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Calendar of Paris Events

November 5-8
The boutique charity organization Emmaüs (105 Boulevard Davout, 20th) is having a "Kilo Sale" where mens, womens and childrens used clothing are sold for €10/kilo (that's a lot of clothing). Daily 11am-7:45pm. 

November 8-16
The 39th annual Salon Marjolaine, the largest organic fair in Paris, takes place this week at the Parc Floral (Bois de Vincennes) with 550 stands selling everything organic you could imagine. There are also plenty of food stands for lunch onsite, a vestiaire, and a little shuttle from the metro Château de Vincennes to the entrance of the Parc Floral. Open 10:30am-7pm. Entry €9, but you can get a €3 discount voucher on the website to print out in advance. You can also see my article and video from my visit in 2010. 

November 8-11
The Château Vaux le Vicomte is hosting its annual Palais au Chocolat. The palace will be decorated with chocolate artworks created by some of the biggest names in chocolate. Tickets are €16.50 (€13.50 for kids 6-18), which includes access to the château and gardens and exhibits throughout the estate; you can reserve them in advance online. Open 10am-6pm.

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Thursday
Mar082012

Dinner & Concert with Leslie Caron and Givenchy at Château de Chantilly

A very unique, once-in-a-lifetime event! Participate in an unforgettable evening April 7th at the gorgeous Château de Chantilly and its Grand Stables, with dinner and music in the presence of legendary French actress Leslie Caron and couturier Hubert de Givenchy

The American Friends of Chantilly and the Fondation pour la Sauvegarde et le Développement du Domaine de Chantilly, two non-profit organisations dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the Domaine de Chantilly, are hosting a special fundraising event, "Memories & Melodies", to help restore the 19th-century Ile d'Amour, or Island of Love, in the château's romantic English gardens. The event begins on April 7th at 7pm with dinner in in the Château's elegant Galerie des Cerfs, where Ms Caron and Mr de Givenchy will share their memories of the filming of two great American masterpieces, An American in Paris and Funny Face (the latter was filmed in Chantilly in 1957). 


Dinner will be followed with a concert by the Chantilly Conservatory of Music, whose full orchestra and choir will be performing music by George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein under the dome of the Grand Stables. This will be the first opportunity to view the sculpted fountain newly restored thanks to the friends and members of the American Friends of Chantilly.

Seats at the event are €220/person (€180 if you're a member of the AFC), with optional round-trip shuttle from Paris for €20, or a night at the four-star Dolce Hotel for €160 (double room with breakfast). Dress code: cocktail attire. RSVP by April 3rd to AFP President, Candice Nancel, at afceurope@orange.fr or 06 14 67 04 49. 

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