P'tit Dej & La Kermesse
Saturday, June 10 from 10 am-2:30 pm

Venez nombreux pour fêter la fin de l'année scolaire et le début de l'été!
This June during P'tit Dej we will host  la kermesse for children! 
Come to enjoy French conversation and
les pains et les petits pains de Breadsmith from 9:30-11:30 am. Games and activities for kids will begin at 10 am. 

events
Jeunes Cadres Dynamiques
L'After-Work à Coup d'État
Thursday, May 18| 5:30-7:30 pm

Come enjoy Happy Hour with us at Coup D'Etat. Join AF's Young Professionals Group for a casual meet up at Coup d'Etat in Uptown.| Read more and RSVP
Les Djeunes: High School Club
Saturday, May 20| 4:30-6:30 pm

High schoolers of any level of French are invited to join Les Djeunes for an afternoon picnic and games at Gold Medal Park. |Read more
CinéClub
Friday, May 26| 7 pm

Film shown in French with English subtitles. This month's film will be La prochaine fois je viserai le coeur de Cédric Anger. Popcorn provided, donations suggested| Read more.

Annual Meeting of Members
Tuesday, June 6| 6 pm

All are welcome to join us for our annual meeting of members. Learn what AFMSP accomplished during the 2016-17 fiscal year, and our goals for the years to come! Members are encouraged to vote for our Board of Diectors. Ballots will be provided via mail and email! 

See our full calendar!
Journal de Voyage
Sara Monick and AF Executive Director Christina Selander Bouzouina are currently leading a group through Tours and Bordeaux. Here's a quick peak at what they've been up to!
Domaine de la Tortinière, a chateau hotel where the group was staying
Dégustation de Vin: Chichi Steiner & John O'Halloran at Cave Bourillon Dorléans
Champagne à la Foire de Tours: Lisa Paradis & Chichi Steiner 
 Les Jardins de Villandry

Summer Session Classes
adultclasses
Classes are open for registration! Register over the phone or online for a variety of classes including a five-week writing class with Virginie, Paris and its 20 arrondissements with Alexie, a 3-week Mise en Practique for Beginners, and a 3-week Transition to Intermediate. 

Early Bird Discount
Those registering for our 10-week adult classes can take advantage of a $30 early-registration discount! Discount will be applied automatically when registering through June 4. 

Final Spring Workshop

Saturday, May 20 from 1-4 pm
Je dois penser à réviser? de réviser ? pour réviser ? mes prépositions françaises... Do you know which French verbs and expressions use prepositions and which do not? Are you sure which one to use? If not, join Karine for a review. N'hésitez pas à vous inscrire! Only three places remain! BE5+ 

View all summer workshop options  here


Unsure of your level? Take our placement test
Alliance Française for Kids and Teens kids

Summer Camps for Kids
Summer camps open for registration! This summer AF will host weekly summer camps for les petits et grands voyageurs. Membership is recommended but not required. Contact AFMSP for more information. See the selection of camps here. Families registering two or more children are eligible for a $20 discount/camp!

Les Djeunes: French Club for High-schoolers
High School French speakers of all levels are invited to a picnic, hosted by Alexie! Alexie teaches a variety of age levels, including teens. Meet AF's group at  Gold Medal Park on Saturday, May 20 from 4:30-6:30 pm. 
Activities will include : la pétanque, le jeu du béret, and even quelques bombes à eau.
Food will be provided as well : brownies, cookies, chips & other delicious snacks.| Read more
Please RSVP to Alexie. Activities with Les Djeunes are free! This group is sponsored by Best Buy Children's Fund. 

June 5-8: DELF Junior A1-B2 for High School students
Registration through May 22, 2017
The DELF, or diplôme d'études en langue française is an official qualification awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify French language competency for non-native French speakers. This certification or diploma is valid for life.
These certificates are valid for life. DELF and DALF consist of six independent certificates that correspond to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Registration forms and more info

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Promote your Art at AF's Annual Bastille Day Celebration

This year we will again celebrate our Bastille Day at Landmark Plaza in downtown St Paul, right at the foot of the Landmark Center. Festivities will be held on Sunday, July 9 from noon-6 pm. We are thrilled to announce that admission to the event will be free this year! 

 

We are currently offering a total of 13 spots to artists who are interested in selling their work. The fee to participate is $150. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more details, contact Maggie

 
The event will feature live music by the Francine Roche Trio and Café Accordion, and a Francophone Bazaar with organizations, artists and businesses from around the metro area. French food and wine will be available for purchase from Meritage, and Alliance Française will lead fun family-friendly activities. 

June 12-14: DELF A1-B2 for Adults
Registration from April 28-May 29, 2017
The DELF, or diplôme d'études en langue française is an official qualification awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify French language competency for non-native French speakers. This certification or diploma is valid for life.
DELF and DALF consist of six independent certificates that correspond to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Registration forms and more information here

Concours Photo 2017
Amateur photographer? You could win a week-long trip to Paris as winner of the annual concours photo, sponsored by the Fondation Alliance Française. Read more here. Deadline for submission is June 30!

AF Membership Pricing Will Change in July
At the beginning of our new fiscal year AF member rates are going up. This increase will help to support our programming and our efforts to promote French language and French speaking cultures within our community. Renew your membership prior to July 1 to take advantage of a reduced rate AND help us meet our member goal of 1200 members! We are less than 100 members away from our goal! Join or renew today
AF Members Receive Discounts to Select Shows This Week!
Minnesota Opera presents La Bohème

Lose your heart to the timeless love story that has moved audiences for generations. In Puccini's classic tale, six young Parisian artists survive on nothing but their friendship and the promise of a love so strong it transcends even death. Heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure, this  time-honored story - the inspiration behind Rent - is one of the most popular romances of all time. 

20% discount to La Bohème: May 18, 19 & 21
AF members are extended a 20% discount on up to 4 seats (regularly priced $55-$200). 
 
JCD Participants and AF "Youth" Members can purchase $40 tickets
Participants in AF's Jeunes Cadres Dynamiques and AF Members who are 25 and under, are extended the Opera's Tempo discount for young professionals! Purchase up to 4 tickets at a rate of $40 each (on tickets regularly priced $55-$115. Service charges may apply. Valid performances include May 18, 19 & 21. 

To receive the discount codes email our office or call 612 332 0436.
Purchase tickets via phone (612 333 6669) or online. More info on the opera here
Free French Film Screening! 
AF Members and Friends are invited to a special screening of Paris Can Wait 
Wednesday, May 24 at 7:30 pm at the Lagoon Cinema

Tickets must be reserved in advance. Reserve your pair of tickets by contacting minneapolisrsvp@gmail.com by May 19, while supplies last. 

Citroen 2CV For Sale!  This Classic Car Could be Yours!


1972 Citroen 2CV with 28 hp 602cc engine for sale. Less than 2,000 miles since body off restoration in the Netherlands, and less than 1,000 miles on an engine professionally rebuilt in the Netherlands by Burton Car Company and installed here in the Twin Cities. Original Citroen paint color Ivoire Borely. Full documentation available. $22,000. Contact Orie via phone 612 867 5084 or email
Autour des Villes Jumelles

Minnesota Accueil Annual Francophone Pique-Nique
Minnesota Accueil vous propose un bon moment à passer entre francophones, francophiles et en famille le lundi 29 mai (Memorial Day), à Kenwood Park, à Minneapolis  pour célébrer la fin de l'année scolaire, le beau temps (enfin on espère!), les nouveaux venus, dire au revoir à ceux qui partent ou tout simplement faire connaissance!  Formule "potluck" : tout le monde apporte un plat, une boisson à partager, ou une viande à griller... On sort le barbecue!  N'oubliez pas quelques assiettes et verres en cartons.... On commencera vers  midi . Plus d'info!

The Baroque Room: French World
On Sunday, May 21 at 3 pm, Harpsichordist Seulgee Lee Nelson presents French Baroque music as composed by both French and German composers exploring the French style in the 18th century. This family-friendly concert will be an informal event for audience members of all ages. Free! Visit their website

Family Seeks French Nanny for Summer, Tuesday and Thursday Afternoons
We are an American family returning from an expatriate assignment in France. Our four-year-old daughter speaks native French. We are currently seeking a French speaking sitter/nanny to spend 4-8 hours with her per week on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  Requirements:  French speaker. Native is ideal but a non-native who speaks fluently would also be great. Most importantly, we are looking for someone who can be 100% French speaking with our daughter.  Availability Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. This is the time she will not be in pre-school; this is not flexible. (From 12:30/1 until 3:30/4:30).  You must have your own transportation. Our house is in Edina just west of Southdale mall.  Experience with children, enjoyment of active play. Our daughter is energetic and likes to play outdoors, go to the park, ride her scooter or bike, jump on the trampoline etc. She is energetic but not hyperactive, and requires structure and boundaries to be enforced, but is generally well behaved.  This position will run from June 2017 until August of 2018. If you will be available for the whole stretch that would be fantastic but we know that may not be possible especially for students as schedules change with the terms. If you are interested and can be available only for the summer, or the school year, you are still invited to contact us.  If you are also available occasionally on evenings and weekends that is a bonus.  Pay is $12/hour.  Please contact Virginia Plasz at vplasz@gmail.com with qualifications, personal introduction and references.

Host Families Needed for French teachers:
ECI, based in Aix-en-Provence, is seeking  host families for several adult French teacher chaperones  (women and men in their 20's through 40's)  for 8 - 16 days in July & August as they escort groups of French  students to the Twin Cities for home stay programs.  Please call Tom Stieger for dates of stay:  (651) 402-0087  (eciusa.org)

Seeking French Language Program, Program Manager
Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Xperitas is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting global citizenship through authentic immersion experiences. We currently have an opening for a Program Manager- French Language Program .  This position encompasses customer service as well as overall program management and some program development.  This is a great opportunity to work with some of the most talented people in the industry. For more information on the position and how to apply, please visit our Facebook page.
 
French Exchange Student Looking for Summer Babysitting Opportunities
Bonjour, I am a French exchange student at Macalester College. I am looking for a babysitting position, as I will be staying in the Twin Cities for the summer before going back to Paris. I have a great deal of experience in babysitting children (both French and American !). You can contact me at my email address, ioanna.kosmas@gmail.com


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