USAG Bamberg community announcements for March 21 to 27, 2013
March 22, 2013
Towel service at garrison physical fitness centers will be ceased in the near future. Installation Management Command Europe provided guidance to garrison commanders to discontinue towel service in physical fitness centers. "The discontinuation of this service will result in significant cost savings and allow the staff to provide better customer support on the floor by interacting with patrons," according to the memorandum dated March 12. The towel service is scheduled to stop April 15.
Exchange Welcome Home
The Exchange is doing a welcome home for all returning troops on March 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be giveaways, raffles, fun and more.
U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg Environmental Division is asking for household participation for the international Earth Hour on March 23 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Restaurants and places in the City of Bamberg, as well as international landmarks like the Coliseum, Eiffel Tower and Golden Gate Bridge will participate and turn their lights off for one hour in support of energy conservation.
If you're a Soldier who lives in privately leased or rented residential housing in Germany, the ongoing Overseas Housing Allowance Utility and Move-in expense survey is your chance to have a say in setting your housing allowance rates. To take the survey through March 31, visit www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/marutilmiha.cfm.
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work
The Department of Defense Dependent Schools Europe invites you and your child to participate in an enjoyable and beneficial learning experience April 26 known around the globe as Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work. Designed to be more than a career day, the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work program goes beyond the average "shadowing" of an adult. Exposing girls and boys to what a parent or mentor in their lives does during the work day is important, but showing them the value of their education, helping them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life and providing them an opportunity to share how they envision the future and begin steps toward their goals in a hands-on and interactive environment is key to their achieving success. Students in third through eighth grade will accompany their parents from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Parents are responsible for their child's transportation.
Arts and Crafts Contest
The 2013 Arts and Crafts contest starts May 1 and runs through June 30. It is open to all Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation patrons (active duty, National Guard, Family members, retirees and Army civilians) of all ages. Categories are ceramics, digital art, drawings, fibers/textiles, glass, metals/jewelry, mixed media, paintings and wood. Contact your local Arts and Crafts Center for details.
Bamberg Lodging Furniture Sale
The Bamberg Inn will host a furniture sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 17. The special sale is open to ID cardholders only. Items for sale will include bedroom furniture, twin and queen-size mattresses, and box springs, bed frames, headboards, nightstands, desks, chairs and bed linens. All purchases have to be made with cash. To learn more, call the Bamberg Inn at 0951-300-8604 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bulk Item Pickup
The Directorate of Public Works will pick up bulk items for disposal the first Monday of the month. The dates for 2013 are April 2, June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 2, Oct. 7 and Nov. 4. Spring cleanup will take place in May so bulk pickup will be the week of May 15 to 20.
Postal Service Center Hours
Beginning April 1, the Postal Service Center opening hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the finance windows and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for mail and package pickup. Official mail pickup will be open from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m.
Garrison Easter Egg Hunt
Child, Youth and School Services, in partnership with Army and Air Force Exchange Service and Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers, will host the garrison Easter Egg Hunt March 30 at 11 a.m. at Friendship Park. Activities will include an egg hunt, pictures with the Easter Bunny, bounce houses, barbeque and more.
Single Soldier Supper
There will be a Single Soldier Supper at 5:30 p.m. at the Bamberg Community Chapel March 25, April 22, May 20 and June 24. Single Soldiers are invited to enjoy a free, home-cooked meal. For more information or to help with the supper, call Matt and Tina Huisjen at 09502-8037.
Community Flea Markets
Come and sell your unwanted items or search for a great find at the Community Flea Markets from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Saturday of the month at Summerall Field near the Community Activity Center. Dates for the flea markets are April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, Aug. 10, Sept. 14 and Oct. 12.
Legally Blonde, The Musical
The Stable Theater presents its winter smash Broadway musical hit, Legally Blonde, The Musical, for several shows during two weekends. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. March 21, 22 and 23, and 3 p.m. March 24. Tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for students and Soldiers and Family members E4 and below. Ask about group and deployment discounts. Non-ID cardholder guests can gain access by emailing full name, passport number, birth date and vehicle license plate number at least two working days prior to show date. Show contains some adult themes, so use discretion with children. To learn more or to reserve tickets, call 0951-300-8647 or send an email to email@example.com.
Tacos and Turntables
Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers and the Community Activity Center are teaming up to offer Tacos and Turntables from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 16, May 14 and June 11 at the CAC. Enjoy the CAC's taco buffet, which includes two hard or soft tacos or nacho chips with your choice of topping, and music provided by BOSS.
English as a Second Language Classes
English as a Second Language classes will take place each Monday and Tuesday in the Family Advocacy Program classroom, Bldg. 7487 on Armor Drive behind the flower shop. ESL Level 1 will meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Level 2 from 10:30 am. to noon and Level 3 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. All U.S. ID cardholders are eligible to attend. For more information, contact Jeffrey Card at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0951-300-7777.
Emergency Placement Care Program
The Emergency Placement Care Program, which provides a safe and caring environment to children in crisis, is looking for Emergency Placement Care Providers who will open their homes to children in need. To learn more, call Army Community Service at 0951-300-8397/7777.
Parenting Skill Builder Classes
Bamberg Family Life Center New Parenting Skills Classes start the first Tuesday of every month and meet from 9 to 11 a.m. for four sessions. Learning the skills to parent with love and logic can help make parenting fun and rewarding, instead of stressful and chaotic. You will learn practical tools and techniques to build respectful, healthy relationships with children and help prepare children for the real world. To learn more, to register or to sign up for child care, call 0951-300-1570/8141 or email email@example.com.
Amsterdam and Keukenhof Garden Trip
Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers will be taking a trip to Amsterdam and Keukenhof Garden April 5 through 8. The cost is $395 per person for a double room or $595 for a single room. The price includes roundtrip transportation, three nights in a three-star hotel, three breakfasts and a city tour of Amsterdam and a day trip to Keukenhof Gardens, including entrance fee. The trip is open to single Soldiers, geographical bachelors, married Soldiers and their authorized guests ages 18 and older. To learn more, call Outdoor Recreation at 0951-300-9376 or contact your local BOSS office.
Lloret De Mar, Spain, Trip
Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers is heading to Lloret De Mar, Spain, May 23 through 27. The cost is $320 per person for a double room or $370 for a single room. The price includes round-trip transportation, three nights in a three-star hotel, three breakfasts and a city tour of Barcelona and a medieval dinner. The trip is open to single Soldiers, geographical bachelors, married Soldiers and their authorized guests ages 18 and older. Deadline to sign up is May 9. To learn more, call Outdoor Recreation at 0951-300-9376 or contact your local BOSS office.
YOUTH AND TEENS
Boy Scout Troop #40 in Bamberg is looking for boys ages 12 and older interested in becoming Boy Scouts. The troop meets every Thursday at 6:30 p.m., except on holidays. The boys work on requirements for advancement and earning merit badges. The troop is also looking for adult volunteers and Eagle Scouts to assist with troop activities. To learn more, call 0160-1585894.
CYSS Track and Field Sign-ups
Sign-ups for Child, Youth and School Services Track and Field for youth ages 6 through 14 runs through March 15. Practice will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting April 16. The season runs from April to June. Visit Parent Central Services to sign up. Don't forget to use your deployment benefits before they run out.
Disney Imagination Movers
Armed Forces Entertainment and Navy Entertainment present the Disney Imagination Movers at 3 p.m. April 13 at the Freedom Fitness Center. Young kids will love seeing their TV favorites onstage in Bamberg. Doors open 2 p.m. Admission is free. To learn more, call 0951-300-8647.
Applications sought for the Military Youth of the Year
The Military Youth of the Year is a Boys & Girls Club of America recognition program that partners with the Military Child and Youth Services. Local clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as Youth of the Month winners and select a Youth of the Year, who then participates in state competitions. State winners each receive a $1,000 scholarship and participate in regional competitions. Five regional winners each receive a $10,000 scholarship and compete on the national level. The National Youth of the Year receives up to an additional $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the president of the United States. Visit the JFK Youth Center, Bldg. 7663, to pick up an application or call 0951-300-8871 and ask for Destiny Cilumba for more details.
CLOSURES AND CHANGES
The Commissary will be closed March 31 for Easter Sunday. For more information, call 0951-300-8819.
Vehicle Registration Office Closure
The Vehicle Registration Office will be closed March 29 and April 1. To learn more, call 0951-300-7580.
Changes for Bamberg CDC
Hourly care services at the Bamberg Child Development Center are temporarily reduced to 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There also is currently reduced space at the School Age Center.
Subway New Hours
Subway, located in the Shoppette, has reduced its hours. The new hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For the latest hours of all Army and Air Force Exchange Service locations, visit www.shopmyexchange.com/ExchangeLocations/WarnerBarracksStore.htm.
Optical Shop Closure
The Optical Shop will be closed beginning March 31. Customers in need of optical services after the closure can visit the optical shops at other garrisons.
SPORTS, HEALTH AND FITNESS
Red Cross 5-Kilometer Run
March is American Red Cross month and the Red Cross will host a 5-kilometer run at 7 a.m. March 22 at the Freedom Fitness Facility. The run highlights the partnership between the Red Cross and the Wounded Warrior Program. Preregister by March 15 to ensure enough goodie bags for all participants. To register, visit the Bamberg Red Cross Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ARCBamberg, call 0951-300-1760 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Freedom Fitness Facility offers a variety of fitness classes. To see a complete schedule, visit www.bamberg.army.mil/directorates/dfmwr/docs/fff/FFF-FitnessSchedule.htm.
Parking in front of the Child Development Center is for patron drop-off and pickup only. There are plenty of other parking opportunities nearby, including in front of the Basics Building, in front of Community Bank and the PX/Commissary parking lot.