Stuttgart USO Magazine May-June 2015 Sun Mon May 2015 Tue Wed Thu Sat Fri 1 2 Zurich 3 4 5 6 7 8 Tiramisu Free Knitting Class 10 11 12 13 Rhine River Cruise 17 14 Free Knitting Class 18 19 20 21 9 Military Luxembourg Spouse Appreciation Baden-Baden Day Spa Day 15 16 Swarovski Kristallwelten Dachau Mobile Canteen Kelley 22 Mobile Canteen Robinson 23 Eagle’s Nest Quarterly Volunteer Meeting Free Knitting Class USO CLOSED 24 Berlin 25 26 27 28 29 30 Prague USO CLOSED Monthly Lunch Free Knitting Class Veneto Wine Tradition Discount Policy The USO offers a 10% discount for Service Members E6 or below (with ID) and Families/Groups of four (4) or more who sign up at the same time (not applicable on overnight tours). The USO also offers a 5% discount on our Overnight Tours when you sign up 4 weeks or more in advance. Please note, that these discounts cannot be combined and may not apply to all tours. 2 The Kiosk is also online at www.eu.uso.org/stuttgart Dear Travelers, As my European vacation draws to an end, I can’t help but contemplate all the places still on my bucket list. The last two years have flown by so quickly! So many places and so little time…. Since we don’t want you to leave without all your list checked off, we have planned many of the must see destinations and events for this edition of the Kiosk. There is so much history here in Europe and it is important that we do not forget the sacrifices made by those in WWI and WWII. We will reflect on the past with trips to the Luxembourg American Cemetery, the Dachau Concentration Camp, Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest, and the Memorial to the Nürnberg Trials. Many of us hope to see world famous destinations such as Berlin, Prague, and Vienna, so we have express trips planned to each so you can check them off your list! If you suffer from Oenophilia (the enjoyment of wine), then you will certainly want to join us as we explore the Veneto region of Italy and learn the history of Champagne in Reims, France. Another experience unique to Europe is the Swiss Chocolate Train, and we want to make sure you have a chance to enjoy this one. To prove that not all that glitters is gold, we have arranged a special visit to the Swarovski “Kristallwelten.” With so many treasures to choose from, we hope you will make Every Moment Count and complete your bucket list! Auf Wiedersehen und gute Reisen, Desirae McCutchen USO Stuttgart Outgoing Tours Manager [email protected] “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” – Jack Kerouac USO Stuttgart Staff Tom Eisenhauer.....…............................Center Manager Tiffany Emery.........…............................Tours Manager Katie Whitehurst…...............................Tours Assistant Kimberly Spangler ..................Operations Coordinator Nora Regan.......... Programs and Volunteer Coordinator Madeleine Province..........Center Operations Specialist USO Stuttgart Panzer Kaserne, Building 2915 Across from the PX www.eu.uso.org/stuttgart DSN 431-3505 Civilian 07031-15-3505 M-F 10:00-18:00 Sa 10:00-14:00 Morgan Scarborough…....Center Operations Specialist Tony Carter……….............................Graphic Designer ® The Kiosk is also online at www.eu.uso.org/stuttgart 3 ~ STUTTGART USO TOURS POLICY ~ RESERVATIONS/BOOKINGS: Must be made in person; telephone reservations are NOT accepted. Persons under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Tours priced in Euros, unless otherwise noted in the description and must be paid in full when signing up. Types of payment accepted include Master Card, Visa, cash dollar/euro and personal check. There will be a $25.00 service charge on returned checks. PICKUP POINT: Unless otherwise stated on your receipt, all USO Tours depart from the USO Parking Lot, in front of Building 2915, Panzer Kaserne. If the USO transportation is late, passengers should remain at the pickup point for 30 minutes past the scheduled pickup time or be counted as a no-show. REGULATIONS: Bus/van seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Escort may adjust seating as required. Car seats are recommended for children, especially those who are unable to sit up on their own or have difficulty sitting up by themselves (e.g. babies, toddlers). Car seats are not provided by the USO or the bus company. CANCELLATION/TOUR REFUND POLICY: The USO reserves the right to cancel any tour until 1600 hrs of the last workday prior to tour’s departure. However, customers are responsible for contacting the USO during business hours on the last workday, prior to event, to verify any changes of cancellations. Full refunds are not possible for cancellations. Any cancellation made 5 or more working days in advance of a tour will receive a refund less an administrative fee of 10% of the tour price. If the cancellation involves non-refundable tour expenses prepaid by the USO, this amount will also be deducted from the refund. Four working days or less, no refund is possible. Tour cancellations may by the USO will result in full refunds to currently booked customers. All refunds will be issued by check or credit card based upon method of original payment. Please allow 7-10 business days for processing of checks. Refunds must be completed within 6 months of cancellation date or last business day of the calendar year, whichever comes first. Exceptions: Military personnel with TDY orders may submit cancellations up to date of tour without penalty*. ORDERS MUST BE BROUGHT INTO THE USO BEFORE THE TOUR DATES. Families that choose not to continue with a tour because of spouse’s TDY may also request a refund. Please allow as much time as possible for notification. Special circumstances such as medical or stateside family emergencies must be supported by appropriate documentation and the manager has the final say as to whether a full or partial refund will be given. *If the cancellation involves non-refundable tour expenses prepaid by the USO, this amount will be deducted from the refund. NO-SHOWS ARE NOT ENTITLED TO A REFUND. Interra-Reisen and My Paris Tours cancellation policies vary according to the tour and accrue an additional 10% processing fee from the USO office. INTERNATIONAL BORDERS: Customers are responsible for having a valid passport and/ or border documentations. Tourist passports are now required for all travel outside Germany’s borders. Consult Passport Office for any further questions. The USO cannot be held liable for any inconveniences incurred if customers do not have proper documentation. For specific country visa/passport requirements, visit www.travel.state.gov. MISCELLANOUS: The USO is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen items. The tours will follow the program as closely as possible. However, the USO is not responsible for strikes, mechanical problems, inclement weather or circumstances associated with a vendor. The tours, times, and prices are subject to change WITHOUT prior notice. Pets are prohibited on all USO tours. This policy is effective April 1, 2015, and supersedes all previous policies. 4 Join us on Twitter @usostuttgart P 24th Annual Golf Tournament Golfclub Hammetweil Contact the USO for more information and registration details. Our USO Mobile Canteen is back! Friday, May 15 – 11am, while supplies last Kelley Barracks near the Theater Saturday, May 16 – 11am, while supplies last Robinson Barracks at Brewed Awakenings As a “thank you” to our USAG Stuttgart community for endless support and sacrifice, we are serving up FREE hotdogs and chili dogs, chips and Coke products from our famous USO Mobile Canteen – two dates, two locations, including a special weekend visit to RB! Proudly supported by VFW Post 10810 Stuttgart ® USO Traveling Road Show Now following the USO Mobile Canteen. Membership Chairman See the Mobile Canteen ad for dates and location information. The USO will be on hand to answer your questions about upcoming events, classes and tours. ® 6 Join us on Instagram USOStuttgart May Upcoming Events Military Spouse Appreciation Day Friday, May 8 –12pm-3pm USO Center, Panzer Kaserne, Bldg. 2915, 3rd floor We are honoring the military spouses in our community the sweetest way we know how—through chocolate! All spouses will be treated to chocolate and a note of thanks for their dedication to our troops Additionally, in the weeks leading up to Military Spouse Appreciation Day, service members will be invited to enter their loved one’s into a drawing to receive a gift certificate for a much deserved day of pampering. Stay tuned to Facebook or stop by for more details! FREE Monthly Lunch –BBQ Style- Y’all Wednesday, May 27– 11:30 while supplies last USO Center, Panzer Kaserne, Behind Bldg. 2915 We are celebrating the start of spring with a BBQ-style monthly lunch! Guests will be invited to relax outside (weather permitting) and enjoy some of their favorite BBQ foods: sausages, burgers, veggies and more! • Feel free to bring a dessert to share, no sign up required • Big THANKS to SCU for continuing to make this program possible! Volunteer Corner USO Stuttgart is saying goodbye to a dear friend and Tours Manager, Desirae McCutchen, as she departs for a new adventure in the states (boy, we will miss her)! That probably leaves you wondering “Who will be responsible for planning the wonderful tours we’ve grown accustomed to?” Lucky for us, transition is something we’re quite used to and the strength of our team enables us to promote from within. Tiffany Emery, most recently the Programs & Volunteer Coordinator for USO Stuttgart, will move “down the hall” to continue the tours legacy. And so goes another question “Who will carry on the programs and volunteer team to ensure USO Stuttgart is everywhere the community needs us to be?” It’s no secret that USO Volunteers make what we do possible. Sometimes, we are able to provide an even deeper opportunity where passion meets skill. We feel honored to welcome Nora Regan as the new Programs & Volunteer Coordinator. At the end of the day, we hope you will see little to no change overall other than having new contacts as they pertain to any questions or interests you may have as a member of our community and/or volunteer team. To contact Tiffany in Tours please email [email protected] and to reach Nora for program or volunteer purposes, please email [email protected] With endless thanks for your support during my time in programs, Tiffany With the upmost excitement for the future, Nora Become a USO Volunteer at USOVolunteer.org 7 May Tours 02 May, Saturday – Zurich, Switzerland We will be traveling to our favorite border town and the largest city in Switzerland. In Zurich, you can look forward to a guided tour as we stroll down the cobblestoned streets and alleys of the Old Town. Don’t forget to explore the museums and the many shopping opportunities! Browse the elegant boutiques along Bahnhofstraße or relax with a beverage at the Bauschänzli beer garden along the river. Bring Swiss Francs or plan to exchange onsite. Tour price includes transportation, city tour, and USO Escort. Tourist passports required. Departs: 07:00 Returns: 20:00 Cost: Adults: € 50 Child: € 45 We take you there to see the sights ... but if you’re late for the bus you get left behind!! Tiramisu Thursday, May 7 10:00-12:00 in the USO Kitchen Cost: € 20 Tiramisu means “lift me up” and it is the popular coffee-flavored Italian dessert. This wonderful concoction of lady fingers, coffee, sugar and mascarpone cheese will be a treat for the entire family. Marlene will show us how simple it is to make this luscious dessert. ® 8 USO Stuttgart, Your Home Away From Home 09 May, Saturday --- Luxembourg We will begin our day with a tour through the American Cemetery where General Patton is buried along with 5,076 other brave Americans. It is said that General Patton’s grave is dramatically unique and we will find out why during this tour. Just beyond, lay the resting places of 10,914 German soldiers in the Sandweiler German Cemetery which we will also visit. The dramatic difference between the two resting places is something to experience. Granted, the morning will be somber, but after our history lessons, we will head to the Capital City of Luxembourg where dining, shopping, and sightseeing possibilities abound! Here we will take a tour through time and space revealing 1,000 years of history; rated “outstanding cultural itinerary” by the Council of Europe, the “Wenzel Walk” crosses the famous Boch casemates, connects the upper and lower town, and offers amazing views on the fortress ramparts. You’ll discover the “Bock” promontory, the Old Town, the Wenceslas ring wall, the Alzette Valley, and Luxembourg’s unique fortifications. Afterwards, you will have time to explore the city on your own. Perhaps a walk through the historic Promenade or a nice relaxing lunch will hit the spot. Tour price includes transportation, guided American Cemetery tour, Wenzel Walk, and USO Escort. Tourist passports required. Departs: 03:00 Returns: 22:00 Cost: Adults: € 92 Child: € 82,50 09 May, Saturday --- Queen for a Day at Caracalla Spa Moms deserve the best! What better gift than a day at the Caracalla Bath and Spa in Baden-Baden? Discovered by the Romans and known for centuries as one of the most prestigious vacation areas in Europe, Baden-Baden remains a place to release your stress, forget your troubles, and completely unwind from the hectic hassles of modern life. The hot springs’ curative effects drew the nobility of Europe in the 19th Century and continue to attract a loyal following to this day. The Caracalla spa complex is a modern oasis and provides the perfect opportunity for a ladies day out. Feel welcome to add another layer of luxury for Mom with a pre-arranged massage (not included). Tour price includes transportation, 4-hour visit, breakfast and use of the spa, and USO escort. Departs: 08:00 Returns: 18:30 Adults Only: € 90,50 “Trevor Romaine with You All the Way” Deployment Kits: Come by the USO to pick up a pre-deployment gift for your little loved ones. The kit includes a Dealing with Deployment DVD, a writing journal with prompts, calendar, map and activities, a booklet for the deployment term caregiver, a set of 10 postcards featuring artwork by Trevor,Imprinted dog tags and Cuzzie™, a fuzzy friend offering the childs support. USO Stuttgart, Making Every Moment Count 9 10 May, Sunday --- Mother’s Day Rhine River Cruise It’s Mother’s Day and we’ve got you covered with a leisurely day for the whole family along the Rhine River. We will depart on a special Mother’s Day lunch cruise from St. Goarshausen meandering down the Rhine for approximately four hours. A lunch consisting of chicken, vegetables and fries will be served aboard before disembarking the boat for a guided tour of a riverside castle. Afterwards, we will continue our cruise and end in Rüdesheim, where you’ll have extra time to spend in this quaint German town. Tour price includes transportation, boat fee, castle tour, lunch (ages >5), and USO Escort. Departs: 06:00 Returns: 21:30 Cost: Adults: € 70,50 Child (5-11): € 62,50 Child (<5)without meal: € 52,50 16 May, Saturday --- Swarovski “Kristallwelten” & Innsbruck We are heading to Austria for a visit to the Swarovski crystal factory for a guided tour especially for us! The facility has recently been renovated and expanded to include new structures and art installations such as the crystal cloud. The adjoining creatively designed park invites you to linger a while as well – offering a playground, alpine garden, and a panoramic view. Visit the world’s largest Swarovski shop and a wonderful café with excellent food and beverage choices…. with all that, why would you want to leave? Well… if you decide to stay at the “Kristallwelten”, they offer a shuttle to downtown Innsbruck all day, so you can catch up to us later! Innsbruck is the second part of this tour…a great city that is often overlooked! We will take you to the old town where you can have lunch and do some light shopping, that is if you’re not “shopped out” from the factory! Tour price includes transportation, guided Swarovski tour, and USO Escort. Tourist passports required. Departs: 05:00 Returns: 22:00 Cost: Adults: € 100 Child (6-14): € 80 Child (5>): € 73 Tour dates, departure and return times are subject to change from the Kiosk! Tours are planned months in advance and sometimes changes need to be made closer to the tour date. Please confirm final tour details on your receipt! 10 The Kiosk is also online at www.eu.uso.org/stuttgart Become a USO Volunteer! • Help us to support USAG Stuttgart as a USO Volunteer – our events help to lift the spirits of our troops and their families and we couldn’t do all that we do without our volunteers. • It’s EASY! Simply visit USOVolunteer.org and register to volunteer at a USO Center. Once you’ve completed the registration and have been “accepted” by our location, you’ll be able to see the “available volunteer opportunities” and sign up for these events. • All volunteer opportunities and managing volunteer time is online at USOVolunteer.org. It’s easy – we are happy to walk you through it, if needed. As a USO Volunteer, your time will be valued, your efforts monumental in making life better for others. • For questions regarding volunteering, contact the Programs and Volunteer Coordinator – vol. [email protected] CIV 07031-15-3505 / DSN 431-3505 • Sign up at usovolunteer.org • New to the USO Stuttgart volunteer team? Sign up for our New Volunteer Orientation, being held on April 16th at 11:30am at the USO Center. USO Volunteer Quarterly Meeting Wednesday, May 20 – 6:30pm-8:30pm USO Center, Panzer Kaserne, Bldg. 2915, 3rd floor Don’t miss the fun of our USO Quarterly Volunteer Meeting! These meetings are crucial for staying up to date on important events, policies and information, but are also a great way to share a meal and some laughs with your fellow volunteers. USO Stuttgart, Your Home Away From Home 11 16 May, Saturday --- Dachau w/Jason Eilers Since 1965, the Dachau Concentration Camp has been deemed a memorial site. You’ll be overwhelmed as Jason guides you through the grounds of Dachau, allowing you plenty of time to experience the museum and visitor’s center. Built in 1933, Dachau was the first Nazi concentration camp (and was used as a school of sorts). Jason is with you to answer all of your questions and provide in-depth knowledge of the camp and its history. We will then travel up the road to Munich for a quick stop to eat lunch. You can eat at the famous Hofbräuhaus, Hard Rock Café or just grab a fresh sandwich at the market. Tour price includes transportation, city tour, and USO Escort. **Your tour to Dachau Concentration Camp will be both moving and disturbing and is not recommended for younger children.** Departs: 06:00 Returns: 21:00 Cost: Adults (12+): € 60 23 May, Saturday --- Eagles Nest & Salzbergwerk We are returning to the Eagle’s Nest…but we aren’t stopping there! The Salt Mines are a must see while in Berchtesgaden…. so we are making the time to experience all this area has to offer! First stop is a tour through the Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden, one of the oldest active salt mines in the world. We will travel on mine wagons, slide into the depths of the salt mine and boat across an emerald green subterranean lake. Then we’ll take a breathtaking bus journey up the Kehlstein road and speed up the inside of the mountain in a luxurious brass elevator...124 meters in 41 seconds! Perched on a 6,000 foot mountain summit, Hitler’s “Eagle’s Nest” is a true feat of engineering, and the views alone are worth the trip. Enjoy lunch (not included) at its modern day restaurant or pack a picnic and spend some time enjoying the mountain. Tour price includes transportation, entrance fees, and USO Escort. Tourist passports required. Departs: 04:00 Returns: 22:30 Cost: Adults: € 100,50 Child (4-16): € 76,50 Infant (3>): € 55,50 24 May, Sunday – Berlin Carnival of Cultures Berlin has an amazing history…..its first historical appearance came in a 13th-century document. It served as the capital of not only Prussia, but also the capital of the German Empire after the unification of Germany, the Third Reich under Hitler, East Germany during the communist era, and finally reunified Germany in 1990. Must-sees while in Berlin: The Brandenburg Gate, remnants of the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag, the Victory Column, and the New National Gallery...just to name a few! We will see many of these during our guided city tour in the morning. Every year in early summer, Berlin celebrates its cultural diversity with a giant street festival, Carnival of Cultures. Costumes, dance, music, and over 300 market stalls are sure to keep you busy! Tour price includes transportation, city tour, and USO Escort. Departs: 00:00 (Midnight) Returns: 03:00 (Mon) Cost: Adults: € 95,50 Child: € 85,50 12 Join us on Twitter @usostuttgart 30 May, Saturday --- Prague, Czech Republic Express Prague is one of our most popular destinations…and why wouldn’t it be?! Here, every stone is a piece of history! Enjoy a guided city tour pointing out the many highlights and unique gems of this city. This express trip will allow for plenty of free time to explore on your own and discover the sites important to you. Stroll across Charles Bridge, visit the Castle, shop in Wenceslas Square or just wander the streets and discover new treasures. Spend some time relaxing with a beverage while enjoying the towering 14th Century Ty Church. The Prague Orloj goes off every hour and is the oldest working Astronomical clock in the world, a sight to behold. If you make a plan before you go, you are sure to get in everything you want to see! Tour price includes transportation, guided tour, and USO Escort. Tourist passports required. Departs: 01:00 Returns: 03:00 (Sun) Cost: Adults: € 85 Child: € 72 Did you know THIS about the USO? Your Stuttgart USO offers a variety of programs designed to support our troops and their families in many facets of life – take a look and take advantage of these great programs, it is our pleasure to offer them. USO MONTHLY LUNCH Wednesday, May 27 11:30am, while supplies last Panzer Kaserne, behind Bldg. 2915 FREE Monthly Lunches at the USO offered the last Wednesday of the month! We’re on a journey, enjoying a variety of themes with a little of this and a little of that each month. • Feel free to bring a dessert to share, no sign up required • Big THANKS to SCU for continuing to make this program possible ® Food Handlers Course every second Wednesday of each month. May 13 & June 10th – 1pm-3pm Thanks to MWR, USO Volunteers and community members are invited to attend a free course on food handling. We encourage all USO volunteers to attend this course as another layer of protection and quality within our events. The more, the merrier. • Volunteers should sign-up through USOVolunteer.org Join us on Instagram USOStuttgart 13 30-31 May, Saturday-Sunday – Veneto Wine Tradition This is a fantastic weekend getaway designed specifically for our adult travelers. We are traveling to Veneto, where wine is ‘tradition’. The lush green hills that surround Verona have been the home of indigenous vines for over 2,000 years. During our two-day journey, we will visit celebrated vineyards, each producing their own specialties, with a chance to sample wines and local cheeses. After a delicious and inspiring day at the vineyards, we will spend our evening in the heart of Verona, a romantic city that speaks to visitors with many passions – history, architecture, shopping and cuisine … and, of course, the enchanted story of Romeo and Juliet. After breakfast the following morning, we will indulge in another wine-filled day in the Veneto countryside before returning home feeling refreshed and connected to one of the greatest traditions Italy has to offer. Tour price includes transportation, vineyard tours, lodging, breakfast, and USO Escort. Tourist passports required. Departs: 03:00 Returns: 21:00 (Sun) Adults (18+): € 187 Single Supplement: € 50 THREE DAYS IN PARIS your experts for Paris …. and more! Three Days in Paris € 319 May 23-25 Downtown Hotel Three Days in Paris € 319 June 13-15 Downtown Hotel Day Trip to Paris € 99 May 9 and June 20 www.my-paris-tours.com 14 Become a USO Volunteer at USOVolunteer.org Save up to 18,50 € and buy now! More at: LEGOLAND.de *For further information please contact your local USO office ©2015 The LEGO Group Get your discounted LEGOLAND® tickets now: Pre-sale tickets: € 27,Special offer: € 24,-* © LFL “M Sp e ec 23 mo ial O – 3 ria ffe 1 lD r M ay ay ” 13 – 26 MAY: World-Record Building Activity – the Biggest LEGO® Brick 4 –7 JUNE: LEGO Star WarsTM Days FREE Knitting Classes Every Thursday 10am to noon USO Center Bldg. 2915, Panzer 3rd Floor What began as an instructor and a budding student has become an eve r- s o -p op ular place to be on Thursdays! Thanks to Chris Rials, USO Volunteer Extraordinaire! She has truly created a place to learn, grow new friendships and explore hidden talents. All skill levels are welcome in every class; just bring your needles and yarn. ® USO Stuttgart, Your Home Away From Home 15 Ford and Nissan Service-Partner Waldenbucher Strasse 26, 71065 Sindelfingen Phone: 07031/8741-60 • Fax: 07031/8130-60 E-Mail: [email protected] Full Factory Authorized Dealerships: • Windshield Replacement/Car Glass Repair • A/C Service • Parts Service and Repair • Bodywork/Paintjobs • Tune ups for all Cars! 5 Minutes from Panzer Housing Get 10% off your maintenence with this advertisement. 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Lay down your blankets and pillows to enjoy a fun family night under the stars. We’ll provide the popcorn, feel free to bring any other snacks that make your movie night complete! Don’t forget to bring blankets, pillows and anything else that will make your movie night cozy. Check out our Facebook page as we get closer to summer for additional information! Father’s Day Workshop Saturday, June 13 Time TBD Kelley Arts & Crafts Center What do you think of when you think of a father? Someone who teaches you how to play catch or build a remote control car, a special guest at a tea party, giver of awkward advice at times, a protector against monsters, or just a pair of strong arms to hold you when you’re sad. Your USO wants to honor the fathers in our community by treating them to a special day with their child(ren) building something together. • Registration is required. Sign up begins May 4th, 10am at the USO FREE Monthly Lunch – Italian cuisine – bon appétit! Wednesday, June 24 – 11:30am while supplies last Panzer Kaserne, Bldg. 2915, 3rd Floor We are serving up some traditional Italian cuisine complete with pasta dishes, fresh ingredients and garlic bread. • • • • Calling all Italian food “chefs”, help us prepare an authentic meal. Contact [email protected] 07031-15-3505 Feel free to bring a dessert to share Special thanks to Service Credit Union for your continued support of this oh-so-popular event each month! 18 USO Stuttgart, Making Every Moment Count Congratulations & Thank you Patch High School Our spirit’s so big they had to build us a new school Thank you to the wonderful Patch High School for over 35 years (1979-2015) of learning, memories and fun! We cannot wait to see what the new school has is store! As a special goodbye and congratulations, USO Stuttgart is bringing the famous Mobile Canteen hot dog truck to Patch Husky Field on June 1st for a day of celebration! Congratulations Class of 2015 on all you have accomplished over the past four years and all that you have to look forward to! “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” –Dr. Suess Zero. Zip. Nada. USO MONTHLY LUNCH! Wednesday, June 24 11:30am, while supplies last Panzer Kaserne, Bldg. 2915, 3rd floor No Fee Checking FREE Monthly Lunches at the USO offered the last Wednesday of the month! We’re on a journey, enjoying a variety of themes with a little of this and a little of that each month. LIVE PERSON SERVICE 24/7 800.936.7730 • SERVICECU.ORG • Feel free to bring a dessert to share, no sign up required A BS O LU T E LY N O FE ES federally insured by ncua No transaction or maintenance fees. Some member selected service fees may apply. See servicecu.org for details. No official US Army endorsement is implied • Big THANKS to SCU for continuing to make this program possible. ® Join us on Twitter @usostuttgart 19 June Tours 06 June, Saturday --- Insel Mainau & Meersburg Our morning starts with a visit to the lovely Mainau Island where we will have a guided visit and learn about the best of the island including the history and other interesting facts. After our tour, we will enjoy the unique atmosphere over a lunch of roast pork in a creamy mushroom sauce with seasonal vegetables and spätzle one of the island’s restaurants. In the afternoon, we will take a short ferry ride across Lake Constance to the lakeside town of Meersburg, whose medieval fortress catches your eye from afar. Built on a steep vineyard right by the lake, this fortress has been attracting tourists for centuries and has the distinction of being the oldest inhabited castle in Germany! You will have some free time to explore the city on your own. Take some time to enjoy some of the local wines in a cozy cafe or on the terrace of the Neues Schloß, which overlooks the clear water and imposing rise of the Alps in the distance. Tour price includes transportation, Island tour, lunch, ferry, and USO Escort. Tourist passports required. Departs: 07:30 Returns: 20:30 Cost: Adults: € 85 Child: € 55,75 06 June, Saturday – Heidelberg by Train We’re heading to Heidelberg for the day! We will meet at the Starbucks inside the Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof and make our way to our platform for boarding. Upon arrival in the city we will meet our guide for a city tour to include the famous Heidelberg Castle, which overlooks the lovely university town with its cathedral and multiple historic buildings. After our tour you will have plenty of time to ramble around the Old town. As you meander through the medieval alleys, you’ll find quaint boutique shops, unique from the main street high volume stores. Tour price includes train ticket, city tour, castle tour, and USO Escort. Departs: 08:00 Returns: 19:45 Cost: All Seats: € 40 USO Travelers 11 and younger qualify for Child Price. USO Travelers 11 and younger qualify for child price. Remember we want all of our young adventurers to arrive safe … car seats are recommended for children, especially for those who are unable to sit up on their own or have difficulty sitting up by themselves. Car seats are not provided the USO or the company. 20 The Kiosk is also online at www.eu.uso.org/stuttgart 11 June, Thursday --- Swiss Chocolate Train Join the USO as we travel to Switzerland for a unique experience in the land of chocolate. We will board our authentic Pullman train in Montreux and enjoy a coffee and croissant en route to our first stop, the Gruyeres demonstration cheese dairy. Our senses will take us on a journey as we discover the secrets of cheese-making before having some free time to explore the village and visit the Gruyeres castle. We continue by bus to Broc where we will visit the Maison Cailler-Nestle before we return by train to Montreux and catch our bus home. Tour price includes transportation, Swiss Chocolate Train, entrance to Gruyeres, entrance to Cailler-Nestle, and USO escort. Tourist passports required, special cancellation policy applies. Departs: 03:00 Returns: 00:00 (Midnight) Cost: All Seats: € 155,50 Due to the cost of tickets, no discounts can be applied to this tour. 13 June, Saturday – Champagne in Reims, France Reims is synonymous with champagne… imagine 155 miles of underground wine and champagne cellars under your feet! We are paying a special visit to the G.H. MUMM house, renowned for its Cordon Rouge champagne, where we will experience a total immersion with a tour of their cellars and special tasting of two champagnes. If you leave feeling inspired for more champagne talk, you could visit one of the other cellars located in the heart of the city. From antiquity to the present days, Reims, a UNESCO World Heritage city, offers a variety of historical sites: Gallo-Roman, medieval monuments but also museums of the 1st and 2nd World Wars. We will make it easy to explore with the included transportation pass so that you can design your Reims experience. Tourist passports required. Departs: 03:00 Returns: 00:00 (Midnight) Cost: Adults Only (18+): € 120 13 June, Saturday --- Nürnberg Dokumentation Center & Courthouse with Jason Eilers This is an ambitious day, full of information! Jason will meet us in Nürnberg and share his knowledge about the Third Reich before leaving you to visit the Dokumentation Center at your own pace. We’ll give you some time to have lunch at the café (not included) before we visit the Memorial to the Nürnberg Trials in the Nürnberg Palace of Justice. Again, Jason will fill you in on all the details before setting you loose with audio guides to delve into the material in the memorial. After our history lessons, we will have some time to relax and enjoy the old town, where you can peek at the wonderfully restored buildings. Most of Nürnberg was destroyed by Allied bombing in WWII, but, thanks to the Marshall Plan, Nürnberg was restored to its historic appearance. Tour price includes transportation, guided tour, entry fees, and USO Escort. Departs: 08:00 Returns: 21:00 Cost: Adults: € 64 Child: € 59,75 Become a USO Volunteer at USOVolunteer.org 21 14 June, Sunday – Black Forest Schinkenfest We’re heading back to the Black Forest and this time there’s something extra special waiting for us – the Schinkenfest! Who knew the Black Forest wasn’t only famous for its clocks… but also ham?! This time around Christina, our outstanding tour guide, will take us to visit a woodcarver, a beekeeper (honey, crèmes, and candies are available for purchase) and of course, the famous House of 1000 Clocks. After our tour, you’ll have free time to enjoy the Schinkenfest in all its glory with a flea market, music, food and beer. We will end the day with a special Black Forest cake demonstration – a must see (and taste)! Departs: 07:00 Returns: 20:00 Cost: Adults: € 74 Child: € 66 20 June, Saturday --- Brugge, Belgium Come with the USO as we travel to Brugge, known for its art, canals, medieval architecture, and of course, its world-famous chocolate and beer! We start with a walking tour of this famous town to help you learn about its architecture and history. After the tour, you have free time to eat lunch, shop, and see the sights. Perhaps you will choose to visit one of the many art museums, or one of their more unusual sites such as the chocolate or the French fry museums, cruise the canals or take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the town (not included). Tour price includes transportation, city tour, and USO escort. Tourist passports required. Departs: 01:30 Returns: 02:15 (Sun) Cost: Adults: € 95,50 Child: € 85 20 June, Saturday --- Maximillian Ritterspiele, Horb am Neckar What a great treat for Dad this Father’s Day! Peruse the medieval market where farmers and craftsman from around the area will be showcasing their wares, indulge in delicious festival cuisine such as pork-on-a-stick and cherry beer. On top of all of that, this Knight’s Tournament is one of the biggest in Europe, honoring Kaiser Maximilian and his knights. Join us while we watch their story come to life with a jousting battle the whole family will enjoy. Tour price includes transportation, entry fees, reserved seating for the jousting tournament, and USO Escort. Departs: 09:30 Returns: 19:30 Cost: Adults (14+): € 52,25 Child (6-13): € 31,50 Child: (0-5): € 26,50 Become A Facebook Friend - USO Stuttgart 22 Join us on Instagram USOStuttgart Steppin’ Out Tour Program Saturday, June 20 2015 – Departs: 09:30, Returns at 19:30 USO Stuttgart and SCSC want to ensure that USAG Stuttgart E7 and below, single or unaccompanied service members are enjoying all that Europe has to offer, stepping out of the familiarity of our garrison. So goes the “Steppin’ Out” program …! • Maximillian Ritterspiele, A Knight’s Tournament at Horb am Neckar • Sign up at the USO starts May 20th - $40 or €40 refundable deposit required Limited availability 1st come, 1st serve. • POC: Programs Coordinator - DSN: 431-3505 [email protected] Endless THANKS to SCSC for making this program possible! Stuttgart Community Spouses’ Club (SCSC) Our mission is to provide information and support to Americans living in the Stuttgart area through social events and fundraising activities and to provide grants and scholarships to our military community. The SCSC Thrift Shops are a great place to find a treasure, donate your excess and support your local community. Patch Thrift Shop Building 2332 Mon, Wed & Fri: 1000-1600 Thursday: 1500-1900 1st & 3rd Saturdays: 1000- 1400 In addition to our monthly social events, the SCSC has special interest groups that include bunko, book, shopping, gourmet, lunch bunch, scrapbooking, wine tasting, and travel clubs. The SCSC also partners with MWR to organize the Spring Bazaar that attracts amazing vendors from across Europe for your shopping pleasure. 2014-2015 SCSC Membership is open. Check our website to view the complete list of our monthly events. See you there! 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Get off your purchase! e a ...havegood tim USO Kiosk May-June ! On all regularly priced items. At all of our stores. This coupon must be presented at the time of purchase. One coupon per purchase only. Valid till 30th June 2015. 24 June, Wednesday --- Day in the Alsace We are spending a whole day touring the Alsace region of France! First, we are going to head over to Colmar, the last town in France to be freed after the Second World War. On our way into Colmar, you will see the Statue of Liberty! Well...it is only a replica, but it was installed by the Municipality of Colmar to honor its most prestigious artist, Auguste Bartholdi, the sculptor. After a city orientation you will have plenty of time to explore the city and enjoy a lunch on your own. Colmar’s old town is the main attraction and is stunningly beautiful and well preserved. Be sure to stop at the Musée Bartholdi; it is the house where he was born and holds many of the original models of his masterpieces, including the Statue of Liberty. There is even a part of the town named “Little Venice” that you must visit to understand its exceptionality. While you are there make sure to keep an eye out for the dates painted onto the side of buildings. You will discover many of them date back to the 1300’s! After our time in Colmar, we will visit the HautKoenigsbourg Castle, where we will have a specialized guide to help us seek out its unusual features and gain more insight to the architecture and daily life in the middle ages. Tour price includes transportation, entrance and guided tour of the castle, city orientation, and USO Escort. Tourist passports required. Departs: 07:00 Returns: 20:00 Cost: Adults: €62 Child: €55 27 June, Saturday --- Regensburg Regensburg is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe, with a numerous landmarks in the city center dating back over 2000 years! The city was added to the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites in 2006. A Roman settlement completed under Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Regensburg became the first and foremost capital of Bavaria-- the residence of dukes, kings and bishops, and for 600 years an imperial free city. Outstanding features such as the Old Stone Bridge and the cathedral date from this period in the middle ages. The history, sights and landmarks are densely packed so the city can be easily discovered on foot. After a guided walking tour there will be some free time to explore more on your own. Tour price includes transportation, city tour, and USO Escort. Departs: 06:30 Returns: 20:00 Cost: Adults: €70 Child: €63 USO Deployed Service Member Care Package Program: Service members downrange are always excited about receiving care packages and the USO will help you get one to your loved one. We have items to send and encourage you to add your own personal touch. Contact Tiffany at the USO for more information DSN 431-3345 [email protected] Become a USO Volunteer at USOVolunteer.org 25 27 June, Saturday --- Vienna, Austria Express Vienna in the summer time? Yes, Please! We will check out the sights and sounds of Wien, the capital and largest city of Austria—“The City of Dreams”! After a city tour, the day is yours to explore and enjoy everything Vienna has to offer. With so many things to see and do in Vienna you will need to do your homework if you want to get it all in one day. Preplan your visit....if you want to stop by the famous Spanish Riding School (home of the Lipizzaner stallions) buy tickets well in advance. Visit one of the many museums...the Leopold Museum....the Museum of Modern Art...even the small yet overlooked Alt Wiener Schnapsmuseum. Why not hop on one of those famous hop off/hop on tour buses for an excellent overview of the significant historical sights such as the Belvedere Palace (which houses the largest Gustav Klimt collection in the world!) and Schöbrunn Place—once a summer house of the Habsburg Family. Remember to enjoy some down time and grab a piece of the famous Sacher Torte with a cup of Vienna coffee! Tour price includes transportation, city tour, and USO Escort. Tourist passports required. Departs: 01:00 Returns: 02:00 (Sun) Cost: Adults: € 112,50 Child: € 100,50 For information about Monthly and Upcoming For information about Monthly and Upcoming Events and Tours!!!! Events and Tours!!!! 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This year we board the “Rhein Dream", reserved just for the USO, and cruise up the scenic Rhein valley. We will enjoy a cold buffet dinner including breads, cheeses, sausages, and salads, with additional food and beverages available for purchase, if desired. After dinner, both the lower and upper decks are open for your relaxation and enjoyment to the tune of DJ Spike. You will be captivated by roughly 50 illuminated ships that sail the Rhein on a journey past forts, ‘burning’ castles and romantic ruins. Fireworks will not start until after dark ensuring the best view possible. Seats are limited and always sell out quickly, so don’t wait!! Tour price includes transportation, boarding card, buffet dinner, music entertainment, and USO Escort. **Special cancellation restrictions apply** Departs: 11:30 Returns: 04:00 (Sun) Cost: Adults: € 130 Child: € 110 Discount Policy The USO offers a 10% discount for Service Members E6 or below (with ID) and Families/Groups of four (4) or more who sign up at the same time (not applicable on overnight tours). The USO also offers a 5% discount on our Overnight Tours when you sign up 4 weeks or more in advance. Please note, that these discounts cannot be combined and may not apply to all tours. Advertise in The Kiosk Reach New Customers For Your Business! For information and advertising rates please contact Stuttgart USO 07031-15-3505 ® USO Stuttgart, Making Every Moment Count 29 Introducing our Frequent Traveler Program For every 10 tours you join us on, we will give you one tour FREE*! *Limited to a value of €100 or less upon approval of the Tours Manager. 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Sun Mon 1 June 2015 Tue 2 Wed 3 Thu 4 Fri 5 Sat 6 Insel Mainau & Meersburg Heidelberg 7 8 14 15 9 16 10 17 11 12 Nürnberg Free Knitting Class Father’s Day Workshop 18 19 20 Ritterspiele Free Knitting Class 22 23 24 Day in the Alsace Monthly Lunch 28 Reims Swiss Choc Train Triberg 21 13 29 25 Brugges 26 27 Regensburg Vienna 30 We Care... ~Visit www.eu.uso.org/stuttgart find “USO Stuttgart Survey” under stories~include Kiosk trips, My Paris Tours, and Interra Reisen trips!! ~submit survey w/ name & email automatically enter to win a €25 trip coupon* *One coupon awarded monthly during the monthly lunch (Certain restrictions apply) USO Conversational German Language Classes 13 Apr — 15 May, 2015 Sign up at your local USO Center, Bldg. 2915 on Panzer Kaserne Beginner ( Level A ) Class Days Hours Post Instructor T/TH 0900-1130 Patch—Bldg 2312 Butsch-Schill 2A M/W 1800-2030 Patch—Bldg 2307 Butsch-Schill 3A T/TH 1800-2030 Robinson—Bldg 151 Butsch-Schill 4A T/TH 1800-2030 Patch—Bldg 2308 Layer 5A T/W 0900-1130 Panzer—Bldg 2931 & 2948 Vetter Days Hours Post Instructor M/TH/F 1800-2030 Kelley Hotel — Conference Room Welch-Sing 7B M/W 0900-1130 Patch 2308 Hoffmann 8B M/W 1800-2030 Patch—High School, Rm 408 Hoffmann 1A Class will end 19 May Intermediate ( Level B ) Class 6B Class will end 07 May Advanced ( Level C) Class Days Hours Post Instructor 9C T/W 1800-2030 Patch—Bldg 2308 Vetter Next Term Will Begin June 2015 Class Cost: €100 Book: €20 Glossary: €10 *There is a NO REFUND policy for the German language classes.* €25 Transfer fee applies to all changes in classes or terms. Transfer must be executed within the first week of class. Schedule subject to change. Children must be 15 years of age to attend classes.
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