Month: February 2016

French and Flemish for our kids


You made it all the way to Atlanta and now you are trying to find a source to keep up with your little one’s mother tongue …  Not easy, not easy but do-able.

For Flemish-speaking among us, Stichting NTC De Molenwiek will do the trick and your kids may even end up under the wings of our beATLes Cindy and Petra.  De school, als NTC-instelling aangesloten bij de Stichting Nederlands Onderwijs in het Buitenland [NOB], geeft klassikale lessen in Nederlandse Taal en Cultuur aan basisschoolleerlingen. Hier [downloadable pdf] vind je veel meer over de school.  Klassen voor de oudere groepen worden op dinsdagnamiddag van 3.45 – 6.15 pm gegeven en vrijdagochtend van 9.30 am tot 12 pm is voor de peutertjes bestemd.  De Molenwiek heeft een grote bib … breng je ‘unwanted’ nederlandstalige boeken naar de school!  Meer inlichtingen?  Bel gerust met directrice Jiska op 404-542-1293.

Een andere manier om Flemish bij te houden is met het online onderwijsplatform voor kinderen van 6 tot 12 jaar Kweetet.be.  Kinderen oefenen op hun niveau en herhalen op een motiverende manier de leerstof uit het Vlaamse leerplancurriculum met meer dan 50.000 oefeningen. En als ouder volg je eenvoudig alle voortgang mee. Meer info op www.kweetet.be.

Wanna keep the French active?  beATLe Candy [une vraie bruxelloise d’Anderlecht – allez les mauves!] a ouvert sa propre école ‘Lesson de Français, à Alpharetta, il y a a peu près 10 ans.  Comme vous, j’ai titillé sur l’orthographe et cela me démange de ne pas écrire ‘lesson’ avec la ‘ç’ car le mot ne fait pas partie de la nouvelle réforme [LOL].  Mais, en rigolant, Candy m’a expliqué que les locaux trébuchaient sur ‘le con‘ de français … alors là, les deux ‘ss’ make sense … Le programme est offert en fonction du profile linguistique de l’élève: français comme langue maternelle [dès l’âge de 5-6 ans] ou le français comme seconde langue [à partir de 5 ans à l’âge adulte – les groupes sont alors séparés par tranche d’âge et niveau].  Si vous ne savez pas que faire de vos livres francophones, faites-en donc don à l’école!

Ecole du Samedi – Depuis 2002, cet établissement privé, offre des cours pour les 18 mois à adultes, tous les samedis de 9h30 à 12h00, avec enseignants de langue maternelle française.

L’Alliance Française offre des cours pour adultes à tous niveaux mais a des classes ‘bébé’ [Bébé Alliance] et enfants [Petite Alliance] d’1 à 6 ans.

Basés sur les programmes officiels des épreuves certificatives externes de la FWB et relevant des compétences du Ministère de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, dès 6 ans, l’Enseignement à Distance [EAD] propose des cours, à la carte, en ligne via une plateforme d’e-learning.   À tout moment de l’année, chacun peut choisir le programme qui l’intéresse en remplissant son panier via le catalogue en ligne et en soumettant ensuite son formulaire d’inscription [le paiement de 37,50 euros permet d’accéder aux modules de cours en ligne, au suivi individualisé par un enseignant et aux échanges entre apprenants – pour certains, les cours sont gratuits].   Il y a plus de 1000 modules de cours en ligne de niveaux primaire et secondaire.  L’EAD ne délivre pas de diplôme mais vous pouvez télécharger une attestation de suivi de cours à la fin de chaque module de cours.

Le Centre National d’Enseignement à Distance (CNED) est la version française de l’EAD.

Le Théâtre du Rêve est une autre option … un peu de français en s’amusant … Avec des camps pour les 7-15 ans.

Et puis, il y a les ‘vraies’ écoles:

  • Little Da Vinci International School – Établissement privé, qui accueille les enfants dès 18 mois, offre un cursus franco-anglais. Little Da Vinci organise également des camps d’été.
  • Atlanta International School (AIS) – Établissement privé international. La section homologuée va de la maternelle au CM2 et suit le cadre des années primaires du baccalauréat international (ou IBPYP), tout en s’inspirant des programmes de l’Éducation nationale. Enseignement dispensé en français et en anglais.
  • L’École Française Bilingue (Greenville, SC) – Établissement français privé et géré par la société Michelin avec des classes de la grande section de maternelle à la terminale.  L’enseignement bilingue est dispensé majoritairement en français.
  • Evansdale Elementary School [Doraville], The Globe Academy et Rockbridge Elementary School [Stone Mountain] sont les 3 écoles dans DeKalb County School District qui participent dans le Dual-Language Immersion Program [DLI] où le français est enseigné en Kindergarten et First grade mais …on n’y entre qu’en gagnant la loterie …
  • Trip Elementary, Grayson, est la seule pour Gwinnett County et fait pareil:  seulement les gagnants du loto y entreront …
  • The Globe Accademy, Atlanta, est une dual-language immersion charter school dans DeKalb County dont le programme se termine en Middle School.
  • International Charter School of Atlanta [ICSAtlanta] – 1335 Northmeadow Parkway, Ste #100, Roswell, GA 30076 – a ouvert ses portes en août 2015 avec un âge minimum d’admission de 5 ans.  Et attention, aux conditions d’admission!  N’y entre pas qui veut!  Commençant avec un K-4th, l’école augmentera d’année en année jusqu’à devenir une K-12th grade.

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belgian THIRSTday | 3/3/2016


Astonished that so many of you have not yet discovered one of Atlanta’s hottest scenes – Ponce City Market – beATL is super excited to organize its next Belgian THIRSTdayThursday March 3rd – at this buzzing place. This will be a non-traditional gathering since there is no real café and there won’t be anything Belgianese [except for us].  You will need to purchase your drinks and/or food among the food joints listed below and meet beATL upstairs. See logistics for the crusty details and the slideshow for a better ‘vision’.  Don’t forget to RSVP

Ponce City Market [two-million-square-foot – yes!] has opened its doors in 2014 in the superbly renovated Sears, Roebuck & Co building [1925] on Ponce de Leon Avenue.  In 1989, Sears closed its doors and, in 1991, purchased by the City of Atlanta, it became ‘City Hall East’ [with only 10% of offices occupancy].  In 2010, Jamestown Development and Construction (JDC) purchased the historic structure and transformed it into this incredible mixed-use development. Dancing Goats Coffee Shop bacame the first tenant in 2012 [outside the main building] and 2014 saw the first wave of  rolling openings.   The Food Hall openened in 2015 and is still adding new tenants.  With direct access to the BeltLine, the complex links numerous Atlanta neighborhoods [Old Fourth Ward, Virginia Highland, Poncey Highlands, and Midtown] and Krog Street Market, all within easy walking or pedaling distance.

At the heart of Ponce City Market is the Central Food Hall where artisan chefs and local purveyors fill an authentic market with the design, food, and flavors of Atlanta.  Retail shops and offices add to the life, color, and culture of Ponce City Market.

  • BILTONG BAR – Justin Anthony of Cape Dutch, Yebo and 10 Degrees South offers organic, all-natural beef jerky, hand-held savory pies, South African wines and craft cocktails, cheese and charcuterie, and naturally cured, air-dried biltong.
  • BREZZA CUCINA – boasts strong Italian and New American influences with signature seasonal dishes such as the JW chicken and wood-roasted duckling.
  • EL SUPER PAN – Latin-inspired sandwiches, baked goods, and hot plates by day with Latin-inspired small plates at night.
  • FARM TO LADLE – European café and farmstand selling locally sourced raw vegetables, herbs, spices, soups, salads, and sandwiches.
  • H&F BURGER – by James Beard Award Winning chef Linton Hopkins will highlight Hopkins’s famous burger.
  • HOP’S CHICKEN – deep fried chicken from Linton Hopkins served with biscuits and sides
  • JIA – a Szechuan-inspired restaurant from Dahe Yang and chef Jiguo Jiang of Tasty China and Peter Cheng’s Tasty China 2.
  • BELLINA – a gourmet Italian market offering slow-cooked foods and fresh ingredients.
  • MINERO – casual Mexican concept by James Beard Award Winning Chef Sean Brock.
  • LUCKY LOTUS – offers all natural juices, hand crafted smoothies, energy shots and vegan meals prepared daily by our holistic raw food chef.
  • SIMPLY SEOUL KITCHEN – serves artisanal kimchee, sauces, and Korean steamed buns.
  • THE MERCURY (2nd floor) – offfers a daily cocktail hour, plus lunch and dinner service.
  • W. H. STILES FISH CAMP – casual-style fish shack features a raw shell counter, housemade sandwiches and steamed fish bowls.
  • SPILLER PARK COFFEE –  freshly brewed artisan coffee, espresso, tea, baked goods.
  • HONEYSUCKLE GELATO – from Wes Jones introducing new products including gelato shakes, sandwiches, and more.
  • KING OF POPS BAR & GOOD GRUB – a kiosk serving cocktails, food, and everyone’s favorite popsicles.
  • BOTIWALLA might not be opened yet – the founders of Chai Pani, Meherwan and Molly Irani, are opening a new Indian street food concept that will include an Indian spice market.
  • MARRAKESH – regionally-inspired dishes including seasoned meat kebabs, freshly made hummus and tahini, a variety of regional spices and cheeses, and fresh pita bread made daily.

When you visit Ponce City Market, please admire thee fully-restored, original steel-frame windows, the refurbished old floors, numerous antique details.  Thousands of tons of materials have been recycled or reused during  the redevelopment.

Logistics

  • When – Thursday March 3rd, 2016 from 7 pm however earlier arrival is highly recommended to discover this amazing place.  Please note that most restaurants close at 9 pm.
  • Where – 675 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 – upstairs in the Food Hall.  Take the spiral iron stairs towards ‘The Beltline’ to find us.
  • Parking – Pay upon arrival and remember your number plate! Parking can be paid with the so-easy-to-use Parkmobile App [users, enter 222 as your Zone Number] or via normal means of payment (credit, debit or exact cash $1, $5 or $10 – no change). First 30 min = $1.00 + $1.00 per additional 30 min | 4 – 8 hours is $10.00.   PCM is donating the first $1 from every parking session to the Atlanta BeltLine project. There is also Valet Parking at $8.00 for up to 4 hours.
  • MARTA – the North Avenue MARTA station is 1.5 mile away, at the corner of W. PeachtreeSt NW or by bike: complimentary bike valet available at the beltline entrance.
  • RSVP … please do curtesy RSVP so we can get a rough head counts and spot you in the crowd!

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belgica


Belgica, the new movie from Director Felix van Groeningen, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on 21 January 2016 and will be released in Belgium and France on March 2nd.  And no, that doesn’t help us here in the US of A … But the good news is that, with a little bit of patience, you will be able to watch it on Netflix!  Yes, the company purchased its rights and will stream it worldwide … 

Originally slated to star Matthias Schoenaerts, the film now features Stef Aerts, Charlotte Vandermeersch, Jean-Michel Balthazar, and Tom Vermeir, and finds the director going from the world of country and bluegrass, to rock ‘n roll… in the beautiful city of Ghent.

Synopsis: The movie follows the story of two brothers who, even though they have absolutely nothing in common, open a bar together that quickly becomes a regular hangout for nighthawks. Despite this success, the two brothers must soon face up to the difficulties inherent in running a family business. Their brotherhood turns into rivalry, through no fault of their own.  And the trailer.

inaugural International Grand Prix | 2/25/2016


You’re invited to attend the British-America Business Council of Georgia’s inaugural International Grand Prix.  The event brings together the international business communities in Atlanta for an informal evening of networking and karting!  Meet with a broad range of people in fun environment, and test out your racing prowess.

The event is open to any member of the international chambers, business groups, or communities with an interest in international business.

If you would like to race, you will participate in a qualifying race.   The person with the fastest lap time from each nation will go into the Grand Final.  The final will be a ten lap race, with the winner taking the prize of the fastest nation in Atlanta!

Prizes will be awarded by Her Majesty’s British Consul General, Mr. Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford.

If you’d prefer not to race, you can still attend to network and cheer on your nation!

Food will be served with a cash bar.

Logistics

  • When: Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 6 – 9 pm.
  • Where: Andretti Indoor Karting Center | 11000 Alpharetta Highway, Roswell, GA 30076 | Directions
  • Parking: Available at location
  • Admission: Racing: $65 per person | Non-racing: $40 per person | Registration
  • Event Partners: Belgian American Chamber, Brazilian-American Chamber, Ecuadorian-American Chamber, and the Irish Network

belgian waffle tasting – 2/20/2016


Just the idea of an authentic Belgian Waffle … this event cannot come sooner enough!

beATLes Chris and Cathy invite us in their wonderful home in Buckhead on Saturday February 20th from 3 til 5 pm for the celebratory launch of the Belgian Waffle Exchange!  Luikse wafels/gauffres de Liège [old fashion French spelling] are something near and dear to all of us and Chris and Cathy have figured out how to bring that taste – and those memories – here to Atlanta.

Jump on this occasion to sample the waffles, provide your feedback and, perhaps, even plan to work with them!

It’s an event for the whole family with limited registrations.  RSVP (event is full, sorry) is a must as you can imagine… and you will need to BYOB [bring your own beverage].

Logistics

  • When: Saturday February 20th, 2016 from 3 – 5 pm
  • Where: address indicated in RSVP.  Do not forward the RSVP for privacy reasons!
  • BYOB!
  • Parking:  please be considerate towards the neighbors, their driveway and firehydrant.  Park on the house side of the street only – not on the property.
  • RSVP – event is full, sorry 

belgian thirstday | 2/4/2016


Back to the top Irish Pub in Atlanta – Buckhead location – for our February edition of our monthly Belgian THIRSTdays.  Meet us at Fado from 7 pm [left of entrance].  Look for the mini Belgian Flag or listen, listen, listen to the [loud] sound of Belgium!

Please courtesy RSVP … even if not coming!

Logistics

  • When – Thursday February 4th, 2016 –  from 7 pm
  • Where – FADO IRISH PUB – BUCKHEAD | 273 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta, GA 30305 | (404) 841-0066
  • Parking –  $7 valet, metered parking or complex self parking – Fado can validate up to 3 hours – first 3 hours are free, 3-5 hours is $8.  Do NOT park in the library parking lot next to us unless there is an attendant present. You will be booted.
  • RSVP – even if no coming, please.

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