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The Alliance Française holds cultural events throughout the year, large and small. They are mostly in English and are open to the public. Come join us!

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Events Policy

The member discount is applicable for one ticket per member.
Guests must pay the non-member price. Please note that a reservation is only confirmed upon receiving payment.

If tickets are available, the Alliance can accept payment at the door by credit card, check, or cash.

Payment:

  • Registration for Alliance Française events can be made in person at our office, over the phone, by mail, or through the web site.
  • Please make all checks payable to: Alliance Française de Portland. We accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express.

Cancellations & Refunds:

  • Refunds will be automatically issued if the Alliance cancels an event.
  • If you need to cancel your registration for an event, you must do so at least 24 hours prior to the start of the program, and you will be fully credited toward a future event.
  • Refunds must be requested in writing no less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled event and will incur a 4% credit card processing fee.

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French for Travelers - INTERMEDIATE:A2/B1 (FFT-A)
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 10:30am - 12:30pm
French for Travelers - INTERMEDIATE:A2/B1 (FFT-A)

This intermediate workshop in French will teach you useful expressions and vocabulary to use while traveling in a francophone country.

Topics & dialogues will cover: Transportation, Lodging, Dining, Shopping, Finding your way.

French for Travelers - INTERMEDIATE:A1 (FFT-A) is offered Tuesday morning from 10:30-12:30pm, Feb. 25. Instructor: Julie Nelson.

The fee for the 2-hour workshop is $40 for Alliance members and $45 for nonmembers.

Click here to register for the Tuesday morning Intermediate workshop from 10:30-12:30pm, Feb. 25.

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FREE Monthly French Conversation Group for Beginners
Monday, March 02, 2020 6:30pm - 7:30pm
FREE Monthly French Conversation Group for Beginners

Monday March 2nd 2020, 6:30-7:30 p.m. the Alliance Française will begin hosting a FREE Monthly Conversation Group for Beginners. If you need to strengthen your conversational skills, gain confidence and/or drill a bit of new vocabulary, this is the place for you!

We will be offering two types of conversation options for different types of learners. Attendance permitting, we will have one table for those that desire a free flowing conversation and one table of guided conversation around using specific new seasonal vocabulary. Come meet other French language learners and increase your skills with people who speak at a similar level of French.

This group is open to all.

Click here to RSVP: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=59hm8ccab&oeidk=a07egxg39wjdb55b468 

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French for Travelers - INTERMEDIATE:A2/B1 (FFT-B)
Tuesday, March 03, 2020 6pm - 8pm
French for Travelers - INTERMEDIATE:A2/B1 (FFT-B)

This intermediate workshop in French will teach you useful expressions and vocabulary to use while traveling in a francophone country.

Topics & dialogues will cover: Transportation, Lodging, Dining, Shopping, Finding your way.

French for Travelers - INTERMEDIATE:A1/B2 (FFT-B) is offered Tuesday evening from 6-8pm, March 3. Instructor: Julie Nelson.

The fee for the 2-hour workshop is $40 for Alliance members and $45 for nonmembers.

Click here to register for the Tuesday evening Intermediate level workshop from 6-8pm, March 3.

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Danse Macabre, a theatre preview event, Wednesday, March 4
Wednesday, March 04, 2020 6pm - 8pm
Danse Macabre, a theatre preview event, Wednesday, March 4


Join a highly accomplished international group of Portland-based theatre and music makers for an intimate show-and-tell just prior to the premiere of their latest creation, Danse Macabre. The show is an original bilingual French/English production based on the poetry of Francois Villon. This special evening will include short excerpts from the performance, poetry readings, live medieval music and a Q&A session with some of the city's finest, internationally minded theatre makers.

Please reserve your seat for this free event at the Alliance –– space is limited. This preview event hosted by the Alliance Française takes place Wednesday, March 4th at 6pm.

This performance from Danse Macabre: The Testament of Francois Villon is conceived by Štěpán Šimek and Jean-Luc Boucherot and is presented by Portland's always adventurous Hand2Mouth Theatre as part of its 2019-20 Season. The full theatre performance will run in Southeast Portland from March 12-29th. For more information and to buy tickets to the performance – not the March 4 preview – visit http://www.hand2mouththeatre.org/villon 

MORE ABOUT THE POET AND THE PROJECT

Francois Villon was the quintessential and vastly influential figure of late medieval France. He was a poet, rabble-rouser, balladeer, thief, and a sort...

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French Winemaker Nicolas Quillé Presents the Right Bank of Bordeaux
Saturday, March 07, 2020 5:30pm - 7:30pm
French Winemaker Nicolas Quillé Presents the Right Bank of Bordeaux

Frenchman Nicolas Quillé, Head Winemaker and Operations Officer for the Crimson Wine Group, will hold a wine appreciation / education seminar with a curated tasting of wines from the Right Bank of Bordeaux on March 7 at 5:30 pm.

Bordeaux is one of the most iconic wine region in France and indeed in the world. We will start our exploration of this awesome region with an overview of what the French call “the right bank” (la rive droite). Red wines made from Merlot dominate the area surrounding the beautiful medieval city of Saint Emilion.

Originally from Lyon, Nicolas comes from a family that has been in the wine business for three generations. He has a Master’s degree in Winemaking from the University of Dijon, Burgundy, and a Master in Wine Business from the University of Reims, Champagne.

After the tasting, guests will be invited to mingle, enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and bid in a silent auction.

The event will be in English with some French terminology. Tickets are $30 for AF members, $35 for non-members and includes the seminar, hors d’oeuvre buffet, and the silent auction. This is an exceptional event featuring outstanding wines and top industry knowledge.

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Club de tricot - March meeting
Saturday, March 14, 2020 1pm - 2pm
Club de tricot - March meeting

 

Do you love to speak French and knit? Join us on Saturday March 14, for an afternoon of conversation and knitting. All levels are encouraged to attend. Come, relax, knit and practice your French with others who share your interests. Knitting completely optional!

This is a free event, but since the space is limited, we kindly ask you to RSVP here: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=59hm8ccab&oeidk=a07egv27xz6f4583fb6 

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French Field Trips in the Arboreteum
Thursday, March 19, 2020 5pm - 7pm
French Field Trips in the Arboreteum

Starting this spring equinox, visit the Hoyt Arboretum, the most amazing living museum right here in Washington Park, Portland, with Clara-Julia Péru for the first in a series of monthly nature walks in French. “Let's wander together, observing, learning about native plants, discovering the highlights of each season with rare, endangered & unique species ...  Et le tout, en Français!”

Meet up with Clara-Julia Thursdays at 5 pm in front of the Visitor Center of the Hoyt Arboretum for a guided visit to the Arboreteum en francais! Nature walks with Clara-Julia are free, but kindly RSVP to let us know you’re coming or just arrive by 5 pm.

March 19: Celebrating the Spring Equinox – Highlights of native detox and medicinal plants

April 7: Pink Moon – Introduction to Magnolias

May 14: Flower Moon – Symbols & flowers such as muguet

June 11: Summer Solstice – Preparing for the Summer Solstice

July 9: Summer Is Here – Looking for freshness under the conifers and the redwood forest

...and more to come.

(Doug fir photo by Clara-Julia Péru)

Location: Hoyt Arboreteum, 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Portland OR 97221
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Come Practice Your French!
Saturday, March 21, 2020 1pm - 2pm
Come Practice Your French!

The monthly members' conversation group meeting at the Alliance will be on Saturday, March 21, at 1 p.m. with Natacha from LeMans. The group is free for AF members.

Not a member yet? Sign up on the registration form or take out a membership at the meeting. Seats are limited, so register to reserve your place.

 Click here for the info about parking.

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The Dordogne: 25,000 Years of Art, History, and French Cuisine
Saturday, March 21, 2020 4:30pm - 6pm
The Dordogne: 25,000 Years of Art, History, and French Cuisine

Where in Europe can you find woolly mammoth paintings, Roman villas, medieval castles, Romanesque churches, Renaissance chateaux, lush river valleys, and countless cobble-stoned villages, in an area of France about the size of the Portland Metro area? That would be the southwestern French region of the Dordogne, 200 kilometers inland from Bordeaux and 500 kilometers southwest of Paris.

Rob Kemp, Joseph artist, cartographer and photographer, led a small tour to the region in late summer 2019, where they stayed in an old manor house that dated back to the 16th century. The Manoir de Colombier lay outside Domme, one of France’s official Plus Beaux Villages. The medieval walled town overlooks the rural Dordogne River Valley from a cliff hundreds of feet above the river banks. The Dordogne region is known for a wide range of historic sites and outdoor activities, including kayaking, hiking and ballooning. (Not to mention a worldwide foodie reputation for its many forms of duck, walnuts, luxurious patés, earthy terrines, and a few notable wines.)

Rob will present photos of sites that his group visited and offer some historical background to this ancient land, its art and cuisine.

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Where Design Meets Technology – French Evening at Wacom Experience Center
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 6pm - 8pm
Where Design Meets Technology – French Evening at Wacom Experience Center

Have you ever wondered how artists, designers and other creative professionals use digital media in their work? Would you like to know how a product is created and what tools are used during the design process?

Join us for a unique opportunity to discover a digital tool that impacts the world of education, business and art with Douglas Little, Wacom’s Senior Manager of Public Relations, and Thomas Belhacene, Nike Innovation Designer. Doug and Thomas will walk us through the different stages of industrial design process along with a demo. We will be hosted in the beautiful Wacom Experience Center where you will have an opportunity to test drive a variety of Wacom tablets and pen displays! Come immerse yourself in the French language, creativity and a wonderful community.

Refreshments will be provided. Please note that this seminar is in French. 

The attendance is free and open to all, but we kindly ask you to register following class registration steps, no membership is required. Follow this link to register:

https://www.afportland.org/cultural-seminar/product/where-design-meets-technology-%E2%80%93-french-evening-at-wacom-experience-center/category_pathway-151

 

Location: Wacom Experience Center, 1455 NW Irving Street, Suite 110
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Parking Information

Street parking on SW 20th St. facing the Kamm House is limited. Free parking is available in Lot B at SW 18th and SW Columbia. Please obtain a parking pass from the office.

After 6 pm weekdays, students may park in the Willamette Dental lot at SW 20th and SW Jefferson as available.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 9:00-5:00
Classes are held until 8:30
Saturday 9:30-1:00
or by appointment

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