Le Mois de la Francophonie: A Celebration of Senegal
Throughout the Month of March
Each March, more than 33 million people around the world celebrate Le Mois de la Francophonie, a global initiative led by the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie to highlight the diversity of French-speaking cultures.

This year, for the month of Francophonie, Alliance Française invites you to a Celebration of Senegal! We will host over a dozen events throughout March. Stay posted for dates and details. 

The opening ceremony "Ndajé Téranga" will take place on Saturday, March 4 from 6-8 pm at AFMSP. 

CinéClub: Les Conquérantsevents
Friday, Feb 17 from 7 pm

Film night in the Grande Salle. When brothers Noah and Gilead attend their archeologist father's funeral, they become convinced that their misery is caused by a curse upon their father and his descendants resulting from the father's theft of the Holy Grail. Donations suggested. In French with English subtitles | Read more

Lectures Faciles: Les misérables
Saturday, Feb 18 from 2:30-3:30 pm

Practice your reading skills with our beginner book club. This group reads the selection together as a group. This is the last meeting to read Les misérables, before the group will move to a series of short stories in spring| Read more

Joe Amato: Paths and Roads to Becoming French
Friday, Feb 24 from 6-8 pm

Author Joe Amato will illustrate from personal experience, his three routes to becoming French. This presentation is in partnership with the French-American Heritage Foundation of Minnesota, presented in English.|Read more

See our full calendar!
Thursday, March 23 | Doors 7 pm, Show 7:30 pm

$8 AF members with a special code. Contact us

Check out this video on YouTube!
February and March 
Workshops, Review, and Topics Classes adultclasses
Saturday, Feb 25 from 1-4 pm
How much do you know about the history of the state where you live? Explore the French Canadian influence present in Minnesota then and now with  Francine. She'll guide you through this heritage, en français. Registration by this Friday at 9 am!
Pre-Req: BE5+

Saturday, Mar 4 from 1-4 pm
Brittany evokes lighthouses along the rugged coast, culinary specialties, pirates, Celtic traditions and mysterious legends. Learn more about this diverse region with Damien.
Pre-Req: BE5+

View all workshop options  here

Five Week Classes at AFMSP
Beginner Review 1 (Feb 15-Mar 15): Wednesdays, 10 am-noon
Beginner Review 2 (Feb 14-Mar 14): Tuesdays, 6-8 pm
Intermediate Review 1 (Feb 18-Mar 18): Saturdays, 1-3 pm
Les Châteaux de la Loire (Feb 16-Mar 16)*Change of Time*: Thursdays, 7-9 pm with Maïwenn. IN1+

Five Week Classes in St Paul
Quelques Semaines avec Colette, Begins tonight! Wednesdays (Feb 15-Mar 15) from 6:30-8:30 pm. For students IN3 or higher.
Beginner Conversation, Fridays (Feb 17-Mar 17) from 10 am-noon. For students who have already had some French experience. 

DELF Registration Open
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. Registrations are accepted through March 6. Testing will take place March 20-22. Contact Alix to register.

Spring Classes Open for Registration on Friday
Spring Session runs from April 3-June 11. Register for your class as early as this Friday!

Unsure of your level? Take our placement test
GF Retraite
A New Member Benefit
AF Members receive a 15% savings on services

GF Retraite specializes in financial and retirement planning for French citizens living abroad. 

GF Retraite est la société experte en Diagnostic, Evaluation, Optimisation et Liquidation de vos droits à la retraite. Forts d'une maîtrise pointue de la réglementation en vigueur, nous vous garantissons un résultat en conformité avec la législation.

Alliance Française for Kids and Teens kids

Les Djeunes; Club for Highschoolers
Après-midi Jeux et Goûter
Saturday, Feb 25 from 4:30-6:30 pm
Do you like Pictionary, Mafia, and Monopoly...? How about trying them out in French ?

We will play some fun interactive games  en français while enjoying some snacks. We have invited a group of visiting French High School students to participate with us. It will be a great opportunity to use your French with native speakers of your age.
Feel free to invite some of your francophile and francophone friends along : plus on est de fous, plus on rit. RSVP by Friday, Feb 24 to Alissia.

Préparez-vous aux voyages!
Summer camps open for registration! This summer AF will host weekly summer camps for les petits et grands voyageurs. Contact AFMSP for more information. See the selection of camps here
Les annonces annonces

DAEFLE Test d'Accès Registration Open
This test gives candidates interested in teaching French as a foreign language access to an online training course organized by AF Paris and the CNED. Registration closes Feb 24. Please contact Alix for more information. 

Gala Sponsorship
This year AFMSP will host our annual fundraising gala on Wednesday, May 3 at the Metropolitan Ballroom. Is your company interested in sponsoring? Different sponsorship packages available. For more information contact Maggie.   Un grand merci à nos premiers sponsors!

  AF Merch is Available for Purchase 
Share your love of AFMSP everywhere you go! Choose from t-shirts, baseball caps, tote bags, water bottles, notebooks, and more! Visit our online store for more items. 

Development Grant for French Teachers is Accepting Applications
A Stage pédagogique de courte durée - SPCD is a professional development grant aimed at helping teachers perfect their skills in methodologies for teaching French language and culture. The SPCD grants are intended for teachers of French as a foreign language who teach in American elementary or secondary schools. The training sessions last two weeks and take place in France at a training center selected by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. 22 participants will be selected in 2017.
Each grant includes: Training fees, train tickets from Paris to the city of the training center, homestay with a French family and two allowances (expenses and part of the cost of the international flight)
Don't miss an opportunity to enhance your career as a French teacher this summer!
More info here
Photo, Arno Paul
CCN-Ballet de Lorraine
A 15% Discount on Tickets for AF Members
Demain! Thursday, Feb 16 at 8:30 pm

The Ballet de Lorraine returns to Minneapolis, as they perform pieces by, and in tribute to, American Choreographer Merce Cunningham.
The program also features Devoted, a new contemporary ballet by the young French choreographic duo  Cecilia Bengolea and  François Chaignaud, with a score by  Philip Glass.

 "The whole experience, music and dancing was an exhilarating rush-like bobbing in the ocean, being swept by wave after wave, getting sucked under and tumbled around from all directions." -The Washington Post 

Reserve your tickets online. Contact Anna for the AF member code. 
French Phrasebook and Dictionary-Kindle Edition
Discount for AF Members

The publishers of French Phrasebook & Dictionary are offering a discount to AF members on this brand new publication. 

Throughout February the Kindle edition of this book is available at $3.99. 
On Feb 18 and Feb 19 the price will drop to $1.99! 

They would love your feedback! Readers are encouraged to leave reviews. 

Purchase and View the e-reader here. 
Autour des Villes Jumelles

French American Chamber of Commerce: Questions on Visa Policy
Demain! Thursday, Feb 16 join the French American Chamber of Commerce at the Minneapolis Club. Speakers  Scott Borene and Jeanne Kildow from Borene Law Firm will answer the following questions: How Will U.S. Immigration and Visa Policies Change under President Trump?
What are the new I-9 Rules and Forms ?  What Work Visa Options Can Employers Use in 2017?  Register here

Paris Combo at Dakota Jazz Club
On Saturday, Feb 18 Paris Combo will perform at both 7 and 9 pm at Dakota Jazz Club.  Fronted by the charismatic vocals of chanteuse Belle du Berry, the combo have struck a chord with critics and audiences alike for their fun-loving mix of swinging gypsy jazz, cabaret, French pop and Latino and Middle Eastern rhythms. Buy tickets here

Seeking French Speaking Nanny in July
We are expecting twins - a boy and a girl - in April. I (their mother) will be on maternity leave through July. Assuming all goes as planned, we would like a French-speaking nanny to start with a part time schedule for a week or two in mid-July, then begin a full-time workweek schedule once I return to work in August. Our ideal candidate is a fluent French speaker. The twins' father (my husband) is a French citizen, and the twins will be too, so we are committed to exposing them to the language as much as possible, as early as possible. Our ideal candidate is also an animal lover, because the twins have four non-human siblings - two adorable terrier dogs, a fat cat, and the secret boss of them all, my canary, The Bird. We hope to find someone who is caring, patient, safety conscious, and skillful. Let us know if that is you! Non-smokers only, please, with your own transportation. Contact Claire.

Seeking a Bilingual French/English Customer Service Representative
Vanson Technology seeks a bi-lingual (English/French) Customer Service Representative / Front Desk Coordinator.  Full time. The hours are Monday - Friday - 9 a.m. to 6 pm. Contact Ed with interest. 

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