Quoi de neuf / Infolettre

Summer Term Enrollment & Open House  
Enrollment is now open for the Alliance's Summer Term of classes and immersion programs for adults as well as Summer Camps and classes for children. (Past students in the immersion program should note that the 2015 edition contains all-new material.) The main Summer Term includes close to 40 classes (most are 10 weeks, some are 5 weeks) at all levels, from beginner French to advanced literature. Call our office to enroll for the immersion programs or the summer camps. Registration for the standard summer-term classes can be completed online. Earlybird discounts of 10% (for the full-term classes) will apply to registrations prior to the Summer Open House on June 11 at 6:15 p.m. at the Kamm House (1425 SW 20th Ave.). The special guest will be Eric John Kaiser, a bilingual musician who is well known within Portland's French-American community.   
Auction Wraps Up Sunday - Great Bargains!
Bidders from more than 15 states are vying forthe top prizes in the online "French Flair" Spring Auction. It's not too late to join in the fun. We've been adding items daily (such as gift cards to Vitaly Paley's Imperial Restaurant in the Hotel Lucia) so there are plenty of new things to check out. Visit the auction site by clicking here. The proceeds benefit the nonprofit education missions of the Alliance and France Education Northwest. Winners will be notified on Sunday evening, May 31, by email, so get your bids in soon! Many bargains are still to be had, especially in the area of vacation rentals in France and Oregon. Remember that any bids over value qualify as charitable deductions at tax time. 
Meet Author David Downie on June 9
Author David Downie will present his latest book, a Passion for Paris, at Powell's Books on West Burnside, on June 9 at 7:30 p.m. In this unique combination of memoir, history, and travelogue, Downie uncovers why Paris is the world's most romantic city - and has been for over 150 years. Abounding in secluded, atmospheric parks, artists' studios, cafés, restaurants, and streets little changed since the 1800s, Paris exudes romance. Rarely do visitors suspect that this glamour and carefree atmosphere grew from and still feeds off the dark fountainheads of riot, rebellion, mayhem, and melancholy - and the subversive literature, art, and music of the Romantic Age. The event is free; sponsored by the Alliance Française; click here for Powell's event listing. (Note that the online auction features this book and Downie's earlier book on the Pyrenees trek - click here.)  
Local Job Openings Where French is a Plus 
Here's a snapshot of current jobs in Oregon where French is an advantage or, in some cases, a requirement:
  • Field Service Engineer at Grifols in Portland - click here.
  • International Program Advisor at Oregon State University - click here
  • School Nurse at FAIS in Portland - click here.
  • Development Director at FAIS in Portland - click here.
  • Inside Sales at Aruba Networks in Portland - click here.
  • French Localization Tester in Beaverton - click here.
  • Mercy Corps in Portland has part-time and full-time openings for folks fluent in French.
DELF/DALF Anniversary and Free Testing Tip
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the DELF-DALF diplomas (a worldwide standard for determining one's level in French). Past test takers are invited to participate in a photo contest and a survey, coordinated by the CIEP; click here to know more. New: The next exams will be held June 8-12 at the Alliance in Seattle (click here for details). For Portland testing email eburk@faispdx.org. Not quite needing a formal exam but you'd still like to test your level of French? Then visit TV5MONDE's site that has tons of excellent (and free) TCF testing material for reading and listening comprehension, and grammar mastery. You can lose yourself for hours in this great content! Click here.
  May 31 - Closing Day of the French Flair Auction
Quick Web Links

 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, 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, 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.









French Thrillers, Documentaries, School News
and More    

   French-American charter school news. Click here for the news on the latest French charter school opening on the West Coast - La Francophone Charter School will open August 24 in Oakland, California. Portland of course has its own French immersion public charter school, Le Monde Immersion. Le Monde opened its doors in 2012 and now has close to 180 students, in four grades from K through Grade 3. 
   Apartment Rental in Paris for this Summer: Paris resident Sébastien Lefèbvre, brother of Alliance staff member Pascaline, would like to rent his Paris apartment (shown at right) during any portion of July and/or August 2015. It's located in the 11th arrondissement, near the Nation metro station. Click here for more info (on Airbnb) and feel free to contact Pascaline in the office at 503 223.8388. A discount of 10% is offered to Alliance members.
   Catch a French Thriller: In June you can catch the new thriller, The Connection (the French title is "La French"), at Hollywood Theatre in Portland. Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) plays radically against type in this gripping thriller from the files of the same criminal ring that inspired William Friedkin's classic, The French Connection. Click here for the trailer on Youtube. 
   Dior and I - An award-winning documentary about Dior is playing at Regal Fox Tower on Director Park. This is a colorful homage to the seamstresses of the atelier and is presented mostly in English but with some subtitled French dialogue. Click here for the trailer.

Pearl Studio Apartment for Sublet: Alliance teacher Nathalie would like to sublet her 586-square-foot Pearl District studio apartment (4th floor) in the period from July 3 to August 4, 2015, for $850 total (or a portion thereof; negotiable). Conveniently located on NW Marshall near the streetcar, MAX, Safeway, and Pearl district parks. Email nathalieg@afportland.org for more info and to discuss details on pricing, terms and features.

  Reader Notes: 1) Recently we updated the newsletter formatting to include live links in the section on the upper right, "DATES & QUICK LINKS". 2) We archive past issues online; click here for the archive link. Questions, suggestions or comments? Email volunteer bulletin editor, Linda Witt, at newsletter@afportland.org.
    VIE DE BOHEME in SE Portland will host two French-connected groups in June. First, on June 7 at 7pm, Siri Vik returns to Portland with the show, La Vie en Rose: 100, telling stories and singing songs to honor the Edith Piaf's 100th birthday. Siri's last show in Portland got rave reviews and was performed to a packed house. Click here to buy tickets online via Ticket Tomato; use the discount code PIAF for 20% savings. Then, on June 10 at 7:30pm, the same venue will host an evening of French/Jazz music, led by Alicia Baker (shown at left) on accordion and vocals. The performance will be recorded to create Alicia's newest CD, "C'est Si Bon", a French-café themed collection of music. No cover! Visit Vie de Bohème's website and click on Calendar for more info.
   Consular Notes: This is mostly for our Washington readers, but others may find the data of interest as well: Jack Cowan, Honorary Consul of France in the state of Washington, provides this summary of a recent meeting in San Francisco of the region's consuls, including new statistics on the number of French nationals (i.e., the official count of those who are registered with the Consulate) in this jurisdiction. Click here for the document, in French, and test your reading comprehension.
   French Fitbit Accessory: For Francophiles who are Fitbit fans, please note the latest Fitbit accessory, pictured here. (Yes, we are having a bit otv5monde1f fun with this, but it's truly an option.)
  TV5MONDE: Last chance for three months free; the promotion of three months' trial of French-language channel TV5MONDE ends June 5. Click here for details.
  The Cannes Film Festival winners were announced this week. The film, Dheepan, by Jacques Audiard won the Palme d'or (many readers will remember him from an earlier film, The Prophet). A scandal at Cannes this year, where gender equality was a frequent topic of discussion, was that some women attending the festival were turned away for wearing flat shoes instead of high heels. Click here for the Huffington Post summary of the festival. 
  Les Pickpockets at the Eiffel Tower: Last week the problem of pickpocket gangs at the Eiffel Tower was covered in many publications. Click here for the NY Times report. For similar coverage online in a French article, click here. Note that the word recrudescence in this context means increase or resurgence.   



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