August Newsletter

Updated: Aug 1

Hello Members,

Sweet, lovely August might just be the perfect month to finally relax! June was hectic with graduations and weddings, July with firecrackers and rain, now we are practically required by law to take it easy: National Lazy Day is August 10 and National Relaxation Day is August 15. If that wasn't enough, there is International Beer Day on August 6. Granted, it somewhat conflicts with National Fresh Breath Day on the exact same day. Fresh mints or Pilsner? You choose. You might also enjoy International Strange Music Day on the 24th - the opportunity you have been waiting for to create your own music - or Bad Poetry Day on the 18th - because, let's face it, not everybody can be Baudelaire. But nothing will ever beat Happiness Happens Day on August 8! What more could you possibly want in a day than unlimited amounts of happiness? As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” Here is to more happiness this month:

Le Café Tuesday 3 August, 10am Casual conversation with your morning drink does rhime with happiness, doesn't it? In French, of course. No one will know if you are still wearing your PJ's; it's online. Free and open to members and aspiring members. Sign up here Pétanque Game Saturday 7 August, 6pm If you live in the Raleigh area, join us for a casual - and happy - game of pétanque! Beginners welcome. Rules are very simple and cursing tolerated. In any language. Free and open to all Sign up here Apéro National Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 August 5:15 or 8:15pm. Another virtual opportunity to practice French, be happy and bond with AF members from all over the country. 2 days and times to choose from. In French. For members. Sign up here Conversation with Leïla Slimani Friday 13 August, 2pm French-Morrocan author Leïla Slimani discusses her latest book In the Country of Others (Le Pays des Autres), the first of a trilogy about race, resilience, and women's empowerment. In English. For members Sign up here Club de Lecture Tuesday 17 August, 10am This month, the Club will discuss "Où on va, Papa," the award-winning autobiographical novel by Jean-Louis Fournier, telling the story of a father raising his two handicapped sons. In French, and online. For members and aspiring members. Sign up here L'Apéro Friday 20 August, 5pm. Our virtual Happy Hour is all about connection and camaraderie. It's also clearly where happiness happens. In French. Free and open to all. Sign up here Cercle de l'Alliance Sunday 22 August, 4-6pm We tentatively scheduled a return to our monthly, in-person, potluck event this month in North Raleigh. Subject to changes - particularly where sharing food is concerned - depending on new public health developments. Free and open to all. Sign up here Ciné-Club Friday 27 August, 5pm Watch a French movie on Netflix and join us online for a discussion! This month's film is "Il a déjà tes yeux," a light-hearted and heartfelt comedy about race and adoption. In French. For members. Sign up here

Demystifying the French Saturday 28 August, 1pm We’ve all encountered clichés about the French. Could they have some truth in them? Join our panel of American authors for their insights on the French. With Marc Greenside, Janet Hulstrand, Adrian Leeds and Harriet Welty Rochefort. In English. For members Sign up here MANY THANKS to all the generous donors who have contributed to the Alliance's Annual Fund Campaign! We couldn't do any of the above without your help. Please help us reach our goal of $5,000. Click HERE to make a donation. SPECIAL THANKS, also, to our library volunteers who have fixed the library computers - Thank You Jeff Dermott and Kristen Wilson - and entered into the catalogue all the books donated during the pandemic - Thank You Yasmine Sonnenberg, Bernadette Morris and Lisë Oswold! Our library will re-open in September. In the meantime, if you wish to borrow books or DVD's, please email us to make an appointment.