5 June 2013
u.S. army garrisonâ€“Tower Barracks/ Rose Barracks
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Grafenwoehr to be renamed “Tower Barracks” Our name has changed. The Grafenwoehr side of U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr, is now officially “Tower Barracks.” USAG Grafenwoehr now consists of Rose Barracks on the Vilseck side and Tower Barracks on the Grafenwoehr side.
Bavarian News online Head to BavarianNews.com to get timely news and see what events are happening in the community. Stories this week include: Un-pimp my ride. You might not be able to stop thieves from breaking into your car, but you can make it look less inviting. Summer safety. Summer is finally here, and experts are reminding the public to think about safety outside of work, too. Ready & Resilient. Leaders move to eradicate sexual assault from the ranks. Finger on the pulse. The U.S. Army Europe commanding general visits Grafenwoehr to assess quality of life.
Limited service at the Vilseck Vet Clinic Through June: The Vilseck VTF will have extremely limited service until the end of June due to temporary military personnel PCS. In response to this situation, we have arranged for nearby military veterinarians to travel to the Vilseck clinic at least one day a week when possible. The Bamberg VTF(0951-300-7972), Schweinfurt VTF(0972-196-8359), and Hohenfels VTF (0947-283-4560) will be open and appointments can be made at their facilities. Local German vets are also extremely adept at providing health certificates and are often used by military families when PCSing to the US. Please keep in mind that your pet’s rabies vaccine must be valid; should they require a booster vaccine, it needs to be given more than 30 days before your flight. You can reach the Vilseck Veterinary Treatment Facility at DSN 476-2370, CIV 09662-83-2370.
The latest change to cleaning services Starting 3 June: To meet minimum health requirements and standardize services across the BMC, custodial services will increase. Administrative offices will not be cleaned, but common areas (hallways, stairways, waiting areas, classrooms and entrances) will be cleaned once a week. Purchase of cleaning supplies (buckets, mops, dusters, brooms, dust pans, safety signs, cleaning solution) with unit funds is authorized for cleaning of personnel areas. Safety is paramount, so include “Wet Floor” signs in your purchase. Vacuum cleaners will be centrally purchased by DPW for pick up in approximately 4 weeks. It is recommended that directors talk with their staff to make plans to remove trash and keep their work areas clean. Restrooms will be serviced twice a week. This change will not affect WTUs/CDCs/SASs/YSs or Fitness Centers.
Army One Stop/ICE kiosks are here To improve your ability to provide feedback to the garrison, several Army One Stop/ICE kiosks have been installed throughout Tower Barracks and Rose Barracks, with one at USAG Hohenfels. The kiosks are installed at: Grafenwoehr Exchange, Lodging Bldg 619, main lobby of Bldg. 244, and Bldg 301 next to the new Vehicle Registration waiting area Rose Barracks PXtra, Army Community Service Bldg 322, Multi Purpose Center Bldg 134, Warrior Zone Bldg 607, and Army Continuing Education Bldg 223. These kiosks will provide our Soldiers, civilians and families another means of accessing ICE Online, AKO, DFAS, tricare and other approved sites. All BMC community members will still be able to access ICE from any computer or smart phone and we will continue to provide ICE comment boxes in select locations. For further information about the new Army One Stop/ICE kiosk, please send an email to PAIO.
EDIS Child Find 7 June: EDIS staff will perform developmental screenings for children 36 months and younger at the Netzaberg Teen Center, 9 a.m.-noon. If interested, please call the EDIS office at DSN 476-3221, CIV 09662-83-3221, to reserve your spot.
Environmental tour of USAG Grafenwoehr 12 June: To promote environmental awareness within the Bavaria Military Community, the environmental division is offering a bus tour through the training area for BMC employees, Soldiers and family members in the morning of 12 June. We will visit an abandoned village, explain environmental projects, view different landscapes and their ecological background and view the impact area from the Bleidorn tower. Those interested should register with Margit Ranz or Caecilia Meier. We will have approx. 40 seats on the TMP bus and are available on a first come first serve basis.
69th Strategic Signal Battalion COC 13 June: LTC Enrique "Rick" Maldonado will assume command of the 69th Strategic Signal Battalion from LTC Wendy L. Rivers, June 13, at 10 a.m., on the Grafenwoehr Parade Field. The uniform for military is ACU and business casual for civilians. RSVP by June 8 via DSN 475-9601, Civ. 09641-83-9603 or 011-49-9641-83-9603; e-mail email@example.com.
Safety Day 13 June: Today USAG Grafenwoehr will promote safety awareness and training in Tower Barracks. All training will be held at the Field House, Bldg. 547 (across from the Burger King.) Please contact your department heads for your training schedule and requirements.
Ammunition Amnesty Day 9 July: The garrison ammunition supply point (ASP #1) will conduct its quarterly amnesty day for the military community and surrounding areas from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Any community member with unauthorized ammunition or explosives can come to the ASP #1 to turn them in, absolutely no questions asked. Just show up at the ASP Gate, notify the guards that you have amnesty items and they will escort you to the turn-in point. For more, call DSN 476-3007, CIV 09662-83-3007.
Consulate Outreach Day 12 July: The U.S. Consulate General Frankfurt will come to USAG Grafenwoehr to process passport application, reports of birth abroad, Social Security Card applications and visa application. You MUST book an appointment in advance. For newborn appointments, email FrankfutPassports@state.gov with the subject line reading “Grafenwoehr Outreach.” For all other appointments, call the Grafenwoehr Passport Office at CIV 09641-83-8699, DSN 475-8699. All appointment will be in Tower Barracks, Bldg. 244.
Sponsorship key to readiness and resiliency Every Soldier or DA civilian undergoing a PCS must be assigned a sponsor. But, assigning a sponsor is only the first step – the quality of the sponsorship program rest solely on the shoulders of sponsors. All sponsors must do their best to welcome their newcomer and make them feel at home. Remember that it is extremely important to stay in touch with new community members before, during, and after arrival. Sponsors should answer questions, and if they need help, they can ask ACS, the unit sponsorship coordinator or contact the Garrison Sponsorship Liaison. Training is available for Soldiers, spouses and DA civilians at Rose Barracks, Bldg. 322. For more on training dates/availability at please call, DSN 4762650 or CIV 09662-83-2650.
ICE QR code Now it’s even easier to submit ICE - Interactive Customer Evaluation comments. Take a snapshot of the code with your phone, and the code automatically directs you to ICE.
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) Grafenwoehr, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
Army Volunteer Corps 11 & 12 June: Army Family Team Building (AFTB), Level 1, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 221
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.
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Have questions? Email EFMP directly. 6 June: Bowling with EFMP, 4 – 6 p.m., Tower Barracks, Bowling Center 26 June: Special Education Workshop, 3 – 4:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322
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. 11 – 13 June: It Takes Two, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Tower Barracks, USO, Bldg 150 13 June: Community Meet and Greet, 10 a.m., Tower Barracks Army Lodging 20 June: Community Meet and Greet, 10 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. 11 June: Investing 103, noon – 1 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 13 June: Couponing Class, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Tower Barracks, Chapel Annex 18 June: Investing 101, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Tower Barracks, USO 25 June: Buying BIG Saving BIG, 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Tower Barracks, USO 25 June: Debt Blasters, noon-1 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 28 June: Couponing Class, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322
Mobilization & Deployment Readiness 14 June: Resilience Training Module 3 *NEW FORMAT!!, 8 a.m. – noon, Rose Barracks, ACS, Bldg 322
New Parent Support Program Through 11 June (Tuesdays): Body Back!, 3-4 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322. Through 14 June: Great Expectations, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg. 322. (6 Sessions that meet on Friday mornings) 11 June: ABCs Of Toddlerhood, 1:30-3 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322. Play Groups Every Tuesday: Tower Barracks, Chapel Annex, 9:30 – 11 a.m. Every Wednesday: Rose Barracks, Chapel Annex, 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 Through 27 June: SGI/ATS Belly Dancing, noon – 1:30 p.m. Thursdays, Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 14 June: A Taste of Germany, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 19 June: Spouse Sponsorship Training, 1 - 2 p.m., Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 19 June: Immigration Workshop, 10 a.m. – noon, Rose Barracks, ACS Bldg 322 24 – 26 June: Welcome To Bavaria, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., 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 New hours for Netzaberg Shoppette Starting 15 June: The Netzaberg Shoppette is cutting back on its service hours. The new hours are: Mon-Thu: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Fri: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun: Closed. The Grafenwoehr Shoppette will remain open 24/7.
ESSO Card issuing now at Grafenwoehr Shoppette New at the Grafenwoehr Shoppette: customers can now get their ESSO card issue and renewed at the Shoppette at the ESSO Card Issuing Station.
“You Made the Grade” award for students Students in grades 1-12 who maintain a “B” or better average with the You Made the Grade program will receive a coupon booklet with a multitude of free products and discounts. Qualifying students can also register for a drawing to win a $500, $1,500 or $2,000 Exchange gift card. Contact the Grafenwoehr Main Store for more information at 09641-93-63221 or stop by for more details.
Safety equipment saves lives of motorcyclists According to Army and Air Force safety centers, 65 Soldiers and Airmen lost their lives in motorcycle accidents in fiscal year 2012. The Grafenwoehr Exchange PPE, located in the Main Store, includes high-quality motorcycle gear and an assortment of reflective products. Safety gear, along with skills learned in motorcycle safety training classes, increase survival and prevent injuries. Motorcycle riders can browse the Exchange's PPE selection in store or online at www.shopmyexchange.com.
New on post high-speed internet service this summer The Exchange and TKS are introducing a new, high-speed internet option on post. Anyone interested in the new service must first have a router installed, a process that takes 15 minutes. The new service will have billing in English and automatic VAT exclusion. Service will be ready at the end of June. For more information, click here.
New E-Receipt options 11 June: The Exchange will now give customers four receipt options when they check out. Options are, printed, email, email & printed or none (no receipt). Once launch, there will be a slight initial delay at check out while customers register their email address. The receipt option will come up on the pin pad during check out.
Volunteers and other help needed 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.
Grafenwoehr Girl Scouts looking for scouts and volunteers Attention Scouts! Grafenwoehr Girl Scouts serves girls from Kindergarten through 12th grade in USAG Grafenwoehr. We foster leadership in our girls through activities, events, and community service opportunities at the troop and committee level. Girl Scouts is also recruiting 9th -12th grade girls to be a part of the virtual troop that travels and attends high school-level events. Scouts even have the opportunity to win the Girl Scout Gold Award, which opens doors for scholarship money post-graduation. Attention volunteers! The Girl Scouts are looking for leaders and co-leaders and management team members. For those who have a skill but can't make a full-time commitment, the Scouts are always looking for subject matter expert in all fields. Knitting, auto mechanics and maintenance, culinary arts, art, science, technology, mathematics, languages... just donating 3 hours of your time to offer a course to our girls can change their lives. For more information about registering your daughter or volunteering, email or check out the Facebook page.
Volunteers needed at the USO Grafenwoehr If you'd like to help your USO, the military and their family members, come by the USO center in Tower Barracks Bldg. 150 and sign up to volunteer. You can go to our volunteer website at www.usovolunteer.org and create your profile, post your own hours and keep track of your hours. For the Soldiers, the hours spent volunteering goes towards promotion points and a community service ribbon. For more, CIV 09641-605-2946.
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 4751760.
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. 5 June: New Volunteer Orientation 8 June: Annual Volunteer Recognition @ Tower Theater 15 June: Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED 21 & 22 June: Instructor Training class (application is required)
Be a blood donor The Armed Services Blood Program only collects blood from the military community (service members, family members, retirees, and DoD Civilians) and all blood collected stays in our community. It is truly our blood supply! To make an APPOINTMENT to DONATE go to www.militarydonor.com (Click on "Donate Blood" then click on "Landstuhl, Germany") Walk-ins are always welcome, if unable to make an appointment! Additional Information/Restrictions: ***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 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 from19801990 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.) For more, contact 1LT Tucker at 06371-86-7107, DSN 486-7107.
Seeking Emergency Placement Care Providers The children in the USAGG need you. The Emergency Placement Care (EPC) Program trains individuals to become 24 hour providers for at risk children. The community is in need of more providers as the number of children in imminent danger increased due to the deployment rotation of family members. The training you receive will last you a lifetime and help you build your experience and resume. Call ACS 476‑2650 or 09662‑83‑2650.
Sports, Fitness, Hobbies & Recreation AAFES Movie Listing Main Post listings, click here. Rose Barracks listings, here.
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Rose Barracks Library now a Wi-Fi hotspot! Surf the net at your local library.
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.
Engraving services return at Craft Center Engraving services return to the Heart & Home Craft Shop, Grafenwoehr Bldg. 607. Engravable frames and other items are also now available to buy.
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. 8 June: Berlin. This city is rich in modern history and pulsing with life. Take a bus tour highlighting the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and the infamous wall. You will also get free time to enjoy the city on your own. 9 June: Legoland. Legoland is fun for kids and freewheeling, nostalgic adults. The park is broken into various “lands” with themed rides and adventures. 9 June: Munich Zoo. This is the largest zoo in Europe complete with petting zoo, playground and pony rides. Feel free to bring food and picnic in the zoo. 14 June: Skydiving day trip. Jump from 14,000 feet with an experienced skydiving company in a tandem jump. All jumpers get a video of the experience. Limited to 8 people. 15 June: Boleslawiec, Poland. This city is the heart of the Polish pottery industry. Come load up on beautiful blue ceramics. 16 June: Chiemsee Castle. Another of King Ludwig’s fantastic castles, this palace is modeled after Versailles and sits on an island in the middle of Lake Chiemsee.
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.
Fall Sports Registration Through 26 July: It’s time to sign your children up for fall sports: soccer, flag football, tackle football and cheerleading. Soccer is ages 3-15 years old. Cheerleading is ages 3-15 years old. Flag Football is ages 6-12 years old. Tackle Football is ages 12-14 years old. Register for these programs at Parent Central Services DSN 476-2760, CIV 09662-83-2760 or at MWR Online Services.
BINGO! 6 & 20 June: Win big while also enjoying a dinner buffet. ID Card holders 18 and older, only. Doors open at 5 p.m. Early bird at 6 p.m., regular 7 p.m. Tower View Conference Center, Bldg. 209.
Life Unscripted! Improv Troop show 6 June: Formatted after the popular show “Whose Line is it Anyways?” Life Unscripted aims to make you laugh. Come see the troop think on their feet and put on a show. Grafenwoehr Performing Arts Center, Bldg. 103, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
3D Movie Night 6 June: Join us in the Rose Barracks Warrior Zone movie theater for a 3D movie. 7 p.m. For more information and to find out titles, contact the Warrior Zone at DSN 476-2942, CIV 09662-83-2942.
Mongolian BBQ Dinner 7 June: Our Mongolian BBQ, you pick your ingredients, pay by the ounce and our chef will stir fry it. Grafenwoehr Patton Fireside Lounge, Bldg. 209, 5-9 p.m.
Spring Car Boot Sale 8 June: It’s spring and time again for the Library Car Boot Sale. Bring your items to sell, or browse for great deal. Open to ID Card Holders and choice selling spots are assigned on a first-registered, first-served basis. Registration for sales spots will begin on 1 June and the forms must be filled out in person at one of the Library locations – sales spaces are limited. Sale is 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Rose Barracks Library, Bldg. 2222.
Military History Group meeting 12 June: The topic for June is World War I – Battle of Messines Ridge. We’ll show short presentations and have lively historical discussions. Come share your knowledge and enthusiasm. Grafenwoehr Library, Bldg. 445, 5:30-6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact the Grafenwoehr Library at DSN 475-1740, CIV 09641-83-1740.
Elite Basketball Training Academy 14 & 15 June: Damin Altizer, one of the top young skill development trainers in the world, will come to Grafenwoehr for a two-day basketball camp for middle school and high school male and female athletes as well as single Soldiers looking to improve their game. The camp costs $200 and includes lunch, snack and $175 worth of free training materials. If 40 athletes sign up, $90 will be refunded to each player. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. each day. For more info and to register for the camp, contact Heide Hurd. There are also $50 scholarships available. First come first serve.
Southern Comfort Dinner 14 June: Come enjoy some Southern-style comfort foods like fried chicken and okra. Grafenwoehr Patton Fireside Lounge, Bldg. 209, 5-9 p.m.
Father’s Day Bowling Tournament 14-16 June: Celebrate Father’s Day with a little competition and a lot of bowling. For details, contact the Rose Barracks Bowling Center at DSN 476-2476, CIV 09662-83-2576.
Summer Reading Program registration begins 14 June-5 July: Join us this summer and Move Your World with the USAG Grafenwoehr Libraries Summer Reading Program: “Have Book Will Travel”. Each week from 9:30-11a.m., we’ll gather for great stories, activities and crafts. Plus, when the kids bring their reading minutes log, they can spin the traveling wheel for prizes. Sign up today by calling DSN 475-1740, CIV 09641-83-1740.
3 on 3 Volleyball Tournament 15 June: The Warrior Zone will host a 3 on 3 Volleyball Tournament. It will be a free tournament to promote team spirit. Medals will be given to first, second and third place winners. Heid Pond Cabin, Bldg. 658, 6-10 p.m. Call DSN 475-4309, CIV 09641-83-4309 for more.
Father’s Day Bowling Special 16 June: All Dads bowl for $.50 and can enter to win a special Father’s Day bowling ball. For more, call the Grafenwoehr Bowling Center at DSN 475-6177, CIV 09641-83-6177. Grafenwoehr Bowling Center, Bldg. 612.
Volleyball camps for elementary, middle and high schoolers 20-21 June & 11-16 Aug: There will be two volleyball camps this summer at Vilseck High School. Elementary and middle school students, those entering grades 4th-8th will have their camp 20-21 June. High schoolers entering 9th-12th grades will have their camp 11-16 Aug. The camp is part of the A.C.E. Volleyball Club and focuses on skill progression and motor skill development. Please contact Camp Director Brian Swenty for more.
Spring Car Boot Sale in Grafenwoehr 22 June: It’s time again for the Library Car Boot Sale. Bring your items to sell, or browse for great deal. This event is open to ID Card holders and choice selling spots are assigned on a first-registered, first-served basis. Registration for sales spots has begun. Forms must be filled out in person at one of the Library locations – sales spaces are limited. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Book signing at the Grafenwoehr Commissary 28 & 29 June: Amber Sander, author of “Scarlet Dawn,” will be at the Grafenwoehr Commissary signing copies of her book. “Scarlet Dawn,” follows the story of Scarlet, an 18-year-old girl whose world is turned upside down by a string of tragedies. As Scarlet’s rage grows, she seeks vicious revenge for her misfortune. Sander will be at the Commissary 28 June, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 4 p.m.-6 p.m. and 29 June, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Army Ten Miler 29 June: This year’s Ten Miler is approaching. Runners can compete individually or as a team of 4-6 people. Runners can register on site at the Grafenwoehr Physical Fitness Center the day of the race from 6-7:30 a.m., or they may preregister here. A mandatory runners meeting will occur at 7:45 a.m. on 29 June and the race starts at 8 a.m. The top six male and female runners will be eligible to run at the Army Ten Miler on 20 Oct in Washington, DC.
Seeking players for tournament teams The “Bavaria Military Community American Little League” consists of the Grafenwoehr, Vilseck, Schweinfurt, Bamberg, Hohenfels, and Ansbach military communities. We are in the process of putting together our team rosters for our “All Star Tournament Teams” to play in the Germany District 1 or Regional tournaments for the Little League, Junior League and Big League divisions of Little League International in both Baseball and Girls Fast-pitch Softball. To be eligible for these teams, the players must have played either CYSS or High School baseball/softball in the eligible communities. Players in these communities are not eligible to play for other Little League International Tournament Teams (ex: Ramstein or Stuttgart). THESE TEAMS ARE ONE TIME TOURNAMENTS TEAMS, NOT SUMMER TRAVELLING TEAMS Division Ages Tournament Location Dates LL Baseball 10-12 Stuttgart (District 1) 20-23 June JL Baseball 12-14 Ramstein (District 1) TBD June BL Baseball 15-18 Stuttgart (Regional) 26-29 June LL Softball 11-12 Ramstein (District 1) TBD June JL Softball 13-14 Ramstein (District 1) TBD June BL Softball 15-18 Staranzano Italy (Regional) 15-18 July We have received confirmation that the Big League Softball team and the Big League Baseball team (age 15-18) have an automatic bid into the Europe and Africa Regional Tournaments. Teams winning the tournaments will advance to the next level (Regional or World Series) of tournament play. Practice schedules will be provided to interested players after the IMCOM and European Championships. To sign up a player or for more information/questions, please contact: Phillip Lee through email or call 0160-9758-7889.
Help donate to local animal shelters Community members can donate items such as food, old blankets, old towels, toys, leashes, expired medication; expired first aid kits, dog beds, cat beds, scratch posts, and transportation boxes. Tires from small bicycles or strollers are used to build “rollis” for disabled pets. There are drop-off locations on Rose Barracks, Graf off-post, Kemnath and Pressath. For more contact Yasmine at DSN 476-2707, CIV 09662-83-2707 or visit the Facebook page.
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. **We are in desperate need of baby pant hangers!** 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 Sidewalk repair at Tower Barracks Gate 1 10-21 June: Traffic on Wilbur Road in front of Gate 1 will be slowed to allow for safe repair work of the sidewalks. Please, slow down and watch for construction workers and/or vehicles.
Rose Barracks Shoppette 2-hour closure 11 June: The Rose Barracks Shoppette will be closed from 9-11 a.m. while DPW installs facility energy meters in Bldg. 2207.
Garrison PBOs closure 21 June: The PBOs in Tower Barracks and Rose Barracks, as well as the Class II Warehouse in Camp Kasserine will be closed for customer service during their organizational day. Please plan around the closure.
SSMO closure 25 June: The SSMO (aka TISA) will be closed for customer service during their organizational day. Please plan around the closure.
Rose Barracks RSSA closure 28 June: The RSSA in Rose Barracks 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., studentsâ€™ service Friday services at Friedenskirche: 1-2 p.m. 1st Friday of every month; 7 p.m. 1st Friday of every month. Saturday services at Friedenskirche: 4 p.m. Rosary; 6 p.m.
Gmuend Sunday services at Herz-Marien-Kirche: Alternating weeks, 9:15 a.m. or 7 p.m. Thursday services at BRK Seniorenheim: 3 p.m. 1st Wednesday of every month. Friday services at Herz-Marien-Kirche: 6.30 p.m. during winter, 7 p.m. during summer. Goessenreuth Thursday services at Michaelskapelle: 7 p.m. during winter, 7.30 p.m. during summer. Huetten Sunday services at Josefs Kirche: Alternating weeks, 9:15 a.m. or 7 p.m. Thursday services at Josefs Kirche: 7 p.m. Saturday services at Josefs Kirche: 5 p.m. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Sunday services at Grafenwoehr, Vilseckerstr. 7. 9:30-10:40 a.m. Sacrament, 10:50-11:30 Sunday School, 11:40-12:30, Preisthood/Relief Society.
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 FAST Classes 8 - 19 July & 22 Jul-2 Aug: Rose Barracks Education Center, Bldg. 223, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The registration period for these classes is from 06 May 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 (Vilseck) Education Center at DSN 476-2653/3292, CIV 09662-832653/3292.
Information assurance certification requirements The Army in Europe Information Technology Training Program and Knowlogy offers training to fulfill your certification requirements for DOD 8570.1 (information assurance) compliance for the military. Come to the fully equipped facilities across Europe for your training needs or the training can come to you. For a full list of upcoming courses go to https://itt.eur.army.mil/schedule.aspx or contact your local site coordinator at DSN 476-2635, CIV 09662-83-2635.
Register now for UMUC summer classes The University of Maryland University College Europeâ€™s summer schedule of courses is now available. Registration is available for Face-to-Face or Online course. Visit the USAG Grafenwoehr Education Center to see your UMUC Europe Field Representative, or go online at www.ed.umuc.edu. UMUC can help with financial aid, tuition assistance, using the G.I. Bill, evaluating military training for college credits, and more.
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: 6-11 Aug: IR HIST 6200 Seminar in European History: Aspects of the British Empire.
Central Texas College CTC provides Soldiers and families with associate degree programs in many Vo-Tech career fields with both face-to-face classes and distance learning (online) classes.
New! National Testing Center (NTC) University of Maryland University College - Europe's National Test Center (NTC) has relocated and is now back in the education center, Rose Barracks Bldg. 223. The NTC offers computer-based national exams for college credit including
CLEP, DSST, Excelsior, GMAT, IT certifications, and many other professional certification exams. ATTENTION!!! The NTC is now offering all five modules of the GED in a computer-based format. The NTC is open 20 hrs/wk from 8:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. Mon-Fri. Anyone interested in testing should contact the NTC at DSN 476-2462, CIV 09662-83-2462, or email Kristin Wright to schedule an appointment.
University of Phoenix University of Phoenix is honored to serve military service members stationed in Europe by offering both MBA and Master of Arts in Education degree programs at several on-base locations near you. Classes meet one night a week. If you’re interested in developing managerial skills necessary to be effective in a rapid changing environment than the MBA program is for you. Face to face classes are one night a week in Rose Barracks from 5:30-9:30pm. Get started today by visiting www.phoenix.edu/militaryeurope or by emailing Lauren Haring or calling at DSN 476-3605 or CIV 09662-83-3605.
AMVETS scholarship opportunities By 8 Aug: University of Phoenix and AMVETS are offering 50 $7,000 scholarships to active duty military, veterans, and military spouses. This scholarship can be used to help you obtain your MBA or Masters of Arts in Education while stationed here in Germany. To get an application and For eligibility requirements and application, visit www.phoenix.edu/amvetscholar or contact Lauren Haring at DSN 476-3605, CIV 09662-83-3605 or by email.
School News DoDDS-Europe furlough days Sequestration requires that government employees, including teachers, must be furloughed this fiscal year. Because of their unique employment schedule, teachers will be furloughed for no more than five days. All schools in the district will be closed the following days: 30 Aug, 6, 9, 16 & 23 Sept. For more on the DoDDS-Europe furloughs, click here.
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 6 June: Talent Show. The community is invited to attend the annual GES Talent Show, 1-2:15 p.m. in the GES cafeteria. The show will display the wide variety of talents, from comedy to martial arts and singing, our kids have to offer. For more, contact Mr. Hooker at CIV 09641-83-7133, DSN 475-7133. 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. Attendance: If your student is going to be absent or late, please email us at our attendance email: GrafES.Attendance@eu.dodea.edu OR you may call us at: DSN 475-7133 / 6132, CIV 09641-83-7133 / 6132 by 9:00 a.m. 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 Important 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 6 June: Romeo and Juliet. VES annex. Parents are invited. 6 June: Young Author’s Celebration. MPR from 2:30-3:45 p.m. Parents are invited. 6 June: Last day for SURE START students. 7 June: Field Day. From 8:30-11:30 a.m. 13 June: Award Ceremony for grades 4 & 5. School gym starting at 8:30 a.m. th 13 June: End of 4 quarter. Last day for students. 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) Audrey Reader Preschool Services for Children with Disabilities VES Teacher/Provider Attendance E-Mail It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to notify the school when their child will be absent. If your child will be absent, please call DSN 476-2973 or 09662-83-2973. You can also e-mail the attendance clerk. 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.
VES Vision: Vilseck Expects Success 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 7 June: Field Day. 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 September 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 PCSing soon?: Please contact Wendy Streeter (email@example.com, DSN 472-9185, CIV 09645-917-9185) so she may assist you with transferring your children’s records to their new school. Please let the registrar know if you will NOT be returning for SY 2013-2014 by 15 March. Re-registration for 2013/2014: Come to the school ASAP and re-register your child or register your soon to be st kindergartner – (child must be 5 years old by September 1 ). 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.firstname.lastname@example.org 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 472-9185.
Check us out on Facebook at link. School Office Hours School Hours Mon.- Fri. 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Mon.- Fri. 8:00 a.m.-.2:35 p.m.
Important Phone Numbers CIV 09645-917-9185/4 DSN 472-9184
Netzaberg Middle School 6 June: Knight of the Arts, 5:30-7 p.m. 7 June: 8th Grade Dance, 4-7 p.m. 11 June: 8th Grade Promotion and Awards Ceremony, 5:30-7 p.m. 12 June: Field Day, 8:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. 13 June: 7th Grade Awards Ceremony, 8:15-9:30 a.m. 6th Grade Awards Ceremony, 9:45-10:45 a.m. Last Day of School, 11 a.m. Dismissal 14 June: Teacher Work Day - No School for Students 1-26 July: Summer School Enrichment at NES 23 Aug: New Family Orientation at NMS 6th Grade Boot Camp at NMS 26 Aug: First Day of School for Students 29 Aug: Open House 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. Student Drop-Off: Parents, please remember that you must come in with your child when dropping them off after a doctor’s appointment or if they are tardy. Your child must be signed in on the clipboard in the front office before an admit slip will be given. This policy is a secondary means of accountability for both the office and you and your student. Attendance: If your student will be late or absent, you must call the office NLT 9 a.m. The number for the office is DSN 472-9229, CIV 09645-9179229 or you may email. 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. Parent Volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering for the PTSA or other school committees, please contact the school. We welcome your support. School Office Hours School Hours Important Phone Numbers Mon - Fri 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon-Fri 7:55 a.m.-2:40 p.m. CIV 09645-917-9232/9233/9229 DSN
Vilseck High School After-School Tutoring VHS students can receive free tutoring for Language Arts, every Monday and Thursday, in room A-230. Tutoring for all subjects is available every Tuesday and Thursday, in room A-232. Students do not have to sign up ahead of time, and activity-bus passes are available. Tutoring for all sessions is 3:15- 5:15 p.m. 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. Volunteers Needed Would you be interested in tutoring, coaching, being a mentor or classroom helper, or pitching in at the school store? If so, please send an e-mail to Danielle Massey, or call DSN 476-2864 or 09662-83-2864. Attendance E-Mail It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to notify the school when their child will be absent. If your child will be absent, please call DSN 476-2573 or 09662-83-2573. You can also e-mail the attendance clerk. 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. The VHS Mission: To provide an exemplary education that inspires and prepares all students for success in a dynamic, global environment. 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.
Weindorf aka Wine Village in Würzburg Through 9 June: in 97070 Würzburg, Marktplatz (market place) The Würzburger Weindorf (only GE) has cult status: Over 100 different Franconian wines are served in the pretty timber huts, complemented by delicious Franconian and international dishes.
"Good Fairy" campaign for kids 7 June: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., in 92637 Weiden, all around the historical city hall in the Altstadt = old city. The goal of this campaign is to get children to know and trust the emergency services and feel safe when they see a policeman, a doctor, or a fire-fighter. The Polizei, the Weiden fire brigade, the Bavarian Red Cross and the THW (technical relief) will be at the historic Rathaus (city hall) with their equipment and their vehicles. They will show the kids how they help. Stores with a "Good Fairy" logo are trained to provide first aid in case anyone ever gets hurt. Click for a map of suggested car parks.
Ü30 (over-30s) Party 7 & 8 June: 8 p.m. - 3 a.m. both days, in Diessfurt at the Sportheim on Waldstraße 2 (next to Graf but is a subdivision of 92690 Pressath; it's ca. 7 km / 4.5 miles west of Grafenwöhr). A DJ will play the best songs and all the hits from the 80s, 70s and 60s.
444th Anniversary of the Freihung Market 7 - 9 June: At the Fest Tent "Am Harranger" (community center, next to church.) 7 June: 8 p.m. - Tapping of the First Keg of Beer in the fest tent and "Welcome Home Party" for U.S. Partnership Battalion, 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in the fest tent with the traditional Party Band “Woeidarawoell”. 8 June: 7 p.m. - German Snuffing Championship hosted by the local Snuffing Club. Traditional musical entertainment. 9 June: Family Day. Events start at 9 a.m. with church service at 9:30 a.m. At noon, lunch and drinks are served in the fest tent; 3 p.m. children’s games at activities; 6 p.m. Line dance group; 9 p.m. Raffle.
Altstadtfest in Neumarkt 7 – 9 June: in 92318 Neumarkt, along Obere and Untere Marktstraße (ca. 45 km / 28 miles west of Hohenfels). Eat Bavarian food and watch entertainment on the 5 open-air stages set up around the market streets. The Residenzplatz, in the meantime, will be turned into a huge playground for kids. Start times have not been specified.
U.S. Car "Street Mag" Show 7 – 9 June: in 96160 Geiselwind at the "Eventzentrum Autohof Strohofer" on Scheinfelder Str. 21 (ca. 70 km / 43 miles NE of Nürnberg). Over 1,000 American Cars & Harleys are expected with live Rockabilly music and American food. Program (only GE): Fri: Party and live music with "Sunny Bottom Boys" at 8 p.m. Sat: American Car show with DJs. Live music again in the evening, with "Cutfeet" at 7:30 p.m., and "Boppin B" at 10 p.m. Sun: American Car show, and awards ceremony in the afternoon. Opens at 10 a.m. each day.
Medieval Fair 7 – 9 June: in 94577 Winzer, at the Burgruine (ruins) along Burgweg. Winzer is about half-way between Deggendorf and Passau, east of Regensburg. When there, please follow the signs to the "Parkplatz" (car park) as there is no parking
at the castle. This will be another recreation of the past, with plenty of food, a market, good entertainment and a diverse program that will be announced online (only GE). The photos speak for themselves.
Equestrian fest 8 June: 9:15 p.m., in 91550 Dinkelsbühl on Altrathausplatz (ca. 45 km / 28 miles SW of Ansbach). Around 80 riders on horseback will arrive from southern Germany. After a warm welcome from the mayor, everyone will settle for a big fest (which will have started before the riders arrive). Dinkelsbühl (city's English homepage is a beautiful medieval city less overrun by tourists than Rothenburg.
Beach Party in Diessfurt 8 & 9 June: 8 p.m. - 3 a.m. both days, in Diessfurt on the sports field at the Sportheim on Waldstraße 2 (next to Graf but is a subdivision of 92690 Pressath; it's ca. 7 km / 4.5 miles west of Grafenwöhr). The party on Sat is outdoors and features cocktails and entertainment. You must be 18 or older to enter. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by one parent. POC is the FC Diessfurt, phone 09644-298, or mobile 0173-396-4747 or email.
Medieval Fair: "Hexentanz & Feenzauber" 14 - 16 June: in 93053 Regensburg at Schloss Pürkelgut (mansion), Einhauser Straße 2. Jugglers, bards, and merchants (only GE) will take you back to a time of knights and nobles. One of the is a romantic torchlight parade, which ends with a "Sonnwendfeuer,” mystical fires that celebrate summer equinox. There will also be jousting tournaments on horseback. Fri: 4 p.m. – midnight, Sat: 2 p.m. - 1 a.m., Sun: midday - 8 p.m.
Castle Fest and Medieval Fair 15 & 16 June: in 95703 Wildenau, at the castle, Am Schlossberg 3 (ca. 20 km / 12 miles NE of Weiden). The fest program will be announced here (only GE).
Amberg Altstadtfest 15 & 16 June: in 92224 Amberg, on Marktplatz and all around the city center. Start time has not been specified. Best free parking lots: at "Auf der Wiesen", the car park behind the Hotel Arcadia and the Kurfürstenbad (indoor swimming pool); the other one is the park block opposite Sulzbacher Straße 5.
Fischerfest near Eschenbach 15 & 16 June: in Tremmersdorf (subdivision of 92676 Speinshart, ca. 12 km / 7 miles NW of Grafenwöhr). Neither start time nor location have been specified yet, but more than likely the fest will be at the fishponds alongside the road "Am Feuerwehrhaus" - see green arrow on this map. The best activities ought to take place in the afternoon.
Rothenburg Half Marathon 16 June: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., in 91541 Rothenburg. The starting papers will be passed out to participants at 8 a.m. but the races don't start until 10 a.m. If you want to participate, you can register online (in English!) or send all the required information to Sport Lassauer, Rödergasse 2-4, Rothenburg, ph 09861-6464. Further details are online but only in German. Click for a map of car parks around the historic Altstadt.
“Volksmusic” event in Eschenbach 22 June: Under a big tent at the soccer field in Eschenbach (Sommerleitenweg 20) a band will play “Volksmusic.” Come listen and enjoy drinks and food with your music. 7 p.m. Entry is 8 euro.
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 *New* 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.