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"French Flair" Online Auction - Check It Out!
The "French Flair Spring Auction" is now up and running - it's open to the public and welcomes bids through Sunday, May 31. (The online-only auction replaces our traditional spring gala.) It features many Portland restaurants and shops, such as Bridgeport Brewpub, OBA, the Heathman, Higgins and Mario's. Also featured are fine wines from France and Oregon. This is our 8th year of running auctions on this platform - it's secure, fun and benefits nonprofit missions. Visit the site by clicking hereSpecial incentive: Register to bid by this Sunday (5/24) and your name will automatically be entered in a raffle for $100 in Amazon gift cards.
Big Savings on Immersion - Here & Abroad  
We're very sure that we are the only online auction to feature the top immersion programs in France as well as our own home-grown program, "French on the Willamette."  If you are thinking of taking your French to the next level, then take a look at these items in the online auction, where you can save us much as $700 off of premium programs' costs. The Institut de Français near Nice is widely acknowledged as the finest immersion program in the world, welcoming many  students from our region. For those interested in Burgundy, we feature a program near Beaune; board member Sherry Charles just wrapped up a couple of weeks there, and recommends it. The third option in France is the "mother ship" of all Alliances, located on the Left Bank in Paris; you'll find a certificate for a one-week, 20-hour program. And don't forget the Alliance of Portland's own program which heads into its 8th year this summer. Check out the online listing and contact the office to see if you are a good fit for that program, and start bidding now!  
First CINE-CLUB with Annabelle Dolidon
On May 29 join PSU professor Annabelle Dolidon for animated discussions in English, French or both, of the film, Une affaire de femmes. Dr. Dolidon received her Ph.D. from UC Davis in 20th- and 21st-century French and Francophone literature, with an emphasis in Feminist and Critical Theory. She received her master's degree from the University of Notre Dame in French Studies. Her insightful presentations at both the Cercle français and at the Alliance have been very popular. This first PSU-Alliance film discussion group is a great value with tickets priced at just $3; it promises to be intellectually stimulating, as well as an exercise in language. Click here for the link to register. 
French Films Coming Soon to Portland

Living Room Theaters has a couple French films coming soon that will be of interest. On May 29 starts the run of Marie's Story, a true story of a young deaf and blind girl who is cared for by a group of nuns in central France. NYC Movie Guru describes the film as a "heartwarming and superbly-acted drama that hits all the right emotional notes." The Village Voice reveals, "To play Marie today, Améris found the non-actor Ariana Rivoire at the Institute for the Deaf. And Rivoire is a revelation - showing what it's like to be in, and then break out of, a world of total darkness and silence." Click here for the trailer and here for the page on Living Room Theater's site.  Then in June is the romantic comedy, Love at First Fight (the French title is Les Combattants). It's a story of young love that won several awards in 2014 and 2015. Both films are in French with English subtitles. 


May 29 - PSU-Alliance CINE-CLUB Discussion at Kamm House
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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, June 3 & 17        

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

SE Portland

At Chez Machin, Mon., June 8 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.









FABA Award Winners, Job Postings, Best Paris Bistros, Raffle Winner and More    

FABA Awards Recap: The First Annual French-American Business Awards Pacific Northwest (FABA PNW) was held on Friday, May 15, at the Rainier Club in downtown Seattle. The event showcased the formidable successes of French and American businesses and individuals from throughout our region. The nominees, mostly from Washington but also Oregon, distinguished themselves in areas that have positively and profoundly impacted trade, culture and relationship for both France and the United States. Awards were given in three categories. Click here for the list of nominees and winners and click here for a nice array of photos of the event; credit to Folrev Photography. Shown above at left is Karim El Naggar, the winner of this year's "Prix de l'Excellence."
  Job Openings at the Alliance in Portland:
We continue to seek candidates for job openings in administration and teaching. Click here for detailed job descriptions and information on how to apply; the deadline is May 25, 2015. 
   Raffle Winner:
Many thanks to our readers from Washington and Oregon who participated in last week's raffle for two round-trip business class tickets (Seattle to Europe). The winner was Susan Gates, shown here with FACC president Alan Merkle of Stoel Rives LLP. Again, thanks to all who participated in the fundraising raffle.
  Seeking Other Young Students to Share a Class: An Alliance member is seeking to pull together a semi-private class for 12-year-old beginners in French, to meet this summer. Potentially interested persons should contact info@afportland.org.
  The Best Bistros in Paris: The Wall Street Journal has just published a helpful list of the top 10 bistros in Paris, complete with price-range information. Click here for the online article, which features beautiful photos as well.
  Intern Sought: Alliance organization member, Oregon Translation, is seeking a Summer Intern - preferably bilingual - who wants to get the insider scoop on the Language Services Industry. Click here for complete details.
  New to Auctions? If you are new to online auctions and have questions on how to participate, click here for a quick one-page tutorial that will answer all your questions. If not, contact the auction administrator by emailing newsletter@afportland.org.  



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