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    • 10 Jul 2019
    • 11 Dec 2019
    • 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 (U.S. 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

    •  •  •

    2019 date open for your suggestions: August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13 & December 11, 2019
         

    On Wednesday 10 July from 7:00 pm till 9:00 pmLynn FORTIN will present for us the book : “DO NOT SAY WE HAVE NOTHING” written by the Canadian author, Madeleine THIEN.  Her books have been translated in more than 25 languages!

    Madeleine Thien born in B.C. studied dance before getting a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of B.C. and switching to creative writing.  Many of her works focus on the theme of time in connection to places and human emotion.

    Master storyteller Madeleine Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations—those who lived through Mao’s Cultural Revolution and their children, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square. At the center of this epic story are two young women, Marie and Ai-Ming. Through their relationship Marie strives to piece together the tale of her fractured family in present-day Vancouver, seeking answers in the fragile layers of their collective story. Her quest will unveil how Kai, her enigmatic father, a talented pianist, and Ai-Ming’s father, the shy and brilliant composer, Sparrow, along with the violin prodigy Zhuli were forced to reimagine their artistic and private selves during China’s political campaigns and how their fates reverberate through the years with lasting consequences.

    With maturity and sophistication, humor and beauty, Thien has crafted a novel that is at once intimate and grandly political, rooted in the details of life inside China yet transcendent in its universality.

    Venue

    Please contact Geneviève Bergiers
    Tel. 02/660.57.65
    genevieve@chiropractorbergiers.be 

    On Wednesday September 11 from 7:00 pm till 9:00 pm, Helga AUNEMO is going to present the book “MEMORIES OF THE FUTURE” written by the U.S. author Siri HUSTVEDT.


    Siri  Hustvedt was born in Northfield, Minnesota. She holds a B.A. in history from St. Olaf College and a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University.

    Hustvedt has mainly made her name as a novelist, but she has also produced a book of poetry. She employs a use of repetitive themes or symbols throughout her work - most notably the use of certain types of voyeurism, often linking objects of the dead to characters who are relative strangers to the deceased characters. 

    Memories of the Future is an autobiography, telling the story of a young Midwestern woman’s first year in New York City in the late 1970s and her obsession with her mysterious neighbor, Lucy Brite. As she listens to Lucy through the thin walls of her dilapidated building, S.H., aka “Minnesota,” transcribes her neighbor’s bizarre and increasingly ominous monologues in a notebook. These notes, which she rediscovers forty years down the line, form the basis for a novel.

    S.H. measures what she remembers against what she wrote that year and has since forgotten to create a dialogue between selves across decades. The encounter both collapses time and reframes its meanings in the present.

    Venue

    Please contact Geneviève Bergiers
    Tel. 02/660.57.65
    genevieve@chiropractorbergiers.be 


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    • 20 Jul 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • location in the area of the Grand Place to be provided when you register
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    Taste Exceptional Artisan Chocolate

     Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m

    Do you love tasting good chocolate? How about tasting some of the world's best?

    Well, look no further! Come on the Cocoa Journey High-end Chocolate Degustation Tour, where you'll visit only the best artisan chocolate shops, and taste exquisite mouth-watering chocolate, all the while being guided by a passionate chocolate expert. You'll learn plenty about chocolate (and ask any questions you want!) while tasting exceptional chocolate and seeing famous sights in Brussels. 

    The High-end Chocolate Degustation Tour includes:

    • a 1.5 hour walking tour from the Sablon to the Galeries Royales St Hubert and Grand Place, including:
    • Tour of the best artisanal chocolatiers & degustation: how to taste chocolate & understand what makes a truly gourmet chocolate (& chocolatier), as opposed to those that are famous (but mass-produced);
    • Explanation of chocolate - science, history, & also market insights if you'd like...:)

    5-star reviews on Airbnb & TripAdvisor, including:

    • With all of the chocolate shops in Brussels, Cathy helped us sort through the generic mass-produced to find the hidden gems only found here in Brussels. Cathy has a wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion for chocolate. Combine that with her easy-going and approachable nature and you have one phenomenal experience.  -- Kelly David, UT, USA
    • A unique and delicious experience. I've lived in Brussels for 7 years and eaten tons of chocolate, but this was a voyage of discovery. Cathy's knowledge and passion opened up a new way of experiencing chocolate, and the city. -- Charles, Belgium
    • Cathy was a WONDERFUL and knowledgeable tour guide with passion and energy for chocolate. She took us on a walking and tasting tour of Brussels’ best artisan chocolate shops. She gave us the stories of how the local chocolatiers got into the business and what inspires their many flavors. She also wove in local Brussels sight seeing information as we passed by the sights of this history rich town. It really was a wonderful tour and I can’t recommend it enough!!!! -- Kelly, CA, USA

    Please note that this tour is limited to 12 people, so do sign-up quickly!

    Event Details:
    Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019
    Time: 11:30  a.m. – 1:00 p.m (please arrive at least 5min before the tour start time, by 11:25 a.m.)
    Place: location in the area of the Grand Place, to be provided when you register.
    Public transport: Metro lines 1 & 5: Central Station; lines 3 & 4: Bourse; Buses 48 & 95: Grand Place; Buses 38, 63, 65, 71 & 86: Central Station; Bus 27: Grand Sablon
    Price: €49 for members, €54 for non-members
    Reservations are due by Wednesday, July 17, at: 

    https://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-3384313/Registration

    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “Chocolate Tasting” in the reference section of the bank transfer. 
    Cancellations are possible until noon on Wednesday, July 17. Participants cancelling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

    • 27 Aug 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • CHEZWaWa, Rue Américaine 91, 1050 Brussels

    Game Night at CHEZWaWa
    Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 7:00 p.m.


    The American Club of Brussels and our friends at CHEZWaWa invite you to join us as we revive that greatest of traditional past times, 'The Game Night'! We're going back in time to the days before the internet and bringing the board games back. Chess, Monopoly, Scrabble...Snakes & Ladders! Hell, weather permitting, we could even try some Twister for the more flexible among us.

    If you have any board games at home, please bring them along and join in the fun!

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Event details:
    Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2019
    Place: CHEZWaWa, Rue Américaine 91, 1050 Brussels (tel. 02.534.63.30).
    Public Transportation: Bus 54 (Trinité), bus 60 (Washington), tram 81 (Trinité).
    Price: depending on your own consumption.
    Reservations are due by Friday, August 26 here
    Cancellations: If you signed up but cannot attend, please let us know. Thank you.


    • 31 Aug 2019
    • 1:45 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Hallway of Memorial 1815 Museum, Route du Lion 1815, 1420 Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium
    Register

    Guided Visit of the Battle of Waterloo


    Saturday, August 31, 2019 - 1:45 p.m.

    The Battle of Waterloo, on June 18th 1815, brought an end to the Napoleonic Wars and his reign of 16 tempestuous years, and took place only a few miles from Brussels.  The Club is pleased to announce a guided tour of the Memorial 1815 complex, led by Peter Forrest, a certified “Guides 1815” guide and, as some of you may know, a past President of our Club. 

    Peter will lead us through a discussion, using maps, of the rise of Napoleon, how there came to be a battle here, and the events leading up to it.  We will also hear about the interesting strategic and tactical decisions taken by both belligerents, and the impact they had on the outcome of the battle itself, along with interesting anecdotes.

    Your ticket will include a visit up the Lion Mound (for those so inclined), a tour through the amazing Panorama (a huge diorama of the battle at a critical point) and then (by audio guide) the excellent Memorial 1815 Museum itself, built for the 200th anniversary in 2015.  You may need 2.5 hours for the above.

    There is a brasserie next door, and you may join us for a coffee or a drink afterwards.

    After your tour with Peter, your ticket also includes a visit to the Hougoumont farm, a strongpoint exploited by the Duke of Wellington, and site of furious fighting, 1.2km from the Memorial, which has a museum and a very good multi-media show.  Access there by foot, horse-drawn carriage, or by car.

    Please note that this event is limited to 20 participants.

    Event Details:
    Date: 
    SaturdayAugust 31, 2019
    Time: 1:45 p.m.
    Place: Hallway of Memorial 1815 Museum, Route du Lion 1815, 1420 Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium

    Public transport: Available, but with walking distances…car is recommended.  Feel free to car pool. 

    Directions: From Brussels, take the RO Ring South, exit 25 (Mont Saint Jean), go straight through two roundabouts, then turn left opposite the Fuji Restaurant, where the “Butte du Lion” is signposted. Parking (free, two parking lots) is available at the Memorial 1815 Museum.

    Price: €30. ACB/AWCB/CCB members receive a discounted price of €23.
    Reservations are due by Wednesday, August 28: 


    PLEASE REGISTER HERE 

    Cancellations are possible until noon on Wednesday, August 28. Participants cancelling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

    • 10 Sep 2019
    • 5:30 PM
    • Quaker House Brussels, Square Ambiorix 50, 1000 Brussels
    Register

    French-Spanish-English Conversation Tables
    at Quaker House Brussels
    Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 5.30p.m.-7:30 p.m.

    Hello language learners! Join us for open conversation tables hosted by ACB member and Duolingo Global Ambassador Daniel Flynn at the Quaker House Brussels to practice your spoken French, Spanish or English, and meet your local community. Events are suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced/fluent. The group is open to adults 21 and over.

    Please note that this is a free event. However, you must reserve your spot by noon on September 9.

    Event Details:
    Date:
     Tuesday, September 10, 2019
    Time:  5:30 -  7:30 pm.
    Place:
     Quaker House Brussels, Square Ambiorix 50, 1000 Brussels
    Public Transportation:  Buses 22, 36, 60, 63, and 64: Ambiorix; Metro lines 1 & 5: Schuman.

    PLEASE REGISTER HERE

    • 14 Sep 2019
    • 10:45 AM
    • rue Lebeau 37, 1000 Brussels (Grand Sablon)
    • 20
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    Guided Visit of the Frison Horta House

    Back by popular demand! 

    Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 10:45 a.m.

    Frison Horta House
    Rue Lebeau 37
    1000 Brussels

    Join the American Club of Brussels for a second private, guided tour in English of the Frison-Horta House on Saturday, September 14 at 10:45 a.m. 

    Victor Horta is the father of Art Nouveau architecture in Belgium.  Art Nouveau is famous for its use of natural light, gorgeous cabinetry, organic design and fabulous stairwells. It is a house of nature and light with flora and fauna engulfing the whole house. 

    Recently renovated and open to the public by appointment, it is the only Horta house in the historical city center of Brussels and it is exceptionally the only Horta house that is lived in. It is a living museum, with original furniture, decorative art, murals and frescos. The house is seven meters wide, twenty-two meters deep and about twenty meters high with a monumental staircase, usually considered a subsidiary element, as the focal point. The staircase takes half the area of the house and represents the triumphs of Horta’s cardinal principles. The absolute unity of structure and decor using such ‘unsuitable' materials as concrete and iron to set off marble, stained glass and precious hardwood. The furnishings are doubly related, echoing not only to each other but to the fundamental composition of the house itself and its ornamentation.

    Please note that this visit is limited to 25 people and is a members-priority event. 

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

    Event Details:
    Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019
    Time: 10:45 a.m.
    Place: rue Lebeau 37, 1000 Brussels (Grand Sablon)
    Public transport: Metro: Gare Centrale/Centraal Station; buses 27, 48 & 95: Grand Sablon; trams 92, 93: Petit Sablon
    Price: € 35. ACB/AWCB/CCB members receive a discounted price of €30
    Reservations are due by Wednesday, September 11 
    athttps://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-3418081/Registration

    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “Frison Horta House” in the reference section of the bank transfer. 
    Cancellations are possible until noon on Wednesday, September 11. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

    PLEASE REGISTER HERE


    • 25 Sep 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • ING Marnix building - see event details

    SAVE THE DATE

    US Expats Financial Forum

    Wednesday 25 September - 6:00pm -7:00pm

    As part of the Expat Information Fair organized by ING, supported by the American Club of Brussels, please join us to meet a panel of experts in regards to all of your financial needs as an American Expat in Belgium.

    Get a complimentary copy of the American expat guide at 
    www.dunhillfinancial.be/american-expat-financial-guide 

    Event details:
    Date:
    Wednesday, September 25, 2019.
    Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Drinks to be served after the presentation
    Place: ING Marnix building which is Avenue Marnix 24 1000 Brussels (entrance via Rue du Trône 1).
    Price: Free entry

    • 28 Sep 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
    • location in the area of the Grand Place to be provided when you register
    • 9
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    Make Your Own Beautiful Pralines 

     Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m


    Do you dream of making your own delicious chocolate? And where else but in Brussels, the capital of chocolate! Learn the art of making chocolate from a passionate chocolate expert, who'll lead you step-by-step in making your own irresistible chocolates. This class will be completely hands-on, deep in chocolate!

    Sound like a dream? Come join the Cocoa Journey Belgian Chocolate Praline WorkshopThe Belgian Chocolate Praline Workshop includes:

    • a 2-hour hands-on praline making and mendiant-making workshop, where you'll learn how to temper chocolate, ake your own beautiful Belgian chocolate pralines, as well as make classic mendiants - and of course, and bring back with you, for yourselves or as a gift! 
    • demonstration of how to make chocolate, with explanation of chocolate characteristics;
    • uncovering the secrets of the bean-to-bar chocolate process from a trained chocolate expert.

    5-star reviews on Airbnb & TripAdvisor, including:

    • I was delighted to learn how to make pralines under Cathy's guidance. Having lived more than 6 years in the capital of Belgium, it was a way for me to discover the best of Brussels in a way I hadn't before! -- Estelle, France  
    • Cathy was lovely to work with and I found the whole experience awesome. Total plus was the yummy chocolate I got to take home!! I would definitely recommend this class! So good! -- Jacinta, Australia
    • Cathy was very knowledgeable and you can tell her passion for chocolate through the way she taught. It was a great experience to learn the art and science of making chocolate (and to taste the freshly made chocolate). -- Kelly, Taiwan

    Please note that this workshop is limited to 9 people, so do sign up quickly!

    Event Details:
    Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019
    Time: 11:30  a.m. – 1:30 p.m (please arrive at least 5min before the workshop start time, by 11:25 a.m.)
    Place: location in the area of the Grand Place, to be provided when you register.
    Public transport: Metro lines 1 & 5: Central Station; lines 3 & 4: Bourse; Buses 48 & 95: Grand Place; Buses 38, 63, 65, 71 & 86: Central Station; Bus 27: Grand Sablon
    Price: €59 for members, €64 for non-members
    Reservations are due by Wednesday, September 25, at: https://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-3382372/Registration

    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “Pralines Workshop” in the reference section of the bank transfer. 
    Cancellations are possible until noon on Wednesday, September 25. Participants cancelling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

    PLEASE REGISTER HERE

    • 12 Nov 2019
    • 5:30 PM
    • Quaker House Brussels, Square Ambiorix 50, 1000 Brussels
    Register

    French-Spanish-English Conversation Tables
    at Quaker House Brussels
    Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 5.30p.m.-7:30 p.m.

    Hello language learners! Join us for open conversation tables hosted by ACB member and Duolingo Global Ambassador Daniel Flynn at the Quaker House Brussels to practice your spoken French, Spanish or English, and meet your local community. Events are suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced/fluent. The group is open to adults 21 and over.

    Please note that this is a free event. However, you must reserve your spot by noon on November 11.

    Event Details:
    Date:
     Tuesday, November 12, 2019
    Time:  5:30 -  7:30 pm.
    Place:
     Quaker House Brussels, Square Ambiorix 50, 1000 Brussels
    Public Transportation:  Buses 22, 36, 60, 63, and 64: Ambiorix; Metro lines 1 & 5: Schuman.

    • 10 Dec 2019
    • 5:30 PM
    • Quaker House Brussels, Square Ambiorix 50, 1000 Brussels
    Register

    French-Spanish-English Conversation Tables
    at Quaker House Brussels
    Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 5.30p.m.-7:30 p.m.

    Hello language learners! Join us for open conversation tables hosted by ACB member and Duolingo Global Ambassador Daniel Flynn at the Quaker House Brussels to practice your spoken French, Spanish or English, and meet your local community. Events are suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced/fluent. The group is open to adults 21 and over.

    Please note that this is a free event. However, you must reserve your spot by noon on December 9.

    Event Details:
    Date:
     Tuesday, December 10, 2019
    Time:  5:30 -  7:30 pm.
    Place:
     Quaker House Brussels, Square Ambiorix 50, 1000 Brussels
    Public Transportation:  Buses 22, 36, 60, 63, and 64: Ambiorix; Metro lines 1 & 5: Schuman.

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