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There will be no DODEA-Europe Division II football champion this season. Instead, the division’s five entries - Aviano, Naples, Vicenza and Sigonella of Italy and Spain-based Rota - will play out the final three weekends of their regular-season schedule in whatever fashion participating squads are able.
It was a mixed weekend for KMC high school football teams but a good one on the courts (volleyball and tennis).
Scammers are targeting customers who bank with Service Credit Union. In the scam, a text message claiming to be from the credit union is sent to customers and asks them to confirm or dispute a suspicious charge. The customer is then asked to click on a link to a website that imitates the credit union’s online login page, but actually steals passwords and other sensitive information. Those using online banking should always sign in directly at the website servicecu.org, or the mobile app, officials say. Customers with further questions can call 00800 4728 2000 or visit one of the several Service Credit Union branches in the KMC.
Tiny pumpkins line a window ledge at Hitscherhof farm in Massweiler, Germany. The farm sells numerous varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds for eating and decoration. Its farm shop is open through the end of October.
Pumpkin season kicks off at Hitscherhof farm today. Every weekend until Oct. 31, the farm will have seasonal food like pumpkin sausages, drinks and children’s attractions, including a corn labyrinth. There will be special openings on German Unity Day, Columbus Day and Halloween. Hitscherhof is in Maßweiler municipality, about a 30-minute drive from Kaiserslautern. Read more here.
Kaiserslautern’s 2022-23 classical music season kicks off this evening at the Fruchthalle downtown. The Pfalzphilharmonie Kaiserslautern will take to the stage at 8 p.m. It’ll be the first of dozens of concerts offering everything from baroque to “classical modern” until next spring. More information on shows and tickets can be found here.
Weilerbach’s annual carnival opens today with Mayor Horst Bonhagen tapping a wine barrel at 7 p.m. Live music follows at 8 p.m. The carnival continues through Monday with food and drink vendors and children’s rides and games set up at the village square “Alter Bahnhof.” The fest opens at 11 a.m. each day Saturday through Monday. Stores in town will be open on Sunday for shopping from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Festivities wrap up with the band Small Pint at 5 p.m. on Monday. For more information, look under calendar of events on the Kaiserslautern city website, www.kaiserslautern.de.
The mystery of who shot at two teenagers with an airsoft gun on two separate occasions in Weilerbach last month appears to be solved. German police said Friday that their investigation into the incidents led them to two 13-year-olds. After obtaining a search warrant, the police found four prohibited weapons that look similar to real pistols, police said. Police did not say whether the teens will face any charges.
Thieves hit cars at least twice on Thursday in Kaiserslautern. Someone stole a smartwatch, a navigation device, two pairs of sports shoes and a wallet from a small car on Salzstrasse after opening a side window. In the afternoon on Hasenstrasse, thieves found an easy target with a convertible with its top down, stealing a backpack containing high-quality headphones, sunglasses and groceries. Witnesses who noticed anything suspicious should contact the Kaiserslautern police at 0631 369-0.
A demonstration will be held in Kaiserslautern this evening to show support for protesters in Iran. For the past week, people across Iran have been protesting the death of Mahsa Amini, a young woman who died in police custody for allegedly violating the country’s strict dress code. The initial outpouring of anger has grown to include issues ranging from personal freedoms to the impacts of sanctions. The Kaiserslautern event will begin at 5:30 p.m. in front of the city’s main train station and follow a separate climate change demonstration that will start in the same location at 1:30 p.m.
KMC motorists can keep their cars clean this season at Landstuhl Car Wash, which has officially reopened after being closed for nearly five months. The service on Wilson Barracks, commonly referred to as Landstuhl post or LRMC, is next to the shoppette and gas station. It shut in April for repairs, but will now be open every day except Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Train service between Kaiserslautern and Lauterecken has been suspended from Friday through Sunday due to staff shortages caused by employees out sick on short notice, Deutsche Bahn announced Friday. The cancellation affects the RB66 Kaiserslautern route, from Kaiserslautern Hbf through Wolfstein to Lauterecken-Grumbach. Deutsche Bahn is working on providing alternative transportation through the weekend via taxis and buses, the company said. Updates are available at www.bahn.de or on Twitter, at @Regio_Mitte.
More than 50 regional vendors will sell a variety of culinary and crafty wares from goat cheese and baked goods to jewelry and pottery at the North Palatinate Farmers Market on Sunday in Schneckenhausen, a village near Otterberg. Children can try their hand at calligraphy, get their face painted and mingle with geese, goats, chickens and rabbits. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, go to: www.otterbach-otterberg.de.
Autobahn A6 will be temporarily closed this weekend, the police and the city of Kaiserslautern said. From 3 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday, the Kaiserslautern junction in the direction of Mannheim will be blocked and the Kaiserslautern-Centrum and Kaiserslautern-Ost exits also will be closed alternately for several hours. Use the marked detours via highways L395 and B48.
The cast of Goldilocks and the Three Bears at Razz Ma Tazz greets kids after the show.
There’s a lot of variety in our roundup of things to do this weekend in and near the KMC. Dogs and their people can get a workout at the Dog Jog 5K walk-run on Saturday on Landstuhl. Other options include the Freinsheim culinary walk, a visit to the ongoing pumpkin display with about 40,000 pumpkins at the Gartenschau in Kaiserslautern, and apple picking at Appel Happel in Mainz. If you want to go to the theater, the drama The Yellow Boat runs Friday through Oct. 2 at KMC Onstage on Kleber Kaserne, and family show Goldilocks and the Three Bears wraps up its run at Ramstein Community Center Friday through Sunday.
A global demonstration against climate change will be held tomorrow in downtown Kaiserslautern. Fridays for Future, the group climate activist Greta Thunberg made famous, is organizing mass protests in many locations around the world under the motto “people not profit.” The Kaiserslautern event will start in front of the main train station at 1:30 p.m. All speeches at the gathering will be in German.
Walk through the vineyards outside the medieval wine-growing village of Freinsheim this weekend for the town’s culinary walk. Local wines and regional dishes will be offered at 17 stops along the 4.4-mile loop, which starts at the city hall. The trail opens from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and continues from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. A fireworks display will light up the vineyards on Friday after dark. No registration for the walk is required. Stores will be open on Sunday for shopping from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Parking is available on the outskirts of town. Freinsheim is about a 40-minute drive east of Kaiserslautern. For more information, visit: https://www.urlaubsregion-freinsheim.de/de.
Speed cameras are already in operation on state road L502 in Kaiserslautern and on autobahn A63 at Lohnsfeld, the police said this morning.
Ramstein Air Base has received thousands of doses of the Pfizer bivalent COVID-19 booster and appointments to get the shot next week are available. The shots offer protection against the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants. To book, select Ramstein at the Defense Health Agency online appointment portal. Appointments are available Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., base officials said Wednesday. People 12 years of age and older are eligible to receive the Pfizer booster if it has been at least two months since they completed the primary vaccination series or received the most recent booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine. Ramstein also is expecting to receive thousands of doses of the Moderna bivalent vaccine in the coming weeks. No supply shortages are expected, officials said. The Army previously said it expected to receive shots later this month or in early October.
The Ramstein gate that you’re using to avoid the new Mario Kart gate is closing to personally owned vehicles starting Oct. 11. The LVIS Gate closure is due to major renovations that were planned and designed in 2017, Ramstein officials told K-town Now. Delivery trucks have long used LVIS, but it got more popular this year when the East Gate closed and the alphabet soup ROBMCACP gate opened in its place. It was built to handle additional traffic for when the new Army hospital opens later this decade. A clever community member dubbed it the “Mario Kart Gate” for the long, winding road drivers must navigate to get anywhere on base. Anyone else foresee a spike in traffic at the West Gate?
The Yellow Boat is being performed at KMC Onstage.
KMC Onstage is opening its new theater season with The Yellow Boat, a poignant drama about a boy’s life and art. It runs Friday through Sunday and Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at the theater on Kleber Kaserne. Tickets, which are $17 for adults and $15 for students and seniors, are available via Webtrac or by calling 0631-411-6626. The theater is also selling season tickets, get info here. If you’re looking for more theater, Goldilocks and the Three Bears is continuing its run this weekend at the Ramstein Community Center.

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