Alliance Franaise de Fresno Newsletter
Bulletin d'Informations
 January 2014
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Bonne Ann�e 2014!

Support the Alliance Francaise Scholarship Fund and enjoy a delicious French tradition!
Membres de l'Alliance will be selling Galettes des Rois La Boulangerie (Fig Garden Village, Palm & Shaw) on January 3, 4, 10, 17, 18 from 10.a.m. to 4 p.m. Galettes can also be ordered directly at the bakery all through the month of January. 
For any further information you may call Francoise Kinzel at 224-0419. You may also call her if you are interested in assisting her on these dates and volunteer your time towards this great cause. 
Thanks to Patrick Bourrel's generosity, each galette sold means a contribution to our Scholarship Fund. 
Orders can also be called in with the bakery at 
(559) 222-0555




We hope for your support for our Annual Fundraiser - 100% of the proceeds go to the Scholarships we award in May to deserving College and High School students. We have many fine prizes this year; tickets are $5 each and 5 tickets for $20. (We only sell 2,000 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 Boulagerie in Fig Garden Village Fridays and Saturdays 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.
Second Prize:  
Third Prize:
$1000 Grand Prize -no strings attached! 
$300 cash 
$150 cash
Other Prizes:
  • A 10-week group session of French language classes at the Alliance Fran�aise.
  • 2 tickets, Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra (April 2014)
  • 2 tickets for the musical WICKED
  • An framed photograph of a Proven�al scene by Lois Dellavalle
  • 5 tickets to Fresno Filmworks.
  • 5 tickets to Fresno Filmworks. (bis)
  • 1 year membership in Fresno Petanque Club + a set of boules + a special "Spring Petanque Party for Six."
  • Dinner for two at Jonathan's Restaurant, Kingsburg
  • Dinner for two at Rue Caf�.
  • A $75 voucher for dinner at the Parma Ristorante
  • A $75 voucher for dinner at the Parma Ristorante (bis)
  • Tasting for eight at Ramos Torres Winery, Kingsburg
  • A $50 gift voucher for La Boulangerie
  • 2 season tickets to the Phillip Lorenz Keyboard Concerts
  • 2 season tickets to the Orpheus Chamber Music Concerts
  • 6 bottles of California wine
  • A gift basket from Blends Tasting, Kingsburg
  • A gift basket from Quady Winery + Recipe Book
  • 2 annotated French classics edited and signed by David Ross (Candide + Eug�nie Grandet) 
  • 2 signed books by Norman Stokle (Three French Comedies + Cheeseburgers in the Rose Room) 

Tickets are $5.00 each, proceeds will benefit the Alliance Fran�aise Scholarship and Cultural Funds (Directors are calling members to ask for help selling tickets). Click here to help sell tickets!


Buy your raffle tickets here!


Drawing is on February 9, 2014 at La Boulangerie



Schedule for the winter SESSION: January 13 - march 22, 2014




Beginning French I

Friday, 5:30-7:30


Orchard Park

Beginning French II

Friday, 5:30-7:30

Frederic Martin


Beginning French II

Tuesday, 5:30-7:30

Melanie Halstead

Private residence

Intermediate French I

Thursday, 5:30-7:30


Orchard Park

Intermediate French II

Wednesday, 5:30-7:30

Maypalig Yang

Orchard Park

Advanced French II*

*Thursday, 5:30-7:30 

Norman Stokle

Good Shepherd

Advanced French II

Wednesday, 5:30-7:30

Patricia Duvet

private residence

French for Travelers

Tuesday, 5:30-7:30

Frederic Martin

Orchard Park

*This class will include a grammar review component


ORCHARD Park, library/game room

675 W. Alluvial (at Willow)


Windham, library room, 2nd floor

1100 e. Spruce Ave.


Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

5140 N. Fruit Ave.


Private residences: Contact Director:

Saturday French for Children

Teacher: May Choua Vang

Venue: Orchard Park

Level 1 7-9 year-olds 1-2pm

10-12 year-olds 2-3pm

Level 2 7-9 year-olds 10-11am

10-12 year-olds 11am-12pm

Alliance Fran�aise de Fresno P.O. Box 5197 Fresno, CA 93755-5197 

Tel: 559-227-9850 * Email:



CHANDELEUR PARTY, February 2, 2014 


It is not too early to send in your reservations, with a check made out to Alliance Fran�aise. To ensure a reservation, your checks, and the names of the persons in your party, should be sent to arrive no later than January 22 to: 
L'Alliance Fran�aise, c/o Ellie Stokle
1463 W. San Madele
Fresno, CA 93711
 The price is the same as last year, 
  • $23 for members, 
  • $30 for non-members.

Space is limited.



John S. Hord will present a lecture/recital at Fresno City College 
on January 10, 2014 at 12:20 p.m. 

The event will be held in the Music/Speech building, Room 132 (Recital Hall). 

It is admission free.


Ineffable Beauty: Music by French Composers Live performance of Poulenc (flute/piano) and Debussy (voice/piano) and recorded music of Leonin and Perotin.


The Current Director of Studies for the AFF, Camilla Colby, shares the first of a series of articles about her experiences learning French and getting to know the marvelous French people.  Emphasis is on the sense of humor required to learn a second language. She encourages all of you to learn French.




            It is never too late to learn French. No, it is not easy for us normal people, and it takes time and effort, but most of all, it requires passion... and a highly developed sense of humor. I began my study of French at the end of my 38-year career as a teacher of Spanish and ESL at Fresno City College. Six years later, at the age of 68, I continue to study and learn French by taking classes with the Alliance Francaise of Fresno and by visiting France as often as possible, on the average every two years.


            If you don't already know, it takes an estimated 2-5 years of living in a French-speaking country to become fluent in French! This not being possible for most of us, the next best way is to take French classes with excellent French teachers.  And to continue taking classes.  And to study.  And to practice. And to be patient with yourself. You will make progress.


            You all have wonderful opportunities in Fresno to learn French with the Alliance Francaise. Register for a French class, either a beginning class, or taking a placement test to find the best level for you. Join other lovers of the French language at the Thursday Conversation Table at La Boulangerie from 3:30-5. You can practice your French no matter what your level of ability is, and you will meet delightful people. Both in class and at the Conversation Table you will learn and improve your French and you will learn about some of the wonderful aspects of French culture.


            The French, particularly the Parisians, have been getting a bad rap. I have several examples of their kindness, helpfulness, and humor, in particular how they have reacted to my imperfect French and my many gaffs.        


            One boo-boo I made was with my conversation tutor, a French professor from L'Institut Catholique. During one of our sessions at a tea house near the majestic Madeleine Church, Vincent was telling me about his new baby.  We discussed the pressures of balancing parenthood and work and how men are more active in parenting now than when I was a new mother.  I meant to ask him if he changed diapers (Changez-vous les couches?)  But instead, I asked him if he changed the pigs (Changez-vous les couchons?)!!!  He roared with laughter, and I joined him---as soon as I realized what I had said. 


I will be sharing more of my faux pas with you in upcoming editions.  I invite you to send in your humorous experiences learning a second or third language. 



1/ 3, 4, 10, 17, 18: Galettes sales

1/10: John S. Hord will present a lecture/recital at Fresno City College. 



Winter Session: January 14 through March 22



2/9: Chandeleur and Tombola


3/15: Scholarship deadline 3/30: '2 pianos and strings-The Influence of French Composers on Classical European Music". Pianists John S. Hord and John Hillebrandt, works by C. Debussy, O. Messiaen, J.S. Bach. Fresno City College Old Administration Building Auditorium, 2:30 p.m.,
free to the public



Spring Session: March 25 through June 7



TBA: Scholarship reception



Summer: To be announced in AFF newsletter



TBA: Bastille Day Festivities

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