Upcoming Events

Summer 2018

  • July 13, 5:30-8:30 pm, Bastille Day Bash
  • July 29, 10 pm, Tour de France watch party, Gilroy’s
    3 pm, French book group
  • September 29, French wine tasting

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 13, 2017, 5:30-8:30 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 5:30 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.

Annual Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration

Each year in November, we get together to sample as many labels as we can find of this fresh and fruity red wine which is enjoyed by palates all over the world starting on the third Thursday of November. Come join us at our annual Beaujolais Nouveau celebration!


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. Our next meeting is scheduled for July 29, 2018 at 3 pm at the Grounds for Celebration in Windsor Heights. We welcome all comers, as long as they are willing to speak French.


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.