceeds from the evening will be donated to the local women’s shelter run by Frauen helfen Frauen e.V.

These Are My Hours is an intimate sensory immersion into one woman’s physical, emotional and psychological experience of giving birth. It is the first documentary filmed entirely during a labor, told from the perspective of a woman giving birth. This documentary delivers the intimacy and intensity of childbirth as an expression of women’s empowerment in a way that reveals the special dignity of the event that ushers us all into life.

You can view the trailer here.

After the viewing we will host a Q&A session with special guests and enjoy refreshments supplied by our club members.

You do not need to be a member of the IWCS to attend this event. Tickets are available to everyone in the Stuttgart community over the age of 18.  You must provide proof of 3G status at the door (Covid-19 protection via either full immunization or recovery in the past 6 months; or with a negative Schnelltest no older than 24 hours).

To purchase tickets online and get further details, please visit our event website.

If you have any questions, you can contact us using the form below.

MEMBERS ONLY: Tour of Schloss Ludwigsburg (+1 Event)

Bring a friend along for a fairytale morning with member Angela Weber during an English-language “Duchess Tour” of the beautiful Ludwigsburg Palace on October 13th.

Ludwigsburg Residential Palace (Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg) is one of the largest Baroque buildings in Europe to survive in its original condition.  This extravagant complex stands out not just for its impressive size, but also for its opulent interiors.  Another feature is the unique blend of three quite different architectural styles: Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassicism.

The one-hour tour of Ludwigsburg Residential Palace commences in the apartments of Eberhard Ludwig and then makes its way to the Game Pavilion, the New Palace Wing, the Royal Chapel and Theatre and ends in the Ancestral Portrait Gallery.

We will meet at 10:00 at the Schloss Strasse entrance (see below) and and the one hour tour will start promptly at 10:30

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE LOCATION

Currently the only free entrance to the Ludwigsburg Residential Palace tour is via Schloss Strasse (the “side” entrance along the B27).  All other entrances require a ticket for Blühendes Barock, which is not included in our tour.

Parking is available at the Bärenwiese and the Untere Stadt car park for a fee. Discounted parking is possible at Schlossgarage/Marstallcenter if you have your parking ticket stamped at the entrance.

The Palace is advertised as barrier-free and wheelchairs are available at the ticket office. A maximum of 20 people can attend, so see below to RSVP as soon as possible.

CORONAVIRUS SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

As of the date of this post, this tour 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).

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
      • 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 Monday, October 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: Family Halloween at Nymphaea Animal Park

The IWCS Mother’s Corner invites all club members and their families to join us on Halloween weekend (Saturday, October 30th) for a walk through the Nymphaea Animal Park together!

We will let the kids have a taste of Halloween while enjoying feeding the animals at the park (costumes optional but encouraged!). Afterwards we can sit in the attached Biergarten as weather allows and visit while the children use the playground. We will meet up at the entrance at 15:00 to buy our tickets.

Each family will be responsible for their own entrance cost (see below) **BUT VERY IMPORTANT** we must make reservations in advance for the exact number of people due to park regulations that limit the number of visitors. The RSVP deadline for this event is October 15th, so please let Rebecca know before then how many people in your family will be attending so she can reserve enough spots for our entrance time.

Entrance costs are payable on the day of the event at the entrance. Adult tickets are €3, kids 7-17 are €1 and 6 and under are free.

Current Covid-19 regulations – Masks for ages 6+ are required at the entrance and inside the enclosed animal houses/aviaries (no 3G required at this time). The playground is currently open and feeding the animals is also allowed.

To RSVP, please respond in the private Facebook event or use the contact form below if you are not on Facebook.

MEMBERS ONLY: Halloween Walking Tour of Esslingen (+1 event)

This historical walking tour will include a couple of “gruesome” stories that are fitting for this Halloween-day tour, lasting around 2 hours including time for questions and picture taking.

The tour is about 3000 steps, much of which is on cobblestone streets and there are two sets of stairs and one ramp to navigate. Because of the stairs, the tour is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs, but babies in strollers and carriers are fine (as long as they can be carried up about 12 stairs). Not recommended for very young children because of the scary stories we have been promised.

Current Covid-19 rules – social distancing and contact data collection are required (no masking or 3G). These rules can change at any time, so please keep an eye on the Facebook event for updates.

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 (age: parental discretion)
  • 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.

There are 25 spaces available. 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, October 27th . 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: REMSTAL WINE WALK & TASTING (+1 EVENT)

Are you in the mood for great company, delicious local wine, a chance at a gorgeous sunset, and beautiful autumn colors? Then join us on Friday, September 24th for an English-language wine walk in the vineyards of Weinstadt-Grossheppach (Rems-Murr-Kreis).

We will meet at Prinz-Eugen-Halle on Zügernbergstraße in Weinstadt at 17:30 and then Monika Lang of Remstal Winewalk will lead us up into the vineyards for approximately 3.5 hours in total. We will sample four regular and one sparkling wine and there will be yummy snacks to accompany the tastings.

The paths are paved but you must be able to walk uphill slowly. Don’t forget supportive footwear and clothing for whatever Mother Nature throws at us. Moni will let us know closer to the event what pandemic requirements will apply (masks, distancing, tests, etc.).

The meeting location is in a residential neighborhood with street parking. If you would like to come via public transportation, there are a few options:
1. S2 to Endersbach, then bus 209 gets you within a 7 minutes walk
2. S3 to Waiblingen, then that same bus 209, also a 7 minute walk
3. S2 to Beutelsbach, then a 22 minute walk
4. S2 to Grunbach and we can arrange for car pick up and drop off
Check the VVS website for your best connection.

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 this event is €27 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.

There are 20 spaces available. To reserve your spot, please RSVP using the form below or respond in the pending Facebook event. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the  €27 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than September 10th . 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.

Looking for tickets to an event?

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There are costs associated with some of our open events:

Monthly dinner and Happy Hour – Attendees are responsible for any food or drinks ordered.

Welcome coffees – All drinks are on us!

Tours – Please read the event description carefully. Most of our tours are completely free, but when spaces are limited, you might be asked to send a deposit to hold your spot. That deposit will usually go to charity (we support a women’s shelter in Stuttgart).

Please welcome our new club leaders!

Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, our fabulous little club has been in a state of suspended animation for the better part of a year now. In addition to not being permitted to meet in person for months on end, we’ve had a few vacancies on our steering committee that have only recently been filled.

Now that public and club life is reopening for the summer months (and hopefully longer!), we are pleased to announce the following new additions to our leadership team for 2021:

Charity Coordinator – Alena Doering

Alena will be overseeing all of the ways that we raise money for the Frauenhaus and making sure we have regular fundraising events on the schedule. Talk to her if you have any ideas or suggestions or would like to join her charity planning team that makes fundraisers happen.

Membership Coordinator – Mariana Schwarz

Mariana has taken over all of the behind-the-scenes paperwork concerning our membership data. Although most of her communication is with new members, if you are moving away and need to cancel your club membership, she is the person you will need to contact.

Mother’s Corner Coordinator – Rebecca Weber

Rebecca has been running our group for mothers of 0-3 year olds for a few months now and welcomes all members with little ones who are looking for fun and support.

Club Secretary – Shannon Macika

Now that we can have in-person leadership meetings again, someone has to take the official notes we are required to keep as a registered Verein. Thankfully, that someone is Shannon!

What happens next?

We are so pleased to have a full team working together again and grateful for the time each one of our club leaders donates in service to the group.

Our new steering committee members are currently being set up with email addresses and procedural handbooks to help them do their jobs and our first leaders’ meeting as a group will take place this month.

A full list of leaders’ contact info will be posted in the next newsletter and in the meantime you can reach all of us in the private members’ Facebook group.

Looking forward to a fantastic and fun rest of 2021 with you!

COVID-19 INFORMATION SUMMER 2021

It’s been a looooooooooooong winter and spring thanks to the pandemic lockdowns that affected much of public life here in Germany. Thankfully, things have changed quite quickly since warmer weather has arrived.

The state of Baden-Württemberg routinely publishes updated Coronavirus regulations several times each month and the past few versions have slowly relaxed many of the prior restrictions as the number of new infections has gone down.

Here is the latest information from the current regulations effective Monday, June 28th, 2021.

UPDATED FOUR-LEVEL SYSTEM

New rules have been added for communities with an incidence rate under 10 (the lowest before was under 35).

The new levels based on the local incidence rate are:

        • Level 4 – over 50
        • Level 3 – between 35 & 50
        • Level 2 – between 10 & 35
        • Level 1 – under 10

A district changes levels when the incidence rate goes above or below a threshold for five days in a row. New rules will be created if the incidence rate goes back above 100.

MASK RULES

The general requirement to wear a mask in public remains – they are required indoors at all times and outdoors when you cannot keep at a 1,5 meter distance from others. Masks are not required at home or at private parties or for those under the age of six.

CONTACT RESTRICTIONS

Personal contact restrictions have been loosened, which regulates how many friends and family members we can hang out with at home or out and about (dinner, shopping, movies, at the park, etc.).

As before, children 13 & under do not count towards the total number of people and fully vaccinated/recovered adults do not count towards the total number of people OR households.

  • Level 4 – two households can get together with a total of 5 unvaccinated adults maximum
  • Levels 2 & 3 – four households can meet up with maximum 15 unvaccinated adults total (was three households and maximum 10 adults)
  • The birthday party allowance is still in effect for Levels 2 & 3 (five additional children from any number of households)
  • At the new Level 1 (Under 10), it is allowed to meet up with 25 unvaccinated adults from any number of households!

For the remainder of the updated rules regarding public life, every person counts towards the total number regardless of age or vaccination status.

Below is a summary of the main changes. Testing requirements and the exact number of participants allowed for each kind of event at each level can be found in the BW at-a-glance chart.

PRIVATE EVENTS

Larger private events are now permitted at non-commercial locations such as at home or in a garden (was only at restaurants or halls). This includes birthday parties, weddings, and other events with a private guest list. The host must have a written hygiene concept and collect guest contact data. That person or group is also responsible for enforcing all rules, including checking test results and vaccine certificates if required.

PUBLIC EVENTS

The requirements for events open to the public such as concerts or flea markets have been simplified (was a confusing set of levels based on how quickly the incidence rate sank). Contact data must be collected.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES & CULTURAL EVENTS

Testing requirements have been relaxed for fun activities such as amusement parks or swimming pools, while the rules for visiting museums and other cultural institutions remain pretty much the same as before. Contact data must be collected for both.

RESTAURANTS

Dining requirements have been simplified and an indoor ban on smoking has been added. Contact data must be collected.

SHOPPING

Shopping rules now allow more people in the larger stores. Contact data must be collected at the higher levels.

PERSONAL HYGIENE SERVICES

Personal hygiene service rules remain the same as before for hairdressers, massages, foot care, tattoos, etc. Masks must always be worn with additional test requirements when that is not possible.

SPORTS

The regulations regarding sports have been majorly simplified, with the same rules now for children and adults. Testing requirements at the higher levels.

HOTELS

Hotel stays for tourist reasons have fewer test requirements at the lower incidence levels. Contact data must be collected.

NEW – DANCE CLUBS

Discos will be allowed to open again at the lowest incidence level; test and contact data collection required.


This is a time of rapid changes, so make sure you are following our public Facebook page to keep up with the latest regulations.

Stay safe everyone!

MEMBERS ONLY: KESSLER SEKT TOUR & TASTING (+1 EVENT)

Saturday, July 24th at 13:15
For members and a +1 guest (maximum 19 people)
Location: Kessler Sekt Kellerei, Marktplatz 21, Esslingen am Neckar

Nearest station: Esslingen Bahnhof
Host: Alison Tyler

Kessler Sekt is Baden-Württemberg’s favorite brand of sparkling wine and IWCS members are lucky to grab a private tour of through the medieval vaulted cellars of Germany’s oldest Sektkellerei in July. The winding and fascinating history of Kessler began in 1826 and continues to delight locals and visitors alike to this day.

We will meet at 13:15 and the ninety-minute tour will start promptly at 13:30, to be followed by a tasting of three of Kessler’s delicious sparkling wines. You’ll want to eat a decent lunch beforehand, because the portions are generous!

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE LOCATION

Unfortunately the wine cellars are not wheelchair-friendly and the tour is only suitable for people who are able to cope with walking over uneven ground and for those who have no problem with stairs (enclosed comfortable walking shoes recommended). It’s also chilly down there (around 13 degrees) so dress appropriately! Please note that there are no toilets available at the beginning of the tour, only at the end.

Because we are visiting a commercial food production facility, there are extra rules that we will have to follow including:

    • Wear clean clothes and shoes
    • No pets allowed
    • No smoking
    • No eating or drinking, including chewing gum
    • No touching any of the machinery or equipment
    • Do not attend if you are sick or have been in contact with someone who is

CORONAVIRUS SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

As of the date of this post, this tour will require that participants wear masks and show proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative test in the prior 24 hours.


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 this event is €15 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  €15 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than July 9th. 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: ENGLISH-LANGUAGE MUSEUM TOUR IN BIETIGHEIM

For members only  – maximum 10 people
Wednesday 14th July 2021 at 10:45
Location: Stadtmuseum Hornmoldhaus, Hauptstraße 57, 74321 Bietigheim-Bissingen
Nearest train station: Bietigheim-Bissingen (S5)

Host Alison Tyler has booked us a fascinating English-language tour at the city museum in Bietigheim in July (Ludwigsburg county). We will be visiting their special exhibition “Orange – the color and attitude of life in the 1960s / 1970s.”

Orange dominated the color spectrum of German everyday life in the 1960s and 1970s. Like no other color, orange embodied the changes and upheavals of that time. It was the trend color in design and fashion and is used to this day as a signal color in public life. Orange stands for the everyday, the new, the energetic, the daring and the creative.

The exhibition focuses on design and everyday household objects. From vacuum cleaners to bathroom curtains to strollers and folding bikes, objects from numerous private collectors are on display.

We will meet at 10:45 and the tour will begin promptly at 11:00 and last for 50 minutes. The museum and exhibit are unfortunately not wheelchair-accessible. and can only be reached via stairs.

FINDING THE MUSEUM
The museum is approximately a 25-minute walk from the Bietigheim-Bissingen train station (S-Bahn) or there are busses from the Bietigheim ZOB that will get you within a 10 minute walk of the museum (check vvs.de for the best route from your location). Nearby parking information can be found here.

CORONA SAFETY INFORMATION
Please bring a mask to wear in the museum and social distancing will be required. Proof of vaccination/negative tests will NOT be needed to attend.

COST & RESERVATIONS
The cost of this event is €5 per person, paid in advance. The tour guide/audio 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 the €5 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than Wednesday the 9th 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  to send in their place.