for the whole family

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/

 

 

 

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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

 

Saint Nicolas/Sinterklaas | 12/2/2017


Saint Nicolas/Sinterklaas is coming on Saturday December 2nd at 10 am.   The Legend will have bags full of presents of all kinds (provided by you, dear parents) and goody bags.   Polish your shoes,  prepare some carrots and  and practice those songs!

Join the Big ‘Molenwiek’ Saint Nicholas Celebration for all Belgian – French & Flemish speaking – children in the Atlanta area.

Please read carefully all the logistic infos!!!  Presents, check and registration form are a must!

Logistics

  • When: Saturday December 2nd from 10 am until 12.30 pm
  • Where: St. David’s Episcopal Church, 1015 Old Roswell Rd, Roswell, GA 30076
  • Parking: behind the Church and the entrance is on the left side of the playground.
  • Presents [not more than $15/present/child]: must be dropped in advance [see locations days and times below]. Bring a wrapped present for your child(ren) clearly marked with their full name(s).
  • Registration sheet [write on a piece of paper in block letters 1/ the details of the person in charge in your family with email address  and 2/the first and last names of each person in your party] + payment [checks payable to de Molenwiek] must accompany all presents with at the latest with the name(s) of your child(ren) and including all adults attending the party.
  • Cost – to be paid by check to De Molenwiek at drop off of presents
    • $5 per child
    • kids aged 2 and under are free but must be registered.
    • $10 per adult, including grand-parents
  • Presents Drop off locations:
    • Friday November 17 between 9am and 12pm at st. Davids Episcopal Church, 1015 Old Roswell Rd., Roswell, GA 30076 [school is located backside of the Church]
    • All other days at the front porch of de Molenwiek, 1007 Applegate Dr., Roswell, GA 30076
  • More infodemolenwiek@hotmail.com
  • Organizers: De Molenwiek, beATL & Atlanta Holland Club

beATL is your friend


beATL is your companion, your friend.  beATL is your guide to all Belgian-related events in and around Atlanta.

But beATL is also you.  You and your family.  You and your Belgian friends.  So if you would like to do something with your fellow compatriots, just send me the logistical info, and beATL will publish it for you and handle the RSVPs.  It can be anything and it doesn’t necessarily mean a lot of work:  just grab an idea from all the events around you and make the call …

Here is  an example: you want to bring your family to the fabulous display of Christmas Lights at the Botanical Garden in Atlanta in December (could be January too) …  Why not team up with other Belgian families who would probably want to do the same … Pick a date and time and let beATL make the announcements for you … Every single family will purchase their tickets in advance (or at the ticket window on the day) so you don’t have to deal with money … Just be at the meeting point to welcome your peers, and enjoy the lights!  How simple is that??

Here are some simple ideas for families: walk with or without picnic, a movie night, a haunted house, a day at Six Flags, peek at the zoo, fun at Snow Mountain, Atlanta streetcar … And for adults: a Segway tour, a visit to the Center of Civil and Human Rights, bond with a mummy, Atlanta Movie Tour, drive a Porsche, dance lessons, bowling…

Or course, you could also organize a wine tasting evening, a themed party, an automobile rally, a treasure hunt, a canoe trip,… which all require a little bit more organization but ask a friend to help you and it will be all fun for all!

What are you waiting for???   Contact beATL and let’s schedule something and have an exciting beATL-Time!

 

Luzia | 11/16/2017


beATL goes to Luzia, the latest Cirque du Soleil’s adventure. We have a group reservation for 25 persons, at a discounted price, for Thursday November 16th at 8 pm.  This is an event for the whole family [and friends]! Registrations – with payment – will be first come, first serve.

Interested?  Email us with us and we will contact you to arrange for the payment.  Registrations are only valid if your payment is received before the deadline of October 15th.

Logistics

  • When: Thursday November 16th, 2017 at 8 pm – Meeting Point and time will be confirmed to attendees.
  • Where: Atlantic Station | 241, 20th St, Atlanta, GA 30363
  • Price (price level 2):
    • Adults: $60
    • Children <12: $50
    • Seniors 65+: $55
  • Deadline for registration and payment is Sunday October 15.

solar eclipse | 8/21/2017


The Solar Eclipse was the talk-of-the-town yesterday.  Many of you shared your experiences with documenting pictures and/or videos via the social media.  Some created a pinhole projector and other chased the solar eclipse glasses …  Some of you were also published in an article from the VRT where you will recognize the participation of beATLes Francisca and Saskia.

 

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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the smurfs in American theaters | 4/7/2017


Belgium is the big mama of numerous famous cartoon characters… And the Smurfs, perhaps because there are so many of them [100], have been our fabulous friends since childhood [for those born after 1958].  Each of us has, at least, one favorite little blue creature.  So smurf your support on April 7th when the three-apples tall guys invade the American screens!  Parade your proudness and let your heart melt.  Les Schtroumpfs | de Smurfen are part of our heritage so don’t hesitate to smurf it in your friends and neighbors’ face!

Synopsis of The Smurfs: The Lost Village – Best friends Smurfette, Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty use a special map that guides them through the Forbidden Forest, an enchanted wonderland that’s filled with magical creatures. Their adventure leads them on a course to discover the biggest secret in Smurf history as they race against time and the evil wizard Gargamel to find a mysterious village.

Easter Egg Hunt | 4/9/2017


Hop Hop Hop … grab your little basket and join beATLes Cindy, Kelly and Jerina for a traditional egg hunt on Sunday April 9th, 2017 from 3 – 5 pm.  Easter Bunny will be in attendance and yummy waffles and fruit will be served at 3.30 pm just before the egg hunt!   Don’t wait to RSVP….  spaces are limited to 60 entries!

Logistics

  • When – Sunday, April 9th, 2017 from 3 to 5 pm
  • Where – Clubhouse at Waterside |  12605 Morningpark Circle, Alpharetta, GA 30004
  • Cost – $5.00 per person [at the door] – Each child must bring a basket.
  • RSVP before April 5th, with the name(s) of your child(ren), their complete DOB, the number of adults attending the party and an emergency phone number.

 

Belgian trumpetist performs | 3/25/2017


Come and listen to our compatriot Jacques Minjauw, member of the Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra,  play in the concert ‘Beyond Impressionism: Debussy & Vaughan Williams‘.  This concert is in collaboration with The Michael O’Neal Singers will take place on Saturday, March 25 at 7.30 pm at Lassiter High School.
You will hear impressionistic choral masterworks including Debussy’s lavish Nocturnes and Vaughan Williams’ ethereal Dona Nobis Pacem. Maestros Morrison and O’Neal share the podium to conduct 150 singers and 75 orchestra musicians.
Jacques Minjauw studied trumpet, music theory, history and transposition at the Royal Music Conservatory in Ghent, Belgium. After graduating in 1975, he was teaching music education for several years and performing with a band in Western Europe until he moved to Atlanta in 1978. In 1981 he enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia State University where he played in the Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band and Wind Ensemble. He studied trumpet with John Head (principal trumpet with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the time) and took conducting classes from Dr. Steven Winick. Since graduating from GSU with a Bachelor in Music in 1983, Jacques has enjoyed performing across the South-East with several bands, ensembles and orchestras.

Logistics

  • When: Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Lassiter High School @ Lassiter Concert Hall | 2601 Shallowford Rd. Marietta, Georgia 30066
  • Admission: $25 Adult | $15 Senior | $10 Student or $27/$17/$12 at the door