ACB CALENDAR

Upcoming events

    • 15 Sep 2015
    • 6:30 PM
    • VOKA, 2000 Antwerpen

    The Antwerp Expat Welcome Party
    September 15, 2015 – 6:30 pm


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    Looking for: a new home, living tips, expat clubs
    and associations, contacts in Antwerp’s community,
    international schooling, news and information,
    ideas on what to do.

    Enjoy: a welcome buffet party, practical information,
    tombola, meeting expats and locals – all for free.

    Register on
    www.xpats.com/AntwerpWelcomeParty
    before September 10, 2015.


    Voka Chamber of Commerce
    and Industry Antwerp-Waasland

    Markgravestraat 12, 2000 Antwerp
    (Public Parking: Van Dijck, Eikenstraat 9, 2000 Antwerp)

    Exclusively for CEOs, HRD & HRM, Corporate Mobility Managers and newly-arrived and resident expatriates.
    (Others wanting to attend will be charged €50/p.p.)

    • 17 Sep 2015
    • 7:30 PM
    • Le Santouri, 1000 Brussels
    • 30

    Dine-Out at Le Santouri


    Join us on Thursday, September 17, for a scrumptious Greek dinner at the Restaurant Le Santouri, just off of the Grand Sablon. The menu will include the following.

    Apéritif

    A mezze for two persons

    An assortment of grilled meats

    An assortment of pastries

    ½ bottle of wine,
    coffee or tea and water

    Please note that this event is limited to a maximum of 30 people.

    Event Details:
    Place:
    Restaurant Le Santouri, rue de Rollebeek 30, 1000 Brussels. Tel.: 02/512.65.00
    Public Transportation: Trams 92 and 93, Buses  27, 48, 95 (Grand Sablon)
    Date:  Thursday, September 17, 2015
    Time: 7:30 p.m.
    Price:
    – Members: €43 per person.
    – Non-Members: €48 per person.
    Sign up: Reservations are due by noon on Monday, September 14,
    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 “Greek Dine-Out” in the communications section of the virement.
    Cancellations are possible until noon on Monday, September 14. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

    • 25 Sep 2015
    • 6:30 PM
    • Sofitel Brussels Le Louise, 1050 Brussels

    Final Friday Cocktails

    Friday, September 25, 2015
    6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


     
    Sofitel Brussels Le Louise & Sofitel Brussels Europe
    Avenue de la Toison d'Or, 40
    1050 Brussels

    The American Club of Brussels is happy to welcome friends from other American clubs and associations. 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

    Although no reservation is required, you can register.
    It will take less than a minute and
    there are no strings attached.
    We will then keep you informed about future ACB events.

    • 27 Sep 2015
    • 2:00 PM
    • 1180 Brussels
    • 17

    A Guided Visit to
    the van Buuren Museum

     

    Join us on Sunday, September 27, for a guided visit of the van Buuren Museum in Uccle.

    The Museum David and Alice van Buuren is a private house built from 1924 to 1928 for banker and art collector David van Buuren and his wife Alice. The house was decorated by David and Alice as a total work of art to present their art collection in a rich Art Deco interior. The house is surrounded by gardens designed by Jules Buyssens in 1925 and René Pechère in 1968 and 1970. The house was declared a National Heritage site in 2001. The private house became a museum in 1975 according to the testament of Alice van Buuren.

    David van Buuren (1886-1955) was born into a Jewish family in Gouda, The Netherlands. He settled in Brussels in 1909 to become an important private banker. He married the Belgian Alice Piette (1890-1973) in 1922. David van Buuren asked his nephew Johan Franco, an architect, to start working on the plan of his future house in Brussels. From 1924-1928 the van Buurens commissioned the Belgian architects Léon Govaerts and Alexis Van Vaerenbergh to build their house on Avenue Léo Errera following Franco's sketches. The outdoor architecture is typical of the Amsterdam School, while its Art Deco interior was decorated by Belgian, French and Dutch designers with rare furniture, carpets and stained-glass windows.

    David van Buuren decorated his house with paintings from James Ensor, Joachim PatinirPieter Bruegel the ElderHercules SeghersPieter Jansz Saenredam, Tsuguharu FoujitaKees van DongenVincent van GoghHenri Fantin-LatourRik WoutersGustave De SmetXavier Mellery and Constant Permeke. David was the patron of Belgian expressionist painter Gustave van de Woestijne. Van Buuren’s collections consists of 32 paintings by Van de Woestijne.

    The gardens are an extension of the house. They are divided in three parts: the first one is "Picturesque Garden" designed by the landscape architect Jules Buyssens in 1924 that recalls the spirit of the "roaring twenties" and represents the geometrical ideas of the Art Deco. The second one, the "Labyrinth"’', is inspired by the Song of Salomon and decorated with seven sculptures by the Belgian sculptor André Willequet in 1968. The third one, "Garden of the Hearts"'’ was designed by Belgian landscape designer René Pechère in 1970 and brings a touch of romanticism to the park.

    Our guide will once again be the excellent Lieve De Jonghe.

    Please note that this visit is limited to 20 people.

    Event Details:
    Date:
     Sunday, September 27, 2015
    Time: 2:00 p.m.
    Place: Van Buuren Museum, Avenue Léo Errera 41, 1180 Brussels
    Price: €15 for members, €20 for non-members.
    Public Transportation: Buses 38, 60: Cavell; Trams 3, 4, and 7: Churchill
    Sign up: Reservations are due by noon on Wednesday, September 23, 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 “van Buuren” in the communications section of the virement.
    Cancellations are possible until noon on Wednesday, September 23. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

    • 07 Oct 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • 1050 Brussels
    • 17

    Spend an Evening with John Travolta


    Calling all greasers and paper shakers! Don't be a wet rag. Join us at the Sofitel Le Louise for our "Grease Kickoff" event!

    To get ready for the big ACB “Grease” event on October 17, we'll be screening the classic movie "Grease" in the Sofitel Le Louise's intimate Crystal Lounge Theatre on October 7. 

    The Crystal Lounge is truly an institution in Brussels. The decor marries minimalist design and contemporary furniture with hand-cut crystal decanters by glassmaker Val Saint Lambert. 

    Brush up on the "Grease" soundtrack while enjoying dinner by the award-winning chef Adwin Fontein and relaxing in the lounge's comfy leather seats. What better location for a private movie screening?

    Space is extremely limited so sign up now!

    Event Details:
    Date:
     Wednesday, October 7, 2015
    Time: 7:00 p.m.
    Place: Sofitel Brussels Le Louise, Avenue de la Toison d'Or 40, 1050 Brussels
    Price: €45 – includes a hamburger, fries, a beer or wine or soft drink, a brownie, and a private screening of "Grease" in the Crystal Lounge Theatre
    Public Transportation: Tram lines 92, 93, 94, 97: Louise; Bus 54, 71: Matongé; Metro 2, 6: Louise
    Sign up: Reservations are due by noon on Monday, October 5, 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 “Sofitel” in the communications section of the virement.
    Cancellations are possible until noon on Monday, October 5. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

    • 14 Oct 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • 1160 Brussels (Auderghem)
    The Canadian Club of Belgium &
    The American Club of Brussels
    welcome you to our Reading Group
    on the second Wednesday of the month
    (CCB and ACB members only)

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

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

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

    •  •  •

    October 147:00-9:00 p.m.
    Presented by Kim Masiero


    All The Light We Cannot See
    by Anthony Doerr (USA)

    Tackling the questions of survival, endurance and moral obligation during wartime, this 2015 Pulitzer Prize Fiction winner deftly interweaves the lives of multiple characters and illuminates the ways that people, against all odds, try to be good to one another.

    Venue: Geneviève's place

    November 18 (!)7:00-9:00 p.m.
    Presented by Ene Kannel


    In the Skin of a Lion
    by Michael Ondaatje (Canada / Sri Lanka)

    Nominated for the Governor General's Award for English Language Fiction in 1987, the novel depicts the lives of the immigrants whose contributions to building Toronto in the early 1900s never became part of  the city's official history. Ondaatje illuminates the investment of these settlers in Canada, through their labor, while remaining "outsiders" to mainstream society. Ondaatje's later and more famous novel The English Patient is, in part, a sequel to In the Skin of a Lion, continuing the lives of some of the characters.

    Venue: to be confirmed

    December 97:00-9:00 p.m.
    Presented by Geneviève Bergiers


    Beloved
    by Toni Morrison (USA)

    Written by the first Afro-American who has been attributed the Nobel Prize in Literature, this novel was a finalist for the 1987 National Book Award and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988.  It was adapted during 1998 into a movie of the same name starring Oprah Winfrey.

    Set after the American Civil War (1861-1865), this novel was inspired by the story of an African-American slave, Margaret Garner,who escaped slavery in Kentucky in late January 1856 by fleeing to Ohio, a free state.

    Venue: Geneviève's place

    January 137:00-9:00 p.m.
    Presented by Laura Richard


    The Lesser Blessed
    by Richard van Camp (Canada)

    Set in Canada's desolate Northwest Terrorities, the home province of the author, this critically acclaimed novel tells the coming of age of Larry, a Native Canadian teenager. On the surface he is a typical teenage boy, who loves music and has a crush on a local girl. But Larry is also haunted by a dark and abusive past he must learn to come to terms with. Van Camp has written several short stories and children's fiction, but The Lesser Blessed, which has also been turned into a film, remains his best known work.

    Venue: Laura's place

    More info about the Clubs:

    • 17 Oct 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • 1050 Brussels

    "Grease" Party

     
     
    The American Club of Brussels invites you to come celebrate the 1950’s at our “Grease” Party - based on the 1978 movie, “Grease,” one of the most successful movie musicals of all time! This is the first of three events marking the ACB’s 95 anniversary and will be followed by a Christmas Cocktail on December 18 at KBC on the Grand Place and a gala dinner dance on January 23.

    On Saturday, October 17, 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 to 9:30 p.m., there will be food stands serving hamburgers, hotdogs, pizza, and french fries. From 9:30 p.m.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 out your dancing shoes and be ready to rock ‘n roll! We will have the Pink Ladies and cheerleaders as well.

    Period dress is encouraged, so get creative! There will be a prize awarded at 8:30 p.m. for the best female and best male outfit. 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 kick off the ACB’s 95 anniversary in style. Everyone is welcome; feel free to bring a friend or two.

    Event Details:
    Date:
     Saturday, October 17, 2015
    Time: 7:00 p.m. to midnight.
    Place: Renaissance Hotel, rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels
    Price: €45 for members, €50 for non-members. This is a members-priority event and non-members may sign up as of October 1.
    Public Transportation: Buses 12, 21 22, 27, 34, 38, 64, 80 and 95: Luxembourg
    Sign up: Reservations are due by noon on Wednesday, October 14, 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 “Grease” in the communications section of the virement.
    Cancellations are possible until noon on Wednesday, October 14. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.
    • 30 Oct 2015
    • 6:30 PM
    • 1050 Brussels

    Halloween Party

    The American Club of Brussels and AmCham Belgium invite you to come celebrate Halloween at the Renaissance Hotel! There will be a cash bar and free nibbles.

    Costumes are encouraged; so get creative! There will be a prize awarded at 8:30 p.m. for the best female and best male costumes. 

    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! 

    This event will be a great way to celebrate Halloween in style. Everyone is welcome; feel free to bring a friend or two.

    Event Details:
    Date:
     Friday, October 30, 2015
    Time: 6:30 - 9 p.m.
    Place: Renaissance Hotel, rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels
    Price: €10 in advance; € 15 at the door
    Public Transportation: Buses 12, 21 22, 27, 34, 38, 64, 80 and 95: Luxembourg
    Sign up: Reservations are due by noon on Wednesday, October 28, by e-mail (info@americanclubbrussels.org), online at www.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 “Halloween” in the communications section of the virement.
    Cancellations are possible until noon on Wednesday, October 28. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

    • 26 Nov 2015
    • Sheraton Brussels Hotel, 1210 Brussels

    SAVE THE DATE

    The ACB's Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

    26 November 2015


        
    • 18 Dec 2015
    • KBC, Grand-Place, Brussels

    SAVE THE DATE

                   Christmas Cocktail             

    18 December 2015


        
    • 23 Jan 2016
    • TBC

    SAVE THE DATE

    The ACB's 95th Anniversary Gala Dinner

    23 January 2016


        

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