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Cara Black to Visit Portland in May

Bestselling author Cara Black will present at the Alliance on Sunday, May 3, at 3:30pm. The author's popular Aimée Leduc series, set in Paris, has been translated into 7 languages for a total of 400,000 books in print. Her love of all things French has led to many trips to Paris; on each visit she entrenches herself in a different part of the city, learning its secret history. At the Alliance she will be presenting the 15th book in the Leduc series, Murder on the Champ de Mars (released just last month). Click here to reserve a seat at the May 3 presentation which will be in English with a smattering of French vocabulary.  

TRAVEL FRANCE Seminar Next Week  
At next week's TRAVEL FRANCE seminar, attendees will learn insiders' tips from a unique panel composed of experienced travel professionals. Topics will include: the trendiest destinations (and why), regional highlights, budget tips, cruising options and formats, specialty themed tours led by Oregonians in France, and a segment on key idiomatic expressions for travel. The seminar will be from 6:30pm to 8pm on Tuesday, April 28, in Conference Room 202 at FUMC (the church next to the Alliance). To register click here.      
Got a Green Thumb? Une main verte?   
Do you have a "green thumb" or "une main verte"? On Friday, May 22, the Alliance will offer a 1.5-hour workshop that will explore common English expressions that may or may not translate easily into French, or "expressions traduisibles ou non." The workshop will also cover expressions that change slightly when crossing the border into other Francophone countries. Presented by two Alliance teachers, the session will be mostly in French with some English and is for intermediate and advanced students (level A2 or higher). Not sure of your level? Check in with the Alliance office at 503 223.8388. Workshop fee is $20 for Alliance members and $25 for non-members. Click here to register. 
FETE DE ROSTAND This Coming Sunday
Take your picture at the Cyrano de Bergerac photo cut-out! Chat in French at the Alliance table! Portland Center Stage invites the public to stop by the Gerding Theater on April 26, 4pm-7:30pm, for a Fête de Rostand (Rostand is the playwright who wrote Cyrano, which is playing through May 5). The event, to be held in the theater's large lobby, is free and open to the public. Click here for the fête entertainment schedule (including French-themed live music) and here for information on $10 discounts on tickets to the play, Cyrano.     
Unique Tour in the Luberon  
Longtime Alliance member Yonette Fine has a good friend, Linda Lorentz, who runs a unique tour/lodging operation in the Luberon (Provence), offering an insider's view of the area's history and culture. Lorentz explains, "We introduce you to our friends, who are the people who make it so unique, and you learn about their crafts, and have the opportunity to enjoy meals in their homes. We've carefully chosen all the outings so we can show our visitors why we love living in this part of France." Lodging is in five restored French cottages. The owner/operators are English speaking but French lessons are available. Recent participants commented, "We really felt we were living with the 'natives' and experiencing a way of life not ordinarily available to the regular traveler." Click here for more details including pricing, testimonials and available dates in 2015.   
Recent Events, Updates & Bravos
Movie Night: Close to 100 Alliance members and their guests enjoyed a free private screening of the Clouds of Sils Maria film last Thursday at Regal Fox Tower. Not a member yet? Click here to register and enjoy benefits like this!  FACC French Interns/Staff: Left to right: Seattle-based French interns Antoine (from near Toulon) and Kelly (from near Paris), along with staff member Eric (originally from Brittany), met last week to provide input on the Travel France seminar and other FACC (French American Chamber of Commerce) and FEN (France Education Network) projects set for Portland. Congratulations to Alliance student Jim Laird for passing a rigorous French language exam with his employer, Delta Air Lines. Also congratulations to Alliance student Gerald Cosby for passing the DALF C1 exam this past month. The C1 level is the highest level generally achieved by learners of French. Bravo to both Jim and Gerald and to their teachers. Also congratulations to high-school student Caitlin, recipient of an Alliance scholarship for the spring term. 
Dates to Remember
April 26: FETE DE ROSTAND at the Gerding Theater (Portland Center Stage)
April 28: TRAVEL FRANCE Seminar (nearly sold out)
May 5: FACC/FEN Presentation by Microsoft COO Advertising
May 17: Spring Online Auction Kicks Off
May 22: "Got a Green Thumb?" Workshop
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Spring Term started

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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, May 6 & 20       

Philippe's Bread on N. Williams on Sat., May 2 for B2/C1 levels (advanced, fluent)  

SE Portland

At Chez Machin, Mon., May 11, at 7p.m.

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


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


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Member Postings, Cultural Reading and More   

Alliance member seeks host family in Portland for summer visitor: Paul is a 17-year-old French teenager and the cousin of Alliance member Marion Dresner's good friends in Normandy. He would like to spend the month of July with a Portland family, preferably a family with a teenager his age. He speaks and understands English, but would like to improve his English and see Oregon. He likes sports, among other interests. Email Marion if you are interested at marion@onlinenw.com.
More from Cohen: Readers are enjoying an op-ed article, "Confessions of a Francophile," by Roger Cohen (shown here), published recently in the NY Times. Click here for the article, which is a good romp down memory lane, and at the same time, his reflection on the propensity for worrying about the nation's ills.
Covering the Left Bank in Three Days: Readers are also recommending a NY Times article, "What To Do on the Left Bank." More than just a list of places to visit, the online version of the article opens with a lively 5-minute video narrated in French (subtitled) and in English, and set to music. It is also interactive, allowing you to pause the video to view site locations on Google maps. Finally, it continues with 11 (text) suggestions of what not to miss. Click here for the article.
Nantes Tour: This June, the state of Washington is organizing a business-oriented tour of Nantes in commemoration of the 35th anniversary of the Seattle-Nantes sister city partnership. The package is $1250 and includes three nights in the Radisson Blu Hotel (shown here, a four-star hotel which is located in the city's former palais de justice), all transportation in Nantes, Paris-Nantes round-trip by train, and most meals. The tour not only will cover the historic part of the city but also will provide opportunities to meet with economic development officials and to visit the area's innovative companies (including Airbus, Daher, and EMC2). Click here for details. Note that details on a Paris segment (which can be purchased separately from the Nantes segment) will be published shortly.
Microsoft COO to Present: The annual breakfast meeting of FACC and FEN in Seattle on May 5 will include a presentation (in English) by Valérie Beaulieu (photo at right), entitled "From Europe to USA: A Woman in IT Leadership Journey". Beaulieu, COO at Microsoft Advertising, will share her experience as a European woman and business leader moving to the US and her observations on leadership style differences between the US and Europe. She will also talk about how Microsoft capitalizes on diversity and inclusion to meet the needs of an increasingly global and diverse customer base. Portland Francophiles/Francophones are invited to register for the event (FACC nonmembers $20, members $10). It's a networking opportunity with representatives of the Pacific Northwest's French-American business community, including attendees from Boeing, Microsoft and Amazon. Click here for details. 


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