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Free Concert on November 4
The University of Portland will present a free concert of French piano-theater-sm.jpg mélodies by Debussy, Fauré, Ravel, and Poulenc. The concert, open to the public, will be on Wednesday, November 4, at 12:30pm at the Mago Hunt Performance Hall on the University of Portland campus. Vocabulary note: A mélodie is a French art song, similar to the German lied. Mélodies have been composed since the mid-19th century. A chanson, in contrast, is a folk or popular song. Visit the event page on the Alliance site for complete details. 
Event Updates & Opportunities
Updates on three events we recently covered:
  The Gad Elmaleh
show in Portland, set for November 12 at the Old Church in downtown Portland, is now sold out. Tickets on resale sites are asking as much as Paris Watch$175. The nonprofit FACC is auctioning two tickets to the Nov. 12 show in Portland; click here.  
  Business Class to Europe: Close to 30% of the raffle tickets for the Delta Air Lines raffle, our final raffle of the year, are already sold. Snap up yours while they last. For details and the online purchase link click here
  Impressionism in Seattle: Spots are still available for the tour featuring French art and culture in Seattle on Nov. 7-8, 2015. The highlight is a private bilingual tour of the Intimate Impressionism exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum. Click here for details and here to reserve. Book by October 16 for best rates. Art historian Gayle Clemans describes why she likes the exhibit, "There's a sense of the real people who painted, with all their squabbles and camaraderie, their personal tastes and personal takes on the world around them." 
Chat in French, Get a Signed Cognac             
Bénédicte Hardy, the worldwide ambassador for Hardy Cognac, and a longtime supporter of the Alliance Française de nullPortland, will sign bottles on Sunday, Oct. 11, 1pm to 4pm at the Jantzen Beach liquor store (State Line Liquor located at 11980 N. Jantzen Drive). Open to the public; 21+. Chat in French or in English, and pick up a bottle that she will sign. Think holiday gift giving, or simply enjoy! (Sorry, her evening event at Paragon later the same day, benefiting the Alliance Française and France Education Northwest, is sold out.)     
Volunteer at the IIAF World Championships
For the first time in nearly 30 years, the world's greatest track and field athletes will compete on U.S. soil in the IAAF World Indoor Championships this coming March. The 16th edition of the biennial meet - which features more than 600 athletes from as many as 214 different countries from around the world - will be held March 17-20, 2016 in Portland. It begins at the Moda Center with the men's and women's pole vault on March 17, followed by three full days of competition in a temporary 7,000-seat stadium at the Oregon Convention Center. French-speaking volunteers from the community are needed to help with this event. Visit the IIAF Championship's volunteer page and register to create your volunteer profile (actual event assignments will be made later; you must first get registered in their volunteer database).
NW Documentary - Grand Premiere
NW Documentary will have the Grand Premiere of their film, Voyagers Without Trace, on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, from 7-10:30pm at OMSI. Tickets are $20 to the event and include the film (80 minute run time), exhibit, music performances before and after the show, and post-show French-inspired hors d'oeuvres. The documentary tells the story of three French adventurers who were the first to kayak the Green and Colorado rivers. The film is mainly in English; there is some French dialogue which is subtitled in English. Click here to purchase tickets online. Apply the discount code,VOYWOTRACE15, to bring the total ticket price (with fees) down from $22 to $20.
Offres d'Emploi in the Region
Columbia Sportswear here in Portland currently has two openings where French fluency is required. One is for an Account Service Rep; click here for details. The second is for an eCommerce Consumer Rep I; click here for the posting, which itself is in French (rare for our area).
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Some are hosted by Alliance staff, board members or other volunteers. Drop-ins welcome; membership is encouraged but not required.

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Wed., 6pm, Oct. 7 & 21   

The Saturday Philippe's Bread group will meet at Palio's in Ladd's Addition on Nov. 7, 11am - 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).









Diversity Lottery, Movie News, Program Cuts and More
   Diversity Lottery Now Open: The experts at Tonkon Torp here in Portland advise us that the U.S. Department of State has announced registration dates for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery 2017. Online registration began October 1, 2015 and will run through November 3, 2015. The Diversity Lottery allows nationals from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States (including France) to apply through a lottery process for a diversity immigrant visa (to ultimately become a permanent resident of the United States). For more info click here.
   Feedback on the movie, The Walk: Thirty lucky Alliance members enjoyed free tickets to a special premiere showing of The Walk, which has been in the press a lot recently. Says one attendee, "Le film, 'The Walk,' était rivetage, un peu drôle aussi! La cinématographie était superbe! J'étais sur le bord de ma chaise! Je voudrais le voir à nouveau!" Free movies are just one of the perks of being a member; check out the benefits online.
   Language Program Cuts at Clark College: Alliance member Doug Mrazek shares the news that Clark College is considering cutting its French and German language programs. Click here for the news and for how to weigh in on this debate - note the Oct. 9 deadline for providing feedback.
   Riviera Weather: If you have friends on the Riviera or fond memories of the region, you'll want to keep up on the latest weather news, where torrential rainfall has caused 17 fatalities. For an article in French on the elysee.fr site (where you can select ECOUTER to have the text read aloud) click here. For BBC coverage in English, including photos and videos, click here. The city of Nice received its total annual rainfall in just two days. Les intempéries refers to bad weather, mauvais temps.  
  Beaujolais Nouveau Auction: The Alliance will bring back a silent auction to this year's Beaujolais Nouveau event at the Heathman on November 20. Item donations for the auction are welcome! Contact the office by email at info@afportland.org or at 503.223.8388. Or, simply use the Donate Items button on the online auction site to tell us about the item you'd like to donate. Merci. All proceeds benefit the nonprofitholding_house_key.jpg Alliance Française of Portland. 
  Property in France: The site, French Entrée, just published four wildly different properties for sale in France. Click here for that article. The site also has useful posts on property terminology (a buyer's glossary of sorts) and tips for ten questions to ask when considering properties for sale. It's also interesting to see the readers' additions to that list, to which we would also add: "Are the toilets standard ones or are there any sanibroyeurs (macerating toilets)?" From an earlier post from Adrian Leeds' newsletter and from extensive detractors online (click here for an online list of comments from folks with experience with the sanibroyeur), it seems that question should be asked as well. conv2
  Conversation update: The Saturday conversation group that normally meets at Philippe's Bread will meet on Nov. 7 at Palio's Dessert & Espresso House, 1996 SE Ladd Ave.
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