Quoi de neuf / Infolettre

French Pearls in the Pearl on May 7
This coming "First Thursday" in the Pearl, a monthly celebration of the area's shops and restaurants, will showcase Fred Sagues, a Tahiti-based designer of jewelry featuring natural Tahitian pearls. Look for him at Alchemy Jewelers (1022 NW Lovejoy). Fred, shown here in the photo with Laura Mapes of Alchemy, is visiting from Tahiti and speaks fluent French. Come chat with him, learn about pearls cultivated sustainably in the lagoons of French Polynesia. Sip Tahitian Island Vanilla Rum punch and view his and other French-inspired jewelry designs. Click here for the event details on Facebook (the trunk show runs May 7-9). 
First CINE-CLUB Meeting on May 29  
The first Alliance-PSU CINE-CLUB discussion will be on Friday, May 29. The meeting will be presented by PSU professor Annabelle Dolidon and the topic will be Claude Chabrol's 1988 movie, Une Affaire de femmes. The film raises issues of national identity, collaboration and food scarcity in the context of the occupation of France during WWII. Participants are encouraged to watch the film in advance of the workshop (the film is on platforms such as Hulu Plus and is available on DVD at the Alliance), then discuss whether Marie, the main character, is good or evil, the victim of a conservative government or an opportunist. Sign up for discussions in English, French or both. Visit the event page for details and click here for the sign-up link. 
Staff & Community Announcements 

ARMAND MARTIN SEWALL: We are delighted to announce that Alliance teacher Aaron Sewall and his wife Stéphanie have a son, Armand (shown here in the photo). Le nouveau Papa writes, "Armand Martin Sewall est né le 24 avril, 2015 à 12h35! Il pèse 3.7 kilos, et est en très bonne santé."   

FETE DE ROSTAND: Many Alliance members were spotted at the recent Rostand event at Portland Center Stage. TRAVEL FRENCH: Seventy members and Francophiles championing all corners of France were in attendance at last week's sold-out travel seminar. Un grand merci to volunteer presenters and facilitators Pascale Theurier Beard, Terri & Bill Fogarty, Hubert Theurier, Laurent & Carolyn Délélée, Maxine Borcherding and Danielle Witt. 
Alliance French Playlists on Spotify 
Pascaline Lefèbvre in the Alliance office has created a musical library which contains a substantial selection of French song titles, on SPOTIFY's streaming music service. Additionally, she and two other staff members have created recommended playlists for members, students and bulletin readers to enjoy. The collections and playlists can be accessed via your personal SPOTIFY accounts (many of you already have accounts on that service). Future playlists might include ones for children, classics, and so on. Click here for a tutorial on how to access the Alliance's profile, "afpdx." Enjoy! Email pascalinel@afportland.org with questions or suggestions.
Where is Juliette & Why Is She in the News?  
The Alliance regularly hosts interns from France. Members may recall Juliette François who interned with us a few years ago. Juliette was the mastermind behind some very popular tutorials such as the one that explained the nuances between au fait, en fait, et en effet (click here). So where is Juliette now and why is she in the news? Find the answers in this just-published article in France's La Voix du Nord, a Lille-based newspaper - click here. Two vocab notes: 1) baroudeuse = celle qui ne craint pas le risque, l'aventure, 2) vadrouilleuse = celle qui aime à se promener sans but précis. Congratulations, Juliette! 
Upcoming French Events in the Region

The coming weeks are packed with French-connected events in the region. May 15: The first-ever French-American Business Awards Gala will be held in Seattle (open to the public; click here for info). May 17 will mark the opening of the Spring Online Auction fundraiser which includes three immersion programs in France! May 22: the Alliance presents the brand new workshop, "Got a Green Thumb? La main verte?" Spaces are available; click here. May 14: Portland's XX Digitus Piano Duo will have a performance featuring French composers Maurice Ravel and Darius Milhaud, among others, on Thursday, May 14, at the historic Old Church. Complete details are at www.xxdigitusduo.com.  

Jobs, Member Ads and More 
Proofreaders Needed: The Alliance is seeking volunteer proofreaders to work from their home computers to proofread the descriptions of the items in the upcoming online auction. If you can commit to two hours or more, between May 4 and 10, email Linda Witt.
Member Seeks Childcare / Tutor:
French tutor/babysitter wanted in the Westmoreland - Sellwood area: Famille cherche une personne de langue maternelle française pour donner des cours de français à deux garcons, 9 et 15 ans (qui parlent français déjà couramment), dans le quartier Sellwood une fois par semaine. Les responsabilités (à convenir) pourraient inclure d'aller chercher le petit à l'école et de donner des leçons de lecture et d'écriture en utilisant des méthodes ludiques. Veuillez contacter Brent Gregston par courrier électronique ou au 503 924.9142.

Additional Candidates Sought: Columbia Sportswear is seeking bilingual EnColumbiaNew2012glish-French candidates for an EComm Consumer Rep position at their Portland headquarters. Click here for complete details, including the online job application.  

May 17 - Online Auction Opens for Bidding!

Spring Term in progress. Enrolling soon for the summer. 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, May 6 & 20       

Philippe's Bread on N. Williams
at 11am on Sat., June 6 for B2/C1 levels (advanced)

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.


Alliance Partners 







TV5MONDE Promotion Deadline Extended to June!    

Last month we wrote about TV5MONDE's limited-time offer of three months free trial subscription. Good news: Response to the offer was so great that the sign-up deadline is being pushed out to June 5, 2015!

Click here or on the image below to learn about the offer; you'll basically be adding TVMONDE to an existing cable or satellite subscription for three months for free (a savings of around $30 since monthly rates are typically $10 for the premium channel). Questions? Click the image or call the number below and remember to reference the code, CINEPHILE - before the 5th of June. 




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