Sept. 8 a big day of activities for garrison

The CARE Fair is the place to be to find out about available resources and services in the USAG Stuttgart military community. The 2018 CARE Fair will take place Sept. 8 at the Panzer Main Exchange. Photo by FMWR

 By John Reese
USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs

There are multiple events scheduled to take place on Panzer Kaserne Sept. 7-8; sports at Stuttgart High School and Patch Barracks, the CARE Fair and community flea market at the Panzer Exchange, a NAF used equipment warehouse sale and the USO’s Family Amazing Race.

Friday, Sept. 7, the Stuttgart High School Panthers varsity and junior varsity football teams will play their first home games against the Vilseck Falcons.

“The JV game begins at 4 p.m.,” said Joe Holder, school liaison officer. “The varsity coin toss is at 7 p.m.”

SHS volleyball will play on campus, its cross country will hold a local match on Patch Barracks, and the tennis team will take to the Ramstein courts.

Also on Sept. 7, Child & Youth Services sports hosts junior girls soccer, followed by junior boys soccer on Sept. 8. These games literally kicking off the 2018-2019 school year are friendly scrimmage games.

“We will most likely start the official games the following weekend on Panzer Kaserne,” said Jason Kettenhofen, director, CYS Sports & Fitness.

Kettenhofen added that additional information about CYS sports will be coming soon. Visit the FMWR Stuttgart webpage for more CYS Sports & Fitness details.

The biggest event is the annual CARE Fair, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., inside the Exchange mall. Conducted by USAG Stuttgart Family & Morale, Welfare and Recreation, the fair is the Stuttgart military community’s best opportunity to find dozens of garrison services, universities, service organizations, sport activities and more, all under one roof.

2017 flea market in full swing.

Outside of the PX, an old-school community flea market will bustle with buyers and sellers looking for win-win deals.

“It’s a grassroots type of event where community members can set up shop on a fest table and two benches in a place that is well-trafficked because of its location and because there’s a big event happening at the same time,” said Martha Povich, FMWR. “Buyers and sellers get the benefit of being in the same place as both the CARE Fair and Exchange, which is the place where everyone, including retirees, go on weekends.”

Sellers pay $10 for a table and bench, and spaces usually sell out fast. Buyers should arrive early, as the best bargains tend to be scooped up quickly.

Newcomers to the community have a great opportunity to pick up 220v appliances at the flea market, Povich suggested.

Across post at the Panzer Fitness Center, a NAF warehouse sale will take place,  9 a.m.–2 p.m. Buyers can pick up sporting equipment (such as getting a snowboard right before winter) and other outdoor items, electronics, office and household items such as refrigerators, television sets and more.

NAF warehouse sale

“The NAF warehouse sale does not happen very often, but it always has amazing deals,” said FMWR marketing specialist Joel Wasko. “All I can say is follow the

sale event on, get all of the updates,scope out the offerings and get to the event early for the best deals.”

Cash, VISA and Mastercard accepted. No returns after purchase. Call 421-2603 or 0711-729-2603 for more info.

Coming full circle to go full circuit, the USO’s Family Amazing Race also takes place on Sept. 8. Teams will receive clues to checkpoints around Panzer Kaserne where they’ll complete challenges such as reciting the pledge of allegiance at the parade ground or completing a lap as a human wheelbarrow. The race brings participants back to the CARE Fair. Register your team of three family members of any age to participate in this fun challenge at 9:45a.m., Saturday, at the USO.

2018 CARE Fair participants
C.A.R.E. Fair confirmed organizations attending
AFRICOM Family Readiness Group
Air Force Recruiting
American Legion
American Red Cross
Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection & Emergency Management
Armed Forces Comm. & Elec.Ass. (AFCEA)
Army Community Services (ACS)
Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP)
Association of the United States Army (AUSA)
Better Opportunities for Single Servicemembers (BOSS)
Black Forest Quilt Guild
Boy Scout Troop #113
Boy Scout Troop #154
Boy Scout Troop #324
Boy Scout Troop #44
Civil Air Patrol: US Air Force Auxiliary
Civilian Personnel Advisory Center – NAF
Civilian Personnel Advisory Center – APF
Club Beyond
Community Bank
Cub Scout Pack #113
Cub Scout Pack #154
Cub Scout Pack #324
Cub Scout Pack #44
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
DHR – Military Personnel Division
Directorate of Emergency Services
District No. 8 Knights Templar
DPW Housing
EDUCATION CENTER – Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
EDUCATION CENTER – University of Maryland
EDUCATION CENTER – University of Oklahoma
Education and Developmental Intervention Service Clinic (EDIS)
EUCOM Family Readiness Group
EUCOM School Meal Program – AAFES
Family and MWR – Arts & Crafts Centers
Family and MWR – Child & Youth Services
Family and MWR – Marketing
Family and MWR – MWR Tours
Family and MWR – Outdoor Recreation
Family and MWR – School Liaison Officers (SLO)
Family and MWR – Sports & Fitness
Family and MWR – Stuttgart Theatre Center
Family and MWR – VAT/UTAP
German American Women’s Club
Harold Washington Military Lodge #128
Knights of Columbus
MARFOREUR/AF Family Readiness Team
66th MI Brigade
Patch Elementary School PTA
Patch Middle School PTSA
Patch Ski Club
Patch Thrift Shop
RB Elementary School PTSA
Religious Support Office
RSO – Catholic Community
RSO – Jewish/LDS
RSO – Protestant Community
RSO – Women’s Ministry (POWC/CWOC/MOPS)
Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program
Stuttgart Army Wellness Center
Stuttgart Community Handbell Choir
Stuttgart Community Spouses’ Club – SCSC
Stuttgart Field Office
Stuttgart German American Wandering Club
Stuttgart Girl Scouts
Stuttgart High School PTO
Stuttgart Piranhas Swim Team
Stuttgart Ski Patrol
Stuttgart Veterinary Clinic
Stuttgart Youth Bowling League
Thursday Morning Ladies Bowling League
United Service Organization (USO)
US Youth Soccer – Stuttgart Select
USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs Office (PAO)
USAG Stuttgart Safety Office
USAHC – Patient Administration
USAHC Stuttgart
VFW Post 10810
WIC (Women, Infants, & Children) Overseas
Women of Purpose, Int’l/Stuttgart Chapter