IWCS 2020 HOLIDAY GIVING TREE FOR FRAUEN HELFEN FRAUEN

In keeping with one of our favorite annual traditions, the IWCS is once again supporting Frauen helfen Frauen e.V. by creating a virtual Holiday Gift Tree for its residents this December!

Every year our members can sign up to buy gifts for the women and children living in the Frauenhaus. You will receive the age of the women or the age/gender/wish of the children to assist you in choosing what to buy. If you would like to take part, please let Sandra know in the event that can be found in the members Facebook group OR by using the RSVP form at the end of this post.

We already have some ages and wishes, so you can go ahead and start shopping! We do not yet know how many people we need, so we will assign folks on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please choose a gift valued between €15-20 and try to keep in mind that the shelter is multicultural and many of the families might not yet have strong German skills.

You will need to wrap the gift and add a tag with the age/gender information you were given to identify who it is for when they have their annual party. You can drop the finished gifts off at Sandra’s house in Stuttgart-Zazenhausen or mail them to her.

Thank you to all of our members for your continuing enthusiasm for this project every year! 

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!

MEMBERS ONLY: TOUR OF MERCEDES BENZ ARENA

MERCEDES BENZ ARENA TOUR
For members and their families
Sunday, April 26th at 13:45
Location: Mercedesstraße 87, 70372 Stuttgart
Nearest stations: Neckarpark
Hosted by Alison Tyler

Join us in April as we explore the home ground of VfB Stuttgart and learn everything worth knowing about the arena, its history, and the beloved local football team.

Feel the emotions in the Cannstatter Kurve where the hardcore fans stand and cheer and enjoy the atmosphere of the VfB dressing room. Our planned program (subject to last minute changes) includes:

  • VfB team cabin
  • cabin passage
  • passage through the player tunnel with inlet music
  • field edge
  • press conference room
  • media hall
  • Cannstatter curve with standing area
  • grandstand with box seats
  • Fan shop with 10% off using your ticket

This English-language tour will be 90 minutes long and was a huge hit when we did it a few years ago. The tour is NOT their barrier-free one and will include many stairs. Please wear walking shoes for your safety and note that photographs are allowed but filming is not. Animals are expressly forbidden on this tour.

We have a maximum of 25 participants allowed on this tour and need a minimum of 15 for it to go ahead. Children of all ages are welcome and will enjoy this tour very much, but please keep in mind there are lots of stairs to climb and buggies are not allowed.

This is a family event, which means:

  • Any IWCS member and members of her immediate family are welcome to attend (partner, spouse, and/or children)
  • You and your guests each pay the member cost listed below.

The cost of this event is €5 per adult and €2.50 per child (6-17), paid in advance. Kids 5 and under are free. The tour  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 €5/2.50 per person to the IWCS bank account no later than Sunday the 12th of April. 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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MEMBERS ONLY: THE AZTECS AT THE LINDEN MUSEUM

LINDEN MUSEUM ENGLISH-LANGUAGE TOUR: THE AZTECS
Wednesday, April 1st at 17:00
Location: Lindenmuseum Stuttgart, Hegelplatz 1, 70174 Stuttgart
Nearest stations: Hauptbahnhof/Rosenberg
Host: Alex Elwin

IWCS Members are invited to join us in April for an hour-long English-language tour of “The Aztecs” special exhibit at the Linden Museum, featuring a new in-depth view of Aztec culture at the time of the Spanish invasion 500 years ago.

We will be led through the emperor Moctezuma’s palace and will then enter the innermost part of the Aztec empire, the sacred Templo Mayor, seeing fabulous stone sculptures, mosaic masks, featherwork and gold jewelry, as well as colourful picture manuscripts along the way.

There will be an option to join for drinks/dinner afterwards, please let Alex know if you are interested!

The cost of this event is €5 per person, paid in advance. The tour guide and entrance fee will be sponsored by the IWCS and this is a Round Up For Charity event with all proceeds benefitting 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 Sunday the 15th of March. 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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MEMBERS ONLY: TOUR OF STUTTGART LIBRARY (+1 EVENT)

ENGLISH LANGUAGE TOUR OF STUTTGART LIBRARY
This event is for members and +1 guest

Wednesday, March 11th meeting at 10:45
Location: Stuttgart Bibliothek, Mailänder Platz 1, 70173 Stuttgart
Nearest Stations: Hauptbahnhof, Stadtbibliothek

Members are invited to join Alison Tyler for an English-language tour of the central library in Stuttgart (Mailänder Platz) which is in the relatively new “Europaviertel” and is one of the most modern libraries in Europe.

The impressive cubic building designed by the Korean architect Eun Young Yi draws a large number of tourists and photographers from all over the world. There are spectacular views to be seen from the roof terrace.

We will meet at 10:45 on Wednesday, March 11th inside at the reception. We are currently trying to confirm an English speaking tour guide but if that is not possible or we do not reach the minimum of 12 or more in attendance, we will do an alternate English-language audio tour.

The tour will be approximately 90 minutes long and for those who are interested in staying for lunch there are a range of restaurants in the area.

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
  • You and your guest each pay the member cost listed below.

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 4th of March. 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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AGM 2020 – Bring Your Spare Change for Charity!

Let us help you declutter your purses and pockets with our annual AGM coin collection!

Every year we ask members attending the Annual Meeting to bring along their excess change for our collection for Frauen helfen Frauen.

Check your pockets, your wallets and your junk drawers and bring all those annoying and useless little one and two cent coins (and higher!) with you to the AGM and help us make a difference for the ladies at the Frauenhaus.

Frauen Helfen Frauen Giving Tree 2019

 

In keeping with one of our favorite annual traditions, the IWCS is once again supporting  Frauen helfen Frauen e.V. by creating a virtual Holiday Gift Tree for its residents this December!

Every year our members can sign up to buy gifts for the women and children living in the Frauenhaus. You will receive the age of the women and the age/gender/interests of the children to assist you in choosing what to buy.

If you would like to take part, please message Sandra using the contact form below. Once we have the numbers and ages, she will give you the go ahead to start shopping! We do not yet know how many people we need, so we will assign folks on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Please choose a gift valued between €15-20 and try to keep in mind that the shelter is multicultural and many of the families might not yet have strong German skills. You will need to wrap the gift and add a tag with the age/gender information you were given to identify who it is for.

You can drop the finished gifts off at Sandra’s house in Stuttgart-Zazenhausen or mail them to her. She will also be collecting gifts at the Members Only Holiday Dinner as always.

Thank you to all of our members for your continuing enthusiasm for this project every year!

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MEMBERS ONLY: CANNING AND FERMENTING WORKSHOP (+1 EVENT)

Fruit & Vegetable Canning and Fermenting Workshop
For members +1 guest
Sunday, October 13th at 13:00
Location: Meghan’s home in Kornwestheim
Nearest station: Kornwestheim Hbhf
Cost: €20 per person

Please join us for an afternoon preserving fruits and vegetables. In this workshop we will learn three different preserving methods:

  • Hot Water Bath Canning – Spicy California Mix (cauliflower, celery, carrots, bell peppers, garlic and spicy peppers to taste) OR Tomato Salsa (tomatoes, onions, peppers, spices)
  • Ceramic Crock Fermentation – Sauerkraut (cabbage)
  • Ready to eat spread – Pumpkin Butter (fresh pumpkin and spices)

This is a hands-on workshop, where we will go thru the steps and benefits of each method and you will be chopping, stirring, boiling, and brining your hearts out. Meghan will provide the fruit, veggies, additional ingredients and the jars for the Pumpkin Butter and Spicy Califonia Mix or Salsa. The whole process will take about three hours.

Because of the wait time involved in canning and fermentation, there will be a few weeks lapse before some of the items will be ready to take home and eat. However, each participant will leave that day with two small jars of Pumpkin Butter spread. The California Mix or Salsa will be ready approximately two weeks after the workshop and 5-7 weeks later, the sauerkraut will be ready. We will work together to get the finished items to everyone.

We will be doing lots of chopping! Each participant should bring their own cutting board and 1-2 sharp knives for chopping fruit and vegetables. Additionally please bring a reusable container for the sauerkraut to be put into once it is ready (ca. 250-500 grams).

Beverages and light snacks will also be provided. Meghan’s place is a short five-minute walk from the station. Also there is plenty of public parking at the apartment.

This event is a charity fundraiser – your cost is a €20 donation at the door. All money collected will go to our designated charity, Frauen helfen Frauen.

This is a +1 event, which means:

  • Any IWCS member plus one guest are welcome to attend
  • Your +1 can be a partner, spouse, child age 13 + up, or friend
  • You and your guest each pay the cost listed above

Payment is due on the day of the event, however you must confirm your reservation to reserve your spot via the pending Facebook event or using the form below if you aren’t on Facebook. Space is limited to 12 participants, so reserve your spot now!

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MEMBER + FAMILY EVENT: OPEN AIR MUSEUM WITH ENGLISH LANGUAGE TOUR

Outing to the Freilichtmuseum in Beuren with English-Language Tour
This event is for members and their families
Sunday, October 20th at 11:00
Location: Freilichtmuseum Beuren, In den Herbstwiesen, 72660 Beuren
Nearest Stop : Molkerei in Beuren (best reached by car)
Cost: €10 per family or €5 for an individual

Join member Katja Zajac for a day in the countryside at the open air museum in Beuren! This recreated historical village tells the story of life in the nearby Swabian Alps with twenty different buildings, including farms, houses, workshops, and a bakery.

Children will love the many animals who live in the village (chicken, rabbits, goats, and sheep) and there is even an old-fashioned corner store with candy and sweets to buy.

We will have a one-hour English-language tour explaining the history of the houses and their inhabitants, life on the Swabian Alb as a farmer, and what a typical childhood was like in the area long ago.

Afterwards we will make a reservation for lunch at the museum restaurant (optional) and then you are free to spend the rest of the day exploring the museum grounds which include a playground and an orchard. The grounds are wheelchair and stroller friendly and open until 18:00. Please let Katja know if you are interested in lunch at the Engelberg restaurant at 12:30!

Audio guides in English are available for the permanent exhibition and wagons are available to borrow (20 euro deposit). We are welcome to bring along our own food and drink, or even a picnic lunch for those not joining us at the restaurant.

All members of your immediate family are invited to come along! The tour guide and museum entrance will be sponsored by the IWCS, but we are requesting pre-paid donations of €10 per family or €5 for an individual to reserve your space (maximum 25 participants total). All donations will be included in our annual donation to the Frauenhaus.

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 donation to the IWCS bank account no later than October 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 (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: GUIDED MEDITATION CLASS

GUIDED MEDITATION CLASS IN ENGLISH
For members only
Thursday, September 19th at 10.30
Location: Yoga und Pilates in der Galerie Stuttgart, Friedenstraße 12, 70190 Stuttgart
Nearest Stop: Neckartor

IWCS member Stephanie Lantin is offering a free introduction to guided meditation class to our members in September, open to all levels of experience. In addition to regularly teaching meditation classes in English and French, she also supports clients as their personal coach when they are going through a transition in their lives.

This event has a maximum of 9 participants and you can RSVP using the pending Facebook event or the form below until the day before.

The cost of this event is a €5 per person donation to the Frauenhaus, to be collected at the door.

Thanks to Stephanie for donating her time to help our 2019 fundraising action!

 

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