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This Thursday: Come to the Open House!          
Now's the time to sign up for the fall term which runs from September 14 to November 21. Sign up online or visit the Open House (Portes Ouvertes) on Thursday, September 3, at 6:30pm. 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 select the handy PDF lists of classes for adults and ones for children. Classes will be held at the Alliance's location in the historic Kamm House in Goose Hollow. There's free parking available within 5 minutes walking distance; see the parking page for details. 
Exclusive Hardy Cognac Event on October 11
Maison Hardy, established in France in 1863 and currently the #2 cognac in that country, is known for its premium cognacs. This October, the ocmpany will send its ambassador, Bénédicte Hardy, to Portland. A direct descendant of the company's founder, Ms. Hardy will hold a very exclusive tasting of five of the company's top marques (brands) including rare and aged cognacs, at special event space at Paragon Restaurant in the Pearl on October 11, 6-8pm. The event will include a guided presentation (in English) and tasting, accompanied by generous hors d'oeuvres (click here for the menu). All-inclusive tickets are $45. Purchase tickets online while they last; click here to reserve; ages 21 and over. The event is co-presented by the Alliance and France Education Northwest.  
Sept. 3, 4 & 5: Tahitian Rum, Travel & Pearls
The international airline of French Polynesia, Air Tahiti Nui, joins with Alchemy Jeweler and the Tahitian company, Black Market Pearls, on a fun three-day "Pearls in the Pearl" event (Thursday through Saturday, September 3-5). The event kicks off on Sept. 3 from 5-8pm; stop by to enjoy Tahitian rum, learn about the French Polynesian Islands, chat with a representative for the airline (a native Tahitian), and explore the  world of natural Tahitian pearls. Or, stop by on Friday and Saturday (11am-6pm) as well. 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! (Can't attend the event but wish to buy a raffle ticket? A limited number will be made available Friday for online purchase - email newsletter@afportland.org for that opportunity!)  
Events Updates Include 2nd Museum Tour!     
   The Ciné Club discussion set for August 31 has a number of seats available. Click here for more information and to sign up. The film under discussion will be The Girl from Paris.
   The Portland Art Museum tour set  for Thursday, September 10 is sold out. A few seats are still available for a bilingual French/English tour set for Saturday, Sept. 12 at 2pm. Tickets are $17 for all; click here to reserve. The Saturday tour will be led by Portland Art Museum docent Karen Alexander, who is also a longtime Alliance member.
   The Susan Herrmann Loomis event held in Portland last Tuesday drew one of the largest crowds yet on the author's U.S. tour. Click here for photos from the evening where the guests were greeted by Alliance and FACC volunteers, shown here from left to right: Danielle Witt, Jinny Shipman and Kelly Piriou (from Paris). Merci to the volunteers, sponsors and to the keynote speaker. Look for a signed copy of Susan's latest book in the next Alliance auction!  
Transitions at the Alliance          
Rhonda Lynn, who has been with the Alliance Française of Portland for 14 months, will be resigning mid-September in order to focus on some personal matters. Rhonda shares, "I am so lucky to have been a part of this strong and vibrant organization with a dedicated staff at its core. In a short time I have had the opportunity to meet many wonderfully interesting people who share a love of French language and culture. A special thanks to the staff who have gone above and beyond daily. A lot of good projects have been set in motion, and I look forward to seeing one of the most dynamic Alliances move to the next stage of its development."  The Alliance leadership has selected longtime board member Sherry Charles (photo at the left) to steer the organization over the next several months in the role of Acting Executive Director; Jennifer Coyne assumes the board Secretary role. Given the rapid growth of the Alliance to its position of #7 in the U.S. - reflected in the growing  number of students - the organization is now recruiting candidates for a brand new, full-time position of School Director. Click here for the job description and email CVs/resumes to alliancefrancaisepdx@gmail.com.  
Offres d'Emploi in the Portland Area
The French American International School in the Cedar Fais little logo Mill area is seeking applicants for a Senior Administrative Assistant/Front Office Manager. Click here for details.
Randstand is seeking French/English bilingual account verification specialists to work in the Fraud Prevention department at an inbound payment processing center in Tigard - click here for the job posting.
Côte d'Or Imports is seeking a bilingual French/English Administrative Assistant at their Beaverton headquarters. Click here for details.
Petit Pois French/English Daycare in the Johns Landing area of Portland is seeking candidates for an Assistante Maternelle position. An Au Pair position is also available. Email info@petitpoisdaycare.com for further information.    
Fun Technology Not to Miss           
If you are looking for free online technology tools to aid in your retention of French, look no further than the French government's website, www.elysee.fr. It offers news articles of varying lengths that can be "read aloud" with simultaneous text highlighting. To experience the technology, click here for a short report on Hollande's recent telephone call to Obama after the heroic acts of the three Americans on the Thalys train in Belgium. Click on ÉCOUTER (as shown in the graphic below). The software then reads the article to you, highlighting each word as it is spoken. You have the option to set the speed of the audio (we recommend sticking with "moyen" or "rapide"). Combining the visual text with the native-fluent audio, all in the meaningful context of current news events, makes for an effective tool to aid in retention for intermediate and advanced students.
Sept. 10 - Gods and Heroes Group Tour in French (SOLD OUT)
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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, Sept. 2 & 16  

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.









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