Community notes – January 29, 2015

USO seeks volunteers

USO is seeking volunteers to help with various programs around the Wiesbaden military community. Volunteers must be 18 and older and possess a Department of Defense ID card. Go to www.usovolunteer.org to apply. Contact the USO Rhein Main volunteer coordinator at mil 548-5103 or civ (0611) 143-548-5103.

Community open house

U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden will host the 2015 Spring Community Open House at the Wiesbaden Fitness Center on Clay Kaserne March 3. A variety of programs and services will be on display on the main gymnasium floor to enlighten fairgoers of the numerous support offerings available in the community. The fair provides a full array of community information and static displays, fostering community social awareness consisting of garrison agencies, private organizations and military support agencies such as Scouting, USO, Red Cross and the spouses’ club.

Learn to save a life

Red Cross offers Babysitting and Pediatric CPR Feb. 6-7 and Blended First Aid/CPR/AED Feb. 11 from 5:30-8 p.m. Contact Red Cross at mil 548-1760 or civ (0611) 143-548-1760 or email wiesbaden@redcross.org for more information.

BOSS gets busy

Wiesbaden’s Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers features free BOSS movie night Mondays at 6 p.m. Call civ (0611) 143-548-9815 or stop by the Warrior Zone on Clay Kaserne for more information.

Tech expo

The 5th Signal Command hosts a technology expo Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Tony Bass Multi-Use Center to give community organizations and units an opportunity to see some of the latest in emerging technologies, network with industry experts and share ideas and future goals. Attendees can view live demonstrations and presentations from a variety of companies.

Reconnection workshops

The Wiesbaden American Red Cross offers free and confidential reconnection workshops for military families going through redeployment. Workshops address communicating clearly and focus on topics such as exploring stress and trauma, identifying depression, relating to children and working through anger. For information about holding a workshop for your family or group call the Red Cross at civ (0611) 143-548-1760, email wiesbaden@redcross.org or stop by the office in Building 1206 on Clay Kaserne.

Traffic changes on Texas Strasse

The traffic pattern on Texas Strasse in Hainerberg Housing has changed. On school days the section of Texas Strasse between Mississippi Strasse and Florida Strasse is closed to traffic from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., except for school buses. All other times of the day/week, Texas Strasse will be one-way only from the intersection of Mississippi Strasse to Virginia Strasse. This change is necessary to alleviate safety concerns on this constricted portion of the street.

Upcoming CIE

The next Community Information Exchange format will be held Feb. 24 in the Community Activity Center 9:30 a.m. Follow it live from Garrison Wiesbaden Facebook page.

Fellowship, Bible study

The Protestant Women of the Chapel host fellowship, worship and Bible study every Tuesday from 9-11:30 a.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Hainerberg Chapel. Child care is provided.

Welfare grants

Do you belong to a private organization in the Wiesbaden community that is in need of funds for a worthy cause? Consider applying for a Wiesbaden Community Spouses Club welfare grant at http://wiesbadenspousesclub.com/welfare_grants. For more information send an email to welfare@wiesbadenspousesclub.com.

Car seat checkups

The Family Advocacy Program holds car seat checkups the last Tuesday of the month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center parking lot. Call civ (0611) 143-548-9201 to register.

Sponsorship training

Soldier and civilian sponsorship training is held the third Thursday of every month from 1:30-2 p.m. at the Education Center on Clay Kaserne (Classroom 8).

Youth of the Chapel

The High School Outreach Club meets Mondays from 5:30-7:15 p.m. The Middle School Outreach Club meets Tuesdays from 3-4:30 p.m. and a Bible Study group meets Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The clubs and groups meet in Building 7750 in Hainerberg Housing.

Breastfeeding support

Nursing babies, mothers and mothers-to-be are invited to the La Leche League meetings held on the fourth Friday of the month (the third Fridays in November and December) at 10 a.m. at the USO Cottage in Hainerberg Housing. Call Carol at civ (06257) 942 869 or email carol.hunter@lalecheliga.de for more information.

Host nation orientation

All service members, civilians and family members are invited to attend one of the host nation orientations to pick up tips on the culture, language and ways to get around Wiesbaden. The orientations are held every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and start at the Wiesbaden Entertainment Center (upstairs). Bring Euros for lunch.

Mainz-Kastel breakfast

Charley’s Steakery at the Mainz-Kastel Storage Station food court is now offering breakfast Monday to Friday from 7:30-10:30 a.m.

Become a Cub Scout

Are you a boy entering first through fifth-grade interested in having fun? Cub Scouting is a fun and exciting activity for boys aimed at building character and citizenship while developing personal fitness. Email pack65wiesbaden@googlemail.com for more information about Scouting opportunities with Pack 65.

Famous Toastmasters Club

Enhance your career by developing your speaking and leadership skills at the Famous Toastmasters Club in Wiesbaden. Meetings are the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 7:45 p.m. in the Restaurant Alt-Wiesbaden (Kurt-Schuhmacher-Ring 17, 65197 Wiesbaden). Visit www.famous-toastmasters.de for more information.

Thrift Shop donations

The Wiesbaden Community Spouses Club’s Thrift Shop accepts donations during operating hours only. Items should never be left outside the shop when it is closed.

Extended center hours

The Recycle/Re-Use Center located on Clay Kaserne now has extended hours. In addition to the center being open Monday to Friday from noon to 3:30 p.m. and Thursday noon to 6 p.m., the center is now open every second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call the center at civ (0611) 705-9999.

Counseling available

Are you a member of the 66th Military Intelligence Brigade Family and need to talk to a chaplain? Stop by the Clay Chapel Counseling Center Fridays from 1-3 p.m. for a completely confidential session. Call civ (0611) 705-5823 for details.