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FETE DE LA MUSIQUE Coming in June 

La Fête de la Musique originated in France in the 1980s and has since expanded to 500 cities in over 100 countries. The slogan Faites de la musique (make music) is Fete with playersa homophone of Fête de la Musique. The family-friendly festival celebrates music of all genres as well as musicians at all levels of ability. Portland's fête will be Friday, June 21, at Castaway and Versailles Gardens in northwest Portland. A tempting menu will be offered by C'est Si Bon (a popular Farmer's Market caterer) and a wine and beer concession will be operated by the Alliance. Look for a schedule of bands shortly; if you'd like to perform (amateurs welcome!) email pascalinel@afportland.org.

Style and Taste in Early 20th Century France 
Jim Caughman, a senior executive of Kohler Company, will be the featured speaker on Tuesday, May 21 at the Heathman ASID PresentationHotel, at an event coordinated by ASID (American Society of Interior Designers). Caughman, who has an impressive resume, will speak (in English) on the topic of "Style and Taste in Early 20th Century France," exploring the changing nature of women's role in art and society in France in that period; click here for lecture details. Cost is $65 and includes the dinner, lecture, and coffee or tea (other drinks can be purchased separately). Click here for ASID's event page and online registration links. Merci to Alliance member Nicole Rivlin for referring this event.
Student Ranks 4th Nationwide in French

Alliance Française student Valerie Shoker, a fourth-grader who attends Skinner Montessori in Vancouver, recently competed in a national French contest, "le grand concours," organValerieized by the American Association of Teachers of French. More than 4,000 students nationwide participated this year, from grades 1-12; students competed against others with similar educational backgrounds for prizes. The results are in - Valerie ranked 4th nationwide! She has participated in Alliance Saturday classes and summer camps since 2011 with Jane Fabulet-Roberts, and French is a key part of the curriculum at her school, with teacher Kati Fuduli. BRAVO ET FELICITATIONS Valerie! 

Nice Living/Investing Conference in September  

Adrian Leeds is an internationally renowned property consultant who has presentNice apartmented in Portland and who regularly features her apartments in our fundraisers as well as on TV's House Hunters International. Adrian, based in Paris, will offer a seminar in Nice this September, on Living and Investing in France, featuring a full day of informative presentations by experts in many fields - including one of the Alliance's partners, Frédéric Latty of the Institut de français. A second day will feature tours of properties in Nice and a third (optional) day includes a bus tour of major attractions on the Côte d'Azur. For complete details click here and note that the conference hotel is specially discounted for reservations prior to May 31.

New Volunteer Questionnaire Online  

Hundreds of volunteers from the community help out, throughout the year, with spVolParty on the Patioecial events or around the Alliance office. Soon volunteers will be needed for the music festival in June, the Bastille festival in July, and the Concours de tartes aux fruits in August. Let us know your interests and availability by filling out a questionnaire online (click here). Shown here: some of the 30 volunteers who helped with logistics on the day of the Soirée Belle Epoque are shown here, enjoying a Volunteer Party on the patio of the Kamm House, on May 3rd. Missed the photos from that event? Click here for the online gallery.


Dates to Remember
June 13: "Portes Ouvertes" Alliance Quarterly Open House
June 24: Start of Summer Term
July 13: Bastille Day in Director Park
Quick Web Links

 Enrolling Soon for the Summer Term.

 Visit www.afportland.org 

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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., May 15 at 6:00 p.m.

SE Portland

At Chez Machin, Mon., May 13 at 7:00 p.m. & at Vie de Bohème weekly on Sundays, 4-5:30 p.m.

Downtown PDX

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

SW Portland

St Honoré in Lake Oswego (Lakeview Village) Tues., May 21, 6-7 p.m.


At Lapellah Restaurant on Tues., June 4, at 5:30 p.m.






Bises Data by Region, Paris Deciphered, Film News, Recent Events and More  
Paris Deciphered: Think you know Paris? Chances are you don't knParis Dechiffreow all the fascinating facts presented in Paris Déchiffré. Examples: Which arrondissement has the highest ratio of females to males? Where is the tallest burger in Paris? Which Métro line is the fastest? Find these answers, and more, in French, on the Merci Alfred page.
 ThPSUReceptione PSU French Film Festival drew close to 40 people to a reception hosted (photo at left) by the Alliance on Saturday, April 27, at 5th Avenue Cinema. The festival, organized by Annabelle Dolidon of PSU, offered several excellent films to the public, for free. Alliance members also commented that they enjoyed the lively audience discussions periods, held after the films.bise1

   Combien de bises? In a recent bulletin we featured a video on the French custom of kissing on the cheek. A website has collected data on the number of "bises" by region - click here to view the site.
 Host families needed: Andeo Homestays, a local non-profit, is looking for welcoming families to host a French teen for 3-4 weandeoeks this summer. These teens have been studying English for several years. Students bring their own spending money and are covered by health insurance. Contact Paulene Hedgpeth 503-274-1776paulene@andeo.org or apply at www.andeo.org

    CERCLE FRANCAIS: Jeudi 23: Éric John Kaiser, troubadour et musicieCerclen français de Portland, nous fera part de ses expériences dans le monde mouvementé de la musique contemporaine.

    Seeking Teachers: The Alliance of Portland, the 8th largest in the U.S., is currently accepting applications from qualified teachers. Applicants must already have the legal right to work in the United States. Send resumes to info@afportland.org.

    SumSummer Sunmer Camp Enrollment: The summer camp schedule is posted online (click here) and registration is underway. In addition, remember that customized private tutoring or small-group classes can be tailored o students' needs. Call 503.223.8388 to discuss with Education Manager, Kathryn Mascorella.

  Tutor Sought: Alliance members in Beaverton are seeking a tutor for 30-45 minutes per week to spend time with their three-year-old son, tInTheHouse2o introduce him to the language. Native fluency is preferred but near-native would also be considered. Tutor will need to provide their own transportation to the family's home. Please send your resume to info@afportland.org and put "Beaverton" in the subject line.

   Dans la maison - "In the House" - A lucky group of 40 enjoyed the sold-out premiere screening of "Dans la maison" at Living Room Theaters last Wednesday. Film-goers described the movie as "fascinant," "excellent," and "provocant." Catch the film now at Living Room Theaters.

  Haitian Creole: Alliance member, Oregon Translation, is seeking a person who is a native speaker of Haitian Creole to assist with translation on a video editing project. The work will be paid. Contact ben@oregontranslation.com for details.
  Alliance member Cheryl Wakerhauser of Pix Pâtisserie will mark the ten-year business anniversary with festivities on May 18. Click here for more details. Félicitations, Cheryl!

   St Honoré on NW Thurman will celebrate St Honoré Day - a very French tradition - on May 16, playgroup 5:30pm to 8pm with live music (Heather Kaizur), special wines and more. Click here here for details. 
  Families with infants: If you are interested in a parent-child playgroup for infants 6 months to 18 months, coordinated by an Alliance teacher, fill out this quick survey.

  French Immersion at the Oregon Coast: The application deadline is May 20 for the sixth annual FrenchOregonCoast immersion program at the Oregon coast, Aug. 19-24. Emphasis is on developing fluidity of expression through targeted exercises that focus on specific challenges for Anglophones. Note that the program is for intermediate-level adults in the range of B1/B2. Questions? Call the Alliance director at 503.516.5914 or email lindaw@afportland.org.

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