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11 January 2012

Christmas Tree Pick-up Schedules Grafenwoehr Off-Post Housing Areas Sat., 14 Jan. Post the tree marked with a ―disposal ticket‖ NLT 8 a.m. at your curbside. Banks in the city of Grafenwoehr sell disposal tickets for 1.50 Euro.

Eschenbach and Netzaberg Off-Post Housing Areas Sat., 14 Jan. Post the tree marked with a ―disposal ticket‖ NLT 8 a.m. at curbside. All banks in Eschenbach sell disposal tickets for 2 Euro. Please remove all decorations beforehand. For more info call Main Post DSN 475-6664, or Rose Barracks DSN 476-2600.

ASAP’s EAP Class Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Are the dark winter days getting you down? Join us 12 Jan from 10 a.m. – noon, Main Post Bldg. 621, Conference Room 1st Floor. Come and learn what SAD is and how you can cope better through the winter months. Class is open to all civilians. DoD Employees: this class will count towards your required EAP training. Call DSN 475-5122 to register.

Community Highlights Special programs, updates, community campaigns, classes and more

Testing, 1, 2 … 3 14 Jan: The newly-installed Giant Voice speaker system will be tested on Saturday, January 14 – no specific time. The Giant Voice speakers are located at Main Post Bldgs. 507 and 621, and Rose Barracks Bldg. 700. Please DO NOT respond to any message you may hear on Saturday.

USAG Grafenwoehr Assumption of Command Ceremony 17 Jan: All community members are invited to attend the Assumption of Command Ceremony for Colonel James E. Saenz at 2 p.m. at the Main Post Physical Fitness Center, Bldg. 170. Colonel Saenz will be assuming command of the United States Army Garrison Grafenwoehr.

Open Saturday at the Vilseck Veterinary Treatment Facility 21 Jan: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Rose Barracks Bldg. 222 (opposite Tumbleweeds, next to the Launderette). The VTF is providing more access to care for families and Soldiers outside of normal working hours by offering walk-in appointments to receive basic vaccinations in addition to nail trims, heartworm tests, health certificates, microchipping and over the counter sales & registration. Additionally, in the last three months, the VTF has been between supply contracts and unable to provide all the medications, special diets, and over the counter products expected. They are pleased to announce that the new contracts are in place and working well and can now supply family pets with the same level of care and products again. Please call DSN 476-2370 or CIV 0966-283-2370 to place an order during normal business hours, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mon. – Fri.

Grafenwoehr Military Community Housing Division Reduced Service 23 Jan – 3 Feb: Housing Division Main Post Grafenwoehr, Rose Barracks Vilseck, Single Soldier Housing and the Furniture Management Office will ―Operate Under Reduced Services‖ due to a database migration to a web-based system and associated training for the staff: To avoid extended waiting times we offer appointments as well as walk-ins during this timeframe to better serve you. Please plan your visits and call for appointments: Housing Office Main Post Grafenwoehr Housing Office Rose Barracks Vilseck Single Soldier Housing Main Post Grafenwoehr Single Soldier Housing Rose Barracks Vilseck

Bldg 244 Bldg 215 Bldg 621 Bldg 163

DSN 475-6674 DSN 476-3907 DSN 475-6580 DSN 476-2833

55th Annual USAGG German/American Volksfest Planning Meeting 28 Jan: The USAG Grafenwoehr German/American Volksfest Planning Committee will conduct its initial organizational meeting for the upcoming 55th Annual USAG Grafenwoehr German/American Volksfest on Saturday, 28 Jan. in Rose Barracks Bldg., 2 p.m. All organizations, i.e., Military Units, Family Support Groups, Family & MWR activities, and private organizations interested in operating a booth or supporting activities at the 55th Annual USAG Grafenwoehr German/American Volksfest are invited to attend. The actual dates of the Volksfest are Aug. 3-5 at Camp Kasserine, GTA. For more, is Neville R. Paschall, Special Events Coordinator, DSN 476-2948, CIV 09662-83-2948.

Updates from the Legal Assistance Office Free Tax Preparation, starting 1 Feb: The Rose Barracks Tax Center is open for business from 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4 p.m. to prepare free tax returns Soldiers and eligible civilians. All returns are completed by IRS VITA-certified st Soldier and civilians. We are located on the 1 Floor, Building 245. For more, call DSN 476-2289, CIV 09-314-4762289.

Lil' Mister and Miss Grafenwoehr Pageant on Rose Barracks Presented by the Vilseck and Grafenwoehr Community and Spouses’ Clubs 11 Feb: 10 a.m. at Bldg. 134. Categories are ages: 0-12 mos (Baby), 13 mos -3 yrs (Tiny), 4 yrs-6 yrs (Little), 7-9 years (Jr.). There will be two winners in every age group; a boy and a girl. There will be one Mister Grafenwoehr and one Miss Grafenwoehr chosen from the entire group.

Registration Applications for registration are now available. Applications can be downloaded at or Bring the completed form along with your registration fee to either Thrift Shop. For more, email or contact us on our Facebook page. Register early and Save! Armed Forces Entertainment and Family and MWR present …

CIRQUE DREAMS WORLD TOUR Two fantastic and FREE shows take place February 22 at the Rose Barracks Memorial Fitness Center, Bldg. 616. Show times: Noon and 6 p.m. Doors open at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Booking your FREE ticket in advance will guarantee access to the show. Ticket booking opens January 17 at this website or at USAG Grafenwoehr Family and MWR facilities. Show your ticket at the door with your Family members present. Your reservation will be valid until 30 min prior to the show. The show is open to ID cardholders. Tickets are limited (6) per Family. “Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy” is an exotic encounter inspired by nature’s unpredictable creations that are brought to life by an international cast of soaring aerialists, acrobats, jugglers and musicians. The astounding feats performed in this action-packed Cirque Dream are enhanced with spectacular costumes, which were nominated for an American Theatre Wing Best Costume Design Award. From the Butterfly Ballet and Flipping Monkeys to the Hopping Frog Jugglers and Stretching Lizards, this world-class explosion of athleticism and Broadway theatrics will exhilarate and entertain audiences of all ages. For more information contact DSN 475-1350 or CIV 09641-83-1350.

AAFES Fuel Cards in Germany unaffected by Italy Stoppage Effective with January 2012, ESSO fuel cards are no longer valid in Italy. There is no effect on ESSO fuel cards in Germany; they will continue to be honored by off-base ESSO stations throughout Germany.

Road conditions, staying safe on winter’s roads For up-to-date weather information, click on the following link. Additionally tune your radio to AM 1107, FM 98.5 for Main post Grafenwoehr, or FM 107.7 for Rose Barracks, also on Decoder channel 112; AFN Powernet Radio; AFN|Prime Atlantic television (Decoder channel 11); or visit AFN on the web at or for the latest AFN updates; log onto and click on the ―Road Conditions― link provided on the left side of the page; tune TVs to the Command Information Channel and watch the weather crawler at the bottom of the screen.Call DSN 475-ROAD (7623) or CIV: 09641-83-7623 for the recorded ―road conditions and reporting instructions‖

DPW Energy Saving Tip of the Week Check on your major appliances. When it is time that you will be replacing them, search for more energy efficient models that carry the EnergyStar rating.

Educational Scholarships Available The Vilseck Community and Spouses Club (VCSC) wants to help you go to college. Scholarships are available for graduating high school seniors, spouses/dependents of active duty military and DOD civilians. The application deadline is March 16. For more or an application, visit

CYSS, FCC news Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) Family Child Care (FCC) has an amnesty program available during the month of January that allows unauthorized providers to register without command reprisal. Unauthorized child care provided in government quarters can lead to the revocation of housing privileges. Unauthorized providers are those who care for children in their homes for more than 10 hours a week without proper training and certification through CYSS. If you enjoy caring for children, and want to provide care for more than 10 hours a week, consider becoming a certified FCC provider. USAG Grafenwoehr CYSS assists Soldiers and their spouses with obtaining and maintaining quality child care. CYSS through the FCC program offers parents a choice of certified providers, ensuring their children are in a safe home

environment. However, care provided on the installation that is not approved by the garrison commander puts the command in liability. The objective of the FCC program is to provide quality care and reduce the potential for the incidence of accidents and child abuse. Help us provide positive role modeling and quality care for military Family Members. Give a child a home away from home and become a Family Child Care provider. Contact the Family Child Care office at DSN 476-2783 or CIV 09662-83-2783 for more information.

Overseas Service Photography Project Announced The Department of Defense announced today that it seeks donations of photographs of U.S. military service life overseas from current and former service members for use in a photo recognition exhibition planned in conjunction with the State Department. The project called “Serving Abroad…Through Their Eyes” will choose images that depict six specific categories: daily life, friendship, places, faces, loss or triumph. Selected images may be used for display in a special photography exhibition planned for the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Pentagon and other prominent venues, stateside and overseas. Submissions through Presidents Day, Feb 20, 2012. Rules, entry form and submission guidelines may be found here. For more, email Lt. Col. Robert Ditchey.

Voting information All registered voters must revalidate their status with their registered voting states. Submitting an FPCA to their state local election official will register eligible voters to vote, update their mailing address with their state local election office, and request an absentee ballot for all state and federal elections to include primary elections. See your unit voting officer for a mail-in SF 76, or visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website at for specific state information.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Overseas Program The Department of Defense (DoD) offers the WIC Overseas Program to eligible participants living overseas. The WIC Overseas Program provides you and your family with several important benefits: nutritious food, tips on how to prepare balanced meals, nutrition and health screenings, and access to other resources that help you and your family lead healthier lives. The program is available to eligible participants living overseas, including: civilian employees, DoD contractors, family members, and members of the uniformed services. If you or your family member is pregnant, postpartum, breastfeeding an infant, or a child up to 5 years of age, please call our Rose Barracks WIC Overseas Office (Bldg. 221) for eligibility screening at 09662-83-3790.

Suicide Prevention Awareness Call the suicide prevention hotline number at DSN 475-LIFE. Visit our website for more on suicide prevention. Suicide prevention, sexual assault or just a friendly ear… you are 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 0966283-114, Sexual Assault Hotline 0162-296-0661 and Emergency Services 09641-83-117.

Army Community Service (ACS) Contact Army Community Service (ACS) Main Post, DSN 475-8371, CIV 09641-83-8371. Rose Barracks, DSN 476-2650 CIV 09662-83-2650. ACS is now on Facebook and Twitter (Follow GRAF ACS) or email for info. ***The Army Volunteer Corps, AFTB & AFAP programs have moved back into the Rose Barracks ACS, building 322. ***

Check out our January and February 2012 E-Newsletter

ACS QR CODE If you have a Smartphone or iPhone, download a QR decoder app. Take a snapshot of the code with your phone, and the code automatically direct you to the ACS section of the Garrison webpage. A quick and easy way to access our information and that of the USAG Grafenwoehr Garrison.

ACS Employment Readiness Program on Main Post Every Wednesday: Your ACS Employment Readiness Program will be at the ACS Main Post Satellite Office from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday. For details, please email

Bavarian Nights. 19 Jan: 5-9 p.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322. Are you new to the area? Meet new people, learn the basic German language and immerse yourself in the Bavarian culture! Class begins at ACS Rose Barracks, and will proceed at a restaurant in near the town of Vilseck. Children ages 13 and up may join as they may also benefit from language and cultural skills. Dinner will cost approximately 10 Euro per person (includes buffet and one drink). Deadline for registration is January 16. Next session will be 16 Feb, at the Main Post USO and proceeding at a local German restaurant in Grafenwoehr.

Resilience Training: Your New Year’s Resolution Resilience Training offers strength-based, positive psychology tools to aid Soldiers, and Family members in their ability to grow and flourish in the face of challenges. Resilience Training gives you the skills to bounce back from difficulties affiliated with the military life and beyond. For childcare, please register your child through CYSS. Registration is required.

Condensed Resilience Training (2 day class) 24-25 Jan: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322 .

Fighting for your Marriage: Having Fun Again 31 Jan / 7, 14, 21 & 28 Feb / 6 March: noon-2 p.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg 322. Marriage is not easy, but what is easy is seeking ways to improve communication with your Spouse, work together as a team, put the fun back into your relationship and live the Honeymoon phase as part of your everyday life. This a fun series composed by 6 workshops. Deadline for registration is 27 Jan and childcare is provided. For details, please email

ACS Readiness, classes Employment Readiness 17 Jan: USAJobs: Learn the new Federal Application Process, 2-4 p.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322. 23 Jan to 3 Feb: GED Prep: Get ready for your GED! 10 a.m. –Noon, Monday through Friday, Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322. Childcare is available, please pre-register for the class and CDC childcare reservation.

Mobilization & Deployment Readiness 20 Jan: Care Team Training, 12:30-2 p.m., ACS Rose Barracks, Bldg 322. 30 Jan: FRG Funding, 10-11:30 a.m., Main Post Chapel Annex. 31 Jan: FRG Workshop – Deployment & Children, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Main Post Chapel Annex.

Relocation Readiness 24-27 Jan: Welcome to Bavaria Level I: Welcome to Bavaria, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322. Childcare is provided; please make your childcare reservations through CDC. 31 Jan: Welcome to Bavaria Level II: Discover Weiden, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. call for pick up times. Childcare is provided; please make your childcare reservations through CDC. 01 Feb: Goodbye & Hello: a class all about PCSing, 1-2 p.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322.

English as a Second Language Every Tuesday: Main Post Chapel Annex, 10 a.m.-Noon. Every Thursday: Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322, 10 a.m.-Noon.

International Spouses Club Every Tuesday at Main Post Chapel & every Thursday at Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322: English as a Second Language, 10 a.m.-noon. This class is for Spouses of active duty military, retirees and civilians whose native language is other than English. This class is free of charge and ongoing. Learn and embrace the American culture by starting with the language and meet new friends! For more information call DSN 476-2650 or CIV 09662-83-2650. 18 Jan: International Spouses Club, 11 a.m.-Noon, Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322.

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Have questions? Email EFMP directly. 11 Jan: EFMP Respite Care Provider Training, 3-4:30 p.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322. 18 Jan: EFMP Support Group, 3-4 p.m., Main Post, Bldg 244, Rm 219. 01 Feb: EFMP Support Group, 3-4 p.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322.

08 Feb: EFMP Special Education Workshop, 3-4:30 p.m., Main Post, Bldg 244, Rm 219. 16 Feb: EFMP Free Bowling, 4-6 p.m., Main Post Bowling Center, Bldg 612.

New Parent Support Program Love & Logic for parents with children ages 0 through 6 (5 sessions per class) 11, 18 & 25 Jan / 1 & 8 Feb: 12:30-2 p.m., Main Post Chapel Annex This class is free of charge and ACS offers childcare.

Love & Logic for parents with children ages 6 through 12 (7 sessions per class) 15, 22 & 29 Feb / 7, 14, 21 & 28 March: 12:30-2 p.m., Main Post Chapel Annex This class is free of charge and ACS offers childcare.

Newborn Network for parents with babies ages 0 through 3 Every Tuesday: Rose Barracks ACS, bldg 322, 1-3 p.m.

Playgroup for parents and children ages 0 through 3 Every Tuesday: Main Post Chapel, 9:30-11 a.m. Every Wednesday: Rose Barracks Chapel, 9:30-11 a.m.

Pre and Post Natal Yoga *Free* Every Friday: Pre Natal Yoga, Rose Barracks, bldg 221, 9-10 a.m. Every Friday: Post Natal Yoga, Rose Barracks, bldg 221, 10-11a.m.

Hospital Tours 14 Feb: Visit Amberg, meet at 5:45 p.m. in the Amberg hospital lobby. st Every 1 Wednesday: 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. Hotlines to help: Sexual Assault Reporting 09662-83-3217 and Domestic Violence 09662-83-3218 or 09641-83-5130. Please contact us for a complete listing of programs and services offered.

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 or Main Post 0152-0293-4290 / 0152-0241-5226, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Volunteers and other help needed Calling all writers & photographers The Bavarian News is looking for photojournalists to cover community events. Covering an event can range from snapping an interesting photo to writing a full-fledged article. Start building your writing resume today -- email the managing editor for more information.

Main Post and Rose Barracks Postal Service Center’s (PSC) need volunteers If you would like to help out your community, bank some volunteer hours, and gain some valuable experience, volunteer at the Grafenwoehr or Rose Barracks PSC. Start the process by gaining a local background check through the Army Community Service (ACS) office and register for our open position on More information can be obtained by picking up a step-by-step packet from either the Grafenwoehr or Rose Barracks PSC, writing us an email email (Graf) or Rose Barracks email (Rose Barracks) or posting on our Facebook pages: Main Post and Rose Barracks.

EDGE News Leaders Wanted! The Edge! program is looking for community leaders who would be willing to meet with the Netzaberg Middle School Student Council on the third Thursday of the month to discuss the importance of true leadership. The Council meets from 2:40-4 p.m. Contact Dan Fraizer at DSN 475-5101 or email.

Army Volunteer Corps **Office has changed to Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322. The scheduled classes will remain in the old location, Rose Barracks, Bldg 221, Room 206**

Becoming a volunteer is easy and fun! Meet new people, network, gain experience and support your community.

Volunteers are the heart of every military community. 12 & 26 Jan / 8 & 22 Feb: OPOC Training, 1-2 p.m. 24 Jan & 01 Feb: Volunteer Management Information System, 1-2 p.m. 10 & 15 Feb: ACS Volunteer Orientation, 1-2 p.m.

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.

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 Main Post5 Bldg. 150 and sign up to volunteer. You can go to our volunteer website at 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.

Looking For A Few Good Leaders The Grafenwoehr Girl Scouts have positions for leaders and co-leaders in Graf, Vilseck and Netzaberg. For a list of openings, email or call Amy at 01719901808.

Sports, Fitness, Hobbies & Recreation AAFES Movie Listing Main Post Wed. Jan 11

4 p.m. 7 p.m.

Puss In Boots (PG) In Time (PG-13)

Thurs. Jan 12

4 p.m.

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwecked (G) The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (R) Tower Heist (PG-13) A Very Harold And Kumar Christmas (R)

7 p.m. Fri. Jan 13

6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m.

Sat. Jan 14

4 p.m. 7 p.m.

Sun. Jan 15

4 p.m. 7 p.m.

Mon. Jan 16 Tue. Jan 17

4 p.m.

Rose Barracks 4 p.m. 7 p.m. 4 p.m. 7 p.m.

6:30 pm 9:30 pm

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwecked (G) Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (PG-13) Puss In Boots (PG) In Time (PG-13)

War Horse (PG-13) A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (R)

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwecked (G) War Horse (PG-13) Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwecked (G) A Very Harold And Kumar Christmas (R)

7 p.m.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwecked (PG)

4 p.m. 7 p.m.

The Smurfs (PG) Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows (PG-13)

The Smurfs (PG)

4 p.m.

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwecked (PG)



Wed. Jan 18

7 p.m.

War Horse (PG-13)

7 p.m.

Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows (PG-13)

Thurs. Jan 19

7 p.m.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (PG-13)

7 p.m.

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas (R)

Fri. Jan 20

6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m.

Joyful Noise (PG-13) The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (R)

6:30 pm 9:30 pm

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (PG) Immortals (R)

New RB Warrior Zone 12 Jan: Grand Opening of the new Rose Barracks Warrior Zone, 3 p.m., Bldg 607. Followed by XBOX tournaments for Soldiers (with prizes,) starting at 4 p.m.

Cheer for the Bayern Rangers hockey team 12 Jan: 8 p.m., practice @ Weiden (Freieis-outdoor) 18 Jan: 9:15 p.m., Game v. Ansbach Choppers @ Weiden (Halle-indoor) 1 Feb: 9:15 p.m., Game v. Böheim Knights @ Weiden (Halle-indoor) 8 Feb: 8 p.m., practice @ Weiden (Freieis-outdoor) 15 Feb: The 20th annual USAFE ice hockey championships in Garmisch Admission is free and the rink address is Dr. Martin Luther Strasse 3, 92637 Weiden. Both the Ranger and Chopper teams are gearing up to represent their military communities at the 20th annual USAFE military ice hockey championships in Garmisch, 16-18 Feb. For more, please see

Dinner in the Main Post’s Patton (where we always cook something great!) 13 Jan: Come to our ―Southern Comfort‖ Dinner 5 - 9 p.m. 3 Feb: ―Get Caught‖ Seafood Night 5 - 9 p.m. Patton’s is located in Building 209. For more info, call DSN 475-6200.

Open Mic Poetry Night You must audition for this event. Auditions will be held: 14 Jan: 3 -5 p.m. on Main Post at the USO. Auditions include poetry, comedy, singing and dancing. For more, call DSN 475- 9583 CIV 01713642560. Event to take place 28 Jan: 6-8 p.m., Main Post USO. Live music, light refreshments, poetry, and comedy. Free admission. For more, call DSN 475- 9583, CIV 01713642560.

F-U-N Spells FUN! Come join the grizzlies for the big school Spelling Bee and C-H-E-E-R on our spelling stars! 19 Jan: 1 – 2‖3- p.m. in the Graf cafeteria or MPR. Competitors will be chosen from the third, fourth and fifth grade classes at Grafenwoehr Elementary School. Winner goes on to a ―bigger‖ bee at the district level. For more information call Sarah Martin at DSN 475-7133.

Outdoor Recreation, Hunting Course 24 Jan: The 10-week hunting course meets all the requirements of German law. The course includes blocks of instruction in safety, customs, traditions, shooting, proper weapons handling, laws, and all game animals in Germany. Classes will be held Tuesday, Thursday in Grafenwoehr Bldg 2440 from 6 - 9 p.m.

70th year anniversary of the Arts and Crafts program Week of 15 Jan: In celebration of the program’s longevity, Heart & Home Craft Shop would like to celebrate the week by offering special activities, crafts demonstrations, and make it and take it crafts. Stop by the shop, daily, to see what we are doing. This month is also ―Customer Appreciation Month‖ therefore; we will also be honoring our customers during this anniversary celebration. Contact Main Post Heart & Home Craft Shop Bldg. 607, DSN 475-6101, CIV 09641-83-6101.

Java Cafe's Monthly Drink Specials Jan: National Hot Tea Month. Come try a delicious Tazo hot tea. Available in assorted green, black, and herbal flavors! For more,DSN 475-6177 or CIV 09641-83-6177 or DSN 476-2360, CIV 09662-83-2360.

We serve lunch Mon. – Fri., 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Main Post Bldg. 209. ~ DSN 475-6200, CIV 09641-83-6200,

Tumbleweed Southwest Grill Jan: Fajita Happy Hour every day 4 - 5 p.m. - All Fajitas 1/2 price! Lunch Specials featuring Fajitas (Steak, Chicken or Shrimp) for $8, served with Lettuce, Pico de Gallo, Shredded Cheeses, Sour Cream and Guacamole. Other menu choices are Double Bacon Cheeseburger, Texas Nachos, 3 Cheese Enchilada Dinner and 6 oz. Sirloin Steak. We are in Building. 227 on Rose Barracks, Lunch Opening Hours are Monday Friday from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., DSN 476-3699.

Leisure Travel/Outdoor Recreation Trips 13 Jan: Brauneck Ski; 13-16 Jan: Bruges, Belgium**; 21 Jan: Garmisch Ski; 22 Jan: Old and New Pinackothek; 28 Jan: Silber Huette Ski; 29 Jan: Two Castles; 29 Jan: Krone Circus, Munich. Note: **Passport Required, ***Hunting License Call DSN 475-7402, CIV 09641-83-7402 for more or register online.

Sign up for League Bowling Jan. 13: Friday Night Mixed League starts. We meet at 6:30 p.m. and start bowling at 7 p.m. Come on in and learn and/or practice in this lifetime sport. Main Post Bldg. 612, DSN 475-6177, CIV 09641-83-6177 and Rose Barracks, Bldg. 2201 ~ DSN 476-2576, CIV 09662-83-2576.

CYSS Edge! Presents: Skiing & Snowboarding CYS Services The Edge! and Outdoor Recreation will be teaming up this winter to offer youth in middle and high school an opportunity to try out skiing and snowboarding. We will run trips to the Mehlmeisel ski slope on Thursdays in Jan. th th rd (12 ) and Feb. (9 & 23 ) for youth in grades 6-8. Rental gear is available through the Rose Barracks ODR, youth must be fitted no later than three business days prior to their first trip. Basic instruction is provided. We will also run an overnight trip for youth in grades 8-12 on school out days. We’ll depart after school on Thursday, Jan. 26, for Garmisch. Upon arrival we will go night sledding before crashing at Keane’s Lodge. We will ski and snowboard the Classic Valley on Friday, Jan. 27, before returning late that night. For more or to enroll, contact Parent Central Services or go online.

It’s BINGO time again! 26 Jan: Join us at the Patton Fireside Lounge for cash prizes & fun. Get your package of 13 games and play. Extra jackpot cards are $2/card. Open to all military personnel, retirees, Family members and D.O.D. civilians. Get out your daubers and join us for Bingo fun. Early Bird Bingo starts at 6 p.m. and regular Bingo starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. For more on the The Patton Fireside Lounge Bldg. 209, DSN 475-6200, CIV 09641-83-6200.

STONE at The Zone 3 Feb: Catch STONE, your all-American local hard rock band, live from 9 p.m. to midnight at The Zone Sports Bar on Rose Barracks. STONE will perform classic tunes by AC/DC, Godsmack, Metallica, ZZ Top, Hendrix, Led Zepelin, Pearl Jam, Black Sabbath and more. For more on the band, like their Facebook page.

Christian Motorcyclists Association 2nd Tuesday each month: 7 p.m. at the Roadside Diner, Grafenwoehr (outside gate 6). Monthly group rides, tours, Christian fellowship.

KINGZ MC Motorcycle club Thursdays: Join other motorcycle enthusiasts at the KINGZ MC Clubhouse from 6 – 9 p.m. at Main Post Bldg. 441.

Knitting at the Library! Want to start the New Year with a new skill set? Try Knitting! Knitting is just one of the skills that you might want to learn or brush up on and there is a new knitting group that meets at the Grafenwoehr Library on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Bring your project and your questions and spend a little time actively engaging your hands as well as your brain. Contact Main Post Library Bldg.445, DSN 475-1740, CIV 09641-83-1740.

Spouse’s Club: GCSC, VCSC The Grafenwoehr Community and Spouses Club is a great place to meet people, develop new interests and get involved in the community. Exciting monthly events, special activities and events such as trips, Photography Club, Bunco, Lunch Bunch, Craft Corner, Cooking Club and more. For more, visit our website, Facebook or email.

Hidden Treasures Thrift Shop Bring your gently used items to Bldg 221 on Rose Barracks. The January sale is buy one green tag item, get another green tag item free. Green tags only. Open 10am to 2pm Tues, Wed &Thurs. Open Saturday Jan. 7. DSN 476-2649, CIV 09662-83-2649, or email for more information. Volunteers and donations are always welcome.

VFW Tower Post 10692 monthly meetings Second Tuesday of each month: The Post will meet at 6 p.m. in Main Post Bldg. 505. Find Post 10692 on Facebook or call CIV 01628278035 for more.

Find us on Facebook USAG Grafenwoehr, Army Community Service, VFW Tower Post 10692, MWR, Main Post and Rose Barracks Postal Service Centers, Education Centers, Graf Dog community, the EXCHANGE, Environmental Division, AFN Bavaria, Performing Arts Center, Grafenwoehr Chaplains, Main Post DFAC, 172 Infantry Brigade, BMEDDAC, and 2SCR.

Adult Education / Training University of Maryland University College-Europe Spring Registration Now – 15 Jan: On-site courses begin Jan. 16 and are offered in innovative formats including weekends, weekdays, and hybrids – a format combining on-site with online instruction. Students may learn more about admissions, registration, and schedules for undergraduate and graduate courses at or at their local UMUC office at Rose Barracks, Vilseck, Bldg. 223. DSN 476-2462, CIV 09662-832462.

Master’s level class on-site at Vilseck Are you interested in pursuing a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology or School Counseling? In January, UMUC-E will be offering an on-site class to start you off in the Counseling Profession. Projections indicate that the demand for qualified counselors will continue to grow and provide numerous career possibilities. So sign up today and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to learn about Principles and Philosophy of Counseling (PSYC 502.) Registration for this class is Oct. 5 – Jan. 15. Classes will be held on 21/22 January, 11/12 February, and 03/04 March. For more, please call DSN: 476-2462 / CIV: 09662-832462, e-mail us at or stop by the UMUC-E Office in Bldg. 223 to find out more.

FAST Class 17 – 27 Jan: Rose Barracks (Vilseck) Education Center, Bldg. 223, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 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 Rose Barracks Education Center at DSN 476-2653/3292 or Main Post (Grafenwoehr) Education Center at DSN 475-6219/6786.

ICE training 20 Jan: ICE training will be located on Camp Normandy Distant Learning Center Bldg. 3144. Training sessions are 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. and 1 - 3 p.m. For more, DSN 475-6301/8268.

Dental Assistant Training The Grafenwoehr Dental Clinic and the American Red Cross are offering a Dental Assistant Training Program beginning in Feb. 2012. The program is designed for those without dental assisting experience and requires 62 hours of in-class coursework and 300 hours of chair-side training. Applicants must be military dependents and possess a valid ID card. Applications can be picked up at the Grafenwoehr and Vilseck Red Cross offices. Completed applications must be turned into the Red Cross NLT Jan. 10, 2012. For more, Grafenwoehr Red Cross at DSN 475-1760 or CIV 09641-83-1760.

TARP, SETA and OPSEC training United States Army Garrison Grafenwoehr (Security and Antiterrorism Divisions), together with the 66th Military Intelligence Group and JMTC Intelligence and Security, will be conducting FY11 community make-up sessions for Threat Awareness and Reporting Program (TARP), Security Education Training Awareness (SETA), Operation Security (OPSEC), and Anti-terrorism Level 1 Refresher Training. 22 Feb: Main Post, Tower Theater, Bldg. 620. 9 – 11:30 a.m. (US employees), and 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (LN employees) 23 Feb: Rose Barracks, Post Theater, Bldg. 354. 10:30 – 11:30 (LN employees), and 1:30 – 4 p.m. (US employees). This training is a mandatory annual requirement for all DoD personnel including Military, AF/NAF (both US and LN); U.S. Contractor employees are welcome.

Food Handlers course 2 March: Rose Barracks Education Center, Bldg. 223, Room 1.3, 11:30 a.m. A food safety class required for food service personnel who prepare or serve food to the public within the Graf/Vilseck community. Certification is intended for individuals involved in fund raising food sales such as, boss, FRG, clubs or bazaars, and also to CYS personnel such as CYPA’s. The class may also supplement required refresher training for regular food service employees. Class is free, lasts approx. 1 hour, and registration is not required. For more, Sgt. Thompson, DSN: 476-2041/2138, CIV 0152-29587133, email.

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. We are currently enrolling for our January semester. Get started today by visiting or by calling, Fe Gehrels at DSN 475-6712 or CIV 09641-83-6712.

Central Texas college - Take Your College with You! Earn your Associates Degree while living in Europe with onsite classes in Automotive Mechanic Technician; Criminal Justice or Early Childhood Development Term 3 Class Dates: Jan. 17 – March 9 Registration is going on now for Term 3 Face to Face Votech classes. Term 3 begins on Jan. 17 for Vilseck Rose Barracks and Grafenwoehr Main Post. Vilseck Rose Barracks Grafenwoehr Main Post AUMT 1407Automotive Electrical Systems CJSA 1313 Court Systems and Practices CDEC 2307 Math & Science for Early Childhood CJSA 1174 Terrorism as a Strategy The January and February Distance Learning Schedules are NOW available. Take classes in the Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional Training Program, TODAY! More info- CTC Field Representative Vilseck Rose Barracks / Grafenwoehr Main Post: Katherine Porter DSN 476-2362 / CIV 09662832362 or (Grafenwoehr Main Post) DSN 475-6702 / CIV 09641836702.

Health & Medical, Red Cross, VET Corner Free baby-sitting course 18 & 20 Feb: The American Red Cross is offering a free, two-day baby-sitting course. Participants must attend both days to obtain a certificate. The class will include fundamentals of baby-sitting, as well as pediatric CPR & First Aid. Thanks to a donation from the Vilseck Community and Spouses’ Club, the course is offered for free to military dependents ages 11 to 15. Classes will be held at the Rose Barracks Red Cross, Building 162. Contact the Red Cross at DSN 4761760, CIV 09662-83-1760 to make a reservation. Space is limited.

Metabolic Testing and Nutrition Education Metabolic testing is available to assess daily caloric needs. The test measures how many calories you burn and then calculates how many you should eat. It is the key to knowing precisely what your body needs for effective weight management. The test is followed up by a course in basic nutrition, reading labels, weight management, and eating to your metabolism. Fitness Assessments: Fitness testing and counseling are available at the Army Wellness Center. State of the art equipment is used to assess flexibility, muscular strength, cardio-respiratory fitness levels, and body composition. In conjunction with fitness testing, patients receive a comprehensive report that shows current fitness levels and education

and individualized exercise counseling on how to meet their specific goals. These services are available Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., appointment is required. Call 476-4795 or 09662-83-4795 or email.

TRICARE access at your fingertips Are you tired of waiting on the phone to schedule an appointment? Did you know that you can schedule an appointment online? Just go to to register and schedule your next appointment with the Health Clinic.

American Red Cross American Red Cross Gives Military Families Easier Access to Emergency Communication Services As part of an ongoing effort to better serve the military community, the American Red Cross has moved to a single telephone number for its emergency communication services. Now a call to 877-272-7337, while either stateside or overseas, allows Red Cross emergency communications services to put military personnel in touch with their families following the death or serious illness of an immediate family member, the birth of a service member's child or grandchild or when a family faces other emergencies. For those stationed overseas, the three options for calling will remain the same: calling 877-272-7337 direct, accessing the number through a military operator, or calling the local Red Cross station. For more, visit

Religious Single Women's trip to Cheb, Czech Republic 21 Jan: Great shopping fun at Cheb’s famous bazaar. Set in a quaint town just over the border, the bazaar boasts products of all kinds. A fun day of shopping, bartering, and time with other women. Meet at Graf Chapel at 10 am to carpool. Sponsored by the Garrison Chaplain's Office. For more info, a ride from Rose Barracks, or to sign up, contact Laurel Hoyt 0151-14991395;

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: Main Post Chapel: DSN 475-1570, CIV 09641-83-1570. Rose Barracks Chapel: DSN 476-1570, CIV 09662-83-1570.

New Single Women's Bible Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 10: Meet other women and learn how to study your Bible while enjoying a cozy home and good food. This first study book will last six weeks and involves no homework. The group will meet every Tuesday, 68 p.m. at Hopfenweg 1, 92700 Kaltenbrunn. For more, contact Laurel Hoyt 0151-14991395, email. Sponsored by the Garrison Chaplains office.

Facility & Road/Openings/Construction/Closures AAFES Annual Inventory to Affect Some Operations 14 - 27 Jan: AAFES will be conducting their annual inventory, which will affect the following AAFES operations within the USAG Grafenwoehr community: Rose Barracks Shoppette Rose Barracks Car Care Center Rose Barracks Pxtra/Sport Store Rose Barracks MCSS Graf Main Store Normandy Shoppette Graf Car Care Center Graf Shoppette Netzaberg Shoppette Algiers Shoppette

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The Memorial Gym, closure of activity The Memorial Gym –Rose Barracks Bldg. 616 is closed for daily usage period due to a lack of operational staff. Memorial Gym is only used upon reservations requested through the Rose Barracks Fitness Center.

Reduced Operating Hours for MLK Holiday 16 Jan: All Burger Kings and Anthony’s Pizza holiday operating hours for 16 January will be 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Main Post Community Bank Relocating to Bldg. 627 The Grafenwoehr Community Bank will relocate to building 627 for approximately 10 months during an extensive renovation of its permanent location in building 105. The bank will be closed 23, 24, and 25 January to move to the temporary site in building 627. Building 627 is located on Sumter Avenue accessible through the adjacent Burke Street parking lot. While operating out of building 627, the closest ATMs will be: Drive-by at the theater parking lot, PX Mall, and Shoppette. For the duration of the renovation and relocation, all night depository services will be temporarily suspended. Organizations should contact the bank for further information; DSN: 475-6140, Civ: 09641-92240, or by email: Bank manager Judith Brown can be reached at:

Rose Barracks Community Bank closing for Staff Training 24 Jan: The Vilseck Community Bank will be closed Tuesday, 24 January for staff training on a newly installed teller operating system. ATM’s, Online banking and telephone banking will not be affected and will be available 24/7.

School News Openings for before/after school care Rose Barracks’ School Age Center has immediate opening for before school/after school and hourly care placements Children must be registered with CYSS and that all interested parties can contact the Rose Barracks Parent Central Service Office at 476-2760 for more information.

Driver's Education Program for High School Students IMCOM-Europe is proud to announce the availability of a comprehensive driver's education program for teens in Europe. It is made possible through a collaborative effort and contract with the German National Federation of Driving Instructors (Fahrlehrerverband). Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity for teens! If you wish to enroll, please contact Parent Central Services: Rose Barracks CIV 09662-83-2760, Main Post CIV 09641-83-6656 or CYSS website.

Price of school lunch increased Currently effect: School lunch prices at all Department of Defense Education Activity schools Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS) have increased. The last price increase was a $0.10 per meal in 2004. The new increase is $.35 per full price meal making the new prices starting $2.40 for Elementary Students and $2.55 for Secondary Students. Families qualifying for the Free and Reduced Meal Program will not be impacted by the meal cost increases. The cost of a reduced-price meal will remain unchanged at 40 cents per meal. For more information on Free and Reduced meal eligibility requirements, contact your installation School Liaison Officer. For more information on the School Meal Program, visit

Grafenwoehr Elementary School 16 Jan: No School MLK Jr day 19 Jan: Spelling Bee 1 p.m. 26 Jan: STAR Assembly 1:45 p.m. 27 Jan: No School Teacher Record Keeping Day 30 Jan: Third Quarter Begins The Grafenwoehr Elementary PTA has received great support so far this year from our parents. We would like to remind you that if you intended to join the PTA, it is not too late. Contact DSN 475-7133 or email for more information. 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. CIV 09641‑837133 DSN 475‑7133

Vilseck Elementary School 11 Jan: 17-20 Jan: 18 Jan: 25 Jan: 27 Jan: 01 Feb: 06 Feb:

Family Library Night 4:30-6:30pm Scholastic Book Fair 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Family Library Night (in the media center) & Scholastic Book Fair (in the annex) 4:30-6:30pm Family Library Night 4:30-6:30pm No school- Teacher work day and end of quarter Family Library Night 4:30-6:30pm No school- Staff Development Day

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. PTSA Information can be found at 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 09662-832812 / 832673 DSN 476-2812/2673

Netzaberg Elementary School 16 Jan: Martin Luther King Day; No school. 26 Jan: If You Give A moose A Muffin Reading Night at NES; 5:30p.m-7p.m.; POC: Email nd 26 Jan: End of 2 Quarter 27 Jan: Teacher Workday; No school. “If You Give A Moose A Muffin” Reading Night at NES: Wear your pajamas and listen to books being read by ―famous‖ members of our community. Reading stations set up around the hallways where children and their families can listen to some of their favorite stories. There will also be yummy muffins and hot cocoa. Netzaberg Elementary School Job Openings: Looking for a great place to work while your child is in school and still have school out days off? Don’t wait; apply now for school year 2011-2012 jobs at Netzaberg Elementary School. If interested, please apply for these or other continuous positions by following this link.. Parent Volunteers: We need and appreciate all of our parent volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering at Netzaberg Elementary School, please contact the school. We welcome your support. POC: Email Attendance Reminder: It’s the responsibility of the parent/guardian to report student absences to the front office before 9:00a.m. Child Find: Netzaberg Elementary School’s Preschool Services for Child Development (PSCD) program is conducting screenings to identify strengths and concerns in a young child’s development. The free Child Find developmental screenings are provided for command sponsored children from age three to five years. Professional staff will screen motor, language, problem solving, social, and self-help skills, plus the child’s vision and hearing. In addition, parents will have an opportunity to ask questions about their child’s development. For further information on Child Find developmental screenings at Netzaberg Elementary School, please call CIV 09645-917-9184 or DSN 472-9184.Child Find developmental screenings are held at DoDEA schools to assist parents in identifying the early warning signs that put young children at risk for learning delays and provide crucial early diagnosis and intervention. Netzaberg Elementary School Needs YOU. Netzaberg Elementary School partners with our parents and community to support the success of all students. Goal 1: Reading By 2016, all students will improve targeted reading comprehension skills across the curriculum as measured by local and system-wide assessments. The targeted reading skills are: Pre-reading skills in Pre-K—Kindergarten; Retelling and inferring in grades 1 – 2; and Summarizing and drawing conclusions in grades 3 – 5. Intervention: Explicitly teach targeted reading comprehension strategies through Think Alouds. Goal 2: Math By 2016, all students will improve their understanding of number sense and operational concepts across the curriculum as measured by local and system-wide assessments. Intervention: Explicitly teach students to think and talk about numbers through Number Talks. School Office Hours School Hours Important Phone Numbers Mon.- Fri. 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Mon.- Fri. 8:00 a.m.-.2:35 p.m. CIV 09645-917-9185/9184/9313/DSN 472-9184/9313

Netzaberg Middle School 11 Jan: SILT meeting – 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. 11 Jan: CYSS Activities -- NMS Gym – 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 12 Jan: Game, Sports, & Science Clubs – 2:45 p.m. – 4 p.m. - Students need a permission slip on file to attend. 16 Jan: NO SCHOOL for students – Martin Luther King Jr. Day 17 Jan: Tutoring, Knitting, & Sports Club – 2:45 p.m. – 4 p.m. - Students need a permission slip on file to attend. 17 Jan: PTSA Meeting -- IC – 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. nd 26 Jan: End of the 2 Quarter

27 Jan: NO SCHOOL – Teacher Work Day Lunch accounts: Effective January 3, 2012, full price meals for elementary students will be S2.40 and secondary students will be charged $2.55. Households qualifying for the Free and Reduced Meal Program will not be impacted; the reduced price meal cost will remain at .40 cents per meal. To use the online service you will need to set up an account at If you are new to the area you will need to open a Horizon account at the PX or the school cafeteria. All lunch concerns need to be addressed to AAFES. You can also logon to to set up your child’s account. 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. POC: Email Attendance: If your son/daughter is going to be absent from school – notify us via the attendance mailbox: or call the attendance phone line: DSN 472-9233 (CIV 09645 917 9233) the email notification is the preferred method as this gives us an easy to refer to record. 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 472-9232

Vilseck High School 13 – 14 Jan: Basketball Games at Ansbach 14 Jan: Wrestling Tournament at Hohenfels 16 Jan: NO SCHOOL – MLK Day Vilseck High School Tutoring Services for Students Free after-school tutoring is offered at VHS every Tuesday and Thursday. Student tutors are always needed to help out – all volunteers are eligible for service hours. 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 at vilshs-attendance@eu.dodea.eduFree, Online Tutoring All U.S. military families can receive free online tutoring, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Go to for more information. School Office Hours School Hours Important Phone Numbers Mon.‑Fri. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon.‑Fri. 8:10 a.m. – 3 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 0941-82933. 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. Sat., 14 Jan: - 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.: in 92637 Weiden, at the Spielvereinigung ("Am Langen Steg" subdivision, near hospital). Sat., 21 Jan: - 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.: in 92224 Amberg, Dultplatz, Bruno-Hofer-Straße. Sat., 28 Jan: - 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.: in 92637 Weiden, at the Spielvereinigung ("Am Langen Steg" subdivision, near hospital). All flea markets are listed here by zip code. 04 Feb., 03 March, 07 April, 05 May, 02 June: - 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.: in 90443 Nürnberg, Großparkplatz (large car park) on Gugelstraße, corner Humboldtstraße. - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: in 92318 Neumarkt, Volksfestplatz and Jurahallen, Festplatz 1 (ca. 45 km / 28 miles west of Hohenfels). A large selection of everything you do and don't need: toys, antiques, collectibles (coins, stamps etc.), clothes and much more. Kids can enjoy themselves on the inflatable jumping castle during the summer months (Apr. - Oct.) only when the weather is good! If you would like to sell items email

Maximum Rock Night Every first Saturday of the month: in 90441 Nuremberg, at the Hirsch, Vogelweiherstraße 66, ph 0911-429-414.

Two DJs will rock the "Hirsch". Every party offers special surprises and different music styles on the second floor. Admission is only 6 Euros pp.

Take a trip with the Bavarian Ski Club! Visit the Facebook page for a complete listing of upcoming trips, or email.

Concerts Richard O'Brien's, The Rocky Horror Show Through - 15 Jan: in 46047 Oberhausen, at the König-Pilsener-Arena, Arenastraße 1, ph 0208-82-000 (ca. 80 km / 50 miles north of Cologne). 17 - 22 Jan: in 50668 Köln, at the Musical Dome, Goldgasse 1, ph 0221-57790 (right around the corner from Köln's Hauptbahnhof / main train station). 24 Jan. - 02 Feb: in 28195 Bremen, at the Musical Theater, Richtweg 7 - 13, ph 0421-333-7590 (ca. 130 km / 80 miles SW of Hamburg). Click here for all tickets (scroll through the pages to find the desired date and location). Boys II Men 13 Jan: 8 p.m., in 10965 Berlin, at the Columbiahalle on Columbiadamm 13-21, ph 030-6981-2814. Tickets. 14 Jan: 8:30 p.m., in 50679 Köln, at the Essigfabrik, Siegburger Str. 110, ph 0221-997-4272. Ticket. 15 Jan: 8 p.m., in 90480 Nürnberg, Löwensaal, Schmausenbuckstr. 166. Tickets. 17 Jan: 8 p.m., in 65185 Wiesbaden, at the Rhein-Main-Halle, Rheinstraße 20, ph 06111-44245 (ca. 40 km / 25 miles west of Frankfurt). Tickets. Chickenfoot 19 Jan: 8 p.m., in 40591 Düsseldorf, at the Mitsubishi-Electric-Halle (aka Philipshalle), Siegburger Str. 15, ph 0211-775057 (ca. 40 km / 25 miles north of Cologne). Tickets. Chickenfoot is the latest "supergroup" with Sammy Hagar (Van Halen), Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani on guitar, and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on drums. Coppelius Thu., 19 Jan. 2012, 8 p.m., in 90441 Nürnberg, at the Hirsch, Vogelweiherstraße 66, ph 0911-429-414. Tickets. Duran Duran Tue., 24 Jan., 8:30 p.m., in 81671 München / Munich, at the Tonhalle, Grafinger Str. 6, ph 089-672-0880. Tickets. Thu., 26 Jan., 8 p.m., in 04159 Leipzig, Haus Auensee, Gustav-Esche-Straße 4, ph 0341-4651-600. Tickets. Sat., 28 Jan., 8 p.m., in 44139 Dortmund, at the Westfalenhalle 1, Rheinlanddamm 200 (ca. 100 km / 60 miles NE of Cologne). Tickets. Tue., 31 Jan., 8 p.m., in 10965 Berlin, at the Columbiahalle on Columbiadamm 13-21, ph 030-6981-2814. Tickets will become available here. Guano Apes on tour 26 Jan. - 08 Feb. 2012. Click here for a tour overview. 26 Jan: 8 p.m., in 80639 München / Munich, at the Backstage Werk, Reitknechtstraße 6. Tickets. 29 Jan: 8 p.m., in 68163 Mannheim, at the Maimarkt Club, Xaver-Fuhr-Straße 101. Tickets.

Chinese National Circus 13 Jan: 8 p.m., in 95448 Bayreuth at the Oberfrankenhalle, Am Sportpark 3, ph 0921-251-910. Breathtaking circus arts and amazing perfection is what the Chinese National Circus is famous for. Don't miss this chance to see a show you won't forget for a very long time! Tickets can be bought online (link only GE) or at the evening counter.

Cross Country Skiing: Nordbayern Cup and Nordic Cup 14 Jan: in 92242 Hirschau, at the Freizeitpark Monte Kaolino (only GE), Wolfgang-Droßbach-Straße 113 (ca. 14 km / 9 miles SE of Vilseck). The competition begins at 5 p.m., and the participants will start 20 seconds apart from each other. Anyone can participate if they are fit enough and were born in 2004 or earlier. If you want to be one of them: send a letter or an email before 11 Jan. to Thomas Steindl, Josefstraße 34, 92242 Hirschau, ph 09622-719-495; email: Participation fee is 2- Euros for Bambini; 4.- Euros for kids 8 - 15 years; and 7.- Euros for anyone older. Every participant will receive a certificate.Parking will be sign-posted. You can also find the details on their homepage (only in GE).

Wedding Fairs "Just Married" 14 & 15 Jan: in 90471 Nürnberg, at the Messezentrum, Karl-Schönleben-Straße, ph 0911-860-60. Entrance is at "NCC West". This is one of the largest wedding fairs in Bavaria! (Link only in GE.) Opening hours are Sat. 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., and Sun. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. There will be two fashion shows each day.

29 Jan: 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., in 91301 Forchheim at the Jahn-Kulturhalle, Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Straße 10 (ca. 25 km / 15.5 miles south of Bamberg). Considered by many to be the "most beautiful wedding fair in Franconia", it offers the latest dresses, outfits and accessories from over 55 vendors. Throughout the day, you can watch catwalk shows, performances, take part in raffles and purchase numerous articles on sale. The organizer's homepage has plenty of photos from previous wedding fairs if you want to have a look (only in German).

Fasching: Gardetreffen 15 Jan: 2 - 9 p.m., in 92334 Berching at the Europahalle, Schlesierstraße (ca. 42 km / 26 miles west of Hohenfels). 10 different Fasching clubs will perform their award-winning dances and routines. Among them are World, Europa, German and Bavarian champions. Admission is 4.50 Euros pp.

Grüne Woche / Green Week 20 - 29 Jan: in 14055 Berlin, Messegelände, Messedamm 22 Open daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tickets (EN) cost 12.- Euros pp, special fares available (see link). The International Green Week (IGW, link in EN) is a one-of-a-kind international exhibition for the food, agricultural, and horticultural industries. Established in 1926, it will take place for the 76th time in 2011. Exhibitors often organize around national, regional, or product themes. Presentations feature fresh produce, fish, meats, and dairy products. These combine with a vast selection of international wine, beer, and spirits specialties, to satisfy every culinary palate. Right in line with consumer trends, the IGW also includes direct agricultural sales and the BIO MARKT organic products section. The IGW also features commercial and non-commercial agricultural, forestry, and landscaping exhibits (only GE). Changing annual themes typically include such topics as renewable resources or scientific livestock breeding and production. Due to the volume of traffic and limited parking spaces, it is strongly recommended you use the excellent public transport system (EN) for your travel to and in Berlin.

Dog Agility Tournament 21 - 22 Jan: at the Gut Matheshof / Ostbayernhalle in Kreuth 2, part of 92286 Rieden; ph 09624-9190 (ca. 25 km / 16 miles NW of Hohenfels). In the Agility Tournament (only GE, see "Seite 2" for a video clip), dogs need to master a fun parcours together with their owners. Watch and see who will be more exhausted, the dog or the owner.

“Pfeifer-Jahrtag” (Fasching Party) 23 Jan: in Töging, town center (part of 92345 Dietfurt, ca. 35 km / 22 miles SW of Hohenfels). This day is one of the most important days of the Fasching season in Töging - especially for the kids -, and dates back to 1722 when a new "fraternity" was founded. After a church service in the morning, people celebrate Fasching out on the streets. Here, the "Schecken" come into action: wild gestalts with wooden masks, rough clothes, and scourges roam the streets. They chase after the village kids who run away screaming, and smear their faces with soot when they catch them. Only the sound of the church bells will put a stop to this fun, but the party continues in the locales until the early morning hours.

Street Market: Lichtmess-Markt 27 Jan. - 02 Feb: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., in 91054 Erlangen on Schlossplatz. A typical street market with all kinds of kitchenwares, clothes and brics-a-brac Did you know that the dates for the street markets in Protestant Erlangen were initially chosen based on Catholic holidays honoring the Virgin Mary (Candlemas / Assumption of Mary)? In the surrounding Catholic provinces, all shops (or markets) were closed and farming activities other than milking cows or similar unavoidable things were also forbidden. So the Catholic farmers had a lot of free time on their hands to go shopping, for example. Therefore the smart Erlangen citizens held their markets on those holidays they were not celebrating, thus attracting a much larger crowd and increasing business! Nowadays, the Catholic holidays and the market days don't necessarily match anymore. Reduced opening hours on Sun, 29 Jan.: only from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Exhibition: "Eine Oase des Friedens", In honor of the Auschwitz Memorial Day 27 Jan. - 26 Feb: in 91522 Ansbach, at the Church of St. Gumbertus (Lutheran church), on Johann-Sebastian-BachPlatz / corner Montgelasplatz.

"Kneipenjagd" = Pub Festival Sat., 28 Jan: 8 p.m., in 91541 Rothenburg, various locations Pub Festivals which are held in nearly every city in Germany now, are a great opportunity to see many local bands without having to worry about admission. You buy ONE ticket and have access to all participating pubs. In Rothenburg, you can buy your tickets either at the respective pubs (either in advance or on the day of the festival), or at the Tourist Info, ph 09861-404-800. Tickets cost 10.- Euros per person. Please click on this link to see the whole program; the link is only in GE but tells you the location, the time and the band. Even if you don't speak German nor have a German friend who can help you, you can gleen a few more details under "mehr Infos", like what type of music the bands are playing. If the 14 bands still aren't enough, go to the After Show Party at the "Ballhaus Forum" where DJ Haenzy will keep you on your feet from 11 p.m. on!

Art Exhibition: Picasso's Works On exhibit until 19 Feb: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., in 93047 Regensburg,at the Leerer Beutel, Bertoldstraße 9. The selected lithographies and etchings from the 40 years of his work and show the topics and motifs that Picasso has repeatedly interpreted: antique mythology; the artist and his model; the bull and the women. All works on display are from the Arts Museum Pablo Picasso in Münster.

Country Music Fair 3 - 5 Feb: in 10243 Berlin, at the Postbahnhof (part of the Ostbahnhof = Train Station East), on Strasse der Pariser Kommune 8. Three days of Country Music Madness! The performers have not been announced online yet but you will find them listed here - in English! Of course you will also be able to buy all the clothes and accessories you need at the fair. Click here for some photos from previous events (in EN). They even provide a list of near-by hotels (in EN) but of course you're not obliged to use them, you can find your own. But if Berlin is too far away for you, maybe you want to wait for the one in Nürnberg. The dates haven't been released yet but it will probably take place in October.

Fasching Disco 16 Feb: 8 p.m., in 92334 Berching at the "Brauerei Gasthof Winkler" (ca. 42 km / 26 miles west of Hohenfels). Don your costume and get dancing.

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