Le Bulletin – Alliance Française Silicon Valley, May, 2014



Le Bulletin – Alliance Française Silicon Valley, May, 2014
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Dear Max,
After much discussions, it has been decided to stop the paper
bulletin as it has existed for many years and join the electronic
paper saving world. As of this month, we are limiting the paper
version of our Bulletin only to those members we know have no
internet access.
All others will receive it by email such as this one. We hope you
will understand and continue to read, participate and comment our
events and activities.
If necessary, be sure to print it on your end. It has an excellent
printing function which makes it and useful to keep for certain
The first quarter of the year has been extremely active and the
AFSCV's participation in our community has been noticed.
From our Camus Exhibit at Google's main lobby in Mountain View
to a series of conferences at Santa Clara University, Gunn High
School and coming soon at Notre Dame de Namur University, all
this was made possible thanks the Bank Of the West who has
helped us finance these conferences but most importantly, thanks
to our friends teachers Anne Dumontier, Anne Jensen, Nina Tanti
and board members Anais Saint-Jude, Helene Laroche-Davis and
a new friend and PhD candidate Lorenzo Giachetti
Beginners, Intermediate and
Advanced levels for adults and
Private instruction can be
The show continues and in May, two High Schools will display the
Camus panels at Monte Vista HS and at Wilcox HS.
We screened 3 movies at the French Film Club of Palo Alto this
last quarter with a sold out for the 1960 Truffaut: Shoot The Piano
Player presented by Helene Laroche.
arranged at a convenient
time for you, and at your
home, place of work or
at our school.
Current Session
Nest movie is April 11 with a 2010 unique comedy: Populaire.
Our Language Center has inaugurated with, at the end of each
session of 11 or 12 weeks, the screening of a film in French with
French sub-titles. A nice way of ending demanding French
studies. Each quarterly session will offer a screening on or near
the last day of work. At the location of the school with
Two other important events took place: The visit of the French
President Francois Hollande at San Francisco's Town Hall to
meet Mayor Ed Lee and Lt Gov. Gavin Newsom was a high
moment in February.
In March, the AFSCV and the AF of San Francisco teamed up to
sponsor the 9th edition of the French Fair at the Lucie Stern
Community Center in Palo Alto. Nearly 3000 people visited the 40
stands offering French goodies and services accompanied by
French music by DJ-Olivier. Rendez-vous next year for the 10th
celebration. One not to miss.
Closer to us, this spring comes our 1st French Classical Music
Festival of Silicon Valley.
Next Session starts April 7th
Website: AFSCV.ORG
Membership fees
regular $40
seniors $30
students $20
families or 3 or 4
Each additional
member $10
Benefactor $100
Supporter $250
Stay tunes as we will start communicating on this event in April.
Two evenings: June 20th and 21st
Two groups of Chamber Music
27 Musicians
1 Concert Hall: The Tateuchi Hall at the CSMA Finn Center
in Mountain View.
This is a major event to be repeated each year to celebrate the
World Music Day (Fete de la Musique) An event launched in 1983
by the then French Minister of Culture Jack Lang and now
celebrated in over 60 countries on June 21st during our shortest
And last but not the least, for our sport fans, on July 2nd we will all
go and support the Earthquakes San Jose soccer team and
cheer for our French player you've probably never heard of : JeanBaptiste Pierazzi, but he is a legend in Ajaccio, on the island of
Corsica.The center midfielder was captain of AC Ajaccio in Ligue I,
the top league in France, before realizing his American dream.
Save the date:
July 2nd San Jose Earthquakes French Heritage Night 2014
I look forward to see many of our members at these events and at
our members only events.
As may of you know, we launched a brand new website, thanks
to the great volunteer work of our friend Board Member Upi
Struzak. And of course all these events are listed there with
ongoing updates. My thanks goes to all our Board and Executive
committee team without whom none of these events could exists.
Always check us out at www.afscv.org
Join us the first Thursday
of the month at
Thanks to the email technology, Le Bulletin will be published once
a month on the 1st week with friendly event timely reminders
during the month .
Thank you and best regards, it is a pleasure to serve you.
Max Bouchard
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of the month
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Le Bulletin is published
monthly by Alliance
Francaise Silicon Valley,
printed and distributed to
members without email
and request.
This electronic version is
available on the website :
Send all correspondence
regarding this bulletin to
AFSCV, PO Box 111296,
Campbell 95011-1296
or email us at
[email protected]
Annual Sales Event
This Spring's quarter calendar of events
April 3rd Café-Conversation at Le Boulanger Los Gatos 4pm
April 11th- Movie POPULAIRE 7pm
April 16th - Conference Albert Camus 3:30pm
April 16th - Monthly Member Luncheon Noon
April 26th - Le Concours Scolaire (For High School Seniors) 10am
May 1st - Café Conversation at Le Boulanger Los Gatos 4pm
May 1 to May 30th Exhibit A. Camus Monta Vista HS
May 5 to May 23rd Exhibit A. Camus Wilcox HS
May 21st - Monthly Member Luncheon Noon
May 23rd, Movienight to be announced 7:30pm
June 20th- 1st French Classical Music Festival of Silicon Valley
June 21st - 1st French Classical Music Festival of Silicon Valley
June 18th - Monthly Members Luncheons Noon
July 2nd - San Jose Earthquakes French Heritage Night 2014
Multimedia Libray
Our thanks go to all those who have given us books and DVD's for our
new, Members only, multimedia Library.
Not yet ready for operation, we are working hard to make it happen this
Stay tuned...
The Cultural Word by Bernadette Theisen
Algues biologiques de Bretagne : On sait deja que les algues
biologiques figurent dans la composition de cosmetiques et dans l'agroalimentaire.
Depuis peu, on les utilise egalement pour fabriquer des peintures. Voila
une matiere premiere locale et renouvelable! On combine les algues a une
resine derivee du colza. Il y a deux categories d'algues : une categorie
donne l'onctuosite' a la peinture, l'autre lui donne son opacite'.
Come and admire
the homemade work of
our talented compatriots
Novelties of this season:
pottery and fine grocery
with always your favorite
photographs, paintings,
jewelry, accessories,
bags, scarves, home
decorations, trays, jams
and lounge of the, with
madeleines, macaroons,
and more.
Free Entrance
Friday May 9 from 9am to
Saturday May 10 from 9
am to 12:30pm
Location Swim and
Racquet Club
Fairbrae, 695 Sheraton Dr.
Le grand avantage de ces peintures a base d'algues utilisees dans des
logements, est qu'elles sont completement depourvues d'elements
polluants comme le benzene. Les occupants de ces logements n'auront
donc pas de souci a se faire quant a la toxicite' de leurs murs.
La planete reconnaissante adresse un grand merci a la Bretagne et a ses
Bernadette Theisen
Teacher and Board Member
Cercle de Lecture (Reading Corner) moderated by Bernadette Theisen
Meets once a month on Thursdays at
Le Boulanger of Los Gatos.
Current book: Demain j'aurai 20 ans by
Alain Mabanckou
A message from Bernadette:
CERCLE de LECTURE : Nous nous réunirons le jeudi 22 mai au
Boulanger de Los Gatos a 16 heurespour y discuter le roman de Tanguy
VIEL : Paris-Brest (2009); ensuite le 22 Juin : Monsieur Ibrahim ou les
fleurs du Coran d'Eric-Emmanuel SCHMIDT; et le 24 Juillet : Parle-leur
de batailles, de rois et d'elephants [2010] de Mathias ENARD.
Pour tout renseignement, priere de contacter [email protected]
Petit jeu : Reponse a la question du mois dernier : Les Alsaciens furieux
d'apprendre que Amazon avait decide' d'utiliser des drones pour livrer ses
colis, ont retorque'en annoncant que dans ce cas, eux, ils utiliseraient des
Question pour ce mois-ci : En France, le jour du 1er mai, les gens
s'offrent un (ou plusieurs) brin de muguet. A quand remonte cette
tradition? Quel roi lanca cette belle idee et en quelle annee?
Veuillez envoyer vos reponses a [email protected]
About Us
April 2014
The Alliance Française is a non-profit organization (501 C3) whose
mission is to promote and enhance the knowledge and appreciation of
French and Francophone culture, to increase the knowledge of the French
language, and to encourage interaction among French, Francophone and
American people through programs in education and the arts.
The Alliance Française Silicon Valley adheres to a non-discriminatory
policy for all students and members.
The Alliance Française is the official center of French Language and
Culture in Silicon Valley. It is one of 1,085 Alliances that have been
established in 138 countries around the world.
Classes taken at the AF are Tax-Deductible using the IRS form
1098T available on the IRS website. Don't miss out on it!
Donations are Tax-Deductible using our Tax ID 23 7400-579
PO BOX 111296 CAMPBELL - CA 95011-1296
Classes are held in the evening at the:
GGLS, 591 W. Hamilton Ave. #101 Campbell 95008
Please do not visit during the day as we are only there after 6.
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