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Events on the Horizon - Limited Openings

The Normandy Dinner set for June 6 at the Multnomah Athletic Club, in commemoration of the Allied landing in 1944, still has seats available. ENormandy Dinner 2xceptionally for this event, payment of corkage fee is waived and guests are welcome to bring favorite wines to enjoy with the Normandy-themed menu being prepared by French chefs Philippe Boulot and Dominique Geulin. Click here for details.  The author event with award-winning mystery writer Barbara Corrado Pope on June 7 at the Alliance has just 10 seats left. Click here to learn more about this author whose most recent release is on Oprah's list of best mysteries. Finally, don't forget the Alliance Open House on June 13 - the public is invited to visit, learn about classes and more.

Fête de la Musique - Bands and Feasts    

The Fête de la Musique slated for June 21 - the first day of summer - will feature a broad range of talent from Portland bands and musicians, many of whom have a French connection. Performers rangeMali Dusu all the way from a young violin soloist, age 7, who has performed with the Oregon Symphony, to the four-piece Dusu Mali Band, to Cajun/Country and Gypsy Jazz bands. Performers will also include perennial favorites from Gilkey Middle School (FAIS), Ian Clemmons (of Mistral) and Eric John Kaiser. On the feast side of things, look for a tempting assortment of sweet and savory crêpes from the highly popular farmer's market food cart, C'est Si Bon. Click here for general event information and here for quick bios on all the bands who will be performing.

More Schools Round-Up (Part 2) 

Last week's bulletin featured a summary of Portland's French immersion schools for PS/elementary-age children, through grade 5. There are also three French-language certified childcare centers in atlas photo Portland for younger children, i.e. infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers. The largest and longest-established is Atlas Immersion Academy. Founded in 2010, Atlas has over 60 children enrolled, with curriculum designed for age-based groupings: infants, early walkers, ages 2-3, 3-4, and 4-5. Two smaller programs, also located in Southwest Portland, are L'Espoir Preschool of the Arts (13 enrollees, ages 2 and 1/2 to 5 years) and Petit Pois Daycare. Petit Pois is a certified family home facility which has 12 enrollees including infants, toddlers and children through age 4. (Photo courtesy of Atlas Immersion Academy.)

Defining & Developing La culture 

The Alliance hosted a visit on Friday, May 24, of Denis Bisson, Cultural Attaché from the Consulate in France iDenisPascalinen San Francisco. Bisson has, for the past four years, coordinated with several arts organizations - including the Portland Art Museum, the NW Film Center, White Bird Dance and PICA TBA - to bring French performing artists to town. An example is the upcoming October performance of Compagnie Maguy Marin at White Bird Dance. Notes Linda Witt, "We learned from Bisson that the Portland stop is the U.S. premiere and in fact the only place in the entire country that this group will perform." Look for further info in upcoming bulletins. (Bisson is shown here with the Alliance's events coordinator, Pascaline Lefebvre.)

Member Postings: Intern, Music and Wine 

FreVictor Milliennchman Seeks Internship: Victor Millien, a 22 year-old from Paris, is an OSU exchange student and seeks an internship in the Portland area. Victor played soccer for Paris St-Germain Academy, is pursuing a degree in economics, and is fluent in English, French and Swedish. Contact him at victormillien@live.fr.

  Le Monde's fundraiser on May 11, LeMondeChefsan Iron Chef competition involving teachers and parents, drew close to 100 and several thousand dollars for the school's operating fund. Shown here are parents on one of the teams in the friendly competition.
  Alliance Member Scott Paul Wines offers 2-for-1 night on Friday, June 7, 5-8 pm, in their tasting room in Northwest Portland, at 2537 NW Upshur Street. Click here for more detawine in glassils.
   Serious Bordeaux wine enthusiasts may be interested in the French Wine Society's Bordeaux Wine Trip this September, with instructor Matthew Stubbs. For details, click here. Price is $3895 for 6 days and 6 nights.
  Zephyr musique will be playing French tunes at the Press Club on SE 26th & Clinton this Friday May 31st, from 8-11pm, no cover charge. (This is the group that played at the Soirée Belle Epoque in April.)   
  Summer Term: Enrollment is underway for the Alliance's Summer Term classes (June 24 - August 31) as well as InteEiffeltouristsrsession workshops. Visit the website for complete online listings.
 Le Parisien, on Parisian Stereotypes: It's sometimes interesting to see how the French make fun of their own stereotypes, such as the city resident who is less-than-helpful to tourists. Le Parisien (the second largest regional newspaper in circulation in France) put together some self-mocking videos as part of an ad campaign. Click here to view a short clip on Les touristes, from the campaign entitled, "Le Parisien, il vaut mieux l'avoir en journal." ("The Parisian - it's better to read one than to meet one" or "better as a newspaper than in person.")
Dates to Remember
June 6: Normandy Dinner
June 7: Author Barbara Corrado Pope
June 13: Alliance Open House
June 24: Summer Term Starts
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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., 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.


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TV5Monde June Programming Highlights   
Check out the programming highlights this June on TV5Monde, a great way to keep your French fresh or simply view the world news from a different perspective. Find it on premium channel 695 on Comcast.
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