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    • 20 Apr 2015
    • 31 May 2015
    • Ethan Allen Brussels

    Ethan Allen Brussels - End of Lease Sale

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    More info: info@brussels.ethanallen.com


    • 23 May 2015
    • 24 May 2015
    • American Cemeteries Belgium
    Memorial Day...
    Why Should We Remember Them?
     

    "HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY
    AN AMERICAN SOLDIER
    KNOWN BUT TO GOD
    "
    (Flanders Field American Cemetery and Memorial)

    American Memorial Day is here again, with events planned for the weekend of May 23 and 24. For Americans living in the United States, Memorial Day is a day off from work, with family picnics, and unbeatable sales. However, when you reside in Belgium, it is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for your family to experience what Memorial Day is all about.

    Commemorations of America’s commitment to guarantee freedom for the U.S., her friends and allies have been held each Memorial Day weekend in Belgium since 1923. One meaningful role Americans play during their years here is taking part in these ceremonies. If you haven’t done so already, don’t miss this opportunity. Attending a Memorial Day ceremony is a chance to reflect upon the freedom we enjoy today, paid for in the 20th century by over 345,000 brave American men and women who died during World Wars I and II. Over 14,000 American servicemen are buried in Belgium in three American military cemeteries.

    United States Military Representatives and senior Belgian politicians offer their tributes. Belgian schoolchildren sing both The Star Spangled Banner and the Belgian national anthem, and deliver special poetic tributes at some cemeteries. The uplifting and dignified ceremonies help us to recall the self-evident truths that are the foundation of America itself, “…that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

    Everyone is invited to attend the Memorial Day ceremonies in grateful remembrance. You can also help to honor these brave soldiers and airmen by making a contribution to the AOMDA Foundation [ING account BE19310120214412 – BBRUBEBB]. A volunteer, non-profit organization supported solely by private donations, all money is used to ensure that the sacrifices of yesterday will never be forgotten, with special emphasis paid to youth outreach programs that perpetuate remembrance and understanding among future generations.

    For directions and additional information: www.aomda.org.

    • 26 May 2015
    • 1050 Brussels
     
     

    Sell in May and Go Away?

    The old adage couldn't be further from the truth this year, as this month will be quite newsworthy between the UK elections and the continued Greek Odyssey. The dollar is starting to rebound, which gives a few  opportunities to get out of excess Euros (for the Americans) and potentially get money to work. 

    The numbers are coming off their first quarter lags, which most identified as weather and dollar strength related. Manufacturing is still showing strong but not inflationary, new housing in the US is positive but not beyond usual growth and the only disappointment in the US was declining consumer confidence and a dismal 0.2% GDP growth for the first quarter (but on the bright side with the dollar move, being positive is something to celebrate). 

    Everything that seems to be slowing in the US, seems to be the opposite in Europe. The first quarter was the best quarter in seventeen years for the continent. With continued stimulus and some political cooperation, Europe looks like it could turn around. 

    Fixed income in Europe is bouncing like a yo-yo and looking for some long-term stability and this is why we are excited to bring in our friends from Raiffeisen Asset Management to discuss the markets on Tuesday, May 26th.

    Reservation:
     
    www.dunhillfinancial.be/events.html
     

    Dunhill Financial s.p.r.l.
    Av. des Saisons 110
    1050 Brussels
    Tel. 02/644.66.25
    info@dunhillfinancial.be



    • 26 May 2015
    • 6:00 PM
    • 1040 Brussels


    The Bulletin and ING Belgium invite you to a seminar on: "Make the best of your pension in Belgium"

     

    Caroline Huys, National Pension Office,
    «Update on the latest changes»

     

    Hugues Thibaut, International Affairs Manager, Group S,
    «The second pillar and additional benefits»

     

    Dave Deruytter, Head of Expatriates and Non-residents, ING Belgium,
    «Expat Pension - Deciding on your priorities whilst cutting the risks»

    Tuesday, May 26 | ING headquarters

    «Orange Room»

    Cours Saint Michel, 40 - 1040 Brussels | Metro: Mérode

     

    Registrations at 17:30

     

    Presentations at 18:00 sharp

     

    End by 21:00

    Attendance is FREE. Register before May 22.

    > REGISTER NOW!

    Best regards,
    The Bulletin Team 

    © Copyright2014 - Mediahuis N.V. - The Bulletin - A.Gossetlaan 30 - Groot-Bijgaarden - Belgium
    • 29 May 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Renaissance Hotel, 1050 Brussels
    Final Friday Cocktails
     

    Friday, May 29
    6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

    Renaissance Brussels Hotel
    (ground floor near the bar)
    Rue du Parnasse 19 – 1050 Brussels (Ixelles)
    (walking distance from Place du Luxembourg)

    The American Club of Brussels is happy to welcome our friends from ACAB (American Clubs and Associations in Belgium). And anyone else that would like to join us...

    Cash bar open to all.
    Newcomers to Belgium and prospective ACB members are especially welcome.
    No reservation is required. Bring a guest or two.

    Though no reservation is required, you can register.
    It will take less than a minute and
    there are no strings attached.
    We will keep you informed about
    The American Club of Brussels' events.

    • 30 May 2015
    • 31 May 2015
    • 1410 Waterloo


    Click here to view full-size poster

    Melissa of Serendip Spa, an ACB corporate member, is inviting all members of the American Club to join the Serendip Team for the Relay.
    E-mail melissa@serendipspa.com for further information.


    • 31 May 2015
    • 3:00 PM
    • 1000 Brussels
    • 7
    A Guided Visit of the Comic Strip Route
    in Brussels

     

    Join us on Sunday, May 31, for a unique guided visit to the comic strip murals in the center of Brussels. We will explore the city and its famous comic strip frescoes. This tour will take you along several walls and statues of our famous comic book heroes such as Tintin, the Smurfs, Lucky Luke, Astérix and Obélix and many others. The project began in 1991 thanks to the initiative of the local authorities in collaboration with the Belgian Comic Strip Museum to acknowledge Brussels as the capital of comic strips.

    We will meet on the Grand’ Place at 3 p.m. and the tour will last approximately two hours.

    Please note that this visit is limited to 20 people.

    Event Details:
    Date: Sunday, May 31, 2015
    Time: 3:00  p.m.
    Place: Grand’ Place, 1000 Brussels
    Price: €10 for ACB and AWCB members, €15 for non-members.
    Public Transportation: Metro: Gare Centrale/Centraal Station; buses 29, 38, 63, 65, 66 and 71: Gare Centrale/Centraal Station; trams 3, 4: Bourse.
    Sign up: Reservations are due by noon on Wednesday, May 27,
    online at www.americanclubbrussels.org, by email (info@americanclubbrussels.org), or by telephone to the ACB Office Manager (0476/996.870). Payment to ACB at BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB) will confirm your reservation. Be sure to mention “Cartoons” in the communications section of the virement.
    Cancellations are possible until noon on Wednesday, May 27. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

    • 10 Jun 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 1000 Brussels
    The Canadian Club of Belgium &
    The American Club of Brussels
    welcome you to our Reading Group
    on the second Wednesday of the month
    from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
    (CCB and ACB members only)

    We are asking you to present us a book of your choice (American or Canadian authors preferred) that you have read and that you have really enjoyed. This gives all members who are passionate about reading a chance to read and discuss different genres of literature.

    If you have not read the book, if do not have a book you wish to present, or if you are able to come just at the last minute, please join us anyway.

    Reading Group Contact: Geneviève Bergiers
    Tel. 02/660.57.65 –
    genevieve@chiropractorbergiers.be

    •  •  •

    June 10 – presented by Kim Masiero (through Skype)
       

    The Imperfectionists
    by Tom Rachman (UK/Canada)

    Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Rome, Tom Rachman's wry, vibrant debut follows the topsy-turvy private lives of the reporters, editors, and executives of an international English language newspaper as they struggle to keep it –and themselves– afloat.

    Venue: Geneviève Bergiers D.C., Av. des Nénuphars 11, 1160 Brussels (Auderghem) (tel. 02/660.57.65).
     

    July 8 – presented by Laura Richard


    The Handmaid's Tale
    by Margaret Atwood (Canada)

    Margaret Atwood's popular dystopian novel explores a broad range of issues relating to power, gender and religious politics. It is set in the aftermath of a world plagued by terrorist attacks, where the survivors chose to pay for security with their freedoms. The Handmaid's Tale is a classic in speculative fiction, one of the most powerful and widely read novels of our time.

    Venue: to be confirmed

    August 12 & September 9 are still available for your best suggestions!

    More info about the Clubs:
    • 13 Jun 2015
    • Verdun (France)

    Verdun WWI Battlefields

    Expat Club Event
     

      

    A daytrip to Verdun, the capital of the Great War, including guided tours at the American Meuse-Argonne cemetery and Douamont monuments.

    Info and reservations: www.expatclub.org

    ACB members should use code Verdun06ACB for a €10 discount.

    • 30 Jun 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • La Maison du Cygne, 1000 Brussels
    • 52
     

    Ommegang Dinner

    Once again, the ACB offers members and guests a unique opportunity to view the Ommegang procession on the Grand’Place while dining in one of the most elegant restaurants in Brussels.

    La Maison du Cygne is housed in a former 17th century guild house that overlooks the Grand’Place. From the balcony and windows of a large private dining room, we will have an unparalleled view of the Ommegang as the pageant unfolds on one of the most beautiful squares in the world.

    Menu "Made in Belgium"

    Panko de Gambas au Curry Rouge et Avocat
    Breaded Large Prawns with Red Curry and Avocado

    Cabillaud sur Peau, Viennoise de Morilles,
    Blettes, Cacahuètes et Blanche de Bruxelles

    Cod, Viennese style Morels,
    Peanuts and Belgian Beer

    Poire Williams Confite et Gaufre de Bruxelles,
    Glace aux Noix de Pécan
    Conserve of Williams Pear and Brussels Waffle,
    Pecan Nuts Ice Cream

    Moka et Mignardises
    Coffee and Biscuits

    Vin blanc: Mathys Sauvignon
    (1 bouteille pour 2 personnes)
    White wine: Mathys Sauvignon
    (1 bottle for 2 persons)

    The Ommegang takes place on Tuesday, June 30. Ommegang (literally “walk-around”) is a faithful recreation of a splendid pageant that was first performed in 1549 for Emperor Charles V, his son Philip II, and the knights of the Order of the Golden Fleece.

    Staged at night on the illuminated Grand’Place, the two-hour extravaganza includes flag-throwers, folk dancers, archers, acrobats, jesters, jugglers, fire-eaters, falcon-trainers, folkloric giants, stilt-walkers, and the famous Gilles of Binche. Descendents of the nobility of the time play the roles and wear the coats of arms and sumptuous costumes of their ancestors.

    This is a spectacular affair, and one of the biggest festivals in the country. Our dinner evening at La Maison du Cygne offers, literally and figuratively, a window on this amazing event. Bring your camera.

    Please note that this is a Members Priority event (ACB, AWCB and Irish Club of Belgium). Non-members may only sign up as of Thursday, June 18.

    Watch official trailer on YouTube

    Event Details
    Date:
    Tuesday, June 30, 2015
    Time:
    - Open cash bar: 7:00 p.m.
    - Dinner: 8:00 p.m.
    Place: Salon Louis XIV, La Maison du Cygne, Grand’Place (entrance: Rue Charles Buls 2), 1000 Brussels
    Price: €75 for ACB, AWCB and Irish Club of Belgium members; €85 for non-members
    Dress code: Coat and tie requested
    Sign up: Reservations are due by noon on Friday, June 26, online at www.americanclubbrussels.org, by email (info@americanclubbrussels.org), or by telephone to the ACB Office Manager (0476/996.870). Payment to ACB at BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB) will confirm your reservation. Be sure to mention “Ommegang” in the communications section of the virement.
    Cancellations are possible until noon on Friday, June 26. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

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