Quoi de neuf / Infolettre

Immersion Programs: New Dates, Openings

The Alliance has openings in its August immersion programs that include 5-day (Aug. 10-14) and weekend options (Aug. 22-23). Now in its 8th year, the program includes targeted exercises on problem areas for Anglophones, with emphasis on idiomatic expression necessary for spontaneous dialogue in real-life situations. Students' comments from the June immersion sessions included: 1) "It was a great week with a nice group of students, wonderful teachers, charming assistants and good food. C'est chouette!" and 2) "C'était vraiment excellent. Tous les profs étaient superbes et les exercices aussi. J'ai aimé aussi le petit voyage au musée d'art et tous les repas." Click here for full details and enroll by calling the office at 503 223.8388.  

Lucky Delta Air Lines Raffle Winner

On July 14, volunteers Sylvie and Ellen (shown here) pulled the winning entry in the recent Delta Air Lines raffle . The prize was two round-trip tickets on Delta to Europe. The winner was Margaret K. of Tigard (photo below at the right), who reports that she has never won a raffle like this before and affirms, "This is honestly the most appreciated gift I (we) have ever received!" Margaret's husband is in the U.S. Navy and returns ashore this August after deployment at sea. Winning the tickets will make it possible for the family to go to Paris later this year. Thanks again to all for participating.     

Links We Think You'll Like 
Tips for Traveling: The New York Times recently had a good article containing a couple practical tips for traveling in Europe this summer; click here.
  Le Petit Prince: The first animated film adaptation of Le Petit Prince will be released this week in France. Click here for the English-language trailer (then choose, "Watch Trailer") and here for access to seven trailers (in French) from the movie.
  CNN Travel's Top Destinatio
ns: This is an amazing pictorial journey through 26 of France's top destinations. The panoramic photos are a great tribute to the beauty of these unique places. Click here.
  What Do NBA Players Who Are French Do in the Summer? Click here for a light article in English (but with soundtracks in French) that shows what these NBA players do in the summer. You will be surprised.
  French in the World: A fascinating online summary of data on the reach of the French language around the world - full of fun facts and helpful visuals. Click here.
Books for Haiti: The Rubicon International Foundation here in Portland has a project to collect 1,000 books in French for children, to send to Haiti. Visit their website for information about the project and how to donate.  
French Events Around Portland
   Celebrate French Heritage on Aug. 1 & 2, 2015, at WillaKenzie Estate in the Willamette Valley. These will be fun-filled days of Burgundian-style wines, delicious French cuisine (from Pascal Chureau of Field & Vine) and pétanque (all levels are welcome). Click here for complete details, including the menu and recommended wine pairings!
  The French-American Chamber of Commerce
of the Pacific Northwest will hold a business
networking event on Wednesday, August 5, in the Pearl in Portland. Guest of honor will be Jack Cowan, who is the Honorary Consul of France in the state of Washington and the FACC's Executive Director. Cowan is a recipient of France's Legion of Honor award, one of the most distinguished awards granted by the French government. Click here for complete details and here for the signup link. 
  Dîner en Blanc Update: Wondering when Portland's third annual Dîner en Blanc event will be held? The date has been moved from August to September 24. Check out the nonprofit group's Facebook page for the event, which is sponsored on a national level by Perrier.  
  Rose City Open: The 2nd Annual Rose City Open Pétanque Tournament will be held September 19-20, 2015, at Westmoreland Park. Click here for more info and the entry form on the tournament which is organized by the nonprofit Portland Pétanque Club.  
New Member Features Opportunity
Welcome to organization member, Bruges Waffles & Frites, a new Belgian restaurant franchise which is offering territories in the Portland metro area. Belgian natives Pierre Vandamme and Philippe Wyffels started Bruges as a food cart at a farmers market in Salt Lake City, using family recipes to develop a mouth-watering menu that includes authentic Liège and Brussels waffles, Belgian frites, gourmet omelettes, and waffle sandwiches. Their famous Machine Gun Sandwich® was featured on Man V. Food. With four corporate stores, they are now looking for franchise partners in the Portland area. For more information visit their website or call 801 972.2633.  As a special referral incentive, the company is giving away a trip for two to visit Bruges, Belgium -- whoever refers the first person to open a franchise in Oregon will win. Click here for more information on the Bruges trip which is a $5000 value.   
Photo Updates on Recent Events
  Maille Mustard Event: Alliance members were present at the grand opening of the Maille mustard pump at World Foods in Portland on July 14. Click here for photos.
  More Great Bastille Photos: Photos by professional photographer Katharine Kimball have been added at the end of the Bastille Day gallery online. Click here. Merci, Katharine!  
Offres d'Emploi Success & New Postings       
  Success Story: A couple months ago we started posting Offres d'Emploi and have learned of a success story. A reader saw one of our postings for a Silicon Valley technology company seeking a French-speaking rep for the Portland area. The reader, a former Alliance student, applied for the job and got it - a great win-win for both him and for the company. Félicitations!  
  The latest listings for Portland: Mercy Corps here in Portland is seeking a Protection Advisor who is fluent in French; click here. They are also seeking a Talent Acquisition and Intern Program Officer who speaks French as a second language; click here. FAIS lists four openings on their website. Within the Alliance U.S. network, the chapter in Milwaukee (same size as Portland's) is seeking a school director; click here. Just across the border in Canada, the French consulate in Vancouver (Canada) is hiring for an office position; click here for the posting (in French). 
Member Postings & General Interest       
  Double Taxation Issues: An Alliance Member is seeking an Oregon-based CPA or lawyer that is specialized in international taxes, to help with double taxation issues (France & the United States). Email your contact suggestions to newsletter@afportland.org.
  Susan Herrmann Loomis Event: The August 25 event featuring Susan Herrmann Loomis is nearly sold out. Snap up tickets while they last. Click here for complete details. Merci to event sponsors and supporters Umpqua Private Bank, St Germain, Balinoff, Powell's and the Alliance. 
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, Aug. 5 & 19 

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.









TV5MONDE August Highlights

Check out the highlights below for August programming on TV5MONDE, available in the Portland region on Comcast/Infinity as a premium channel. Note that subscribers also get access to a changing roster of French films on demand, as well! Visit http://www.tv5mondeusa.com.

PS - the first film in the August line-up below (Brice de Nice) is hysterical - check out the Youtube trailer.


Newsletter editor/volunteer: Linda Witt.  

Email her at newsletter@afportland.org with questions, comments or suggestions.