Ok, so the weather looks a little rough this weekend, but there are lots of motivating reasons to go out anyway. If you head up to the Winterset square during the Winterset Chocolate Walk on Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, you’ll be rewarded with chocolate samples and Valentine specials all around. And if the crowd is smaller due to the weather, that’s all the more for you! Participating merchants will have this sign posted in their window.
Also This Weekend
Re:home is open this weekend — today (Thursday) until 7:00 pm, Friday from 10:00 to 6:00, and Saturday from 9:00 to 5:00.
Madison County Conservation is hosting an Owl Prowl Program from 6:30 to 8:00 pm this evening, February 8th, starting at Pammel Park Lodge. It will start with a short interpretive program covering the anatomy of an owl and end with a night hike through Pammel Park, where they will do their best to call in one of the park’s resident owls. Pre-registration is requested. To pre-register, contact the conservation board at 515-462-3536 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new movie opens tonight (Thursday) at The Iowa Theater: The Shape of Water (R). A 2017 Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee in 13 categories, The Shape of Water is the story of a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab’s classified secret — a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank. She soon learns that its fate and very survival lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist.
Covered Bridges Winery invites you to join them for an evening of Yoga, Wine & Chocolate on Friday, February 9th from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. The experience will include a relaxing yoga class from 6:30 – 7:30, followed by a guided wine and chocolate pairing. The cost is $25 per person. Last I heard there were still a few spots left! Reserve your spot by purchasing tickets online. Class will be led by Melissa Walker from Power Life Yoga in Des Moines. Melissa is a 200-hour RYT and has training in vinyasa flow and restorative yoga.
The Winterset Japanese Friendship Exchange group is hosting a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday morning from 7:00 to 11:00 am at the American Legion Hall for a freewill donation. All proceeds will support the travel of our Winterset students to Japan this coming summer.
Attend the Scam Alert Workshop on February 10th at 10:30 am at the Winterset Library and learn how scammers can find you, what to watch for, tips on how to avoid their tactics, and resources on how to lower your chances of becoming a victim.
Learn to make a heart-shaped paperweight from molten glass on Saturday, February 10th in the hot shop at Madhaus Gallery. This is a great introduction to glassblowing and a perfect gift for your Valentine. Reserve your spot, scheduled in half hour increments between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm, by calling Robin at 515.707.4309. The cost is $50 per person.
Instructors Gina Crow and Sandra Geronimo are leading a Circle of Love necklace making class at 1st Avenue Collective on Saturday, February 10th from 1:00 to 3:00. Participants will learn to texture and fuse fine silver wire to create a circle pendant. Fusing is a technique to permanently connect precious metals. Cleaner, faster and less toxic than soldering, it’s a great introduction to torch work. An assortment of sterling silver chains, charms, gemstones and glass beads are included to complete your necklace. No previous jewelry experience necessary, just a desire to create. The cost is $45.00. All materials and tools are provided. Preregistration is required. Call 1st Avenue Collective at 515 505-4396 to reserve your spot.
The Winterset Art Center will host a Keepsake Valentines Class on Saturday, February 10th from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Join artist Sarah Macht in Studio A for a morning of fun. Create two keepsake Valentines from a collage of fabric, lace, trim, buttons, and paper. Recommended for ages 8 and above. Class fee is $10 for Winterset Art Center members and $12 for non-members. Please email email@example.com to register.
Tickets are officially sold out for the Valentine Gala benefit event hosted by Madison County Health Trust Foundation on Saturday, February 10th. I hope the weather cooperates to make it a beautiful night!
An important presentation on Opioid Pan Killers and the Heroin Epidemic, including information about local implications in Madison County, will be presented on Tuesday, February 13th at 6:30 pm at the Middle School Library. Please note the presenter for this is Alan Fear — not Alan Feirer!
The Northside Cafe has a special limited menu planned for February 14th, Valentine’s Day.
Anything Sweet & More Cafe has one also. After dinner, stroll over to The Iowa Theater for Breakfast at Tiffany’s. A great date night, right here in town!
The Madison County Master Gardeners invite you to attend a presentation on Thursday, 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.
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.
If you’re ready to think about warm summer nights, here’s a glimpse of the lineup for Hinterland 2018, the two-day outdoor music festival held annually in neighboring St. Charles. Tickets go on sale February 16th.
Also, 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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