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Raffle Tix Now on Sale for $2400 in Prizes 

Tickets are now on sale for just $5 for a trio of prizes totaling $2400 in value. First prEiffelize is a $1000 luxury, all-inclusive 3-day Paris package kindly donated by Avanti Destinations, the leader for independent travel to Europe, Central America, and South America. Second prize is an $800 "Romeo & Juliet" package at the Heathman Hotel, including two nights' lodging in a Symphony Suite with many amenities. Third prize is a premium Lifetime Alliance Membership and a ticket to the famed Beaujolais Nouveau festival in Portland this November (package value is $600). For details, including secure online ordering, click here, now through July 12. The winners' names will be drawn at the close of the Bastille festival on July 13; winners need not be present to win.

Overheard en français at the Soccer Game 

Alliance bulletin readers enjoyed the exhibition game on Saturday between les Matinino from Martinique and T TimbersMatinino imbers U-23 squad in a "friendly" (the visitors prevailed, 2-1). The bleachers were peppered with French speakers shouting words of encouragement to the team, and the players were also vocal, giving one Alliance student a real-time language lesson as she overheard a wide variety of interjections and commands. Click here for the transcript and here for photos of several of the teams' events involving Alliance members, such as a welcome orientation about Portland, barbecues and tours in region.

Do You Like Simenon and Maigret? 

Georges Simenon was a prolific Belgian writer, most famous for his Simenon novels, des romans policiers, involving le Commisssaire Maigret. Simenon himself had a fascinating life in Paris, New York and Lausanne; his Wikipedia page gives a good overview. He wrote a total of 200 novels, many of which were adapted to film and TV (reaching a total of 171 productions). Thanks to a generous book donation to the Alliance bibliothèque, you will now find anywhere from 15-20 Simenon titles on the shelves at the Kamm House, free for loan to members. Simenon's books are also popular in Alliance  classes, including the current term's Saturday literature class.

Lots Happening, Lots of Links to Ponder 

With the summer being chock-full of French-connected events, here's a list of some handy links. For tickets to the Concours de Tartes aux Fruits tickets on August 8 (which are selling quickly), click here. To enter as a Chef in the Concours de Tartes aux Fruits, representing a restaurant choices or bakery, click here. To enter as a Waiter in the Portland Waiters Race, click here. To indicate you are planning to come to an organizational meeting of a French public-speaking group on July 19 (note: for upper-intermediate speakers to native fluent), click here. To find out about the authentic French prix-fixe dinner at Le Bouchon restaurant on July 14, click here; that July 14 event celebrates Le Bouchon Restaurant's 15th anniversary.  To volunteer specifically for helping at the Bastille Festival on July 13 in Director Park, click here. Lastly, to pick up a summer French class, (there's still time!), visit www.afportland.org or call 503.223.8388.

Summer Kids Camps - Schedule and Openings 

Children's Summer Camps at the Alliance begin next w Crafs eek - space is available in all camps, which are open to students of all levels of French (beginner to fluent) and from ages 3 to 14. Throughout the week-long camps, students will explore and develop the French language through myriad activities, including arts & crafts, song, dance, games and sports. Click here for the camp flyer and call the Alliance at 503.223.8388 to enroll your child.


Dates to Remember
July 13: Bastille Day in Director Park
July 19: French Public Speaking - Organizational Meeting
July 31: Lecture at PSU on Women in Contemporary France
August 8: Concours de Tartes aux Fruits at Multnomah Athletic Club
Quick Web Links

 Summer Term in progress - some late enrollments possible.

 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., July 3 & 17 at 6:00 p.m.

SE Portland

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

SW Portland

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


(breaking for the summer)


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Programming Highlights on TV5Monde, for July      

To view a PDF of TV5Monde's programming guide for July, click here. Watching French programming is a great way to keep your French tuned up. 






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