Things to do – February 12, 2015

Trips and tours
Wiesbaden Outdoor Recreation offers a President’s Day ski and snowboard trip in Saas Fee Almagell, Siwtzerland Feb. 12-16, a Black Forest ski and snowboard trip Feb. 16 and 21, Paris Express Feb. 28 and a ski and snowboard trip in Interlaken, Switzerland Feb. 28-March 1. Call civ (0611) 143-548-9801 for more information.

USO travel
Join the USO for trips to Romantic Brugge and Antwerp Feb. 14-15, Auerbach Castle Knights’ Banquet Feb. 14, Carnival in Schramberg: Boat race and Parade Feb. 16, Paris Express Feb. 21, Riesling Route Feb. 22 and Black Forest Day Tour Feb. 28. Stop by any area USO or call civ (0611) 143-548-5106 for more information.

Photo by Shayna BroukerThe Rosenmontag parade in Mainz is one of the biggest and most colorful in Germany.

Photo by Shayna Brouker
The Rosenmontag parade in Mainz is one of the biggest and most colorful in Germany.

Fasching fun
Fasching, celebrating the “fifth season” between Christmas and Easter, aims to eliminate the winter blues with revelry. Wiesbaden’s runs Feb. 14-18, with the big parade taking place Feb. 15 at 1:11 p.m. The parade in Mainz-Kastel is held Feb. 14. Mainz is well known for its “Fastnacht” Feb. 14-17, and the big parade takes place on Feb. 16, Rosenmontag, around noon — and will feature floats decorated with satirical political images. For more information read the Things to Do newsletter at

Women’s Carneval Day
Fasching tradition in Germany calls for Weiberfastnacht, or Women’s Carneval Day Feb. 12, when women take over town halls and cut the ties off men, kicking off the Fasching season. The festivities start at 11:11 a.m. Check out celebrations in Bad Kreuznach or Köln.

Big Witches Prom
Get witchy at this carnival party taking place Feb. 12 at Taunushalle Wiesbaden starting at 7:11 p.m. There will be a live band and cash prizes for the best masks. Admission is €8 and includes a free drink before 8:11. Visit for details.

Vampire Ball
Heidelberg’s annual Vampire Ball on Feb. 14 is not for the faint of heart. Come dressed to kill. See more information at

Ham radio license
Interested in getting a ham radio license? Learn Federal Communications Commission rules and safety at a test session conducted by the American Radio Relay League March 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Buergerhaus in Giessen. Contact or visit for more information.