Department of Defense Education Activity-Europe schools will kick off their annual back-to-school chess tournament from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 2 in the food court of the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center on Ramstein. Contact Jack Woodfork at firstname.lastname@example.org for the pre-registration form, rules and other details. Tournament-day registration will run from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. followed by rules and key information. Tournament play will start at 10 a.m., with the awards presentation lasting from noon to 12:30 p.m. First- and second-place trophies will be awarded to the top two players per group. A group or team will consist of three to six players.
Guided tours of the Abbey Church in Otterberg, in German, will be offered the first Sunday of each month. Interested participants will meet at 2:30 p.m. at the main entrance of the church. The one-hour long tour costs €3.
The old smithy in Otterberg, Kirchstrasse, will be open to the public at 4 p.m. every first Saturday of the month. Admission is free.
The museum in Otterberg, which is located in the tourist information office, Hauptstrasse 54, is open during 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, and 3 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free.
“GREATER TUNA”: Join KMC Onstage for a riotous good time in this unique comedy production that is fun for the entire family! Two actors play 22 roles between them. Performances are at 7 p.m. Sept. 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 and 18. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at Java Cafe. Pay at the door; no pre-purchase required. For more information contact KMC Onstage on Kleber Kaserne, Bldg. 3232, at 483-6626; 0631-411-6626.
Armstrong’s Club Events
Armstrong’s Club is located in Bldg. 1036 on Vogelweh Family Housing. Call 0631-3406-3993 for details. Unless otherwise stated, events have no cover charge and are open to all ID cardholders and their guests, 18 and over.
A Taste of Germany: 5 p.m. every Monday at Castello’s Snack Bar inside Armstrong’s Club. Indulge in traditional and delicious German meals for $5 per plate. The meals vary each week; menus are available at www.kaiserslautern.armymwr.com.
Women and Wine: 6 to 10 p.m. the first and third Monday of every month. This get together allows women to make friends and form a social network in a fun environment. Food and beverages available for purchase.
Small Tab Tuesdays: 5 to 10 p.m. every Tuesday. Play a game of pool or pick your favorite jam on the jukebox while enjoying specials.
Trivia Wednesdays: 7 to 10 p.m. every Wednesday.
Karaoke Fridays: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Friday. Show off your singing skills and
socialize in a fun environment.
Latin Saturdays: 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. every first and third Saturday of the month.
Kazabra Club Events
Kazabra Club is located in Bldg. 2057 on Vogelweh. Call 489-7261 or 0631-636-7261 for details. Unless otherwise stated, events have no cover charge and are open to all ID cardholders and their guests, 18 and over.
Texas Hold’em and Game Night: 8 p.m. to midnight every Friday. Buy-in is $25. Register and buy in by 7 p.m. Other games available for play include dominoes, cornhole and table pong.
Country Night: 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturdays. There is a $5 cover charge.
Country and Western Dance Classes: 7:30 p.m. the first Saturday of every month. No cover charge.
Sunday Bingo: 3 p.m. every Sunday. Doors open at 1 p.m. Bingo packs start at $30. Prizes will be based upon participation. Play the progressive game for a chance to win up to $5,000.
Little Shop of Horrors: Audition to be a part of the KMC OnStage production of Little Shop of Horrors. Auditions will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 21 and 22 at the KMC OnStage Theatre on Kleber Kaserne and are open to all. Those auditioning should be ready to sing a prepared song, learn a short dance piece and do a cold reading for the director. This production tells the tale of a meek flower shop assistant Seymour, who pines for his co-worker Audrey. During a total eclipse, he discovers an unusual plant he names Audrey II, which feeds only on human flesh and blood. The growing plant attracts a great deal of business for the previously struggling store. After Seymour feeds Audrey’s boyfriend, Orin, to the plant after Orin’s accidental death, he must come up with more bodies for the increasingly bloodthirsty plant. For more information contact KMC OnStage on Kleber Kaserne, Bldg. 3232, at 483-6626 or 0631-411-6626.
Rocky Horror Picture Show: Calling all 18 and older triple-threats! Auditions for the KMC OnStage production of the Rocky Horror Picture Show will be held Aug. 28 at the Ramstein Community Center from 6 to 8 p.m. and Aug. 29 at the KMC OnStage theatre on Kleber from 6 to 8 p.m. Those auditioning should be ready to sing a prepared song, learn a short dance piece and do a cold reading for the director. This story centers on a young engaged couple whose car breaks down in the rain near a castle where they seek a telephone to call for help. The castle is occupied by strangers in elaborate costumes celebrating an annual convention. They discover the head of the house is Frank N. Furter, an apparent mad scientist who actually is an alien transvestite who creates a living muscle man in his laboratory. The couple is seduced separately by the mad scientist and eventually released by the servants who take control. For more information contact KMC OnStage on Kleber Kaserne, Bldg. 3232, at 483-6626 or
Single Parent Support Group meets from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month. Join Family Advocacy Program for this educational class to examine services and tools that will aid in successful parenting. Feel free to bring a lunch. Class meets at Halftime Sports Bar in Landstuhl Community Club, Bldg. 3780. For more information and to enroll, call 541-9000 or 0611-143-541-9000.
The Rheinland Pfalz Quilt Guild will hold its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m.
Aug. 23 in the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center multipurpose room, adjacent to food court. The program with guild business, show and tell, and “Free motion quilting … Where to begin” class will start at 6 p.m. Anyone, any age and any skill level interested in quilting can join. No pre-registration required. For details, visit www.rheinlandpfalzquiltguild.org/index.html.
Ramstein Toastmasers will meet every first, second and third Tuesday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. at Ramstein South Chapel, Bldg. 2403. Individuals who want to develop their public speaking skills are welcome to visit the meetings, free of charge. Participants can prepare for board interviews, promotional ceremonies or leadership roles. Public speaking skills or aspirations can be advanced and enhanced. For more information, visit www.ramstein.
toastmastersclubs.org or www.facebook.com/ramsteintoastmasters.
Classes and training
Calling all high school students! Can’t get back to the states to tour college campuses? No problem! From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12 on Rhine Ordnance Barracks, Bldg. 237, join your peers from military installations around Europe to meet representatives from a diverse group of over 80 colleges and universities. Get first-hand accounts of what life is like on campuses all over the world. There is no fee to attend this event.
Advanced BRS training: The Uniformed Services Blended Retirement System will offer advanced BRS training for service members from all branches of service and their spouses at the following locations, dates and times:
Baumholder Wagon Wheel Theater
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 22. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 13 and Dec. 8
Landstuhl Heaton Auditorium
9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 20
Sembach Tiger Theater
9 to 11 a.m. Nov. 17
Ramstein Hercules Theater
9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 18 and Dec. 12
9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 15 and Jan. 19
Attendees should complete the online Opt-In Training prior to attending this workshop. For details, call Army Community Service at 531-2850 or 0611-531-2850 or stop by the ACS office, Bldg. 8746, on Clinic Kaserne in Baumholder; or call 541-9000 or 0611-143-541-9000 or stop by the ACS office on Kleber Kaserne, Bldg. 3210.
Oktoberfest Express: On Sept. 16 and 20, let Baumholder Outdoor Recreation be your designated driver to the 184th annual Munich Oktoberfest. In addition to the food, drink and festivities available in the massive beer garden tents, Oktoberfest offers live music, rides, souvenirs and a great mix of people from all over the world. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is a must for any beer-lover, but it also deserves a place high on the to-do list for anyone stationed in Germany. For more information, contact Outdoor Recreation on Smith Barracks, Bldg. 8167, at 485-7182 or 06783-6-7182.
Amsterdam Express with Outdoor Recreation: On Oct. 7, visit Amsterdam, the “Venice of the North!” With no set schedule or tour guide to follow, you are free to choose your own adventure. Tour the Heineken Brewery, explore the notorious Red Light District, take a Canal Cruise, see the historic Anne Frank House or view world famous artwork in museums like the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum or a satellite location of the Hermitage Museum. Cost is $89 per person and $49 for children under 12. For more information contact Baumholder Outdoor Recreation on Smith Barracks, Bldg. 8167, at 485-7182; 06783-6-7182.
Tongeren Antiques Market: On Oct. 15, go bargain hunting at the Tongeren Antiques Market! Are you a passionate collector of baubles and curiosities? If so, Baumholer Outdoor Recreation has the bargain hunt for you! Tongeren, one of the oldest towns in Belgium, has hosted one of the largest antique and flea markets in the region for more than 30 years. Every Sunday morning, more than 350 exhibitors and about 40 antique shops display their best merchandise to numerous visitors and bargain hunters. Your visit to the antique and flea market can be completed with a visit to the Gallo-Roman Museum or the historic town center where many stores are open for Sunday shopping! We’ll bring our van and trailer to bring back your findings. Cost is $49 per person. For more information contact Baumholder Outdoor Recreation on Smith Barracks, Bldg. 8167, at 485-7182; 06783-6-7182.