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18 July 2012

July 21 In 92242 Hirschau at the Freizeitpark Monte Kaolino (only GE), Wolfgang-Droßbach-Straße 113 (ca. 14 km / 9 miles SE of Vilseck). Unlike last weekend, this competition is for professionals only. On Saturday, around 120 skiers will compete against each other. They come from the well-known European skiing nations: Austria, Switzerland, Italy and France, most participants will be from Germany and the Czech Republic, though.

Community Highlights Special programs, updates, community campaigns, classes and more

Operation Employment Career Fair 2012 19 July: Career opportunities for all transitioning Service Members, their spouses and Veterans at the Rose Barracks Bldg 134, from 10 - 3. Come talk with DoD, other Federal Agencies and private sector recruiters about future opportunities in civilian career fields. For more info contact: Ben Petersdorff at 09662-83-2055, email or Ron Riley at 703-696-6239 or email.

Join us at our Community Huddle Thursday, 26 July: The Community Huddle is a monthly meeting for all community members to find out the latest info on programs, events, construction updates, and other important issues. Hosted by Col. James Saenz, USAG Grafenwoehr commander, the Community Huddle will be held 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Multi-purpose room, Rose Barracks Bldg. 134. Garrison directors and subject matter experts will brief topics and answer questions. Or join in the conversation on facebook at!/pages/US-Army-Grafenwoehr-CommunityHuddle/162067230517715.

TRICARE SCAM ALERT Service members are advised to be on the lookout for checks being mailed to individuals with the official TRICARE logo and directions from American Mega Lottery Payment to activate and cash-in and attempt to obtain personal and financial information. TRICARE is aware of the scam. All Service members are highly encouraged to: -Destroy the fraudulent check -Do not call the claims agent on the notice to activate the check -Do not deposit the fraudulent check into a bank account Do not complete the form, sign it or mail it back to American Mega Lottery More information can be found here:

The Public Affairs Office has a new email address And it’s a doozie! For all newsletter submissions and general PAO questions, please send an email to: We can also be reached at DSN 475-1600 or CIV 09641-83-1600.

Summer Travel Information Passport control Traveling to another country? Remember, a passport is required when you cross any national border. Are you in Europe on orders? U.S. citizens are required to carry a passport when crossing any national border. Military assignment orders are not a substitute for a passport when crossing European country borders. You must carry your passport. It is required to carry a passport when crossing national borders. No other ID or official paperwork substitutes for a passport. Some European Schengen zone countries allow EU citizens to cross borders without passports. The agreement does not include U.S. citizens. Don’t forget your passport -- police in some European countries can pull vehicles over without suspicion of wrongdoing to check for them. Know the potential risks of crossing European country borders without a passport –detainment, search and illegal border crossing charges. Empty border posts at European national borders? U.S. citizens are still required to carry a passport when crossing.

What you need to know about Foreign Travel The time is upon us to get out and explore, but did you know that if you are Military or a DoD employee there are limits to where you can go? Have you ever wanted to go see the pyramids of Egypt – sorry, it’s not authorized for all military and DoD civilian personnel right now. Maybe you want to golf in Dubai – you may be able to do it, but you’re going to have to complete some additional paperwork and be approved by an O-6 before you can go! Before making your travel plans, if

you are a Service member or a DOD/DA civilian, you need to check the DoD Electronic Foreign Clearance Guide here. Failure to adhere to the FCG may lead to disappointment, lost ticket costs, and maybe even your career. If you have a clearance, you are also required to contact your S2/Security Manager to receive a Foreign Travel Briefing and let them know about your travel plans.

Free Annual Pass to National Parks for Military and Dependants Active duty military members and their dependants qualify for a free annual pass to all National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands. Simply present your CAC (Common Access Card) or military dependant ID card at any Federal recreation site to obtain the year-long pass. Click here for more information.

Plan ahead when traveling to Italy Did you know ONLY active duty military personnel; federal employees and government contractors who are authorized logistical support and have valid TDY orders in Italy may purchase a limited supply of fuel coupons? If you are headed south of the Alps on leave, be sure to budget for host nation fuel prices. For more information, click the Vicenza FAQs page here:

New breathalyzer law for drivers in France Read all about it here.

Reminder, when traveling to the Czech Republic Military AND civilian personnel travelling PRIVATELY into the Czech Republic are required to have their passport in possession. Just carrying their ID card and leave orders is considered insufficient documentation and will result in criminal charges by the German Police for "Illegal Entry of Country." Fine averaged €2000. For more, DSN 476-2846.

EAP’s Presentation: Our Drug-Free Workplace 19 July: Grafenwoehr, Bldg. 621, 2nd floor. 10-a.m.-noon. Should you approach that co-worker with a drinking problem or what constitutes as a problem with alcohol? What does it mean to have a drug-free workplace anyway? This class can help answer these questions! Understand how you can help in the effort to keep your organization drugfree. Register for the class by contacting DSN 475-5122 or via email. ** DoD Employees, this class will count towards your annual ASAP/EAP training. **Open to All Civilians.

USAG Grafenwoehr/Vilseck Army Community Technology Exposition 23 July: The semi-annual USAG Grafenwoehr/Vilseck Army Community Technology Exposition will be held 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Multi-Purpose Center (MPC) Bldg. 134, Rose Barracks. The event is being hosted by the 69th Signal Battalion. All military, civilian, and contractor personnel are invited to attend for free! Please join us and discover solutions for every mission! More than 35 exhibitors will demonstrate the latest in: Fully Rugged & Battle-Tested Communications, Secure Data Storage, Video Networks, Transport Solutions, Secure Communication Technologies, Distance Learning, Integration Services, Enterprise Systems Management, Cloud Computing, Audio & Visual Equipment, and Many More! Complimentary refreshments & giveaways will be available while supplies last. For more information or to request a company or technology, please contact: Carolyn Clauss at CIV 001-443-561-2460 or email, To Pre-Register, please visit, click on the “Summer Germany Series/USAG Grafenwoehr” link under the section titled “Conferences”, and select the Pre-Register button.

Industrial Paper Shredder available The garrison is now equipped with an industrial paper shredder where Soldiers and civilians can destroy large amounts of data and quell bulk shredding needs. (Note: is it not approved for destruction of classified information). The machine is located in the recycling center (across form range 118) and open Mon. – Fri., 8 – noon, Mon. Tues. Thurs. and Fri. 12:45 – 3:30 p.m., and is closed on Wed. afternoons, Sat., Sun., and German holidays. For more, DSN 475-6664.

ICE QR code Now it’s even easier to submit ICE - Interactive Customer Comments. Take a snapshot of the code with your phone, and the code automatically directs you to ICE

U.S. Forces ration policy change for alcohol By Installation Management Command Europe: After a legal review and acceptance by U.S. Customs officials, the total number of liters of alcohol that can be purchased per person per month by U.S. Forces in some European counties is changed from 6.5 liters to 6 liters.

Additionally, liqueurs with more than 33 percent alcohol by volume are now rationed along with distilled spirits (liquors). Five or more miniature bottles (.05 liters) purchased together are now also rationed. These changes affect Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Spain, and Turkey. U.S. Forces Ration Card, AE Form 600-702C, has been revised, and ration card holders will be issued the new ration card when their old one expires.

Stay vigilant and report suspicious activities. Save these numbers: save the joint task force tip line phone number: civilian 0171-7455382. For emergencies off post call 112, the European emergency number, reachable from fixed and mobile phones, free of charge, everywhere in the EU. Incidents involving threats to children have been reported in the Kaiserslautern military community. Installation management command officials are asking everyone to stay vigilant and report suspicious activities to the authorities. The safety of our families is a priority for installation management command Europe. We are aggressively working to resolve these threats and are using all of our available resources to track down those responsible. (IMCOM_E Public Affairs).

Don’t miss the German/American Volksfest 3-5 Aug: on the Grafenwoehr training area. Opening Ceremony Aug. 3 at 11 a.m., followed by a reception for our local host nation mayors and other key German partners. Fest open 11 a.m. to midnight daily and include attractions such as traditional fest tent featuring live entertainment, beer, soft drinks and food, carnival rides and games, food booths offering U.S. and international specialties, U.S. Army and Bundeswehr military vehicle and equipment displays, special performances including a high-wire act and costumed characters, commemorative mugs for sale, vendors selling a variety of novelty items and static displays.

Bulk Trash Pickup – County of Neustadt 27 Aug: City Grafenwoehr 10 Sept: City Pressath 15 Oct: Netzaberg & City Eschenbach (North of B 470) 16 Oct: City Eschenbach (South of B 470) Curbside, in front of your home. Bulk Trash has to be out on curbside NLT 6 a.m. Pick-up is provided by contractors of the County Neustadt. What will be picked up? Everything, that is too big or too heavy to go into the normal refuse container, such as: Furniture, mattresses, carpets, washing machines, dryers, radios, TVs, ovens, stoves, bicycles, strollers, and other items which cannot be dismantled, torn or broken down to a size that would fit in the regular refuse container. Each single item should be no larger than 80x40x32 inches and should not be heavier than 110 lb. Bulk trash consisting of metal (i.e. bicycles, washers, dryers, stoves, etc.) and electronic equipment (such as large appliances, small appliances, cooling devices, information & telecommunications including entertainment equipment) should be put out separately next to the normal bulk trash. What will not be picked up? - Normal refuse, recyclable material, Yard waste like cut grass, branches, etc... - Hazardous waste - Tires, car parts, batteries, wrecked cars, motorcycles - Doors and windows (with or without glass), laminated floor, rouleaus - Construction debris - Night storage heaters Pick ups will be performed in three steps: 1. Combustible material: like upholstered furniture, mattresses, rugs, etc... 2. Electronic equipment: i.e. TV, PC, printer, scanner, radio, VCR, DVD player, monitor, vacuum cleaner, refrigerators and freezers (no permission sticker required anymore), etc… together with Household Metal items: i.e. bicycles, ironing boards, washer, dryer, dishwasher, stoves (oil stoves and oil barrels must be totally emptied) etc… 3. Salvageable wooden furniture: (i.e. bed frame, wardrobe, chair, table, etc….) Smaller electronic appliances (i.e. hairdryer, toothbrush, telephones, drilling machine etc.) should be brought to the drop off point “Company Bergler” in Weiherhammer, Etzenrichter Str. 2, Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. hour, CIV 09605-92090. Any material not picked up must be removed by residents. For more, call your SORT Office at DSN 475-6664.

Bulk Trash Pickup – County Tirschenreuth For Erbendorf, Kastl, Kemnath, Kulmain & Thumsenreuth Pickup is performed by the County Tirschenreuth upon written request by the resident (“Sperrmuellabfuhr auf Abruf.”) For a blank form contact your SORT Office at DSN 475-6664.

Bulk Trash Pickup – County Bayreuth For Speichersdorf Pickup is performed by the County Bayreuth upon individual written request by the resident per special application card (“Sperrmuellabfuhr auf Abruf.”) To obtain a blank form of this special application card contact your SORT Office at DSN 475-6664.

VFW gives back Deadline 1 Nov: Visit to learn more about the “Voice of Democracy“ and “Patriot’s Pen“ where students and community members alike can share there story for sholarship oppurtunities and more. Conact your local VFW, Post 10692 by emailing

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: Main Post Chapel: DSN 475-1570, CIV 09641-83-1570. Rose Barracks Chapel: DSN 476-1570, CIV 09662-83-1570.

Suicide Prevention Awareness Call the suicide prevention hotline number at DSN 475-LIFE. Visit our website for more on suicide prevention. Suicide prevention, sexual assault or just a friendly ear… you are 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 09662-83114, Sexual Assault Hotline 0162-296-0661 and Emergency Services 09641-83-117.

Army Community Service (ACS) Contact Army Community Service (ACS) Main Post, 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. ***The Army Volunteer Corps, AFTB & AFAP programs have moved back into the Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg. 322. ***

Employment Readiness 25 July: USAjobs: Learn the NEW Federal Application Process, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., East Post, USO Bldg 150. 31 July: JOB FAIR with CYSS, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322. 7 Aug: Let’s Talk Jobs, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., East Post USO Bldg 150. 14 Aug: USAjobs: Learn the NEW Federal Application Process, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 221. 21 Aug: EDUCATE, Empower and Employ!!, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322. 22 Aug: USAjobs: Learn the NEW Federal Application Process, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., East Post, USO Bldg 150.

Mobilization & Deployment Readiness 31 July: FRG Leader Training, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., East Post, Chapel Annex. 23 July: POWER Training, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 322. 16-17 July: Resilience Training, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322. 13-16 Aug: Resilience Training, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., East Post, Bldg 3144.

Relocation Readiness 18 July: Immigration Workshop, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322. 19 July: Arm Yourself with Claims Knowledge! / Successful PCS Moves 101, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., ACS Bldg 322 24-27 July: Welcome to Bavaria!, 9-4 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 Pick up from Graf ACS at 8:30 a.m. 2 August: Arm Yourself with Claims Knowledge! / Successful PCS Moves 101, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., ACS Bldg 322 15 August: Immigration Workshop, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 24 August: A Taste of Germany: German Cooking Class, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322. 28-31 August: Welcome to Bavaria!, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., East Post Chapel Annex Pick up from Vilseck ACS at 8:30 a.m.

International Spouses Club Every Tuesday at Main Post Chapel & every Thursday at Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322: English as a Second Language, 10 a.m-noon. This class is for Spouses of active duty military, retirees and civilians whose native language is other than English. This class is free of charge and ongoing. Learn and embrace the American culture by starting with the language and meet new friends! For more information call DSN 476-2650 or CIV 09662-83-2650.

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Have questions? Email EFMP directly. 25 July: Enlightenment Support Group, 3 - 4:30 p.m., Main Post, Bldg 244, Second Floor, Room 219. 2 Aug: EFMP Summer JAM, 11:00-2:00pm, Little Mike- Rose Barracks 2 Aug: FRSA and FRG key personnel briefing on EFMP, 3 - 4:30 p.m., Main Post, Bldg 244, Second Floor, Room 219 9 Aug: Respite Care Provider Training, 3 - 4:30 p.m., Main Post, Bldg 244, Second Floor, Room 219. 16 Aug: Bowling with EFMP (Free), 4 - 6 p.m., Main Post Bowling Center, Bldg 612. 24 Aug: Enlightenment Support Group, 3 - 4:30 p.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322. Become a Respite Care Provider for the EFMP Program. Please call us for more information, CIV 09662-83-2650.

New Parent Support Program Prenatal Yoga Every Friday: Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322, 9-10 a.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322. Please note there will be no class on the following dates: 27 July, 3, 19 and 31 Aug.

Lil’ Sprouts Please note, this class will not run on July 2! Every Monday: Rose Barracks Community Garden (weather permitting) 1-3 p.m. Meet at the Garden Plot by the Rose Barracks Baseball Diamond between the High School and Little Mike Lake Playground.

Newborn Network for parents with babies ages 0 through 3 Please note, this class will not run on July 3! Every Tuesday: Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg. 322, 1-3 p.m.

Playgroup for parents and children ages 0 through 3 Every Tuesday: Main Post Chapel, 9:30-11 a.m.

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Every 1 Wednesday: Visit Weiden, meet at 5:45 p.m. in the Weiden hospital lobby. th Every 4 Wednesday: Visit Sulzbach-Rosenberg, meet at 5:45 p.m. in the Sulzbach-Rosenberg hospital lobby. Every Other 2nd Tuesday (next visit 14 August): Visit Amberg: Meet at 5:45 pm in the Amberg hospital lobby.

Family Advocacy Program 16, 23, 30 Aug: At Ease! Stress Management, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 221 (three sessions) 16 Aug. - 20 Sept: Fighting for Your Marriage, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322 (6 Sessions that meet on Thursdays) Hotlines to help: Sexual Assault Reporting 09662-83-3217 and Domestic Violence 09662-83-3218 or 09641-835130. Please contact us for a complete listing of programs and services offered.

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 or Main Post 0152-0293-4290 / 0152-0241-5226, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Volunteers and other help needed FCC providers needed Interested in earning money from home and making a difference in the lives of military children and families? Army Child, Youth & School Services, Family Child Care (FCC) Program is looking for on-post and off-post FCC home providers that are dedicated to delivering high quality, emotionally secure and educational child care to our military and qualifying DOD family members. You must live in government - leased housing. Benefits include: federal subsidies, free initial and ongoing training, and the use of materials and equipment to set up your home. New Provider Orientation will be hosted on April 25-27 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Building 224 in Rose Barracks. Training will be held in the conference room.

For more information contact Parent Central Services DSN 475-2760, CIV 09662-83-2760.

Army Volunteer Corps 22 Aug: Organizational Point of Contact & Volunteer Management Class, 9 a.m. - 11a.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 221, Room 206. Army Family Team Building will take place online for the months of July and August. Contact us to find out how to become a volunteer by calling DSN 476-2650.

Volunteers needed at the USO Grafenwoehr If you'd like to help your USO, the military and their family members, come by the USO center in Main Post5 Bldg. 150 and sign up to volunteer. You can go to our volunteer website at and create your profile, post your own hours and keep track of your hours. For the soldiers, the hours spent volunteering goes towards promotion points and a community service ribbon. For more, CIV 09641 605 2946.

Looking For A Few Good Leaders The Grafenwoehr Girl Scouts have positions for leaders and co-leaders in Graf, Vilseck and Netzaberg. For a list of openings, email or call Amy at 01719901808.

Seeking Emergency Placement Care Providers The children in the USAGG need you. The Emergency Placement Care (EPC) Program trains individuals to become 24 hour providers for at risk children. The community is in need of more providers as the number of children in imminent danger increased due to the deployment rotation of family members. The training you receive will last you a lifetime and help you build your experience and resume. Call ACS 476‑2650 or 09662‑83‑2650.

Sports, Fitness, Hobbies & Recreation AAFES Movie Listing Main Post listings, click here. Rose Barracks listings, here.

Improv Show at the GPAC 19 July & 2 & 18 Aug: Doors open at 7pm; Show begins at 8pm. Admission is free. Adults only. No one under age 18 will be admitted. For more, call DSN 475-6426, CIV 09641-83-6426.

DJ / Karaoke Nights 20 July: at the Rose Bararcks Langenbruck Center, in the Zone Sports Bar. Stop on by to sing to your favorite country music, or enjoy a cold drink while other members of the community puts on a show. For more, call DSN 476-2360, CIV 09662-83-2360.

ODR Family Hike “About Wells, Dry Valleys and Caves” 21 July: Children, as well as their parents, will get a chance to discover caves, the miracles of the forest, and will listen to old legends about the local coasts and fairies! The river starts at the Pegnitz and follows a romantic “dry valley” up to the bizarre rocks of the “Stone City.” For more, contact ODR DSN 476-2563.

Bavaria Military Community Softball Championship 24 – 27 July: At the Rose Barracks Softball Triplex, Bldg 375. Take me out to the ballgame!! Take me out to the crowd!! Top two teams advance to complete in the IMCOM level softball tournament on Aug 35. Stop by and cheer on your favorite team. Contact the Rose Barracks Fitness Center for more information at DSN 476-2214, CIV 09662-83-2214.

Exchange 117th Anniversary 25 July: Exchange Celebrates 117th Anniversary – In 1895, the War Department issued General Order 46 directing commanders to establish an Exchange at every post. Since then, Exchange associates have faithfully served alongside

service members wherever they are called to serve. Whether you are deployed down range or station in Ansbach, troops and their families know the Exchange is there. On July 25, your local Exchange facilities will mark the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s 117th birthday with a host of savings and specials. Shoppers using their Military Star® Card to fill up at the Express from July 25-27 will see a discount of 17-cents per gallon. The Military Star® Card will also pay dividends at the food court on July 25 as diners can take 20 percent off orders at Exchange-operated restaurants. Also on the 25th, customers can enjoy FREE cake and coffee at the Grafenwoehr Main Store at 11:30am. “To say that this benefit has been around for 117 years is a testament to the loyalty of generations of military shoppers,” said the Exchange’s General Manager’s Carl Carpenter. “July 25th is our annual opportunity to celebrate and thank them for making the Exchange their first choice.” So stop by during this time to take advantage of some great savings.

Army Lodging Grafenwoehr, NAF Property Sale 28 July: NAF Property Sale, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sale of guest room furniture, paintings, electrical appliances, blankets and more. Grafenwoehr Bldg. 213, 214, 215, 225, 226, 228 - cashier stand in Bldg. 209 Sale is open to ID card holders only. Cash and carry. Buyers are responsible to provide transportation and labor to remove items on the same day. Please contact Grafenwoehr Lodging at DSN 475-1700, CIV 09641-83-1700 for details.

BOSS 70s/80s Party 28 July: 6 – 10 p.m. at the Grafenwoehr Warrior Zone, Bldg. 153. BOSS is hosting the first of the Summer 70’s /80’s Party. We want you to dress in your best old school attire and come out to a great party that we are hosting. We will also have home cooked food! Donations are always welcome but no cover charge. For more, contact BOSS at DSN 475-8822, CIV 09641-83-8822.

Qubica Challenge Start 29 July: At the Grafenwoehr Bowling Center. Are you a great bowler? Have you always wanted to show your bowling skills in a real competition? Now’s your chance. The Qubica Challenge is just for you. Start time is 11 a.m. $40 entry fee. Sign up ends at 10:50 a.m. Come out and show your skills. For more, contact DSN 475-6177, CIV 09641-83-6177. Challenge runs through Sept.

Unit Level Flag Football League Sign-up Through 31 July: Sign up your team for the Unit Level Flag Football Season by calling DSN 475-9024 or CIV 09641-83-9025.

Flag Football Officials Clinic and Unit Level Tournament 7-12 Aug: At the Grafenwoehr Sports Complex.If you love the game of football, but the game is starting to pass you by? Then it might be time to hang up the cleats. Additionally, there is a shortage of qualified officials for all sports and it would be great if you came out and gave officiating flag football a try. Be a part of the game and make some extra money on the side. Contact Sports and Fitness for more information at DSN 475-9024 or CIV 09641-83-9025.

Belay Training/Outdoor Climbing Each Thursday, we alternate between belay training and outdoor rock climbing. The belay training is a pre-requisite to join us for outdoor climbing or to climb on your own at the fitness center. For outdoor climbing days, explore many of the excellent nearby crags. For more, DSN 476-2563.

Trips with Leisure Travel Services Daytrips: 5 Aug: Prague, Czech Overnight trips: 8-13 Aug: United Kingdom (Cornwall) 30 Aug.–3 Sept: Budapest, Hungary. To enroll, ODR at DSN 476-2563, open Mon., Tues., Thurs., and Fri. 11 a.m. – 6p.m. Customers must pay a $100 deposit per person to sign up. (**Passport Required). To sign up, contact ODR at DSN 475-7402.

GLEE-PAC Grafenwoehr Performing Arts Center announces the formation of Glee-PAC - their very own Glee club. Anyone interested in singing (over the age of 18) and having fun is invited to join. Auditions are not necessary but anyone wanting to join must have music and/or dance knowledge. Contact Joline Powell for more info and details through email.

EDGE! Summer Strength and Conditioning Tuesdays and Thursdays: 3:30-5 p.m. at the Main Post Fitness Center; transportation provided from Vilseck High School. The program is open to 7-12 graders registered with CYSS; enroll at Parent Central Services, Youth Centers or online. Strength and Conditioning training is available to all Middle School and High School athletes and potential athletes to prepare for physically and mentally for the School Sports season throughout the summer; in partnership with Adult Sports.

CYSS Summer Programs and Youth Camps Now - 24 August: CYSS will offer weekly camps to include a weekly, all-day trip. Cost per week is based on income and includes activities, breakfast and lunch. After camp, the Youth Center will remain open for free service. Youth will be able to enjoy all of our ongoing offers and events such as: computer lab, cooking club, Torch Club, indoor and outdoor sports, special German/American Club activities, and much more! Our summer highlight is the overnight trip to Euro Disney. Stay tuned to find out what express trips, outdoor activities and special events the folks at the Youth Center have planned for you this summer! Sign up at the Parent Central Service office or register online or call DSN 476-2760, CIV 09662-83-2760.

KINGZ MC Motorcycle club Thursdays: Join other motorcycle enthusiasts at the KINGZ MC Clubhouse from 6 – 9 p.m. at Main Post Bldg. 441.

Mountain Bike Mondays Every Monday we saddle up and mountain bike different trails in the surrounding area. These rides are designed to accommodate all ranges of ability, but the rides can be physically demanding. Don’t have a mountain bike, or worried your bike isn’t up for the challenge? No worries! You can borrow one of ours for the evening ride, or bring your bike by for a tune-up. For more, DSN 476-2563.

Hunting, Fishing and Sports Shooting Summer Hours: Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Call ODR at DSN 476-2563 for detail and to reserve the range.

CYSS Registration for Fall Youth Sports Registration for Fall Youth Sports activities is open through July 27. Contact Parent Central Services at DSN 476-2760 or CIV 09662-83-2760 for more information or register online.

Grafenwoehr Thrift Shop Announcing new summer hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 3 .pm.; Thursdays 11 p.m. - 5 p.m.; 1st and 3rd Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Grafenwoehr Bldg. 508. Want to give back to YOUR community? Volunteer! Help YOUR community by consigning or donating today. PCSing? No problem; we will mail you your check. For more, CIV 09641-926-0377, online, or find us on facebook.

Hidden Treasures Thrift Shop Bring your gently used items to Bldg. 221 on Rose Barracks. Open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tues, Wed &Thurs. Call DSN 4762649, CIV 09662-83-2649, or email for more. Volunteers and donations are always welcome! The July sales are: All Red Tag Items are Buy 1 Get 1 FREE* (*Of Equal or Lesser Value) and All Books 10 For $1. All Sales Apply to Color Tags Only.

Ice hockey try-outs The Bayern Rangers ice hockey team will hold open practices and try-outs for all prospective players on Wed., Sept. 26 from 8:30-9:45 p.m., on Sun, Sept. 30 from 4-5:15 p.m., and on Wed, Oct. 3 from 8:30-9:45 p.m. All three practices will be held at the Eishalle Amberg, Am Schanzl 1, 92224 Amberg. For more information see visit the facebook page at

Save the Date! The 2012 Crown Jewel Bazaar GCSC and VCSC: The 2012 Crown Jewel Bazaar is October 19, 20, 21.

Find us on Facebook USAG Grafenwoehr, 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, Grafenwoehr Chaplains, Main Post DFAC, 172 Infantry Brigade, BMEDDAC, 2SCR, Graf Housing Dept., Grafenwoehr Provost Marshal Office , Netzaberg Middle School and Vilseck Falcons.

Facility & Road/Openings/Construction/Closures The Langenbruck Barber Shop, closure of activity Through 21 July: The Langenbruck Barber Shop will be closed for renovations during this time. Barber Shop will reopen for normal business on July 23. The Exchange is sorry for any inconvenience this may caused; please visit the Rose Barracks Exchange Mall Barber Shop.

7A JMTC legal assistance and claims offices, closure of activity 27 July: the 7A JMTC legal assistance and claims offices will be closed on this date for training. The offices will re-open on Monday, July 30. For more information on office locations, hours and contact information please see and click on the legal assistance or claims links.

Rose Barracks Fitness Center, closure of activity 13 Aug: Rose Barracks Fitness Center will be closed Monday, August 13 for maintenance. The Grafenwoehr Fitness Center is open for your daily fitness activities. For more, DSN 476-2998/2214.

Adult Education / Training TARP, SETA, OPSEC), and Anti-terrorism Level 1 Refresher Training Please note the new training dates. The United States Army Garrison Grafenwoehr (Antiterrorism and Security Divisions) along with the 66th Military Intelligence Group and JMTC Intelligence and Security, will be conducting the quarterly Community Security Awareness Training consisting of the Threat Awareness and Reporting Program (TARP), Security Education Training Awareness (SETA), Operation Security (OPSEC), and Anti-terrorism Level 1 Refresher Training. 4th Quarter Community Security Awareness Training Schedule: 18 July: Main Post, Tower Theater, Bldg. 620. 1:30-4 p.m. (US employees) ***New*** This training is a mandatory annual requirement for all DoD personnel including Military, AF/NAF (both US and LN); U.S. Contractor employees are welcome.

ICE Training 20 July: The USAG Grafenwoehr Plans, Analysis and Integration Office will conduct the next ICE Training on the aforementioned date. The morning session is scheduled from 8:30-10:30 a.m., the afternoon session is scheduled from 1-3 p.m. Training Location is Bldg 3123, Camp Normandy (7th Warrior Training Brigade) Applicants should send email to:

FAST Classes for July and August Registration for the next three upcoming FAST Classes at the East Post (Grafenwoehr) Education Center now open. Class dates are 6-17 Aug., and 20-30 Aug. Classes will be held at Bldg. 538, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Soldiers who have redeployed since 1 January 2012 will have priority in the August classes; check with the Education Centers for details. An additional class will be held 30 July–09 Aug. at the Rose Barracks (Vilseck) Education Center, Bldg. 223, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 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. These classes are 60-hour long courses and are limited to twenty students per class. For more information please contact the East Post Education Center (Grafenwoehr) at DSN 4756219/6786 or the Rose Barracks (Vilseck) Education Center at DSN 476-2653/3292.

Central Texas College Term 5 CTC provides soldiers and their families with associate degree programs in many Vo-Tech career fields with face-to-face classes and distance learning (online) classes. In the Grafenwoehr-Vilseck community, there are 3 face-to-face programs running year-round: Automotive-Mechanic, Criminal Justice and Early Childhood Professions. Here’s the current news at CTC in Graf-Vilseck for Term 5: · The Early Childhood Professions class, CDEC 2326 – Administration of Programs for Children begins on July 7 with classes meeting on Saturdays of July 7-28. To register, see contact info below). But act quickly; the start date is rapidly approaching! · A substitute field representative position is open for anyone interested in periodic work or as an entry-door into other education related positions. For more, contact CTC field representative Chuck Sligh at / DSN 475-6702 / CIV 0964183-6702 in Grafenwoehr or / DSN 476-2362 / CIV 09662-83-2362 in Vilseck. Chuck Sligh: Field Representative for Vilseck/Grafenwoehr Central Texas College Grafenwoehr Main Post: DSN 475-6702 / CIV 09641-83-2362 / Office Hours: Mon. & Wed. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Vilseck Rose Barracks: DSN 476-2362 / CIV 09662-83-2362 / Office Hours: Tue. & Thu. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

University of Phoenix University of Phoenix is honored to serve military service members stationed in Europe by offering both MBA and Master of Arts in Education degree programs at several on-base locations near you. Classes meet one night a week. We are currently enrolling for our August 20th face to face classes for MBA. If you’re interested in developing managerial skills necessary to be effective in a rapid changing environment than the MBA program is for you. Face to face classes are one night a week in Vilseck from 5:30-9:30pm. Get started today by visiting or by calling, Fe Gehrels at DSN 475-6712 or CIV 09641-83-6712.

TDP (Testing Designated Positions) Class This class is for all Army Civilian Employees and Supervisors who are in positions that require mandatory drug testing. Recurring Dates: 20 Sept., 15 Nov. in Camp Normandy, Bldg. 378. 1st Session: 9-11 a.m. (employees) 2nd Session: 1-3 p.m. (supervisors).

School News Please register now for USAG Grafenwoehr Fall 2012 school year Registration currently open: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please register now as staffing is based on enrollment – do not put this important task off until the summer. To ensure we have the correct amount of teachers, we need to have correct enrollment. Your immediate registration will staff appropriately for the fall so we may provide the most thorough education possible for our children. For more, contact your child/ren school: GES CIV 09641-83-7133 DSN 475-7133 Kristy Gannon VES CIV 09662-83-2812 DSN 476-2812 NES CIV 09645-917-9185 DSN 472-9185 Lexa Greenley NMS CIV 09645-917-9229 DSN 472-9229 Zenaida Ferdinand-Bessant VHS CIV 09662-83-2255 DSN 476-2255 Ester Lemming.

School’s out for summer! First day of school isn’t until 27 Aug. Until then … enjoy the summer!

Discover the ABCs of child development Discover the ABCs of child development at the Bavaria Parent University Workshop from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Netzaberg Middle School and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Vilseck High School Aug. 14 through 16. The first day focuses on brain development and logic, the second day centers on behavior and the third day highlights strategies to support your child's academic success. Please RSVP by Aug. 10. For more information, call 09662-83-2100 or email or

Was ist Los? Get involved in the local scene *** Does not indicate endorsement by the U.S. Government

Flea markets Every Sat., 6 a.m. - 4 p.m., in 93059 Regensburg inside the building at Am Protzenweiher 27, ph 0941-82933. 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.

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:

Summer Serenades in Weiden In 92637 Weiden, at the Pavilion in the Max-Reger-Park, opposite the parking block on Schlörplatz. These serenades are highly popular so you may want to be there early. Bring along some folding chairs or a blanket to sit on, bring a picnic and perhaps even some champers, and enjoy the lovely music. It might also be advisable to bring some sunscreen lotion and insect repellent, just to be safe. In case of inclement weather, the event will move into the Max-Reger-Halle (at the other end of the park), DrPfleger-Straße 17, CIV 0961-48080. Click here for suggested car parks. 18 July: 7 - 9 p.m., FREE concert with the "Connection2Rock", who have become a magnet for a big audience over the years. As the name indicates, they play good ol' Rock'n'Roll from the 50s and 60s. 22 July: 3 - 6 p.m., FREE concert with traditional Bavarian bands and dancers. The event starts at 3 p.m. with a "Trachten" fashion show, followed with a big parade at 3:30 p.m. from the Altes Rathaus to the pavilion. The participating bands and dancers are: "Original Weidener Musikanten," "Weißenbrunner Kirwaleit," "Zottiramas," "Volkstanzgruppe Stadler" as well as "Goißlschnalzer Neuersdorf" (goißlschnalzn = cracking whips). To complete the Bavarian theme, Bavarian beer and Brotzeiten (snacks) will be sold, as well as Zoiglbier (from a micro-brewery) and Zoigl-Brotzeiten (home-made snacks). The local TV station OTV will record the whole show. 25 July: 7 - 8:30 p.m., FREE concert with the "miR san miR", who play typical Bohemian-Moravian brass music (böhmisch-mährisch), including traditional marching music and polkas. These serenades are highly popular so you may want to be there early. Bring along some folding chairs or a blanket to sit on, bring a picnic and perhaps even some champers, and enjoy the lovely performance. It might also be advisable to bring some sunscreen lotion and insect repellent, just to be safe. 29 July: 4 - 5:30 p.m., FREE dance performance by "Merhaba & Friends." 40 women in colorful costumes will perform a variety of fascinating oriental dances along to authentic music.

Summer Serenades in Amberg 22, 29 July & 5 Aug: In 92224 Amberg, in the Maltesergarten. Access via Seminargasse / Malteserplatz. Free concert with the "Dagesteiner Musikanten". The concert will move to the adjacent Malteser building in case of inclement weather. Best free parking lots (click for map): the park block opposite Sulzbacher Straße 5; the other one is at "Auf der Wiesen", the car park behind the Hotel Arcadia and the Kurfürstenbad (indoor swimming pool). Both parking areas are only a tiny walking distance from Amberg's city center.

Gospel Concert with The Riga Dom Boys Choir 18 July: 7 p.m., in 91541 Rothenburg, Spitalkirche Heilig-Geist (church), Rossmühlgasse 5. This choir from Latvia is famous for its synthesis of musicality, nuances, accuracy and purity of sound. Its repertoire ranges from medieval songs to modern classics. They will take you on a fantastic trip through the world of sound, beauty, and spirituality. Ticket sales

start mid-June, call the Tourist Info at 09861-404-800. You can also buy tickets at the evening counter. Click for a map of car parks around the historic Altstadt.

African-Caribbean Festival 19 - 22 July: in 95448 Bayreuth, at the Ehrenhof on Kanzleistraße and Maximilianstraße. This is an exciting festival with lots of live music (open air) and delicious culinary delights. Over 50 stalls offer African and Caribbean goods and foods. Over 18,000 visitors enjoyed this festival last year! 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.

"Weiden Dreams" Art and Shopping on a Lovely Summer's Evening 20 July: 7 p.m. - midnight, in 92637 Weiden, all around the Altstadt = old city. Click for a map of suggested car parks. Musicians, artists and performers will take you by the hand (metaphorically speaking) and with your help, turn Weiden’s city center into an amazing dreamscape. Especially for this event, shops are allowed to open until midnight. Furthermore, an artisans market at the Unterer Markt (next to the historic city hall) will offer beautiful, handcrafted goods.

Fest: Stadtgraben-Fest 20 & 21 July: in 91522 Ansbach, in the Stadtgraben (moat) park along Jahnstraße. The fest ends with the Green Night on Saturday, see there. Click for a map of suggested car parks: 1) at the Aquella Freizeitbad (indoor swimming pool), on Hospitalstraße / Hohenzollernring - FREE. From here it's only a very short walk along Hospitalstraße and Würzburger Straße to reach the Altstadt / Martin-Luther-Platz. 2) at the Messegelände on Schalkhäuser Straße - FREE. A short walk down Schalkhäuser Straße will take you into the Altstadt. The walk is slightly longer than from the Aquella pool. 3) all other car parks are not free but they are even closer to the Altstadt: Rezatwiese, Eyber Straße, Promenade, Reitbahn, Karlsplatz (in front of / opposite the Catholic church).

Fair: "Bio Erleben" 20 - 22 July: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., in 90403 Nürnberg, on Hauptmarkt. This outdoor fair offers a large variety of ecologically-produced wares, from clothes to make-up to food, of course. There will be live cooking classes, music, and special entertainment for children.

Erbendorf Annual Town Festival (Burgerfest) 21 July: Starting at 3 p.m. Erbendorf is located 22 kilometers North – East of Grafenwoehr on Highway 299. There will be rides and games for the kids. The whole family can take part in different activities going on during the fest while enjoying some great Bavarian food and beer. There will also be a raffle drawing at midnight for an Audi A1 sport back. Raffle tickets are €2 a piece and can be purchased at various stores in Erbendorf or during the town festival. Please email or call MSG Matthew L. Altizer at DSN 475-7977 or if you have any questions.

Open-Air Concert by the Big Band 21 July: in 92676 Eschenbach on Marktplatz (ca. 8 km / 5 miles NW of Grafenwöhr). Time has not been specified.

Classic Open Air and “Picknick im Park” Sun., 22 July and Sat., 04 Aug: 8 p.m. either day, in 90478 Nürnberg, Luitpoldhain, along Bayernstraße. "Picknick im Park" is often referred to as the "Woodstock of Classical Music" (only GE): enjoy the performance, cheer the artists, and even a little rain shower can’t scare you away. Most people also have a little picnic to complement the music. Traditionally, these open-air concerts are free to the public. Each festive day ends with brilliant fireworks. If you want their token (a bird pin), it’s 4 Euros.

Rose Garden Serenades in Bamberg 27 & 28 July: The Titus Quartet (members of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra), 8 p.m., in 96049 Bamberg, in the aromatic rose garden at the Neue Residenz on Domplatz. Tickets can be ordered here (only GE).

Country Music Festival

27 - 29 July: at the Pullman City Fun Park in 94535 Eging am See, Ruberting 30 (ca. 100 km / 62 miles SE of Regensburg). The Pullman City Fun Park offers a large variety of non-violent Western activities for the whole family: Western shows, Native American dances, magic shows, and much more; the whole show program is online but only in German. Opening times: mid-April - 31 Oct. 2012, daily from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Admission (only GE): Adults: 13.- Euros. Children 4 - 16 years: 7.- Euros. Children under 4 if accompanied by their parents: free. Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children under 16): 29.- Euros. Dogs on a leash: 1.- Euro. Visitors dressed in historical Western costumes (representing ca. 1740 - 1880) get in for free! Outside their opening season you can access the premises for free but there will be no shows or other entertainment.

Wine and Music Fest 27 - 29 July: in 93049 Regensburg, at the Stadtpark along Dr.-Johann-Maier-Straße. The main focus is, of course, on wine and wine products. On Saturday, you can watch local newcomer bands for free! This fest complements the Klangfarben Festival (see previous event). Closest free car parks are "Dultplatz" (Am Protzenweiher/ Oberpfalzbrücke); adjacent "Protzenweiher" (opposite Protzenweiher 27); neighbouring "Wöhrdstraße" (at Wöhrdstraße 18); and adjacent "Unterer Wöhrd" (Wöhrdstraße 60/62). There is also the "Donaumarkt" parking lot (Donaumarkt 1) which is "a walk across the bridge" closer than the "Wöhrdstraße" car park, but it's not free-of-charge, and it's blocked on Saturday mornings for the Regensburg produce market. From any of these car parks it's only a very short walk across one of the bridges, and you're there. BTW, did you know you can get a map of Regensburg's city center from the Tourist Info for free? Go to the "Altes Rathaus" (old city hall) as directed by the brown signs, and ask for a copy.

Summer Night Fest 28 July: in 95448 Bayreuth, at the Eremitage. Around 250 years ago, it was the Margraves who invited the public to a merry Sommernachtsfest (Summer night fest, only GE) at the former hermitage. This tradition was resurrected in 1969 and nowadays attracts thousands of guests with its romantically illuminated garden and diversified performances. Rose Garden Serenades: The Titus Quartet (members of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra), 8 p.m., in 96049 Bamberg, in the aromatic rose garden at the Neue Residenz on Domplatz. Tickets can be ordered here (only GE). Race: Mini-Bike Trophy at the Kart Racing Track "Raceland" in 92442 Wackersdorf, at Industriestraße 8, ph 0943175520 (ca. 45 km / 28 miles north of Regensburg).

Anna Market in Grafenwoehr 29 July: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the market place. Exhibition from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on environmentally friendly means of transportation (cars, scooter, segways etc.) Jumping Castle for the kids; ice cream wagon; mini donuts; other food and beverages

Jakobi-Markt and Open Stores 29 July: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., in 92421 Schwandorf, all around the Marktplatz = market square (ca. 45 km / 28 miles north of Regensburg). Stores will be open 1 - 6 p.m.

Vintage Farming Vehicles 29 July: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., at the Oberpfälzer Freilandmuseum (open-air museum) in Neusath 200 (part of 92507 Nabburg, ca. 31 km / 19 miles south of Weiden). Normally you would see ox- and horse-drawn farming equipment here at the museum, but showing the progress of technology in farming is an important factor. Even after the Diesel engine was developed in 1892, horses and oxen were still in use in the Oberpfalz until the mid-1960s. At this vehicle show, classic farming vehicles like tractors or haulers older than 30 years of age will gather around the Schallerhof. A highlight will be the tour of the museum site at 3 p.m. Admission (only GE) is 4.50 Euros pp, a family ticket for the day is 11 Euros. Regular opening hours are Tue. - Sun., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (last admission at 5 p.m.). Closed on Mondays unless that Monday is a German holiday. This PDF flyer is only in German but gives you a site map on the second page, for better orientation. Free parking spaces are available outside the museum's gates. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a short leash. Please bring along a bag for your dog's remains, or purchase a bag for 50 cents upon entry. Smoking is prohibited on the whole site.

Children's Fest in Amberg 29 July: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., in 92224 Amberg, in the park "LGS-Gelände" along Bruno-Hofer-Straße / Werner-vonSiemens-Straße (opposite the Dultplatz fest site). A special event for children, with many fun activities. Suggested parking (click for map): On the Dultplatz if no activity is going on there. "Auf der Wiesen", the car park behind

the Hotel Arcadia and the Kurfürstenbad (indoor swimming pool). A small car park is on the other side of Bruno-HoferStraße (south of the fest site) but it is easier if you park on the large Siemens car park along Georg-Hillbenz-Straße. Alternatively, you can park at the Eishalle (ice-skating rink) at Am Schanzl 1, or a little further down the road (i.e. closer to the fest site) at the tennis court, Am Schanzl 5.

American Football: Nürnberg Rams vs. Frankfurt Pirates 29 July: at the "Sportanlage" next to the arena on Zeppelinfeld (aka Soldiers Field) along Kurt-Schmidtpeter-Weg 10. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., kick- off is at 3 p.m. Tickets cost 7 Euros pp

Bike and Music Weekend 2-5 Aug: in 96160 Geiselwind, Eventzentrum Autohof Strohofer, Scheinfelder Straße 21 (ca. 70 km / 43 miles NE of Nürnberg). NOTE: This event is not suitable for children and/or conservative adults. Planned events: Show of U.S. bikes and cars. 15 live bands. Stunt & Drag Race shows. Burn-Outs. Special sales. And loads more! Details will be announced online (in EN but currently shows data of 2011). Tickets can be bought online or upon entry.

T-Shirt Design Course for Teenagers 3 Aug: in 92249 Vilseck, in the Türmermuseum (Tower Museum, only GE) inside the Vogelturm (tower gate) at Marktplatz 23, ph 09662-701-811. Teenagers 12 and older can develop their own design and then are shown how to transfer it to their t-shirt. Please bring along a white tee with a high cotton content. Register for this class via the Vilseck Tourist Info, ph 09662-9916.

Rock Night 3 Aug: 8 p.m., in 92355 Velburg, on Stadtplatz (ca. 18 km / 11 miles west of Hohenfels). Live music and a grand ol' party that's not to be missed!

Motorcycle Fest 3-5 Aug: in Eutenhofen on the local fest site (part of 92345 Dietfurt, ca. 35 km / 22 miles SW of Hohenfels). It's a motorcycle fest with lots of attractions and surprises. No admission fees.

Children's Day at the Open-Air Museum 5 Aug: 1 p.m., at the Oberpfälzer Freilandmuseum (open-air museum) in Neusath 200 (part of 92507 Nabburg, ca. 31 km / 19 miles south of Weiden). They'll be having a great program of fun and entertainment for the whole family, but especially for younger kids! They can try a hand at crafting, play old games, learn how to walk on stilts, and even go horse-back riding. Admission (only GE) is 4.50 Euros pp, a family ticket for the day is 11.- Euros. Regular opening hours are Tue. - Sun., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (last admission at 5 p.m.). Closed on Mondays unless that Monday is a German holiday. This PDF flyer is only in German but gives you a site map on the second page, for better orientation. During a free guided tour (in German) at 2 p.m., you can learn about how children had a good time BEFORE the days of television. Free parking spaces are available outside the museum's gates. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a short leash. Please bring along a bag for your dog's remains, or purchase a bag for 50 cents upon entry. Smoking is prohibited on the whole site.

Street Market: Jakobimarkt 5 Aug: Open Sunday from 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., in 92637 Weiden, Altstadt (historic city center) / Fußgängerzone (pedestrian zone). Click for a map of suggested car parks.

Vintage Car Convention and Open Stores 5 Aug: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., in 87730 Bad Grönenbach (ca. 115 km / 70 miles NW of Garmisch-Partenkirchen). Stores will be open 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Over 500 vehicles will participate, none younger than 30 years old. They will be on display along Markt- and Sonnenstraße, on Castilentiplatz and on Marktplatz. At 3 p.m., the vehicles will go on a tour of the area.

Andy Warhol Exhibit - The Art of Pop Through 26 Sept: in 92224 Amberg, in the Amberg Congress Center (ACC) at Schießstätteweg 8, ph 09621-49-000. This is next to the indoor swimming pool and the large car park. Over 100 works from the Pop-Art icon are on show. Along with his famous paintings like Marilyn Monroe's portrait or the Campbell soup cans, you will find some of his early works (which have never been shown in Europe before), personal

accessories, numerous photographs, originals from his "Interview" magazine, and information about his Slovakian family background as well as his friendship with John Lennon. They even created a Facebook page (only GE). Best free parking lots (click for map): at "Auf der Wiesen", the car park behind the Hotel Arcadia and the Kurfürstenbad (indoor swimming pool); this car park is adjacent to the ACC.

Exhibition: Historical Tin Toys and Advertising Signs Through 30 Sept: in 92237 Sulzbach-Rosenberg, at the Stadtmuseum, Neustadt 14, ph 09661-877-6800 (ca. 20 km / 12.5 miles south of Vilseck). The items are from a private collection that was started over 30 years ago. The signs all focus on travelling and will take you to countries far away - the old style. Opening hours: Closed Mon. and Tue. Wed. Fri., and Sun. and German holidays: 9 a.m. - midday and 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Sat.: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Admission is 1.50 Euros for adults and 50 cents for children aged 6 - 15. Click here for car parks closest to the historic Altstadt.

"Weka, Witt und Winkelmann" exhibit - Weiden in the 50s and 60s Through 2 Nov: in 92637 Weiden, at the Stadtmuseum (city museum), Schulgasse 3a (the green building behind the church in the Altstadt). Click here for suggested car parks. Interesting views and photographs of old Weiden, with stores that have long gone, locals, personalities ("Urgestein"), and festivities. The charm of the old city will fascinate you. Opening hours: Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - midday and 2 - 4:30 p.m.

Hispanic / Latin Nights Every Saturday: 7 p.m. - 3 a.m., in 92655 Grafenwöhr, Afterlife Lounge & Cocktail Bar, Alte Amberger Straße 21, CIV 0170-213-9835. Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Reggaeton, Samba - y mucho mas! You don't know how to Salsa? No problem! There are Salsa classes with Ray for only 5 Euros per person for 2 hours. Find out more at ph 0170-213-9835, Spanish speakers welcome!

Concerts/Music festivals Kool and the Gang Celebration - the party band is back in Germany 26 and 27 July. Thurs., 26 July: 8 p.m., in 90762 Fürth, at the Stadthalle, Rosenstraße 50, ph 0911-749-120 (ca. 10 km / 6 miles west of Nürnberg). Tickets. It is highly recommended you use their public transport system (only GE): Best use the Park-and-Ride car park "Hardhöhe" along Solderstraße / Gaußstraße. From here, the U-Bahn (underground) will take you to the city center in just four minutes. Exit either at "Rathaus“ or "Fürth Hauptbahnhof“. The P+R car park has 78 spaces, 2 of which are for handicapped; If you park there between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., you will not be charged for the first four hours. Parking in excess of four hours costs 1.50 Euros total for the whole day ("Tagespauschale"). You can reach the P+R car park from the B8 (Würzburger Straße) when you drive in the "Stadtmitte" (city center) direction, then turn right at Söldnerstraße and continue to corner Gaußstraße. Fri., 27 July: 8 p.m., in 65185 Wiesbaden, at the Rhein-Main-Halle, Rheinstraße 20, ph 06111-44245 (ca. 40 km / 25 miles west of Frankfurt). Tickets.

Tucher Blues & Jazz Festival 06 - 12 Aug: in 96047 Bamberg, with one stage on Maximiliansplatz, the other at the Gabelmann / Neptunsbrunnen (fountain), Keßlerstraße 8. The program with specific times, locations and links to the bands will be announced here (currently still with 2011 data!). The best thing: entry is free to ALL concerts!

Scorpions' Farewell Tour Sat., 13 Oct: 7:30 p.m., in 80809 München / Munich, at the Olympiahalle, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21 / Eingang Ost (east entrance). The only car park is located at the Olympiapark: 80809 München, Olympiapark Parkharfe, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 100. public transport system. Tickets.

The Beach Boys 3&4 Aug: They're here for only TWO concerts! Fri., 03 Aug, 8 p.m., in 10243 Berlin, at the o2 World, O2-Platz 1, ph 0302060-7080. Tickets. As with all big cities, it is highly recommended you use the excellent public transport system (in EN). Sat., 04 Aug., 8 p.m., in 70327 Stuttgart, at the Porsche-Arena (aka HannsMartin-Schleyer-Halle), Mercedesstraße 69. Tickets.

Toto on tour 5-19 Aug: Tour overview. Sun., 05 Aug., 7 p.m., in 73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd, in the Universitätspark, Buchstraße / corner Bismarckstraße (ca. 103 km / 64 miles SW of Ansbach). Tickets.

Sat., 18 Aug., 7 p.m., in 96450 Coburg, on Schlossplatz (ca. 55 km / 35 miles north of Bamberg). Tickets. A large car park is located along Schützenstraße, the city center is only around 300 yards to the north.

Tucher Blues & Jazz Festival 6 - 12 Aug: in 96047 Bamberg, with one stage on Maximiliansplatz, the other at the Gabelmann / Neptunsbrunnen (fountain), Keßlerstraße 8. The program with specific times, locations and links to the bands will be announced here (currently still with 2011 data!). The best thing: entry is free to ALL concerts!

Taubertal-Festival 10-12 Aug: in 91541 Rothenburg, on the Eiswiese fest site. Confirmed acts so far: Beatsteaks, The Wombats, Royal Republic, Broilers, and many more. You can find all pertinent information in English on their Homepage. Tickets can be bought online. It is recommended to leave your car at one of the several parking areas in town. Shuttle buses run at no charge from parking areas P3 and P5 and from Rothenburg railway station directly to the festival site. It is strongly recommended to park your car in town, though there are parking areas on site. Parking costs 5.- Euros. The organizers do not accept liability for any damages to your car!

Deep Purple 10 Aug.-1 Dec: Click here for the complete tour. Thu., 22 Nov., 8 p.m., in 60325 Frankfurt am Main, at the Festhalle / Messe, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1. Tickets. Again, please consider parking your car in a P+R car park (interactive map and links, text only GE), and using the public transport system (in EN). Thu., 29 Nov., 8 p.m., in 86159 Augsburg, at the Schwabenhalle, Am Messezentrum 5 (ca. 80 km / 50 miles NW of Munich). Tickets. Fri., 30 Nov., 8 p.m., in 80809 München / Munich, at the Olympiahalle, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21 / Eingang Ost (east entrance). Tickets. The only car park is located at the Olympiapark: 80809 München, Olympiapark Parkharfe, SpiridonLouis-Ring 100. It is highly recommended you use the excellent public transport system. Sat., 01 Dec., 8 p.m., in 70327 Stuttgart, at the Porsche-Arena (aka Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle), Mercedesstraße 69. Tickets.

M'era Luna Festival 11-12 Aug: in 31137 Hildesheim, Am Flugplatz (airfield) / Dornierstraße This year, they have an extremely outstanding line-up if you like Medieval / Gothic Rock: In Extremo, Subway to Sally, Schandmaul, Eisbrecher, Lacrimas Profundere and many more. All information and the complete line-up are online, with some info in English, click on the Union Jack. Tickets: here and here (both sites partly in English).

La Notte Italiana 12 Aug: 8 p.m., in 80333 München, in the Brunnenhof (courtyard) of the Residenz (palace), Residenzstraße 1. Tickets. Every year, stars from the Arena di Verona gather in Munich to present popular arias from Italian composers. Again, please consider parking your car in a P+R car park, and using the public transport system (both links are in English).

Carmina Burana 15 Aug: 8 p.m in 80333 München, in the Brunnenhof (courtyard) of the Residenz (palace) on Residenzstraße 1. Tickets. Again, please consider parking your car in a P+R car park, and using the public transport system (both links in EN).

Xavier Naidoo 17 Aug: 5:30 p.m., in 96450 Coburg, on Schlossplatz (ca. 55 km / 35 miles north of Bamberg). Tickets. Naidoo (EN) is one of the biggest artists in Germany. He became famous as a rapper but has gone on to sing his own songs, often with a philosophical or religious content (he is a Christian). Have a listen to his songs on YouTube. He's also on Facebook.

Burgfolk Festival 17-18 Aug: in 45479 Mülheim an der Ruhr, at the "Schloss Broich" castle, Am Schloss Broich 38 (ca. 65 km / 40 miles north of Köln / Cologne). The Burgrock Festival is one of the largest and most popular Medieval Rock music festivals in Germany (click here for photos). The line-up (only GE) features some the biggest names in the scene: Subway to Sally: Founded in 1992, this septet from Potsdam is considered to be one of the best German live acts, and has many thousands of fans in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The typical sound is a combination of Hard Rock and Metal with medieval melodies, accentuated with bagpipes, hurdy-gurdies, lutes, mandolines, shawms, violins and flutes, giving the songs their very own appeal. More about the artist: Homepage. YouTube. MySpace. Saltatio Mortis: Energetic sound with historic and modern instruments, very melodious, interspersed with bagpipes - that is the typical sound of Saltatio Mortis. They are a German medieval metal group and are recognized as one of the leading bands of the genre. More about the artist: Homepage. YouTube. MySpace.), Feuerschwanz, Vogelfrey, The Shanes, Celtica, and many more. Tickets can be bought here. Schloss Broich (EN) is the oldest complete castle from the late-Carolingian time north of the Alps. Its oldest parts were built 883 / 884 AD as fortification against the Normans; the rest was completed 200 years later.

Area-4 Festival 17-19 Aug: in 59348 Lüdinghausen, Leversum 86, Flugplatz Borkenberge (airfield, ca. 63 km / 40 miles NW of Dortmund). A fine little Indie-Rock-Festival with truly great performers: Beatsteaks, The Wombats, Sportfreunde Stiller,

The Donots and many more. Tickets can be bought on their Homepage (GE, with EN option in the top right corner), or from an online ticket seller (partly EN).

The Hong Kong Children's Symphony Orchestra 19 Aug: 8 p.m., in 90408 Nürnberg, at the St. Martinskirche (church), Grolandstraße 67. This is the first tour of the HKCSO in Europe. 76 children, aged between seven and 18 (average age: 14), make up this outstanding orchestra. They play works from Shostakovich, Mendelssohn, Dvořak, Bartòk, Strauss and Puccini as well as compositions from their director, Yip Wai Hong who himself is famous for his teaching methods in the music department.

Simple Minds 21 Aug: 8:30 p.m., in 81671 München / Munich, at the Tonhalle, Grafinger Straße 6, ph 089-672-0880. Tickets. The Simple Minds are on tour 17 - 23 Aug., click here for a tour overview. Again, please consider parking your car in a P+R car park, and using the public transport system (both links are in English).

Chiemsee Rocks 22 Aug: 4 p.m.: in 83236 Übersee (at the Chiemsee), Festival-Gelände (fest site), Almfischer 11 (ca. 100 km / 66 miles SE of Munich). Tickets can be bought via their homepage (only GE) or from Eventim (partly in EN). A Rock festival at the beautiful Chiemsee lake - what could be more perfect? Confirmed acts so far: The Beatsteaks originally a punk band, they have ventured out into other musical styles which has made them very popular (More about the artist: Homepage (in English, with the option to select another language). YouTube. Facebook - only GE).

Stomp 28 Aug -2 Sept: in 60313 Frankfurt am Main, at the Alte Oper, Opernplatz, ph 069-134-0215. Tickets. Again, please consider parking your car in a P+R car park (interactive map and links, text only GE), and using the public transport system (in EN). Stomp (in EN) has no words –it has little or no melody in the traditional sense. It's all about rhythm! Stomp is a group of people, with very strong personalities, who work together using simple building blocks to create beautiful rhythm. There are several Stomp companies currently performing around the world: up to three working from the UK and two in North America. Each company has its own style, its own feel: this is because even though the show is very tightly choreographed and orchestrated, there is a lot of room for every performer’s own personality to shine through. The show is as much an expression of eight individuals with very strong personalities as it is a vision of rhythm.

Coldplay - Open Air Tour 2012 4-22 Sept: at the following locations in Germany: Tues., 4 Sept., 7 p.m., in 50933 Köln = Cologne, at the RheinEnergieStadion on Aachener Strasse 999. Tickets. It is highly recommended you park your car in a P+R car park (in EN) on the city's outskirts and use the excellent public transport system (in EN). The "RheinEnergie-Stadion" and "Junkersdorf" UBahn stations (Underground station) are just a few yards away from the stadium, both on U-Bahn line 1. Wed., 12 Sept., 7 p.m., in 80809 München / Munich, at the Olympiahalle, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21 / Eingang Ost (east entrance). Tickets. The only car park is located at the Olympiapark: 80809 München, Olympiapark Parkharfe, SpiridonLouis-Ring 100. It is highly recommended you use the excellent public transport system. Fri., 14 Sept., 7 p.m., in 04105 Leipzig, at the Zentralstadion (aka Red Bull Arena), Am Sportforum 3. Tickets. Sat., 22 Sept., 7 p.m., in 30169 Hannover, at the AWD Arena, Arthur-Menge-Ufer 5, ph 0800 520-2010. Tickets.

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 and Saturday, 7 a.m.12:30 p.m., on Marktplatz in front of the historic city hall. 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.

Guided Tours 1 p.m. daily: Walking Tours of Nürnberg in English Nuremberg was once an imperial residence, powerful free imperial city and international trading center. The prosperous city provided the ideal basis for an active cultural and intellectual life and the arts: Even today numerous buildings, monuments and artworks still reflect its former importance. The guided tour through the Old Town offers information and insights on the castle, the fountains and wells, churches and art as well as the city itself past and present. Meeting point: Tourist Office at the Main Market Square (Hauptmarkt). Duration: approx. 2 ½ hrs. Price: 9 Euros per person, plus price of admission to castle (2 Euros pp). Children under 14 free in the company of their parents. 2 p.m. daily: Guided Tour of 91541 Rothenburg in English, of the most important sights in the historical district Meeting point: Market Square. Duration: 90 minutes. Fee: 6 Euros per person, payable cash to the tour guide 7 p.m. daily: Guided Tour in English of 91541 Rothenburg, with "The Executioner". Meet on Marktplatz, no prior booking required. The tours take place every day and cost 7 Euros per person. There are tours in German which start at 6 p.m., and also in English, starting at 7 p.m. If you click in the link and scroll down, you can watch a 5-minute promo clip for the executioner's tour (in English but with a lovely Franconian accent). The clip shows some interesting hidden places that you normally don't get to see. Every Wed. and Sat: 1:30 p.m.: Guided Tour of Regensburg, in English - "Experience a Historical City" In the course of this individually accented tour you get to know the Old City, with its patrician towered houses, the cathedral, the Old City Hall (all from the outside), the Stone Bridge and the Porta Praetoria. Our well-versed guides will be glad to answer any special questions you have, based on your own personal interests. Fees: Adults 8 Euros, Reduced 5 Euros , Families 12 Euros. Duration: 1.5 hours. Meeting point: Tourist-Information - Altes Rathaus, Rathausplatz, 93047 Regensburg, ph. 0941-507-4410. Closest free car parks are "Dultplatz" (Am Protzenweiher/ Oberpfalzbrücke); adjacent "Protzenweiher" (opposite Protzenweiher 27); neighbouring "Wöhrdstraße" (at Wöhrdstraße 18); and adjacent "Unterer Wöhrd" (Wöhrdstraße 60/62). There is also the "Donaumarkt" parking lot (Donaumarkt 1) which is "a walk across the bridge" closer than the "Wöhrdstraße" car park, but it's not free-of-charge, and it's blocked on Saturday mornings for the Regensburg produce market. From any of these car parks it's only a very short walk across one of the bridges, and you're there. BTW, did you know you can get a map of Regensburg's city center from the Tourist Info for free? Go to the "Altes Rathaus" (old city hall) as directed by the brown signs, and ask for a copy. Every Friday: 7 p.m. The Nuremberg Nightwatch Tour, in English - with the night watchwoman Re-live history through original, funny and exciting stories with the historian Dr. Ute Jaeger aka the night watchwoman. Discover the traditional parts of Nürnberg and enjoy its most beautiful sights! Meeting Point is the fountain "Schöner Brunnen", Am Hauptmarkt, 90403 Nürnberg (in the pedestrian zone). Fees are 9 Euros pp. Every Saturday: 1 p.m. Guided Tour of 97070 Würzburg in English Your stroll starts at the Falkenhaus (location of the Tourist Info, ph 0931-372-398) with its elaborate Rococo facade, followed by a visit to the Marienkapelle (St. Mary's Chapel) featuring sandstone sculptures by Tilman Riemenschneider. Other highlights include the historical town hall building and the Romanesque cathedral "St. Kilian". From the bridge Alte Mainbrücke, you can enjoy fantastic views of the fortress Marienberg, the pilgrimage church Käppele and the famous vineyards. Tour lasts around 1.5 hrs, tickets cost 6 Euros per adult. Between 7 May and 29 October, additional English tours are held every Friday at 1 p.m. Every Saturday: 2 p.m. Guided Tour in English of Albrecht Dürer's House in Nürnberg’s historical city center, AlbrechtDürer-Straße 39 (in the pedestrian zone). Admission is 5 Euros (normal), 2.50. Euros (reduced) Famous painter Albrecht Dürer lived in Nürnberg (1471 – 1528) – you might know him best for his “Praying Hands” –, and his original residence in Nürnberg’s pretty city center has been converted to a museum. Every Saturday, an actress in historical gowns offers guided tours of the house in English, telling its history from the viewpoint of Dürer's wife Agnes. Every Saturday: 3 p.m. Guided Tour in English of the Church of St. Jacob's in 91541 Rothenburg. A public and free tour in English of the famous StJakobs-Kirche (church). You only pay the entrance fee for the church: 2 Euros for adults; 0.50 Euros for students, pupils; groups from 10 person: 1.50 Euros. No reservation necessary! Duration: ca. 45 minutes. Meeting Point: front row inside the church. Every Saturday: 8 p.m. Guided Tour in English with the Night-Watchman in 91541 Rothenburg on Marktplatz = Market Place. Take a walk back in time with the Night-watchman through the romantically-lit streets of Rothenburg. Meeting point is on Market Square, the tour lasts about 60 minutes. Fee is 7 Euros per person, payable in cash to the Night-watchman.

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