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USAG Garmisch Family and MWR Newsletter December 2011 Inside this issue:

Army Community Service


Arts and Crafts


Child Youth and School Services




Mueller Fitness Center


Outdoor Recreation


Calendar and Advertisements


Mailer Information


This Month’s Highlights All FMWR facilities will be closed on Sunday, December 25th, Monday, December 26th Sunday, January 1st, and Monday, January 2nd Christkindlmarkts Advent is a very special time in Europe. Discover the beauty and traditions of Austria‘s and Italy‘s most charming Christkindlmarkts. Each trip features a different country and its traditions for the Advent season. With pedestrian areas transformed into winter wonderlands, wooden stalls featuring local handcrafts and delicious local specialties will enchant you. Do not forget to try each countries‘ hot mulled wine!

Bresannone, Italy Saturday, December 10 Departs at 1 p.m Cost: $35 Innsbruck, Austria Saturday, December 17 Departs at 12 p.m. Cost: $45


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Army Community Services

Congratulations to the Community Volunteer of the Quarter! On Wed, 9 Nov 2011, COL Paul Yingling received his award during the Garmisch Elementary Middle School Veteran‘s Day Ceremony. Paul was chosen for his volunteerism as a coach and mentor for the CYS Services Sports and Fitness Program; providing more than 240 hours of volunteer Pictured: Meghan McAndrew, AVC Coordinator and COL Paul Yingling service. Paul is always very positive; communicating the Photo by: Eric Weddel importance of school and family to his players. Safety is always his number one rule and having FUN is his passion. Paul always comes early to practice and works with the players on skills to better prepare them to enjoy and play the sport of baseball. He also works with youth during the summer to keep them interested in the game and to hone their skills. Thank you for your commitment to the community, Paul! Congratulations to other nominees including: Mr. Jared Payzant for his support in the September Force Protection Exercise and continuous community volunteerism; Mr. Joel Newman for his tremendous impact on the programs and activities offered at the Mueller Fitness Center; and Mr. Larry Brown for his unwavering volunteerism, positive customer service and referee support for the Mueller Fitness Center.

Holiday Blues or Holiday Bliss? Join us in Discussing Strategies to Help Your Family Have a Happy Holiday Season Thursday, December 8, 12 - 1 p.m. Army Community Service Bldg 203, Room 6 Space is limited, please sign up by contacting ACS or the Military Family Life Consultant at 0170-708-0744

A community youth volunteer has also been chosen, details to be announced. Contact ACS for more information on how you can make a difference volunteering!

Wise use of Credit Cards during the Holiday Season With the Holidays around the corner, it is easy to get carried away with the joys and festivities of the Season. Which makes planning and using credit wisely to avoid ―the credit card blues‖ in January even more important. Credit Cards are not a bad thing; it‘s all about how you manage them. Only take on an amount of debt that you can easily repay. Ask yourself:  Is this purchase on my Holiday spending plan?  Am I buying this only because it‘s on sale?  Would I buy this if I had to pay cash?  Would I come back tomorrow to buy this?  How much do I owe on my card this month and will this purchase put me over the top? Tips to keep in mind:  Pay on time each month Helps avoid late fees as well as penalty interest rates.  Stay below your credit limit Exceeding your credit limit will result in a fee and could increase your interest rate. Keep a record of your spending/check online.  Avoid unnecessary fees Read your credit card agreement to learn more about the fees. These may include: late payment, over-the-limit, cash advance, transferring balance, and return payments.  Make more than the minimum payment Check out the credit card payment calculator at to see what a difference a bit extra will make.  Watch for changes in your card's interest rate Interest rates are listed on your monthly bill. Read your bill carefully and take note of any changes. Rates can often change with out notice. Hours of Operation Monday–Friday 8 a.m.—5 p.m. Closed U.S. Holidays

DSN 440-3777 CIV 08821-750-3777

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ACS Classes Working Wednesdays at a new time!

*Newcomer’s Orientation

Move on Mondays (M.o.M.)

Working Wednesday

3rd Thursday monthly

Stroller Walks

1st Wednesday


Every Monday 1015-1145


*German Customs & Culture

In front of ACS, Bldg. 203

Stress & Anger

3rd Thursday monthly

Conversational German

Management Class

Now during your lunch hour,


Every Tuesday

2nd Thursday monthly

Money Monday’s



12:00-13:00 Come fill your head with

2nd Monday monthly

Garmisch Playgroup


Every Tuesday 1000-1130

All classes/meetings are con-

Grüss Gott Group

Chapel Nursery

ducted in the ACS Classroom,

1st Monday monthly, 0930 Check

*Registration is required

with ACS for location

MOM‘s CAFÉ Parent and Breastfeeding Support Group Thursday, 8 December, 10-11:30 a.m. ACS bldg 203, room 6 Common Childhood Illnesses, Teething & Dental Health, Children‘s Guided Imagery for Relaxation & Sleep

Bldg 203, Room 6 unless otherwise listed.

employment knowledge while you fill your belly! The next class, Wednesday, 7 December, will feature the new and improved USAjobs website with tricks for navigating the system. Please contact ACS to sign up, DSN: 440-3777 or

Labor and Delivery Hospital Tour Contact New Parent Support Program Manager if you would like to be accompanied for a labor and delivery tour organized by the local Klinikum on Thursday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m. A midwife-physician team will conduct a thorough presentation in German language followed by labor and delivery tour. The tour last approximately 2 hours. Please call ACS DSN 440-3642/3777

Army Emergency Relief is accepting scholarship applications for Term III of the 2011-2012 Academic year. Deadline for submission is 12 December. The AER Overseas Spouse Education Assistance Program (OSEAP) is for spouses of active duty Soldiers assigned and living in overseas commands only (Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico are not accepted for OSEAP). The spouse must also reside with the Soldier at the assigned command. “Active Duty” military personnel are not eligible. This scholarship is for first undergraduate degrees only. Assistance is not for any type of graduate degree level courses. New students must submit a complete application form prior to the term deadline. Returning students need to only complete a renewal form prior to the term deadline. Apply on-line at Supporting documentation can be emailed. Point of Contact for OSEAP is Mrs. Angie Pratt, commercial: 703325-0313, DSN: 312-221-0313, toll free 1-866-878-6378 or email For

assistance locally, stop by ACS or call DSN 440-3777/3526 or CIV 08821-750-3777 Hours of Operation Monday–Friday 8 a.m.—5 p.m. Closed U.S. Holidays

DSN 440-3777 CIV 08821-750-3777

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“The Crafts Tree” Arts and Crafts Center The Garmisch Multi Crafts Center is located on Artillery Kaserne in Bldg. 263. The shop offers sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, tiffany art, ceramics, pottery, woodworking, upholstery, picture framing, silk, watercolor, oil & acrylics painting classes, and piano or violin lessons. If you don‘t have the time to get crafty yourself there is a great number of services the Crafts Tree can do for you, for example framing, poster mounting, custom wood working, furniture building/repair, upholstery, photo printing/scanning or sewing services. The facility also has a portrait studio and a store offering crafts, supplies, and hand-made gifts.

Crafts Tree December Highlights CHRISTMAS CRAFTS BAZAAR

Wednesday, December 7 - Tuesday, December 22 How about some handcrafted gifts or decorations this year? Stop by the Crafts Tree and check out the selection of seasonal handcrafted home decorations and gift ideas, i.e. tree ornaments, ceramic items, woodcrafts, silk painting, and more. All at affordable prices and ready to go. Or maybe just collect some do-it-yourself ideas.


$0.55 each Bring in your personal photo and turn it into a Christmas card. It takes only a few minutes to do so. Bring a disk, USB stick, camera card or photo handy.

INSTANT CLASSES One to two hour classes perfect for moms, dads and kids, all on walk in basis during regular shop hours

Party, Party, Party! Want to be crafty birthday party for your child‘s next birthday? Have it at the Crafts Tree! 

One crafts piece for each child attending

Choose from a variety of crafts projects (ceramics, woodworking, etc.)

$10 - $15 per child for 2-hours of craft fun entertainment…

… and the best part, we do the entire cleanup.

The Crafts Tree will be closed on the following days: Sunday, December 25 Monday, December 26 Sunday, January 1, 2012 Monday, January 2, 2012

Hours of Operation Tuesday—Thursday 10 a.m.—1 p.m., 3 p.m.—7 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.—5 p.m. Closed Monday, Friday, Saturday, and U.S. Holidays

DSN 440-3888 CIV 08821-750-3888

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Youth Sports

Skill Development Programs Basketball Cheerleading Registration period:

Registration period:

Thursday, December 1—Friday, January 13

Thursday, December 1—Friday, January 13

Develop basic motor skills such as dribbling/ball handling, shooting, passing/catching and running/agility that are needed to participate in basketball.  Age groups are 6-8, 9-12 and 13-15

Develop motor skills in cheering, movement, agility, and instruction for Cheering.

Cost is $40

COACHES are needed for all age groups.

Practices are at the Mueller Fitness Center.

Practices will start the week of 23 January and run through 9 March. Times are upon the availability of the coach.

Ages 8-13

Cost is $40

COACHES are needed for all age groups.

Practices are at the Physical Fitness center.

Practices will start the week of 23 January and run through 9 March. Times are upon the availability of the coach.

SMART Winter Play Start SMART Winter play for Strong Beginnings starts Wednesday, January 27 th 10:45-11:30 a.m. No extra cost just your CDC fee's. Activities include snow shoeing, snow structures, snow painting, and a whole lot more

Late Fees for the Youth Ski and Snowboard Program If you arrived prior to Thursday, December 1st and wish to register your child in the Youth Ski and Snowboard Program you will be assessed a late fee of $30. We are accepting youth registrations for personnel who PCS into the community on or after Thursday, December 1st. This registration period is Friday, December 16th— Friday, January 13th. A copy of your orders are required. Cost is $186 per child.

Hours of Operation Vary upon Sport Season

DSN 440-2599 CIV 08821-750-2599

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School Age Center December 2011

Hours of Operation Monday—Friday 2:30 p.m.—6:00 p.m. School out days Monday—Friday 7:45 a.m.—5:30 p.m. Closed Saturday, Sunday, and U.S. Holidays

DSN 440-2654 CIV 08821-750-2654

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Youth Center December 2011

Hours of Operation Monday—Thursday 2:30 p.m.—6:00 p.m. and Friday 2:30 p.m.—10:00 p.m. School Out Days: Monday—Thursday 1:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m. and Friday 2:00 p.m.—10:00 p.m. Closed Saturday, Sunday, and U.S. Holidays

DSN 440-2600 CIV 08821-750-2600

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Community Library Run, Run, As Fast As You Can…... Run, run, as fast as you can to the Community Library on 8 December, at 10:30 for preschool story time. For this final story time of the year, we will feature a special puppet presentation of the story ―The Gingerbread Man‖ with a craft activity to follow. Don‘t miss this performance of a classic holiday tale and crafting fun.

Preschool story time will take a break for the holidays after Thursday, December 8 and begin again on Thursday, January 19, at 10:30 a.m. But there are plenty of stories in the library to keep you cozy all winter long.

New Ideas and D.I.Y. Help for the Holidays Looking for creative ideas this holiday season? Or maybe you need some music or want to watch your favorite classic Christmas movies? The library is the perfect place to find what you need. Check out our December display area of stories, cooking and crafting books, music, audiobooks and movies. And, what better way is there to save money and personalize the holidays than to make something yourself or with your family? Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center is just one of the many free library resources available from our web page. With activities such as card making, candle making, cooking, sewing, wreath making and even toy construction, each activity topic contains hundreds of articles with step-by-step instructions for creating the items. Click the D.I.Y. tab on the research page and get started with holiday fun.

Army Digital Media Library gets a Makeover! The Army Digital Media Library just got a whole new look and feel. Completely revised to be more user friendly and merge better with the library‘s web catalog, you‘ll love the new features. Search by the device you use, including Kindle and Apple, browse by format or genre, suggest a purchase, get recommendations and read or listen to sample clips right from the site to see if you like something. There are thousands of eBooks in all genres to choose from, and don‘t forget the audiobooks, movies and music. Many of the movies are always available, so you won‘t have to wait if someone else has checked out the movie you want. All you need is a library account and your MyAccount login and PIN. The library staff will be happy to answer any questions or help you if you have problems. Hours of Operation Monday–Friday 12 p..m.—7 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m.—7 p.m. Closed Saturdays and U.S. Holidays

DSN 440-2467 CIV 08821-750-2467

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Mueller Fitness Center Meet Lory Benson As a Spinning Instructor, a Certified Pilates teacher, and a Holistic Nutrition Counselor, I work with individuals on making healthier choices that will help them get in touch with their body. I am a fully certified Pilates instructor through Body Arts and Science International, and also studied the classical Pilates technique at The Physical Mind Institute, NYC. I trained as a Holistic Health Counselor at the IIN Teacher‘s College, Columbia University. I hold a B.S. degree in Health Promotion and Exercise Science, and I am a certified Personal Trainer through the Cooper Institute. My Spinning instruction comes from Mad Dogg Athletics, AFAA Spinning, Cooper Institute Spinning Instructor, Schwinn/Reebok Spinning Instructor, and a Greg Lemond Spinning Instructor. Teaching exercise and health promotion is not a job for me, they are my methods that bring healing to this world. This is my journey. I am passionate about guiding, empowering and inspiring people to live a healthier, happier, more peaceful life. If I can do it; and I have never felt better! I know you can too! So giddy up!

The Mueller Fitness Center will be closed on the following holidays. Christmas — Sunday, December 25 and Monday, December 26, 2011 and New Years — Sunday, January 1 and Monday, January 2, 2012

Massage and Beauty Treatment Gift Certificates

E L B A L I A V A W NO Contact a MFC staff member to get yours today Hours of Operation Monday: Friday 5:30 a.m.—8:00 p.m. Saturday: 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Closed: Sunday and U.S Holidays

DSN 440-2747 CIV 08821-750-2747

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Fitness Class Descriptions Zumba® (cardio) This Latin-inspired, easy-to-follow, calorie-burning, dance fitness-party™ is fun for everyone; try it to work your muscles, your heart, and your mind in a new way. Ditch the workout and join the party!

Pilates Mat (strength/flexibility) Pilates is a unique series of exercises developed to strengthen and tone core muscles, improve posture and flexibility, and create a streamline shape.

Spin (cardio) This is an intense indoor cycling workout using various cycling techniques from hill climbing and sprinting to peddling at different tensions. Easily modified for beginners.

Yoga Fit (strength/flexibility) A class designed to improve the health, performance, and mental acuity of individuals seeking to improve their overall level of fitness. This style of Hatha Yoga blends balance, strength, power, and flexibility into a fitness format doable by individuals of any fitness level.

TurboKick (cardio) TurboKick® is the ultimate cardiovascular challenge that's a unique blend of intense intervals strength/endurance training, and a relaxing cool-down. TurboKick®, the live version of TurboJam®, requires no previous kickboxing experience or equipment, just bring your attitude and desire to have fun!

NEW! Spinning-n-Yoga, Yoga-n-Zumba on Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30-10 a.m.

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DECEMBER 2011 Sports and Fitness Group Fitness Classes Sunday

Price: $5.00 “First come, first serve"




Thursday 1.

Friday 2.

1730 Spin 1830 Pilates 4.



Gym Closed

12:00 TurboKick 18:30 YogaFit

6:15TurboKick 17:30 Spin 1830 Pilates

1815 & 1915 Basketball






1815 & 1915 Basketball




Gym Closed

12:00 TurboKick 17:30 Zumba 18:30 YogaFit

6:15TurboKick 17:30 Spin

17:30 Zumba




9:00 Zumba

1815 & 1915 Basketball

1815 & 1915 Basketball 18.






Gym Closed

12:00 TurboKick 17:30 Zumba 18:30 YogaFit

6:15TurboKick 8:30Spin-n-Yoga 17:30 Spin

12:00 Spin 17:30 Zumba


9:00 Zumba

24. Gym open 11:00-17:00

1815 & 1915 Basketball

1815 & 1915 Basketball


17:00 Spin

17:00 Spin










Gym Closed

6:15TurboKick 8:30Spin-n-Yoga

12:00 Spin 17:30 Zumba


9:00 Zumba

15:30 Spin

Gym Closed Hours of Operation Monday: Friday 5:30 a.m.—8:00 p.m. Saturday: 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Sunday and U.S Holidays: Closed

Gym open 11:00-17:00 Happy New Year DSN 440-2747 CIV 08821-750-2747

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Outdoor Recreation, Pete Burke Community Center, and Trips and Tours Ski Weekends and Weekend Getaways

Ski, Board, and Bob The annual Ski, Board, and Bob races at the Hausberg Ski area are approaching fast. Mark your calendars March 16-18, 2012

Events include: Ladies Only Saturday, February 18—Monday, February 20 Cost: $279 (add rental for $20) In the middle of the Oetztaler Alps, mountain summits with their unspoiled ski slopes waiting and within your grasp. With over 35km of groomed ski runs, your downhill adventure begins right on the doorstep. Enjoy Europe's highest sauna at 2.845 meters, located on the Hochjoch Glacier! Guys Only Friday, February 24—Sunday, February 26 Cost: $289 (add rental for $20) Plenty of skiing in the beautiful Dolomites. Re-live history with "The Great War" Ski Tour or conquer the Sella Ronda with over 1,200 kilometers of groomed ski runs covered in perfect snow, exhilarating altitudes, and breathtaking views.

The US Forces Open Invitational Championships Mini Bob Cross Sled Race Mountain Man / Woman Ski Tour Race and finally…. The Amazing Race, Winter Edition

Prague: Long Weekend with Bohemian Beers Friday, January 13- Monday, January 16, Departs at 4:15 p.m. Cost: $370 Let‘s go to the place everyone wants to see in the ―new Europe.‖ Prague is often on the top of everyone‘s list of places to visit in the old world. We leave at 4:15 p.m. on Friday, January 13. We should arrive at our hotel shortly after 10 p.m., then for those who are ready to party; there will be an orientation tour of Prague, including how to get back to the hotel if your experience of the city is going to include any of the very late night spots! Friday starts with a daytime tour that includes a few more touristic sights. We will arrange tickets for those who want to see an opera on Saturday evening. Prague has it all; museums, shopping, churches, art, and of course, architecture. Paul will conduct a guided tour of the Franz Kafka museum as well. There will be a fair amount of free time to explore on your own. Three full nights in Prague and two days before we load up for the ride back to Bavaria. On the way home we will stop in Plzen to sample some Plzener Urquel at a terrific restaurant. Estimated arrival time back in Garmisch is about 8 p.m. Do not forget that you need a passport! Hours of Operation Monday–Friday 12 p.m.—6 p.m. Closed Saturday, Sunday, and U.S. Holidays

DSN 440-2638 CIV 08821-750-2638

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Winter Equipment Rental Ski/Snowboard Package

Day $21

Weekend $35

Week $80

Season $225

Kids Package Cross Country Package Snowshoes

$15 $15 $15

$25 $25 $25

$55 $40 45

$150 $95

Mini-Bobs Ski Helmets

$5 $5

$10 $10

$25 $25

Check out our ski lover specials Hot Wax – Rich-n-creamy and soooo good for your skis, hot ironed.


―Ski School Special‖ - Standard tune-up


‗World Cup‘ - Deluxe tune-up


We offer ski and snowboard lessons too!

ODR Winter Activities Here are just a couple of the activities offered by ODR during the winter season.

Ski Austria Bus Get on the Ski Express Bus, and leave the driving to us! We visit a different ski area each time, and visit some out of the way places.

Night Sledding It is an all mountain, high tech, adrenaline sport. We call it; ―the other winter sport‖. Imagine a completely groomed and lighted ski run just for sleds, with a cable car to get you back up, all night long!

Ballets, Concerts, and Operas in Munich Cost: $12 for transportation only One of the best things about living in the countryside around Garmisch-Partenkirchen is that our beautiful village is located so close to Munich, the Bavarian capital city with all the cultural opportunities that anyone could ask for. If you are interested in acquiring season tickets for any of these events, please contact us at DSN 4403370, Civ. 08821-750-3370, or email us at

Tuesday, December 13 – Music includes Hindemith's Concert-Overture Neues vom Tage, Mozart's Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 in G major, and Bruckner's Symphony No. 4 in E flat major Romantic Tuesday, January 10 – Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 in C minor (the Resurrection Symphony) Wednesday, January 18—The Abduction from the Seraglio The Pete Burke Community Center provides transportation to and from the venue for the concert. For those that just want a night in Munich seeing the many sights, take in a movie, or just enjoy a meal in one of the many fine eating establishments Hours of Operation Monday–Friday 12 p.m.—6 p.m. Closed Saturday, Sunday, and U.S. Holidays

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December 2011 Sun




Thu 1

Fri 2


Sat 3


Army Community Service

Night Sprint

Community Library Mueller Fitness Center Outdoor Recreation The Crafts Tree







Conversational German

Working Wednesday

M.o.M.‘s Support Café

M.o.M. Stroller Walk

ACS Playgroup


10 Christkindlmarkt – Innsbruck

Stress Management Pre-school Story Time w/. Puppet Play Christmas Crafts Bazaar




Money Monday

Conversational German

Newcomer‘s Briefing

ACS Playgroup

German Customs & Culture

M.o.M. Stroller Walk


Concert in Munich



17 Christkindlmarkt – Bresannone

Christmas Crafts Bazaar 18



M.o.M. Stroller Walk

Conversational German

Farewell to Doris

ACS Playgroup








Christmas Crafts Bazaar 25


Fitness Center and Library Closed

All FMWR facilities closed



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