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Nasty Irma


Irma … a sweet name but not when it comes to a category five hurricane..  This one looks like the nastiest to hit the Atlantic Ocean ever. Even if ‘her’ path is not confirmed yet and still might change, Florida, coastal Georgia and the Carolinas might feel the impact with more or less devastating consequences.  Listen to your local authorities.  Here is a list of the few important agencies:

  • The Florida Division of Emergency Management Emergency:  Information Line 1-800-342-3557 | http://www.floridadisaster.org | Facebook: FloridaSERT | tweets @FLSERT
  • The Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency: www.gema.ga.gov
  • The South Carolina Emergency Management Division: www.scemd.org |  Facebook: @SCEMD | National Guard on Facebook: @SCGuard | Hurricane Guide 2017
  • The North Carolina Emergency Management, part of NC Public Safety: www.ncdps.gov | Facebook: @NCEmergency
  • At the federal level, coordination is done by the Federal Emergency Management Agency: www.fema.gov | ready
  • National Hurricane Center: www.hurricanes.gov | www.nhc.noaa.gov
  • Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”

Both Florida and South Carolina are already in state of emergency!  Some places have also received evacuation orders.   Prepare your survival kits: purchase food and water, keep your gas tank full and phones charged at all time, have candles and/or flashlight & batteries, put your precious belongings and important documents in ziplock bags, get some cash,  secure your yard equipment, make sure you have an adequate of your medication [if needed], become familiar with local evacuation zones, locate the nearest hurricane evacuation routes, make a personal property list of valuables, electronics and furniture, …

Think about where to go in case of evacuation and agree upon a meeting point for your family in case you would be separated.  Make sure that all your kids know – by heart – your cell phone number and/or an emergency number. For the little ones, tuck in their pocket an ID card with relevant information, again, in case you would be separated. Same for the elderly and people with disabilities.

Don’t forget your pets … leave their collar day and night and make sure a pet tag is attached with his/her name and your contact information.  Remember that a scared pet might escape in panic …  Make sure that you have enough food for them as well.

And finally, if you haven’t done so yet, register your family with your Consulate General in Atlanta. For the Consulate General it is useful to know the situation and the whereabouts of the Belgians in its jurisdiction. Don’t hesitate keeping us informed via atlanta@diplobel.fed.be.

Let’s hope that José (already close to hurricane strength) is not going to follow suite!  Remain vigilant, be careful and stay safe!

Note: The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 and ends November 30. | Interesting guide: Hurricane Guide perhaps for SC but plenty of useful information!

 

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VRT NU


For all the Flemish among us … Did you know that you can get access to all VRT programs online via VRT Nu, live? Open a – free – account and enjoy.  The trick: login with a Belgian zip code!

Dive into NWSéén, Canvas, Ketnet, Ketnet Jr., Sport Weekend read Sporza and de redactie.be or listen to Radio 1, Radio 2, Studio Brussel, MNM and Klara.  News, lifestyle, sports, cooking, kids, humor, music, talk shows, human interest, movies, series, culture, documentaries, …

The programs are typically available for as long as one month.  Later on this year, there should be an app for that … but there is already a Facebook page!

In addition, VRT has various additional websites for expats and in other languages:

 

 

 

Flemish after-school classes | from 8/21/2017


Dutch after-school language classes will be offered from August 21st,  2017 at the Atlanta International School [AIS] as part of their new Heritage Language program.   Below follow some interesting points and the contact details of Hermine Morrell who is coordinating this exciting program.  Make sure to enroll quickly if interested!

  • The program is also open to non AIS families.
  • Classes meet twice a week, meaning 3 hours a week.  The basis for the tuition fees is $25 per class. By charging $25 the groups can be self-funding with only three students which allows greater individualized support for your child and makes it possible for us to  offer a greater range of languages and age groups.
  • The tutor will be an experienced native speaker, in partnership with De Molenwiek which will enable us to have access to their teachers.
  • The curriculum will be designed by AIS, inquiry based (with STEAM components) and inspired by the IB curriculum. AIS’s framework will not match the requirements of the R1 classes offered by De Molenwiek.
Days Time Semester 1

(dates)

Fees

(semester 1)

5K – Grade 2 Mon& Wed 3 – 4.30pm 8/21 to 12/13

(27 classes)

 

$625

Grades 3 to 5 Tues & Thurs 3 – 4.30pm 8/22 to 12/14

(30 classes)

 

$700

Contact Details:   Hermine Morrell, Heritage Language Coordinator / French Language Acquisition TeacherATLANTA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, 2890 North Fulton Drive, Atlanta, GA  30305 – Direct phone (404) 841-2060 | email

Kortrijk delegation to Greenville, SC | 5/9-13/2017


Fancy a trip to Greenville, SC?  Why not tackle along the Kortrijk Sister City Delegation in Greenville, SC from May 9th – 13th?

The main purpose of the ‘K2G’ delegation visit is for both cities to learn more about -and be inspired by- each other’s people, ambitions, approach and accomplishments. In addition, it’s all about:

  • exploring shared interests and mutual opportunities related to government, urban development, education, arts, and business.
  • establishing many new and valuable relationships between community, educational, and business leaders in Kortrijk/West Flanders and Greenville/The Upstate, that are excited about helping to maintain and develop this sister city relationship, while providing new opportunities for them-selves and the organizations or companies they represent.
  • developing the Kortrijk-Greenville bridge as a unique gateway between our both countries.

Here is the detailed agenda.

For the epicureans, enjoy a “Belgian Beer Dinner” on Wednesday May 10th at 7 pm at The Trappe Door, downtown Greenville.  This “fusion” menu is a mix of Belgian with Southern specialities.  The cost per person is $70 all-in (without alcohol: $50 per head), including meeting those Belgian Delegation participants:

  • Mr. Vincent Van Quickenborne, Kortrijk Mayor and Member of the Belgian House of Representatives
  • Ms. Kelly Detavernier, Kortrijk City Council Member
  • Ms. Dominique Viaene, Sister Cities Coordinator for Kortrijk
  • Mr. Stijn Debaillie, Coordinator at DesignRegio Kortrijk
  • Mr. Matthieu Marisse, Regional Director for VOKA South-West Flanders
  • Mr. Piet Grymonprez, Co-Founder & Managing Director of MyMachine Global Foundation
  • Ms. Isabelle Pertry, Head of the Internationalization Department at Howest
  • Mr. Roel Vandommele, Director of Education at Howest
  • Ms. Isabel Vanslembrouck, Director of Research and Development at VIVES
  • Ms. Patricia Waerniers, Director of Education at VIVES
  • Dr. Petra Huyst, Staff Member Research at KULAK
  • Prof. Dr. Ir. Wim Thielemans, Provincial Chair of Advanced Materials at the Renewable Materials and Nanotechnology Research Group at KULAK
  • Mr. William de Baets, Consul General for Belgium in Atlanta
  • Mr. Wim Van Cauteren, Trade Commissioner at Flanders Investment & Trade
  • Mr. Anton Mertens, President of the Belgian American Chamber of the South
  • Mr. Jean-Louis Vanderstraeten, President of the French American Chamber of Commerce of the Carolinas (and a Belgian!)

Of course, a number of “Greenville VIPs” will also be in attendance, and it will be a very relaxed and enjoyable event; no formalities or black tie…. Only 32 spots remaining for the dinner, out of a total of 80 – First come – first served [invitation has not yet been extended to the general public].

For more information about the visit or email Stijn.

De Molenwiek turns 15! | 3/25/2017


Since 2002, De Molenwiek offers Dutch/Flemish language and culture classes for kids from the age of 2.

You are kindly invited to attend their open house and silent auction – to help secure a bright future for the school – in Dunwoody, on Saturday March 25th at 7.30 pm.  Expect a fun event with Belgian beer, Hollandse bitterballen and dance the night away!

Logistics

  • When – Saturday March 25th at 7.30 pm
  • Where – “The Branches Clubhouse” in  Dunwoody | 1318 Winding Branch Circle– Atlanta 30338
  • Entry – $25 via Paypal, tickets to be booked in advance at demolenwiek@hotmail.com.  Tickets include food and drinks for the evening. Advanced ticket purchase only.
  • Dress code – casual attire.

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nuit belge | 2/25/2017


For the second year, Nuit Belge is back in Atlanta.  Organized by Rhizome Productions Inc., this event is a unique pairing of Belgian beers and small plates of Atlanta’s finest chefs.

To tease your palate, here are the restaurants involved: Bhojanic, Iberian Pig, Holeman & Finch, Cooks & Soldiers, King + Duke, Local Three, Octopus Bar, Lusca, Heirloom Market BBQ, Empire State South, Double Zero Napolitana, Blackberry Farm & Ba Bellies.  The beers will include Orval, Bacchus Oud Bruin, Lindemans Cuvee Kriek, Gouden Carolous Triple, Saison DuPont, Westmalle Dubbel, Houblon Chouffe, Petrus Aged Pale Ale, Three Taverns, Rodenbach Grand Cru and many more.

A little bit over the venue – The Foundry at Puritan Mill, located in the King Plow Arts District,  is a 12,000 square feet event space with original pine beams, expansive skylights, and polished concrete floors.  The foundry, built in 1921, was constructed and operated by Puritan Chemical Company until 1996. In 2000, the location was purchased, restored and converted into a mixed-use facility.

Nuit Belge’s other stops are New Orleans on 2/3, Nashville on 3/18 and Charleston on 3/25.

Logistics

  • When: Saturday February 25th, 2017,  from 7- 10 pm.
  • Where: The Foundry at Puritan Mill | 916 Joseph E Lowery Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
  • Ticket prices range from $99-$149 and include entry, tasting glass, festival program, and unlimited food & beverage samples.
  • This is a 21+ event and proper ID is required for entrance.
  • Dress to impress (no shorts,t-shirts,or flip flops).
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harvest of war



Harvest of war” is the latest book by Florida-based Belgian author Jan Smolders. I had the pleasure to meet Jan during his recent book presentation. Soberly dressed all in black, totally contrasting with his white hair, his piercing eyes and sparkling smile illuminated the room.  He is very jovial and you can only imagine him as a little boy as ‘een echte kapoen‘.

His 7th book takes place in his hometown of Ramsel and while, non fiction, the story is mostly based on historical facts related to the end of World War II when the village is still under Nazi occupation.  In the summer of 1944, Jan was a 5-year old boy who still today recalls many of these events described in his book… one of the main characters is Dr Van Dam, based on his own doctor who treated him when he contracted polio at the age of 6.  Together they braved the illness… allowing Jan to run 23 marathons!

Having left the corporate world [Bekaert & Lockheed] and toured most of the world,  Jan and his wife Lut are now living in Boca Raton, FL where he turned into a writer 5 years ago.

His other books: Viral Games,The Bridge of Whispers, The Convenient Fund, Ripping the Veil, Tennessee Tremors, Alone in Boca Raton are either thrillers or related to corporate devious manoeuvering. His eight book is ready to be published and #9 is in his mind …

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Terug naar school


Back to school…..dus ook voor de Molenwiek – the Dutch in Metro Atlanta.

Voor wie niet bekend is met de Molenwiek; wij verzorgen taal en cultureel onderwijs voor nederlandse en vlaamse kinderen in de metro Atlanta area.

A.s. dinsdag 9 augustus, gaan wij weer van start.

Onze leerlingen van 4 jaar en ouder hebben dit schooljaar les op onze nieuwe locatie bij St. Davids Episcopal Church op 1015 Old Roswell Rd te Roswell. Een prachtig gebouw met een schaduwrijke speeltuin, bibliotheek en zelfs een binnen speelgelegenheid.

De peuters hebben les op vrijdagochtend van 9:30 tot 12:00pm in Marietta (Mount Bethel Church).

Schooljaar 2016-2017 is niet alleen een Lustrum jaar (15!) voor de Molenwiek maar ook een jaar waarin wij starten met 2 nieuwe programma’s.

Ten eerste gaan wij starten met voortgezet onderwijs. Hierbij hanteren wij de lesmethode ‘Nieuw Nederlands’ en richten wij ons vooral op middle en highschool studenten die misschien in Nederland of Vlaanderen willen studeren. Ook studenten die Nederlands als vreemde taal op hun highschool willen volgen zijn van harte welkom.

Ook ‘Hotel Hallo, is een aanvulling op het bestaande curriculum.. Deze methode is speciaal ontworpen voor kinderen van ongeveer 6 tot en met 11 jaar. Aan de hand van verhalen, liedjes en dialogen komen ongeveer duizend frequente woorden aan bod en wordt de woordenschat uitgebreid en de spreekvaardigheid verbeterd.

Het twee-talig opgroeien en bijhouden van de moedertaal is van enorm belang voor kinderen. Wellicht dat zij dat zichzelf nu nog niet realiseren maar zij groeien op als ‘ambassadeurs’ voor Nederland en Belgie!

Door het verbonden blijven met beiden landen creeren zij kansen en uitdagingen voor zichzelf en verbreiden hun horizon.

Bij de Molenwiek stellen wij ons ten doel deze uitdagingen en kansen te ondersteuenen door kwalitatief hoogstaand onderwijs te bieden, ervaren docenten in te zetten en een positieve leeromgeving te creeeren.

Wij worden daarbij ondersteund door een netwerk van nederlandse scholen in de VS en de stichting NOB.

Bent u aan het denken gezet of wilt u gewoon meer weten over de Molenwiek of een van onze programma’s. Aarzel niet om contact op te nemen met onze Directeur via 404-542-1293 of uw vragen te stellen via demolenwiek@hotmail.com

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celebrate with a beer | 21-24/7/2016


More Belgian festivities … The Brick Store Pub in Decatur [125 E Court Square, Decatur, GA 30030] is having Belgian Independence Day celebrations.  They begin on Thursday the 21st and finish on Sunday the 24th of July. The will have 21 draft lines, all Belgian beers in their Belgian bar upstairs!  And you can conclude those few days by joining us for some good beATL-Time at the beach with picnic.  See post below.

the race to the White House


‘De race naar het Witte Huis’ (publisher Van Halewyck NV) is a book from Belgian author Bart Deelen – for now, only available in Dutch from September 9th, 2016.

Het boek is een bevoorrechte oogetuigenverslag van de vijf campagnes sinds de millenniumwisselen en geeft een heldere blik op de amerikaanse presidentsverkiezingen met eigen reflecties van een vlaming die sinds 1999 in Washington woont. Bart werkt voor de Belgische ambassade; eerder was hij verbonden aan de International Foundation for Election System (IFES) en de KUL.

In De race naar het Witte Huis helpt hij de lezer om de huidige wedloop naar de Oval Office te begrijpen. Hij geeft een antwoord op een aantal veelgestelde vragen: welke hindernissen moeten de kandidaten overwinnen voor ze een gooi kunnen doen naar het hoogste ambt? Wat zijn de spelregels tijdens de voorverkiezingen? Waarom duren die zo lang en zijn ze zo duur en complex? En waar komt de revolte binnen de Republikeinse partij, met Donald Trump als exponent daarvan, vandaan?
De race naar het Witte Huis biedt een terugblik op vijf verkiezingen, trends, terugkerende thema’s en de factoren die winst of verlies bepalen. Komen aan bod: de controversiële verkiezingsuitslag in 2000, de impact van 9/11 op de campagne van 2004, de historische overwinning van Barack Obama en het verrassende verloop van de huidige campagne. Maar het boek graaft dieper en staat ook stil bij verklarende factoren zoals de toegenomen politieke polarisatie, de opbouw van een campagne, de registratie en mobilisatie van kiezers … Alles wat de kritische Europese lezer nodig heeft om de Amerikaanse verkiezingsrace te doorgronden.