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30 October 2013 u.S. army garrison BAVARIA–Tower Barracks/ Rose Barracks


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Bavarian News online Head to to get timely news and see what events are happening in the community. Woman vs. machine. At 5-foot 2 inches, Aryn Lockhart has no chance pulling a 16,000-pound truck. Or does she? Standing strong. A Hohenfels Elementary teacher shares the story of her successful battle against breast cancer. Wrote a song about it. Like to hear it? In Hohenfels, American Idol star Phil Stacey visits Club Beyond as part of October’s National Anti-Bullying Month. A short walk to Afghanistan. Each week 2nd Cavalry Regiment family members swim, row, run and dance a little closer to their deployed Soldiers. All Saints tradition. Community members will celebrate the memory of the deceased, Sunday, Nov. 6, with All Saints Day services at Haag and Langenbruck cemeteries, which were part of towns that were absorbed when the training area expanded in the 1930s. This is the ninth article in the Insider’s Tips for Auslaender series, which suggests ways to make the most of your tour in Bavaria.

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!

Central Processing Facility moving to T.B. Bldg. 244 Now-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.

*New* Go Green Newsletter The new BMC Go Green Newsletter is out! Learn about local orchards, seasonal produce and tips on how to save money and resources on electricity, heat and water. Click for the Go Green Newsletter.

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 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:

DA Employee Health Benefits overview 5-7 Nov: The Army Benefits Center will host a Federal Employee Health Benefits overview via DCO. Upon completion of the overview, you be able to: Access the Employee Benefits Information System; understand how to make your own FEHB open season election using EBIS; and view navigation tips on the ABC-C and OPM websites for FEHB carrier plans, comparisons, providers coverage details, and cost. The Federal Employees Dental Vision Plan, Flexible Spending Accounts and Affordable Care Act points of contacts and processes will also be covered. The dates and times for presentations are: Nov 5: 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Class is here. Nov 6: 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Class is here. Nov 7: 4 p.m. Class is here. Please log in 10-15 minutes prior to start for DCO acceptance. For additional information, please visit or call is Ms. Peg Sholtz, the ABC-C Director, at DSN 856-6240.

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.

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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 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. 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 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 3 Dec: Investing Your Tax Return, 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 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 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.

Exchange News For more information about the Exchange, head to

All Saints Day Exchange closures 1 Nov: During All Saints Day, the following facilities on Tower Barracks, Rose Barracks and Hohenfels will be closed and will reopen the next business day. All Car Care Centers, Barber, Beauty Shops, Cleaners and Alteration, SPA, Optical Shop. Hohenfels PXtra/Military Clothing

All Saints Day Exchange shortened hours 1 Nov: During All Saints Day these facilities with be open 11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Tower Barracks Main Store and Food Court, Rose Barracks PXtra and Food Court. Hohenfels Retail Store is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Rose Barracks Burger King open 11 a.m.-5 p.m.. All facilities will reopen the next business day at regular times.

Do you have winter tires? The Exchange Europe Car Care Centers want to remind all drivers of requirements to have mud and snow tires on their vehicles during winter conditions of snow and ice. Commercial winter tires are marked “M+S” or “M&S” on the sidewall to indicate improved mud and snow performance, or contain a “mountain/snowflake pictograph” if they are dedicated winter tires. The tread of such tires are designed to provide improved traction and in winter driving conditions like snow, cold, and icy roads.

$17,000 in prizes for best military homecoming photos 1 Nov-31 Dec: Authorized shoppers can enter the “Homeward Bound” contest by submitting a picture or video of a military welcome home along with a 50-word description. The grand prize is a $10,000 Exchange gift card. A 2nd place winner will receive a $5,000 gift card and third place will take home a $2,000 gift card. The “Homeward Bound” contest is open to all authorized Exchange shoppers 18 years or older. Complete rules and entry instructions can be found here.

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 Burger King to cut down opening hours Starting 3 Nov: These will be the new operative hours for the Rose Barracks Burger King until 2CR returns from deployment: Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sundays: closed.

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); JMTC: SFC Fowler (475-8038); 2CR: SFC Thurman (476-5386) 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. Nov 2: Adult and Pediatric CPR/First Aid/AED Blended Learning Course. At the Red Cross Office in Rose Barracks, Bldg. 162. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. To register, please call DSN 476-1760 or CIV 09662-83-1760.

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: 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

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.

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.

Hunting Class Nov-March: Classes will be held on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s and some Wednesdays in Bldg. 2440. On On Saturdays there will be field trips to ranges. This class will enable you to obtain your German hunting license and is usually only held once a year. $200 per person. Call Outdoor Recreation, DSN 475-8529, CIV 09641-83-8529

DJ / Karaoke Night – Country/Western 1 Nov: Spice up your evening with a night of Country Karaoke. 9 p.m. The Zone Sports Bar, Rose Barracks, Bldg. 607.

Largest Catch Fishing Derby 2 Nov: Do you think you got what it takes to catch the biggest, baddest fish in Grafenwoehr? Prove it during our Largest Catch Fishing Derby. Register today by calling Hunting, Fishing and Sport Shooting, DSN 475-8529, CIV 09641-83-8529. Derby is 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Dickhaueter Lake, Tower Barracks, Bldg. RC 600.

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.

Mongolian Barbeque Dinner 6 Nov: With our Mongolian Barbeque dinner, you pick your ingredients, pay by the ounce and our chef will stir fry it for you. Tower Barracks Patton Fireside Lounge, Bldg. 209, 5 - 8 p.m.

BINGO & Karaoke 7 Nov: Try your luck with America’s number one game, BINGO! This is your chance to win big while enjoying a buffet dinner. Directly following Bingo, we’ll host a special Karaoke night until midnight. Only ID Card Holders 18 and older, please. Doors open at 5 p.m., early bird 6 p.m., regular 7 p.m. Tower Barracks Tower View Conference Center, Bldg. 209.

Commissary Veterans Day celebration 9 Nov: All war veterans are invited to the Tower Barracks Commissary at 10 a.m. to celebrate Veterans Day and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. We will have a short ceremony followed by snacks and drinks. Vendors will be available for product sampling. Bring your entire family and celebrate this day with us.

Bavarian Ski Club trip 13-15 Dec: The Bavarian Ski Club is headed back to the Austrian Alps for its second trip of the season. Obergurgl-Hochgurgl, Dec. 13-15. Cost is 290 euros and includes hotel (on the mountain), breakfast and dinner, and a 2day lift ticket. All ski levels welcome (even snowboarders!) Like us on Facebook for trip updates and additional information, or contact John Macaras at or 09641-83-8194.

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 “The 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!

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

Facility & Road/Openings/Construction/Closures Closure of Snake Road Now – 30 Nov: The road is closed so the Bundesforst can clean the area of downed trees caused by the strong winds. (This is the road that runs along the south boundary of the installation). The Dog Inn can still be visited, the road is completely closed from Weiherhaeusl to Grafenwoehr.

Resource Management closed 1 Nov: The Resource Management (DRM), Bldg 433 will be closed. For emergency, please contact the IOC at DSN 475-7226 CIV 09641-83-7226.

Regional Supply Support Activity (RSSA) closure 2-4 Dec: RSSA in Rose Barracks will be closed for customer service to conduct a 100% annual physical inventory. Please plan around the closure.

Rose Barracks road closure to block access to the library 11 Nov: To allow power cable connection for the new tennis court, traffic will be blocked for road construction on Castle Court in front of Bldg 2215. Access to the Library Bldg 2222 and Bldg 2220 is only possible for emergency vehicles. Alternate parking is available at Bldg 1704 and 1706 across from the library.

Religious The Tower Circle (SWC) Wicca group Mondays: The USAG Bavaria Open Wicca Group, The Tower Circle, offers a spiritual meeting place for those of Pagan, New Age and Greencraft practices. The group meets Mondays from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Tower Barracks Chapel Annex (across from the post office and USO) in Rm. 108. Check out their Facebook page for more.

Club Beyond: Parent Info Night 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. At the Tower Barracks Chapel Annex, 5:30 p.m. Club Beyond is a chapel-sponsored youth program for 6-12 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., students’ 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. High Point Baptist Church Anton-MannStr. 5 92249 Vilseck Sunday School: 9:30 a.m.; Sunday Worship Service: 10:45 a.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 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. – 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 An ERAU representative will be at the Vilseck Education Center on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 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 Also, check out our new European website at

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 for more information. You can also “Like” us on Facebook.

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

DANTES Resumes Funding DANTES has resumed funding exams for active duty soldiers. The National Test Center (NTC) is able to provide DANTES-funded testing including CLEP, DSST, GED, and GMAT examinations. Contact Kristin Wright for more information or to schedule an appointment at DSN 476-2462, CIV 09662-83-2462.

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 to complete the survey. The direct link to the 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 476-2069, 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-toface classes and distance learning (online) classes. In the USAG Grafenwoehr community, there are currently three faceto-face programs running continuously year-round. For more, email CTC field representative Chuck Sligh or call DSN 4762362, 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. 30 Oct: Family Library Night 3:30-5:30 p.m. Parents and kids are invited to read. 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. 14 Nov: Book Swap at VES main lobby from 9:30-11:30 a.m. 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

NetzabergstElementary School

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: 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 1 Nov: No School for Students- Teacher Work Day 8 Nov: No School for Students- Parent/Teacher Conferences 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 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.

Funfair: Trade Fair and Volksfest - Herbstmesse Now-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 Now-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 Now-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).

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.

All Saints Day = German holiday 1 Nov: Today is a German holiday. All German stores and authorities off-post are closed, as are all on-post facilities (non-food) with a predominantly local national workforce. It is also one of the Silence Days in Bavaria. Traditionally, this is the day in Germany when relatives visit the graves of their dearly departed (so you might see a lot of activity in the afternoons on the cemeteries). The graves will have been cleaned and decorated specially for this day, for the last time before winter sets in. Usually in the afternoons, masses will be held and the graves will be blessed by the priest.

Allerheiligen-Markt street market 1 Nov: 10 a.m., in 91327 Gößweinstein, along Viktor-von-Scheffel-Straße (about 10 km / 6 miles west of Pottenstein, in the beautiful Fränkische Schweiz). It is recommended you park at the public car park behind Pezoldstraße 24. Alternatively, you can go to the cemetery car park behind the basilica, at Viktor-von-Scheffel-Straße 5. Customers of the Hotel zur Krone can also park behind the hotel, at Viktor-von-Scheffel-Straße 1.

Diwali - Indian Festival of Lights 2 Nov: 2 - 10 p.m., in 90763 Fürth in the Grüne Halle at Krautheimer Straße 11, ph 0911-979-0060 (ca. 10 km / 6 miles west of Nürnberg). Head to Fürth to celebrate this colorful Indian holiday. Sample the foods, try the chai (tea) and lassi (yogurt drink), watch the dances, or buy some jewellery, furniture, or cosmetics. You can also get a Henna tattoo or massages. One of the highlights will definitely be the fire show and the acrobatics. Admission is € 6; children under 12 are free.

Fun Run in Rothenburg 2 Nov: 3 p.m., in 91541 Rothenburg. All details and registration on their homepage. The route around the historical Altstadt (town center) is illuminated only by torches and candles, while rays of colored light will dance on the town wall and towers. A new "light surprise" awaits you around every corner. This fun run is aimed at the whole family.

"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: or 0961-382 1403. At the Amberg, Congress Center.

Blessing of Graves 3 Nov: 2 p.m., on-post Vilseck, at the Langenbruck and Haag cemeteries. Relatives of the locals buried in these graveyards will be allowed to come on post in buses, accompanied by the local priest. They will visit the two cemeteries and hold a short service there during which the dead and their graves will be blessed. FYI: the relatives will be given official permission to clean and decorate the graves before today, so don't be alarmed if you see strangers and activities at the two cemeteries in the days prior.

Art and More till Midnight 8 Nov: 6 p.m. - midnight, in 92637 Weiden, all around the Altstadt = old city. At nearly 30 locations all over Weiden, art lovers will find exhibitions, music, readings, culinary delights, and much more! A free shuttle bus service is in place, taking you from location to location. Click for a map of suggested car parks.

Making Butter 9 Nov: 6 p.m., in 92249 Vilseck, in the Schützenheim (shooting range) in Sorghof, Kürmreuther Straße (Sorghof is the village just outside of Vilseck's main gate). Come and join the locals for a fun evening of making butter the old-fashioned way, in a butter churn. The procedure needs quite a bit of elbow grease, so be ready to help out. There will also be a raffle with all proceeds going to charity. POC is Willi Zinnbauer at 09662-7986.

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: Loads of information about Germany, language and customs:

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

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