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.

MEMBERS ONLY: CONVERSATIONS ON MODERN ART – TWO

MEMBERS ONLY: CONVERSATIONS ON MODERN ART – TWO
When to visit: Any time in February
Zoom meeting to discuss: Tuesday, February 16th at 10:00 OR 19:00
Your host: Alison Tyler

Since we can’t currently visit museums together, we’ve decided to try this pandemic-friendly alternative! The plan is to visit outdoor works of art in the Stuttgart area by yourself or with a friend sometime during the month, and then we all get together online to discuss what we’ve seen.

Think book club, but with art!

In February we will be discussing graffiti as an art form. A great place to start is the graffiti art exhibit in the main station in Stuttgart. The Stadt Palais and Kunst Museum also have graffiti exhibitions; although currently closed they have online materials to view.

Perhaps you have seen graffiti murals during your travels or in your current home town? For example, the town of Asperg have recently commissioned graffiti artists to decorate the tunnel into the train station.

Hopefully the art will generate a good deal of conversation. We welcome all opinions, both positive and negative, as long as all are respectfully given.

To take part and receive more details about where exactly to find this art, please RSVP in one of the Facebook events. Alison will be hosting a morning and an evening chat. If you are not on Facebook but would still like to check out the art and join one of the Zoom calls on the 16th, please use the contact form below.

MEMBERS ONLY: TREASURE HUNT WALK #2

MEMBERS ONLY TREASURE HUNT WALK #2
When: Walk and share anytime during the month

Zoom chat on Friday, February 5th at 11:00
Where: Starts near Feuersee and goes up into the hills
Your host and guide: Alex Elwin

Last month’s first ever treasure hunt/photo safari walk was so much fun that we immediately planned another one for February!

“Join us” on a walking route starting in Stuttgart-West suitable for adults and kids! Activities Coordinator Alex Elwin will be giving us a list of treasures to find along the way to make the walk more fun.

There are several ways to take part in this event:

  • Do the walk alone -OR- with a friend/another club member/members of your family/household (as allowed)
  • Do the walk at any time during the month of February -OR- walk the route on or before the February 5th Zoom call
  • Just enjoy the walk without the treasure hunt -OR- see if you can locate all of the treasures on Alex’s list and take photos/selfies or have kids make drawings of them
  • Upload your photos in the Facebook event to share AND/OR share them with the Zoom call on February 5th

There is no wrong way and many right ways to participate in this event! Check out this beautiful drone footage from Stuttgart Tourism to inspire yourself:

February’s walk starts fairly centrally, not far from Feuersee, and then climbs Karlshöhe and Hasenbergsteige. For those that want it there is also an extension taking you up Birkenkopf or Rubble Hill. So you need to be prepared for hills but can take your time as the villas you go past along the way are so interesting to look at you’ll be in no hurry to race by!

How to RSVP

If you would like to receive information about the February route and the list of items to find, 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.

 

Coronavirus Information February 2021

Germany has been under a pandemic lockdown since December 16th, including closed businesses and schools, curfews, and strict contact and masking requirements.

At the end of January, Baden-Württemberg published updated Coronavirus regulations extending the lockdown and increasing masking requirements. These took effect on Monday, January 25th and here is what’s new:

✅Adults are required to wear medical grade masks in public transport, medical practices, retail stores, workplaces, and at religious events

✅Children 6-14 can continue to wear every day masks

✅Children 5 and under are exempt from any mask requirements

✅FFP2 masks specifically are required to enter care homes or hospitals

✅Religious events with more than 10 participants must be registered with the health authorities at least two days in advance

✅Dog salons are allowed to reopen

✅The general rule against public alcohol sales and consumption has been replaced with a rule against it only in city centers (beginning January 27th)

✅Schools and daycares will remain closed until at least January 31st, most will continue to be closed at least until February 14th

The rest of the prior restrictions will remain the same, which means no in-person club meetings are possible until they are lifted.

You can find a useful PDF explaining all of the prior restrictions in English HERE.

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

MEMBERS ONLY: CONVERSATIONS ON MODERN ART

MEMBERS ONLY: CONVERSATIONS ON MODERN ART
When to visit: Any time in January
Zoom meeting to discuss: Tuesday, January 26th at 10:00
Your host: Alex Elwin

Since we can’t currently visit museums together, we’ve decided to try this pandemic-friendly alternative! The plan is to visit outdoor works of art in the Stuttgart area by yourself or with a friend sometime during the month, and then we all get together online to discuss what we’ve seen.

Think book club, but with art!

In January we will be discussing the outdoor art at the Wilhemspalais. They have recently added a temporary extra modern sculpture to the existing ones of King Wilhelm and his dog (1990, Hermann-Christian Zimmerle) and Datenbank (2019, Erik Sturm) in its outdoor space near Charlottenplatz. The piece, called “S.21. The Monument – Chronicle of a grotesque derailment” by Peter Lenk, will be in this spot only until March 2021.

You will want to read up on all three sculptures before visiting them, and familiarize yourself with the Stuttgart 21 railway project and its history, especially if you are new to the area.

Hopefully the art will generate a good deal of conversation. We welcome all opinions, both positive and negative, as long as all are respectfully given.

To take part and receive more details about where exactly to find this art, please RSVP in the pending Facebook event. If you are not on Facebook but would still like to check out the sculptures and join the Zoom call on the 26th, please use the contact form below.

MEMBERS ONLY: TREASURE HUNT WALK #1

MEMBERS ONLY PHOTO SAFARI FOR JANUARY 2021
When: Walk and share anytime during the month

Zoom chat on Saturday, January 9th at 16:00
Where: Stuttgart-Mitte and -Ost from Wilhelmpalais/Charlottenplatz
Your host and guide: Alex Elwin

After spending so many weeks under curfew, we are all ready to get outside! Because we still can’t meet up and do things together, our activities team has come up with an alternative event that is part solo and part social!

“Join us” on a walking route around Stuttgart-Mitte suitable for adults and kids! Activities Coordinator Alex Elwin will be giving us a list of treasures to find along the way to make the walk more fun.

There are several ways to take part in this event:

  • Do the walk alone -OR- with a friend/another club member/members of your family/household (as allowed)
  • Just enjoy the walk without the treasure hunt -OR- see if you can locate all of the treasures on Alex’s list and take photos/selfies or have kids make drawings of them
  • Join the Zoom call on January 9th to touch base with other members -AND/OR- upload your photos in the Facebook event to share
  • Do the walk at any time during the month of January -OR- walk the route on or before the January 9th Zoom call

There is no wrong way and many right ways to participate in this event! Check out this beautiful drone footage from Stuttgart Tourism to inspire yourself:

January’s walk will start at Wilhelmpalais on Charlottenplatz and head up into the hills to the observatory and then back down again. The route is suitable for strollers and wheelchairs but there is an incline to the first half of the walk.

If this one is successful, we will have another walking route with more treasures to find next month!

If you would like to receive information about the January route and the list of items to find, please RSVP in the pending 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.

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL DUES FOR 2021

Dear members,

Renewal invoices will be going out in mid-December for next year! Our Vorstand has set membership fees for 2021 at €45 euros with no early payment discount to keep things simple.

Because we don’t anticipate being able to hold many fundraising events in 2021, any money leftover from these membership fees at the end of next year will be included in our annual donation to Frauen helfen Frauen e.V.

Please visit this blog post and use the contact form if you have a new mailing address so that we can find you.

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MOVING AWAY IN 2021?

If you aren’t planning to renew your membership for 2021, we ask that you please fill out the contact form at the end of this post before DECEMBER 10TH of this year*. We will then make sure you aren’t sent a renewal invoice in December and annoying reminders in early 2021!

Why do we need to have you cancel your membership in writing?

Because we are a registered organization here in Germany, we are required to follow the rules specified in our by laws when members leave the area or otherwise wish to withdraw their membership in our club.

Those rules are:

1. Members must notify us in writing if they wish to cancel their membership in the club (emails are fine).

2. Members must notify us before the end of 2020 if they wish to cancel their membership for 2021.

3. Members who do not cancel their membership before the end of 2020 and then fail to pay their renewal dues before the end of the first quarter in 2021 will be mailed one reminder invoice and then a letter notifying them that they are being removed from the membership list.

If you know you will be leaving, tell us now! It will save lots of headaches for everyone.

*If you miss the December 10th deadline, please let us know anyways! You might still get an invoice for 2021 in the mail but we can still cancel the reminders.

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DO WE HAVE YOUR CURRENT MAILING ADDRESS?

It’s almost time for renewal invoices to go out to all returning members!

Every year during renewal invoice season we get lots of mail returned as “undeliverable.” If you have moved during the past year, please send a message using the form below to double check that we have your correct mailing address.

Update your mailing address now to make sure our letter finds it way to you easily next month!

Moving away and don’t need an invoice? See the instructions in this blog post.

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CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION DECEMBER 2020

NEED MORE INFORMATION ON CURRENT CORONAVIRUS REGULATIONS?

The best place to get information about the most up-to-date regulations and restrictions is on the website of your local city or county government.

The public has been told by the Baden-Württemberg state government that the December rules will be a continuation of the November rules (see below), but with these amendments:

📌Social gatherings are limited to maximum 5 adults from 2 households
(children 14 and under are not counted)
📌Additional mask requirements at work and in factories where distancing isn’t possible
📌Larger stores will be allowed fewer customers at one time
📌Cities will be allowed to ban the use of fireworks on New Year’s Eve

If during the month of December the 7-day infection rate exceeds 200 new cases per 100k population, stricter restrictions may be triggered


CHRISTMAS WEEK EXCEPTIONS 23RD DECEMBER – 1ST JANUARY

🎄Social gatherings of maximum 10 adults from any number of households will be allowed (children 14 and under are not counted)
🎄School holidays will start on the 19th instead of the 22nd as planned (this is being hotly debated – watch for possible changes)
🎄Residents are being asked to reduce contacts to the absolute minimum starting one week before Christmas if you will be having social gatherings over the holidays (a form of isolation before seeing family and friends)
🎄Try to do holiday shopping during non-busy times whenever possible


Here is a summary of the regulations for November that will remain in place:

Closed or forbidden:

  • Recreational facilities – theaters, sports, concerts, amusement parks, pools
  • All amateur sports
  • Restaurants, bars,  and clubs
  • All personal hygiene services like massages, cosmetic studios, tattoos
  • Hotel stays for tourist reasons

Allowed or staying open:

  • Going outside with people in your household plus one other (maximum 10 total)
  • Pick up/delivery of food
  • Sports with one other person or your family
  • Professional sports but without spectators
  • Hotels for business travel
  • All retail stores and hair salons with continued restrictions
  • Non-public businesses (home office encouraged)
  • Schools and daycares

Discouraged:
Any kind of celebrations at home or leisure travel, including day trips or visits to family

This information was taken from the Baden-Württemberg Coronavirus information page.