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American-born travel journalist and guidebook author Heather Stimmler-Hall created the Secrets of Paris in 1999 to share the hidden side of the City of Light. Discover what you've been missing:

* Custom Travel Content 
* Free Paris Resource Guide
* Calendar of interesting Paris events
* Private Tours
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Calendar of Paris Events

October 8-12
The theme for the 81st annual Fête des Vendanges, the grape harvest festival, is Montmartre Fête les Poètes. Events include a parade, grape stomping, the food & wine tasting village, cooking demos, live music, and tons of other fun stuff. Check out the entire program, the online boutique (get your commemorative bottles of wine!) and other info about the festival here.

October 12 
Stock up on fall reading material for a handful of euros and support the English-language SOS Helpline at their Autumn Book Sale today from noon-4pm at Orrick Law Offices (31 ave Pierre Ière de Serbie, 16th, M° Alma-Marceau). Paperbacks €1, hardcovers €2, all categories for adults and kids, as well as bake sale items. Those who want to donate books can drop them off during the sale.

October 16-17
Blending culture with social, Sinfonietta Paris brings you an evening of Mendelssohn and Brahms exquisitely performed by a brilliant ensemble of young professional musicians. At the Institut FInlandais (Latin Quarter, 60 rue des Ecoles, 5th) from 8-11pm. Tickets €25 (wine and hors d'oeuvres included). The address will be mailed once confirmed; the performance on the 4th December is in the 17th; on the 5th December it's in the 1st. Register on the website; places limited. 

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Entries in charity (12)

Saturday
Aug062011

Newsletter #109: August 6, 2011

In this issue:

Do-Gooder Shopping Fix #1: Retro Glasses
Free Museums This Sunday
Paris Airport Lounges
Do-Gooder Shopping Fix #2: Books & CDs
Restaurants Open in August
Paris Beach Atmosphere
Buy Your Tickets Now for Fall Shows
Get Someone Else to Pay Your Parking Tix
Back in the USA: Heather's Fall Tour
The Secrets of Chantilly & Disneyland Paris
FDR Metro Station gets a Face Lift

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Tuesday
Feb222011

Are the French Less Charitable than Americans? 

If you look at the stats, it seems Americans are far more generous than the French. According to the 2010 World Giving Index, France ranked 91 in charitable giving out of 153 countries surveyed, far behind the #5-ranked USA (Australia and New Zealand tied for first).

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Saturday
Nov062010

November 7 Benefit Concert & Art Auction

A big merci to everyone who came to the charity event last night. This year we raised a total of $4100 for non-profits that give solar lights to families in Kenya and Tanzania that do not have electricity. This really transforms lives!

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Friday
Oct082010

Charity Benefit Concert

Mark your calendars for the upcoming charity concert and auction Lights from the City of Light, November 7th, aboard the Six-Huit Péniche (below Notre Dame on the Seine). All proceeds go to charities that provide solar lights to poor families in Africa.

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Friday
Apr032009

Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for ways to get involved or give back to the community here in Paris? Check out the updated links in the Make a Difference section.

Sunday
Nov302008

Secrets of Paris Newsletter #87: November 30, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: * Win Crazy Horse Tickets This Tuesday at WH Smith Paris * Dining Reviews: Japanese Noodles, Cheap Breakfast, and a Typical French Bistro * Expat Health Insurance Recommendation * Grand Reopening of the Forum des Images at Les Halles * Holiday Gifts from the Paris M├ętro * Holiday Bottles of Bubbly (and Water) * Paris for the Armchair Traveler * Christmas Markets in Paris * Giving Back at the Holidays * Secrets of Paris Tour Special for Newsletter Readers * A Bit of Paris in San Francisco...

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