Conference on Albert Camus

Monday, November 4

5:00pm to 7:00pm – Conference on Albert Camus followed by a reception

Event hosted by UC Santa Cruz and the French Alliance of Silicon Valley to celebrate the centennial of Albert Camus.

UCSC Humanities 2 building, room 259 – map

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Can we say everything in poetry?

Sunday, October 13, 3:00pm – Conference in French by French poets Isaline Remy and Linda Bastide. The topic of the conference is “Can we say everything in poetry?”

Two French poets, Isaline Remy and Linda Bastide, from Paris will be in Carmel to visit our Alliance.

Isaline Remy is an actress and literary journalist. For more than 25 years, she has had a passion for the arts and letters in their various expressions. She received the prize for Poésie de la Promotion Radiophonique by the Société des Poètes Français. She is currently a writer and critic for La Revue Indépendante and for Le Courrier des Yvelines (culture and recreation weekly newspaper). Her writing is prolific and eclectic, she wrote:

  • Clint Eastwood – Regard d’une femme française, biographie, 2005, Publibook
  • En vers le monde, textes, 2006, Publibook, for which she received the Grand Prix de l’Académie Internationale de Lutèce 2006.

After a career as a model and international actress, Linda Bastide turned to writing. She has published four novels and ten collections of poetry, and received six French literary awards and three international awards. She has created and manages the publishing house Poètes à vos plumes and is responsible for the “Poetry” in the magazine Paris-Montmartre.

Please RSVP before 11 October to either Gisèle or Pauline, see October newsletter for details.

Belle Époque Concert


 The program: works by Gounod, Bizet, Chausson, Charpentier, Satie, Camondo and others.

This show follows the rediscovery by Norma and Richard Mayer in the archives of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris works composed by Isaac Camondo, one of the most enlightened art collectors of the Belle Époque in France, deeply rooted in Parisian musical life of his time.

A special multimedia presentation will accompany the music of Isaac Camondo.

A donation of $20 to Opera-Essence Performance is suggested. All proceeds from the concert will go to the outreach program in music schools in Monterey County for the year 2013-2014

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Space is limited, please book early to Norma and Richard Mayer 831 372 2941

Bastille Day

Sunday, July 14

To celebrate the French National Day (Bastille Day) we will meet at noon in the Via Paraiso Park in Monterey for a BBQ. Tables will be set in the park to welcome you. Bring your own picnic, drinks and food to grill without forgetting plates, glasses, forks and knives. Chef Christian Viollaz, assisted by our vice president Jim Richards will be in charge of the grill. Then we sing the French national anthem “La Marseillaise” and we will enjoy a cake offered by our Alliance.

Come with your family, children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors. This is an opportunity to share the Alliance Française with your family, let them experience a little France right here in Monterey.

Please RSVP before July 11

– Pauline Cantin : 375 1801
– Marie-France de Sibert : 626 3808 / 521 3476 (cell)

Fête de la Musique

Saturday June 29, 3pm, hosted by Pauline Cantin

The “Fête de la Musique” was created in France 40 years ago, and is now celebrated around the world on the first day of summer. During the festival, everyone is free to express hi or her musical talent and skills in all its forms, solo or in groups, in public or private, Any kind of music is allowed.

To celebrate the Fête de la Musique in our way, come up with your scores, instruments, voice or simply your ears, to share these joyful moments. We will play and listen to classical music, French folk songs and other surprises that you bring.

As dancing is the perfect companion to music, Pauline has promised to demonstrate folk dances!

After singing and dancing we will be hungry and thirsty, bring drinks and snacks to share.

For the successful organization of this event please contact Pauline Cantin 831-375-1801 or

Guided Tour of Elkhorn Slough

Saturday, June 22, 9:50 am

Guided Tour of Elkhorn Slough followed by picnic (Plan to leave your food in the car until noon)

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville, CA 95076

  • Meet at the Visitor Center
  • $ 4 fee (cash or check only) per person to be paid upon arrival at the Visitor Center.
  • If we are over 12 we might have a docent for us. Please book now!

Pascale Richards-Deliens 831 333 6677 or pascale.deliliens @

Picnic at Elkhorn Slough

12 pm. Bring your basket and cooler with your favorite foods and drinks. We will eat at the tables near the Visitor Center. This is where those who went on the hike will meet those having lunch.

For those who attend only the picnic, admission is free for he Visitor Center and picnic area.

To get to Elkhorn Slough from Monterey take Highway 1 to Moss Landing. At the power plant turn right onto Dolan Road. Continue for 3.5 miles on Dolan Road and then turn left onto Elkorn Road. Continue for 1.9 miles on Elkorn Road and turn left at the gate to the Reserve.

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Concert: Tribute to Eric Satie

Sunday, May 19 at 3pm

Concert: Tribute to Eric Satie from Pauline Cantin.

Piano recital / reading with Melinda Coffey Armstead and Pascale Richards-Deliens

Bring drinks and snacks to share after the concert.

Please RSVP, 831-375-1801 or

To celebrate 147 years of Eric Satie, Melinda Coffey Armstead will perform his known and lesser-known works accompanied by Pascale Richards’ reading.

In the preamble, Pascale will evoke the life and work of Eric Satie, French composer, eccentric, unclassifiable, a friend of Debussy and father of artistic movements of the early 20th century.

Visit of Filoli Domain and Gardens

Visit Gardens and Domain Filoli with Los Amigos Monterey History & Art Association (MHAA)

Tuesday May 7

The tour includes:

  • Entry to Filoli Estate,
  • 2 hour guided tour
  • Round trip transportation by Discovery bus
  • A box lunch

$60 per person, reservations required by April 26, non-refundable fee

To purchase tickets contact Kathi DeMaria at 831-375-0818
Departure from Crossroads Shopping Center, Carmel, at 9:45 am, return at 6pm

The event will take place regardless of the weather

More information:

Marie France Sibert 831-373-7521

Conference on Chartres Cathedral

Conference on Chartres Cathedral by Mark Stokle

Saturday, April 13 at 11am

MIIS, McGowan 102
411 Pacific Street, Monterey

Sponsored by Alliance Française de la Péninsule de Monterey, in partnership with MIIS, this free lecture in English is open to all. There is no need to reserve. A “Q&A” will follow this 50 minutes conference and those who wish can meet for lunch with guest speaker at Jack’s Restaurant

Mark Stokle was born in the United States of an English father and a French mother. He grew up in both languages. With a degree in ancient history from University of London, he worked for many years in the tourism sector in France (Versailles). He has always had a passion for history and French culture. Before arriving in Fresno, Mark resided in Chartres in the historic district near the cathedral. He currently teaches French at the Alliance Française of Fresno.

Despite several wars and natural disasters, the medieval cathedral of Chartres is one of the best preserved in France. Designated a historical monument of World Heritage by UNESCO in 1979, it is world renowned for its beautiful stained glass windows and unique iconography. Today it remains a center of pilgrimage that attracts thousands of Christians every year from around the world.

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Lunch at Jack’s Restaurant

1pm, 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey
Lunch booking required before Wednesday, April 10, contact Pascale Richards-Deliens 831-333-6677 pascale.deliens @

Piano/Voice Recital

Piano/vocal recital with Melinda Coffey Armstead and Kirsten Kane

Sunday, April 7 at 3pm

Church in the Forest, Stevenson School
3152 Forest Lake Road
93953 Pebble Beach

Admission is by donation, adults $20 suggested, students free. 

There is no need to reserve.

One of our members, pianist Melinda Coffey Armstead accompanies her friend the mezzo-soprano Kirsten Kane of New York. Program:

  • Ravel’s songs cycle Sherazade and Cinq Melodies Populaires Grecques
  • Romantic Russian Songs
  • Piano Solos from French and Russian composers

Many of you remember Melinda and her interpretation of the music of Francis Poulenc for “The Story of Babar” in collaboration with Pascale Richards at two performances last year at Pauline Cantin and Santa Catalina School.

For more information you can contact Melinda Coffey Armstead at