Alliance Franaise de Fresno Newsletter
Bulletin d'Informations
 June 2014
In This Issue
Meet Our New School Director
Summer Session Classes
Le Quatorze Juillet
Ernest & Celestine
Calendar of Events

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Juin 2014




The Alliance Francaise de Fresno is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Jennifer Dupras as its new Director of Studies. She will replace Camilla Colby who is retiring at the end of May. Jennifer was raised in the Central Valley and has been an educator for the last twenty years. She is currently Principal of Lincoln Elementary School in Kingsburg. Her wide experience in the classroom and in school administration will serve her well as she grapples with the multiple complexities of our AFF language program. As a young girl, Jennifer spent three years in France and calls herself a diehard Francophile. Her command of French comes a very close second to her charming disposition and solid professional approach to her educational commitments. The School Committee looks forward to working with her in the coming year and assures her of its unfailing support. All questions relating to the AFF Language Program should henceforth be directed to Jennifer at:  
Schedule for the Spring Session: June 9-August 15, 2014


French for Travelers
8 weeks
Friday 5:30-7:30Frederic MartinWindham
Intermediate French I
10 weeks
Tuesday, 5:30-7:30Frederic MartinOrchard Park
Advanced French II
5 week mini session
Wednesday, 5:30-7:30Norman StokleOrchard Park



Orchard Park, library/game room675 W. AlluvialClovis
Windham, library room, 2nd floor1100 E. Spruce Ave.Fresno
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church5140 N. Fruit Ave.Fresno
Private Residences: Contact Director:


Saturday French for Children
5-Week mini session

Teacher: May Choua Vang
Venue: Orchard Park
Level 1 7-9 year-olds 11am-12pm10-12 year-olds 12-1pm
Level 2 7-9 year-olds 10-11am 



Adult-level courses: $170 for a 10-week session, 20 hours
French for Travelers: $140 for an 8-week session, 16 hours

Advanced French II: 5 Week Mini Course $85

Private Lessons: $50

Semi-Privale Lessons (2 students): $25

Class materials can be purchased on the first day of class.




5 Week Mini Course: $55 


There is no registration fee, but AFF membership is required of all students. AFF fees vary: $5 for full-time students; $30 for individuals; $40 for a family. Membership runs from September to August. September is renewal time. 



Don't miss our Alliance Fran�aise de Fresno annual Quatorze Juillet/Bastille Day Party at the Lakeview Clubhouse on July 13, 2014. We're planning on another fine potluck get-together with stimulating conversation in both English and French.
  • There is no admission fee but please bring some food and drink to share with others.
  • Alliance Fran�aise members are encouraged to bring friends and neighbors to enjoy the nice setting by the North Fresno lake.
  • Head north on Van Ness Extension to just north of Alluvial. Turn left onto Bluff and park your vehicle. The clubhouse will be on your left hand side with tricolor decorations.


the Oscar-nominated animated movie "Ernest & Celestine" at the historic Tower Theatre,
Friday, June 13. 
Show times: 5:30 and 8:30 p.m., 80 minutes 
* Rated PG. Bring your kids!

Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer - and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn't long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities.

Fresh from standing ovations at Cannes and Toronto Ernest & Celestine joyfully leaps across genres and influences to capture the kinetic, limitless possibilities of animated storytelling. Like a gorgeous watercolor painting brought to life, a constantly shifting pastel color palette bursts and drips across the screen, while wonderful storytelling and brilliant comic timing draw up influences as varied as Buster Keaton, Bugs Bunny and the outlaw romanticism of Bonnie and Clyde. Bringing it all together is the on-screen chemistry between the two lead characters - a flowing, tender and playful rapport that will put a smile on your face and make your heart glow. 
Based on the classic Belgian book series by Gabrielle Vincent, Ernest & Celestine is winner of the Cesar Award for Best Animated Feature and numerous festival prizes. Kids of all ages will love the youthful, slapstick humor, while the "grown-ups" will appreciate the surprising depth of this memorable friendship story. Presented in English, the movie's dynamic voice cast features Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, and more. Tickets are on sale now - get them today for the whole family!



6/9: Start of  Summer Session French Classes 

6/13: "Ernest & Celestine" at the Tower Theatre 5:30 and
8:30 PM  

7/13: - Bastille Day Celebration 5:30 p.m.
Lakeview Clubhouse, Fresno
NOTE: Lectures coming in the fall

NOVEMBER: Beaujolais Nouveau
Tous les jeudis � 15h30 � La Boulangerie de Fig Garden Village, � Fresno.