The former Court Avenue offices of Union State Bank have now been consolidated into the newly expanded USB facility at 611 W. Highway 92, and all their services are now under one roof with extended drive-up hours of 7:30 am to 6:00 pm. The ATM at the Court Avenue location will remain available until a new location in downtown Winterset is established. This Tuesday, the public is invited to see new facility during an Open House from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Congratulations to them on this big move, and to Bank President and CEO Jeff Nolan on receiving the Madison County Business Person of the Year award at the Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet on Thursday night!
The 2017 legislative session has begun in Iowa, and so begins a series of four Legislative Forums in Winterset, hosted by Farmers & Merchants State Bank in the Community Room. The first will be held on Saturday, January 28th at 9:00 am. These events are free and open to the public. Representative Stan Gustafson and Senator Julian Garrett will be in attendance and available for Q & A. The remaining forum dates are February 25; Saturday, March 25; and Saturday, April 22.
The Madison County Conservation Board is offering a Community Ice Fishing event from 9:00 am to Noon at Criss Cove Park on January 28th. People of all ages and skill levels are welcome to attend. There will be staff from the conservation board and other experienced anglers there to provide instruction to any beginners. There will also be a limited supply of fishing rods and bait available for use during the event. More experienced anglers are welcome to bring their own equipment. A fire and warm beverages will be provided, but all participants should come dressed for the weather in multiple layers of warm clothing. (This event will be held as long as the ice meets safety standards.)
The Madison County Conservation Board is also continuing to collect information about the public’s opinions and ideas for future development. If you use and appreciate our wonderful county parks and programs, please support them by completing this survey by February 3rd. Thank you!
Also on Saturday morning, The Iowa Quilt Museum is offering the first in a series of Junior Quilter classes, “Pieced Snowman.”
At 1st Avenue Collective, artists Gina Crow and Sandra Geronimo will be teaching a “Forged Bar Necklace and Earrings” class from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Registration is required and space is limited, so call or stop by today to see if there are still seats available (515-505-4396). Participants will learn several techniques to customize their necklace and earrings including texturizing with various hammers and annealing fine silver. Necklaces will be finished off with a sterling silver chain and your choice of gemstones, including amethyst, fresh water pearls, garnet and iolite. No experience necessary. The cost for this class is $55.
The Sk8n Station is now open for skating on Saturday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, as well as Friday and Saturday evenings.
On Sunday, there are two other great classes available: T-Shirt Shredding at the Winterset Art Center with Kathy Wonderlin, and the first of a three-part series for DIY Painted Barn Blocks at the Iowa Quilt Museum by Marianne Fons and Mark Davis.
Beginning February 2, HCI Hospice Care Services and Madison County Health Care Systems will be offering a new educational grief support group, “Understanding Your Grief,” using material from Dr. Alan Wolfelt and the Center for Loss and Life Transition. “Understanding Your Grief” will meet for eight weeks on Thursdays from 5:00 – 6:30 PM, in the Education Room at the Chesnut Building, located at 901 S. 4th Ave. in Winterset. Groups will learn about Dr. Wolfelt’s 10 essential touchstones for finding hope and healing through loss. The groups are free and open to the public. Pre-registration will be required as seats for each group are limited. Please contact HCI Hospice Care Services’ local bereavement counselor, Mike Albert, (515) 462-5205 for more information or to register for a group.
The Winterset Library will be hosting a one-day book sale on February 4th, with books culled from their own collection (in preparation for remodeling).
Also as a result of upcoming remodeling at the library, their weekly children’s story time program will be temporarily moved to the Winterset Art Center from February 7th through March 9th.
The WPRD is planning a couple of fun events on the weekend of February 4th & 5th: a Frozen Field Slow-pitch Softball Tournament for adults (men and women, 18 and up) on the 4th, and a Winter Kite Flight for all ages on the 4th and 5th. The softball tournament will take place regardless of weather conditions and requires registration in advance by Feb. 1st, with a fee of $50 per team, times TBA. The Kite Flight event will be from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on the 4th and 5th, with no fee. Just bundle up the family and bring your kites! Both events will take place at the Martin-Marietta Fields soccer complex.
Covered Bridges Winery is preparing to welcome Mike Aceto for an evening of live music on February 4th, and Tony Valdez with Don Jaques on the 18th. Tony Valdez is a ticketed event with limited seating available. Be sure to save a spot for yourself and your Valentine! Find more information and register online here.
Two Saints Winery is also planning a Valentine Gala Ball on February 11th.
Get ready for a taste of summer at Winterset High School:
The Madison County Conservation Board is hosting several fun family activities in February. On Tuesday, February 7th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Wildlife Rehabilitator Beth Brown will be providing an interpretive program about her work with injured owls. She will be accompanied by a living Barred Owl and Short-eared Owl. After the owl program, participants will be head out for an owl calling hike through Pammel Park in hopes of calling in one of the park’s resident Barred Owls. This program is open to both children and adults. You do not need to bring a child to attend this program. Pre-registration is requested. To register call the office at 515-462-3536 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
MCCB is also hosting a Full Moon Snowshoe Hike on February 10th. Pre-registration is required for this event (call 515-462-3536 or email email@example.com). Participants, children and adults, will meet at the Conservation Board office at 2273 Clark Tower Road at 7:00 pm before crossing the road for an adventure through Middle River Park guided by the light of the full moon. Snowshoes will be available for use during the event. This will be prime owl calling season, and you might hear a few along your trek! Explorers will then return to the Conservation Board office for warm beverages. If there is not sufficient snow, no problem — there will be a moonlit hike instead.
That’s all for now. Have a great weekend! All community announcements on The Winterset Citizen are posted at no charge, courtesy of the following sponsors:
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Groth’s Gardens & Greenhouses
Homefront Real Estate
Lowe Chiropractic Clinic
Madison County Health Care System
Madison County Historical Society
Madison County ISU Extension & Outreach
Midwest Heritage Bank
Newcastle Home Builders
Pine Creek Ltd.
Rusty Stars Alpacas
State Farm, Charlotte Speer
Union State Bank
White Lions Bed & Breakfast
Winterset Ballet & Dance Studio
Winterset Optimist Club
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