23 October 2013 u.S. army garrison BAVARIAâ€“Tower Barracks/ Rose Barracks
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The retired military community is invited to attend the Bavaria Military Community Retiree Appreciation Day, Friday, Oct. 25, from 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Tower Barracks, buildings 244 (administrative Services) and 475 (medical/dental services).
Meet other retirees from your area, make friends and share stories of living in Germany. The opening ceremony will take place in Building 244 from 9-10 a.m. Additionally, the following medical services will be available from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. during the Retiree Appreciation Day Medical Fair: -Immunizations: Tetanus, Shingles, Pneumovax and flu -Blood pressure checks -Blood sugar test (A1C) -Diabetic foot screening -Nutrition information -Glasses ordering for prescriptions less than one year old -Medication refill for prescriptions that are valid -Some basic new prescriptions for acute issues, i.e. sinusitis, allergies (No new long-term medications) -Basic eye exams with new glasses prescription. Follow-up appointments can be made for dilation. -Dental services including exams, cleaning and oral cancer screenings -A TRICARE benefits advisor will be on site. For more information, call the Bavaria Military Community Retirement Service Office at DSN 475-8539/8709, CIV 09641-83-8539/8709.
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Central Processing Facility moving to T.B. Bldg. 244 28 Oct-4 Nov: All Central Processing Facility functions will begin moving the week of 28 Oct from Rose Barracks to Tower Barracks. Transportation, Housing, Finance, Driver’s Testing, Transitions and In and Out Processing will all be relocating to Bldg. 244 on Tower Barracks. All departments will be fully functional on 4 Nov in Bldg. 244 Tower Barracks. For further information, please contact the MPD Help Desk at DSN 475-6734, CIV 09641-83-6734. Effective 1 Nov: The morning In-processing bus that departs the Tower Barracks Dining Facility at 7:15 a.m. is CANCELLED. A replacement In-processing bus will depart from Rose Barracks to Tower Barracks at the following times: Bldg 400 (7:15 a.m.), Stryker Inn DFAC Bldg 603 (7:17 a.m.), and the Health Clinic Bldg 250 (7:25 a.m.). It will deliver customers to the temporary training classrooms (7:50 a.m.) and Bldg. 244 One-Stop (7:55 a.m.)
Rose Barracks energy audits Starting 4 Nov: Army Corps of Engineers contractor personnel will conduct energy audits of 88 buildings on post such as motor pools, offices, retail operations and BEQs. These audits will be similar to those in many Rose Barracks buildings earlier this year. The goal is to develop an accurate assessment of the energy consumption in the buildings to develop energy conservation projects/measures that will move USAG Bavaria towards becoming a Net Zero Energy Installation. Impact to building occupants should be minimal. Direct questions to Terry Boone at DSN 475-8098, CIV 09641-83-8098, email, or to Jurgen Alex at DSN 476-2666, CIV 09662-83-2666, email.
Free vehicle safety check rescheduled 31 Oct: The free winter vehicle safety check/safety brief has been rescheduled for 31 Oct. Please call DSN 475-7734, CIV 09641-83-7734 to schedule a time slot. The safety check will include tires, lights, defrost, emergency kits and internal carbon monoxide readings.
USAG Grafenwoehr Trick-or-Treat safety tips Official Trick-or-Treating times this year are from 5-7 p.m. Safety tips for all: * All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. * Escorts should conduct themselves in a safe and orderly fashion * Residents in leased or economy housing are encouraged to escort their children to the nearest military housing area to participate. * Trick-or-treaters are required to use flashlights, battery-operated lanterns or Safety Light Sticks – the practice of carrying burning candles is prohibited! * Escorts should wear light-colored or reflective-type clothing. * All motorists are reminded to drive with extreme caution. Most of the Halloween costumes are dark in color and difficult to see. In addition, Halloween masks often limit the child’s vision. * Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to go to residences and stairwells that are well-lit. Residents who are participating should ensure that their porches or stairwell entrances are well-lit and kept
free of obstacles – plan to present candy at the stairwell entrances. *If jack-o-lanterns have candles in them, make sure they’re far enough away from the door that kids’ costumes don’t catch on fire. (Battery-powered lights are recommended inside jack-o-lanterns.) Safety tips for kids: *Cross only at corners.* Never cross between parked cars. *Walk facing oncoming traffic if there is no sidewalk. *Always remove masks before crossing streets. *Beware of cars turning into or backing out of driveways. *Never go into a stranger’s house. Safety tips for adults: *Know the route your children will be taking. *Make sure children are accompanied by an adult. *Know what other activities a child may be attending, such as parties. *Set time limits on when children should return home. Explain to children the difference between tricks and vandalism. *Instruct children not to eat treats until they return home and parents have had a chance to inspect those treats. *Teach kids their home phone number and how to call 110 in case of an emergency. Have a safe and happy Halloween!
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Winter driving safety tips * Be aware of FOG and always drive with your lights on. Use the right side lane markings if visibility is limited and drive with low beam headlights. * Watch for FARM EQUIPMENT on the roads during the harvesting season. * ANIMALS will more prevalent along roads as the seasons change. * CHILDREN will be on the streets and roads as they travel back and forth from school. Please be extra cautious in the early mornings and late afternoons. * Remember that kids will be celebrating HALLOWEEN at the end of this month. Please remember to dress your children with an item that reflects light or have them carry a light sticks or flashlight. Drive with extreme caution in and around the housing areas. * It is not too early for BLACK ICE so be prepared and start preparing your car for the winter weather.
It’s CFC-O time again… Now-15 Nov: The 2013 Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas Europe (CFC-O) is starting again. CFC allows members of the community to donate to organizations and give to charitable organizations or give back to the community. Whether protecting the environment, honoring military veterans, advancing medical research, aiding refugees or providing job training to the homeless, the CFC-O has something for everyone. For more information please contact Christine Nunez by email or phone: DSN 475-6133, CIV 09641-83-6133.
Bulk Trash Pickup 28 Oct: Mantel and Steinfels 4 Nov: Netzaberg & City Eschenbach (North of B 470 & South of B 470) Trash must be 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. The following info is for County Neustadt ONLY. 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.
Flu shots Now – 29 Nov: Health clinics in Rose Barracks and Tower Barracks have started taking walk-ins for the shot and nasal spray. Vaccinations will be administered to family members, HQDA civilians, and retirees at the Tower and Rose Barracks Health Clinics 8-11 a.m. Monday-Friday and 1-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday. DoDDS students will receive vaccinations at their respective schools. Students unable to receive vaccinations at their respective schools may be seen at their community health clinic on a case by case basis. Soldiers on Tower Barracks will receive their immunizations during first formations. Unit POCs should contact the Grafenwoehr Health Clinic Medical Readiness NCO, SSG Antonio, at 475-6142 to coordinate for immunizations. Soldiers on Rose Barracks will receive their immunizations from the Soldier Centered Medical Home (BLDG 701) starting on 2 Oct. Our strength is our community! For additional information, please review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm
Quarterly Security Training: TARP, SETA, OPSEC & Antiterrorism L.1 The United States Army Garrison Bavaria (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. 1st Quarter FY14 Community Security Awareness Training Schedule: 23 Oct: Tower Barracks, Tower Theater, Bldg. 620. 10:30-11:30 a.m. (LN employees), 1:30-4 p.m. (US personnel) 24 Oct: Rose Barracks, Post Theater, Bldg. 354. 9-11:30 a.m. (US personnel), 1:30-2:30 p.m. (LN employees) 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.
Retiree Appreciation Day 25 Oct: The annual Retiree Appreciation Day will come to USAG Bavaria on 25 Oct. In Tower Barracks Bldg. 244 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., retirees and family members will have the chance to renew ID cards, meet with JAG officers, receive medical checkups, get new information, make contacts and more. Due to the current budget situation, funding for the Berlin and Garmisch buses cannot be provided.
AFAP Conference 13-14 Nov: The Army Family Action Plan Conference brings together Soldiers, family members and civilians to discuss how we can improve the garrison with local leadership and subject matter experts. If you have an idea on how to improve our community and would like to participate, please call ACS at DSN 476-2650, CIV 09662-83-2650.
SKIIES classes have resumed SKIES Classes to resume on Rose Barracks and Tower Barracks! SKIES classes on Rose Barracks and Tower Barracks will resume their regular schedule on 7 October. Further, SKIES classes are not impacted by furlough. Enrolled children will continue with their regular program until further notice. Thank you for your patience during the disruptions of programs. A full schedule of classes can be found online at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac/Grafenwoehrcyms.html For further questions or concerns please feel free to contact Parent Central Services at DSN 476-2760, CIV 09662-832760.
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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.
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 email@example.com for info.
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. 19 Nov: USA Jobs, 10-noon, Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322 11 Dec: Let’s Talk Jobs, Brown Bag Lunch Panel With Key Hiring Officials, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322
Army Volunteer Corps 13-14 Nov: Army Family Action Plan (AFAP), 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Rose Barracks, Multi Purpose Bldg 134 18 Nov & 9 Dec: Volunteer Management, Organizational Point of Contact (OPOC) Training, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 221, Rm 206 3 & 4 Dec: Army Family Team Building (AFTB), Level 1, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 221, Rm 206
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Have questions? Email EFMP directly. 9 Oct: EFMP 101, 3 – 4:30 p.m., Tower Barracks, Bldg 244, Room 219 6 Nov: Bowling with EFMP, 4 – 6 p.m., Rose Barracks, Bowling Center 14 Nov: FRSA & FRG Key Personnel Brief, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322 27 Nov: Support Group - Special Needs Families, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Tower Barracks, Bldg 244 6 Dec: S – 1 EFMP Brief, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322 18 Dec: Special Education Workshop, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Tower Barracks, ACS, Bldg 244
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. 4, 12, 18, 25 Nov & 2, 7 Dec: Kick The Pressure – Detain The Strain, Anger Management Class!
3 – 4:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 221 5-7 Nov: It Takes Two, 8:30 – 3:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322 14 Nov: Community Meet and Greet, 10 a.m., Tower Barracks, Army Lodging 20 Nov: Women’s Empowerment Group, 5 – 6 p.m., Tower Barracks, USO Bldg 150 21 Nov: Community Meet and Greet, 9 a.m., Rose Barracks, Kristall Inn
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. 5 Nov: Pantry Challenge, 12 – 1 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322 6 Nov: Investing 101, 12 – 1 p.m., Tower Barracks, USO Bldg 150 13 Nov & 11 Dec: Coupon Class, 11:30 – 1 p.m., Tower Barracks, USO Bldg 150 21 Nov & 16 Dec: Coupon Class, noon – 1:30 p.m. Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322 3 Dec: Investing Your Tax Return, noon – 1 p.m., Tower Barracks, USO Bldg 150 19 Nov: Insurance, What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You!, noon – 1 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 20 Nov: Insurance, What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You!, noon – 1 p.m., Tower Barracks, USO Bldg 150 4 Dec: Tax Planning For 2014, 12 – 1 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322
Mobilization & Deployment Readiness 23 Oct: FRG Care Team Training, 1 – 3 p.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 134 6 Nov: FRG Basic Course, 9 – 4 p.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 134 20 Nov: FRG Point Of Contact Training, 10 – noon, Rose Barracks, Bldg 221 (limit 20 people) 18 Dec: FRG Funding/Fundraising, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 221 (limit 20 people)
New Parent Support Program Fridays, 1, 8, 15, 22, Nov & 22 Dec: Great Expectations, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg. 322. (6 Sessions that meet on Friday mornings) 5, 19 & 3, 17 Dec (Tuesdays): Infant Massage, noon – 1 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322 Tuesdays, Through 17 Dec: Love & Logic, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322 14 Nov & 5, 19 Dec: 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. – 12 p.m. 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 st Every 1 Wednesday (except for holidays): 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: Visit Amberg Meet at 5:45 p.m. in the Amberg hospital lobby.
Relocation Readiness 25 Oct: Level 2 Newcomers Orientation “Welcome To Bavaria” Discover Weiden, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 7 Nov through 12 Dec: SGI/ATS Belly Dancing, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Thursdays, Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 221 14 Nov: Level 3 Newcomers’ Orientation “Welcome To Bavaria” Bavarian Nights, 5 – 9 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 14 Nov: Successful PCS Moves 101, 1 – 2 p.m. Thursdays, Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 15 Nov & 13 Dec: Level 2 Newcomers’ Orientation, Discover Amberg “Welcome To Bavaria” 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 20 Nov & 18 Dec: Military Sponsorship: Train-The-Trainer, 2 – 3 p.m. Thursdays, Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 20 Nov & 18 Dec: Immigration Workshop, 11 a.m. – noon, Thursdays, Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 20 Nov: Civilian Sponsorship, 1 – 2 p.m. Thursdays, Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 22 Nov & 20 Dec: Level 2 Newcomers’ Orientation, Discover Weiden “Welcome To Bavaria” 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 2 Dec: Level 1 Newcomers Orientation “Welcome To Bavaria”
9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 6 & 13 Dec: A Taste of Germany, Christmas Special!, 11 – 1 p.m. Thursdays, Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 18 Dec: Spouse Sponsorship, 1 – 2 p.m. Thursdays, 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. 9 Oct: Emotional Cycle of Deployment, 1-2:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322 15 Oct: Building Resiliency In Children, 3:30 -5 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322 18 Oct: Building Resiliency In Children, 1-2:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322
Exchange News For more information about the Exchange, head to www.shopmyexchange.com.
Two hour closure of Tower Barracks Shoppette 28 Oct: The Tower Barracks Shoppette will be close for system upgrade Monday night at 11 p.m. until early Tuesday morning at1 a.m. The Shoppette will reopen as soon as the upgrade is completed.
Rose Barracks Burger King to cut down opening hours Starting 3 Nov: Until the return of 2CR, the Burger King in Rose Barracks will be closed on Sundays and will closed at 7 p.m. rather than 6 p.m. in the evenings, Monday-Saturday. Here are their new operating hours: Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.7 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sundays: closed.
Free lighting inspection for Soldiers The Exchange automotive repair facilities are offering a free inspection of privately owned vehicles (POVs) to verify that lights, windshield wipers and tires meet acceptable functional standards now thru 31 October. All POVs brought to Exchange-Europe Car Care Centers for normal servicing will be checked for these standards as well. Any labor or parts necessary for correcting deficiencies will be charged at the normal rate. The Exchange automotive repair teams will provide a ‘Lighting Equipment Passed’ sticker affixed to the top center of the windshield on all vehicles passing the inspection (on customer approval).
New hours for Rose Barracks Shoppette Starting 3 Nov: The Rose Barracks Shoppette will adjust its opening and closing hours. The new operating hours are, Monday-Thursday: 6 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday: 6 a.m.-midnight and Sunday: 8 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Rose Barracks TKS and Mobile Center to open earlier The Rose Barracks TKS and Mobile center is now open Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday: Closed. Change was made per customer feedback asking for earlier opening time.
Volunteers and other help needed Volunteers needed for Native American Indian Heritage Month The Equal Opportunity Advisors are seeking volunteers to be committee members for the Native American Indian Heritage Month observance. Committee members will assist in the planning, coordination and execution of the events. This is an opportunity for community members to come together and represent the Native American culture. If interested, please contact the following EOAs by email or telephone. USAG Graf: SFC Gaillard (475-7215) firstname.lastname@example.org; JMTC: SFC Fowler (475-8038) email@example.com; 2CR: SFC Thurman (476-5386) firstname.lastname@example.org. Meetings will take place 30 Oct. and 6, 13 & 20 Nov. at Tower Barracks Bldg. 537, 2:30 p.m.
Paid music & fitness instructors needed CYSS SKIES Unlimited is looking for talented, experienced and self motivated individuals with a love for children and teaching. SKIES is looking for instructors in music (piano, strings i.e. violin, viola & guitar), all levels of gymnastics and tumbling, Kindermusik, swimming, and Mommy/Daddy and Me Fitness. If you are interested in earning money doing something you love please contact Tammy Weightman, the SKIES director.
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.
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 at DSN 476‑ 2650, CIV 09662‑ 83‑ 2650.
Sports, Fitness, Hobbies & Recreation AAFES Movie Listing Tower Barracks listings, click here. Rose Barracks listings, here.
Bavaria Community and Spouses' Club events Go to their Facebook page for upcoming events and club news. Over the summer the Grafenwoehr Community and Spouses Club (GCSC) disbanded and turned over its assets to the Vilseck Community and Spouses Club (VCSC). The Vilseck Community and Spouses Club is undergoing a name change and will now be the Bavaria Community and Spouses Club (BCSC) which will serve our entire community including Tower Barracks and Rose Barracks.
Bayern Rangers hockey team The Bayern Rangers ice hockey team is looking for new players. The team invites interested players to practice: Oct 27, 4:15-5:45 p.m. Knights’ Practice in Mitterteich; Nov 3, 11:30 a.m.- 1p.m. Sunday Shinny in Weiden; Nov 11, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Rangers’ 3 on 3 Tourney in Weiden; Nov 17, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday Shinny in Weiden; Nov 24, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday Shinny in Weiden; Nov 29, 5-9:15 p.m. Vikings’ Tourney in Wiesbaden; Nov 30, 9 a.m.-7:15 p.m. Vikings’ Tourney in Wiesbaden; Dec 1, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday Shinny in Weiden; Dec 8, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday Shinny in Weiden; Dec 15, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday Shinny in Weiden; Dec 22, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday Shinny in Weiden; Dec 29, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday Shinny in Weiden To join in the fun, just show up. Players must provide their own equipment and chip in to cover the cost of ice time -normally 10 euro for a 90 minute skate. For more info please see the team page at www.facebook.com/bayernrangers.
Weekly activities 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 Monday. 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.
Sundays are Family Bowling days Sundays: Every Sunday from 2-8 p.m. at the Tower Barracks Bowling Center, kids bowl for $.50 and adults bowl for $1.75. At the Rose Barracks Bowling Center, we offer “All you can Bowl” for one low price. Call the Bowling Centers for more details.
Steak Dinner Night 23 Oct: Enjoy a great cut of meat and a gourmet potato bar with all the fixings. Tower Barracks Patton Fireside Lounge, Bldg. 209, 5 - 8 p.m.
Ski season cometh 24 Oct: The Bavarian Ski Club kicks off its season next Thursday at the Alte Post (Ambergerstrasse 1, 92271 Freihung), 6 p.m. Join us for free pizza and information regarding this year's trips. The club will officially kick-off the season on the slopes of Stubai, Nov. 8-11. All ski levels welcome (even snowboarders!) Like us on Facebook for trip updates and additional information.
Haunted Bowling 25 Oct: Come to the Tower Barracks Bowling Center dressed in your best costume. All kids wearing a costume will receive free bowling shoe rental. There will also be a haunted fashion show and raffle. AFN will broadcast live. 6 p.m.
Rocky Horror “Interactive” Picture Show 25 & 26 Oct: Let’s Do the TIME WARP AGAIN! Come dressed in costume (from the show OR any costume) and enjoy the interactive movie. Goodie bags full of the items for tossing can be purchased at the bar. No outside food or beverages allowed. Doors open at 11 p.m., show starts at midnight. Do you like to be part of the Shadow Cast? Come learn the steps and what it takes on October 21. Contact the Performing Arts Center, DSN 475-6426, CIV 09641-83-6426 for more. Performing Arts Center, Bldg. 103.
Halloween at the Frankenstein Castle 26 Oct: Join us at the largest Halloween party in Germany. There are more than 70 monsters waiting to scare you when you walk through the castle grounds, shows on stage and refreshments. Entrance for 14 years old and older. The party goes on until midnight. Price: $99 per person, must be over 14 years old. Entrance to castle is included. 2 p.m. - 4 a.m. Call Leisure Travel Services at DSN 475-7402, CIV 09641-83-7402 to sign up.
Fishing Class 26-27 Oct: A license is needed to fish in Germany. Do you have one? Come take this class to become eligible for a fishing license. The class is at the new outdoor rec complex, Bldg. RC600. Call Outdoor Recreation, DSN 475-7402, CIV 09641-83-7402, for more info. Or, are you looking for great places to put that license into use? Contact us for information on lakes and a map of the lakes surrounding Tower Barracks and Rose Barracks.
Open MIC Night 28 Oct: We give you the stage, you give the community a show! Bring your own musical instruments, poetry, dance routine or whatever else you want and express yourself. 6 p.m. The Zone Sports Bar, Rose Barracks, Bldg. 607.
Very Scary Library 30 Oct: Test-drive your costume at the Library. You are invited to take part in a little pre-holiday mischief at our Very Scary Library Event. Complete a scavenger hunt in the library and receive a treat. Our night of fun is designed for children ages 0-12 and their families. 5-6 p.m. in the Rose Barracks Library or from 6-7 p.m. in the Tower Barracks Library. Planning your own get-together? The libraries have a variety of books with party and decorating ideas, recipes, simple homemade costumes, and scary tales to tell. We also have a great selection of creepy movies and chilling songs. Stop in and check them out.
Halloween Bash 30 Oct: Don your costume and head to the Rose Barracks Bowling Center for a party. We will have a best costume contest with prizes for various categories. 6-10 p.m. Call DSN 476-2576, CIV 09662-83-2576 for more.
Goose-shoot 2 & 3 Nov: You have heard about a "Turkey Shoot" before...but since we are in Bavaria, it will be a "Goose Shoot". Everybody is invited to join this event on 2 & 3 Nov. Both days from 10 a a.m.-4 p.m. Five euro per person. Location: Grafenwoehr Trap & Skeet Range. This event is with the German-American Shooting Club.
Upcoming MWR day trips Call Grafenwoehr Leisure Travel Services, DSN 475-7402, CIV 09641-83-7402 for more and to sign up for a fun day trips around Europe.
Grafenwoehr Thrift Shop is now Thrifty Tower Thrift Shop The Grafenwoehr Thrift Shop is now called â€œThe Thrifty Tower Thrift Shop." They are located in Tower Barracks, Bldg. 508. Their new hours are: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and the 1st Friday of the month 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Consignments are Tuesdays only. Support your community by volunteering or donating items. More information is in the monthly BCSC newsletter online.
Hidden Treasures Thrift Shop Facebook page. Hidden Treasures Thrift Shop: Bring your gently used items to Bldg 221 on Rose Barracks.*The October sales are: All GREEN tagged items are 25% off! Super Summer CLEAROUT! Sandals, tank tops, shorts & t-shirts are 75% off! All Sales Apply to Color Tags Only. Time to keep warm and save on coffee & tea items, coffee makers, tea pots, coffee cups, tea cups, etc. 25% off! Open 10am to 2pm Tues, Wed &Thurs. Open Saturday 12 Oct. DSN 476-2649, CIV 09662-83-2649, or email for more information. Volunteers and donations are always welcome!
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Facility & Road/Openings/Construction/Closures Closure of Snake Road Now â€“ 30 Nov: The road is closed so the Bundesforst can clean the area of downed tress caused by the strong winds. (This is the road that runs along the south boundary of the installation).
Central Issue Facility (CIF) one-week closure 21-25 Oct: CIF in Rose Barracks and the CIF Annex in Hohenfels will be closed this week. Both facilities need to conduct a 100% inventory and will not be able to provide any customer service during those days. The units are kindly asked to plan the OCIE or RFI needs accordingly.
Religious Club Beyond: Parent Info Night 29 & 30 Oct: Club Beyond would like to invite any parents in the community who would like to know more about Club Beyond to our 1st annual Parent Info Night. Parent Information Nights: Rose Barracks Chapel Fellowship Hall, 29 Oct at 5:30 p.m. Tower Barracks Chapel Annex, 30 Oct, 5:30 p.m. Club Beyond is a chapel-sponsored youth program for 612 grade students. We will have calendars, trip info and registration forms, and be available to answer your questions while also giving you a chance to meet Club Beyond staff, volunteers and other parents. For more, please call Jeffrey Bellard at 0151-400-40987. Club Beyond staff and programs are contracted by the US Government.
Weekly Bible Study Velburg Truth Center meets for Bible Study every Wednesday at 7 p.m. In addition to weekly Bible Study, we also have church service every Sunday at 11 a.m. We are located at Alleeweg 2 Velburg, Germany 92355. Please email Brenda Means or call 0172-892-3771 for more.
Off post church services Eschenbach - Roman Catholic Mass Saturday services at St. Laurentius: 6 p.m. (1st Mass of Sunday) Sunday services at St. Laurentius: 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Monday services at St. Laurentius: 6 p.m. Tuesday services at Apfelbach: 6 p.m. Wednesday services at St. Laurentius: 8 a.m. Thursday services at St. Laurentius: 4:15 p.m. (geared toward children) Grafenwoehr Sunday services at Friedenskirche: 8 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. Family services every 1st, 3rd and 4th Sunday Monday services at Maria-Himmelfahrtskirche: 8.30 a.m. Tuesday services at Friedenskirche: 7 p.m. Wednesday services at Seniorenheim St. Sebastian: 4.30 p.m. 2nd Wednesday of every month; 7 p.m. at MariaHimmelfahrtskirche Thursday services at Friedenskirche: 4:15 p.m., studentsâ€™ service Friday services at Friedenskirche: 1-2 p.m. 1st Friday of every month; 7 p.m. 1st Friday of every month. Saturday services at Friedenskirche: 4 p.m. Rosary; 6 p.m. Gmuend Sunday services at Herz-Marien-Kirche: Alternating weeks, 9:15 a.m. or 7 p.m. Thursday services at BRK Seniorenheim: 3 p.m. 1st Wednesday of every month. Friday services at Herz-Marien-Kirche: 6.30 p.m. during winter, 7 p.m. during summer. Goessenreuth Thursday services at Michaelskapelle: 7 p.m. during winter, 7.30 p.m. during summer. Huetten Sunday services at Josefs Kirche: Alternating weeks, 9:15 a.m. or 7 p.m. Thursday services at Josefs Kirche: 7 p.m. Saturday services at Josefs Kirche: 5 p.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Sunday services at Grafenwoehr, Vilseckerstr. 7. 9:30-10:40 a.m. Sacrament, 10:50-11:30 Sunday School, 11:40-12:30, Preisthood/Relief Society. Grace Baptist Church in Grafenwoehr Sunday services in Grafenwoehr at Alte Amberger Str. 43, 92655.GrowGroups (Sunday School): 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship: 10:45 a.m. Evening Bible Study: 6 p.m. Homegroups in various locations during the week. New Covenant Christian Fellowship (Non denominational service) Robert Bosch Strasse 10, Vilseck, Germany 92249 Intercessory Prayer, 9 a.m., Sunday Service 10a.m., Wednesday Service 7 p.m.
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 Tuition Assistance is coming back Army Tuition Assistance (TA) is looking better! Current TA requests in system will be honored for classes with start dates of 17 Oct and later. This includes on-post college classes about to start on 21 or 22 Oct. The www.goarmyed.com and FB page are the best sources to check for the most current info on Tuition Assistance status.
FAST Classes 13-26 Nov: Rose Barracks Education Center, Bldg. 223, 9 a.m. â€“ 4 p.m. The registration period for these classes is from 16 Oct 13 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.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Tuition assistance it back! Sign up for our next session of online classes that begin 15 Nov. If you don’t want to use TA, you can fund your classes with scholarships, grants, VA benefits, payment plans and more. An ERAU representative will be at the Rose Barracks Education Center next Tuesday, 29 Oct. from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. to answer any questions you may have. For more information about funding your education or the degree programs ERAU has to offer, contact the Hohenfels office at DSN 466-4139 or email Hohenfels@erau.edu. Also, check out our new European website.
University of Maryland University College – Europe UMUC Europe offers Associates, Bachelors and graduate-level degrees in a convenient online or face-to-face format. Apply at the USAG Grafenwoehr Education Center located on Rose Barracks, Bldg. 223. UMUC offers many financial aid opportunities including FASFA, Tuition Remission, scholarships and Book Awards. Contact us at DSN 476-2462 or CIV 09662-83-2462 or visit our website at www.ed.umuc.edu for more information. You can also “Like” us on Facebook.
University of Oklahoma The University of Oklahoma will soon be offering a Master of Education program. The 36 credit hour program focuses on Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum. Courses will be offered on-site by professors from the University of Oklahoma's main campus. OU is currently conducting a survey for planning and scheduling purposes. If you are interested in the Masters of Education degree and would like to have input into courses offered locally please visit GoOU.ou.edu to complete the survey. The direct link to the survey is http://survey.outreach.ou.edu/public/survey.php?name=MEd_Program_Survey_. Your feedback is very important. For more information about the Master of Education degree or any of our other Master's degree programs, call DSN 4762069, CIV 09662-83-2069, or visit us in Bldg 223 on Rose Barracks.
Central Texas College CTC provides soldiers and their families with associate degree programs in many Vo-Tech career fields with both face-to-face classes and distance learning (online) classes. In the USAG Grafenwoehr community, there are currently three face-to-face programs running continuously year-round. For more, email CTC field representative Chuck Sligh or call DSN 476-2362, CIV 09662-83-2362.
School News VFW Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy scholarships Deadline 1 Nov: The VFW has two scholarships available for high school and middle school students. Students in 6-8th grade are eligible for the Patriot’s Pen scholarship. Forty-six applicants will win scholarships ranging from $500-5,000. This year’s essay theme is “What Patriotism Means to Me.” You can find the application guidelines and form here. High schoolers are eligible for a $30,000 scholarship and $1,000-16,000 scholarships. Their essays’ theme is “Why I’m Optimistic about our Nation’s Future.” Application guidelines and form is here.
VFW Teacher of the Year Award nomination Deadline 1 Nov: Do you know a teacher devoted to education, their country and community? You can nominate them for the VFW Teacher of the Year Award. Teachers will be judged in K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 categories. Those nominating the must describe in 350 words or less why the educator deserves the honor. You can find more on how to nominate here.
Grafenwoehr Elementary School 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 Now-Nov 6: Vilseck Yearbooks are on Sale now for $25.00. See front office for details. 24 Oct: Fall Festival. 4-7 p.m. Food, games, and prizes. A family event. 27 Oct: German Daylight Savings Time. Please set clocks back one hour. st 31 Oct: End of 1 Quarter. 31 Oct: Book Swap at VES main lobby from 9:30-11:30 a.m. 1 Nov: No School. Teacher work day. nd 4 Nov: Start of 2 Quarter. 5 Nov: Bavaria Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent visit VES. 7-8 Nov: Parent Conferences. 11 Nov: No School. Veterans’ Day th th 12 Nov: Award Ceremony in the gym for 4 and 5 graders. 14 Nov: Dining at the Ritz. Grade 4 and grade 5 students and their parents will be invited. 21 Nov: Lion’s Den. 8:30-9:30 a.m. in our Annex. Parents are invited. 28-29 Nov: No School. Thanksgiving Break 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 Important Phone Numbers Mon.‑Fri. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.‑Fri. 8:25 a.m.‑2:35 p.m. CIV 09662‑83-2812 / 2673, DSN 476‑2812/2673
Netzaberg Elementary School Now-23 Oct: Flu Vaccine being administered at NES. st 31 Oct: End of 1 Quarter. 1 Nov: NO SCHOOL for kids. Teachers work day. nd 4 Nov: Beginning of 2 quarter. 7-8 Nov: NO SCHOOL. Parent/teacher conferences. 11 Nov: NO SCHOOL. Veterans Day. 28-29 Nov: NO SCHOOL. Thanksgiving break. 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: NetzabergES.email@example.com 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 4729185.
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 25 Oct: Haunted Halloween Dance and Fair- 3-7 p.m. 1 Nov: No School for Students- Teacher Work Day 9 & 10 Nov: Antique Sale, MPR, Sat, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 11 Nov: No School- Veterans' Day 28-29 Nov: No School- Thanksgiving and Fall Break New phone system at NMS! The school has a new phone system installed. Please call the school at CIV 09645-9179229 DSN 472-9229, and you will be connected to an auto attendant. Are you PCSing soon? Please give Mrs. Ferdinand-Bessant a call so that she can assist you with your transition. 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. Find us on Facebook: Like our 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 a.m. - 4 p.m. CIV 09645-917-9229 DSN 472-9229
Vilseck High School Free, Online Tutoring All U.S. military families can receive free online tutoring, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Go to http://www.tutor.com/military for more information. VHS Facebook Page Vilseck High School updates and pictures are always available at our Facebook page. School Office Hours School Hours Important Phone Numbers Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 8:10 a.m. – 3:00 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.
Halloween at Burg Frankenstein Now-4 Nov: Do you love to get scared? Spend a few hours at Burg Frankenstein to be entertained by the stage shows and rattled by the 99 monsters lurking throughout the castle. Doors open at 8 p.m. Booking ahead might be a good idea. To do so and to get more info, visit here.
Kirwa fest at Vilseck Castle Dagestein 26-28 Oct: The Kirwa starts on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. with the raising of the Kirwa tree (anyone is welcome to participate.) The official keg-tapping is 8 p.m. On Sunday, the fest starts again at 1 p.m. At 2:30 p.m. is the traditional Kirwa dance and at 6 p.m. the local band will play. The musically inclined are welcome to join in. On Monday, the festivities pick up again at 4 p.m. This is a great opportunity for our community to experience traditional Bavarian culture, dances, food and drink. Family friendly. www.vilsecker-kirwa.de
Funfair: Trade Fair and Volksfest - Herbstmesse 26 Oct-3 Nov: midday - 8 p.m. daily, in 91541 Rothenburg on Schrannenplatz. The Volksfest is held on Schrannenplatz, the trade fair in Schrannenscheune (former barn). The trade fair is open 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Click for a map of car parks around the historic Altstadt.
Consumer Fair: Consumenta 26 Oct-3 Nov: 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily, in 90471 Nürnberg, Messezentrum, Karl-Schönleben-Straße, ph 0911-860-60. Plenty of parking is available at the Messe. This very popular consumer fair (only GE) celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. It offers the latest items and trends for home furnishings, household goods, food (regional and international), cleaning products, renovation ideas, health products, arts & crafts, tools, gadgets, and all other necessities that make our lives easier. Admission to the whole fair paid at the door: Adults € 11 | Reduced (for pensioners, handicapped, and students 15 and older): € 9.50 | Children 11 - 14: € 6.50 | Children under 10 are free! | Family ticket (2 adults and max. 3 kids under 16): € 24 | Reduced tickets for ADAC and VdK members: € 9.50 (1 ticket per member card) | Anyone celebrating their 60th birthday on 26 Oct gets in for free! ID required, offer extends to include one guest.
Culinary Weeks: Wildwochen - Gourmet Game 26 Oct-17 Nov: in 92287 Schmidmühlen (ca. 20 km / 12.5 miles NE of Hohenfels). These three participating restaurants will offer delicious game dishes (subject to change!): Gasthof ''Zum Goldenen Lamm'', Hauptstraße 10, ph 09474-540 (link only in German). Gasthof Pension "Lindenhof", Am Anger 1, ph 0947-495-1234 (link only in German). Gasthof "Im Vilstal", in Emhof subdivision, Schloss-Straße 10, ph 09474-94010 (link only in German).
End of Daylight Savings, aka Fall Back 27 Oct: It's time again to turn the clocks BACK one hour. Remember: "Spring Forward, Fall Back." So, at 3 a.m. early Sunday morning, turn your clocks back to 2 a.m. Remember, the U.S. has a different end of Daylight Savings than we do. They “fall back” on 3 Nov.
Street Market and Open Stores 27 Oct: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., in 92421 Schwandorf, all around the Marktplatz = market square (ca. 45 km / 28 miles north of Regensburg). Stores will open 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Click here for suggested car parks.
Street Market and Open Stores: Martinimarkt 31 Oct-3 Nov: in 95448 Bayreuth, on and around Maximilianstraße. The Martinimarkt (only GE) is a traditional street market, selling knickknacks, clothes, leatherwear, spices, utensils and much more. On Sunday, the stores in the city center will be open 1 - 6 p.m. 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.
"The Leading Beers" music, cabaret, beer & art 2-3 Nov: Students from the Amberg Technical University organize a spectacular beer event called "the Leading Beers". Only beers from Germany´s best medaled breweries as well as international beer styles can be tasted. Live music, cabaret, beer & art and a special fashion show create an unforgettable beer adventure. Meet the Bavarian Beer Queen and the Queen of Hops or have drink with the German Brew masters. Highlights: 2 Nov: Beer Tasting (more than 30 Breweries), Beer & Cheese Pairing, Beer & Chocolate Pairing, Live Music, Fashion Show "Beer style", Voting "Leading Brewery". 3 Nov: Bavarian Breakfast (Bavarian veal sausage & Wheat Beer), more tastings and pairings, and live Bavarian music. Tickets: www.theleadingbeers.com or 0961-382 1403. At the Amberg, Congress Center.
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.
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.
Guided Tours Segway Tours The latest craze is guided tours through a city on a Segway. Various cities and locations offer those already; some regularly, some only on special occasions. These cities offer regular tours in German - contact them to see if they will do tours in English: Bamberg: ph 0911-933-250 or 09133-768-7819; Garmisch-Partenkirchen: ph 0173-4444-948; Munich: These groups lead tours in English. Segway Tour Munich and City Segway Tours; Nürnberg: 0911-933-250 or 09133-768-7819; Regensburg: Segway Tour Regensburg. Most large cities now offer Segway tours, for example Mindways Segway City Tours (in EN) has routes in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Köln, Lübeck, and Travemünde. 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. You can get a map of Regensburg's city center from the Tourist Info in the "Altes Rathaus" (old city hall) for free. 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.
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: http://www.hhog.de/ Loads of information about Germany, language and customs: http://german.about.com/.
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.