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Upcoming events

    • 08 May 2016
    • 3:00 PM
    • See event details.

    Linguistic Café Session


    The purpose of this gathering is for those learning Français or Español or English to get a chance to practice their conversational French or Spanish or English in two different groups. Conversely, French or Spanish speakers seeking to practice conversational English are also welcome. Please RSVP and join us as we practice our French or Spanish during 15 minute interval chats!

    This event is free for ACB, AWCB and CCB members; non-members pay a €5 fee. Coffee and drinks will be available for purchase at the bar.

    Event details:
    Date:
     Sunday, May 8, 2016
    Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
    Venue: Hotel Métropole 
    (Bar "Le 31"), Place de Brouckèreplein 31, 1000 Brussels
    Price: €5. Free for ACB, AWCB and CCB members. €10 no-show fee to ACB.
    Sign up: Reservations are due by Friday, May 6 at:
    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2221112.
    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Be sure to mention “Linguistics" in the reference section of of the bank transfer. Online payment with a credit card is also possible (through PayPal, but no actual PayPal account is required); pay when registering or use the link provided in the invoice. Cancellations are possible until noon on Friday, May 6. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.
    Directions: The closest metro stop to Hotel Métropole is De Brouckère. There is no street parking available for this location. Please see maps of hotel location in relation to the metro stop here: http://www.metropolehotel.com/files/maps/map-en.pdf


    • 10 May 2016
    • 7:00 PM
    • See event details.

    Historic Beer Bar Tour

     

    Café Bizon
    Karperbrug 7 Rue du Pont de la Carpe
    1000 Brussels

    www.cafebizon.com

    The American Club of Brussels invites you to join us for a Historic Beer Bar Tour hour of fun, socializing and chatting! The Beer Bar Tour events are held the second Tuesday of each month and take place at different, great locations throughout the city.

    This month we visit a historical bar in central Brussels. From the Café’s website: “The Bizon is one of the most amazing bars in the Western hemisphere. From the moment you enter the bar your breath will be taken away when you get absorbed in an amazing atmosphere of blues, booze and entertainment.”

    Everyone is welcome and feel free to bring friends!

    Event Details
    Date: 
    Tuesday, May 10, 2016.
    Time: 7:00 p.m. until ?
    Place
    : Café Bizon, Karperbrug 7 Rue du Pont de la Carpe, 1000 Brussels.
    Price: Dependent on your own consumption.
    Please register by Monday, May 9, so that we know how many of you to expect for the reservation.

    To find the ACB group or for additional information:
    Text (or call) Carl Mir at 0494/27.97.63 and he will let you know where the group is sitting.

    • 11 May 2016
    • 14 Dec 2016
    • 8 sessions
    • See event details.
    The Canadian Club of Belgium,
    The American Club of Brussels &
    The American Women's Club of Brussels

    welcome you to our Reading Group
    on the second Wednesday of the month
    [7:00–9:00 p.m.]

    (CCB, ACB and AWCB members only)

    We ask you to present a book of your choice (American or Canadian authors preferred) that you have read and really enjoyed. This will give all members, passionate about reading, a chance to read and discuss different literary genres.

    Even if you have not read the selected book and if you do not have a book you wish to present, please feel free to join us anyway – even at the last minute.

    Reading Group Contact
    (also for venue details)
    Geneviève Bergiers
    Tel. 02/660.57.65
    genevieve@chiropractorbergiers.be

    •  •  •

    May 11 Jean Minutello will be away at that date, unfortunately. We are looking for a volunteer to replace her and present the book.


    The Dice Man
    by Luke Rhinehart
    (U.S.A.)

    The Dice Man captures the "Wheel of Fortune" for real. He embarks on a personal journey of self-discovery by taking chances and dancing with fate/the devil. Rhinehart, being a psychiatrist, as well as a family man, decides to "pick up the dice", in an effort to steer his ship into the unknown. We will discover why, how and where throughout his journey. The author sets out to challenge the "controlled aspects" of life and states, in no uncertain terms, that "life is an adventure or nothing at all"!

    Venue:
    Cité du Dragon (Asian cuisine)

    Chaussée de Waterloo 1024
    1180 Brussels (Uccle)

    Tel.
    02/375.80.80

    June 8 Presented by Geneviève Bergiers


    The Good Lord Bird
    by James McBride (USA)

    James McBride was born in Brooklyn - U.S. He is an accomplished musician (saxophone) and a journalist. 

    He is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. His notable works are The Color of Water and The Good Lord Bird. Thanks to "The Grande Librairie", where he was a guest, I got to know this great personality!

    The author treats the subject of slavery in the Kansas Territory in 1856, a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces, as a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival. He transcends history and makes it come alive with a fabulous sense of humor!

    Venue: Geneviève's place

    July 13 Presented by Jean Minutello


    On Beauty
    by Zadie Smith (GB)

    Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2005, the book unfolds in New England and London, and concerns a pair of feuding families –the Belseys and the Kippses– and a clutch of doomed affairs. It puts low morals among high ideals and asks some searching questions about what life does to love. For the Belseys and the Kippses, the confusions –both personal and political– of our uncertain age are about to be brought close to home: right to the heart of family.

    The book was on The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller list.

    Smith also wrote White Teeth, which won multiple awards.

    Venue: Jean's place

    August 10 – Presented by Kim Masiero


    Minister Without Portfolio
    by Michael Winter (Canada)

    Short story writer and novelist Michael Winter was born in England and grew up in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Bachelor of Arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland, he became a most appreciated founding member of, contributor to, co-editor of and judge of different publications and journals. His sister, Kathleen Winter has written Annabel, a book that was previously presented in our Reading Group.

    This book is part of the Canada Reads series. It examines the lengths people will go to for a fresh start, and is an exploration of guilt, lost hope and struggle. Set in Newfoundland and Afghanistan, it is a masterful exploration of the very marrow of life.

     
    Venue:
    Geneviève's place

    September 14, October 12, November 9 and December 14 are still open.

    More info about the Clubs:
    • 12 May 2016
    • 7:30 PM
    • See event details.

    Dine-Out at Le Bugatti


    Please join us for our May Dine-Out on May 12  in a return engagement to the popular Bugatti restaurant, opened in 1988, and specializing in Brussels and Belgian cuisine. The building had been the garage annex to an Avenue Louise mansion dating from 1885. The family took the name Bugatti inspired by the famous car created by Ettore Bugatti in 1909. The stained glass window is original (1885) and served as a skylight to the workshop.  Even though it has since been back-filled, it retains its beautiful illumination. Over the years, the garage has housed carriages, and other horse-drawn vehicles, through to motor vehicles. At the time the drivers and their families lived upstairs. The tiles on the walls are from the period and the frescos are exact reproductions of the originals. The building is full of history, which the owners are committed to preserve in order to impart the atmosphere in which to enjoy the flavors of their “terroir”, entirely developed in their home.

    Dine-outs are a great opportunity to meet old friends and make some new ones. If you have not yet been to a Dine-Out, or are looking to discover new restaurants in Brussels, this is the event for you.

    MENU

    Kir vin blanc

    Choice of starters

    Duo de fondues parmesan maison, crudités
    or
    Petits gris de Namur (escargots) façon du chef
    or
    Ballekes Soup
    (
    potage aux tomates avec boulettes de viande)

    Choice of Main Courses

    Waterzooï de volaille à la Gantoise,
    pommes croquettes
    or
    Filets de sole à l’Ostendaise,
    pommes vapeur
    or
    Carbonnades flamandes à la Trappiste de Chimay, pommes frites fraîches

    Choice of Desserts

    Dame blanche
    or
    Gaufre de Bruxellles maison au sucre
    or
    Fondant maison tout chocolat belge, crème anglaise

    Please indicate your menu choices when registering. Thank you.

    Event Details:
    Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016.
    Time: 7:30 p.m.
    Place: Le Bugatti, 4 rue Jacques Jordaens, 1000 Brussels.
    Public Transportation: Buses 60, 38; Trams 93, 94:Vleurgat.
    Price: €46. ACB/AWCB/CCB members receive a discounted price of €41.
    Price includes an aperitif, water, and half a bottle of red or white wine per person.
    Reservations are due by Monday, May 9 at:
    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2228664
    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “May Dine-Out” in the reference section of the bank transfer. Online payment with a credit card is also possible (through PayPal, but no actual PayPal account is required); pay when registering or use the link provided in the invoice.
    Cancellations are possible until noon on Monday, May 9. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

    • 20 May 2016
    • 7:00 PM
    • 1050 Brussels

    Party
    [canceled]

    The American Club of Brussels invites you to come celebrate the 1950s at our “Grease” Party based on the 1978 movie, “Grease,” one of the most successful movie musicals of all time! This is the third event marking the ACB’s 95th anniversary after the Holiday Reception in December and the gala dinner dance in January.

    The ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel will be transformed into Rydell High School. The doors open at 7:00 p.m. and there will be entertainment during the aperitif. From 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., there will be all-you-can eat food stands serving hamburgers, hotdogs, pizza, and frites. From 9:30 onwards, popcorn, nachos with melted cheese, brownies and cookies will be served. Guests will receive two tokens for beer or wine. Additional beer or wine can be purchased at the cash bar at Final Friday prices. Soft drinks, water and fruit juices will be available free of charge all evening.

    A DJ will provide music from the period (and, of course, the film), so get ready to rock ‘n roll! (Or just dance any way that moves you!)

    Dress code is casual and period dress is a great plus, but not a requirement. And, if you haven’t seen or don’t remember “Grease,” there’s still time to see it again for inspiration.

    With lots of young professionals present thanks to our collaboration with other international clubs here in Brussels, this will be an ideal opportunity to meet new people in a fun way!

    In the event you would like to spend the night in Brussels, the Renaissance is offering a special rate that includes a full American breakfast buffet. The price for a single room is € 109 and a double is € 129. The city tax of € 7.58 is not included in the above prices.

    This is a great way to celebrate the ACB’s 95th anniversary in a relaxed, fun environment. Everyone is welcome; feel free to bring a friend or two.

    Event Details:
    Date:
     Friday, May 20, 2016.
    Time: 7:00 p.m. to midnight.
    Place: Renaissance Hotel, rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels.
    Price: €50. ACB, AWCB, CCB and Irish Club members receive a discounted price of €45.
    Public Transportation: Buses 12, 21 22, 27, 34, 38, 64, 80 and 95: Luxembourg.
    Reservations are due by Tuesday, May 17 at:
    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2149577.
    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “Grease” in the reference section of the bank transfer. Online payment with a credit card is also possible (through PayPal, but no actual PayPal account is required); pay when registering or use the link provided in the invoice.
    Cancellations
    are possible until noon on Tuesday, May 17. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.


    • 27 May 2016
    • 6:30 PM
    • See event details.

    Final Friday Drinks

    Friday, May 27, 2016
    6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


    Hotel Sofitel Brussels Europe
    Place Jourdan 1
    1040 Brussels

    The American Club of Brussels invites you for an evening of fun, socializing and chatting! Everyone is welcome! Bring friends!

    We’ve arranged special deals on beer and wine and the cash bar is open to all. 

    Final Friday events are held the last Friday of each month and take place at different, great locations throughout the city. So plan to attend future Final Fridays as well.

    Due to the heightened security we will require pre-registration for Final Friday.  


    • 28 May 2016
    • 3:30 PM
    • See event details.

    Brewery Tour & Tastings
    Brussels Beer Project

     

    The Brussels Beer Project: “The idea is to tap into co-creation and forget about the copy-pasting of the past. We're proud to be born in 2013 and not in 1492! We breathe the contemporary Brussels, a cosmopolitan town that lives and evolves. The strength of Belgium has always been its wanderlust for flavours and taste – it would be a pity to rest on our laurels now. For a few years, a new wave has come up – bold, creative, collaborative - that challenges the idea of flavors and taste.” – http://www.beerproject.be/en/sections/1-the-project

    Join the American Club of Brussels on a special presentation of a unique brewery that brews what the public has voted. The Project brewery tour includes a tour, presentation and tastings of their beers, with a selection of cheeses and breads to accompany the brews.

    Event Details:
    Date: Saturday, May 28, 2016.
    Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m.
    Place: Brussels Beer Project, 188 rue Antoine Dansaert, 1000 Brussels.
    Price:
    €30. ACB/AWCB/CCB members receive a discounted price of €25.
    Sign up: Reservations are due by Monday, May 23, at:
    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2228619
    Payments in advance to ACB
    account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “Beer Project” in the reference section of the bank transfer. Online payment with a credit card is also possible (through PayPal, but no actual PayPal account is required); pay when registering or use the link provided in the invoice.
    Cancellations are possible until noon on Monday, May 23. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.



    • 05 Jun 2016
    • 3:00 PM
    • See event details.
    • 16

    Tour of
    Saint Jacques de Compostelle Route


    Join us on Sunday, June 5, for a guided visit of the Saint Jacques de Compostelle route in the center of Brussels. Not to worry – we’re not taking you all the way to Spain!

    This tour will take us on the footsteps of the pilgrims of Santiago de Compostela across the center of Brussels.  About 50 bronze shells will show us the itinerary. Starting in the 10th century, pilgrims from all over Europe went to Santiago de Compostela in Spain to see the alleged tomb of the apostle Saint James. It was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages after Jerusalem and Rome. The pilgrims, coming from the north, stopped in Brussels and entered the city through the Louvain gate. We are going to discover together this route and the meaning of the shells’ locations in the city center.

    Please note that this event is limited to a maximum of 20 participants and is a members-priority event. Non-members may sign up as of May 17. 

    After the visit, those who wish to may join us for a drink or a coffee in the neighborhood.

    Event Details:
    Date:
     Sunday, June 5, 2016.
    Time: 3:00 p.m.
    Place: In front of the St. Michael & St. Gudula Cathedral, Place Sainte-Gudule, 1000 Brussels.
    Price: €25. ACB/AWCB/CCB members receive a discounted price of €20.
    Public Transportation:  Gare Centrale/Centraal Station: metro lines 1 and 5; buses 29, 38, 63, 65, 66, 71, and 86.
    Reservations are due by Wednesday, June 1 at:
    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2228711.
    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “Compostela” in the reference section of the bank transfer. Online payment with a credit card is also possible (through PayPal, but no actual PayPal account is required); pay when registering or use the link provided in the invoice.
    Cancellations are possible until noon on Wednesday, June 1. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.


    • 07 Jul 2016
    • 7:00 PM
    • La Maison du Cygne, 1000 Brussels
    • 65
     
    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"

    (wine, water and coffee included)

     
    Spiced and Marinated Beef Sirloin,
    Green Asparagus and Red Beet

    • • •

     Supreme of Coucou de Malines

    • • •

    Chocolate and Cuberdon Cake

    • • •

    Coffee and Biscuits

    The Ommegang takes place on Thursday, July 7. 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. Descendants 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, CCB and Irish Club of Belgium). Non-members may sign up as of June 23.

    Event Details:
    Date:
    Thursday, July 7, 2016.
    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:
    €85.
    ACB, AWCB, CCB and Irish Club members receive a discounted price of €75.
    Dress code:
    Coat and tie requested.

    Reservations
    are due by Monday, July 4 at:
    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2228700.
    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “Ommegang” in the reference section of the bank transfer. Online payment with a credit card is also possible (through PayPal, but no actual PayPal account is required); pay when registering or use the link provided in the invoice.
    Cancellations are possible until noon on Monday, July 4. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

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