October Event – Whiskey Tasting

EVENT DATE: Saturday, October 27th
TIME: Starting at 4pm
LOCATION: BestWhiskey Shop
Rotenwaldstrasse 41, 70197 Stuttgart
Nearest Station: 10 minute walk from S-Bahn Schwabstrasse
COST: 39 euros per person, paid in advance
RSVP using the form below (hosted by member Christy Miller)

Join us for an evening of Whiskey Tasting! Maybe you’re a whiskey connoisseur or perhaps you’re just interested in trying new things. Either way, this is the event for you!!

The proprietor of BestWhiskey, Mr. Peter Sondheim, will guide us through a private tour of Scottish Whiskey at his shop in downtown Stuttgart. The evening will include a tasting of 7 kinds of whiskey (up to 29 years old), plus a cold buffet and water.

The tasting will last until approximately 6:30pm . There is a maximum capacity of 25 people for this event, so get your paid reservation in soon!

For anyone interested, following the tasting we will have dinner at a nearby restaurant. Details to follow. To reserve your spot and make your payment, please use the contact form below.

New Monthly Focus Group for Members – Beginning German Conversation

image courtesy of www.123rtf.omA common struggle many of our members share is trying to learn German. We’ve held several well-attended events already this year that have focused on basic German language skills. Starting this month, a dedicated group of members have decided to take this idea further and formalize it into our very first German Conversation focus group!

The group plans to meet 1-2 time monthly, depending on interest. All levels will be welcome with the more fluent speakers helping the beginners. Patient native speakers of German are especially welcome to join in when possible!

Meeting places will vary – homes, coffee shop, parks, etc. Bring your creative ideas on how to best learn and improve.

If you have any questions or suggestions about the group, please use the form below to send a message to the group contact, Jill Velasquez.

If you know you are ready to join in, please see the newsletter for the most current meeting information.

Members Only Event – Maori Exhibit at the Lindenmuseum

Join host Billie Schoeler for a guided tour of the Maori Exhibit at the Lindenmuseum in Stuttgart. The tour will be in English and will be sponsored by the club, with members paying only their entrance fee (€7).

The exhibit, “Maori: New Zealand’s First Inhabitants”, will present Maori culture, past and present. The Lindenmuseum focusing on world cultures and more information about the exhibit and the museum can be found in English on their website.

On the night of our visit, the museum will be open until 20:00, so starting at 18:00 we will have our hour tour and then be able to go back and re-visit the most interesting sections on our own for up to another hour.

Afterwards, Billie will be hosting a small dinner at Hegel Eins, a German restaurant right around the corner. Please let her know in the RSVP section below if you wish to attend the museum tour and dinner, or just the museum tour.

Maori Exhibit Visit at the Lindenmuseum
Wednesday, July 11th starting at 18:00
Location: Lindenmuseum, Hegelplatz 1, 70174 Stuttgart
Nearest Station: Hauptbahnhof
RSVP to Billie using the form below

The Importance of Being Earnest (and RSVPing!)

“I don’t need to RSVP…I’m sure they can fit just one more at the table.”

“I’m sure they won’t miss me tonight at the dinner if I don’t show up.”

“But I come every time, the host will surely know to count me in.”

Have you caught yourself making excuses like this recently instead of communicating with the host about an IWCS event? Here’s what we ask of members regarding signing up for events:

If you would like to attend an event – be sure to let the host know.

If you have already RSVPed and find yourself unable to attend at the last minute – just give the host a quick call or send her a text or Facebook message.

Here’s why it’s important:

1. If we don’t know you are coming, we can’t save a place for you. And in smaller venues with limited space, that could make the difference between everyone having comfortable seating or…not.

2. Even you are thinking “Ah, I’m just one person,” there are usually five other people thinking that exact same thing.

3. If more than 2 people don’t show up for a dinner without cancelling with the host (which happens pretty much every month), that empty table being saved for you stays empty and we feel pretty guilty watching the restaurant turn away business while we wait for people who may never come.

4. If the event is being held at a small place with limited seating, the host will need to know exactly how many people are coming to manage her wait list.

So if you plan to attend an outing, a dinner, or even a meeting in a small apartment, please be courteous to your host and ALWAYS let them know if you are coming or cancelling.

Looking forward to seeing you at an event soon!
Your IWCS Steering Committee

Members & Families event – High Ropes Course in Rutesheim

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Member Ulrike Stegmaier has arranged for a fun afternoon of climbing for all members and their families on June 16th!

We will meet at 13:30 in the Freizeitpark Rutesheim, which is direct at the exit “Rutesheim” on the A8 Stuttgart Direction Karlsruhe. You have to come by car, but parking is free of charge.

First we will get our climbing equipment and a short introduction on how to use it. After this we will have 3 hours in which we can climb in the course and have the choice of 12 parcours at different heights. If you or your accompanying partner doesn’t want to climb, then you can enjoy this time in the Kraxl-Alm Biergarten or play Minigolf.

To conclude our sporty afternoon we will meet at 17:00 at the next door Kraxl Alm Restaurant to enjoy Alpine cuisine.

Pricing for climbing (you pay upon receiving the climbing equipment):
Child 3 – 5 years : 6 Euro
Child 6 – 12 years : 11 Euro
Teenager 13 – 17 years: 16 Euro
Adults older than 18 years: 20 Euro

Check out their website for more information.

Please fill in the form below prior to Friday the 15th to RSVP and give Ulrike the proper number of guests for each activity.

Preview of 2012 Activities

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With the help of our members’ many suggestions, the IWCS activities-planning team (Laura Lenz, Maggie Bangston, Ulrike Stegmaier and Andy Ng) have put together a projected schedule of events for the year.

Here are some of the events they are working on that our members can look forward to (subject to change):

  • June: Hochseilgarten followed by dinner in Rutesheim (possibly to include families)
  • June: Tour the Stuttgart Galerie and learn some German (Tour given in basic German on a set topic to a small group)
  • June: Tour of Stuttgart Library in English
  • July: Visit to a local Biergarten for dinner (to include spouses/partners)
  • July: Summer BBQ at members house
  • July: Bier Bike
  • July: Outing to the Bonhenviertel Fest
  • Summer: Visit to Maori Exhibit
  • August: Outing to the Esslingen Zwiebelfest
  • September: Bicycle tour (weekend activity also for family)
  • September: Group outing to the Stuttgarter Weindorf one evening
  • September / October: another dinner with spouses/partners, this time in Gerlingen
  • September / October: Saturday hiking trip in the region
  • September/October: Annual IWCS visit to the Canstatter Wasen
  • October: Tour of Kessler Sekt
  • October:  Tour of Stuttgarter Zeitung
  • October: Annual EGT Bowling tournament
  • November: Annual Charity Event 2012
  • November: Diwali night (Indian festival of lights)
  • December: Visit to 1 or 2 Weihnachtsmarkts in the area
  • December: Christmas Cookie Exchange

Of course, this is by no means a final list – there’s always plenty of room in our calendar any other events our members can dream up. If you have idea for a club event or something you’d like to organize, please contact Laura using the form below.

Introducing our newest monthly Focus Group – the IWCS Scrapbooking Crop

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Earlier this month the IWCS Scrapbooking group met for their first “crop” which is scrapbooking-speak for scrapbooking and socializing.  It was a small, fun group and we’d like to continue and are looking for more members to join us!

Here’s how you can take part:

1.  Register for the next meeting, which will be on Saturday the 16th of June (details and RSVP form below).

2. If you are on Facebook, you can join our Facebook group to stay in touch and receive updates.

At our meetings, members should bring along a project in progress to work on. Digital scrapbookers are also welcome to bring their computers and join us.

Are you new to scrapbooking? The store where we meet has tools for our use so beginners looking for guidance should bring 10-15 pictures, buy paper and tape either in advance or at the store during the meeting and then use the store supplied tools. Julie will have information on hand and can demonstrate several page layouts to get you started with basic techniques.

If you would like to purchase paper and tape before the meeting, you can visit Scrapbooking Stuttgart’s online shop at  www.scrappyhappy.de. From the home page, click on “Zu den Scrapbooking Artikeln”.

If you want more advice about supplies and/ or easy projects to start with (such as the sample pictured above), please contact Julie directly and she’ll be glad to help.

Saturday, June 16th from 11:00 – 14:00
Location: Scrapbooking Stuttgart, Schwieberdinger Str. 58, 70435 Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen
The meeting fee of 5€ can be paid at the crop.
RSVP required to Julie Heasley using the form below

Parking is available at the store.

For train, take S4, S5, S6 to Zuffenhausen and follow the signs to Schwieberdinger Str., turn right onto Schweiberdinger Str. and the store is on the right hand side under 10 minute walk.