Black Friday

Black Friday $20 discount on Adult Class Registrations - Nov. 26-30, 2020

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Book pick up appointments will be scheduled for December 1-4, 2020

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  • Book Talk with Linda Jane Holden et al, 12/04

    Garden Secrets of Bunny Mellon: Online Book Talk

    Friday 4th December 2020 — 6:30pm to 7:30pm

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    The Alliance Française of Washington, DC will be hosting Linda Jane Holden, Thomas Lloyd, and Bryan Huffman for a presentation of their newly released illustrated book Garden Secrets of Bunny Mellon, as well as Bunny Mellon Garden Journal.

    This event will be in English. You can order a copy of Garden Secrets of Bunny Mellon and Bunny Mellon Garden Journal through Amazon or at a local bookstore.

    About the books

    Garden Secrets of Bunny Mellon is the story of a self-taught amateur gardener who designed the White House Rose Garden and designed the Mellon family gardens at Oak Spring in Upperville, VA and in Antigua, among others. Extracts of Bunny’s garden writings are lavishly woven throughout, and many of her never-before-seen photographs fill the pages. Here, Bunny Mellon’s garden philosophy and “standards” are revealed. While she considered all of her standards to be of the utmost importance, time spent in the garden was probably her #1 secret. If you don’t show up, then what’s the point? Readers will feel like Bunny Mellon is their gardening guide and friend.

    Bunny Mellon Garden Journal, illustrated with Bunny Mellon’s charming line drawings and punctuated with quotes from her personal gardening notes, this beautiful journal will be both useful and enlightening. A delightful gift for a master gardener or a late-bloomer.

    About the authors

    Linda Jane Holden is the author of The Gardens of Bunny Mellon, published October 2018. She lives in the Northern Virginia portion of the Washington metropolitan area.

    Thomas Lloyd is the grandson of Bunny Mellon and the president of the Gerard B. Lambert Foundation. He lives in Washington, DC.

    Bryan Huffman was a friend of Bunny Mellon and is an interior designer based in Charlotte, NC.

    P. Allen Smith (Foreword) is the host of three public television programs and the author of numerous books on gardening and home.

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  • AFI European Union Film Showcase, 12/2-20

    Welcome to the 2020 AFI European Union Film Showcase

    2 - 20 December 2020 

    Schedule & tickets

    AFDC is proud to be partnering with the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center to bring you the 33rd AFI European Union Film Showcase. This year’s Showcase is presented online for the first time; all films are available to viewers in the AFI Silver’s home region of Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC, and 29 films are available to view throughout the United States and U.S. Territories.

    This year's Showcase features 48 films representing 25 EU member states, including award winners, regional box-office hits, debut works by up-and-coming talents and new works by leading auteurs, plus nine of the top contenders for this year's Academy Award® for Best International Feature Film and 12 U.S. and North American premieres.

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  • Online Winter Camps 2021

    Online Day Camps 2021

    Join us for our Online Winter Camps! Each day will feature hands-on craft making and promote full French immersion! The list of materials needed will be sent in advance.

    • February 15: Les P'tits Astronautes
    • February 16: Les P'tits Boulangers: La Brioche Au Chocolat
    • February 17: Les P'tits Zoologues
    • February 18: Les P'tits Gourmands; Les Petits Ecoliers
    • February 19: Les P'tits Artistes: Le Jeu des Couleurs (Color Game)

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  • Library Resource Guide

    Ressources en
    français !

    Dans la région du DMV, nous avons la chance d’être entourés par une riche communauté noire et une riche communauté francophone. Nous avons accès à une diversité de voix, de perspectives, et de cultures. Maintenant est arrivé le temps de les soutenir, de les écouter, et d’amplifier leurs voix.

    Comment s’y prendre ? Quelles actions mener ?

    Lire. Écouter. Parler. Voter. Soutenir. S’éduquer.

    En s’inspirant de la bibliothèque publique de DC, de la bibliothèque nationale de France, et de plusieurs librairies indépendantes, nous avons établi une liste de livres, d’articles et de liens pour aborder le problème du racisme en français. 

    • Adult Placement Test Information

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    • Private Classes

      Private Classes

      The Alliance Française de Washington provides customized private one-on-one and semi-private instruction on-site and off-site, as well as Skype lessons with fully qualified French teachers. Start at any time and benefit from flexible scheduling and personalized instruction.

      Submit request form for adult private classes. Learn more about our adult private classes. Learn more about kids & teens private classes here.

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    • La France au menu

      La France au menu


      From Normandy to the Alps, from crêpes to raclette, if there's anything France is known for, it's food. Join us as we take you through a tour of l'Hexagone and its history, language, and, most importantly, cuisine! With each new region you will discover the culture, sights, and linguistic peculiarities that make that destination shine. And, of course, we will be introducing you to the regional specialities that contribute to the most famous culinary legacy in the world. Grab a seat (and a glass of wine) and get ready for a delicious journey. À table !

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