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What to Do on "Bastille Saturday" - July 11  
On Saturday, July 11, be sure to stop by the Alliance's 13th Annual Bastille celebration. Over the years this event has been held in different locations around town, and this year will be on the Portland Art Museum grounds in conjunction with the museum's Family Free Day. Presented by the Alliance Française and sponsored by Kafoury & McDougal and the French American International School, the event features information booths and children's activities hosted by nearly all of the region's French immersion schools.
    You can also visit booths of popular market vendors of French imports and sample French-inspired cuisine at the booths of the Heathman and St. Honoré. Enjoy a chilled bottled of Perrier, delicious Hardy Cognac cocktails, Lillet and assorted French and Oregon wines. Look for roving performers from Portland's Pendulum Aerial Arts, including stiltwalkers, contortionists and aerialists.
    Enjoy a variety of French music including accordion, French pop and operatic arias. For a complete list of the vendors, participants and all activities, click here. Questions? Contact Pascaline Lefèbvre, event manager, at 503 223.8388 or by email
Delta Air Lines Raffle - Sold Out  
Merci to all who snapped up the Delta Air Lines raffle tickets. The raffle sold out immediately after last week's newsletter. The lucky winner will enjoy two round-trip tickets on Delta-operated flights from Seattle to Europe. The drawing will be on July 14 at 6:15pm at the St Honoré on NW Thurman. Thanks again to the exclusive airline sponsor, Delta Air Lines, and to all the participants. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit French American Chamber of Commerce and the Alliance Française. 
Alliance Rankings and Reception Recap 
Each year the 100+ Alliances in the U.S. are ranked by their enrollment numbers, total lesson-hours taught, and revenue. The rankings have now been updated based on calendar 2014 data, and Portland's Alliance has moved up from rank #8 to #7 in the U.S., consistent with its steady annual growth since 2007. The latest rankings were confirmed last week by Jean-François Hans of the Alliance Française Delegation of the U.S., who visited Portland's Alliance along with Paris-based Isabelle Morieux, who has oversight of the network in the U.S. and Oceania. A reception was held last Monday in the Pearl; click here to see photos. Shown here: Alliance member Elaine Cuyler and Isabelle Morieux. 
Bal des Pompiers at Vie de Bohème   
Have you ever dreamed of spending an evening dancing in Paris, enjoying some traditional French Music (Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Yves Montand) while drinking French wines and eating French food? It's a tradition in France to have a Fireman's Ball (le bal des pompiers) on Bastille Day, to thank them for all their hard work. This French tradition will be held in Portland on Saturday evening (8pm-11:30pm), July 11, at Vie de Bohème in SE Portland. Music will be by Parisian native and French professional songwriter Eric John Kaiser and his band, Todd Bayles (accordion) and a DJ set of French songs by Fred the French Composer. Tickets are $10 at the door; online reservations are lower. Click here for advance reservations through Brown Paper Tickets and note that Alliance members can get an additional discount.   
Le Quatorze Juillet - What to Do 
Portlanders also have the opportunity to celebrate Bastille Day on the official French National Day which is Tuesday, July 14.   
     At St. Honoré's
NW Thurman location there will be live music from 11am till 1:30pm and then the Delta Air Lines drawing at 6:15pm. At their Lake Oswego Location there will be live music from 11am till 2pm. At the SE Division Street location there will be live music 6pm to 8:30pm. 
   World Foods at 830 NW Everett in the Pearl invites the public to stop by at 4pm on July 14 for the debut of their new "Maille Mustard on Tap." Maille mustard combines white wine and Dijon mustard and is available on tap only in London, Paris, Dijon, New York and now, Portland. For the occasion they'll be featuring Bastille-inspired foods, beer and wine pairings, and samples of the mustard. Students of French will enjoy the use of the subjunctive in the company's slogan, "Il n'y a que Maille qui m'aille."
Quick Web Links

 Enrolling now 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, July 15

Philippe's Bread on N. Williams on Sat., Aug. 1, 11am, for B2/C1 levels (advanced) 

SE Portland

At Chez Machin, Mon., July 13, at 7pm

At Vie de Bohème weekly on Sundays, 4-5:30 pm


At Gustav's- On break for the summer; will next meet on Sept. 8, 2015.









Events, Films, Member Postings, New Book Club and More

   The SusaLoomis2n Herrmann Loomis tickets are selling quickly. This will be the only Portland appearance on her August U.S. tour. Her last visit here was in 2010 to a sold-out crowd, so get your tickets now for the August 25 event. Click here for the event flyer and here for the reservations link. Bring some friends to enjoy signature cocktails and stimulating conversation with this world-renowned journalist and author - a rare opportunity.       
   Member Seeks French-Speaking Childcare
: French-speaking family seeks f
luent French speaker to provide after-school child care (12-15 hours per week) for their 7-year-old son (a 2nd grader). He is fluent in French and attends the French Public Charter School. Click here for complete details including contact info.    

  "Shoot the Piano Player" at NW Film: Catch this 1960 Truffault classic (Tirez sur le pianiste) on Sunday, August 16 at 7pm at NW Film (Whitsell Auditorium in the Portland Art Museum). Critics say that this was the movie that broke the French new wave on American audiences. Click here for more information as well as online ticket ordering. The film is in French with English subtitles. Alliance members get $1 off their tickets.   

 Alliance Student Passes C1: We are happy to report that Alliance student Alex Postavnoy passed the DALF C1 exam last month. The DALF C1 represents one of the highest levels of mastery, a level at which the student has total autonomy in the language. The C1 is typically the threshold for entry to certain grandes écoles, such as l'Institut des sciences politiques de Paris or l'École Polytechnique. Félicitations, Alex!
   New Book Club: Alliance member Laura Tattoo shares that there is a new Meetup group for reading books in French. The group meets at the library at the corner of SE Belmont and Cesa
bookreaderr Chavez. Each participant pays $5 per year to be part of the Meetup.com. Their third book selection is L'étranger by Camus, likely to be followed by Meursault (a book by Kamel Daoud which has been in the press a lot lately). Click here to learn more about the group; new participants are welcome.   

   Le Monde Update: In the previous bulletin we published an ad re: a position at Le Monde. The school would like readers to know that they have now filled all teaching positions for 2015-2016 but will welcome applications for future years, since the school grows with each year. 
  Could you live in this 300 square-foot apartment? Check out this very interesting studio apartment in Paris, as written up in Apartment Therapy: click here
and be sure to read the reader comments afterward. Then click here to read the original article in French on Marie Claire Maison. Chouette!   

  French vs American Beauty: A June 30 TIME article discusses a new book about the difference between French and American strategies for beauty. Click here.  

  Who's Hiring This Week in the Northwest: PACCAR (a Fortune 500 com  pany in Renton, Wash.) has openings where French is a plus (Inventory Analyst and Warranty Analyst) and where French is required (Engine Support Specialist). Bellevue School District has  openings for French teachers at the Middle School and High School levels. Brown Paper Tickets in Seattle seeks a customer service rep who is fluent in French and English.  

  Fourteen Words in French that We Need in English: Buzzfeed does a great job of presenting these fourteen words and expressions - a nicely entertaining way to review or master some useful vocabulary. Click here.   

  Soccer Connection: Congratulations to Tobin Heath and her team for the big win in Sunday's Women's World Cup Championship. As mentioned in earlier bulletins, Tobin studied French at the Alliance in Portland before playing for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in 2013 .

  Canicule in Western Europe: The international press and our Alliance members have reported on the record-breaking heat in Europe in early July. Click here for AP coverage and remember that the French word for heat wave or scorcher is la canicule.
 The Gemma Bovery film premiere on July 8 is now sold out. Catch the movie when it starts its official run, open to the public, on July 10.            


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