Celebrate the Holidays with AFMSP
On Saturday, Dec 9 from 5 to 7 pm, join AFMSP members and other French speakers in the Grande Salle for a holiday party. 

Enjoy bûche de Noël, sip vin chaud, and taste other French holiday specialties. Live music and caroling, activities for children, and a visit from Père Noël! 

Mini Session Open for Registration
3-Week Session | Nov 27-Dec 16
Themed classes feature:
- Chansons et traditions des fêtes with Francine, BE5+
Wednesdays 6 to 8 pm

- Parler en Public with Alexie, Advanced
Wednesdays from 10am to Noon

It is not too late to sign up for Mini-Session classes! There are other topics, conversations and review options!

AF Building
Capital Campaign Survey

It's an exciting time as we consider embarking upon a major fundraising campaign with a vision of a new home: one with ample parking and space to meet our needs as we grow.

We are conducting a feasibility study in preparation for a special fundraising campaign. The purpose of the study is to gather opinions and insights regarding the vision of community members like you. 

It will help determine whether there is support to move forward with a major fundraising effort to accomplish the organization's goals. 
The survey includes 15 questions and should take about 10 minutes to complete. 

Click  here  to participate in the survey.  Please complete the survey by  Friday, December 8th
Merci beaucoup!
Les Événements events

A Celebration of Ruth Redhead's Life | Friday, Dec 1| 5 to 7 pm

We are saddened to announce that our good friend and long-time AFMSP member Ruth Redhead passed away on October 29.
A Celebration of Life will take place in the Grande Salle of the Alliance Française on Friday, Dec 1, 2017, from 5 to 7 pm.  Please join us in remembering Ruth. |   Read More

Holiday Market and P'tit Dej Breakfast Conversation Group |Saturday, Dec 2| 9:30 to 11:30 am
Coffee, conversation, et les pains et les petits pains de Breadsmith. This December we will be hosting a holiday market. Purchase French and Francophone gifts and stocking stuffers.|  Read More

Paint Night at Pinot's Palette | Saturday, Dec 2| 6 to 8 pm

Join us for a Paint Night Fundraiser at Pinot's Palette.  Pay it forward by signing up for this painting workshop, and take away your very own creation, a beautiful Impressionist style painting influenced by Monet. Reserve your place today or tomorrow!

No experience, not artistic? No problem! Just follow the entertaining step by step method provided by the instructor!  | Read more

Les Petits Penseurs | Sunday, Dec 3| 2:30 to 3:30 pm

A fun and engaging discussion group about the real and imaginary ideas of the world of children... en français !
Kids between the ages of 4-8 now have the chance to practice their French in our Petits Penseurs workshop.

Petits Penseurs is a fun and engaging discussion group about the real and imaginary ideas of the world of children... en francais ! The theme for the first session will be "L'amitié".
 |  Read more

Visit our online  event calendar  for more!
Adult Classes

Winter Session Registration is Open!
Winter Session runs from Jan 15 to Mar 25. View the current schedule of adult classes here
Save $30 on ten week adult classes when you register prior to Dec 23.

Winter Session Intensive Classes
Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Semi-Intensive
Winter session Intensive classes are open for registration! Winter session will run from Jan 15 through Mar 25. Ten-Week options available both day and evening. We are also featuring a semi-intensive Advanced class. 

All winter classes are open for registration online
Register by phone: 612 332 0436

Edina Classes Open for Registration on Dec 1
Prefer to take classes in the West Metro? AFMSP offers classes at Edina Community Center. View the class options and check their website as classes open for registration this Friday. 

Unsure of your level? Take our  placement test

Mini Session: Cooking with Valérie
  Join Valérie to learn authentic French recipes and methods. 
Register here. $75/class or $215/3-class series.

Mondays 9 am to noon, Thursdays 6 to 9 pm OR Saturdays 1 to 4 pm
Week of Nov 27: Rillettes de saumon, Poulet à la crème et aux champignons
Week of Dec 4: Cappuccino des champignons, saumon aux asperges
Week of Dec 11: Desserts; bûche de Noël, truffes du chocolat
Alliance Fran çaise for Kids and Teens
Mini-Session Kids Classes Open for Registration
Fêtons l'Hiver !
Get ready for the holidays with activities, art projects, and songs! 
Register your child for one of our 3-week classes ($55). Classes meet once per week for 1.5 hours. Open to all levels of French. We are also offering a class for Grades 6-9 Immersion students.  Register  here

Register Today for Winter Session
Winter Session runs from Jan 15 to Mar 25. Classes are open for registration! Reserve your child's place today! Register here

Mini-Session Courses for Tweens and Teens
Les plaisirs d'hiver !
Discover the joys of winter through poems, decorations and music. Beginner and advanced levels available, classes are on Saturdays!
Register here

Les Djeunes
French Club for High Schoolers
On Saturday, Dec 16, join Alexie and French photographer Jonathan Charpentier for a Photography workshop!  Jonathan Charpentier is a professional photographer in Minneapolis CBS News Minnesota names him as one of the top 5  Minnesota photographers to follow on Instagram.  Jonathan will give us all the secrets  to making a beautiful portrait.

Each month Les Djeunes meets for an activity. This is a group geared towards teens ages 14-18. Events are free and open to all levels of French-speakers.
Les annoncesannonces
Discover Senegal! A Guided Trip with AFMSP
January 26 to February 5, 2018
Limited places remain!

Join AFMSP and discover the land of t eranga !  After learning about Senegal during our "mois de la francophonie" in March 2017, our members asked for an opportunity to visit with the  Alliance  Française . Et voilà !

Beginning in Dakar, we will learn more about the country's history and rich cultures.  On our way north to Saint Louis, the former French capital of West Africa, we will stop in the Lompoul Desert for lunch and a camel ride in the dunes. After exploring Saint Louis and meeting local artists, we will travel south to Toubab Dialaw on the Petite-Côte, an area known for its beautiful beaches and artist colonies, with a stop in Thiès. 

This special opportunity is perfect for people with a sense of adventure, looking to discover new French-speaking countries!  Read more  about this trip!

AFMSP is Hiring a Youth Programs Coordinator
Join our team part time! Seeking a Youth Programs Coordinator to oversee our off-site after-school programming, summer camps, and help in organization and promotion of our youth event programming. See the listing on our website

Support AFMSP When You Shop on Amazon with Amazon Smile!

Did you know that you can support the Alliance Française MSP whenever you shop on Amazon? When you select Alliance Française Twin Cities on Amazon Smile, a portion of your purchase goes to the organization! Click on the banner below to shop with Amazon Smile. Same prices, same products, with the added benefit of donating to one of your favorite non-profits! 

Holiday Shopping at the French Corner Bookstore!

During Petit Déjeuner this Saturday, come check out French books, CDs and more at our Holiday Market

We are excited to offer books from the Prix Goncourt finalists, writers who have come to visit us and more.

You can also find out more about our upcoming literary events on the site!
Autour des Villes Jumelles

In December at the Trylon: The Films of Jean-Pierre Melville
This December the Trylon Cinema presents a series of films by new-wave director, Jean-
Pierre Melville. Read more

Dec 1 - Le Samouraï (in 35mm)
Dec 8 - Bob La Flambeur
Dec 8 - Leon Morin, Priest
Dec 15 - Army of Shadows
Dec 22 - Le Silence De La Mer
Dec 29 - Le Cercle Rouge

University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center Seeks Associate Program Director
Learning Abroad Center (LAC) Associate Program Directors take a lead role in developing, implementing, and managing education abroad programs, recruiting and advising students, and working with staff and faculty on curriculum integration. The ideal candidate will be resilient and possess a strong work ethic, capacity to take initiative, and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. French language skills are preferred. 
Job ID: 320704. Review of applications will begin immediately. The anticipated start for the position is December 2017. Apply directly through the online employment system.

Cyber Security Threats and Trends: Best Practices for Small Businesses
On Wednesday, Dec 6 from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, our friends at LegalCORPS will host a seminar at St Thomas' Opus College of Business. More info and registration

Free Film Screening: "Lamb" by Yared Zeleke
Ce soir! Wednesday, Nov 29 at 6 pm, CTI (Compatible Technology International) will screen the film "Lamb"at Dreamland Arts in St Paul. A discussion of CTI's missions in Senegal and Malawi will follow. AFMSP members are invited to join! Limited space. Learn more and reserve your place. 

Doing Business the Dutch Way: Visit of Netherlands Deputy Consul General
On Dec 12 at 10:30 am, the Minnesota Trade Office welcomes special guest Dutch Deputy Consul General Bianca Oudshoff to provide an overview of the opportunities in the Netherlands. She will provide an overview of the Dutch economy and comment on select sectors that are a good match for Minnesota.  Learn more.

We want to take a moment to let you know how thankful we are for having you as a customer. Here are a few ways we hope to make your Thanksgiving holiday special.