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Catch "A Year in Champagne"- April 3-5 ONLY

During the Portland International Film Festival, the documentary, A Year in Champagne, was so popular that it's back for a short run at Whitsell Auditorium (at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue). Catch it this Friday through Sunday; click here for the trailer, here for a review, and here for showtimes and tickets. Alliance bulletin readers qualify for a reduced ticket of just $8 by using the code "champagne" online or by mentioning you are affiliated with the Alliance, to theater staff. In the film, renowned wine importer Martine Saunier provides a rare insider's view of six Champagne makers. The film is also a great language lesson with lots of French dialogue accompanied by English subtitles.       

Upcoming Events and "Heads Up"
TRAVEL FRANCE Seminar: There are just 15 seats left for the upcoming seminar on Travel France; learn from the experts about the latest trends and practical tips. Click here for more info on the April 28 seminar and here to register. Two of the five presenters are shown here at right.
Cyrano comes to Portland Center Stage, starting this weekend. Complete details, as well as how to save on ticket prices, can be found online.
Note that the Vancouver conversation group will meet on the 14th of April (a change in schedule). Then they'll meet May 5 and June 9, before breaking for the summer. Check out all the groups' schedules online.
French Immersion on the Willamette

The Alliance kicks off its 8th year of immersion programs for adults this summer. These popular week-long and weekend programs, for levels A2/B1 and B2, are taught by multiple native-fluent Alliance instructors. The emphasis is on developing fluidity of expression. The program includes targeted exercises on problem areas for Anglophones, with emphasis on current idiomatic expression necessary for spontaneous production in real-life situations. Class sizes are typically 7-10 people. The advanced level also contains a literature component. The program is suitable for current students and new ones, from in-state or out of state. Click here for more information, including pricing. 

Nonprofits Needing Volunteers
Two locally headquartered nonprofits with a global reach are seeking French-fluent volunteers.
Mercy Corps'
Program Management Department, which trains, teaches and monitors their programs around the globe, is looking for 1-2 volunteers who could help translate some training materials from English into French. The translations would include: 1) Four Powerpoints (minimal text, but about 30+ slides per deck), 2) Handouts (20 pages), and 3) Surveys (4 pages). Ideal candidates will have fluent or near-fluent French. Contact Molly McCluskey at volunteers@mercycorps.org.
Africa Bridge:
Barry Childs, the founder of the nonprofit, Africa Bridge, is working with a French actor/playwright to write a play to cast light on t
he darkness surrounding child abuse. The two need help in making sure that the meaning and depths of their thoughts are being effectively communicated. Hubert, the Frenchman, speaks some English and Barry speaks no French. Click here for more details on what they are looking for in a volunteer, and contact barry@africabridge.org to discuss.
Members' Recommendations & Ads
THREE HEARTS AT FOX REGAL: Members are talking about the French-language film, 3 Hearts, currently showing at Fox Tower Regal Cinema. Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chiara Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve, it's the story of how a tax inspector (Benoît Poelvoorde), his new bride, and her sister become entwined in a love triangle, "un foudrayant triangle d'amour." Click here for the trailer.
LEARNING "AMERICAN" MANNERS: Readers are enjoying a list in French, published by French District, that acquaints new French arrivals in the U.S. with "good manners" such as trying to arrive on time for appointments, learning not to cut in line, etc. Very funny, very tongue in cheek. Click here to test your reading comprehension and your cultural understanding of "les bonnes manières américaines."
NEW MEMBER SEEKING CHILDCARE FOR THIS SUMMER: A new Alliance member in the West Hills/West Slope area of Portland is seeking a part-time, French-speaking child sitter to enjoy playing, laughing, eating and teaching French during the sunny summer days with their children (ages 4 and 7). Native French speaker preferred, but will consider others. Click here for complete details.
Dates to Remember
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 started

March 30! Late openings possible. 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. 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. 14 at 5:30 p.m.


Alliance Partners 







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