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November 7, 2021
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Hello Members,

November at the Alliance will mark the (much anticipated) return to some kind of normal, with several in-person, outdoor events. In addition to Pétanque and Hike in French - which paved the way last month - we'll resume our guided tours at the North Carolina Museum of Art with a visit of the Rodin garden (Nov. 13), and celebrate the very French Beaujolais Nouveau at La Maison de France on Nov. 18. If you live in the Triangle, we very much hope to see you there. If you can't make it, we look forward to seeing you at any of our online events, as always. Either way, we would like to start this special time of the year by thanking every one of you for helping build this wonderful Francophile community with us. We hope our November events will offer enough options for a wide range of interests and tastes in anything French or French inspired. Here we go:

Le Café

Tuesday 2 November, 10am

Regardless of your level of French, you're all welcome to our monthly, virtual Café. With the right Zoom background and French conversation, you'll believe you're sitting at the Café de Flore on Boulevard St Germain. Really.

In French. Free and open to members and aspiring members.

Pursuing the Dream

Saturday 6 November, 2pm

Property expert Adrian Leeds is back for another talk about living and investing in France. In this session, Adrian will discuss getting a visa, determining where in France you might want to live, and the steps to finding the home of your dreams. And even it stays there - in your dreams - wouldn't it be fun?

In English. Free for members, $10 for non members.

Hike in French

Sunday 7 November, 2pm

North Carolina, without a doubt, is one of the most beautiful states in America for fall colors. With peek season just starting, now is the perfect time for a hike with, or without, your furry friend. Join us in Fred G. Bond Park in Cary.

In French. For members

Christian Dior: Destiny

Tuesday 9 November, 2pm

Author Marie-France Pochna talks about her book about fashion icon Christian Dior, and discusses how the secretive and surprising man revolutionized fashion for generations to come.

In English. Free for members, $10 for non members.

Apéro National

Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 November, 5:15 or 8:15pm.

Distance, as we know now, is no barrier to communication. Come chat with AF members from all over the country. 2 days and times to choose from so as to accommodate all time zones and schedules.

In French. For members only

Armistice Celebration

Thursday 11 November, 11am

Raleigh Sister Cities will install an informational sign about the French city Compiègne where the WWI Armistice was signed. A thoughtful way to celebrate the friendship between Raleigh and Compiègne and remember veterans of all wars.

Details here

NCMA Art Tour

Saturday 13 November, 1pm

Welcome back to the North Carolina Museum of Art! Our favorite docent Diane Beckman will take us on a tour of the sculptures in the museum's park. Reserve your spot early; space is limited.

In French. $10 for members, $15 for non members.

Club de Lecture

Tuesday 16 November, 2pm

This month, the Club will discuss the "absolument formidable" novel Les Demoiselles, by Anne-Gaële Huon. Available on Kindle.

In French. For members and aspiring members.

Beaujolais Nouveau

Thursday 18 November, 6:30pm

Join us for an outdoor celebration of Beaujolais Nouveau at the Maison de France in Raleigh.. An opportunity to meet the Alliance's Board members and Vincent Hommeril, Consul Général of France in Atlanta. Unlimited wine pours and live music with the local bluegrass Wyldwood Stringband!

In French. $25/Member, $35/Non Member.


Friday 19 November, 5pm.

Watch on Netflix and join us to discuss Stuck Together- 8 rue de l'humanité- a 2021 (light) comedy by Dany Boom. The quirky residents of a Paris apartment building during the pandemic....

In French. For members and aspiring members.

Pétanque Game

Saturday 20 November, 2pm

If your team lost last month, it's time to even the score. Never played pétanque before? Pas de problème. With our coaches from Carolina Pétanque, you'll look - and maybe even play - like a pro in no time. Equipment provided.

Bilingual. Free and open to all

Thanksgiving Dinner Prep

Saturday 20 November, 3-5pm

Need inspiration for your Thanksgiving menu? Easy as pie (tarte Tatin type) with Florence from Sucre & Sel. This virtual class will teach you how to add gratin dauphinois and other French side dishes to your turkey.

Bilingual. $35/screen


Friday 26 November, 5pm.

Whether you embrace the Black Friday concept or steer away from it, there is a time for everything and Friday 5pm is the time for Apéro. Some things never change.

In French. Free and open to all.

Happy November to All!

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