Summer 2017

Alliance Française of Central Iowa
Summer newsletter, 2017

July 12, Presentation on the Tour de France
July 14, Bastille Day Bash
July 23, Tour de France watch party
French Book Group meets
August 31, April in Paris (film)
Dues are due


Bastille Day Bash

The Alliance Française of Central Iowa and the Des Moines Sister Cities Commission join to invite you and your family and friends to help us all celebrate France’s national holiday on Friday, July 14, 2017, 6-9 PM, at the Birdland Park Ding Darling Shelter, 2100 Saylor Road, Des Moines. (It’s north of Lutheran Hospital.)

The celebration will include a pétanque tournament (sort of like outdoor bowling), music and dancing, a little ceremony and a lot of food. The Alliance will provide roast pork, baguettes, iced tea, soft drinks, water and eating utensils. We hope you’ll bring your enthusiastic selves and a side dish to share. There will be a prize for the best French dish.

Come at 6 to have time to chat with friends. There will be a very brief program and we’ll eat about 6:30.

The shelter is air conditioned and has modern restrooms. You may bring beer or wine but try to avoid glass containers. Please call 277-5741 to tell us you plan to come, so we’ll be sure to have plenty to eat, but walk-ins will be welcome. Last year we counted more than 100 attendees and had a super good time.


How well do you know the Tour de France, the famous month-long bicycle race? We’re planning a watch party at Gilroys’, 1238 8th St., WDM for the last stage of the 2017 Tour. The live broadcast starts at 9:30 AM and ends about noon. We’ve reserved a space in the bar, for a maximum of 15, so if you want to be sure there’s room for you, please let us know you’re planning to come.

We have been doing this for a couple of years and realized that almost nobody knows what’s going on so we have scheduled a presentation about the Tour, it’s history, how team racing works, etc. on Wednesday, July 12, 7-8:30 pm at the West Des Moines Library.

There is also a wealth of information on the Tour’s official website, http://www.letour.com. Or try taking this quiz to see how much you already know: https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/

Each member reads a book, any book, in French and comes to tell the rest of us, in French, what it was about and their personal reactions. We meet every three months or so at the West Des Moines Library. This month our meeting will be on July 23rd at 3 pm. We welcome all comers, as long as they are willing to speak French.

This classic film is being shown at the Fleur Cinema at 7:30 on August 31. Come join us.

Our membership year runs from Bastille Day to Bastille Day, so please plan to re-up at our July 14th celebration or mail your dues to our Treasurer using this form:
Membership application: Alliance Française of Central Iowa
Name ____________________________________________________________________
Address ___________________________________ City _____________ Zip ___________
Home phone _________________________________ e-mail ________________________
Special interests ____________________________________________________________
Membership category: ___Individual $25 ___ Family $35 ___Student/Senior $15
Each year’s dues are payable as of July 14. Please make check payable to Alliance Française of Central Iowa and mail to Dave Moremond, 4627 67th Street, Des Moines, IA 50322.

Upcoming events, fall 2016

Lecture: November 14, 2016, 7 PM, Drake University’s Meredith Hall 101. Dr. Eleanor Zeff, Associate Professor of Political Science at Drake University, will speak to Alliance members and their guests about current affairs in France, including questions of national security and terrorism.

Beaujolais Nouveau Party, November 19, 2016 at Django’s, 10th St., Des Moines, 5 :30 pm. We have reserved the French Door Room at the restaurant. Dinner (or hors-d’œuvre or whatever) is on you, but we’ll bring plenty of the fruity red wine that is released all over the world on the third Thursday of November. If you haven’t paid your dues, we’ll ask you for $5. That’s still a pretty cheap date. Please make a reservation at 515-277-5741.

Chriskindlmarket, December 2-4, Cowles Commons, Des Moines. Sophie Ryan is organizing a singing and a dancing group to perform in French at Des Moines’ first outdoor winter. If you’d like to come rehearse with us, please contact Sophie at sophieryan2011@yahoo.com.