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Book Club - Spring 2018

March - The Handmaid's Tail

The Handmaid's Tail by Margaret Atwood

A dystopian novel set in a near-future New England in a United States governed by a totalitarian theocracy, where women have absolutely no rights.[1] The Handmaid's Tale explores themes of women in subjugation to misogyny in a patriarchal society and the various means by which these women attempt to gain individualism and independence.

 

April - The Japanese Lover

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

Sweeping through time and spanning generations and continents, The Japanese Lover explores questions of identity, abandonment, redemption, and the unknowable impact of fate on our lives. [1] 1939: As the world goes to war, Alma Belasco's Polish parents send her to live in safety with relatives in San Francisco. There she meets Ichimei Fukuda, the son of the family's Japanese gardener, and between them a tender love blossoms. . . [2]

May - The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

In the novel, the Underground Railroad is chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.[1]  In Whitehead’s conception, the Underground Railroad is not a metaphor—but an actual railroad winding beneath the earth, as conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. A suspenseful tale of escape and pursuit, it combines elements of fantasy and the counter-factual with an unflinching, painfully truthful depiction of American slavery. [1]

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MVV-Stadtrallye

It's a Scavenger Hunt!

Saturday, May 5, 2018 (10:30 - 14:00)

3, 2, 1 ... and go! On Saturday, 5 May 2018, the MVV invites young and old to an exciting discovery tour of the city by taking part in the 16th annual Scavenger hunt. Whether alone, as a couple, with a few friends or as a family - quiz enthusiasts need nothing more than a single or group day pass. And with the right answers you may win a great prize! Says AAUPW president Jane, who has taken part in past Munich scavenger hunts “This is really a great, fun way to learn about this fabulous city we live in!” The tour takes about 2.5 hours, depending on how many breaks you take.

Questionaires are handed out on May 5th from 10:30 am to 2 pm at the MVV office on Isartor, Thierschstraße 2.

Answers sheets can be dropped off May 5th from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm at the MVV office on Isartor, Thierschstraße 2 for anyone wishing to take part in the winner's draw. Winners will be notified 1-2 days later.

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Mudbound– Film Screening and Talk

Amerikahaus Program May

What:      Mudbound – film screening and discussion in English with author Hillary Jordan
When:      Friday, 18th May 1900-2100
Where:    University of Television and Film Munich (HFF Munich), Bernd-Eichinger-Platz 1, 80333 München
Cost:         Free
Sign-up:   http://www.amerikahaus.de/veranstaltungen/detail/mudbound/

The film “Mudbound” follows the story of two men – one white, one black – returning home from WWII to life in the Mississippi Delta. As their families struggle to share the land, they discover that what they hold in common is truer than what tears them apart.  Based on the much appraised book Mudbound by Hillary Jordan, it was adapted into a critically acclaimed film in 2017.   The movie has earned numerous accolades and honors, including four Academy Award nominations. The Washington Post declared it “the best picture of the year.” 

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Upcoming Events in May 2018

U.S. Tax Seminar: The impact of Repatriation & GILTI taxes on Americans in Germany

9:30 - 12:00) Eden Hotel Wolff, Arnulfstrausse 4, Munich

Tax Briefing for tax professionals and US Citizens Living in Germany: The 2017 US tax reform created two new taxes: the Repatriation and GILTI taxes. Although intended for US multinationals like Google and Apple, these taxes have a severe impact on American citizens and Greencard holders who are professionals or business owners living in Germany. Mr. Silver has initiated a global tax advocacy effort to exempt expats from these taxes. To learn more about and support it, see the Democrats Abroad page for more information: taxes.  https://www.democratsabroad.org/letter_campaign_repatriation_gilti_taxes

See additional details: Tax Event Monte Silver
Munich event is free but advance registration is required.  To register, send email to:  info@silvercolaw.com

Evening Tax Seminar for US Citizens Living in Germany

Evening Tax Briefing and Program for US Citizens Living in Germany: The will be presented in English by members of the Forum für Nachfolge- und Vermögensplanung e.V.   The presentations span taxation for U.S. Citizens, wealth management and financial planning and estate planning. The discussions will be followed by light refreshments and networking.  The announcement along with details of how to register for the event appear in the attachment. 
For the complete Agenda: 180602EveningTaxBriefing.docx

2018 American/Bavarian Golf Tournament

In co-ordination with AIMS International, the AGBC is co-sponsoring the 2018 American/Bavarian Golf Tournament at Golfclub Tegernbach which is located in Tegernbach, near Mittelstetten, about 45 km northwest of Munich.   We will have 18 holes of golf for experienced golfers and a Schnupperkurs for beginners.  The golf activities will be followed by a relaxing and revitalizing round of drinks at the clubhouse and then an early evening American/Bavarian BBQ. 
Special request:  To help us estimate how many to plan for, please sign up ASAP on the AGBC Community Platform events tool at www.agbc-munich.com. ; Also we are requesting a deposit of Eur 50.00 for the golfers.  lf you know of firms or groups interesting in co-sponsoring our event, please contact Larry: lschulzl@aol.com.
Additional details can be found in attachment: 180602AmericanBavarianGolfTournamentVersion3

 

Understanding American Evangelicals in the Age of Trump

Amerika Haus Program:  An insiders political critique 
Amerika Haus, Barer Str. 19a, 80333 München. 

Discussion being led by Dr. Gary Edwards, Associate Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies at Arkansas State University. See the Amerika Haus website for additional details: http://www.amerikahaus.de/veranstaltungen/

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 www.mvhs.de/en for further information.

Global Entry Enrollment Events in Germany

May 17 and 18, 2018 at Munich Airport

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will hold special enrollment events for CBP’s Global Entry program, which allows expedited immigration and customs clearance into the United States for pre-approved, low-risk travelers. Global Entry is open to U.S. and German citizens as well as citizens of select other countries.  See more by visiting the US Embassy page
More information about the program and who is eligible can be found at: https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry/eligibility.

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ENTITY THEATRE presents…

English Theater

an evening of two one-act plays in English, with two venues to choose from (Neuperlach and  Schwabing)

Ever had an awkward first date? Come and meet Kelli & Arlin, as well as Sean & Lisa, as love, loneliness and laughter blend together in an evening of two one-act plays. Will Kelli and Arlin find common ground? Why are Sean’s possessions in moving boxes? And why does Lisa enjoy the full moon?

When and Where: 
April 18 – 21, 2018  at 8 pm, Pepper Theater, Thomas-Dehler-Straße 12, Neuperlach (PEP Einkaufszentrum)

April 26 – 28 April, 2018 at 8 pm, Theater Heppel & Ettlich, Feilitzschstraße 12, Schwabing (near Münchner Freiheit)

Visit http://www.entitytheatre.com for more info, trailers, and how to get tickets! See you there!
Questions? Contact AAUPW member Maria Craig at mhcraig@web.de

Commencing is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
Being Norwegian is presented by arrangement with Casarotto & Associates.
This is an amateur performance.

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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

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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.

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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: http://www.stpatricksday.de   Sign-up: E-mail ann.dempsey@hibernian.de 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 ddd@tripled.de 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! 
Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/expatinsider2018-e

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: https://www.internations.org/expat-insider/

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  www.youngmusicianslive.de or www.maximilianhaberstock.com 

 

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 www.mvhs.de/en for further information.
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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:  elliotgg@ucmail.uc.edu

  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 - yana.immis@new-european-college.com
  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
at www.adg-europe.com

 

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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.