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Exclusive Raffle For Business Elite on Delta   

In an exciting development, Delta Air Lines is sponsoring a raffle of two round-trip BuParis Watchsiness Elite (business class) tickets from Portland to Europe. Proceeds from the raffle will support the nonprofit missions of the Alliance and the FACC/FEN. The winners will enjoy the convenience and luxury of flying in Business Elite from Portland to Amsterdam and from there, to other European destinations (including of course, Paris or Nice)! New this year: Only 99 raffle tickets will be offered, at $100 each (the prize is valued as high as $15,000). The drawing will be held at the Beaujolais Nouveau festival next month but the raffle is open to the public; participants do not need to be present at the event. Try your luck and enjoy the trip of a lifetime! Click here for details and here to purchase raffle tickets securely online.    

Rare Film Opportunity on October 11              
Les Oliviers de la justice (the Olive Trees of Justice), a prize winning French-language feature film from 1962 about the French-Algerian war, is coming to the Hollywood Theatre on Oct. 11, at 1:00pm, as part of the Mid Century Genius program. The film was Oregonian James Blue's first feature and won the Critics Prize at Cannes. In 1967 it was profiled in an informative review in The NY Times which is still online (click here). A panel discussion will follow the Portland screening. James Dormeyer, a classmate of James Blue at L'Institut des hautes études cinématographiques will be speaking via a translator. Discounted admissions of $8 to the film (which will be subtitled in English) are being offered to Alliance bulletin readers; use the code MCOG when ordering tickets online at http://hollywoodtheatre.org/.  
Tournée Consulaire Set for November            
The French Consulate would like to reconfirm the dates for the upcoming tournée consulaire. This is where an official comes to Portland from the Consulate in San passeport Francisco for appointments primarily with French citizens, regarding passport and national ID card applications. The Portland dates will be November 17 and 18. To book an appointment or to ask questions, contact the Portland office of the Honorary French Consul, Françoise Aylmer at consulhonoraireoregon@gmail.com or by calling 503.725.9976. The local office will book the appointments and the consulate itself will follow up regarding paperwork.  
Member Ads and Postings             
  Home for rent: Alliance member Wendy Chou has a home available house2 to rent. It's a 3bd/2.5 bath 1400 sq. ft. house in close-in NE Portland, Concordia neighborhood, for $2095 per month. House is in excellent condition (built in 2007) and the neighborhood is very family friendly and quiet, but only a few blocks away from New Seasons and major bus routes. Looking for someone to take over an existing lease starting Nov. 1 (but could start as early as Oct. 13, if necessary) and ending in May  31, 2015. Email wendychou@hotmail.com.    
  Seeking childcare jobs:
Native French speaker Frédéric Rouault is seeking part-time childcare jobs. Email him at fred@thefrenchcomposer.com.
  Business news: The Oregon Department of Justice recently awarded Oregon Translation (an Alliance organization member) an exclusive 10-year contract to provide translation services. Bravo! 
The Language Corner              
  Increasing Enrollment: The Alliance's fall term is up about 5% from last fall, with 411 students in group classes and private lessons. Late enrollments are possible; call 503.223.8388.
  A new release on Amazon: Clotilde Dusoulier, the writer behind the food blog Chocolate and Zucchini, has produced a small hardback book that explains 50 commonly used idiomatic expressions in French, tied to food. Delightfully illustrated, the book would be great for gift-giving. Click here for its Amazon page. Check in the Alliance office to view our copy.
  French Morning's 'question bête' asks, Pourquoi la Californie s'appelle "Golden State" ? For the answer, in French, view the article here.
 New Conversation Group: A new advanced French conversation group in NE Portland will meet the first Saturday of each month, 11am to noon at Philippe's Bread at 4082 N. Williams Avenue. High intermediate, advanced and native fluent speakers are welcome (i.e., B2-C2 levelsconv2). The first meeting will be Nov. 1. No need to register, just show up. Alliance membership is strongly encouraged but is not required. Hosted by Alliance staff and volunteers. 
Dates to Remember
Oct. 9-11: Diavolo at Newmark Theater
Oct. 11: Les Oliviers de la Justice at Hollywood Theatre
Nov. 2: Franco-Allemand Concert with Siri Vik
Nov. 21: Beaujolais Nouveau at the Heathman
Quick Web Links

Limited openings  in Fall Classes. Call 503.223.8388 for info. 




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

NW, N, or Central   

St Honoré on NW Thurman on

Wed., 6pm, Oct. 15     

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

Philippe's Bread on N. Williams on Sat., Nov. 1 @ 11am (first meeting) 

SE Portland

At Chez Machin, Mon., Oct. 13, at 7p.m.

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


At Gustav's in Vancouver, Tues., Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m.



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TV5MONDE Highlights for October
Watching films and other French-language programming on TV5MONDE is a great way to keep your French tuned. Also note that the channel now offers movies on demand on Xfinity.

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