The Winterset Citizen, August 7, 2020

Great Citizens

Last week, John Pletchette, President, and Wayne Martens, Treasurer of Winterset Optimist Club presented Randy McDonald, activities director at Winterset Community Schools, with a check from the club in the amount of $2,800 to support new equipment purchases for the school.

The Winterset Optimist club is a great supporter of youth activities in our community and they would be happy to have you join their organization! Meetings are Friday at 6:45 am at the Montross Pharmacy café.

This Weekend

Fridays at 5 Summer Concert Series

TONIGHT • August 7th • 5:30pm
Winterset City Park

Pull up a lawn chair, grab a bite from Easton’s Food Truck and enjoy! The August entertainment will come from Looking for Luke, the trio of Mark Christensen, Matt Kiger and John O’Neal.

Jurassic Park

Playing this weekend at the Iowa Theater
Friday & Saturday • 7:00pm

In Steven Spielberg’s massive 1993 blockbuster, paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) are among a select group chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. While the park’s mastermind, billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), assures everyone that the facility is safe, they find out otherwise when various ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt.

Re-live a bit of the 90s with this throwback flick!

Winterset Rotary Virtual Dog Jog

Register and complete the 5K by August 9th

There’s still time to take advantage of this weekend’s awesome weather and support some local projects by participating in the Winterset Rotary 2020 Virtual Dog Jog & 5K run.

There are no parking problems. No crowds. No long portable potty lines. There is no start gun or nervous, pre-race chitchat with other participants. There’s not even an official starting line. Participants sign up, pay their registration fee and select their distance. Then they choose their own starting line, whether it’s a treadmill or a neighborhood street. They run, jog, walk, or bike the race distance by the deadline. After the virtual race, runners post their times online and are then mailed a finisher’s t-shirt.

Registration is $30 with an optional doggie bandana available to purchase for $12. Proceeds will go to support Madison County Animal Relief and Rotary Youth projects.

Madison County Farmers Market

Saturday mornings • 8:00 am – noon
on the Square

Enjoy open air shopping at the Madison County Farmers Market every Saturday from 8:00 am – Noon on the courthouse square! Find fresh vegetables, herbs, plants, baked goods, honey and more.

Coming Soon

Virtual Gallery Walk

Monday • August 10th • 12:30pm
Iowa Quilt Museum’s “Out of Control Exhibit”

Wild quilts from quilt collectors with a special affinity for the “odd” populate the exhibit currently on display at the Iowa Quilt Museum. The patterns, color choices, designs, and even the workmanship will leave you wondering, “What was she thinking?”

Join curators Barbara Brackman and Deb Rowden, plus special guests Julie Silber and Joe Cunningham, for this virtual gallery walk through the ‘Out of Control’ exhibit. The first 100 guests will be able to login in to the Zoom meeting, allowing them to interact with the presenters and submit questions and comments through the chat feature. This online event is offered free of charge but donations to the Iowa Quilt Museum are welcome and appreciated.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 976 5199 4440

If you’re not able to make it to the live event, you can catch the recording which will be uploaded to our website.

Calming Back to School Nerves

Wednesday • 8/12 • Noon
Madison County Extension or Online

Madison County Health Care System Pediatrician, Dr. Amy Kimball and Winterset School District’s Superintendent, Justin Gross, will present a program on Calming Back to School Nerves on Wednesday, August 12th at Noon. If you wish to attend in person at the Madison County Extension Office (117 North John Wayne Drive) there will be seating available for about 10. Pre-registration is required at this link:

The program will also be live-streaming the program through Wellness Wednesdays in Winterset Facebook page.

This presentation is a part of “Wellness Wednesdays in Winterset,” a program coordinated by representatives from Madison County ISU Extension, Madison County Health Care System, Madison County Public Health, Madison County Conservation, Winterset Public Library, Winterset Parks and Recreation and EveryStep Hospice. Follow Wellness Wednesdays in Winterset on their Facebook page for other activities.

Soccer registration open through August 15th

Ages 4-9 • Winterset Area Soccer Club

There’s still time to register younger soccer players for the Fall season with the Winterset Area Soccer Club. Registration closes on Saturday, August 15th, for U4-U8 players.

WASC assures parents that they are actively working to make all required changes to implement a safe return to play. “We are using data and guidance from the CDC, IDPH, and the Iowa Soccer Association to help us decide what is best to do. WASC will provide information to parents as it is available. If you have any questions or need help with registration, please reach out to Jared McDonald at or Sydney Conrad-Cook at

Click here to view a message from Iowa Soccer regarding “return to play” procedures. Register online to secure your child a spot in the fall soccer season

Looking Ahead

Youth Flag Football

Registration Open Now

Online with Winterset Park & Recreation Department

The Winterset Parks & Recreation Youth Flag Football program is for boys and girls who are in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades in the 2020-2021 school year. Participants are divided into teams and volunteer coaches lead teams in practices and games. Games are held on Monday evenings and a few Thursday evenings at Martin Marietta Recreation Facility. Flag Football registrations also include participation in the Annual Punt, Pass and Run event. Practices may begin after the August 25th coaches meeting and the season concludes on October 19th. Registration is open now and ends August 21st. The fee is $20 and registration is online.

2020 Vision Essay Contest

Entries due August 17th

The Library and the Madisonian are interested in hearing from Madison County children and young adults! Write a short essay on your experience with the pandemic to win cash and a chance for publication in the Madisonian. Send essays and contact information to our new library director, David Hargrove, at or mail them to the library. The deadline is midnight on Monday, August 17th. A panel of judges will decide winners but all participants will receive a prize.

The Friends of the Library is also seeking donations for their fall book sale. If you’ve been doing some house cleaning these past few months, take note!

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