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Bastille Day Festival Wrap! 
Crowds estimated at close to 5,000 attended the Bastille Day festival hosted on the Portland Art Museum's grounds on July 11. This was the first time for a co-presented event by the museum and the Alliance, and the crowds enjoyed many educational activities, aerial dance performances, French food, vendors, music and more. Click here for a 3-minute Youtube video produced by the art museum. Check out the Alliance's online gallery for festival pictures. Many thanks to all the volunteers and attendees for making the event a great success at its  new location. 
Bastille Week Specials     
Through the remainder of this week, enjoy these Bastille specials!

  Alliance Memberships and Totes: The Alliance is pleased to offer a limited-time discount of 30% off on memberships and renewals, as well the low price of $25 (or two for $48) for its signature tote bags (the bags debuted on Saturday, July 11, at the Bastille Festival at PAM). The custom-designed totes are 100% organic cotton, handmade locally, and measure 14.5" x 16"(4" wide at the bottom). Call 503 223.8388 before 5pm on Friday, July 17, to order totes and memberships at the discounted prices! 
   New restaurant, Muselet, in South Waterfront, is featuring Bastille Week specials: little known wines from all over France, traditional French classic dishes like frogs legs and frisée salad with lardons and poached egg. Muselet has been named one of Wine Enthusiast's 100 Best Wine Restaurants in America for 2015. Vocab note: un muselet, c'est le fil de fer qui coiffe le bouchon (wire cap on champagne bottles).  

Our Favorite Links of the Week      
Buyers of Property in France: Who are currently the leading foreign buyers of property in France? Click here to learn about the British dominance in this area as well as interesting statistics on activity and sales trends by region.
How the French Think:
A recent article in The Guardian discusses two recent books that shed light on how the French think. Click here for the in-depth article that explores key themes in the books. How the French Think will be released September 22 and The History of Modern France began shipping in early July.
Why Do the French Protest?
Vox does an interesting job of explaining the psychology and the history behind the French penchant for protesting. Click here for the online article which has clickable links to supporting sources as well.  
New Members Offer Promotions
  Welcome to new organization member and former Alliance student, LauraLee Symes, who recently opened Sellwood Flower Company at 8215 SE 13th Avenue. The French flower shop offers floral arrangements, garden plants, indoor plants, succulents, and a collection of carefully curated gifts. The store, open Monday-Saturday from 10-6 and Sunday from noon to 4pm, offers 10% off to all bulletin readers.  
  Welcome to new Alliance organization member Jacob Merz, of Lake Tree Painting. After building up several years of experience in residential repaints in Portland, Lake Oswego, West Linn, and the surrounding area, Jake founded Lake Tree Painting LLC and is pleased to offer 10% off to Alliance bulletin readers for exterior painting booked this summer. Visit his website or give him a call at 503 908.4091. By the way, Jake is a former Alliance student, an avid Francophile, and lived three years in Grenoble!  
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., Aug. 10, 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, Member Postings, and More

   Host Families Sought for a Week in August: The World Affairs Council of Oregon is looking for host families with at least one Francophone member to welcome high-school students from Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritania and Togo for the week of August 21-29. The students are participating in a U.S. Department of State sponsored leadership exchange on social entrepreneurship and volunteerism. Click here for more information and here for a one-page flyer on the program.
  Perrier Promotion
through Aug. 2: It happens rarely, and now is the time -- cases of Perrier are discounted by $3.50 each (limit is 4 per customer) at Costco through August 2, as part of their July promotions. Shown here, a fair-goer at last Satur
day's Bastille day enjoying the concession sponsored by Perrier.
  Merci to new Bastille Day sponsors:  Merci to: 1) Maille mustard for donating samples of their gourmet mustard for distribution at the festival (photo shown here of the station they sponsored at the Bastille festival), 2) Terlato Wines International for their donation of M. Chapoutier's Belleruche rosé, white and red wines (Côte du Rhône) which was enjoyed by many in the beer and wine garden. 
  Two New World Heritage Sites in France: On July 4, UNESCO's World Heritage Committee (the cul
tural agency of the United Nations) approved the designation of "the Climats, Terroirs of Burgundy" and the "Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars," as world heritage sites. Click here for online coverage. 
   Member Seeks "Reason" to go to France: Alliance member Tina Wiecek (her photo is here on the right) is looking for a place to stay in France for a month or two. Know of someone who needs a house-sitter, pet-sitter, ESL teacher or cycling partner? Or somebody to go there and take care of something for you? Tina is legal to live and work in France (EU passport holder), speaks French, and is eager to spend some time over there this summer or autumn. Contact her at dolphindancer68@gmail.com or read more on her website
  French Cooking/Author Event: More than half the seats for the French Cooking/Author event on August 25 in Portland have been reserved. Click here for the event flyer and here for the reservations link. In addition to the venue sponsor, Umpqua Bank, new sponsors St Germain and Balinoff Vodka have kindly stepped up to sponsor the signature cocktails that will be featured for attendees. Remember that Alliance members will enjoy  discounted tickets to the event which is part of the FACC's networking series.
  Local Hiring:  FAIS has four openings listed on job sites, the most recent being one for a Director of Capital and Major Gifts. Click here for the school's employment page. Also in Portland, Create Circle is seeking French-fluent translators (click here).   
  Coming in the Next Issue: The lucky Delta Raffle winner, photos of the Maille white-wine mustard pump grand opening at World Foods, and more. 


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