The Army and Air Force Exchange Service recalled one of its own brand of toys after finding it contained leaded paint, according to a Monday news release.

The “Invincible Transport Converters” toy set was sold exclusively at AAFES stores between August 2005 and last month under the in-house brand name “Soldier Bear.”

Parents should immediately prevent their children from playing with the toys, according to the release.

The set contains a military transport vehicle, motorbike, helicopter, all-terrain vehicle and four, 4-inch action figures. It has the AAFES “Soldier Bear” logo on the front and back of the box.

Anyone who has the toy set can return it to the nearest AAFES store for a full refund.

Memorial Day events at KadenaThere’s an extra day off this weekend with Memorial Day on Monday, and Kadena Air Base is holding a bunch of events to mark the occasion.

There are live bands, sand castle-building and putt-putt contests, dance shows, movie nights and a beach volleyball tournament at Okuma Resort on Monday.

Friday night the resort will hold an “Okuma Idol” contest, modeled on the popular “American Idol” TV show.

Starting Sunday at noon at the Banyan Tree Club, six local bands will perform for Rock Fest. And Chibana Golf Course is hosting a family scramble on Monday for teams of two to six family members for $20.

Visit for more information.

Events set to celebrate Buddha’s birthdaySEOUL — South Korean Air Force units on Osan Air Base will hold a “Lotus Lantern Parade” on Wednesday.

Base residents are invited to join the 7 to 9 p.m. parade that starts at the base temple. A tea party will be held at the temple from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m.

On Thursday — celebrated in South Korea as Buddha’s birthday — a fete will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the temple.

And in Seoul, a lantern-lighting ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Jogyesa Temple.

Visit http://english.tour2korea. com/03Sightseeing/TravelSpot/travelspot_read.asp?oid=3577&kosm=m3_8 for more information.

UMUC going beyond the core in class offeringsSEOUL — The University of Maryland University College Asia is offering classes that go beyond the core curriculum this summer at its Yongsan Garrison campus.

In addition to traditional classes such as algebra and psychology, students can learn about the history of jazz or the problems between North Korea and South Korea. Specialized classes are offered depending on the availability of instructors.

Registration for Term 5 classes at UMUC Asia ends June 1. Term 5 begins on June 4 and ends on July 28.

Sign-ups open for Yongsan reading programSEOUL — Registration for the Yongsan Garrison library summer reading program begins June 5.

Library officials said the program’s stories and crafts will be targeted at children ages 5 to 12, but everyone is welcome.

Applications can be picked up at the library circulation desk.

The program runs each Tuesday starting June 19 from 11 a.m. until noon. The first guest reader will be Katie Bell, wife of U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. B.B. Bell.

Call Gordon Imrie at DSN 723-7300 for more information.

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