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And the Raffle & Race Winners Are . . .  

At the Bastille Festival on Saturday in Director Park, numerous raffles were held for prizes such as Paris hotel stays, Heathman Hotel luxury WomensDivWinners hotel overnighters, an Alliance Lifetime Membership, tickets to the Beaujolais Nouveau festival, a premium Hardy Cognac gift basket, original art, and a free Alliance class. There were also cash and Perrier prizes for winners in the Men's and Women's Division in the 9th Annual Portland Waiters Race. Click here for the winners of all those raffles and contests. In the drawing for the main raffle, two of the winners had pre-purchased their raffle ticket online, and one bought tickets on the day of the event. Merci to all of you who participated in all of the raffles, whether online or at the festival.

Videos and Photos Now Online

To get an idea of the ambiance at Saturday's festival, visit the online album - click here and run the slideshow (set seconds to 1) to see a collection of photos, most of which are from professional photographer Ben Trimbo. AlPaulPazso, Paul C. Paz, head of WaitersWorld (Paul is pictured here) has set up a Facebook photo album (note: you must be logged into Facebook) and has posted several video clips on Youtube. Click here for the introduction to the race, here for the staging, here for the complete race, here for the judges' announcements, and here for the winners' awards on stage. Merci to Paul Paz, to all who sent in photos and videos, to Pete and to Perrier and Nestlé Waters USA.

Alliance In the News & On the Web  

  International best-selling author Cara Black gave a shout-out to the Alliance and Pascaline Lefèbvre in the writer's June newsletter, for help in connecting thSamuel Berthaude writer to a plainclothes policeman in Montmartre. Click here to read Black's newsletter.

   Intern Samuel Berthaud (pictured here) from Grenoble will be helping with computer projects around the Alliance in July and August. His orientation to our city was to help coordinate the Bastille Festival and he survived that just fine!

    Alliance teacher Marie-Pierre Wolfe wrote an article in French on a visiting artist's gallery exhibition in the Pearl - the article was published in the online blog: "Le mot juste en anglais." Scroll down to the article dated 8/7/2013 (July 8) and entitled, À Portland, les œufs de Pâques fleurissent !

    Daniele Caloz, the president of Mediatique, a prominent Canadian documentary filmmaker, visited the Alliance Française last week to discuss upcoming projects. The Alliance is always pleased to offer assistance to visiting journalists and filmmakers from Europe and Canada.

Events: Today, and July though August  
   Veuve Clicquot: Zupan's on West Burnside will host a tasting of both non-vintage and vintagVeuve Clicquote champagnes from Veuve Clicquot, with winemaker Pierre Casenave (click here for a Youtube video on the winemaker), from 3:30-6:30 this afternoon (July 17). This is an indoor/outdoor event, with a $10 charge, refundable with purchase, on the exclusive vintage wines - the La Grande Dame vintage champagnes. Tastings of non-vintage Yellow label and Rosé will also be on offer.

  French Masters on July 19: This Frispeakerday at 6pm at the Alliance's Kamm House, an organizational meeting will be held for a French public-speaking program. For details click here.

  Concours de Tarte aux fruits on August 8 at the MAC: Ticket sales are brisk for the citywide competition of pastry chefs. The $25 ticket for Alliance members ($35 for non-mTartembers) includes all the award-winning tarts sampling you can manage, a chance to talk with the three James Beard award-winning chef-judges, as well as gourmet cheese, ham, sparkling wine, cider and Lillet (red, white and rosé)! Click here for details as well as the link for ticket purchases.

   Finally, on July 31, don't forget the free PSU lecture on the role of women in contemporary France. Click here for details.


Dates to Remember
July 19: French Public Speaking - Organizational Meeting
July 31: Lecture on Women in Contemporary France
August 8: Citywide Contest of Pastry Chefs - Tartes aux Fruits
Quick Web Links

 Summer Term in progress - some late enrollments possible.

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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., July 17 at 6:00 p.m.

SE Portland

At Chez Machin, Mon., Aug. 12 at 7:00 p.m. & at Vie de Bohème weekly on Sundays, 4-5:30 p.m.

SW Portland / Vancouver

The Lake Oswego & Lapellah/Vancouver groups are breaking for the summer



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In the next issue, we will be back to our normal newsletter format of member announcements, events, language notes and more! Merci to our readers and to all who visited Director Park on Saturday for helping maintain the Bastille tradition in Portland.

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