August 2018
Bastille Day at Chukchansi Park
& The World Cup Finals at Mad Duck
We had a great time cheering on the Zorros to a 4-0 victory over Phoenix Rising. This was only to be topped by France's victory over Croatia the next day on July 15. Allez les Bleus!!
Chéri - Book club event
Thank you to Denise Ulrich who led a very interesting talk on Chéri. We hope to make our book club discussions a quarterly event.
New Class Schedule and New Book Series!

We are very pleased to announce our new 5-week class series for the new academic year. The entire year-long schedule is on our website. This new format gives you more flexibility and a lower price of $175 per session, which includes the price of the book. Subsequent courses will only be $125 if you continue in the same book!! This will also allow you to progress easily from one session to the next and one level to the next. Accordingly, we have also implemented a new textbook, Edito, that is recommended and used by the national Alliance Française USA.

To find out where you need to begin your journey with French, you can take our new placement test, also used by the national Alliance Française in Washington.

We would like to introduce two new teachers: Lena and Randa.

Please visit our website today: Alliance Française of Fresno Class Schedule

Or contact Patience Tshimika:

August 25
Join us for an Open House event where you can renew your membership, sign up for classes, discuss possible board and committee positions with the current board, and sign up for events. This is not to be missed as new and exciting things will be happening this year : Wine Tasting at Maréchal Vineyards, Exclusive Skype interview, TV5 Monde partnership, and a French-themed trip to Disneyland !! Come to Open House and be among the first to sign up!
Lecture on the Democratic Republic of Congo

September 22
2:00 pm
The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the largest French-speaking countries in the world. Patient Matadi, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, will present his home country's history, culture and music.
Maréchal Vineyards
Wine Tasting

October 13
2:00 pm
Let's celebrate the fall wine harvest at Maréchal Vineyards, in the Sanger area. Maréchal Vineyards will offer several wines for us to taste for $5.00, payable on the day of the event. However, space is limited so join us at our Open House and guarantee your spot!

Tasting Room:
1835 N. Zediker Ave.
Sanger, CA 93657
(559) 578-3470
Exclusive Interview with Cédric Fabre!!

Coming in October: TBA
Cédric Fabre  was born in 1968 in Saint-Louis, Senegal, and moved to France at age fourteen. A freelance journalist who runs writing workshops, Fabre's novels flirt with alternate history ( La commune des minots ), fantasy, and noir ( Marseille's burning ). He lives and works in Marseille. He is the editor of  Marseille Noir . (taken from Amazon) He was also in Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown episode on Marseille:

The Alliance Française of Fresno will be reading either Marseille Noir (available in English or French) or Un bref moment d'héroïsme (available only in French). During the Skype interview, we will be discussing these books, his life as a crime writer and the city of Marseille. This is an exclusive event!

You can buy both books through Amazon:
As we approach the end of the membership year, please consider joining the board of directors. You can discuss the possibility of joining the board or a committee at our Open House on August 25. We will be voting on new board members in September and the new term will begin in October. Here are some areas that you can help with:
  • Film committee
  • Hospitality committee
  • Fundraising committee
  • Jennifer Dupras Scholarship Committee
  • Book club
  • Book curator
  • Housekeeping

We also need people with promotional skills:
  • photographer
  • videographer
  • video editor
  • graphic artist

  • Have a specific talent? Let us know! We want to put it to good use!
Contact Scott Donaghe:
Need French Books!

We need to replace our library after our devastating loss. If you have French books in good shape (no cracked bindings or ripped pages), we are ready to accept your donations. We are also looking for someone to help curate the book collection. You can start by bringing your books to Open House!
Sister-City Committee: Fresno and Châteauroux, France
Would you like to be a part of a dynamic committee working to improve the cultural exchange between Châteauroux, France and Fresno? Join the Sister City Exchange Committee by contacting Denise Ulrich:
Please visit our website for the Alliance Française of Fresno and like our Facebook page. Upcoming events:
  • Disneyland Trip
  • Christmas Potluck
  • La Chandeleur
  • Mardi Gras
  • Book club
Stay informed at:
Alliance Française de Fresno
1477 E. Shaw Suite 126
Fresno, CA 93710