Upcoming 2018 Holiday Events SAVE THE DATES

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Now that we’ve transitioned from our long, hot summer into the chillier autumn, our Activities Planning team has come up with a list of fun holiday events that we would love to see all your smiling faces at!!

We are starting off in October with a Halloween Party for the Mother’s Corner Group. Members with little ones are welcome to join Laura and Mimi for a fun day at the pumpkin festival at Schloss Ludwigsburg on the 28th.

In November we have two amazing specialty dinners planned for you. The first is a North American-style Thanksgiving dinner in member Rachael B’s home for the whole family on the 25th. Then members and one adult guest are also invited to a traditional Goose dinner at a local restaurant for St. Martin’s Day on the 29th.

Whether you prefer turkey or goose, German or North American traditions, members are welcome to join either or both! Space is limited, so RSVP early. If neither appeals to you, we will still be hosting our regular monthly dinner in November as always.

In December we will again be celebrating our annual Christmas dinner and gift exchange, happening on the 11th at The Stäffele in Stuttgart-West. This dinner will take the place of our regular monthly dinner and is for members only. The gift exchange is hilarious and one of the highlights of the year! More details about the menu should be available next month.

Other holiday-themed events being planned include the Frauen helfen Frauen Virtual Giving Tree during Advent time, a Christmas party for Mother’s Corner on December 13th, and our annual Cookie Exchange at Sandra B’s home on December 9th.

Put these dates in your calendars now to make sure you save room for some club activities this holiday season!

Members Only Holiday Event: A North American Thanksgiving Dinner

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MEMBERS ONLY THANKSGIVING DINNER
Open to members and their family members
Sunday, November 25th from 14:00 (dinner at 16:00)
At Rachael’s home in Leonberg (Nearest station: Leonberg)
RSVP no later than one week before, November 18th
Maximum 25 guests

Member Rachael B. would like to invite her fellow club members and their families to join her for Thanksgiving this year at her home in Leonberg!

Thanksgiving is a harvest holiday celebrated mainly in North America and a time to come together and enjoy delicious food. Although there is almost always roasted turkey, the side dishes tend to be regional. Guests are asked to bring their favorite Thanksgiving side dish or dessert along for the buffet – Rachael will be providing the turkey, gravy, beer and wine. The club will be sponsoring water and soft drinks.

Guests are welcome to arrive any time Sunday afternoon starting at 14:00. Dinner will be served at 16:00, so please make sure you are able to arrive no later than 15:45 with your dish for the buffet.

She lives next to the S-Bahn station “Leonberg” and there is parking available nearby if you need it. If you have no idea what to bring or don’t normally celebrate Thanksgiving in your culture, please ask her for suggestions!! There will be a sign up list in the pending Facebook event.

Please RSVP via the pending Facebook event or using the form below if you do not have Facebook no later than one week before, or November 18th.

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Members Only Holiday Event: Mother’s Corner Pumpkin Festival Outing

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MOTHER’S CORNER HALLOWEEN OUTING
Members of the Mother’s Corner group and their families are welcome!
Sunday the 28th of October at 10:00
Location: Kürbisausstellung Ludwigsburg im Blühenden Barock, Schloss Ludwigsburg, 71640 Ludwigsburg
Nearest Station: Ludwigsburg
RSVP/Prepayment deadline: October 14th

Halloween is coming to get you!!

Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble. We invite you to have a Spookilicious time at the Pumpkin Festival in Ludwigsburg with the IWCS Mother’s Corner on October 28th at 10 am.

Members and their families are welcome. Cost is €5 per family, with the remainder of the entrance fees will be sponsored by the club. Please meet us at the main entrance promptly at 10:00 to distribute the tickets. If you absolutely must arrive later, please do contact us.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP in the pending Facebook event or use the form below if you are not on Facebook. Remember this event is outdoors, so please dress appropriately!

To confirm your reservation, please transfer your €5 to the IWCS bank account no later than October 14th. 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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MEMBERS-ONLY: TOUR AND MINI DANCE WORKSHOP WITH STUTTGART BALLET

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PRIVATE TOUR AND WORKSHOP IN ENGLISH
Saturday, October 6th -OR- Sunday, October 7th at 13:45
Location: Stuttgart Opera House, Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart-Mitte
Hosts: Michelle Moore (Sat) and Alex Elwin (Sun)
Cost: Donation of €10 per family in support of Frauen helfen Frauen e.V..

For those of you with little girls and boys interested in the ballet, dance, or theater, our activities team has arranged for a wonderful experience for IWCS children (ages 6-12) and their families!

Led by former dancers, we will tour the Opera House with its gorgeous stage and auditorium and then go backstage to the costume department and arts and crafts area. Afterwards the children will be led in a short dance workshop in the very studios where the professional dancers themselves practice.

The tour takes 90 minutes, including the mini dance workshop. We will meet at the main entrance to the opera house on the stairs. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring ballet slippers or light sneakers. Children are of course welcome to dress up!

Because the Stuttgart Ballet is a world-renowned institution, the IWCS will be sponsoring the entire cost of this private event. We are asking for a donation of €10 per family in support of Frauen helfen Frauen e.V. to be paid in advance to reserve your spots. Members without children are also welcome to join us for the tour, but keep in mind that the event will be geared towards children. We recommend that younger siblings (under 6) do not attend this event as they will not be able to take part and will count towards the total maximum number allowed.

To take part in this tour, please RSVP in the Facebook event in our private members group. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the your family’s donation to the IWCS bank account no later than September 29th. Donations are non-refundable after the payment deadline. We can accept up to 20 attendees per session. Reserve your spot now!

MEMBERS ONLY – NECKAR RIVER BOAT TOUR (FAMILY EVENT)

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Neckar Käpt’n Boat Landing in Stuttgart

NECKAR RIVER TOUR
For members and their families
Wednesday, September 5th at 10:45
Meeting Location: Neckar Käpt’n Boat Landing, across from the Wilhema in Stuttgart
Nearest Station: U14 Wilhelma or S-Bahn Bad Cannstatt
Costs: See details below, prepayment due August 22nd

Have you ever sat by the Neckar, just wondering where it goes? Do you have children who will be getting bored already after five weeks of summer holidays? If so, we have the perfect tour for you!

We invite you and your immediate family to join us on a three-hour Neckar Käpt’n river cruise on Wednesday, September 5th. We will meet at the landing across from the Wilhelma Zoo at 10:45 (map link above) and arrive Marbach, birthplace of Schiller, at approximately 14:00.

Bring a picnic with you or wait and slake your thirst at the Bootshaus Biergarten (Greek/German) on the banks of the Neckar once we reach Marbach, where you can let the children stretch their legs at the playground there.

For all you culture buffs out there, the Schiller museum is also located in nearby in the Marbach city center, so anyone interested could also take this opportunity to visit it. We will be returning to Stuttgart via S-Bahn.

You and your first guest will pay only €10 each for this event (subsidized by the club). Additional tickets are available for the entire family at the following group discount rate prices:

  • €13 for each child 4-13
  • €18 for each teen 14-16
  • €24 for each additional adult or teen 17+

Kids under 4 are free and buggies are welcome. Please pay for all members of your party in advance so that we can reserve the appropriate tickets for you. Any food and drinks ordered are the responsibility of the member and her guests, along with your S-Bahn tickets home/back to your car.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP in the Facebook event being set up in the members group or use the form below if you are not on Facebook. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the your family’s fees to the IWCS bank account no later than August 22nd. 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 (we will be charged by the tour company after that date). 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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MEMBERS ONLY: FAMILY MUSHROOM FORAGING TOUR

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FAMILY MUSHROOM FORAGING TOUR
Sunday, October 14th from 13:00
Location: Schorndorf area (exact location published 1 week beforehand)
To RSVP with host Alex Elwin, use the pending Facebook event or contact form below – Prepayment deadline is September 30th

Autumn is mushroom season! But which are edible and which not? What is cauliflower fungus? Can one eat giant puffballs? Which fungi can be used as tinder? Fewer and fewer people these days are sure, so we’ve booked a guided walk through the Schwäbisch woods to learn everything there is to know on the subject with abenteuerreich Erlebnistouren.

During this unique event, an experienced guide will show us how to determine if a particular mushroom is edible, how to harvest it and also how to cook it. This 2-3 hour tour will also include a small tasting.

Although we will be greeted in English, most of this tour will be in German, so be prepared to work your brains, learn some new vocabulary, and have your kids or fellow members translate if necessary. Bring along worn-in walking shoes/boots, a waterproof jacket, a camera, a penknife, a small basket or other container, and a notebook and pen. We’ll find out the exact meeting place nearer the time.

Current IWCS members and their entire family are welcome to join this event and costs will be partially subsidized by the club. Children (up to age 13) are free and two adults or teenagers are invited to attend at the discount price of €25 per person. Additional adults are welcome to join but will pay full price (€39 per person).

We have reserved space for 15 adults and 5 children but can add more to this reservation up to 25 people total. If there is huge demand for this event we can open a second reservation for another group on the same day. To reserve your spot, please RSVP in the pending Facebook event or use the contact form below if you are not on Facebook.

To confirm your reservation, please transfer the  €25/€39 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than September 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.

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