June 2018
PAST EVENTS  
Open House - June 2, 2018
Open House introduced our new space to our members. We were happy to see some familiar faces as well as new ones. We honored Michael Andres Morales for his short film entered in the Cannes Film Festival. We are proud to announce the Jennifer Dupras travel and study grants, with more details coming soon. Please go to our website for more pictures from open house. It will updated very soon with new pictures and events.
The winners from the raffle are :
Ziveli Muscat Wine: Melanie Sembritzki
Los Zorros Scarf: Jeannette Rivera
Free French classes: Lisa Biskup
Félicitations à vous trois!
Coffee Workshop - June 2
The Coffee Workshop produced some real works of coffee art!
UPCOMING EVENTS  
Summer Bridge Classes for High School Students
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French 1-2 Bridge Program
Choose one week:
July 16th – July 20th
Or
July 23rd – 27th
Monday through Friday
12 noon – 2pm

The French 1-2 Bridge Program will review basic vocabulary (novice low mid), irregular verbs, regular verbs in the present, future proche, time, weather, date, food, sports. (utilizing games & activities) Snacks & drinks provided daily.


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French 2-3 Bridge Program
Choose one week:
July 16th – July 20th
Or
July 23rd – 27th
Monday through Friday
2:30pm – 4:30pm

The French 2-3 Bridge Program will review basic vocabulary (novice mid high), clothes, home & furniture, destinations, body, illness, daily routines – verbs in the present and passé compose, reflexive verbs. Introduction to the descriptive past –imparfait. (utilizing games & activities) Snacks & drinks provided daily.

Instructor: Toney Henry
Vice President of Alliance Française de Fresno
M.A. Ed M.A.
TESOL
B.A. French & Global Studies

Cost: $100 for a 5 day session *includes drinks & snacks
Pay online (You do not need to be a member to attend the bridge program.)

Please see our website or contact Patience Tshimika for more information about these classes and children's classes:
patience_23K@yahoo.com
July 14th - Bastille Day with the Fresno Football Club at Chukchansi Park
We will be celebrating Bastille Day at Chukchansi Park as we cheer on Los Zorros of the Fresno Football Club. We will meet at Tioga Sequoia Craft Brewery from 5:00-6:30, across from the park and then walk together to the stadium. Let's show our support for Bradley Kamdem Fewo of Paris, France on France's National Holiday. Buy your tickets at: Fresno Football Club
Next AFF Book Club: Cheri Discussion in August, led by Denise Ulrich
The AFF book club has chosen "Cheri" by the incomparable French author Collette. Get a copy now and start reading for our discussion in August. The summary from the dual language version on Amazon describes the novel as such: "Published when the author, like her heroine, was in her late 40s,  Chéri  is a delicate analysis of a May-December romance. The story of a love affair between Léa, a still-beautiful 49-year-old ex-courtesan, and  Chéri,  a handsome but selfish young man 30 years her junior, it offers a superb study of age and sexuality, written in a personal style that reveals the author's keen powers of observation." There are many French versions and English translations available. Amazon also has a dual language French-English side-by-side version. (Collette pictured above)
French Events happening in California

  • Gad Elmaleh, France's #1 stand-up comic, will have 5 performances at the Irvine Improv, between June 15-17: Gad Elmaleh Tickets
  • Sacramento French Film Festival: June 15-24: Sacramento French Film Festival
  • Maitre Gims, one of France's most popular rap artists, will perform at the Roxy in Hollywood on June 27: Maitre Gims Tickets
  • Santa Barbara's French Festival is a free event to celebrate Bastille Day on July 14-15: French Festival

If you know of any French events happening in our area, please let us know so that we can share with our members.
As we approach the end of the membership year, please consider joining the board of directors. We will be voting on new board members in September and the new term will begin in October. We also have on-going specific needs that you can help us with:
  • Set-up or clean-up for events
  • Cleaning the office
  • Sharing your ideas for events (we always need ideas)
  • Organizing a book club
  • Organizing a lecture
  • Have a specific talent? Let us know! We want to put it to good use!
Contact Scott Donaghe: presidentofaff@gmail.com
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: deniseulrich@att.net
Please visit our new website for the Alliance Française of Fresno and like our Facebook page. Upcoming events:
  • Lecture on Congolese Music
  • Wine-tasting at a local winery
Stay informed at:
Alliance Française de Fresno
1477 E. Shaw Suite 126
Fresno, CA 93710