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Portland Art Museum Tour in French
On Sunday, June 22, 2-3pm, the Alliance is partnering with the Portland Art Museum to organize a tour of the world-class Tuileries exhibit. The tour will be given in easy-to-understand French by Karen Alexander, who is a bilingual docent of the art museum and a longtime Alliance member. Standard ticket fee to the French-language tour is $17 and includes the option to also attend a follow-on tour in  English (a nice feature for students of French). Click here to register; space will be limited. This tour is open to Alliance members and non-members; adults only; all reservations for this private group tour must be made through the Alliance's online form.
Raffle Winners and Event Photos 
Last Saturday more than 1,000 attended the Maifest at Oaks Park, where French-German friendship was featured. The winner of the raffle for a week in a private home in Languedoc was Misty DeGiulio and the winner of the free class raffle was Christopher Vasilev. And this past Tuesday, a jovial group of Francophiles enjoyed the first "Paris in Portland" dinner at St. Honoré on SE Division. Pictured here is chef-owner Dominique Geulin with singer Heather Keizur, who was one of the guests at the event. Click here to view a small online gallery of photos from both events. 
More on . . . What NOT to Do in Paris!

In the previous bulletin we included a link to an article from SmarterTravel.com, on what not to do in Paris. That link got more clicks than any other link in the bulletin in recent history (click here if you missed the article). Alliance members Sharon Kitzhaber, Holly Hagerman and others have published comments at the end of the article. We'd like to keep the dialogue going by soliciting our readers' input on additional tips on "faux pas" to avoid in Paris. To participate in the survey, click here and submit your input no later than June 1. Our staff will review the suggestions to determine the best additions and the top three contributors will receive gift certificates for complimentary memberships. 

Save on Susanne Millien's Walking Tours

Alliance member Susanne Millien leads small groups on walking tours in Paris and is offering special summer discounts through July 15th. Originally from Sweden, Susanne (pictured here) is a long-time resident of Paris and is fluent in French and English. Her French Revolution Tour starts at the Hôtel de Ville, crosses the Seine, and wraps around to end at the Place de la Concorde. The tour runs 2 to 2.5 hours and normally costs 100€ for 2 people but is offered at 85 for this special promotion. Or choose a 90-minute tour, normally 60 for two persons, for just 45. The 90-minute tours can be offered for: 1) Montmartre, 2) Ile Saint-Louis, 3) Canal Saint Martin, 4) Auteuil, and 5) Parc Monceau. Contact Susanne directly by email at susanne@pariscentral.com and mention the "Alliance/bulletin" discount. 

Summer Enrollment in Progress

Summer flower Enrollment is brisk for the June Intersession (June 9-21) which offers 10 short classes on pronunciation, Faux Amis and more. Registration is also underway for the main Summer Term  of 40 classes (most are 10 weeks, some are 5 weeks) at all levels, from beginner French to advanced literature, as well as for the week-long and weekend Immersion Programs for adults, and the Summer Camps for ages 5-10 and 11-14. Early enrollment discounts are available for the main term and the children's summer camps. Earlybird and senior discounts are not offered for short terms or immersion programs

Dates to Remember
June 6: Normandy Dinner at the MAC
June 12: Alliance Summer Open House (Portes Ouvertes)
June 22: Tuileries Garden Tour at PAM
June 23: Main Summer Term Starts
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Now enrolling for Summer Term, Intersession (June) Term, Summer Camps and Immersion Programs.




Hosted by Alliance staff or board members. Drop-ins welcome; membership is encouraged but not required.

NW or Central PDX 

St Honoré on NW Thurman on

Wed., 6pm, June 4 & 18 

C'est Si Bon on NE 7th on Tuesdays @ 6pm 

SE Portland

At St Honoré on SE Division, Monday, June 2, at 6pm.

At Chez Machin, Mon., June 9, at 7p.m.

At Vie de Bohème weekly on Sundays, 4-5:30 p.m.


At Gustav's in Vancouver, Tues., June 3 at 5:30 p.m.



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Free Movie, Discounts for Subscribers, Film Auditions and More   
  Free French Movie Classic: The Clark College French Club invites the public to come see the movie classic, Jean de Florette, on Friday, May 30, 2014. Refreshments are served at 6:30 and the film starts at 7pm. The 1986 film, subtitled in English, is a well-known classic starring Gérard Dépardieu. Location is the Foster Auditorium at Clark College in Vancouver, 1933 Vancouver Way. Free and open to the public.
  Languedoc House: The private home in Languedoc that was a prize in Saturday's raffle is owned by Clara Steiner, who offers a 10% discount on the house to fellow Alliance members. Click here to know more about the home, located in France's fastest growing region and email Clara directly (csteiner@aracnet.com) with inquiries.
  Assistant Director: The Alliance is seeking an Assistant
AF Logo 2013Director (Directeur adjoint). Click here for the complete description. Note that all applicants must already have the right to work in the U.S. and that relocation compensation is not offered.
Intern/Volunteer News: Merci to Théo W. who volunteered twice weekly at the Kamm House, from November to present. Théo helped with myriad technical projects as well as with events. Here she is with a rather large going-away cake this week. Bon retour en Suisse, Théo!

   Interpreter Sought: Alliance member Gretchen Keys is hosting a visitor from the Congo on his first visit to the U.S. The visitor, who speaks Swahili and French, is from a small village and is the director of an orphanage. Gretchen is seeking a bilingual French-English person who might donate their time as an interpreter for the day, or who'd offer a reduced fee for this humanitarian visit. The idea will be to accompany a small group on a visit of tourist sites in Portland, aiding as needed with translation. Email Gretchen.keys@mac.com for further info.

   The Normandy Dinner at the MAC, set for June 6, is listed on Portland Monthly's EatBeat and OregonLive's dining index. Tickets are still available. Visit the event page for details.
  Seeking French speakers for WWII Film: A local film company is auditioning for two male characters for a WWII period piece. One will have the role of Adrien, a French farmer, thin, age 55-70. Very few lines, must have basic French. The other larger role, Benoît, age 25-35, lean, in good physical shape with intermediate level French. Shooting is in July; pay is $200/day. Acting experience not mandatory though desira
ble. Email mprosser@xfactoradvertising.com.
   Chinese Puzzle:  From the director of L'Augerge Espagnole comes a new film with Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou, a romantic comedy. Set in New York, the film is in English and French (plus some Spanish, Yiddish and Chinese). Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois) opens in Portland at Living Room Theaters on Friday, May 30. Click here for the trailer.
   Leos Carax: From May 23 through June 1, the Northwest Film Center will show the five films by "bad boy" French filmmaker Leos Carax, in a series called "Mad Romance." Visit NW Film for details. 

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