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Upcoming events

    • 13 Jul 2016
    • 14 Dec 2016
    • 6 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

    •  •  •

    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 not being ready as planned, please contact Geneviève Bergiers for details about the (public) venue (=restaurant – you will be expected to pay for your meal).
      

    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 14Still open for you!
     

    October 12 – Presented by Jean Minutello
     


    I Am Charlotte Simmons
    by Tom Wolfe (USA)

    Thomas Kennerly "Tom" Wolfe, Jr. (born March 2, 1931) is an American author and journalist, best known for his association with and influence over the New Journalism literary movement, in which literary techniques are used in objective even-handed journalism. 

    His most famous books to date are The Bonfire of the Vanities, which Brian DePalma made into a movie, and The Right Stuff,  also made into a major motion picture.
     
    Venue:
    tbd
     

    November 9 – Presented by Renate Funk


    The Boys in the Boat
    by Daniel James Brown (USA)

    The Boys in the Boat describes the quest of eight working class students from the University of Washington for Olympic Gold at the “Hitler” Olympics in Berlin in 1936.

    The author who graduated from UC-Berkeley, is a Californian whose other books also describe how determination can lead to success against unfavorable odds.

     
    Venue:
    Renate's place
     
     
    December 14 – Presented by Geneviève Bergiers
     


    Avenue of Mysteries
    by John Irving (USA)

    This is the story of what happens to Juan Diego in the Philippines, where what happened to him in the past –in Mexico– collides with his future.

    John Irving is the author of The World According to Garp. His fiction comes down to this: it serves our need for spiritual defense. Is this no more than a bag of brilliant tricks? Possibly, but in times like ours, it cannot be too highly prized! 

     
    Venue:
    Geneviève's place
       
     
    More info about the Clubs:
    • 31 Jul 2016
    • 9:30 AM
    • See event details.
    Registration is closed

    Sunday Brunch and
    Exploration of the Place Jourdan Market


    Summer in Brussels is the perfect time to enjoy a great brunch at the Sofitel Hotel and the Sunday Market at Place Jourdan. Of course, it’s all you can eat in the banquet hall!

    MENU

     Baker's basket
    (pastries and a selection of breads and French toasts)

    Jam, honey and baratte butter, natural or fruit yoghurt

    Ham, cold cuts and a selection of cheeses

    Cereals: cornflakes, muesli, Chocos, Fitness

    Eggs: your choice of boiled, scrambled or hard-boiled

    Norwegian salmon with trimmings
    (mushrooms, sausages, cheese, confit of tomatoes)

    Coffee, milk, hot chocolate and
    a selection of teas or herbal teas

    Fresh fruit juices:
    apple, orange, grapefruit, & multi-vitamin


    After Brunch we can enjoy all the offerings of the Sunday Market on Place Jourdan.


    Event Details:
    Date:
    Sunday, July 31st, 2016.

    Time:
     9:30 a.m.

    Place:
     Place Jourdan 1, 1040 Brussels.

    Price:
     €35. ACB/AWCB/CCB members receive a discounted price of €30.

    Public Transportation: 
    Metro lines 1 & 5: Schuman; buses 34, 60 and 80: Jourdan.

    Reservations
    are due by Friday, July 29 at:
    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2270393
    Payment
    in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “July Brunch” 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 Friday, July 29. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.


    • 02 Aug 2016
    • 12:30 PM
    • See event details.

    First Tuesday Lunch Social
    2 August 2016


    Le Quartier Latin
    Boulevard Général Jacques 212
    1050 Brussels
    www.quartierlatin-xl.be

    The American Club of Brussels invites you for a lunch hour of good food, socializing and new memories!

    The summer month of August we return to Le Quartier Latin to enjoy an outdoor lunch on the beautiful patio of the café.

    Lunch Hour Social events are held the first Tuesday of each month and take place at different and great locations throughout the city of Brussels. Everyone is welcome! Bring your friends!

    Event Details:
    Date:
     Tuesday, August 2, 2016.
    Time: 12:30-2:00 p.m.
    Place:
    Le Quartier Latin, Boulevard Général Jacques 212,
    1050 Brussels.

    Price: Dependent on your own consumption.
    Please register by Monday, August 1, at:
    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2270348
    so that we know how many to expect for the lunch reservation. Thank you.

    To find the ACB group or for additional information:
    Text (or call) Carl Mir at 0494/27.97.63.

    • 09 Aug 2016
    • 7:00 PM
    • See event details.

    Historic Beer Bar Tour
    9 August 2016

     

    Moeder Lambic Fontainas
    Place Fontainas 8
    1000 Brussels

    www.moederlambic.com

    Come and join other beer and Brussels lovers at this historic bar as we embark on another Second Tuesday Historic Bar Tour social hour in central Brussels.

    The Moeder Lambic located at the Place Fontainas in central Brussels has “hundreds” of beers including non-Belgian ones. We hope to have a great summer evening so we can sit outside and greet all our friends.

    The Historic Bar Tour events are held the second Tuesday of each month and take place at different great locations throughout the city of Brussels.

    Everyone is welcome; feel free to bring friends!

    Event Details:
    Date: 
    Tuesday, August 9, 2016.
    Time: 7:00 p.m.
    Place: Moeder Lambic Fontainas, Place Fontainas 8, 1000 Brussels. Tel. 02/503.60.68.
    Price: Dependent on your own consumption!

    Please register by Monday, August 8,
    at:
    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2270367
    so that we know how many to expect. Thank you.

    To find the ACB group or for additional information:
    Text (or call) Carl Mir at 0494/27.97.63.

    • 25 Aug 2016
    • 7:30 PM
    • See event details.

    Dine-Out at Le Crabe Fantôme


    Please join us for our August Dine-Out on August 25 at Le Crabe Fantôme, which is a return engagement for the American Club. It is a highly rated French-Thai fusion restaurant that has gained a huge following. Le Crabe Fantôme, nestled in a quiet street in Boitsfort, offers delicious food in a very cozy atmosphere. We hope to be eating on the terrace, but have a nice room inside if not.

    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

    Apéritif

    Choice of Starter

    Le vitello tonnato, fricassée de roquette
    or
    Le médaillon de saumon fumé au crabe,
    jus de cresson

    Choice of Main Course

    Le dos de saumon grillé, mayonnaise
    aux agrumes et herbes fraîches

    or
    L’entrecôte rôtie à la vigneronne,
    pois au lard

    Choice of Dessert

    Le sabayon frais au thym et ananas
    or
    Le moelleux au chocolat et sa crème anglaise

    Café

    Please indicate your menu choices when registering. Thank you.

    Event Details:
    Date: Thursday, August 25, 2016.
    Time: 7:30 p.m.

    Place:
     Le Crabe Fantôme, Av. Bois de la Cambre 17C, 1170 Brussels (Watermael-Boitsfort).
    Public Transportation:
    Buses 95, N08.
    Price:
     €50. ACB/AWCB/CCB members receive a discounted price of €45.
    Price includes an aperitif, water and half a bottle of red or white wine per person
    .
    Reservations
    are due by Tuesday, August 23, at:
    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2272720
    Payment
    in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “August 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 Tuesday, August 23. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

    • 26 Aug 2016
    • 6:30 PM
    • See event details.

    Final Friday Drinks

    Friday, August 26, 2016
    6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


    Sofitel Brussels Le Louise
    Avenue de la Toison d'Or 40
    1050 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.


    • 04 Sep 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • Antwerp - see event details.
    • 9

    Introduction to the Jewish Quarter
    in Antwerpe
    n


    Join us on Sunday, September 4 for a unique walking tour of the Jewish Quarter of Antwerp!

    For centuries the history of the Jewish people has been intertwined with the history of Antwerp, but for many, the Jewish Quarter is still a completely unknown community. During our walk, we’ll explore the culture and the way of life of the more than 15,000 people who live in the Orthodox Jewish community. 

    Our guide will walk with us through the Jewish Quarter and explain the history of the Jewish people in Antwerp, the Orthodox community and the influence of the religion on peoples’ daily lives. The Orthodox community has a long tradition of handling diamonds, and our walk will take us past the famous Diamond District,  where more than 70% of the world’s rough diamonds are traded. 

    As part of the tour, we will visit a Jewish Synagogue where a special guide will greet us. She will show us the Synagogue, but more importantly, she will tell us her personal experience of what it means to be Jewish.

    There is no lunch planned as part of this tour. Sunday is “Koop Zondag” and we want to give everyone ample time to shop in Antwerp!!

    Please note that this visit is limited to 15 participants, so please sign up quickly!

    Event Details:
    Date:
     Sunday, September 4, 2016.
    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Place: Antwerp - Meeting point to be determined.
    Price: €25. ACB/AWCB/CCB members receive a discounted price of €20.

    Reservations are due by Wednesday, August 31  at:
    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2271585
    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “Antwerp” 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, August 31. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.


    • 20 Oct 2016
    • 23 Oct 2016
    • Monaco

    14th Annual Conference of


    French Riviera & Monaco
    October 20-23, 2016

    We can now confirm details of the actual conference to be held on Friday October 21, with events and activities on the preceding evening and over the weekend - all being planned by our hosts: The American Club of the Riviera (“ACR”).  These should delight your members who have never been to the French Riviera & Monaco, as well as those who have.

    Program & registration form
    Registrations are due before September 1st, 2016.

    Please note the reasonably priced hotel accommodations, and encourage those of your members planning attendance to book now, using the registration form.  Those wishing to remain a little longer in this magical region might consider extending their stay at the hotel, and joining with ACR members to share further cultural / gastronomic / touristic experiences of the Riviera.  You and your members should feel free to contact Burton Gintell for further information (contact information: see below).

    Through 2013, these annual meetings were historically only for the Presidents of each Club (there are some 50 throughout the world), where they shared ideas, best practices, and future plans.  But the meetings of 2014 in Paris and 2015 in Geneva were open to any member of any American Club who wished to attend, and many did!

    We will be actively coordinating with the ACR to ensure that a great time is had by all, and that we also spend some enjoyable times with its members. The actual Conference on Friday is informal, thus permitting the sharing of experiences from all the Nationalities who are members from around the world. These interactive discussions have often been illuminating, and have helped AAC clubs to better serve their members.

    We look forward to welcoming you and your members to the French Riviera & Monaco in October.

    The Association of American Clubs - Steering Committee:

    Jürgen Abel - Founder of the AAC, and President of The American Society of Hamburg

    Liz Keating - President of The American Club of Madrid

    Burton Gintell - President of The American Club of the Riviera
    1 avenue Laugier (Ent. A, Et. 1), 06400 Cannes, France
    www.americanclubriviera.com
    President@Americanclubriviera.com
    Tel: +33 (0)4 93 38 22 24 / Fax: +33 (0)4 93 38 57 20
    Mobile: +33 (0)6 20 40 11 28 / Skype: JAKnBURT


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