Wine Committee, Wine Scholars, Films and More
Generosity Has Its Rewards: Make a donation (physical item or service) to the April 23 Soirée Provençale auction, and your name will be entered in a raffle. The prize is two free tickets to the Pierre Bensusan concert on March 15 at the Alberta Rose Theater. The winner's name will be drawn on March 2. Donate to the auction by calling the office, filling out this printable form or by filling out an online form.
Valentine's Fencing: Close to 50 people attended the Valentine's fencing event on February 12. Click here for photos.
Wine Sector Committee Forming: The French American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest is forming a networking committee of France-connected businesspeople in the wine and food sectors in Oregon. An exploratory meeting was hosted Feb. 11 by Nicolas Quillé of Vinmotion in downtown Portland (photos at right). Participation is free; contact email@example.com for information.
Spring Intersession: In addition to enrollment for the 10-week spring term, enrollment is also in progress for the intersession term (from March 21-25). Enroll by calling the Alliance office or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discounts at Alberta Rose Theatre for the "Mois de la Francophonie": Newsletter readers can use the promo code, AFPORTLAND, to get $1 discounts on three upcoming concerts. On March 2, Noura Mint Seymali (shown here, from French-speaking Mauritania) will perform, with opening band, Dusu Mali (led by Ibrahim Kelly, Malian musician Ali Farka Toure's nephew). On March 8, Bergerette, an acapella French medieval folk music group, will play. On March 15 French-Algerian musician, Pierre Bensusan, will perform.
Northwest Fencing Center is hosting a games night on March 19, 7-10pm, with board games, pizza and soda. They will designate a French table at which board games will be played in French only. Cost is $20 in advance; $30 at the door. Drop off the kids; adult supervision provided. Visit their website for more info.
Northwest Dance Project
is pleased to offer $10 discounts off Zone A + B tickets
(use the promo code: FRANCE) to their March 17-19 performance, LOUDER THAN WORDS, at the Newmark Theater. It features the choreography of Ihsan Rustem, assistant to renowned French choreographer and real life knight, Patrick Delcroix. Ihsan's new work will feature music from French singers Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf. For more information visit the dance company's website.
French Wine Scholar
program is a study and
certification program providing current, accurate and in-depth information on the wines and wine regions of France. Developed and administrated by the French Wine Society with the support of the French Ministry of Agriculture, this program is aimed at advanced students of wine, whether professionals or serious wine hobbyists. Click here
for details; the 12-session May-June course costs $895; Alliance members get $100 off.
French-Speaking Nanny: Portland Alliance Family seeking French speaking (preferably native) part-time au pair for the summer (June-August). Details: approximately 15-20 hours/week (Monday, Wednesday & Friday), one well-behaved 5 year-old girl, west-side home close to downtown. Candidates must have a safe and reliable car for driving to activities. Competitive pay is offered. Contact email@example.com.
Event Reminders & Updates:
The Portland International Film Festival runs through Feb. 27; check out the French-language films; visit the PIFF website for info. The February 26 Games Night, the March 4 Ciné-Club and the March 6 Children's Choir Workshop all have openings. Sign up for the Visitor's Value Package for Seattle's French Fest by March 1 in order to get the hotel discount; click here. Bastille Day in Portland will move from July 9 to July 16, 2016.
UFE Seattle: The French community in Seattle is rallying to help a young man's family deal with leukemia treatments. Click here for that news in French and in English.
FRENCH ENTREE has published a general article entitled, "Sort out your finances so you can relax and enjoy life in France." While written for a British audience, our readers may glean a tip or two. Click here. Another recent article is on "How to declare a small income in France," by Tracy Leonetti, a French red-tape expert. Click here.
The Portland French Language Book Club will meet March 26 to discuss Marcel Pagnol's La gloire de mon père." Click here for details; the Meetup group meets at Belmont Library. Membership is $5/year.
The CERCLE FRANCAIS has announced its upcoming programming:
Le jeudi 25 fév
rier, Marie Engelhardt nous parlera de quatre musées mal connus à Paris: Le musée de la vie romantique, le musée Maillol, le musée André Jacquemart et le musée Nissim de Camondo. Le jeudi 31 mars, Marie-Pierre Wolfe présentera l'histoire de la maison Hermès, depuis ses débuts en 1803 dans la petite ville de Coesfeld en Wespalie annexée par Napoléon jusqu'à la grande entreprise internationale diversifiée d'aujourd'hui. More info online
. Grammar Test:
L'OBS online has published a 25-question
test on some of the most difficult grammar points in the French language. Click here
to be challenged with questions such as, Participe passé: écrit-on "elle s'est cassé la tête" ou "elle s'est cassée la tête"
? Hint: that one is the easiest of the bunch. Perspectives:
Haleigh Chastain Walsworth's story of life in Paris has been featured online recently. Click here
for the article about how she purchased and renovated her current apartment in Le Marais, and what daily life in Paris is like for her.
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