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u.S. army garrison–Main Post (grafenwoehr) / Rose Barracks (Vilseck)


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7 March 2012

March 9: Dr. Rory Cooper will present “Pathways to Successful Transition for Wounded, Injured, and Ill Warriors” at the Memorial Fitness Center in Rose Barracks on Friday, March 9th from 2 – 3 p.m., followed by book signing and question and answer period. Dr. Rory Cooper, a distinguished Professor of the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh. He is also the Center Director at the Center of Excellence for Wheelchair and Related Technology, VA Rehabilitation Research & Development Center, and a Senior Research Career Scientist at the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition, Dr. Cooper is a decorated U.S. Army Veteran who uses a wheelchair as a result of injuries suffered during his military service and is a Para Olympic Athlete who holds 4 gold and 1 silver medals.

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Town Hall Meetings for all Local National employees Today, 7 March: Garrison Leadership will be conducting Town Hall Meetings for all Local National employees at the Rose Barracks Theater at 10 a.m. and at the Grafenwoehr Tower Theater at 2 p.m., to discuss Restructure, Reshape, and Reduction-in-Force (R3) risk as it pertains to Local Nationals in the Garrison workforce, as well as the social questionnaires. All Garrison Local National employees are encouraged to attend.

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” Delay, Early Release and Closure: When conditions warrant, the Garrison Commander may direct a delayed reporting, early release, or garrison closure. Decision is based on a combination of road conditions and weather forecast. Garrison Commander’s decision applies to all personnel, tenant units, directorates and agencies to include DODDS schools. Delayed Reporting or Garrison Closure will normally be made at 4 a.m. The Installation Operations Center (IOC) will update the website, command channel and phone recordings NLT 4:30 a.m., and will alert AFN. AFN will broadcast updates starting at 5 a.m. Early release decision will be made two hours prior to forecasted degradation of road conditions. This will allow for DODDS to stage school busses. The IOC will also contact tenant units in addition to updating the website, phone recordings, command channel and AFN. 2-Hour Delays: Garrison needs this time to clear the roads and parking lots. Personnel will report 2 hours later than their normally scheduled reporting time. School busses will pick up children from their bus stops two hours after their normal time. Only those personnel who are part of key and essential functions may drive on post. Functions include snow removal crews, guard force, limited dining facility, and emergency services. Safety: Weather and road conditions vary in our area. Use your best judgment and know the hazards along your route. When in doubt, don’t drive. DOD Civilians will not lose pay when the Command directs a delay, early release or closure. Affected work time will be accounted for as administrative leave IAW DODI 1400.25-M

Note - This road condition chart is a tool for Commanders when deciding dispatch authorization for government tactical and non-tactical vehicles on the installation ONLY. Commanders will use the following road conditions definitions to determine the dispatching of tactical and non-tactical GOVERNMENT vehicles IAW USAREUR Regulation 385-55: GREEN, Unrestricted vehicle dispatches are authorized. Ideal road, temperature, and visibility conditions exist. Drivers will observe normal precautions and speed limits; AMBER, Ideal road, temperature, and visibility conditions do not exist . Increased driving times, hazardous road conditions, and driver experience must be considered in dispatching vehicles under Amber conditions. Under Amber conditions, unit commanders (captains and above) may authorize dispatches for their vehicles and garrison directors of public works (DPWs) or primary staff (S1, S2, S3, and S4) may authorize their vehicle dispatches; RED, Only mission-essential and emergency-essential vehicle dispatches are authorized. The dispatch record for mission- and emergency-essential vehicles must be marked “mission- and emergency-essential.” Garrison commanders and battalion-level commanders may authorize dispatches of mission-essential vehicles. DPWs and chiefs of building and grounds and operation maintenance may approve mission-essential dispatches during Red road conditions to provide emergency support and for snow and ice removal. A risk assessment must be completed before dispatch; BLACK, Only emergency-essential vehicle dispatches are authorized. The dispatch record for emergency-essential vehicles (for example, ambulances, emergency engineer, fire, police) must be marked “emergencyessential.” Chiefs of appropriate offices (for example, DPW, fire, medical activity, provost marshal) may authorize dispatches of emergency vehicles. Garrison and brigade-level commanders and above may authorize dispatches of their emergency vehicles. A risk assessment must be completed before dispatch.

NOTE: Drivers of military vehicles passing through garrisons that have declared Black road conditions should contact their chain of command and evaluate the risk of continuing the mission. Weather and road conditions must be part of all mission risk-management decisions.

Estate Claim Anyone having claims on or obligations to the estate of SSG Jerry D. Reed II of A/2-28, TF 3-66 AR, 172nd SIB, should contact CPT Michael Dyer, summary court martial officer, at DSN 475-9844 or email.

Disability Evaluation information now available on-line Soldiers, family members and commanders can now find helpful data, phone numbers, and first-line information on how the Integrated Disability Evaluation System works for the Army in Europe at the USAREUR IDES Web site Europe and Asia were part of the final implementation phase of an improved disability evaluation process for Soldiers which began in October 2011. The new system eliminates both the requirement for veterans to navigate the Department of Veterans Affairs disability evaluation process on their own and the delay between the end of a Soldiers’ service and the beginning of their VA benefits. The IDES partners the disability rating systems of the Department of Defense and the VA to produce a disability rating system used by both departments. The IDES also features a single set of medical examinations and a single set of disability ratings, resulting in benefits that begin as soon as Soldiers separate from military service.

How to save time in the Postal Service Center Mailing to the States? All Priority and Express mail boxes are free to take home. You pay for the rate of postage when you actually mail them.

Hate being passed because you still have to fill out a customs form? Take some home with you. Customs forms are available inside the Finance lobby during opening hours and available 24/7 in the mailroom lobby. Depending on the size of your box, customs forms must fit flat on the face of a box, i.e. if the box is big enough to fit a large customs form, a large one must be used. Have a question? Email us from home or write us a message on Facebook. We check both daily.

When a user gets a new CAC Card, they must do the following 1. Log into AKO and Register their new CAC; they need to deregister their old CAC and register their new CAC. User needs to verify their log on Password before doing this, because they will have to confirm their identity by entering their AKO password during this process. a. My Account b. Login Options c. CAC/Certificate Registration 2. The user must log on here, and update their information. Verify their new CAC certs are listed; evident by looking at the effective date & valid to dates. 3. The user must ensure the CAC Card issuing office puts their Enterprise E-Mail address on the CAC Card: if the users AKO e-mail address is put on the CAC Card, the user must log on here, click on "OK", then "Replace Certificates". Follow the instructions... This is the DISA "Users Maintenance Portal" 4. The ser must log into Outlook and set the new CAC Certificates in the Trust Center. Then publish the new certificates to the GAL (Global Address List). 5. Once this is all done and confirmed, the user needs to notify their regular contacts to make sure they select their name from the GAL for the first time, in order to reset the "Queue" in their Outlook profile.

AAFES Systems Maintenance to Impact Services 11 March: From 5-11 a.m. intermittent outages may affect credit and debit transactions for Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and AAFES Gift Cards. Also not available during this time are on-and-off post ESSO functions, Military Star, Take it Home Today, and 3rd Party Gift Cards. Cash transactions are not affected. Plan ahead to fuel POVs prior to the outage.

Bulk trash pick-up for Neustadt county The local county (County Neustadt) will perform bulk trash pick-up on the following days: 12 March: City of Pressath

VCSC 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

GCSC 2012-2013 Scholarship Program The Grafenwoehr Community and Spouses’ Club is offering academic scholarship awards for the 2012-2013 academic years to senior students and family members (spouses and dependents). A tremendous opportunity for eligible garrison family members from the Grafenwoehr, Netzaberg, Vilseck and surrounding military communities desiring to pursue a secondary education. GCSC has distributed $70,000 in scholarships to 40 applicants attending schools in the states and overseas the past two years. Applicants are scored based on academic performance, educational/career goals, extracurricular activities, citizenship, community involvement, employment and/or volunteer experience, an essay and through letters of recommendation. Vilseck High School/home schooled seniors will be interviewed. Applications now being accepted until 26 March, 5 p.m. Scholarships will be awarded during the weekend of 4-6 May. Application forms on the Scholarship pages of the GCSC website at . For more, contact George Linka, GCSC Scholarship Chairman at DSN 475-6108 or CIV 09641-83-6108 or email.

GCSC Welfare The next Welfare application deadline is Friday, April 13. Find the application online at For more information, email our new Welfare address at

Updates from the Legal Assistance Office Free Tax Preparation: 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 Soldier and civilians. We are located on the 1st Floor, Building 245. For more, call DSN 476-2714, CIV 09662-83-2714.

CAC, installation pass, ID card news Did you know that you can make appointments at the Graf ID Card Section? This way you don't have to sit there and wait forever when they're having a busy day. Click on this link and select Germany from the drop-down menu at the bottom. The system will then guide you through everything else. You can also cancel an appointment on this page; see the three options in the thick blue line near the top.

Community Amnesty Day 10 April: The next Ammunition Supply Point #1 Community Amnesty Day for ammunition will be from 8 a.m – 2 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. The Department of the Army and USAREUR have recognized that people may have acquired abandoned or unauthorized A&E from a variety of sources: training ranges, souvenirs from peacekeeping missions, and military artifacts found from battles waged centuries ago, just to name a few. The primary intent of this A&E when manufactured was to destroy property, kill and/or maim personnel. In untrained or unauthorized hands, these items could have catastrophic results. If these items are found in your possession, you could face disciplinary action, hence, the creation of the Amnesty Program. This program provides personnel an avenue to return A&E to government control and remain anonymous in the process. USAREUR has designated that one day each quarter be specifically set aside as a reminder of the program’s existence and to further promote safety within the community through the recovery of A&E. This program is not intended to circumvent normal ammunition turn-in procedures and cannot be used as the basis for AR 190-series investigations. How does the Amnesty process work? 1. Personnel in possession of A&E will need to transport these items to ASP 1. (Utilize Unit Entrance). 2. Once at the ASP Gate, notify the guard that you have amnesty items. 3. The guards will escort you to the amnesty turn-in point. 4. Simply leave the items in this area. The guards will then escort you out of the ASP. 5. Trained personnel will then pick up these items and process them into the ASP. That’s it. Regardless of the size, people should not touch A&E items they suspect might be unsafe for movement. Report these items to your local military police. They will then see to the removal of these items. For more about the Amnesty Program and Amnesty Day, contact the ASP # 1 QASAS office at DSN 476-3007.

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.

The Army Emergency Relief (AER) program, training AER will run through May 15. All Units within USAG Grafenwoehr geographic footprint are requested to provide an AER Representatives. For questions please contact Ms. Christine Nunez, DSN: 475-8432 or email.

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.

Army’s Qualitative Service Program The Army’s Qualitative Service Program here starts identifying noncommissioned officers for involuntary early separation from active duty April 1.

Reminder, when traveling to the Czech Republic … Military AND civilian personnel travelling PRIVATELY into the Czech Republic are required to have their passport in possession. Just carrying their ID card and leave orders is considered insufficient documentation and will result in criminal charges by the German Police for "Illegal Entry of Country." Fine averaged €2000. For more, DSN 476-2846.

DPW Energy Saving Tip of the Week Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.

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 09662-83114, Sexual Assault Hotline 0162-296-0661 and Emergency Services 09641-83-117.

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.

The Exchange will match it Grafenwoehr Exchange Committed to Offering Best Possible Price On or Offline. With smart phones becoming more prevalent as shopping tools, price matching is becoming increasingly popular. With this in mind, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s “We’ll Match It!” program is ensuring military shoppers at pay the lowest price possible. Depending on the item, price matches can be done with or without a competitor’s ad. There are two ways, one, and a price difference of less than $10 is matched on the spot. The second way, pricing discrepancies greater than $10 are matched with a current local competitor’s ad, however, in either scenario, products must be identical. Internet offers are excluded. “Your Exchange also offers a 14-day price guarantee on any item originally purchased from the Exchange.” So, if an item is sold at a lower price by the Exchange, or any local competitor, the price can be matched up to two weeks after the purchase.” The Exchange Catalog and also match lower prices (including shipping and handling) from other online retailers on identical items available for sale and delivery in the customer’s area. Complete details regarding the Exchange’s price matching policy as well as exceptions can be found at here.

Sommerzeit - Start of Daylight Saving Time Sunday, 25 March: It's time to set the clocks AHEAD one hour. Remember: Spring Forward, Fall Back!

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, Bldg. 322. ***

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Military Saves Campaign Take the pledge and build your wealth by visiting This website will provide you will tips, advice and tools necessary to take the initial steps towards building your wealth with everyday actions. Take the pledge as a Family, as Soldiers and as friends! For more information on saving your money, you may also contact your ACS Financial Readiness at 0962-83-2650 or 09641-83-8371.

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 Readiness classes Employment Readiness 24 April: Job Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Rose Barracks Bldg 134. STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS!

Mobilization & Deployment Readiness 13-15 March: FRG Basic Course, 9-2pm Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322 20 March: FUN Workshop, 9:30-11:30 Main Post, Chapel Annex 20 March: Care Team Training, 9:30-11:30 Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322 22 March: Point of Contact Training, 9:30-11:30 Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322

Financial Readiness 7 March: Financial Readiness Across Borders, 1-3pm Rose Barracks ACS Bldg 322 21 March: Financial Readiness Across Borders, 1-3pm Rose Barracks ACS Bldg 322

Relocation Readiness 7 March- 25 April: German as a Second Language, 9-11am Rose Barracks ACS Bldg 322 (8 Sessions that meet on Wednesdays only) 7 March: Newcomer’s Orientation Level II 9 - 4pm Pick up from Vilseck ACS at 9:00am Pick up from Graf ACS at 9:30am 27 March: Immigration Workshop, 11-Noon Rose Barracks ACS Bldg 322 27 March – 30 March: Welcome to Bavaria Level I, 9-4pm Rose Barracks ACS Bldg 322

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.

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Have questions? Email EFMP directly. 7 March: Free EFMP Bowling, 4 - 6 p.m. Rose Barracks Bowling Center Bldg. 2201. 8 March: EFMP Movie Bash, 4 – 6 p.m. Rose Barracks Theater, Bldg. 354. 14 March: Autism Awareness, 2-3pm Rose Barracks Bldg 224 1st Floor, Conference Room. 15 March: Special Education Workshop, 3 - 4:30 p.m. Main Post Bldg 244, 2nd Floor, Room 219. 16 March: Arts and Crafting with EFMP, 2 - 4:30 p.m. Rose Barracks ACS Bldg 322. 21 March: EFMP Support Group, 3 - 4:30 p.m. Main Post Bldg 244, 2nd Floor Room 219. Become a Respite Care Provider for the EFMP Program. Please call us for more information

New Parent Support Program 7 March: Weiden Hospital Tour, Meet at hospital lobby at 5:45 p.m. 9 March-13 April: Great Expectations, 10-11:30am, Rose Barracks ACS Bldg 322 (6 Sessions that meet on Friday mornings)

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

Hospital Tours

Every 1st Wednesday: Visit Weiden, meet at 5:45 p.m. in the Weiden hospital lobby. Every 4th Wednesday: Visit Sulzbach-Rosenberg, meet at 5:45 p.m. in the Sulzbach-Rosenberg hospital lobby. Next date, 28 March. 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.

Family Advocacy Program 7 March – 28 March: Super Spouse, 10-Noon Graf Chapel Annex (4 Session that meet on Wednesday) 23 March – 6 April: At Ease/Stress Management Workshop, Noon-1:30pm Rose Barracks ACS Bldg 322 (3 Sessions that meet on Friday) Hotlines to help: Sexual Assault Reporting 09662-83-3217 and Domestic Violence 09662-83-3218 or 09641-835130. 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 Army Volunteer Corps 8 March: Organizational Point of Contact Training, 1-2 p.m. Rose Barracks, Bldg 221, Room 206. 13-15 March: Army Family Team Building Level III, 9-3 p.m. Rose Barracks Bldg 211, Room 206. 21 March: Organizational Point of Contact Training, 9-10 a.m. Rose Barracks, Bldg 221, Room 206. Contact us to find out how to become a volunteer by calling DSN 475-2650.

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.

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.

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 (Graf) or Rose Barracks email (Rose Barracks) or posting on our Facebook pages: Main Post and Rose Barracks.

Sports, Fitness, Hobbies & Recreation AAFES Movie Listing Main Post listings, click here. Rose Barracks listings, here.

Edge! Art Classes in March CYS Services the Edge!, in cooperation with the Heart & Home, will provide kids in grades 1-5 all the supplies and direction to help them get into the holiday spirit this month. The first class, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, will be on Friday, March 9, from 3-5 p.m. The second class, on Friday, March 30, from 3-5 p.m., will be Easter-themed. The classes are open to the first 15 to enroll. For more, or to enroll, contact Parent Central Services or go online.

Army MWR Services Survey - COMING SOON! The Grafenwoehr garrison has been selected as one of the Army communities conducting the Army MWR Services survey. This survey is part of an effort to improve Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs. The survey, distributed to randomly selected participants, seeks to identify what customers are interested in, whether they are using available services and if so, how satisfied they are with the services and programs this community has to offer. The input will help us to make decisions about which programs are vital to your quality of life. Those selected to participate in the Army MWR Services Survey are contacted by email by the beginning of March 2012. We highly encourage online survey participation. Responses will remain strictly anonymous.

CYSS Mobile Registration Team The CYSS Mobile Registration Team is on site at Army Lodging Facilities on Thursdays to register children for CYSS programs. If you are new to the Grafenwoehr community, stop by the Grafenwoehr Army Lodging lobby between 0800 and 1000 or the Kristall Inn lobby in Rose Barracks from 1200-1400 to complete CYSS registration. USAG Grafenwoehr CYSS issues a voucher for 16 hours of free childcare to use while you in-process. For more information, call our Parent Central Services office at DSN 476-2760 or 09662-83-2760.

Club Beyond 3 on 3 Basketball Tournaments 16 March: Middle School level, 3 – 7 p.m., Netzaberg Middle School gym 3 on 3 basketball tournament for high school and middle school students. $6 registration fee per team. Trophies and prizes handed out for winning teams. Tournament includes welcome message by Club Beyond staff. Concessions available. For more, Josiah Walcott at or at 475 8612.

NMS PTSA fitness day 5K Fun Run/Walk for the Gold, Kinder Shamrock Shuffle & TOTAL FIT Team Challenge 17 March: at the Main Post Fitness Center, 10 a.m., registration 8:30 – 9 a.m. This event raises funds for the NMS Student Council “Pennies 4 Play/ Blacktop Bling” project & Graf Military Museum.

Take a trip with the Bavarian Ski Club! Let the Bavarian Ski club take the guess work out of planning the perfect ski weekend. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert shredder, the club with quell your skiing desires and handle all the preparations for you. Not to mention, they know how to have a good time. All trip prices include transportation, hotel accommodations, breakfast and dinner, lift tickets and libations for the ride there and back.

20-22 April: Enjoy glacier skiing at its best in Stubai, Austria and relax at the Pension Holzknechthof afterwards. Price, 220 Euros.

27-30 April: Rock out on the top of the mountain (on skis!) with a concert in Ischgl, Austria (musical act TBA). Visit the Facebook page for a complete listing of upcoming trips, or email to sign up.

Spouses’ Club 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.

Outdoor Recreation update An unanticipated loss of staff, has forced us to accelerate the consolidation of Outdoor Recreation Center (ODR) services to Rose Barracks. After March 1, full ODR services will be available on Rose Barracks, Bldg. 2236, and limited services will be available at the MWR Central Office, located in building 539, Main Post, until the Dickhaeuter Lake Outdoor Recreation Complex is complete. We will keep you posted on our progress.

Kids on Site – “Get fit and bring your kids!” Monday – Thursday, 8:30 – 10 a.m. and 10 – 11:30 a.m. Main Post Physical Fitness Center and Rose Barracks CYSS, Bldg 224. Convenient on-site hourly care when using MWR services. Quality child care services – easily accessible and affordable. Age-appropriate and enriching environment for 0 – 12 year-old children. Safe and fun activities, toys and games. Must Pre-register at CYSS Parent & Outreach Services or online at for more contact Parent & Outreach Services – DSN 476-2760, CIV 09662-83-2760.

USAG Grafenwoehr/Vilseck Community softball team Tues & Thurs: The team is in need of players and will continue to have hitting practice and try-outs every Tues. & Thurs. 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Graf Field House. For more, 016094780292.

Overnight trips with Leisure Travel Services 6-11 April: Dalmatian Coast, Croatia 4-6 May: Keukenhof Tulips & Amsterdam 25-28 May: Vienna, Austria 14-19 June: Rome & Verona, Italy 3-9 July: Scandinavian Capitals (Copenhagen, Stockholm, & Helsinki) 12-16 July: Paris, France 8-13 Aug: United Kingdom (Cornwall) 30 Aug. – 3 Sept: Budapest, Hungary To enroll, contact Grafenwoehr (DSN 475-7402) or Rose Barracks (476-2563) ODR. Our hours of operation for the Grafenwoehr office are Monday and Friday 11 a.m. – 6p.m. (in preparation for our move to Bldg. 539). The Rose Barracks office is open Mon., Tues., Thurs., and Fri. 11 a.m. – 6p.m. Customers must pay a $100 deposit per person to sign up.

Amateur Boxing Event Originally set for 3 March, this event has been rescheduled for 21 April: Rose Barracks Memorial Fitness Center, Bldg. 616. Doors Open 6 p.m. Event starts 7 p.m. Weigh-Ins: 9 a.m. – Noon. Weigh-Ins: 9 a.m. – Noon This Boxing Invitational promises to be nothing short of explosive with boxers from Garrisons all over Europe fighting to land the winning punch. For more, contact: DSN 476-2214/2998, CIV 09662-83-2214/2998 or DSN 475-8207/7576, CIV 09641-83-8207/7576 or DSN 475-9007, CIV 09641-83-9007.

Army Athlete Training Speed – mobility - strength - endurance Do you want to improve your PT score? Are you tired of the same routine? Do you want to get stronger? Do you want to take your fitness to the next level? Are you up for the challenge? Tuesdays & Thursdays: 7 p.m. FREE! Soldiers only! Grafenwoehr Physical Fitness Center, TotalFit Area! For more, contact the Main Post Physical Fitness Center, at DSN: 475-9007 or CIV: 09641-83-9007.

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.

Hidden Treasures Thrift Shop Hidden Treasures Thrift Shop Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Bring your gently used items to Bldg 221 on Rose Barracks. The March sales are buy 1 get 2 free on winter clothing (pants, long sleeve shirts, jackets, beanies, gloves, scarves); video games, buy 1 get 1 free; and 50% off bedding (comforters, sheets, pillowcases, blankets). Color tags only. Open 10am to 2pm Tues, Wed &Thurs. DSN 476-2649, CIV 09662-83-2649, or email for more information. Volunteers and donations are always welcome.

Christian Motorcyclists Association 2nd Tuesday each month: 7 p.m. at the Roadside Diner, Grafenwoehr (outside gate 6). Monthly group rides, tours, Christian fellowship. 17 March: Lunch ride, departing 10 a.m. from the Roadside Diner outside gate 6, Grafenwoehr. Nice ride, ending at the Putner Brewery for lunch, then a relaxing ride home. Yes, a brewery, but we will focus on the great food, fellowship, and start of the riding season! Find them on Facebook or email.

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

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, 2SCR, and Vilseck Falcons.

Health & Medical, Red Cross, VET Corner Physical exams for Child Youth Sports 24 March: Grafenwoehr Health Clinic will have physical exams from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for youth participating in Child Youth Sport. The exams will be on a Saturday, so kids do not miss school, parents do not miss work and parents with multiple children requiring physical exams can get them all during one visit. There is no need to call the clinic on this day for an appointment.

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.

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.

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ID and Passport office, closure of activity 27 March: Grafenwoehr ID card and passport offices will be closed from 11:30 – 1 p.m. for a co-worker's retirement luncheon. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Adult Education / Training Become an U.S. Army CID agent If you are interested in becoming a U.S. Army CID agent, then the following information is for you: WHO: Highly qualified Active Duty, Reserve, or National Guard Soldiers in the grades of E-4 through E-5 (P), who are over 21, and have at least 24mths of service. If you are E-6 then you may apply with a waiver. The completion / submittal of an application does not mean you are guaranteed to be selected. Applicants will be selected based upon the needs of the Army in addition to meeting the basic prerequisites outlined on the CID web page below. WHAT: CID Recruitment Briefing WHEN: EVERY Thursday from 1 p.m. - UTC WHERE: CID Office located in Main Post Bldg. 506, Hasting Street If interested, be at this office on the date & time indicated above as phone calls or questions outside the normal briefing window may not be responded to. Visit our website at for information and answers to frequently asked questions.

Field Sanitation Team (FST) Class 12 – 15 March: The 71st Medical Detachment (Preventive Medicine) will be giving a Field Sanitation Team (FST) Class Camp Algier, Bldg. 2104, Main Post. Classes will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Classes are open to soldiers only. For more, contact Staff Sergeant Medina at DSN 475-7088 or email.

Casualty Officer Training 13-14 March: The Casualty Management Office will provide Casualty Notification Officer/Casualty Assistance Officer Training, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Main Post, Bldg 244 Room 219. Please Note this is a two-day training. For more, contact the Grafenwoehr Casualty Management Office at DSN 475-8709/8539/8854.

ICE training 16 March: The USAG Grafenwoehr PAI Office is providing ICE Service Provider Manager Training 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. and again from 1 - 3 p.m. at Bldg 3144, Camp Normandy, USAG Grafenwoehr. The last day to sign up for the class is March 14. Service Provider Managers should be registered in ICE before attending the training. For more or to enroll in one of the training sessions, please contact Ms. Renate Neaverth, email, DSN 475-8268 or Ms. Jade Fulce, email, DSN 475-8881.

University of Maryland University College-Europe Spring Session 2 Registration Now – 18 March: On-site courses begin 19 March 2012 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. Rose Barracks, Vilseck, Bldg. 223. DSN 476-2462, CIV 09662-832462. Main Post, Grafenwoehr, Bldg. 549. DSN 4756106, CIV 09641-836106. Hohenfels, DSN 466-4106, CIV 09472-834106. Like us on facebook. Master’s level class on-site at Vilseck! Are you interested in pursuing a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology or School Counseling? In March, UMUC-E will be offering another on-site class to help you get started 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 Counseling Theory and Practice (PSYC 734). Registration for this class that combines on-site with online instruction is from now – 18 March 2012. Classes will be held face to face on 24/25 March, 21/22 April, and 12/13 May 2012. If you are interested or would like more information, please call DSN: 476-2462 / CIV: 09662-832462, e-mail us at or stop by the UMUC-Europe Office in Bldg. 223 to find out more!

Vilseck(Rose Barracks) National Test Center *New Hours of Operation: M,W,F noon – 4 p.m.; T,TH 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Test your way to success! Take your CLEP, DSST, and Pearson Vue exams at the National Test Center (NTC) on Rose Barracks, Vilseck. You can earn college credits quickly and affordably. University of Maryland University College Europe, in Vilseck (Rose Barracks), offers computer-based, on-site testing services to military and eligible civilians, making it easy to earn certifications, fulfill general education requirements, and get the credit you deserve! Free study resources are available at , , and installation libraries. For more information email: or call DSN 476-2462, CIV 09662-834262.

FAST Classes 26 March – 05 April: Rose Barracks (Vilseck) Education Center, Bldg. 223, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 10 – 20 April: Main Post (Grafenwoehr) Education Center, Bldg. 538, 8:30 a.m. – 4p.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.

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 or Criminal Justice. Term 4 Class Dates (26 March – 18 May) for Vilseck Rose Barracks and Grafenwoehr Main Post Registration is going on now for Term 4 Face to Face Votech classes. Vilseck Rose Barracks Grafenwoehr Main Post AUMT 2417 Automotive Engine Perf. Analysis I CJSA 1173 Drug Recognition for Law Enforce CJSA 1359 Police Systems and Practices The March and April 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.

Unit Transportation Coordinator Training All activities, directorates and tenant units requiring Non-Tactical Vehicle (NTV) support from USAG Grafenwoehr must assign Unit Transportation Coordinators (UTC). UTCs must complete a mandatory Unit Transportation Coordinator training Class. The first class will begin Friday, March 9 and repeat every other Friday (except German/American Holidays). Personnel must register for class one week prior by email. Email must include unit/organization, name, rank, last four of SSN, and telephone number. Confirmation will be sent back via email. Personal must bring with them to training a copy of their Unit Transportation Appointment Orders. Units who fail to complete training will not be able to dispatch NTVs or request TMP support. POC: Mr. Bruce, DSN 475-8564.

Religious PWOC Tea & Testimony 13 March: Rose Barracks Chapel, 9:30 a.m. – noon. Join the Protestant Women of the Chapel for a morning of fellowship, praise & worship, and sharing of the heart. Lunch will be provided as well as tea and coffee. *Childcare provided up to age 5. *For more, find us on Facebook - "Vilseck PWOC" or email.

Strong Bonds Retreat 16-18 March: USAG Hohenfels has openings for Strong Bonds Retreat. For more, Ch. (Maj.) Brott, DSN 466-4795; CIV 09472-83-4795.

Single Ladies’ Sunshine Brunch 24 March: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Main Post Chapel Annex. Are you tired of the winter? Do you feel the need for some warmth and sunshine? Come to a sunshine brunch and lift your spirits. It’s truly amazing how a splash of color, sandals, and a fun time will change your outlook. Dig out your favorite warm weather outfit and join the party. Sponsored by the Garrison Chaplain’s Office. To sign up, arrange for a ride, or for more info, contact Laurel Hoyt 0151-14991395, email.

Stations of the Cross Fridays, Through 30 March: 5:30 p.m., Rose Barracks Cavalry Chapel and Main Post Chapel. Soup and Bread fellowship afterwards.

Married … with warriors Work hour support class for Military Service Member Couples offers a class on a variety of marriage-related topics like active listening and communication that will enhance family life in the military home. 30 March: Please register by March 23. Event will take place 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Rose Barracks Calvary Chapel Bldg. 218. Watch Care Provided. An RSVP will be required to attend these regular classes.15 couples will be selected based upon a first come first serve basis. Call The Family Life Center to sign up at DSN 476-3276 or DSN 475-4005, or email, email

Family Dynamics Training 23-25 March: Families must be married active duty Army, no exceptions. Learn the dynamics of a successful family in a fun and interactive environment. All training will take place at Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Garmisch. To sign up, send: Name of Soldier and spouse Unit and Supervisor’s name, rank and DSN/cell phone Rank Cell phone number (one that you answer) Civilian e-mail address (one that you check frequently) Ages of children you will take w/you Email above information to and to Training package includes meals, lodging and childcare at no expense. You must take your own POV, there is no bus available. Only sign-up if know that you can go. RSO will report all no shows to their respective chain of command for disciplinary action. Individual sign-ups only, no group sign-ups. You must receive confirmation via e-mail from CH (MAJ) Brott or his designated representative from the Hohenfels Religious Support Office that you are approved to go. Registration is by e-mail only. For more information call SGT Rosa Mendoza at DSN 466-3473. Slots are limited.

Easter Services 5 April: 6 p.m., Main Post Chapel, Holy Thursday service 6 April: 6 p.m., Rose Barracks Cavalry Chapel, Good Friday Service 7 April: 6 p.m., Rose Barracks Cavalry Chapel, Easter Vigil Service 8 April: 6:30 a.m., procession from the Langenbruck cemetery to Rose Barracks Cavalry Chapel 7 a.m., Rose Barracks Cavalry Chapel, Easter Sunrise Service All other religious 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.

New Single Women's Bible Tuesdays: 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, 6-8 p.m. at Hopfenweg 1, 92700 Kaltenbrunn. For more, contact Laurel Hoyt 0151-14991395, email. Sponsored by the Garrison Chaplains office.

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 Registration through March 21 Classes held from April 16 - June 14 Package 1: Simulator Training with Theory Classes. Cost: $150 Ages: 15 & up Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 5:30 - 7 p.m. Netzaberg Youth Center Bldg.9080. Package 2: Modified and abbreviated driver’s education program. Cost: $360 Ages: 15 1/2 & up Instructor will schedule individually on Rose Barracks. Package 3: Discounted combo of Package 1 & 2. Cost: $450 Ages: 15 1/2 & up Classes held Monday - Saturday Netzaberg Youth Center Bldg.9080. Package 4: German Driver’s License course. Cost: $2,600 Ages: 17 1/2 &up Mandatory Parents/Students Parents Meeting TBD Parent & Outreach Services – DSN 476-2760, CIV 09662-83-2760.

Active Duty Army after graduation High School Seniors and Juniors: Get in contact with Sergeant First Class Roger A. Borja to discuss your options in the Active Duty Army after graduation. Airborne options are also available with a variety of Military Occupational Specialties (MOS), Contact SFC Borja at DSN 475-9208/ or on facebook. Station-Grafenwoehr-Germany/114457648565007

Grafenwoehr Elementary School 12-16 March: Terra Nova testing 8:30-11:30 a.m. daily 23 March: No School Continuous School Improvement day 30 March: STAR Assembly 1:45 p.m.

Lend me your ears … Attn. Parents - What do we have that Van Gogh would want? Why the ears of some school leaders of course! Grafenwoehr Elementary School’s Principal, Mrs. Bailey and our school leadership team want to send YOU a special personalized invitation to one of their “Five on Fridays” coffee clatches. You’ll have donuts and Sanka with the head honcho and her team. It’s once a month on a Friday in the morning for about 45 minutes. Casual and laid back conversation about our school, good and not so much. Please e mail your child’s teacher you’d like an invite to the next “5 on Friday” or Mrs. Bailey at crystal.bailey@ DSN 475-7133. 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 Grafenwoehr Elementary School Free Developmental Screenings for children 3-5 years old Do you suspect that your child may have difficulties with: running, jumping, climbing, coloring, or writing? Speaking clearly, expressing themselves or, understanding what they are told? Learning colors, shapes, letters, numbers, or counting? Connecting with others, independence, or tantrums? Eating, dressing, or grooming skills? Child Find is a process designed to screen, refer, and identify children with suspected disabilities who may be eligible to receive special education and related services. Developmental Screening appointments are available throughout the school year. Community-wide screenings 28 February 2012 To schedule an appointment contact Jonica McPhail DSN 475.7133 or CIV 09641.83.7133 Or email EDIS offers a free screening of children less than 3 years of age to determine if your child is meeting his/her developmental milestones. DSN 476.3221 CIV 09662.83.3221

Vilseck Elementary School Now - 30April: Food for Poland. Vilseck Elementary School is collecting food for the children in Lwowek Slaski, Poland.

Please bring in the below nonperishable items during the months of March and April! The food will help feed the children from a local elementary school. For many of them, this is their only meal of the day. So hurry and clean out those cabinets. Please select items with few English instructions, as Polish is their native language. Please donate Canned goods: Soups, vegetables, sauces, beans. Bags and Boxes: Rice, cakes, pancake mix, beans, cereals Drinks: Powdered milk, powdered Kool-Aids and other mixes. 12-16 March: Terra Nova testing begins for students in grades 3-5, every morning from 8:30-11:30am. Testing includes Reading, Math, Language Arts, Social Studies and Science. Please avoid medical and dental appointments during these testing times. Research shows that students perform at higher levels when they can test with their classrooms. The Vilseck Elementary School PTSA has generously agreed to provide health snacks during the test. 15 March: Polizei Puppet Show (Kindergarten classes only): Schedule: 12:15-12:50 Green & Curtis, 1:00-1:35 Ritter & Williams & 1:45-2:20 Northam & Hoffman. 19 March: Monday Morning Muffins 7:50-8:20 (Annex) Parents & children read together while enjoying muffins & juice 26 March: Monday Morning Muffins 7:50-8:20 (Annex) Parents & children read together while enjoying muffins & juice 26 March: Bedtime Stories, 5 – 6:30 p.m. Dress up in your favorite P.J.’s and enjoy story time. 30 March: RHR Final Assembly (MPR) – 8:40-9:25 a.m. (primary) 9:30-10:15 a.m. (intermediate) 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 1 March- 30 March: Read Hot Readers Month (Read below). Parents are asked to once again help promote this schoolwide initiative by monitoring and promoting their child’s reading. More information will be made available. Red Hot Reader’s Month It is that time of year again where VES will host its’ wildly successful Red Hot Reader month. There will be many activities held during the month of March to encourage students to read outside school. This year we will have an Olympics theme: “Go for the Gold…Light the Torch for Reading.” Bronze, silver and gold medallions will be awarded to students who meet the criteria for minutes read outside school hours. Child Find: What is child-find screening? Preschool Child Find is a developmental screening for children ages 3-5 identifying children with developmental delays or other special education needs. For children under age 3 please contact EDIS at 09662-833221. What is the process? A Child Find team made up of the preschool special needs service provider, speech and language pathologists and the occupational therapist screen the children for developmental delays. These free screenings take place monthly. How does it work? Parent submits the Child Find questionnaire (which they can pick up in the office or find on the school website); they are set up with an appointment for the screening. When they come in for the screening the child must first pass a vision and hearing screen by our school nurse. Then they are screened by the team. If the child is suspected of having any delays the team will refer them for further formal evaluation. Why is it important? When learning challenges are identified at a young age, early intervention can help the child with learning tasks. If parents are interested, what do they need to do? They can go to the schools website and find the link for Child Find. Under that link is a questionnaire they need to fill out and email back to the email address provided on the form. Someone will be in contact with them within 48 hours. If they do not hear back please contact the school at 09662 832812 and let them know what happened. (Just in case the email was rejected as SPAM). 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 12-16 March: Terra Nova Testing; Grades 3-5 16 March: Movie Night; Doors open at 5pm and are locked at 5:45 pm. Bring your own picnic and/or snacks. 30 March: Popcorn Friday 31 March: Science Fair; NES Gym; 9 a.m. - noon. 3rd Annual Bavarian Indoor Rowing Championships and Sports Fest: Last year, over 264 contestants from DODEA, German, Czech Republic schools, and Army Units competed. This year we are expanding with several new events to include speed stacking (cup stacking), pull-ups/flex arm hang, shuttle run, flexibility (sit and reach), ski erg, and broad jump. There will also be 20 rowing ergometers hooked up via computers, results shown live on large screen so audience can see action unfold. The competition is open to individuals age 4-94 including middle school, high school, moms and dads races, and army units. We would like to break over 500 competitors this year, and would especially enjoy seeing more military units enter the relay race. This is the only indoor regatta in DODEA, and 1 of only 5 in Germany.POC: Email

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 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. Check us out on Facebook at link. 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 Progress Reports – Will be sent home by Friday of this week. If you do not receive your student(s) progress report please contact the school. Attendance: Parents were having issues with the # in front of the attendance email so all attendance emails have been updated. 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. Shamrock 5K Run For Gold – Mark your calendars for an upcoming 5K sponsored by NMS PTSA with the help of our Student Council volunteers. Our Reindeer Run in December was a huge success and we want to continue the fitness vibe by offering another opportunity for our families to Get Up, Get Out, & Get Fit. If you would like to volunteer to work the event please use the following link to sign up for one of the many positions needed. Please feel free to share this link with your families and friends. Bus Passes - Parents we want to remind you of a bus policy we have. Students are not allowed to request bus passes to go home with other students. Bus passes are issued for emergency care only. If you have any questions regarding this policy - please contact the front office. 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 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 12 – 16 March: Terra Nova Testing 23 March: NO SCHOOL – CSI Day Yearbook Sales The 2012 Talon Yearbook is now available for order, for $60. Contact Mrs. Vandeventer at VHS for more information. Senior Recognition Attention parents of Seniors: Senior Recognition Ads are now on sale $75 for a full page; $45 for a half page. The deadline for reservations has been extended to Friday, March 9th.

Vilseck High School Tutoring Services for Students Free after-school tutoring is offered at VHS every Monday, 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 Free, 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. The VHS Mission: To provide an exemplary education that inspires and prepares all students for success in a dynamic, global environment. The VHS Vision: Falcons S.O.A.R. (Success, Opportunity, Achievement, Respect) School Office Hours School Hours Important Phone Numbers Mon.‑Fri. 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mon.‑Fri. 8:10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CIV 09662‑832864 / Fax 09662-832480 DSN 476‑2864

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Flea markets Every Sat., 6 a.m. - 4 p.m., in 93059 Regensburg inside the building at Am Protzenweiher 27, ph 0941-82933. 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., 10 March: - 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.: in 90443 Nürnberg at the Großparkplatz (large car park) on Gugelstraße, corner Humboldtstraße. - 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.: in 92224 Amberg, Dultplatz, Bruno-Hofer-Straße. Sun., 11 March: - 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.: in 92339 Beilngries at the Volksfestplatz, Sandstraße (ca. 45 km / 28 miles SW of Hohenfels). - 8 a.m.: in 91054 Erlangen at the large car park on Parkplatzstraße along Frankenschnellweg. Homepage (only GE). Sat., 17 March: - 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.: in 92637 Weiden, at the Spielvereinigung ("Am Langen Steg" subdivision, near hospital). Sun., 18 March: - 8 a.m.: in 92334 Berching, along the Uferpromenade (ca. 42 km / 26 miles west of Hohenfels). Sat., 24 March: - 1 p.m.: in 92421 Schwandorf, Festplatz, Angerring / Nürnberger Straße (ca. 45 km / 28 miles north of Regensburg). Sun., 25 March: - 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.: in 92339 Beilngries at the Volksfestplatz, Sandstraße (ca. 45 km / 28 miles SW of Hohenfels). Sat., 31 March: - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: in Raigering just outside of 92224 Amberg, car park at the “Sterk” brewery, Hofmark 2. Sun., 01 April: - 8 a.m.: in 91054 Erlangen at the large car park on Parkplatzstraße along Frankenschnellweg. Homepage (only GE). - 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Jahrmarkt in 93055 Regensburg, in front of the Globus Baumarkt (DITY store), Sulzfeldstraße 3 (next to the Ikea and Hiendl furniture stores). - no time specified: at the Autohof (service station) in 91637 Wörnitz, Bastenauer Straße 10 - 12, ph 0986-898-940 (ca. 30 km / 20 miles west of Ansbach). Homepage (only GE). Sat., 07 April: - 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.: in 92637 Weiden, at the Spielvereinigung ("Am Langen Steg" subdivision, near hospital). - 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.: in 91054 Erlangen on Bohlenplatz. You can also find the dates on their Homepage and on their Facebook page (both only GE). 07 April, 05 May, 02 June: - 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.: in 90443 Nuremberg, 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

Bicycle Fair: Rad 12 10 & 11 March: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. both days, in 90762 Fürth, Stadthalle, Rosenstraße 50, ph 0911-749-120 (ca. 10 km / 6 miles west of Nürnberg). Admission is 4.- Euros pp., children under 14 are free. Spring is upon us, and it's time to get fit again. One of the easiest ways to do so is riding a bike. This fair (only GE) shows you all the latest trends, including the modern e-bikes (electric bikes, or "pedelecs" in German). There will also be information about travelling on bicycles ("Radreisen"). If you want to get an impression, check out their trailer (no words, captions only in GE).

Open store Sundays 11 March: 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.: 91320 Ebermannstadt, Marktplatz (35 km / 20.5 miles SE of Bamberg). And 91550 Dinkelsbühl (ca. 45 km / 28 miles SW of Ansbach). "Josephi-Jahrmarkt" to include a Street Market. 18 March: no time specified: 91161 Hilpoltstein, Altstadt = old city / Christoph-Sturm-Straße (35 km / 22 miles south of Nürnberg). Easter market (street market) and open stores on Sunday. 25 March: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.: 91555 Feuchtwangen (ca. 30 km / 19 miles west of Ansbach). - 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.: in 92345 Dietfurt (ca. 35 km / 22 miles SW of Hohenfels). - midday - 5 p.m.: 96114 Hirschaid, Nürnberger Straße (ca. 15 km / 9.5 miles SE of Bamberg). - no time specified: 92339 Beilngries (ca. 45 km / 28 miles SW of Hohenfels). - no time specified: 97762 Hammelburg, Am Marktplatz (ca. 40 km / 25 miles NW of Schweinfurt). Frühjahrsmarkt (street market) with over 100 stalls and an arts and crafts market in the Rathaus = city hall. Stores throughout the city center will be open too.

Presentation in English: Astrobiology 13 March: 7:30 p.m., in 90429 Nürnberg, at the Nicolaus-Copernicus-Planetarium (English), Am Plärrer 41, ph 0911265-467 and 0911-929-6553. One of the greatest and oldest questions of mankind is whether we are alone in the universe, or whether there is intelligent life or any life at all, anywhere outside Earth. The more we learn about the universe, the less fanciful but at the same time the more tantalizing the idea of extraterrestrial life becomes. Exploring the chances and the possibilities will be our evening's quest! Tickets cost 7.- Euros pp. Running time ca. 90 minutes. Advance booking at the BZ (course no. 00867) or at the Planetarium. Today is Jewel Day. A girl just can't have enough best friends!! :>

Theater in English: Much Ado About Nothing 14 March: 7:30 p.m., in 90762 Fürth, at the Stadttheater, Königstraße 116, ph 911-974-2410 (ca. 10 km / 6 miles west of Nürnberg). A performance of William Shakespear's most famous comedy by the TNT Theatre Britain/The American Drama Group Europe. Tickets cost 15.- Euros pp and can be bought in advance from Kultur Information, Königstraße 93, 90402 Nürnberg, ph. 0911-231-4000.

Sports Fair: Active Franconia 16 - 18 March: in 96050 Bamberg at the Stechert-Arena, Forchheimer Straße 15, ph 0951-23-837. This health and fitness fair (only GE) focuses on many different aspects: treatments and beauty, travelling, leisure activities, and sport. Around 150 exhibitors will provide all the information you need and show you the latest trends. One of the highlights is the "Night Shopping" on Fri. when the fair will stay open till 10 p.m. Admission pp per day: 6.- Euro, families with 2 adults and max. 3 children pay 15.- Euros Opening hours: Fri. 2 - 10 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Rockabilly Rumble 16 - 17 March: at the Pullman City Fun Park in 94535 Eging am See, Ruberting 30 (ca. 100 km / 62 miles SE of Regensburg). Rockabilly bands will compete for quite a prestigious prize, namely a record contract and regular performances. If you want to participate with your band, call Mr. Jeschke at ph 08544-974-943. Tickets for Friday are 8.- Euros pp, 6.- Euros for children 5 - 14. Saturday 15.- Euros pp, 11.- Euros for children 5 - 14. And 20.- Euros pp for both days, 14.- Euros for children. Children under 5 are free. This is the COMPLETE ticket price to access the grounds and attend the concerts, no additional entry fares applicable (see below for regular prices). The grounds have not officially been opened yet for the season, so there will be no other shows in the City. The Pullman City Fun Park offers a large variety of non-violent Western activities for the whole family: Western shows, Native American dances, magic shows, and much more; the whole show program is online but only in German. Opening times: mid-April - 31 Oct. 2012, daily from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Admission (only GE): Adults: 13.- Euros. Children 4 - 16 years: 7.- Euros. Children under 4 if accompanied by their parents: free. Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children under 16): 29.- Euros. Dogs on a leash: 1.- Euro. Visitors dressed

in historical Western costumes (representing ca. 1740 - 1880) get in for free! Outside their opening season you can access the premises for free but there will be no shows or other entertainment.

Guided Tour in German, with Actors: "Schreckenszeit" A Travel Back in Time 23 March: 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., in 92249 Vilseck; meet at the fountain on Marktplatz (in front of the "Hotel Zum Hirsch" aka Angerer). The tour guide will take you back to the late Middle Ages when life wasn't quite as comfortable as it is nowadays. Several scenes will be re-enacted by 25 actors in historical costumes: you might witness everyday life in the Middle Ages, a theft - or even an execution! To maintain the dark, mysterious, historical atmosphere, participants are encouraged to bring their own torches (open fire, secured); flashlights, however, are forbidden. Torches can be bought at the start of the tour. Fees are 5.- Euros pp, children 1.30 m or taller pay only 1.- Euro. POC is the Vilseck Tourist Office at ph 09662-9916.

Nocturnal Swimming Competition 24 March: 6 p.m. - midnight, in 91171 Greding, in the Hallenbad (indoor swimming pool), Am Hallenbad 1 (ca. 55 km / 34 miles west of Hohenfels). Teams and individuals can participate, adults and children. Children start at 7 p.m., with the aim of staying in the water for an hour; short breaks are allowed. Adults start at 8 p.m. and need to swim for four hours (short breaks are allowed). If you want to take part, it is recommended you register by Fri., 23 Mar. (teams before 16 Mar.), with Mr. Rabl at the Hallenbad, ph 08463-1265. Fees are 5.- Euros for adults, 3.- Euros for children (14 or younger).

Model Train and Toys Market 25 March: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., in 90469 Nürnberg-Gartenstadt, at the Gesellschaftshaus, Buchenschlag 1. Find new and used model trains, cars, accessories, literature and many other things at this market (link only GE). It is the largest model toy market of its kind in Franconia. You can sell here too, just contact the organizer at ph 0733-230-89989 (you'll probably need to speak German to them, get a German friend to help you out). Upcoming markets at this locations: Sun. 22 Apr. Sun. 20 May. Sun., 17 June.

Artisans Market 1 April: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., in 92318 Neumarkt, at the Jurahallen, Festplatz 2 (ca. 45 km / 28 miles west of Hohenfels). Held twice a year, you can find beautiful, handcrafted goods at this market; this time with an Easter theme, of course.

Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition in Munich Through the end of May: Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Theatinerstraße 8, 80333 Munich, downtown. Go to for more information in English.

Concerts Rise Against in Gemany for three concerts, on 01, 03, 18 Mar.: Sun., 18 March: 8 p.m., in 04105 Leipzig, at the Arena, Am Sportforum 2, ph 0341234-10 (ca. 260 km / 160 miles north of Weiden). Tickets.

Opera: Rigoletto Through 9 March: in 97421 Schweinfurt, Theater der Stadt, Roßbrunnstraße 2, ph 0972-151-475. This famous opera by Giuseppe Verdi is always a crowd-drawer. You can listen to some samples at this link. Tickets can be bought online (links in the bottom left corner) James Morrison on tour in Germany 07 - 19 Mar. He is the latest star from the UK who has shot to fame world-wide. In his latest album "The Awakening", he is coming to terms with the death of his father after a long battle with alcoholism and depression, and the joy over the birth of his daughter. Find out more about him via his homepage, YouTube and Facebook. Tue., 13 March: 8 p.m., in 10967 Berlin, at Huxley's Neue Welt, Hasenheide 108114, ph 030-7809-9810. Tickets. The U-Bahn (Underground) station "Hermannplatz" is only about 200 yards east of the facility. As in all big cities, it is highly recommended you use the excellent public transport system (in EN). Wed., 14 March: 8 p.m., in 63071 Offenbach Am Main, at the Stadthalle, Waldstraße 312, ph 0698-570-600 (ca 10 km / 7 miles east of Frankfurt). Tickets.

Mon., 19 March: 8 p.m., in 80939 München - Freimann, at the Zenith, Lilienthalallee 29. Tickets. Again, please consider parking your car in a P+R car park, and using the public transport system (links in English).

Kim Wilde Tour overview. Wed., 07 March: 8 p.m., in 55120 Mainz, at the Phönix-Halle, Hauptstraße 17, ph 0613-196-2830 (ca. 46 km / 30 miles west of Frankfurt). Tickets. Mon., 12 March: 8 p.m., in 90480 Nuremberg, at the Löwensaal, Schmausenbuckstraße 166. Tickets. Thurs., 15 March: 8 p.m., in 10965 Berlin, at the Columbiahalle on Columbiadamm 13-21, ph 030-6981-2814. As in all big cities, it is highly recommended you use the excellent public transport system (in EN). Tickets.

Latin Jazz meets Symphonica Thurs., 08 March: 8 p.m., in 90478 Nuremberg, at the Meistersingerhalle, Münchener Straße 21, ph 0911-231-8000. The Nuremberg Symphonic Orchestra has teamed up with Banda do Patia to present pieces by Dizzy Gillespie, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chick Corea, Pete Lawrence, and many more. Advance tickets can be bought at Kultur Information, Königstraße 93, 90402 Nuremberg, ph. 0911-231-4000.

Ed Sheeran Thurs., 08 March: 9:30 p.m., in 80639 München / Munich, at the "Backstage Werk", Reitknechtstraße 6. Tickets. Again, please consider parking your car in a P+R car park, and using the public transport system (both links are in English). The British singer and song writer has been enjoying worldwide success recently. Find out more about him on his homepage (change language settings at the top right corner if it appears in German), on YouTube and on Facebook.

Big Country Fri., 09 March: 8 p.m., in 10243 Berlin, at the Postbahnhof (part of the Ostbahnhof = Train Station East), on Strasse der Pariser Kommune 8. Tickets. As in all big cities, it is highly recommended you use the excellent public transport system. Sat., 10 March: 8 p.m., in 44795 Bochum, at the "Zeche Bochum", Prinz-Regent-Straße 50 - 60, ph 0234-771-117 (ca. 75 km / 50 miles north of Köln = Cologne). Tickets.

Korn Wed., 14 March: 8 p.m., in 46047 Oberhausen, at the Turbinenhalle, Im Lipperfeld 23, ph 020-82-5050 (ca. 80 km / 50 miles north of Cologne). Tickets. Fri., 16 March: 8 p.m., in 63071 Offenbach am Main, at the Stadthalle, Waldstraße 312, ph 0698-570-600 (ca 10 km / 7 miles east of Frankfurt). Tickets. The United Kingdom Ukulele Orchestra in Bavaria 16, 18 Mar. British humour and a bit of panto mixed with outstanding ukulele skills and modern songs - it's an unbeatable combination! The UKUO is on an extensive tour of Germany, click here to see all dates and locations. Fri., 16 March: 8 p.m., in 93053 Regensburg, at the Antoniushaus, Mühlweg 13, ph 0941-76-980. Tickets. Sun., 18 March: 8 p.m., in 81667 München / Munich, at the Carl-Orff-Saal / Philharmonie im Gasteig, Rosenheimer Straße 5. Again, please consider parking your car in a P+R car park, and using the public transport system (both links are in English). Tickets.

The Subways 21 March: 8 p.m., in 97070 Würzburg, at the Posthallen, Bahnhofplatz 2. Tickets. Tour overview. The Subways are an English alternative rock band that is rapidly becoming ever the more popular. You can find out more about them via their homepage, Facebook and YouTube.

Bryan Adams Wed., 21 March: 8 p.m., in 50679 Köln, at the Lanxess-Arena, WillyBrandt-Platz 3, ph 0221-8021. Tickets. It is highly recommended you park your car in a P+R car park (in EN) on the city's outskirts and use the excellent public transport system (in EN). Sat., 24 March: 8 p.m., in 90471 Nuremberg, at the Arena, Kurt-LeuchtWeg 11, ph 0911-9889-7280. Tickets. Wed., 28 March: 8 p.m., in 70327 Stuttgart, at the Porsche-Arena (aka Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle), Mercedesstraße 69. Tickets. Thurs., 29 March: 8 p.m., in 68163 Mannheim, at the SAP Arena, Xaver-Fuhr-Straße 150. Tickets. Fri., 30 March: 8 p.m., in 80809 / Munich, at the Olympiahalle, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21 / Eingang Ost (east entrance). The only car park is located at the Olympiapark: 80809 München, Olympiapark Parkharfe, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 100. It is highly recommended you use the excellent public transport system. Tickets.

Rage Click here for the complete tour. Rage are a Power / Speed Metal band from Gemany. Find out more about them via Facebook, their homepage and YouTube. Wed., 28 March: 7 p.m., in 90441 Nuremberg, at the Hirsch, Vogelweiherstraße 66, ph 0911-429-414. Tickets. Fri., 30 March: 7 p.m., in 63739 Aschaffenburg, ColoSaal, Rossmarkt 19, ph 06021-27239. Tickets.

The Donots Thurs., 29 March: 8 p.m., in 80639 München / Munich, at the "Backstage Werk", Reitknechtstraße 6. Tickets. The Donots are an excellent Rock band from Germany, take a looks at their videos on YouTube. Their Facebook info is in English, their homepage only in German. Again, please consider parking your car in a P+R car park, and using the public transport system (in English).

The Sweet Soul Music Revue Thurs., 29 March: 8 p.m., in 90762 Fürth, Stadthalle, Rosenstraße 50, ph 0911-749120 (ca. 10 km / 6 miles west of Nuremberg). This is an hommage to the giants of American Soul music. Performed by 20 artists, mixed with short film scenes and musicians' biographies, music from the likes of Otis Redding, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Sam Cooke, The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Ike & Tina Turner, Ray Charles, and many more! You can buy advance tickets from Kultur Information, Königstraße 93, 90402 Nuremberg, ph. 0911-231-4000.

Show: Musical Rocks Tour overview. Excellent performers and songs from the most popular musicals. Sat., 31 March: 8 p.m., in 68161 Mannheim, at the Rosengarten (Mozartsaal), Am Rosengartenplatz 2, ph 0621-41060. Tickets. 02 - 04 April: in 70469 Stuttgart, at the Theaterhaus am Pragsattel, Siemensstraße 11. Tue., 10 April: 8 p.m., in 97070 Würzburg, at the Congress Centrum, Franconia Saal, Pleichertorstraße. Tickets. Sun., 22 April: 7 p.m., in 90478 Nuremberg, at the Meistersingerhalle, Münchener Straße 21, ph 0911-231-8000. Tickets.

Blechschaden - From Mozart to Michael Jackson Sun., 01 April: 6 p.m., in 90762 Fürth, at the Stadttheater, Königstraße 116, ph 911-974-2410 (ca. 10 km / 6 miles west of Nuremberg). Tickets. The members of Blechschaden all play in the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and are all impeccable musicians. But they were looking at a different approach to music, one that would get the audience interested. This is where Bob Ross, not the deceased American painter but the conductor of "Blechschaden", comes in. He has been fascinated since his youth by the unique music played by miners in his home country. It all began with one single cry in 1954, when Bob Ross first saw the light of his Scottish home in Kirkcaldy. Now, 50+ years later, the band has a huge following with their unrivaled combination of Scottish brass music, classical music, and lots of genuine Scottish humor! Read more on their homepage (GE), Facebook (GE) and see what they're like on YouTube.

German‑American Kontakt Club Event Calendar for Vilseck Kontakt If you are interested in participating in one of the events, please register with Daniel Koenig or sign up with the Vilseck Kontakt Club at the website by filling out the Mitgliedsantrag. (Member registration form)

Every Friday 7 p.m. Stammtisch at the Clubhouse - new location, Rose Barracks Bldg 301

Event Calendar for Grafenwoehr Kontakt More information, Call CIV 09641‑83‑7878, DSN 475‑7878 or email.

Every Monday 7 p.m. Bowling at the Grafenwoehr Bowling Center.

Every Wednesday 7 p.m. Stammtisch at the Clubhouse.

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