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C'est la rentrée - Fall Term Now Enrolling  

"C'est la rentrée! Back to classes!" Enrollment is now open for the term which begins September 16. Visit the class schedules online or click here for the adult class list and here for children's classes. Fall cestlarentree Term options for adults include classics such as the Latitudes series, Beginning and Intermediate Phonetics, and Edito, as well as fast-paced beginning classes. Also look for exciting advanced classes such as "La France et ses vins" and "Les villages de France," among the 60 classes offered. For those wishing to try their hand at watercolor, consider the painting workshop, "Atelier Peinture", suitable for low beginner students - no artistic talent required. Mark your calendars for September 5, 6-7:30pm: the Fall Term Open House and the last day to receive 10%-off of class fees.

Concours de Tartes Draws 150

More than 150 people attended Portland's 6th Annual Concours de tartes aux fruits on August 8, 2013; event partners were the MAC, OCI and the Alliance. Celebrity chef-judges Ken Forkish, Philippe Boulot, Janie Hibler and Pascal Chureau judged a total of  FleurDeLis 26 tartes. The audience enjoyed the tartes as well as gourmet ham and cheeses. First place in the contest was won by Julia Eisen-Meyers and Sharon Espinoza from Fleur de Lis Bakery (shown here). Second place was captured by Annie Yen of St. Honoré Bakery, and third place was a tie between Bryn Robson of Bluehour Restaurant and Emily Shipp of St. Honoré Bakery. View pictures of the judges, contestants, tartes and guests by clicking here; merci to volunteer photographer Lilia Theurier. Finally, click here for the descriptions of the winning tartes and their chefs.

Compagnie Maguy Marin - U.S. Premiere

The contemporary dance company, Compagnie Maguy Marin, is one of the most renowned in France. This fall, White Bird Dance brings the company to perform in Portland - the French group's only Salves2 U.S. stop on their Americas tour. The performance, Salves, set for Oct. 10-12 at Newmark Theater, is described as "a rollercoaster of a work that leads the audience through a journey of darkness and light, of mystery and suspense - and outrageous humor. Filled with one surprise after the next, Marin's highly theatrical piece conjures up Rod Serling's famous introduction to The Twilight Zone, You're moving into a land of shadow and substance, of things and ideas." New York Magazine calls the show, "Spellbinding, nerve-racking, and a thing of beauty." Alliance bulletin readers can get a 20% discount off adult priced tickets in price levels 1-4 for all performance dates; use promo code, 'alliance'; purchase tickets online directly from the White Bird site (www.whitebird.org).

Bilingualism for Children: Benefits/Expectations

What does it mean to be bilingual? What are the benefits of raising a child in a bilingual environment? On September 6, Jane Fabulet-Roberts, the head of the Alliance's Children's LittleStudentCaVaProgram, will present on the expectations and common misconceptions of raising children to be bilingual, based on the latest research studies and on her own experience raising two bilingual children. She will provide specific recommendations to guide families in reaching education goals. The presentation will be on September 6, 6-7:15pm, in room 202 at First United Methodist Church (near the Kamm House). $7 members, $10 non-members. Click here for the event page and here for the registration page.

French Toast - Public Speaking Workshop

Interested in improving your public-speaking skills and polishing your French at the same time? Then consider signing up for the Alliance's new French Toast workshop to be held on Friday, September 6, 6:15pm to 7:30pm, at speakerthe Alliance Française's Kamm House. Open to members and non-members at the B1 levels (equivalent to a minimum of Latitudes 204 or Edito B1) or higher. Format will include language guidance and instruction by Alliance professeur, Aaron Sewall, as well as a presentation on best-practices for public speaking; participants will also do preparedand spontaneous presentations (featured in the first session will be Terry Beard). Workshop fee is $7 for Alliance members and $12 for non-members. Click here for details and here to reserve a spot.

Dates to Remember
Sept. 5: Fall Open House (Portes Ouvertes)
Sept. 6: Raising Bilingual Children
Sept. 6: French Toast Workshop
Oct. 10-12: Maguy Marin "Salves" / White Bird
Nov. 22: Beaujolais Nouveau at the Heathman
Quick Web Links

 Now enrolling for the Fall Term which begins the week of Sept. 16.

 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. 21 at 6:00 p.m.

SE Portland

At Chez Machin, Mon., Sept. 9 at 7:00 p.m. & at Vie de Bohème weekly on Sundays, 4-5:30 p.m.


 Lapellah Restaurant in Vancouver, Tues., Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m.



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Member Announcements, Articles, Board Updates,
French Twist X3 & More
   Board Updates: July and August have brought changes to the Alliance board. Jim ChapmanOn July 29 the Alliance Française welcomed new board member, Jim Chapman. A longtime Francophile and an Alliance student since 2007, Jim (shown here) started as a beginner and has since achieved B2 fluency. He has worked in the high tech industry in Oregon and California for over 20 years and looks forward to applying his skills toward the continued success of the Alliance Française. Bienvenue, Jim! In August, Lisa Brock resigned from the Alliance board to focus on her new position in the high tech field. Lisa was elected President of the Alliance in January 2012, and has served on the organizing committees for major events, including Bastille Day and Soirée Belle Epoque. She also led the Alliance conversation group in Lake Oswego. Bonne continuation, Lisa, dans votre vie professionelle!  
  SStHont Honoré Bakery Features Emily and Annie's Tartes: Two chefs from St Honoré Bakery were winners in the August 8 Concours de Tartes aux fruits. For a limited time, you can order the winning tarts, freshly made, from the bakery's location in Lake Oswego. Visit the bakery's home page for this unique, limited time offer.
  Tartes Winners Featured on PortlanPortland Food and Drinkd Food and Drink Site: The Fleur de Lis pastry chefs who took first place in the Concours de tartes aux fruits are featured in an article on the Portland Food and Drink website; click here.
   New conv2Conversation Group in NW Portland: A new French conversation group is meeting Tuesdays at Java Vivace in NW Portland (1400 NW 23rd Avenue, at the corner of NW 23rd and Pettygrove), 7:00 p.m., hosted by Mathieu Frégeau from Québec. Venez nombreux!
   Translator Needed for October Wedding: An weddingAlliance member is looking for one or two people to translate a wedding on Oct 26, 2013 in Portland. The groom's family is coming from France and the bride would like one or two who can help them understand and feel involved in the ceremony and festivities. Translation from English to French and French to English will be necessary. Ideally, looking for someone who can participate in the rehearsal and dinner on the evening of Friday, Oct 25 and then the wedding and reception on Saturday, Oct 26. Payment to be discussed. Please email Laurel Hoyt at heartnhoFrench Twistme77@yahoo.com.
    French Twist X3 - An Evening of Retro French Pop and Swinging Jazz: Mitzi Zilka, who sang at Bastille Day, will perform along with Carol Rossio and baritone David Boicourt, accompanied by Matt Tabor on Piano, Craig Snazele on Bass and Ward Griffiths on Drums, on Thursday, August 22, from 7:30 to 10:30. Mention this bulletin and get $1 off the $7 cover price. Location is Wilf's at Union Station (restaurant/venue adjacent to the train station in downtown Portland).
   Coucou, tu as pris le pain? A recent article in the NY Times discussed the decline in popularityProvence of bread in France. Click here to read the online article.
   House-sitting in Provence: Last bulletin's ad for a house-sitting opportunity in Provence drew 60 replies. The homeowners are now going through the answers and are touching base with all the applicants. Bonne chance à tous!
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