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(Click on these links to go directly to the section) 7 May 2008
Garrison CSM Change-of-Responsibility
and Retirement Ceremony
8 May: The community is cordially invited to attend the USAG Grafenwoehr change of responsibility ceremony between CSM Burns and CSM Berrios, at the Grafenwoehr parade field this Thursday, 8 May, starting at 10 a.m. (the inclement weather alternate location will be at Bldg 547, Graf Field House). The retirement ceremony for CSM Burns follows the change of responsibility portion of the event.
Mother’s Day Surprise
8 May: Mother’s Day is Sunday, 11 May. Come into the Heart and Home Craft Shop and create a wonderful surprise gift for mom. Cost is $10 for supplies and is for ages 8 and up; 3:30-5:30 p.m. Contact Heart and Home for more information at DSN: 475-6101 or CIV 09641-29-6101
Financing Your Education is a Major Commitment
The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Europe will have an academic and a financial aid advisor visiting the Army Education Centers in Hohenfels, Grafenwoehr and Vilseck. At both Hohenfels and Vilseck, there will be a 10 a.m. financial aid workshop for Soldiers and Family members.
8 May: Vilseck on Thursday (UMUC Vilseck 476-2462)
Military Spouse Day Special
9 May: All spouses are welcome to come in to Heart and Home Craft Shop for a cup of tea and cookies. Shop and get 10% off your purchase. Contact Heart and Home for more information.
Trip to the Flossenburg Concentration Camp
9 May: Commemorate the Holocaust and remember how fortunate we are to have not endured the difficulties that some members of our society have had to experience. Limited seating, (50 seats remaining), so if you want to go, sign up ASAP. The day will start off at 10 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. The uniform of the day is civilian clothes for everyone). Bring your lunch, 50 EURO CENTS to help with the funding of the site, and spending money. We caution parents to NOT bring children between the ages of 5 - 12. If you would like to go with us, please contact us prior to COB 6 MAY. For more info, contact SFC Galloway at email@example.com or call her mobile: 0151-15682468.
Volunteers Needed for Eagle Scout Project
Please assist with an Eagle Scout Project sponsored by Troop 261, Grafenwöhr, Germany.
10 May: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The clean-up project will be in the Bierloh Nature Area (two miles from Gate #3, Grafenwoehr). The start point will be at 38 Bierloh Str, Grafenwoehr 92655. We need volunteers from the community to support the Bierloh Orchard Area Clean-up/Renovation. Come prepared, wear working clothes and bring heavy gardening gloves. Other tools and lunch will be provided. We will log and provide credit for all volunteer hours. Confirm your attendance and/or for more information contact C. Chroman or J. Chroman, 09641-454175.
Motorcycle Safety Day
13 May: May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month in the United States. All motorcyclists in the Grafenwoehr footprint, including Hohenfels and Bamberg, are invited and encouraged to participate in an all day event on 13 May. Start time is 9 a.m. at the MSF Training range on Camp Kasserine. The day will include critical braking skills practice during the morning hours followed by lunch at a restaurant near Weiden that features Italian cuisine (please bring 10 Euro to cover your costs). After lunch, the group will be divided into smaller groups where the ride leaders will conduct training in safe techniques for riding rural roads in Bavaria. Riders that participate need to ensure that their motorcycle is in a safe operating condition, gas tanks are FULL, and that they are equipped with the proper apparel as defined in the AE 190-1. The day will end at Camp Kasserine at 4 – 4:30 p.m. Riders that participate in the entire day event will be awarded a completion card for this event. This training does not take the place of mandated MSF courses. For more info: USAG Grafenwoehr Safety Office at 475-1470
Fuel Card Brief, Q&A Session
14 May: IMCOM-E's Dave Mattingly will provide presentations followed by Q & A sessions for the upcoming POV fuel cards that will be available later this summer.
Briefings will occur at:
Grafenwoehr Tower Theater at 10:30 a.m.
Vilseck Theatre at 3 p.m.
Grafenwoehr Middle School Gym at 6 p.m.
Graf - Vilseck Home Educators Support Group Meeting
14 May: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Fiddler’s Green, bldg 301, Vilseck. For more information please contact:
Dawn Sovinsky: 09608-923-733, Jackie Ahlers 0961-480-2376, Jessica Curtis 09662-415-644 or visit our website at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vilseckgrafhomeschool/
BuncoGourmet and Wine Night
14 May: It’s Gourmet and Wine night for Bunco players at the Vilseck Sports Bar. Bunco is a 3-dice game that you do not need to know how to play to join in – you will learn it there. The game is lots of fun, and there will be free appetizers and champagne punch. Reserve your space before 9 May and enjoy canapés and wine tasting during the game break. Door open at 5 p.m., and Bunco starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call the Langenbrook Center at DSN: 475-2360 or CIV 09662-23-2360
Get out and Vote for “Pigs on Tour”
Now – 16 May: Elementary school children, grades K-5 are participating in this event. Over 100 piggy banks were delivered to various classrooms at the Grafenwoehr Elementary school on 21 April and the children have decorated them. The pigs are currently "on tour" at the shopping center mall and Commissary. There will be a voting box available for community members to vote for their favorite pig (or best pig). The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be awarded prizes, sponsored by Service Credit Union. Let's make this a fun activity for these kids. "Get Out and Vote"
New Issue of Bavarian News Now Available
Pick up your issue of the award-winning USAG Grafenwoehr community newspaper; stories and articles.
Special programs, updates, community campaigns, jobs and more Army Community Service Programs for the Week
Check out what’s going on at ACS. Call DSN 476-2650 or CIV 09662-83-2650 for info and to register.
8 May: OPOC Training 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Volunteers Rock 11a.m. - 12 p.m.
12 May: Language Support Group 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
13 May: Spouse Battlemind Training 10 - 11:30 a.m.
14 May: FRG POC Training 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Grafenwoehr and Vilseck Library
Kit Kittredge Program
Now – 30 June: The Grafenwoehr and Vilseck Libraries will kick off the Kit Kittredge Program 1 May. Authorized Army MWR patrons ages 6-16 are invited to visit their post library to check out the Kit Kittredge book display and to learn more about how they can win the trip or a set of Kit Kittredge An American Girl books. They can also enter in the online sweepstakes and get a sneak peak at the movie at www.ArmyMWR.com.
Military Spouse Appreciation Day
9 May: Stop by the Grafenwoehr Library and check out a deployment related book during the day and be entered to win a prize. Military Spouse and motivational speaker Nancy Gaskins will be presenting a seminar on her book “Live Like You are Dying-How to Transform your Life in 30 Days” from 5 to 6 p.m. Prize drawing will after the seminar. Tea and Light refreshments will be served all day.
May is “Learn German Month”
Wednesdays: German Language and Recipe Exchange Stop by the Vilseck Library every Wednesday in May from 7-8 p.m. for to learn some German and to exchange recipes.
American Red Cross
For more information or to register for classes, please call Vilseck Red Cross Office DSN 476- 1760 / CIV 09662831760 or Grafenwoehr Red Cross Office; DSN 475-1760 / CIV 09641831760
American Red Cross Health and Safety Classes in Vilseck / Grafenwoehr
17 May: First Aid 8 am to 1 pm
Dental Assistant Training Program
The Grafenwoehr, Hohenfels and Vilseck Dental Clinics, along with the American Red Cross, will be offering a Dental Assistant Training Program beginning in July. The program is designed for those without dental assisting experience and requires 62 hours of in-class coursework and 300 hours of chair-side training. Applications may be found at your local American Red Cross office. All applications for the program are due NLT 23 May.
ITR & ODR Trips
To sign-up for these trips now, call Vilseck ITR DSN 476-2563 or Grafenwoehr ODR DSN 475-7402.
26-30 June: Copenhagen Trip
Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP)
Are you separating or retiring from the Army soon? The Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) can help you in making your career decisions. ACAP Services include: mandatory pre-separation brief, transition assistance workshop, resume classes, job assistance training, and individual counseling. Spouses are eligible for ACAP services as well. Call 476-2055 today.
Or log onto ACAP Express at https://www.acapexpress.army.mil to register for ACAP services, schedule a wide range of classes, and use online tools to create resumes and cover letters.
13-15 May: TAP Workshop: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in Vilseck, Bldg 273
20 May: VA and DTAP Briefings: 8 a.m. -12 pm and 1pm-3 pm in Vilseck, Bldg 273
21 May: VA and DTAP Briefings: 8 a.m. -12 pm and 1pm-3 pm in Hohenfels, Bldg 856
Auditions for US Army Soldier Show in Grafenwoehr
Here is an opportunity for you to be a part of the 2008 US Army Soldier Show
15 May: In recognition of their 25th anniversary, the US Army Soldier Show is looking for an Active Duty Soldier to join them on stage in song during their performance in Grafenwoehr on Memorial Day, 26 May.
Auditions will be held in the Tower View Restaurant, Bldg. 209 from 6 to 9 p.m. The Selected Soldier must have command approval in order to participate. This is your opportunity to shine on stage.
Granger Smith Performing at the Memorial Gym - Vilseck
16 May: Country star Granger Smith is coming to the Memorial Gym on Rose Barracks. Come hear his smooth vocals starting at 8 p.m. The show is free and open to all US ID cardholders. The show is family friendly so bring the whole gang. For more info, call Neville Paschall at DSN 475-6167.
German-American Volksfest Vilseck at the City of Vilseck
16 - 18 May: Don't miss this year's German-American Volksfest at Vilseck, hosted by the Vilseck German-American KONTAKT Club, supported by local organizations. It is already the third time this traditional event will be held in the city of Vilseck, and not at the U.S. military community.
A large variety of entertainment awaits you. There are many carnival rides including speedway, bumper cars, slide, baby ride, kids train and many, many different attractions for children and adults, musical entertainment, carnival rides, German-American food specialties, flohmarket, Bavarian Olympics.
USAG Grafenwoehr ODR hosting a Mountain Bike Race
17 May: ODR will be hosting a Mountain Bike Race that is part of the U.S. Forces Europe 11-part mountain bike race series. The race will begin at Hill 459 between Kaltenbrunn and Hutten. Registration starts at 8 a.m. or you can pre-register by contacting ODR in Grafenwoehr or Vilseck. For more info: contact Outdoor Recreation in Grafenwoehr at DSN 475-7402 or in Vilseck DSN 476-2563. You can also register at www.grafenwoehr.army.mil by clicking on the Mountain Bike Race Link.
Asian Pacific Heritage LUAU in Grafenwoehr
17 May: Join us from 12 - 5 p.m. at Grafenwoehr Field House. Features include cultural dances and expressions, food samplings and many fun activities for children (face painting / balloon twisting). Admission is FREE. For more info: program, please contact Mr. Cablay at 09641-83-8824 or the USAG Grafenwoehr EOA, SFC Galloway at 0151-15682468 or firstname.lastname@example.org Vilseck Elementary and Grafenwoehr Middle Schools will be participating in an art and essay contest during APHM, and the announcement of winners will be held at the LUAU on 17 May during the awards presentation portion of the program.
Bus Schedule: Please check the community bus schedules in Vilseck and Grafenwoehr to ensure a bus is running when you would like to come to the LUAU.
19 - 20 May: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Grafenwoehr Gruenderzentrum (Business Start-Up Agency). Classes are also available 2 -3 June. Learn the basics of starting a business in Germany. Free of charge.RSVP email@example.com or for more info: http://www.murry-consulting.de/14.html Tobacco Cessation Class
21 May: Join us at the Grafenwoehr Library, 3rd floor, from 3 – 4 p.m. for the American Lung Association Tobacco Cessation Course Overview. Studies show that joining a tobacco cessation class works better than trying it alone. Our belief is that tobacco use is a learned habit. The class session take a step-by-step approach to help you unlearn the automatic behavior of tobacco use. First session is 28 May. For more information, contact CPT Lindsey, Army Public Health Nurse at firstname.lastname@example.org or DSN 475-7418.
22 May: Top 40 Band Crash Dance is coming to the Memorial Gym on Rose Barracks at 7 p.m. The show is family friendly, so bring the whole family to dance along. For more info, call Neville Paschall at DSN 475-6167 or check out their website at www.crashdance.com 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment 172nd Birthday
23 May:172 Years Strong 3:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Memorial Fitness Center. Featuring food, games, bouncing castle, music and a cake cutting ceremony. We invite all Graf/Vilseck military community and other designated local guest to enjoy the celebration. Free Admission. For more information, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org 2008 Soldier Show comes to Grafenwoehr
26 May: FREE ADMISSION. At the Grafenwoehr Tower theater starting at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.). Come watch this spectacular 90-minute Army Entertainment Production which is "for the Soldier, by the Soldier." Folks in Vilseck can catch a special shuttle bus departing the bus stop near the shopping center commissary at 4:30 p.m. There will be a regularly scheduled shuttle bus also available at 4:55 p.m.
Due to the US Army Soldier Show on 26 May and the required preparation, the previously scheduled movies at the AAFES Grafenwoehr Tower Theater on 25 and 26 May will be cancelled.
CYS Central Registration (CER) Appointments
CYS Central Registration Offices (CER) offer scheduled appointments to reduce waiting time.
9 May: The clinic will be closed on Friday for the Unit's Organizational Day.
For all health emergencies, please proceed to Klinikum Weiden or Krankenhaus Eschenbach. Maps to both locations are available outside the main entrance of the Health Clinic.
Grafenwoehr Community Bank Closure
12 and 22 May: Community Bank in Grafenwoehr will be closed for German Holidays.
Vilseck Road Closure
Now - 10 December: The road between Avenue 'A' and Avenue 'B' connecting Bldg 317 and Bldg 316 will be blocked for construction.
Now - 3 November: Upgrade of parking lots will narrow Rio Grande Drive in front of Bldg 1835, Bldg 1845 and Bldg 1850. Please, slow down for construction.
Vilseck Vehicle Registration Office
Now – 14 May: The Vehicle Registration office in Vilseck, Bldg 2099, will be temporarily closed. Vehicle Registration in Graf, Bldg 301, DSN 475-6477, will remain open.
Sports & Fitness Programs/Activities Community Soccer Team Registration
Register Now: Call the Grafenwoehr Physical Fitness Center for more information at DSN 475-9007
8 May: The first PADI Scuba course is happening May 8. There are also specialty classes offered. Call ODR at 476-2563 or Graf ODR DSN 475-7402.
Fun Run II
10 May: Rose Barracks Fitness Center is hosting the second Fun Run of the season at Little Mike Lake in Vilseck on May 10. Registration is from 8:30 to 9:30. Race starts at 10 a.m. Compete in the 5 or 10 K race or the family 5K walk. Call DSN 476-2998/2214 for information.
Midnight Madness 2008 Softball Tournament in Graf
23 - 25 May: Everyone is welcome to participate. Entry fee is $250 per team and the registration deadline is 14 May. For more info, contact the Recreation Division in Graf at DSN: 475-7576/8207 or CIV: 09641-83-7576/8207 or in Vilseck at DSN: 476-22174/2998 or CIV: 09662-83-2214/2998.
Calling All Baseball, Fast-Pitch Softball Umpires
USAG Grafenwoehr CYS Sports & Fitness is looking for experienced and interested baseball and fast-pitch softball umpires to help out during the upcoming season. Games will be on Thursday, Friday nights as well as Saturdays. If you are interested in getting some extra work this season as an umpire, contact Dan Fraizer at DSN: 476-4037, cell 0162-2960685, or via email at email@example.com.
Out Door Recreation
Hunting Still Available
There are FOUR spots still available for avid hunters. The spots allow you to hunt in USAG Grafenwoehr’s designated areas. If you are interested, be sure to call ODR today! Spots are first come, first serve. To get your spot, call the Graf ODR Hunting and Fishing office at DSN 474-4212.
Parents—enjoy the great outdoors while the kids are still in school. Outdoor Rec is offering weekly walking, hiking and biking programs. Hike on Monday mornings starting at 8:30 a.m. Take a leisurely bike ride on Tuesday morning from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Enjoy brisk Nordic walking on Thursdays at 9 a.m. Be sure to sign up for these activities in advance. Call the Vilseck ODR at DSN 476-2563.
ODR Range 116 Open
Sunday: Range 116 will be open for hunters to zero their weapons. The range will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more info, call the Graf ODR Hunting and Fishing office at DSN 474-4212.
Klettersteig (Alpine Hiking) Day Trip
23 May: Klettersteig is a European specific hiking discipline that combines hiking and climbing. Our local Klettersteig is located in the Hirschbach Valley. Trip cost is $30 per person. Contact ODR for more info. Graf DSN: 475-7402 or CIV: 09641-83-7402 or Vilseck DSN: 476-2563 or CIV: 09662-83-2563.
Are you looking for some fun? The bowling centers in Graf and Vilseck are just the place for you. Tournaments let your competitive side out, or if you aren’t the best bowler, stop by to improve your game. Call Graf, DSN 475-6177 or Vilseck, DSN 476-2576 to find out about tournament schedules and leagues.
Army Family Covenant Discounted Bowling
USAG Grafenwoehr Bowling Centers are offering a $1 per game bowling reduction (up to 3 games) on Wednesdays in Grafenwoehr and on Fridays in Vilseck. Call you local bowling center for more info.
The Graf and Vilseck Bowling Centers are running special bowling tournaments during the month of May. Call your local bowling center for more information.
Graf Youth Bowling League
The Graf Youth Bowling League is still accepting participants. Kids aged 3-18 are welcome to join the league on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. Youth will be split into age appropriate teams of three. For more info or to signup, call the Graf Bowling Center at DSN 475-6177.
Family Day at the Bowling Centers
Drop by your local Bowling Center on Sundays and enjoy Family Day. Accompanied children 17 and under bowl for FREE and adults bowl for only $1.75 per game.
17 May: Bowl under the black lights at the Grafenwoehr Bowling Center beginning at 6 p.m.
King of the Hill Tournament
18 May: It’s back! King of the Hill Tournament is held Sunday at the Grafenwoehr Bowling Center. Bowlers will have a chance to win $1000! For more details call 475-6177 or Civ: 09641-83-6177
Breakfast at the Bowling Center Lane 25
The Grafenwoehr Bowling Center will start serving breakfast in May. Stop by Lane 25, Mon-Fri from 7-10 a.m. for a delicious morning meal. For more info: DSN 475-6177.
Grafenwoehr Lane 25 Lunch Specials
Are you hungry for a homemade, hand-pattied burger? Stop by Lane 25 in the Graf Bowling Center today and try one of the delicious bowl burger baskets or one of our daily specials. Come try out their daily specials throughout the month of May. Call DSN 475-6177 for more info.
8 May: Steak and Baked Potato
9 May: Schnitzel Sandwich
14 May: Hamburger Steak w/gravy
15 May: Taco Salad
For inclement weather conditions and school delays listen to AFN 1110 or call 475-ROAD (7623) Grafenwoehr Elementary School
Can you lend a Hand?
The PTSA still needs your HELP. It doesn’t matter if you only have a couple of hours to spare we have something to fit everyone’s schedule. Here are just a few of the volunteer positions available. If you think you might be interested in any of these or something else please email Jessica Bowser at firstname.lastname@example.org or Michelle Kraemer at email@example.com April Basket Auction – Yearbook - T-Shirt Sales - Spring Photo Chair – Membership Popcorn Fridays - Field Day Chair - Candy Grams - Box Tops/Campbell’s & Tyson labels
Vilseck Elementary School
8, 15 May: Family Library Night, 4:30 p.m.
Now -10 May: Teacher Appreciation Week
8 May: Final "Muffins for Moms and Donuts for Dads"
Now - 30 May: Please join VES in collecting food for children of a Polish Elementary School. Nonperishable items to donate include, but are not limited to, soups, vegetables, sauces, beans, rice, cake mixes, pancake mixes, cereals, powdered milk, powdered Kool-Aids, other drink mixes, flour, sugar, and baking powder. Because of the language barrier, please try to avoid items that have many instructions. Collection boxes are located in the VES Lobby. More info: Miss Paige Hall at DSN 476-2812.
Muffins for Moms and Donuts for Dads
8 May: 7:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. at the Vilseck Elementary School Annex. This is the final "Muffins and Donuts" of the school year. Features doughnuts, muffins, coffee, and improved student literacy for VES parents and students. Students must be accompanied by parents. VES would like to thank all who have been involved with this event throughout the school year. More info: Mrs. Toni Kellar at DSN 476-2812.
Child Find Screening
12-13 May: 8:30 a.m-11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. -2:00 p.m. at the Vilseck Elementary School Annex. Free Developmental Screenings provided by Vilseck Elementary School and the Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS). Child Find Developmental Screenings can answer many questions about a child's development for children ages 3 to 5. All inquires are treated with the utmost sensitivity and confidentiality. To Request a Child Find Screening, contact: Mrs. Christiane Pegel-Olden at 476-2812 or firstname.lastname@example.org
VES Family Library Thursdays: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. The Family Library is open Thursday afternoons for checking out books, finding websites, taking Reading Counts quizzes, and working on homework. Free hot dogs and chips are available. Come join the fun and make family reading # 1. POC: Mrs. Terri Diaz at DSN 476-3251.
School Contact Numbers:
VES 476-2812 GMS 475-9500
VHS 476-2554 GES 475-7133
Vote 2008 The Basic Absentee Voting Process
Step 1: Citizen completes and mails the Federal Application from (SF-76) (Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Form)
Step 2: Local Election Official (in the United States) approves Registration request or requests further information
Step 3: Local Election Official mails absentee ballot*
Step 4: Citizen votes and mails the absentee ballot to the Local Election Official in time to meet state deadlines. *In order to receive an absentee ballot in a timely manner, it is imperative for citizens to keep their local election official informed of address changes.*www.fvap.gov
Great News for Missouri Uniformed Overseas Citizens Absentee Voters Assistance (UOCAVA) Voters:
The Missouri Secretary of State’s Office has determined that state law allows UOCAVA voters to request an absentee ballot via email directly to their local election authority. Missouri statutes still only allow for voter registration via postal mail, as an original signature is required. MISSOURI – Missouri counties may now accept the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) for absentee ballot request by Fax or email.
POC: For the USAG Grafenwoehr Voting Assistance Program is Sieglinde Schedl, DSN: 475-6753, Civ: 09641-83-6753, Bldg 244, Room 201, Grafenwoehr.
Health & Medical Corner
Graf and Vilseck Health Clinics Space Available Booking
Priority will be given to Active Duty Soldiers, their Family Members, and Tricare Plus enrollees. All others will be booked on a Space Available basis. Tricare information for local host nation providers is available as needed. For further info: Grafenwoehr Health Clinic, DSN 475-7152 CIV 09641-83-7152, or Vilseck Health Clinic, DSN 476-2252 CIV 09662-83-2252.
TRICARE's Nurse Advice Line
Talk to a nurse about your health care concerns
Get self-care advice to help you or your family member feel better now.
From a landline: 0800-825-1600 from a cell phone: 00800-4759-2330
Was ist Los?
Get involved in the local scene!
All flea markets are listed here by zip code.
9 - 10 May: 90403 Nürnberg at the Hauptmarkt (historic pedestrian zone). Nürnberg's historic city center is the location of Germany's largest flea market. Around 4,000 professional and private vendors gather in the beautiful pedestrian zone selling noble antiquities as well as inexpensive knickknacks.
10 May: 6 a.m. - 2 p.m., in 92637 Weiden at the Spielvereinigung ("Am Langen Steg", near hospital). 10 May: 7 a.m., “Steinbühler Trödelmarkt“ in 90459 Nürnberg, Gugelstraße / corner Humboldtstraße.
12 May: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., in 92339 Beilngries.
12 May: 10 a.m., in 92345 Dietfurt.
New Orleans Festival
9 - 11 May: 90762 Fürth, around the Fürther Freiheit. Come to Europe’s largest FREE New Orleans Festival. Enjoy the “Southern Rock Night” on Friday with “The Cell” from the Czech Republic, and “Max Arrigo and the Shanghai Noodle Factory” from Italy. Saturday, the headliners are “Dr. Will & the Wizards”, and “Straight Bourbon”. and on Sunday “Mick Pini” and “John Campbelljohn”.
“Der Meistertrunk“(The Master Draught) - Historical Festival
9 - 12 May: 91541 Rothenburg. Everyone, young and old, is familiar with the story of brave Mayor Nusch, who, with his legendary "Master Draught" saved the town from destruction and the councilors from the death sentence. In 1631 during the Thirty Years War, Rothenburg was taken by imperial troops under Count Tilly after bitter fighting. Somewhat amused after being handed the welcome drink - a tankard holding over 3 liters of wine - the Count promised leniency if one of the town citizens could drink the whole tankard in one draught. Nusch took up the challenge and thereby saved his town. This episode was first performed as a festival play in 1881. Every Whitsun this event is recreated when hundreds of citizens dress up in period costume and take part in the "Master Draught", as well as a historical procession and a variety of military camps. For more info: http://www.meistertrunk.de/en/ (in English)
Among the highlights are:
- the historical "Heereszug" (parade) on 11 May, 3 p.m. from Spitalgasse to the historical field camp in front of the Galgentor (gate).
- the historical "Feldlager" (field camp) on 11 May, 4 - 11 p.m. in front of the Galgentor (gate). Will be postponed to Sat., 17 May, 3 p.m. in case of inclement weather.
- the big parade on 12 May, 4 p.m. through the inner city to the Bürgerfest (fest) and the Galgentor (gate);
- the Bürgerfest (fest) on 12 May, 4:30 p.m. in front of the Galgentor (gate);
- and "Tillys Abschied" (play) on 12 May, 9 p.m. with troops and citizens meeting at the Marktplatz.
Accompanying the festival is a Historical Arts and Crafts market at the Grüner Markt and the Kirchplatz.
9 - 19 May: One of the largest Volksfest in Franconia. Over 50 fun rides and vendors, a large beer tent, family day with reduced fees for children, and of course the obligatory fireworks display. More details on their homepage (in GE).
Please note menu is subject to change. Thursday, 8 May: Southern Fried Catfish, Barbecued Spareribs, Mustard-Dill Baked Fish, Barbecued Chicken, Fried Chicken, Baked Macaroni and Cheese, Southern Style Collards, Corn on the Cob, Brown and Chicken gravy. Okra and Tomato Gumbo Special of the Day: NachoBar
Friday, 9 May: Turkey Pot Pie, Roast Beef, Jaegerschinitzel, Paprika Buttered Potatoes, Noodles Jefferson, Peas w/ Mushrooms, Mixed Vegetables, Chicken and Brown Gravy. Chicken Noodle Soup
Saturday, 10 May: Pepper Steak, Lemon Baked Fish, Steamed Rice, O’Brien Potatoes, Corn O’ Brien, Peas with Celery, Hot Rolls, Chicken and Brown Gravy. Chicken Noodle Soup
Sunday, 11 May: Yankee Pot Roast, Breaded Pork Steak, Egg Noodles, Mashed Potatoes, Fried Cabbage, Mixed Vegetables, Hot Rolls, Chicken and Brown Gravy. Chicken and Rice Soup
Toasted Garlic Bread, Chicken and Brown Gravy. Vegetable Soup
Wednesday, 14 May: Szechwan Chicken, Sweet and Sour Pork, Pineapple Chicken, Beef Bulkogi, Beef and Broccoli, Pork Fried Rice, Steamed Rice, Fired Noodles, Fried Cabbage, Vegetable Stir Fry, Hot Rolls, Brown and Chicken Gravy. Chicken w/ Rice Soup. Special of the Day: Pasta Bar
Training, Education & Opportunities (POSH) Classroom Training
All new DAC supervisors/employees are required to attend initial classroom EEO and Prevention of Sexual Harassment training. Also, new military supervisors of civilian employees are required to attend. This training also includes an overview of the EEO complaints process, the NO FEAR Act, Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation), and Reasonable Accommodation.
19 May: 8 – 9 a.m. at Vilseck EDIS Building 316.
Please notify the EEO office in advance at 475-6390/6609 to register for the training or if you would like to schedule the EEO and POSH classroom training at your worksite.
SAEDA, SETA and Anti-terrorism Level 1 Training
The next quarterly Subversion and Espionage Directed against the Army (SAEDA), Security Education Training Awareness (SETA) and Anti-terrorism Level 1 training session for the Grafenwoehr and Vilseck communities will be conducted on 14 and 16 May. This training is a mandatory annual requirement for all DOD personnel including Military, AF/NAF (both US and LN); U.S. Contract employees are welcome.
14 May: Vilseck (Location: Post Theater, Building 354)
Customs/Travel/Force Protection Allowable Baggage for Official Travel
Travelers should confirm with their individual carriers or their agents as to what will constitute allowable or "excess" baggage when traveling. For leisure travel, be prepared to travel lighter, or potentially pay more.
Visit www.grafenwoehr.army.mil to see current airline policies and allowable checked baggage limits.
Most pets importable to the United States
People moving to the U.S. this summer may take most types of pets with them if they plan ahead. However, endangered species laws prevent people from taking some turtles, birds and reptiles to the U.S. Dogs must be free of disease and be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days before they reach the United States. Puppies younger than three months and dogs in rabies-free areas such as the United Kingdom are exempted. Unvaccinated dogs will be inoculated on arrival and confined for 30 days at the owners' expense. Cats must show no signs of disease and rabies vaccination is required in most U.S. states. People wanting to ship pet birds should consult the USDA web site for the latest information on shipping birds as the procedures may change at short notice due to avian flu. For more information see www.hqusareur.army.mil/opm/pets.htm or contact the Customs Field Offices Grafenwoehr at DSN 475-7249 and Vilseck at 476-2105. The military customs investigator is available at DSN 476-2120.
Stay Alert. Force Protection Condition is “FPCON Bravo”
Be security conscious. Keep force protection uppermost in your thoughts and be aware of changes in your surroundings. Avoid large groups and places where Americans are known to congregate; maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take the appropriate steps to bolster your personal security. For more information, visit http://travel.state.gov.
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