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COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER

Check for updates on community news, information and events at: www.grafenwoehr.army.mil

21 December 2011

There is still time for shopping! Check out the listing of Christmas Markets near and far, starting on page 15 of this newsletter.


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

Bavarian News: your community newspaper Pick up a copy and read all about Crossing the generational (and cultural) divide: Grafenwoehr Elementary students sing carols, share goodies and bring smiles to faces of senior citizens in Gmuend; Breathing it in, in Berlin: Germany’s sprawling capital city offers visitors a plethora of museum and night life culture; don’t let your European tour expire before taking a few trips to this oft-overlooked destination; In the nick of time: A military policeman with the 527th Military Police Company in Ansbach saves a pregnant woman’s life using CPR; Making the rounds: In Hohenfels, local artist Andrea Grantham’s ―Masked Man‖ returns after touring the U.S. as part of the 2010 Boys and Girls Club of America Fine Arts Exhibit and Santa delivers: In Schweinfurt, family members get an early Christmas present as more than 150 Soldiers from 44th Expeditionary Signal Battalion return from deployment earlier than expected.

Estate Claim, Staff Sgt.Throckmorton Anyone having claims on or obligations to the estate of SSG Joshua A. Throckmorton of 527th Military Police Company, 709th MP Battalion, should contact CPT Andrew Altman, Summary Court Martial Officer, at DSN 475-7412 or email.

Gift Wrapping Table Now – 24 Dec: The American Red Cross is sponsoring gift wrapping tables at both the Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels Main PXs throughout this holiday shopping season. All donations directly benefit your community organizations in the Grafenwoehr, Vilseck and Hohenfels area. For more, contact your garrison Red Cross.

Reduced Bus Services during the Holiday Season Scheduled bus services will be reduced on the following days: 24 Dec: Christmas Eve. All bus routes at Main Post and Rose Barracks will cease upon completion of the first run ending after 1 p.m. Route G-1 will end 3:14 p.m. Route G-2 will end 1:28 p.m. Route G-3 will end 2:07 p.m. Route G-4 will end 2:16 p.m. Route G-5 will end 2:52 p.m. Route G-6 will end 2:37 p.m. Route V-SAT will end 3:55 p.m. Route V-3 will end 3:36 p.m. 25 Dec: Christmas Day. No bus services. 31 Dec: New Year’s Eve. All bus routes at Main Post and Rose Barracks will cease upon completion of the first run ending after 1 p.m. 1 Jan: New Year. No bus services. These reduced services are applied to allow TMP drivers some time for enjoying the Christmas days and as a little ―Thank You‖ for all the overtime and irregular working hours over the rest of the year. We apologize for any inconveniences. For more, DSN 475-6347.

Extended Postal Service Center holiday hours of operations Now - 24 Dec: Main Post Grafenwoehr & Rose Barracks Vilseck Postal Postal Finance: Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mailroom Delivery: Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Please note that the PSC's will only be open for "Mailroom Delivery" on Dec. 24.

Central Recycling Center holiday schedule Rose Barracks Recycling center open days: 27, 29 & 31 Dec. & 11 - 03 & 05 Jan 12. Regular Hours: Tue. & Thu. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sun. closed. Main Post Central Recycling Center (across Range 118): Regular Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 0800 a.m. - 1200 a.m. Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 1245 p.m. - 1530 p.m. Closed on: Wednesday afternoon, Saturdays, Sundays and German holidays.


Garrison Christmas Tree Pick-up Schedules Rose Barracks Vilseck On-Post Wed., 28 Dec. 11 and 05 Jan. 12Trees from admin and common areas, barracks and housing, including Americans living off post, may be brought to the Green Waste Collection Point across from the DPW Self Help Store, free of charge.

Vilseck Off-Post Trees can be brought to the local community Recycling Yards (―Wertstoffhof‖) during routine opening hours free of charge. This applies to all local communities within the Amberg-Sulzbach county.

Main Post Grafenwoehr On-Post Housing & Single Soldier Barracks Wed., 28 Dec. 11 and Thurs., 05 Jan. 12. Post the tree NLT 7:30 a.m. at the closest Recycling Center. DPW will pick up and compost tree.

Grafenwoehr Off-Post Housing Areas Sat., 14 Jan. Post the tree marked with a ―disposal ticket‖ NLT 8 a.m. at your curbside. All 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 DSN 475-6664, 476-2600

Amnesty Day 10 Jan: 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Unit Entrance at Ammunition Supply Point #1. Simply approach the gate, let the ASP personnel know that you have amnesty, and they will take it from you. For more, DSN 476-3007.

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 Bavaria.afneurope.net or facebook.com/AFNBavaria for the latest AFN updates; log onto http://www.grafenwoehr.army.mil 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‖

ICE QR code Now it’s even easier to submit ICE - Interactive Customer Comments. Take a snapshot of the code with your phone, and the code automatically directs you to ICE.

DPW Energy Saving Tip of the Week Here’s an easy one: Close blinds and curtains at night.

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 graf.acs@eur.army.mil for info. ***The Army Volunteer Corps, AFTB & AFAP programs have moved back into the Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg. 322. Check out our December E-Newsletter here.

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. This is 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 graf.acs@eur.army.mil.

ACS Holiday Closure 26 Dec & 02 Jan: Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322 and Main Post ACS Satellite Office, Bldg 244, Room 113, will be closed.

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Have questions? Email EFMP directly. 4 Jan: EFMP Free Bowling, 4-6 p.m., Rose Barracks Bowling Center, Bldg 2201. 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.

ACS Readiness, classes Employment Readiness 10 Jan: Employment Out-Processing for Spouses, 9-11 a.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322. 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 11 Jan: Checking Account Maintenance, 1-2 p.m., ACS Rose Barracks, Bldg 322. 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.

German as a Second Language 4 Jan for 8 consecutive Wednesdays: Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322, 9-11 a.m. First come, first serve. Please make your reservation by calling your ACS at DSN 476-2650 / 475-8371.

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.

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.

Super Spouse? Come get your cape on. 4, 11, 18 & 25 Jan: 10 a.m. - noon, Rose Barracks, Bldg 221, room 206 Managing a Military life and Family is no easy task. If you need a New Year’s resolution, look no further. Super Spouse is a series of 4 workshops that will teach you about home management, Family meal planning, budgeting, self-caring and getting everyone in the Family involved with you in the day to dau house routines. Deadline for registration is 28 Dec and childcare is provided. For details, please email graf.acs@eur.army.mil.

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 Kreuzberg. 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 Jan. 16. Next session will be 16 Feb, at the Main Post USO and proceeding at a local German restaurant in Granfenwoehr.

Resilience Training 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.

Family Advocacy Program 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 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 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. 10 & 15 Feb: ACS Volunteer Orientation, 1-2 p.m. 12 & 26 Jan / 8 & 22 Feb: OPOC Training, 1-2 p.m. 24 Jan & 01 Feb: Volunteer Management Information System, 1-2 p.m.

Learn over Lunch with the AVC! Get together with your Army Volunteer Corps Coordinator during lunch time! Get hands-on experience on how to navigate the Volunteer system, uploading files, entering awards and much more! 28 Dec: VMIS Navigation & Registration, 11 a.m. -1 p.m.

Christmas donations needed for children For the last 4 years, Mr. Garcia has been able to make Christmas a special day for children that suffer the ravages of cancer, thanks for the support of the Grafenwoehr community. Donations including toys, stuffed animals, candy and wrapping paper for ages from newborn to 18 years are needed again this year for patients at the Cancer Clinic in Erlangen. With the permission of the parents, Mr. Garcia will take photos and will send everyone who donates a copy of the event to see how your generous contribution made a difference in the life of a child. To donate, contact Mr. Garcia by calling 017632297814 or email.

VFW seeks Christmas support for orphans Members of VFW Post 9334 conduct a toy and clothing drive for the Orphans in the Czech Republic each year and are assisted by the Torch Club Dragons and the Keystone Tigers from the Netzaberg Youth Center. Persons who are interested in contributing to our Annual Christmas Program can sign for cards, purchase a present, and return it to the Netzaberg Youth Center or the Vilseck Commissary. Our youth clubs will wrap the present for you if it is not gift wrapped. Once the card and gift is returned you may keep the picture as a memoir. We support the Detsky Domov Orphanage and the Most Baby Clinic. There will be two collection points. Persons residing in the Vilseck Community may make donations at the Vilseck Commissary during normal operating hours and the Netzaberg Youth Center building 9080 Monday thru Saturday from 2 – 6 p.m. If you have any questions concerning the program please contact Jim Dicks DSN 475-9393 or 0171 710 6647. Both communities have responded well to this program for the last 10 years. Please assist our organization with making children happy for Christmas because they have no one else to count on but you.

Sports, Fitness, Hobbies & Recreation AAFES Movie Listing Main Post Wed. Dec. 21

3 p.m. 7 p.m.

Thurs. Dec. 22

3 p.m. 7 p.m.

Fri. Dec. 23

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

Hugo (PG) Moneyball A Christmas Carol (PG) The Ides Of March (R) Johnny English Reborn (PG) Shark Night (PG-13)

Rose Barracks 3 p.m. 7 p.m. 4 p.m. 7 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m.

A Christmas Carol The Ides Of March (R) Johnny English Reborn (PG) Moneyball (PG-13) New Year’s Eve (PG-13) The Thing (R)

Sat. Dec. 24

Closed – Merry Christmas!

Closed – Merry Christmas!

Sun. Dec. 25

Closed – Merry Christmas!

Closed – Merry Christmas!

Mon. Dec. 26 Tues. Dec. 27

7 p.m. 7 p.m.

The Thing (R) New Year’s Eve (PG-13)

7 p.m. 7 p.m.

The Thing (R) Shark Night (PG-13)


Wed. Dec. 28

3 p.m. 7 p.m.

Thurs. Dec. 29

3 p.m. 7 p.m.

Fri. Dec. 30

6:30 p.m.

9:30 p.m. Sat. Dec. 31

7 p.m.

Arthur Christmas (PG) Shark Night (PG-13)

7 p.m.

Johnny English Reborn (PG)

Hugo (PG) Johnny English Reborn

3 p.m. 7 p.m.

Arthur Christmas (PG) New Year’s Eve (PG-13)

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (PG-13) New Year’s Eve (PG-13)

6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 7 p.m.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (PG-13) The Three Musketeers 2 (PG-13) Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G)

Sun. Jan 1

1 p.m. 3 p.m. 7 p.m.

Footloose (PG-13) Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipweaked (G) Paranormal Activity 3 (R)

1 p.m. 3 p.m.

7 p.m.

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (G) Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (PG-13) The Three Musketeers 2 (PG-13)

Java Cafe's Monthly Drink Specials Dec: Peppermint Mocha - Mint up your Mocha with a little holiday peppermint syrup! 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.

Libraries Holiday Recipe Exchange Now – 24 Dec: Your Libraries are hosting a Holiday Recipe Exchange. Bring in a copy of your favorite holiday dish – main course, appetizer, vegetable, dessert, beverage, traditional family Jell-O mold, whatever you like – and we’ll make copies to share. Looking for ideas? Stop in and take a copy. We also have a great selection of cookbooks for all tastes and skill levels. For more, Main Post Library: DSN 475-1740, CIV 09641-83-1740 or Rose Barracks Library: DSN 4761740, CIV 09662-83-1740.

Cheer for the Bayern Rangers hockey team 21 Dec: The Bayern Rangers will scrimmage the Ansbach Choppers on Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 9:15-10:45 p.m. in Weiden. 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 www.facebook.com/bayernrangers.

It’s BINGO time again! 22 Dec: The Patton Fireside Lounge 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 information call DSN 475-6200, CIV 09641-83-6200.

Mehlmeisel Night Skiing 30 Dec: Join Outdoor Recreation as we go night skiing at Mehlmeisel! Price: $12 per person. Customers will receive ½ off rental gear with this trip. Departure from Rose Barracks at 4 p.m. and Main Post at 4;30 p.m. Return time is estimated to be 10:30 p.m. Contact Outdoor Recreation/Leisure Travel Services Main Post: DSN 475-7402, CIV 09641-83-7402 or Rose Barracks: DSN 476-2563, CIV 09662-83-2563. Sign up online.

BOSS New Year's Trip to Berlin 30 Dec. - 2 Jan: Travel with us to Berlin and bring in the New Year. Price $375 includes transportation and lodging. Sing up today! For more, contact the USAG Grafenwoehr BOSS Program: DSN 475-8822, CIV 09641-83-8822 or sign up at the Rose Barracks Warrior Zone.


Dinner in the Patton Where we are always cooking something Great! Upcoming ―Get Caught‖ Seafood Night on Jan. 6 and Feb. 3. Don’t like Sea Food? Come to our ―Southern Comfort‖ Dinner dates, Jan. 13, 5 - 9 p.m. We serve lunch Mon. – Fri., 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Main Post Bldg. 209. ~ DSN 475-6200, CIV 09641-83-6200,

Save the date! 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.

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

Army MWR Mastercard Earn a full 2% CashBack! on base purchases at MWR Activities, Child Development, Commissary and Exchange. Get 1% Cash Back everywhere else you shop! - No Annual Fee - Valuable Platinum Benefits - Exclusive Army MWR Card Member benefits In addition to all these great benefits, cardmembers can now enjoy unlimited cash back and NO foreign transaction fees! If you haven’t applied for an Army MWR MasterCard, what are you waiting for? APPLY TODAY for the Army MWR Mastercard Visit www.chasemilitary.com/Army or call 1-800-500-1494 or ask an MWR Representative for details!

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.

Tumbleweed Southwest Grill Dec. & 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 7 Jan: Geisskopf Ski; 7-10 Jan: Eger Stadtwald Hunt***; 8 Jan: Prague**; 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.

Grafenwoehr Thrift Shop, something for everyone Your Grafenwoehr Thrift Shop is open regular business hours for this Holiday season! Are you new to the community or just looking to find that one special item? Come and visit the Grafenwoehr Thrift Shop. PCSing, ETSing, Deploying, Retiring, or simply want to get rid of your unwanted clutter, help the community by donating your items to the Thrift Shop. Volunteers and donations are always welcome and appreciated! Grafenwoehr Thrift Shop located on Main Post at Bldg. 508. This month’s sales include 75% off Purple tags and 50% off Tan tags. Hours of operation are Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Thursdays 2-6 p.m., 1st Saturday of the month 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Consignments, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. CIV 09641-9260377.

Sign up for League Bowling 7 Jan: We’ll have a Meet and Greet to form the Youth League. Meeting starts at 11 a.m. The cost and length of league will be determined at meeting. Youth and Mixed Leagues are starting in January at both bowling centers. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Adult Education / Training Food Handlers course 16 Jan., 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.

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.

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.

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 www.ed.umuc.edu 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 vils@ed.umuc.edu or stop by the UMUC-E Office in Bldg. 223 to find out more.

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 www.phoenix.edu/militaryeurope 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.

Religious Grafenwoehr Chapels, Holiday mass and events CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES 24 Dec: The Main Post Protestant Congregation Christmas Eve Service will take place at Main Post Chapel, 5 p.m.. The Rose Barracks Protestant Congregation Christmas Eve Service will take place at Rose Barracks Cavalry Chapel at 6:30 p.m. The Catholic Parish will hold a Christmas Eve Midnight Mass on 24 Dec. at Rose Barracks Cavalry Chapel. CHRISTMAS DAY & NEW YEAR’S DAY All chapels will hold services as normally scheduled.

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.

Facility & Road/Openings/Construction/Closures USAG Garrison organizations, holiday closures and hours Community Bank Banking Centers 25 & 26 Dec: All Community Bank Banking Centers closed for Christmas Holiday 6 Jan: All Community Bank Banking Centers will be closed for Three Kings Day.

Education center


23 & 30 Dec: The Rose Barracks (Vilseck) and Main Post (Grafenwoehr) Education Centers will be closed for the Christmas and New Year holidays. In addition, there will be limited staffing at both centers from Dec. 27 – 29. For more, please contact Rose Barracks Education Center at DSN 476-2653/3292 or Main Post (Grafenwoehr) Education Center at DSN 475-6219/6786.

Vehicle registration holiday hours 26 Dec, 2 & 6 Jan: Closed. 30 Dec: Open 8 – 11:30 a.m., closed in the afternoon for inventory.

Medical Clinics 21 - 31 Dec: Main Post clinic hours are 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rose Barracks clinic hours, 9 – 3:30 p.m.

Main Post Mall Bakery, closed for renovations Current: The bakery, along with a new bakery in the Rose Barracks Food Court, will reopen in January 2012.

2011-2012 MWR Facilities Holiday Hours Bowling Center Main Post and Rose Barracks 24-26 Dec. & 1 Jan: closed. Child, Youth & School Services 24 & 31 Dec: Youth Centers Rose Barracks and Netzaberg closed. Parent Central Services Rose Barracks 27-30 Dec: By appointment only Sports & Fitness – Grafenwoehr and Rose Barracks Fitness Center 23 Dec: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. 24 Dec: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 25 Dec: Closed 26 Dec: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 30 Dec: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. 31 Dec: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 1 Jan: Closed 2 Jan: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Langenbruck Center & Java Café 25 Dec. & 1 Jan: Closed The Zone Sports Bar 24 - 25 Dec. & 1 Jan: Closed Main Post/Rose Barracks Auto Skills Centers 24 - 25 Dec. & 1 Jan: Closed Heart & Home Craft Shop 23 Dec. - 3 Jan: Closed Main Post Library 24-26 Dec. & 31 Dec. – 2 Jan: Closed Rose Barracks Library 25-26 Dec. & 1 -2 Jan: Closed Main Post/Rose Barracks Outdoor Recreation 26 Dec. & 2 Jan: Closed Performing Arts Center 26 Dec. & 2 Jan: Closed Main Post/Rose Barracks Warrior Zone 19-24 Dec: 2-10 p.m. 25 Dec: 4-10 p.m. 26 Dec: Closed 27-31 Dec: 2-10 p.m. 1 Jan: 4-10 p.m. 2 Jan: Closed

Hours of operation, POV Inspection Operation Effective 1 Jan: The POV Inspection Operation, Main Post Bldg. 301 will accept vehicle for inspection from Monday to Friday from 7:15 - 11:45 a.m. and from 12:45 to 3:45 p.m., except on US and German holidays.

School News Price of school lunch to increase Beginning 3 Jan: School lunch prices at all Department of Defense Education Activity schools Outside the Continental United States (OCONUS) will increase.


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 www.shopmyexchange.com.

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.

Grafenwoehr Elementary School 3 Jan: Return to School 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 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 VES.My-PTSA.org 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 19 Dec-2 Jan: Winter Break; No school. rd th th 10 Jan: 3 Annual Geography Bee; 4 -5 Grades; MPR; 8:15 a.m. POC: Email 16 Jan: Martin Luther King Day; No school. nd 26 Jan: End of 2 Quarter 27 Jan: Teacher Workday; No school. 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 02 Jan: Students return to school from winter break 16 Jan: NO SCHOOL for students – Martin Luther King Jr. Day 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 http://www.mealpayplus.com/. 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 www.odin.aafes.com/nutrition/08/index.html 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: #NetzabergMSAttendanceStaff@eu.dodea.edu 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 7:30am–4:00 pm Mon-Fri 7:55am-2:40 pm CIV 09645-917-9232/9233/9229 DSN 472-9232

Vilseck High School 19 Dec – 2 Jan: NO SCHOOL – Winter Recess 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 http://www.tutor.com/military 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

Was ist Los? Get involved in the local scene

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. Jan 7: The Neumarkter Flohmarkt will take place at Jurahalle and the Volksfestplatz in 92318 Neumarkt from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Flea Market offers a variety of used things such as antiques, old collectibles and typical Bavarian items. Inside the Jurahalle you will find over 100 vendors and outside will be more than 50 - 100 additional vendors. Food and drinks will be sold. If you would like to sell items email anfrage@neumarkter-flohmarkt.de. All flea markets are listed here by zip code.


Winterdorf (Winter Village) Now - 31 Dec: in 95444 Bayreuth, city center. It's like a small Christmas market (but only FIVE stalls), where they sell food and drinks and provide entertainment. For more, website.

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 to Kronplatz with the Bavarian Ski Club! 13 – 16 Jan: Bavarian ski Club trip to Kronplatz and Sella Ronda over Martin Luther King weekend. Trip includes transportation, 3 night lodging, 3 day lift passes, 3 breakfasts and 2 dinners. Cost: 300 Euros per person. Only a few spaces left! Sign up today by contacting John P. Macaras at DSN 475-8194 or email. Visit the Facebook page for a complete listing of upcoming trips, or email.

Concerts Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show 28 Dec (and continuing), in various German cities. The excellent stage production of the cult film around Dr. Frank N. Furter has finally reached German shores. They will perform in the following locations: 28 - 31 Dec: in 68161 Mannheim, at the Rosengarten (Mozartsaal), Am Rosengartenplatz 2, ph 0621-41060. 03 - 08 Jan: in 44135 Dortmund, at the Konzerthaus, Brückstr. 21, ph 0231-226-960. 10 - 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). Die Happy 29 Dec: 8 p.m., in 63739 Aschaffenburg, at the ColoSaal, Rossmarkt 19, ph 06021-27239. Die Happy are one of the best German Rock bands, fronted by the great Marta Jandova. Tickets. 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.

Christmas Markets


Tis the season Amberg 24 Nov. - 23 Dec: in 92224 Amberg on Marktplatz = market place. Highlights are daily live performances on the stage, a horse-drawn carriage and a live nativity scene, as well as a special program for the kids. Opening hours: Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sun. 1 - 8 p.m.

Ansbach 25 Nov. - 23 Dec: in 91522 Ansbach on Martin-Luther-Platz (between the two churches in the historical city center). Opening hours: Mon. - Thu. 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Fri. 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Augsburg Augsburg is ca. 155 km / 95 miles north of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. 21 Nov. -24 Dec: in 86150 Augsburg on Rathausplatz and in the whole Fußgängerzone = pedestrian zone, 155 km / 95 miles north of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.This is one of the oldest Christmas markets in Germany, held right in front of the unique historical Rathaus (city hall) famous for its Golden Ceiling Hall. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m., you can watch the "Engelesspiel" where 24 "angels" appear and turn the Rathaus into a giant advent calendar. This market also features daily musical performances, and a special program for children (baking with kids, puppet theater) at the Children's Christmas Market on Moritzplatz and Martin-Luther-Platz. Opening hours: On the first day: 7 - 9:30 p.m. Sun. - Thu.: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat.: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Bad Tölz 26 Nov. - 24 Dec: in 83646 Bad Tölz on Marktstraße and the rest of the Innenstadt = inner city (ca. 60 km / 37 miles NE from Garmisch-Partenkirchen). Lovely traditional nativity scenes are displayed thoughout the city center (e.g. in the Stadtmuseum = city museum, and the Franziskanerkirche). At the market, you can watch how genuine "Baumkuchen" (a type of layered, grilled cake) or chocolate is made.

Bamberg 24 Nov. - 23 Dec: 96047 Bamberg on Maximiliansplatz. The origins of Bamberg's Christmas Market date back to the beginning of the 19th century. Nowadays, around 50 vendors sell a variety of Christmas articles along with typcial delicacies from the region, such as Lebkuchen (gingerbread cookies) and Früchtebrot (German fruit cake).

Bayreuth 25 Nov. - 23 Dec: in 95448 Bayreuth along Maximilianstraße and on Marktplatz (market place). Over 60 stalls are in this "Budenstadt", offering everything from decorations to scrumptious foods. The grand opening takes place on Fri., 26. November, at 5 p.m. Regular opening hours: Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Berching: Berching is ca. 42 km / 26 miles west of Hohenfels. 18 Dec: 1 - 6 p.m., at the historic guesthouse (inn) "Alte Wegscheid" (only GE), Wegscheid 1a, (it's a part of 92334 Berching), 42 km / 26 miles west of Hohenfels.

Berchtesgaden 15 - 23 Dec: 155 km / 97 miles SE of Munich on Maximilianstraße. Open midday - 8 p.m. on each of these days. This lovely Christmas market in gorgeous Berchtesgaden attracts many visitors each year with a large number of activities: traditional arts and crafts stalls, rides in horse-drawn carriages, an "Engerlstudio", a Christmas tree labyrinth, a petting zoo,live nativity plays, guided tours of the historical city center, a tower brass band playing on top of the bell tower of the Stiftskirche (church), and much more. A very unique event is the visit of the "Buttnmandl" and "Kramperl" on 05 and 06 December, as well as the "Böllerschießen" (gun salutes) in the week before Christmas Eve. Of course you can find all details online (only GE).

Dinkelsbühl 24 Nov. - 21 Dec: in 91550 Dinkelsbühl, at the Spitalhof on Dr.-Martin-Luther-Straße 6. The market (only GE) is held in the idyllic courtyard of the historical "Spitalanlage" along Dr.-Martin-Luther-Straße.(45 km / 28 miles SW of Ansbach.)

Dresden 24 Nov. - 24 Dec: Striezelmarkt in 01067 Dresden, Schlossplatz / Chiaverigasse. Germany's oldest Christmas market has resided in the Saxon provincial capital for more than half a millennium. Dresden is not in Bavaria anymore, it's in Saxony but has one of the oldest and best-known Christmas markets in Germany. Lots of English information here.

Erlangen Erlangen is ca. 25 km / 15 miles north of Nuremberg. 25 Nov. - 23 Dec: 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.: in 91052 Erlangen around the Neustädter Kirchenplatz. This Christmas market has a distinct medieval touch, with jugglers and jongleurs, musicians and buffoons. In addition, a fire show attracts all visitors every Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Fürth 24 Nov. - 23 Dec: in 90762 Fürth, at the Fürther Freiheit, 10 km / 6 miles west of Nuremberg.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen 2 - 23 Dec: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.: in 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Rathausplatz.


Kitzingen: 26 Nov - 24 Dec: in 97318 Kitzingen on Marktplatz = market place. There are daily concerts and/or other performances, and children can visit the petting zoo, have a go at baking cookies, or have a ride on the carousel. Opening hours: Mon. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sun. midday - 7 p.m.; Christmas Eve 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Lauf an der Pegnitz 24 Nov. - 24 Dec: in 91207 Lauf an der Pegnitz on Marktplatz, . 70 km / 40 miles west of Vilseck. Lauf also offers a large program for the whole family, http://www.laufer-weihnachtsmarkt.de/programm_01.html with live music, horse-drawn carriages, a puppet theater, a visit by the Nikolaus and the Nuremberger Christkindl. Opening hours: Sun. - Fri. 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. On 24 Dec. 9 a.m. - midday.

Munich 24 Nov. - 24 Dec: "Bogenhausener Weihnachtszauberwald" (only GE) in 81925 München / Munich on Rosenkavalierplatz. "Weihnachtszauberwald" translates as "magical Christmas forest" referring to the over 500 fir trees with thousands of lights that surround this market. Around 40 rustic wooden stalls are the temporary homes of vendors, artisans, and chefs who all have something interesting to offer. The culinary delights include a piglet from the grill, Glühweinbratwurst (Bratwurst made with or soaked in mulled wine), roast apples, Glühwein (mulled wine), Feuerzangenbowle (flaming wine punch, link in EN), and fruit punch. There is also a different live performance every day at 5 p.m. Opening hours: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily. On 24 Dec. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 24 Nov. - 23 Dec: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily: Medieval Christmas Market in 80333 München / Munich on Wittelsbacher Platz. Jugglers, storytellers, fire eaters - they all are part of this Medieval Advent Spectaculum - the link offers English and German language options, just click on the respective flag; If the background music annoys you, you can turn it off at the end of the left menu. But do try the virtual tour: simply move the mouse slightly left or right. A varied entertainment program completes the market. 25 Nov. - 24 Dec: "Haidhausener Weihnachtsmarkt" (only GE) in 81667 München / Munich on Weißenburger Platz. Opening hours: Sun. - Wed. 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.; Thu. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Christmas Eve only10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Every Friday has a "Haidhauser Lichternacht" 5 - 6 p.m. - it's a parade with lanterns, by the local children. 25 Nov. - 24 Dec: in 80331 München / Munich on Marienplatz. Check out their homepage in deutsch and English. This is Munich's main Christmas market, and it's also the oldest in the city. A highlight every year is the "Himmelswerkstatt" (~ Santa's workshop) for children ages 6 to 12. Opening hours: Mon. - Fri. 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. 25 Nov. - 24 Dec: "Schwabinger Weihnachtsmarkt" (EN + GE) in 80803 München / Munich at the Forum Münchner Freiheit. The concept has been one of an artists market from the very beginning. An unmistakable flair can be found here with the high level of artistic talent and craftsmanship. This is further underlined by the quality of the daily cultural programme and fine foods. All concerts and events are free of charge. Opening hours: Starts at 6 p.m. on the first day. Mon. - Fri. midday - 8:30 p.m. Sat. + Sun. 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Christmas Eve 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. On the Weekends 26 & 27 Nov., 3 & 4 Dec., 10. + 11 Dec., 17. + 18 Dec: 1 - 7:30 p.m., "Pasinger Christkindlmarkt"in 81241 München - Pasing, on Schererplatz and around the local church "Maria Schutz". 26 Nov. - 23 Dec: 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily: "Christkindlmarkt am Sendlinger Tor" in 80331 München / Munich at the Sendlinger-Tor-Platz. The gate known as Sendlinger Tor is gently illuminated by the small but unique Christkindlmarkt, with over 40 stalls selling international goods like nativity scenes from Tyrol and Peru, elegant baubles with motifs of Austrian Empress Elisabeth (very popular in Germany) and Bavarian King Ludwig II, Indian handiworks, and much more. 26 Nov. - 23 Dec: "Weihnachtsmarkt Praterinsel" (only GE) in 80538 München / Munich, at the Praterinsel, "Isarhof" and "Wurzlekeller". The historical facade of the old Schnapps distillery and the wintery Isar river make this one of the most scenic Christmas markets in Munich. Opening hours: Mon. - Fri. 3 - 10 p.m. Sat. + Sun. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. 9 Dec. 2011 - 06 Jan. 2012: The Largest Flaming Wine Punch in the World (only GE) in 80331 München / Munich, im Innenhof des Isartors, Tal 43. The concept of the largest Feuerzangenbowle (flaming wine punch, link in EN) is making a stop in Munich again this year.The Isartor gate is a romantic backdrop for the truly gigantic copper cauldron filled with 9,000 liters (ca. 2,380 gallons) of Feuerzangenbowle, an aromatic mixture of rum, red wine and sugar. The Feuerzangenbowle has been made very popular in Germany by an old B&W film that still gets repeated regularly on TV. Opening hours: Mon. - Wed. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Thu. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Christmas Eve 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. New Year's Eve 6 p.m. - 3 a.m.

Nuremberg 25 Nov. - 24 Dec: Christkindlesmarkt in 90403 Nuremberg. All details in English are available online. The Christmas Market will be solemnly opened with the Christmas Angel's prologue on Friday, 26 November at 5.30 p.m. Lantern Procession to Nuremberg Castle: Thursday, 09 December, starting at Fleischbrücke at 6.15 p.m. Daily opening hours: Friday, 2. November: 9.30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Mon-Thu: 9.30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Fri -


Sat: 9.30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sun: 10.30 a.m. – 8 p.m. The last market day will be Friday. 24. December, 9.30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Special Features at the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt: "Nuremberger Kinderweihnacht" (Children's Christmas) on HansSachs-Platz has been part of the Nuremberg market since 1999, especially appreciated by families. Features traditional rides and lots of activities for kids. Same opening hours as the Christkindlesmarkt. - Christmas Market of the Partner Cities, on Rathausplatz The highly popular ‖little brother― of the regular Weihnachtsmarkt is the one by Nuremberg’s partner cities (only GE). Great opportunity for buying international gifts! Proceedings of the stall run by the ―Amt für Internationale Beziehungen― (Office for International Relations) will be donated to social projects in the partner cities. 25 Nov. 2011 - 01 Jan. 2012: The Largest Flaming Wine Punch in the World (only GE) in 90403 Nuremberg at the Fleischbrücke (bridge). The concept of the largest Feuerzangenbowle (flaming wine punch, link in EN) is making a stop in Nuremberg again this year. Over the years, a whole Feuerzangenbowlen village has been set up along the Pegnitz river. A truly gigantic copper cauldron filled with 9,000 liters (ca. 2,380 gallons) of Feuerzangenbowle, an aromatic mixture of rum, red wine and sugar, and six restaurateurs invite everyone to celebrate the this nostalgic fest. The Feuerzangenbowle has been made very popular in Germany by an old B&W film that still gets repeated regularly on TV. Opening hours: Mon. - Wed. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Thu. - Sun. 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Christmas Eve 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. New Year's Eve 6 p.m. - 3 a.m.

Regensburg 24 Nov - 23 Dec: in 93047 Regensburg around the Neupfarrplatz (pedestrian zone). Grand opening on Fri., 24 Nov. at 5 p.m. Regular opening hours: Sun. - Wed. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Thu. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Further details are online with English and German language options. 24 Nov - 23 Dec: Romantic Christmas Market at Schloss Thurn und Taxis (palace), 93047 Regensburg, Emmeramsplatz. The romantic backdrop of St. Emmeram give the "Romantischer Weihnachtsmarkt― at the Thurn und Taxis mansion an incredible flair. Thousands of candles, torches and lanterns illuminate the impressive courtyard and almost lead you to believe that the cozy little huts are straight out of a fairy tale. Right in the middle, a huge Christmas tree oversees the busy little Christmas village. Opening hours: Sun. - Wed. midday - 10 p.m., Thu. - Sat. midday - 11 p.m. Admission is 5.- Euros pp Mon. - Fri.; and 6.- Euros pp at the weekends. Children (6 – 16 years) pay1 - Euro pp. Groups of ten people receive one ticket for free (9+1). 2 - 23 Dec: Arts and Crafts Weihnachtsmarkt in 93047 Regensburg, Haidplatz / Kohlenmarkt (pedestrian zone).

Rothenburg ob der Tauber 25 Nov. - 23 Dec: Reiterlesmarkt in 91541 Rothenburg on Marktplatz, on Grüner Markt and Kirchplatz. Grand Opening on Fri., 25 Nov., at 5 p.m. on Marktplatz; Opening hours: Sun. - Thu. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Every year Rothenburg is transformed from a summer's dream into a winter wonderland. Experience the enchanting atmosphere at the Christmas Market, the so-called "Reiterlesmarkt". This Market dates back to the 15th century and is therefore one of the oldest in Germany. Its name refers to an old Teutonic legend: In pre-Christian time, the Teutons believed in a rider who would take care of a deceased person’s soul. While the Teutons were afraid of this mystic figure, people in the middle ages changed their attitude towards this rider, eagerly expecting him to appear because – according to the legend - he changed from a wild, rude man to a friendly messenger who brings gifts to all men on earth. A painting of this famous rider can be seen on the facade of the city hall. But on several occasions he ―becomes alive‖ again. For example, when the market is opened or when the children of the town go on their candlelight procession. The Reiterlesmarkt (in English) is always held from last Friday in November to the day before Christmas Eve.

Schwandorf 24 Nov. - 23 Dec: in 92421 Schwandorf on Unterer Marktplatz = Lower Market Place. Opening hours: Sun. - Fri. midday - 8 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Schweinfurt 24 Nov. - 24 Dec: in 97421 Schweinfurt, Marktplatz. More details should soon be online There will be a new highlight every day: visit by the Nuremberger Christkind, Nikolaus (the German Santa Claus), a "Rock Christmas" evening, horse-drawn carriages, special Stollen, and much more! On the third advent weekend, an exquisite arts and crafts market is held in the exhibition room of the "Altes Rathaus" (old city hall). Opening hours: Mon. - Wed. 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Thu. - Sat.: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. On 24 Dec. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. only.

Weiden 24 Nov. - 23 Dec: in 92637 Weiden, Altstadt (historic city center). Weiden's Christmas market has been held annually since 1576 and nowadays offers free, interesting entertainment (at ca. 5 p.m.) on the steps of the Altes Rathaus (historic city hall). The Rathaus itself is turned into a Christmas calendar where a new "door" (window, really) is opened every day. Opening hours: Mon. - Fri., 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Würzburg 25 Nov - 23 Dec: in 97070 Würzburg on Marktplatz (Market Place). Opening hours: Mon - Sat. 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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