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Paris Apartment Designs - Small But Livable?
A recent article in Paris Perfect discusses a buyer's decision process when she found a small apartment with a view of the Eiffel Tower. The article analyzes the property's pros, cons, and decorating challenges; it includes many insightful details that most of us wouldn't even know to ask about. Click here. (We'll be watching for the sequel to bring that to you later). Another online publication, Apartment Therapy, just published photos and description of four unique Paris apartments, all fully equipped, that range in size from 270 to 450 square feet. Click here
Events, Networking, and Interviews
   FETE DES ROIS: The annual Fête des Rois celebration set for Jan. 24 (announced in the previous bulletin) is sold out. Email info@afportland.org to be placed on the waitlist. Two other notes regarding galettes: 1) Click here for David Lebovitz' highly informative blog on the tradition, including a recipe. 2) Remember that you have the option to order galettes from Saint Honoré Bakery; 10% for AF members using the code Galette4AF; order online by Jan. 31.
NIGHT AT THE BLAZERS: The French Night on Jan. 29 at the Moda Center has tickets available. Click here for details and contact info.
  JOURNALIST REQUEST: A French national TV news program is seeking to interview French citizens who are working in agriculture-connected businesses in Oregon or Washington. Contact linda.witt@comcast.net if you fit that profile and would consider an interview. 
  FRENCH MASTERS REMASTERED: Chamber Music Northwest invites bulletin readers to attend the January 31, 2016 concert, French Masters Remastered, at 4 pm in Portland State University's Lincoln Performance Hall. Use discount code French online to get 20% off adult tickets; full details and tickets online  
   DAVID BOWIE: David Bowie, who passed away earlier this week, had a big following among the French. Check out these interviews of French fans at a FNAC store as well a Youtube recording of the hit song, Heroes, in French. In the video, which is set to photos of Bowie's life, you'll hear the English version for the first two minutes; the rest is in French and is subtitled. Click here for an additional translation of the lyrics en français.  
Paris Member Seeks Renters/Exchanges in 2016
Former Alliance students Christopher Perez and his wife have moved to Paris and now live in a 600 square foot apartment in the 15ème, near métro stops Boucicaut and Convention. They are offering to rent their apartment during the month of March, 2016. Later in the year they are seeking a home or apartment exchange (or rental if no exchange is available) for 4 weeks in September in Bandon, Oregon. They are also looking for a home or apartment exchange (or rental if no exchange is available) for 2 weeks in October 2016 in Portland. They'd also consider renting out the Paris apartment (shown here) during that period. Click here for complete details, including photos and contact info.
Membership Promotion Ends on Leap Day
Access to over 150 French DVDs (subtitled in English), a library of 2,000 books, discounts with Les Amis (more than 20 retailers and restaurants), free movie ticket giveaways - those are some of the benefits of being an Alliance member. Memberships (valid for a year) start at $36 and can be purchased quickly and securely online. For a limited time, from January 12 through Leap Day 2016 (February 29), new members will enjoy the additional benefit of a 30-minute French-language conversation-lesson with Alliance staff. Sign up for membership online and our office will follow up with you. (This promotion is valid for first-time new members only.) 
Major Event Dates in 2016
Here is advance notice of event dates for 2016 that many in Portland's French-American community will want to note on their calendars:
  • French American International School's Gala Auction - Saturday, April 9
  • PSU Annual French Film Festival - April 8-10 & 15-17 (Fri-Sun, 2 weekends)
  • Alliance Française Gala Auction at the MAC - Saturday, April 23
  • French-American Business Awards Event in Seattle - Friday, May 20
  • French American International School's Fête de la Musique - Wednesday, June 15
  • Bastille Day Festival (14th Annual) at the Portland Art Museum - Saturday, July 9
  • Beaujolais Nouveau Festival (15th Annual) at the Heathman - Friday, November 18 (FACC/Alliance)
Jobs Postings with a French Twist
The Alliance Française in Seattle has openings for part-time instructors; Master's degrees are required; pay is $25/hour. Click here for details. Expedia in Bellevue is seeking Lodging Partner Associates with fluency in French (for the Montreal market); click here. Softchoice in Seattle is seeking a Telesales Manager with fluency in French; click here. The French American International School in Portland is seeking a Senior Accountant and Extracurricular Aides; visit the school's employment page for details. TransPerfect in Portland is seeking native French Canadian speakers for translation work; click here
It's Not Too Late for the Winter Term
The winter terms starts this week; more than 300 students are already enrolled for the term. Some classes are full but most have an opening or two - new students are welcome. If you miss the first class we'll figure out how to get you caught up. Classes Accents for adults are available in the morning, afternoon and evening, six days per week. Children's classes are offered after school and on Saturdays for ages 7-10 and 11-14. Parent-child classes are also available for children 2-3 and 4-6, with the parent present. Click here for class lists for adults or visit the listings online.   
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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., Jan. 20, 6pm. 

The advanced group (for levels B2/C1 meets at Palio's in Ladd's Addition on Feb. 6, 11am. 

SE Portland

At Chez Machin, Mon., Feb. 8, at 7pm

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


At Gustav's

on Feb 9 at 5:30pm.









My French Film Festival on TV5MONDE
Check out the January programming highlights on TV5MONDE. It's available as a premium channel at less than $10 a month - a great way to keep your French tuned. Many of its movies are subtitled and many are available On Demand. Visit http://www.tv5mondecinemausa.com.


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