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


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2 March 2011

USAG Grafenwoehr Army Community Service VFW Tower Post 10692 MWR Main Post and Rose Barracks Postal Service Centers the EXCHANGE 650 Jahre, Stadt of Grafenwoehr AFN Bavaria 172 Infantry Brigade BMEDDAC 2ndnewspaper. Stryker Cavalry Read all about it in your community Your Regiment community, your Click on the link of the desired organization to access their Facebook page.

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

Winter safety measures When conditions warrant base closure or delays Tenant Units, Military Personnel and civilians can receive information by: Tuning their radios to AM 1107, FM 98.5 for Main Post or FM 107.6 for Rose Barracks for the latest updates, logging onto the garrison website and clicking the ―weather conditions, road conditions and school closures‖ tab, checking the USAGG Facebook page, tuning TV’s to the Command Channel to watch the weather crawler at the bottom of the screen, or calling DSN 475-ROAD or CIV 09641-83-7623 for the recorded road conditions and reporting instructions. Please note, on and off post shuttle buses DO NOT run when the road conditions are RED. Please do not call the MP desk for information regarding driving conditions.

New issue of the Bavarian News, on stands TODAY Pick up a copy and read all about Exploring your backyard - The quaint town of Grafenwoehr offers 650 years of history, culture and fun; Hanging Loose in Ischgl - Austrian ski town boasts fantastic skiing, concerts and parties; Going the extra mile - 1/4th in Hohenfels delivers on a promise a fallen Soldier made to his children and Packing Smart - New travel clinic on Rose Barracks can help travelers stay healthy on vacation. Read all about this and more in your community newspaper.

Updated Community Bus Schedules at Main Post and Rose Barracks Effective 7 March: Updated schedules will apply for the community buses at USAG Grafenwoehr. Changes are not dramatic, but were necessary, among others for better interface with the train connections at Freihung and Vilseck. To avoid confusion, the new schedules will only be published on the garrison web page as of Monday, March 7. For advance information, new schedules are attached to this news letter. For more, TMP Rose Barracks (476-2831) and TMP Main Post (475-8304).

Tax season is here Go to for tax forms, FAQs, tax center info and more! Customers should bring all W-2 and 1099 forms, a social security number for each family member, and routing and account numbers from your bank for refunds. Soldiers, civilian employees and retirees can download wage and tax statements, Form W-2, from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service at Most banks and investment companies will mail statements of interest and dividends, Form 1099, by the end of January. Taxpayers with complicated returns should take extra time to ensure that their documents are in order and should always have a copy of their prior year tax return available for their tax preparer. A tax return is complicated when it includes capital gains, rental real estate income or loss, foreign earned income or foreign taxes paid, or multiple state income tax returns. For more information, contact your local tax center: Main Post, Bldg. 216, DSN 475-9258, CIV 09641-83-9258 Tues through Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., walk-ins and scheduled appointments available. Rose Barracks, Bldg. 245, 1st floor, DSN 476-2714, CIV 09662-83-2714. Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m. (Closed daily noon-1 p.m. for lunch), walk-ins and scheduled appointments available.

Estate Claim for 1st Lt. Daren Hidalgo Anyone having claims on or obligations to the estate of 2LT Daren M. Hidalgo of 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment should contact the following Summary Court-Martial Officer, CPT Andrew P. Kley at DSN 476-5038 or email.

Army Emergency Relief program Kicked off 1 March and runs through 15 May: AER provides emergency financial assistance in the form of no-interest loans or grants to Soldiers, as well as tuition assistance for Family members. In 2010, AER provided $69.7 million in financial relief to 62,000 Soldiers and their Families. Funding for the program comes from voluntary donations by Soldiers and civilians, plus investments made by AER. For more, visit the AER website or contact Ms. Christine Nunez, DSN: 475-8432 or email.

Annual Overseas Housing Allowance Utilities Expense Survey 1 – 31 March: This survey is intended for all military personnel who reside off-post in privately leased or rental housing under the OHA program and in-country (Germany) for six or more months. Homeowners should not take this survey as historically their expense data is different from renters upon which this program is based. Starting March 1, the web address to the on-line survey will be available on the USAREUR home page under ―Hot Topics.‖ Additionally, Service Members will receive an e-mail Notification from the Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO) with the direct link to the survey. WHY IS THIS SURVEY IMPORTANT? Every year DTMO conducts a survey to identify how much Service members spent during the previous year for utilities (e.g., electricity, heating fuel, water, trash removal, and sewer fees). The data from this survey is used to determine Utility Allowances, which are part of the Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA). Collection of rental data is not part of this survey. DTMO obtains rental data directly from the pay system. HOW DO YOU TAKE THE SURVEY? Service Members taking the survey are required to report the average monthly cost of utilities and routine maintenance from the past year. To complete the OHA utilities expense survey, Service members should have actual bills or records of their utilities and maintenance expenses. They will be expected to compute a monthly AVERAGE for each of these expenses. FOR MORE INFORMATION or questions please contact Randall D. Ries, DSN 370-3884, email or William Gordon, DSN 370-3888, email.

New ID Card Service Effective as of 1 March: All eligible ID card holders can make an appointment through the website to get their next ID Card or update their DEERS record at the Grafenwoehr ID Card/DEERS office. Active Duty Soldiers at Grafenwoehr/Vilseck who receive ID Card services from their unit Personnel Office are not eligible to use this service at the office unless the unit's equipment is not available due to its deployment. The Defense Data Manpower Center has entered into a partnership with the Navy Common Access Card Program Management Office to make the Appointment Scheduler website available. Customers can use the website to locate any ID Card office who subscribes to the site to schedule, change, and cancel appointments on-line. Customers will receive feedback on the acceptance, change, or cancellation of an appointment to the e-mail address they provide. This customized web-based scheduling program, along with retaining a walk-in service capability, will maximize the effective use of manpower while minimizing customer wait time. For more, DSN 475-6768.

AAFES Job Fair 3 March: Exchange Rose Barracks Mall, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Family Drug Awareness Day 5 March: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Rose Barrack Shopping Center Sponsored by AAFES, this event is intended to inform the community of the dangers and accessibility of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and the effects of abuse, primarily among our youth. In effort of obtaining strong participation, we are offering incentives to come to the Vilseck Mall. These incentives include fun activities for children of all ages. A talent show will be conducted with prizes ($100, $50, and $25 gift cards) for 3 age groups (5-8; 9-12; 13-18). Other activities include Wii game competitions with prizes, coloring contests, vendors with candy and nut booths, free popcorn, and more.

Free $$$ for college Deadline 15 March: Apply now for the Vilseck Community and Spouses Club Educational Scholarship Program. Graduating high school seniors, spouses, family members and all US ID Card holders are eligible to apply. Go to the VCS website and click on the Scholarship tab for applications.

Clothing and Sporting Goods Charity Drive 19 March: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Main Post Exchange. All donations welcome in support of the Grobes Ev. Waisenhaus Orphanage in Sulzbach-Rosenberg. Sponsored by the KINGZ Motorcycle club. For more, CIV 015152589586.

Bulk Trash Pickup for the City of Grafenwoehr, Gmuend and Huetten 21 March: Curbside, in front of your home. Bulk Trash has to be out on curbside NLT 6 a.m. Pick-up is provided by the local county. What will be picked up? Everything, that is too big or too heavy to go into the normal refuse container, such as: Furniture, mattresses, carpets, washing machines, dryers, radios, TVs, ovens, stoves, bicycles, strollers, and other items which cannot be dismantled, torn or broken down to a size that would fit in the regular refuse container. Each single item

should be no larger than 80x40x32 inches and should not be heavier than 110 lb. Bulk trash consisting of metal (i.e. bicycles, washers, dryers, stoves, etc.) and electronic equipment (such as large appliances, small appliances, cooling devices, information & telecommunications including entertainment equipment) should be put out separately next to the normal bulk trash. What will not be picked up? - Normal refuse, recyclable material, Yard waste like cut grass, branches, etc... - Hazardous waste - Tires, car parts, batteries, wrecked cars, motorcycles - Doors and windows (with or without glass), laminated floor, rouleaus - Construction debris - Night storage heaters Pick ups will be performed in three steps: 1. Combustible material: like upholstered furniture, mattresses, rugs, etc... 2. Electronic equipment: i.e. TV, PC, printer, scanner, radio, VCR, DVD player, monitor, vacuum cleaner, refrigerators and freezers (no permission sticker required anymore), etc… together with Household Metal items: i.e. bicycles, ironing boards, washer, dryer, dishwasher, stoves (oil stoves and oil barrels must be totally emptied) etc… 3. Salvageable wooden furniture: (i.e. bed frame, wardrobe, chair, table, etc….) Smaller electronic appliances (i.e. hairdryer, toothbrush, telephones, drilling machine etc.) should be brought to the drop off point ―Company Bergler‖ in Weiherhammer, Etzenrichter Str. 2, Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. hour, CIV 09605-92090. Any material not picked up must be removed by residents. For more, call your SORT Office at DSN 475-6664. Note: Bulk Trash Pickup for Netzaberg will take place May 2.

Community Blood Drive 22 March: At the USO, Main Post Bldg. 150, 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. To make an appointment go to, click on "Donate Blood" then click on "Landstuhl,Germany.‖ Walk-ins are always welcome. Sponsored by USAMEDDAC-Bavaria and the USO.

Women’s History Month Workshop 23 March: “Our History Is Our Strength.” Join the community at the Tower Inn Conference Center, Main Post Bldg. 209, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., as we discuss nutritional health, suicide prevention, women’s health, financial readiness and resiliency. Please RSVP by March 18 as space is limited. Free lunch will be provided. For more, email Robin Blair-Johnson or call DSN: 475-6365, CIV 0964183-6365. Event sponsored by the USAG Grafenwoehr Equal Employment Opportunity Office.

Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE) Training Schedule 24 March: Main Post, Bldg 244 Room 123-1, Class 1, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., Class 2, 1 – 3 p.m. 12 May: Camp Normandy, Bldg 3144, Digital Training Center, Class 1, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., Class 2, 1 – 3 p.m. For more or to register, DSN 475 – 6034 / 8881.

GCSC 2011-2012 Scholarship Program Deadline 28 March: The Grafenwoehr Community and Spouses' Club is offering academic scholarship awards for the 2011-2012 academic years to senior students and family members (spouses and dependents). This is a tremendous opportunity for eligible military and civilian family members from the Grafenwoehr, Vilseck, Netzaberg and surrounding military communities desiring to pursue a secondary education. Applications will be accepted until close of business on Monday March, 28 at u p.m. Scholarships will be awarded during the last week of April. Application forms and scholarship requirements can be found on the Scholarship page of the GCSC website. For more, contact George Linka, GCSC Scholarship chair at DSN 475-6108 or CIV 09641-83-6108 or email.

2011 European Cyber Ball 2 April: Calling all Signal and Intelligence units: The 5th Signal Command will celebrate ―Strong Beginnings‖ at the 2011 European Cyber Ball at the historic Wiesbaden Kurhaus. Contact your unit POC for more information. Purchase your tickets now by logging on to the website.

Calling all crafters 9 April: The Hohenfels Community and Spouses Club is looking for crafters to sell their handmade goods during an Art Fair. The event will take place in the Hohenfels Community Activities Center from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Interested artist may sign up or receive further information through email. Deadline to sign up is April 1.

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

Suicide Prevention Awareness Call the suicide prevention hotline number at DSN 475-LIFE. Visit our website for more on suicide prevention. Suicide prevention, sexual assault or just a friendly ear… you are never alone. Professionals are available to counsel you in confidence. Getting help is a sign of strength. 24 Hour Community Hotlines: Chaplain Hotline 0162-296-0838, Military Police Hotline 09662-83114, Sexual Assault Hotline 0162-296-0661 and Emergency Services 09641-83-117.

Worried about Someone’s Drinking or Drug Use? AL-ANON meets Thursdays at 7 p.m. Army Substance Abuse Center 3rd floor Conference Room, Main Post Bldg. 621 (near the bank). Only requirement is an alcohol or drug problem with a relative or friend. For more, CIV 0171-983-9151.

Share your thoughts Have a good experience? Share it! Impressed by the customer service you received? Share it! Have a suggestion? Share it! Have a concern? Share it! Suggestions and comments regarding Garrison products and services can be made on an Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE) form by visiting the Garrison website or clicking the direct link. Leaving your contact information will ensure we can properly address your concerns. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to better serve you.

Army Community Services (ACS) Contact Army Community Services (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.

Army Family Action Plan Now - 3 March: AFAP is looking for volunteers to be delegates during the 2011 Conference. Childcare and lunch are provided. Call AFAP for details at DSN 476-2237 or CIV 09662-83-2237. Do you like the idea that you have dental care available for you and your Family? You can thank the person who submitted an AFAP issue. Submit your issues by sending an email (include what the issue is, who it affects, and what solution you may have to the issue), or call AFAP at DSN 476-2237 or CIV 09662-83-2237.

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) 2 March: Free Bowling for EFMP members, 4-6 p.m., Rose Barracks Bowling Center Have questions? email EFMP Program directly.

ACS Readiness, classes Employment Readiness 3 & 8 March: GED Preparation Class, 10-11:30 a.m., Rose Barracks Chapel, Bldg. 205. Need an extra boost preparing for the GED test? Free tutoring will be provided on all subject areas. Class is limited to five (5) participants. Please make your reservation in advance by calling ACS at DSN 476-2650 or CIV 09662-83-2650.

8 March: Resume Writing and Resumix, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322. 9 March: Non-US Citizen Employment Program, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Rose Barracks Bldg 322.

Financial Readiness 9 March: Investing 101: Basic Investing, 5-6 p.m., Main Post ACS, Bldg 244, Room 113. 16 March: Investing 102 & 103: Understanding Mutual Funds and Finding the Fund, 5-6 p.m., Main Post ACS, Bldg 244, Room 113.

Relocation Readiness 14-17 March: Newcomer Orientation Level I, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., pre-registration required, please call DSN 476-2650 or CIV 09662-83-2650. 21 March: Newcomer Orientation Level II, 9 a.m –5 p.m., pre-registration required, please call DSN 476-2650 or CIV 09662-83-2650. 18 March: Hearts Apart Program for Spouses of Deployed Soldiers: visit Regensburg, 9 a.m –5 p.m., preregistration required; please call DSN 476-2650 or CIV 09662-83-2650.

New Parent Support Program Great Expectations 4, 11, 18 & 25 March: 10-11:30 a.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg. 322. This is a crash course for parents. Learn about those funny symptoms, what to expect during labor and delivery, what will happen after delivery, and what to do when you get home with your new arrival, breastfeeding and much more. 9-10 a.m. is prenatal yoga!

Newborn Network Every Tuesday: 1-3 p.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg. 322. Every Thursday in March: 1-3 p.m., Main Post Library You are not alone. Join other new parents for coffee and tea to discuss the challenges of being a new parent. Registered Nurse and Lactation Counselor are available to answer all your questions. Network, have fun and meet friends.

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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.

For Parents with children ages 0 through 3 Every Tuesday: Playgroup, 9:30 - 11 a.m., Main Post Chapel Annex. Every Wednesday: Playgroup, 9:30 - 11 a.m., Rose Barracks Chapel.

Love & Logic 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 March: For parent(s) with child(ren) 6 through 12, 12:30-2 p.m. Main Post Chapel Annex.

Family Advocacy Program Hotlines to help: Sexual Assault Reporting 09662-83-3217 and Domestic Violence 09662-83-3218. Please contact us for a complete listing of programs and services offered. 9 March: FOCUS GROUP, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322. We are seeking individuals to participate in our Focus Group. Without you, we cannot improve our programs and services. Childcare and food is provided. 14-15 March: Resilience Training, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., CATC Rose Barracks, Bldg 355. Childcare slots available from February 21 through March 8 by visiting the website. 4, 11 & 18 March: At Ease! Stress Management Session 3, Noon-1:30 p.m., Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322. Relieve stress and express yourself through art, journaling, and guided imagery while learning about the signs and symptoms of stress and how to manage it in your life.

Mobilization and Deployment Your ACS Mobilization and Deployment Program is now offering three different RESET Training sessions to help Families manage and embrace the changes that occur when our Soldiers deploy. These classes will help guide you to transition positively after the long separation and give you an idea of what to expect upon your Soldier’s redeployment. RESET covers everything from reconnecting and communication to tips on understanding children’s reactions to a Soldier’s return. Childcare vouchers are available at the end of each session. Rose Barracks ACS, Bldg 322 4 March: Preparing to be Together 9:30-11 a.m. 8 March: Children & Reintegration, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Main Post Chapel Annex 7 March: Everyone’s Got an Opinion, 10 -11 a.m. 14 March: Preparing to be Together, 10 - 11:30 a.m.

Army Family Team Building No one said Army life is easy! The AFTB mission is to educate and empower you as a member of the military community to develop skills that strengthen self-reliance, promote retention and enhance your readiness. AFTB offers three levels of

classes; each will benefit you in your life, community and future. We are seeking for qualified instructors who can also teach the levels of AFTB! What are you waiting for? Call your AFTB to get a schedule of all classes DSN 476-2237 or CIV 09662-83-2237.

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.

ACS E-Newsletter Your USAG Grafenwoehr has launched a monthly E-Newsletter. Click here to access our up-to-date calendars, recipes, articles, helpful tips and information and much more! Add us on Facebook and Twitter! Want to receive our monthly E-Newsletter? Send us an email and we will add you to our list!

Volunteers and other help needed Patient Family Center Care looking for Advisors Volunteer position to promote a culture of excellence in the principles and practices of family centered care partner with staff in the area of quality improvement by exploring the clinic operations through the eyes of the patients and their families. Must be a red cross volunteer; complete the red cross training & orientation and have excellent customer service skills. Gain a detailed knowledge of the protocols and the multi‑faceted procedures implemented in the Grafenwoehr clinic For more, email Ms. Sharonda Garland.

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.

Army Volunteer Corps Becoming a volunteer is easy and fun! Meet new people, network, gain experience and support your community. Do you manage volunteers? Are you an Organizational Point of Contact (OPOC)? If your answer is yes, we can teach you how manage and input your volunteer hours. Stop by your AVC office located on Rose Barracks, Bldg 221, Room 207. 16 March: 10-11 a.m., Rose Barracks, Bldg. 221, Room 207.

Track and field coaches needed Vilseck High school is asking for volunteers to help coach their spring track and field team. We will need volunteer sprint and distance coaches as well as coaches for all field events. Practices run daily from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. If interested please contact Eric Mead or call 0151-506-35708.

Sports, Fitness, Hobbies & Recreation GCSC Thrift Shop Reopening Effective 1 March: Back by popular demand, the Grafenwoehr Thrift Shop will reopen on March 1. Hours are Tues.Thurs., 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Donations are currently being accepted and consignments will be taken beginning March 15. We are also looking for interested volunteers to help. Please contact Sheila at 09641-926-0377.

Bedtime Stories 2 March: 6 -7 p.m. Grafenwoehr Elementary School. Grab your pajamas and join other families in this fun annual event to promote the love of reading. Guest readers from the community will share stories. For more, Mrs. Fife DSN 475-7133.

AAFES Movie Listing ***Inquire within for a “Movie Card,” and gain stamps for admission and concession purchases. Receive a free popcorn combo after 9 stamps.

Main Post Wed. March 2 Thurs. March 3 Fri. March 4

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

Sat. March 5

9:30 p.m. 4 p.m. 7 p.m.

Sun. March 6

4 p.m. 7 p.m.

Wed. March 9

7 p.m.

Thurs. March 10

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

Fri. March 11

Tron: Legacy (PG) Little Fockers (PG-13) Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (PG-13) The Roommate (PG-13) The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader (PG) How Do You Know (PG-13) Yogi Bear (PG) Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (PG-13) The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader (PG) Gulliver’s Travel (PG) How Do You Know (PG-13) Gulliver’s Travel (PG) Season Of The Witch (PG-13)

Sat. March 12

Sun. March 13

7 p.m. 4 p.m.

7 p.m.

Hall Pass (R) Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader (PG) Season Of The Witch (PG-13)

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

The Tourist (PG-13) The Roommate (PG-13) The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader (PG) How Do You Know (PG-13) Yogi Bear (PG) Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (PG-13)

7 p.m.

Little Fockers (PG-13)

7 p.m.

How Do You Know (PG-13)


7 p.m. 4 p.m.

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (PG-13) Just Go With It (PG-13) Hall Pass (R) The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader (PG) Season Of The Witch (PG-13) Gulliver’s Travel (PG)

7 p.m.

Hall Pass (R)

6:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. 4 p.m.

Mystery Book Club, Rose Barracks First Tuesday of each month: Next gathering, March 1. This is an ongoing mystery themed book club for adults. We meet at 5:30 p.m. If you are interested in joining, DSN 476-1740, CIV 09662-83-1740.

Adult Book Club, “You can’t read that!” First Thursday of each month: Cold winter nights are the perfect time to get together, enjoy a cocktail if you’d like, and discuss banned books. Meet 7 - 8 p.m., in the Patton Fireside Lounge, Main Post Bldg. 209. No pre-registration required, cash bar available. For more, contact the Main Post Library at DSN 475-1740.

VCSC goes to Rothenburg 11 March: Enjoy Germany's "Most Romantic City" for a day trip of shopping, dinner and the Night Watchmen Tour. $20 includes bus and night Watchmen Tour - dinner Ala carte. Event open to all community members. RSVP ASAP by email and drop payment to Hidden Treasurers Thrift Shop on Rose Barracks NLT March 8. More info online.

Leisure Travel Services Overnight Trips 17 - 21 March: London - See the famous historical sites London is known for. 18 - 21 April: Paris & Euro Disney - See Mickey and the city of Paris - all in one trip! Call DSN 475-7402, CIV 09641-83-7402 for more information. Register online.

2SCR Homecoming Patchwork Banner Project Crafter wanted to assist in assembling a banner to welcome home all of our deployed (and fallen) soldiers. Contact Diana or search for us on Facebook at 2SCR Homecoming Banner Project. 21 March: Meet at Rose Barracks Bldg. 205 at 4 p.m. (next to the chapel) to make squares for our single soldiers and enjoy a potluck dinner. If you would like to help, please bring a dish and any extra fabric, paint, etc. that you may have to decorate with.

Fishing Course 18 - 20 March: Camp Algiers, Bldg. 2440. Participants must sign up through Outdoor Recreation prior to the start of class by calling DSN 475-7402 or CIV 09641-83-7402.

Child, Youth & School Services NEWS Family Child Care Openings Need childcare? Family Child Care Homes in Kaltenbrunn, Schwarzenbach, Netzaberg, Vilseck and Rose Barracks now have the following slots available: Full Time, Part Time and Hourly for ages 4 weeks to 12 years. If you are interested please contact Parent Central Services at DSN 475-6656, CIV 09641-83-6656 or DSN 476-2760, CIV 09662-83-2760. SKIESUnlimited offering Culinary Arts Classes for Youth Ongoing: Join us - it’s fun! Classes offered at Rose Barracks Youth Center on Thursdays, 5-7 p.m. and at the Netzaberg Youth Center on Fridays, 5:15-7:15 p.m. for Youth ages 12-18. Cost is $70 per month and includes a take-home meal at the end of each class. Sign up at Parent Central Services online. Spring Sports Current: Registration is ongoing for T-Ball, Baseball, Softball, Soccer and Track. Fun, fitness and team spirit - let your kid be part of it! For more information contact Parent Central Services or register online.

Java Cafés offer monthly Specialties Calling all coffee lovers – this month’s special is Irish Cream Latte. Also available, Hershey Royal, Kit Kat Kicker, Snickers Sensation and other flavors. Main Post Java Café Bar & Grill, Bldg. 612 (Bowling Center) and Rose Barracks Java Café, Bldg. 607 (Langenbruck Center). Free Wi-Fi in Java Cafés on Rose Barracks.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Local Events 26 March: Mardi Gras Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Theta Rho International Chapter, presents Annual Mardi Gras Scholarship Fundraiser, Kelly Club, Kelley Barracks, 2000-0200hrs, 289 Plieninger St., Stuttagrt-Mohringen. Event includes Social Hour, poetry Slam, Step Show, Party favors and Live DJ. 23 April: Talent Hunt Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Theta Rho International Chapter, presents the Annual Talent Hunt Program for High School Students, Patch Community Center, Patch Barracks Stuttagrt-Vaihingen. We are looking st nd rd for Musicians, Singers, Spoken Word and Dancers. 1 Place $400, 2 Place $250 and 3 Place $ 100. Trophies and Prizes for all Participants for Auditions contact For more information of both events, contact Mike Lambert 0151-2243-7559 or Mike Griffin DSN 475-9172.

GCSC events Vegas Night is back 2 April: Vegas Night is coming soon and GCSC is looking for volunteers to help. If your private organization or FRG would like to help deal, run the Texas Hold'em Tournament, sponsor a table or donate an auction basket, please email.

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

Adult Education / Training Grand opening of National Test Center at Rose Barracks 10 March: Ribbon-cutting ceremony 10 a.m. at the Vilseck Education Center, Rose Barracks Bldg. 223. Join us as we celebrate the opening of the National Test Center (NTC) operated by University of Maryland University College. The NTC provides a great way to take college level tests and Pearson VUE exams close to home and receive results instantly. Open house with free snacks and refreshments. For more, visit the website or call DSN 476-2462.

Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification testing Application deadline 11 March: The Main Post Education Center, Bldg. 538, is accepting registration forms for ASE certification testing. Test dates are May 10 - 12. Choose from 40+ exams in diverse specialty areas. DANTES funds three $28 exams per test cycle for Active Duty, Reserve, and Guard Soldiers. Upon passing at least one exam and

accruing a minimum of two years of relevant work experience, you can earn ASE certification. For more or to obtain an application DSN 475-6787/6219 or CIV 09641-83-6787/6219.

The University of Oklahoma, course offerings Enrollment deadline 14 March: Comparative Administration at the Vilseck Education Center, 12 – 17 April. This course will analyze the political, legal, economic and cultural influences of administrative life and public policies in the U.S. as compared to other advanced industrial democracies. Special attention will be given to organization around the chief executive, both centrally and in departments and ministries. For more, Contact Area Site Director Benjamin Griffin at DSN 476-2069 or 475-7079 or email.

FAST Class for March 22 March – 1 April: Main Post Education Center, 8 a.m. – 4 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 476-2753 or Main Post Education Center at DSN 475-6219/6786.

UMUC Europe Spring 2011 Session Registration Registration for ON-SITE (face-to-face) courses is available through March 20, with classes beginning on March 21. Registration for Europe ONLINE (distance education) courses continues from now through April 3, with classes starting on April 4. Students are encouraged to enroll early. UMUC is pleased to continue the popular book award program for session 2. Students can apply for a book award to offset textbook costs, including the $100 Orkand Military Book Award for enlisted servicemembers and the $100 Europe Book Award for spouses and family members of servicemembers of all ranks. For information, go to online. Field study courses provide students with an opportunity to travel and explore Europe while earning university credit. Two upcoming courses are Scotland: Culture, Literature, and History (ENGL 288I/388I) held in historic sites throughout Scotland and History and Culture of Naples (HIST 217F/317F) held in Italy. Both courses meet on May 15 - 21 and have a registration deadline of April 24. Visit our website or email for details. For more information, contact a local UMUC field representative, visit, or contact UMUC Europe at DSN 314-370-6762 or CIV +49-(0)6221-3780. UMUC Europe is also on Twitter and Facebook.

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 4 Class Dates (28 March-20 May) Registration for Term 4 Face to Face Votech classes begins on 7 March for Rose Barracks and Main Post, but you can register for Term 4 today. Vilseck Rose Barracks Grafenwoehr Main Post CDEC 1335 Early Childhood Dev. 3-5Yrs CDEC 1359 Children with Special Needs AUMT 1419 Automotive Engine Repair CJSA 2331 Child Abuse, Prevention and Investigation CJSA 1312 Crime in America For more, contact CTC Field Representative Vilseck Rose Barracks / Grafenwoehr Main Post: Katherine Porter DSN 4762362 / CIV 09662832362 or (Grafenwoehr Main Post) DSN 475-6702 / CIV 09641836702.

Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) All Classes by appointment only, to schedule call DSN 476-2055 or visit the website. Pre-Separation Briefing: Available daily, 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Rose Barracks Bldg 134.

Religious Grafenwoehr Main Protestant Service, Sunday School time changes Beginning 6 March: The new time of service will be 10:45 a.m. and Sunday school will begin at 9:15 a.m.

Lenten program Sundays, 6 March until Easter: The Catholic Community is offering a special season of spiritual renewal each Sunday after Mass at the Main Post Chapel Annex and Rose Barrack’s Social Hall after each respected mass. Take home your free book ―Rediscovering Catholicism‖ by Matthew Kelly and discuss the beauty of the faith. For more, contact Mr. Jeff Fox DSN 476-3696, CIV 0966283- 3696.

Ash Wednesday Catholic Mass 9 March: Rose Barracks Chapel, Bldg. 218, 12:05 – 12:45 p.m. and Main Post Chapel, Bldg. 142, 6 - 7 p.m. Protestant Service 9 March: Rose Barracks Chapel (small chapel) Bldg. 219, noon.

Bible Study, ongoing Sundays: 5 p.m. Hispanic, Rose Barracks Cavalry Chapel. Tuesdays: 6:30 p.m. Gospel Congregation, Main Post Chapel. Wednesdays: 9 a.m. Hispanic Women, Rose Barracks Cavalry Chapel, 6:30 p.m. Hispanic, Main Post Chapel, 6:30 p.m. Pentecostal Congregation Main Post Chapel, 6:30 p.m. Singles, Rose Barracks Cavalry Chapel, 7 p.m. Hispanic Men, Rose Barracks Cavalry Chapel. Saturdays: 10 a.m. Seventh Day Adventist, Rose Barracks small Chapel, 5 p.m. Hispanic, Main Post Chapel. Third Saturday of the month: 9:30 a.m. Evangelical Lutheran, Rose Barracks small Chapel.

New - Interdenominational Fellowship Sundays: Pentecostal Worship Every Sunday Evening 6 p.m. at the Vilseck Chapel with Pastors: CH (Ltc.) Paul Lasley & Rev. Richard Boettiger. Child care available. International ensemble of musicians will lead musical worship. For more, DSN 476-3346 or email. Please note: the hours of this service will change to 3 p.m. beginning Feb. 20.

Jewish Shabbat services Jewish Shabbat Services will be held the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Post Chapel Annex (across the street from the CMR/USO/Community Bank). Services are open to everyone, Oneg following services. For more info, contact Sgt. First Class Howard: 475-9664 or Cpt. Fastow: 475-7190.

AWANA Children’s Club Sundays: 3:30 p.m., Main Post Chapel Annex.

Meditation at Main Post Chapel Annex 1st and 3rd Monday, 6 p.m. Main Post Chapel Annex, 2nd floor. Instruction in meditation is available. All are welcome regardless of religious affiliation. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and arrive a few minutes early if coming for the first time. Chairs and cushions for meditation are provided. For more, contact through email.

Club Beyond HS Club– Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8 pm (dinner at 5:45), Rose Barracks Cavalry Chapel MS Club dinner – Wednesdays, 3:15 – 5 p.m., Netzaberg Teen Center Gym Bible studies and other events are scattered throughout the week/year. Ask for details. Club Beyond is always looking for parents and community members to volunteer. If you love teens and love God, talk to us about how you can help. For more, Aretta Zitta, Community Director, email, CIV 0160 9876 9678.

Do you need to speak to a Chaplain? 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. DUTY CHAPLAIN CIV 0162‑296‑0838. During business hours: Main Post Chapel: DSN 475-1570, CIV 09641-83-1570. Rose Barracks Cavalry Chapel: DSN 476-1570, CIV 09662-83-1570.

Health & Medical, Red Cross, VET Corner Gastric Bypass Support Group 30 March: The support group will meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third floor conference room of the Main Post Library adjacent to the medical clinic. Get your questions answered regarding weight loss surgery in Germany. Don Prater, PA-C will be there to answer any medical questions as well as any questions about application or preparations for the surgery. A clothes exchange is also available. For more, email Don Prater, or call DSN 475-7553.

Anger Management classes Every Monday until 18 April: 9:30 -11 a.m., Bldg. 140, Main Post Chapel Annex on the second floor, the Military Family Life Consultants (MFLC) offer anger management classes to anyone that is interested. It is by walk in only, no registration needed. The MFLC can be reached at CIV 0152-029-34290 or DSN: 475-1570 CIV: 0983-41-1570.

Art Therapy group at Behavioral Health Clinic Tuesdays: 1–2:45 p.m. The Main Post Behavioral Health Clinic is offering Art Therapy group. The class is for adults only and does not require art skills. Group will use art to address anger, stress, trauma, problem-solving, grief and loss. To register, call DSN 475-7152, CIV 09641-83-7152 or stop by the BH Clinic, Bldg. 507 on Main Post.

Tobacco Cessation Classes At the Vilseck Health Clinic beginning on the following dates: 29 March, 17 May, 12 July, 6 Sept., and 1 Nov. For more, please contact the Clinic Community Health Nurse at Civilian: 09662-83-2882 or DSN: 476-2882.

Medical inprocessing briefing Every third Wednesday: The Grafenwoehr Health Clinic hosts a medical inprocessing briefing every third Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m. at the Main Post Theater. The briefing discusses how to access health care in the area and is open to all Soldiers and family members enrolled at the Grafenwoehr Health Clinic.

Facility & Road Closures /Construction/ Openings Grafenwoehr Postal Service Center, new entrances Current: The Grafenwoehr Postal Service Center lobby throughway has been blocked to accommodate renovations. To receive Postal Finance services, customers are asked to use the new entrance on the North Side. For Mailroom services, customers are asked to use the South entrance near the vending machines. We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate patience as a better Postal Service Center is made. For more, DSN 475‑6333.

Main Post Parent Central Services: Office Closure and Move 4 - 7 March: The Parent Central Services Office will be re-locating. All services will be provided by the Rose Barracks Office located in Bldg. 224. Parent Central Services can be reached at DSN 476-2760, CIV 09662-83-2760; the office hours are 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Re-opening of the Main Post office will be March 8 in Bldg. 244, Room 220.

Main Post Traffic Circle, current road and traffic revisions 7 March – end of April: Total closure of the north part of Wilbur Road between the Grafenwoehr Water Tower and the new traffic circle. Traffic from Gate 1 to reach the JMTC HQ, Bank and Community Mailroom area will be detoured via Argonne Ave and Gettysburg Ave. During this phase traffic through the construction site will be limited to: east to west or east to south. All other traffic will reroute via Saratoga Avenue. The one lane available on Gettysburg Ave. of the southern portion of the traffic circle will only allow traffic flow from east to west (USAG HQ – JMTC HQ, Mailroom ...) and south towards Burger King and to access Concord Road (Tower Theater). Traffic from the JMTC HQ, Bank Community Mail Room area will have to leave via Childers/York Road or Shiloh Ave. Since it is not possible to allow oncoming traffic between Burger King and the Traffic circle the right lane of Wilbur Road will be blocked right after the access to/from Burger King. Additional road construction work on Fisher Street will block thru-traffic. Access to and from the Grafenwoehr Tax Office (Bldg 216) will be via Argonne Ave. Directions for alternate pedestrian and vehicle traffic will be posted.

Legal Assistance department, closure of activity 17 March: The Legal Assistance Dept. on Main Post will be closed for the day due to training.

The Grafenwoehr Commissary, temporary closure 21 & 22 March: The commissary will be closed this Monday and Tuesday due to store reset. Store will reopen on March 23 for normal business hours. For more, DSN 475-9402 or CIV 09641-83-9402.

School News Monthly Parent Seminars Doris Boyd, BMEDDAC School Based Behavioral Health Specialist, will lead seminars on a variety of parenting resources and topics. Seminars are open to all parents. Event to be held at the Netzaberg Elementary School in the Counselors’ Corner. Light refreshments will be provided. 10 March: Deployment Part I - Strengthening family communication when a parent deploys, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. 14 April: Anger Management - Getting to know the anger in your child and communicating with your child…when he or she does not want to listen, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. 12 May: Deployment Part II - Helping your child cope and thrive during deployment, 1 – 2:30 p.m. Please contact your Seminar Facilitators if you have any questions; Doris Boyd, BMEDDAC School Based Behavioral Health Specialist or Mary Corrigan, School Counselor. DSN 472-9185.

Grafenwoehr Elementary School 2 March: Bedtime Stories 3 March: Family Math Night Bingo (read below for more) 4 March: Mid Quarter 8 March: Fasching Parade Bingo (read below for more) 10 March: PTA Bingo (read below for more) 14 - 18 March: Terra Nova testing grades 3-5 28 April: Science Fair (read below for more) Family math night at Grafenwoehr Elementary School on March 3, 6 – 7 p.m. in the MPR, or cafeteria. All are welcome! During this event students from Math Club will be teaching people how to play games, there may be teachers as well, and then participants will receive a surprise to take home with them at the end of the night. For more, DSN 4757133. Come Celebrate Fasching with Us! March 8, 1 p.m. Come see all the Grizzlies of Graf Elementary School march in their annual Fasching Parade. We've been planning and making costumes for a while now. Hope you'll come out and cheer for us and the coming of warmer weather! It is a fun genuine "German experience" at your front door. For more, contact Frau Kean at DSN 475-7133. Bingo night: March 10, 5:30 p.m. in the MPR or cafeteria at Grafenwoehr Elementary School. Cards will go on sale at 18:00. Chips, hotdogs and sodas will be for sale throughout the evening. Call PTA President Jen Reeder at DSN 4757133 for more. Cards are cheap but the fun and hot dogs are top notch. If you were at the on last fall, you know how much fun it is to bingo down with the Grizzly gang at Graf! It’ll outshine Vegas. Sort of. Grafenwoehr Elementary School’s Science Fair: April 28, 6 – 7 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. Come see what all our little Albert Einsteins and Madame Curies have been up to in the lab! For more, 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

Vilseck Elementary School Continuous School Improvement News VES staff has spent a great deal of time analyzing assessment results of the past year to determine our new focus for instruction. The analysis led us to develop 2 new goals. Our school vision of ―Vilseck Expects Success‖ will remain the same. The new goals are: 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. The staff will investigate research based interventions and strategies to help us achieve these goals. As always, parents are encouraged to participate in our Continuous School Improvement process by attending our staff development days or joining one of our committees. If you have any questions about the CSI process or would like to participate, please contact Terri Diaz or Kerri Loe at 476-2812.

Red Hot Reader’s Month It is that time of year again where VES will host its’ wildly successful Red Hot Reader month. Traditionally it has been held during the month of March. This year, in consideration of Terra Nova testing and the movement of the Spring Break date, Red Hot Reader month will be held from 21 March-15 April. Please stay tuned for further updates on the many activities that are being planned and what the Principal’s challenge will be. Additionally, Read Across America Day, 2 March, will also be held with many activities happening.

DoDEA System Wide Assessments The week of 14-18 March, the Terra Nova test will be given to all students in grades 3, 4 and 5. The tests are given during the morning. Please do not schedule any appointments in the mornings for your child during the testing periods. 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 4 March: Mid Quarter 4 March: Read-a-thon ends 4 March: Mardi Gras/Fasching Parade, 1:30 p.m. 16 March: Volunteer Tea 17 March: SAC meeting, 3:00p.m.-4:00p.m. 14 - 18 March: Terra Nova Testing, Grades 3-5 rd 30 March: 3 Annual Math Night Out, MPR, 3:30pm-5:00pm Read-a-thon Begins: Parents, mark your calendar! The Netzaberg ES Read-a-Thon will begin February 22nd. Netzaberg students, as a school, will be challenged to read 150,000 minutes in two weeks! The last day for any reading to count towards the Read-a-Thon will be March 4th! All reading logs will be collected by the end of that day. So get your books ready and read! Prizes and more information will be Celebrate forthcoming. Celebrating Dr. Seuss Spirit Week: Show your Netzaberg ES spirit by participating in this Wacky Week! Blue Monday – Wear as much BLUE as you can! Funky hair Tuesday- Wear your hair a FUNKY way! Wacky Sock Wednesday-Wear your WACKIEST socks! Crazy Hat Thursday- Put on your craziest hat! Fasching Friday-Wear your Fasching costume! 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 2011, 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 2011, 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. 7:55 a.m. -.2:45 p.m. CIV 09645-917-9185/9184/9313/DSN 472-9184/9313

Netzaberg Middle School PTSA Basket Raffle 24 March: Come join the fun and try your luck at winning baskets put together by our students and teachers! Each basket has a different theme. Baskets will be available to view 15-24 March in the office and raffle tickets are on sale every day at lunch for $1.00 ea. or 6 for $5.00. 10 March: Care Bunch Meeting; 2:45 p.m.; POC: Email 10 March: PTSA Board Meeting; 3:00 p.m.; POC: Email 14-18 March: Terra Nova Testing in the Mornings; Get a good night’s sleep and eat breakfast;

Be on time for school General PTSA Meeting at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Spring Concert and Basket Raffle; POC: Email 14 March: NJHS Meeting; 2:45 p.m.; POC: Email 10 March:

Drama Practice: Mondays from 2:45-4:30 p.m.; POC: Email Tutoring Club: Tuesdays from 2:45-4:00 p.m.; POC: Email Yearbook Club: Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00 p.m through 1 March.; POC: Email Beginning Band Practice: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays 3:00-3:45 p.m.; POC: Email Spirit Band Practice: Thursdays 3:00-3:45 p.m.; POC: Email Sports Club: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00-4:00 p.m.; POC: Email Netzaberg Middle School CSI 4-Step Problem Solving Method= 1) Understand the Problem 2) Make a Plan 3) Carry Out the Plan 4) Look Back – Ask, ―Does the solution make sense?‖

Parent volunteers: If you are interested in volunteering for the PTSA or other school committees, please contact the school as soon as possible. POC: Email Bus passes: If your child has not received a permanent bus pass for this school year please Contact the buss office at 09645-917-9142. The school office is not able to issue permanent passes. If your child needs a temporary pass for the day, he/she must come to the front office first thing in the morning. Lunch accounts: 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. Attendance: PARENTS are responsible in calling the front office every morning that the student will be absent. POC: Email Phone: 09645-917-9232/9233/9229 DSN 472-9232 School Office Hours School Hours Important Phone Numbers Mon - Fri 8 am–4 pm Mon-Fri 7:55 a.m-2:45 pm CIV 09645-917-9232/9233/9229 DSN 472-9232

Was ist Los? Get involved in the local scene

Flea markets All flea markets are listed here by zip code. 5 March: 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 100 additional vendors. Food and drinks will be sold. If you would like to sell items email for more information. 5 March: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: in 92637 Weiden, Volksfestplatz, Leuchtenberger Straße 6 March: 8 a.m. - midday: in 92339 Beilngries, Volksfestplatz, Sandstraße (ca. 45 km / 28 miles SW of Hohenfels) 12 March: 1 p.m.: in 92421 Schwandorf, Festplatz, Angerring / Nürnberger Strasse (ca. 45 km / 28 miles north of Regensburg) 19 March: 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.: in 92224 Amberg, Dultplatz, Bruno-Hofer-Straße. 26 March: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: in Raigering just outside of 92224 Amberg, car park at the ―Sterk‖ brewery, Hofmark 2 27 March: 8 a.m. - midday: in 92339 Beilngries, Volksfestplatz, Sandstraße (ca. 45 km / 28 miles SW of Hohenfels).

Fasching Parties, Parades REMINDER: Please be aware of road closures and reroutes due to the many Fasching Parades this weekend. For example most of the Vilseck downtown area and Leonhardstrasse towards Fitzthum Village Housing Area will be closed and rerouted on Sunday afternoon. 3 March: Fasching parade, 1 p.m., Chinese Carnival Parade in Dietfurt (a.d. Altmuehl). 3 March: Weiberfasching (Women’s Carnival Day), Amberg Market Square, starts early afternoon. Kick –off spectacular at 6 p.m. (AFN TO BROADCAST LIVE IN THE SQUARE AT THE EVENT). 6 March: Fasching parades, 2 p.m. – Vilseck - Leonhardstrasse (across the Edeka market) towards the Marktplatz. Fasching Party at the Marktplatz with live band following the parade. Hahnbach Downtown area. Fasching Party at the Marktplatz with live band following the parade. Rieden - (ca. 26 km / 16 miles north of Hohenfels), Tirschenreuth, Schwarzenfeld, Neustadt (an der Waldnaab). 8 March: Fasching parade, 2 p.m. - Freudenberg, Schmidmuehlen. Parade, 2 p.m. in 91171 Greding, inner city (ca. 55 km / 34 miles west of Hohenfels). Parties to follow in all pubs / inns. Parade, 2 p.m., Gaudiwurmparty in Hammerles (Parkstein) 9 March: Aschermittwoch = Ash Wednesday Geldbeutelwaschen (End of Fasching Tradition) 11 a.m., in 91171 Greding; Marktplatz (market place) around the Heroldsbrunnen fountain (ca. 55 km / 34 miles west of Hohenfels). End of Fasching Parade, 1 p.m., in 92287 Schmidmühlen (ca. 20 km / 12.5 miles NW of Hohenfels).

Kinderfasching (Children’s carnival) 6 March: Kinderfashing, Grafenwoehr Jugendheim (next to the church and Grundschule). Doors open at 1:30 p.m., program starts at 2 p.m. Admission is 3.50 Euro. 7 March: Fasching parade for children. 1 p.m., in 90402 Nuremberg, around the St. Lorenz church, Lorenzer Platz 10. For more, CIV 0911-2446-990. Everyone can participate. Meet at 12:30 p.m. in front of the church. 7 March: Monday 1 p.m. Sorghof, Wolfgangsheim 7 March: Tuesday 1 p.m. Vilseck Volksschule Multipurpose Hall 8 March: Kinderfasching (Children's Fasching) 1 – 5 p.m. at the Donau-Einkaufszentrum shopping mall, 93055 Regensburg, Weichser Weg 5 (large exhibit area). With "Clown Manuela" and live music by "Los Bravos".

Explanation of Weiberfasching (Women’s Carnival Day) 3 March: Located in many towns, with Fasching parties around the town halls / town centers. A special day during the Fasching season is ―Weiberfasching‖ (Women’s Carnival Day). This is the day when from early in the morning on, the streets are alive with ladies in fancy dresses on their way to their place of work or to the shops, and from 10 a.m. they all usually head towards the town center or town hall to ―take over the city.‖ It is also the day when traditionally, women cut off all men’s ties they can get a hold of. On this day women assume complete power for the day. Any man foolish enough to wear a tie on this day runs the risk of having it cut off just below the knot. In the evening countless parties and masked balls are held and men are, of course welcome to join the celebrations provided they foot the bill for all the women’s food and drink.

The story of Fasching and other interesting facts The Fasching season is in full swing and will culminate on "Rosenmontag" (Shrove Monday) and "Faschingsdienstag" (Shrove Tuesday). And on Ash Wednesday, it's all over ("Am Aschermittwoch ist alles vorbei", which is a typical Fasching song). See here and here for lots of Fasching facts (links are in English). The story of Fasching, or Karneval as Germans further north (and the English-speaking world) call it, is quite interesting: The word "Fasching" is thought to derive from the Middle High German "vaschanc" which means "Ausschenken des Fastentrunkes" (serving of the Lenting drink), while there are two versions of the origin of "Karneval": one theory traces the origins of the word back to the Italian "carni vale", which refers to the ban of eating meat during Lent. The other theory also goes back to Italy: Every year in Spring, when ships were allowed to move again, the citizens of Venice celebrated this fact with costumes and a parade. A "ship on wheels" ("Carrus Navalis") was at the center of this parade. From Venice, the idea of celebration made its way to the court of the Medici's in Florence, then from Italy the festivities (and the expression "carnival") traveled to France and then to Germany (and the rest of the world). Mythological background: In Pagan belief, the personified seasons Summer and Winter fought each other every beginning of the year as to who would reign for the rest of the year. During these fights, evil spirits, death, and the unsteady souls of the deceased would rise, and people tried to prevent this by imitating the looks and the behaviour of these dark apparitions. Wild jumps and loud noises as well as the scary costumes donned by the locals were meant to scare off evil spirits. The fight between Summer and Winter (and Life and Death) would always end on Ash Wednesday. Therefore Fasching / Karneval ends on Aschermittwoch (Ash Wednesday) too. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. In the rituals of the Catholic Church, the ashes of the palm fronds from the Palm Sunday of the previous year are consecrated and applied to the churchgoers´ foreheads in the form of a cross as a sign of their mortality. France is the original source of the "Artists' Ash Wednesday", which has become popular through television broadcasts with its religious service with readings and musical performances (also taking place in Vienna and Innsbruck, Austria). Outside the church, Ash Wednesday is emphasized as the end of the Fasching season and features individual traditions such as: - the "Heringsschmaus" meal (a herring and mayonnaise salad), the culinary refinement of which hardly reminds us of its original meaning (fish as a food for the Lenten Fast); - the "Faschingbegraben" or "Kehraus", a custom in which the carnival season is symbolically buried or drowned. - In some areas the Fasching is also burnt: a straw puppet that usually had been on display at a guesthouse is burnt in public. - Another custom is the "Geldbeutel-Waschen", the washing of the city's or community's symbolic wallet on Ash Wednesday: The wallet has lost so much money during Fasching that people go down to a river or a pond or fountain. Then a "Gaudibursch" holds a speech saying that all money has been "guzzled away" and the wallet is empty now, therefore it should be "washed out" so that "better" money could replace the old money. The Geldbeutel-Waschen can most famously be seen in Munich at the Fischbrunnen (on Marktplatz): here the Lord Mayor of Munich washes his wallet every year to ask for more money for his city's empty treasury.

The Grand Russian State Circus 4 - 13 March: in 97082 Wuerzburg, "Talavera" fest site between Mainaustraße and Georg-Eydel-Straße. With this festive gala program, the "Oleg Popov Jubilee Tour", the Grand Russian State Circus wishes to thank his famous Clown Oleg Popov for his unique life work, and celebrate his 80th birthday with a stunning show full of diversity and surprises. In addition, the organizers will hold a special Russian evening at each location of the tour, with cultural entertainment from Moscow and St. Petersburg, a special Croissant breakfast, and a "Blini Festival". For dates and locations, or to order your tickets, click on the homepage of the Organiser - just scroll to the desired city.

Rock'n'Roll & Boogie Woogie Fasching 5 March: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., at the Donau-Einkaufszentrum (shopping mall), 93055 Regensburg, Weichser Weg 5 (large exhibit area). Just a bit of free entertainment while you're shopping.

In concert 6 March: Maroon 5, 8 p.m., in 81667 Munich, Muffathalle, Zellstr. 4. Tickets. View the Tour overview for more. 9 March: My Chemical Romance in 80939 Munich, Kesselhaus, Lilienthalallee 37. Tickets. 10 March: Fiddler's Green, 8 p.m., in 90478 Nuremberg, Gutmann am Dutzendteich, Bayernstr. 150. Tickets. More about the artist: Homepage. YouTube. 15 March: Peter Frampton, 8 p.m. in 91154 Roth, Kulturfabrik, Stieberstr. 7, CIV 09171-848-762 (ca. 30 km / 19 miles south of Nürnberg). Tickets. Tour overview. 17 - 30 March: James Blunt, “Some Kind of Trouble“ Tour. Tour overview 17 March: 8 p.m., in 90471 Nuremberg, Arena, Kurt-Leucht-Weg 11, ph 0911-9889-7280. Tickets. 23 March: 8 p.m., in 80809 Munich, Olympiahalle, Spiridon-Louis-Ring 21 / east entrance. Tickets. The only parking places are at the Olympiapark: 80809 Munich, Olympiapark Parkharfe, Spiridon-LouisRing 100. It is highly recommended you use the excellent public transport system. 29 March: Woody Allen & his New Orleans Jazz Band, 8 p.m., in 81667 Munich, Philharmonie im Gasteig, Rosenheimer Str. 5 - 8. Yes, this is THE Woody Allen! Tickets. 30 March: The Ten Tenors. 8 p.m., in 90478 Nuremberg, Meistersingerhalle, Münchener Str. 21, CIV 0911-231-8000. Tickets via Kultur Information, Königstr. 93, 90402 Nuremberg, CIV 0911231-4000, or online. For many years, the Ten Tenors (TTT) have captured audiences around the world with their unique show and excellent voices. With much charm and incredible talent, they include modern pop songs in their classical repertoire and encourage the whole audience to dance along to their songs! More about the artist: Homepage. YouTube. MySpace.

60’s Revistied Pary 7 March: 8 p.m. at the Max Reger-Halle in Weiden. Live music all night. Entracne fee 14 Euro.

Night of the Dance 13 March: 8 p.m., in 90478 Nuremberg, Meistersingerhalle, Münchener Str. 21, CIV 0911-2318000. The best dance and artistic scenes from famous shows like "Stomp―,"Cirque du Soleil―,and "Afrika-Afrika― as well as dance performances from "Grease―, "Flashdance―, "Moulin Rouge―, "Mamma Mia―, "Lord of the Dance― and many others. Tickets via Kultur Information, Königstr. 93, 90402 Nuremberg, CIV 0911-231-4000.

International Glass Art and Paintings 20 March - 10 April: in 92637 Weiden, Neues Rathaus (new city hall), Dr.-Pfleger-Str. 15 (opposite the large "Naabwiesen" car park). On display are works by "Gruppe Rubikon", CZ, "Union der bildenden Künstler der Region Pilsen" and "Oberpfälzer Kunstverein Weiden". More details on the organizer's Homepage (only GE). Free entry!

Motorcycle Fair 26 & 27 March: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in 92318 Neumarkt, Jurahallen, Festplatz 2 (ca. 45 km / 28 miles west of Hohenfels). A fascinating fair for all bikers! You'll find "normal" bikes, custom bikes, scooters, clothes and information on special bike trips. There will also be used bikes on sale. Further details are online (only GE).

“Maya the bee and her adventures” The Grafenwoehr Youth Choir “Sin falta” invites all families to their 1st musical presentation. 27 March: 5:30 p.m. at the Jugendheim in Grafenwoehr (next to the Stadthalle). Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at Spielwaren Gradl or at the Sparkasse Grafenwoehr for €4 (adults) and €2 (under the age of 15.) Door opens 1 hour prior to start time.

Sommerzeit - Start of Daylight Saving Time 27 March: It's time to set the clocks AHEAD one hour. Remember: Spring Forward, Fall Back.

Weekly Newsletter 2011-03-02  

USAG Grafenwoehr Weekly Newsletter

Weekly Newsletter 2011-03-02  

USAG Grafenwoehr Weekly Newsletter