COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS

Special programs, updates, community campaigns, classes and more.

Postal services now fully operational
The Garrison Postal Service Centers (PSCs) have resumed providing customer services. The PSCs had experienced a loss of connectivity to the USPS stateside server which caused a disruption of services 3-6 April. At that time, we were unable to sell stamps, money orders or process any packages that required the use of automation due to a problem with the routers that connect the USPS to military sites. We would like to thank the community members for their patience and understanding while we worked through the situation.

Delay in bulk mail
There will be a delay with this week's shipment of bulk mail (Standard, Fourth Class, Catalogs). This is the mail that usually is transported by ship and has an estimated 4-6 week delivery time. This mail is expected to arrive at port next week and we usually expect arrival here in the community starting on Wednesday, April 15.

Month of the Military Child
April: April is Month of the Military Child. To celebrate, USAG Bavaria will host events and activities that commemorate the community's youngest members. For a list of activities this month, head to http://www.army.mil/article/145514/Month_of_the_Military_Child_kicks_off_in_USAG_Bavaria/.

Decentralization of Government Purchase Card
The 409th Contracting Support Brigade has recently decentralized its Government Purchase Card program from the Kaiserslautern based Theater Contracting Center to Regional Contracting Offices at Bavaria, Stuttgart and Wiesbaden. GPC Agency Point of Contact Information for USAG Bavaria is Primary A/OPC is Ken Mackay, DSN 475-7192. Alternate is SSG Sergio De La Peña, DSN 475-8719.

Phishing emails claiming to come from the Red Cross
The American Red Cross has received reports that some US military personnel have received American Red Cross phishing emails. We have not received reports of any occurrences in Grafenwoehr and Vilseck, but are proactively informing you of the situation in the event that other military or Red Cross personnel receive similar email messages. We would like to assure the military community that the American Red Cross will NOT directly contact military personnel via email to update Personally Identifiable Information (PII). If you are asked to reveal or confirm personal information via email, you should not respond. If you suspect that you may have received a suspicious email, DO NOT open, forward or click the email attachment or any links. The link or attachment installs malicious software on your computer that steals personal information. Delete the message immediately and report it to the American Red Cross IT Service Desk at 1-888-778-7762.

Community Amnesty Day
14 April: The next Ammunition Supply Point (ASP) #1 Community Amnesty Day for all unauthorized ammunition and explosives (A&E) will be on 14 April, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Unit Entrance of Ammunition Supply Point #1. Simply approach the gate and let the ASP personnel know that you have amnesty to turn in. They will take it from you on a "No Questions Asked" policy.

Help the local JROTC break a world record!
25 April: This spring, the local JROTC, along with JROTCs around the world, will attempt to break the Guinness World Record with a 5K. To commemorate the 99th anniversary of JROTC, JROTC cadets, schools and communities will try to break the Guinness World Record by having the "Most participants in a 5K run (multi-location.) JROTC communities across the world will run a 5K simultaneously in the hope of breaking the world record. Everyone in the community is invited to participate to help them reach their goal. The run will be on post at the Rose Barracks 5K course at 6 p.m. If you, your family or your unit would like to participate, head to www.jrotc5krun.com to sign up for the run. Make sure to put in Vilseck High School so our local JROTC gets credit for the run participants.

AER scholarships for spouses and high school students
Deadline 1 May: Two different scholarships are available for spouses and for children of Soldiers planning on obtaining a 4-year undergraduate degree in the 2015-2016 academic year. Both scholarships are need-based. For the Spouse Education Assistance Program (SEAP), the spouse must reside with his/her Soldier in an overseas location; must be pursuing the first undergraduate degree; and must be enrolled in a part or full time program. The MG James Ursano Scholarship is for high school students who are enrolled in DEERS; a dependent of a Soldier; attending a four-year accredited school; and maintaining a 2.0-4.0 GPA. For more, head to www.aerhq.org or contact Marianne Hoffman at Army Emergency Relief at DSN 476-2650, CIV 09662-83-2650.

Dental Assistant Training Program
4 May: The American Red Cross and Grafenwoehr Dental Clinic are partnering together for another Dental Assistant Training Program in summer 2015. The American Red Cross will be accepting applications for the 2015 Dental Assistant Training Program starting 4 May. This is a 650 hour program designed to provide training to work as a dental assistant. The program pre-briefing will be on 4 May, 9-11 a.m. at the Tower Barracks Red Cross office, Bldg. 150 (next to the USO.) The briefing will explain the full program requirements and have applications for pick up.

Bulk Trash Pickup - County of Neustadt
14 April: Etzenricht
15 April: Parkstein
20 April: Kirchenthumbach
12 May: Kohlberg
10 June: Luhe-Wildenau
Curbside, in front of your home. Bulk Trash has to be out on curbside NLT 6 a.m. Pick-up is provided by contractors of the County Neustadt.

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 09605-92020.

Any material not picked up must be removed by residents. For more, call your SORT Office at DSN 475-6664.

Bulk Trash Pickup - City of Weiden
For City of Weiden to include the communities Rothenstadt, Ullersricht and Neunkirchen
Pickup has to be requested at the City of Weiden twice a year. Fee per Pickup is 10 €. To schedule a pickup call 0961-3901913. For more information contact your SORT Office at DSN 475-6664.

Bulk Trash Pickup - County Tirschenreuth
For Erbendorf, Kastl, Kemnath, Kulmain & Thumsenreuth
Pickup is performed by the County Tirschenreuth upon written request by the resident ("Sperrmuellabfuhr auf Abruf"). For a blank form contact your SORT Office at DSN 475-6664.

Bulk Trash Pickup-County Bayreuth
For Speichersdorf
Pickup is performed by the County Bayreuth upon individual written request by the resident per special application card ("Sperrmuellabfuhr auf Abruf"). To obtain a blank form of this special application card contact your SORT Office at DSN 475-6664.

More recycling, trash pick-up schedules and bulk trash pick-up
For information on recycling, bulk trash pick-up and regular trash pick-up, head the garrison recycling page at http://www.grafenwoehr.army.mil/usag_dpw/o&m/util_sort.asp.

Dial 112 for the nearest Polizei station
If you ever need to quickly reach emergency services, dial 112 from any phone and you will be connected to the nearest Polizei station. This works anywhere in Germany.

Traveling outside of Germany
Planning on traveling outside of Germany for the holidays? Don't forget to check with your unit security office/S2 prior to leaving. And bring your passport.

Suicide and Sexual Assault Hotlines
Call the suicide prevention hotline number at DSN 118, CIV 09641-83-118. Visit our website for more on suicide prevention. Suicide prevention, sexual assault or just a friendly ear… you're 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 09662-83-114, Sexual Assault Hotline DSN 475-4567, CIV 09641-83-4567 or DSN 476-3218, CIV 09662-83-3218 and Emergency Services DSN 117, Tower Barracks CIV 09641-83-117, Rose Barracks CIV 09662-83-117. For the latest information and videos, please check out http://www.armyg1.army.mil/hr/suicide/media2.asp.

VOLUNTEERS AND OTHER HELP NEEDED

Freecycle Center needs volunteers
The USAG Bavaria Freecycle Center is always in need of volunteers to help operate the facility. The center is where community members can drop off and pick up used household items, clothes, books, toys and furniture for free. It's completely managed by volunteers. If you are interested in donating your time, please call commercial 09641835228 or DSN 475-5228 during business hours. Or you can stop by Bldg. 4341 on Tower Barracks to learn more. The Freecycle Center is open every Tuesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and the first Saturday of every month, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The donation box is at the same location and is open 24/7. See more here: http://www.grafenwoehr.army.mil/freecycle.jpg

USO volunteers needed for Dinner for Soldiers
Can you whip up delicious meals? Or maybe you're a dolt behind the stove and whiz with the dishes. Come give a couple hours to cooks and serve meals for Soldiers at the Tower Barracks USO. They serve Dinner for Soldiers every Wed and Thu starting at 5:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed from 4-6 p.m. on those nights. Contact the USO at DSN 475-9584, CIV 09641-605-2940 for more.

Are you interested in becoming an American Red Cross volunteer?
We are currently looking for dedicated individuals with a desire to volunteer. Current Volunteer positions include: office assistants, special events and briefing volunteers. Call CIV 09641-83-1760 for Tower Barracks, CIV 09662-83-1760 in Rose Barracks. Duty hours for all Red Cross locations: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Reconnection Workshops
The American Red Cross is offering Reconnection Workshops to support and ease transitions associated with Army life along with training and deployments. These are confidential small-group modules, led by licensed mental health professionals. The workshops focus on building skills that enhance the likelihood of positive reconnections among family members, as well as the successful reengagement of the service member in civilian life, by increasing interactions and developing additional sources of support. Please contact the American Red Cross Station Chief at DSN 475-1760, CIV 09641-83-1760 for dates and times.

SPORTS, FITNESS, RECREATION AND WELLNESS

Family & Morale, Welfare and Recreation FMWR hosts a variety of ongoing weekly events, trips, recreational activities and events. To see FMWR's upcoming activities, check out their website, Facebook page or Bi-Weekly Newsletter.

FMWR Website: http://www.grafenwoehr.armymwr.com/europe/grafenwoehr/
FMWR Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/USAGBavaria?ref=hl#!/BavariaMWR?fref=ts
FMWR Bi-Weekly Newsletter: http://grafenwoehr.armymwr.com/europe/grafenwoehr/grafenwoehr-events/family-and-mwr-newsletter/?eID=59875

Disc Golf 101
9 & 16 April: Wild B.O.A.R. ODR has a new disc golf course that's open for play. If you're new to the game or would like a run down of the new course, attend the Disc Golf 101 tutorial on 9 & 16 April. The tutorial will cover the discs, techniques and basic rules of the course. The tutorial is at 5 p.m. both days at Wild B.O.A.R., Tower Barracks RC600. Call DSN 475-8529, CIV 09641-83-8529 to sign up and for more info.

Parents Night Out
10 April: Parents! Do you need a night off? Sign your kids up for Parents Night Out, April 10. On Parents Night Out, you drop your kids at the Tower Barracks CDC and enjoy an evening of adult fun. The cost is $30 per child and lasts from 6 p.m.-midnight. Call Parent Central Services to sign up: DSN 476-2760, CIV 09662-83-2760.

Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run registration
11 April: Are you tough enough? USAG Bavaria Family and MWR & the Joint Multinational Training Command host the 3rd Annual Grafenwoehr Rugged Terrain Obstacle Run on April 11. This hard-core cross-country rugged terrain trail with 15 KM and 20+ obstacles will test your strength and camaraderie. You can register at the Tower and Rose Barracks Fitness Centers. NO REGISTRATION the day of the event. Head to http://grafenwoehr.armymwr.com/europe/grafenwoehr/grafenwoehr-events/3rd-annual-grafenwoehr-rugged-terrain-obstacle-run-registration/?eID=78357 for the registration forms and for more info.

Rugby match
12 April: The Grafenwoehr Rose Tower Titans Rugby team will square off against Illesheim RFC at 3 p.m. at the Tower Barracks gym. The whole community is invited to attend. See flyer above.

Monday mountain bike rides
13 April: Join Wild B.O.A.R. Outdoor Rec for an evening of mountain biking. The Oberpfalz is a great location for mountain biking with lots of trails. Meet at Wild B.O.A.R. at 6 p.m. Rides vary in duration and length and participants should be in good riding shape. Contact DSN 475-8529, CIV 09641-83-8529 for more details.

Texas hold'em tournament
17 April: Try your hand at the Texas hold'em tournament at the USO. No buy-in, must be 18yrs or older and military ID card holder. Giveaways for the top three winners. Snacks & beverages provided, courtesy of USO. 6-9 p.m.

Salsa dance lessons
18 April: Learn to cut a rug at salsa dance lessons. A dance instructor will be at the USO teaching basic Salsa steps. 3-5 p.m., Tower Barracks Bldg. 150. Please wear comfortable clothing.

Kinderfest
24 April: During the Month of the Military Child, CYSS celebrates kids and families with the annual Kinderfest. There will be games, activities (like the climbing wall,) face painting, jumping castles and more. The fest will be at the Wild B.O.A.R. Outdoor Recreation facility, RC600 Tank Road in Tower Barracks, 3:30-6:30 p.m. The event is free. For more, call DSN476-2760, CIV 09662-83-2760.

Dinner for Soldiers
Every Wed & Thu: Soldiers can stop by the Tower Barracks USO, Bldg. 150, for a home cooked meal at 5:30 p.m. Volunteers from the community cook and serve delicious meals to over 300 Soldiers per week. Haitian, Vietnamese, Italian and Thai dishes are served. To check out the weekly menus, head to the USO Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/USAGBavaria?ref=hl#!/USOGrafenwoehr. The USO also needs volunteers for this ongoing event. Head to the Volunteer section of the Newsletter for more.

Wellness Apps
To check out the apps flyer, go to http://issuu.com/bavariamilitarycommunity/docs/app_flyer/0
Note: Publicizing these resiliency apps does not constitute endorsement by USAG Bavaria or the US Army and should not be interpreted as such.

Thrifty Tower Thrift Shop
The Thrifty Tower Thrift Shop is located in Bldg. 508 (corner of Saratoga Ave & Merrel St, next to the Behavioral Health Clinic) in Tower Barracks. Consignments accepted during opening hours: Tue & Wed, 10 a.m-3 p.m. Thu, 11a.m.-5p.m. and the 1st Friday of the month, 10 a.m-3p.m. Find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thriftytower or call CIV 09641-92-60377. Volunteers and donations are always welcome. Donations go back to help our community.

Hidden Treasures Thrift Shop
Hidden Treasures Thrift Shop: Bring your gently used items to Bldg 221 on Rose Barracks. Find them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/vilseckthriftshop.

THE EXCHANGE (AAFES)

Yogurt shop at the Tower Barracks mall
There is a new frozen yogurt shop at the Tower Barracks mall. The shop specializes in a variety of flavors of fresh-made yogurts and smoothies. Hours are, Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

CORRECTION: New hours at the barber shop
Correction: The Tower Barracks Exchange barber shop has new hours are Monday: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tuesday-Friday: 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. and Saturday: 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Please note that the barber shop is closed on Sundays.

Tower Barracks Thang Long Asian Food & Sushi
The Tower Barracks Thang Long Asian Food & Sushi is now open. Co-located with Burger King and Bowling Alley building 612. Thang Long features Asian cuisine and fresh made sushi. Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday: Closed

Tower Barracks Main Store Annual Pet Show
9 May: The Tower Barracks Main Store will be holding their annual Pet Show on 9 May, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Location is outside Out Door Living area in the grass. There are three Event Categories; Best in Show K9, Best in Show Non-K9 (cats, rabbits, ferrets and other creatures) and Pet-Owner Look-A-Like. There will be gift card prizes for each category. Winners will receive $50 for 1st place, $25 for 2nd place and $10 for 3rd place. AFN will be LIVE at this event so come out and show off your pet.

You Made the Grade Program
Students in grades 1-12 who maintain at least a B-average are eligible to receive a coupon book filled with free offers and discounts from the Exchange. Scholars can also enter the You Made the Grade semiannual sweepstakes to receive gift cards worth $2,000, $1,500 or $500. Entries for the gift card sweepstakes drawing can be submitted twice a year, with drawings typically held in June and December. Students, including those who are home schooled, can receive a You Made the Grade coupon booklet by presenting a valid military I.D. and proof of an overall B average at the Grafenwoehr Exchange customer service Eligible students can pick up one booklet for each qualifying report card. Students and guardians can visit their Grafenwoehr Exchange for more information about the You Made the Grade program.

FACILITY AND ROAD OPENINGS/CONSTRUCTION/CLOSURES

Vilseck Veterinary Treatment Facility
The VTF in Rose Barracks is open Mon & Wed, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed: Every Tue and Thu, all training and federal holidays. Walk-in times are Mon & Wed, 9-11 a.m., 1-3 p.m. Walk-in appointments are for wellness check-ups only (including vaccinations, heartworm tests, feline leukemia tests, and CONUS health certificates). Please remember to register your pets within 14 days of arrival or ownership. Call at DSN 476-2370, CIV 09662-83-2370.

New hours at Ristorante Rosalia's
Now: Rosalia's is now open for both lunch and dinner, Tue-Fri. Lunch is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dinner is 5-10 p.m. The menu is posted at www.grafenwoehr.armymwr.com. Phone is DSN 475-3699, CIV 09662-83-3699. In Rose Barracks, Bldg. 227.

RELIGIOUS

For a list of church services and classes, please head to the Religious Services Organization webpage at http://www.grafenwoehr.army.mil/sites/support/religious.asp.

Chaplain Crisis Line
Chaplain Crisis Line: CIV 0162-296-0838.
After duty hours call: MP station, CIV 09662-83-2490 or 09662-83-3397, DSN 476-2490 or 476-3397.
USAG Bavaria IOC, CIV 09641-83-7226, DSN 475-7226.
During business hours: Tower Barracks Chapel: DSN 475-1570, CIV 09641-83-1570. Rose Barracks Chapel: DSN 476-1570, CIV 09662-83-1570.

ADULT EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Contact Army Education Centers
Rose Barracks, DSN 476-2753, CIV 09662-83-2753. Tower Barracks, DSN 475-7239 CIV 09641-83-7239. Email for info at usarmy.bavaria.imcom-europe.mbx.aces@mail.mil. You can also check out their website at http://www.grafenwoehr.army.mil/sites/directorates/dhr/ACES/dhr-aces.asp.

FAST Class
8-21 April: Rose Barracks Education Center, Bldg. 223, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. The registration period for these classes begins 18 March until the last working day before the class begins. 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 the Rose Barracks Education Center at DSN 476-2653/2753.

USAG Bavaria Graduation Recognition Ceremony
May 6: Recent and upcoming graduates within the military community are all welcome to celebrate and share your success at the USAG Bavaria Graduation Recognition Ceremony. Soldiers, Family members, and military civilians who are earning Associates, Bachelors, Masters, and certificates from vocational schools are all welcome to participate in the graduation ceremony. Friends, family, and the community are all welcome to attend. Please contact the Army Education Center, Rose Barracks, Bldg 223 for more information and an application to participate. Deadline to return application is 27 March. POC is Krystal Owen, email: krystal.d.owen.ctr@mail.mil

Automotive Service Excellence Certification exams at the RB Education Center
ASE offers 40+ exams grouped into specialties such as automotive, medium/heavy truck, collision repair, and more. Additional information regarding ASE exams (cost, practice tests, types of certifications, etc.) can be found at: www.ase.com/Private/Military-Testing.aspx. For more details, contact the Rose Barracks test administrator to schedule an appointment at 09662-83-2462, DSN: 476-2462, or ntcvilseck-europe@umuc.edu. Registration for all ASE exams can be completed at www.ase.com/myASE.

College Field Reps are at Tower Barracks Every Wednesday
Do you need to speak with a college field representative (CTC, UMUC, OU, and ERAC) but do not have time to drive to Rose Barracks? Visit the Education Center every Wednesday at Tower Barracks in Bldg. 538, Room 3, from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Call DSN 475-7239, CIV 0964-83-7239 for more. An Education Counselor is available for general information from 7:30-8:30 a.m.

SCHOOL NEWS

Grafenwoehr Elementary School
PCSing soon? Please contact our registrar for the last day notice paperwork. DSN 475-6132, CIV 09641-83-6132. If you wish to hand carry records to your child's new school we will need 5 working days notice along with the last day notice.

School Office Hours: Mon- Fri 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
School Hours: Mon- Fri 8:15 a.m.-2:35 p.m.
Phone Numbers: DSN 475-7133, CIV 09641-83-7133

Vilseck Elementary School
13 April: Begin 4th quarter.
15 April: Kindergarten Book Swap in the K Bldg.
16 April: Award Ceremony and Dining At The Ritz
16 April: Lion's Den for parents in the Annex, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
22 April: German students visiting the 4th grade at VES
24 April: The Adventures of Lewis and Clark. A musical.
28 April: Advance ED Extermal Review
29 April: Book Swap in the school's lobby.
1 May: STEAM Day.
4 May: NMS counselor to speak with 5th grade students.
14 May: PTSA sponsors Dan Crow, Grammy Award winning singer.
19 May: Kindergarden orientation for SY15/16.
21 May: The Vilseck Elementary School will host its 5th Annual Feet For Freedom 3K Fun Run/Walk to honor our soldiers and promote fitness. Please join us at 9 a.m. We hope to see all of our parents and families!

SURE START: Sure Start is a preschool program for military families. We provide education, health, nutrition, and social services. Children who are four years old by 1 Sept. are selected using specific criteria. Ranks E-1 to E-4 have priority. Parent involvement is mandatory. Applications for the 2015-2016 school year are now available at VES. Call 09662-83-2812 / 476-2812.

VES families and interested community members are invited to attend seminars hosted by the school's Military Family Life Consultants (MFLC). The MFLCs are here to support the school with many aspects, one of which is assisting our community's family needs. At 8:45 a.m. the MFLCs will offer interested parents and community members the below topics for discussion and understanding.
We hope these topics will be of good use in your home and with your children. We invite you to VES on any or all of these scheduled dates.
The topics and dates for you are:
FOR SURE START Parents:
15 April: Ways parents can take responsibilities with positive and negative effects of anger.
FOR SURE START Parents: April 22, Conflict Resolution with Children
29 April: Taking responsibilities with normal and inevitable power struggles parents have with children.
FOR SURE START Parents: May 6, Life in Balance: Relaxation and Stress Relief
13 May: Responsibilities and coping mechanisms for parents to create a smooth transition in home, school and community.
FOR SURE START Parents: May 20, Children and Moving (steam room)
27 May: Responsibilities, challenges and suggestions on helping your child in changing schools.
School Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
School Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:25 a.m.- 2:35 p.m.
Phone Numbers: CIV 09662-83-2812/2673, DSN 476-2812/2973

Netzaberg Elementary School
16 April: Comic Con. 5:30-7 p.m. MPR.
1 May: Family STEAM Challenge Night. 5:30-8 p.m.
7 May: Talent Show. 5-6 p.m. MPR
13 May: Dan Crow performance. During the school day and 5:30-7 p.m.
25 May: NO SCHOOL. Memorial Day.
29 May: Volksmarch/Earth Day Extravaganza. All day.
5 June: Field Day.
11 June: Last day of school for students.
12 June: Last day of school for teachers.

Dragon's Den Breakfast: The 2nd Friday of every month we will have a Dragon's Den Breakfast for parents in the MPR at 8 a.m. We will focus on a different topic each meeting, but the overall focus is on what parents can do at home to help bridge the gap between school/home and really work together in a partnership.
Sure Start: A preschool program for at risk military families, we provide education, health, nutrition, and social services. Children who are age four by Sept 1 are selected using specific criteria. Call the school office for details.
Attendance: If your student is going to be late or absent, please email us at our new email address: NetzabergES.attendan@eu.dodea.edu OR call 09645-917-9184/9183, DSN 472-9184/9183 by 8:30 a.m.
Bus Office: If you have questions regarding bus transportation for your student, please contact Mr. Jimmy Avery or Mr. James Moss at the SBO office; CIV 09645-917-9254 DSN 472-9254.
Child Find: Do you have questions about your child's development (ages 3-5 years)? For further information on Child Find developmental screenings at Netzaberg Elementary School, please call CIV 09645-917-9185 or DSN 472-9185.

School Office Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
School Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.
Phone Numbers: CIV 09645-917-9185/4 DSN 472-9184

Netzaberg Middle School: Home of the Knights
17 April: CSI Day, no school
15 May: VES 5th Grade Orientation, 9-11 a.m., MPR
15-17 May: Antique Furniture Sale, MPR, TBA

Student Absent? Please e-mail NetzabergMS.Attendan@eu.dodea.edu or call Ms. Lakisha Wilson, our Attendance Clerk, to notify us if your student is going to be absent from school. ** If a student is late, a parent/guardian must come to the office to sign them in. CIV 09645-917-9229, DSN 472-9229, Option 1.
Registration or PCSing soon? Please contact Mrs. Zenaida Ferdinand-Bessant, Zenaida.ferdinand-be@eu.dodea.edu our Registrar, so she can assist you with your transition. 09645-917-9229 DSN 472- 9229, Option 3.
Bus Office: If you have questions regarding bus transportation for your student, please contact Jimmy
Avery at averyj@eu.dodea.edu or James Moss at james.moss@eu.dodea.edu at the Student Bus Office, CIV 09645-917-9229, DSN 472 9229, Option 5.

School Office Hours: Mon - Fri 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Phone Numbers: CIV 09645-917-9229 DSN 472-9229

Vilseck High School
13 April: School Resumes Beginning of 4th Quarter
20-24 April: AdvanceED visit
25 April: Prom
2 May: SAT
5-15 May: AP Exams
13-14 May: Spring Music Concerts
21 May: 8th grade visit
25 May: Memorial Day. No School
6 June: Graduation
11 June: End of 4th Quarter Last Day for Students before summer break

SY2014/15 Accelerated withdrawal due to PCS moves. The earliest date that a student may withdraw from school and still receive full credit for the 2nd semester is May 14. DoDEA policy states the school must be notified at least 20 days prior to the withdrawal date. For more information on the requirements please contact the Vilseck High School administrative office at 09662-83-2864.

For detailed sports schedules, go to http://www.vils-hs.eu.dodea.edu.

Would you like to meet with a teacher? Please email your student's Guidance Counselor or call the office at DSN 476-2864 or 09662-83-2864. Let them know which of the teachers you would like to meet with and they will schedule a conference. This is a list of our counselors and who you will contact. If your students last name begins with:
A-G: Ms. Leveque
H- Q: Mr. Landreth
R-Z: Mr. Conrad

After school tutoring and SAT prep is available on Tuesday and Thursday every week (except holidays). Please email Ms Watson (Carla.Watson@eu.dodea.edu) for more information.

School Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Phone Numbers: CIV 09662-83-2864, DSN 476-2864, Fax 09662-83-2480

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Hof club American football team looking for players
The American football club in Hof, the Hof Jokers, are looking for interested Americans to come play with the team. They're specifically looking for LBs and DBs, but players in any position are welcome. Currently, they're practicing Wednesdays, 7-10 p.m. at Rudolf-Lion-Halle, Sigmundsgraben 42, Hof, 95028. Visit www.hof-jokers.de for more info or email info@hof-jokers.de.

Bayreuth Volksfest
4-12 April: Two fest tents, around 50 rides and lots of activities like fireworks on the first and last days, a family day, a "Miss Volksfest" pageant, or even a boxing event make this Volksfest (only GE) a great attraction for the whole family. In 95448 Bayreuth, Volksfestplatz, Friedrich-Ebert-Straße.

Nuremberg Volksfest
4-19 April: This is the largest Volksfest in northern Bavaria. Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 2 - 11 p.m. Wednesday (family day): 1 - 11 p.m. Friday: 2 p.m. - midnight. Saturday: 1 p.m. - midnight. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. On the last day: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. On the first day, the keg tapping is at 5 p.m. Special days: On 10 & 19 April, there will be firework displays at 10:15 p.m. Family day is 12 April and there will be members of the Star Wars club in Nuremberg dressed up as the characters for photo ops. Ladies Night starts at 6 p.m. on 16 April and on 18 April there will be a classic car convention with a parade of cars at 4 p.m.

Street market and open stores
12 April: On this Sunday stores are open and there will be a street market in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, 1-5 p.m.

Line Dance and Country Party in Grafenwoehr
18 April: The "The Flying Boots" Line Dance group from Eschenbach will celebrate their 15th anniversary with a Line Dance and Country Party at the Jugendheim Grafenwoehr, Kolpingstr. 4 (across from the church) with live music, performed by the band "NightHawk". Info and tickets: http://www.flyingboots.de/15jahre/

Esoteric Fair
18-19 April: This fair will offer everything to help you on your spiritual way: Feng Shui products, incense, Ayurveda products, vegetarian food, organic cosmetics, astrology, symbols, runes, tarot cards, oils and essences, meditation music, books (in German), gems and jewels, and much more. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., in 90478 Nürnberg, at the Meistersingerhalle, kleine Halle = small hall, Münchener Straße 21, ph. 0911-231-8000.

Medieval Fayre and Camp
24-26 April: Go back to the worlds of knights and bards at this famous Medieval fair that draws nearly 1,000 campers and participants. Watch the exciting sword and archery tournaments, and enjoy walking among the artisans who will show you felting, blacksmithing, leather making, clothes, jewellery, and many other skills. There is also plenty of food and drink - you might have to make a deposit for plates and/or cutlery, so bring along enough Euro coins. In 94051 Hauzenberg, in the Stadtpark along Brückenstraße (ca. 135 km / 85 miles SE of Regensburg). A large car park is on site.

Volksfest in Weiden
24 April-3 May: The booths and rides are open 2 p.m. - midnight, music will only play until 11 p.m. Family day with reduced fares is Wednesday afternoon. A big fireworks display will take place on Friday at around 10 p.m. In 92637 Weiden, at the new Festplatz on Conrad-Röntgen-Straße.

Pottery and artisan market in Amberg
25-26 April: This little street market focuses on focusing on hand-crafted pottery and clay products and other artisan-made goods. On Sunday, the stores in the historical city center will be open 1 - 6 p.m. In the Amberg Marktplatz.

Street market and open stores in Dinkelsbühl
26 April: A typical street market in a wonderful city, where vendors will be selling decorations, jewellery, books, locally produced foods, flowers and much more. Dinkelsbühl (city's English homepage) is often treated - unjustly - as the little brother of Rothenburg. It is a beautiful city with historical buildings and an intact city wall surrounding it; plus there is a stunning cathedral, and it is slightly less overrun than Rothenburg. Take this opportunity to enjoy this beautiful town. At 10 a.m., in 91550 Dinkelsbühl, on and around the Marktplatz = Market Place (ca. 45 km / 28 miles SW of Ansbach).

Street market and open stores in Weiden
26 April: The Jubilatemarkt will be from 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., in 92637 Weiden, Altstadt (historic city center) / Fußgängerzone (pedestrian zone). Stores will be open 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

More open stores in the area
26 April: The following towns will have open stores on this Sunday:
• 92507 Nabburg, around the Altstadt = old town (ca. 30 km / 19 miles south of Weiden), 1-5 p.m.
• 92224 Amberg, on and around the Marktplatz, 1-6 p.m.
• 91275 Auerbach, all around the town center (ca. 26 km / 16 miles NW of Vilseck), starts at 1 p.m.

Bagpipes and Hurdy-Gurdies session in Nabburg
26 April: Every two years, bagpipe and hurdy-gurdy players from Bavaria and the Czech Republic meet here at the museum for a bit of a "jam session". The musicians will gladly tell you more about the various types of bagpipes and hurdy-gurdies they'll be playing. The performance is at the Oberpfälzer Freilandmuseum (open-air museum) in Neusath 200 (part of 9257 Nabburg, ca. 31 km / 19 miles south of Weiden). Admission is €5, a family ticket for the day is €11.

Kinderfest in Grafenwoehr
7 June: Every year, the IG Spielplatz (playground) Bahnhofsiedlung in Grafenwoehr hosts a Kinderfest/ Spielplatzfest in Grafenwoehr. Everyone is invited to enjoy an entertaining afternoon with activities and games for children. There will be bratwurst, hamburgers, grilled pork, ice-cream, soda, beer, coffee and cake. The fest will start at 2 p.m. at the playground in the Bahnhofsiedlung residential area, which is located across from the Tea Garden Chinese restaurant.

"The Americans are Coming" guided tour in German
26 April: On the anniversary day of the U.S. Army liberating Germany, historian Ludwig Graf will take you on a tour of the Felsenkeller, the earth cellars where locals sought shelter during WWII. He will recount stories of eye-witnesses and reports he found in the archives during his research. The tour is 2 - 3:30 p.m., in 92256 Hahnbach, at the junction of Vilsecker Straße and Mühlstraße (ca. 12 km / 7.5 miles south of Vilseck). Fee is € 3. The organizer AOVE can be contacted at 09664-952-467.

Street food festival in Regensburg
11 July: Do you love good street food and a good party. Check out the street food festival in Regnesburg, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. on Sulzfeldstrasse 1, 93055 Regensburg. Link to the event: http://heyevent.de/event/717157585071399/street-food-festival-regensburg. Facebook pages: www.facebook.com/events/717157585071399/; www.facebook.com/events/788312824551051.

What is a Volksmarch?
Volkssport (People's Sport) encompasses Volksmarch (People's Walk) and other forms of non-competitive physical fitness. The primary sport, walking, is ordinarily a 10 kilometer route (6.2 miles) on scenic trails along bodies of water, around historic sites, or through your own neighborhoods. Clubs frequently offer trail lengths of 5 and 20 kilometers as well. There is no set start time, but a window of time, approximately 5 hours. Walkers go at their own pace and the only requirement is to finish by the end of the event, approximately 3 hours after the final start time. Trails are marked along the way. Most routes take two hours to complete at a leisurely pace. Many trails are stroller-friendly and provide great opportunity to explore the countryside. After the walk, everyone meets for food and drink in the hall.
Nervous about not speaking the language? Many clubs have a special table with someone who speaks English.

Here is a list of upcoming volksmarches in the Oberpfalz and also Franken:
http://www.dvv-wandern.de/regionales-angebot/oberpfalz.html

18 & 19 April
W, JWT, 5, 10, 20 km
Thalmassing
Wanderfreunde Thalmassing e.V. (OPF)
Rupert Folger, Sandbachweg 8a, 93107 Thalmassing Tel. 09453/1693, folger@wanderfreunde-thalmassing.de
Start: 7 a.m.-noon (5, 10 km) and 7-11 a.m. (20 km) Mehrzweckhalle Thalmassing, Luckenpanter Str.18, 93107 Thalmassing

25 & 26 April
W, 5, 10, 20 km
Hohenfels
TSV Hohenfels, Abt. Wandern (OPF)
Werner Zewe, Auf der Breiten 6, 92366 Hohenfels Tel. 09472/1247 o. 09472/704
Start: Sat 8 a.m.-noon; Sun 7 a.m.-noon, Uhr Kulturzentrum-Keltensaal Hohenfels, Dekan-Schnitter-Str, 92366 Hohenfels

10 April
GTW, nur AW "Berg und Tal", 10 km
Neuhaus a. d. Pegnitz
Verkehrs- u. Verschönerungsverein Neuhaus/Pegnitz (FR-M) Michael Leipenat, Buchäckerweg 37, 91224 Pommelsbrunn Tel. 0175/8780097, kathrin.leipenat@web.de
Start: 4 p.m.
Bahnstation Rupprechtstegen, Bahnhof 1, 91235 Hartenstein OT Rupprechtstegen Ausschreibung

11 & 12 April
W, 5, 10, 20 km, R, 20 km
Creußen
Wanderfreunde Funkendorf-Creußen u. Umg. e.V. (FR-O) Barbara Drechsel, Austraße 56, 95473 Creußen Tel. 09270/399
Start: Sat 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Sun 7-11 a.m. Mehrzweckhalle, Bahnhofstraße 11, 95473 Creußen, Bahnstation: Creußen Ausschreibung

18 & 19 April
W, 5, 10, 20 km
Stegaurach
Wanderfreunde Aurachtal e.V. (FR-O)
Heinrich Wicht, Waizendorfer Straße 9, 96135 Stegaurach Tel. 0951/290623, elke.helmreich@web.de
Start: 7 a.m.-1 p.m. (5, 10 km) and 7-11 a.m. (20 km) Bürgersaal, Schulplatz 1, 96135 Stegaurach, Bahnstation: Bamberg Ausschreibung

18 April
GTW "Wandermarathon durch Wald und Flur", 44 km Neuhaus a. d. Pegnitz
Verkehrs- u. Verschönerungsverein Neuhaus/Pegnitz (FR-M) Michael Leipenat, Buchäckerweg 37, 91224 Pommelsbrunn Tel. 0175/8780097, kathrin.leipenat@web.de
Start: 7 a.m.
Gasthof "Frankenalb", Bahnhofstraße 17, 91284 Neuhaus a. d. Pegnitz, Bahnstation: Neuhaus a. d. Pegnitz Ausschreibung

25 & 26 April
W, 6, 10, 20 km
Görau
Wanderverein Görau e.V. (FR-O)
Alfred Spieske, Goldkronacher Straße 6, 95448 Bayreuth Tel. 0921/92389, wanderwart@wanderverein-goerau.de
Start: Sat 7 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sun 6:30 - 11:30 a.m. Uhr Gemeinschaftshalle, 95466 Görau Ausschreibung

24 April
GTW "Panoramaweg nach Gebsattel", 6, 11 km Rothenburg TSV 2000 Rothenburg e.V., Abt. Wandern (FR-M) Jochen Messerschmidt, Dinkelsbühler Straße 38, 91541 Rothenburg o. d. Tauber Tel. 09861/1752, Fax: 09861/1752, wandern@rothenburg-wandern.de
Start: 2 p.m.
Sporthalle, Erlbacher Straße 5, 91541 Rothenburg o.d. Tauber, Bahnstation: Rothenburg o.d. Tauber Ausschreibung

25 & 26 April
W, 5, 10, 15 km
Burk
Wanderfreunde Burk e.V. (FR-M)
Gustav Baumgärtel, Beyerberger Str. 7, 91596 Burk Tel. 09822/1614
Start: Sat 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sportheim des S.V. Pfeil, Meierndorfer Straße 4, 91569 Burk, Bahnstation: Ansbach Ausschreibung

25 & 26 April
W, 5, 10, 20 km
Höchstadt/Aisch
Wanderfreunde Höchstadt 1998 e.V. (FR-M) Andrea Leicht, Dr.-Schmitt-Str. 11, 91315 Höchstadt a.d. Aisch Tel. 09193/5708, leicht-andrea@t-online.de
Start: 6 a.m.-noon
Aischtalhalle, An der Steige 5, 91315 Höchstadt Ausschreibung

30 April & 1 May
W, nur AW, 6, 10, 20 km
Maroldsweisach
SC Maroldsweisach 1946, Abt. Wandern (FR-U) Ernst Frankenberg, Sülzenweg 5, 96126 Maroldsweisach Tel. 09532/1483
Start: Thu 4-7 p.m.; Fri 6 a.m.-noon, Sportheim, Friedrich-Rückert-Ring, 96126 Maroldsweisach

2 & 3 May
W, 6, 11 km
Bamberg
Biologische Vielfalt erleben: Waldwanderung 1. Wanderfreunde "Wilde Rose" Bamberg e.V. (FR-O) Günther Schmid, Moosstr. 39, 96050 Bamberg Tel. 0951/15776
Start: 7 a.m.-noon
Graf-Staufenberg-Schule, Kloster-Langheim-Str. 11, 96050 Bamberg, Bahnstation: Bamberg

Local public transportation online
Experience Germany with public transportation, a great way to see beautiful sites and events without having to find parking. For example, you can find bus transportation to Amberg or trains to Nuremberg, Munich, Cologne and Berlin.

Greater Nuremberg area public transportation (including trains busses leaving from Freihung, Vilseck, Sorghof, Hahnbach and other local areas)
www.vgn.de/CFF6B06F-C0B4-11D7-AE44-00034709FE0C

Weiden / Grafenwoehr / Neustadt bus public bus transportation:
www.nwn-bus.de/linien.htm

Other public transportation services throughout Germany:
www.bahn.de/i/view/USA/en/index.shtml
www.raileurope.com/DB
www.raileurope.com/index.html
www.busliniensuche.de

Off-post movies in English
Want to see a movie that's not playing on post? Two movie theaters in Nuremberg play films in OV (original version), which for American movies, means in English. Check out the Roxy, a small theater with only two screens, or Cinecitta, a larger theater with some films playing in OV.

Useful links in English for everyday life in Germany Find German zip codes: German Post's website Historic Germany: http://www.hhog.de/ Loads of information about Germany, language and customs: http://german.about.com/.

German-American Kontakt Club
The Vilseck Kontakt Club meets every Friday at 7 p.m. for Stammtisch at the Club House, Rose Barracks Bldg. 301. The Vilseck club has upcoming events like a dinner at XXL Bigfoot; kirwa fests; and the German American Volksfest in Hohenfels. If you're interested, please register with Daniel Koenig at daniel.koenig.vilseck@t-online.de or sign up with the Vilseck Kontakt Club at the website by filling out the Mitgliedsantrag (Member registration form). The Grafenwoehr Kontakt Club meets every Monday for bowling at the Grafenwoehr Bowling Center and every Wednesday for Stammtisch at the Clubhouse. For more on the Graf Club, call CIV DSN 475 7878, 09641 83 7878 or email. The Hohenfels Kontakt Club meets on Fridays at the clubhouse on post, Bldg. 334.

Flea markets
Every Sat., 6 a.m. - 4 p.m., in 93059 Regensburg inside the building at Am Protzenweiher 27, ph 0941-82-933. The market will not take place on German holidays.
Every second Sat. of the month: 6 a.m. - 3 p.m.: in 90443 Nuremburg, Großparkplatz (large car park) on Gugelstraße, corner Humboldtstraße.
Every third Sat. of the month: 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in 92224 Amberg, Kaufland-Parkplatz, An den Franzosenaeckern. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.: in 92637 Weiden, Volksfestplatz, Leuchtenberger Straße Every third Sun. of the month: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Trödel- & Jahrmarkt in 93073 Neutraubling (next to Regensburg), at the "Globus" DITY store, Pommernstraße 4.

Fresh Produce/ Farmers' Markets
Note: If any of the listed days is a German holiday, the markets are usually held the day prior.
In 92224 Amberg: every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m., on the Marktplatz.
In 91522 Ansbach: every Wednesday and Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m., on Martin-Luther-Platz. ***In addition to the regular fresh produce markets, local farmers offer their fresh goods every first and third Saturday of the month at the farmers market on Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Platz (same opening hours). Great opportunity to buy seasonal produce as fresh as it gets.
In Bamberg: Monday thru Saturday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., on Maxplatz. Closed on Sundays and German holidays.
In Neumarkt: every Thursday and Saturday, in Untere Marktstraße. Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
In Parsberg: every Wednesday and Friday on Stadtplatz. Wednesday 7 a.m.-midday, Friday 2-6 p.m.
In Regensburg: every Saturday 7 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Donaumarkt (right next to the Eiserne Brücke / Iron Bridge). Closest car park is Unterer Wöhrd (and a short walk across Eiserne Brücke), or Dultplatz and Oberer Wöhrd (walk across the Steinerne Brücke / Stone Bridge and turn left).
In 92637 Weiden: every Wednesday and Saturday 7 a.m. -12:30 p.m., Oberer and Unterer Markt / all around the Altes Rathaus (historic city hall, pedestrian zone).
In 97070 Würzburg: Monday thru Saturday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m., on Rathausplatz. Closed on Sundays and German holidays.

BAVARIAN NEWS ONLINE

Head to the Bavarian News website to get timely news and see what events are happening in the community. Here are the latest Bavarian News stories for this week:

Bat men. Hohenfels Training Area hosts Germany's only colony of the Greater Horseshoe Bat; now USAG Bavaria and the Germany government are working together to save this endangered animal. http://www.army.mil/article/145955/Endangered_bats_protected_in_Hohenfels/

Security through language. Language program at the Marshall Center aims to combat illicit trafficking. http://www.army.mil/article/146066/Language_course_graduates_set_to_combat_illicit_trafficking__criminal_activities/

SHARP. USAREUR takes a stand against sexual assault in the Army during Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. http://www.army.mil/article/146030/Army_Europe_to_conduct_annual_SHARP_stand_down/

Ready or not. Springtime outdoor activities mean more fun and more safety. http://www.army.mil/article/145891/Spring_into_risk_management__Don_t_leave_it_to_chance/

HEATing up. JMRC trainers in Hohenfels teach Armenian soldiers how to react to vehicle rollovers during Saber Juntion. http://www.army.mil/article/146033/Safety_on_a_roll_at_Saber_Junction_15/

Lasered up. At Saber Junction 15 soldiers from allied and partner nations receive training on Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System, or MILES. http://www.army.mil/article/145876/17_Nations_get_lasered_up_for_Saber_Junction_15/

Community relations. Leaders from 2-2CR meet with Romanian Land Forces and TRADOC leaders to discuss cooperation and development. http://www.army.mil/article/145879/Leaders_from_2nd_Squadron__2nd_Cavalry_Regiment_and_Romanian_Land_Forces_talk_cooperation/

Things to do in Garmisch. http://issuu.com/bmcgarmisch/docs/community_newsletter20140918

Was ist los in Franken? http://www.army.mil/article/113592/

For these stories and more, visit http://www.army.mil/bavariannews.