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December Holiday Term: Now Enrolling

Feel like polishing your French during the month of December? In the first three weeks of the month, the Alliance is offering a number of unique workshops, short refresher classes, as well as a few intensive classes. Perhaps you want to tackle a phonetics class or revisit the historic fables of La Fontaine. Others may wish to brush up on Beginning French or any other level, prior to jumping into the full Jan.-March term. The term also includes the intensive Perfectionnement class which features the content of the popular summer immersion program that draws attendees from throughout the U.S. View the online quick reference list or the comprehensive class list with course descriptions, and call 503.223.8388 with questions and to enroll. (For this particular term, we don't offer do-it-yourself online registration, due to software limitations).

French Fact of the Week: Smart Car

In Portland we see more and more of the popular little Smart cars that are used in the Car2Go network. Many think that those innovative automobiles are made in Germany, because of the car's parent company, Daimler. However, all Smart cars, with both combustion and electric-drive engines, for distribution to all worldwide markets, are made in a factory in the Lorraine region in north-eastern France. For an interesting look at how the factory complex, called Smartville, operates, click here for a Wikipedia article in English. Merci to our friends at the Invest in France Agency for inspiring this "fact of the week."

NW Film Fresh French Shorts: Tix Available

NW Film Center's annual compilation of recent shorts by emerging French directors will offer an eclectic selection of narrative, documentary, and animated international prizewinners t2012 FreshFrench Shortshat give voice to the diversity of French culture and fresh new talents. The program will be posted on nwfilm.org in mid-November, and will run on Friday, Nov. 29 (7pm) and Saturday, Nov. 30 (5pm). Notes Executive Director Linda Witt, "NW Film chooses films whose themes or styles take film-goers outside their comfort zone, for a very different and impactful experience. Each short in the 90-minute program is anywhere from a couple minutes to 25 minutes in length; all are subtitled in English." Alliance members get $1 off their tickets; purchase online by clicking here. Note: program material is geared to adults, not children.

Other Events: News and Updates
For the two events this week - the Thursday art reception and the Friday session with the Malian storyteller - visit the events page. Two new December events are below, as well as update on the November 22 Beaujolais Nouveau event at the Heathman.
  Storytelling: L'heure JaneFab2 du conte on Dec. 7: This one-hour afternoon storytelling in French, from 2-3 pm on Saturday, Dec. 7, "Vive le vent d'hiver," is for adults and children (age 3-10). Jane Fabulet-Roberts, the Alliance's children's program manager, will entertain with storytelling, songs, and activities - a discovery of the classic seasonal tales and traditions. For details, click here.
  French Masters on Dec. 6: This is part of our once-monthly series where the focus is on practicing French and public speaking skills at the same time. New attendees are very welcome. The next session will be Friday, Dec. 6, at 6:15 and is open to members and non-members at the B1 levels. For complete details, click here

  Beaujolais Nouveau at the Heathman, set for Nov. 22, has a few tickets left at the $70 guest level (all-you-can-eat gourmet buffet, including wine, cognac beer and cider). Sorry, the other three levels of tickets are completely sold out. Click here for event details.

Dates to Remember
Nov. 8: Malian Story-Telling with BABA WAGUE DIAKITE
Nov. 15: Alliance Student Appreciation Party
Nov. 22: Beaujolais Nouveau at the Heathman
Nov. 29-30: Fresh French Shorts at NW Film
Quick Web Links


 Fall Term is in progress. Now enrolling for the December Holiday Term. Winter Term (Jan.-March) to start enrolling in mid-November. Visit www.afportland.org 

or call 503.223.8388. 


 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., Nov. 7 & 20 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., Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m.



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FAIS Book Fair, Cruising the Waterways,
Cercle Program, and More     

  Foire aux Livres: FAIS in Cedar Mill will hold a book sale, called the Foire aux Livres, on November 25 and 26, in the library of the school, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. While the book fair is intended primarily for the school families, members of the Alliance are also invited to come browse the sale. 

  Cercle at Noon on NCercle titleovember 21: The Cercle Français will hold its next session on November 21 at First Congregational Church."Pollution et effets des ondes électromagnétiques et de radio sur la santé et comment s'en protéger" présentation par Rodrigue Deschènes. Visit the Cercle page for details.Boating2013

  Boating Adventures: Alliance members Joan and Neil Malling have presented several times at the Alliance on the inland waterways of France. They now work with members Terri and Bill Fogarty of Euro Escapes to help customers plan and book their trips. Terri has an extensive knowledge of France travel and river cruises in Europe. Joan and Neil are experts on the canals and rivers of Western Europe, hotel barges, and self-skippering. If you are interested in getting help with options for the region, route, and type of boating adventure that would best suit you, email Terri@euroescapes.com or Joan@euroescapes.com. (This is a great time to get discounts for the 2014 boating season.) 

  French-Speaking Childcare Sought: Alliance member in Dunthorpe, SW Portland, is seeking a native or fluent speaker of the French language to help provide childcare in home while introducing 12 month old to the French language and culture. Infant experience required as baby brother is scheduled to arrive this March. 20-25 hours weekly, would be ideal. Please contact Brooke at brookemarie@gmail.com or by phone at 914-439-3969.

   LES REVENANTS: Sundance Channel recently began airing on Thursday nights the French supernatural drama THE RETURNED. This eight-part series  was a smash hit in France and the UK and the New York Times recently profiled it as "fresh and unexpected" and the Daily Telegraph commented, "Probably the most stylish thing you'll see on TV this year."

  French Film at LRT: Alliance teachers recommend the film now showing at Living Room Theaters, You Will Be My Son (Tu seras mon fils), which focuses on the problematic relationship between Paul Marseul, owner of a prestigious vineyard in Saint Emilion and his son, Martin, who works with him on the family estatpasseporte. Click here for the film listing and here for the trailer.

Passports and Visas: Folks have been asking, when is the next tournée consulaire, where officials from the Consulate in San Francisco come to Portland to help with passports and visas. Aylmer, the local Consule Honoraire, informs that this will probably not happen again till the spring of 2014; check the Consulate of France's website for further updates or to get an appointment in San Francisco.


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