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4 September 2013

u.S. army garrison–Tower Barracks/ Rose Barracks

COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER

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Bavarian News online Head to BavarianNews.com to get timely news and see what events are happening in the community. Here are this week’s stories: Fresh fix. Farmer’s markets offer a healthy alternative. Local farmers and artisans provide homemade items and fresh grown produce. This is the sixth article in the Insider’s Tips for Auslaender series. 20/20. Eye exams preserve children’s vision. Fifteen percent of children have a vision problem that, if not corrected, can result in reduced vision. Fight the bite. Preventing mosquito bites protects against West Nile virus. Backcountry bliss. Hikers build camaraderie on a four-day trek through the Berchtesgaden.

Winter Driving Course For all those new arrival in Germany or for anyone who is uncomfortable driving in winter conditions and ice, the garrison is offering Winter Driving Courses. The course is design to educate drivers on the dangers of driving in snow/ice and to give tips on handling sliding or out of control vehicles. If your unit/organization is interested in this training, please contact William Whitman via email. Classes will alternate between the Vilseck Army Airfield and the Grafenwoehr Motor Pool #5.

National Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month video The DoD wants to remind service members that seeking help is a sign of strength. The military crisis line is available 24/7 and is confidential. Watch the short video here.

ASBP Blood Drive 10 Sept: The blood drive that was canceled in August has been rescheduled for Sept 10 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Tower Barracks USO. All the blood donated will stay within the military community. We’d like everyone who can donate to come out and give blood, but there are some restrictions on who can donate: ***TATTOOS and permanent make-up acquired OUTSIDE the US is a one year deferral*** If you had a tattoo in any of the following listed States, you may “NOT” donate and must wait 12 months to donate. All other US States (not listed) are acceptable one week after acquiring the tattoo. 12-MONTH WAIT: California, Connecticut, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah, Wyoming YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DONATE BLOOD IF: • You have a cold, flu or fever • You have had acupuncture in the past 12 months • You weigh less than 110 pounds • You traveled to Iraq, Eastern Turkey, Afghanistan or western provinces of Saudi Arabia (excluding the high altitude areas of Asir Province and the urban areas of Jeddah, Mecca, Medina, Riyadh, and Taif/ Prince Sultan Airbase) in the last year • Within the last 2 years, you traveled to South Korea and were north of Seoul at any time including the DMZ Tour (provide specific dates) • You spent 3 months or more in the United Kingdom from 1980-1996 (Related to BSE time) • You spent six months or more at a military installation in Belgium, Netherlands (Holland), or Germany from1980-1990 • From 1980-1996 for all other European Countries including the UK • You have lived in Europe for five years or more since 1 January 1980 to present


(Including time spent in U.K. from 1980-1996) • You have had Hepatitis after your 11th birthday • You have HIV, or ever tested positive for HIV • You are pregnant or have been pregnant in the last six weeks You MUST Know: • The name of any medications on the Medication Deferral List. • Any immunizations (including smallpox) administered in the past 4 weeks. • Every Place you have been to outside of the U.S. or Canada since 1980. (INCLUDE ALL DEPLOYMENTS.)

Patriot’s Day events 11 Sept: To honor those lost on 9/11, the BMC is holding a series of events on this year’s Patriot’s Day: 5K “Freedom Run.” 6 a.m. at the Tower Barracks Physical Fitness Center. Prayer Breakfast. 8 a.m. at the Rose Barracks Chapel, Bldg. 218. Memorial/Wreath Laying Ceremony. 2:30 p.m. in front of 623 in Tower Barracks. Moment of Silence. 2:46 p.m. The entire BMC will observe a moment of silence at the time the first plane flew into the World Trade Center. On 12 Sept. there will be a “Ride to Remember” at 6 a.m. at the Tower Barracks PX overflow lot. Members of the Tower and Rose Barracks communities are welcome to bring their bicycles for a morning bike ride. The uniform for Soldiers is Summer PT with jacket, reflective belt and helmet.

TARP, SETA, OPSEC and Anti-terrorism Level 1 training The United States Army Garrison Grafenwoehr (Antiterrorism and Security Divisions) along with the 66th Military Intelligence Group and JMTC Intelligence and Security, will be conducting the quarterly Community Security Awareness Training consisting of the Threat Awareness and Reporting Program (TARP), Security Education Training Awareness (SETA), Operation Security (OPSEC), and Anti-terrorism Level 1 Refresher Training. 4th Quarter Community Security Awareness Training Schedule: 18 Sept: Tower Barracks, Tower Theater, Bldg. 620. 10:30-11:30 a.m. (LN employees), 1:30-4 p.m. (US personnel) 19 Sept: Rose Barracks, Post Theater, Bldg. 354. 9-11:30 a.m. (US personnel), 1:30-2:30 p.m. (LN employees) This training is a mandatory annual requirement for all DoD personnel including Military, AF/NAF (both US and LN); U.S. Contractor employees are welcome.

InfoExpo.13 24 Sept: Do you know how to book an MWR trip to Budapest, or how to get a fishing license in Germany? At this year’s InfoExpo.13, come find out what recreational resources are available for Soldiers and families on and off post. At the Expo, you can also play poker with the Warrior Zone or test your game hunting skills at the shooting simulator. The InfoExpo.13 will be at the new Outdoor Recreation Complex near Dickhaeuter Lake, directly following its Grand Opening. Earlier that day at Tower Barracks Bldg. 500, USAG Grafenwoehr’s name will officially be changed to USAG Bavaria. It’s a big day! InfoExpo.13: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Positive discipline seminar 26 Sept: Come join the Special Needs Advisory Council (SNAC) for a seminar and interactive event that focuses on ways to positively shape your child’s behavior. There will be food, a "make and take" craft for parents (with a positive behavior theme), and crafts and games for children. There will also be an information table available with materials covering positive behavior shaping strategies. This program is for families with kids with developmental, educational or medical delays. 9-11 a.m. at the Rose Barracks Chapel, Bldg. 218. Call DSN 476-3221, CIV 09662-83-3221 to sign up.

Community Huddle 26 Sept: The Community Huddle is a bi-monthly, Town Hall style meeting, hosted by Garrison Commander COL James Saenz, for all community members to ask questions to civilian and military leadership and to find out the latest information on programs, events, construction, and other important issues happening in the community. The next Community Huddle will be in the Tower View Inn on Thursday, 26 Sept, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Bulk Trash Pickup – County of Neustadt 23 Sept: City Grafenwoehr 28 Oct: Mantel and Steinfels 4 Nov: Netzaberg & City Eschenbach (North of B 470 & South of B 470) Curbside, in front of your home. Bulk Trash has to be out on curbside NLT 6 a.m. Pick-up is provided by contractors of the County Neustadt.


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

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

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

Ammunition Community Amnesty Day 8 Oct: If you know of ammunition or weapons that need to be turned in, drop them off at the next Ammunition Supply Point (ASP) #1 Community Amnesty Day for ammunition and explosives (A&E). From 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., come to the Unit Entrance of Ammunition Supply Point #1. Simply approach the gate and let the ASP personnel know that you have amnesty to turn in. They will take it from you on a “No Questions Asked” policy.

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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 usarmy.grafenwoehr.imcom-europe.mbx.acs@mail.mil for info.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes planning meeting 4 Sept: At 1:30 p.m. in Bldg. 322 on Rose Barracks, ACS will conduct an IPR for the “Walk A Mile In Her Shoes” event for Domestic Violence Month in October. The event will occur on 18 Oct. at 9 a.m. the morning on Rose Barracks, tentatively at the Rose Barracks Cavalry Chapel. If you would like help coordinate this event please attend the scheduled IPR.

Army Volunteer Corps 10-12 Sept: Army Family Team Building (AFTB) Level 3, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 221, Rm 206

Employment Readiness For anyone needing assistance with resume building, or one-on-one assistance, please call DSN 476-2650, 4758371, CIV 09662-83-2650, 09641-83-8371. 10 Sept: Dress For Less, 10 a.m. - noon, Meet at Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322 17 Sept: The 10 Minute Makeover, 10 a.m. – noon, Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322 24 Sept: Career Fairs 101, Interview Prep, 10 a.m. – noon, Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 221

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Have questions? Email EFMP directly. 4 Sept: Bowling with EFMP, 4 – 6 p.m., Rose Barracks, Bowling Center 19 Sept: S – 1 EFMP Brief, 3 – 4:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322 25 Sept: EFMP Enlightenment Group, 3 – 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. 12 Sept: Community Meet and Greet, 10 a.m., Tower Barracks Army Lodging 19 Sept: Community Meet and Greet, 10 a.m., Rose Barracks, Kristall Inn 18 Sept: Women’s Empowerment Group, 5 – 6 p.m., Tower Barracks, USO Bldg 150

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. 4 Sept: 52 Week Money Challenge, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322 AND Tower Barracks, ACS, Bldg 244. 10 Sept: Investing Roundtable, noon – 1 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322 18 Sept: Coupon Class, noon – 1 p.m. Tower Barracks, USO, Bldg 150 11 Sept: Financial Literacy, noon – 1 p.m., Tower Barracks, ACS, Bldg 244 17 Sept: 99 Days ‘Til Christmas, noon-1 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322

Mobilization & Deployment Readiness 18 Sept: Resilience Training Modules 3 & 4, 8 a.m. – noon, Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 221 19 Sept: FRG Point Of Contact Training, 10 – 11 a.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322 25 Sept: FRG Funding/Fundraising, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 221

New Parent Support Program Through Oct 11: Great Expectations, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg. 322. (6 Sessions that meet on


Friday mornings) 17 Sept – 11 Oct (Tuesdays): Infant Massage, noon – 1 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322 Through 8 Oct: Love & Logic, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322 4 & 18 Sept: Little Hearts Apart Club, 10 – 11:15 a.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 134 19 Sept: Nuremberg Zoo Field Trip, 8 a.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, 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 5 Sept – 31 Oct: SGI/ATS Belly Dancing, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Thursdays, Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 221 9 Sept: Level 1 Newcomers Orientation “Welcome To Bavaria”, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 12 Sept: Successful PCS Moves 101, 1 – 2 p.m. Thursdays, Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 18 Sept: Military Sponsorship: Train-The-Trainer, 2 – 3 p.m. Thursdays, Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 20 Sept: Level 2 Newcomers Orientation “Welcome To Bavaria” Discover Amberg, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 25 Sept: Immigration Workshop, 11 a.m. – noon, 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. 6 Sept: Stages of Deployment, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 10 Sept: Maintaining A Healthy Marriage During Deployment, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 a.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322 12 Sept: Maintaining A Healthy Marriage During Deployment, 3 – 4:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322 17 Sept: What To Say When Someone Is Grieving, 3 – 4:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322 20 Sept: What To Say When Someone Is Grieving, 9 – 11 a.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322

Exchange News Rose Barracks Exchange new closing hours on Sunday There are new closing hours for the Rose Barracks Furniture Store and Food Court. The facilities will close at 6 p.m. throughout the week. Popeyes and Charley’s will close at 5 p.m. on Sundays. Anthony’s Pizza will close at 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Office Source to close 1 Oct: Starting 1 Oct, the Grafenwoehr Office Source will close. Units and facilities must order their Self Service Supply Center (SSSC) through the new online Warehouse Ordering Web (WOW) program and the order is delivered to an Exchange store nearest to the customer for pick-up. See your local Exchange for details.

TKS switch from analog to digital AFN analog signal to the barracks has been switched to a digital signal. In order to receive the digital signal, Soldiers will need to rent a digital receiver from TKS for 11.84 Euro/month or 9.95 Euro/month without the VAT. For additional fees up to 80 euro, TKS will add other channels. Please visit TKS in the Exchange on Tower Barracks for more info.


Volunteers and other help needed Youth sports coaches needed Fall sports starts next week and we still need coaches for cheerleading, soccer and flag football. Contact the Youth Sports and Fitness Office at DSN 475-6655, CIV 09641-83-6655 for an application today!

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) janette.d.gaillard.mil@mail.mil; JMTC: SFC Fowler (475-8038) christopher.e.fowler10.mil@mail.mil; 2CR: SFC Thurman (476-5386) kenneth.r.thurman4.mil@mail.mil.

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 0966283-1760 DSN 476-1760, Tower Barracks Red Cross CIV 09641-83-1760 DSN 475-1760.

Upcoming classes at the Red Cross Please contact the Red Cross for registration and course details at Rose Barracks Red Cross CIV 09662-83-1760 DSN 476-1760, Tower Barracks Red Cross CIV 09641-83-1760 DSN 475-1760.

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

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

Vilseck Community and Spouses' Club events Go to their Facebook page for upcoming events and club news.


Grafenwoehr Community and Spouses' Club Go to their Facebook page for upcoming events and club news.

Limited care at Grafenweohr CDC Due to staff shortages, Grafenwoehr CDC will offer limited infant hourly child care during the month of August. If you are unable to reserve hourly care online, contact the Parent Central Office at DSN 476-2760, CIV 09662-83-2760 for assistance.

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.

Bayern Rangers hockey team looking for players 4 & 8 Sept: The Bayern Rangers ice hockey team is looking for new players. The team will hold open practices in Weiden on 4 Sept, 9:45-11 p.m. and 8 Sept, 12:30-2 p.m. To join in the fun, just show up. Players must provide their own equipment and chip in to cover the cost of ice -- normally 10 euro for a 90 minute skate. For more info please see the team page at www.facebook.com/bayernrangers.

ODR activities All activities are from 6-9 p.m. call Outdoor Recreation at DSN 476-2563, CIV 09662-83-2563 for more. Mondays: Mountain Bike Mondays. Experience Bavaria from a bike. Rides vary in length from 15 km to 35 km, depending on location and abilities of riders. Prior MTB experience is recommended. Sign up today! Thursdays: Paddling and rock climbing. Participants will learn to belay/rock climb and canoe/kayak on alternating Thursdays. Classes will continue through the summer.

Sundays are Family Bowling days Sundays: Every Sunday from 2-8 p.m. at the Grafenwoehr 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.

Upcoming MWR day trips Call Grafenwoehr Leisure Travel Services, DSN 475-7402, CIV 09641-83-7402 for more and to sign up for any of these trips.

Community Level Basketball Sign-Ups Through Sept: As the weather cools down, head to the court. Sign up through Sept for the Community-Level Basketball season. Call the Tower Barracks Physical Fitness Center at DSN 475-9024, CIV 09641-83-9024 to sign up.

EFMP Bowling 4 Sept: We’re offering a place where all Exceptional Family Members (EFMP) can come bowl free when accompanied by a guardian, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Rose Barracks Bowling Center, Bldg. 2201.

Mongolian Barbeque Dinner 4 Sept: With our Mongolian Barbeque, you pick your ingredients, pay by the ounce and our chef will stir fry it for you! 5-8 p.m. Grafenwoehr Patton Fireside Lounge, Bldg. 209.

Passport to Manhood Starts 5 Sept: Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility in boys ages 11 to 14. The program consists of 14 sessions, each concentrating on a specific aspect of character and manhood through highly interactive activities. The program includes a service project where boys learn the importance of giving back to the community. Passport to Manhood is an effort to engage young boys in discussions and activities that reinforce character, leadership and positive behavior. One session is conducted each week, with each activity to be completed within 60 to 90 minutes. • Session I


Getting to Know You • Session II Values in Personal Decision Making • Session III Code of Ethics • Session IV Personal Wellness • Session V Substance Abuse • Session VI Responses to Authority • Session VII Relationships with Girls • Session VIII Fatherhood and the Family • Session IX Employment and Careers • Session X Personal Leadership and Community Responsibility • Session XI Diversity • Session XII Cooperation and Conflict • Session XIII Self-Esteem and Image • Session XIV Graduation. To sign up, call the Netzaberg Youth Center at DSN 475-6656, CIV 09641-83-6656 or the Rose Barracks Youth Center at DSN 476-3144, CIV 09662-83-3144.

Quilting Class 5, 12, 19 & 26 Sept: In this class we’ll focus on a Jelly Roll Criss-Cross Beg Quilt. If you’re interested in piecing together you’re very own quilt, this class is perfect for you. Makes a great gift, just in time for the holidays! For more classes and fun arts & crafts events, please contact the Heart & Home Crafts Shop. 9 a.m. or 4 p.m. Heart & Home Craft Shop, Tower Barracks, Bldg. 607.

Library’s Book Club Meeting 5 Sept: Bring your copy of this month’s book, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Beautiful and the Damned.” If you haven’t read the book, still come and find out what you’re missing. 7-8 p.m. Tower Barracks Java Café Bar and Grill, Bldg. 612.

BINGO! 5 & 19 Sept: Try your luck with America’s number one game, BINGO! Try your hand at winning cash prizes while enjoying a dinner buffet. Only ID Card Holders 18 and older, please. Doors open at 5 p.m., early bird 6 p.m., regular 7 p.m. Grafenwoehr Tower View Conference Center, Bldg. 209.

Fall Car Boot Sale – “Recycle your World” 7 Sept: The wildly popular Library Car Boot Sale is here again. Bring your items to sell, or browse for great deal. This thrifty event is open to ID Card Holders and choice selling spots are assigned on a first-registered, first-served basis. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more, call Tower Barracks Library, DSN 475-1740, CIV 09641-83-1740. At the Tower Barracks Library, Bldg. 445.

Life Unscripted! Improv Show 7 Sept: Our Improv Troupe has been practicing hard so we can entertain you on this creative fun evening! Formatted after the popular show “Whose Line is it Anyways?”, we’re guaranteed to make you laugh. Must be a US ID Card holder and 18 and over to attend the show. Admission is free. Doors open at 7:45 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Grafenwoehr Performing Arts Center, Bldg 103.

Southern Comfort Dinner 11 Sept: Come enjoy some Southern style comfort foods, from fried chicken to okra. Grafenwoehr Patton Fireside Lounge, Bldg. 209, 5 - 8 p.m.

Survey your World – Military History Group Meeting 11 Sept: Survey your world through a series of Military History discussions where you can share your knowledge and enthusiasm. The next meeting is at the Tower Barracks Library, 11 Sept, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Contact the Grafenwoehr Library for a list of topics. Volunteer presenters are also needed, if you love discussing and teaching about the past, please contact us at DSN 475-1740, CIV 09641-83-1740.

9-11 Freedom Run 11 Sept: The 2013 9/11 Freedom Run brings communities together throughout the country and around the world to honor September 11, 2001. The run starts at 6 a.m. at the Tower Barracks Physical Fitness Center, Bldg. 170. Everyone in the community, including families, units and civilians are welcome to come and honor the fallen. For more, call the Tower Barracks Physical Fitness Center, DSN 475-9024, CIV 09641-83-9024.

3D Movie Night 12 Sept: Join us in the Warrior Zone’s Movie Theater for a 3D movie. Be in the action with this amazing entertainment experience. For more information and to find out titles, contact the Rose Barracks Warrior Zone, Bldg. 607. 7 p.m.


Fitness Day 14 Sept: Join us at the Tower Barracks Physical Fitness Center and check out all the fitness opportunities we have to offer. We will have a large variety of Fitness Classes and Health & Wellness Services, such as Massages Demos, Fitness Assessments and Personal Fitness Trainer information. Services and classes will be offered for FREE on this day, so don’t miss out!

A Complete History of the Army Dinner Theater 13 & 14 Sept: Enjoy a delicious dinner while watching a hilarious, brief and cheeky look at the history of the U.S. Army. This fast-paced, slap-stick comedy was written in 2010 by Toby Atkinson and Marynell Hinton for an Army Birthday Ball in Washington, D.C. Show lasts about an hour. 7:30 p.m. at the Tower View Conference Center, Bldg. 209. Call the Performing Arts Center at DSN 475-6426, CIV 09641-83-6426 for more.

New ODR complex grad opening 24 Sept: We are excited to announce the opening of the new Outdoor Recreation (ODR) Complex at Camp Heritage/Dickhaeuter Lake. The facility will offer a great variety of recreational programs, including Leisure Travel Services. Leisure Travel Services in Tower Barracks, Bldg. 539 has closed and will relocate in the new complex upon opening.

Mass CPR training days 27 & 28 Sept: Are you confident you can perform CPR in an emergency? Could you do it on a toddler? What about an infant? The community is welcome to the Red Cross Mass CPR/First Aid/AED Event at the Tower Barracks Field House, Bldg. 547. The training will be set up with qualified instructors to certify you in CPR/AED/First Aid. The class is $40 per person and open to all ID card holders. You can choose from these times to attend: 27 Sept: 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. or 2-3:45 p.m. 28 Sept: 10-11:45 a.m. Space is limited. To register, call DSN 475-1760, CIV 09641-83-1760 or email.

Grafenwoehr Thrift Shop Don't Miss Our Great Deals! 50% off pink tags and 50% off expired consignment items. Watch the GCSC Thrift Shop FB Page for member specials. Open 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 Facebook page. Hidden Treasures Thrift Shop: Bring your gently used items to Bldg 221 on Rose Barracks. *The September sales are: All YELLOW tagged items are Buy One Get One Free! Video Games 25% off! Blue Jeans are 50% off, so they are only $1.50! All Sales Apply to Color Tags Only. We now accept Fall/Winter clothes for consignment. Open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tues, Wed &Thurs. 14 Sept, will be Mystery Sale Saturday. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. come see what sales we’re having this day only. DSN 476-2649, CIV 09662-83-2649, or email for more information. Volunteers and donations are always welcome!

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Facility & Road/Openings/Construction/Closures Leisure Travel Services closure The Leisure Travel Services in Tower Barracks, Bldg. 539 is closed and has been consolidated at the Rose Barracks ODR, Bldg. 2236.


Grand opening of new ODR complex 24 Sept: The new ODR complex has its grand opening today. The complex is located near Dickhaeuter Lake and will feature a high-ropes course, climbing wall, campgrounds, two and three bedroom cabins, equipment checkout, playgrounds, and fishing, paddling and kayaking on the lake.

Central Issue Facility (CIF) closure 27 Sept: CIF in Rose Barracks and the CIF Annex in Hohenfels will be closed for customer service during their organizational day. Please plan around the closure.

Religious 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.

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 Masters classes at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Master’s degrees at Embry-Riddle are structured for working professionals and full-time students so that no matter where you are in life, you can still have access to courses. Depending on which master’s degree you pursue, Embry-Riddle can prepare you for a career in business, project management, customer service, sales and marketing, management, operations, procurement and logistics. For more information about the degree programs ERAU has to offer, contact the Hohenfels office at DSN 466-4139 or email Hohenfels@erau.edu.

FAST Classes 5 - 18 Sept: Rose Barracks Education Center, Bldg. 223, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The registration period for these classes has already started and lasts until the last working day before the 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.

University of Maryland University College – Europe UMUC Europe offers Associates, Bachelors and graduate-level degrees in a convenient online or face-to-face format. Apply at the USAG Grafenwoehr Education Center located on Rose Barracks, Bldg. 223. UMUC offers many financial aid opportunities including FASFA, Tuition Remission, scholarships and Book Awards. Contact us at DSN 476-2462 or CIV 09662-83-2462 or visit our website at www.ed.umuc.edu for more information. You can also “Like” us on Facebook.

University of Oklahoma MA courses The University of Oklahoma in Rose Barracks offers degree programs to military service members and civilians in an accelerated format that meets the demands of the working adult. The university offers both Master of Arts with an emphasis in International Relations and a Master of Human Relations. We are currently enrolling new students. Email Carla Miller or call her at DSN 476-2069, CIV 09662-83-2069. Further information can be found at www.goou.ou.edu. Summer courses in Rose Barracks: The University of Oklahoma is now offering a Masters in Education in Europe. If you are interested in earning a Master of Education in Vilseck, please complete the one minute online needs assessment. The university will use the confidential information to place the degree program in Europe.

National Test Center (NTC) new hours University of Maryland University College-Europe’s National Test Center (NTC) is now open Monday-Friday 20 hrs/wk from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.! Finish your degree faster by taking advantage of the many exams that are being offered at the NTC. 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. Call Kristin Wright at DSN 476-2462, CIV 09662-83-2462, or email her to schedule an appointment.

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 476-2362, CIV 09662-83-2362.

School News VFW Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy scholarships Deadline 1 Nov: The VFW has two scholarships available for high school and middle school students. Students in 6-8th grade are eligible for the Patriot’s Pen scholarship. Forty-six applicants will win scholarships ranging from $500-5,000. This year’s essay theme is “What Patriotism Means to Me.” You can find the application guidelines and form here. High schoolers are eligible for a $30,000 scholarship and $1,000-16,000 scholarships. Their essays’ theme is “Why I’m Optimistic about our Nation’s Future.” Application guidelines and form is here.


VFW Teacher of the Year Award nomination Deadline 1 Nov: Do you know a teacher devoted to education, their country and community? You can nominate them for the VFW Teacher of the Year Award. Teachers will be judged in K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 categories. Those nominating the teacher 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 Vilseck Elementary School administrators and faculty wish all of our students and their parents a safe and enjoyable summer. Students, don’t forget to keep reading and do some math, and by all means enjoy being outside and playing in and around Germany. Child Find: What is child-find screening? Preschool Child Find is a developmental screening for children ages 3-5 identifying children with developmental delays or other special education needs. For children under age 3 please contact EDIS at 09662-83-3221. What is the process? A Child Find team made up of the preschool special needs service provider, speech and language pathologists and the occupational therapist screen the children for developmental delays. These free screenings take place monthly. How does it work? Parent submits the Child Find questionnaire (which they can pick up in the office or find on the school website); they are set up with an appointment for the screening. When they come in for the screening the child must first pass a vision and hearing screen by our school nurse. Then they are screened by the team. If the child is suspected of having any delays the team will refer them for further formal evaluation. Why is it important? When learning challenges are identified at a young age, early intervention can help the child with learning tasks. If parents are interested, what do they need to do? They can go to the school’s website and find the link for Child Find. Under that link is a questionnaire they need to fill out and email back to the email address provided on the form. Someone will be in contact with them within 48 hours. If they do not hear back please contact the school at 09662 832812 and let them know what happened. (Just in case the email was rejected as SPAM) Continuous School Progress Goals: Goal 1: By 2016 all students will improve competency with numbers and operations as measured by increased performance on assessments. Goal 2: By 2016 all students will demonstrate improved reading comprehension through written and oral communication as measured by increased performance on assessments. School Office Hours School Hours Important Phone Numbers Mon.‑Fri. 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.‑Fri. 8:25 a.m.‑2:35 p.m. CIV 09662‑83-2812 / 2673, DSN 476‑2812/2673

Netzaberg Elementary School 5 Sept: Open House. 5-6:30 p.m. st 12 Sept: 1 day for Sure Start students. Sure Start: Sure Start is a pre-school program for at risk military children and families living overseas. The program provides education, health, nutrition, and social services. Parent involvement is mandatory! Among other selection criteria in the guidelines, the child must be age four by Sept 1. Ranks E-1 to E-4 have priority. Applications for the 2013-14 school year are available now at the Netzaberg Elementary School Office. POC: 472-9188 P.E.: Mr. Gray, our P.E. teacher, is asking for old sport shoe donations of all sizes. Many kids forget their sport shoes and this way Mr. Gray can loan them a pair for class. All sizes welcome. Library: Our school librarian, Dinah Tague, would love volunteers to help out in the library. She needs people willing to wash books, straighten shelves, label books, take pictures, and create bulletin boards. Attendance: If your student is going to be late or absent, please email us at our new email address: NetzabergES.attendan@eu.dodea.edu 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 26 Sept: Hispanic Heritage Month Assembly, 2-2:30 p.m., Gym Are you PCSing soon? Please give Mrs. Ferdinand-Bessant a call at DSN 472-9233, CIV 09645-317-9233 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; DSN 472-9254, CIV 09645-917-9254 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 09645-917-9232/9233/9229 DSN 472-9232/9233/9229

Vilseck High School Free, Online Tutoring All U.S. military families can receive free online tutoring, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Go to http://www.tutor.com/military for more information. VHS Facebook Page Vilseck High School updates and pictures are always available at our Facebook page. School Office Hours School Hours Important Phone Numbers Mon.‑Fri. 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mon.‑Fri. 8:10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CIV 09662‑832864 / Fax 09662-832480 DSN 476‑2864

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

Nürnberger Volksfest – This year with an American evening Through 8 Sept: The fabulous Nürnberger Volksfest kicks off in late Aug. This year there will be an American Evening on 29 Aug. Check out the program here: http://www.volksfest-nuernberg.de/programm

Volksfest in Beilngries Through 8 Sept: in 92339 Beilngries at the Volksfestplatz along Sandstraße (ca. 45 km / 28 miles SW of Hohenfels). Specially brewed fest beer will be served in the fest tent where you can also enjoy typical Bavarian music. One of the highlights will be the grand parade on 1 Sep. at 2 p.m. There will also be a family afternoon with reduced fares on Wed, and the fest will end with a brilliant fireworks display. On Tue, 3 Sept., a large street market will accompany the Volksfest. It is held along Hauptstraße in the town center and is open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Medieval Fest in Nürnberg: Burggraben-Fest 6-8 Sept: in 90403 Nürnberg, in the Burggraben (castle moat). The Burggraben-Fest (only GE) will feature medieval fest regulars: a medieval market, a knight's camp, jugglers, snake dancing, and a fire show at night. The highlight will be a "full contact" sword fight that actually serves as the First Open German Championship. It is an honor to have Serej Ukolov participating, who is triple winner of the Battle of the Nations. Click for a link-list to some video clips. Fri: 2 - 11 p.m. Sat:


11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sun: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Due to the difficult parking situation, it is highly recommended you take the train into Nürnberg.

German-American Kinderfest 7 Sept: This Kinderfest in the play yard near the Sorghof Church has been a tradition since 1988. The fest starts at 1:30 p.m. There will be food and drinks (free for kids), train and carriage rides, mini-Olympic games, face painting and balloons.

Horse Appreciation Day with activities for kids 8 Sept: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Oberpfälzer Freilandmuseum (open-air museum) in Neusath 200 (part of 92507 Nabburg, ca. 31 km / 19 miles south of Weiden). The incredibly popular Horse Appreciation Day centers (not surprisingly) around horses. The day starts at 9:30 a.m. with a trek to the Raiffeisenhalle (on site) from all directions, where a festive mass is held at 10 a.m. to bless all horses and riders. Starting at 11:15 a.m., you can get carriage rides around the museum area, and kids can ride on friendly ponies. At midday, six horses, will draw a carriage filled with kegs of beer which will then be tapped. In the afternoon, you can watch cold-blood horses pulling trees and working on the fields. At the "Zielheimer Schmiede" (see map) You will see old equipment that was pulled by horses, and in the afternoon there's an equestrian show on the meadow south of the "Waldlerdorf". An agility contest and rides in horse-drawn carriages for the visitors are offered as well. A festive parade through the whole area will conclude the fest at ca. 4 p.m.Admission (only GE) is € 4.50 pp, a family ticket for the day is € 11.

Historic Shepherds Dance (Historischer Schäfertanz) 8 Sept: 11:30 a.m., in 91541 Rothenburg on Marktplatz around the Rathaus = City Hall. Click for a map of car parks around the historical Altstadt. Especially in the Middle Ages, sheep farming and the wool trade played an important part in the life of the town. In 1517, the Shepherds Guild was granted the privilege of celebrating Shepherds Dance with music and dancing. More about the origins of this tradition can be seen in the Shepherds Dance Cabinet in St.-Wolfgang'sChurch. In remembrance of this custom, visitors have several opportunities every year to see the dance with the colourful costumes in the market square. Visit their homepage for more background information in English.

Line dancing classes in English 13 Sept: The Flying Boots Line Dance Group offers free line dance lessons for beginners. A new class will start on 13 Sept at 7:30 p.m. at the Gasthaus “Scherm Karl”, Marienplatz 13 in Eschenbach. For more, call 0171-1463635. The instructor speaks English. You can find more info here: www.flyingboots.de

Weiden’s Fall Festival 14 Sept: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in downtown Weiden. A number of shops, stands and entertainment will offer colorful attractions with the theme “Bavarian-Italian.” Starting at 9 a.m., PRO WEIDEN will host a Weisswurst and beer breakfast at Oberer Markt square with Zoigl. At noon, food stands throughout the downtown area will sell Bavarian and Italian food. Music and dancing performances will take happen on the PRO WEIDEN stage in front of the Altes Rathaus. There are also kids games and a kids’ flea market at 2 p.m. at the Unterer Markt square.

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


Guided Tours Segway Tours The latest craze is guided tours through a city on a Segway. Various cities and locations offer those already; some regularly, some only on special occasions. These cities offer regular tours in German - contact them to see if they will do tours in English: Bamberg: ph 0911-933-250 or 09133-768-7819; Garmisch-Partenkirchen: ph 0173-4444-948; Munich: These groups lead tours in English. Segway Tour Munich and City Segway Tours; Nürnberg: 0911-933-250 or 09133-768-7819; Regensburg: Segway Tour Regensburg. Most large cities now offer Segway tours, for example Mindways Segway City Tours (in EN) has routes in Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Köln, Lübeck, and Travemünde. 1 p.m. daily: Walking Tours of Nürnberg in English Nuremberg was once an imperial residence, powerful free imperial city and international trading center. The prosperous city provided the ideal basis for an active cultural and intellectual life and the arts: Even today numerous buildings, monuments and artworks still reflect its former importance. The guided tour through the Old Town offers information and insights on the castle, the fountains and wells, churches and art as well as the city itself past and present. Meeting point: Tourist Office at the Main Market Square (Hauptmarkt). Duration: approx. 2 ½ hrs. Price: 9 Euros per person, plus price of admission to castle (2 Euros pp). Children under 14 free in the company of their parents. 2 p.m. daily: Guided Tour of 91541 Rothenburg in English, of the most important sights in the historical district Meeting point: Market Square. Duration: 90 minutes. Fee: 6 Euros per person, payable cash to the tour guide 7 p.m. daily: Guided Tour in English of 91541 Rothenburg, with "The Executioner". Meet on Marktplatz, no prior booking required. The tours take place every day and cost 7 Euros per person. There are tours in German which start at 6 p.m., and also in English, starting at 7 p.m. If you click in the link and scroll down, you can watch a 5-minute promo clip for the executioner's tour (in English but with a lovely Franconian accent). The clip shows some interesting hidden places that you normally don't get to see. Every Wed. and Sat: 1:30 p.m.: Guided Tour of Regensburg, in English - "Experience a Historical City" In the course of this individually accented tour you get to know the Old City, with its patrician towered houses, the cathedral, the Old City Hall (all from the outside), the Stone Bridge and the Porta Praetoria. Our well-versed guides will be glad to answer any special questions you have, based on your own personal interests. Fees: Adults 8 Euros, Reduced 5 Euros , Families 12 Euros. Duration: 1.5 hours. Meeting point: Tourist-Information - Altes Rathaus, Rathausplatz, 93047 Regensburg, ph. 0941-507-4410. Closest free car parks are "Dultplatz" (Am Protzenweiher/ Oberpfalzbrücke); adjacent "Protzenweiher" (opposite Protzenweiher 27); neighbouring "Wöhrdstraße" (at Wöhrdstraße 18); and adjacent "Unterer Wöhrd" (Wöhrdstraße 60/62). There is also the "Donaumarkt" parking lot (Donaumarkt 1) which is "a walk across the bridge" closer than the "Wöhrdstraße" car park, but it's not free-of-charge, and it's blocked on Saturday mornings for the Regensburg produce market. From any of these car parks it's only a very short walk across one of the bridges. You can get a map of Regensburg's city center from the Tourist Info in the "Altes Rathaus" (old city hall) for free. Every Friday: 7 p.m. The Nuremberg Nightwatch Tour, in English - with the night watchwoman Re-live history through original, funny and exciting stories with the historian Dr. Ute Jaeger aka the night watchwoman. Discover the traditional parts of Nürnberg and enjoy its most beautiful sights! Meeting Point is the fountain "Schöner Brunnen", Am Hauptmarkt, 90403 Nürnberg (in the pedestrian zone). Fees are 9 Euros pp. Every Saturday: 1 p.m. Guided Tour of 97070 Würzburg in English Your stroll starts at the Falkenhaus (location of the Tourist Info, ph 0931-372-398) with its elaborate Rococo facade, followed by a visit to the Marienkapelle (St. Mary's Chapel) featuring sandstone sculptures by Tilman Riemenschneider. Other highlights include the historical town hall building and the Romanesque cathedral "St. Kilian". From the bridge Alte Mainbrücke, you can enjoy fantastic views of the fortress Marienberg, the pilgrimage church Käppele and the famous vineyards. Tour lasts around 1.5 hrs, tickets cost 6 Euros per adult. Between 7 May and 29 October, additional English tours are held every Friday at 1 p.m. Every Saturday: 2 p.m. Guided Tour in English of Albrecht Dürer's House in Nürnberg’s historical city center, AlbrechtDürer-Straße 39 (in the pedestrian zone). Admission is 5 Euros (normal), 2.50. Euros (reduced) Famous painter Albrecht Dürer lived in Nürnberg (1471 – 1528) – you might know him best for his “Praying Hands” –, and his original residence in Nürnberg’s pretty city center has been converted to a museum. Every Saturday, an actress in historical gowns offers guided tours of the house in English, telling its history from the viewpoint of Dürer's wife Agnes. Every Saturday: 3 p.m. Guided Tour in English of the Church of St. Jacob's in 91541 Rothenburg. A public and free tour in English of the famous StJakobs-Kirche (church). You only pay the entrance fee for the church: 2 Euros for adults; 0.50 Euros for students, pupils; groups from 10 person: 1.50 Euros. No reservation necessary! Duration: ca. 45 minutes. Meeting Point: front row inside the church. Every Saturday: 8 p.m. Guided Tour in English with the Night-Watchman in 91541 Rothenburg on Marktplatz = Market Place. Take a walk back in time with the Night-watchman through the romantically-lit streets of Rothenburg. Meeting point is on Market Square, the tour lasts about 60 minutes. Fee is 7 Euros per person, payable in cash to the Night-watchman.


Useful links in English for everyday life in Germany Find German zip codes: German Post's website Find German phone numbers: Das Telefonbuch English Historic Germany: http://www.hhog.de/ Loads of information about Germany, language and customs: http://german.about.com/.

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


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