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27 June 2012

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

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.

Estate Claim Anyone having any claims on or obligations to the estate of Spc. Mathaniel J. Corser, 172nd Infantry Brigade, should contact the summary court officer, 1st Lt. Scott Murphy, at DSN 475-9263 or e-mail

New Exchange Mobile Center Grand Opening 29 June: 11:30 a.m. in the Grafenwoehr Mall. The Exchange Mobile Centers will be replacing the TKS throughout the year at 18 installations throughout Germany. Mobile communications are increasing important to our customers. Ever more customers are going wireless, seeking mobile access to applications and on-demand information in addition to voice communications. Exchange Mobile Center is designed to serve this trend. Customers can shop for a selection of the hottest phones, plans (from major carriers) and accessories. All are offered at competitive prices. Hohenfels, Vilseck and Illesheim open in August 2012. Stop by and find out more information.

Independence Day Celebration 4 July: 6 – 11 p.m. Main Post Grafenwoehr Parade Field. Join in the fun at the Fourth of July Celebration for the whole family with games such as Badminton, Horeshoes, VFW sponsored batting cages, Volleyball, Dominoes, Checkers, and cards. Food, face painting & balloon twisting, magic show, jumping castles for the kids. Entertainment will be a live USO show – The Kayleigh Leith Band from 6 – 7 p.m., Battle of the DeeJays from 7 – 10:30 p.m. and Fireworks display at 10:30 – 10:45 p.m.

Community Amnesty Day 10 July: 8 a.m2:30 p.m. Unit Entrance at Ammunition Supply Point #1. Simply approach the gate, let the ASP personnel know that you have amnesty, and they will take it from you. The Department of the Army and USAREUR have recognized that people may have acquired abandoned or unauthorized A&E from a variety of sources: training ranges, souvenirs from peacekeeping missions, and military artifacts found from battles waged centuries ago, just to name a few. This program provides personnel an avenue to return A&E to government control and remain anonymous in the process. For more information about the Amnesty Program and the July 2012 Amnesty Day, contact the ASP # 1 QASAS office at DSN 476-3007.

EAP’s Presentation: Our Drug-Free Workplace 19 July: Grafenwoehr, Bldg. 621, 2nd floor. 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.

Enterprise Email makes user attributes changes DMDC has made some fantastic updates to the milConnect portal allowing users to select the capitalization of their name, as well as being able to add hyphens or apostrophes. All the changes are done using DMDC's milConnect portal. Although DMDC is still working to make the portal easier to use, it can sometimes be a little tricky for those who aren't familiar with it, so we have created a guide that will walk you through making the updates you desire. The guide can be found here. This site requires CAC authentication.

Bavaria is high risk for presence of ticks Up to 34% of ticks are carriers of either Lyme disease or Tick-Borne Encephalitis. To learn about prevention, symptoms, how to remove ticks and other helpful information and medical guidance, please click: here, or view a short video here.

Army Suggestion Program web app on hiatus Currently effective: the Army Suggestion Program (ASP) web application will no longer being accepting new suggestions until the new application will be brought on line in fall of 2012. Existing suggestion will still be processed. POC is the Grafenwoehr Army Suggestion Program Coordinator, Ms. Andrea Mueller, 475-8586, Email.

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. Army Tax Centers Remain Open Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, 7A JMTC The eight U.S. Army tax assistance centers in Bavaria are remaining open to assist taxpayers with filing current and past year returns and amending tax returns. This free service is available to all Soldiers, spouses, DOD civilians and authorized I.D. cardholders. Americans living in Germany can file their tax returns until June 15 if they do not owe money or penalties. The Rose Barracks tax center is scheduled to remain open through June. The Grafenwoehr center is scheduled to remain open until Sept. 30 in anticipation of the redeploying 172d Soldiers. Soldiers serving in a combat zone, and their spouses, have at least 180 days upon return from combat to file and pay any taxes. There is an automatic freeze on any payments or filing actions while a soldier is deployed in a combat zone. Amending returns when there was an initial filing error by you or another preparer may increase your refund. For example, sometimes taxpayers file their return without a newborn child’s Social Security number, or forget to exclude Social Security income from their taxes Our offices can help fix these errors, as well as help with new tax return preparation. Grafenwoehr Main Post, Bldg. 216, 1st floor. DSN 475-9258, CIV 09641-83-9258. Vilseck Rose Barracks, Bldg. 245 (Law Center), 1st floor DSN 476-2714, CIV 09662-83-2714.

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.

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

Save the date, German/American Volksfest 3-5 Aug: on the Grafenwoehr training area. More details to come …

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. ***

Couponing: Sweet Savings Session 29 June: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Main Post Chapel Annex Learn ways to coupon effectively and develop your savvy savings skills. Call ACS at DSN 476-2650 for more.

Employment Readiness 17 July: USAjobs: Learn the NEW Federal Application Process, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 221. 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 9 July: FRG Leader Training, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322. 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 3 July - 21 August: English a Second Language, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. East Post, Chapel Annex. (8 Sessions that meet on Tuesdays only) 5 July - 23 August: English as a Second Language, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322. (8 Sessions that meet on Thursdays only) 11 July - 29 August: German as a Second Language, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 (8 Sessions that meet on Wednesdays only) 12 July: Bavarian Nights: Evening Newcomer Orientation, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322. 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.mnoon. 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. 6 July: EFMP 101 System Navigation, 3 - 4:30 p.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322.

11 July: Bowling with EFMP (Free), 4 - 6 p.m., Rose Barracks Bowling Center, Bldg 2201. 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: 6 and 27 July, 3 and 19, 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.

Army Volunteer Corps 18 July & 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.

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.

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

“Rock of Ages” movie premiere Come out to the “Rock of Ages” Premiere at the Rose Barracks Movie Theater on June 29 at 6:15 p.m. and Grafenwoehr Movie Theater on June 30 at 6:45 p.m. for the 80’s Costume Contest. Show up wearing your BEST 1980’s outfit and win a prize. Best Adult Costume and Best Kids Costume, both will win an

Exchange $25 Gift Card. Judging will take place prior to the showing in the theater lobby, get there early and shake your groove thang …

Great Getaways Game Find your perfect match when you play the “Great Getaways” game at Authorized Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) patrons have an opportunity to win one of four all-inclusive “Great Getaways” vacation packages to an Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC). To enter the “Great Getaways Vacation Sweepstakes”, eligible patrons must visit, register for a chance to win and play the online memory-match game.

Belay Training/Outdoor Climbing Each Thursday, we alternate between belay training and outdoor rock climbing. (Next belay training, July 5, outdoor climb, June 28). 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.

PT activities and adventure available through ODR Available upon request! Contact the Rose Barracks ODR at DSN 476-2563 for booking. Activities include mountain biking, canoeing, climbing, and others.

Trips with Leisure Travel Services Daytrips: 30 June: Holiday Park. Overnight trips: 3-9 July: Scandinavian Capitals (Copenhagen, Stockholm, & Helsinki) 12-16 July: Paris, France 813 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.

Summer Reading Program at the libraries June: This year’s theme is: “Reading is soooo Delicious”! Contact your local Library to find out more!

Hourly Child Care For the month of June: Grafenwoehr CDC, Bldg. 260. The hourly child care spaces will be used to support reintegration during the month of June. Parents may reserve hourly care for reintegration activities online. Parents who need childcare for anything other than reintegration activities should contact Parent Central Services at CIV 09662-83-2760 for hourly care in FCC homes and CYSSitters, or call any of the CDCs directly to reserve hourly care.

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.

Little League baseball looking for volunteers A start up charter for Little League baseball is looking for volunteers in many capacities, including for the Board of Directors in the Grafenwoehr, Vilseck, Hohenfels and Ansbach communities. Teams have already formed in Grafenwoehr and Vilseck and are also looking for players to compete in this year-round baseball opportunity. Those interested in volunteering or helping in any way may contact Geoff Dewitt by email or 0162-1625322.

Summer Enrichment Program Current CYSS will offer Summer Enrichment programs for children 18 mos-5 years in our CDCs beginning 18 June. Registration is not open, so call Parent Central Services for more information or register online.

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.

Car Boot (Rummage) Sale 30 June: Grafenwoehr Library, 9 a.m. The Library’s first Car Boot sale of the year is just around the corner! The fun and thrifty event is open to ID Card Holders and choice selling spots are assigned on a first-registered, first served basis. The sale will be held in the libraries’ parking lots on the requested dates. The sale starts at 9 a.m. with setup for sellers beginning at 8 a.m. Registration for sales spots begins June 1, and registration forms must be filled out in person at one of the Library locations – sales spaces are limited. Whether you are just arriving, getting ready to leave, or just love a bargain, mark the dates on your calendar, so you won’t miss out! For more, DSN 475-1740, CIV 09641-83-1740.

BOSS - From “RAGS to RICHES” Fashion Show 30 June: 1 p.m. at the AAFES Main Exchange. Join BOSS for a fashion show that provides a creative outlet for Soldiers to demonstrate their talents at creating appealing attire from donated articles of clothing. st nd rd Prizes to be awarded are 1 place trophy with $100 AAFES Gift Card, 2 Place trophy and 3 place trophy. For more, DSN 475-8822, CIV 09641-83-8822.

US Forces – Europe Army Ten Miler Qualifier 30 June: Race start time 8 a.m. at the Grafenwoehr Physical Fitness Center, Bldg. 170 This is the qualification race for the Army Europe team to compete at the Army Ten Miler in Washington DC. Open to Active Military, DOD Civilians and Family Members 18 years old and older (and out of high school.) Online registration is available on Register day off at race site between 6-7:30 a.m. For more, call DSN 475-8207, CIV 09641-83-8207.

2012 Army Arts & Crafts Contest Through 30 June: at the Heart & Home Craft Shop, Grafenwoehr Bldg. 607 Enter your best work in the annual competition. Categories include: Ceramics, Digital Art, Drawing, Fibers and Textiles, Glass, Metals and Jewelry, Mixed Media, Paintings and Wood. Complete entry forms and submit digital images of work online at the contest website. For complete rule visit Family and MWR on the web at or call DSN 4756101, CIV 09641-83-6101.

ODR paddling 3 July: Take in the solitude of the river with and ODR evening paddling trip. Participants must be able to swim. Call, DSN 476-2563 to sign up or to learn more.

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.

BOSS Annual American Car and Bike Show 4 July: In the Grafenwoehr Main Exchange parking lot. Registration 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. or register in advance at your local Warrior Zone, Grafenwoehr Bldg. 153 or Rose Barracks Bldg. 607. $20 per car, $10 per motorcycle. For more information contact DSN 476-2948, CIV 09662-83-2948.

The Reforger Softball Classic Tournament 5-8 July: Open (16 Team), Intramural (12 teams) & Women (8-12 Team) Softball Tournament. ID cardholders only. Event to take place at the Graf Sports Complex, Bldg 170, 9 a.m., register by email. Presented by DHS Systems LLC.

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 Happy Father’s Day! Bring your gently used items to Bldg. 221 on Rose Barracks. The June sales are: All Clothing Buy 1 Get 1 FREE (of equal or lesser value) jeans and military clothing included, all belts buy 1 get 1 free and 50% off toys and baby blankets. All sales apply to color tags only. Open 10 a.m 2 p.m. on Tues, Wed &Thurs. Call DSN 476-2649, 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. Open Saturday July 14.

Java CafĂŠ June Special: Cinnamon Hazelnut Coffee. Have it hot or iced. Fresh brewed Starbucks breakfast blend with a touch of cinnamon, hazelnut and milk. For more info call DSN 475-8252, CIV 09641-83-8252 or DSN 476-2360, CIV 09662-832360. Grafenwoehr special only: 2 Free Games of Bowling with every Lunch Special. Inquire within.

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 Road Closure: Rose Barracks Tank Road west of Gate 2 Now thru 11 July: The Tank Road, west of Gate 2 by ASOS project will be one lane only.

Road Closure Main Post - Chancellorville Rd. 28 June: Portion of Chancellorville Rd, between Range 123 and Gate 4, will be closed for road repair. Traffic will be detoured via the Tank Road. Access to all ranges located adjacent to Chancellorville Road will still be possible.

Vilseck Closure of secondary roads Through 29 June: Roads south of Bldgs. 112/113 will be closed during this time for construction, detour signs will be posted. For more, contact Mrs. Annegret Hoening (475-6049).

HNLFOA, closure of activity

6 July: The Host Nation Liaison Field Operating Activity (HNLFOA) Maintenance Division Privately Owned Vehicle (POV) inspection station in Grafenwoehr Bldg. 301 and Customer Service Team (CST) Grafenwoehr, Bldg. 319 in Grafenwoehr, as well as HNLFOA Maintenance Division Customer Service Team (CST) Rose Barracks Bldg. 144 will be closed for the annual works outing.

DPW, closure of activity 6 July: Closed for the annual works outing. Only emergency services will be available.

7A JMTC Directorate of Resource Mgmt, closure of activity 6 July: Limited staff for the annual works outing.

The JMTC, G4 Property Book Office, closure of activity 11 July: Closed for the annual works outing. In case of an emergency, please call the PBO at 0160-94602351.

NEC, closure of activity 12 July: The 69th Signal Battalion will host the annual Organizational Day function and the local Network Enterprise Center (NEC) offices will be closed. Problems or outages should be reported as usual through the 119 online or telephonic systems and will be attended too based on the priority of the problem as reported via an on-call process. Business will resume to normal on 13 July for the NEC.

Shortened hours expected at ODR Due to unexpected staff shortage, Rose Barracks Outdoor Recreation Center, Bldg. 2236 will have to curtail weekend hours of operation until further notice. Weekend rentals can be arranged without additional charge to our customers for the early pick up on Friday. We apologize for any inconvenience. Call DSN 476-2563 for more.

Adult Education / Training Casualty Management training 17-18 July: The Casualty Management Office will provide Casualty Notification Officer/Casualty Assistance Officer Training, from 9 a.m4:30 p.m., in Grafenwoehr’s Bldg. 244, Room 219. The community is in need of trained civilian employees GS-09/equivalent and above. Note: This is a two-day course. The Casualty Notification Officer (CNO) and Casualty Assistance Officer (CAO) serves as the Army’s liaison to pass information relating to the Soldier or the incident between the Army and the Family, thus, it is of the utmost importance to provide that information accurately, promptly, and with much detail as possible. This training prepares the CNO and CAO to fulfill this duty. For more, contact the Bavaria Military Community Casualty Management Office at 475-8709/8539, CIV 09641-83-8709/8539.

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 17-27 July, 06-17 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 475-6219/6786 or the Rose Barracks (Vilseck) Education Center at DSN 476-2653/3292.

Food Handlers course 6 July: Rose Barracks Education Center, Bldg. 223, Room 1.3, 11:30 a.m. A food safety class required for food service personnel who prepare or serve food to the public within the Graf/Vilseck community. Certification is intended for individuals involved in fund raising food sales such as BOSS, FRG, clubs or bazaars, and also to CYS personnel such as CYPA’s. The class may also supplement required refresher training for

regular food service employees. Class is free, lasts approx. 1 hour, and registration is not required. For more, Sgt. Thompson, DSN: 476-2041/2138, CIV 0152-29587133, email.

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: 10 July: Rose Barracks, Post Theater, Bldg. 354. 10:30-11:30 a.m. (LN employees), 1:30-4 p.m. (US employees). 11 July: Main Post, Tower Theater, Bldg. 620. 9a.m11:30 a.m., (US employees), 1330-1430 (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.

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 June face-to-face classes for MBA and Teacher Leadership. If you’re interested in developing managerial skills necessary to be effective in a rapid changing environment than the MBA program is for you. The Teacher Leadership program is ideal for teachers who define themselves as learners, teachers, and leaders. 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. 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.

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).

Religious New Single Women's Bible Study Tuesdays: 6-8p.m. in a home in Thansuss-Freihung. This six-week, no-homework Bible study examines how to "walk the talk,” everyday and begins to teach basic Bible study methods. It's also a good chance to meet and form friendships with other women in the area. Location: Zum Steig 4, Thansuss-Freihung 92271. Study is called "How Do We Walk the Walk We Talk?" by Kay Arthur. For more, contact Laurel Hoyt 0151-14991395, email. Sponsored by the Garrison Chaplains office.

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.

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

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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 0941-82933. 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. 7 July: The Neumarkter Flohmarkt will take place at Jurahalle and the Volksfestplatz in 92318 Neumarkt from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Flea Market offers a variety of used things such as antiques, old collectibles and typical Bavarian items. Inside the Jurahalle you will find over 100 vendors and outside will be more than 200 - 300 additional vendors. Food and drinks will be sold. If you would like to sell items email Selling unwanted or items that are no longer needed at the flea market is an entertaining way to spend your Saturday while also making money.

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 096148080. Click here for suggested car parks. 27 June: 7 - 9 p.m., FREE concert with "I Parea Mas", a traditional folk band from Greece who also play Schlager (certain type of German hits) with a Greek theme; for example: "Griechischer Wein" or "Weiße Rosen aus Athen". In addition, the Greek-German club Ilios will serve Greek wine and little delicacies. 8 July: 4 - 5:30 p.m., FREE ballet performance by the "Ballettschule Yosifova". They are around 80 children and teenagers who have been training for this event for months. Their program will cover excerpts from famous ballets such as "Sleeping Beauty" and "Paquita." 11 July: 7 - 8:30 p.m. FREE concert with the "Zollkapelle Nürnberg ", who play popular Military marches and brass music. 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 8, 15, 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.

Rose Garden Serenades 29 June: The EMY Trio (members of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra), 8 p.m., in 96049 Bamberg, in the aromatic rose garden at the Neue Residenz (palace) on Domplatz. 30 June: The Colours of Summer - for Cello and Oboe, 8 p.m., in 96049 Bamberg, in the aromatic rose garden at the Neue Residenz (palace) on Domplatz.

Summer Fest 29 June-01 July: 93047 Regensburg, at the Fürstliches Schloss Thurn und Taxis (palace), Emmeramsplatz. The romantic Schlosspark - a protected natural landmark normally closed off to the public - turns into a beautiful backdrop for high-quality musical and theatrical performances during the Summer Fest. Small stages under century-old trees accommodate the artists and the diverse program, ranging from classical to funny. "Walking acts" will entertain the audience during the breaks. The main stage in front of the impressive East Wing of the palace becomes the dance floor for the Summer Night Ball on Friday and Saturday evening. The highlight on Saturday night is a Baroque fireworks display accompanied by classical music. It's seems to be taking you back to the court of Louis XIV. Ambitious restaurateurs will provide gratifying meals, and exquisite vendors offer life-style accessories around the palace. 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.

Motorcycle Convention 29 June-1 July: in 92421 Schwandorf, on the Mulzerwiese fest site in Krondorf subdivision (ca. 45 km / 28 miles north of Regensburg). It's a big celebrations with camp fires, live music with Eddy Gabler, a special exhibit, the German TÜV (vehicle inspection) will be there with info material, test drives, various awards (e.g. for the oldest motorcycle), and much more! The fest begins Fri. at 4 p.m. and ends Sun. at midday.

Volksfest and Krämermarkt (Street Market) 29 June-4 July: in 91541 Rothenburg, on the Fest Site at the Spitaltor (gate at car park P1).

Bavarian-Chinese Summer 30 June-01 July: in 92345 Dietfurt in the inner city and along Hauptstraße (ca. 35 km / 22 miles SW of Hohenfels). This weekend, Dietfurt is turning into a Bavarian-Chinese promenade. Cultural and culinary delights from both countries will entice the visitors’ ears, tongues and hearts. Furthermore, several bands and many surprises await you. In addition, there is a big race on Sat. 30 June that will lead the runners through the Altstadt (Old Town).

Mariahilfberg-Fest 30 June-8 July: in 92249 Amberg, around the beautiful pilgrimage church Maria-Hilf on top of the hill. Access to the Maria-Hilf church is easy (click link for map) but please use the designated parking areas. The fest is supported by the RC church and has no rides, but plenty of food and refreshments in a romantic area.

Soccer: UEFA European Championship 2012 Through 1 July: There will be a lot of coverage on European and international television, and you might come across public soccer viewing sites in city centers and/or fest sites. Why not join the fans and take part in the football parties? If you are interested yourself, you can keep up-to-date via the UEFA homepage and many online magazines such as FourFourTwo, for example. And go Deutschland!

Concert in Amberg 1 July: 7 p.m., in 92224 Amberg, in the Maltesergarten. Access via Seminargasse / Malteserplatz. Free concert with "D'Woihauser". The concert will move to the adjacent Malteser building in case of inclement weather.

Fishermen's Fest, 1 July: 9:30 a.m., in 92334 Berching at the lock (Schleuse, ca. 42 km / 26 miles west of Hohenfels)

Model Train Exhibit, 1 July: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., at the Eisenbahnmuseum = Railroad Museum in 92637 Weiden, Bahnhofstraße 28 (ca. 200 yards left of the main entrance to the train station, at the end of the freight depot). Stretching over two large rooms, the club has built a stunning landscape with a love for many details. There is always something to see and to chuckle about while the mini trains are making their journey through the landscape. If you are interested and can read German, have a look at their Homepage. Click here for suggested car parks.

Air Show and Fest: "Fliegerfest" 1 July: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., in 91171 Greding at the Schutzendorf airfield (ca. 55 km / 34 miles west of Hohenfels). Apart from lots of food and drinks, you can enjoy the sightseeing flights, aerobatics, parachute jumps, hot-air balloons, and much more! No entry fees. The action starts at 2 p.m. both days but there is also a field mass on Sunday at 10 a.m.

Open Doors at the THW (Technical Emergency Relief) 1 July: 1:30 p.m., in 92637 Weiden, at their station on Mooslohstraße 95a. Have a look around their newly refurbished station and, more importantly, at their vehicles and equipment. The staff will show what they do and how they assist in an emergency situation. Children can have fun in a painting competition.

Fun Fair: Volksfest - "Kirchweih" 5 - 11 July: in 91522 Ansbach, on the Festplatz "Hofwiese", Nürnberger Straße 32. Highlight will be the grand "Heimat-Festzug" parade on Sun., 08 July. 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).

Scooter Race 6&7 July: at the Kart Racing Track "Raceland" in 92442 Wackersdorf, at Industriestraße 8, ph 09431-75520 (ca. 45 km / 28 miles north of Regensburg).

"Harley Stampede" 6&7 July: at the Pullman City Fun Park in 94535 Eging am See, Ruberting 30 (ca. 100 km / 62 miles SE of Regensburg). Bikes, Bikes, Bikes! It's a feast for all bikers, with numerous show events like a bike show, live music, "bikini bike wash", body painting, and much more! Click here for photos from last year. Caution: as the event names already suggest, those particular events are not suitable for children and/or conservative adults. Legal minimum age requirement is 16. Tickets cost an additional 2 Euros to the regular price, special tickets for 2 days access are available. 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.

Fest: Bürgerfest 6-8 July: in 95448 Bayreuth, historic city center around Maximilianstraße Several thousand people will roam through Bayreuth’s city center around the Stadtkirche (city church). The local breweries will provide lots of beer, and music and theater performances will accompany the fest, as will an artisans’ market on Sun., 08 July. 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.

BMW Motorcycle Days 6-8 July: in 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Garmisch subdivision, Talstation Hausberg (ski lift station). "The Biggest BMW Motorcycle Party in the World", as the organizers call it on their homepage (only GE), attracts over 30,000 (!) bikers from all over the world. You can take part in driver's training, test drives, special sales, tuning equipment, shows, stunt riding, FMX shows, a camp fire, and the legendary "Classic Convoy" through the streets of Garmisch.

German-American Kinderfest 07 July: in Sorghof on the Dorplatz next to the church (part of 92249 Vilseck). Time has not been specified. Sorghof is the small village right next to the Vilseck main gate.

Taekwon-Do Bavarian Championship 07 July: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., in 92249 Vilseck, in the gym of the Volksschule, the German elementary school, Am Schnellweiher 2. This will be a fascinating watch for all martial arts fans.

Party: Beach Party 07 July: in 92331 Parsberg, at the outdoor swimming pool "Juramare", Jahnstraße 18 (ca. 15 km / 9 miles SW of Hohenfels). Time has not been specified.

Spanish Night 07 July: 7 p.m., in 96132 Schlüsselfeld, in the inner courtyard of the Rathaus (town hall), Marktplatz 5 (ca. 30 km / 20 miles SW of Bamberg). Live music with the Spanish band "Martines". Admission is 6 Euros pp.

Fest: Altstadtfest 7&8 July: in 91275 Auerbach (ca. 26 km / 16 miles NW of Vilseck). Start times have not been specified.

Tradition: Schäfer-Fest = Shepherds Fest 8 July: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., in 92363 Breitenbrunn, fest site along Dietfurter Straße (ca. 27 km / 17 miles SW of Hohenfels). Fest and market focusing on sheep and its products, with its own Website (only in German). A day celebrating the importance of sheep in the Altmühltal (Altmühl valley). For a very long time, sheep have been an important economical as well as ecological factor in the area: their wool and meat provided income to the shepherds, and their grazing of young bushes determines the juniper heaths and allows rare plants to grow that are extinct in other areas and it makes their meat very delicious. At this fest, you can witness traditional craftsmanship surrounding sheep products, like sheep shearing, spinners on their spinning wheels, or weavers. And why not try some lamb delicacies? Or you can watch traditional dance performances by Shepherds, make a trip on a horse-and-carriage, take part in a guided nature walk around Breitenbrunn (in German), and try your luck in a raffle. A great day out for the whole family!

Fest: Seefest 8 July: midday, in 92355 Velburg, at the swimming pool "Naturbad Altenveldorf", Seestraße 18 (ca. 18 km / 11 miles west of Hohenfels).

Samba Festival 13 - 15 July: in 96450 Coburg, on Marktplatz and all around the city center (ca. 55 km / 35 miles north of Bamberg). A large car park is located along Schützenstraße, the city center is only around 300 yards to the north. Once a year, Coburg turns into "a second Rio de Janeiro", with breath-taking rhythms, colourful costumes and funny floats. Over 85 Samba groups from all over Europe and Brazil will turn Coburg on its head for this weekend - that equals around 2,600 Sambistas, dancers and musicians, as well as Capoeristas. It is too good to miss!

Sandboarding Competition: The SandSpirit 13 - 15 July: in 92242 Hirschau at the Freizeitpark Monte Kaolino (leisure park, link only GE), Wolfgang-DroßbachStraße 113 (ca. 14 km / 9 miles SE of Vilseck). Sandboarding is what the name suggests: snowboarding on sand, and what better location than the sand hill Monte Kaolino? The disciplines are dual slalom (opponents compete on two parallel courses); giant slalom (only real snowboards and old clothes allowed -> "Bad Taste Awards"); and boarder cross (course with different obstacles). A big party will follow in the evening, after the races. Have a look at some of the photos to get an impression. An online registration will be made available on time.

Days of Magic: Bamberg Zaubert 13 - 15 July: in 96047 Bamberg, on and around Maximiliansplatz Over 100 illusionists, jugglers, and street performers will turn the whole city center into a huge stage (actually, it's 25 stages), and entertain and amaze both the young and still-young! In fact, there is also a competition - winner will be the person who manages to impress the audience the most. In addition, there will be vendors selling all kinds of magic articles. Admission is FREE! And they even have a website in English! Hours of performances: Friday 5 p.m. - midnight. Saturday 11 a.m. - midnight. Sunday 1 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Fest: Bürgerfest 13 - 15 July: in 92280 Kastl on Marktplatz (ca. 25 km / 15.5 miles SW of Amberg). Time has not been specified.

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.

European Sand-Ski Championship 21 July: in 92242 Hirschau at the Freizeitpark Monte Kaolino (only GE), Wolfgang-Droßbach-Straße 113 (ca. 14 km / 9 miles SE of Vilseck). At the weekend, 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. The entertainment surrounding this competition is just as much of a magnet, as the après-ski parties lack the stupefying boozed-up fest-tent music.

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.


Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 30 June: 8 p.m., in 68163 Mannheim, at the SAP Arena, Xaver-Fuhr-Straße 150. Tickets.

Billy Idol Sun., 08 July: 8 p.m., in 70327 Stuttgart, at the Porsche-Arena (aka Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle), Mercedesstraße 69. Tickets. 10 July: 7 p.m., in 22303 Hamburg, at the Stadtpark Freilichtbühne, Saarlandstraße 71 / corner Jahnring. Tickets. Again, it is highly recommended you use the public transport system (in EN), as parking is a nightmare in Hamburg, you get towed in no time at all, and towing charges are incredibly high.

Madonna Tue., 10 July: 8 p.m., in 50679 Köln, at the Lanxess-Arena, Willy-BrandtPlatz 3, ph 0221-8021. This is her only concert in Germany - don't miss it! Tickets. It is highly recommended you park your car on a P+R car park (in EN) on the city's outskirts and use the excellent public transport system (in EN).

Norah Jones With her lovely voice, the gorgeous Norah Jones took the world by storm a few years ago 17 July: 7 p.m., in 22303 Hamburg, at the Stadtpark Freilichtbühne, Saarlandstraße 71 / corner Jahnring. Tickets. Again, it is highly recommended you use the public transport system (in EN), as parking is a nightmare in Hamburg, you get towed in no time at all, and towing charges are incredibly high.

Mary J. Blige Wed., 18 July: 7 p.m., in 55130 Mainz, at the Volkspark along Göttelmannstraße (ca. 46 km / 30 miles west of Frankfurt). This is her only concert in Germany! Tickets. If you want to avoid the traffic chaos, it is recommended you travel to the Volkspark by bus. Two bus stations are directly in front of the park, namely "Volkspark" and "Am Viktorstift", both frequented by bus lines 62, 63, and 92.

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.

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.

German‑American Kontakt Club Event Calendar for Vilseck Kontakt If you are interested in participating in one of the events, please register with Daniel Koenig or sign up with the Vilseck Kontakt Club at the website by filling out the Mitgliedsantrag. (Member registration form)

Every Friday 7 p.m. Stammtisch at the Clubhouse - new location, Rose Barracks Bldg 301

Event Calendar for Grafenwoehr Kontakt More information, Call CIV 09641‑83‑7878, DSN 475‑7878 or email.

Every Monday 7 p.m. Bowling at the Grafenwoehr Bowling Center.

Every Wednesday 7 p.m. Stammtisch at the Clubhouse.

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