March for Our Lives

March for Students

Saturday, March 24st (11:00 - 13:00)
Where:  Prinz-Carl-Palais (across from the U.S.Consulate, Königinstr. 5, 80539 Munich)
Route:   Through central Munich, ending at the Max-Josef-Platz

In support of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school students, members of many of the MING groups will join them in making our voices heard here in Munich with our peaceful and constructively affirmative support by marching from Prinz-Carl-Palais to Max-Josef-Platz. 

The surviving students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida are making their voices heard.  They have established the new #NeverAgain movement and have joined with students, teachers and parents of many other schools to take the lead in standing up for their own rights, especially on gun control but also on other issues.

The #NeverAgain movement has organized the March for Our Lives initiative which will take place in Washington D.C. on Saturday, 24th March 2018.  This Washington march will be supported by more than 50 “sister marches” in cities across the US, as well as many overseas.
Members of many of the MING groups will join them in making our voices heard here in Munich with our supportive march starting at 1100 on Saturday, 24th March. Take a stand and march in Munich to peacefully but constructively affirm our values and speak up for those who cannot.  Non-Americans are more than welcome at this affirmative event. 

To read more . .MarchforOurLives


Hands Gallery Celebrates 7 years!

AAUPW  Member  Claudia  Ziersch  cordially  invites you to help her celebrate 7 years of Hands Gallery on Friday, March 9th, from 4 to 9 p.m!  Drop by the  store for a glass of sparkling wine and some nibbles and a chance to win some great handmade prizes.

Hands Gallery is a cooperative of artisans who create and sell a selection of unique items. Every item is individually crafted by hand, providing customers with a one-of-a-kind product that can’t be found anywhere else.


Upcoming Events in March 2018

Save the Date

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Meet at 1145 in the Feillitzschstrasse (near McDonald's), then march to the Wittelbacherplatz for the festivities.  Please join us for the largest St. Patrick's Day Parade in continental Europe.

Organized by: Irish Business Network and Munich Irish Network
Info link:   Sign-up: E-mail or leave a message 0176 102 111 08.

Here come the Irish!  “Let’s paint the town green again” - dress in green and march with us to the fun at the Odeonsplatz.  This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Sunday, 11th March (the real St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17th) with the parade starting at high noon.  This year’s march will walk down the Leopoldstrasse to the Odeonsplatz, then onwards to the Wittelsbacherplatz.  Around 1:30, the fun starts with several short speeches moderated by John Patrick Dunne, entertainment and some free food!



War Ready - In My Father's Shadow

Memories of A Military Brat

Mary Lou Darst, daughter of a U.S. Military Officer, reveals a new perspective on the United States Military. In her autobiography War Ready. In My Father‘s Shadow, Mary Lou Darst depicts her own upbringing as the daughter of a U.S. Military Officer.  From 1957 to 1959 they called the American settlement in the “Perlacher Forst” their home: while her father Carl was stationed in the nearby McGraw barracks, her mother Sara became an active member of the Officers ‘Wives Club and Mary Lou attended the Munich American High School in Cincinnatistraße.

Admission is free but please register: Mary Lou Darst - In My Father's Shadow

Bavarian-American Friendship Evening

Organized by Triple D Events - Dave Dowdy, Bavarian-American Friendship Evening will be in the Hippodrom tent located at the Frühlingsfest, Theresienwiese. Last year about 600 guests attended, so let's join Dave in aiming for 1,000 this year.

Again the Family Krätz, Susanne Barsody and the entire Hippodrom team welcome us to the 8th annual Bavarian-American Friendship Evening.  Seating begins at 18:00.  Please plan to arrive by not later than 19:00 to assure that we keep the reserved tables. There is no cover charge and no advance payment for this evening.  Each guest will receive a free pretzel, compliments of the Hippodrom.  In addition to the normal assortment of Bierzelt food, we can purchase Kobe-beef hamburger dinners a special MING price of Eur 10.00.

Linda Jo Rizzo will lead the entertainment with a special show around 8.30 p.m. Please get ready for dancing, good music and lots of fun for everyone.  There is no particular dress code, but if you have something in Bavaria-look in your closet, you are encouraged to wear it. 

Everyone is invited -not only MING and German/Bavarian-American Clubs, but individuals and individual groups as well.  Please tell your friends and anyone else who may be interested.  To ensure that everyone gets a reserved seat, please inform Dave Dowdy at by Sunday, 22nd April.


Internations’ 2018 Expat Insider Survey is Ready to Roll!

What are the top expat destinations in 2018? How does Germany compare to the rest of the world? Expat network InterNations answers these questions and many more in their annual Expat Insider survey.

Take part in this year’s Expat Insider survey and make your opinion count! 

By sharing your experiences of living in Germany, you can help us find the best (and worst) countries for expats in 2018. Filling in our online questionnaire only takes 15 minutes, and you can win one of ten fantastic prizes to suit your international lifestyle! Prizes include a GoPro, an iPad, a waterproof camera and several hotel vouchers.

Check out the results from last year here:

The Expat Insider 2018 survey will run until around March 10th .   Are you an American expatriate?  If so and if you would like to have your say in one of the biggest expat surveys worldwide, please take the survey.   

A Concert of Classical and Cappella!

Benefit Concert with the Princeton Nassoons

The Princeton Nassoons, an all-male a cappella singing group from Princeton University, will be touring Germany from the 17th to the 25th of March. They have two performances in Munich.

March 17, 2018 Saturday 19:00 at Festsaal of the Städtische Sing- und Musikschule München. Open/Free seating.
On this evening the Nassoons will perform with musicians of "Young Musicians Live". This is a benefit concert with a short break in the middle for refreshments!  A mix of classical music and a Capella! It will certainly be a very interesting concert!

"Young Musicians Live" is a charity organisation/group set up by Maximilian and Ayla Sophie Haberstock in collaboration with their musical friends. The young musicians in the group are some of the best in Germany!  More information on or 


March 18, 2018 Sunday 19:00 at Carl-Orff-Saal, Gasteig. Tickets through München Ticket.
On this evening the Nassoons will make a guest appearance (15 min) during the Spring concert of the Städtische Sing- und Musikschule München. 

Münchener Volkshochchule in English

A wealth of courses and events await you!

If you’re an expatriate whose English is better than their German, look no further. MVHS has many interesting courses, events and seminars to whet even the most discerning of appetites! This semester’s program offers many courses to help you get creative in Arts & Crafts as well as a variety of new culinary experiences in Food & Drink. Brand new this semester is a section aimed at the expatriate parents in Munich. If you need help in negotiating the German school system, the People & Society section will point you in the right direction. Go to for further information.

Upcoming Events in February 2018

"Ethan Frome" by Edith Warton - Literary Circle at AmerikaHaus

Ethan Frome - Amerika HausThe best-known novella by Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome is widely considered her masterpiece, wherein in her exquisitely crafted style is most fully realized. Set against the background of a bleak, New England landscape, the novel tells of Frome; his ailing wife, Zeena; and her companion, Mattie Silver.
Do you enjoy reading and talking about books in English? Our Literary Circle discusses a different book each month. You can drop by regularly or you can join us for only one evening – it’s up to you. Mark Olival-Bartley leads the discussion. Free admission.

University Students seeking Internships

Internship Opportunities - are you able to help a university students seeking a suitable Praktikum or Internship position? Do you have ideas or channels for recommending appropriate internships? The students are well-prepared for the international assignment. Before working in Germany they will have completed the following:

  • Three years of academic work in their engineering, business, design or architecture discipline.
  • Over 250 hours of German language and culture instruction.
  • Eight to twelve months of discipline-related work with an employer in the US.

The students are available to work in internships from 15. January – 17. August 2018.
Contact person is Prof. Gayle Elliott - E-mail:

  1. New European College (NEC), Wolfsrathauser Strasse 84, 81379 München - Students are seeking internship positions for the period March through the end of July in the following business areas:  sales, marketing, corporate social responsibility, corporate communications, finance, human resources.  The NEC contact is Yana Immis - E-mail -
  2. University of Cincinnati (via the Munich-Cincinnati Sister Cities Association) - Prof Gayle Elliott of the University of Cincinnati is seeking internship positions in Germany for 8 engineering students - 4 are majoring in biomedical engineering, the others in electrical, mechanical and aeronautical engineering.
Please note that I am already in contact with the management team at Bio-M in Martinsried on the biomedical engineers.  

American Drama Group

The American Drama Group Europe - Founded during 1978 in Munich and led by AGBC Munich member Grantly Marshall, the ADGE's goal is to perform high quality theatre in as many countries in the world as possible.  Today the organization's reach includes many countries in Europe and Asia, and it is now making a Pan-European tour.  The actors come from New York, London and Paris (in 1985 French performances were added to our repertoire) where the productions are cast and directed. The plays performed include American, British and French classic and modern dramas.  

A number of new performances are coming in 2018 including Fahrenheit 451. Further details are available



Women’s March on Saturday Jan 20

There will be a Women’s March on Saturday January 20 – beginning at 2:00pm at Siegestor, walking down Ludwigstr to Odeonsplatz and then on to Marienplatz for the conclusion.   If you were one of the 1500 that joined us last January, you know how invigorating it was to have each other’s’ support. Come join us again for a rally and get out the vote!

Democrats Abroad Munich is sponsoring and  coordinating the women’s march this year, and AAUPW has been asked to be one of the groups to participate.  This year we will be helping Americans marching REQUEST ABSENTEE BALLOTS for 2018. Bring your friends along and request your absentee ballots.

If you have specific questions, feel free to email me @ Post-march meet up will be at the Ratskeller for drinks, banter and absentee ballot request!



Girls Night Out goes to the Theater

This Saturday the GNO ladies are going to  see STAGE KISS by Sarah Ruhl. This English language play is being performed by Entity Theater which is Munich’s international, English-language theatre group. According to the New York Times, the play is “…Suffused with warmth and humor. Sarah Ruhl frothily whips together romantic comedy and backstage farce in this lively comedy about a pair of actors…who find life and art mixing together when they rekindle an old romance during rehearsals for a play.”  Saturday’s performance is  sold out, but you can be put on a waiting.
the following link:

 Entity Theater
Saturday, December 2 at 7:30 PM
Kulturzentrum GOROD Hansastraße 181
S-Bahn S7, U-Bahn – U6, Buses 53, 54, 130, 132, 134


An English Advent Carol Serivce

An Advent Service of Seven Carols and Seven Lessons

Samstag, 2. December 2017 at 15:30 at Klosterkirche St. Ottilien

The "Munich English Choir" offers a lovely Carol Service at Kosterkirche Arch-Abbey of St. Ottilien, their specialty being the singing of the English "Advent Carol Service" on the evening before the 1st Advent. The Christmas story is told from the foretelling of the prophets in the Old Testament and then the Annunciation to Our Lady in the New Testament up to the birth of Our Lord. Following each Lesson a Carol is sung by the choir, based on the text of the Lesson or a different advent text. The congregation then responds with a congregational carol, which is a hymn based on an Advent or Christmas text.

The "Munich English Choir" are semi-professional singers who have a passion for english choral music.  The choir was founded in 2010 by the English Organist and Choirmaster Stephen Norton and now has over 36 members. The choir recently returned from a very successful tour to England singing in Gloucester, Birmingham and Coventry cathedrals.
St. Ottilien, is located about 40 km outside of Munich just west of the Ammersee near A96, also easily reachable by train or s-bahn.


Girls Night Out

Klezmer – Folk – Swing Ensemble ZIRKORON    
Saturday, November 11 at 8:00 PM
STEMMERHOF, Plinganserstr. 6,  81369 München
Join us for an evening of Klezmer Music with the ensemble Zirkoron!  Former AAUPW president Lena Bittl is the lead vocalist in this group which has been performing in Munich since 2010.  What is Klezmer music? According to Wikipedia, “Klezmer is a musical tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe. The genre originally consisted largely of dance tunes and instrumental display pieces for weddings and other celebrations.” Lena said the last concert was sold out, so reserve early!!  We will also look for a bar/restaurant to have a drink together after the concert.
Your GNO Hosts,  Elizabeth and Polly

For reservations, go to: ars-musica ensemble zirkoron

Die Buslinie 53 hält direkt vor dem STEMMERHOF (Sendlinger Kirche).
Die Buslinie 132 und N41 (Margaretenplatz), sowie 54 und 134 (Harras) und auch die U-Bahn- und S-Bahnstation HARRAS (U3, U6, S7, S27, BOB) ist nur wenige Gehminuten entfernt.


Upcoming Events in October

Amerika Haus Book Swap

Sunday, Oct. 8th, from 10:00 - 15:00 pm
Barerstr. 19a, Munich

The idea is to bring your books, exchange them for Book Swap Coupons. Use these to swap other books. More info at www.amerikahaus de
Dee, your friendly Booklover!

Remember: sharing is caring - please only swap books in good condition.
You can bring your books with you on the day of the Book Swap or exchange them in advance for Book Swap Coupons at our reception (only from Monday, October 2, to Friday, October 6, during our regular business hours).

Emmaus Church Booksale

CALLING ALL BOOKLOVERs  . . .On S aturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15, the Emmaus Church in Harlaching, Laurinpl.1,  will hold a sale of books in both German and English. Hours on both days are 1100 to 1700. 

2017 Haar English Book Sale

Haar English BooksaleFriday, October 13th from 15:00 - 19:00 and
Saturday, October 14th from 11:00 - 15:00
Ernst-Mach-Gymnasium, Jagdfeldring 82, 85540 Haar.

To donate english books or for more information, see the Facebook page of the  Haar English Booksale

Munich Community Event

Concert Evening - Mozart Requiem organized by MING Member TripleD Events
Saturday, 21st October starting at 20:00
Herkulessaal in the Residenz
Features a special German-American classical concert celebrating the debut of a new partnership between the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bayerische Philharmonie and highlighting this with a special production of the Mozart Requiem

American Drama Group

The American Drama Group Europe - Founded during 1978 in Munich and led by AGBC Munich member Grantly Marshall, the ADGE's goal is to perform high quality theatre in as many countries in the world as possible.  Today the organization's reach includes many countries in Europe and Asia, and it is now making a Pan-European tour.  The actors come from New York, London and Paris (in 1985 French performances were added to our repertoire) where the productions are cast and directed. The plays performed include American, British and French classic and modern dramas.  Further details are available at

Save the dates and attend some great theater.  Grantly and the American Drama Group team have a wonderful scope of theater production pieces coming our way during the next 6 months. Here three performing before the end of 2017.

Notre Dame de Paris (Hunchback of Notre Dame) by Victor Hugo, in French. Monday, 16 Oct and Tuesday, 17 Oct (1100 and 1930) – Kulturzentrum Gasteig München, Carl-Orff-Saal, Rosenheimerstr. 5, 81667 Munich.  Entry Cost Eur 23 or advance purchase including fee for the Abendkasse Eur 28 (Students 15).

My Sister Syria (Thriller – Immigration and the Roots of Terrorism) by Paul Stebbings and Phil Smith, in English.  Monday, 4th Dec through Thursday, 7th Dec (1100 and 1930) – Theater LEO 17, Leopoldstr. 17, 80802 Munich.  Entry Cost Eur 23 or advance purchase including fee for the Abendkasse Eur 28 (Students 14).

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, in English.  Wednesday, 13th Dec (1100), Monday 18th Dec through Thursday, 21 Dec (1100 ad 1930), and Friday, 22 Dec (0900 and 1930) – Kulturzentrum Gasteig München, Carl-Orff-Saal, Rosenheimerstr. 5, 81667 Munich.  Entry Cost Eur 23 or advance purchase including fee for the Abendkasse Eur 28 (Students 15).

MING Member Haar Disciples

Haar Disciples

A final note on MING Member Haar Disciples:  Riding on the wings of their best-ever season, the Disciples reached the Semi-Finals of the 1st Bundgesliga Baseball 2017 playoffs before losing the final game of the best-of-5 game series to the Bonn Capitals 5-2.  Finishing with a 33-14 record, the Disciples had a spectacular season featuring often outstanding pitching, great defense, timely hitting, and a number of exciting, nail-biting games right up to the final out.   Their website is  Hats of to the guys and their great performance throughout the year.  And to sports announcer Tim Collins.