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Delta Air Lines Raffle and More!
Delta Air Lines has stepped forward to be the exclusive Air Lines Sponsor of Portland's 12th Annual Beaujolais Nouveau event, set for Friday, November 22 at the Heathman. "Delta Air Lines is sponsoring a raffle of two international roundtrip tickets in support of our fundraising goals," reports Linda Witt. Delta joins supporters including Perrier, TV5MONDE, Georges Duboeuf, Gérard & Dominique Seafoods, Les Boulangers Associés, and others. Visit online for an idea of the treat in store for the event attendees. Standard guest tickets ($70, all inclusive) are still available; a small handful of Young Professionals ($55) and Table d'Amis ($120) tickets are available; the VIP reserved tables are sold out. Note: the airline raffle tickets will available for pre-sale to the general public, shortly.
French-Connected Events and Photos  
Last week saw a number of French-connected events in Portland. On Thursday, Bénédicte Hardy, visiting from the Cognac region of France, presented on five rare cognacs at the MAC, accompanied by small plates masterminded by Philippe Boulot. Then on Friday, Alliance and White Bird subscribers met with members of the dance troupe, Compagnie Maguy Marin, at a free reception at Nel Centro. Karen Alexander-Brown (pictured here at the Cognac event), also attended the dance performance and described it: "The piece was a technically Herculean feat rich with historical art references, impressive movement imagery, and commentary about the human condition. It was not everybody's taste, but no one was left unaffected." Click here and run the slideshow to see photos of both events.
Stories from Mali: Baba Wagué Diakité

On Friday, November 8, 6:15pm to 7:30pm, the Alliance will offer a storytelling session with Baba Wagué Diakité, an artist, storyteller and published author. Wagué was born in Mali in French-speaking West Africa and now splits his time between Portland and his homeland. He is an Honor recipient of the Coretta Scott King Award. Click here to see his books at Amazon. As a storyteller his mission is to promote this Malian art form in the U.S., sharing the oral histories of djelibaw and traditional folktales. The storytelling session, including discussion of his childhood in Mali, is suitable for audiences of all ages and will be both in French and English; French fluency is not required. Ticket prices are just $5 for Alliance members and $4 for children (holders of Family Memberships can bring their children for free). Non-members' tickets are $9 for adults and $4 for children. Registration is required; please click here to register.

Free Seminar on Doing Business in France

On Tuesday, November 5, 7:30-9 a.m., there will be a free breakfast seminar on doing business in France. Organized by the Invest in France Agency North America and the French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest (http://www.faccpnw.org), the seminar is open to companies representing all business sectors. Trade experts will highlight similarities and differences in French and American tax, labor laws, R&D incentives, as well as answer questions about investing in France. Oregon-based companies currently doing business in France will also be present to offer their testimonials. The seminar location will be at Stoel Rives in downtown Portland (900 SW 5th Ave, Suite 2600, Portland 97204). Registration is free; click here to register.

Upcoming Workshops, Events of Interest
Reminders of upcoming events in October:
   Bilingualism: This Friday, October 18, there are seats available at the presentation on "Bilingualism foLittleStudentCaVar Children: Benefits and Expectations." Click here for details.

   French Folk Dance: On October 19, the whole family can enjoy the Danse de l'Automne with Portland's French Folk band, Mistral. The dances, from Auvergne, Gascony, Berry, Poitou and Brittany, will be taught. Partners are not needed. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and folksnull under 18. Email onsevenwinds@gmail.com for further info.

   Cookbook Author: On October 21, award-winning cookbook author and French cooking school founder Anne Willan will speak at Powell's (Cedar Hills Blvd.) at 7pm, on her latest book. For details click here.

   French Masters on Nov. 1 is for people wanting to polish their spoken French and public speaking skills at the same time. Seats are available; click here for info.

Dates to Remember
Oct. 18: Bilingualism for Children: Benefits and Expectations
Oct. 19: Danse de l'Automne, by Mistral
Oct. 21: Anne Willan at Powell's, on her new book
Nov. 1: French Masters for Public Speaking
Nov. 5: Doing Business in France - Free Seminar
Quick Web Links


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 Purchase your

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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., Nov. 11 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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Member Announcements, Paris Travel Tips and More   

Notre-Dame POINT ZERO: On your next trip to Paris, look for this octagonal brass plaque in front of Notre-Dame, just 100 feet from the entrance. The plaque marks the exact spot from which all distances are measured, from Paris. It is surrounded by four stones engraved with the words "Point zéro des routes de France." It has become quite an attraction for tourists who want their pictures taken next to it. Merci to Alliance board member Pascale Theurier Beard for this tip. For more info on the plaque, click here.

   New Paris Restaurant: Also on a future trip, consider visiting the new restaurant - Lazare - a bit of a novelty in Paris, because it's a gourmet restaurant in a train station (Gare St Lazare), masterminded by a highly reputed chef. The Paris Blog gives a good overview of the restaurant (click here); for photos and menus visit the restaurant's website.

   Personal Ad: New Alliance member Naomi is seeking a French-speaking person who loves to cook to live in a private, airy, one-bedroom basement apartment off NW Thurman in exchange for working about 10 hours a week (cooking some meals and perhaps light babysitting) in her adjacent home. Must love young children. Pets negotiable. Email familybusiness25@outlook.com.

   Virtue Cider Event at St Jack's: Virtue Cider will launch its Percheron (cidre fermier) at St Jack's in SE Portland on October 21. To request more info or to be on the guest list for this event, email Alliance member rob@virtuecider.com. Why Percheron? In Normandy, cider has been made on the farm for over a thousand years. Apples were carried from orchard boulesto barn by cart, drawn by a big, grey horse - a Percheron.

  Portland Pétanque Club has been in the news for their strong summer events but also for drawing world-class champion Marco Foyot from France, this past week! For more info on the group, visit www.pdxpetanque.org/.

  Alliance Students and Event Attendees: Remember that you can always find a free parking spot at our new lot at SW Columbia and SW 18th, thanks to an arrangement with First United Methodist Church. It's the lot marked with white and black signs that say, Church Property Parking by Permission Only. Alliance students and event attendees are permitted. Email info@afportland.org with questions.

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