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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

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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Friday
Nov292013

Visit a Paris Museum December 1st, Help the Philippines

French museums, in solidarity with the Croix Rouge (French Red Cross), are hosting a Dimanche de Solidarité on December 1st to help raise urgently needed funds fordisaster relief in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. 

Official Croix Rouge volunteers will be in the following museums this Sunday collection donations of loose change (or loose bills, if you're feeling flush):

* Musée du Louvre
* Musée des Arts Asiatiques Guimet
* Musée du Quai Branly
* Palais de Tokyo
* Musée Rodin
* Musée d’Orsay
* Musée de l’Orangerie
* Château de Versailles
* Centre Pompidou

Don't forget that these museums are open for free the first Sunday of the month, an added incentive to help out those in urgent need of clean water, food and shelter. 

Saturday
Sep212013

Newsletter #130: September 2013

In this issue: 
Garden Festival
Sexy Fall Museum Exhibitions 
Live Music in the Ateliers
Vide Greniers & Brocantes
SOS Helpline Recruiting Volunteers
Three Shops I Love
My New Local Bistro
Ladies’ Wine Delivery 
52 Martinis MeetUp
Experimental Pedestrian Crosswalks
Pets in Paris Update
Win a French Food Dictionary

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Friday
Nov302012

Radios for the Homeless

Looking for a new way to help those on the street this holiday season? Give them a gift that keeps on giving: a small, dynamo-powered radio so they can listen to music and the news.

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Sunday
Sep162012

Newsletter #120: September 16, 2012

In this issue:

It Wasn’t Quite a Vacation
Navigo Passes Rock
Paris Pastry, Take Two!
The France Project Podcast
Paris Photography Discount
Adjustable High Heels
(Really) Cheap Stuff
Philippe Starck at the Marché aux Puces
Work horses in Bois de Vincennes
Grands Boulevards Food Fest
Vote from Abroad
Organic Meat Delivery in Paris
Volunteer for an English-speaking Helpline

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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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Friday
Dec172010

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities in Paris

Updated on Saturday, December 25, 2010 by Registered CommenterHeather Stimmler-Hall

If you’re in Paris during the holidays, far from your family, no reason to feel sorry for yourself. Take advantage of your lack of “family obligations” and help out those in need in your adopted community.

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