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Fresh French Shorts this Friday & Saturday
NW Film Center has just published the program for the annual festival of Fresh French Shorts to be shown at Whitsell Auditorium in the Portland Art Museum on Friday (11/29) at 7pm and Saturday (11/30) at 5pm. The 90-minute line-up of eight recent shorts by emerging French directors includes narrative, documentary, and animated international prizewinners. Though the program leads with an animated film, the subject matter of the festival is suited to adults, not children. Actors include new talents as well as familiar ones such as Gérard Dépardieu in Frank-Étienne vers la Béatitude. Knowledge of French is helpful but not required; most of the films will be subtitled in English. Purchase tickets online at www.nwfilm.org. Alliance members qualify for discounted ticket prices.         
Beaujolais Nouveau Live on KGW

The Beaujolais Nouveau event at the Heathman last Friday drew nearly 500 people and was the largest such celebration on the west coast. The event was filmed by KGW for their Live @ 7 broadcast. Shown here is Joe Smith of KGW with Alliance board member Pascale Theurier Beard. Merci to the vintners, importers, distributors, gourmet food suppliers and others who generously contributed their support to the fundraiser. For the video coverage of the event, click here.

Médecins Sans Frontières Recruitment Session 
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Information Session will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 7:00p.m. at The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel (403 SW 10th Avenue). The group is seeking medical and non-medical bilingual English-French professionMSFals for field volunteer positions primarily in the CAR, Chad, DRC, Haiti and Niger.  MSF recruits physicians, nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists, midwives, epidemiologists, pharmacists, logistics professionals; construction, electrical, water/sanitation experts; administration, finance, and human resource professionals. Visit their website for more information and to register for the information session.
In Memoriam 

Longtime friend of the Alliance, Debbie Maymi, died in a car accident in Portland this past Monday, November 25. "Debbie was a remarkable woman with a very wide range of interests, extending to the French, German and Spanish languages," shares Linda Witt. "Debbie and her husband Rafael, pictured here, attended Alliance events over the past many years, including the fundraising events in the spring and fall, as well as receptions such as the one in 2011 for the Consul General of France. Debbie, who was President of Pacific Wax, was also very active in supporting OHSU's Knight Cancer Institute. Her cheerful presence at our events and her steadfast support of her many friends at the Alliance will be greatly missed."

Fêtes de Noël at Al's Den in the Crystal Hotel

McMenamin's Al's Den in the Crystal Hotel will feature a French-influenced show on Monday, December 23, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Scott Fisher, the LA-based son of the former honorary consul, Claudine Fisher, will open the evening with a mix of French songs and English favorites. The second set will be performed by the group, Paris Texas, in French. A third set will have less French and more groove-based Indie pop. For more information about Scott Fisher, visit his page on the McMenamin's site which also has excerpts of his music. The event is for persons who are 21 and over; no cover charge and no reservations necessary.

Dates to Remember
Nov. 29-30: Fresh French Shorts at NW Film
Dec. 5: Holiday Portes Ouvertes - Open House
Dec. 7: Storytelling at the Alliance
Dec. 7: Holiday Market at FAIS
Dec. 6: French Masters
Quick Web Links


Now enrolling for the December Holiday Term and the Winter Term (Jan.-March). Visit www.afportland.org 

or call 503.223.8388. 




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., Dec. 4 and 18 at 6:00 p.m.

SE Portland

At Chez Machin, Mon., Dec. 9 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.



In-Kind Sponsors







Raffle Winner, Community Service Postings, Holiday Market 
and More      

 Delta Air Lines Raffle Winner: Congratulations to Richard Gassman who won the Delta Air Lines raffle - a fundraiser that many readers participated in. Richard, shown here at right with emcee Sally Ramirez of KGW and Delta Air Lines sponsors, shared that he'd never before won anything in his life. Merci to everyone who participated in the fundraiser. Photo credit: Heather Heaton.

 Dusu Mali Makes the News: The Dusu Mali band, which played at the Alliance's Fête de la Musique in June and at Bastille Day in July, was featured recently in an article in Portland Mercury. Click here for the online version.

  Le Cercle Français se réunira le jeudi 12 décembre prochain de midi à 13cercle with log heures dans la salle de l'église First Congregatioal 1126 SW Park Avenue pour célébrer la fête de Noèl 2013. Les "Nénettes" de Beaverton présentera une lecture théatrale de l'essai d'Alphonse Daudet "Les Trois Messes Basses." Pendant cette audition, nous dégusterons un morceau de gâteau de "Büche de Noél." Venez nombreux!

    FAIS Holiday Market: The FAIS holiday market, set for Saturday, DeHoliday Marketcember 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 8500 NW Johnson Street in the Cedar Mill area, will host a number of French-connected vendors, including Alliance Les Amis member Mireille Nett of "Les Couleurs de Provence." Visit Mireille's booth at the market, or her website, for holiday tablecloths, kitchen linens and more. Practice your French and remember that Alliance members get 10% off their purchases with Mireille and with other Les Amis participating businesses. Also, visit the Alliance booth at the event to enter your name into a free raffle for a French class at the Alliance (value $295). Finally, look for year-end membership specials to be featured at the Alliance booth.

   New French Toddler Care in Lake Oswego: ILA CRECHE is now enrolling children 18 months to 2 1/2 years old, at their facility in the Lake Oswego area. Visit their Craigslist ad for details.

   December Holiday Term: Close to 100 are enrolled in a wide variety of workshops and classes to be held during the Alliance's December holiday term. The short term is a great way to brush up your French between terms, or to get to know the Alliance's offerings. Call 503.223.8388 to inquire about openings in the term, which begins the week of December 2nd. Enrollment is also underway for classes in the full 10-week term that runs January-March. Visit www.afportland.org for complete class listings for the first term of 2014 and don't forget that enrollments at or prior to the holiday open house on December 5 qualify for 10% discounts.

   Holiday Hours for Thanksgiving Week: The Alliance will be closed Friday, 11/29, with the exception of private lessons as arranged with individual teachers. The office will be open for reduced hours, 9:30am to 2:30pm on Saturday, November 30. Regular office hours will resume on Monday, December 2, 2013.



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