Next weekend a new stage production is opening at The Iowa Theater: The Hound of the Baskervilles, produced by The Winterset Stage. In this thriller, 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.
In preparation for the upcoming live performance of The Hound of the Baskervilles by The Winterset Stage, The Iowa Theater will be closed for setup from February 25th through March 1st. However, they have two exciting shows lined up this weekend. This evening they are screening Rigoletto by the Royal Opera House at 6:00 pm, and on Friday they debut Star Wars: The Last Jedi!
Winterset Little League registration deadline is Friday, February 23rd. Go to the Winterset Little League website to sign up.
The Winterset Knights of Columbus Annual Fish Fry dinners will continue on Friday nights at St. Joseph Catholic Church from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Each week they 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 are also available. Adults are $10 and kids 12 and under are $5.00, with family rates available.
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.
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. Arrive early to submit your questions. All are welcome!
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.
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.
Author 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, February 27, at 7:00 pm at the Winterset Public Library: Gladys Black, The Legacy of Iowa’s Bird Lady.
It’s a wildlife theme at this month’s Discovery Zone at the Winterset Library on February 27th:
Join the Madison County Covered Bridge Pheasants Forever chapter on Friday, March 2nd for their annual banquet and auction. All proceeds from this banquet stay local to improve habitat and conservation efforts right here in our community. Tickets are $60 and include a dinner, national Pheasants Forever membership, and a steak knife. To purchase tickets online, go to https://pheasantsforeverevents.org/event/3271, or call 515-360-7905 with any questions.
Would you like to cut your monthly grocery costs of 40 to 60%? The public is welcome to attend a Couponing Class on Sunday, March 4 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
Here is a timely workshop being offered by the Madison County Health Care System: Community Safety & Awareness Training on Thursday, March 8th from 8:00 to Noon at the Jackson Building.
The public is invited to attend the Preserving Our Past Soup Supper, hosted by the Madison County Historical Society, at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Monday, March 12th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The cost per ticket is $5.00 and includes homemade soup, relish, pie and a drink. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please contact any Society board member or stop by the Madison County Historical Complex office. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Contact 515-462-2134 with questions.
The Winterset Post Prom Committee is hosting a unique fundraiser on Thursday, March 1st in the Winterset High School Gym: Donkey Basketball. Yes, this is basketball played on real live donkeys! Doors open at 5:30. The first 125 kids who are 12 years old and under will receive a free ticket to ride a donkey and have a photo opportunity. The Madison County Pork Producers and Cattlemen will be serving food. You can also test your luck at a 50/50 raffle. At 6:00 pm, “Farmer Olympics” will take place as eight local Madison County teams attempt a timed obstacle course. At 7:00 pm the main attraction will begin: Donkey Basketball. There will be two games: Local Heroes vs. Mystery Team and Teachers vs. Students, followed by a Championship Game. It is sure to be a fun filled family and community night. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Fareway on February 24th or at Up Town Styles through the end of February.
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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