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The Alliance will host its Summer Term Open House (Portes Ouvertes) on ThuGenay2010rsday, June 13, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Kamm House (1425 SW 20th Avenue). Special guest will be Jean-François Genay, the head of la Mission laïque française in North America, encompassing 24 schools. Previously, Genay was the headmaster of the French American International School and the Executive Director of the Lycée International de Los Angeles. No reservations amission2re necessary to attend the June 13 event - just pop by to chat with guests, staff and Alliance teachers. The Open House is also the last day for the Early Bird Discount of 10% off class fees for the Summer Term that runs June 24 - August 31, 2013.

Paris Mystery with Barbara Corrado Pope

Alliance member Barbara Corrado Pope is an award-winning author following in the footsteps of European mystery writers like Simenon and Mankell. Pope's first novel, Cezanne's Quarry, was nominated for an Oregon Book Award; her second, The Blood of Lorraine, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Her third, The Missing Italian Girl, set in Paris, recently won recognition on Oprah's list as one of the "Best Mystery Books: 7 Compulsively Readable Mysteries (for the Crazy-Smart Reader)." The reading (in English) on Friday, June 7, at 6 p.m. is free for Alliance members and $5 for non-members. Click here to register. Books, signed by the author, will be available for purchase as well.

Summer Brings Aquarelle, Wine Class & More  

Enrollment is now open for the Alliance's Summer Term classes (June 24 - August 31) featuring the classic grammar, literature and phonetics painting courses of all levels, as well as new thematic classes. In Atelier Peinture,  students will learn the basics of watercolor, or aquarelle, in French for all levels; there will be 5-week series of Travel French and Beginning French for those of you with hectic summer schedules. More advanced students will be excited to hear about La France et Ses Vins, a class which will focus on the cultural importance and influence of wine in France, wine regions and wine-related vocabulary. Visit the Alliance website for complete online listings or click here for a PDF of the offerings. Questions? Email info@afportland.org or call (503) 223-8388.  And mark your calendars for June 13, the Summer Term Open House from 6-7:30pm (see related article above).

Two French Films at Living Room Theaters  

Living Room Theaters in downtown Portland continues to feature the movie In the House (Dans la Maison), mentioned in the past couple Something in the Air bulletins. It is now showing, as well, Something in the Air (Après mai), by Olivier Assayas. This semi-autobiographical film (click here for the trailer) documents a young man's artistic awakening in the politically turbulent French student movement of the early '70s. Both films are in French with English subtitles. The theater, a favorite of Alliance members,  features plush seating and in-theater service of food and drinks. Tickets: $5 ticket specials on Mondays and Tuesdays, $6 on Wednesdays for students and educators, and $7 tickets for matinees (before 5pm). Regular tickets are $9.


French Immersion Schools in PDX: Round-up  
New developments in the past couple years have led to exciting options for Portland families, as demonstrated in the projected enrollments for 2013-2014 at our city's French-immersion schools for preschool and elementary-age children. The French American Lower School (the PS/eleLittleStudentCaVamentary grades of FAIS) in Cedar Mill  expects 350 students in its program for students through grade 5. Portland's new public charter school, Le Monde, will grow to 150 students in Kindergarten through Grade 2. L'Etoile French Immersion near John's Landing will have 80 students in pre-school through grade 3. ILA in Lake Oswego, led by former teachers of the Portland French School, estimates PS students at 40 and another 35 in grades yet to be determined. And for students seeking extra-curricular French classes, the Alliance Française children's program on weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings will welcome 235 enrollments next year. Visit with all these schools at Bastille Day in Director Park on July 13. Photo credit: Graham Jepson.
Dates to Remember
June 7: Barbara Corrado Pope
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 Now for the Summer 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., June 5 and 19 at 6:00 p.m.

SE Portland

At Chez Machin, Mon., June 10 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., June 4 & 18, 6-7 p.m.


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






French Toastmasters, Startups, Member Posts & the Image of Women in France   
  French Toastmasters: Just a few more people are needed in order to move forward on opening a French-language  Toastmasters group here in Portland. Interested or have questions? Please contact Terry Beard, terry@pariscentral.com or 503.349.1245. 
 Seven French Startups that are hot: The site wamda.com has a roundup of seven French startup companies that are drawing some attention. Click here for the article.
 Collecting French classics on vinyl? Pietro Ferrua is selling rare collectavendreible records (vinyl) featuring the works of well-known French authors, including many recorded by the authors themselves, from the series, Collection Français de Notre Temps. Contact Alliance member mpdwolfe@gmail.com for the complete list and pricing. The seller will donate 10% of proceeds to the Alliance.
  Save the Date: The Annual Concours de Tartes aux fruits will move from June to August this year -- save the date: August 8, 2013.beer
  Got beer? The Alliance is looking for beer donations or discounts, in order to stock up for a couple upcoming events. If you can help us with product, pricing or connections, please contact Linda at 503.516.5914.
  PSU Fjeannedarcrench Class on La Femme en France: Emilie Botton, visiting professor from the University of Avignon, will offer an advanced French class (4 credits, code FR399) at PSU this summer, from July 23 to August 16, on "l'image de la femme en France." Prominent women from French history (including patriots, feminist leaders and thinkers, cultural icons and political leaders, from Jeanne d'Arc to the present) will be studied in order to develop an understanding of French women within French history and culture. The class, roughly 23 hours of instruction, costs $734. Note that the professor will also offer a free lecture (in English) for the public in July; stay tuned to this bulletin for an exact date for the lecture.
   Photographer Volunteers: The Alliance is sphoto1eeking a volunteer photographer to take photos during the Fête de la musique on June 21. Email pascalinel@afportland.org.
   Short Courses in June: In addition to the summer-term classes that run in the period June 24 to August 31, the Alliance also offers a number of specialty workshops during the Intersession period, June 10-21. These include review classes, phonetics workshops, kickstart classes, conjugation workshops and even a travel-French refresher. Click here for the listings and call 503.223.8388 to enroll in intersession classes.
  The Summer Immersion Program at the Oregon Coast is now full. Sometimes openings occur. To be waitlisted for that program, email lindaw@afportland.org.
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