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This Thursday: Holiday Portes Ouvertes

The Alliance will hold its holiday Portes Ouvertes (Open House) event on Thursday, December 5, from 6:15 pm to 7:45 pm at the historic Kamm House at 1425 SW 20th Avenue. No reservations are necessary to attend - simply stop by to visit with teachers, chat with staff members, register for classes (the Winter term begins January 6), learn more about upcoming events and, for those who aren't already members, learn about the perks of an Alliance membership. Note: the Open House is also the deadline for getting 10% off class fees. The event will feature a variety of refreshments including European-style cider from Virtue Cider.

"Vive le Vent" Storytelling this Saturday

There are still tickets left for the "Vive le Vent" storytelling session set for this Saturday, December 7, from 2-3pm, at the AJaneFab2lliance. The event is suitable for adults and children (age 3-10) and is appropriate for all levels of French learners as well as native speakers. Jane Fabulet-Roberts, the Alliance's children's program manager (pictured here), will entertain with storytelling, songs and  activities - a discovery of classic seasonal tales. Members $5 per person; all non-members are $8 per person. Click here for details and reservations.

Les meilleurs marchés de Noël

The site, Internaute.com, has a great online article on the Christmas markets in France, Les meilleurs marchés de Noël.  While Germany is known for the largest and oldest Christmas markets, France has an amazing number as well. Click here for the article that features pictures from virtually every major holiday market in France. Pictured here is the market in Strasbourg, the "Capitale de Noël," which started in 1570 and draws two million visitors each year. Merci to Alliance c0-founder and FAIS founder, Jean-Claude Paris, for bringing the Internaute.com resource to our attention.

December Events Round-up: Many Choices!  
In addition to the two events above, other upcoming events are:
  • FAIS Holiday Market, Saturday, Dec. 7, 9am to 4pm.
  • Babar and Piano Music for Children, Dec. 7, 1-2pm.
  • French Business Networking, Dec. 10, 6:30pm.
  • Cercle Français Holiday Party, Dec. 12, noon.
  • Fête de Noël with Scott Fisher and Paris Texas at Al's Den, Dec. 23.

Details on most of these events are on the Events page on the Alliance website, or in the online archive of Quoi de Neuf bulletins. Event updates: Please note that the French Masters event originally set for Dec. 6 has been moved to Jan. 10.

Job Postings and Give-away

   Give-Away: Alliance members will appreciate an occasional "quirky give-away." This one is for persons who may have a special connection or appreciation for Jacques Prévert and/or the year 1951. The give-away is a copy of the book, Paroles, that dates from a small print run in France in 1951. The book, showing its 64 years, was originally owned by a Frenchman, Denys Nobécourt and at some point, was sold for 3 francs. It would be fascinating to know how it made its way from France to the U.S. and finally to our Alliance; all we can do is use our imagination! Alliance members can email info@afportland.org, put PREVERT in the subject line, and in 60 words or less (in English or French), describe why YOU should get the book! Send entries in by 12/7; our staff will pick a winner on 12/10. 

    French-Speaking Teachers and Assistants: North Seattle French School (click here for their website) is looking to hire French speaking teachers and assistants for grades K-2; the school's bilingual French-English curriculum is taught mostly in French. Candidates must be native speakers or equivalent. Email resumes to northseattlefrenchschool@gmail.com.  

  French CanadianOregon Translation is seeking a native speaker, male, from French Canada, for a voice recording. No experience in recording is necessary but the speaker must be a native-language speaker from French Canada. The job, lasting an hour, will be compensated. Call Ben at 503.914.1119, extension 7111, as soon as possible.

Charitable Giving - Êtes-vous partant? 
Like all nonprofit schools, the Alliance depends on the generosity of individuals to fund a portion of its programming. Points out Linda Witt, Executive Director, "While the Alliance's main mission - education - is fully self-funded, our cultural programming is not. We depend on grants and on our members to fund events such as the FETE DE LA MUSIQUE." Tax-deductible gifts to the Alliance (a registered nonprofit with 501-c-3 status), can be made securely online or by mailing in a check to the Alliance at 1425 SW 20th Avenue, Suite 102, Portland 97201. Remember to gift by the December 31 deadline to qualify for 2013 charitable tax deductions.  
Dates to Remember
Dec. 5: Holiday Portes Ouvertes - Open House
Dec. 7: Storytelling at the Alliance
Dec. 7: FAIS Holiday Market - Visit the Alliance booth for a free class raffle
Jan. 6: Start of Winter Term
Quick Web Links


Now enrolling for 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. 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., Jan. 7 at 5:30 p.m.



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TV5MONDE December Highlights      
Connecting with contemporary TV programming in French is a great way to boost or maintain your French. TV5MONDE is available on premium channel 695 in the Portland area.


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