Quoi de neuf / Infolettre

Now Enrolling for the Fall Term         
Explore French this fall at the Alliance Française, where you'll find a wide array of classes for all levels and all ages (adults and children), from beginner to advanced. New offerings include a class on the history of French cinema, aAfClass class on Montpellier, and Literature classes for B1 and B2 levels. Not sure of your level? Take the complimentary online test or call the office at 503 223.8388. Also remember that all are welcome to attend the Open House (Portes Ouvertes) on Thursday, September 3. Visit with teachers, chat with staff, discover your level and the best course for you. Enrollments at or prior to the Open House qualify for 10% off the course fee. Visit the online listings or click here for handy PDF lists of classes for adults and ones for children. Classes will be held at the Alliance's Kamm House with free parking available within 5 minutes walking distance; see the parking page for details. 
Gods & Heroes Exhibit - Tour and More
On Thursday, September 10, 6:15-7:30pm, the Alliance is partnering with the Portland Art Museum to organize a tour in French of the exhibit "Gods and Heroes" which includes 140 masterpieces by Europe's most renowned artists since the seventeenth century. The tour will be given in easy-to-understand French by Elene Zedginidze, formerly of the Musée Beaubourg in Paris. Tickets are $17; current PAM members may attend the tour for free. Click here for full details and the sign-up link. Remember that the exhibit closes on September 13 so make your plans to visit soon. Out-of-town folks: see the blue section below for an all-inclusive "Beaux Arts" themed weekend. 
Cine-Club on August 31       
The second Ciné Club discussion will be held at the Alliance on August 31 in easy French with some English. The discussion will center on the film, "The Girl from Paris" (French title: Une hirondelle a fait le printemps). It's about a young Parisian woman who decides to radically change her life and become a farmer. The movie was nominated for two Césars and won awards in several festivals. Watch it in advance of the meeting, then come discuss it with others in a group format facilitated by Annabelle Dolidon, Professor of French at PSU. Alliance members may check out the DVD at the Alliance office (it's also on YouTube and costs just $10 on Amazon.com). Click here for more information and to sign up.  
You're Invited to Discover Tahiti & Its Pearls!
The international airline of French Polynesia, Air Tahiti Nui, will partner with Alchemy Jeweler and the Tahitian company, Black Market Pearls, on a three-day event in the Pearl in early September. Stop by Alchemy (1022 NW Lovejoy) Thursday through Saturday (September 3-5) for "Pearls in the Pearl," to learn about the French Polynesian Islands, chat with a representive for the airline (a native Tahitian), and explore the exotic world of natural Tahitian Pearls. Visitors to the three-day event can enter a raffle  where the grand prize is two roundtrip tickets from L.A. to Tahiti aboard Air Tahiti Nui (a $2500 value). Proceeds from the raffle benefit the Alliance Française and France Education Northwest!  
French-American Networking in Portland        
The Honorary Consuls of Washington and Oregon, Jack Cowan and Françoise Aylmer, attended business networking events held during  the first week of August in Portland. The events, featured on the Facebook page of the Embassy of France in the U.S., welcomed representattives of these sectors: digital marketing, translation services, dental equipment manufacturing, education, marketing, journalism, international trade development, winemaking, wine importing, Cognac importing and distribution, nonprofit management and information technology. Click here for an online photo gallery of the Aug. 5 & 6 networking events.   
Quick Web Links

 Enrolling soon for the fall term. 




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. 19 

Philippe's Bread on N. Williams on Sat., Sept. 5, 11am, for B2/C1 levels (advanced) 

SE Portland

At Chez Machin, Mon., Sept. 14, at 7pm

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


At Gustav's

on Sept. 8, 2015.









Summer Camp Openings, Office Staffing News,
Jobs and More
   Summer Camp Openings: The Alliance has a couple openings in its final weeklong camp of the summer, from August 24-28, for ages 5 & 6. Click here for more information and call 503 223.8388 to enroll!
   PICA's Annual TBA Festival:
PICA TBA (Time-Based Art) set for Sept. 10-20 draws artists from across the country and around the globe for a convergence of contemporary performance and visual art. Alliance members can use a discount code as follows: the code "TBA15Francaise" will
apply a 20% discount and can be applied only to these three shows (as well as the Field Guide admission): French-Tunisian choreographer Radhouane El Meddeb's "La compagnie de soi: Je danse..." (Sept. 15 & 16) and "Au temps où les Arabes dansaient" (Sept. 18 &19), as well as French director Philippe Quesne's La Mélancolie des dragons (Sept. 17 & 18). Click here to view the TBA planner and to buy tickets.
   Beaux Arts Weekend Tour Package - If you are from outside of Portland and would like to join a small tour group to visit the Gods & Heroes exhibit at the Portland Art Museum, click here for more information on a tour being organized which includes hotel, a bilingual tour of the museum exhibit, and a group dinner at an award-winning French restaurant.
  Host Fami
lies Sought for a Week in August: The World Affairs Council of Oregon is still looking for additional host families with at least one Francophone member to welcome high-school students for the week of August 21-29. Can you help? Click here for more information.
   New Office Manager: The Alliance is pleased to welcome new Office Manager, Susan Strieff. Susan majored in French in college and studied abroad in Dijon. Bienvenue, Susan! 
   Paris Travel Updates: The Ritz in Paris, closed for remodeling since 2012, is now taking reservations for March 2016. In other Paris news, Travel Pulse does a nice overview of the Paris-Plages in an article entitled, "The Surprising Beach Scene of Paris." Click here for that article. Travel Pulse also had a recent article about a tourist trying to track down another couple who got engaged at the Eiffel Tower; click here to read the article. Will you be the one to solve the mystery?
    Offres d'Emploi:
Navex Global in Lake Oswego is hiring Call Center Intake Specialists who speak French/French Canadian; click here. Salem-Keizer Public School district is hiring a full-time temporary French teacher for September to November, 2015; click here. Custom Decorators, Inc. in Portland is hiring Client Experience Specialists where bilingual English/French or Canadian French is a plus; click here. PATH in Seattle is seeking a Senior Business Development Officer where French proficieny is preferred; click here.  
  Que fait votre consulat pour vous?
If you are French and wish to learn more about the work of the consular representatives, click here for an informative chart. (For Anglophones learning French, it's a good exercise in reading comprehension.)

   Nine Words in French:
Babbel does a nice job of describing 9 words in French that we
should have in English. Click here for the listing which is informative and entertaining, beginning with vachement  
  Conversation Group News: A crowd of around 20 Francophiles and Francophones met at Chez Machin on SE Hawthorne last Monday for a monthly Alliance Conversation Group led by board member Jennifer Coyne. Participants (photo at left) were at all levels, from beginners to native fluent. For a complete list of the groups (all are free) around the region visit the Alliance website and click here for an online gallery of photos from Monday's meeting. Merci to Jennifer for hosting and coordinating the group!  Mireille
   Alliance "Les Amis" Member in the news: Mireille Nett's Provence linens were featured last week on a segment on KATU; click here for the video. Catch Mireille on Saturdays in August at the Lake Oswego Farmer's Market or on her Etsy page. Mireille (in the photo at the right) has a large selection of Provence cloths and also makes tablecloths to order; contact her at mireillenett@gmail.com and remember that Alliance members qualify for a 10% discount.
  New "La Moule" Restaurant to Open Soon: The owners of St. Jack are opening a new restaurant at the end of the summer. La Moule will feature mussels and fries and will be located in SE Portland. Click here for coverage on OregonLive.
  The Susan Herrmann Loomis event set for August 25 in Portland is sold out. Email linda.witt@comcast.net to be waitlisted.   
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