Recent Events


JULY 2014

July Metro Dinner

Wednesday, July 23, 5:30 to 8:00 PM

Gandhi Mahal

3009 27th Avenue South, Minneapolis MN

Join us for our July Metro Dinner in South Minneapolis! It’ll be Wednesday, July 23rd from 5:30PM to 8PM at Gandhi Mahal, an amazing Indian place that specializes in Northern Indian cuisine (3009 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis.) Andy says: “Gandhi Mahal has a happy hour menu for people on a budget, and we can order from the menu.” We have the party room reserved so we’re expecting a big group! Friends and family are welcome.

Please RSVP to host Andy Sterioff (Cameroon ’90-’92) at to let him know you’re coming.

Fundraiser Dinner – Exotic African Cuisine

Saturday, July 12, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

669 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul MN

It’s time to put another fabulous dinner on your calendar. We will again be at the home of Elsa Frettem (India 1968-70) and Bernard Gonzalez in Saint Paul. But, this time we will be outdoors!  Think African village dinner in the middle of St. Paul.  We have many RPCVs who served in Africa, so expect exceptional food. The suggested donation of only $10 per person goes to support MNRPCV grants and services. Cooks and kids eat free! Bring your family and friends – there will be room for everyone.  BE A COOK: If you already have a favorite African dish you want to share or are willing to research African recipes, we invite you to join our cooking team. Contact Christi Williams at: to volunteer to cook or to learn more about our fundraiser dinners.

Happy Hour with Past MNRPCV Prez

Thursday, July 17, 5:00 to 7:00 PM

318 Club, 318 Water Street, Excelsior MN

Come out and enjoy a summer evening in Excelsior and meet past MNRPCV President, Erik Streed (1998-1999). The 318 Club has a great selection of wines and craft beers and great tacos, salads and sandwiches.  Happy hour runs until 6:00 and offers some great deals.

The 318 is located where the bicycle trail crosses Main Street – you can’t miss it.  And after happy hour plan to stay for dinner or take a walk on the trail – or down to the lake – and enjoy the Minnesota summer while it lasts!

Excelsior Club: 318 Water Street, Excelsior MN 55331
(952) 401-7902


July Metro Dinner

Wednesday, July 23, 5:30 to 8:00 PM

Gandi Mahal

3009 27th Avenue South, Minneapolis MN

Join us for our July Metro Dinner in South Minneapolis! It’ll be Wednesday, July 23rd from 5:30PM to 8PM at Gandhi Mahal, an amazing Indian place that specializes in Northern Indian cuisine (3009 27th Ave. S., Minneapolis.) Andy says: “Gandhi Mahal has a happy hour menu for people on a budget, and we can order from the menu.” We have the party room reserved so we’re expecting a big group! Friends and family are welcome.

Please RSVP to host Andy Sterioff (Cameroon ’90-’92) at to let him know you’re coming.

 MAY 2014

Walker Tour for the PC Crowd

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Come see the esthetic meditations by artist Jim Hodges on death, grief, love, change, and the constant regeneration of life.  Join a free tour for the Peace Corps Community lead by Jack Bardon, MNRPCV Board Member and Walker Art Docent. Meet in the Bazinet Lobby at Walker.

Walker Art Center: 

GAME Night

Friday, May 9, 6:30PM

260 Westview Drive #301, West St. Paul MN 55118

 Another MNRPCV tradition is back again with new features. Come ready to show your skills at well-loved board games and games from the cyber-age. Bring games and apps, snacks to share, and your beverage of choice.  We can order pizza when the gang has all arrived to keep up your energy for heavy competition.

RSVP to Deb Most at: (651-334-1457). 

Cook for Kids and Moms

Tuesday, May 13, 4:30 to 6:30 pm

Jeremiah Program, 1510 Laurel Avenue, Minneapolis

It’s time for another “Cook for Kids and Moms” event at our partner organization, the Jeremiah Program. The event will be Thursday, May13 from 4:30-6:30 PM at Jeremiah’s facility in downtown Minneapolis (1510 Laurel Ave.) Help prepare a meal for single moms and their children, or drop off a dessert. To volunteer to help or to get further information, contact Gary Bank at: gtbank@msn.comJeremiah Program:

Sunday Potluck Brunch

Sunday, May 18, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

3604 17th Avenue South, Minneapolis

Join your fellow RPCVs and others from our Peace Corps community at a Sunday Potluck Brunch at the home of Christi Williams in South Minneapolis.  Contact Christi at:

May Metro Dinner

Wednesday, May 21, 5:30 PM (happy hour ends at 6:00)

Gorkha Palace – Nepali, Indian and Tibetan Cuisine

23 4th St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Come enjoy the scrumptious flavors of the Himalayas at Gorkha Palace! This is a place that does its best to make a positive impact on your tongue and the world. Chat with your fellow RPCVs over a plate of delectable momos and Panjeer. We’ll have a private room, so please RSVP to host Anna Kingman at To prepare your taste buds you can go to

JUNE 2014

Grand Old Day Open House

Sunday, June 1, noon to 6:00 PM

669 Summit Avenue, St. Paul

Grand Old Day ( is coming up soon – Sunday, June 1. Check the link above for details, then plan to stop by our house at 669 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, for our Annual Open House. Come any time between noon and six. We live just a block off Grand, so the options for us on that day are to either join in the fun, or leave town. We join in. This is our 29th annual open house. So stop by and say “Hi”, head to Grand Ave, come back – or just sit in the shade and enjoy a nosh and a brew.
Parking in the neighborhood that day is iffy, but there’s usually a “trolley” that runs on Summit all day to get you to and from events and to wherever you left your car, or download the FREE Metro Transit Pass.  It’s good from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm that day.

Hope to see you Sunday, June 1 – Elsa and Bernard 

Local Brewery Bash – 612 Brewery

Wednesday, June 11th 6:00 to 8:00PM

945 Broadway St. NE, Minneapolis 55413

Let’s get together at 612 Brewery to try their new summer brews and enjoy the daily food truck parked outside the pub!  This is a great local company to support with a nice patio, so hopefully the weather will be bright and sunny.  Together we can enjoy a nice cold local brew on a summer day with delicious local food!  Contact: Dana at:

612 Brewery:

Metro Dinner, NE Minneapolis

Tuesday, June 17, 6:00 PM

Holyland Restaurant

2513 Central Avenue N.E. Minneapolis MN

Join your friends from the Peace Corps community for food and fellowship at this favorite mid-eastern restaurant. RSVP to Jack Bardon at if you can, or come anyway. All are welcome.

Holyland Restaurant: 612-781-2627

PeaceCorpsConnect – Nashville, 2014

Thursday, June 19 to Saturday, June 21

Nashville, Tennessee

Join RPCVs from around the country at this third annual gathering of the Peace Corps Community. Attend stimulating sessions on issues of concern to everyone in the Peace Corps community.

June 19: Peace Corps Career Fair

            June 20: Main PCC Sessions

            June 21: NPCA Annual Meeting and Main PCC Sessions

            June 22: NPCA Annual Board Meeting (after PCC)

 Learn more and register at: 

Jazz Festival

Saturday, June 28, 6:00 PM

Mears Park Stage

East 5th Street and Sibley Street, St. Paul

Join your fellow RPCVs and friends for an evening of live, free, outdoor jazz music. Contact Anna ( for more details and keep an eye out on MNRPCV Facebook for updates.

APRIL 2014

2014 Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Film Festival

April 3 to 19, 2014 

St. Anthony Main Theatre

125 Se Main Street, Minneapolis MN 55414

Over two weeks of films from around the world – 250 films! This year 27 Peace Corps countries are represented in the festival. Check it out – you may be able to see and hear the sights and sounds from your host country.

MNRPCV will be a sponsor of the International Film Festival for the 4th year.  The MNRPCV Logo will be in the Film Festival catalog, on the screen at every showing, and other highly visible places. In return, MNRPCV promotes the Film Festival to our members and friends through online media. You can help – tell your friends about the festival – take them to a movie to show them where you lived for two years. You can even volunteer to help with the festival.  For questions about MNRPCV sponsorship, contact:

Minneapolis-Saint Paul Film Society:

Spring Metro Dinner: Marla’s Caribbean Cuisine, South Minneapolis

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 5:30 PM

3761 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

MNRPCV Members and friends will gather for some delicious Caribbean food at the famous Marla’s. All are welcome! Connect to the Peace Corps Community in Minnesota.

RSVP to Christi Williams at:

Marla’s Caribbean Cuisine:!about-us


Silent Auction and Slide Show

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Mano a Mano International

925 W Pierce Butler Route, St. Paul, MN 55104

The venue will be totally fitting for RPCVs – we will be at the offices and warehouse of our new partner organization, Mano a Mano International – started by a RPCV, of course.  Many of you have been there to help pack medical supplies for clinics in Bolivia.  Remember all proceeds from the Silent Auction will go to the MNRPCV Small Grant Program and other community service efforts.

We are looking forward to some creative auction donations of goods and services from the Peace Corps community.  Souvenirs from your travels or items by local businesses would be great for the auction. How about one of your photographs or paintings? Cook a dinner with food from your PC host country. Donate a few hours of professional services or help with yard or home-maintenance tasks.  See details below on the logistics of getting your donation to us.

Share your slides from Peace Corps countries – help make this year’s slide show exciting! We’ll have the usual five-slide per person limit.  Send digital slides (by March 28) to Patrick Smith (MNRPCV Co-Vice President and Communications Co-Chair) at:

Bring a favorite ethnic dish – from anywhere in the world – label it with the name of the country – and make sure it is a large serving – for a hungry group of RPCVs and guests.

Be prepared to purchase itemsand services that you didn’t even know existed. We will be able to accept credit purchases through PayPal.

Bring your friends and family – all are welcome! This will be a great chance to share that unique Peace Corps ambience with others in your life who haven’t served in the Peace Corps.

How to Donate Good or Services to the Auction – Auction Donations will be managed by: Dana Dallavalle – MNRPCV Co-Vice President and Office Manager at Mano a Mano International — 925 Pierce Butler Route, St. Paul, MN 55104 (  Contact Dana at: or (507-650-7783) to let her know what you want to donate and to arrange to deliver any physical-type items to Mano a Mano. Office hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please try to deliver your donation items by Tuesday, April 1.

MARCH 2014

Fundraiser Dinner: Latin-American Cuisine

Saturday, March 8, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

669 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul MN

Here’s another chance to gather with the Minnesota Peace Corps community. Come to the unusual and creative home of Elsa Frettem (India 1968-70) and Bernard Gonzalez in Saint Paul for a fundraiser dinner. This time we will feature delicious food from our neighbors to the south.  RPCV cooks are special and their culinary skills will impress you. The suggested donation of only $10 per person goes to support MNRPCV grants and services. Cooks and kids eat free! Bring your family and friends – we would love to meet them and share our dinner with them.  BE A COOK: If you already have a favorite Latin-American dish you want to share or are willing to research Latin-American recipes, we invite you to join our cooking team for this dinner. Contact Christi Williams at: to volunteer or to learn more about our fundraiser dinners.

Great cooks – great company – what could be better?

Metro Dinner: Vietnamese and Chinese

Wednesday, March 12, 6:00 to 8:00

Mai Village Restaurant

394 University Avenue, Saint Paul MN 

Join us for a delicious dinner at one of MNRPCV’s favorite restaurants. Mai Village was closed due to the light-rail construction on University Avenue. They are back in business, so let’s do our bit to encourage them.  You’ll love the food and the oriental décor.  The restaurant is on the south side of University Avenue between Dale and Rice.  There is a free parking lot next to the building. RSVP to: Jack Bardon at:

Mai Village (651-290-2585)

Movie and Pizza Night

Thursday, March 27,   6:00 PM

Christi Williams’ Photo Studio

2929 4th Avenue South #210, Minneapolis MN

Come at 6:00 PM, get acquainted, and order pizza. We will watch the movie “War Dance” (107 minutes). RSPV to Jane Bardon at: 

“Set in war-raved Northern Uganda, the award-winning WAR DANCE will touch your heart with a real-life story about a group of children whose love of music brings joy, excitement and hope back into their poverty-stricken lives. Three children who have suffered horrific brutalities momentarily forget their struggles as they participate in music, song and dance at their school. Invited to compete in a prestigious music festival in their nation’s capitol, their historic journey is a stirring tale about the power of the human spirit to triumph against tremendous odds.”


Peace Corps Acting Director in Minnesota

Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 6:00 to 7:00 PM

Humphrey School of Public Affairs – Cowles Auditorium

University of Minnesota

301 – 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis MN 55455

Greet Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet at her upcoming visit to the Twin Cities! A reception will follow the formal presentation where the Acting Director as well as U.S Rep. Keith Ellison will speak.  The event is open to the public . It’s important that we fill this venue to demonstrate the energetic RPCV community we have here in the Twin Cities. This will also provide a chance to speak one-on-one with the Acting Director.

Any RPCVs who live and/or work in the 3rd Congressional District are invited to participate in a small, informal roundtable discussion with the Ms. Hessler-Radelet and U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen at 1:00 PM at the Maple Grove Public Library, 8001 Main Street North, Maple Grove, MN 55369. Please RSVP for this event to Alyson Hatchett, Peace Corps Congressional Relations Specialist, at:

An event at Macalester College at 10:00 to 11:00 AM will focus on recognizing the college and engaging current students who may be interested in Peace Corps. Contact  Janice McInerney, PC Recruiter,  at: 651-210-2011 or

 2014 Ski Weekend

February 21-23, 2014

Edgewood Resort, Park Rapids MN

 Mark your calendars for the ever-popular MNRPCV Ski Weekend at the Edgewood Resort in Park Rapids: February 21-23, 2014.  Come Friday afternoon or evening and stay until Sunday. We’ll be in Blackbear (large Cabin 1) and nearby Cabin 3 where we’ve stayed before.  We will cook and share meals together, play games and hike, ski or snowshoe at Itasca State Park or on the frozen lake. Families with children are welcome.

The cost is $75 per person plus your share of the ingredients for one group-cooked meal for everyone. Cooking groups will be assigned for each meal – you will have great fun planning your menu by email or phone and serving it to the eager eaters. This year you have to register on-line and follow the directions.

To register – follow this link: 

Call with questions and plan to join us for a fantastic and relaxing weekend. Curt Rahman: 612-207-5411

National Day of Action – Metro Dinner

Thursday, February 27, 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Wilde Roast Café

65 Main Street S.E. Suite 143, Minneapolis MN 55414

Advocate for Peace Corps on the National Day of Action on February 27th. This is a day in which RPCV’s lobby their congressperson on behalf of Peace Corps issues. A hundred RPCV’s are expected to be in Washington D.C. on February 27th to personally talk to and connect with their representatives and senators and their staff. Here in Minnesota, we’ll be gathering at the Wilde Roast Café – near the Stone Arch Bridge. This will be a time to learn about current issues and contact our representatives in the U. S. Congress. Bring your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or other electronic gadget and be prepared to be an active voice for Peace Corps. (If you want to come early to work up your enthusiasm, there is a happy hour is from 4 to 6 pm.)

Contact: Brian Ahern at: mailto:

To learn more about Peace Corps Advocacy go to:

Wilde Roast Café (612-331-4544)

MARCH 2014

Cook for Kids and Moms

Thursday, March 6, 4:30 to 6:30 pm

Jeremiah Program, 1510 Laurel Avenue, Minneapolis

It’s time for another “Cook for Kids and Moms” event at our partner organization, the Jeremiah Program. The event will be Thursday, March 6 from 4:30-6:30 PM at Jeremiah’s facility in downtown Minneapolis (1510 Laurel Ave.) Help prepare a meal for single moms and their children, or drop off a dessert. If you can help, contact Gary Bank at 


Service Event: Cook for Kids and Moms

Thursday, January 9, 4:30 to 6:30 pm                                                                                                                  Jeremiah Program –932 Concordia Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104

It is time for that fun evening of putting out a meal for the Jeremiah people – details below. Remember deserts etc. are very a very nice touch and can be dropped off. We will be cooking dinner for 20 to 30 (half adults, half young children).  Chat with other MNRPCV’s, bring a visitor, and chat with the people we serve. We need several cooks to prepare the items to be served.  For further information or to volunteer, please contact Gary at: (use ‘Jeremiah’ in the subject line).  Jeremiah Program:

Parking is available in the lot to the west of  the building. If that is full, there is also free street parking available directly in front of the building. Please do make others aware that the only Jeremiah sign is a small one outside of the parking lot. The building is otherwise unmarked.

Directions:  Take I94, exit at Lexington Ave, turn, or go East on Concordia (immediately south of I94) to the building.

January Metro Dinner: El Burrito Mercado 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm                                                                                                  175 Cesar Chavez St., St Paul, MN 55107

Come get out of the cold and eat some delicious authentic Mexican food at Burrito Mercado with your friendly RPCV compas.

RSVP with Dan G at at (651)487-3068 or email

The restaurant is a few blocks west of Hwy 52 south of the River on St Paul’s west side. The Cross street is State Street which is one block east of South Robert. Their phone number is 651-227-2192.

MNRPCV Toastmasters Open House

Thursday, January 16, 6:00 to 8:45 pm                                                                                               Roseville City Hall – Birch Room                                                                                                               2660 Civic Center Road - Lexington and County Road C                                                           Roseville MN 55113

The Minnesota Peace Corps Volunteers (and Friends) Toastmasters Club invites you to an Open House featuring a demonstration of presentation and leadership skills, thinking on your feet, personal development, and networking. Food and refreshments will follow the meeting. For more information, contact: Mary Adams at or 612-521-0649.

Mano a Mano Volunteer Event with MNRPCV

Saturday, January 18, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon

Mano a Mano International

925 Pierce Butler Road, Saint Paul MN 55104

Every few months, Mano a Mano International ships containers full of donated medical supplies which would otherwise head for Minnesota’s landfills to the country of Bolivia where it is distributed to the 140 public health clinics Mano a Mano has built throughout the countryside. We’re shipping two large semi-containers again and need your help on January 18th! MNRPCV Co-Vice President and Volunteer Manager at Mano a Mano International, Dana Dallavalle, is facilitating the volunteer event from 9:00am to 12:00 (noon) on Saturday 1/18. Come for a brief overview & orientation from 9:00 am till 9:30am and then help Mano a Mano load boxes of medical supplies into our containers and send them off to Bolivia! Bring warm clothes and gloves as, although our warehouse is heated, it can still be a little chilly. At noon we will have lunch and refreshments and great conversation!

Walker Tour for the PC Crowd

Thursday, January 23, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MN

Jack Bardon (Turkmenistan 2005-05) Walker Art Docent-Tour Guide will lead a free tour of Walker for the Peace Corps community on Thursday, January 23, 2014 of the must-see “Nine Artists” exhibit. This international exhibit represents fourteen different countries. These contemporary artists deal directly with the community around such issues as changing and confusing identity, surveillance, big data, and exploitation. No RSVP necessary. Meet in the Bazinet Lobby at 7:00 pm. We can meet for discussion after the tour in the Walker Art Center Café



Annual Holiday Party: A MNRPCV Tradition

Saturday, December 7, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

574 Summit Avenue, St. Paul MN 55105

The Stander family, Charles (Korea 1971-73) and Terri and their children will again be our hosts for the Annual Holiday Party. Here is what you can look forward to:

  • Share a traditional Peace Corps potluck with surprising and tasty food.
  • Bring a special dish to share – be sure to make enough to serve a large group – RPCVs love to eat!
  • Compete in the annual Geography Quiz – use your knowledge of the world to help your team be the big winner.
  • Bring a non-perishable food donation for a charity chosen by the Standers – it’s the season for giving.
  • Get your 2014 Calendars – only $10 – with photos and all you ever wanted to know about PC countries.
  • Re-up your MNRPCV membership and start the New Year as a paid-up registered member – support MNRPCV!
  • Enjoy wall-to-wall and top-to-bottom Peace Corps camaraderie and fellowship – and great holiday spirit!

This is one of our biggest events of the year! Put it on your calendar and watch for updates and parking details on, Yahoo-groups, and Facebook.


Walker Tour for Peace Corps People

Thursday, December 12, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Jack Bardon (Turkmenistan 2003-05), Walker Art Docent – Tour Guide, will lead a free tour for the Peace Corps community of the Claes Oldenburg exhibit on Thursday, December 12 at 7:00pm. Enter the realm of holiday spirit as we gaze at the famous Oldenburg world of magic and make-believe. We will be examining the dynamic social changes of the 1960’s and 70’s.

No RSVPs necessary. Meet at 7:00 pm in the Bazinet Lobby at Walker Center. No RSVP necessary. We can meet for discussion after the tour in the Walker art Center Café.

December Metro Dinner: Pho Tau Bay

Monday, December 16, 6:30 pm

2837 Nicollet Ave South, Minneapolis

Join MNRPCVs and friends at this hidden gem located at the end of Eat Street to enjoy the traditional noodle soup “pho” and other authentic Vietnamese food. Friends and family welcome! Check out their website here:

Contact Anna Baker (Costa Rica 2010-13) to RSPV and for any additional questions at:


 November Metro Dinner: Peninsula Malaysian Restaurant

Thursday, November 7, 6:30 pm

2608 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN

Join MNRPCVs and friends on Eat Street for delicious Malaysian food and great fellowship. Check out the menu here: Contact host Anne Kanyusik Yoakum with any questions at:

Fundraiser Dinner: Indian and Southern Asian (Subcontinent) Cuisine

Saturday, November 9, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

669 Summit Avenue, St. Paul MN 55105

Join us at the unusual and intriguing home of Elsa Frettem (India 1968-70) and Bernard Gonzalez at a convenient location in Saint Paul for a fundraiser dinner featuring exotic food from India, Nepal and Bangladesh.  Our knowledgeable and imaginative RPCV cooks will present you with a tantalizing selection of dishes. The suggested donation of only $10.00 per person goes to support MNRPCV grants and services. Cooks and kids eat free! Don’t miss this exciting gathering of RPCVs and others from the Minnesota Peace Corps community. Bring your family and friends – we love to share our meals with guests.

BE A COOK: If you like to cook and are willing to research Indian/Asian food (or already have recipes), we invite you to join our cooking team for this dinner. Contact Anna Baker at: to volunteer or to learn more about our fundraiser dinners.

SPECIAL NOTE: This will be a great opportunity to pick up your supply of 2014 International Calendars. Still only $10.00 each, these calendars are great for gifts and for your own home.  Calendar proceeds also go to the MNRPCV Grant Program and other community services.


MNRPCV Service/Social: Hidden Falls Cleanup/Chatterbox Fun

Saturday, October 26, 8:30 -11:30 am (cleanup); 11:30 am to 1:30 pm (social)

Hidden Falls Regional Park, St. Paul (1313 Hidden Falls Drive)

Our springtime plan to help clean up Hidden Falls Park (1313 Hidden Falls Dr., St. Paul) was snowed out twice, but the third time will be the charm! We’ll meet at the park to remove trash and haul invasive buckthorn. It should be a beautiful time to be out by the river as the leaves are turning. Several other groups, including 3M and KARE11, will be participating in this cleanup as well, so let’s get out there, MNRPCVs, and show ‘em how it’s done!

Afterwards, we’ll head to the Chatterbox Pub (800 Cleveland Ave S., St. Paul) for delicious food and classic Nintendo gaming. We’ve reserved the private group room. Bring a few bucks to chip in for the Nintendo rental fee, if you’re willing.  If you can only make it for part of the event, that’s all right–please come! Please bring work gloves, safety glasses (if needed), a coffee mug or water bottle for hydration. Also, make sure to wear clothes that can get dirty (i.e., your Peace Corps clothes!)

There will be a race, the Monster Dash, going on near Hidden Falls Park that morning, but don’t worry–we can still get there! The organizers have provided the following detour:

“If exiting from Highway 5, and you want to go to Hidden Falls via Shepard Road/Mississippi River Boulevard, signs will guide you to follow Edgcumbe Road.  Take a left on Munster Ave., and another immediate left onto Norfolk Lane (which turns into Norfolk Ave.)  Follow that to Cleveland Ave. South and take a right.  Keep going all the way to Magoffin Avenue and take a left.  An officer will greet you at Mississippi River Boulevard and allow you to cross to Hidden Falls when it is safe to do so.”

RSVP to Pat Smith at if you want to participate, and please let me know if you’ll be coming to the Chatterbox afterwards. Friends and family are welcome, too!



Indoor/Outdoor Picnic at Bardons

Sunday, September 29, 4:00 pm

11 Pheasant Lane, North Oaks MN

Enjoy the fall colors and that unique Peace Corps camaraderie at a potluck picnic north of St. Paul – an easy drive away from the congestion of the cities up 35E or 35W.  Organize a carpool and invite PC-peeps to join you for the ride. There will be hotdogs (with all the fixin’s ) and s’mores to cook over an open fire on a freshly cut branch from the northwoods.  A choice of beverages will be in the cooler.  Kids and extra chairs welcome. RSVP to Jane and Jack at:

MNRPCV 2013 Annual Meeting and Picnic

Sunday, September 15, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

859 Excelsior Boulevard, Excelsior MN

Join your fellow RPCVs and others from the local Peace Corps community at the home of the amazing Rhoda Brooks (Ecuador 1962-1964, Chile CD 1980-1982).  The 2013 Annual Meeting will include reports from the 2012-2013 Board of Directors and the election of the 2013-2014 Board. We have an open board – positions are decided at the first board meeting. If you are an RPCV and a Registered Member of MNRPCV and want to be a candidate for the Board, contact MNRPCV Secretary, Jamie Hopkins at

Please bring a dish to share for the potluck – beverages will be provided. The new 2014 International Calendars will be available for sale at only $10 each. Pick up a supply for yourself and for holiday gifts. This will be a good time to check or update your MNRPCV membership. And don’t forget to bring your completed 2013 Service Passport. See below for details:

2013 MNRPCV Service Passport

Deadline: MNRPCV 2013 Annual Meeting – September 15

To celebrate the 52nd year of Peace Corps, MNRPCV is challenging its members to perform at least 52 hours of community service during 2013! You can download your Service Passport at:

Record your volunteer hours for 2013 in your Service Passport. When you return it at the Annual Meeting on September 15, the nonprofit organization of your choice will have a chance to win a $50 donation from MNRPCV! For further information contact Pat Smith at:



Peace Corps Nominee Send-Off, Minneapolis

Saturday, June 1st, 1:00pm-4:00pm

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus

MNRPCV, PC@UMN, and the recruiters are excited to announce the return of the Send-Off Party! Join us June 1st at the Whole Music Club (inside Coffman Memorial Union at the University of Minnesota) to show off your Peace Corps pride and help welcome the newest members of the family!

We’ll start at 1pm with some yummy African catering and time to mix and mingle. RPCVs—come ready to share your stories, experience and excitement! We will have informational tables on Peace Corps programs and want to encourage the general public, those interested in Peace Corps, nominees/invitees and their families to come out and learn more about Peace Corps and the amazing community of RPCVs in Minnesota. We encourage you to wear any traditional clothing from your country of service or other travel abroad. Invite friends!

The program will start at 2pm and will include a RPCV panel, introductions of nominees/invitees, a keynote speaker, and a lively dance competition!

Volunteers are needed to staff the program sector tables, a table of parents to talk about their experiences, panelists for the Q & A session, and fun people willing to show off the dancing skills they learned during their service. Please contact Jess Brogger at  if you are available.

 This awesome event is made possible through generous funding from Coca Cola, University of

Minnesota Student Unions & Activities, MNRPCV, and the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center

Brunch at Maria’s Cafe, Minneapolis 
Saturday, June 8th, 2013, 11:00 am- 12:30 pm
1113 E. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis MN 55404

If you like a mix of Latin flavors with brunch then come to Maria’s Café! This place has won awards for “best pancake” and “best breakfast”, blend that with RPCVs and you get a not-to-miss incredible brunch experience! Good timing for all of you 40 hours and over-time crew because this is during the weekend! We cherish all of those that partake in our events so come out and socialize. All are welcome! Please RSVP with Jess at: so that we make sure to reserve you a seat!

For directions please go to:


MNRPCV Fundraiser Dinner: Southeast Asian Cuisine, Saint Paul

Saturday, June 8th, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
669 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105
Join us at an unusual and intriguing home in Saint Paul for a fund-raiser dinner featuring exotic food from Southeast Asia. Our creative and talented RPCV cooks will delight you with their amazing selection of dishes. If you want to help cook, contact Christi Williams at: The suggested donation is only $10.00 per person, and goes to support MNRPCV grants and programming. Cooks and kids eat free. Don’t miss this gathering of RPCVs and pre-PCVs – maybe even a PCV or two. All are welcome! Bring your family and friends.

MNRPCV Membership Appreciation Potluck, Minneapolis

Saturday, June 22, 2013, 6 pm
Home of MNRPCV President  Anne Kanyusik
4925 1st Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55419

You are invited to  join the MNRPCV Board for an evening of food and fellowship as we celebrate our wonderful MNRPCV members. Please bring drinks and your favorite dish — – from your host country or elsewhere – to share and/or something to put on the grill!

Contact Anne at: if you have questions.

If you haven’t had a chance to become a registered member of MNRPCV yet,  if it is time to renew your membership, or if you’re not sure of your member status, you can join or renew at the potluck.  Remember, all new members get one year of free membership. For membership details, CLICK HERE or

Peace Corps Connect – Boston 2013

June 28 – 29, Boston, Massachusetts

Join RPCVs who have served in countries around the world – maybe even your host country – and RPCVs who now live in the US and beyond – at the second National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) Annual Gathering (Convention).  Hear inspiring speakers at the break-out sessions. Share your ideas at the Group Leaders’ Forum. Meet with your NPCA Board Midwest-Representative and other RPCVs from the Midwest.  Meet with the NPCA Board Representative for your host-country region and RPCVs who served there.

Make your own plans! Contact the RPCVs who served where you did, set up an exhibit table and have your own reunion. Look for NPCA Member-Groups and contact  info here, to help you plan:



MNRPCV Grantee Symposium/2013 Grants Announcements
Sunday, May 5, 1:00-4:00 pm
Ramsey County Library–Roseville (2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113)

The MNRPCV Board invites you to a new type of event this spring. You will have the chance to meet several recent recipients of MNRPCV small grants at our first Grantee Symposium. Each grantee will give a presentation about his/her project. Following the presentations, we will have a panel discussion where the audience can ask questions of the grantees.

In addition, President Anne Kanyusik will announce the recipients of the 2013 grant awards.

The library is on the corner of Hamline and Country Road B2. We will meet in the Community Program Room which is in the southwest corner of the library, near the west doorway. Refreshments can be purchased at Dunn Bros Coffee inside the library (south entrance). No outside food or beverages can be brought into the library.

MNRPCV grants are awarded annually to currently serving PCVs and to RPCVs who are working on projects that serve their host countries, other developing countries, or the local community here at home. The MNRPCV Grant Program is supported by International Calendar Sales, Fundraiser Dinners featuring the cuisine of Peace Corps countries, other fundraising efforts, and annual membership dues.

RCL-Ramsey: (651-724-6001)

Walker Tour for RPCVs

Metro Dinner: La Palmera Pupuseria (El Salvadoran), South Minneapolis
Saturday, May 25, 2013, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
La Palmera Pupuseria, 4157 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407

We have been told that not only is this place incredible, but it’s a great place for all of you Spanish speakers to drop some Spanish.  The menu ranges from their specialty, the pupusas, to standard Salvadoran fare. There will be a relaxed ambiance that is great for RPCVs joining the RPCV community for the first time. The host for this evening is Braden who served in El Salvador. He is an avid fan of this restaurant and he believes that “It’s always good to get some new faces at these things.” So come join, all are welcome! Please RSVP with Braden at

Check out the restaurant at:


Minneapolis-St. Paul 2013 International Film Festival

Ongoing: April 11 – 28
St. Anthony Main Theatre – 115 SE Main Street, Minneapolis MN 55414

The International Film Festival is an annual event highlighting great films from all around the world. See a film from your host country – the MNRPCV Logo will mark all Peace Corps countries in the fest catalog index. MNRPCV is a sponsor – watch for the MNRPCV Logo at all screenings. Check out the film schedule at  You can pick up a printed Film Fest catalog at shops, restaurants and public areas throughout the Twin Cities.

Peace Corps Advocacy Workshop

Friday, April 26, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Lunds Lake Street – Community Room
1450 West Lake Street, Minneapolis – near Hennepin and Lake

Was Peace Corps service a “life-changing” experience for you? Join your fellow Minnesota RPCVs to learn how you can support Peace Corps now. Meet National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) Advocacy Director, Jonathan Pearson. He will be in Minnesota as part of an advocacy road-trip to interact with NPCA Member-Groups across the country. Jonathan will conduct a ninety- minute workshop on the Peace Corps community and effective grassroots advocacy. Make an evening of it – pick up your coffee and snacks at Caribou or elsewhere in Lunds. A social hour in the area will follow the workshop.  Parking is available in the Lunds lot. Contact Andrea at to RSVP or for more information.

 MNRPCV Events:  Fall 2011 to Fall 2012