Quoi de neuf / Infolettre

Living the Dream in Provence            
Portlander and Alliance supporter Jean Wilde has owned a fractional share of a four-level village townhome in Provence for a few years. New business interests here in Oregon prevent her from traveling to France as frequently as in the past, so she is selling her 1/10th fractional ownership, which amounts to five weeks annually.  The home is called Chez Mirabel and is located in Mirabel-aux-Baronnies in Provence. (Other shares in the townhome are owned by Alliance members who've presented in our past "Living in France" seminars.)  For more information including pictures and video, visit chezmirabel.com. Purchase price is $79,000; annual maintenance runs $1,500-2,000. Call Jean at 503.539.6509 or email wildewind@mac.com.
Event News & Menus
   Beaujolais Nouveau: Tickets went on sale last week and are already 25% sold. Get your tickets early and check out the brand new option for reserved seating in the beautiful Opus room. (Sorry, the eight-person tables in the VIP/Library section are sold out.) Email event manager Linda Witt with questions. Also, check out the event menu which has just been released by Executive Chef Michael Stanton and his team at the Heathman. (Shown here: a photo from the 2014 dessert section at the event.)
  PICA:TBA runs only a few more days (through Sept. 20). Catch the work of French-Tunisian Choreographer Radhouane El Meddeb and director Philippe Quesne; visit the event page on the Alliance site for a discount code for tickets. 
  The 2nd Annual Rose City Open Pétanque Tournament is this coming weekend, Sept. 19-20. For complete details, click here.
null   The Hardy Cognac Event set for October 11 is sold out but the public is invited to visit with Bénédicte Hardy at a special promotional event at the Jantzen Beach Liquor Store earlier in the afternoon (1-4pm) on Oct. 11, where she'll be discussing her company's products and signing bottles.  
Fall Term Underway: Openings Available
The Alliance's fall term is underway with close to 300 students signed up for classes. Some classes are full but several have openings. Check out the class lists online and call the office at 503.223.8388 for availability of a particular class; late registrations are possible during the first week or two of the term. For true beginners there are openings in a Saturday morning class, Thursday evening and others. For advanced students, the Edito on Thursdays at 3:30pm with Nathalie Gerts has openings. Sign up for a class this fall and experience why Portland's Alliance is the 7th largest in the U.S.: qualified native-fluent teachers, small class sizes and a commitment to our students' success. 
Museum Exhibits: Impressionism & More             
Last week, Portlanders and visitors from Seattle enjoyed the final French-language tours of the Gods and Heroes exhibit at the Portland Art Museum. Click here for photos. Visitors from Seattle enjoyed a complete tour package including guided tour of the exhibit, a stay at the Heathman Hotel, dinner at South Waterfront and streetcar passes. Beginning October 1, the Seattle Art Museum will feature the "Intimate Impressionism" exhibit, 71 extraordinary works from one of the finest collections of French Impressionism in the world, from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. This will be the first time the sensational collection goes on tour. Look for news soon about organized group tours for Portlanders to visit the exhibit.
Free Movie Passes for THE WALK  
The Alliance is giving away 30 free passes to the movie, THE WALK, at a special evening screening on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Lloyd Center Regal 10 Theater. Directed by Robert Zemeckis (who directed Forrest Gump, Cast Away and Flight), the film is based on the true story of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The film uses cutting edge 3D and MAX 3D technology in the service of the emotional story of Petit's feat of walking a tightrope between the Twin Towers in 1974. For more about the movie, which is in English, visit its website and click here to reserve passes. This promotion is for current dues-paying Alliance members only. If you are not a current member you can sign up for membership at the same time as signing up for the free movie passes.   
Offres d'Emploi in the Region
ServiceMax is seeking a Professional Services Solutions Architect (West) with fluency in French or Italian. Click here for details. 
Mercy Corps in Portland is searching for a Senior Protection Advisor with intermediate or high level of fluency in at least one other language preferred with French prioritized. Click here. The organization is also seeking Senior Field Leaders who are fluent in French and/or Arabic; click here.
University of Washington Medical Center in downtown Seattle has an opening for an Assistant Director where a good command of French or Spanish is desired. Click here
Quick Web Links

Fall term is in its first week - registrations are welcome.   





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. 16  

Philippe's Bread on N. Williams on Sat., Oct. 3, 11am, for B2/C1 levels (advanced) 

SE Portland

At Chez Machin, Mon., Oct. 12, at 7pm

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


At Gustav's

on Oct. 13, 2015 (note: NEW meeting date).









Travel Tips, Restaurant Promotion, Shopping and More  
TravelPortland in French: French-speaking visitors to Portland have a great new resource - TravelPortland has just debuted their comprehensive online guide to Portland, in French. This includes a French language option on their website (click here) in addition to the handy downloadable PDF guide to Portland entirely in French (click here; it's close to 4MB). Fantastique!
Cercle title Cercle Français: After taking a break for the summer, the Cercle Français picks up again on September 25 with once-monthly presentations at noon at the First Congregational Church Park Avenue. Visit the Cercle page for more details.
Restaurant Coupon: In the previous bulletin we included a photo of Muselet's patio. If you'd like to try out this new restaurant in South Waterfront, click here to print a coupon for a complementary daily item (maximum two per table), valid through the end of October. Shown here at left, some folks from last Saturday's Seattle tour group, enjoying the patio dining at Muselet. Check out the restaurant for its happy hour (4-6pm) or evening dining. 
Jack Cowan on News21 French TV: Jack Cowan, the Honorary French Consul of Washington state and the Director of the French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest, speaks in an interview on News21.tv about trade in the Pacific Northwest. Click here for the video on Youtube, posted a couple days ago.
Shopping News: Longtime Alliance members Veronique and Philippe Landier have launched their new website, Traditions de France, offering a large selection of time-tested items, all made In France. Free shipping in the U.S; free local delivery and 10% off to Alliance Members. Visit their site at https://traditionsdefrance.com.
Day Trips that Parisians Enjoy: The Wall Street Journal recently published an article on day trips that native Parisians take. Click here for the comprehensive article which is accompanied by excellent photos.
San Francisco, "Paris of the Pacific": Alliance co-founder and FAIS founder Jean-Claude Paris reminds us of recent coverage in France Today that covers San Francisco's historical connections to France. Click here for the article. The colorful history of the early French in that region is also covered in an article on the San Francisco Genealogy site.  
Recently posted on TimeOut: Ever heard of a moneyless swap boutique, "La boutique sans argent"? It opened recently in Paris' 12th arrondissement; click here for a short article.
Conveconv2rsation Group Update: The group that meets in Vancouver will henceforth meet the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm at Gustav's. The next meeting will be on October 13, 2015. Merci to group leader Sheryl Meservey for steering this popular group. Visit the Alliance website for details on all conversation groups in the region.  
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