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Top 10 Things Every Soldier Should Know Move Your World New Year New Fitness Opportunities Events & Activities in the Bavaria Military Community January . February . March . 2013


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The MWR Link magazine is a publication produced by the Marketing Office of USAG Grafenwoehr Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Directorate. The appearance of sponsorship and/ or advertising does not imply an endorsement by the U.S. Army. Information contained in this periodical was correct at the time of printing. Check with local activities for possible changes. USAG Grafenwoehr Command Garrison Commander COL James E. Saenz USAG Grafenwoehr Family and MWR Director Audre L. Binder Family & MWR Marketing Grafenwoehr Marketing Manager DSN 475-8654, CIV 09641-83-8654 Marketing Staff DSN 475-5037/5138/8655 CIV 09641-83-5037/5138/8655 Sponsorship & Advertising Manager DSN 475-8656 CIV 09641-83-8656 Find us online: www.grafenwoehrmwr.com www.facebook.com/GrafenwoehrMWR twitter.com/GrafenwoehrMWR

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Venice Carnevale

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Child, Youth & School Services

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Arts & Crafts 14-15 10 Things Every Single Soldier

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Should Know BOSS Adventures 18-19 Sports & Fitness 20-24 Hunting, Fishing & Sport Shooting

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Seafood Night Dinner January 11, February 8, March 8 5-9 p.m.

The Patton Fireside Lounge From fried shrimp to blackened tilapia, our Seafood Nights will surely hit the spot for anyone wanting a delicious bite out of the sea.

DJ/Karaoke Nights

January 17, February 14, March 1 & 14 9 p.m.

Langenbruck Center – The Zone Sports Bar If you’re looking to spice up your evening and enjoy a night of local performers singing and dancing to your favorite music, Karaoke Night is just right for you.

BINGO! at the Tower View

January 17 & 31, February 21 & 28, March 14 Early Bird, 6 p.m. Regular Games, 7 p.m.

Come play BINGO! and have a chance at winning big! Bingo Buffet and drinks will also be provided.

Mongolian Barbeque Dinner January 25, February 22 5-9 p.m.

The Patton Fireside Lounge Tired of the same old food? Check out our Mongolian Barbeque. You pick the ingredients you want and our Chef will stir fry it up for you! You just have to pay by the ounce.

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Southern Comfort Dinner March 1 5-9 p.m.

The Patton Fireside Lounge Come enjoy some Southern style comfort foods. From fried chicken to okra, we’ll make sure you leave with a full stomach and a delicious memory.

Open MIC Nights

January 28, February 25, March 25 6 p.m.

Langenbruck Center – The Zone Sports Bar We give you the stage, you give the community a show! Bring your own musical instruments, poetry, dance routine, or whatever else you want and we provide the location to express yourself.

Super Bowl 2013 Party February 3 starting at 6 p.m.

Langenbruck Center – The Zone Sports Bar Come watch the game of the year at the Zone Sports Bar. A DJ will be entertaining you until the game begins and we will be giving away prizes for trivia, best dressed and spirit awards. We fire up the grills and feed you too!

Italian Dinner February 1 5-9 p.m.

The Patton Fireside Lounge Have you ever wanted to go to Italy? You don’t need to! We bring a taste of Italy right to your table. Menu will include authentic Italian foods, drinks and desserts.

Coming soon to Hohenfels! Our new grill will be opening shortly in the Hohenfels Bowling Center. Serving pizzas, philly cheese steaks and a wide variety of burgers, the Hometown Grill will make sure you taste that great American flavor we’ve all come to love.

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Imagine a Mardi Gras festival in the magical backdrop of Venice, and the allure of party goers wearing magnificent handcrafted masks, costumes and dresses. Carnevale is a celebration leading up to the day of lent and it gets its name from the Latin carnem levare, or carne vale, meaning ‘farewell to meat.’ In its original form, it was a rare time where people of all social classes would mingle as they were able to conceal their identities. The modern day Carnevale takes place all throughout the city of Venice, with many mock festivals happening throughout the world. Thousands of tourists travel to Venice to participate in this colorful carnival. The Venetian masks provide an irresistible charm for what is certainly one of the world’s most unique experiences. This year the carnival will go on from February 2 to 12. Events begin around 11 a.m. each day and include costume contests, parades, and a variety of shows with the majority taking place at St. Marks Square. Carnevale wraps up with a candle lit water parade of gondolas floating along the Canal Grande.

Fasching. There are hundreds of Fasching Balls happening throughout Germany, with the major ones taking place in Cologne and Duesseldorf. The last three days of Fasching (Fasching Sunday, Rose Monday and Shrove Tuesday) encompass the major highlights of the season. For more information, visit www. karnevalfasching.com. Our community has several opportunities to participate in the carnival season. Attend the modern day festival on an overnight trip with Leisure Travel Services February 7 - 11 to Venice, Italy! Or, get your masks ready to attend the BOSS Masquerade Ball at the Tower View in Grafenwoehr on February 14. For more information on the overnight trip, contact Leisure Travel Services in Grafenwoehr, DSN 475-7402, CIV 0964183-7402, or in Rose Barracks, DSN 4762563, CIV 09662-83-2563. Contact BOSS at DSN 475-8822, CIV 09641-83-8822 for more information on the BOSS Masquerade Ball.

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The Garmisch Entertainment Branch will be launching with the One Act Play Festival. This weekend-long festival of performances and workshops will feature delightful, theatrical entertainment by various playwrights. The Garmisch Players Community Theatre is located in Bldg. 262 on Artillery Kaserne. For more information call DSN 440-3475, CIV 08821-750-3475. The Grafenwoehr Performing Arts Center will be participating in the event and performing ‘I Dream Before I Take The Stand.’

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“Garmisch Players” Community Theatre Grand Opening

Join the Improv Troop?

Auditions: February 7 & 21, March 7 & 21, April 4 & 18

Join the fun in working without a script. No experience necessary! Wear comfortable clothing and arrive a few minutes early. For more information contact the Improv Troop mentor at redwhtblu3@yahoo.com.

The Twilight of the Golds March 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23

If your parents knew everything about you before you were born, would you be here? That is the question in this entertaining drama. All is well when Suzanne Gold and her close New York family discover that she is pregnant, until a prenatal test reveals something they aren’t sure how to handle. The news forces the entire Gold family to confront issues of bigotry, evolution and the limits of love. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and shows start at 7 p.m. Tickets: $7 per person. Appropriate for 18 and over (under 18 years of age admitted with parent or guardian consent).

Life Unscripted! Improv Troop Shows

April 20, June 15, August 18

Guaranteed to make you laugh. Formatted after the popular show Whose Line Is It Anyway? Free admission; Age 18+ only. Contact us for more information on any of the listed programs/events. We offers pay-as-you-go concessions for all public events and shows!

Charlotte’s Web

Auditions: March 27 & 28, 6:30 p.m. Performances: May 17, 18, 19 & 31 and June 1, 2, 7, 8 & 9

Join Wilbur and Fern on their funny adventures in this classic children’s tale.

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Just Being Neighborly? Friends and neighbors often help out by caring for each other’s children. Informal childcare arrangements can save money and provide play opportunities for the children of both families. It’s a great solution for families who need childcare infrequently. So, just being neighborly can help a young family!

opportunity to seek certification during its FCC Amnesty Program. The purpose of the Amnesty Program is to allow the caregiver to register with CYSS to become an FCC provider without penalty. During this period those who come forward and meet the eligibility requirements may continue to provide care while simultaneously going through the FCC certification process.

But…a word of caution: Army Regulation 608-10 limits the amount of time that a friend or neighbor can care for children in their government owned or leased quarters. If you are caring for children for more than 10 hours a week, on a regular basis, you may be at risk of losing your housing privileges. If someone reports unauthorized child care to Child, Youth & School Services (CYSS) our Family Child Care (FCC) Director visits the home and provides the caregiver with information about becoming a certified FCC provider. CYSS assists parents in unauthorized childcare to find care in an authorized program. If you enjoy caring for children, and want to provide care for more than 10 hours a week, consider becoming a certified FCC provider. Certified providers earn money while working from home.

Some of the benefits of being a FCC Provider: - No cost liability insurance - Utilization of CYSS equipment/Resource Library - Reimbursement for food expenditures - Marketable credentials/career advancement - Limited start-up costs - Ongoing professional training

During the month of January, CYSS is offering unauthorized caregivers the

Call the Family Child Care office at DSN 476-2783, CIV 09662-83-2783 about becoming a Family Child Care provider today!

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Most parents think of Child Development Centers and School Age Services programs when they need childcare. In addition to those facilities, there are a variety of options in our community for childcare. The Red Cross trains teens in their “Babysitters” course, teaching skills that teens need to safely care for young children in your home. CYS Services maintains a list of Red Cross-trained Babysitters in our Parent Central Services offices. Teens are often available for evenings and weekends and provide a great option for short term childcare. Families with a child registered in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) may qualify for up to 40 free hours of childcare each month. To find out more about the EFMP Respite Care program, contact ACS at DSN 476-2650, CIV 0966283- 2650. Many parents rely on friends to provide childcare. “Trading off” children with a friend for a few hours a week allows parents flexibility to shop, go to an appointment or work out at the gym. When care is provided in the child’s home, there’s no limit to the number of hours that are allowed. If care is provided in a home other than the child’s home, the maximum number of hours allowed is 10 hours per week. If you are new to the community, your Family Readiness Group (FRG) is a great place to meet military spouses who are willing to exchange childcare services.

hourly care, as well as extended and weekend care. CYSSitters can provide childcare in your home. Unlike the Red Cross Babysitters, CYSSitters are adult care providers trained by Child, Youth and School Services. CYSSitters are professional, in-home caregivers for families who need hourly care or fulltime care during work hours. CYSSitters complete three days of orientation training including CPR, First Aid, Child Development, Child Abuse prevention, Fire and Safety. After background checks are completed, the CYSSitter is placed on our referral list at Parent & Outreach Services. Parents may call CYSS at DSN 476-2760, CIV 0966283-2760 to request names and contact numbers. Parents negotiate hourly rate and hours with the CYSSitter. CYS Services is recruiting people interested in becoming FCC Providers, Substitute FCC Providers and CYSSitters. Substitute FCC Providers go into regular FCC Providers home and provide child care. Both Substitute FCC Providers and CYSSitters is an opportunity to work with children and set your own schedule. Training is free of charge. For all of your childcare or youth services needs, contact the friendly folks at our Parent Central Services offices on Rose Barracks

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Tailor Your Childcare Services

Family Child Care Providers complete the same training requirements and background checks as CYSS employees who work in our facilities. Family Child Care offers a more homelike setting for children and works especially well for infants and toddlers who do well with smaller groups of children. FCC Homes do provide care for children up to 12 years of age. Most FCC providers in our community offer

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Parents’ Night Out

January 25, February 22, March 15 6:30-11:30 p.m.

Do you need an evening without the kids? Drop your children off with our childcare experts and enjoy a nice quiet evening, a romantic date with your spouse or an action filled movie.

Spring Sports Registration February 1-28

Baseball, ages 3-15 Softball, ages 12-15 Spring Soccer, ages 6-15 Track and Field, ages 8-14 Volunteer coaches are also needed. Please call Youth Sports at DSN 466-2488, CIV 09472-83-2488.

Chill out with the Youth Center

Winter Wonderland Gala January 1, 6-11 p.m.

It’s the New Year, celebrate in style at the Youth Center. Enjoy our free Winter Gala with your friends. Activities include music, snacks, games & photos with friends. What’s a better way to kick off 2013?

Pre-Super Bowl Party - Madden 13 Tournament February 2, noon-5 p.m.

We’ll host a Madden 13 Football Tournament to get ready for the Superbowl! Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Tournament Winners. Enjoy AFN Sports Highlights, Hot Wings, Sodas and Chips & Salsa while hanging out and gaming. 12

Father & Son Team Pool Tournament February 8, 6-10 p.m.

Team up with your father and compete to be crowned Hohenfels’ top billiard players. Register at the Youth Center by February 6 for bracket placements. Tournament rules provided upon registration.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration March 15, 3-5 p.m.

Wear your best green attire and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Youth Center. Experience Irish cultural foods, drinks, music and lots of laughs. This is a party you won’t want to miss. Call the Youth Center at DSN 466-4492, CIV 09472-83-4492 for more information.

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This year’s theme emphasizes motion and progress in the different facets of our livesour physical, mental and spiritual worlds. This idea embraces fitness of the mind and body and is meant to complement our Summer Reading Program theme, “Have Book, Will Travel” as well as fit within the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness five pillars concept - Social, physical, family, spiritual and emotional health. Programs are created based on diverse topics, including nutrition, exercise/physical activities, hobbies, travel and learning. So, get going and move your world. DSN 475-1740 | DSN 466-1740

January – Create Your World Grafenwoehr Explore a new craft and look forward to spring by creating a garden mosaic. In this adult crafting program we will use mosaic tiles to create a decoration perfect for the spring garden. We’ll meet January 17, 5-6 p.m. in Rose Barracks or January 24, 6-7 p.m. in Grafenwoehr.

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Shake the January blues with some fun and crafty projects for ages 5-12. Drop-in to the Library on January 16 anytime from 2:30-4 p.m. and make it and take it. It’s time to Create Your World!

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February – Describe Your World Grafenwoehr

Journaling can be used to ease stress, document important (or mundane) events or create family heirlooms. This adult program gives you the tools and inspiration you need to get started in journaling. We focus on Family Journaling, but the skills are transferrable to other types of journaling as well. Join us on February 21, 5-6 p.m. in Rose Barracks or February 28, 6-7 p.m. in Grafenwoehr.

March – Build Your World

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This is your chance to show off your best smartphone photos with the Library’s “Bayerische Winter Wunder Smart Phone Photo Contest”. Each photo must be at least 5 x 7 inches, must have a sturdy black mat around it (for display purposes) and be photos of somewhere in Bavaria. Entry forms will be available at the library from February 1-9 and displayed from February 12-16.

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March is Family Fun Month and we have a family program to celebrate. Bring your children and build a game together! You’ll have the choice of three different types of games to create. So come to the Library on March 14, 5-6 p.m. in Rose Barracks or March 21, 6-7 p.m. in Grafenwoehr and use your imagination.

Ever wonder what your stuffed animals did while you weren’t around? Bring them to the Library on March 22 for the 3rd Annual Furry Friends Sleepover. Starting at 5 p.m. we’ll have a storyhour and then “babysit” your furry friend overnight. Come for breakfast the next day and see pictures from the night before.

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Garmisch

Music Lessons for Children and Adults

Lessons are offered for beginners, intermediate and advanced levels in the music practice room. Ages 6 to adults. Fee $240 for 2 month lesson package.

Upholstery Class

Learn how to re-upholster chairs, sofas, etc. Bring your own furniture as a class project. Adults only. Fee $35 for six hours of instruction.

Basic Ceramics Pouring Class

Learn how to pour and finish while making one easy class project to take home. Two evening classes. By appointment only. Fee $20 (includes supplies).

Hand Building with Clay

Learn the techniques of pinching, coiling and slab work. Create cups, bowls, flower pots, Easter eggs or a project of your choice. Two sessions of two hours each. Fee $48 (includes supplies).

Oil or Acrylics Painting Class for Beginners

Every Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Includes three sessions of instruction. Fee $69 (includes supplies).

Tiffany Glass Art

Design a beautiful window picture, mirror or lamp shade. Four sessions of instruction for beginners and up. By appointment only. Fee $40 (plus supplies).

Reserve a Children’s Craft Birthday Party!

Each child can create one project. Choices include pottery, ceramics, silk painting, and watercolor painting. Decorations and clean up are included. Parties can be arranged outside of operating hours. Fee $15 per child (includes supplies).

Photo Printing Kiosk

Bring your digital pictures for printing on quality Kodak paper. Design greeting cards, invitations, collages and more!

Silk Painting

For beginners and advanced students. By appointment only. Adults and children 4 and up. Two evening/afternoon classes. Fee $15 (plus supplies).

Wood Shop Safety

Prerequisite class to use the shop’s power tools and machines. Fee $20.

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Facility Information: Garmisch Crafts Tree DSN 440-3888, CIV 08821-750-3888. Grafenwoehr Hearts & Home Craft Shop DSN 475-6101, CIV 09641-83-6101. Hohenfels Arts & Crafts Center DSN 4766-2538, CIV 09472-83-2538.

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January 9 & 16; February 6 & 13; March 6 & 13 Classes from 9-11 a.m Fee $15 (plus supplies).

Beginning Quilt

Happy Day Quilt - February 7, 14, 21 & 28; March 7 Tumbling Blocks - March 14, 21 & 28 Classes from 9-11 a.m. & 4-6 p.m. Fee $45 (plus supplies).

Kid’s Classes (Age 7 - 10)

January 9, February 6, March 6 Classes from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Different activities each class. Fee $15 (includes supplies).

Origami Earrings

Hearts, January 15; Pine Cone, February 12; Crane, March 12

Classes from 9-11 a.m. Fee $15 (includes supplies).

Home Economics

Valentine’s Runner, January 11 - 12 Easter Egg Runner, February 15 - 16 Reversible Easter Bag, March 8 - 9 Classes from 9 a.m.-noon Fee $15 (plus supplies).

Star Organizer

February 19 & 26; March 5

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Scrapbook Basic

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January 3, 17 & 31; February 14 & 28; March 14 & 28 Classes start at 5 p.m. Fee $10.

Polymer Clay

January 3 & 10; February 7 & 14; March 7 & 14

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Ar t s & Craf ts Classes start at 10 a.m. Fee $10 (plus supplies).

Framing

January 10 & 24; February 7 & 21; March 7 & 21 Classes start at 5 p.m. Fee $30 (includes supplies).

Beading

January 17 & 24; February 21 & 28; March 21 &28 Classes start at 10 a.m. Fee $15 (plus supplies).

Valentine’s Craft Project January 31

Class starts at 4 p.m. For pricing, contact the Arts & Crafts Center.

Kid’s Easter Craft March 13

Class starts at 4 p.m. For pricing, contact the Arts & Crafts Center.

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TOP 10 THINGS EVERY SINGLE SOLDIER SHOULD KNOW IN GERMANY

Written by Spc. Adrian Sherrod

1. A little German goes a long way.

One of the hardest things for Soldiers to get used to is the language difference, and, who can blame them? You probably had no idea you could end up in Germany, and now that you’re here you’re reeling from the culture shock. No worries though, help is here. Your Army Community Service probably offers German as well as cultural tidbits. Your on-base Education Center likely has classes offered by any of the accredited colleges there. But if immersion is your method of learning — that is, you want to be steeped in the culture with a teacher who doesn’t speak English — then sign up for German classes at the city’s community college, known as a Volkshochschule. Schools typically offer German classes year round.

2. Trains don’t run from midnight to 5 a.m.

You’re in the mood to travel, and you’ve managed to figure out the train schedule and hop on the train. You get to your destination, have a great time and now you’re ready to come back and hop into bed. One problem: It’s past midnight and you’re stuck miles, and possibly hours, away from home. A taxi costs more than you can afford. Walking is out of the question. Don’t live this story. Remember, if you’re going somewhere late, either have a plan to spend the night somewhere, a ride back or the money for the taxi. Also, make sure to check the train schedule before you leave home at the Deutsche Bahn website.

3. There is ALWAYS something to do (beyond boozing), and someone can help you find it.

Ah, the plight of the single Soldier. You’ve got time to kill and money in your pocket. The world is your oyster (or is it your German Bratwurst?), but you’ve nothing to do! There are people that can help and the BOSS program, Outdoor Recreation Center and Leisure Travel Services are perfect places to start. Trips, activities, parties, theme parks, adventures are all available so you’ve never got a reason to say “there’s nothing to do.”

4. Drinking responsibly is easy, someone will always call you a taxi.

Okay. Let’s get down to brass tacks. We can agree only two causes of DUI are, of course, drinking and failure to plan. Let’s eliminate the latter of the two right here. Know your local taxi number. Put it in your phone, write it down and stick it in your wallet. Do it right now. This number could save your career and life. Also, let’s say that maybe you’ve had a bit too much to drink and lost your phone, or forgot the number, or your phone’s dead. Guess what the German word for “taxi” is? Yes, the German word for taxi is “taxi.” Just say it to the bartender or person at the door and they’ll be glad10 to help you out. Remember: no one wants a drunk driver on the road.


5. I promise, someone can help you with that.

You’re in a new place, and it’s natural to feel like you’re all alone, or to want to figure everything out by yourself. That’s not a good idea. There are many organizations in the Bavaria Military Community that can make your life much easier. Looking for something to do, or people to hang out with? Try BOSS! Feeling adventurous? Go speak to the great people at Outdoor Recreation. Need to take a class on…well…anything? Army Community Service is there to help you every step of the way. Need to speak to someone when things are getting tough? Military Family Life Consultants, the clinic’s behavioral health department, and your local BOSS representative are glad to help you. The great news is that there are so many organizations that you can almost always find one suited to your needs. You don’t have to go it alone, so why try?

6. Your Passport is like American express; never leave home without it!

So, by now I’m sure you’ve had the “Don’t make yourself a target” briefing. Yet most people whip out their ID every time they need to identify themselves off post. Do you know how to avoid that? Use your passport! Remember that, though the Bavaria Military Community is your home for the duration of your tour, once you leave post you are in a foreign country. It’s also necessary if you want to leave the country. Military orders won’t hack it when you’re taking leisure travel through France, Italy or anywhere else. Don’t have a passport? No worries. Head over to your garrison passport office, usually at the Military Personnel Division office.

7. It’s Sunday! Everything is closed.

So after a weekend of partying, you remember that you need to pay a phone bill or you want to go to grocery shopping on the economy. Too bad. It’s Sunday. Don’t be left in the cold. Get everything you need taken care of earlier in the week so you, like the rest of Germany, can rest on Sunday. When in Rome…

8. So! Everything’s in Euro…what?

The Euro! Currency conversion is never easy, especially when you’re paid in the currency that’s on the bottom of the equation. If you’re lucky enough to own a smart phone, invest in a good currency converter app. If not remember this: Multiply the amount in Euro by 1.5 and that’s usually a high estimate of your dollar amount. Better to round a little too high and be presently surprised, right?

9. Making friends makes everything easier.

It always makes things easier to be able to call someone in your time of need. Remember that and branch out when you can! The fact that you came from somewhere else is no reason to isolate yourself. Speak to people. Plug in. Remember, the people here want to get to know you. Give them the chance.

10. VAT forms: what, how, and why.

Germany has a 19 percent Value Added Tax on everything. VAT forms help you offset this tax, and buying them from your garrison tax relief office can save you a ton on services and materials such as clothing, furniture and car repairs. Remember, vendors are under NO obligation to take the forms and they’re $4 each for purchases under €2,500. So buying a few of these could save you some of your hard-earned cash.

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Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers Grafenwoehr Valentine’s Masquerade Ball February 14

It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. Wear a mask and bring your loved one to a one-of-a-kind Masquerade Ball. Dinner and drinks will be served as you dance the night away. This is an open community event and tickets can be bought at either Warrior Zone.

Snowboard Trip to Salzburg, Austria March 15-18

Hit the slopes in Austria and take in the scenes! If you’re into skiing or snowboarding or just want to enjoy the Austrian nightlife, this trip is for you.

Switzerland Skiing & Snowboarding March 18-21

We head out to Switzerland to spend a weekend Snowboarding, Skiing and relaxing! Sign up today for our last snowboard trip of the year!

Second Annual Training May 17-19

Hohenfels Ski & Snowboard Trips to Grosser Arber

January 12, February 2, March 23

BOSS heads out to Kean’s Lodge in Garmisch to complete training for all BOSS Representatives in USAG Grafenwoehr.

Join BOSS and Outdoor Recreation on a day full of skiing, snowboarding and lots of fun! Sign up for these high adrenaline daytrips with BOSS.

Grafenwoehr BOSS, DSN 475-8822, CIV 09641-83-8822

Hohenfels BOSS, DSN 466-4028, CIV 09472-83-4028

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Looking for more than a regular day of work? Outdoor Recreation and Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) teams up to bring you the Warrior Adventure Quest (WAQ). The Warrior Adventure Quest is a program were Soldiers are taken across Europe, during the workday, to explore, learn, bond and just have a little high intense fun. Our past trip took Soldiers to Klettersteig at the Hohengluecksteig by Vilseck. The Klettersteig is a European specific hiking discipline which involves traversing rock walls on an established trail, utilizing a safety harness and safety belays. Soldiers were introduced and shown the proper use of the equiptment, by our Outdoor Recreation Experts. We then hiked to the top of the Klettersteig area. This was a first for all the Soldiers and an experience none would soon forget. Upon looking at what we were up against, nerves were flying high.

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Overall, all the Soldiers had a fantastic time! Everyone got to bond as we looked at the ground far below our feet. Uneasy nerves were replaced by nerves of steel and laughs were heard throughout the day. Many expressed high appreciatation for showing them something new, that they never realized was right in their backyards.

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The Hohenfels Post Gym offers a variety of options to get community members on the right track. Probably the most effective is their Personal Trainer Services. Four certified personal trainers give clients one-on-one attention and personalized workouts.

Personal Trainers Provide Path to Fitness Story by Mark Iacampo USAG Hohenfels Public Affairs

“People can cause themselves serious injury by doing exercise movements incorrectly,” said Lawson, adding that some injuries may not be readily apparent, and may take years of incorrect lifting to manifest. “My goal is to set this person up for success so that after five or 10 sessions…they can come into the gym with confidence and be like ‘I know exactly what I’m doing now.’”

HOHENFELS, Germany − With ever-mounting evidence that a healthy lifestyle needs to incorporate not only cardiovascular conditioning but also some sort of resistance training, more and more people are heading to the gym. Unfortunately, statistics show that most will fail to reach their goals.

A personal training program starts with a discussion of goals, and matching the client with a trainer best suited to meet those goals. “For instance, I’m not a bodybuilder; I don’t do bodybuilding type of training,” said Lawson. “I know how, but it’s not my specialty. I do a lot of functional fitness and weight loss, I help people with running. But we have people that can help with bodybuilding workouts.”

“People get frustrated because they come to the gym three or four times a week and they’re not seeing any results,” said Emma Lawson, Hohenfels Post Gym fitness coordinator. “Often, they’re not maximizing their effort or they’re doing the exercises incorrectly and that prohibits them from getting the best that they can out of their workout.”

Spc. Claire Malzahn came to Lawson hoping to improve her overall PT score and increase her knowledge of how to properly use the gym. She said the benefits began almost immediately. “After I just started working with her I noticed I was already faster with my cardio, my running was getting stronger, and my confidence in the gym was growing,” said Malzahn.

With multiple magazines, websites, books, and television shows offering fitness tips, often in contradiction, a beginner may be justly confused as to just how to begin. In addition, Lawson added many people are intimated in the gym, both by the complexlooking equipment and by their own lack of knowledge.

Every program begins with an assessment to determine a client’s initial cardio level, resting heart rate and fat percentage. “It provides a nice baseline for where your body is when we start the training sessions, and then we repeat it at the end to give customers an idea of how far they’ve come,” Lawson said.

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Some clients need only one session to familiarize them with the equipment and proper exercise forms, while others want an ongoing trainer to help push them and provide feedback. The gym also hosts a variety of classes and group sessions to help people begin their workout program safely and effectively. With circuit training, Yoga, indoor cycling, kickboxing and more, there is always something new and challenging for your total fitness goals. “The challenge for a lot of people is they get bored with working out. They come for four months and it’s just the same thing,” Lawson said. “Fitness

doesn’t have to be boring. There are so many options out there to change it up.” One popular program is the lunch time special that runs Monday through Friday and features a different workout each day. “Of course everyone is welcome, but this class is specifically designed to give people who work a chance to … get a good workout before heading back to their jobs,” said Lawson. Besides making great use of your lunch hour, the resulting endorphin rush can put a brighter outlook on the rest of your workday.“I love it,” said Dominique Gordon. “My job is pretty stressful and this gets me reinvigorated to tackle the afternoon workload.” Marion Warner-Axon agrees. “It clears my mind, and it makes my whole day so much better if I get to do this. It refocuses your mind. If I don’t’ do this, then by the end of the day I feel bad.” your community connection

Tasha Haven said that she really enjoys the added energy of working out with a group. “It gives me more motivation,” she said. Lawson pointed out that working out is more about looking good in a bathing suit or fitting into a certain pair of jeans. “People are sitting at their desk and their back starts hurting. Well, maybe that’s because they haven’t been doing core or back strengthening. Whether your lifting your groceries off the ground, picking up your kid, mowing the yard, playing with your dog, everything we do in the gym translates into everyday life,” she said. “My goal is to get people capable of training on their own. I want to work with them not only to help them meet their immediate goals, but to set them up for a life of success in fitness and health.”

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New Year’s Resolution: Be Healthy You made a New Year’s resolution to be healthier and really want it to come true. The Hohenfels Post Gym is here to help you achieve your fitness goals every step of the way. There are many opportunities available for every fitness level.

Fat Blast Boot Camp January 8

Get in shape with this new total body boot camp that will blast the fat, tone up your body and whip you into shape! Classes will be offered every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m.

Lose to Win Challenge January 8 - March 22

Kick start a healthier you this year by participating in this challenge. It is a 10-week program that will test competitors on who can lose the most weight/body fat in a healthy manner. All participants can take an indoor cycling or lunch time fitness class for free. Awards will be given to top individual male and female as well as the top 3 teams. Sign up as an individual or as a 3 member team by January 7.

New Year, New You Fitness Day January 26

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Start the year out right with a full fitness day for the whole family. Participate in fitness classes such as Tabata, Zumba, Spinning, and Cardio Weights for adults. Kids ages 3-9 can participate in HopSports. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids. The first 20 to register get a free T-shirt. For Lose to Win participants, this fitness day is $5 off!

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Hohenfels Pure Yoga January 8

Release the tensions of stress while achieving a slow burn. Yoga is designed to develop strength and flexibility in a non-impact exercise. Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m.

Racquetball Tournament January 22 - February 1

First 10 players receive a T-shirt. The best of 3 matches wins. Entry fee is $15. There will be a players meeting for all who are registered at Bldg. 88, room 4, on January 17, 5:30 p.m.

The 1000 LB. Club February 9, 11 a.m.

Compete to lift 1,000 lb. in the following 3 events: the dead lift, the squat, and the bench press. All competitors who successfully lift 1,000 lb. will receive a T-shirt. Female participants will compete to lift 500 lb. Entry fee is $10.

USAG Hohenfels Unit Level Basketball Championships February 27 - March 2

The top competitors in this event will be chosen to represent Hohenfels at the IMCOM Europe Championships in March at Bamberg.

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Massage Therapy and Beauty Treatments

The Mueller Fitness Center has qualified massage therapists and beauty treatment specialists on hand. Rejuvenate yourself with a specialty massage that suits your body, a facial that complements your skin type, or a waxing service that fits your need. Gift certificates are available for Massage and Beauty treatments! Make an appointment today.

Intramural Volleyball League

Coaches meeting on January 22

January 28 Being healthy is about more than just eating right or participating in a daily physical activity. It is about making wellness, in the broadest sense, a priority. Whether you are looking to change your lifestyle to eat healthier, get more exercise, reduce sugary beverages or get more sleep, this challenge is for you. The Healthy Lifestyle Challenge will help you find a lifestyle balance and ultimately feel better about yourself!

The Intramural Volleyball League will be starting on February 4. To sign up for a coaching position, or for more information, contact the Mueller Fitness Center.

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Healthy Lifestyle Challenge

Fitness On the Snow Mondays, 9 a.m.

We offer fitness classes specifically geared toward improving your “snow” physical fitness. We will focus on indoor circuit training, TRX, jump roping, plyometrics and balance exercises. Weekly exercises depend on hill snow conditions.

Men’s Ski Weekend in the Dolomites, Italy March 1 - 3

Ski the world famous Sella Ronda. We stay in a mountain rifugio and take you on an evening guided snowshoe hike too.

Mueller Fitness Center, Bldg. 119 DSN 440-2747, CIV 08821-750-2747

The challenge will be held at the GarmischPartenkirchen Mueller Fitness Center. Every participant will be assessed at the beginning and at the end of the contest. Final scores will depend on completed tasks that will be announced in the “Healthy Lifestyle Change” newsletter each week, and also your improvement in four fitness components: cardiovascular, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition. During this 8 week program our staff will provide the guidance and support needed to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Participants will compete in teams by earning points in a friendly atmosphere. Don’t wait and start putting your team together! And be ready to start your new and healthier life. 23


AFAA to Provide Training to Fitness Professionals The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) is scheduled to provide training in Grafenwoehr to our local fitness professionals. Courses will include an outline, certificate of completion, 5 AFAA CEUs for AFAA Cerfitied Professionals, one year AFAA membership and more. Certain recommended prerequisites apply. The registration deadline for these classes is February 1.

Primary Group Exercise Certification March 1

This certification is valid for a period of two years. For CEU credit only (not for certification). The course also includes a study guide, review, written and practical exams. The cost for this class is $63.75.

G.E.A.R. Indoor Cycling Instructor Training March 2

This workshop is designed for current indoor cycling instructors and those interested in instructing group indoor cycling classes. Course focuses on “how to create a dynamic, high-energy indoor cycling class for all-level students.” Learn safe cycling practices, correct technique, proper alignment, and effective training principles to ensure sound training decisions. Training methods include cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, body composition and flexibility. The cost for this class is $96.25.

Practical Yoga Workshop March 3

This instructor training course will teach participants how to confidently lead a safe and challenging multilevel yoga class in a variety of settings. The course curriculum combines AFAA’s traditional methods of teaching group exercise and its new, unique Sunrise Format approach to Yoga. You will learn and practice the various asanas and gain understanding of the other key elements of success: tone, setting, meditation, breath and all the teaching skills necessary to be a successful fitness-based Yoga instructor. The cost of this class is $96.75. For more detailed information about this event, contact Sports and Fitness at DSN 475-8207, CIV 09641-83-8207.

Grafenwoehr

Fitness Day

January 12, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Free fitness classes, massages, fitness assesments, equipment orientation, and much more! Our professional fitness staff can assist you with your New Year’s resolution and fitness goals.

Weight Loss Challenge January 16 - February 27

Compete to lose the most body fat and weight in this 6 week challenge. It is a great way to stay motivated and have community support.

Volleyball Unit Level Team Registration February 1 - 28

Join the Intramural Volleyball League and represent your Unit. The league will be starting on March 4.

USAG Grafenwoehr Boxing Invitational March 2, 7 p.m.

Boxers are required to be present for mandatory weighins and medical physicals 9 a.m. - noon. Doors open for the boxing event at 6 p.m. Grafenwoehr Physical Fitness Center Bldg. 170, DSN 475-9007, CIV 09641-83-9007


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Hunting, Fishing and Sport Shooting Program In Germany Hunting of certain animals (when in season) is perfectly legal. U.S. Forces members interested in hunting are required to take a U.S. Forces Hunting Course (in English) and pass the exam. The U.S. Forces course is approved and recognized by the German Government. With the examination certificate the local German City Administration will issue a hunting license. Since hunting involves firearms and ammunition, certain steps need to be taken and certain prerequisites need to be fulfilled.

Fishing in Germany

requires both a fishing license and a fishing permit. The fishing license serves as proof that you know how to fish (we don’t want to violate animal protection laws), how to identify fish (some species are in season, others are not) and how to identify fish diseases (that’s important if you want to consume fish). Such a license is obtained by taking a U.S. Forces Fishing Course (in English), passing the exam and taking the examination certificate to your local German city administration. The fishing permit can be obtained from the fishing rights holder of the particular lake or

river you intend to fish in. Not having a permit from the fishing rights holder is considered poaching. Next Course will be held February 22-24. Sign up NOW!

Sport Shooting - Germany has over

500,000 sport shooters organized in sport shooting clubs, which belong to various sport shooting associations. The U.S. Forces in Germany play an active role in this environment. Since 2005, the U.S. Forces have their very own sport shooting handbook, which has been approved by the German Federal Government. The membership in the U.S. Forces Sport Shooting Program enables you to take the firearms test and to obtain the appropriate license to purchase, possess and utilize firearms on proper sport shooting ranges. Many opportunities exist to take part in sport shooting competitions on local as well as European levels. Contact the Hunting, Fishing and Sport Shooting Program Coordinator located in Camp Algier Bldg. 2440, DSN 474-4212, CIV 09641-454-4212 for more information.

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