Quoi de neuf / Infolettre

Bonnes fêtes de Thanksgiving     

Wishing to say "Happy Thanksgiving" in French? Most commonly you'll hear, "Passez de bonnes fêtes de Thanksgiving." Note that "fêtes" is generally used in the plural in such expressions, similar to the plural used for vacation (i.e., always "de bonnes vacances"). While the French in France have not adopted the holiday, Canadians celebrate their own version of Thanksgiving in October and translate it: "jour de l'action de grâce."  Now test your French by clicking here to read French Morning's rather amusing interpretation of five "questions bêtes" to explain to French people the traditions of TV-watching, Black Friday, etc.: "« Pourquoi la dinde » et autres questions bêtes sur Thanksgiving."      

Holiday Portes Ouvertes on December 11     

The Alliance will hold its holiday Portes Ouvertes (Open House) event on Thursday, December 11 from 6:15 pm to 7:45 pm.  No reservations are necessary to attend - simply stop by the historic Kamm House at 1425 SW 20th Avenue to visit with teachers, chat with staff members, register for classes (the Winter term begins January 5), 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 Open House event will feature a variety of refreshments including a sampling of gourmet chocolates from Alliance member Cristina Yen's company (A Yen for Chocolate). 

Beaujolais Nouveau Makes the News             
Over 470 persons attended the West Coast's largest Beaujolais Nouveau event on November 21 at the Heathman. Click here for the event brochure that lists the featured cuisine and refreshments. The event sold out as in years past, and was featured extensively in print media (click here for an article by Jamie Hale in the Oregonian); it was also filmed live by KGW News Channel 8 for its Live @7 broadcast (visit KGW.com and search for 'Beaujolais Nouveau' to view clips from this year's event and earlier years). Shown here at left is the awarding of the grand raffle prize, two Business Class tickets on Delta Air Lines. Merci to all who helped make this event a success. A photo gallery will be posted online in the next 10 days; many thanks to photographers Katharine Kimball and Heather Heaton. 
December & Jan-March Winter Terms   

The first two weeks of December offer a number of short workshops and Jan-March is the full winter term. ClicAfClassk here for the updated class list for Dec. 1-13 which includes an additional option for Kickstarting Your French. Also note that the Intermediate and Advanced lunchtime conversation ('Déjeuner-Causerie') is now available  "à la carte" (sign up for one or more).  The schedule for the full 10-week Winter Term (Jan.-March) is currently available as a directory in PDF format (click here for that file which includes schedules for all classes - adults and children's). Shortly after the holidays that schedule will also be online.  

Scholarships for Young Students    

Thanks to generous supporters at the Alliance's spring fundraiser, a scholarship fund was established to help families with young students (ages 6-11) participate in Alliance group classes that are held after school or on Saturday mornings. Scholarship applications are now being accepted for the winter term of 2015. The scholarship amounts are $100 and can be applied toward the cost of group classes and books (membership must be paid separately). Applications will be submitted online; email lindaw@afportland.org for links and further information. Note that applications must be submitted by a parent or guardian, and must be emailed no later than Dec. 20, 2014, for consideration for the winter term (Jan.-March, 2015).      

Dates to Remember
Dec. 1-13: December Intersession Term
Dec. 6: FAIS Holiday Market
Dec. 11: Alliance Holiday Open House (Portes Ouvertes)
Jan. 5: Alliance Winter Term Begins
Jan. 23: Seeing France By Boat
Quick Web Links

Enrolling now for December short (intersession) term and the Winter (Jan-March) terms.  




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, Dec. 3 & 17        

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

Philippe's Bread on N. Williams on Sat., Dec. 6. for B2/C1 levels (advanced, fluent)  

SE Portland

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

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


At Gustav's in Vancouver, Tues., Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m.



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French Film, Opera, Journalism and More
  Radio-Canada Visits Portland: The Alliance hosted a visit this week from national reporter Dominique Arnoldi from Radio-Canada. Arnoldi interviewed director Linda Witt for an upcoming broadcast on the growth of French immersion schools in the United States. 

  FAIS Holiday Market on December 6: The Alliance is pleased to be a sponsor and longtime exhibitor at the FAIS (French-American InternatiHoliday Marketonal School) holiday market. The market is on Saturday, December 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 8500 NW Johnson Street in the Cedar Mill area. The event will host a number of French-connected vendors, including Alliance Les Amis members. Practice your French and remember that Alliance members get 10% off their purchases with Les Amis participating businesses. Also, visit the Alliance booth at the event to enter your name into a free raffle for a French class at the Alliance (value $295). Finally, look for year-end membership specials to be featured at the Alliance booth. 

   CARMEN Advance Ticket Sales: The Portland Opera opens its 50th season with French composer Georges Bizet's CARMEN, February 6-14, 2015. Advance ticket sales available to Alliance bulletin readers, before they go on sale to the general public. The opera will be sung in French with English titles projected above the stage at the Keller Auditorium; show dates are Feb. 6, 8, 10, 12, and 14. To purchase Carmen tickets before the general public on-sale, go to http://www.ticketmaster.com/Carmen-tickets/artist/803605 and use the password ALLFR. For more information about Portland Opera's 50th anniversary season, please visit: www.portlandopera.org. Photo credit: Carmen [2013] (c) Opera Omaha

   Job Postings: The Alliance is accepting applications for part-time teachejobsrs (days, evenings and Saturdays). Must be native-fluent and highly experienced. Applications are also being accepted for part-time administrative support staff. Requires good office software mastery including Word, Excel (Quickbooks is a plus) with demonstrated attention to detail. Experience with events, social media and/or tutoring may also be pluses. Must be very flexible on work shifts which include extensive evening hours; total hours for the administrative position can range from 20-35 depending on the candidate's skill set. Email resumes to rhondal@afportland.org. Hire date is early January. All applicants must already have the legal right to work in the United States.   

  French Films at Cinema 21: Cinema 21 will show Jean-Luc Godard's latest film, GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE 3D, starting 11/28. It is a dense, challenging, somewhat experimental film - not for everyone perhaps but definitely an impactful film that has received great reviews from the New York Times critics. Also coming on December 5 is HIROSHIMA, MON AMOUR - a new 4K digital restoration of Alain Renais' 1959 film based on the novel by Marguerite Duras. It stars Emmanuelle Riva (who starred in Michael Haneke's acclaimed film AMOUR in 2012).    

  Holiday Hours for Thanksgiving Week: The Alliance will be closed Thursday and Friday (11/27-28). Regular office hours resume on Saturday (11/29) and Monday (12/1). 


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