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TV5MONDE Free Sweepstakes for Paris Trip 

In honor of a Paris theme for the month of August, TV5MONDE Cinema on Demand is giving away a trip to Paris. One lucky winner will win round trip airfare for two from the U.S. to Paris, and a four-night hotel stay. The value of the prize is approximately $4,000 (depending on the city of departure). Entries must be submitted by September 4 and the winner will be randomly selected on September 7, 2014. The travel itself must be commenced by September 6, 2015 (a year later). Visit the sweepstakes page and for complete rules and conditions, click here. No purchase is necessary. 

Tartes Event Features New Winners
More than 200 people sampled the tartes made by nearly 30 chef-contestants at the 7th Annual Concours de Tartes aux Fruits at the Multnomah Athletic Club last week. First place was captured by Kristina Montaine of Black Rabbit Restaurant at McMenamins Edgefield; her entry was a fig and chèvre tarte made with pistachio rosemary sablé, honeyed chèvre, roasted figs glazed in red wine caramel, fresh blackberries. Second place was won by Madeline Tomseth of Bees & Beans (a blackberry and basil tart with lime cream) and in third place was Hana Roth of Ringside Hospitality Group (a fromage blanc tart with Oregon peaches and Amaretti crust). Click here to view the photo album of the event. Many thanks to professional photographer Heather Heaton for creating this fine tribute to the chefs.  
Portes Ouvertes to Host VIP Guest

The September 4 Portes Ouvertes (Open House) event at the Kamm House (pictured here) will feature Susan Winkler, co-author of the Paris Shopping Companion books and author of a new novel, Portrait of a Woman in White. Visitors at the open house will also meet with Alliance teachers and staff to register for classes in the fall term (which begins the week of September 15) - the open house is the deadline for getting 10% off classfees. Class registration is already underway online at www.afportland.org. Close to 50 classes at all levels are available. Not sure of your level? Take an online placement test, call the office at 503.223.8388 or attend the free Open House on September 4. Click here for a printable directory of classes for adults and here for children's classes.

The Nuances of "Tu" versus "Vous"  

William Alexander is the author of the forthcoming book, Flirting With French: How a Language Charmed Me, Seduced Me, and Almost Broke My Heart. In a previous issue we referenced his NY Times article on brain research. Last month in the LA Times he published a humorous diagram on the use of "tu" versus "vous," which has been widely referenced on the Internet. It's also drawn the attention of the French media - click here to read several paragraphs (in French) from Le Monde, where it was noted, "La nuance reste délicate à saisir pour les anglophones, qui n'ont pas d'équivalent dans leur langue." Confused? Come take a class with us! 

Openings in Two-Day Weekend Immersion  

The Alliance's summer immersion program has drawn students not only from Oregon and Washington but from California as well. Two one-week programs held in June and July drew a top rating of 5 points (out of 5) and comments like: "I can't say enough about the quality of instruction and the professionalism of the profs." Students were tested in grammar, listening comprehension, and reading comprehension at the beginning and end of the program; they showed an average improvement of 17%, with some as high as 54%. Two week-end (2-day) immersion programs will be held in August. The Aug. 16-17 program is for intermediate students and has 3 openings. The Aug. 23-24 program is for high intermediate/advanced students and has 1 opening. Call the Alliance office to see if the immersion weekends are a good fit for you. 

Dates to Remember
Aug. 16-17: Weekend Immersion
Aug. 23-24: Weekend Immersion
Sept. 4: Portes Ouvertes (Open House) at Kamm
Sept. 10: Susan Winkler Event at Powell's
Nov. 21: Beaujolais Nouveau at the Heathman
Quick Web Links

Now enrolling for the Fall term 2014 (term begins the week of Sept. 15).




Some are hosted by Alliance staff, board members or other volunteers. Drop-ins welcome; membership is encouraged but not required.

NW or Central PDX 

St Honoré on NW Thurman on

Wed., 6pm, Aug. 20   

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

SE Portland

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

At Chez Machin, Mon., Sept. 8, at 7p.m.

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


At Gustav's in Vancouver, Tues., Sept. 9 at 5:30 p.m.



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Events Around Portland, Member Ads and More

Portland Art Museum "Paris in Portland": Alliance members and the general public enjoyed the art museum's "en plein air" event and family activities this past weekend, highlighting the world-class Tuileries Gardens exhibit. If you haven't yet visited the exhibit, remember that it ends September 21. 
Host Families Sought:
The World Affairs Council of Oregon is recruiting Portland-area host families for around 20 French-speaking African teen leaders and several adult mentors from October 10th through the 18th, 2014. The teens are visiting Portland as part of the U.S. Department of State's Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program, which aims to develop a network of young adults with strong leadership skills, an understanding of participatory democracy, and a commitment to fostering mutual understanding between different ethnic, religious, and national groups. For complete details on this hosting opportunity, visit the World Affairs Council web page or email Andrew Neal at andrew@worldoregon.org (call 503-306-5216).  

French-Speaking After-School/Nanny Sought: An American family in Portlachildcarend's Eastmoreland neighborhood is looking for a French-speaking after-school helper/nanny, for care of two boys, age 9 and 11, who earlier spent 4 years in French Immersion. Around 15-20 hours per week, no Fridays, errands for school and home, oversee homework, help transport to and from school to after school activities, help in preparing dinner/lunches. A car is available for use; candidate most have valid driver's license and good driving record. Hours negotiable. Email buckman.md@gmail.com for further info.

Movie Draws a Hundred Members and Friends: More than a hundred Alliance members and their friends enjoyed free passes last week to VIP advance screenings of the new Steven Spielberg movie, The Hundred-Foot Journey. The movie is now showing at Regal Fox Tower and other area theaters.house2

  Seeking Home to Rent: A French couple who is moving from the Bay Area to Portland in October is seeking to rent a 3-bedroom house, with back yard, in NE or SE Portland, in the range of $1300/mo. Contact Gabrielle at 415-297-0597 or by email at gabrielle.esteve@hotmail.fr



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