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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:

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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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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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