Upcoming 2018 Holiday Events SAVE THE DATES

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Now that we’ve transitioned from our long, hot summer into the chillier autumn, our Activities Planning team has come up with a list of fun holiday events that we would love to see all your smiling faces at!!

We are starting off in October with a Halloween Party for the Mother’s Corner Group. Members with little ones are welcome to join Laura and Mimi for a fun day at the pumpkin festival at Schloss Ludwigsburg on the 28th.

In November we have two amazing specialty dinners planned for you. The first is a North American-style Thanksgiving dinner in member Rachael B’s home for the whole family on the 25th. Then members and one adult guest are also invited to a traditional Goose dinner at a local restaurant for St. Martin’s Day on the 29th.

Whether you prefer turkey or goose, German or North American traditions, members are welcome to join either or both! Space is limited, so RSVP early. If neither appeals to you, we will still be hosting our regular monthly dinner in November as always.

In December we will again be celebrating our annual Christmas dinner and gift exchange, happening on the 11th at The Stäffele in Stuttgart-West. This dinner will take the place of our regular monthly dinner and is for members only. The gift exchange is hilarious and one of the highlights of the year! More details about the menu should be available next month.

Other holiday-themed events being planned include the Frauen helfen Frauen Virtual Giving Tree during Advent time, a Christmas party for Mother’s Corner on December 13th, and our annual Cookie Exchange at Sandra B’s home on December 9th.

Put these dates in your calendars now to make sure you save room for some club activities this holiday season!

Members Only Holiday Event: A North American Thanksgiving Dinner

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MEMBERS ONLY THANKSGIVING DINNER
Open to members and their family members
Sunday, November 25th from 14:00 (dinner at 16:00)
At Rachael’s home in Leonberg (Nearest station: Leonberg)
RSVP no later than one week before, November 18th
Maximum 25 guests

Member Rachael B. would like to invite her fellow club members and their families to join her for Thanksgiving this year at her home in Leonberg!

Thanksgiving is a harvest holiday celebrated mainly in North America and a time to come together and enjoy delicious food. Although there is almost always roasted turkey, the side dishes tend to be regional. Guests are asked to bring their favorite Thanksgiving side dish or dessert along for the buffet – Rachael will be providing the turkey, gravy, beer and wine. The club will be sponsoring water and soft drinks.

Guests are welcome to arrive any time Sunday afternoon starting at 14:00. Dinner will be served at 16:00, so please make sure you are able to arrive no later than 15:45 with your dish for the buffet.

She lives next to the S-Bahn station “Leonberg” and there is parking available nearby if you need it. If you have no idea what to bring or don’t normally celebrate Thanksgiving in your culture, please ask her for suggestions!! There will be a sign up list in the pending Facebook event.

Please RSVP via the pending Facebook event or using the form below if you do not have Facebook no later than one week before, or November 18th.

Members Only – Traditional Goose Dinner for St. Martin’s Day (+1 Event)

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Thursday, November 29th at 19:00
Location: Gasthaus Waldhorn, Krehlstr. 111, 70565 Stuttgart-Rohr
Nearest station: Stuttgart Rohr (S-Bahn)
RSVP to host Katja using the form below or in the pending Facebook event
Members +1 guest are welcome, maximum 20 participants
RSVP deadline November 26th

When St. Martin was elected bishop in the 4th century,  his modesty didn’t allow him to accept the position so he hid in a stable full of geese. But the birds were making so much noise that he was found and was ordained despite his attempt to avoid it. This legend forms the basis of the traditional goose dinner on St. Martin’s Day in Germany, Austria and other European countries (the actual date is on November 11th).

Let’s celebrate St. Martin’s Day together! We will have a traditional menu consisting of:

  • leg and breast of goose
  • two kinds of traditional German dumplings (Semmelknödel and Kartoffelklöße)
  • red cabbage
  • and a roast apple (Bratapfel)

If you still have room for a dessert it can be ordered a la carte.

This is a +1 event, which means:

  • Any IWCS member plus one guest are welcome to attend
  • Your +1 can be a partner, spouse, adult child, or friend
  • You and your guest each pay the cost listed below

The price of this menu is €29,80 per person (drinks not included). The club will sponsor table water for everyone. Please be advised that this restaurant only accepts cash, so please bring plenty with you!!

To reserve your spot, please RSVP in the pending Facebook event or use the form below if you are not on Facebook.

 

Members Only Holiday Event: Mother’s Corner Pumpkin Festival Outing

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MOTHER’S CORNER HALLOWEEN OUTING
Members of the Mother’s Corner group and their families are welcome!
Sunday the 28th of October at 10:00
Location: Kürbisausstellung Ludwigsburg im Blühenden Barock, Schloss Ludwigsburg, 71640 Ludwigsburg
Nearest Station: Ludwigsburg
RSVP/Prepayment deadline: October 14th

Halloween is coming to get you!!

Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble. We invite you to have a Spookilicious time at the Pumpkin Festival in Ludwigsburg with the IWCS Mother’s Corner on October 28th at 10 am.

Members and their families are welcome. Cost is €5 per family, with the remainder of the entrance fees will be sponsored by the club. Please meet us at the main entrance promptly at 10:00 to distribute the tickets. If you absolutely must arrive later, please do contact us.

To reserve your spot, please RSVP in the pending Facebook event or use the form below if you are not on Facebook. Remember this event is outdoors, so please dress appropriately!

To confirm your reservation, please transfer your €5 to the IWCS bank account no later than October 14th. Prepayments are non-refundable after the payment deadline. Members who have to cancel at the last minute are welcome to find another member or guest to send in their place.

MEMBERS ONLY ANNUAL SPA WEEKEND 2018

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Members Only Annual Spa Weekend 2018
Saturday/Sunday, November 17th and 18th
Location: Konstanz
RSVP/Prepayment in full required no later than October 17th 
Spaces limited to 15 members

Join us for a ladies’ weekend away in Konstanz on the beautiful Bodensee! We will leave Saturday morning via train, have a relaxing spa-filled day, and return on Sunday. Spaces are limited, so reserve your place now!! Many of the details will be familiar to those of you who attended last year:

ACCOMMODATIONS

Our hotel will be the Hotel Constantia where we have reserved beds for 15 people – 5 double rooms (€52,50 per person) and 5 singles (€73 per person).

The hotel  is located 200 meters away from the Old Town of Konstanz, within a 5-minute walk of the shores of Lake Constance.

SCHEDULE

The agenda for the weekend is as follows:

  • Leaving from the Stuttgart Hbhf Saturday morning at 8:29 on a group ticket
  • Arrive at 11:05, check in at hotel and lunch at the spa restaurant
  • Spend the afternoon at the local Therme (spa treatment info below)
  • Have dinner together at a restaurant in the evening (TBA)
  • Have breakfast together on Sunday morning (included in the hotel reservation)
  • Return to Stuttgart on the train leaving at 14:52 (arriving Stuttgart 17:36)

THERME VISIT

We will be spending Saturday afternoon together at the Bodensee Therma Konstanz, which is 4 km from our hotel with a direct bus connection. It is an indoor/outdoor complex with swimming, sauna, and wellness (of course the saunas are “textilfrei” – no swimsuits allowed although you may wear your towel). The amazing thermal pools are directly on the lake and have stunning views.

A 3.5 hour ticket including all the pools and saunas will cost €20,50 or you can purchase a Therme-only ticket (no saunas) at €11,50 for 3 hours. Additional 30 minutes segments can be paid afterwards at a low rate. Each member will be responsible for buying their own entry ticket and wellness services.

If you would like a massage or any other wellness services, it is recommended that you book them right away because appointments are limited and fill up fast. The list of services offered and contact information can be found here. Please choose an appointment time between 1500 and 1800 due to our evening dinner plans.

TRANSPORTATION/RESERVATIONS

We will be traveling together on a group train ticket, so you do not need to arrange your own transportation. To start the reservation process, please RSVP in the pending private Facebook event or use the form below if you are not on Facebook.

After RSVPing and confirming with Sandra that there is space available, you will be asked to prepay €20 for the train ticket + your hotel room fees. In case of last-minute cancellation, you are welcome to find another member to take your place, or your hotel prepayment can be refunded upon request, minus any hotel cancellation fees.

Each guest will be asked to pay for their own food, drinks and spa treatments at the location. The IWCS will be sponsoring the table water at our evening dinner together and a glass of Sekt for each member at lunch on Saturday.

ALL RESERVATIONS / SPA APPOINTMENTS / DEPOSITS SHOULD BE MADE AND RECEIVED NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 17TH.

Looking forward to a wonderful weekend together! Hope to see you there!!

Stephanie and Sandra

MEMBERS-ONLY: TOUR AND MINI DANCE WORKSHOP WITH STUTTGART BALLET

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PRIVATE TOUR AND WORKSHOP IN ENGLISH
Saturday, October 6th -OR- Sunday, October 7th at 13:45
Location: Stuttgart Opera House, Oberer Schloßgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart-Mitte
Hosts: Michelle Moore (Sat) and Alex Elwin (Sun)
Cost: Donation of €10 per family in support of Frauen helfen Frauen e.V..

For those of you with little girls and boys interested in the ballet, dance, or theater, our activities team has arranged for a wonderful experience for IWCS children (ages 6-12) and their families!

Led by former dancers, we will tour the Opera House with its gorgeous stage and auditorium and then go backstage to the costume department and arts and crafts area. Afterwards the children will be led in a short dance workshop in the very studios where the professional dancers themselves practice.

The tour takes 90 minutes, including the mini dance workshop. We will meet at the main entrance to the opera house on the stairs. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring ballet slippers or light sneakers. Children are of course welcome to dress up!

Because the Stuttgart Ballet is a world-renowned institution, the IWCS will be sponsoring the entire cost of this private event. We are asking for a donation of €10 per family in support of Frauen helfen Frauen e.V. to be paid in advance to reserve your spots. Members without children are also welcome to join us for the tour, but keep in mind that the event will be geared towards children. We recommend that younger siblings (under 6) do not attend this event as they will not be able to take part and will count towards the total maximum number allowed.

To take part in this tour, please RSVP in the Facebook event in our private members group. To confirm your reservation, please transfer the your family’s donation to the IWCS bank account no later than September 29th. Donations are non-refundable after the payment deadline. We can accept up to 20 attendees per session. Reserve your spot now!

MOTHER’S CORNER SUMMER BARBEQUE

 

The grill is hot

and the drinks are cool

Come join moms and their families

for a fun barbeque!

MOTHER’S CORNER SUMMER BARBEQUE
For members and their families
Sunday, June 3rd at 15:00
Location: Mimi’s home in Ostfildern

Join us for our “It’s Summer” Barbeque where you get to bring your whole family to join the Mother’s Corner for some fun in the sun.

We will be providing the BBQ basics such as: a Grill, Sausages, Potatoes, Bread, Veggie skewers, BBQ sauces, Plates and Cutlery. We kindly ask each family to bring a side dish to share (salad/dessert etc).

This event is for members and their families, limited to 14 adults. RSVP by 27th May in our Facebook event (or use the form below to contact us).

Hope to see you there!

Laura & Mimi