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Delta Raffle Sponsor and Sneak Preview 

Un grand merci to Delta Air Lines, who will sponsor the raffle of the Soirée Belle Epoque oDeltaNew2012n April 20. Look for updates on our website and in the bulletin. The Belle Epoque event will also feature a live auction in Sneak Previewswhich virtually every item will be connected to French. Click here for the sneak preview. Finally, last week's Burning Questions listing got the highest click rating of recent articles. If you missed it, click here. A few attendee tickets remain for the April 20 event - click here to reserve or here for the event page.

Travel and Resources Newly Revamped 

Although the Alliance's main mission is education, we field a fair number of questions about travel. Check out the recommendations on the new, dedicated travel resources page (click herewhich lists select renBeard Apttal properties and/or companies of our own local members, most of whom offer 10% off to other members. In many cases, you can meet with the owners here locally for insider's knowledge of the area you are planning to visit. Finally, we've regrouped links to all Key Resources - travel, conversation groups, Portland Accueil, Cercle français, consular services, etc. - on the bottom third of the home page (for easier navigation).

Spring Term News, Plus Student Feedback 

Enrollment is strong for the Spring 2013 term (April 1 - June 8, 2013), for both adult and child classes. With more variety of courses offered than ever KelseyWithFrancine before, students are finding just the right fit for their language level. Not sure about your level? Take the online testand an experienced placement specialist will follow up to determine which class is best for you. Still unsure about taking a class? Click here to see what students in the just-completed Winter Term had to say about their class experience, including the popular make-up tutoring. To enroll, visit the online listings, give us a call at the office (503.223.8388), or stop by the Alliance at 1425 SW 20th Avenue.

Events Draw Sell-Out Crowds

March events have drawn record crowds. Last Friday's Cultural Differences presentation drew 100; shown here is Pascale at F-APascale Theurier Beard, one of the panelists, after the presentation. Last Thursday's open house and Sunday's event with author Cara Black also drew record crowds. For a few photos from these events, click here and run the slideshow. Regarding the film event in last week's bulletin: the April 4 Alliance-only screening of the movie STARBUCK sold out within 2 hours of the bulletin posting; click here for the waitlist.

Alliance Member Chooses Monte-Carlo

Longtime AllianceJoni2  members Eileen and David Threefoot share the news that their son Lucas, who trained with Oregon Ballet Theatre since age 4, and who is a soloist for OBT, will join Les Ballets de Monte Carlo this fall, after having been invited to join ballet companies in several major European cities. Lucas, who performed at the Alliance's Bastille Day a couple years ago, and who attended immersion schools here in Portland, says that his ability to speak French was useful during his discussions with Jean-Christophe Maillot, chorégraphe-directeur at Monte-Carlo since 1993. To catch Lucas in one of his final Portland-area performances, consider OBT's American Music Festival, from April 18-27 at the Newmark Theatre. Photo credit here: Joni Kabana; Lucas is also in the previous article's photo.

Dates to Remember
April 1: Spring Term Begins!
April 4: STARBUCK Film at Regal Fox Tower
April 5: French Immersion Presentation
April 19-28: French Film Festival at PSU
Quick Web Links

 Enrollment Now in Progress for the Spring 10-Week Term which begins April 1.

 Visit www.afportland.org 

or call 503.223.8388. 



Conversation Groups

Hosted by Alliance staff or board members. Drop-ins welcome; membership is encouraged but not required.

 NW Portland

St Honoré on NW Thurman on Wed., Apr. 3 & 17 at 6:00 p.m.

SE Portland

At Chez Machin, Mon., April 8 at 7:00 p.m. & at Vie de Bohème weekly on Sundays, 4-5:30 p.m.

Downtown PDX

At Little Bird Tues., April 2 at 3-4 p.m.

SW Portland

St Honoré in Lake Oswego (Lakeview Village) Tues., Apr. 2 & 16, 6-7 p.m.


At Lapellah Restaurant on Tues., April 9, at 5:30 p.m.






Job Postings, Zephyr at the Press Club, Brain Science, Voilatv, and More 

  Zephyr chanson française is back with some new tunes, always in French, jazz, gypsy waltz & swing, on Friday night, 3/29,  8-11pm at the Press Club, SE 26th & Clinton. Enjoy fine food and drink in an intimate setting; no cover charge(Note: Zephyr will be the featured band at Soirée Belle Epoque.)

  A new study on language learning indicates that learning languages spurs more growth in the brain, specifically in the hippocampus and areas of the cerebral cortex. Click here (your choice of text bise 2or podcast) for the online summary of the article, from Scientific American. Merci to member Bobby Heagerty for sharing this article.

   Comment faire la bise? The French custom of kissing on the cheeks can be tricky for the non-French. Click here for an excellent 4-minute online video on this practice - very well done, highly amusing - in French. Trouble following the video? Come take a course at the Alliance!
  Voilatv: The new service Voilatv provides
French television programming via internet to TV, through their "La Box Voilatv." The subscription-based seVoilaTVrvice includes programming from 19 French channels, shown at the local time suitable for the whole family. In addition to main channels, there are thematic channels (music, information, lifestyle, sports),"Voiloo" for children, as well as 25 French radio stations. This array of programming can appeal to expatriates, FrencFrenchArtistClubh speakers and Francophiles wishing to stay in touch with the culture, the news and the language. Visit www.voilatv.com or dial 1.855.864.5288 for pricing. Note: Use the promotional code AFPORT213 to get the first 3 months at the discounted fee of $19, and one month of registration, free. 

  Seeking Sales Representative for the Portland Area: French Artist Club, a wholesale company, imports and distributes greeting cards and gifts from France, Germany and England. The California-based company is looking for a sales representative to sell their products to gift shops, florists, toy stores, stationery, bookstores, in Portland. Click here for the complete job posting.

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