Weekend in Winterset and a Big Announcement

Dear Readers: Since launching this blog in November of 2013 and updating it weekly or more ever since, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed well over four years of highlighting the many, many great things happening in our community. So many people have since become regular readers and have been so supportive of the project. It is near and dear to my heart.

At the same time, I’ve been designing and maintaining websites for businesses and organizations in the community, as well as some for statewide organizations and out of state. As my work with Winterset Websites increased, I began to think about who might be ready and willing to take over The Winterset Citizen. And guess what – I found the perfect duo for the job!

Meisha Sible (left), Megan Barrett (center), and me, Julie

I’m both thrilled and a little tearful to announce that Megan Barrett and Meisha Sible of Vivente! are the blog’s new owners. Vivente! is an event and management company providing services to small businesses and individuals in the areas of event planning, marketing strategy, project management, bookkeeping, and more. Clearly, this blog is a natural fit with that work. They’ve already been working with me behind the scenes for a couple of weeks, and last week’s post was basically all them. See, you didn’t even notice! I’m so thankful to them for the smooth transition, and I’m looking forward to stepping back and reading their weekly posts. Thanks again to everyone who reads and supports The Winterset Citizen. Stay tuned for more to come!

Signing off – Julie Feirer

This Weekend

Winterset’s Sk8n Station roller skating rink is hosting an Adult Skate tonight from 6:30 – 9:30 pm. The admission price is $6 which includes skate rental. The ’80s and ’90s tunes are ready to roll and the mirrored ball is spinning—grab your honey and re-live your teenage romance days and the skating rink tonight.

Hold hands with your honey while you skate to this great playlist tonight at the Sk8n Station.
Grant applications are due Friday to the Greater Madison County Community Foundation for community betterment grants. If you represent a non-profit organization in Madison County and have a project that needs help with funding, grant applications are available to to download at www.madisoncountyfoundation.org. Finished applications are due to Tom Leners on Friday, March 30th at 4:00 pm.

Gather your children or grandchildren on Saturday an take advantage of the many Easter Egg Hunts taking place in the Winterset Area. Hunts are taking place in St. Charles, Patterson Truro and Lorimor and three right here in Winterset.
  • West Bridge Rehab in Winterset – March 31st at 2:30 pm – The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures
  • City of Winterset, Winterset City Park – March 31st at 11:00 am – 9 years old and under
  • Rose Acres & New Bridge Church, 1305 W Jefferson, Winterset – March 31st at 1:00 pm, Bounce House Noon – 2:00 pm

Join Representative Stan Gustafson and Iowa Senator Julian Garrett on March 31st at 9:00 am for a Legislative Forum at the Jackson Building on the Winterset Fair Grounds. Our state legislators will share information about bills and legislation affecting Madison County currently being discussed at the Iowa Statehouse.  This event is free to attend and is open to the public.

On March 31st, aspiring glass artists can participate in the Spring is for the Birds event at Madhaüs Gallery. With the help of the glassblowing staff, participants can work with molten glass to make a glass bird. Students will actively participate in this in-studio experience working in the hot glass studio and will be able to choose from a variety of colors and styles. Call Robin Paul to reserve your half hour spot (between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm) at 515.707.4309 or e-mail glassideas@mchsi.com. Cost is $50 per person.

Last month, the Winterset Public library held an instructional class on how to cook with the wildly popular Instant Pot. On March 31st from 1:00 – 2:30, Jared McDonald & Deena Hoeness will lead Instant Pot 201, featuring more advanced recipes including yogurt, beef roast, brownies, and more. Samples of these tasty dishes will be provided! At last look, the class was full and there were two available spots remaining on the waiting list. See if you can grab one of those waiting list spots at goo.gl/4AgcVW or call 515-462-1731.

The science fantasy adventure film A Wrinkle in Time (PG) based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Madeleine L’Engle, begins a two-weekend run tonight at 7:00 pm. Another literary classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, is showing on April 4th for Way Back Wednesday.

Throughout the month of April, Farmers & Merchants State Bank is holding a Peanut Butter Drive to benefit MATURA food assistance programs. You can bring a jar of peanut butter to any FMSB location during the month of April.

Coming Soon

A reminder to vote on the Winterset Community School District bond on April 3rd. Polls will be open from 7:00 am – 8:00 pm at the Jackson building on April 3rd. Voting can occur at the Courthouse from March 6 through April 2, 2018. You can learn more about the bond proposal and the work that will occur if the funds are received at the WCSD website.

Beginning April 3rd, HCI Hospice Care Services and Madison County Health Care System will be offering an educational grief support group, “Understanding Your Grief,” using material from Dr. Alan Wolfelt and the Center for Loss and Life Transition. “Understanding Your Grief” will meet for eight weeks on Tuesday from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, in the Chesnut Building in the Education Room, located at 901 S. 4th Ave. in Winterset. Participants will receive copies of Dr. Wolfelt’s book “Understanding Your Grief” and “The Understanding Your Grief Journal.” Groups will learn about Dr. Wolfelt’s 10 essential touchstones for finding hope and healing through loss. Pre-registration will be required as seats for each group are limited.  Please contact one of our HCI Hospice Care Services’ local bereavement counselors, Mike Albert, (641) 216-3627, or Patti Albert, (641) 342-2888 for more information or to register.

The 69th Annual Winterset Lions Show will grace the stage of the Henry Miller Auditorium at Winterset High School on April 5th and 6th at 7:00 pm each night. This community variety show features talent in all shapes and form and the event is an institution in the Winterset community. The Lions Club members and the performers they recruit put in many hour preparing the show each year. Tickets are just $6 for adults and $4 for kids 8th grade and younger. There are a number of locations where you can purchase advance tickets and they are also available at the door. While some acts will perform both evenings, each night is a unique presentation so there’s no reason you can’t go twice!

The Iowa Quilt Museum will host quilt artist Julie Letvin on April 7th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Julie will be sharing a Trunk Show and Jewelry Making Demonstration of her hand made, miniature, paper pieced quilt jewelry. Her designs range in size from 3/4 of an inch to 1 1/2 inches. These tiny quilt blocks are encased in glass and made into pins, pendants, scissor fobs, charms and earrings. This special event is included with the price of admission to the Iowa Quilt Museum ($6) on Saturday, April 7th and free for IQM Members. Sponsorship funding is being provided by Deb Borwig and Covered Bridge Realty.

Create your own fairy garden and learn about the care of miniature plants while designing a beautiful space for fairies at the Winterset Center’s Fairy Garden Extravaganza. Use your imagination to incorporate found objects and plants within a terra cotta planter. All ages invited, but children younger than 10 will need assistance. Additional hand made specialty items will be available for purchase. Class fee is $25 for art center members and $30 for non-members. Please email wintersetart2016@gmail.com or call Angela Newman at 804-380-8079 to reserve your spot.

Piece Works Quilt Shop is offering a class on this quilt project titled Sprinkles on April 7th. This is a great beginner project—participants need to know how to operate their sewing machine, but will not need prior knowledge of quilting in order to take this class. Class cost is $25 and is from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Contact Tony Jacobsen today to save your spot in class at 515-493-1121, or tony@pieceworksquiltshop.com.

The Winterset Stage will host a ScripTease on April 8th at 6:00 pm. This is an informal gathering to allow potential actors and actresses to read and hear the script for their upcoming show, Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite. Potential actors and actresses can come to get an idea if they would like to audition (auditions on April 21st and 22nd.) The ScripTease will be held Upstairs at the Heartland (west side of the square).

Winterset Ballet and Dance will be offering several new sessions this summer and registration is now open for those opportunities! There are some discounts on registrations received by May 1st; register at wintersetdance.com.

July 7th Dance Intensive for intermediate and advanced dancers. Classes include ballet, jazz, tap, and live interactive hip-hop and contemporary classes with top L.A. choreographers!

Be Moana Day Camp for Preschool and Kindergarten, July 9th-13th, 10:00 am-12:00 pm. Come sail away with us to Motunui and celebrate the journey of Moana! The same ballet, tap and jazz dance skills will be introduced as throughout the school year but with a little added fun with a daily Moana theme and a craft!

Descendants and Trolls Day Camp for Intermediate and Advanced Dancers, July 9th-13th, 1:00-3:00 pm intermediates, 3:00-5:00 pm advanced. Monday- Wednesday is the Descendants theme day camp. Dancers will be Chillin’ like a Villain with dance styles like jazz, tap and lyrical. Thursday and Friday will be our Trolls Hip-Hop day camp. Each day will have a themed craft and snack.

Finally…

DMACC is willing to offer a Class B CDL with passenger/school bus certification class in Winterset if there is interest. A minimum of 10 students is required to hold the class. The cost for testing and training is $550. This class is non-credit but would include all learning and driving needed to pass CDL test. Winterset School District will cover the cost of this training if an individual is hired as a sub or regular route driver. Other businesses interested in offering the same may do so. If you are interested in this opportunity, would like to secure a seat or have questions, please call Susie Meade, WCSD Superintendent (462-2718).  A decision will be made by Friday, April 6th, as to whether to hold the class or not. CDL Reference Chart

Thank you for reading The Winterset Citizen. All community announcements are provided at no charge, courtesy of the following sponsors:

American State Bank
Anchored Walls
Angel Wings & CT
Blanchard Family Dentistry
Bridges Financial Associates
Covered Bridge Realty
Farmers & Merchants State Bank
Farm Bureau FS, Scot Clark
Groth’s Gardens & Greenhouses
Homefront Real Estate
The Iowa Theater
Johnson Insurance
Lowe Chiropractic Clinic
Madhaus Gallery
Madison County Health Care System
Madison County Historical Society
Madison County ISU Extension & Outreach
McDonald Tree Service
McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith, P.C.
Medicap Pharmacy
Midwest Heritage Bank
Montross Pharmacy
Pine Creek Ltd.
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Rusty Stars Alpacas
State Farm, Charlotte Speer
Union State Bank
Village Bootery
White Lions Bed & Breakfast
Winterset Ballet & Dance Studio
Winterset Optimist Club
Winterset Parks & Recreation Department

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