Things to do – February 4, 2016

Outdoor Rec trips
Head to Venice for a truly unique Carnival experience Feb. 5-7; enjoy carving up the slopes in Saas Fee Almagell, Switzerland, Feb. 11-15; head to Interlaken, Switzerland, Feb. 20-21 for skiing and snowboarding; or to the Black Forest for more of the same Feb. 27.
Wiesbaden Outdoor Recreation also holds a German Hunting Course from Feb. 9 to April 16. Learn the trequirements to hunt in Germany. Call Outdoor Recreation at civ (0611) 143-548-9801 for details.
Fasching in Mainz, Wiesbaden
This weekend marks Fasching in Mainz and Wiesbaden. For more information, see pages 16 and 17.

For a few years now, the city of Wiesbaden celebrates Kinderfest on Fasching Saturday, Feb.6 which starts at 10:33 a.m. in downtown Wiesbaden, which is rounded up with the Youth Parade at 3:33 p.m.
A good place to watch the parade is in the pedestrian area in front of the Wiesbaden city hall.

Jazz session
Once a month the Café Loewenherz Wiesbaden invites music friends to enter the stage and join in a spontaneous music session. A rhythm group and saxophone player Paolo Fornara open the evening and then the stage is open for musicians to join in.

Hunters and Gatherers exhibit
Showcasing “The End of a Culture,” Museum Wiesbaden will feature a Hunters and Gatherers exhibit, including artifacts from the South African Kalahari, the Australian Outback and the Amazon Rainforest, using large-scale dioramas in three exhibition rooms. Most of the pieces were brought back by a Wiesbaden local, Werner Hammer, after his many expeditions to the various countries home to early hunters and gatherers.
The exhibition started September 2015 and will end May 22. Ticket prices are 7 euro for temporary exhibits and 4 euro for permanent exhibits.
The museum is located across from the former Rhein Main Halle, at Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2, 65185 Wiesbaden, and is closed on Mondays, open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Wiesbaden’s Weekly Market
Enjoy the wide selection, a welcoming atmosphere and the flair of the lovely greenery with a historic backdrop during Wiesbaden’s weekly market.
The variety of special vegetables, inviting smells, typical regional fruit specialties and homemade delicacies make shopping at the weekly market in Wiesbaden a special experience.
Every Wednesday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., the weekly market welcomes visitors on the Dernsches Gelaende.
Mainz Weekly Market
Every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can experience one of the oldest markets in Germany on the market square of the city of Mainz next to the beautiful cathedral.
Enjoy a cup of coffee, shop with local vendors, or experience the traditional “Mainzer” way of living in this event that attracts both young and old every week.

Hessen Park
Hessenpark is an open-air, historical museum just north of Frankfurt, and it is well worth the 35-minute drive. The museum allows people to see firsthand a village from about 400 years ago. If you visit, plan on spending the day walking through gardens, seeing animals and touring beautiful, historic buildings.
As a side note, Germany has many “Freiland” museums like Hessen Park, and you’re likely to find one relatively nearby no matter where you’re stationed or visiting.
As a rule, they’re always well done and worth the time to visit — especially if you have kids. There is plenty of room for children to run around and explore without getting into too much trouble. For more information, visit