Here’s some information about a special presentation coming to the Winterset Library on February 27th at 7:00 pm. “Adored by a generation as ‘Iowa’s Bird Lady,’ Gladys Black introduced thousands of Iowans to the wonders of birds. Her newspaper columns lured readers not with textbook descriptions but with folksy anecdotes. Her focus was always the same: protect our birds and their environment.
Larry Stone knew and worked with Gladys Black during his 25 years with the Des Moines Register. He will recount the legacy of ‘Iowa’s Bird Lady’ in a public program co-sponsored by Humanities Iowa and the ‘For Lands Sake!’ club on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 7 pm at the Winterset Public Library.
Stone and coauthor Jon Stravers, who also was a close friend and associate of Gladys, published the book, Gladys Black: The Legacy of Iowa’s Bird Lady. It’s a story not only of Gladys’s work with birds, but of her pioneering efforts in outdoor education. Gladys led kids and adults on nature hikes, sounded the alarm about pesticides, and taught respect for the Earth. Countless Iowans phoned or wrote her with birding questions. Outspoken and passionate, Gladys chastised bureaucrats, politicians, developers, or anyone whom she believed was harming the environment. She spoke out at pubic meetings and to smaller groups, and regularly wrote letters to the editor.
When Gladys died in 1998, Iowa lost an ardent conservationist and bird lover, and a mentor who touched the lives of Larry Stone, Jon Stravers, and hundreds of others. Gladys Black: The Legacy of Iowa’s Bird Lady shares stories of Gladys and her place among Iowa conservation legends.” – Larry Stone
To learn more about Larry Stone’s books and programs, visit www.LarryStonesIowa.com.
For more about Humanities Iowa, go to https://www.humanitiesiowa.org/larry-stone
The Madison County Master Gardeners invite you to attend a presentation this evening, February 15th at 7:00 pm at the Iowa State Extension Office at 117 N 1st Avenue in Winterset. The presentation will be by Nancy Forrest, titled “For Lands Sake.” It is free and open to the public.
The Winterset Knights of Columbus Annual Fish Fry dinners will start on Friday, February 16th and continue through Lent (last one March 23rd). From 5:30 to 7:00 pm they’ll offer all you can eat Alaskan baked or fried fish, your choice of au gratin, baked or fried potatoes, slaw or cottage cheese, dinner roll, green beans, corn, dessert and beverage. Cheese pizza and macaroni and cheese will also be available. Adults are $10 and kids 12 and under are $5.00, with family rates also available.
As part of the Cabin Fever Gardening Series at the Winterset Library, life-long local bird watcher Sharon Bauer will share her program on basic birding and beginning bird watching on Saturday, February 17th from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. She will also discuss backyard birding and feeders, connecting with the birding community, and the Great Backyard Bird Count (February 16-18).
Several spring classes are being offered at Piece Works Quilt Shop through May of 2018, and two of them are this weekend: “Tricolor Stars” on February 17th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and “Collage Quilts” on February 18th from noon to 4:00. Check out this page for full details, and contact Tony at 515-493-1121 to save your spot in class.
The Iowa Theater is offering three more screenings of The Shape of Water this weekend, today through Saturday, and is also showing the family-friendly Ferdinand (PG) on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00. Next weekend they debut Star Wars: The Last Jedi!
There’s no school in Winterset on Monday, February 19th, and the Winterset Optimists have planned a free movie, Sing (PG) at 1:00 pm at the Iowa Theater! And at 7:00 pm that same night, the Winterset Rotary Club will be sponsoring a screening of Breathe (PG-13).
The Winterset PTO is hosting a fundraising event on Tuesday, February 20 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Sk8’n Station in Winterset. For $5.00 per person (which includes skate rental), the family can enjoy roller skating. All ages, grades, and skill levels are welcome. A hot dog and chips meal will also be available for $5.00. Pop and water will be available separately. No free passes for this event, please. Proceeds will be donated to the Winterset PTO.
The Winterset Art Center is hosting its Annual Pancake Day Fundraiser on Saturday, February 24th from 7:00 am to 11:00 am at the American Legion Hall. Enjoy delicious pancakes, sausage, and eggs while supporting the Winterset Art Center. All funds raised will be put to use in improving the facilities and providing programs for all.
Here’s a great opportunity for learning about vegetable gardening on Saturday, February 24th at St. Paul Lutheran Church at 9:00 am: Grow Your Own Veggies led by Master Gardener Jim Nelson.
There was such a great turnout for the first Instant Pot Cooking Class at the Winterset Library in January that they’re offering it again! This one will have the same recipes and techniques as the first one. To register, go to http://ow.ly/Eqz530iieZT call the library at 515-462-1731. Space is limited, so register soon.
1st Avenue Collective is hosting a Color Your World Earring class on Saturday, February 24th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Students will learn to manipulate copper or sterling silver wire into oval hoops, then wire wrap a tapestry of colorful beads to create a beautiful pair of earrings guaranteed to color your world every time you wear them. No jewelry making experience needed, just a desire to have fun. The instructors are Gina Crow and Sandra Geronimo. The cost is $40 for copper wire and $45 for sterling wire. Pre-registration is required. Call 1st Avenue Collective at 515 505-4396 to reserve your space.
The second Community Legislative Forum of the 2018 session will be held on Saturday, February 24th from 9:00 to 10:00 am at the Jackson Building in Winterset. Representative Stan Gustafson and Senator Julian Garrett will be there to answer questions about current legis. Arrive early to submit your questions. All are welcome!
Are you a “Harry Potter” fan where the wand chooses the wizard? You can create your own dueling wand in Wizard Wand Workshop offered by the Winterset Art Center on Sunday, February 25th from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. Use your imagination to incorporate found objects and hot glue to fabricate a marvelous wand. You can create two wands (maybe one to keep and one to give). Materials and tools will provided during class. All ages are invited, but children younger than 10 will need assistance. Class fee is $15 for art center members and $20 for non-members. Please email email@example.com or call Angela Newman at 804-380-8079 to reserve your spot.
Naturalist Amy Holley will lead an interpretive program on the bald eagle on February 27th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at Pammel State Park in the Nature Center. The program will cover the history of our nation’s symbol, from the population decline to the U.S. Conservation practices that lead to the rebound of these majestic birds. The program will also include basic information on bald eagle life cycles and physical characteristics, along with tips and tricks for winter eagle watching. This program is free and open to people of all ages. Pre-register for the program by contacting the conservation board office at 515-462-3536 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s a wildlife theme at this month’s Discovery Zone at the Winterset Library on February 27th:
Coming soon to The Iowa Theater: The Hound of the Baskervilles by The Winterset Stage! An ancient family curse, a desolate moor, a spectral hound and a deranged killer are on the loose. The Hound of the Baskervilles is the most celebrated Holmes story of all, a masterpiece of mystery and suspense. And it’s really scary!! The story of Sherlock Holmes’ investigation into the monstrous beast terrorizing the dark and dangerous moors has gripped people’s imaginations since it first appeared in print in 1901. This adaptation has taken all the familiar elements of the tale, and through an exhilarating collision of verbal slapstick, absurd scenarios and wonderfully ridiculous comic performances, have managed to create one of the most sublimely funny versions of a classic that you are ever likely to see. Get your tickets in advance at www.thewintersetstage.org.
If you represent a non-profit organization in Madison County and have an project that needs help with funding, please note that the 2018 grant applications from the Greater Madison County Community Foundation are now available to download and complete at www.madisoncountyfoundatio
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