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Belgian Community Night Hawks vs. Knicks | 11/7/2018


Join beATL at the newly renovated State Farm Arena on Wednesday, November 7th for a Belgian Community Night. Watch the Atlanta Hawks take on Belgian player, Frank Ntilikina**, and the New York Knicks. Each ticket includes $10 worth of food and beverage credit that can be used at the brand new restaurants inside the arena.

You can purchase tickets anywhere in the arena through this link. I can certainly reach out to the Knicks and see if this is something Frank Ntilikina

The pre-game shoots should be around from 5:00-6:00 pm.  You would get to sit in the lower level for that time frame. After that, you can always go near the Knicks tunnel and possibly get to say hi or see Frank Ntilikina if he is over there.  beATL is working with the event coordinator to see if we could get some special beATL-time with Frank … Updates will be posted within this blogpost when available – check again later.

** Frank Ntilikina is a 6’5″ Belgian professional basketball player for the New York Knicks. He was selected by the Knicks as the eighth overall pick during the 2017 NBA Draft. Ntilikina plays both point guard and shooting guard positions.

Logistics

  • When: November 7, 2018 @ 7:30 pm [pre-game shoots around from 5:00-6:00 pm]
  • Where: State Farm Arena | 1 Philips Dr NW , Atlanta, GA 30303
  • Tickets@ $26/person for beATL members[you can purchase tickets anywhere in the arena – deadline to purchase tickets November 7, 2018 @ 6:30 pm]

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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….

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/

 

 

 

Fourth Annual Belgian Potluck | 1/27/2018


beATL is excited to invite you to its fourth edition of its Belgian Potluck on January 27th, 2018.   There are some changes to the formula so, please read carefully all the below crusty information!

The first change is the venue – for the first time, we will rent a clubhouse.  The second change is that the rental comes at a cost and therefore, each participant will be requested to pay a $10 non-refundable entry fee per person, payable in advance [no money at the doors, no exception].

Put your dear self in your culinary gear and prepare some tasty homemade dish(es) – preferably with a Belgian taste – to share.  We always have peers stressing about cooking so, don’t use it as an excuse: there are other ‘jobs’ available for you… We will have a sign-up sheet and each participating family must sign up to bring some Belgian homemade [we insist on that] culinary elements to the table!

Remember it is a kids-free evening, with just adults.  For obvious reasons.

Don’t wait to RSVP since attendance is limited to 100 guests.

Details of the evening will be emailed to all registered beATL-members.  If you didn’t get your invitation, contact your beATL Queen Patricia.

Logistics

  • When: Saturday January 27th, 2018 at 5.30 pm (no late arrivals please … we can’t start without your food).  Festivity runs until 10.30 pm.
  • Where: address will be privately shared in due time to those who RSVP-ed ‘in’
  • Parking: since this is in a private neighborhood, use the club house parking lot.  In the event the lot is full, park on the same side of the street, without blocking any driveways or fire hydrants.  Carpool if possible.
  • RSVP is a must [space is limited, no exception] – deadline to pay your entry fee is Monday 22/01!
  • Fee paid in advance is a must – details will be shared after registration
  • Sign up sheet is a must – details will be shared after registration
  • NO CHILDREN, no exception – must be 21 or over.

Some important tips:

  • although the term “potluck” suggests a random assortment of dishes, the idea is to focus on Belgian (style) food
  • bring your dish ready-to-eat in a to-go container; we are in a Club House with no kitchen
  • bring a serving dish and serving utensils; again: we are in a Club House …
  • label your dish(es) if they cannot be traced back to you
  • all those who are gluten intolerant, food allergenic, vegans or have any kind dietary challenge(s) are requested to bring their own food to avoid any mishaps.
  • Party guests are expected to help with the clean up …

Potluck

 

the first Belgian THIRSTday of 2018 | 1/4/2018


Let’s celebrate the New Year at Fado Irish Pub in Buckhead!  A good occasion to meet new and old beATLes from 7 pm for a sip or some nibble … or both!

Please courtesy RSVP … even if not coming!

Logistics

  • When – Thursday January 4th, 2018 –  from 7 pm
  • Where – FADO IRISH PUB – BUCKHEAD | 273 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta, GA 30305 | (404) 841-0066
  • Parking – $7 valet, metered parking, next door public self parking or for free parking: use the parking garage (BA Complex across the street from the pub) up to 3 hours for $0 if  you ask for your validation sticker from your server or bartender [3-5 hours = $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.

 

New Year with BACoS | 1/19/2018


Join the Belgian American Chamber of the South for its annual New Year Celebration.  Enjoy delicious Belgian beverages, tasty hors d’oeuvre and great networking opportunities.   And don’t miss the chance to win a Tintin Comic Strip!

Logistics

  • When – Friday, January 19, 2018 at 6 pm.
  • Where – the Lawyers Club of Atlanta | 1230 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 3850, Atlanta, GA 30309
  • Parking – Parking is available in the Promenade Parking Garage located next to the building. Parking passes will be validated.
  • Admission Fees :
    • Members: Free
    • Non-members – 30 and under: $15
    • Non-members: $20
  • Registration

Farewell Wim | 9/5/2017


Wim Van Cauteren and his lovely wife Luciana have been beATLe fans as soon as beATL started its journey in June 2014.  For sure we will miss seeing them around!

Wim has been appointed as Trade Commissioner for Flanders & Brussels in Mexico-City where he will work at the Belgian Embassy.  There are a lot of economic links between the US and Mexico which has adopted a lot of American business practices while keeping its Latin flavor.   Also Mexico has, apart from Brazil, the largest economy in Latin-America offering many unexplored opportunities that Wim is excited about.

Luciana and Wim are fluent in Spanish, making the move to such a beautiful country even more attractive; they are both really looking forward to live there.

Wim started working for Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) in June 1998.   His first posting was Riyadh in Saudi Arabia; that was followed by a 7-year stay in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  After Argentina, he went back to Brussels for 2 1/2 years – at FIT’s headquarters, and since 2012, Atlanta became their new home.

His main activities is to give support to Flemish & Brussels export companies, that want to expand into the (Southern) USA.  On the other hand, he also detects US companies that want to cross the Atlantic and invest in Europe which explains why you could see him at numerous conferences, events and exhibitions.

He was also the co-organizer of three large trade missions in his jurisdiction: two Flemish-Dutch trade missions (one to Houston, TX and one to Atlanta, GA) and one Belgian Economic Mission to Texas.

What he loves about his job is getting positive feedback from Belgian and local companies, industry associations and government representatives but the icing on the cake is when a company secures a contract thanks to his introduction!

Wim will never forget the day and night of January 28 in 2014 when a snow and ice storm hit Atlanta!  Here is his story: ‘that night we were organizing a reception for Belgian businessmen that participated at the International Production & Processing Expo in Atlanta, so we could not leave the office early.  We left the office at 11 PM thinking that by that time the highways would be clear. Wrong ! I-75 north was still clogged with cars and there was a complete stand still. We got off the freeway, but we got lost somewhere in midtown and we feared we would have to overnight in our car with freezing temperatures outside. Luckily a Good Samaritan found us and was so nice to give us a ride back to my office in downtown Atlanta. At the office, we had to make a makeshift bed, made of tapestries and old carpets, but we were so happy that we didn’t have to sleep in the car.’

He will always enjoy and feel proud with the headline on the VRT (Flemish Public Television) news that stated that the first joint Flemish-Dutch economic mission in Houston, TX was a success. After several months of preparation, it was very rewarding.

If you ask Wim about his personal best moments in Atlanta, he will tell you about the Sun Dial restaurant in the Westin-hotel downtown where he had a birthday dinner with Luciana … but what made it very special is that on that rainy day, the view was nonexistent giving them the impression of having dinner in the clouds.   And the Belgian beers at the Brick Store Pub will remain a very good souvenir.

His last day in Atlanta is on September 15 … and no, the name of his successor is not known yet.   Check the blog again soon.

Join Flanders Investment & Trade and the Belgian American Chamber of the South on Tuesday, September 5th, so you too can thank Wim for all the great work he has done in the Southeast, wish him all the best on his new mission in Mexico and say goodbye to this super nice couple.

Logistics

  • When: Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 from 6.30 – 8.30 pm
  • Where: Burr & Forman LLP171 17th Street Northwest – 11th floor, Atlanta, GA 30363
  • RSVP by Sept 1st, 2017

Celebrate 21st of July with beATL | 7/23/2017


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 23rd 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 23rd 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.

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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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: