There are always a lot of activities happening that are associated with our schools. If you don’t have children in the school system, though, it can be a little difficult to keep up. Here are a few things happening this spring. Look HERE for a comprehensive listing of all activities happening at our schools.
Parents of children who will be entering kindergarten this fall are invited to attend the Winterset Schools Kindergarten Parent Meeting on tonight, April 19th, at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held in the Winterset Elementary Lunchroom; enter from the circle drive through the NW doors. Kindergarten Experience will be on Tuesday, May 15th. If your kindergarten-aged child is not currently attending a Winterset Preschool, call the Winterset Elementary Office (515-462-1551) for information about the Kindergarten Experience.
Winterset High School Prom is Saturday, April 21st from 8:00 – 11:00 pm. Students can participate in Grand March, and adoring fans can watch, in the HS Auditorium at 7:00 pm.
A Winterset Universal Preschool Parent Meeting will be held on April 24th at 6:00 pm in the Winterset Elementary Cafeteria. Winterset’s universal preschool encompasses three programs for three and four-year-olds: Little Huskies Preschool, Wee Learners Preschool, and Head Start – Little Huskies North Preschool. The meeting will also cover topics like transportation, scholarships for three-year-olds, health requirements and registration process. This is an informational meeting only and preschool applications will be available on-line starting July 9th. Call Winterset Elementary with any questions: 515.462.1551 or visit the school’s preschool webpage.
Husky Drama’s spring play, The Man Who Came to Dinner, will be performed in Henry C. Miller Auditorium at WHS on Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28th at 7:00 pm both evenings.
Husky Help Day is an annual day of service provided by the graduating senior class and faculty advisors. On Tuesday, May 8th, students will be busy at work throughout the community.
Commencement will held in the WHS Gymnasium on Sunday, May 27th at 2:30 pm.
The last day of school for students is Friday, June 1st.
Winterset Parks & Recreation, Madison County Conservation and many other organizations will be at the Winterset Public Library from 5:00 – 7:00 pm tonight, April 19th for Summer Activity Registration. This is a great time to learn about many of the recreational and educational events happening for youth this summer.
The Iowa Quilt Museum just opened a new exhibit of modern quilts, Playing With Purpose: A Victoria Findley Wolfe Retrospective. Victoria Findlay Wolfe is a Minnesota native and now a resident of New York City. She is an award-winning quilter, an international instructor, lecturer and author and a designer for Marcus Fabrics. An opening reception for this exhibit will be held at the museum on April 21st from 5:00-8:00pm. Victoria will be at this event and her remarks are planned for approximately 6:15. Tickets to the opening reception can be purchased at the door or in advance ($10). The Iowa Quilt Museum is open for tours Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sundays from 12:00 – 4:00 pm
The day trip to the scenic Boone River Water Trail scheduled for Saturday, April 21st, has been postponed due to cold water temperatures. When that gets rescheduled – we’ll let you know.
The Winterset Stage will hold auditions for Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite on Saturday, April 21st at 10:00 am and again on Sunday, April 22nd at 6:00 pm. Both sessions will be at The Iowa Theater. Plaza Suite is being produced by The Winterset Stage on June 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd and 24th. Rehearsals will begin at the end of April and will be mostly weekday evenings. This show has roles for adult men and women of a variety of ages. Those auditioning do not need to have anything prepared; scenes from the script will be provided for reading.
Celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 22nd with the Winterset Parks & Recreation and the group For Land’s Sake. Meet at City Park south shelter between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm for an interpretative walk to Clark Tower and back to enjoy the community of the woodlands. The actual walk will begin at 12:30 pm.
The Winterset Dog Park Project will host its 1st Annual Fun Dog Show, on Sunday, April 22nd. The show will include obedience classes and Rally classes. Participants should sign up at 8:30 am and the show will start by 9:00 am. Cost is $5 per run and all proceeds will go to the Dog Park Fencing Fund. This is a great way for 4-H students to get in some practice for upcoming shows as they will be using Madison County 4-H classes and rules. Awards will be given to 1st- 3rd places in each class. Participants can sign up HERE.
Miracle Season (PG), Caroline “Line” Found is the star player and captain of the volleyball team at West High School in Iowa City, Iowa. After her tragic death, the team of dispirited high school girls must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach (Helen Hunt) to try and win the state championship. The next Way Back Wednesday film, showing on April 25th, is Dr. Strangelove or: How I Stopped Worrying and Love the Bomb. This 1964 film details what could happen if the wrong person pushed the wrong button—and it played the situation for laughs. U.S. Air Force General Jack Ripper goes completely insane, and sends his bomber wing to destroy the U.S.S.R. He thinks that the communists are conspiring to pollute the “precious bodily fluids” of the American people.
From Uncle Joe’s barbecue sauce to Grandma Ethel’s cobbler, family recipes fill us with nostalgia and draw us closer to family—if they have been saved and if they actually work right, that is. So what can you do if a beloved recipe is sketchy, horribly outdated, impossible to read, or unwritten? How can you make sure those old handwritten recipes as well as heirloom photos and kitchen artifacts last for future generations? And did you ever stop to look at your recipes with a historian’s eye, exploring what that family recipe may be telling you between the lines? Valerie J. Frey, author of Preserving Family Recipes: How to Save and Celebrate Your Food Traditions (UGA Press), will explore various aspects of your family’s heirloom recipes at the Winterset Public Library during the Preserving Family Recipes Class & “Tasting” Potluck on Tuesday, April 24th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
Registration is required – online at goo.gl/BV5VC4 or call 515-462-1731. You will be asked to note what dish you will bring for the potluck (this is optional, but they do hope everyone will bring a little something to share).
New members are always welcome at the library for their book discussions. Rebecca Bock, teacher librarian with the WCSD leads the discussions and on April 26th, George Orwell’s 1984 will be the topic of discussion. The group will meet from 7:00 – 8:00 pm in the library.
Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell’s nightmare vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff’s attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of the novel is Orwell’s prescience of modern life–the ubiquity of television, the distortion of the language–and his ability to construct such a thorough version of hell. Required reading for students since it was published, it ranks among the most terrifying novels ever written.
Youth in grades 5 and above are invited to join the ISU Extension in Madison County for a Babysitting Basics Class on Friday, April 27th, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Madison County Extension Office, 117 N. John Wayne Drive. During this six-hour clinic, youth will learn about child development, age-appropriate activities to do with children, safety, basic first aid, nutrition and food choices, caring for infants & kids, parent expectations, and the business of babysitting. Light refreshments will be provided in the morning and afternoon and lunch will be provided as well. Registration is due on April 20th, and this event is limited to the first fifteen registrants. Contact Nicole Navin at 515-462-1001 or email@example.com to register. Registration fee is $25.
- Tricks and tips for calming you and your children
- Social Media & Your Kids
- The Centsible Shopper / Extreme Couponing
- Ins and Outs of Finding and Getting and Keeping a Job
- Parent Cafe’s – What is that?!
- PLUS MORE to empower you as a parent!
An RSVP is required, call 515.462.9400 or email CRISP@familyresourcelink.o
Whether you want to be in the spotlight or in the audience cheering on you favorite local artists, don’t miss Open Mic Night at The Iowa Theater on April 29. Tickets are only $5, with proceeds going to the Winterset Music Club for their Summer Music Camp Scholarship Fund. $1 of every ticket sale, along with all concession proceeds will go to the Iowa Theater, as a big thanks for graciously providing the space. Tickets can be pre-purchased at the Iowa Theater, at the Winterset Madisonian, at the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, and, as long as they last, at the door. There are also still time slots open for performance acts. Time slots are limited to around seven minutes or two songs. Whether musical, poetry or prose, performers can show off their talent at the Open Mic Night at the Iowa Theater! For more information about performing or to purchase tickets, contact music club member Charlotte Underwood at 423-912-1948 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The women of the First United Presbyterian Church (210 W Green St.) will host their annual May Day Breakfast on Tuesday, May 1st. Breakfast is served from 6:30 – 9:30 am and guests can eat at the church or take their breakfast to go. The cost is $6 and proceeds go toward the missions of the Presbyterian Women.
Business owners take note of this Grow Your Business Workshop being hosted by ProTeam Insurance & Clanton Creek Oils and Herbs on Tuesday, May 8th, from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Registration deadline is May 1st.
Now that you’ve completed your tax return, this might be a good time to go through your personal files and get rid of old financial documents. (Most CPAs recommend keeping seven years worth of tax records on file.) If you need a place to shred documents, Farmers & Merchants State Bank is offering a free community shred day on Saturday, May 5th, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
Even though the weather hasn’t been in agreement, two sure signs of spring in our community are the seasonal reopening of Frostee’s and Groth’s Gardens & Greenhouse.
Frostee’s is now open Monday-Thursday 11:00 – 9:00, Friday and Saturday 11:00 – 10:00 and Sundays 12:00 – 9:00. Groth’s (located north of Winterset on Cumming Road) is open Monday – Saturday 9:00 – 6:00 and Sundays 12:00 – 4:00.
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Farmers & Merchants State Bank
Farm Bureau FS, Scot Clark
Groth’s Gardens & Greenhouses
Homefront Real Estate
The Iowa Theater
Lowe Chiropractic Clinic
Madison County Health Care System
Madison County Historical Society
Madison County ISU Extension & Outreach
McDonald Tree Service
McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith, P.C.
Midwest Heritage Bank
Pine Creek Ltd.
Rusty Stars Alpacas
State Farm, Charlotte Speer
Union State Bank
White Lions Bed & Breakfast
Winterset Ballet & Dance Studio
Winterset Optimist Club
Winterset Parks & Recreation Department