Americans are invited to bring goods and talent to a one-day flea market and stage event planned in Uruma City near Camp Courtney.

The city’s first such event — called American Town Market — will fill an open area near Agena intersection with American culture and goods April 18, organizers said.

Baked goods should be precut and prewrapped by the portion. Used goods such as clothes, toys and furniture are welcome. Organizers also are calling for music and dance performers.

Seventy vendor spaces are available for Americans and Okinawan college students. The fee per vendor is 500 yen or $5, but spaces are free for such groups as schools, parent-teacher organizations, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

The flea market will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Music and dance performances — including the III Marine Expeditionary Force Band — will be from 3 to 7 p.m.

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Toolan to be UMUC graduation speakerYOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Marine Corps Brig. Gen. John A. Toolan Jr. will be the keynote speaker during University of Maryland University College Asia’s 53rd commencement April 18 at the New Sanno Hotel in Tokyo.

The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m.

Toolan is the U.S. Forces Japan deputy commander at Yokota.

UMUC will award about 800 degrees this year, according to a university news release. More than 70 students are expected to take part in the Tokyo graduation as they receive their associate and bachelor’s degrees.

Commencement ceremonies also are scheduled for April 25 on Okinawa and May 2 in South Korea.

Yokota to support Healthcare Decisions DayYOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The Yokota Legal Office will mark National Healthcare Decisions Day by distributing free information about advance care planning and execution of such directive forms as medical powers of attorney and living wills.

The event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 16 in the legal office on the first floor of Building 315.

It’s part of a massive effort to offer information and tools for the public to discuss their health-care wishes with family, friends and providers, according to Capt. Judd Bean, Yokota’s assistant staff judge advocate.

"Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so," Bean said in a news release.

Contact Bean at DSN 225-8069 or for more information about the Yokota event. For details about National Healthcare Decision Day, go to

Soldier shot, killed by husband in TexasFORT BLISS, Texas — A Fort Bliss soldier was shot to death Saturday afternoon at the Fort Bliss Post Exchange by her husband, who then wounded himself, authorities said.

The man, a civilian, was in intensive care at University Medical Center in El Paso, said Col. Ed Manning, the garrison commander.

Chapel to host home-school spousesThe Camp Humphreys chapel will sponsor a get-together of the Homeschooling Spouses from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 13 in Building 510, Apartment 108. For more information, contact Elisabeth Townley at 010-3144-0352 or

Garrison plans special friendship weekU.S. Army GarrisonYongsan will host the 33rd KATUSA-U.S. Soldier Friendship Week April 20-24, according to a garrison news release. All events are open to the base community.

The opening ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. April 21 at Lombardo Field behind Collier Field House on Yongsan Garrison South Post, and will include a performance by a martial arts demonstration group. At 7 p.m., popular Korean singers will perform a free show at Collier Field House.

April 22 will feature various Korean and American cultural events at Collier Field House, including kimchi making, traditional costume shows and folk plays. There also will be American chili, barbecue and snacks along with Korean tea, rice cakes and other local dishes for tasting.

At 1:30 p.m. April 23, a unit talent show will be held at Collier Field House followed by an awards ceremony.

April 24 will be dedicated to unit-level activities between U.S. soldiers and Korean Augmentees to the U.S. Army.

Military intelligence ball set for April 25The 2009 Military Intelligence Peninsula Ball will be April 25, from 6 p.m. to midnight, at the Grand Hyatt in Seoul. The event is open to all military intelligence professionals and guests. Ticket prices are 69,000 won. Dress code is military dress and civilian equivalent. For more information, contact Capt. Lee at DSN 723-2520.

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