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Exhibit "Durchs wilde Österreich"

AAUPW  Member  Claudia Ziersch cordially invites you to the opening of
the  exhibit  "Durchs wilde Österreich" on Saturday, January 12 from 3 to  6  p.m.  Artist  Michael Ried will be present to explain his inspiration and technique.  Snacks and drinks will be provided.

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.

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Upcoming Events in December 2018

“Jetlag” at the Rationaltheater

November 29, 2018 and again in January 15,  16 and 17 2019
Einlass: 19:00 Uhr, Beginn: 20:00 Uhr,  Eintritt 20 Euro
Hesseloherstr. 18, 80802 München ; Tel: 089 335003

Austrian author and artist Roland Hagenberg describes in 21 acts how to deal with dementia –  from the point of view of a single mother in Munich and her son, who lives in Tokyo. Within a year, the mother suffers various stages of the illness, ranging from forgetfulness, denial and cover up to complete helplessness. The son regularly visits her. Every flight becomes a confrontation with himself. There are conflicts, reproaches, moments of despair and comfort.

“Jetlag” has autobiographical traits. Roland Hagenberg, who has been living in Japan for 25 year, describes not only the course of a deadly disease, but also a predicament of our time: “disproportionate distance,” as he calls it. “On the multicultural, interconnected, global level the world moves closer together. On the interpersonal it drifts apart. Conflicts arise within every family – at the latest when confronting old age, since sacrificing your time to care for parents puts your ability to compete at risk and therefore your income or even your own provision for old age in a market-oriented society.”

The recommendation of our fellow member Elizabeth who says, "the topic fits perfectly with the program meeting this month!  It is a small theater, but the various staging techniques were very effective and unusual.  I really enjoyed seeing it."

An English Advent Carol Serivce of Seven Carols and Seven Lessons

Samstag, 1. December 2018 at Klosterkirche St. Ottilien in Eresing at 3:30 p.m

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. The same program will be held in St. Willibrord, Blumenstr. (Sendlinger Tor) on 19 December at 7 p.m.

Hands Gallery Holiday Cheer

Claudia Ziersch from 40 Stitches and Valerie Errante from Pudel Design invite you on December 1st between 10am and 4pm for a cozy get-together for the Christmas season. You can seek handmade Christmas gifts with advice while enjoying punch and cookies. Stop by - we look forward to seeing you!

Handel’s Messiah Open Sing

Sunday, December 9th 2018, 14:00-Church of the Ascension at 4 Seybothstraße, Munich

Join us to sing the Messiah with orchestra and soloists. Bring a score if you have one.

Christmas Carol Sing

Sunday, December 16th 2018, 14:00-Church of the Ascension, 4 Seybothstraße, Munich

Come and sing your favorite Christmas carols, sacred and secular with friends and family! A lovely way to celebrate the holiday spirit.

Both events held at Church of the Ascension, located at Emmauskirche Laurinplatz, Munich-Harlaching
Public Transport: Bus 139 to Autharistraße or Tram 15/25 to Authariplatz
Entrance is free; donations go to fund Church of the Ascension’s operating budget.

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Baking Cookies with IMMA

Join us for a morning of baking madness

Cooking baking with ImmaWhen: Saturday, December 15, 2018
What time: 11:30 am - 2 pm
Where: IMMA Cafe

Just a friendly reminder, this again is an activity open to all. Once we have the confirmed participants, we will decide what cookies to bake. If you have any questions about participating or IMMA in general, please do not hesitate to contact Tara at Just a few spots are left!

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ElderCare from Abroad: An AAUPW Panel discussion

Program Meeting - November 2018

Wednesday, November 21st at 6:30 PM

Imagine this…
Your 80 year old mom lives across the ocean, alone.  You’re busy with your career and family in Munich.  Your siblings are scattered across the country.  One day you get a call – your mom has fallen and broken her hip.  Your siblings report that her desk is piled high with unpaid bills and collection notices.   You thought something like this might happen someday but you weren’t ready for it.

Has this happened to you, or are you worried it might? Join us for a panel discussion to learn how to help prepare yourself. Hear how others have managed eldercare from abroad. Learn from their experience and from their mistakes.

The panel encourages you to send questions in advance to:

Lynda Sagrestano
Elizabeth d'Elsa
Elyse Bühler
Meg Engelmann
For more information about joining AAUPW or attending a future meeting, check out How to Join or contact our club president at:
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Entity English Theatre presents . . .

Lend Me A Tenor by Ken Ludwig!

When:  1-4 November and 7-10 November 2018     Where: Pepper Theater, München-Neuperlach
“One of two great farces by a living writer.” (The New York Times)

Cleveland, 1934: What to do when you have two identical Otellos running around? An evening of misunderstandings and a hilarious series of mishaps is bound to happen when Tito Merelli, the world-famous Italian tenor, arrives late for his opening night at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. By accident, the tenor is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that general manager Saunders and Max – his assistant and secret tenor extraordinaire – believe he’s dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Merelli's Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he's Merelli. However, Merelli wakes up and gets into his other costume, ready to perform. Now, two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Merelli – the perfect recipe for comedic disaster.

A sensation on Broadway and in London's West End, this madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter. Directed by Bogdan Tabacaru, produced by Katrin Fegert. More at

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IMMA Fall Brunch

Brunch report from Tara

Our annual "Fall back into Fall" brunch took place with our IMMA girls on Saturday, October 21.  There was a great spread and we had new AAUPWers Barbara & Donna  join us. We had 18 participants and the AAUPWers who took part were Audra, Barbara, Donna, Grace, Jane, Tara & Wendy.  Thank you to our ladies for coming out on a Saturday morning.

Our longstanding IMMA backbone member, Claudia couldn't physically be there, but she was there in spirit and still added to the fun by loaning us some of her games, including the classic, Bingo.

True to tradition, the AAUPW goddesses made pancakes and we had a nice spread of healthy eats before we broke out the Nutella. We ate together and played games.  Unfortunately, we only have the after pictures as we were more preoccupied with our IMMA experience (and Tara forgot to take pictures). We all had fun and of course, Tara had the perfect socks to sum up the positive IMMA message.

Our next activity with the girls will be the cookie baking on December 15.  For details about this activity and IMMA in general, don't forget to contact Tara.


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Advances in Reconstructive Spinal Surgery

Program Meeting - October 2018

Wednesday, October 17th at 6:30 PM

Our speaker for October is Professor Bronek Boszczyk, the new Head of Spinal Surgery at the Benedictus Krankenhaus in Tutzing, formerly Visiting Professor and Clinical Associate Professor at Nottingham University Hospitals in the fields of research, Orthopedic and Accident Surgery. Since 2003, his has worked exclusively on spinal surgery, with a focus on the complex reconstructive surgery of the adult and pediatric spine, due to deformity and tumours of the spine. He will speak on advances in reconstructive spinal surgery techniques starting with general information and including measures for prophylaxis. Of interest to us all is the question of why and when such operations are necessary.

Professor Boszczyk  did his Medical training in Germany with electives spent in South Africa and USA. He has been involved in anatomical research of the spine since medical school under the mentorship of Professor R Putz, of the renowned Anatomical Institute of the LMU Munich, which led to a dedicated interest in the field of spinal disorders. His postgraduate training was divided between Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery with a focus on spinal surgery. His resident training was in Orthopaedic Surgery in 1998, under mentorship of Professor M. Mayer in Munich. Neurosurgical training was completed in 2003, under the mentorship of Dr. Jaksche of the Murnau Trauma Centre in Bavaria. In addition he has served numerous fellowship posts, positions and professorships at hospitals and clinics specializing Spine Surgery.
For more information about joining AAUPW or attending a future meeting, please contact our club president at:

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Upcoming Events in October 2018

Audrey Robinson-Seurig’s “Tiger Mask” Art Exhibition

Art Exhibition in Feldkirchen

You are cordially invited to see Audrey Robinson-Seurig’s “Tiger Mask” and a selection of her other artworks in the group art exhibition in Feldkirchen. Audrey’s tiger mask represents the mascot of her alma mater Princeton University.

The Vernissage will be held on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, starting at 19:00, in the Feldkirchen Town Hall foyer. The exhibition will be open to the public from Tuesday, October 16, 2018, to Thursday, October 25, 2018, during the opening times of the Town Hall: Monday – Friday 7:30 – 12:00, Thursday also 15:00 – 18:00.
The Town Hall (Rathaus Feldkirchen) is located at Rathausplatz 1, 85622 Feldkirchen (bei München). Directions to the Town Hall are posted on Feldkirchen_Kunstausstellung_2018_flyer_with_address_English

Amerikahaus Book Swap

Sunday, 28. Oktober 2018, 10:00 - 16:00

Book lovers, it's Book Swap Time at the Amerikahaus again: you can swap your old English books for new reading material.  Join us and exchange your old English books from 10a.m. till 4p.m.! For more information on how the Amerikahaus Book Swap works, please see their website:

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Summer Break

Program Meeting - July & August 2018

There is no Program Meeting in July or August, but we will be meeting informally at a Biergarten each month weather permitting.

Our first meeting in the Fall will be Wednesday, September 19th, when we will be celebrating our 30th Anniversary! Be sure to save the date and join us for the festivities.

For more information about joining AAUPW or attending a future meeting, please contact our club president at:

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English Theater in Westpark

Shakespeare’s Hamlet open-air at the Theatron in Westpark!

Presented by Entity Theatre, your local English-language theatre in Munich.  Adapted and directed by Conny Loder.

More at, including a link to the trailer and a map showing how to get to the Theatron from the U6 / Holzapfelkreuth.

When and Where:  July 12th  - July 15th  and July 19th – 22nd,  2018 playing each evening at 7 pm

Admission free. Show lasts about 1 1/2 hours. Bring something to sit on and maybe a picnic, also a jacket in case it cools off later.



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Vernissage Susanne Heiker Photographer

Hands Gallery invites you to an evening with Susanne Heiker on Thursday,
July 14th from 5 to 9 p.m. in Pariser Strasse 21!

Susanne  is  an  amazing portrait photographer, who believes that your family  photos  tell YOUR story. She also documented the Women's March this  year.  Please come by to meet Susanne, see her photos and maybe even have a chance to win a Family Photo Session.

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.