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Upcoming events

    • 08 Aug 2018
    • 12 Dec 2018
    • 5 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

    •  •  •

    2018 dates open for your suggestions: October 10, November 14 & December 12

    On August 8, Geneviève Bergiers will present

    The Lost City of the Monkey God
    A True Story

    by Douglas Preston (U.S.) 

    Douglas Preston is an American journalist and novelist who started his career at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. He has participated in expeditions in different parts of the world and in particular, in one that led to the discovery of an ancient city in an unexplored valley in the Mosquitia mountains of Eastern Honduras, which he chronicled in this nonfiction book.

    Venue: please contact

    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

    More info about the Clubs:

    • 30 Aug 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Au Grand Forestier, avenue du Grand Forestier 2, 1170 Brussels

    Dine-Out at Au Grand Forestier
    Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 7.30 p.m.


    Au Grand Forestier
    Avenue du Grand Forestier 2
    1170 Brussels

    Join us for a dinner at the lovely Au Grand Forestier which is situated at the edge of the Sonian Forest in Watermael-Boitsfort. The restaurant has been located in a typical Boitsfort property dating from the early 20th century, which is part of the architectural heritage of the commune. It looks out on the Ten Reuken ponds, a short 50 yards away from the Avenue de la Forêt. Au Grand Forestier was opened in 2015 by the Niels Family who also own Au Vieux Saint Martin on the Grand Sablon.

    We hope to see many of you at this lovely restaurant for our special dine-out!



    Kir or jus de fruits frais (tomate ou orange pressée)

    First Course

    Fondue au parmesan maison,
    persil frit, citron
    Petit carpaccio de saumon frais
    d’Ecosse (Red label), toasts

    Main Course

    Solette de Zeebrugge, pommes nature
    Vol-au-vent (Poulet fermier), pommes frites

    Coffee/Tea  --  Sablé

    Wine and water are included.

    Please indicate your menu choices when registering.

    Event Details:
    Thursday, August 30, 2018.
    Time: 7:30 p.m.
    Place: Au Grand Forestier, avenue du Grand Forestier 2, 1170 Brussels 
    How to get there: 
    By car: parking available on the street.
    Public transport: Tram 94, Bus 41 or 72 or Metro Hermann Debroux
     €55 - ACB/AWCB/CCB Members receive a reduced price of €50
    Price includes a two-course menu, apéritif, wine, water and coffee or tea per person.
    Reservations are due by Monday, August 27 at:

    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “August Dine-out” 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, August 27. Participants cancelling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

    • 31 Aug 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Hotel Manos, Chaussée de Charleroi 100-106, 1060 Brussels

    Final Friday Drinks
    Friday, August 31
    6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


    Hotel Manos
    Chaussée de Charleroi 100-106
    1060 Brussels

    Ready for another exciting Final Friday? Join us then for an evening of good fun, socializing and chatting in the garden of Hotel Manos!

    The Hotel Manos is a family-run boutique hotel near the Avenue Louise shopping area. The hotel's private garden and terrace is "a haven of greenery filled with charm, sunshine and water fountains". In case of rain we can move into the lounge. 

    Everyone is welcome! The cash bar is open to all...

    Final Friday events are held the last Friday of each month and take place at different, great locations throughout the city. So plan to attend future Final Fridays as well.

    Please register at:
    Thank you.

    Hotel Manos
    Chaussée de Charleroi 100-106
    1060 Brussels

    For access information click here

    • 08 Sep 2018
    • 2:15 PM
    • Groenplaats, 2000 Antwerp
    • 21

    A Taste of Antwerp, Walking Tour
    Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 2:15 p.m.



    On this fun historic city tour your guide, Carolien, will not only introduce you to the history and some of the most beautiful sights of Antwerp, but also share some of Antwerp’s fun facts and anecdotes, linked to a couple of unique local delicacies.  You have probably heard about the famous ‘Antwerpse Handjes’ (Antwerp hands), a must souvenir and after tasting them, you will never forget how this city got its name.

    An expensive and delicious golden liquor in its beautiful bottle is not only served after a lavish meal, it has also saved the life of many a horse over the centuries. While walking around the historic city and learning some interesting history and fun facts, we will taste some local delicacies. Thanks to the port, this city offers an interesting mix in population, culture and flavors.

    We will end our tour about 2 hours later in a local pub for a fresh Antwerp Bolleke van 't vat, amber colored draft beer or a glass of wine or water/soft drink.

    Please note that this event is limited to 25 participants.

    Event Details:
    Saturday, September 8, 2018.
    Time: 2:15 p.m.
    Meeting Point: in front of the Hilton Hotel terrace on the Groenplaats in Antwerp

     €35 - 
    ACB/AWCB/CCB members receive a discounted price of €30.
    Price includes the guided tour, the tasting of some local delicacies and the ending drink (Bolleke van 't vat or wine/water).
    Reservations are due by Wednesday, September 5 at:
    Payment in advance to ACB account BE55427919588144 (KREDBEBB). Please mention “Antwerp 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, September 5. Participants canceling after this time, as well as no-shows, are charged the full cost of the event.

    How to get to Antwerp?
    Antwerp is easily accessible by train and by car. You will find all the necessary information
    by clicking here.

    By car
    Are you planning on coming to Antwerp by car? 
    Please note that the city centre of Antwerp is now a low emission zone. Register your vehicle before coming to Antwerp and check whether you can enter the zone.

    By train
    You can easily get to Antwerp by train. National and international trains stop in Antwerp-Central Station. When you arrive in Central Station, then stop and take the time to look around you. Many publications have rated it as one of the most beautiful stations in the world. From Antwerp Central Station, you can either walk to Groenplaats, take the subway number 9 or 15 (Direction: Linkeroever - Stop: Groenplaats) or take a taxi.

    • 19 Oct 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie, Avenue Louise 91-93, 1050 Brussels

    The Hoover Legacy Gala Dinner/100th Anniversary

    Friday, October 19, 2018

    Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie

    More information to follow on the program of the evening

    Watch this space

    Be sure to save the date in your agenda

    What is the Hoover Belgium-U.S. Legacy?

    When the German Army invaded Belgium in 1914, it left in its wake thousands of burned homes and murdered Belgian civilians. Belgium was economically devastated and, by October, the country’s population was facing the prospect of widespread starvation.

    A group of Belgian businessmen led by Emile Francqui, Ernest Solvay and Emmanuel Janssen created the Comité National de Secours et Alimentation to aid their fellow countrymen. However, the circumstances of the war left Belgium cut-off from world markets, and food supplies within Belgium were rapidly depleted. 

    With the help of American businessmen living in Belgium, the Comité National reached out to Herbert Hoover, an American businessman living in London. Hoover created the Commission for Relief in Belgium (CRB) to help them. The CRB collected food and other relief supplies from America and around the world, and shipped those supplies to Belgium under the protection of the neutral American flag and the patronage of the American Ambassador in Belgium, Brand Whitlock. The Comité National could then distribute the food that the CRB brought to the starving Belgian population.

    Thanks to this partnership between the Comité National and the CRB, six million tons of food were shipped to Belgium from 1914 until the end of the war, keeping the citizens of Belgium and Northern France alive. 

    After the war, the remaining funds that the CRB raised were used to help rebuild Belgium, particularly in the fields of education and academic research. CRB funds financed the reconstruction of the University Library at Leuven, supported the rebirth of four Belgian universities, and created the University Foundation and the Belgian American Educational Foundation.

    In this spirit, the American Club of Brussels is organizing the Hoover Belgian-U.S. Legacy Gala. It is an opportunity to remember the partnership between Belgium and America that sustained Belgium during WWI and its legacy in the field of education. 

    It also celebrates the friendship that binds America and Belgium together today. And it marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.

    Hoover Belgian-U.S. Legacy Gala
    Friday, October 19, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.
    Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie
    Avenue Louise 91-93
    1050 Brussels

    Read about the Hoover tapestry.

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