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Last Chance for Delta Air Lines Raffle!

Feeling lucky? This coming Saturday, April 20, we'll draw the winner of two roundtrip tickets, valid for travel on Delta Fellow at Arc  designated flights operated by Delta, Air France, and KLM between Portland and Paris beginning April 20, 2013 through April 19, 2014. Raffle tickets are $10 each or five for $40 and are open to the public to purchase, from now through April 20, by calling the Alliance office at 503.223.8388. Click here for details; participants need not be present to win.

Spring French Folk Dance on April 27  

Two French Folk bands, Sonerian of Seattle and Mistral of Portland, will hold a Spring French Dance on SaturdaFestNoz2013y, April 27, at the Village Ballroom (700 N. Dekum  Street), for all ages. Doors open at 7:45 p.m. No experience and no partner is necessary. All dances are taught. Admission is $10 general, $5 students and under 18.  $25 for a family of four. Email Ian Clemons (an Alliance member) if you have questions, or visit the Mistral group's website.

French Travel Previews and More, Online  

The Soirée Belle Epoque, to be held April 20 at the MAC in downtown Portland, features rental properties in Paris as well as Provence, sunny auction preview Languedoc and even the hot spots on the Côte d'Azur. Check out the listings, photos and more in the online auction preview - click here. Also check out the information on all the great restaurants, services and more in this auction, which is the largest French Flair auction yet!  (If you're not attending the event, you can still bid in abstentia or simply enjoy browsing all the possibilities.)

"Chanteuses à Trois" at Tony Starlight's

On Wednesday, May 8, Tony Starlight's Supperclub in the historic Hollywood District of NE PorParis Pic Trio Singingtland will feature an evening of French song with three of Portland's top chanteuses: Mitzi ZilkaCarol Rossio and Heather KeizurThe three vocalists will be accompanied by Craig Bidondo (former Alliance student) on piano and Mike Doolin on bass.  Click here and scroll to the May 8 listing for details. Alliance bulletin readers who reserve in advance will save $1 off the $8 cover charge. Remember that Tony Starlight's offers a full bar and restaurant, so make an evening of it!

New Growth, New Classroom, New Screens   

Student enrollment in the spring term is up by 20 percent, coinciding with the opening of a new, dedicated Allnew screeniance satellite classroom in the adjacent church, First United Methodist. Says Education Manager Kathryn Mascorella, "Two weeks ago we installed new furniture and supplies in Room 209 at FUMC. The facility is getting very positive reviews from students and teachers."  In other new developments the Alliance is beta-testing interactive digital teaching supports and wireless connections to large screens, shown here.

Dates to Remember
April 19: PSU French Film Festival Starts
April 20: Delta Air Lines Raffle Drawing
April 27: Alliance Reception at 5th Avenue Cinema
April 27: French Folk Dance - Fest Noz
Quick Web Links

 Openings Available in the Spring 10-Week Term.

 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. 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., May 7 at 3-4 p.m.

SW Portland

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


At Lapellah Restaurant on Tues., May 7, at 5:30 p.m.






Job Posting, Dancing Cats Video, French Linens for Less,
and More  
  Soiree Poster
Photo with Can-Can Dancers! Revelers at next Saturday's Soirée Belle Epoque will enjoy photo ops with can-can dancers, live music with Zephyr Chanson Française, a sit-down dinner masterminded by Philippe Boulot. The Honorary Consuls of both Oregon and Washington will attend. A handful of tickets are available. Purchase tickets online or at 503.223.8388.  
   Volunteers: A few more volunteers are needed for the April 20 event. To submit your name, fill out this online survey
Pacific University  Seeking to Hire a French Adjunct, part-time, one-semester leave replacement, begins August 2013, Pacific University, Forest Grove, Oregon. Masters required; PhD preferred. Teaching experience required. For complete details, click here and follow the instructions at the end of the document for submitting CVs for consideration. Forest Grove is 25 miles west of Portland. 

   News from Jimmal Ball: Alliance Française of Portland member, Jimmal Ball, JimmalCapreseplays professional basketball for the Saint-Quentin team in France. Jimmal, shown here at right, was recently interviewed by Catch&Shoot.com. Click here to read the transcript of the interview (in French) and to learn why the article's title is, "Je suis tombé amoureux de la France."

    PSU French Film Festival: Don't forget, PSU's French Film Festival (free to the public) begins on April 19. Click here for details, including info on the free April 27th reception.

  Partnering with Powell's: Another calendar date especially for readers whopowells are fans of the hiking trails of France: The Alliance is pleased to co-sponsor author David Downie's Wednesday, May 1 reading at Powell's City of Books (1005 W. Burnside St), at 7:30pm. He'll discuss his latest book, Paris to the Pyrenees: A Skeptic Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James. For details, click here.

  "Les Couleurs De Provence" is a LES AMIS member, a select group of businesses offering 10%linen off to Alliance members. Based in Portland, Les Couleurs de Provence specializes in imported Provencal tablecloths and kitchen linens. They've just received a new shipment from France and have additional coated, jacquard and cotton tablecloths, runners, placemats, napkins and more. Contact the owner, Mireille, at 503.679.1681 for an in-home appointment or visit her website. Also, note that some of Capucine Mireille's products are in the current auction; click here for that item.

   Video of the week: Alliance members, and especially those who are cat lovers, are enjoying a Youtube video of two cats who have a very authentic French conversation (subtitled in English after the first couple frames). Click here for the "Dansons la capucine" video and click here for more information on the original tune and the lyrics of the song. Merci to bulletin readers for sharing this link.

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