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Scheduled demonstration AFAP Conference Hohenfels Box Seat Theater


									                                       March 19, 2008

Scheduled demonstration
March 22: A demonstration against the war in Iraq and U.S. military expansion is scheduled at
2:30 p.m. in downtown Ansbach. Approximately 250 to 500 people are expected to attend. During
the demonstration, speeches and banner waiving is expected to last for four hours. U.S.
personnel should avoid the area.

Alternate Lose to Win weigh-in, registration
March 25: An alternate initial weigh-in date for the Lose to Win program will be held on from 9
a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Olympia Fitness Center, Bldg. 47. To be eligible to win a prize, teams must
make both the initial and final weigh-in dates. For more information call Sports and Fitness at
DSN 466-2868/2493.

AFAP Conference
March 25-26: The Army Family Action Plan Conference will be held in the Community
Activities Center, Bldg. 40. All of the issues, comments, ideas and complaints that the community
has generated will be sorted, analyzed and then put directly to those on post who are responsible
for the designated program or facility. The result could and should be a smoother more efficient
Hohenfels. If you have any question or comments call Eva Garrett at DSN 466-2081.

Hohenfels Box Seat Theater Presents “Hold Please”
March 28-30: The Hohenfels Box Seat Theater will present the comedy “Hold Please” by
Annie Weisman at the Community Activities Center on March 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. and March 30
at 2 p.m. This production is the USAG Hohenfels entry in the 2008 IMCOM Tops in Plays
competition. The play will be judged for the competition at the March 30 performance. Admission
is $2. Tickets will be on sale at the door.

CYS Fear Factor Challenge
April 8: Is fear a factor for you? Find out if you can beat your fear from 1-3 p.m. at the SAS
Field next to Bldg. 112. Event is open grades 7-12 and participation is free. Prizes will be
awarded to the winners. Challenges include Bobbing for Pigs Feet, drinking pickle juice, and
puzzles. Sign up at the Teen Center to participate in the CYS Fear Factor Challenge. Youth must
be registered with CYS Central Registration and must be signed up by April 1 to participate. For
more information call the Teen Center at DSN 466-4492 or Youth Sports at DSN 466-2558.
                                Holiday operating hours
Hohenfels AAFES facilities
March 21, 22 and 24: The main PX, PXtra, Shoppette, Gas Station/Car Care Center, Burger
King, Anthony’s, Theater, and Subway will have normal operating hours during the Easter four-
day weekend. New Car Sales will be open only on March 21. TKS, all three barber shops, Beauty
Shop, Alteration Shop, Sixt Car Rental, and the Dry Cleaners will be closed all three days.

USAG-H DFAC closure
March 21-24: The USAG Hohenfels Dining Facility will be closed for Easter. The Warrior Cafe
will be serving brunch March 21-24 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and supper from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information call DSN 466-2866.

Health Clinic
March 21-24: The Hohenfels Health Clinic will be open 8 a.m. to noon with limited staff
because of the holidays. Full operations will resume on March 25.

Dental Clinic
March 21-24: The Hohenfels Dental Clinic will be during the training holiday and will reopen on
March 25. For emergency care call the IOC at DSN 466-2819. For more information call the
Hohenfels Dental Clinic at DSN 466-1720/2703 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Customs Office
March 21-24: The Hohenfels Customs Office will be closed because of mission requirements
and German holidays. For urgent assistance call the Grafenwoehr Customs Office at DSN 475-
7282 on March 21 and 24 or the Vilseck Customs Office at DSN 476-2104 on March 21 only.
Normal business will resume on March 25.

                               Army Community Service
Citizenship Class
March 20: Are you foreign born and interested in U.S. citizenship? You will be excited by this
important multi-session program that will cover American holidays, history, culture, a review of the
application process, a mock naturalization interview, a sample naturalization test and much more.
We meet in the Yellow Ribbon Room, Bldg. 10 from 8:30-10 a.m. For more information call Eva
Garrett, Mobilization and Deployment manager, at DSN 466-2081.

Family Readiness Group Leader’s Training – Care Teams
March 20: This program provides the training necessary to become a successful Family
Readiness Group Leader. Care Team training will teach the Care Team members the roles and
responsibilities involved in helping Soldiers, family members, and civilians after a casualty has
occurred. Reserve your place in the Yellow Ribbon Room, Bldg. 10. Call Eva Garrett, Mobilization
and Deployment program manager at DSN 466-2081 for more information.
Pre-Deployment Planning III training
March 27: This workshop deals with Pre-Deployment Understanding and Planning for
Separation III. Participants will about making financial preparations, establishing financial goals,
developing a deployment budget, and understanding a Leave and Earning Statement. Training
will be held in the Yellow Ribbon Room, Bldg. 10. Call Eva Garrett, Mobilization and Deployment
program manager at DSN 466-2081 for more information.

Little Troopers EFMP Playgroup
March 28: An interactive and educational playgroup designed to teach parents
developmentally appropriate play and help children improve social, cognitive and motor skills.
Emphasis is on children with special needs. The playgroup meets at ACS, Bldg. 10. For more
information call Pam Roark, Exceptional Family Member Program manager, at DSN 466-2083.

Total Mom returns
April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30: It’s here again. The popular 10-week, bi-annual ACS experience
is a provocative and fulfilling series specially designed to allow you to find balance, support and
spice in your relationship with your partner. Learn about personal fitness, infant massage,
parenting tips and much more while increasing your confidence as a mother and a woman.
Attend one or all 10 sessions. Call New Parent Support at DSN 466-4073 to enroll. Free CYS
Child Care is available when you pre-enroll in this workshop. Space is limited.

Attention all volunteers
The need and the contribution volunteers make here in our Hohenfels community is tremendous.
The recognition for these contributions should be sincere and visible. To be able to record all the
volunteer hours and to recognize you at our upcoming Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony,
you must be registered with ACS and your hours must be reported to ACS by March 31.
Volunteers contribute many thousands of hours that go unrecognized. We will not be able to
honor your contributions nor invite you to the ceremony. That’s a real shame. Help us today. If
you have a question or concern, we have trained staff to assist you with compiling your volunteer
hours. Call Lori Starnes at DSN 466-4089/4860 for assistance.

New Parent Support
The New Parent Support Program is the Nannie 112 (German Emergency Number) of Hohenfels.
Call us at DSN 466-4860. Let us know how we can help. To make it even easier, we will come to
your home to discuss things.

Military and Family Life Consultants
Military and Family Life consultants are licensed psychologists and social workers who rotate
from the states in four to six week tours to be here talk one on one about what’s bothering you.
Absolutely no names or records kept. It is all about aiming you in the right direction; no issue is
too big or too small. These are free and fully confidential discussions. For an appointment,
contact them directly on their cell phones at 01522-422-1454 or 0160-220-5610. Suspected harm
to self or others will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Victim advocate available 24/7
Spouse or sexual abuse is behavior not consistent with Army values. If an incident occurs, you
have 24/7 assistance. Call 0162-296-1075.
                      Joint Multinational Readiness Center
JMRC 2008 Spring Formal tickets
Through April 25: The JMRC 2008 Spring Formal tickets are now available for purchase
from the JMRC S-1. The event is scheduled for April 25 at the Ostbayernhalle in Kreuth. All
military and civilian personnel assigned to JMRC, 1-4 IN, and USAG Hohenfels are invited to
attend. For more information call Staff Sgt. Cristita Bufford at DSN 466-3049.

                                       Sports and Fitness
USAG Stuttgart’s Battle of the Titans boxing tournament
March 29: USAG Stuttgart hosts a Battle of the Titans boxing tournament at the Panzer Fitness
Center. Weigh-ins are 8 a.m. to noon. Doors open at 6 p.m. The first bout begins at 7 p.m. Open
to all active duty military in Europe. Must be 18 or older to participate. Awards will be presented to
the top three teams and individual awards will be presented to 1st and 2nd place winners.

U.S. Forces Europe Mountain Bike Championship Series
June 21: Come out and participate in the Hohenfels portion of the series. Cyclists don't have to
participate in all the races in the series. Even if you don't enter any in the series, you are still
eligible to compete in the Championship at Garmisch Sept. 27-28. Helmet is required and the
event is open to all U.S. ID card holders. For details and the entire race schedule contact Bill
Craven at or go to

                                  Lane 17 Bowling Center
Lane 17 Old School/Retro Night with Special Guest
April 12: Come out and sport those old school moves to music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, & 90’s
with special guest DJ MCM. Only $1.50 per game from 7-11 p.m. There will also be drawings for
prizes including Enjoy Tours trips.

Wii Tournament continues
March 19-20: Learn to play or show off your Wii skills during March’s Wii tournament. This fun-
filled tournament will keep you on your feet as you play this new generation of video game. The
featured games will be Wii Sports which offer five distinct sports experiences, each using the Wii
remote control. Participants will use the controller to mimic the actions of swinging a racket, bat,
or club in tennis, baseball and golf; rolling a ball down the alley in bowling; and bringing the left
jab in boxing. The tournament will consist of a competition in each of the five sports with the top
player in each sport moving on. The top players will then compete in a Wii Off and the top three
players win prizes. The Wii tournament is open to U.S. ID card holders 18 years and older. The
following is a list of dates and locations of competitions for the Wii Tournament:
March 19: Wii Boxing at Lane 17
March 20: Wii Off Championship Round at the CAC

National Women's History Month Specials at Lane 17
Throughout March: For the entire month of March, Lane 17 will celebrate National Women’s
History Month with specials and discounts for "Ladies Only" including the following: women of all
ages will pay no more than $1 per game all month, women’s Extreme Bowling prices for the
entire month of March will be $1.50 per game, women’s shoe rental is free for the entire month of
March, special Lucky Draw for women only on March 28 (women ages 16 and up can win a
coach bag), and all young women ages 12 and below bowl free of charge (3 games max) on
Easter Sunday.

                             Community Activities Center
Easter egg Bingo at the CAC
March 21: Come join the fun starting at 6:30 p.m. Bingo packets are $25 sold prior to 3 p.m.
and $30 sold at the door. Changes to current Bingo: all U-Pick’em Bingos now pay 60 percent of
sales prize, all U-Pick’em Bingos will pay $150 if the Bingo is on nine numbers or less, and
Jackpot Game now pays $300 if Bingo is on 48 numbers or less. My Deal prizes will always
include extra Junior Jackpot and Jackpot cards.

Hohenfels Spring Bazaar
April 25-27: The Hohenfels Community Activities Center, Bldg. 40, will feature more than 20 of
Europe’s finest vendors selling cheese, rugs, wine, jewelry, art, furniture, clocks, and much more.
Opening Hours:
April 25: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
April 26: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
April 27: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CAC Bus Trip
April 19: Prague Day Trip and City Tour. See the city featured in recent movies, including
“Mission Impossible.” The city tour will show you the Charles Bridge, the Astronomical Clock and
many more famous sights. Find out why Prague is known as the “Jewel of Europe.” During your
free time in this beautiful city, you can wander through the markets in all the major squares. Cost
$40/Adult, $20/Child (ages 3-12). Departs Hohenfels at 6 a.m.

                                Child and Youth Services
Spring break field trips
April 4, 7, 9 and 11-13: Teen Services is offering spring break field trips to Holiday Park,
Europa Park, Palm Beach and Garmisch. All trips and events are open only to registered
members of teen services. Sign ups are on a first come, first served basis and a person must
have a permission slip along with payment to sign up. Commercial bus trips require a minimum of
15 participants and all trips and events are subject to force protection measures, weather
elements, and staff scheduling. Additionally, doors will be open only for trip participants 30
minutes before check in time for the morning departure and evening return. For more information,
stop by the Center located temporarily in Bldg 40 or call DSN 466-4492 / 2159.

Kissing Hands
April 8: The parent/child activity targeting deploying and deployed families meets from 10-11
a.m. at the Turnbull Memorial Library. For more information call Deltra Wiggins at DSN 466-
Hohenfels Super Saturday
April 12: Hohenfels CYS is offering a Special Opening from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to provide parents
an opportunity to shop, run errands, or just enjoy downtime without the kids. Super Saturday
services are available to CYS registered children ages 6 weeks old through 6th grade. Spouses
of deployed Soldiers and DOD civilians with Deployment Cards may use their hour and receive
services at no-cost, or pay the reduced $2 hourly care rate. The rates are $24 for CDC-age and
$18 for SAS-age children. Services include lunch and snacks as appropriate. Reserve your slot
by making payments or reservations at the CDC Annex, Bldg. 44, or call DSN 466-4041/42 for
more information.

Family Fun Friday Nights
The Hohenfels CDC and SAS continue their creative efforts to form a marvelous new program to
foster positive family relationships for the children and families in their programs. This goal will be
met through the bi-monthly activity dates.
April 18: Drive-In Movie night will be our salute to the good ol’ days. We will introduce the
children to the concept of a drive-in movie theater. The children will construct cars and drive them
to the theater for our feature film.
June 20: Family Picnic involves sitting together for a family meal. This family activity will initiate
many venues to help establish this important routine at home.
This partnership program allows the families of USAG Hohenfels a seamless system to spend
time together even when their children are enrolled in different CYS programs. Call Barbara
Tennant at DSN 466-4707 or Kristin Jacobs-Schmid at DSN 466-2822 for more information.

Hohenfels CYS Spring Carnival
April 26: Celebrate Month of the Military Child at 10 a.m. at the SAS Facility, Bldg. 112.
Activities and events end at 2 p.m. The activities include age appropriate treasure hunts at the
SAS and CDC facilities, jumping castles, clown, balloons, face painting, games, give-a-ways, and
other activities and community agencies. Interested community agencies and youth organizations
should contact the CLEOS office for information on participating in this event.

Babysitter referral services
Babysitters are Red Cross trained teenagers willing to provide childcare services during school-
out days and weekends. Childcare services and rates are negotiable with provider, and include at
home or in-quarters care. Referrals are available to anyone requiring babysitter services. Visit the
CLEOS office for referral services or call DSN 466-2078 for more information.

Kids Club
Kids Club meets Thursday’s weekly at the School Age Services Gym, Bldg. 112, from 9:30-11:30
a.m. except school-out days. The program is open to parents with infants to kindergarten age
children. All children must be CYS/Kids Club registered. Parents and children participate in gross
motor play. Activities include climbing, crawling, manipulating obstacles, and other fun activities.

Free registration
CYS registrations are now free. Pick-up a registration packet and start using CYS programs
today. Register at CLEOS, Bldg. 10A, Room 139. For more information call CLEOS at DSN 466-
                              Turnbull Memorial Library:
The Big Read
March 31: March is Big Read month at the Hohenfels Library. The Big Read is a community-
wide book reading of The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullars. Hohenfels is one of only
seven libraries in Europe chosen to participate in this year’s Big Read event. Sign up for The Big
Read and receive a free book and reader’s guide. There will also be opportunities to discuss the
book, both in person and online. See the staff at the library for more information and to sign up.
The Book Club/Big Read meeting will be held on March 31 at 5 p.m.

National Poetry Month
April 1-28: The Hohenfels Turnbull Memorial Library will be celebrating April’s National Poetry
Month with the following events:
April 1: Poetry Contest begins for ages 10 and up.
April 14 and 21: Poetry Alive is a performance poetry workshop for ages 12 and up from
2:30-4:30 p.m.
April 24: Dead Poets Poetry Slam for ages 14 and up and Open Mike Night open to all ages
from 6-8 p.m.
Throughout April: Magnetic poetry board for fun poetry building.

                                        Arts and Crafts
Framing Class
April 5: Doing your own custom framing is a great way to personalize your art and awards while
saving money. You will learn how to measure and mat your pictures as well as how to cut and put
together frames. Then, finish it off for a professional look every time. $30 class fee includes
supplies for your first project. Bring a 4x6 or 5x7 picture or award and wear closed-toe shoes and
appropriate clothing. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Basic Quilting
April 12: Even if you have no sewing experience you can learn this classic art with all the
modern twists. You will make your first small project while learning the basics of rotary cutting,
strip piecing, machine quilting and edge binding. These skills can then be applied to future
projects that we are happy to help with from start to finish. $10 class fee plus supplies. Purchase
and wash your material before coming to class. You will receive pre-class instructions at time of
sign-up. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Beginning Crochet
April 19: There are many techniques and styles in crochet. Come to this class and learn how to
begin. We will make a Granny Square and dish cloth. Come back later to add skills or get help on
your project. Class fee is $10 plus supplies. Bring your own hooks and yarn if you have them. 10
a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wood Shop Safety
April 26: In this class you will learn to safely use the machinery in the wood shop. Once you
are certified you may come back for help on individual projects. $10 class fee. Wear closed-toe
shoes and appropriate clothing. 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Other Classes
Our knowledgeable staff is happy to help you in your artistic endeavors. Please let us know if
there are any crafts you are interested in learning. We are also available for childrens’ parties.
Tell us what age group and how many will be coming and we will find a craft they will enjoy.
Additionally, we have a classroom for your use that is great for large project lay out or as a space
for you craft group.

                                           Legal Center
New walk-in hours at the Tax Center
March 10 through June: The Hohenfels Tax Center will have extended walk-in hours.
Walk-ins will begin at 1 p.m. and continue throughout the afternoon until 4 p.m., Monday through
Friday. Remember to bring all tax documents with you to ensure you are able to file. Important
documents include: W2s for yourself and your spouse, 1099s, 1098s, social security cards for all
family members, copies of last year’s taxes (when available), and routing and account numbers
for one bank account. Clients filing married need to bring either their spouse or a power of
attorney. For a complete list of documents to bring or for more information, call the Tax Center at
DSN 466-2836 or stop by Bldg. 313.

Legal assistance hours, walk-in schedule:
Effective immediately, Hohenfels’ new legal assistance attorney, Clay Donnigan, will be available
for walk-in appointments every Monday and Thursday afternoon, from 1:30 p.m. until 4 p.m.
Walk-in appointments will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. Regular appointments
can be scheduled the rest of the week by calling the legal office at DSN 466-2401 or by stopping
by Bldg. 313.

                                    American Red Cross
Play Red Cross Trivia during Red Cross Month
Watch for daily trivia questions in the news briefs and Hohenfels Hometown Happenings.
Everyone who e-mails the correct answers to will have their
names submitted for a weekly drawing of Red Cross items and classes. Entries must be received
before March 25, the date of the next drawing. March 19 question: During Operations Desert
Shield and Storm, how many Red Cross workers received the Bronze Star for meritorious

March 17 trivia winner
Congratulations to Sgt. 1st Class Danny Thomsen, JMRC Raptors, who played Red Cross Trivia
last week and won a slot in a CPR-First Aid class. We will have more drawings on March 25 and
31. We will not have questions on March 21 and 24, which are training holidays.

Answers to last week's trivia questions
Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces personnel work with our troops in what three deployment
locations? Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan
When the U.S. went to war in 1917, who appointed a War Council to run the Red Cross?
President Woodrow Wilson
Which disaster services course may members of the public take online? Introduction to Disaster
Services training,
What famous author was a Red Cross ambulance driver and provided first aid on the front lines?
Ernest Hemingway
What African-American blood specialist, surgeon, educator and scientist laid the foundation for
modern blood banking and the American Red Cross’ blood services program? Dr. Charles R.

Volunteer Orientation Class
April 2: The orientation class for new volunteers is every other Wednesday at 10 a.m. Anyone
interested in volunteering through Red Cross must attend this free class. Call DSN 466-1760 to
sign up.

CPR-First Aid Instructor class
March 22, April 5 and 19: If you want to become a volunteer Red Cross CPR and First Aid
instructor, our next course is in Vilseck. Students must attend all three full-day sessions. Cost is
$95 per student. We still have a couple of slots available. Once you are a certified instructor, you
may volunteer to teach CPR and First Aid classes that are scheduled at your convenience
(typically once every 2-5 months). Call DSN 466-1760 for more information.

Wilderness First Aid
June 13-15: The April Wilderness First Aid class is full. The next class is June 13 (5 to 8 p.m.),
June 14 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and June 15 (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Students must attend all three sessions
to be certified. Call Jason Marshall at Red Cross-Grafenwoehr at DSN 475-1760 for more

New volunteer opportunities
Red Cross has several volunteer opportunities, including the ones listed below. Anyone
interested in these positions should contact Red Cross directly to sign up for a volunteer
orientation class.
Health Clinic Volunteers: We are preparing to put volunteers in the Hohenfels Health Clinic.
Contact Red Cross if you’re interested. There are several requirements that must be completed.
Health and Safety Assistant: A volunteer is needed to work in the Red Cross office between 4-8
hours per month to inventory materials, prepare the classroom for classes, clean and reassemble
equipment after classes and put away equipment. Hours are very flexible. Duties may extend into
course coordinating and scheduling (negotiable).
Office Assistants: A volunteer is needed to cover phones during the lunch hour (noon to 1 p.m.)
Monday through Friday. Opportunities for light office work are also available in the afternoons.
During these times, volunteer(s) will answer phones, handle light clerical duties, and if willing,
help plan and coordinate upcoming events.
Call DSN 466-1760 for more information or stop by the office in Bldg. 335.

CPR and First Aid Classes
April 5: CPR, Vilseck
April 12: First Aid, Vilseck
April 26: CPR and First Aid, Hohenfels (tentative)
May 3: CPR, Vilseck
May 17: First Aid, Vilseck
Call the Hohenfels office for more information or stop by Bldg. 335 to reserve your slot and pay
for any of these classes.
Childcare coverage for volunteers
Red Cross will pay up to $4 per hour for 20 hours of childcare per month while volunteers are
working in their volunteer positions. Childcare is covered for approved FCC providers and CDC
only. Call DSN 466-1760 for more information.

                                     Garrison Chaplain
Lent/Easter Catholic Schedule
March 20: Holy Thursday/Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 5 p.m., MPC. Followed by Adoration of
the Blessed Sacrament, 6-7 p.m.
March 21: Good Friday/Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 5 p.m., MPC. (Fast and Abstinence)
March 22: Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil Mass, 5 p.m., MPC
March 23: Easter Sunday Mass, 9:30 a.m., MPC

Deployed Spouses’ Support Group
March 20: The Deployed Spouses’ Support Group meets every other Thursday at the Family
Life and Youth Center, Bldg. 743, across from the commissary, 10-11:30 a.m. Upcoming
meetings are scheduled for March 20, April 3 and 17 and May 1, 15 and 29. Free childcare for
ages 1 month to 5 years is provided at Watch Care (building behind the Main Post Chapel).
Come for some coffee, tea, pastry and time to talk, listen and learn. For more information call
Beth FitzGerald, counseling intern, at the Family Life office DSN 466-4795.

Protestant congregation presents a Christian Seder
March 21: All are invited to "Christ in the Passover: A Christian Seder" at 6 p.m. Nainhof
Chapel, Bldg. 2B. for more information call Chaplain Mike Wood at DSN 466-3330.

Counseling available at Family Life Center
Counseling is available for individuals, couples or families on Mondays and Thursdays at the
Family Life Center, Bldg. 743, across from the commissary. Appointments can be made to see
counseling intern Beth FitzGerald by calling DSN 466-1570/4795. All counseling is confidential
and is available for Soldiers, spouses, and civilians.

                                       Veterinary Clinic
Clinic hosts Hohenfels Pet Week
March 29: Clinic and Pet Contest at Hohenfels Veterinary Clinic. Appointments from 10 a.m. to
noon and walk-ins from 9-10 a.m. Pet contest hosted by Hohenfels Girl Scouts from 1-2 p.m.
Prizes will go to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in Best Pet Talent and Most Unusual Pet categories.
April 2: Movie presentation of “The Incredible Journey” (1963 Walt Disney) at the Community
Activities Center, Bldg. 40, 6-8 p.m. Admission is free.
May 1: The library will offer a photo contest and essay contest to reflect this year’s American
Veterinary Medical Association’s theme Pets Jazz Up your Life. Submission deadline is May 1.
Prizes will be awarded to various age categories for drawing/photo and short essay (one page).
The drawings/photos and essays will be on display the entire month of April and the first two
weeks of May.
                                        Customs Office
Don't lose money with overseas car conversion
Americans in Europe must beware of European car dealers who offer to convert cars or
motorcycles to U.S. standards. You stand to lose a lot of money if you try to ship a vehicle
converted in Europe to the States. The Department of Transportation and the Environmental
Protection Agency only accept work done by licensed companies in the United States, not the
work of individuals or overseas companies. However, vehicles rebuilt by the original manufacturer
to U.S. specifications can be imported with the proper documents. U.S. Customs routinely
perform computer checks of vehicle identification numbers to detect phony conversions. Under
EPA regulations, nonconforming vehicles less than 21-years old may only enter the United States
through an independent commercial importer. Vehicles must be tested and adapted to emission
standards in effect at the time of production. Vehicles 21-years old or older do not require EPA
tests or conversions. For more information see or contact
the Customs Field Office Hohenfels located in Bldg. 10, Room 118 at DSN 466-2042/2745/2012.
Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1-4 p.m. and closed on
U.S. holidays. The military customs investigator located in Bldg. 1189 is available at DSN 466-

                     Hohenfels Community Spouses Club
Thrift Store Extended Hours
March 20: The Hohenfels Thrift Store in Bldg. 344 will be open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for shopping
and consignments. If you wish to consign on that day, we ask that you do so between 9:30 a.m.
and 4:30 p.m.

                                       Education Center
University of Maryland class registration begins
Through March 28: University of Maryland University College Europe will have open
registration for all Term 4 face-to-face on site classes, including Professor Fry's Biology 101 and
102. Other classes available will include Psychology 100 and a special Stress Management
seminar taught by Dr. Maria ReGester. Term 4 runs from March 31 to May 24 at the Education
Center, Bldg. 348. For more information contact Mona Wilson, field representative, at DSN 466-
4106 or

                                  Hohenfels Cub Scouts
Hohenfels Bike Rodeo
March 29: Cub Scout Pack 303 will host a bike rodeo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Festplatz.
Bring your bikes, trikes, skateboards and roller blades out for a fun day of driver’s training and
show off your skills on the obstacle courses. The scouts will also have some tricky riders showing
off their stuff. All participants must wear a helmet. This is a day of fun for the whole family. You
are never too young or too old to ride safe. For more information contact Andrea Neill at
                         Protestant Women of the Chapel
Chick Flicks
April 1: It’ll be April Fool’s Day, but there’s no foolin’ here. We will be watching The Princess
Bride and dining on meat, cheese, and chocolate Fondue. Bring your children ages 1 month to 5
years to the Chapel Annex (small building next to the two chapels) for free childcare, and come
hang out on April 1 from 9-11:30 a.m. There are only two more Chick Flicks for the year, and you
can’t miss this hysterical 80’s classic. In-con-ceiveable!

Seder Supper
April 2: Join us for our monthly evening program from 6-8 p.m. Our very own Rachel Vindman,
who lived in Israel for three years, will be walking us through a Passover Seder meal. She will
provide us with instructions and recipes so you can celebrate the Seder with your own families at
home later in the month when Passover occurs. As always, childcare is provided free of charge
for children ages 1 month to 5 years in the Chapel Annex. Invite your friends and come learn
about the meanings behind this special Passover remembrance.

                            Hohenfels Elementary School
Hohenfels Elementary PTA Spring Book Fair
March 27, 28 to April 3: Don't miss out. The PTA Book Fair will be held beginning March 27
at our evening event, and March 28-April 3 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. Come buy a wonderful
variety of books at terrific prices. Volunteers are needed each day to help the fair run smoothly.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Jody Rodman at 09491-903673 or email:

                           Hohenfels Middle/High School
3rd, 4th grades perform Lighten Up
March 27: Are you taking life too seriously? Has your face turned into a permanent frown?
Then come to our show "Lighten Up" in the Hohenfels Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room.
The show will be presented three times. The first show starts at 1:30 p.m., the second show at 2
p.m. and the final performance will be at 6 p.m. This show will be presented by all the 3rd and 4th

Hohenfels High School Graduation
June 6: The graduation is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Theater in Regensburg. Unfortunately
due to the limited seating capacity, graduation will be by invitation only. Priority will be given to
seniors, parents and relatives, teachers and dignitaries. For more information call DSN 466-3162.

                                           Safety Office
Auto club membership
ADAC Auto Club Membership is highly recommended for all owners of motor vehicles. In a car
breakdown, ADAC will provide emergency repairs or towing services, if necessary. ADAC is
essential for travelers. Click below for the English language sign up page online.

Emergency taxi
The USAG-Hohenfels Emergency Taxi Ride Home Service is now available for all Soldiers and
U.S. Federal DoD civilian employees too. If you are caught without a safe sober driver, please
call the USAG-Hohenfels Garrison Installation Operations Center at 09472-83-2819, who will
arrange for a taxi and the IOC will pay the taxi driver if you are short of funds to pay fare. The IOC
must be repaid the amount of the taxi fare in Euros cash payment, no later than the next pay day.

Training opportunity for Senior NCOs
April 30 through May 2: The Senior NCO Safety Course at Schweinfurt still has openings.
Every leader coming out of this course says that it's one of the best courses ever taken. It's about
personal experiences and interactive discussion about leadership in today's Army. Rich Hamilton,
a very dynamic, passionate individual and former Army leader, moderates this safety training
seminar. Register through ATRRS, School 757, Course: CATC-SNSOC, Class 502. You can get
basic course information on the ATRRS site, or through the USAREUR homepage at

                     Army and Air Force Exchange Service
Movie schedule for Hohenfels
March 19: 7 p.m. One Missed Call (PG-13)
March 20: 7 p.m. The Pirates who don’t do anything: A veggie tales movie (G)
March 21: 7 p.m. College Road Trip (G) (1St Run)
March 22: 7 p.m. The Great Debaters (PG-13)
March 23: 3 p.m. Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (R)

                                                Off Post
Online telephone book
The Telekom English-language website got phone numbers off-post is available at:

Flea Market/ Easter Markets
Through March 24: Large Easter market at the Hauptmarkt in Nuremberg's historic
pedestrian zone. This annual Häferlesmarkt has become a long-standing tradition in early spring,
as it is the very first vendor market of the year. In around 80 booths and stalls, you will find
various household wares, ceramics, clothes, candies, books, knickknacks, and other daily
necessities. Open Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays and Easter Monday,
10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed on Good Friday.

Flea Market in Beratzhausen
April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, August 3, September 7 and October 5: The Flea Markt will
be at the Festplatz down town Beratzhausen from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call
0173-7051964 or visit the website at
Camping in Garmisch doesn’t mean roughing it
By John Reese
USAG Garmisch Public Affairs
GARMISCH, Germany – A stroll through the winter wonderland of the Armed Forces Recreation
Center campground here reveals a bucolic setting that seems straight out of a travel book.
         Patches of snow and ice shaded from the sun resist melting under thick stands of pine
trees. Joggers follow a cleared hardtop that winds through campsites, as bundled-up children
clamber about the playground. And the smell of coffee and bacon wafts from one of the cozy
cabins found on Artillery Kaserne.
         “Just another perfect day at Vacation Village,” said campground ranger Kristine Ratza,
making her rounds on a sunny morning.
         The retreat is part of the nearby Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, where guests check in
before moseying over to their cabin – or a campsite in warmer weather.
         During colder months, campsites are bypassed in favor of the 11 small or eight large
heated cabins. All 19 rentals, which sleep up to six people, come with bedding, refrigerators,
microwaves and satellite television/DVD players. The larger cabins add the luxury of a bathroom
and kitchenette. The bathhouse with restrooms is a minute away from the smaller cabins.
         A few moments inside one of the smaller rustic cabins allows guests to quickly realize the
entire layout. Located inside is a compact common area furnished with a table, chairs and bench
seat. A ladder leads to a double loft bed. Below the loft is a room with another double bed and a
set of single bunk beds.
         “The rustic cabins are small and comfortable with enough space for a young family, a
retired couple or a small group of Soldiers to relax and enjoy,” said Ratza. “For Valentine’s Day
(weekend) … some people were barbecuing because the weather was mild.”
         For those who enjoy the stars overhead, the camping area opens in mid-May. All total,
there are 50 tent sites – including some that are graveled and outfitted with electric outlets. Plus
there are a few parked caravan spots where long-term guests, like retirees, can stay for up to 30
         Campfires aren’t allowed in the densely wooded areas, but every site comes with a
simple iron charcoal grill for barbecuing. Pets are allowed at gravel and tent sites, but must be
         A favorite activity for many winter guests is the great skiing found on the Zugspitze,
where conditions at the higher elevations are still good for skiing thanks to recent heavy snowfall.
         But there’s even more to enjoy for those who love the outdoors or simply want to relax,
Ratza said, referring to mountain hiking, river canoeing and white water rafting – as well as
Edelweiss services such as an indoor pool, hot tub or hot stone massage.
         She also suggested that people try paragliding or taking an English-language guided tour
with experienced guides
         The adjacent U.S. Army Garrison Garmisch library – lined with books and DVDs – is
located in the Pete Burke Community Center, which also features a ski rental shop with full winter
sporting equipment and bicycles.
         For food choices, there’s the option of grilling or cooking your own groceries. A trip to the
Garmisch commissary or exchange for supplies is a five-minute stroll through a shortcut near the
bathhouse. A stop at the sandwich shop or shoppette can solve an immediate hunger. The
Expresso Coffee Bistro near the commissary is a good place to check e-mail while enjoying
coffee or tea and hot, fresh beignets.
         Plus there are a couple of eateries inside the Edelweiss.
         For the adventurous folks who want to explore downtown, Ratza has handouts of local
         Overall, Vacation Village is a quick and easy getaway for military families, and will
become more popular as winter turns to spring.
         But for now, in the slow season, “You have the feeling its all to yourself,” said Ratza.
         For more information go to
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