April 2017 Newsletter
Merci Ghassane Habib!
Ghassane Habib introduced our Alliance Français of Fresno to his home country of Côte d'Ivoire during his lecture "The French Influence in Africa." It was very well received and very informative.
  Upcoming Events
All events are held at our Fresno Office, 4747 N. First Street #103, unless otherwise indicated 
"Neuf mois ferme"   "Nine month stretch"

3 exclusive showings: April 18 and April 20 at 6:00 pm;  Saturday, April 22 at 11:00 am
Neuf mois ferme...
 is the Alliance Française Federation's "One Federation One Film" film choice for this year. We will have three exclusive screenings to ensure that everyone has a chance to see this French comedy, which won 2 Césars and was nominated in several categories.

César Awards:

Best Actress (Meilleure actrice) - Sandrine Kiberlain

Best Original Screenplay (Meilleur scénario original) - Albert Dupontel

The price of admission is $5.00.

Non-alcoholic beverages will be for sale, but please bring snacks to share!

Join us for a great movie at a great price! The movie will start approximately 15 minutes after the arrival time, so please come early to get a good seat!
Bring some to share!
Central Valley World Language Fair 2017

Volunteers needed for our Alliance Française VIP room at the fair.

Let's reach out to the next generation of AFF members and demonstrate what "fraternité" means in the Central Valley!

The World Language Fair began in 1975 at Fresno State University, in Fresno, California. A group of highly dedicated language instructors from throughout the Central Valley came together to create something special; The Foreign Language Fair, now known as the World Language Fair. Later it moved to a rotating basis from high School to high School, thus allowing creativity of community and school leadership to come into play.  

It will be held at Central High School, East Campus on April 29, 8:00-3:30.

Please contact Nidia Innis (nidinnis@gmail.com) or Dennis Ulrich (deniseulrich@att.net) to volunteer.

Attention all high-school students!
  The Alliance Française of Fresno is offering a scholarship to one high-school student to attend one session of French classes at our Fresno office. Do you want to continue your French over the summer? Do you want to make faster progress or speak more fluently? Or do you just love the language? Please submit a 300-word letter of intent and one letter of recommendation from a teacher by April 30, 2017. Send your letters to LisaMarie Slater, Alliance Française of Fresno, 4747 N. First Street Suite 103, Fresno, CA 93726.
Wine-Making Lecture
Sunday, June 4, 3:00

Dominic Bedrossian is a senior in Enology Studies at Fresno State, graduating in the summer 2017 with a BS in Enology. He will be talking about the wine-making process and discussing the differences in wine-making techniques in California and Europe.

Lecture:  $7.00.
Fee does not include wine sampling. Sampling wine is optional. Each glass of wine will be sold for $5:00.

  Upcoming: Spring Session:
The Spring session of our French classes will begin on April 24, 2017 and run through June 24, 2017.  Get more information and enroll online at www.affresno.org or CALL 559.227.9850.


Beginning French 1-2                               WED, 2:00-4:00                          Kojaartnian

Beginning French 1                                  THUS, 6:00-8:00                         Habib

Beginning French 4                                  WED, 5:30-7:30                          Lumeya

Intermediate 1                                           TBD                                             Habib

Intermediate 4                                          THUS, 5:30-7:30                          Le Bihan

Advanced French 1                                  MON, 5:30-7:30                           Le Bihan

Advanced French                                     THUS, 5:30-7:30                          Duvet

Private Classes available                          TBD                                             Staff

Beginning Conversation                            TBD                                             KoJaartnian
Intermediate Conversation                         WED/FRI 5:30-6:30                    Le Bihan

Intermediate-                                          SAT 11:30-12:30                         Tshimika

                                                                MON 5:30-6:30                           Tshimika
Children Class
Additional children classes upon request    TBD                                        Tshimika

  Attention all members: Treasurer needed
The Alliance Française of Fresno seeks any member with accounting or bookkeeping knowledge to fill the position of Treasurer. This is an important position in our organization and needs to be filled immediately. Please consider volunteering if you have any experience in this area and contact Jean-Pierre Bedrosian: johnbed123@gmail.com.

We thank Gabriel Benitez for his dedication and service to AFF in the role as treasurer and we wish him well for the future. 

Membership: Volunteers needed
It is not too late to renew your membership, join our chapter or volunteer for special needs in our chapter. Please go to our website and click on "Membership" for more information on becoming a member. If you would like to volunteer a little time to help keep our office clean or help with events, please contact our president Jean-Pierre Bedrossian, johnbed123@gmail.com.