Author: Patricia Kalmeijer

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21st of July Celebration | 07/22/2018


2016-03-03 - PCM (1)We have only one National Day so join beATL for a lovely afternoon at the beach with your fellow compatriots on Sunday July 22nd from 12 to 6 pm.

beATLe Diane has reserved a covered pavilion at the Atlanta Yacht Club where we will have our National PicNic, rain or shine!    There will be fun for the whole fam:  you can hit the waves, play in the sand, compete in a game of volleyball or petanque, go kayaking or simply relax.

Please read carefully the Logistics, especially the waiver … and be courteous: use our RSVP system even if you are not joining us…  If you didn’t get a RSVP invitation via email through Whoozin, contact me so I can add you to our emailing/RSVP list.

LOGISTICS

WAIVER: beATL and the Atlanta Yacht Club will not be responsible for in any and all activities associated with the event.  Your family and guests are your sole responsibility and your participation is voluntary.  So no claim for any injury, accident, illness, loss, liability, damage, claim or cost, including actual attorney fees and costs that may arise from or in any way be in connection with the activities of beATL’s and the use of the property and facilities of Atlanta Yacht Club.  There is no lifeguard on duty!

  • When: Sunday July 22nd from 12 to 6 pm – gates won’t open before 12 pm!  Drive slowly towards the gates for access.
  • Where:  Atlanta Yacht Club  | 7120 Yacht Club Dr, Acworth, GA 30102 – Directions.  Be aware of road works populating I-75…
  • Parking: Parking is available on the grass around and in front of the Club House.  Park sensibly to leave enough space for others and do not block any boats!  For your convenience, you can drop off your material and attributes at the pavilion upon arrival.
  • RSVP is a must – only for beATL members.

What to bring (list is not exhaustive):

  • picnic basket to feed your family and guests … food, snacks, cups and plates, silverware, utensils, if needed, napkins, paper towels,…
  • cooler with an assortment of kid-friendly and adult beverages and plenty of ice.  Don’t forget water, corkscrew or bottle opener if needed!
  • if you want to use the grills, bring everything to that effect … charcoal, matches but also cleaning material!  You will be responsible to clean it after use.
  • beach games, ball (beach, volley,…), petanque, frisbee, other sports gear
  • swimming attributes including bathing suit, floaties, water air mattress, kayak, life jacket (a must if you go outside the swimming area),…
  • pail and shovel, bucket, other beach toys, book, magazine, binoculars,…
  • towels, extra clothes, flip flops …
  • beach chairs, beach umbrella  and remember hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and bug repellent.

What not to bring

Weapons of any kind, pets, motorcycles.

More to know

  • the Clubhouse has restrooms including a changing station for babies
  • if you intend to go outside the swimming area, you must wear a life jacket
  • for the sun sensitive souls, there are plenty shady spots under trees or pavilion.  The pavilion has fans and there is an additional portable one.

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Belgian DJ Netsky in ATL | 6/30/2018


Fabulous Belgian DJ Netsky – Boris Daenen – will perform at the freshly remodeled Buckhead Theater on Saturday June 30th with its primal party experience: ‘DON’T FEED THE ANIMALS‘, an immersive visual wonderland, sub-sonic D&B Sound System, awe inspiring full color laser display and a world class line-up.

 

 

Logistics

  • When: Saturday June 30th, 2018 – Doors @ 9 pm –  18 and up only
  • Where: Buckhead Theatre | 3110 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30305
  • Parking: good luck!  Don’t think about parking your wheels at the adjacent shops …
  • Tickets

General Admission-STANDING ROOM ONLY!

Release your inner animal but don’t drink and drive … and try carpooling/Ubering or Lyfting….

Stage de perfectionnement Université Laval, Québec


Il me fait plaisir de vous transmettre de l’information relative au programme de Stage de perfectionnement en enseignement du français langue étrangère (FLE), qui se déroulera à l’Université Laval. Le Stage se déroulera sur deux semaines intensives et aura lieu du 9 au 20 juillet, comportant 39 heures de formation, 6 heures de conférences et plusieurs visites culturelles et exploratoires dans la ville et la région de Québec.

Sachez qu’il y a également un concours de bourses qui sera lancé grâce au partenaire de l’Écoles de langue et l’Association Québec dans le Monde. Ces bourses (5 bourses de 1500$ CAN chacune) seront offertes à des participants au Stage. Ci-dessous l’appel de candidatures pour l’obtention d’une bourse.

Women’s Series celebrating its 5th anniversary | 4/30/2018


The Women’s Series is a collaborative initiative of the FrenchNetherlandsGerman and Belgian American Chambers of Commerce as well as the British American Business Council and the Japan-American Society of Georgia.
Started in January 2014, the Women’s Series holds quarterly business events for professional women of the Atlanta international community. The goal of the Women’s Series is to bring educational and stimulating content to our attendees, while facilitating professional opportunities and networking among peers.

For its 5th anniversary of the Women’s Series, you are invited at F&B to celebrate the event!  Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get to know some of the past speakers, loyal attendees and fantastic partners.

Logistics

  • When: Monday, April 30, 2018 from 6-8 pm
  • Where: F&B | 3630 Peachtree Rd NE, #160, Atlanta, GA 30326
  • Event fees:
    • Members BACoS, NACCSE, FACC, GACC & BABC : $15
    • Students (bring your Student ID): $15
    • Non members: $25
  • Register here online

Movie Night | 3/13/2018


Let’s go to the movie!

During the Annual Francophonie Festival in Atlanta, l’Alliance Française, in collaboration with our Consulate General, will present the Belgian movie “Je suis mort mais j’ai des amis” (2015), by Guillaume and Stéphane Malandrin.

In short, it’s about four Belgian rockers (Bouli LannersWim Willaert) confronted by a soldier, who claims to be their late band mate’s lover.

The movie is in French but undertitled in English.

Get an avant-goût with its trailer.

It’s free but you must register .

Atlanta’s Francophonie Festival is organized by the Atlanta Francophonie Committee, a multi-cultural collaboration between represented by the Consulates of Belgium, Canada, France, Haiti and Switzerland, the Québec Delegation in Atlanta,the American Association of Teachers of French, the Alliance Française of Atlanta, the French American Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta-Accueil and Ecole du Samedi.
Other French-language events are organized throughout March.

Logistics

  • When – 13 March, 2018 at 7 pm.  You must register.
  • Where – Alliance Française |  Colony Square – the 400 building, 1201 Peachtree Street | Suite 1104 | Atlanta, GA 30361 | Tel: 404-875-1211 | Directions.
  • Register
  • Parking –  parking is underneath the building. Alliance Française is located dir  Bring your parking stub to validate for FREE parking.

Petanque anyone?


Throw balls at a Pig on roughly level ground and have fun with friends around!  The Roswell Petanque Club launches March 3, 2018 under the initiative of beATL Isabelle Gibson and her husband Peter.  It is the first club member of the Atlanta Petanque League (APL) and other locations in the Atlanta area are already showing interest in starting an APL member club!  Play socially or to compete! All ages and skill levels welcome.

Interested? Go to www.Meetup.com and search for Roswell Petanque Club to join or RSVP.  Games are 1st and 3rd Saturday 10am to 12noon and 1st & 3rd Tuesday 5.30pm to 7.00pm.

If you don’t have boules, they will have a limited amount to loan but make sure that your wear closed toe shoes!

Membership:

  • Adult Membership: $65.00 per member per year (with an annual $50.00 Club APL fee)
  • Under 18 Membership: $25.00 per year
  • First three games free, within 45 days, then join as a member or pay $10.00 to play.

Your APL membership will provide, via the Federation of Petanque, USA, an accident waiver and release of liability to protect participants and club office bearers against claims from club events.   Pétanque is not viewed as a dangerous sport, but accidents can happen.

 

Learn more about Petanque: https://petanque.wordpress.com/about/

Order Boules and learn more: http://www.petanque-america.com/

 

 

 

Greenville Sister Cities’ 5th Annual Belgian Beer Dinner | 3/12/2018


As part of the Upstate International festivities, Greenville Sister Cities International would like to invite you to our 5th annual Belgian Beer Dinner!  This wonderful evening full of great conversation, laughs, and culinary delight will take place on Monday March 12th at The Trappe Door, downtown Greenville, SC.

Seating is limited, so please contact The Trappe Door ( or 864.451.7490) to reserve your seats – especially if you plan on coming with a larger group.  In order to confirm and keep your reservation, you will be required for advance payment at The Trappe Door within 1 week of signing up.

Full refunds will be available upon cancellation at least 1 week before the event, i.e. by Sunday March 19th the latest. The money for later cancellations and no-shows will serve as a fundraiser for Greenville Sister Cities International.

 

Belgian THIRSTday | 3/1/2018


Let’s meet at the Yard House at The Battery Atlanta for our March adventure.  Come hungry since they have a huge menu of New American fare and enjoy their extensive list of draft beers.

Logistics

  • When: Thursday March 1st, 2018 from 7 pm
  • Where: Yardhouse @ The Battery Atlanta | 825 Battery Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30339
  • Parking: plenty of free parking in the RED parking lot
  • RSVP – Please courtesy RSVP … even regrets.

 

Elise 7 ans expatriée or 7 years old and Expat


The dynamic duo, composed by our very own beATL Virginie Houet and Texas-based Corinne Feuillet Luca, has finally seen their dream come true!

Today, their bilingual book, full of sweet drawings, has hit the US market!  Aimed at children who are entering – or living – the journey of expatriation. The book titled “Elise 7 ans expatriée or 7 years old and Expat”, narrates the emotional rollercoaster that a seven-year old girl experiences during her various moves.  Following her parents throughout the world, the impact of moving is explained through Elise’s eyes.  She lets us in on her experiences and shares her feelings.  It is never easy to drop your bags in one place and be told to pack again a few years later.  Her emotions are expressed in a mere few simple, but fresh and poetic sentences, accompanied by cute illustrations.  The book is written in both French and English – without ever falling in the trap of becoming an insipid translation!

Corinne and Virginie became friends in Texas and quickly decided to combine their skills.  After a lot of hard work, the book saw the light, first in Belgium***, France and Switzerland on January 10, and as of today, February 21st, it is available on the American and Canadian shelves.

On February 24th, Corinne Feuillet Luca will present their book at the Awty International School, 7455 Awty School Lane, Houston, TX, 77055 and on March 28th, at Mark White Elementary 2515 Old Farm Rd, Houston, TX 77063.

Virginie Houet will take care of the Georgian side.  Meet her at “Lesson de Français”, 390 Prospect Place Suite 390 à Alpharetta – 30005 (North of Atlanta) on Saturday, April 14th.  You will be able to buy your copy on site.

*** It is easy to order your copy from sites like fr.fnac.be, belgiqueloisirs.com and chapitre.be