Acoustic Jam Circle
Friday • August 5th • 3:00pm
Winterset Public Library
Thor: Love & Thunder
August 3 & 4 • 7:00pm, August 5 • 2:00pm
The Iowa Theater
Thor embarks on a journey unlike anything he’s ever faced—a quest for inner peace. However, his retirement gets interrupted by Gorr the God Butcher, a galactic killer who seeks the extinction of the gods. To combat the threat, Thor enlists the help of King Valkyrie, Korg and ex-girlfriend Jane Foster, who—to his surprise—inexplicably wields his magical hammer. Together, they set out on a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance. PG-13, 1hr 59 min
Hummingbirds: Tips to Create a Garden Oasis
Saturday • August 6 • 10:30am
Winterset Public Library
Learn how to transform your garden into an oasis for our fast-feathered friends. Discussion will cover:
- Hummingbird Gardens
- Top Nectar Blooms & Beneficial Insects
- Feeders, Perches, Fountains (Will demonstrate how to make two styles of hummingbird fountains)
- Migration Meals and Rest Stop
Youth Fishing Nights
Tuesdays • August 9, 23 • 6:00 – 7:30pm
Cedar Lake Boat Launch with WPRD and MCCB
This summer Winterset Parks & Recreation and Madison County Conservation board are teaming up to host four Youth Fishing nights. Bring the kids out to Cedar Lake by the boat launch for some free fishing—the poles and bait will be provided! This is a great opportunity for kids to learn about fishing.
Way Back Wednesday: Grease
Wednesday • August 10 • 7:00pm
The Iowa Theater
Baby (Jennifer Grey) is one listless summer away from the Peace Corps. Hoping to enjoy her youth while it lasts, she’s disappointed when her summer plans deposit her at a sleepy resort in the Catskills with her parents. Her luck turns around, however, when the resort’s dance instructor, Johnny (Patrick Swayze), enlists Baby as his new partner, and the two fall in love. Baby’s father forbids her from seeing Johnny, but she’s determined to help him perform the last big dance of the summer. 1987, PG-13, 1hr 37min
Last Chance to Register
Flag Football Registration
Deadline to Register: August 7th
Registration for The Winterset Parks & Recreation Youth Flag Football League is also open. This 7 vs 7 league will begin practices the week of August 15th and offers divisions for 1st through 6th graders. Games begin September 12th and take place on Monday evenings.
Monday • August 15 • 6:00 – 7:30pm
Winterset Aquatic Center
Even though the summer heat is still very much with us, the turn of the calendar a few days ago means that summer fun will soon be winding down as we shift our focus to back-to-school (see the next event!). The Doggie Dip is a mixed-feeling event—super fun for dogs, but sad for the kids who have to say goodbye to the pool until next year!
Back-to-School (B.2.S) Blowout
Saturday • Saturday 20th • Noon to 4:00pm
New Bridge Church, 1305 W Jefferson
Youth Volleyball League
Register by August 21st
Registration has just opened for Winterset Parks & Recreation Adult Women’s Volleyball league: https://tinyurl.com/3837tzny
Salute to 40 Years of the John Wayne Birthplace:
Saturday • August 27
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the John Wayne Birthplace first opening our doors to the public, the John Wayne Birthplace & Museum will present a one-day event complete with lavish family-styled events that will thrill children of all ages.
At 11am, at the John Wayne Birthplace, founding board member Dave Trask will discuss the original efforts to preserve the Winterset, Iowa, home where John Wayne was born, the public’s reception, and how the Birthplace has grown into the popular destination it has become today.
The Great Culpepper & Merriweather Circus will be presented at 2:00pm and 4:30pm. Prices are $12 for adults and $7 for children and seniors. Purchase tickets here (tickets will be mailed to you). There will be no refunds or exchanges on tickets.
The Winterset Community Band will present a rousing concert of vintage circus marches between performances of the Great Culpepper & Merriweather Circus.
“I love a circus!” says John Wayne in the 1964 motion picture spectacle “Circus World”. Newly restored to its original glory, the film will be presented at Winterset’s Iowa Theater at 7:00pm. Tickets are available at www.the-iowa.com
Winterset .150K Race
Saturday • October 1 • 11:00am
Winterset City Park
City Park is turning 150 and the Winterset Parks & Recreations Department is going to celebrate by hosting their 1st annual .150K Race (492ft) on Saturday, October 1st. There will be live music, yard games, & a silent auction benefiting Hold Our Youth Tight, beer from 1st Down Brewing Co. and awesome shirts from Lumberjack Design Co. You will also get a donut at the halfway mark to ensure that you have enough energy to make it to the finish line! Costumes are encouraged and there will be an award for best costume! You have plenty of time to start training, so get registered today.
Something New on the Horizon
Sunday Movie Club
Third Sunday of Each Month
The Iowa Theater
Winterset’s Iowa Theater is launching a special, once-a-month film series designed to offer movie fans a viewing experience
a bit different from the theater’s usual fare. “Throughout the year, I choose movies that I hope will appeal to a broad swath of our
community’s population,” said Rebecca Fons, The Iowa’s program director. “Movies like THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, AMERICAN UNDERDOG, or TOP GUN: MAVERICK, do very well at our box office, but there are other, less mainstream films out there that are well worth watching—including recent Oscar nominees that are somewhat off the beaten path. People in our community may have missed them either because the movie ran in Des Moines briefly—or not at all—or because folks didn’t want to drive to Des Moines or another town to see them.”
The Sunday Movie club is the brainchild of Rebecca, board member Marianne Fons, and theater manager Scott Smith. Screenings will be at 5:30 on the third Sunday of each month, with doors opening at 5 p.m. Membership is $75 per year per person, which is $6.25 per film. The one-year membership can start any time. The general public also may attend, but nonmember tickets are $8. Each member gets a punch card, a high-quality Iowa Theater logo canvas tote, and reserved seating for 12 movies over a 12-month period. Members’ punch cards stay on file at the theater and are punched when members arrive for a screening. Members can gift their punch to a nonmember friend if they can’t attend themselves. A short, lively moderated conversation will follow each film.
“Scott, Rebecca, and I collaborated on the first few months’ selections,” Marianne Fons said, “and decided to book September through December to start with. We want the club to take shape based on feedback from its members.” Scheduled so far are: THE POWER OF THE DOG (September 18), PARASITE (October 16), BELFAST (November 20), and ANOTHER ROUND (December 18).
According to Rebecca, “Future choices might be older films a bit too offbeat for The Iowa’s Way Back Wednesday series, must-see documentaries people missed, or iconic art-house treasures that would be fun to watch on the big screen and briefly discuss afterwards.“
Scott and Marianne will sometimes serve as post-movie moderators, and Rebecca intends to travel to Winterset from Chicago to help out several times a year. As the club evolves, its members may also be invited to co-moderate. Discussions will last no more than thirty minutes. “Don’t worry,” Scott said, “If you live in Winterset, you’ll be home by nine o’clock!”
Join the Sunday Movie Club at the Iowa Theater before, after, or during regular screenings Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights, or Sunday before, during, or after the 2 p.m. matinee. Join online at www.The-Iowa.com/club. Individual, nonmember tickets can also be purchased online. Members don’t need to print a receipt or ticket. Their names will be on the guest list at the box office or concession stand when they arrive.
The Iowa Theater is a 501c3 nonprofit, operated by a paid staff and overseen by a non-paid board of directors. The theater is the home of The Winterset Stage, Madison County’s live community theater group, also a nonprofit.
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