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This Thursday: Portes Ouvertes & Prizes 
Stop by the Alliance this Thursday, March 20, 6:15-7:45pm, to chat with teachers about your goals in French and to enjoy a 10% discount on class registrations for the spring term that begins the week of March 31. Special guest at this event will be Claudine Fisher, the former Honorary Consul of France in Oregon. Also new to this event: the French Tourism Agency, ATOUT France, has generously provided a number of door prizes that we'll give away, including trendy Galeries Lafayette shopping totes, French-themed diaries, art calendars and more. Click here for event details. 
Trendy, Sunny Languedoc

The Languedoc area of France, known for its great weather, historic sites and its huge wine industry, is the fastest growing area of the country. Consider getting to know this popular region from a stunning home base - a private home in a wine-growing village near Perpignan, complete with a large pool and just a 30-minute drive from the Mediterranean. Owned by Portland-based Alliance member Clara Steiner-Jay, the home is fully booked this summer with the exception of the first two weeks in July. Click here for photos and details; email the owner directly; 10% off for Alliance members.  

Immersion - Why, Where and How Much?
If you're curious about French immersion programs, here are questions you'll need to consider: format and quality of the instruction, duration and parameters of the experience, class sizes and mix of levels, student Immersion Program Overview 2013profile and ages, types of lodging, pricing, location, and more. On Friday, April 4, 6:15-7:15pm, get the answers to those questions at an overview of top programs in France as well as local options. Presented by Alliance director Linda Witt; in English; free for members; $5 for non-members. Click here to reserve.
Hosting: A Unique Opportunity
The Alliance is helping coordinate a home-stay arrangement for the upcoming visit of a French civil servant to our city in April/May. Béa, from Bordeaux, has traveled widely. She is interested in sharing her language and her culture during her spring séjour in Portland. What's needed is a host family(ies) that could provide lodging for the last two weeks of April and/or for any portion of the month of May. Email info@afportland.org (please put "home-stay" in the subject line) for more details on this opportunity to share your home, your culture, and to have a convenient French conversation partner! 
How to Win a Free Class at the Alliance
Donate a product or service to be included in the upcoming auction fundraiser, and you'll automatically be entered in a raffle for a certificate for a free French class ($295 value; use for an adult class by March of 2015; transferable). Donors and donations will be promoted on our online auction/preview site. Donate something yourself (a gift certificate from a favorite restaurant, for example) or ask your company or connections to donate. The Alliance holds nonprofit 501c3 status (EIN 93-0878422) so most companies are happy to participate. Give or procure between now and April 1st; it's as easy as filling out the online form or printing the donation form (click here for the PDF). Cash donations also qualify for entry in the raffle; call the Alliance office. Participation is open to all; submit your form by April 1; winner to be selected April 2, 2014.
Dates to Remember
Mar. 19: Indigo Event (Sold Out/Complet)
Mar. 20: Open House (Portes Ouvertes)
Mar. 30: Ludovic at the Oregon Symphony
Apr. 4: Immersion Programs Presentation
Apr. 19: SOIREE ST TROPEZ at the MAC - Tickets Available
Quick Web Links


Now enrolling for Spring Term that starts March 31. 

Call 502.223.8388




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., Mar. 19 at 6:00 p.m.

SE Portland

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


At Gustav's in Vancouver, Tues., Apr. 1 at 5:30 p.m.



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Events Nearly Sold Out, Book Sale, Scholarships and More            
Important Event Updates - Act Soon 
- APERITIF DINATOIRE AT THE INDIGO: Sorry, the April 19 Apéritif dînatoire for French-speaking ex-pats is completely full. Email aaronsewall28@gmail.com to be wait-listed.
- VENTING IN FRENCH: There are only two seats remaining for the May 2nd Venting in French presentation. Click here for details.
- SOIREE ST TROPEZ: Nearly half the seats for the Soirée St Tropez, the Alliance's annual gala dinner and auction at the Multnomah Athletic Club, are already reserved. Don't miss this opportunity to have fun and support the Alliance's nonprofit education mission at the same time. Live entertainment, auction and a Provençal-inspired menu by Executive Chef Philippe Boulot. Click here for details and the reservations link; tickets are just $75.
  French-Connected Scholarships:
The Seattle-Nantes Sister City Association is offering financial scholarships for college-age students planning to study in Washington State or in Nantes. Click here for details and note that application deadlines are coming up soon.
  Free French Connection Symphony Tickets:
We have 14 tickets to give away for free, for the March 21st "Vive la France" symphony showcase of the Hillsboro Symphony Orchestra, at Century High School Auditorium in Hillsboro (2000 SE Century Blvd), 7:30pm. The performance will feature music by Saint-Saens, Berlioz, Bizet and others. To get your free tickets, email pascalinel@afportland.org (please put "symphony" in the subject line) and specify how many adult tickets you'd like and how many children's tickets (also specify their ages). First folks to email will get the free tickets and will need to come pick them up at the Kamm House.
   Cara Black Event
: Alliance members were numerous at Cara Black's event at Powell's on March 5. Cara, shown here with Pascaline Lefèbvre, kindly signed and donated some books for the upcoming fundraiser.
  French April Fool's Tradition: Alliance member Cheryl Wakerhauser reminds us that poisson d'avril (April fish) are available at Pix Pâtisserie from March 28 through April 20. In France, these are found in chocolate shops for April Fool's Day, when young children slap paper fish onto unsuspecting adults' backs, crying "poisson d'avril." The chocolate version is best in your mouth, not on your back.
bookreader  French Book Sale: FAIS will hold a French book sale, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the French American International School Library on March 20 & 21, 2014. Books will range from Preschool to 8th grade levels. The public is invited to browse and buy.
  French speaker with family connections to Normandy is looking for a conversation exchange with a native French speaker from Quebec/French Canada. Email info@afportland.org.


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