Quoi de neuf / Infolettre

Announcing the Wines of Beaujolais Nouveau
Each year the Beaujolais Nouveau harvest is different and the reports are that the 2015 vin primeur is expected to be excellent. Guests at the Beaujolais Nouveau event on November 20 at the Heathman will experience three samples of the 2015 vintage of Beaujolais nouveau from Georges Duboeuf, Joseph Drouhin, and Jean Foillard. The event will also feature select wines from Oregon and Washington, including WillaKenzie Estate, Cooper Mountain, Eola Hills, Ruby Vineyard and Pacific Rim. French imports will include Beaujolais wines from Terroirs Originels and Côtes-du-Rhône wines from Terlato Wines International. Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy Hardy Cognac, Balinoff Vodka, and other premium French spirits. Tickets are available online
Cercle Français in October and November
Retired chef Christopher Stellman, who taught classes on French food and wine at San Francisco City College, will present the October and November sessions at the Cercle Français. Stellman will present on October 29 on "la cuisine française jusqu'en 1700" and then on November 10 he'll continue with "la cuisine française de 1700 à nos jours."  The presentation will be in French. For further details on Cercle programming, visit the group's page which is hosted on the Alliance website. 
Immersion - Why, Where and How Much?
If you're thinking of attending one of the major French immersion programs in France, you'll want to consider these questions among others: what is the format and quality of the instruction, what is an ideal session duration, what are the ranges of class sizes, what is the mix of levels, what are the typical student profiles and ages, what types of lodging are available, what is the pricing, and more. Each program has pros and cons. On Friday, Dec, 4, at 6:15pm at the Alliance you can get some help in sorting through the options to best address your particular goals. Presented in English by former Director Linda Witt; $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Click here to reserve.
Event Updates & Opportunities
  Business Class to Europe: Close to 60% of the raffle tickets for the Delta Air Lines raffle are now sold. For the purchase link click here
   Impressionism in Seattle: Only two 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. Email the tour organizer for details.
  Documentary: The premiere of "Voyagers Without Trace" on Oct. 22  is sold out. Tickets may be available for an "encore" screening on Oct. 25. Visit the event page for updates. 
Offres d'Emploi in the Region
FAIS (French American International School) in the Cedar Mill area is currently accepting applications for three positions. The first is for a part-time Senior Accountant; click here. Second, they are seeking a full-time Extracurricular Aide; click here. Third, they are seeking candidates for Summer Camp Coordinator to begin in July 2016; click here. Fluency in French not required for the accounting position but is preferred for the other two.
  Evo in downtown Portland has an opening for a Localization Project Coordinator who is proficient in French; click here.
  Altech Aerospace in Portland is  seeking a Structures Engineer/ Stress Analyst where proficiency in French is an asset; click here.  
  Nintendo of America in Redmond, Wash., is seeking video game testers who are fluent in French. Click here
7th Arrondissement Paris Apartment  
Gaela Fernandez is a Paris-based expert in real estate who specializes in helping foreign buyers navigate their search; she's been quoted on sites such as Complete France. Originally from San Diego, Gaela works with My Home in Paris and is currently selling a prestigious apartment in the 7th arrondissement, near Les Invalides and the Eiffel Tower. Located in a quiet spot on the Square de la Tour Maubourg, the 2nd floor (U.S.) apartment is spacious by Paris standards (1,636 square feet) and has 2-3 bedrooms. Click here for a brief description and online photos; click here for a multi-page flyer. Email Gaela directly with questions.
Quick Web Links

Fall term is in progress. Private lessons available.   




Some are hosted by Alliance staff or 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   

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., Nov. 9, at 7pm

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


At Gustav's

on Nov. 10 at 5:30pm.









Hardy Cognac Event, Debunking Stereotypes and More
   New Technology in the Classrooms: Acting Director Sherry Charles recently oversaw a major upgrade in the Alliance classrooms to include new HP Probook laptops for use by the teachers. Sherry notes, "The laptops are key to presenting content such as video or images that aid in learning, so we are pleased to feature these faster machines in the classrooms and in administration." 
   Hardy Cognac: Close to 50 people enjoyed the Hardy Cognac presentation at Paragon Restaurant in the Pearl on October 11. Bénédicte Hardy, visiting from the Cognac region, guided the group through tastings of a variety of cognacs, including one that costs over $3000 per bottle. Click here for photos of the event. Shown here: Bénédicte Hardy with volunteer Danielle Witt.
  Interesting Statistics: A recent study by language-learning site Babbel debunks some stereotypes about the French. The study reveals that 40% of its users have at least one non-French-speaking member in their family circle and that close to 60% feel that knowing another language helps to better understand the world today. Click here for the summary, in French.
  Oblation Papers and Press in the Pearl recently exhibited at the prestigious Maison & Objet tradeshow in Paris, selling their handmade letterpress cards to accounts from Berlin, Zurich and Tokyo, in addition to their favorite account, the Bon Marché. Shown here, owner Jennifer Rich at her booth at the show. Jennifer notes, "While letterpress printing made big waves in the American marketplace about 8 years ago, it is still in its infancy in Europe." Visit Oblation in the Pearl to see first-hand the products that were featured at the Paris tradeshow.
  Enhance Your Vocabulary: Read this interesting article in French on the different vaccination policies in France and the U.S. ("France et Etats-Unis ont deux réponses opposées. Pourquoi?") and expand your vocabulary. To start, "la varicelle" is chickenpox and "le zona" is shingles. Click here for the article from French Morning.
   France, the Leading Tourist Destination: If you traveled to France in 2015, you weren't alone. The French government tweeted a couple weeks ago that France is setting the record as the world's leading tourist destination with an estimated 85 million visitors in 2015.
 Destination Pâtisseries: For your next trip to Paris, save this list of the top 5 pâtisserie icons in the city. Click here for the list, just published October 1 on Lonely Planet. piano_keyboard.jpg
  Member Posting: Joanne Jackson, an experienced piano teacher with a BA in Piano Pedagogy, is seeking families who need a piano teacher; specifically she is looking to gain experience teaching music (piano or flute) in French. Her current studio is in St. Helens and she also travels to Hillsboro. Contact her at addmusic@msn.com for further information.
  Discount Code Now Available: In an earlier bulletin we mentioned that long-time members Veronique & Philippe Landier have launched their new site offering time-tested items, all made in France. The discount code is now available for 10% off for Alliance members - it is J8S3F3FAXP4N. The site offers free shipping in the U.S. as well.
  News of Teachers and Students: Congratulations to Louis Wheatley who was featured in the Alumni Profile section of the FAIS 2015 magazine. Now working at the United Nations (Food and Agriculture) Louis attended FAIS and then Lincoln. While at Lincoln, Louis also took private lessons at the Alliance Française with teacher Sandra Seguinot who has since returned to France. Sandra is now based in Toulouse and is the head of advertising for the newspaper, Midi Pyrénées: La Dépêche du Midi. 
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