Chandeleur Brunch

Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 11:00 am in Pebble Beach. Please see email from Sandy for location and RSVP details.

Bring your favorite toppings or fillings to share, sweet or savory, in small quantities. Beverages provided, alcoholic and not. Pre-cooked crepes available, and guests also have the opportunity to cook their own (faire sauter les crêpes dans la crêpière). RSVP no later than Thursday, January 30 to Sandy by email (for questions, please call).

Soirée Vidéo

Sunday March 15th
5:00 PM at Director Sandy Ford’s home.

Attendance is limited to 14; please make a reservation by contacting Sandy Ford directly. Bring a drink or snack to share.

Film: A bottle in the Gaza Sea (Une bouteille a la mer) – 2012 

Summary: 17-year-old Tal has emigrated from France to Jerusalem with her family. She writes a letter expressing her refusal to accept that only hatred can reign between Israelis and Palestinians. She slips the letter into a bottle, and her brother throws it into the sea near Gaza, where he is carrying out his military service. A few weeks later, Tal receives an e-mail response from a mysterious “Gazaman,” a young Palestinian named Nam. Thus begins a turbulent but tender long-distance friendship between two young people that are separated by a history they are trying both to understand and change. This engrossing and hopeful drama

Epiphany Celebration (Kings Day) and our Annual General Meeting

Sunday 5 January at 2pm
All are invited to attend the Epiphany Celebration (Kings Day) and the Annual General Meeting at St. Dunston’s Episcopal Church, 28005 Robinson Canyon Rd, Carmel.

The traditional champagne and galettes will be served and the new slate of Officers and Directors will be presented. Please mark your calendar and think about a dish you can bring to share, or gift for the tombola. More details will be in the January Bulletin.

Election, Officers & Directors

Sunday January 17 at 4pm | Zoom


While we cannot meet in person to enjoy the traditional galettes and champagne to celebrate the Epiphany as in past years, we will still be holding our Annual Meeting. Please join! We will be discussing events over the past year, the Alliance’s general state of affairs (finances and memberships), and also where you envision our Alliance going in the year to come. Please do come and share your wisdom and creative suggestions!

Also on the agenda is a special election to appoint Melody Pao, who has done so much for our Alliance in the past months she has served as Interim Second Vice President, as official Second Vice President. We will also be voting on Christian Dreyer, faithful host of Café Conversation and Déjeuner Chez Bechler, as Director. Please find the ballot to vote for Melody and Christian attached to the same email with this bulletin. You can fill it out on your computer and send it back to Clarissa or via snail mail to the address at the top of this bulletin. You may also simply join us at our Annual Meeting to speak your approval in person. If you choose to send your ballot, it needs to be received on or before January 15th.

Finally, as you may remember, we usually introduce our new Executive Committee and Directors at this Annual Meeting. However, no one has presented themselves to replace a number of those who have reached the end of their terms (President, First Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Directors). Quite exceptionally, therefore, our Executive committee members and Directors have agreed to serve for another 6 months or until they can find replacements (whichever comes first). This is dependent on member agreement and will be further discussed at the Annual Meeting.

If you are interested in playing a more active role in your local Alliance Française or know someone who does, please reach out as soon as possible. The continued life of our Monterey Alliance Française depends on member willingness to participate in its leadership.

Lecture at MIIS by the Consul Général de France à San Francisco

AF members are invited to attend a lecture at MIIS (Middlebury Institute of International Studies) Monterey, by the Consul Général de France à San Francisco, Mr. Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens. The lecture takes place at McGowan Hall, Rm. 102, 411 Pacific St., Monterey on Saturday, November 23 from 10:00 am to noon. Topic: “La politique étrangère de la France” (“France’s foreign policy”). Simultaneous interpretation available from French to English.

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.

Holiday Luncheon 2019 ***SOLD OUT***

******Sorry, this event is SOLD OUT! Please do not send payment.******

Sunday, December 8, 2019
12:00 Noon

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

See the menu.

$35 per person ($36 per person by PayPal). By December 2 please send PayPal payments to, checks to Chantal Bailey (please see email from Claire for mailing address), and indicate your choice of lamb, salmon, vegetarian, or gluten-free.

You may also pay online using our payment page, which automatically adds a $1.00 fee.

Author talk with Isaline REMY

Sunday, 20 October
2 – 4 PM in V499 (499 Van Buren street, Monterey CA 93940), on the MIIS campus.

The Alliance Française has invited French author Isaline REMY for a lecture and book signing for her book “Les Garçailles” about Northern Brittany from the 1920s to the present day. You may read her biography here.

Remy will speak about the mass arrival of Britons to the Parisian region who, with their courage and baggage alone, were prepared to do anything to regain their country with pride and dignity. Remy’s book is a chronology of her ancestors, a poor Breton family of 7 (“Les Garçailles), from the 1920’s on.

This free event will be in French. Simultaneous interpretation into English will be available for those wishing interpretation (interpretation provided by students in the MIIS Translation and Interpretation program). Please come with your families!

There will be a reception following; please expect an email as we get closer to the date with more information.

Contact Pascale Richards-Deliens to make reservations.

Chef André

Friday 5 April at 5:30pm, Monterey Peninsula College, the kitchen at room FC-104

This will be a 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 may be necessary to help serve. Wine will be available to
accompany the fruits of your efforts. Price of admission will be $23 to cover the cost of ingredients and a donation to the MPC hospitality program. RSVP by April 2 (see the bulletin for more information).

Concours de poésie

Saturday, March 23, 2019
2:00 PM on the MIIS campus, Irvine Auditorium, McCone Building
Free Admission (No need to RSVP.)

French students from local schools will recite poems belonging to the canon of French literature, as well as their own original compositions. Prizes will be awarded for the best performances. We encourage you to come support these students and their study of the French language. Refreshments will be served.

Election, Officers & Directors for 2019/20

The ballot is available: