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Alliance Actualités Bulletin No. 90

Alliance Française de Sacramento  (916) 453-1723 1721 25th Street, Sacramento, CA 95816 

Aug–Sept-Oct 2015

Bastille Day Festival brings a taste of France to Midtown More than 1,500 people gathered on L Street in Midtown for Sacramento Bastille Day on Sunday, July 12. The crowd cheered on servers as they balanced trays of teetering glasses in the Waiters Race, tasted free food from local restaurants, and were entertained by street performers, actors, a DJ, live band, and KCRA's David Bienick. At the Alliance booth, volunteers served free lemonade and helped visitors take photos at our murals of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, painted by local artist and AF member Kathy Dana. Other volunteers helped set up our giant Eiffel Tower, sold drink tickets and helped set up and take down for the event. Merci beaucoup à tous nos bénévoles ! Sacramento Bastille Day is presented by the Handle District and benefits the Alliance Française de Sacramento and the Sacramento French Film Festival.

Top: AF volunteers serve up limonade to the crowd. Left: Hand-painted murals at our tent were a popular attraction for photos. Above: Actors portraying Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette entertain festivalgoers.

Alliance planning winter move to Raley Studios for the Arts Ça y est ! Nous allons déménager ! It's official: The Alliance Française de Sacramento will soon have a new home in the Raley Studios for the Performing Arts, located in the historic Fremont School at 2420 N Street. Our larger space will offer six classrooms, an office area, a roomy library and event room, and a large shared parking lot. Other tenants include the Sacramento Ballet, Capital Stage Company, the Brazilian Cultural Center and the McKeever School of Irish Dance. The building is currently undergoing basic renovations. Construction for

tenant improvements will begin this fall, with opening set for January. To transform the old classrooms into our French Language & Culture Center, we will be adding walls, flooring, lights, paint, window treatments and furniture, in addition to electric and mechanical upgrades. The improvements are expected to cost approximately $75,000. Please help us make our new French center a reality! To donate to our capital campaign, please visit our website at or call the office and talk with Béatrice Hildebrand, our Executive Director.

L'Alliance Française fête ses 15 ans cette année! We celebrated our 15th anniversary on Saturday, Aug. 1 with a summer garden party catered by French chef Stéphanie Lamour at the home of one of our board members in Fair Oaks. Check our Facebook page or our e-newsletter for photos of the event!

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Summer classes are thriving Over 200 adult students are coming through our doors to learn or practice French this summer. The intensive class for beginners held in July was particularly popular as students covered in one month what they would normally do in one year in our weekly classes.The same program will be offered in August for advanced beginners. It is not too late to register! The summer camps for kids ages 4-7 and 8-12 were full. The children had a blast learning French with games, songs, arts and crafts and movies with Madame Florence and her Frenchspeaking assistant, Abigail, who also assisted Madame Caroline with the 8-12 group.Teens also improved their French this summer with conversation, grammar review, and games with Caroline. Several five-week classes will start in August. Please check the website for information:

Au revoir Marc, bienvenue Candice!

Above: Teacher Florence Picca and assistant Abigail with the kids' 4-7 summer camp. Below: Teacher Caroline Chamberlin with the kids' 8-12 camp.

BIG Day of Giving results Un grand merci to all the donors who gave to the Alliance Française during the BIG Day of Giving in May! For our first time participating in this 24-hour online event, 80 donors gave a total of more than $6,000 to the Alliance. The BIG Day of Giving raised $5.6 million for 529 Sacramento-area nonprofits. We are truly touched by your generosity!

BIG Day of Giving Donors Jil Anderson, Alison Appleyard Gainer, Lisa Baird, Julia Baumhoff, Kenneth Bowers, Brookes Byrd, Çaglar Çaglayan, Alberta Chew, Gregory Chew, Marcella Chiarello, Burt Cohen, Steve Cohn, Aidan Connolly, Dianna Cordova, Barbara Edgar, Lisa Elliott, Amy Eubank, Anne Fisher, Claire Fix, Andrew Flett, Susan Fuchslin, Eva Garcia, Connie Georgiu, Myron Graessle, Pauline Grenbeaux, Pamela Haskins, Russell Henly, Gail Heppell, Béatrice Hildebrand, Mark Hildebrand, Mary Kava, Katia Kemmler-Davies, Paul Labbe, Michele Lozano, Michael and Deborah Luthi, Neil MacMullan, Brian McPherson, Carla Meyers, Suzette Olson, Harry Osborne, Stephanie Parent, Marc Parenteau, Christopher Philippides, Erica Piedra, Miriam Porter, Leslie Raderman, Kristin Rapinac Graessle, Richard Rich, Adele Riegels, Robert Rogel, Greg Rousseve, Benigno Salazar, Barry Staley, Jim Sandberg-Larsen, Deanna Seeba, Lisa Sinervo, Sandra Spelliscy, Karen Steentofte, James Stegenga, Jane Thomson, Candy Trethewey, Susan Tune, Karla Verner, Maurine Webb, Jane R. Wheaton, Michael Wilhite, Gregory Williams, Bear Williams, Mary Jess Wilson, Carolyn Woodruff, Nancy Zepf, Anonymous (5)

Marc Birnkammer is leaving Sacramento after a couple of years of teaching at the Alliance. He plans on coming back, and we all surely hope so! Candice Harrington Marc is back! Candice Birnkammer taught at the Alliance Française de Sacramento from 2002 to 2005, then taught at the Alliance Française of the Greater Phoenix Area for two years. She was later hired as a French teacher at the high school, junior Candice high and primary Harrington school levels. Candice is in the process of completing a Master's degree in FLE (Français langue étrangère) from the University of Aix-Marseille, France.

Alliance Française de Sacramento

1721 25th St., Sacramento CA 95816 (916) 453-1723 Board of Directors President: Kristin Rapinac First Vice President: Burt Cohen Second Vice President: Susan Tune Secretary: Julie Baumhoff Treasurer: Jim SandbergLarsen Michèle Ambry Danielle Dana Christelle Picque Benigno Salazar Jane Thomson

Ciné-Club Coordinator: Jennifer Gravvat Film Librarian: Steve Kao Actualités Editor: Kristin Rapinac Staff Béatrice Hildebrand Executive Director Susan Fuchslin Office Administrator

The Alliance Française does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

L'Alliance remercie . . . Noreen Mazelis (cash donation); Pam Haskins (cash donation); Anna Maria Marquez (flag & large poster)

Alliance Française de Sacramento


1 août—Summer Garden Party to celebrate the AF de Sacramento's 15th anniversary. Info: afsacramento. org. See p. 1. 5 août—Conversation at Café Les Baux, 5090 Folsom Blvd, 5:30-6:30pm. Cost: $10 per person, including glass of wine and appetizers.

août–sept–oct 2015

12 septembre—Samedi tout en français, Alliance Française, 9:45am-3:15pm. Journée d’immersion. Membres $60; non-membres $75; étudiants (lycée/ fac): $45. Infos: 453-1723 ou

6 août et tous les jeudis—Conversation at the Alliance, 10:30am-12:30pm 11 août—Five-week summer classes for adults begin. 14 août—Soirée Cinéma, 5x2, François Ozon, 7pm

13 septembre—Joie de Lire cercle de lecture (French book club), Le petit garçon by Philipe Labro, Alliance Française, 3-5pm. Information: Kneece at (318) 7808870 or, or go to www. 15 septembre—Roseville French Conversation, ASR Restaurant & Lounge, 390 N Sunrise Ave, Roseville, 6-8pm. RSVP at

18 août-10 septembre—Français intensif course for advanced beginners. Info: learn-french/french-for-adults/. 18 août—Roseville French Conversation, ASR Restaurant & Lounge, 390 N Sunrise Ave, Roseville, 6-8pm. RSVP at

28 septembre—Fall session of adult classes begins. Check for details. 7 octobre—Conversation at Café Les Baux, 5090 Folsom Blvd, 5:30-6:30pm. Cost: $10 per person, including glass of wine and appetizers. 9 octobre—Soirée Cinéma, Un secret, Claude Miller, 7pm

2 septembre—Conversation at Café Les Baux, 5090 Folsom Blvd, 5:30-6:30pm. Cost: $10 per person, including glass of wine and appetizers. 11 septembre—Soirée Cinéma, Amour, Michael Haneke, 7pm

20 octobre—Roseville French Conversation, ASR Restaurant & Lounge, 390 N Sunrise Ave, Roseville, 6-8pm. RSVP at

FREE FRENCH TUTORING Free tutoring for all Alliance students during summer and fall sessions. Check the latest class schedule for day and time.

25 octobre—Joie de Lire cercle de lecture (French book club), La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes by Gaétan Soucy, Alliance Française, 3-5pm. Information: Kneece at (318) 780-8870 or, or go to www.

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Sacramento welcomes new Consul Honoraire Jane Wheaton recently retired from her post as Honorary Consul of France in Sacramento after 30 years of gracious service. Guy Michelier has been selected as her replacement for this prestigious post. The Alliance Française de Sacramento offers heartfelt thanks to Jane for her tremendous contributions to Sacramento's French community and warmly welcomes Guy in his new position. Félicitations !

Guy Michelier and Jane Wheaton

Jane Wheaton: A lifetime of love for French By Jane Wheaton Consule honoraire de France, en retraite Madame Hull came to my public school in Berkeley in 5th and 6th grade. Little did she (nor I) realize that out of making flashcards with “peas” on one side and “les petits pois (m)” on the other would grow not just bilingual peas but a budding Francophile. Ever after, a school year didn’t feel right without a French class. As a UC Berkeley freshman I found myself in French 4, a class of seniors. Enter Yvette Mallet, 25, just arrived from Paris, teaching her first university class. She was kind, gracious and a bit stuttery; I was awed, smitten and more than a bit scared. The “A” Mlle Mallet accorded me on my essay final gave me confidence to continue, to spend a semester at the Sorbonne, and to major in French. Seven years in Honolulu immersed me

in a new environment. I took classes in Oriental Art and Chinese Lit, volunteered at the art academy and the symphony, served as treasurer for the Alliance Francaise of Honolulu, subbed in French, History and English, had two children and acquired the first of four Labradors. Returning to California, I studied Spanish at Sac State and Guanajuato, completed the master's in French, and volunteered as a docent in Old Sacramento. In 1984 I began teaching French, Spanish and Literature; that same year I was appointed Honorary Consul of France. What does an honorary consul do? Duties fall into two main categories: serving the needs of French citizens and representing France in the community. I have sheltered people at risk, visited prisons and psych wards, intervened with police, written letters to parole

boards, sealed urns and coffins, attended funerals, advised and solaced, translated (old letters, traffic tickets, book prefaces, museum display cards, transcripts)and processed paperwork. I have spoken to Rotary clubs, at D-Day memorials, exhibit openings, pinned the Legion of Honor medal on five World War II veterans, sent endless packets of information to students, advised on travel to France, fielded cultural, travel and language questions, and popped champagne corks to start waiters’ races. These 30 years have been intriguing, instructive, challenging, and always extremely rewarding. I have been honored to have had this opportunity to serve France, and am now absolutely thrilled to pass on the responsibilities to someone I know will do a fabulous job as the new honorary consul, Guy Michelier.

Guy Michelier: from Provence to California By Guy Michelier Consul Honoraire de France I was born in Arles, in a region still close to my heart: the Provence region in the South of France. Arles is said to be the gateway to the Camargue, where wild flamingos, horses and bulls still roam the natural parks. After finishing my education in France, I arrived in California in 1977 and worked for the President and CEO of Levis Strauss as a butler for one year in his residence near San Francisco. During this period, I continued my education in the field of Criminal Justice

and English, where I later continued my studies in Davis and Sacramento. I accepted a position with the State of California as an investigator for the Bureau of Automotive Repair, where I worked for 28 years until I retired in 2013. During my professional career, I have served as volunteer for organizations such as the Sacramento French Film Festival, Habitat for Humanity, WISE Foundation, KVIE-6, Davis High School PTA, and recently as the new French Honorary Consul in Sacramento. I am a resident of Davis, where I raised

two children, Christopher and Patrick. I am a member of the Alliance Française de Sacramento, which I find very useful and full of resources for all the Francophiles/ Francophones in the region. My passion is traveling, amateur photography, Aikido, cooking with my partner Elise Bauer, and continuing to be a volunteer for the Sacramento French Film Festival. I hope to meet you all at the Alliance Française or anywhere in the Sacramento area to help you with any questions you may have within my new position as your French Honorary Consul in Sacramento.

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Alliance elects 3 new board members Three new members were elected to the Alliance Française Board of Directors at April's Annual Meeting. We are pleased to welcome Michèle Ambry, Danielle Dana and Benigno Salazar to the board! Michèle Ambry was raised in the mountains of the Tarentaise Valley in Savoie, in the French Alps, and later moved to Provence, where “the fields of lavender, the old villages and the olive trees caught a part of my heart,” she says. In 1999, she moved to Sacramento with her husband, Benoît, and their two daughters, Manon and Coralie. Michèle is now a real estate broker and co-owner at HomeSmart. Michèle was a member and secretary of the French Club of Sacramento and has been an active member of the Alliance Française and the Sacramento French Meetup for several years. She enjoys painting on silk and wood. Danielle Dana, a Sacramento native, recently moved back to the area from Southern California. She holds a bachelor’s degree in French and International Studies from California State University-Long Beach, and completed the Cours de Civilisation de la Sorbonne in Paris. She works as a branding and marketing professional at Kathy Dana Inc. Danielle serves on the CSUS Sigma Kappa Sorority Advisory Board and is a member of P.E.O, an international organization that provides scholarships to women to pursue higher education. When she is not riding her bicycle around midtown, enjoying great culinary exploits, Danielle can be

Changes at Board of Directors After many years serving on the board in different functions including president for six years, Charlie Klein is now concentrating on his many interests, including French literature, music, bird watching and traveling. Charlie was one of the founders of our chapter created in 2000. He was the editor of the newsletter, publishing 89 issues over the last 15 years. Caglar Caglayan, Adèle Riegels, and Neil Macmullan also served on the board for many years. They all helped steer the Alliance on its path of steady growth and successful programs. Anna Mushynski is moving back to Canada after a full year of hard work as the Alliance event coordinator. Merci et au revoir, chers amis !

Bonne continuation, Coralie After four months of hard work in the Alliance office, our intern Coralie is going back to France. She will complete her Master in Political Science-International Relations in September. Coralie was a great asset in the office, helping with class registrations, the library, the film library, events, social media, and much more. We will greatly miss Coralie, and wish her success in her future career Coralie Melo working at her desk in the in the French diplomatic corps. Alliance office. Au revoir, Coralie !

Michèle Ambry

Danielle Dana

Benigno Salazar

found exploring the great outdoors or tending to her garden. Benigno Salazar grew up in Salinas, California, the son of Mexican migrant farm workers, one of 11 children, and the first in his family to graduate from college. He is fluent in Spanish, French, and English, and understands German. Benigno earned a B.S. in chemical engineering and a minor in French from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as an MBA from the University of California, Davis. He is currently a Marketing Analytics Consultant with Wells Fargo’s student lending division. In his roles as MIT Educational Counselor and Community Outreach Director for Wells Fargo’s Latino employee group, Benigno encourages disadvantaged students to pursue higher education. He is also a volunteer with the Alliance Française de Sacramento and the Sacramento French Film Festival. He has two children and lives in Sacramento.

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Interests Annual Membership: Individual ................ $40 Senior. ......................$30 Couple .................... $55 Senior couple ...........$45 Family ..................... $65* Supporter ...............$100 Alliance student ...... $25 Friend .....................$200 Student/low income $25 Patron ....................$500 French teacher .......$25 *children under 13 free

Please make check payable to “Alliance Française de Sacramento” and mail to 1721 25th Street, Sacramento, CA 95816. Or call us at (916) 453-1723.

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August–September–October 2015 March–April, ,2015

AugustMarch 14: 5X2, drama directed François Ozon,(The with 13:2004 LA FEMME DE by L'AVIATEUR Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Fabian. Aviator's Wife) by EricStéphane Rohmer,Freiss, with Françoise Philippe Marlaud, An anatomy of a failed marriage told in reverse chronology, Marie Rivière, Mathieu Carrière, Anne-Laure Meury. An starting with the finalization of the couple’s divorce and conaviator'saswife pregnant, breaks hisfirst affair with cluding they is walk off intoso thehesunset foroff their encounhis mistress. But complications ensue when they’re seen ter (Thinkfilms). Rated R.

together by her new lover, and a teenage girl becomes

lover Marius is at sea and Fanny is pregnant. To save her

honor, the wealthy and (A older merchant Panisse, whose October 9: UN SECRET Secret), 2007 drama directed shop is across thewith street fromAmalric, the bar of Marius's father, by Claude Miller, Mathieu Cécile de France, Ludivine Sagnier, Bruel. Informed his elderly faCésar, agrees to Patrick marry Fanny. Marius that returns after the ther anxious Parisian François childhasis mysteriously born. Will disappeared, Fanny go with Marius or stay with recalls his tragic family history (Rotten Tomatoes). Unrated. Panisse? A 1931 b&w classic. Not Rated.



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New Session Starts March 30 Quelle est la signification des mots suivants? Alliance Française courses have grown to an allBARBUE : 1) Qui a de la barbe; 2) Poisson; 3) time high of popularity. L’un ou More l’autrethan 250 students were enrolled this winter – don't miss the satisfaction and fun BASILIQUE : 1) Plante aromatique; 2) Grande église of learning Frenchchrétienne; this spring!3)Thirty-two classes will be L’un ou l’autre offered, with choices at every level and CANE : 1) Femelle du canard; 2) Bâton utilisé for many interests. And now you can pour marcher; 3) L’un ou l’autre register and pay on the internet. Just go SERRE : 1) Local vitré; 2) Griffe de rapace; 3) to L’un ou l’autre And don't forget our classes for Réponses : Barbue – 3 ; Basilique – 2 ; Cane – 1 ; Serre – 1 kids ages 3-11. See website for details.



September 11:trying AMOUR (Love),out 2012 drama what directed involved in to sleuth exactly is by going Michael Haneke, with Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle on. Rated PG. Riva, Isabelle Huppert. Georges and Anne are cultivated, retiredApril music10: teachers. Oneby day, Anne Pagnol, has a stroke, the FANNY Marcel withand Raimu, couple's bond of love is severely tested (IMDb). Rated PGPierre Fresnay, Orane Demazis, Fernand Charpin. Her 13.

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