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Fevrier 2015


February 8, 2015, 6 :30PM - 8:30PM
at La Boulangerie French Bakery & Cafe
Fig Garden Village
730 West Shaw Ave.
Fresno, CA 93704

This year we are raising the bar to deliver
a superb dinner and wine pairing Chandeleur experience:

Chandeleur 2015 dinner menu

Brie en Cro�te

Salmon and Shrimp Cr�pe
paired with
2012 DeLoach Russian River Chardonnay

Asparagus, Mushroom Cr�pe
paired with
2012 Deloach Russian River Pinot Noir

Boulangerie Salad

Surprise Dessert Cr�pe

The evening will also feature musical performances!

To secure your reservation, either click on the button above or make out your check to Alliance Fran�aise de Fresno, and the names of the persons in your party. Be sure to send your payment by February 4, 2015!

The price is $40 for members,
$50 for non-members.
Space is limited

to: L'Alliance Fran�aise, c/o Ellie Stokle,
1463 W. San Madele,
Fresno, CA 93711

The Annual Tombola drawing will also take place during the event. You can still purchase tickets online or contact Norman Stokle at or call him at 559-430-6773.

The Alliance Francaise de Fresno and Fresno City College are sponsoring a panel discussion: "Debating Charlie: Making Sense of the Terror Attacks in France".
The event will take place in the Auditorium of the Old Administration Building on the campus of Fresno City College on February 13, 2015, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
At the invitation of the Alliance Fran�aise de Fresno, Pauline Carmona, Consule g�n�rale de France, has graciously accepted to participate in a public debate with academics from across California, moderated by Alliance Fran�aise directors and an organizer of the Campus-Community Colloquium. Questions gathered until the day of the debate will be compiled and summarized for the panel. 

The following list of panelists is temporary as we await more responses from other local educational institutions.
  • Pauline Carmona, Consule de France in San Francisco
  • Dr. Jimia Boutouba ,Santa Clara University, French and Francophone Studies
  • Dr. Marc Lony, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, French Literature
  • Dr. Sarbjit Johal, Fresno City College, Political Science
  • Dr. Vincent Biondo, California State University Fresno, Philosophy
  • Reza Nekumanesh, Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno


We hope for your support for our Annual Fundraiser - The proceeds go to the Scholarships we award in May to deserving College and High School students and to the Alliance Francaise cultural funds. We have many fine prizes this year; tickets are $5 each and 5 tickets for $20. (We only sell 1000 tickets so your odds are good!) AFF Directors will be calling members to ask for help selling tickets. Director Frederic Martin has made very helpful enhancements to the website - please note how convenient online purchases can be. Volunteers will also be selling tickets at the Vineyard Farmers Market (Shaw and Blackstone) Saturday mornings through Feb. 8th, and at La Boulangerie in Fig Garden Village Fridays at lunchtime. 

Merci mille fois to the Vineyard Farmers Market and La Boulangerie for the great assistance they have given this project, and thank you for your support.



Tombola Tickets Are Available Now - Enter the Drawing and win $1,000 and many other great Prizes! 

Tombola is the French word for raffle. For the past 17 years, the Fresno Alliance Fran�aise has been asking members and guests to participate in a French-style raffle to help raise funds for our annual scholarships and cultural events. One tombola ticket is a donation of $5. You can have 5 tickets for $20 and a book of 10 tickets for $40. 


For a full list of prizes, go to


FIRST PRIZE:  $1000 Grand Prize -no strings attached!

Second Prize:  $300 cash

Third Prize:$150 cash        

Other Prizes:

  • A 10-week group session of French language classes at the Alliance Franaise.
  • 5 tickets to Fresno Filmworks. 
  • 5 tickets to Fresno Filmworks. 
  • 5 tickets to Fresno Filmworks (bis).
  • 1 year membership in Fresno Petanque Club plus a set of boules.
  • A $50 gift voucher for La Boulangerie.
  • 2 tickets to the Fresno Grand Opera's production of Puccini's "Tosca" May 7, 2015.
  • 2 signed books by N. Stokle (Three French Comedies + Cheeseburgers in the Rose Room).
  • 2 signed books by N. Stokle (Plays for the Sinful + The Siege of Saint Michel).
  • A signed copy of "A Feast at the Beach", A memoire of St Tropez -by William Widmaier.
  • $100 gift certificate at the Vineyard Restaurant in Madera.
  • 2 tickets to the Fresno Philharmonic concert on Friday, March 13, 2015.
  • $50 certificate for Rue Cafe.
  • $50 certificate for Rue Cafe (bis).
  • Photograph of a French scene by Jim Curnyn.
  • $20 certificate for Le Parisien Cafe..French picnic basket. Includes two wines, a French Table cloth, wine glasses and silver for fine dining "on the road".
  • A bottle of Veuve Clicquot  in its own signature champagne bucket.
  • Golden Parisienne charm bracelet.
  • "Wine Spectator Magazine's Finest Wines" Basket of four California red wines that score from 92-98 on WC's list.

Donation:  $5.00, Proceeds to Benefit Scholarship and Cultural Programs (Directors will be calling members to ask for help selling tickets).  Drawing: February 8, 2014 at La Boulangerie

2/8 La Chandeleur et Tombola
2/13 Debating Charlie: Making Sense of the Terror Attacks in France. Panel discussion at Fresno City College. 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Visit from French Consule generale
2/21 Dr. John Moses, "Demoralized Cinema: Poetic Realism in the Films of Duvivier, Carn�, and Renoir" at Woodward Park Library

3/17 French-Canadien Storyteller/Singer/Jongleur. Location TBD

4/22 - Keys to the Mont St Michel, Lecture by Norman Stokle. Location TBD

TBA-AFF Scholarship presentation, reception, & program

Tous les jeudis � 15h30 � La Boulangerie de Fig Garden Village, � Fresno.