Archives for September 2012

Kinderkulturnacht – A night of culture for Children

Kinderkulturnacht Flyer 2012In celebration of Universal Children’s Day (Weltkindertag) the town’s children’s office (Kinderbüro) has joined forces with the culture and sport supports’ club and the Lions club to create the a night of culture for Children at locations around the market square in Oberursel on Friday, 21st September, 2012.

The evening beings at 6pm at the market (Marktplatz) with the official opening by the clown-duo “Spunk”.  After that there are Zumba sessions, fire-breathing workshops, a children’s musical and a balloon release, with face painting, badge making and stilt walking going on as well.

At the town’s library, next to the market square, where the film “Der rote Ballon” (The Red Balloon) will be shown and there will creative things to do.

The primary school “Grundschule Mitte” will be holding a “black light disco” and in the courtyard of the Vortaunusmuseum a story teller will be taking children into the fantastic world of the Arabian Nights. [Read more…]

3,000 step walk for senior citizens in Stierstadt

Group of Senior Citizens walking - ©Can Stock Photo Inc. / micropixA 3,000 step walk for senior citizens is being organised in Stierstadt bei Hedi Madl and Herbert Aulbach on Tuesday, 25th September, 2012.

To take part, be at the bus stop “Altes Rathaus” in Stierstadt at 3pm.

Accidents on the Kanonenstraße

A number of accidents took place on the Kanonenstraße last Sunday afternoon (16th September, 2012), the road between Oberursel and the Sandplacken.

A 25 year old motorcyclist from Gießen lost control of his Honda in a bend to the right and ended up going off the left-hand side of the road.  He was unhurt, but caused €800 worth of damage.

In a separate accident in the “applause curve” a 64 year old Toyota driver came travelling uphill came into contact with an 18 year old Yamaha motorcyclist travelling downhill.  Both claim that the other person was on the wrong side of the road.

One of them was slightly injured, the damage to the vehicles is estimated at around €550.

Subway steps to be removed at the station

The subway entrance in May 2012

Work begins today (Wednesday, 19th September, 2012) to remove the old subway entrance at the main station in Oberursel.

The work will take place around the clock and should be finished on Monday.

As part of the work has to take place when the trains are not running this will be done at night, which may cause some noise at night.


Oberursel is a Fairtrade Town

Oberursel is now officially a “Fairtrade Town”.  The certificate confirming this was presented on Saturday during the autumn market (Herbsttreiben) by TransFair’s ambassador Manfred Holz to Mayor Hans-Georg Brum and the Fokus-O Chairman Michael Reuter.

To get this far the town has spent the last six months bringing together businesses, politicians and members of the community to promote “fair trade” goods, and is the first town in Hochtaunuskreis to by archieve this.  Local shops office the products for sale and café and restaurants serve them as well.

It is also a requirement that local schools, clubs and churches use “fair trade” products and educate people about them. [Read more…]

Pumpkin Carving at the Maize Maze

Pumpkin - ©Can Stock Photo Inc. / NitrThe Maislabyrinth – a maze made out of maize – will be holding a Pumkin Festival with pumkin carving for children on Sunday, 23th September 2012.

The maze itself from 11am until 7pm. Entry costs €2.50 for adults, €2 for children aged 10 to 16 and €1.50 for children aged 4 to 9.

To get there by car, travel to the edge of Weißkirchen on the road to Steinbach. There is a track off the road near the yellow “Oberursel Stadtteil Weißkirchen” sign leading towards Frankfurt (ie. left if you have just driving through Weißkirchen, right if you are coming from Steinbach). The maze is about 200m along this track.

If you are coming by train, the nearest station “Weißkirchen-Steinbach” is on the S5 line between Frankfurt and Bad Homburg.

Useful links

Maislabyrinth Weißkirchen

Oberursel’s new network of volunteers

One of the problems that many clubs and charities face is finding new members and volunteers to keep them running.  This is often put down to the fact that there are so many of them that those that want to do something are spread more thinly among them, but there are other factors as well, such as a change of lifestyle and flexible working times, meaning that many who would like to volunteer their services want to do so without making long-term commitments.

This was something that become obvious in Oberursel last year during the Hessentag when a large number of residents volunteered to help for certain times during the 10 days that the event ran for.

Recognising this, the town set up the “Netzwerk Bürgerengagement” – a network to bring people who would like to volunteer to do something short-term with organisations looking for volunteers.  And on Saturday morning the network’s new office in the Georg-Hieronymi-Saal (Oberhöchstädter Str. 7) was officially opened. [Read more…]

The last sunset over Oberursel’s outdoor swimming pool… for now

Oberursel's outdoor swimming pool as it shut at 7pm on 16th September 2012

These photos were taken during the last hour of the outdoor swimming pool (Freibad) in Oberursel, on Sunday, 16th September, 2012, between 6pm and 7pm.

As the sun set over the trees, the pool slowly emptied, the gate was locked up for the last time and the guests slowly made their way home – some of them with souvenirs from the buildings that are due to be knocked down next week.

The pool is due to re-open for the summer season in 2014.

(Click on any photo to enlarge and start the slide show)

Tyres dumped in the Käsbachtal – witnesses sought

Both police and the town of Oberursel are looking for the person or persons who dumped around 120 old tyres in an area of woods known as the “Käsbachtal”, just outside the town towards Stierstadt.

Dumping the tyres there is illegal and if caught the culprit will face a fine under environmental law.  They will also face the cost of disposing of the tyres, estimated at around 600 Euro, which will otherwise have to be met by the taxpayer.

Anyone who was in the area on Tuesday, 4th September, 2012 beween 8am and 12.30pm and saw anything – in particular any vehicles in the woods – is asked to call the police station in Bad Homburg on 06172 120-0.

Friday night music at Café Portstraße

Blue musical notes - ©Can Stock Photo Inc. / OrsonFriday night is music night at Café Portstraße, located near the U-Bahn stop “Altstadt”.

On Friday, 21st September, 2012 the indie bands “Red Smile”, “Rock Divine” and “Both break hearts” will be playing.

Entry costs €5.

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