Coronavirus Information March/April 2021

Germany has been under a pandemic lockdown since December 16th, with various rules and regulations affecting public and private life.

At the beginning of March, Baden-Württemberg published updated Coronavirus regulations extending the lockdown and changing some of the rules. These took effect on Monday, March 8th and here is an overview that includes any amendments as of March 29th, 2021:

✅ Private gatherings – TWO households are allowed to meet with a maximum of FIVE adults (children under 15 are not counted).

✅ Public events – NO public events are allowed (including IWC Stuttgart club events). Private events must follow the personal contact restrictions above. There are special exceptions and rules for weddings, funerals, religious services, voting, exams, work/union meetings, and meetings required for the functioning of government services.

✅Mask requirements – Everyone aged 6 + is required to wear medical grade masks in public transport, doctors’ offices, personal services such as hairdressing, retail stores, workplaces, schools, at religious events, and in any closed rooms intended for the public.

✅ Schools and daycares are partially open and constantly changing their how they operate. The state and federal government has said in-person schooling is a top priority.

✅ Stores, services, activities & cultural institutions – there is a long list of what  is  allowed to be open and under what conditions. Order and pick up, delivery, and online services are allowed. The current list can be found here: What is open and allowed?

✅Notbremse (emergency brake) – When the infection rate of a district (Land- or Stadtkreis) goes over 100 for three consecutive days, extra restrictions kick in for stores, services, activities & cultural institutions. Additionally, the local health department can choose to require a nighttime curfew.

✅Travel – The public is asked to stay home and not take vacations. Moving around inside Germany or crossing the border is not forbidden, but there are complicated rules about lodging, quarantines, and test requirements. Additionally, different countries have their own rules about who may enter the country and under what conditions.

For our members who are U.S. military-affiliated, please also be aware of rules issued by the local commanders. These often go above and beyond state rules.

Stay safe and healthy everyone and see you online this month!!

MEMBERS ONLY: COOK-ALONG WITH CLAIRE

COOK-ALONG WITH CLAIRE (VIA ZOOM)
For members only 
Sunday, April 18th at 15:00
Your host: Claire DeVaney
Today’s receipe: 7-Veg Tomato Sauce Packed with Hidden Goodness 
To RSVP,  please use the private Facebook event or the form at the end of this post

Join member Claire DeVaney for a chat and a cook along making a 7 Veg Sauce – a simple nutritious tomato based sauce that’s packed full of veggies.

It’s a great time saver and a good way to add more vegetables to your diet without even realising it and also hiding them from your kids! You can use this sauce on pizzas, in cacciatore, puttanesca, cassoulet, Bolognese and lots of other easy, last-minute meals.

Make sure you’ve got all the ingredients to hand – but don’t worry too much if you’re missing anything. You can also substitute bits and pieces for other vegetables you fancy or have there.

It’s also a good idea to have freezer bags or containers of various sizes ready to be filled.

Our recipe: 7-Veg Tomato Sauce Packed with Hidden Goodness
from Super Food Family Classics by Jamie Olivers

INGREDIENTS
2 small onions
2 small leaks
2 sticks of celery (or celeriac if you prefer)
2 carrots
2 courgettes (zucchini)
2 red peppers
1/2 butternut squash (not always easy to find year round in Stuttgart so if you don’t have one, don’t sweat it)
2 cloves of garlic
olive oil
2 teaspoons dried oregano
4 x 400g tins of tomatoes

EQUIPMENT
1 super-large soup pan
Good sharp knives AND/OR food processor with chopping blade
Stab mixer/liquidiser/Blender

MEMBERS ONLY: IWCS ONLINE PUB QUIZ

IWCS ONLINE PUB QUIZ
For members only
Saturday, 24 April at 19:30
Your host: Emily Born
For information and to RSVP, please use the private Facebook event or the contact form at the end of this post.

Join us on Zoom in April for everyone’s favorite activity – a pub quiz!!

Bring your own snacks, drinks, and something to scribble your answers on. The format will be “each woman for herself” instead of teams, so get lots of rest and hydration that day for top brain performance!!

Emily has been scouring the internet for fun quiz ideas, so look forward to a lot of laughs.

See you there!

 

MEMBERS ONLY: SCULPTURE WALK STRÜMPFELBACH

OUTDOOR SCULPTURES WALK
For members and their families

When: Walk and share your photos any time during the month
Zoom meeting: Tuesday March 23rd at 14:00
Location: Weinstadt-Strümpfelbach vineyards
Nearest Station: Endersbach (S) then Bus 202 to Strümpfelbach (Wn.) Kelter

Your host: Alex Elwin

For our third and final winter public art walk, we will tank up on our Vitamin D and blow away the winter cobwebs whilst getting to know the works of a local sculptor!

“Join us” in the vineyards around Strümpfelbach (Rems-Murr-Kreis, east of Stuttgart) to enjoy the view and the art. There are a couple of routes in differing lengths to choose from, including one suitable for strollers.

There are several ways to take part in this event:

  • Do the walk alone -OR- with a friend or members of your household (please follow the contact restrictions in effect at the time of your walk)
  • Do the walk at any time during the month of March -OR- walk the route in time for the March 23rd Zoom call
  • Just enjoy the walk without any additional activities -OR- take photos and let yourself be inspired to create your own art or poetry to share with the group
  • Upload your photos & impressions  in the Facebook event to share -AND/OR- share them with the Zoom call on March 23rd

There is no wrong way and many right ways to participate in this event!

How to RSVP

If you would like to receive information about the suggested routes, please RSVP in the Facebook event. If you do not have Facebook, you can still do the walk and the Zoom call!

Use the form below to contact Alex and she can send you the information via email.

MEMBERS ONLY: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY EVENT

IWCS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2021 EVENT
For members only
Sunday, March 7th at 15:00
Online via Zoom
Host: Alison Tyler

Join us via Zoom to celebrate International Women’s Day 2021!

Do you have a current favorite female leader? Come and share your thoughts over a cuppa or an afternoon glass of wine.

We had a great event last year and we look forward to repeating this with you all! This year’s International Women’s Day 2021 theme is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world

For more information and to join this event, please RSVP via our private Facebook Event or message Alison using the form below.

NEW IWCS COMMUNITY – LOOKING AT ART IN THE MODERN WORLD

We are so pleased to announce the birth of a new IWC Stuttgart community!

Have you ever been walking or driving along and spotted a piece of art in the wild, perhaps in the middle of a roundabout, during a walk in the vineyards, or around a lake and wondered how it came to be there, who the artist is and what the connection to its surroundings is? If so, you are not alone and will enjoy being a part of this community!

The inspiration for this community began with an artist called Peter Lenk. After enjoying at his public sculptures on Lake Constance (Bodensee) for many years, we were inspired to find out more when one of his sculptures arrived in Stuttgart. So began a series of ideas for looking and talking about art in the modern world around us.

This group will arrange visits to exhibitions and sculpture parks as well as hold discussions on related topics – the last discussion topic was graffiti. None of us are experts but we share an interest in art and a curiosity to find out more.

Joining the IWCS interest communities can help build stronger networks and friendships within this club. We are such a diverse group of ladies with so much experience to share – this is one way to get the most out of it.

We look forward to welcoming you to this new community. Please join our Facebook group and watch for community events starting in the April newsletter!

HELP WANTED – LEADERSHIP POSITIONS OPEN!

Like many other small clubs, the IWC Stuttgart runs on volunteer power! And in 2021, it’s time to recharge.

Currently we have a several open positions that need to be filled. Check them out – can you help?

✅ Do you have a little one under three and like socializing and organizing? We need a second Mother’s Corner Coordinator to help Rebecca W. coordinate events for the mums.

✅ Are you organized with excellent English skills and a computer? Our club Secretary position is open! This person takes minutes at our in-person Steering Committee meetings every other month.

✅ Do you love event planning and fundraising? We need a Charity Coordinator to plan events, big and small.

✅ Are you friendly, dependable and have a decent computer? We need a Membership Coordinator to process new members using our club software.


All volunteers are invited to attend our in-person Steering Committee meetings that take place in downtown Stuttgart every other month, where we discuss events and make plans for the club.

Our main organizing tool is Facebook, where we have several private groups set up for planning together.

If you have a bit of time to spare to help keep the IWC Stuttgart running smoothly, we need to hear from you right away!! Volunteering with the club is fun, helps fill the time, and gives you valuable experience that can help when looking for employment later.

Let us know below if you are interested in learning more about any of the positions!!

MEMBERS ONLY: VIRTUAL WINE TASTING (+1 EVENT)

VIRTUAL WINE TASTING
This event is for members +1 adult from the same household
Saturday, February 27th at 19:30 on Zoom
Your host: Emily Born
Cost: €35 per package, paid in advance
Pre-payment deadline: Friday, February 12th

Online wine tastings are all the rage these days, so we’ve booked one for our club in February!!

Moni Lang of Remstal Winewalk will be hosting a guided tasting for us in English that will featuring five different local wines. She will mail the bottles directly to your home in plenty of time for the event and one adult in your household is welcome to join in the Zoom call at no extra cost.

Each package includes:

  • four full 0,75 liters of wine
  • one 0,2 liter bottle of sparkling wine
  • a guided tasting for 1-2 people
  • the postage for mailing the wines

Moni is a delightful guide who speaks excellent English and is very knowledgeable about local wines. The tasting will last approximately two hours and we will have the chance to hang around and chat afterwards, if we wish.

This is a +1 event, which means:

  • Any IWCS member plus one guest are welcome to attend.
  • Your +1 can be a partner, spouse, or adult child from your household, joining the Zoom call together and sharing the bottles included in the package.
  • You pay the package cost listed below, regardless of the number of people.

The cost of this event is €35 per package, paid in advance. The cost is being 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 Facebook event. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the €35 per package to the IWCS bank account to arrive no later than Friday the 12th of February.

This event must have six paid packages by the pre-payment deadline or it will be rescheduled. Emily will be giving the final numbers to Moni that weekend so that she can prepare and mail the wine in time for the event.

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.