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12 February 2014 u.S. army garrison BAVARIA–Tower Barracks/ Rose Barracks


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Bavarian News online Head to to get timely news and see what events are happening in the community. Giving back. The Bavaria Community and Spouses’ Club is now accepting scholarship and welfare grant applications. Librarian’s delight. Your local garrison library wants to set you up on a blind date. Just dropping by. Soldiers from the 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team give Eschenbach’s mayor a bird’s eye view of the training area. Locked and loaded. Hohenfels’ Katherine Gamble sets her sights on more medals at the European Marksman Championships. Are you still tough enough? Community members have until March 3 to register for the 2nd Annual Rugged Terrain Obstacle Course.

The German-American Volksfest is back! 1-3 Aug: Great news! We've just learned that the 56th annual German-American Volksfest will be held Aug. 1-3 at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria. So make your plans to attend. More information to follow soon.

Please expect a mail delay The Postal Service Centers are have been informed of an expected mail delay in 1st Class and Priority Express Mail that is going to or coming from New York due to inclement weather conditions. The PSCs will continue to keep you informed via the Rose Barracks and Tower Barracks PSC Facebook pages.

Two forms of ID needed at gates due to updates Now-21 Feb: USAREUR HQ IACS team will be on site to begin IACS upgrades at our gates. This will continue thru 8 Feb. An IACS outage is expected to last for 3 to 4 hours at each gate. During the outage the guards will require 2 authorized forms of ID. The team will upgrade one gate at a time and work with our traffic patterns to minimize delays to traffic. This upgrade will affect all of USAREUR IACS systems. The Plan for the BMC is: 10 Jan- 21 Feb Tower and Rose Barracks; Hohenfels completed; and Garmisch completed.

Tax Centers are here! Tax Centers are the easiest way to file your taxes for free. Last tax season, tax centers in Bavaria processed 10,220 tax returns, saving more than $1.5 million in commercial preparation and filing fees, and generating over $19 million in refunds. The filing deadline for the tax year is 15 April, but the overseas filing deadline is 16 June. Click here for contact info and tax filing document requirements. Tower Barrack Tax Center: Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m. Bldg. 216, First Floor: Legal Assistance DSN 475-7114, CIV 09641-83-7114; Tax Center DSN 475-9258, CIV 09641-83-9258. Rose Barracks Tax Center: Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Bldg. 245, First Floor: Legal Assistance DSN 476-2289, CIV 09662-832289; Tax Center DSN 476-2714, CIV 09662-83-2714.

Virtual Career Fair 25 Feb: The Army Career and Alumni Program will host the first ever European Virtual Career Fair at the end of February. U.S.-based companies including XEROX, Aetna, Capital One and the TSA will be represented at the fair. The fair is geared toward those who wish to work in the states, not locally. Job seekers can ask recruiters questions and interview for jobs to which they've already applied. You must register prior to the fair. Register here. The fair is 4-6 p.m. For more, call ACAP at DSN 476-2055, CIV 09662-83-2055.

Black History Month celebration 28 Feb: Celebrate African American/Black History Month with the Bavaria Military Community. 1-2 p.m. at the Tower Theatre, Bldg 620. This is a free event aimed at demonstrating the contributions and sacrifices made by African Americans to our society. Guest speaker: Altrena Brown. This year's theme: Civil Rights in America.

Army Emergency Relief starts again 1 March-15 May: The Army Emergency Relief (AER) program will begin on 1 March. All units within USAG Bavaria geographic footprint are requested to provide an AER Representatives. The USAG Bavaria POC will be hosting a special training session for all AER unit representatives on 26 Feb at 9 a.m. in Tower Barracks Bldg.244, room 126.1. Training will last approximately 1 hour. All AER representatives should attend this training. For questions please contact Mrs. Christine Nunez-Stolz, DSN: 475-6133 or email her.

New civilian CAC card process Starting 1 March: A new CAC ID process will soon be implemented for Army appropriated fund civilian employees. Civilians and their family members will no longer be required to visit their CPAC prior to renewing their CAC cards. They will bypass CPAC and go directly to their ID card section. This only applies for Army ID card facilities. If you chose to obtain a CAC from a non-ARMY ID card office, you will be required to obtain a DD Form 1172-2 -- APPLICATION FOR IDENTIFICATION CARD/DEERS ENROLLMENT. Click here to start your CAC ID process even sooner.

Stay vigilant and report suspicious activities For emergencies off post call 112, the European emergency number, reachable from fixed and mobile phones, free of charge, everywhere in the EU. Bavaria Military Community officials are asking everyone to stay vigilant and report suspicious activities as soon as they are observed. The safety of our families is one of our biggest priorities. USAG Grafenwoehr Military Police: DSN 476-2490/3397 or CIV 09662-83-2490/3397.

Suicide and Sexual Assault Hotlines Call the suicide prevention hotline number at DSN 118, CIV 09641-83-118. Visit our website for more on suicide prevention. Suicide prevention, sexual assault or just a friendly ear… you’re never alone. Professionals are available to counsel you in confidence. Getting help is a sign of strength. 24 Hour Community Hotlines: Chaplain Hotline 0162-296-0838, Military Police Hotline 09662-83-114, Sexual Assault Hotline DSN 475-4567, CIV 09641-83-4567 or DSN 476-3218, CIV 09662-83-3218 and Emergency Services DSN 117, CIV 09641-83-117.

Community Health Promotion Council Survey Please take 10 minutes out of your day to take this survey on the level of health in our community. Our Community Health Promotion Council will be provided with the results of this survey in order to identify the most pressing problems that can be addressed through community action. Thanks! Survey is here:

Women’s Empowerment Day 28 March: U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria is hosting an “Empowering Young Women to Lead” program from 10 -11 a.m. at the Physical Fitness Center on Tower Barracks. Guest speaker is Emilia Mueller, Bavarian State Minister for Labor, Social Affairs, Family and Integration. Also included is a panel session of invited guests to discuss professional development in the workforce and planning your career path. Everyone – Soldiers, civilian employees and family members – is invited to attend. Please save the date!

Equal Employment Opportunity The garrison Equal Employment Opportunity webpage lists all of the information needed for you to address potential EEO concerns. If you need such help, please visit

Army Community Service (ACS) Contact Army Community Service (ACS) Tower Barracks, DSN 475-8371, CIV 09641-83-8371. Rose Barracks, DSN 476-2650 CIV 09662-83-2650. ACS is now on Facebook and Twitter (Follow GRAF ACS) or email for info.

Needs Survey for ACS Now-14 Feb: ACS is here to serve us. To help them best fit your needs, take this 5 minute online survey about what they’re doing right and how they can improve. It’s quick, easy and important. Open to service members, family members, civilians and retirees. Here is the link:

Army Volunteer Corps 24 Feb: Volunteer Management, Organizational Point of Contact (OPOC) Training, 9-11 a.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 221, Rm 206

Employment Readiness For anyone needing assistance with resume building, or one-on-one assistance, please call DSN 476-2650, 475-8371, CIV 09662-83-2650, 09641-83-8371. 18 Feb: 10 Minute Makeover, 10 a.m. – noon, Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Have questions? Email EFMP directly. 12 Feb: EFMP Enlightenment Group, 3 – 4:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 322 27 Feb: Bowling with EFMP, 4 – 6 p.m., Tower Barracks, Bowling Center

Family Advocacy Program Hotlines to help: Domestic Violence 09662-83-3218 or 09641-83-5130. Please contact us for a complete listing of programs and services offered. 13 Feb: Community Meet & Greet, 10 a.m. on 13 Feb. at the Tower Inn on Tower Barracks.

Financial Readiness Services are also available by appointment. For more information on saving your money, you may contact your ACS Financial Readiness at 09662-83-2650 or 09641-83-8371. 12 Feb: Coupon Class, noon – 1 p.m., Tower Barracks, ACS, Bldg 244 12 Feb: Coupon Class, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322 19 Feb: Financial Literacy, noon – 1 p.m., Tower Barracks, Bldg 244 24-28 Feb: Military Saves Week!! Call for details and special programs! 27 Feb: IRAs and Mutual Funds, 1 – 2:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322 28 Feb: Thrift Savings Plan, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322

Mobilization & Deployment Readiness 10 Feb: Resilience Training, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 322 11 Feb: FRG Basic Course, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 221 (limit 20 people)

New Parent Support Program Tuesday 18 Feb: Infant Massage, noon-1 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322 19 Feb: Little Hearts Apart Club, 10-11:15 a.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 322 Clinics and Informational Classes Every Tuesday: Breast Feeding Clinic, 8 a.m.-noon Play Groups Every Tuesday: Tower Barracks, Chapel Annex, 9:30-11 a.m. Every Wednesday: Rose Barracks, Chapel Annex, 9:30-11 a.m. Every Thursday: Netzaberg, Teen Center, 9:30-11 a.m.

Newborn Network for parents with babies ages 0 through Walking Every Tuesday: Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg. 322, 1 - 3 p.m. Hospital Tours Every 1st Wednesday (except for holidays): Visit Weiden Meet at 5:45 p.m. in the Weiden hospital lobby. Every 4th Wednesday: Visit Sulzbach-Rosenberg Meet at 5:45 p.m. in the Sulzbach-Rosenberg hospital lobby. Every Other 2nd Tuesday: Visit Amberg Meet at 5:45 p.m. in the Amberg hospital lobby.

Relocation Readiness Thursdays, Now-27 Feb: SGI/ATS Belly Dancing, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Thursdays, Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 221 (Teacher meet & greet, Jan 16!) 13 Feb: Successful PCS Moves 101, 1 – 2 p.m. Thursdays, Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 19 Feb: Military Sponsorship: Train-The-Trainer, 2 – 3 p.m. Thursdays, Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 19 Feb: Spouse Sponsorship, 1 – 2 p.m. Thursdays, Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 19 Feb: Immigration Workshop, 11 a.m. – noon, Thursdays, Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 21 Feb: Level 2 Newcomers’ Orientation, Discover Amberg “Welcome To Bavaria” 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 24 Feb: Level 1 Newcomers Orientation “Welcome To Bavaria” 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 28 Feb: Level 2 Newcomers’ Orientation, Discover Weiden “Welcome To Bavaria” 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 Every Tuesday: English as a Second Language, 10 a.m. – noon, Tower Barracks, Chapel Annex Every Thursday: English as a Second Language, 10 a.m. – noon, Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg. 322.

Military and Family Life Consultants are here for you Military Life Consultants provide solution-oriented consultations to individuals, couples, families, and groups. They are designed to provide anonymous, confidential support to Soldiers and their family members, especially those returning from deployments. To contact a military life consultant, call Rose Barracks 0152-0294-0761 / 017-4147-6846 or Tower Barracks 0152-0293-4290 / 0152-0241-5226, Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. 18 Feb: Principles for Healthy Relationships & Marriages, 3 – 4:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322 21 Feb: Principles for Healthy Relationships & Marriages, 1 – 3:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322

Exchange News For more information about the Exchange, head to

Starbucks Grand Opening 21 Feb: Join us on Friday, 21 February for the STARBUCKS Grand Opening at 10 a.m. at the Tower Barracks Exchange Mall.

Free military-only comic book: Thor Thor: the Asgardian Thunder God is starring in a new, military-exclusive, FREE comic book from Marvel Custom Solutions and the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. The 32-page comic features Thor defending New York City from the fearsome Frost Giant. Pick up a free copy at your local Exchange Main Store and Retail Store.

Volunteers and other help needed VHS track and field volunteers needed The Vilseck High School track and field team is looking for volunteers! If you have expertise in throwing, jumping, or hurdle events, we would like to hear from you. Volunteers need to be available from 3:30-5 p.m. on school days 3 March23 May. Volunteers must have a valid background check through ACS. If interested, please contact VHS Athletic Director, Emily Walton.

Red Cross looking for CPR instructors We are looking for CPR course instructors. If you are interesting in becoming a Red Cross certified CPR/First Aid/AED course instructor, you must already have a valid CPR/FA/AED certification card and must be able to teach 3 classes over the next 12 months. Dates for this training are Feb 1st and 2nd at the Rose Barracks Red Cross office. For more information or to sign up, please email Alex Williams or call 09662-83-1760.

Have You Saved a Life Today? Red Cross Needs Volunteers Do you have a background in the medical field or teaching field? The American Red Cross is looking for qualified Volunteer Health and Safety Instructors for our community. Call today to see if you qualify. Health and Safety Instructors: Volunteers teach lifesaving skills in the community. Classes such as Babysitting, CPR, First Aid, AED and other safety presentations. Armed Forces Caseworkers: Volunteers work with local members of the military and their families ensuring the delivery of emergency communications. Health Fair Volunteers: Volunteers staff a table at events in the community and engage those attending in conversations about preparedness and safety. Office of Volunteers: Volunteers assist with writing volunteer job descriptions, setting up volunteer orientation courses, conduct volunteer screening interviews, help with volunteer placement, record keeping, and recognition. For more, Rose Barracks Red Cross CIV 09662-83-1760 DSN 476-1760, Tower Barracks Red Cross CIV 09641-83-1760 DSN 475-1760.

Sports, Fitness, Hobbies & Recreation AAFES Movie Listing Tower Barracks listings, click here.

Rose Barracks listings, here.

Bavaria Community and Spouses' Club events 13-16 March: Italy Trip - Nove, Vicenza, Verona. The bus leaves at 10 pm Thursday, March 13th and returns Sunday March 16th. Cost includes round trip transportation, 2 nights Hotel, 2 breakfasts, winery tour, tasting and food pairing! € 245 for members, additional $20 for non members. **Per person based on double occupancy. There will be porcelain shopping at the factories that create pieces for Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, Tiffany's and Lenox! A flea market and sightseeing in Verona, and a visit to the Nicolay purse factory. RSVP Deadline is February 26th. All Yes's at this time will be responsible for full payment of the trip. There is a payment plan available for this trip. Please inquire with your RSVP at Head to the BCSC Facebook page for more info on upcoming events and club news.

Bayern Rangers hockey team The Bayern Rangers ice hockey team is gearing up for military and club tournaments. All interested players and fans are encourage to join in the fun: 20-22 Feb: The 22nd Annual Military Championships in Garmisch. 1 March: Vilspiraten Cup in Amberg 5-6 April: Puckbusters Cup in Weiden 8-11 May: Rainman All-Star Tourney in Pilzen, Czech. To join in the fun, just show up. We'll be practicing on 9 and 16 Feb, 12-1:30 p.m. in Weiden, and scrimmaging 10 and 17 Feb in Pegnitz. Players must provide their own equipment and chip in to cover the cost of ice time -- normally €10 for a 90 minute skate. For more info please see the team page at

Weekly activities at the Warrior Zone All activities are from 6-10 p.m. at the Tower Barracks Warrior Zone, Bldg. 153. Call DSN 475-4309, CIV 09641-83-4309 for more. Tuesdays: Movie Nights. Grab some popcorn and put up your feet every Tuesday. Feel free to suggest films you want to see! Wednesdays: Texas Hold ‘Em. Think you’re good at cards? Prove it every Wednesday. Fridays: Pool Tournaments. Compete to be crowned the weekly billiards champ. Pool tables are also available upon request. Fridays: Magic: The Gathering Tournaments. Format varies from social play to tournaments. All skill levels are welcome.

Sundays are Family Bowling days Sundays: Every Sunday from 2-8 p.m. at the Tower Barracks Bowling Center, kids bowl for $1 and adults bowl for $2.25. At the Rose Barracks Bowling Center, we offer “All you can Bowl” for one low price. Call the Bowling Centers for more details.

Weekly activities for kids Tuesdays/Wednesday: Pre-School Story Time. Tuesdays at the Rose Barracks Library, 10 a.m. Wednesdays at the Tower Barracks Library, 10 a.m. Wednesday: Lap Sit Story Time. There are stories for the pre-schoolers and activities for under-2s. Tower Barracks Library. 2-2:30 p.m.

Events at the USO All events listed are at the USO, Tower Barracks, Bldg. 150. 14 Feb: Anti-Valentine’s Day party. Embrace your inner pragmatist at this un-romantic anti-valentine’s day party. There will be a Fallen Cupid Blind Date Contest, a Worst Date Ever Contest, food, drinks and giveaways. 6-8 p.m.

Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run Registration Now-3 March: Service members, civilians and family members in Europe are challenged to participate in the second Grafenwoehr Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run on April 12. Run, climb and jump past 13 hard-core obstacles spaced out over a grueling, 13-kilometer course along the Grafenwoehr Training Area’s Rough Terrain Trail. Obstacles include cargo net and rock climbs, tire flips, sled pulls, a stair run and a filthy mud crawl. Complete the run to earn a commemorative Tshirt. Participants register online at Pre-registration fee is $25 per participant, participation is limited (1000 person). All U.S. and NATO ID cardholders over 18 years of age are eligible to participate as either individuals or teams. Participants MUST pre-register. No registration on race day!

Animals in Need Now-28 Feb: Youth Centers’ Torch/Keystone/4-H Leadership clubs collects items (food and blankets, pillows, etc.) to be used for animals in need. Items can be dropped off at the Netzaberg Youth Center, Bldg. 9080 or the Rose Barracks Youth Center, Bldg. 1706, Monday through Friday from 2 - 6:30 p.m. For questions, call DSN 475-9393, CIV 09641-839393.

USAG Bavaria Volleyball Registration Now-28 Feb: We’re looking for unit/company and battalion level teams to join our Volleyball League starting March 10. Sign up by calling DSN 475-8207, CIV 09641-83-8207.

Blind Date with a Book Now-28 Feb: February is Library Lover’s Month. Visit the Tower Barracks or Rose Barracks Library during the month of February and select a wrapped book for a ‘Blind Date with a Book’. We’ll have a selection of potential favorites BUT you won’t be able to judge these books by their covers – take a chance on book love.

Kinder Crafts 12 Feb: Bring your kids and get crafty with our new Kinder Craft Classes at the Heart & Home Craft Shop, Tower Barracks, Bldg. 607. This month we’re creating a Valentine’s Surprise! Class runs from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. For more information or to sign up for this class, stop by or give us a call at DSN 475-6101, CIV 09641-83-6101.

Ladies Night 19 Feb: All ladies bowl tonight for absolutely free. Rose Barracks Bowling Center, call DSN 476-2576, CIV 09662-832576 for more. 6-10 p.m.

Ladies Only Climbing Night 20 Feb: All ladies are invited to come out and get your climb on. Contact the Wild B.O.A.R. to sign up and for more information, DSN 475-8529, CIV 09641-83-8529. Offered the first and third Thursday of each month. 6-8 p.m.

BINGO! 20 Feb: Try your luck with America’s number one game, BINGO! This is your chance to win big while also enjoying a delicious dinner. Only ID Card Holders 18 and older, please. Doors open at 5 p.m. early bird 6 p.m., regular 7 p.m. Tower View Conference Center, Bldg. 209.

Bavaria Art and Wine show 21 Feb: Enjoy wine, appetizers, and local artists 6 p.m. at Reed Museum, Bldg 342 on Rose Barracks. Cost is $10. RSVP online at

Charlie’s Angels Comedy Show 21 Feb: Get blown away with this laugh out loud free comedy extravaganza, featuring three of America’s top female comedians. Dinner will also be served for anyone wanting a great bite to eat before the show. Presented by Armed Forces Entertainment and Family and MWR. Show starts at 8 p.m. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. Tower View Conference Center, Tower Barracks, Bldg. 209.

Healthy Heart Hike 21 Feb: Come to the Tower Barracks Fitness Center during your lunch period for a half an hour of light activity. Meet at the one mile track and spend a half an hour to improve your cardiac health and raise awareness about the importance of physical activity to prevent heart disease. Noon-1 p.m. For more, call DSN 475-1750, CIV 09641-83-1750.

Hunting and Fishing Equipment Swap Meet and Pot Luck 22 Feb: Join the HFSS in our annual Hunting and Fishing Equipment Swap Meet and Pot Luck at the Wild B.O.A.R. Complex Bldg RC600, 11 a.m. To pre-register, and to sign-up to bring a dish to the Pot Luck, call Hans Hathaway at DSN 475-8524 or 0162-2960772.

Bavarian Ski Club trip 14-17 Feb: Join the Bavarian Ski Club Presidents’ Day weekend for a ski weekend in the Dolomites. The Sella Ronda/Kronplatz area boasts more than 1,200 km of runs, sledding and cross country skiing. Cost is 330 euros and includes 3 nights accommodation at a 3-star hotel with a sauna and includes breakfast and dinner each day, a 3-day lift ticket and transportation to/from the Graf commissary with sandwiches and beverages on the bus. To sign up for either trip, contact John Macaras at 475-8194 or 09641-838194, or email Like us on Facebook for trip updates and additional information about upcoming club meetings. All ski levels (even snowboarders!) are welcome on trips.

Motorcycle Mentorship Meeting 6 March: USAG Bavaria Safety office is hosting their annual Motorcycle Mentorship Meeting for all current and future mentors to prepare for the 2014 riding season. The meeting will be held at the Tower Barracks Safey Office in Bldg. 539 on Tower Barracks.

3rd Annual Shamrock Shuffle/Warrior Luck Be a Lady 5K 15 March: Dig out your green and join the fun for a great cause. March is Women in the Military Month and the community focus for the event is the Wounded Warriors. Participants are encouraged to bring a $ donation for the service project. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Kids (under 6) 400 m. Shamrock Sprint starts at 9:15 a.m. The 1 mile Shamrock Shuffle and 5K begin at 9:30 a.m.

Upcoming MWR day trips Call Tower Barracks Leisure Travel Services, DSN 475-8529, CIV 09641-83-8529 for more and to sign up for fun day trips around Europe.

Hidden Treasures Thrift Shop Facebook page. Hidden Treasures Thrift Shop: Bring your gently used items to Bldg 221 on Rose Barracks.

Thrifty Tower Thrift Shop The Thrifty Tower Thrift Shop is located in Bldg. 508 in Tower Barracks. Consignments accepted during hours of store operation. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, 10:00 a.m-3 p.m. Thursday, 11a.m.-5p.m. and the 1st Friday of the each month, 10:00 a.m-3p.m. Purple tickets 25% off. Blue tickets, coffee cups and strollers 1/2 off, over $3. Purses, boys and girls jeans - $2. We also have clothing in bins from $0.50 to $1. Volunteers and Donations are always welcome. Remember your donations help our community! CIV 09662-83-2649.

Find us on Facebook USAG Bavaria, Army Community Service, VFW Tower Post 10692, MWR, Main Post and Rose Barracks Postal Service Centers, Education Centers, Graf Dog community, the EXCHANGE, Environmental Division, AFN Bavaria, Performing Arts Center, USAG Bavaria Chaplains, Tower Barracks DFAC, BMEDDAC, 2CR, Housing Dept., Provost Marshal Office , Netzaberg Middle School, Netzaberg Elementary School, Vilseck Falcons and Grafenwoehr Community Schools.

Facility & Road/Openings/Construction/Closures Dental Clinic Training Holiday Schedule The Rose Barracks Dental Clinic will be open this Friday, 14 Feb for the Training Holiday. The Tower and Rose Barracks dental clinics rotate opening during Training Holidays. The Tower Barracks clinic will be open during the next Training Holiday, 14 March.

Rose Barracks road closures & detours Partial and total road closures are to be expected during the following dates for road construction for District Heating for several buildings. Detour signs will be posted when necessary.

70th Artillery Street Now-21 Feb: Total closure on 70 Artillery Street – no thru traffic possible 24 Feb-14 March: One lane open for traffic Parking Lot P344 17 Feb: Limited parking available at the Parking Lot P344 between bldg 344, 345 and 347 while contractor is installing new streetlights.

Cavalry Avenue 17-28 Feb: Total closure between Bldg. 242 and Bldg. 243. 74th Artillery Street 17-28 Feb: Total closure between Bldg. 232 and Bldg. 227. Parking Lot between Bldg. 241 and Bldg. 252 Reduced parking available

CWTSatoTravel in Rose Barracks Remember, you can book official travel through the SATO office in Rose Barracks. The office is in Rose Barracks Bldg. 161, Rm. 125. You can reach them at DSN 476-2634, CIV 09662-411210

Religious On-post services Catholic services Sunday Mass 9 a.m. Tower Barracks 11:30 a.m. Rose Barracks Daily Mass 12:05 p.m. Monday & Tuesday, Tower Barracks 12:05 p.m. Wednesday & Thursday, Rose Barracks

Jewish Shabbat Service 6:30 p.m. Friday (Except 4 Day Weekend), Tower Barracks Chapel Annex, Rm. 211.

Wiccan Open Circle 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tower Barrack Chapel Annex Rm.108.

Protestant Congregations Collective Protestant Services 9:15 a.m. Sunday School, Tower Barracks Chapel Annex 10:45 a.m. Sunday Worship, Tower Barracks 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship, Rose Barracks 11:15 a.m. Sunday School, Rose Barracks, Bldg. 205 Liturgical Congregation 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship, Rose Barracks, Small Chapel Gospel Christian Fellowship 1 p.m. Sunday Worship, Tower Barracks Chapel Church of Christ Congregation 3:30 p.m. Sunday Worship, Tower Barracks Chapel Seventh Day Adventist Congregation 10:30 a.m. Saturday Study Hour, Rose Barracks, Main Sanctuary 11:30 a.m. Worship Service, Rose Barracks, Main Sanctuary

Chaplain Crisis Line After duty hours, please call: MP STATION CIV 09662-83-2490 or 09662-83-3397 / DSN 476-2490 or 476-3397. USAG-Grafenwoehr IOC CIV 09641-83-7226 / DSN 475-7226. CHAPLAIN CRISIS LINE CIV 0162-296-0838. During business hours: Tower Barracks Chapel: DSN 475-1570, CIV 09641-83-1570. Rose Barracks Chapel: DSN 4761570, CIV 09662-83-1570.

Adult Education / Training Volkshochschule Eschenbach 12 Feb: German for Advanced Learners. The class contains 10 mornings and takes place on Wednesdays from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Volkshochschule in Eschenbach, Karlsplatz 29. The fee is 58€, if there are 8 participants. 19 Feb: German for beginners with some knowledge of German. The class contains 12 evenings and takes place on Wednesdays from 6-8:00 p.m. at the Volkshochschule in Eschenbach, Karlsplatz 29.The fee is 87€ for 8 participants. 25 March: German for Beginners without Previous Knowledge. The class contains 15 evenings and takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7.30p.m at the Volkshochschule in Eschenbach, Karlsplatz 29. The fee is 87€. More information can be found at or at our office in Eschenbach, Karlsplatz 29. For questions, call 09645-8283 or email:

FAST Classes 19 Feb-4 March: Rose Barracks Education Center, Bldg. 223, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The registration period for these classes is from 13 Jan until the last working day before the particular class begins. Functional Academic Skills Training (FAST) provides Soldiers with instruction in reading, mathematics, and language skills and is an excellent tool to prepare Soldiers to raise their GT score. This class is a 60-hour long course and is limited to twenty students. For more information please contact the Rose Barracks Education Center at DSN 476-2653/3292.

DOL workshop for transitioning Soldiers 3-7 March: A senior Department of Labor workshop will be held here March 3-7 for Soldiers preparing for their next career. This Transition Assistance program workshop is for senior enlisted NCOs, warrant officers and officers who are retiring in 2014. Anyone interested can reserve a seat now by calling the Army Career and Alumni Program Center at DSN 476-2055, but seating is limited. Participants must be registered with ACAP and have completed their pre-separation briefing and initial counseling. Spouses are welcome to attend if their sponsoring service member is registered with ACAP.

Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act training sign up 25-27 March: Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act training is scheduled for March 25-27 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Bldg. 1368 on Clay Kaserne in Wiesbaden. The class is recommended for primary and alternate FOIA/PA officers, attorneys, and legal advisers. To register, send your name, unit, UIC and DSN in an e-mail here.

Register now at UMUC for Spring Session II The University of Maryland University College Europe’s Spring Session II schedule of courses is now available for face-toface or online courses. Visit the Education Center to see your UMUC Europe Field Representative, or go online at We are ready to help you with financial aid, Tuition Assistance, using your G.I. Bill, evaluating your military training for college credits and more. You can also “Like” us on Facebook.

National Test Center (NTC) testing hours University of Maryland University College-Europe's National Test Center (NTC) has new testing hours. Mondays 8:309:30 a.m.: GED registration for new testers; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Pearson Vue exams, GED and Excelsior exams. Tuesdays 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: CLEP and DSST exams. Wednesdays 8:30-9:30 a.m.: GED registration for new testers; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Pearson Vue exams, GED and Excelsior exams. Friday 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Pearson Vue exams, GED, GMAT and Excelsior exams. The NTC offers computer-based exams for college credit including CLEP, DSST, GMAT, IT certifications, and many other professional certification exams. The NTC is excited to offer all five modules of the GED in a computer-based format. Jump start your education and contact Kristin Wright to schedule an appointment at DSN 476-2462, CIV 09662-83-2462.

New class at University of Oklahoma The University of Oklahoma in Vilseck offers degree programs to military service members and civilians in an accelerated format that meets the demands of the working adult. The university offers both Master of Arts with an emphasis in International Relations, a Master of Human Relations and a Masters of Education. We are currently enrolling new students. Call Carla Miller at DSN 476-2069, CIV 09662-83-2069 or email her. Further information can be found at The following courses are offered in Vilseck for Spring 2014: 24 March-18 April: Social Change, Culture, & Development in Africa (online).

Central Texas College CTC provides soldiers and their families with associate degree programs in many Vo-Tech career fields with both face-toface classes and distance learning (online) classes. In the Vilseck-Grafenwoehr community, there are currently 3 face-toface programs running continuously year-round. Below is the current line-up for CTC classes on Rose Barracks and Tower Barracks for Term 4 in March-May 2014. ROSE BARRACKS (VILSECK) CLASSES:  Automotive Mechanic/Technician class: AUMT 2425 – Automotive Automatic Transmission & Transaxle. Meeting days & times: Tu/We/Th 6-10 p.m.. Start/End dates: 18 Mar/15 May. Instructor: Donald Bretch. 4 credit hours.  Child Development class, CDEC 1313 – Curriculum Resources for Early Childhood. Meeting days and times: Tu/Th 6-9 p.m. Start/End dates: 18 Mar/15 May. Instructor: Birgit Keiser. 3 credit hours. GRAFENWOEHR TOWER BARRACKS CLASSES:  Criminal Justice class: CJSA 1312 – Crime in America. Meeting days & times: Tu/Th 6:00-9:00 p.m. Start/End dates: 18 Mar/15 May. Instructor: Raymond Spain. 3 credit hours. For more information, contact CTC field representative Chuck Sligh at / DSN 476-2362 / CIV 09662-83-2362, Bldg 223, Rose Barracks

School News Grafenwoehr Elementary School 20 Feb: GES PTA Reading Night in the GES cafeteria at 5:30 p.m. All families are welcome. Triskele International Booksellers will be here! Hear stories read to the kids by Grafenwoehr celebrities. There will be lots of family reading activities and stations to participate in. Come dressed as a character from your favorite book. See the poster contest winners of the "Read This Book" poster contest. Every Grafenwoehr Elementary School student who comes will receive a free book. No pre-registration is required, just c'mon in and have family fun with literacy. For more info go to 4 March: Fasching Parade! From 1-2:30 p.m. The parade route winds through the streets on post all around Grafenwoehr Elementary School. There will be a band, local military and community leaders and tons of colorful fun costumes. Come out and cheer for the kids as they participate in this special Bavarian tradition. POC is Frau Kean DSN 475-7133, CIV 09641-83-7133.

Bus Office: If you have questions regarding bus transportation for your student, please contact Mr. Jimmy Avery or Mr. James Moss at the SBO office; CIV 09645-917-9254 DSN 472-9254. Box Tops: Please don’t forget to keep bringing in your Box Tops to our PTSA. PCSing soon?: Please contact our registrar for the last day notice paperwork. DSN 475-6132, CIV 09641-83-6132. Please remember if you wish to hand carry records to your child’s new school we will need 5 working days notice along with the last day notice. School Office Hours School Hours Phone Numbers Mon.- Fri. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.- Fri. 8:15 a.m.-2:35 p.m. DSN 475-7133, CIV 09641-837133

Vilseck Elementary School 12 Feb: Family Library Night. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Parents are invited to read with their child. 13 Feb: "Mathapalooza" Math Night Thursday in the annex. Parents and children are invited to come in play math games, learn about math concepts and enjoy food provided by PTSA, 4-6 p.m. 14 Feb: No SCHOOL. CSI Day and Parent Conferences. 17 Feb: NO SCHOOL-Presidents Day 18 Feb: Award Ceremony grades 4 & 5. Parents are invited to take pictures of their child. 19 Feb: Family Library Night. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Parents are invited to read a story to their child. 20 Feb: Polizei Puppet Theater for 1st, 2nd & MA classes 20 Feb: Lion’s Den, 8:30-9:30 a.m. Today’s topic is school-wide Terra Nova test. 20 Feb: Dining at the Ritz for selected grade 4 & 5 students in the MPR. Parents will receive an invitation. 20 Feb: Book Swap. Please bring in some books to exchange for others. 8:30-11 a.m. 21 Feb: “Healthy Heart Month” Join us for a FREE Zumba class 3:45-4:45 p.m. School Annex 21 Feb: Popcorn Friday-25 cents 24-27 Feb: Spring Pictures 26 Feb: Family Library Night. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Parents are invited to read a story to their child. 1 March: RED HOT READERS’ MONTH BEGINS!! Get ready to dive into reading some good books. 5 March: Family Library Night. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Parents are invited to read with their child. 6 March: Book Swap. Please bring in some books to exchange for others. 8:30-11 a.m. 10-14 March: TerraNova Testing 3rd-5th grades from 8:30-noon each day. Parents are asked to schedule medical/dental appointments after testing. 13 March: SAC Meeting 3 p.m. 20 March: Lion's Den-ADHD-What Do I Do Now? Annex 8:30-9:30 a.m. 20 March: Book Swap. Please bring in some books to exchange for others. 8:30-11 a.m. 28 March: The Emperor’s New Clothes Dinner Theater 6 p.m. More information coming soon. 30 March: German Daylight Savings Time MFLC consultants at Vilseck Elementary School Dear VES Community, As you know we have two Military Family Life Consultants (MFLC) at our school who are here to support our school by assisting with many aspects, one of which is assisting our community’s family needs. Starting on January 31st at 1:45 our MFLCs will be hosting interested parents and community members many topics/issues/concerns that may be happening in your home and with your children. We invite you to VES on any or all of these scheduled dates. The topics and dates for you are: • 21 Feb: Helping children cope with post deployment issues • 28 Feb: Effective discipline for school age children • 7 March: Issues families face with the military deploys • 14 March: Helping children when moving • 21 March: Teaching children how to get along • 28 March: Power Struggles Please take advantage of one or more sessions and visit with our MFLC. They are ready and willing to help you with concerns you may have that are not on this list and are available to you at any time. Please contact the main office if you have any questions. Scott W. Finlay Principal Vilseck Elementary School

Child Find: What is child-find screening? Preschool Child Find is a developmental screening for children ages 3-5 identifying children with developmental delays or other special education needs. For children under age 3 please contact EDIS at 09662-83-3221. What is the process? A Child Find team made up of the preschool special needs service provider, speech and language pathologists and the occupational therapist screen the children for developmental delays. These free screenings take place monthly. How does it work? Parent submits the Child Find questionnaire (which they can pick up in the office or find on the school website); they are set up with an appointment for the screening. When they come in for the screening the child must first pass a vision and hearing screen by our school nurse. Then they are screened by the team. If the child is suspected of having any delays the team will refer them for further formal evaluation. Why is it important? When learning challenges are identified at a young age, early intervention can help the child with learning tasks. If parents are interested, what do they need to do? They can go to the school’s website and find the link for Child Find. Under that link is a questionnaire they need to fill out and email back to the email address provided on the form. Someone will be in contact with them within 48 hours. If they do not hear back please contact the school at 09662 832812 and let them know what happened. (Just in case the email was rejected as SPAM) Continuous School Progress Goals: Goal 1: By 2016 all students will improve competency with numbers and operations as measured by increased performance on assessments. Goal 2: By 2016 all students will demonstrate improved reading comprehension through written and oral communication as measured by increased performance on assessments. School Office Hours School Hours Mon.‑Fri. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.‑Fri. 8:25 a.m.‑2:35 p.m.

Important Phone Numbers CIV 09662‑83-2812 / 2673, DSN 476‑2812/2673

Netzaberg Elementary School 14 Feb: NO SCHOOL. Parent/Teacher conferences. 17 Feb: NO SCHOOL. Presidents’ Day 28 Feb: School-wide Fasching parade; 1:15 p.m. parade begins. 3 March: Reading Night. 5:30-7 p.m. Main floor in school. Comic Con: NES’ 1st ever Comic Con. MPR. 4:30-7:30 p.m. $5 entrance fee. Games, food, design your own comic book, balloon animals, and a short film from 6:-7:30 p.m. Reading Night: Come dressed in your pajamas, have a muffin and hot cocoa, and listen to books. Every child will get a free book to take with them. P.E.: Mr. Gray, our P.E. teacher, is asking for old sport shoe donations of all sizes. Many kids forget their sport shoes and this way Mr. Gray can loan them a pair for class. All sizes welcome. Library: Our school librarian, Dinah Tague, would love volunteers to help out in the library. She needs people willing to wash books, straighten shelves, label books, take pictures, and create bulletin boards. Attendance: If your student is going to be late or absent, please email us at our new email address: OR call 09645-917-9184/9183, DSN 472-9184/9183 by 0830. Bus Office: If you have questions regarding bus transportation for your student, please contact Mr. Jimmy Avery or Mr. James Moss at the SBO office; CIV 09645-917-9254 DSN 472-9254. Child Find: Do you have questions about your child’s development (ages 3-5 years)? For further information on Child Find developmental screenings at Netzaberg Elementary School, please call CIV 09645-917-9185 or DSN 472-9185. Check us out on Facebook here. School Office Hours School Hours Mon.- Fri. 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Mon.- Fri. 8 a.m.-.2:35 p.m.

Important Phone Numbers CIV 09645-917-9185/4 DSN 472-9184

Netzaberg Middle School 12 Feb: VHS AJROTC Mentorship Visit 11-2:30 p.m., IC Area 12 Feb: 7th Grade Semester Awards Assembly – 1:30 p.m. Gym 13 Feb: Winter Ball 3-6 p.m. MPR 14 Feb: No school for Students – CSI (Continuous School Improvement) Day for Staff/Parents Welcome 18 Feb: 6th Grade Semester Awards Assembly – 1:45 p.m. Gym 20 Feb: Black History Month Assembly – 2 p.m. 28 Feb: Career Fair – 1:15 p.m., Gym

3 Mar: Technology Committee Meeting – 3 p.m., IC 5 Mar: Staff Meeting – 3 p.m., MPR 10-14 Mar: TerraNova Testing Every Morning - Be On Time and Eat a Healthy Breakfast; Get a Good Night's Sleep 15 Mar: Spring 5K Run - Grafenwoehr Fitness Center 26 Mar: March into Spring Assembly – 1:30 p.m., Gym 1-3 Apr: Registration for SY 2014-2015 3 Apr: Last Day of 3rd Quarter 4 Apr: No School for Students - Teacher Work Day 7-11 Apr: No School - Spring Break 14 Apr: First Day of 4th Quarter Are you PCSing soon? Please contact Mrs. Zenaida Ferdinand-Bessant so she can assist you with your transition. 09645-917-9229 (DSN 472 9229), Option 3. Student Absent? Please e-mail or call Mr. Chris Campbell at if your student is going to be absent from school. ** If a student is late, a parent/guardian must come to the office to sign them in. 09645-917-9229 DSN 472 9229, Option 1. Bus Office: If you have questions regarding bus transportation for your student, please contact Mr. Jimmy Avery or Mr. James Moss at the SBO office. 09645-917-9229 DSN 472 9229, Option 5. Find us on Facebook: Like our Facebook page and you will always have access to the most update information about your student’s school. We will also be able to upload photos from the various activities. School Office Hours Important Phone Numbers Mon - Fri 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CIV 09645-917-9229 DSN 472-9229

Vilseck High School 11-13 Feb: Culinary Competition 14 Feb: No School for Students (Teacher CSI Day Training) 14-15 Feb: European Wrestling Tournament 17 Feb: Presidents Day – No School 19-22 Feb: European Basketball Tournament 22 Feb: European Cheer Tournament 27 Feb: Vilseck High School Dodgeball Tournament 3:15 – 5:30 28 Feb: JROTC visits Netzaberg Middle School 8 March: JROTC Ball 18 March: College Night 21-23, 28 - 30 March: 7 p.m. Vilseck High School Drama "Hairspray Jr." 25 March: 8th grade visit 5-15 May: AP Exams Winter Sports Schedule: The schedule can be found on the front page of the Vilseck High School website at SAC Committee: VHS SAC Committee meets every 2nd Monday of each month while school is in session. Minutes of the previous meetings can be found on our school website at Free, Online Tutoring: All U.S. military families can receive free online tutoring, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Go to for more information. Questions: Feel free to call the school office for more information. School Office Hours School Hours Important Phone Numbers Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 8:10 a.m.-3 p.m. CIV 09662-832864 / Fax 09662-832480 DSN 476-2864

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Flea markets Every Sat., 6 a.m. - 4 p.m., in 93059 Regensburg inside the building at Am Protzenweiher 27, ph 0941-82-933. The market will not take place on German holidays. Every second Sat. of the month: 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.: in 90443 Nuremburg, Großparkplatz (large car park) on Gugelstraße, corner Humboldtstraße. Every third Sat. of the month: 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in 92224 Amberg, Kaufland-Parkplatz, An den Franzosenaeckern Every third Sun. of the month: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Trödel- & Jahrmarkt in 93073 Neutraubling (next to Regensburg), at the "Globus" DITY store, Pommernstraße 4.

Valentine’s Day/Training Holiday 14 Feb: Today is a USAREUR training holiday. Please check locally for changed operating hours at all access gates to the garrisons. Today is also Valentine's Day. It's always difficult to come up with creative ways to celebrate this day, but, the internet will be able to help. Never doubt the internet. Many restaurants will offer special meals but remember to reserve your table early!

Concert: Los Dos Y Compañeros 15 Feb: 7:30 p.m., in 92690 Pressath, at the Stadthalle on Wollauer Straße 22 (ca. 7 km / 4.5 miles north of Grafenwöhr). POC is Mr. Bodner, ph 09644-8000.This band is proof that Salsa can sound good in Oberpfälzisch (the local dialect). Let loose and have fun.

Street Market and Open Stores 16 Feb: Lichtmess-Markt, 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., in 91257 Pegnitz, Hauptstraße / city center (ca. 35 km / 22 miles west of Grafenwöhr).

Presidents Day 17 Feb: Today is Washington's Birthday aka Presidents Day, a federal U.S. holiday. All DACs and LNs will be off, and all non-mission-essential offices on-post will be closed. Please check locally for changed operating hours at your dining facilities, shopping facilities, gas stations, and access gates to the garrisons.

Baby and children second hand market 22 Feb: 230 different vendors will sell items for boys and girls, aged 0-14 years. There are also infant-basics, shoes, stroller, car-seats, toys, books, dvds, maternity-clothes, and much more. Location: Grafenwoehr, Jugendheim, Kolpingstrasse 4 (across from the Catholic Church, close to Gate1). Hosted by the Catholic Church Grafenwoehr (100% donation). Early entrance for pregnant women at noon! 1-3 p.m. For questions, please contact Corina Hausner.

Building Fair: Baumesse "Planen - Bauen - Wohnen" 22 & 23 Feb: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. both days, in 92224 Amberg, in the Amberg Congress Center (ACC) at Schießstätteweg 8, ph 09621-49-000. This fair will provide you with all the important information if you are planning on building or refurbishing your house. It also shows you the latest trends in décor and furniture. And they offer free child care for parents during their visit. This location is next to the indoor swimming pool and the large car park. Best free parking lots (click for map): at "Auf der Wiesen", the car park adjacent to the ACC.

Market Day 22 & 23 Feb: Stadtfeiertag / Februarmarkt and Medieval Market, in 74592 Kirchberg an der Jagst, along Poststraße and Frankenplatz (ca. 53 km / 33 miles west of Ansbach). A large car park is off Neuer Weg but it might be blocked this weekend due to the festivities. Take a step back in time and join in the celebrations of this historic town. The fest aims to portray old and new traditions The 60 vendors will sell modern items as well as handcrafted and artisan goods. Saturday also features a very traditional cattle market.

Register for the Regensburg Marathon 28 Feb: Today is the second cut-off for registering for the Regensburg Marathon. The actual marathon will take place on Sunday, 04 May, 8:30 a.m., in 93047 Regensburg; starting and end point is the Infineon car park, Wernerwerkstraße / corner Messerschmittstraße. There will also be a trade fair in the large tent at the car park. Click for all pertinent information in German, and here to register (also in English). You can register for a full marathon, a half-marathon, or a quarter-marathon (starts at 11:30). Registration cut-offs and entry fees: Second cut-off: 28 February. € 40 (full) | € 28 (half) | € 18 (quarter); Final cut-off: 27 April. € 49 (full) | € 34 (half) | € 23 (quarter); Late / last registration: 03 May. € 60 (full) | € 45 (half) | € 30 (quarter).

Booboo's Soul Shack 28 Feb: 8 p.m., in 92237 Sulzbach-Rosenberg, at the "Historische Druckerei Seidel", Luitpoldplatz 4 (ca. 20 km / 12.5 miles south of Vilseck). They call their music "Soul Jazz", and it is rooted in the cool Jazz sounds from the 60s and the funky Jams of the 70s. The band's virtuosity enables them to play classics like Herbie Hancock, Bill Withers, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Spyro Gyra, as well as many other less well-known artists such as Freddy Cole.

Fresh Produce/ Farmers’ Markets Note: If any of the listed days is a German holiday, the markets are usually held the day prior. In 92224 Amberg: every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m., on the Marktplatz. In 91522 Ansbach: every Wednesday and Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m., on Martin-Luther-Platz. ***In addition to the regular fresh produce markets, local farmers offer their fresh goods every first and third Saturday of the month at the farmers market on Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Platz (same opening hours). Great opportunity to buy seasonal produce as fresh as it gets. In Bamberg: Monday thru Saturday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., on Maxplatz. Closed on Sundays and German holidays. In Neumarkt: every Thursday and Saturday, in Untere Marktstraße. Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m. In Parsberg: every Wednesday and Friday on Stadtplatz. Wednesday 7 a.m.-midday, Friday 2-6 p.m. In Regensburg: every Saturday 7 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Donaumarkt (right next to the Eiserne Brücke / Iron Bridge). Closest car park is Unterer Wöhrd (and a short walk across Eiserne Brücke), or Dultplatz and Oberer Wöhrd (walk across the Steinerne Brücke / Stone Bridge and turn left). In 92637 Weiden: every Wednesday and Saturday 7 a.m. -12:30 p.m., Oberer and Unterer Markt / all around the Altes Rathaus (historic city hall, pedestrian zone). In 97070 Würzburg: Monday thru Saturday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., on Rathausplatz. Closed on Sundays and German holidays.

Off-post movies in English Want to see a movie that’s not playing on post? Two movie theaters in Nuremberg play films in OV (original version), which for American movies, means in English. Check out the Roxy, a small theater with only two screens, or Cinecitta, a larger theater with some films playing in OV.

Useful links in English for everyday life in Germany Find German zip codes: German Post's website Find German phone numbers: Das Telefonbuch English Historic Germany: Loads of information about Germany, language and customs:

German-American Kontakt Club The Vilseck Kontakt Club meets every Friday at 7 p.m. for Stammtisch at the Club House, Rose Barracks Bldg. 301. Those interested in the Vilseck Club please register with Daniel Koenig or sign up with the Vilseck Kontakt Club at the website by filling out the Mitgliedsantrag (Member registration form). The Grafenwoehr Kontakt Club meets every Monday for bowling at the Grafenwoehr Bowling Center and every Wednesday for Stammtisch at the Clubhouse. For more on the Graf Club, call CIV DSN 475-7878, 09641-83-7878 or email.

Fasching! Fasching party in Vilseck 15 Feb: Fasching Party in Vilseck, Mehrzweckhalle (community hall at the Volksschule, the German elementary school), Am Schnellweiher 2, 8 p.m.-3 a.m.

Fasching Parade in Munich 16 Feb: Fasching Parade in Munich by the "Damische Ritter", 1 - 4 p.m., from Sendlingerstraße via Marienplatz and Hofgraben to Sparkassenstraße and finally into Bräuhausstraße (where the Hofbräuhaus is located). This is a big parade!

Fasching events in Eschenbach 22 Feb: Fasching Parade through Eschenbach, Marien-and Karlsplatz. Sponsored by the Faschingsgesellschaft Eschenbach. Starts at 1:30 p.m. After the parade, there will be Fasching parties in all the surrounding guesthouses at the marketplace.

Weiberfasching 27 Feb: Today is Weiberfasching (aka Unsinniger Donnerstag aka Ladies Fasching.) Celebrate the ladies in your life by dressing up like one at one of the parties below!

Chinese Fasching 27 Feb: 13:61 (!), in 92345 Dietfurt, city center (ca. 35 km / 22 miles SW of Hohenfels). The city of Deitfurt has a special relationship with China and Chinese customs. To celebrate this, join the Chinese Carnival today. There will be a traditional Fasching parade with lots of Chinese costumes. After the parade, people dress fancy and enjoy a long night out extending into the early hours of next morning.

Amberg Hexennacht aka Witches Night 27 Feb: 5:30 - 11 p.m., in 92224 Amberg, on Marktplatz. The "witches" (ladies from the Seidl-Schwandner Dance School) will perform a special Witches Dance for children - and with children - at 5:30 p.m. From 6 p.m. on, "D' Quertreiber" will rock the Marktplatz. Best free parking lots at "Auf der Wiesen", the car park behind the Hotel Arcadia and the Kurfürstenbad (indoor swimming pool); the other one is the park block opposite Sulzbacher Straße 5. Both parking areas are only a tiny walking distance from Amberg's city center.

Weiberfasching in Vilseck 27 Feb: 8 p.m. - 2 a.m., in 92249 Vilseck, at the Burg Dagestein castle, Schlossgasse 6 - 10; Zehentkasten (tithe barn). Please park on Marktplatz and walk the short distance to the castle. It's all about the girls today! But of course guys can participate too (if they dress like women.)

Six Crazy Days Fasching Party in Bayreuth 27 Feb-4 March: Fasching Party "Six Crazy Days = Sechs tolle Tage" in 95448 Bayreuth, on Marktplatz along Maximilianstraße. Carnival madness peaks in Bayreuth's historical city center during these days. Dress in a costume and join the fun. Plenty of booths offer food and drinks. Highlight is a Fasching parade on Sunday, 2 March. Best location to park is in the parking block at the Rotmain-Center (shopping center) on Hohenzollernring 58. Cross the road via the little bridge to access the Rotmain-Center, pass through it (also gives you some great shopping opportunities), exit at the main entrance and cross the road to enter the Altstadt. Or just follow the crowds.

Fasching Party: "Hexentreiben" 28 Feb: 1 p.m., in the town center of 92287 Schmidmühlen (ca. 20 km / 12.5 miles NE of Hohenfels). It’s Witches & Bustle Day, everyone. Join if you like a crazy time.

Fasching Happenings on Sunday, 2 March - Party, 1 p.m., in 92253 Schnaittenbach town center and the inner courtyard of the Rathaus = town hall (ca. 27 km / 17 miles south of Grafenwöhr). - Parade, 1 p.m., in 91171 Obermässing (ca. 55 km / 34 miles west of Hohenfels). - Parade, 2 p.m., in 92256 Hahnbach along Hauptstraße and on Marktplatz (ca. 12 km / 7.5 miles south of Vilseck). - Parade and party, 2 p.m. - 2:30 a.m., in 92363 Breitenbrunn, on and around the Marktplatz = market place (ca. 27 km / 17 miles SW of Hohenfels). - Parade, 2 p.m., in Töging (part of 92345 Dietfurt, ca. 35 km / 22 miles SW of Hohenfels). - Parade, 2 p.m.: in Lupburg (subdivision of 92331 Parsberg, ca. 13 km / 8 miles SW of Hohenfels). - Parade, 2 p.m., in 92334 Berching, on and around Reichenauplatz (ca. 42 km / 26 miles west of Hohenfels). A Disco Tent will be put up on Marktplatz. The party goes on until late at night (then usually inside the guest houses).

Fasching Party: "München Narrisch" 2 - 4 March: in 80331 München / Munich, around the pedestrian zone and at the Viktualienmarkt (food / produce market, link in EN), Viktualienmarkt 6. Music, masked folks, costumes and dancing. You might also find quite a few restaurants in the pedestrian zone that offer a special "Weisswurst-Frühstück" (Weisswurst breakfast) on Monday, 20 Feb., between 9 a.m. and midday for only 1 Euro. The highlight will be the "Tanz der Marktfrauen" (Dance of the Merchant Women) on Tuesday at 11 a.m. To learn more about Fasching…

Fasching in Germany Carneval is one of the oldest traditions celebrated, not only in Germany, but in many countries throughout the world. The Carneval period begins every year on the 11th day of November at 11 minutes after 11 and is celebrated continuously with parties, festive dinners, dancers and masquerade balls until Ash Wednesday, 5 March 2014. It combines a number of old fertility rites and customs, which began even before Christianization, like driving out winter, fear of coldness and sickness. Also, we always tended to use the last days before a period of fasting to enjoy life once more to the fullest. In Catholic Bavaria people call it Fasching. The word "Fasching" is assumed to be a derivation of the Middle High German Fastschank, the last drink served before Lent. Historically, during Fasching the lower classes were allowed to wear costumes and masks and to mimic aristocracy and heads of the church and state without fear of retribution for mockery. Big pageants with costumed marchers and masked dancers and floats explode in Cologne, Duesseldorf and Mainz, where it is almost a civic duty to join the fun on Shrove Tuesday. The Thursday before Ash Wednesday is Weiberfasching, where women symbolically take over the lead (etc. town halls.) They are allowed to cut the men`s ties and we suggest to take it good-humoredly and not to wear your most expensive tie. Traditions vary, but two things are always present: Noise and mask. Carneval is celebrated everywhere. Everybody is in a good mood, a lot of fun, paper streamers, garlands, confetti and of course a lot of beer. Fasching is a time when people don`t take everything serious and have a lot of fun. In other words, it’s party time!