DOMAINE SERENE Event on June 10
Come join Domaine Serene and the Alliance Française for an evening of fun and fabulous wines at the Kamm House on June 10, 5:30pm. Enjoy small bites and be among the first to taste the eagerly anticipated 2014 Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay and other exciting new releases. Since its first vintage in 1990, Domaine Serene has produced award winning wines, including Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir, recognized as the World's #3 Wine of 2013 by Wine Spectator Magazine. The winery has garnered global recognition as an iconic quality producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Click here to reserve.  
Next Open House Features Blake Zoglman
The Summer Open House will be on Thursday, June 16, 6:15-8pm, and will feature special guest, Blake Zoglman from The Oilerie in Progress Ridge. The Oilerie offers the freshest Extra Virgin Olive Oils, Balsamic Vinegars and Specialty oils, including 30 varieties of olive oils and balsamic vinegars that are procured directly from producers. Come chat with Blake and learn more about these quality products, while shopping as well for your next class!
    The Alliance's current spring term runs through June 6, 2016. Enrollment is now open for the summer term which runs June 20 to August 29. Registration is also in progress for the week-long and weekend Immersion programs; click here for that info. Enrollments prior to or at the Open House will qualify for 10% off the class fees, so act soon!  
Author Cara Black Comes to Portland in June
Bestselling author Cara Black will present her latest book on June 22 at 7pm at Powell's in Cedar Mill Crossing (Beaverton). The author's popular Aimée Leduc series, set in Paris, has been translated into 7 languages for a total of 400,000 books in print. Her love of all things French has led to many trips to Paris; on each visit she entrenches herself in a different part of the city, learning its secret history. At Powell's she will be presenting the 16th book in the Leduc series, Murder on the Quai (for release on June 14). The event is free and does not require pre-registration.   
Editors's Favorite Links of the Week
   Fact! Our English-language interjections such as "ouch" or "whew" must be correctly translated in order to be understood. Check out this handy list of 10 interjections that you should practice before going to France.
   Is Queen Elizabeth TRULY Fluent in French?  On the occasion of her 90th birthday, there seems to be a lot of speculation on the Queen's mastery of French. Click here for an article that contains interesting clips of the Queen speaking French, from her younger days and through adulthood. Judge for yourself.
  And she's not the only celeb speaking French - Click here for an article on 13 celebrities who speak passable to excellent French. Look for video clips of Gwyneth Paltrow, Johnny Depp and even Audrey Hepburn (totally charming).
   A rare deal: TV
5MONDE is offering free three-month subscriptions (a $30 value) through June 13. Click here for details or view the graphic at the end of the blue section below for the promo code.  
Job & Volunteer Postings in Pacific NW
  Mercy Corps: French fluency is a plus for a position of Senior  Technology for Development Advisor (click here). Mercy Corps also has an opening for a Program Officer where written and verbal fluency in French is required; click here.
  Columbia Sportswear is seeking a Customer Care Rep who is fluent in French (Canadian). Click here for details. Columbia Sportswear has over 6,000 global employees, is rated the #6 Best Clothing Employer by Forbes and is projected to grow 9% in the next five years. No phone calls please.
  WordPress Volunteer: National French nonprofit group is seeking a volunteer for website work using WordPress. Email linda.witt@comcast.net.
  PACCAR in Seattle has two jobs where French is a plus: One is for an Inventory Planning Manager (click here) and the other is for a Product Analyst (click here).  
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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., 6pm, May 18

The advanced group (for levels B2/C1 meets at Palio's in Ladd's Addition on June 4, 11am. 

SE Portland

At Chez Machin, Mon., June 6, at 7pm

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


At Gustav's

on June 14 at 5:30pm.









Last Chance for Delta Luxury, Kickstarter and More

  Soirée Provençale, the Alliance's third annual gala, drew close to 200 attendees to the Multnomah Athletic Club on April 23. In the lead-up to the event, bidders from 10 states competed in the separate online auction. Merci to all the donors and bidders who helped make this fundraiser a success. Click here to view a collection of photos from the event by professional documentary photographer, Heather Heaton, and Anne-Sophie Lucas. Click here for a "photo booth" collection of pictures taken by Amandine Brauer-Marzio.
  Awards Event: Portlanders will fill a couple of tables at the Friday, May 20, French-American Business Awards event in Seattle. Among 36 award nominees are Portlanders Dominique Geulin (for Leadership) and Linda Witt (for Contribution to the Community). A handful of tickets remain. Visit the event website for details.
  Last Chance for Delta One (Business Class) to Fr
ance: The nonprofit FACC has a few remaining $100 raffle tickets for the drawing on May 20 for two round-trip Seattle-Europe tickets in Delta One (Business Class). Click here for the amenities and here for the raffle details and purchase. Winner need not be present at the drawing. 
   TOURNEE CONSULAIRE - The tournée consulaire which is coming to Portland May 16-20 is fully booked: "Tournée consulaire- Nous republique frn'avons plus de rendez-vous, veuillez vous adresser au Consulat Général de San Francisco."      
  French independent singer songwriter Eric John Kaiser is running a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to go to Québec and record a new album. Donors will receive various prizes (for a $700 donation the prize is a concert at your home, for $10 the prize is a download of three songs, etc.) Visit online for more info; note that these donations are not tax deductible.
   The Wine Tasting and Class set for May 14 with Maxine Borcherding is sold out.
  Worldwide celebration of music on June 21: Make Music is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 700 cities in 120 countries. Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part; it is free and open to the public. Click here for more info on this foundation-sponsored nonprofit event.
   CERCLE FRANCAIS: La prochaine présentation du cercle français aura lieu le jeudi 26 mai, de 12h àCercle title 13h30, dans la galerie de l'église First Congregational Church (1126 SW Park Avenue). Le présentateur du jeudi 26 mai sera : Rodrigue Deschène co-fondateur du mouvement : Health Education and Services in Oregon. "Le Co-fondateur d'une société à but non-lucratif de Portland nous parlera de la mission de son mouvement concernant les ondes electro-magnétiques et le téléphone sans fil". La présentation sera suivie d'une vente de livres français dont le profit ira au Cercle Français.

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