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Parent's Night Out September 24th

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on September 16, 2016 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

On Saturday, Sept. 24th, 2016 at 5-8pm, I will be hosting a Parent’s Night Out with Arts on the Horizon and the Downtown Baptist Church here at the church. Your child/children (ages 3-12) will enjoy an enriching evening of art, stories, drama and music while you have a nice evening out in Old Town Alexandria! Your children bring their own bagged dinner and eats with us. The cost is $20 for the first child and $10 for the second, third, etc. Sign up here!

May 21st:Parent's Night Out at the DBC

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on May 2, 2016 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

“Around the World” Parent’s Night Out

Hosted by: The Downtown Baptist Church, Old Town French and Arts on the Horizon.

When: Saturday May 21st at 5-8 pm

Who: Children ages 3-11 years of age.

Price: $20 for the first child, $10 for each additional child.


Enjoy an evening in Old Town while your child has fun at our “Around the World” themed Parents Night Out. During the 3-hour experience, children will “travel” to several countries and take part in crafts, music, drama and creative play related to these places. Pack a dinner and drink for your child to enjoy in our “International Café”. Mme. Rebecca will be there to represent France. She will be reading books about France, playing music with the children and doing an arts & crafts.

Note: The evening will be mostly in English because children from the whole community are invited to attend.

Limited spots available so sign up soon at : http://downtownbaptist.org/(under Parent’s Night Out).


Georgetown French Market

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on April 17, 2016 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

On April 29-May 1st.  Would you like to pretend you’re in Paris next weekend? The Book Hill neighborhood of Georgetown celebrates spring with a French Market on April 29-May 1 with merchants, restaurants, salons and galleries displaying their wares in an inviting open-air market, evoking the outdoor markets of Paris where guests wander between shops and galleries tempted by the aroma of fresh coffee and croissants while enjoying the sounds of strolling musicians. There is music and children activities on Saturday and Sunday. More information at: http://georgetowndc.com/events/signature-event/french-market ;

New Language App for Children

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on March 31, 2016 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Kadho, a new language app for children, helps children recogize sounds in different languages through repetitive games.  I'm trying it on my children and will update you in a few months to report on what they've learned.  What I like so far about their apps is they have special themes(building a tree house, kitchen, etc.) and that it is based on many years of neuroscience research on how the brain learns languages.


La Chandeleur-CrÍpe Day

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on January 28, 2016 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

In France, La Chandeleur, also known as "Crêpe Day," is celebrated with food and games. On February 6th, Hillwood Estate in DC is inviting families to celebrate this holiday in festive French fashion by eating crepes, listening to classic tales told in French and English, and experiencing the exciting culture of Brittany, where crepes originated. Go to http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org/ to buy tickets

Galette des rois

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on January 28, 2016 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Mme. Rebecca with her daughter, Audrey, and the 12 galettes she made in January. BON APPETIT!


During the month of January, the French celebrate « La fête des rois », “ The Kings’ Feast”. It originally started as a religious holiday, celebrating the Epiphany, or the twelfth day of Christmas. It now has been adopted by even non-Christen French, serving a «Galette des rois», “Kings’Cake” after dinner when families have guests over for dinner. La galette usually is an almond-based roundcake with a hidden “fève”, “fava bean or lucky charm”. Each person is serveda piece of the galette. The person whofinds the hidden “fève” in the cake becomes «Roi», “King”, or «Reine» , “Queen” for the day and wears a crown. The King then chooses his Queen or the Queen chooses her King of the day.



The King’s Cake is also associated with Mardi Gras and Carnival in February. To see a small cartoon based on the book, "Roule Galette" that we read it class, check out Roule Galette





One of my favorite galette recipes:







1. For the filling



100 g or 4oz of unsalted butter



100 g or 4 oz of granulated sugar



2 extra large eggs



100 g or 4 oz of slivered almonds




2. For the pie:



1 package of frozen Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry-2 sheets*



1 egg



1 tbsp. of honey



*Thanks to Pepperidge Farm, we don’t have to spend hours to mix the batter with butter to make the puff pastry.



Preparation of the filling (prepare a while ahead so that it is not too liquid when you use it)




In your blender, finely grind the almonds and sugar. Add the softened butter and 2 eggs. You can flavor with 1 tsp. of rum if you’d like. Keep refrigerated (it can keep a few days in your fridge; it is also wonderful filling for pear or apple pies, etc.)




Preparation of the pie:



Preheat your oven to 400 F.



Let your 2 sheets of puff pastry dough reach room temperature. (This is important; if your dough is still cold when you cook it, it will shrink miserably in the oven!) With some flour, roll the first sheet until it reaches the size of your baking plate (you can go as large as 12-15 inches). Cut a circle (a large plate is convenient to cut your shape). Poke little holes in your dough with a fork and place on your baking sheet. Work the second sheet the same way and cut a second circle of dough. Poke holes with the fork and keep aside.



Break your egg in a little bowl and beat. With a brush, cover about 1 inch on the edge of the first round of dough with the egg (it will help glue the cover). Spread the filling in the center without covering the edges coated with egg (if overfilled, it will leak while baking). Place the second piece of dough exactly on the top of the first piece and press all around the edges to make sure that the two parts are sealed together. Brush the entire top with the egg. With the point of a knife, draw a design in the egg. Cook for about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Prepare a syrup from honey and hot water and as soon as you take your pie out of theoven, brush it with the syrup to give it a nice final shine. (La galette sera dorée-The galette will be golden)



Enjoy! It’s delicious warm! Don't forgot to sneak in a little bean or figurine (if your child is old enough to find it and not put it in his/her mouth)




Bon appétit!


Alexandria Sister City Events

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on January 13, 2016 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Thursday, January 21, 2016


The Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Committee presents a conversation on:


"Women, Work and Family: A French View"


with Sarah Diligenti


Executive Director, L’Alliance Française





The Lyceum


201 S. Washington Ave

Alexandria, VA

Wine and Cheese Reception to Follow



$5 suggested donation at the door.


​RSVP: https://womenworkfamily.eventbrite.com









Friday, January 29, 2016


The Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Committee presents a lecture on:


"Paris Vivra: France After the Attacks"


with Guy Sorman


Publisher of France-Amérique





The Lyceum


201 S. Washington Ave

Alexandria, VA

Wine and Cheese Reception to Follow



$5 suggested donation at the door.


​RSVP: https://guysorman.eventbrite.com




Cajun and Zydeco Dancing and Music

Posted by Rebecca Anderson on September 15, 2015 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Friday, Sept. 18th at 8:30 pm is a dance lesson and music at 9:00pm.  Glen Echo in Maryland.