Back to School Thoughts…
We saw cross country runners hitting the streets this morning, the football team and the band are back at school this week preparing for the season that will start later this month, teachers are busy preparing their classrooms for new students and parents and kids are looking at the next few weeks with a mixture of emotions. The beginning of the school year is definitely on the horizon!
Here are some ‘back to school’ events and dates that you might want to file away:
9th Grade Orientation • Monday, August 19th • 5:00 – 6:00pm
Jr. High Orientation • Tuesday, August 20th • 5:00 – 6:00pm
Elementary “Meet the Teacher” Night • Wednesday, August 21st • 4:30 – 6:00pm
Middle School “Meet the Teacher” Night • Wednesday, August 21st • 5:00 – 6:30pm
First Day of School • Friday, August 23rd
Whether you have direct involvement with “back to school” or not, the whole town feels it when it happens. Many of our local businesses happily support the school and its activities with sponsorship dollars. When you’re ready to shop for your school supplies, consider how you can spend your own dollars locally. Our good friends at Ben Franklin are offering a 20% coupon good toward all school supplies. You can find it in the Shopper.
Marching Band Preview Night
Tonight • 8/8 • 6:00 – 7:00pm
Support your favorite Marching Husky in their first performance of the season. The marching band has been working hard at band camp this week and tonight they will give us a preview. This is a great opportunity for them to show us what we can expect at their first halftime performance this year. The performance will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. on the Courthouse Lawn. Bring your lawn chairs, and an appetite because the WHS Band Boosters will be serving grilled hot dogs, drinks, and ice cream sandwiches for free will donations.
Tonight • 8/8 • 7:00pm
Compete for the coveted title of “Trivia Guru” tonight at the Winterset Cidery. The questions start flying at 7:00pm so arrive before that to get your team registered. While you’re there, try their latest cider flavor: Pineapple-Orange. It was just tapped and won’t last long.
Playing at the Iowa Theater
Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in an English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie. After a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, Jack becomes on overnight sensation with a little help from his agent. PG-13 / 1 hr, 57 min
The Grapes of Wrath
Friday • 8/9 • 8:45 pm
Winterset Aquatic Center sponsored by Madison County Realty
If you were hoping to squeeze in one more family trip to the swimming pool before school starts, head out on Friday evening and follow your swim with a free showing of Shrek. The “Dive-in” movie is open to all ages. Evening swim is open from 6:00 – 8:30 and the fee is $4 or a season pass. There is no admission fee for the movie and there will be free popcorn thanks to the sponsorship of Madison County Realty.
Saturday • 8/10 • 10:00 – 10:30 am
Winterset Ballet & Dance Studio
Winterset Ballet & Dance Studio invites you to bring your 2- or 3-year-old to a special Sparkle Day Event where they can join in on a FREE Twinkle Babies class. In these pre-Tap and pre-Ballet classes they’ll learn basic dance moves while having a ton of fun! If you attend one of the Sparkle Days, you’ll also be able to take advantage of special promotions and discounts.
Register now for a FREE class on the Winterset Ballet and Dance website, login (or create a login), select “Enroll in a Class” and then select “Sparkle Day”. Or contact Nicole at (515)201-9403 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By the way, registration for fall classes is open NOW for older students, too!
Sifting through the Ashes
Saturday • 8/10 • 10:30 – 11:30 am
Winterset Public Library
Writing about a tragic house fire that occurred 60 years ago can be a challenge. Attempting to research the event, knowing that none of the survivors are still alive, is an even bigger challenge. And when those deceased survivors are all relatives, look out. Join author, genealogist, and storyteller Tim Ritter for a lively multimedia presentation about encountering brick walls in research, learning to sift through family legends in search of the truth, and taking chances that ultimately lead to incredible discoveries and connections to the past. You can learn more about Tim, his writing, and his adventures at http://www.timritter.net/ Tim will have copies of his books for sale and autographing following this presentation. This program is free and open to the public.
Bring on the Bus
Monday • 8/12 • 10:00 – 11:00 am
Winterset Public Library
Winterset School District Bus Driver Craig Milligan will meet be at the library Monday morning with his big, yellow school bus. This is an opportunity for kids of all ages (with parent or guardian) who will be riding the school bus for the first time or who would like a refresher on the ins and outs of riding the school bus. Kids will learn about bus safety and what the lights mean, practice getting on and off the bus, and even go for a short ride! The goal is for kids to feel confident and comfortable riding a bus and to calm those first day jitters. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.
Back to School Lunch & Learn
Wednesday • 8/14 • Noon – 1:00
Winterset Public Library
The start of the school year can bring a host of challenges—purchasing school supplies & new clothes, getting immunizations, new routines and new people. This session will give you tips on how to prepare your students both physically and emotionally to handle the new year.
Saturday • 8/17 • 10:00 for small dogs, 11:00 for large dogs
Winterset Aquatic Center
The Winterset Aquatic Center will close for the season on Friday, August 16th. Once the swimmers are gone, the dogs get to take over! Small dogs (under 30 pounds) are welcome to swim from 10:00 to 10:45 on Saturday, the 17th, and large dogs (31 pounds and over) can have their turn from 11:00 to 11:45. The fee is $4 per person and $4 per dog.
The Iowa Quilt Museum invites you to their latest exhibit titled, Stitched Through Time: A History of Quilting. The exhibit features several historical quilts, some dating to the mid-1800s, as well as quilts from more modern eras. The idea behind the exhibit is to show how quilting has changed and progressed through time, most specifically in the last two centuries. The exhibit was curated by Judy Schwender who is the retired curator from the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky, and will be on display through the end of September.
Admission to the IQM is only $6 for adults and this time of year they are open 7 days a week (hours will change November 1st). You can check specific hours and find more information at the Iowa Quilt Museum website. Even if you’re not a quilter, there’s a lot to be enjoyed at the Iowa Quilt Museum’s exhibits. There aren’t many quilt museums in existence and most people have to drive hours to visit one. We’re lucky to have this piece of history and culture right here in our own community.
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