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    • 11 Apr 2018
    • 12 Dec 2018
    • 9 sessions
    • See event details.

    The Canadian Club of Belgium,
    The American Club of Brussels &
    The American Women's Club of Brussels

    welcome you to our Reading Group
    on the second Wednesday of the month
    [7:00–9:00 p.m.]

    (CCB, ACB and AWCB members only)

    We ask you to present a book of your choice (American or Canadian authors preferred) that you have read and really enjoyed. This will give all members, passionate about reading, a chance to read and discuss different literary genres.

    Even if you have not read the selected book and if you do not have a book you wish to present, please feel free to join us anyway – even at the last minute.

    Reading Group Contact
    (also for venue details)
    Geneviève Bergiers
    Tel. 02/660.57.65
    genevieve@chiropractorbergiers.be

    •  •  •

    2018 dates open for your suggestions: April 11, May 9, July 11, August 8, October 10, November 14 & December 12
      
    On June 13, Heidi Hunter will present

    Still Life
    by Louise Penny



    Still Life is Louise Penny’s first crime novel. Louise Penny (Canadian Author, born 1958) has now written 10 plus books and received numerous awards for her writing. This particular story is beautifully woven as the characters unfold. The setting is Thanksgiving Sunday in Quebec. To locals, the village is a safe haven. So they are bewildered when a well-loved member of the community is found lying dead in the maple woods. Surely it was an accident - a hunter's arrow gone astray. Who could want Jane Neal dead?

    In a long and distinguished career with the Sûreté du Quebec, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has learned to look for snakes in Eden. Gamache knows something dark is lurking behind the white picket fences, and if he watches closely enough, Three Pines will begin to give up its secrets… 

    Venue: please contact genevieve@chiropractorbergiers.be
        
    On September 12, Martine Rassi will present

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
    by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows


    The charming historical novel written by Mary Ann Shaffer and her niece Annie Barrows is set in London after the Second World War, when in London «everything is broke: the roads, the buildings, the people». 
    The main character Juliet is a humorous famous journalist and through her correspondences with Guernsey islanders, she discovers members of a literary club and their tale during the German Occupation. 

    Later, Juliet decides to visit her new relationships in the island and realizes what she wants to write about in her new book with a new love. 

    Mary Ann Shaffer was born in 1934 in Martinsburg (West Virginia). She became fascinated with the Channel Islands and «her book about Guernsey was greeted with vivid enthusiasm in thirteen countries». Because she became ill, her niece Annie Barrows helped her finish the book.

    Venue: please contact genevieve@chiropractorbergiers.be
     

    More info about the Clubs:


    • 27 Apr 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Michael Collins, Rue du Bailli 1, 1000 Brussels
    Register

    Final Friday Drinks
    Michael Collins
    Friday, April 27
    6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


    Michael Collins
    Rue du Bailli 1
    1000 Brussels

    The American Club of Brussels invites you for an evening of fun, socializing and chatting! Our Final Friday event has become one of the best-known mixers in Brussels. Everyone is welcome! Bring friends! The cash bar is open to all.

    Join us for April’s Final Friday (April 27) at popular Irish pub and restaurant, Michael Collins! The bar will offer special Final Friday prices on beer and wine as mentioned below. In addition, the full food menu will be available for purchase.

    6 tickets for €10:

    • 50cl draft beer of your choice = 3 tickets
    • Bottle of Belgian beer = 2 tickets 
    • Glass of wine = 2 tickets
    • Large soft drink = 2 tickets

    As usual, we will have an area of the pub reserved only for us with dedicated waitstaff, so bring your friends! All are welcome! This is a great opportunity to mingle and socialize with new and old friends in Brussels in a fun and relaxing environment. See you there!

    Address: Michael Collins, Rue du Bailli 1, 1000 Brussels.

    Please pre-register. Thank you.

    Event url: http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2870604



    • 30 Apr 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Avenue du Parc Royal, 1020 Brussels
    • 0
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    A Guided Tour of
    The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken

    Monday, April 30, 2018 - 7:30 p.m.

    picture by Jean-Pol Grandmont 

    During the 19th century, progress in construction techniques, especially the use of metal and glass, made a new type of building possible: the greenhouse. So, in 1873, King Leopold II asked his favorite architect, Alphonse Balat (mentor of Victor Horta), to create a “little winter garden” adjoining the Castle of Laeken to house plants and tropical trees from all over the planet. The result is a truly special world: in full flower, rare species fill these vast spaces with amazing colors and intoxicating scents.

    On this tour, you will benefit from a guided visit of the greenhouses and its fabulous collection of exotic plants and flowers, learn the history of the 18th century castle, of the royal family and particularly King Leopold II, and its beautiful park, trees, stables and orangery.

    Don’t miss this guided visit of the Greenhouses of Laeken, which are only opened to the public for three weeks every year.

    Please note that this event is limited to 25 participants.

    Event Details:
    Date:
     
    Monday, April 30, 2018.
    Time: 7:30 p.m.
    Place: Royal Greenhouses of Laeken, Avenue du Parc Royal, 1020 Brussels

    Parking: opposite the Castle of Laeken, Avenue de la Dynastie
    Price:
     €25 - 
    ACB/AWCB/CCB members receive a discounted price of €20.
    Reservations are due by Friday, April 27 at:
    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2856652
    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “Greenhouses” in the reference section of the bank transfer. Online payment with a credit card is also possible (through PayPal, but no actual PayPal account is required); pay when registering or use the link provided in the invoice.
    Cancellations are possible until noon on Friday, April 27. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.


    • 05 May 2018
    • 10:45 AM
    • rue Vautier 62, 1050 Brussels
    • 11
    Register

    Guided Tour of the Wiertz Museum
    Saturday, May 5, 2018
    10:45 a.m.


    The Wiertz Museum is located in the original home and studio of the artist Antoine Wiertz (1806-1865). Between romanticism and fear inducing scenes, come and immerse yourself in the whirlwind that is the universe of this 19th century Belgian painter, sculptor and thinker.

    Wiertz loved the spectacular, painting giant canvasses to indulge his thirst for the excessive, such as Greeks and Trojans fighting over the body of Patroclus, which is over 8 meters long. Wiertz is also known for his dramatic subjects, such as his Premature Burial. His most famous painting is probably Two Girls (La Belle Rosine), in which a young woman faces a skeleton, reflecting the artist's fascination with death and the fragility of human life. Wiertz also produced numerous portraits and self-portraits.

    The visit, which is limited to 20 people, will be guided by our expert guide Lieve Dejonghe, an art historian.

    Event Details:
    Date:
     Saturday, May 5, 2018.
    Time: 10:45 a.m.
    Place: 
    Wiertz Museum, rue Vautier 62, 1050 Brussels
    Price: €20 - ACB/AWCB/CCB members receive a discounted price of €15.
    Reservations are due by May 2 at:
    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2861993
    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “Wiertz Museum” in the reference section of the bank transfer. Online payment with a credit card is also possible (through PayPal, but no actual PayPal account is required); pay when registering or use the link provided in the invoice.
    Cancellations are possible until noon on Monday, April 30. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.


    • 16 May 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Hotel Métropole, Place de Brouckère 31, 1000 Brussels
    • 71
    Register

    Pioneers’ Dinner
    Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 7.30 p.m.
    Hotel Métropole Brussels


    The American Club of Brussels cordially invites you and your guests to
    its Pioneers’ Dinner on
    Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
    at the
    Hotel Métropole,

    Place de Brouckère 31, 1000 Brussels.

    The dinner will take place in the beautiful Salon Rubinstein. Our guest speaker will be British Ambassador Alison Rose whose presentation and question and answer session will focus on the issues of Brexit, its impact on EU/UK relationship and its potential influence on the special relationship between the US and the UK. You will find her biography here.

    The Pioneers’ Club was created in the 1970s by members of the American Club of Brussels who desired to have a special group within the American Club of Brussels for members having long-term interests in the ACB and in the Brussels community as a whole. The Pioneers' Dinner is open to new members in addition to longtime members and our friends of the American Club of Brussels.


    MENU

    Apéritif and canapés
    offered by the Hotel Métropole

    Starter

    Emincé de bœuf Holstein fumé, vinaigrette de caviar belge

    Main course

    Suprême de pintadeau, jus court au vin de May et lentin du chêne, asperges vertes, pommes de terre Robuchon

    Dessert

    Miroir au chocolat et framboises,
    coulis de fruits rouges


    Half a bottle of wine and
    sparkling or still water per person.


    Dress code: formal: men are requested to wear black tie, dark suit is acceptable as an alternative.

    Event details:
    Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
    Time: 7:30 p.m.
    Place: Hotel Métropole Brussels, Place de Brouckère 31, 1000 Brussels.
    Public Transportation: tram 3 & 4,  metro line 1 & 5, bus 29, 66, 71 & 86
    Parking: see available parkings below
    Price: €80 for ACB/AWCB/CCB/BBCA members; €85 for non-members.
    Price includes a 3-course menu, apéritif, half bottle of red or white wine per person and water.
    Reservations are due by Monday, May 14, at:
    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2890112
    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “Pioneers 2018” in the reference section of the bank transfer. Online payment with a credit card is also possible (through PayPal, but no actual PayPal account is required); pay when registering or use the link provided in the invoice.
    Cancellations are possible until noon on Monday, May 14. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

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    Parkings close to the Hotel Métropole
    Parking de la Monnaie
    Place de la Monnaie 25, 1000 Brussels
    Parking de Brouckère
    Place de Brouckère 1, 1000 Brussels
    Parking Alhambra
    Boulevard Emile Jacqmain 14, 1000 Brussels

    For more access information, click here.

    • 27 May 2018
    • 10:15 AM
    • Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth, 445 Chaussée de Tervuren, 1410 Waterloo
    • 20
    Register

    A Guided Visit of Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel
    Followed by a Concert by Trio Sōra

    Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 10:15 a.m.

     

    Come along to a special morning at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel!   

    We will begin by a guided tour through this superb Art Deco House, then enjoy a Concert with Trio Sōra who will play Piano trio in D major, “Ghost”, op. 70 No. 1 (Beethoven) and Piano trio, op. 24 (Weinberg). It will be possible to have lunch in Le Chapel Restaurant afterwards.

    The Music Chapel was created in 1939 by Queen Elisabeth, a violinist keen to help young talent, and Eugène Ysaÿe, one of the greatest violinists and composers of his time. Both wanted to support emerging artists through a highly specialized school and an international competition, which later became the renowned Queen Elisabeth Competition.

    The Music Chapel has lots of atmosphere and some parts still echo Queen Elisabeth's tastes. We will visit the new wing with the studios, the beautiful great concert hall and the garden. You will learn about the great musicians and composers who left their mark and, of course, about the Music Competition.

    Distinguished by a powerful on-stage unity and a rare sensibility, the Trio Sōra was born of a burning passion for chamber music shared by close friends at the Paris Conservatoire. Their music is vivacious, hence the significance of the native American name Sōra: a bird singing while spreading its wings.

    Please note that this visit is limited to 25 participants.

    Event Details:
    Date:
     
    Sunday, May 27, 2018.
    Time: 10.15 a.m.
    Place: Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth, 445 Chaussée de Tervuren, 1410 Waterloo (GPS address: Chemin de la Chapelle Musicale, 1410 Waterloo)

    Price:
     €42 for 
    ACB/AWCB/CCB members, €50 for non-members
    Reservations are due by Wednesday, May 23 at:
    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2875791
    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “Music Chapel” in the reference section of the bank transfer. Online payment with a credit card is also possible (through PayPal, but no actual PayPal account is required); pay when registering or use the link provided in the invoice.
    Cancellations are possible until noon on Wednesday, May 23. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.


    • 09 Jun 2018
    • 2:15 PM
    • Visit Mechelen, Toerismehuis ‘De Gulden Arent’, Hallestraat 2-4-6, 2800 Mechelen
    • 25
    Register

    Historical Walking Tour of Mechelen
    Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 2:15 p.m.

      

    Did you know that Mechelen played an important political and economic role in the Burgundian period? Many of its historical buildings bear witness to this. Hold on, because the list is long: Saint Rumbold’s Cathedral, the former palaces of Margaret of Austria and Magaret of York, the Palace of the Great Council,… 

    So, don’t hesitate, join us on June 9 and follow our dedicated guide through 16th century Mechelen.

    After the 2 hours walking tour, those who wish to may join us for a drink or a coffee in the neighborhood and enjoy some more time in the beautifully renovated city of Mechelen…

    Please note that this event is limited to 25 participants.

    Event Details:
    Date:
     
    Saturday June 9, 2018.
    Time: 2:15 p.m.
    Place: Visit Mechelen, Toerismehuis De Gulden Arent, Hallestraat 2-4-6, Mechelen

    Price:
     €25 - 
    ACB/AWCB/CCB members receive a discounted price of €20.
    Reservations are due by Wednesday June 6 at:
    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2896450
    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “Mechelen 2018” in the reference section of the bank transfer. Online payment with a credit card is also possible (through PayPal, but no actual PayPal account is required); pay when registering or use the link provided in the invoice.
    Cancellations are possible until noon on Wednesday June 6. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

    How to get to Mechelen?
    Mechelen is easily accessible by train and by car. You will find all the necessary information here
    Please bear in mind that cars are banned in a large part of the city centre of Mechelen from 11:00 a.m. until 6 p.m. You can park cheaply in the car parks in Rode-Kruisplein and Zandpoortvest, on the fringe of the city. The car park in Douaneplein is free. More info here.

    By train, it only takes 20 minutes from Brussels, Leuven and Antwerp. Mechelen has 2 stations: Mechelen Central and Mechelen-Nekkerspoel. Both stations are walking distance from the city centre. From Mechelen Central it is about a fifteen-minute walk to the Grote Markt, whilst it takes barely 10 minutes from Mechelen-Nekkerspoel (but be careful not all trains stop in Mechelen-Nekkerspoel).

    If you wish to prepare your visit and have access to some city maps, you can easily download the brochure Streetwise in Mechelen.



    • 13 Jun 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • See event details

    The Canadian Club of Belgium,
    The American Club of Brussels &
    The American Women's Club of Brussels

    welcome you to our Reading Group
    on the second Wednesday of the month
    [7:00–9:00 p.m.]

    (CCB, ACB and AWCB members only)

    We ask you to present a book of your choice (American or Canadian authors preferred) that you have read and really enjoyed. This will give all members, passionate about reading, a chance to read and discuss different literary genres.

    Even if you have not read the selected book and if you do not have a book you wish to present, please feel free to join us anyway – even at the last minute.

    Reading Group Contact
    (also for venue details)
    Geneviève Bergiers
    Tel. 02/660.57.65
    genevieve@chiropractorbergiers.be

    •  •  •

    2018 dates open for your suggestions: April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14 & December 12
       
    On June 13, Heidi Hunter will present

    Still Life
    by Louise Penny


    Still Life is Louise Penny’s first crime novel. Louise Penny (Canadian Author, born 1958) has now written 10 plus books and received numerous awards for her writing. This particular story is beautifully woven as the characters unfold. The setting is Thanksgiving Sunday in Quebec. To locals, the village is a safe haven. So they are bewildered when a well-loved member of the community is found lying dead in the maple woods. Surely it was an accident - a hunter's arrow gone astray. Who could want Jane Neal dead?

    In a long and distinguished career with the Sûreté du Quebec, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has learned to look for snakes in Eden. Gamache knows something dark is lurking behind the white picket fences, and if he watches closely enough, Three Pines will begin to give up its secrets… 

    Venue: please contact genevieve@chiropractorbergiers.be
     


    More info about the Clubs:


    • 16 Jun 2018
    • 10:15 AM
    • avenue Louise 224, 1050 Brussels
    • 22
    Register

    Guided Tour of the Hotel Solvay
    Saturday, June 16, 2018
    10:15 a.m.


    Back by popular demand, we are again offering you the magnificent opportunity for a very special guided visit to the Hotel Solvay on Avenue Louise. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Monument, the Solvay House is one of the major town houses of the architect Victor Horta. In 1894, the chemical magnate, Armand Solvay, hired Horta to build a home for his bride. Solvay gave Horta unlimited freedom of creation and unrestricted funding for the project.

    The Solvay House greatly contributed to Horta’s rising reputation as a world-class architect. His new focus on the innate vitality of people led him to change many accepted practices. He adapted and altered metal frames used in industrial structures to bring radically new qualities to the inner space of a home.

    These innovations are all directed towards enhancing the life of those who live in the house. What strikes the visitor to this wonderful building is its luminous space, in which light filters through from everywhere, softened by the carefully arranged coloration of the walls, the floor coverings, and the glasswork.

    Our guide will be Lieve Dejonghe, an art historian, who has been our guide for several exhibits during the past years.

    Please note that this visit is limited to 22 people.

    Event Details:
    Date:
     Saturday, June 16, 2018.
    Time: 10:15 a.m.
    Place: 
    Avenue Louise 224, 1050 Brussels
    Price: €50 - ACB/AWCB/CCB members receive a discounted price of €42.
    Reservations are due by Wednesday, June 13 at:
    http://www.americanclubbrussels.org/event-2866003
    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “Hotel Solvay” in the reference section of the bank transfer. Online payment with a credit card is also possible (through PayPal, but no actual PayPal account is required); pay when registering or use the link provided in the invoice.
    Cancellations are possible until noon on Wednesday, June 13. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.


    • 12 Sep 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • 12 Sep 2019
    • 9:00 PM
    • See event details.

    The Canadian Club of Belgium,
    The American Club of Brussels &
    The American Women's Club of Brussels

    welcome you to our Reading Group
    on the second Wednesday of the month
    [7:00–9:00 p.m.]

    (CCB, ACB and AWCB members only)

    We ask you to present a book of your choice (American or Canadian authors preferred) that you have read and really enjoyed. This will give all members, passionate about reading, a chance to read and discuss different literary genres.

    Even if you have not read the selected book and if you do not have a book you wish to present, please feel free to join us anyway – even at the last minute.

    Reading Group Contact
    (also for venue details)
    Geneviève Bergiers
    Tel. 02/660.57.65
    genevieve@chiropractorbergiers.be

    •  •  •

    2018 dates open for your suggestions: April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14 & December 12
       
    On September 12, Martine Rassi will present

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
    by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows


    The charming historical novel written by Mary Ann Shaffer and her niece Annie Barrows is set in London after the Second World War, when in London «everything is broke: the roads, the buildings, the people». 
    The main character Juliet is a humorous famous journalist and through her correspondences with Guernsey islanders, she discovers members of a literary club and their tale during the German Occupation. 

    Later, Juliet decides to visit her new relationships in the island and realizes what she wants to write about in her new book with a new love. 

    Mary Ann Shaffer was born in 1934 in Martinsburg (West Virginia). She became fascinated with the Channel Islands and «her book about Guernsey was greeted with vivid enthusiasm in thirteen countries». Because she became ill, her niece Annie Barrows helped her finish the book.

    Venue: please contact genevieve@chiropractorbergiers.be
     


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