World-Traveling Students

Local French teachers Jessica Morris (North Salinas High School) and Leslie Long (Everett Alvarez High School) traveled with their students to France and other countries this summer. Here is an article from “Focus,” a newsletter of the Salinas Union High School District.


World Traveling Students

French Teachers, Jessica Morris, NSHS, and Leslie Long, EAHS, traveled abroad with their students this summer. Jessica reported the following:

Thank you to the members of the Alliance Française (AF) of the Monterey Peninsula for supporting a scholarship for one NSHS French student, Fabian, and additional activities for 16 student travelers! These grants kept our students engaged in Paris on the underground tour of the Catacombes, as well as, on our beautiful boat ride on the Seine river where we received a dramatic introduction to la dame de fer, the Eiffel Tower. Additionally, the NSHS and EAHS French clubs assured that our students enjoyed authentic French cuisine and a quality afternoon meal together thanks to a group lunch funded by these grants. Additional activities hosted by the AF included a visit to a château, another boat ride in Colmar, a wild bird show outside of Strasbourg, and a small train tour. Our entrance into the chateau d’Annecy included a wonderful exhibit of art, installation, and French animation. Our boat tour introduced us to the historic architecture in the birth city of the sculptor of the Statue of Liberty, Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi. During our train ride in the Camargue nature reserve we were able to catch a glimpse of the famous flamingos.

Overall, students checked off visits to France, Germany, and Switzerland during our 14 day tour leaving them with dreams of further study abroad and new-found curiosity for world cultures and travel.

Bastille Day Picnic 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 12:00pm: Fête du 14 juillet (“Bastille Day”) – BBQ/picnic/potluck at Via Paraiso Park (129 Via Paraiso), Monterey.

You may bring meat/sausages for grilling – a fire will be ready.

You are welcome to bring a musical instrument, and we may sing some French songs.

A Bastille day celebration cake will be provided.

Culinary Event

Tuesday, 25 April
Time:  6:00 PM, Monterey Peninsula College

This was a very successful, and delicious, three-way gastronomic event, with Cooking Professor Chef André educating the audience on, and demonstrating, French-influenced culinary methods; with MIIS interpretation students translating from French into English; and with our own AF members playing the vital roles of taster and critic.  Some hands-on effort was necessary to help cook, serve and taste!  Wine was provided by the AF to accompany the fruits of our efforts.  And a good time was had by all!


Concours de Poésie 2017

Saturday, 25 March
Irvine Auditorium, McCone Bldg., MIIS, 499 Pierce Street, Monterey
2:00 PM

Students from several local schools will recite famous French poems or original ones that they have composed.
Prizes will be awarded for the best performances.
Please come to encourage and support the students.

Beverages will be available at Intermission.

“Si on Chantait“ Concert

Our main fundraising Event!

Sunday, 19 March “Si on Chantait” Concert

Location: Del Mesa Carmel, Carmel-by-the-Sea
Time: 3:00 PM (Please arrive early)
French singers Aline Deforge et Emmanuel Preslin will sing French songs with projected pictures. They came last year and everyone loved their typical French repertoire with many classical songs.
See: Demo-Video and the Si on Chantait website

$15.00 for members and $ 20.00 for non-members. To make reservations go to the payments page, fill out the form entering the appropriate amount and make a payment using PayPal. For the note, enter “Si on Chantait.” If you do not have the Internet, please call Pascale Richards-Deliens at 831-333-6677.

There will be a raffle to benefit the scholarship fund.
Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase.

To thank Del Mesa Carmel for hosting us, attendees are invited to stay for dinner at Club Mesa. Most entrées are about $16 – 18, and split plates and half portions are available. Please see for details and let Pascale know if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity when you make your reservation for the concert.

Fête de la Chandeleur 2017

To celebrate La Chandeleur, l’Alliance will provide batter to make a few crepes on site and cider.
We need volunteers to bring a dozen crepes or so with your favorite topping.
Free for members, $5.00 for guests of members.

Sunday, 19 February
2:00 PM
Dr. Issvoran’s home, 1020 Short Street, Pacific Grove, CA

Make reservations and let us know what you will bring by e-mailing Simone Jackson or calling 831-484-9494.

Christmas Luncheon

Sunday, December 11 at 12:00 (service will begin at 12:30)

Los Laureles Lodge (Terrace Garden Room), 313 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley CA, 93924

The Los Laureles restaurant team offers the following at $32.00 per person, taxes and gratuities are included:

Mixed Greens with Crumbled Goat Cheese and Balsamic Vinaigrette

Seared Salmon Filet with Basmati Rice and Asparagus
Herb Crusted two pieces of Lamb with Wild Mushroom Sauce Shallots, Parmesan Mashed Potatoes and French Beans medium (pink-not-red)

Buche De Noel

Includes coffee or iced Teas
Rolls and butter

There will be traditional Christmas Carols, with Melinda Armstead accompanying on the piano.

Please send checks ($32.00 per person) made out to “AF Monterey” to Chantal Bailey, the AF Treasurer, at 15550 Weatherock Way, Salinas CA 93908. You may also pay online using our payments page. Either way don’t forget to include your choice of meal (salmon or lamb). It is imperative that confirm your reservation before Thursday, December 8 at the latest.

You will easily find Los Laureles Lodge located on Carmel Valley Road shortly after Los Laureles Grade and Bernadus Lodge. The spacious parking lot is on the right as you enter. If you do not drive and want to attend the luncheon, contact Pascale Richards-Deliens so she may help arrange carpooling.

Holiday Luncheon 2016

Election 2016-2017

It’s election time! Our AF chapter will hold our annual election in November and December for officers and directors to serve two-year terms beginning in January 2017.  This is an opportunity to serve our chapter and to help guide it in the direction you prefer.

Vote online now!

Fall Wine-Tasting Event

On Sunday, 13 November, there will be a Fall Wine-Tasting Event, 2:00-5:00 P.M., at Catherine Zahm’s home (see bulletin for address). Member Catherine Zahm and Vice-President Jim Richards are coordinating the event. Participants are asked to bring a bottle of wine in a bag to hide the label, and an appetizer. To make reservations, please contact Christine Campbell by 9 November at or 831-776-9316.

Those in need of rides, those who want to carpool, or those who want to offer to pick participants up can contact Christine Campbell at or 831-776-9316.

La Normandie

Normandy and French Landscapes through the eyes of the Impressionists, with Céline Glon.

  • Saturday, October 22, 2016
  • 2:00pm in Pacific Grove
  • $15 for non-members
  • $10 for members

Please RSVP by October 19 to Christian at (831) 393-9324 or email.