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Spring Auction Set for May

The past two years the Alliance held an April Soirée gala as its primary annual fundraiser. This year we'll shake things up a bit by switching from the traditional gala dinner format to a large online auction that will allow even more supporters to join in the fun! The auction will feature restaurants, travel, products and services - many with a French flair - and will be open for bids in May. Look for more updates in this bulletin and contact info@afportland.org to donate an item (product or service) for the fundraiser.   

TRAVEL FRANCE Seminar in April

Thinking of taking advantage of international travel while the exchange rate stretches the dollar's buying power? Then don't miss the Travel France Seminar on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, featuring insiders' tips from a unique panel composed of experienced travel professionals: Pascale Beard, Hubert Theurier, Maxine Borcherding, and Terri Fogarty. Topics will include tips for exploring Paris on a budget, the trendiest destinations in France (and why), regional highlights, cruising options and formats, specialty themed tours led by Oregonians in France, and a segment on key idiomatic expressions for travel. The seminar, coordinated by the nonprofit FACC in English with some French vocabulary, will be from 6:30pm to 8pm on Tuesday, April 28 in Confernce Room 202 at FUMC (the church next to the Alliance); $10 for Alliance or FACC members and their guests, and $15 for non-members. To register, click here. Questions? Email linda.witt@comcast.net.       

Bienvenue to Jeanne Thiennot
Bienvenue to Jeanne Thiennot, the Alliance's newest intern, who arrived earlier this month and who will remain through August. Jeanne grew up in the Champagne area and has a Master's in Anthropology as well as certification in Communications, Computer Graphics and more. From 2009 to 2011, she served as the Cultural Manager for the Alliance Française in Perth, Australia. Most recently, she worked in Nîmes as Logistics Manager and Assistant Program Manager at a music event venue. In Portland she'll be interning in cultural events, operations and more. Bienvenue, Jeanne!
Last Chance for Spring Term

Ready to dive into French? Whether you are new to the language or AfClass almost fluent, the Alliance has a class for you in the spring term that begins March 30. Choose from many general French language classes or select specialized skill-strengthening or literature classes. Come discover the highlights enjoyed by our students: small class sizes, native-fluent teachers, and FLE (français langue étrangère) materials from France. New this term, the literature class will read Rue des Boutiques Obscures, one of the books by Patrick Modiano, who won the Nobel prize for literature. Classes & Culture Administrator Pascaline Lefèbvre adds, "For beginning students, we have room in some of the evening classes such as Wednesday's class at 6:15pm. Advanced students should consider the new Edito B2 class on Friday afternoons at 12:45pm." Call the office at 503.223.8388 with questions

Google and Versailles in 3D Project

Readers are discovering the online fruits of a technology project in which Google collaborated with the curators at Versailles to create a site where you can learn about the palace and the history of its construction with 3D scale models. Access three online videos (each 2-3 minutes in length) to practice your listening comprehension in French; click here. Then toggle the language to English at the top of the page, and optionally watch the same videos, narrated in English. The site includes other online activities as well. Free.  

AF Summer Camps for Children

The Alliance will offer three week-long French-language summer camps for children. These will be half-day (morning) classes of 5-9 students; groupings are sun2 by ages 5-6, 7-10 and 11-14. Low/medium intermediate to advanced levels of French are welcome to these camps where children and teenagers will explore French in interactive ways including arts and crafts, song, dance, music, games, sports, and more (activities appropriate to age). With projects both in and outside the classroom, the camp will provide a balance of activities, relaxation and class work. Snacks will be provided. Click here for dates and contact the Alliance office to enroll.   

Dates to Remember
March 30: Spring Term Begins (10 weeks)
April 4: Cyrano Begins at Portland Center Stage
April 17: PSU 3rd Annual French Film Festival - Opening Night Reception
April 28: Travel France Seminar
Quick Web Links

Spring Term starts March 30! Call 503.223.8388.    




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, Apr. 1 & 15      

Philippe's Bread on N. Williams on Sat., Apr. 4 for B2/C1 levels (advanced, fluent)  

SE Portland

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

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


At Gustav's in Vancouver, Tues., Apr. 7 at 5:30 p.m.


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Articles, Radio News, Jobs, Member Announcements
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Druckerman The Rules of Conversation: Well-known author Pamela Druckerman (who presented at the Alliance a couple years ago) published an article last week in the NY Times, titled "Decoding the Rules of Conversation." In it she uses an incident in a Paris schoolyard to contrast French, British and American styles of conversation, in particular in the realm of "put-downs." After reading the main article be sure to scan the readers' comments as well, for additional perspectives.
Paris Radio Broadcasting from Portland: A team from Radio Nova in Paris traveled last week to Portland and broadcasted daily from our city (from March 16-20), for their 6:30 to 9:30 programming. The Alliance assisted with suggestions for their interviews - click here to look at the highlights of the daily programming. Look at the section "Les bientôts de l'émission" and then click backwards as needed to see titles beginning with "Portland."
Job Posting 1 - French Teacher Sought: Community Ed of Portland Community College is seeking a French teacher to teach a non-credit adult class, Level 1, in Hillsboro, for the spring term which begins 3/31. The location is Willow Creek Center. Email laura.hall4@pcc.edu.

Job Posting 2 - Childcare Sought: Mother of two daughters (ages 10 and 11) living near Forest Park is seeking French-speaking (fluent or native) childcare help, Monday through Wednesdays (flexible) and sometimes Fridays, 2:15-5:30pm. Must have own car. Contact colleen.sandieson@icloud.com or call 503.545 1203.

Summer Camps in Lake Oswego: ILA French Immersion School in Lake Oswego is accepting registrations for iIlaLogo2012ts summer programs for Maternelle (PS, PK,K) and Elementary age children. Weekly camp topics include art, African dance and drumming, yoga, music, soccer, climbing and more. The summer program, offered in both French and English, runs from June 29 to August 21, 2015. Click here for details.
Interested in Pétanque? Remember that the Portland Pétanque club plays in Westmoreland Park every Wednesday and Sunday at noon (click here for their website). The club welcomes newcomers and experienced players - all levels. On June 13 and 14, 2015, the club will host the National Men's, Women's, and Mixed Doubles' Tournaments. Some of Portland's local tournament players have recently participated in tournaments as far away as Maine in the U.S. and Nice in France. Come join the fun among the group's many competitive players and social players. Questions? Contact board member Jan Kirtland at janetv4013@yahoo.com.
Got a patio set to donate?
The Alliance is seeking a donation of outdoor furniture for its new downstairs patio at the Kamm House. A round or rectangular table with four to six chairs would be ideal for classes "en plein air."  Tax-deductible underwriting (donations) also are welcome - a nice set can be had for $300 from Costco! Able to help? Email info@afportland.org
Traveling with Teens in Paris: Earlier this month The Globe and Mail (a Canafather_son_car.jpgdian national newspaper) published an article on things to do when traveling with teens in Paris, including lots of links to additional blogs and sites. Click here for the article.
A Recent French Morning Article asks the question, why is ride-sharing not taking off in the U.S. as it is in Europe, where BlaBlaCar has 10 million members? Click here to test your reading comprehension on this timely topic: Pourquoi le covoiturage ne démarre pas aux Etats-Unis? 
"Tide of the Century" at Mont-Saint-Michel: Many are flocking to Normandy to see the "la marée du siècle" as reported in the past few days by the BBC (in English, click here) and by France24 (in French, click here for background video and photos). The official website of Mont-Saint-Michel has plenty of practical info in English and in French; click here and then select the French or British flags. 


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