Fourth Annual Language Capital of the World Celebration

Saturday, April 21, 2018
10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Custom House Plaza, Monterey

THE ALLIANCE WILL HAVE A TABLE to represent, as in prior years, French Culture and Language, and to offer truffles to attendees. Come visit us at our table! Come get your truffles! Many other countries will be represented.

For further information: The Language Capital of the World Cultural Festival

Two lectures at MIIS by the Consul Général de France à San Francisco

AF members are invited to attend two lectures at MIIS (Middlebury Institute of International Studies) Monterey, by the Consul Général de France à San Francisco, Mr. Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens. The lectures take place at McGowan Hall, Rm. 102, 411 Pacific St., Monterey:

1. Friday, April 6, 2018 at 4:00 pm
Topic: “The European Union” (lecture in English)

2. Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 10:30 am
Organized especially for the AF
Topic: “Présence française en Californie depuis la ruée vers l’or” (lecture in French)

We will be very honored to have with us the Consul Général de France à San Francisco, who is making special arrangements to be here for the AF. We are asking our members to come in great numbers, as this is a rare event and we want to show our support for the Consul.

A reception will follow in the lobby of McGowan and will give everyone a chance to meet the Consul.

La Semaine de la Francophonie

Sunday, March 18, 2018 in Marina
1:00 to 3:00 pm

Bring a dish from France or another francophone country to share. RSVP by March 14. Please see the March bulletin for RSVP and location details.

Holiday Luncheon 2017

Sunday, December 10, 2017
12:00 Noon

Los Laureles Lodge,
Terrace Garden Room
313 W Carmel Valley Rd
Carmel Valley, CA 93924

$33 per person ($34 per person by PayPal). By December 7 please send PayPal payments to, checks to Dr. Christine Campbell (25443 Larkspur Ct., Salinas, CA 93908, made payable to AF Monterey), and indicate your choice of lamb or salmon.

You may also pay online using our payment page, which automatically adds a $1.00 fee one time. Please add $1.00 for each additional ticket. For example, 2 tickets cost a total of $68 if you pay online using our payment page (2 x $34). 

Election, Officers & Directors for 2018/19

The ballot is available:

Albert Camus Literary Event, with Jean-Paul Schintu

Saturday, December 2, 2017
2:00 – 4:00 PM
McGowen 102, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

French actor Jean-Paul Schintu will provide a presentation about Albert Camus and read some selections from the famous French author. Admission is free, although donations are encouraged. Wine and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Note: Jean-Paul Schintu will also perform his show “Premier Homme,” about Albert Camus, at the Alliance Française de San Francisco the evening of December 7 and the afternoon of December 11. Carpooling may be arranged. For a sample of the show, see:

Winetasting Event

Sunday, November 12, 2017
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Participants are asked to bring a bottle of wine in a bag to hide the label, and an appetizer. Please refer to the November bulletin for location and RSVP details.

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!