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Last Chance for Tartes - Thursday at the MAC  

Portland's 6th Annual Concours de Tartes aux fruits will be held this Thursday at 5:30pm at Multnomah Athletic Club, in the Grand Ballroom, and is co-Tartpresented by Oregon Culinary Institute. New this year, the judges include three James Beard award winners: Philippe Boulot (Executive Chef at Multnomah Athletic Club), Ken Forkish (owner of Ken's Artisan Bakery), and Janie Hibler, author of The Berry Bible, as well as returning judge Pascal Chureau (owner of Allium Restaurant in West Linn). Also new this year, guests will enjoy not only a sampling of the tarts, but also sparkling wines, Virtue Cider (a European-style cider), Lillet aperitifs, assorted Perrier sparkling water and more. The bounty will include Le Bistro Estate French-recipe premium ham and gourmet French cheeses including Beaumont de Savoie, Roquefort Société, Brie Le Châtelain,  Margaux de Chèvre and Le Roulé herb and garlic cheese. Tickets are $25 for Alliance members and $35 for non-members and include all food and drink. Proceeds benefit the Alliance's education mission.

Fall Term Coming Soon: Key Dates

The Alliance is currently in week seven of the 10-week summer term. With total enrollment this summer of 300, the term features close to FrenchLearning 35 small-group classes and more than 50 private and semi-private lessons each week. Mid-August we will post the Fall Term schedule online, which will include classes for all levels, including an Aquarelle (watercolor) class and other themes. The Open House (Portes ouvertes) for the term will be on Thursday, September 5, at the Kamm House (1425 SW 20th Ave.) and the term will start the week of September 16. Finally, to assist students in managing their schedules, there's a new button, labeled Annual Calendar, on the upper right of the Alliance's home page. It includes not only the term dates but also key event dates, for easy reference throughout the year. Questions? Call 503.223.8388.

French Immersion Schools: News, Jobs
   In last week's bulletin we shared the news about the accreditation, by the French National Ministry of Education, of L'Etoile French Immersion School in John's Landing.  There is also accreditation news from our city's largest French immersijo3on school, the French American International School (FAIS), located in Cedar Mill. Originally accredited in 1981, the school was selected this year for re-accreditation and successfully met all criteria in that comprehensive process. Bravo to the staff at FAIS for this accomplishment.
  In other school news, Portland's first and only French Immersion public charter school, Le Monde, is seeking to hire experienced independent contractors to work part-time teaching Group Music Classes and Physical Education Classes. Please visit Le Monde's website for more information and to apply.
House-sitting in France, Jobs, Prizes and More   

 House-sitting Opportunity: Longtime Alliance members who own a beautiful 17th century Provençal farmhouse (shoProvencewn here) near Avignon are seeking house-sitters for the period of November 2013 to early March 2014. Preference will be given to sitters who can spend at least half, or all, of that time period in France. Email the Alliance office at info@afportland.org to be connected with the members for further discussion.

  Wedding Officiant: A French-American couple due to wed in Silverton in October is seeking a French-speaking person as a volunteer to officiate the wedding. Email Aurélien if you can help or have suggestions.

paris bonjour    Exploring Paris with Children: Sunday's NY Times contained a very good article entitled "Travel Guide: Paris for Kids." The comments following the article also contain many good tips. The article was authored by Pamela Druckerman, the author of "Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting". Druckerman presented at the Alliance in Portland earlier this year.

   Win PrizParises: The French-language magazine, France-Amérique, is doing a drawing for a Paris trip as part of their annual subscription drive. Other prizes include cooking classes On Rue Tatin and wine tours. Réabonnez-vous à France-Amérique avant le 31 août et participez au grand tirage au sort pour remporter un séjour pour deux personnes à Paris, ou l'un des deux autres cadeaux exceptionnels. Enter the contest by August 31 - free - click here for details.

   PTIGlobal in Hillsboro is looking for a part-time FRA Localization QA Tester to support technical Quality Assjobsurance (QA) projects performed at a site in Hillsboro. Must have native-level fluency of European French. Click here for the job description and to apply online.

 Alliance Française in Wisconsin is seeking qualified French teachers, part-time, $22/hr, no benefits. Call (414) 964-3855.

  French Public Speaking: The Alliance will hold a workshop on Friday, Sept. 6, on French Public Speaking. Stay tuned for signup info in the next newsletter.


Dates to Remember
Aug. 8: Concours de Tartes aux Fruits at the MAC (Tickets Available)
Aug. 19-24: French Immersion at the Beach (Sold Out)
Sept. 5: Fall Open Houes (Portes Ouvertes)
Sept. 6: French Public Speaking Workshop: French Toast
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., Aug. 7 & 21 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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This Month's Highlights from TV5Monde
TV5Monde, available as a Comcast/Infinity premium channel ($9.99/mo.) offers these programming highlights for August. Remember, too, that subscribers can access TV5Monde film on demand.
     August 2013
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