Emmerich Smola Music School
The Emmerich Smola music school of the city of Kaiserslautern is a public educational institution which offers practical and theoretical music courses for children, young people and adults.
The school is named after the German orchestra conductor Emmerich Smola, born 1922 in what is now the Czech Republic. Smola studied music in Prague and started his career as a double bass player. In 1948 he became director of the South-West-German radio orchestra in Kaiserslautern, where he remained for thirty-nine years until 1987.
In his long career as a conductor he has made more than fifteen thousand recordings, most of which are in the archives of the South-West-German Radio and are still aired regularly. (Which is why anyone who listens to classical music broadcasts in Germany has heard the name Smola over and over again.)
Second photo: In front of the music school.
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Adult Education Center (VHS)
The Kaiserslautern Adult Education Center (VHS) had a record year in 2007, with nearly 34,000 class-hours, over 1,100 courses und nearly 13,000 enrollments. This is a significant increase over previous years and even tops the previous record year of 1981, when they had 32,000 class hours.
They are also proud of the fact that they are reaching adults of all age groups. 21% of their course participants in 2007 were under 25 years old, 48% were between 25 und 49 years old, 20% were between 50 and 64 and the remaining 11% were over 65.
Like most adult education centers they have a wide range of courses in the areas of Politics, Culture, Health, Languages, Work-related courses and basic or remedial education. (They don't seem to have any opera courses, though.)
Second photo: Inside the VHS.
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The Volkspark, or people's park, is not really off the beaten path, but it's away from the city center a bit and can be hard to find. But it's such a nice little park that it shouldn't be overlooked when visiting KL on a nice, sunny day! The park fills up on the weekends with runners, bike riders, picnics, the frisbees come out, the soccer balls come out -- it's a fun place, but quiet enough to bring a book. The park has a nice smell, lots of aromatic flowers and plants.
To get there from the city center, you need to walk a bit. From the market place (called Stiftsplatz), walk down Bismark Street until it ends at B-37. Stay on the north side of B-37 and walk across the street and you'll see a small dirt path going into the woods. It comes out in the park.
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