Quoi de neuf / Infolettre

Supporting "Les Voyageurs Sans Trace" 
The Alliance Française is pleased to help NW Documentary with its upcoming feature-length project Les Voyageurs Sans Trace. This film tells the story of three young Parisians who journeyed into the heart of the American West on the eve of World War II, carrying only foldable kayaks and 16 mm cameras. The Alliance's own Nathalie Gerts (shown here) recently recorded an excerpt from a 1939 account of the adventure, published in Marie Claire. For behind-the-scenes photos and a preview of Nathalie's recording, visit the film's blog here. To pre-order the DVD and support the "French Kayak Film," visit their kickstarter campaign. 
French Sister City Program - Survey  
The City of Portland has nine sister cities but does not have a sister city in France. Beaverton has one (it is Cluses, near Grenoble) and Seattle has had Nantes as a sister city since 1980. Launching of new sister-city proposals is governed by city code which requires, among other things, cash reserves of $10,000 for the project (from private donors) and strong support from the community. To determine if such interest or support exists in our city, a group of French students at Portland State University is conducting a survey within the region's French-American community. Give them your feedback by clicking here.
Cara Black Books for Sale

International best-selling author Cara Black recently presented at the Alliance to a sold-out crowd. The Alliance has a few books still available for purchase at low prices. They are: Murder at the Lanterne Rouge: $12.95, Murder below Montparnasse: $12.95, Murder in Pigalle: $13.95 and Murder on the Champs de Mars (the latest - hardcover): $25.95. Stop by the Alliance office to buy those or email pascalinel@afportland.org for more information. Note also that two autographed hardback copies of Cara Black's two most recent books are also in the spring online auction fundraiser (click here). Finally, to view photos from her presentation at the Alliance, click here

Médecins Sans Frontières Information Session
Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) Information Session will be held on Tuesday, June 2, at 7 p.m. at The Cleaners/Ace Hotel (1022 SW Stark). The group's aid worker provide assistance to people around the world whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe. Medical and non-medical professionals are invited to attend the presentation to learn more about joining the group's pool of dedicated aid workers. French fluency is especially needed in all medical and non-medical professional position categories. In 2015, most of the general logistician and nurse field mission positions require bilingual French speakers. For more information on the session click here for the event flyer and here for online registration. Note that the group does not recruit for specific locations such as the Nepal emergency response; assignments are based on skill and need. 
May Workshop & Discussion: There's Still Rooom!
Two upcoming sessions at the Alliance's Kamm House still have room for a few more people! Alliance teacher Francine Chough and Pedagogy Manager Linda Fuchs are busy brewing up a memorable collection of expressions for the "Do you have a green thumb? La main verte?" workshop on May 22. Click here for details. There is also room for more participants at the PSU-Alliance discussion of the film, Une affaire de femmes, set for May 29. Click here for details! 
May 17 - Online Auction Opens for Bidding!
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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 20       

Philippe's Bread on N. Williams on Sat., June 6, 11am, 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., June 2 at 5:30 p.m.









Special Offers, Job Postings, Nonprofit News, and More    

Treize Lunes / Thirteen Moons and Mezcal Jazz Unit from France: Vie de Bohème in SE Portland will host Treize Lunes on May 13 at 8pm, where "New Orleans Native American funk and
the blues meet French Jazz
." The event features original compositions by Grayhawk Perkins (shown here) in collaboration with a quartet of French musicians from Montpellier, the Mezcal Jazz Unit. Click here to listen to sample tracks (note that vocals are not in French but in Native American Indian languages). Cover charge is $5-10 per person. Alliance members will get 10% off the in-house pricing for bottles of wine; there's also a French wine tasting that night from 5-8pm (5 wines for $7). For more information visit the Thirteen Moons Facebook Page, the Alliance's event page or Vie de Bohème's event page.
Job Openings: The Alliance Française of Portland, the nation's eighth largest Alliance, has new job openings in administration and teaching. Click here for detailed job descriptions and information on how to apply. Note that applications will be accepted through May 25, 2015.
France Today Special Offer: France Today, part of the France Media Group, is an English-languarge magazine that offers an insider's perspective of French travel and culture. The magazine is offering a new discount for Alliance members: individual subscription to the magazine at the reduced subscription price of $59.50 (plus free gift) compared to the regular rate of $75 per year. (From the subscription rate paid, France Today magazine will then credit $10 to the member's AF Chapter.) Click here for detailed information in a two-page PDF and call the group's office to subscribe.
TV5MONDE Limited Time Offer: Remember that the TV5MONDE offer for three months for free ends on June 5. Such offers only come around every several years so if you are interested in the premium channel, try it out now, for free.
Board News: Alliance board member and former director Linda Witt was elected last week to the board of directors of the Seattle-based nonprofit group, France Education Northwest, whose president is Jacques Boiroux (shown here in the photo), a celebrated figure in the field of culinary arts. Says Witt, "There are plenty of opportunities for synergy and sharing between the nonprofit French operations in Seattle and here in Portland - I look forward to working with boards in both, for mutual benefit." 
Interested in Business Class tickets for two to Europe? The nonprofit French American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest will draw a lucky winner in its raffle for two round-trip business class tickets (Seattle to Europe) this Friday, May 15. Winner need not be present to win. A few tickets remain - for complete details click here.
NY Times Article: A recent NY Times article by Pamela Druckerman, "Eat up. You'll be happier," explores the French relationship with food and issues of "selective eating." Click here for the online article.
Eola Hills Wine Makes the News in French Canada: Longtime Alliance member Elaine Cuyler shares the news that a Quebec-based TV show recently featured Eola Hills Pinot Noir 2012. They describe the wine: "Des ris de veau braisés ou une belle pièce de saumon au four. Ce Pinot Noir nous a fait craquer en moins de 2 (en moins de 2 gorgées)! Il est fin, délicat, caressant, hyper digeste et d'une fraîcheur exquise. Un verre en appelle un autre et ça se boit aisément. Il est à hisser dans les rangs des meilleurs Pinot à moins de 30 $ que j'ai dégustés cette année." Click here for the online clip and test your québécois listening comprehension! Note that several premium bottles of Eola Hills wine will also be featured in the upcoming Spring Auction fundraiser so get your bids ready! Click here for the preview of that item.
Apartment Sublease in NE Portland in June and July 2015: Alliance teacher Marie-Pierre Wolfe offers to sublet her fully furnished apartment this summer. Click here for complete details.




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