Information fair to highlight local resources, services, clubs

It’s never easy settling into a new community. That’s why if you’ve recently moved to the Stuttgart military community, you may want to attend the C.A.R.E. Fair.
The U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart’s annual Community Activities, Registration and Education Fair, set for Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Exchange Shopping Mall on Panzer Kaserne, offers community members the opportunity to learn about the many programs and services available to them.

More than 60 garrison, fraternal and special interest organizations will be represented, from the health and dental clinics to the German-American Women’s Club to local PTA groups, according to Martha Povich, the events manager for USAG Stuttgart Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. “The C.A.R.E. Fair offers community members the opportunity to connect with one another, our community resources and organizations, and share information. It will help a newcomer transition more easily into the best community in all of USAREUR and help them discover who makes up the fabric of what makes Stuttgart so great,” Povich said. Visitors to the fair will be able to learn about employment, volunteer and educational opportunities, local banking services and how to save money with the Utility Tax Avoidance Program. Other groups, such as the Stuttgart Community Spouses Club,  Mothers of Preschoolers, and the Piranhas swim team, will also participate.

In addition, newcomers may discover some needed household items at the Family and MWR-hosted flea market that will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the sidewalk outside of the Exchange. More than 40 families will participate.

Meet Paralympic swimmers at the C.A.R.E. Fair

Stuttgart military community members will also be able to meet the U.S. Paralympic swim team during the C.A.R.E. Fair. USAG Stuttgart was chosen by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense to host the team Aug. 16-27 as it prepares for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. Nearly 4,000 athletes from almost 150 countries are expected to compete in 20 sports at the 2012 Paralympic Games. For more information on the Paralympic Games, visit