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Rare Cognac Event This Thursday - New Price
In a rare twist, an underwriter has stepped forward to free up a few additional tickets for the exclusive Hardy Cognac event this coming Thursday at the Multnomah Athletic Club, at the steeply reduced price of $45 (a savings of $20). The price covers all the food (a large array of small plates by James Beard award-winning chef Philippe Boulot), tastings of 5 rare, premium cognacs, as well as cognac cocktails, all with the guidance of an expert who is flying in from France and another expert flying in from New York! Click here for the event details and to snap up the few remaining tickets for this unique opportunity. Hardy Cognac celebrates its 150th anniversary this year and has made the news recently in articles in La Charente Libre and in Le Figaro.
French Masters Now Monthly
The Alliance held its first French Masters session on Friday, October 4, where the focus was on practicing French and public speaking skills at the same time. French Masters will now be offered on a monthly basis (with many of the same attendees returning, and new attendees welcome as well). The next session will be Friday, Nov. 1, at 6:15 and is open to members and non-members at the B1 levels (equivalent to a minimum of Latitudes 204 or Edito B1) or higher. The format includes language guidance and best-practices instruction by Alliance professeur, Aaron Sewall. The attendance fee is $6 for current enrolled Alliance students, $7 for members and $12 for non-members. Click here to reserve a spot. Merci to Terry Beard for inspiring this new series.
Developments at the Alliance 
October brings a number of major developments to Portland's Alliance. First, Kathryn Mascorella, Education Manager, will be resigning in order to focus on her rapidly growing piano teaching business; Kathryn (shown here in the center) will be greatly missed. Second, the Alliance's new full-time Pedagogy Manager is Linda Fuchs. Linda, shown here at the left, grew up in Switzerland and is fluent in French, German and Russian; she has two Masters degrees (one in French and one in linguistics) and is the former president of the Alliance Française of San Antonio. Third, Pascaline Lefèbvre, who is originally from Paris and who has guided cultural projects at the Alliance since January, has been promoted to full-time in administration. Finally, on October 1st, Beverly Voytko was re-elected to the position of President. Félicitations to all!
French Folk Dance - Danse de l'Automne
Portland's French Folk band, Mistral, joins with Alden and Cali Hackman (Luthiers and Hurdy Gurdy Masters) to offer a night of Breton and French Folk Dance, called the Danse de l'Automne on October 19, at 7:45 p.m. at Village Ballroom (700 NE Dekum) in Portland. Featured will be dances from Auvergne, Gascony, Berry, Poitou and Brittany. Mistral plays regularly at the Bastille Day festival and Fête de la Musique, and periodically offers these folk dance events open to the public. The dances will be taught; no partner is needed. Refreshments are provided and beer and wine will also be for sale. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and folks under 18. Email onsevenwinds@gmail.com for details and reservations. 
Members in the News, Announcements, Etc.
Nicolas Batum: In a recent article in the Oregonian, Nicolas speaks candidly about his recent experience in the European Championships and about his return to Portland. Click here for the article and pencil in February 19, 2014 for the next French Night at the Blazers.
   Job Posting: Kelly Services® is seeking additional candidates who are fluent in speaking, reading, and writing French Canadian and English. Click here for the full job posting including the job description and pay range, and email Ellen.irwin@kellyservices.com or contact her at 503-643-1614.

   Le Monde Immersion, Portland's French immersion public charter school, recently announced the appointment of their new Interim Head of School, Craig Nelson. Nelson replaces Lynn Prince, who led the school through the startup phase and its first year of operation.

   Travel Tips: Just for fun, Alliance Director Linda Witt shares some travel tips, based on her recent travel in Europe. Click here; two pages (PDF).
   The Cercle Francais: Jeudi 24 octobre - La Nouvelle Critique Littéraire en France à la fin du XXème siècle. Roland Barthes, Cercle titleMichel Foucault, Julia Kristeva, par Marie-Pierre Wolfe, présidente du Cercle Français. Visit the Cercle page for details.
  Compagnie Maguy Marin: There are openings for the complimentary post-show reception at Nel Centro, this Friday, October 11. Click here for more information on the U.S. prechildren-globe.jpgmiere of this contemporary dance group from France.
   Bilingualism for Children - Benefits and Expectations: There are still openings at the educational seminar to be held October 18 at the Alliance. Click here for details and to register.
   Desktop Lectern or Podium: Do you have a desktop lectern or podium that's gathering dust? Donate it by emailing info@afportland.org.
Dates to Remember
Oct. 10: Hardy Cognac Event at the MAC
Oct. 10: Compagnie Maguy Marin U.S. Premiere at Newmark Theatre
Oct. 11: Nel Centro Reception (Registration Required)
Oct. 18: Bilingualism for Children
Nov. 22: Beaujolais Nouveau at the Heathman
Quick Web Links


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 Purchase your

 Beaujolais Nouveau


while they last!






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., Oct. 16 at 6:00 p.m.

SE Portland

At Chez Machin, Mon., Oct. 14 at 7:00p.m. at Vie de Bohème weekly on Sundays, 4-5:30 p.m.


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






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TV5MONDE Highlights for October   

TV5MONDE (premium channel 695 on Comcast/Xfinity) is a great tool to tune up your French. Here are the October highlights; subscribers also get access to TV5MONDE's movies on demand.


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