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Raffle for Business Class to Europe             
Raffle tickets are now available for the final airline ticket raffle of the year. The prize is two round-trip Delta One™ tickets from Seattle to Paris Watch Europe on Delta-operated flights. The winner's name will be drawn on November 20, 2015 at 9pm at the Heathman Hotel, 1001 SW Broadway in Portland. Winners need not be present to win. The proceeds will benefit the nonprofit trade mission of the French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest, and the education mission of the Alliance Française of Portland. Merci to Delta Air Lines for sponsoring this raffle. Click here for details and to purchase raffle tickets. For those wishing to buy Beaujolais Nouveau event tickets (optional) at the same time as raffle tickets, click here.  
Impressionism Weekend in Seattle             
Join a group of Portlanders for an organized weekend tour featuring French art and culture in Seattle on Nov. 7-8, 2015. The highlight is a private tour of the Intimate Impressionism exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum. The collection is normally at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; this is the first time it has ever gone on tour. The exhibit features 68 paintings that are considered to be the jewels of French Impressionism, including works of Manet, Renoir, Monet, Boudin, Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. Tour participants will have the option of preferential rates at the French-0wned Warwick Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in downtown Seattle. Click here for details and itinerary; click here to reserve. Space is limited - reserve by October 16 for best rates. 
Comedian Gad Elmaleh in Portland
The French comedian and actor Gad Elmaleh will be in downtown Portland on Nov. 12, 2015 at the Old Church. Described as the "Ben Stiller of France" and the "Jerry Seinfeld of French Comedy" Elmaleh is recognized as one of the most popular comedic stars in France. Born in Casablanca, Morocco, he speaks Moroccan Arabic, French, English, and Hebrew. Click here for tickets (the page also has an impressive summary of Elmaleh's accomplishments in film and comedy). The performance will be in English and will likely touch on multicultural issues. On Ticketmaster his reviews get 4.8 stars out of 5. His booking in Seattle sold out almost immediately so the Portland show is the only option left for folks in the Pacific Northwest.
Bienvenue & Welcome Back, Too
Over 400 students are currently enrolled in classes and private lessons at the Alliance in Portland. The organization is pleased to welcome new and returning teachers to guide our students to mastery of French. Welcome to Mathilde Pointière who is from La Rochelle, France. She recently completed her Master's degree in romance languages at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Mathilde has taught French at the college level for two years and has completed extensive study on second language acquisition methods.    
  Welcome also to Armelle Denis (photo at left), who hails from Lyon where she earned her Bachelor and Master's degrees. After a year of  post-graduate studies at the Sorbonne, she moved to Corvallis where she pursued a Master's degree at Oregon State University. Armelle taught all levels of French at OSU for 11 years prior to relocating to Portland.
  Finally, welcome back to Oana Talpalaru (photo at right) who recently resumed teaching literature, cinema and conversation classes at the Alliance. 
Beaujolais Nouveau News     
The Beaujolais Nouveau festival, set for November 20 at the Heathman, is starting to hit the press in the region, including a mention on PDX Eater. In other news, the event is pleased to welcome the premium French mustard, Maille, to the gourmet food line-up at the event. Maille Dijon Original and Whole Grain mustards, and possibly the exclusive truffle mustard, will be sampled. Maille was also featured recently at Feast Portland (photo at right).
   Ticket sales are brisk for the November event - VIP reserved tables are sold out, though a few individual Opus reserved seats are still available. Discounted tickets for Young Professionals (persons aged 21 to 35 years) are still available, as are standard guest tickets. Click here for reservations. 
Consular News of Importance
Please note that the contact information for the Honorary Consul of France in Oregon has changed. See the freshly updated information for Françoise Aylmer on the Consulate of France (San Francisco) page. Also remember that, as of August 1, the French have shifted certain functions and departments away from the San Francisco consulate, to the Los Angeles consulate. For complete details, click here.   
Offres d'Emploi in the Region
Atlas Immersion Academy has an opening at their new Hawthorne location and at their Gabriel Park location. Click here for details.
Microsoft Corporation is seeking a Program Manager II who is fluent in French and German. Click here.
World Vision International in Federal Way is seeking a researcher who is fluent in French or Spanish. Click here.

Keen Footwear in Portland is seeking E-commerce Customer Service Reps who are bilingual in English and French. Click here
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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, Oct. 7 & 21   

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).









TV5MONDE October Cinema on Demand  
Use the quality programming of TV5MONDE to keep your French tuned! 

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