Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities

Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee promotes educational and cultural exchange between Caen, France and Alexandria, VA The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee is a volunteer city committee that promotes educational and cultural exchange between the city of Caen in Normandy, France and the city of Alexandria in Virginia.
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The committee coordinates an annual student exchange program, an internship program, French language lessons, a lecture series, and children's story time. Our big signature event is a D-day (June 6th) commemorative event every year on Market Square. Throughout the year we might host a variety of events including fundraisers, educational events, wine & cheese parties, or sporting events.

We invite you to join us for a virtual lecture on How the Norman Conquest Changed England Forever. The lecture will be h...
10/26/2020
NOVEMBER 12- 1066: How the Norman Conquest Changed England Forever

We invite you to join us for a virtual lecture on How the Norman Conquest Changed England Forever.
The lecture will be held on 11/6 at 7:00pm.

To learn more and purchase tickets please visit https://shop.alexandriava.gov

https://alexandriacaen.wordpress.com/2020/10/26/november-12-1066-how-the-norman-conquest-changed-england-forever/

The Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Committee invites you to a virtual lecture: How the Norman Conquest Changed England Forever Special Guest Lecturer – Jennifer Paxton, PhD – Profess…

Did you know Alexandria Public Library is interpreting our city through the life and times of American Girl Doll?The Lib...
10/16/2020
American Girl™ History Club

Did you know Alexandria Public Library is interpreting our city through the life and times of American Girl Doll?

The Library chooses a different doll every month. This month the Molly character is being featured. Molly lived through WWII and relates to our annual sister city D-Day commemorative programs.

A costumed library staff member will read parts of the story and compare it to what life in Alexandria would have looked like during the same period.

Crafts are available for pick-up and there are even authentic cooking activities.

This is a wonderful program to engage kids and adults, alike! Kudos to Alexandria Public Library for their creative programming for our community.

http://alexlibraryva.org/event/4552182

A monthly program that features a story, a craft and a baking project inspired by a different American Girl™ character. Discover what life in Alexandria was like in Molly McIntire's™ era this October!

French Ambassador to the US, Philippe Etienne, pays his respects to Justice Ginsberg at the Supreme Court.  May she Rest...
09/25/2020

French Ambassador to the US, Philippe Etienne, pays his respects to Justice Ginsberg at the Supreme Court. May she Rest In Peace.

We are excited to announce the dedication of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, honoring the 34th President of the Unite...
09/15/2020
Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial

We are excited to announce the dedication of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, honoring the 34th President of the United States and Founder of Sister Cities International!

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial was designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry in a four-acre urban park at the base of Capitol Hill. This memorial has several statues and sculptures commemorating President Eisenhower and showing the trajectory of his life.

To learn more about the opening on 9/17, please visit https://eisenhowermemorial.gov/home

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial will inspire future generations with the 34th President’s devotion to public service, leadership, integrity, and democracy.

09/06/2020
Hamilton

Happy Birthday, Lafayette! Thanks for giving us a shot! 🇫🇷🇺🇸

On this day in 1757, America's favorite fighting Frenchman, Marquis de Lafayette, was born! No better way to celebrate than an all-French "Guns and Ships" by Loic Suberville. 🇫🇷

We have missed our sister city friends and events!  ACSCC is glad to finally offer something to put on your calendar!On ...
09/02/2020
Summer 2020 Leadership Series

We have missed our sister city friends and events! ACSCC is glad to finally offer something to put on your calendar!

On October 21st at 6:30, please join fellow French-American enthusiasts for a Mount Vernon Leadership Lecture Series about: “Coalition Building: The French and Continental Armies”

“From September 28 to October 19, 1781, the French and Continental armies besieged Yorktown, Virginia. These two organizations came from very different cultures and had very different value systems. Learn how they overcame these differences to create a successful partnership.”

Taught by Joe Stoltz

Tickets: https://www.mountvernon.org/library/leadership-institute/summer-2020-leadership-series/

This is an online group class.

Join the George Washington Leadership Institute for online lectures that explore unique aspects of George Washington's leadership style, and learn how these timeless principles can be used by leaders today. Programs will be held online and will include access to an exclusive opportunity to network w...

Happy Bastille Day (quatorze juillet) to our friends.  We are sad we can’t be together this summer but are hopeful for t...
07/14/2020

Happy Bastille Day (quatorze juillet) to our friends. We are sad we can’t be together this summer but are hopeful for the future when we can! Vive le jumelage!

Neat pictures! 135 years ago!
06/17/2020

Neat pictures! 135 years ago!

#OTD in 1885, The Statue of Liberty arrived at New York Harbor 🗽. Designed by French 🇫🇷 sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel, the iconic statue was given to the US 🇺🇸 by France in celebration of America's success in building democracy. Serving as a symbol for liberty, freedom and opportunity, the Statue of Liberty welcomed millions of immigrants as they entered the US for the first time.

📸 Discover Lady Liberty up-close with these unique photos #fromthearchives.

#french #american #FranceUS #FRUS #oldestallies #oldphotos #history #democracy #ladyliberty #archivedphotos #americanhistory #frenchhistory #eiffel #bartholdi #nyc #newyork #newyorkharbor

Sadly, our former committee member Anthony Alan Smith, known as Tony died of leukemia last Sunday. His obituary is attac...
06/07/2020
Anthony Alan Smith Obituary - Visitation & Funeral Information

Sadly, our former committee member Anthony Alan Smith, known as Tony died of leukemia last Sunday. His obituary is attached below.

During his time on sister cities, Tony and his wife Bonnie were active and loved members of the committee. They hosted one of our Caen interns for the summer and those involved in that subcommittee know what a feat that is! Tony also played a key role in bringing one of our most popular lecturers to the Lyceum—an interview with the author and philosopher, Guy Sormon. He also catapulted D-Day to a new level with his military and embassy contacts. He will be remembered as an important part of our sister city family in Alexandria and most especially as a good friend. We lost a remarkable person this week, a true renaissance man, but our committee efforts to bring French-American programs to Alexandria continue his memory. Well done, Tony!

https://www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Anthony-Alan-Smith?obId=14893592#/celebrationWall

Share Memories & Support the Family.

06/06/2020
smithsonianassociates.org

Interested in a chance to learn more about D-Day while our sister city programs are cancelled? The Smithsonian is hosting a virtual lecture with author and military historian, Mitchell Yockelson, whose latest book about D-Day paratrooper generals will be hot off the press in a few weeks. RSVPs required, virtual event June 23rd.

https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/paratrooper-generals-of-d-day-1H0514S?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=JUN20eAWhatsNewJune6.1.20&utm_content=version_A&promo=251167

The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee invites you to join us in a look back at past commemorations.
06/06/2020

The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee invites you to join us in a look back at past commemorations.

The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee invites you to join us in a look back at past commemorations.

04/12/2020
Chat in French is hosting a free virtual movie discussion in French at 6pm EST on April 8th. Go to  www.movieapero.event...
03/31/2020

Chat in French is hosting a free virtual movie discussion in French at 6pm EST on April 8th. Go to www.movieapero.eventbrite.com for more information and to RSVP.

Dear friends, due to coronavirus we are sad to report that this years D-Day event, internship program, and teen exchange...
03/31/2020

Dear friends, due to coronavirus we are sad to report that this years D-Day event, internship program, and teen exchange have all been cancelled. Please stay safe out there and we can’t wait until the next time we are together!

As of midnight tonight all restaurants, bars, clubs and theaters in France are closing.  Wishing all of our friends cont...
03/14/2020
Le Monde - Toute l'actualité en continu

As of midnight tonight all restaurants, bars, clubs and theaters in France are closing. Wishing all of our friends continued good health during this time. Be safe!

https://www.lemonde.fr/

International, Economie, Environnement … La référence, partout, tout le temps.

Know any others?
03/05/2020
French Embassy in the U.S.

Know any others?

#DYK that 3/20 is International Francophonie Day 🗣🇫🇷 ? As we lead up to this day of #French language appreciation, we thought we'd share with you some fun phrases and words to add to your vocabulary!

After absorbing all of these phrases, you'll be a "touche à tout." 😉 Share with us your favorite phrases/words!

Have some fun with these words & phrases: bit.ly/12FrenchPhrases

#frenchlanguage #francophile #francophonie #language #learnfrench #frenchvocabulary

03/01/2020

It is a beautiful day
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we just hit 400 likes! 🇺🇸👍🏼🇫🇷
MERCI BEAUCOUP

Application is open!  Are you interested in a paid internship to Caen this summer? Applicants must be 18-25 years old an...
02/19/2020
Caen Internship

Application is open! Are you interested in a paid internship to Caen this summer? Applicants must be 18-25 years old and resident of Alexandria. Learn more here: www.alexandriacaen.wordpress.com/caen-internship/

  ALEXANDRIA-CAEN SISTER CITY COMMITTEE (ACSCC) SUMMER INTERNSHIP IN CAEN, FRANCE JULY 1-31, 2020 Each summer Sister Cities Alexandria and Caen exchange student interns to work in their…

CANCELLED until further notice. Merci!Interested in our high school student exchange program?  RSVP for the information ...
02/19/2020

CANCELLED until further notice. Merci!

Interested in our high school student exchange program? RSVP for the information session on March 24th www.frenchexchange.eventbrite.com

Beautiful Caen! 🌳🌿🍃🍁🌷🌸
02/05/2020

Beautiful Caen! 🌳🌿🍃🍁🌷🌸

🌳🍃 Caen : 8e ville la plus verte de France d'après le classement publié par l'observatoire UNEP-Hortis aujourd'hui !

Avec une note de 65,5/100, la Ville de Caen se distingue particulièrement par la densité de ses espaces verts (2e place) et l'abandon des produits phytosanitaires (4e place).

Il fait vraiment bon vivre à Caen 💕 !

Retrouvez le détail du classement sur le site de l'observatoire UNEP-Hortis : observatoirevillesvertes.fr.

#CaenVilleVerte

Caen la mer Département du Calvados Région Normandie ARPANUM

It is around the corner! DC’s Francophonie Cultural Festival starts in March.  They have an interesting series of progra...
01/21/2020
Home Page | francophoniedc

It is around the corner! DC’s Francophonie Cultural Festival starts in March. They have an interesting series of programs for all the French enthusiasts out there.

We love this picture from our 2019 Beaujolais Fête!  For those early planners out there, mark your calendar for Thursday...
01/16/2020

We love this picture from our 2019 Beaujolais Fête! For those early planners out there, mark your calendar for Thursday, November 19th, 2020! It will be a fun night!

Parlez-vous français? What tips can you share for maintaining your French language in an anglophone country?
01/15/2020
French Embassy in the U.S.

Parlez-vous français? What tips can you share for maintaining your French language in an anglophone country?

Trying to brush up on your #French in 2020? Taking courses can be very helpful but it's equally important to consider other immersive and creative ways to learn your favorite language 😉! By integrating French podcasts, journaling, stand-up comedy, and even catching up on the news in French, you can be learning throughout the day. 💡 French learners and Francophiles, what methods do you use to keep up? Check out this useful list of ways to improve your French in 2020: http://bit.ly/ImproveYourFrench2020

#frenchlanguage #learnfrench #francophile #language #experiencefrance

Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities
01/07/2020

Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities

We hope your New Year is off to a good start!
01/07/2020

We hope your New Year is off to a good start!

Whew, and we thought DC traffic was bad!
12/12/2019
The Local France

Whew, and we thought DC traffic was bad!

The healthy baby girl has been given a free lifetime travel pass

Did you enjoy Alexandria’s first dusting of snow this morning? Here is a picture of Caen City Hall, the Abbaye aux Homme...
12/11/2019

Did you enjoy Alexandria’s first dusting of snow this morning? Here is a picture of Caen City Hall, the Abbaye aux Hommes, in the snow. 😍❄️ (stock photo)

Looking for a place to raise your glass? Check out this event hosted by our fellow sister city committee twinning with D...
12/05/2019

Looking for a place to raise your glass? Check out this event hosted by our fellow sister city committee twinning with Dundee, Scotland!

11/29/2019

Happy Thanksgiving to our Sister City friends and family!

Thanks for the mention, Alexandria Gazette Packet!  5 years ago Cider Week in Alexandria was spear-headed by a passionat...
11/25/2019
Appetite: Lift a Glass at the Cider Festival in Alexandria This Weekend

Thanks for the mention, Alexandria Gazette Packet! 5 years ago Cider Week in Alexandria was spear-headed by a passionate few at ACSCC. The Office of Historic Alexandria has since taken it over and grown the event into an awesome party. 🎉 ACSCC loves still being a part of Cider Week and representing the tradition of our sister city relationship and our common tie of apples and cider! 🍎 🇺🇸🇫🇷

http://m.alexandriagazette.com/news/2019/nov/22/appetite-lift-glass-cider-festival-alexandria-week/

Once an innocent bystander in the craft-beer wars, hard cider has become a mainstay on the popularity circuit in its own right. And for the fifth year in a row, Historic Alexandria is toasting the beverage with the Alexandria Cider Festival, celebrating both the history and the future of cider. The....

Wondering which French cider we were offering at yesterday’s cider fest?  Voilà!  This is what we had chilling until we ...
11/24/2019

Wondering which French cider we were offering at yesterday’s cider fest? Voilà! This is what we had chilling until we ran out at the sold-out event! You can get your own bottle at Trader Joe's Old Town Alexandria! Santé!

France representing at the Alexandria Cider Week festival!
11/23/2019

France representing at the Alexandria Cider Week festival!

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301 King St
Alexandria, VA
22314

King Street Metro and free trolley to Alexandria City Hall building.

General information

The Committee meets on the second Monday of the month at City Hall. Public is welcome to attend.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 08:00 - 17:00

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The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee is a volunteer city committee that promotes educational and cultural exchange between the city of Caen in Normandy, France and the city of Alexandria in Virginia. The committee coordinates an annual student exchange program, an internship program, French language lessons, a lecture series, and children's story time. Our big signature event is organizing Alexandria’s annual D-day (June 6th) commemoration. Throughout the year we might host a variety of events including fundraisers, educational events, wine & cheese parties, or sporting events.

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Thanks for hosting me at the Lyceum on Nov 13, Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee! Great to speak to an enthusiastic audience eager to hear more about the roles of Alexandria women in World War I.
Long-time friends and former members of the committee may remember Beverly Haas Bohnert who, with her late French husband was a member and stalwart of the Caen-Alexandria Association. She now lives in the States with her husband Craig. Her parents, however, retired to France. Her dad is very ill. If you remember Beverly, a kind and lovely lady, please keep her and her family in your thoughts.