Friday, June 29, 2018 Volume 11, Issue 25 Table of Contents News..............................2-3 Inside the Gate.............4-7 Outside the Gate..........8-10 Published for members of the SHAPE/Chivres, Brussels and Schinnen communities Benelux News Briefs Passport services unavailable USAG Benelux Passport Agent services in Brussels will be unavailable from June 29 to Aug. 19. Passport services will resume on Aug. 20 by appointment only. For passport services during this time, you may contact the Brussels U.S. Embassy at https://be.usembassy. gov/u-s-citizen-services/ passports/ POV and GOV Orientation Classes POV Orientation Class is conducted at SHAPE Bldg. 220 in room 104 every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to noon. Schedule an appointment in order to receive study material. GOV Orientation Class is conducted every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. U.S. and Canadian personnel must complete a POV orientation to obtain a SHAPE driving license. Call DSN 366-6603 or +32 (0)65-326603 for more information. Rationed Items Store The RIS at SHAPE will be closed July 3 in order to per form the quaterly inventory. Michael D. Formica, Director of Installation Management Command-Europe, passes the colors to Col. Sean Hunt Kuester as he assumes command of the U.S. Army Garrison Benelux, Friday, June 29, 2018, at Caserne Daumerie, Chivres, Belgium. (U.S. Army photo by Christophe Morel) New commander takes up reins of USAG Benelux See page 2
 The Gazette is an unofficial publication published under the provisions of AR 360-1 for members of the Department of Defense. Contents of The Gazette are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, Department of the Army or the USAG Benelux. The Gazette is a free weekly publication distributed via email every Thursday, except when that day is an American, Belgian or Dutch Holiday, then The Gazette is published on Wednesday. The editorial content of this publication is prepared, edited, provided, approved and published by the USAG Benelux Public Affairs Office, Unit 21419, APO AE 09708. Telephone (0032) 068-275419/DSN 361-5419. Everything advertised in this publication will be made available for purchase, use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. If a violation or rejection of this equal opportunity policy by an advertiser is confirmed, the publisher will refuse to print advertising from that source until the violation is corrected. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts or supplements, does not constitute endorsement of the products or services advertised by the U.S. Army. Submit content or story ideas to email@example.com by Monday at 3 p.m. To submit or subscribe, email firstname.lastname@example.org Commander ....................Col. Sean H. Kuester Public Affairs Officer .....Marie-Lise Baneton Editor .............................Christophe Morel Staff Writers. .................Rita Hoefnagels Julie Piron Jessica Ryan Col. Sean Hunt Kuester, incoming USAG Benelux commander, gives a speech during the Change of Command ceremony June 29, 2018 at Caserne Daumerie, Chivres, Belgium. (U.S. Army photo by Christophe Morel) New garrison commander addresses teammates Teammates, One Team, One Benelux! I love that phrase and am proud to be the newest member of an organization whose motto is one of unity, selfless ness and team work. To the US military and civilian members of the team I am excited to learn about the latest contributions you are making toward a Strong Europe and sustain ment of the vital trans-Atlantic bond. I look forward to being part of this effort. To all European members of the team, I am thrilled to be here and to be im mersed in your ancient and esteemed cultures. My military service has afforded me the privilege of serving here on sev eral occasions. Its great to be back amongst you all! To the family members within the Benelux, you are not dependents. Rather, you are a vital source of our strength. In that regard, those of us serving on the Benelux team depend on you! I appreciate and thank you for your sacrifices. I served in Mons, Belgium from 20152017. During that time, I witnessed firsthand the dedication, professionalism and positive impact of Benelux military and civilian personnel. From those two years I can attest that the sterling reputa tion enjoyed by the Benelux team is one earned and fully deserved. I am ready to do my part to ensure this reputation continues and that each of you achieve your full potential. One Team, One Benelux! By Col. Sean Hunt Kuester Read next week's Gazette for more information on the change of command.
 Honoring 40 years of service Alfred Levels started his 40 year career in 1979 as a Reports Clerk at the Transportation Motor Pool for the then 254th Base Support Battalion in Schinnen. Until 2000 he stayed in Schinnen as a Freight Rate Assistant and Freight Movements Superintendent, staying busy with the move and transportation of U.S. material and units in and out of The Netherlands. In 2000, he moved to the Combat Equipment Group-Europe (CEG-E) in Eygelshoven and coordinated the trans portation of Army material to locations in Norway, England, The Netherlands, Luxemburg and Italy. When CEG-E closed in 2006, Levels changed jobs and became a Housing Referral Officer in Schinnen, where he still works. By Rita Hoefnagels USG Benelux Publci Affairs Office Looking for something exciting to do this summer? How about a canoe trip down the Lesse River in Dinant; or a wild day at the Adventure Parc in Wavre; or helping the community by doing a good turn at our Tervuren Park Hike and clean up, followed by a family BBQ? The Unit is super excited about this years Summertime Pack Activity program and you are invited to be a part of the adventures. Cub Scout Pack 457 is now registering girls and boys age 5-11 into the program so come out and join the fun! E-mail the Pack Recruiting Coordinator at CubScoutPack457Brussels@gmail.com to find out how you and your family can be a part of the BSA "Family Scouting Program today! Summertime Pack Activity Program and Open Enrollment for Cub Scout Pack 457 By Cub Scout Pack 457 40 years of service with the Dutch Ministry of Defense. (U.S. Army photo by Rita Hoefnagels) One of the great lessons I've learned as Commanding General of U.S. Army Installation Management Command is to value the diversity and contributions of Army civilians. Before taking command of IMCOM and its 50,000 plus cohort of civilian professionals, I had little experience in leading or working alongside them. I was ambivalent about their role in making our Army ready. I had no appreciation for how vital their leadership is to the continuity and success of everything we do. Now, after witnessing the wisdom, dedication, technical expertise and professionalism of Army civilians in a personal way, I feel obliged to champion their service. After visiting 80 installation communities around the world, I am as familiar with today's Army as anyone. It is clear to me that our Army could not do all of what it is expected to do without civilians in nearly every command, in some cases side-by-side in theater. Civilian professionals provide foundational continuity in times of turbulence; design, test and field our weapon sys tems; play critical roles in supporting Soldiers and their Families; maintain our training facilities; and myriad other critical tasks that give Soldiers the freedom to focus on warfighting. Army civilians are integral to readiness, and a part of the team I have grown to ac curately value and appreciate. Can we improve the system? You bet, but we should not paint all Army civilians with the same brush based on limited experi ences where a small number have made a bad impression or had a negative impact. Detractors of employing civilians should think through the alternatives. Totally contractors? Have Soldiers do everything? These solutions are often more expensive and can negatively impact Army readiness in serious ways. Army Civilians are probably the most efficient and effective way to sustain readiness. Their contributions are priceless; our nation simply cannot purchase their level of loyalty and commitment. They are part of the Army's DNA. I encourage more Army leaders to learn and understand this important truth sooner than I did. By Lt. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl Commanding General, United States Army Installation Management Command IMCOM commanding praises Army civilians Lt. Gen. Kenneth R. Dahl. (IMCOM
 Inside the Gate ALL COMMUNITIES Government Driver's License Per the Headquarters, Department of the Army (HDQA) decision, the Army Accident Avoidance Training online is no longer required to obtain the government vehicle driver's license. For more information, call DSN 366-6603. The following are VTC-projected class. For information about and to register for VTC classes, contact: For SHAPE: DSN 366-6824 or +32 (0)65-326824 For Brussels: DSN 368-9783 or +32 (0)2-7179783 For Schinnen: DSN 360-7500 or +31 (0)46-4437500 July 12/26 and Sept. 13/27 Couples Communication The class will be from 10 a.m. to noon. Aug. 9/23 Positive Parenting Offered by Army Community Service. Learn techniques on how to teach your children to control themselves from 10 a.m. to noon. BRUSSELS COMMUNITY See also above in "All Communities." Every Monday and Thursday Lunchtime Yoga Relax and refresh during the work day from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Brussels Fitness Center. For more information, call DSN 368-9667 or +32 (0)2-7179667. Every Tuesday Tax Assistance The Northern Law Center will provide U.S. federal and state income tax assistance to eligible clients on Tuesdays in Bldg. 4 in room 316. Services are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call DSN 423-4868 or +32 (0)65-444868. For more information on legal services and documentation needed for tax returns, visit www.usagbenelux.eur.army.mil/org-legal.html. Every Thursday and Friday Community Movie Night Enjoy free entertainment at the 3 Star Recreation Center starting at 6:30 p.m. The schedule includes Super Trooper (R) on July 5, Pacific Rim Uprising (PG-13) on July 6, A Wrinkle in Time (PG) on July 12, and Blockers (R) on July 13. For more information, call DSN 368-9822 or +32 (0)2-7179822. Every Friday 3 Star Recreation Night Join the Brussels community for games, cards, music and movies starting at 5 p.m. at the 3 Star Recreation Center. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Line dancing will start at 7 p.m. on the first and third Friday of the month. Karaoke will be held on the second and fourth Friday of the month starting at 6 p.m. U.S. Military, NATO, U.S. Embassy and mission cardholders are welcome. For more information, call DSN 368-9822 or +32 (0)2-7179822. Thourgh August 3 Child and Youth Services Fall Soccer Open Enrollment The season starts Sept. 20 and ends Nov. 8. Participants must be registered with CYS and have a valid health assessment at the time of enrollment. Cost is $25 for children age 3 to 5, and $45 for children age 6 to 15. For more information, call DSN 368-9539 or +32 (0)2-7179539. Volunteer coaches are needed! If interested, please contact youth and sports fitness. June 29 Independence Day Block Party Celebrate Independence Day with the 3 Star Recreation Center in the Brussels main parking from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be live music, games, food, arts and crafts with Child and Youth Services, and sparklers for the kids. Admission is free. Food and drinks are available for purchase. For more information, call DSN 368-9822 or civilian +32 (0)2-7179822.
 Inside the Gate SCHINNEN/BRUNSSUM COMMUNITY See also page 4 in "All Communities." Closure Central processing Facility The Central Processing Facility (U.S. ID Card Office) at JFC Brunssum will be closed June 29 and will reopen on July 2 at 8 a.m. All personnel with CAC/ID Card emergencies should contact the Geilenkirchen, Germany ID card office at +49 (0)2451-632204. Schinnen MP Desk The Schinnen MP Desk can be reached at the following new phone number: DSN 597-4555 and +31 (0)45-5340555. Operation hours Commissary Holiday Hours The Schinnen Commissary has the following operation hours during Indepen dence Day week: closed July 2 and 4, and open July 3 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. On July 5, the Commissary will resume normal hours. Schinnen Service Station (GAS) Effective July 1, the new hours of operation for the Schinnen Gas Station will be Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and closed Sunday and Monday. Through Sept. 15 Bowling Center Kids bowl free at the Schinnen Bowling Center with a Bowling Pass. Registration is open until Sept. 15. To sign up, go to www.kidsbowlfree.com/Army. Through Aug. 19 2018 Summer Reading Program Open to all U.S. and NATO ID card holders up to age 18 beginning June 26 and ending on Aug. 19. Children interested in this program should register at https://brunssumlibrary. beanstack.org. Children will check out and read books from the JFC HQ Brunssum Library and receive a variety of prizes for the number of minutes they read. Preschool children may earn prizes by having books read aloud to them. For more information call +31 (0)45-5262669 or +31 (0)45-5262469. JFC HQ Library is open to all U.S. and NATO ID cardholders in the Tri-Border Community and is located next to B&S Central Store Bldg. 604. June 30 Army Birthday Ball A celebration of Army Heroes from WWI to present day will be held at the Van der Valk Hotel in Heerlen for an evening of dancing, dining and entertainment. Tickets are 60, and the reception will begin at 6 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, call +31 (0)6 5630065 or email to army email@example.com. July 4 Independence Day Celebration The 2018 Independence Day Celebration takes place at and around the Schinnen pavilion from 4:30 p.m. to midnight. There will be live music, karaoke, food, fireworks and more. No pets, cool ers or picnic baskets are allowed. All fees are in Euros. For more information on the festivities con tact DFMWR at DSN 360-7370 or +31 (0)46-4437370. The event is open to US & NATO ID card holders and their dependents. Guests should be sponsored. This means that if a CAC card, Installa tion Pass, or NATO ID cardholder brings non-card-holding guests along in their vehicle, the card holder can vouch for guests as 'trusted.' If non-cardholders arrive separately, the cardholder will be required to return to the guard house and physically sign them in. When a cardholder who has vouched for a guest(s) leaves the installation, the guest(s) must also leave. For example, a cardholder and guests show up at 6 p.m. and the cardholder decides they don't want to stay for the fireworks and leaves at 8 p.m. than the guests must also leave at that time. Guests cannot be left on base unattended. For more information on bringing guests, contact the Schinnen MP Desk at DSN 597-4555 or +31 (0)45-5340555.
 Inside the Gate July 18-19 Veteran's Administration (VA) Are you a service member or Veteran with questions regarding VA benefits? Make a One-On-One Appointment! The Veteran's Administration (VA) will have a representative at the JFC Brunssum Library Conference Room from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to meet with anyone who would like a one-onone appointment. If you have any questions about your Veteran's benefits, now or in the future, this is the person to speak with. To schedule an appointment, please call DSN 606-2443848 or +31 (0)45-5263848. July 19-20 Host Nation Newcomers Orientation & Cultural Tour From 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Schinnen ACS. All Newcomers and spouses are invited to learn about their new community, including local customs, cul ture, and language. On day one, explore the Dutch culture with an introduction to the language and get an overview of Tri-Border services. On day two, go beyond the gate to visit a few local attractions and shopping areas and learn how to use the local train system. For more information or to register, call DSN 360-7500 or civilian +31 (0)46-4437500. SHAPE/CHIVRES COMMUNITY See also page 4 in "All Communities." Belgian Taxes In an effort to mitigate the amount of annual Belgian tax forms received by SHAPE members and their families, the Belgium National Military Representative (NMR) is requesting all Belgium tax forms received this year be taken to their respective nation's NMR for processing. The Belgian NMR wants to collect and consolidate all tax forms and submit to their Ministry before June 30 As a result, the U.S. Community Services Center on SHAPE will not be able to process the Belgian tax forms contained in the brown envelopes. All customers who visit the center with the tax forms will be directed to deliver them to the USNMR located in SHAPE Bldg. 101. For questions, please call the USNMR at DSN 423-4403 or +32(0)65-44-4403. Every First Week of the Month Intro to Gym Machines The SHAPE Sports and Fitness Center hosts this walk-thru Tuesday at 10 a.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m. Book an appointment at the fitness center. Every Monday and Wednesday Functional Fitness (Stroller Friendly) Join the Chivres Fitness Center (Bldg. 20004) on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., for an adult, high-intensity, full-body workout using body weight and basic equipment followed by 30 minutes of indoor cycling. Kids are welcome. Every Tuesday SHAPE Library Preschool Story Time Help your little ones get a head start on early reading skills by attending the SHAPE International Librarys weekly story times. Preschool Story Time, designed for children age 3 to 6, meets every Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. in the children's room of the library. Participants will enjoy stories, finger plays, songs and lots of giggles. Story Time helps children build confidence, learn socialization skills and make friends. For more information, call DSN 423-5631 or +32(0)65-445631. Self-Defense Men and women over age 18 can attend this beginner-level self-defense course hosts by certified instructors from the Spanish Forces every Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at the SHAPE main gym basketball court. Registration is free. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. June 29 Independence Day Celebration The 2018 Independence Day Celebration takes place at SHAPE from noon to 11:30 p.m. Listen to live music, ride the carnival rides, enjoy the games, try to ride BeneTaurus the mechanical bull, enjoy some great food and fireworks! Schedule of events is on the next page. From noon to 11 p.m.: Food and drink sales, carnival rides, photo booth, sponsors area, and activity displays. From noon to 4 p.m.: Dixie Band (Jazz) From 1 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.: DJ music between breaks From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Magic Morgan Balloon Artist From 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.: BeneTaurus Mechanical Bull Rides From 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Texadillos Band (Country) From 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.: Task Force X (SHAPE Band) At 11 p.m.: Fireworks! July 6 Army Ball The U.S. Army celebrates its 243rd birthday at the SHAPE ballroom from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are 50 per person. Contact your unit representative for information.
 SHAPE Trips & Tours Serving Brussels, Chivres and SHAPE. Call DSN 423-3884 or +32 (0)65-44 3884. Luxembourg City, July 7 Beyonce and Jay-Z Concert in Paris, July 14 Rotterdam with Harbor Tour, July 14 Dolfinarium in Harderwijk, The Netherlands, July 21 Strasbourg, France, July 28 Honfleur, France, Aug. 4 Paris, Aug. 11 London, Aug. 12-15 Disneyland Paris, Aug. 18 Kevin Hart Comedy Tour in Antwerp, Aug. 25 Flower Parade in Zundert, The Netherlands, Sept. 2 Heidelberg & World's Largest "Wurst" & Wine Festival in Bad Drkheim, Germany, Sept. 15 Trier, Germany, Oct. 13 Schinnen Trips & Tours Call DSN 360-7560 or +31 (0) 46-4437560. Water Skiing and Swim Park, June 30 Amsterdam, July 14 Deep Sea Fishing (Mackerel), July 21 NFL Game at Wembley Stadium, Oct. 27-29 Upcoming Organized Trips & Tours Below are the election dates for June to August: June 30: Texas 27th Congressional District Special Election July 17: Alabama July 24: Georgia August 2: Tennessee August 4: Virgin Islands August 7: Ohio 12th Congressional District Special General August 7: Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Washington August 11: Hawaii August 14: Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, Wisconsin August 21: Alaska, Wyoming; August 25: Guam August 28: Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma For more information, contact the Voting Assistance Officer for USAG Benelux, at DSN 366-6192 or +32(0)65-32-6192 or visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website at: www.fvap.gov. Upcoming elections July 12 Hearts Apart Has your sponsor been deployed, is deployed, or will be deployed soon? Have they been, are they, or will they be going on extended TDY? Don't remain alone. Connect with others in the same circumstances by joining the ACS Hearts Apart Club. Held at the Army Community Service Training Room from noon to 1 p.m. For more information, contact DSN 366-6824 or +32 (0)65-326824. July 20 Fun for Kids Meet new friends during Fun for Kids at the Chivres Community Activity Center. Open from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. You can get together a game of pick-up basketball or play on bouncy castles. It's also a great opportunity for newcomers to the community to meet other parents. Open to U.S., NATO, US Mission, and US Embassy ID cardholders. No entrance fee. Inside the Gate
 World Cup 2018: all the accessories a soccer fan needs! It's already the knockout stage of the World Cup 2018, and Belgium will play at least one more game. If you want to participate in the biggest soccer celebration, it's time to show your sup port for your favorite team! Whether you are planning on going outside to see the matches on big screens or if you prefer staying at home with your friends and family, make sure you have all the ac cessories a football fan needs. 1. National flag. In Belgium, before the beginning of the competition, many supporters already hang their flag, an emblem of patriotism, off the window. During the matches, many bring their flag with them. 2. Soccer jersey and scarf. Every good fan has the official or unofficial shirt of Belgium. Jerseys are a great way to show your support but are sometimes quite expensive. However, you can find unof ficial shirts for a good price. Don't forget a scarf, another must-buy accessory. 3. Something to make noise. There are many accessories to make noise during a soccer match. You can use a Vuvuzela (a popular African accessory), a Diabolica (a Belgian accessory) or a kazoo. Of course, you will also need your voice to support your team from the kick off to the end of the match. 4. Face make up. Face make up is a funny way to show your colors. Always check that the colors are in the right direction. 5. Many other accessories. You can find many other things during the world cup: special soccer glasses, bracelets, earrings, and more. Belgium will face Japan in the knockout stage in Rostov-on-Don on Monday. By Christophe Morel USAG Benelux Public Affairs Through July 15, millions of people will watch the 2018 World Cup. Every week until the end of the competition, we will give you information about this international soccer tournament. This week, for the fourth part of our series, discover which accessories you need to support your team! Maintain situational at all times when at tending events involv ing large crowds. Avoid locations which restrict or limit your movement and abil ity to exit the venue quickly. Pre-establish easily recognizable meeting spots to be used as emergency evacuation points where you and your family/friends can gather if needed. Move away from fights, incidents and avoid panicked crowds. Report any suspicious activity, unattended bags or anything out side of the norm. Stay Vigilant Football fans watched the big match at SHAPE (U.S. Army photo by Monica Young) Outside the Gate More than 1,000 community members gathered for a World Cup Viewing Party to see the big match between Belgium and England at the SHAPE Fest Tent. This match was the kick-off to the U.S. Inde pendence Day Celebration June 29 at the same place. In Brussels, the 3 Star Recreation Center also organized a special event for the match between Bel gium and England. There will be additional games July 6, 7, 10, 11, 14 and 15. Belgian supporters like to have a maximum of ac cessories to support their team. (U.S. Army photo by Christophe Morel).
 Outside the Gate Outside the Gate Read about events near Brunssum and Schinnen (in the Netherlands unless otherwise indicated). Read about events near Chivres, SHAPE and Brussels. Through July 15 Gallic Village in Lige There will be about 40 chalets/stands offering local products such as ham on the bone, spit-roasted ham, paella, grilled duck fillet, Savoyard tart, wine, beer and more. The covered terraces allow dining on the spot. Held on Place Saint Paul. No entrance fee. Through Sept. 2 Star Wars Identities Exhibition in Brussels Two hundred costumes, props, models, and pieces of artwork are yours to discover. The collection spans all six Star Wars movies and the ongoing television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars Held at Brussels Expo Hall 2 on Place de Belgique. Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry is 22.90 for adults on site (21.90 if purchased online) and 6.90 for children (5.90 if purchased online). June 29 30 "Feux de la Saint-Jean" in Mons A summer solstice fire festival with activities for children, shows, music, and more. Held on Place Nervienne Saturday from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. No entrance fee. For more information, visit www.feuxsaintjean.be. June 29 July 1 Couleur Caf festival in Brussels It is a global music festival held on Square de l'Atomium. Musical artists such as Damso, Angle and Chronixx will perform this year. Entry is 5 for three days, 2 for one day. For more information, visit www. couleurcafe.be/en/. July 1 Summer Geek Festival in Mons It's a new event for people who like video games, manga, sciencefiction movies, and Asian culture. Held at Lotto Mons Expo on Avenue Thomas Edison, 2. Entry is For more information, visit http://www. summergeekfestival.be. Volksmarch in Casteau for 5, 10, 15 or 20 km Departs from Rue Saint-Antoine, 5b from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Flea Market in Binche Held on Rue d'Hurtebise featuring 120 booths from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Flea Market in Erquelinnes Held on Rue des Combattants featuring 250 booths from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 5-8 Provenal village in Tournai Artisans and producers will be selling santons (religious figurines), spices, olive oil, macaroons, biscuits, tapenades, and more. Visitors will be able to eat typically Provenal dishes, which can be consumed either on an eatin or take-away basis. Held on Place Saint-Pierre. Open Thursday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Through July 1 Culinary Festival "Arnhem Proeft" It has more than 25 participating restaurants, a food market, live cooking, music, and more. Held at Musispark. Open Friday from 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from noon to midnight, and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m. No entrance fee. June 29-30 Witch Festival in Oudewater The city is swamped with witches and magical figures. Theres music, dance, theater, fairy tales, and magic acts all around the Heksenwaag. Open Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. No entrance fee. Vlaardings Harbor Festival in Vlaardingen It is a cultural, naval and historic city fest with historic boats and ships, water activities, a nautical and crafts market, and more. Held at Van Sluis tot Buizengat. Open Friday from 8 p.m. to midnight, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight. No entrance fee. June 29-July 1 Dutch TT in Assen An international motorcycling event held at the TT Circuit. For more information, visit www.ttcircuit.com. Food Truck Festival in Eindhoven Held at Eindhovense Karpendonkse Plas on Sumatralaan. Open Friday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. No entrance fee. Landpartie 2018 in Engelskirchen (GE) A garden fair held at Engels-Platz with 130 participants displaying everything for your garden but also fashion, jewelry, and art. Open Friday from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Entry is 8 for adults, free for children. Culinary Festival in Remscheid (GE) Held at Alleestrasse. Open Friday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from noon to midnight, and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. No entrance fee. Pasar Malam Istimewa Zeist An Oriental festival held in and around Sporthal Dijnselburg on Badmeester Schenkpad, 2. Open Friday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. Entry is 7.50 for adults, 6 for children age 4 to 12, free for children age 3 and younger. June 30-July 1 RosRock 2018 in Rossum A rock-festival held in the middle of an apple yard. Entry is 30. For more information, visit http://www.rosrock.nl/site/. July 1-8 Amsterdam Roots Festival Held at Oosterpark with bands from all over the world. For more information about tickets, visit www.amsterdamroots.nl.
 Outside the Gate You may experience some delays while driving in Belgium this season. Road construction projects are occurring throughout the country and may result in temporary lane closures and road congestion. We will provide regular updates to ensure that the community is informed and prepared. Please be cautious and patient while driving at all times. If you have questions or would like to report other highway construction sites and road closures, please email the U.S. Army Garrison Benelux Public Affairs Office at email@example.com. Highway Construction and Road Closures Brussels: The Leopold II Tunnel is now blocked Sunday to Thursday from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. During July and August, the Leopold II Tunnel will be closed. Schinnen (A76): Due to the construction of the new on and off ramps on A76 (Highway Heerlen-Geleen), exit Schinnen #4 from Heerlen towards Geleen is closed. This results in the closure of the hard shoulder on both sides of the highway and a speed restriction of 70 km per hour until Jan. 31, 2019. Traffic should follow the yellow signs directing them to exit #2 Geleen-Beek and then access #2 on the A76 direction to Beek-Schinnen. The new A76 on and off ramps are scheduled to be completed this fall Andenne/Daussoux (E42/A15): The three-way yard project between Andenne and Daussoulx has been underway since August. This project involves 15 km in both directions. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained. Work is scheduled to be completed by August 2018 Brussels: Road construction began in the Reyers-Montgomery Tunnel in both directions and in the Reyers-Meiser Tunnel in the direction of the E40. Drivers who travel to Brussels from the ring are asked to use alternative routes via the A12, the Leopold III Tunnel and the E411. Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year Mons (Center): Road construction began June 4 on Rue dHavr in Mons. The section between the bottom of the street and Rue du Hautbois will be blocked until July 6. Obourg-Thieu (E42-E19/A7): There is road congestion between Obourg and Thieu, in the direction of Brussels. The speed of traffic is reduced to 50 km/h. Work is scheduled to be completed by mid-July Meslin lEvque-Ath: Traffic is closed between the roundabout of Meslin Lev que and Chausse de Bruxelles, in the direction of Ath. Drivers will have to take a deviation, or detour, via the N57 in Ghislenghien, E429/A8 in Lessines and then N56. Work is scheduled to be completed by mid-July