Social and Service Events



MNRPCV 2015 Annual Meeting and Potluck

Sunday, September 13, 3:30-8:30 PM

Cherokee Regional Park (large shelter)

700 Cherokee Heights Blvd., Saint Paul MN 55107

 Join us for one of the biggest events of the year. This is your chance to help elect the MNRPCV 2015-2016 Board of Directors and get an overview of MNRPCV happenings for the past year.  Bring a dish to share for the potluck and be ready to enjoy the usual fantastic potluck meal in a new outdoor location. Interested in serving on the MNRPCV Board? It’s a great opportunity to get board experience and to get to know a select group of RPCVs.  For questions or to volunteer, contact Pat at

To find info about Cherokee Park,  CLICK HERE

Metro Dinner – Fasika Ethiopian

Wednesday, September 16,   6:00 to8:00pm

Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant

510 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul MN 55104

Come out to join us at the best Ethiopian restaurant in the Twin Cities! Hearty, spicy food is the best way to ring in fall and this place is sure to fit the bill. Feel free to bring family and friends, the more the merrier! RSVP or questions to Anna at 


September Happy Hour

Thursday, September 24, 4:30 to 7:00pm

Smack Shack MPLS

603 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

Join us for a Happy Hour at the Smack Shack near Northeast in Minneapolis – $3-$5 for beer, wine, and apps and lots of fellow MNRPCVs to swap stories about your service and your week. RSPV or questions to Anna @ or 763-302-9886


Cook for Kids (and Moms) Minneapolis

Tuesday, September 29, 4:30 to 6:30 pm

Thursday, October 15, 4:30 to 6:30 pm

Tuesday, November 10, 4:30 to 6:30 pm

Jeremiah Program

1510 Laurel Avenue, Minneapolis

 We have three opportunities coming up to participate in a “Cook for Kids and Moms” event at our partner organization, the Jeremiah Program. The event will be 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, email Gary Bank at: with “Jeremiah” in the subject line.

Jeremiah Program:


Metro Dinner: A La Salsa

Wednesday, October 7, 6:00 to 8:00pm

A La Salsa at The Global Market

20 E Lake St #G10, Minneapolis MN 55407

Come to dine upon delicious pozole, mole poblano and other authentic Mexican dishes at A La Salsa at the Midtown Global Market with your fellow MNRPCVs. All are welcome!
Parking at the Midtown Global Market is validated in the parking garage to the east of the building – be sure to bring your parking stub inside to get stamped.


“We are Hmong – Minnesota” Exhibit Tour at MHS

Sunday, October 11, 2015, 1:00 PM

Minnesota History Center

345 West Kellogg Boulevard, St Paul MN 55102

November 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the Hmong migration to Minnesota following the war in Southeast Asia. Developed in partnership with the Hmong community, this exhibit will commemorate the anniversary and celebrate the significant political, social and economic contributions the Hmong have made to Minnesota and the nation.”

This “Adult Group Package “offered by MHS is available to groups of 15 people or more and includes a 30 minute guided tour of an exhibit of your choice, museum admission at the discounted rate of $9 per person, and 2 free admissions for group leaders. After the guided tour, visitors are free to explore the entire museum on a self-guided basis.

Please RSVP to Gary Bank at: with “Hong Tour” in the subject line.

Minnesota History Center:


October Happy Hour

Monday, October 19,  4:30 to 6:30pm

Victor’s 1959 Cafe

3756 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis MN 55409

Join the MNRPCV community for a Monday happy hour at Victor’s 1959 cafe. In addition to fruity mimosas and sake Bloody Mary’s, Victor’s has a ton of authentic Cuban noshes to enjoy with the group. As always, friends and family are welcome to come along! Questions or RSPV to Anna at or 763-302-9886


Cook for Kids (and Moms) St. Paul

Thursday, October 29, 4:30 to 6:30 pm

Jeremiah Program

 932 Concordia Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104

Here’s an opportunity to participate in a “Cook for Kids and Moms” event at our partner organization, the Jeremiah Program at their St. Paul facility. Help prepare a meal for single moms and their children, or drop off a dessert. To volunteer to help or to get further information, email Gary Bank at: with “Jeremiah” in the subject line.

Parking is available in the lot west of the building. There is also free street parking available directly in front of the building. 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.

Jeremiah Program:



 Fall Fundraiser Dinner: Latin American Cuisine
Saturday, November 14, 2015 6:00-9:00 pm

669 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul

Plan to bring your friends and family to our Fall Fundraiser Dinner at the remarkable home of Elsa Frettem (India 1968-70) and Bernard Gonzalez. This time around we’re celebrating the cuisine of Latin America, perfect to warm us up on a chilly fall day. Be a cook and share your favorite dish from one of the Peace Corps countries in Latin America. Your donation of only $10 per person will help support MNRPCV Grants and Services. RPCV Calendars will also be available for purchase ($12 each). Cooks and kids eat free. Invite your friends!  The more the merrier, and the more we can raise for our group’s projects and grant programs!

If you want to help cook, or have questions about the event, please contact Christi Williams at:

Annual Holiday Party and MNRPCV 35th Anniversary

“Serving RPCVs and the Community since 1980”

Saturday, December 5, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

574 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul MN

 Join us for a double celebration this year at the MNRPCVs Annual Holiday Party as we recognize MNRPCV’s 35th Anniversary. We will again be the guests of Charles (RPCV Korea) and Terri Stander and their family.  Here is what you can look forward to:

  • RPCVs from all periods of PC history and many countries of service.
  • Another unbelievable and very eatable RPCV potluck – bring a large dish to share.
  • A perfect opportunity to purchase your stash of 2016 International Calendars ($12 each).
  • Share the holiday cheer by bringing a non-perishable food donation for a local food shelf.
  • Renew your membership, pay your dues, or join for the first time (FREE).
  • Be prepared for a special MNRPCV Anniversary and Geography Quiz.




2016 MNRPCV Ski Weekend

January 15, 8:00 AM to January 17, 5:00 PM, 2016

Edgewood Resort

17499 Driftwood Lane, Park Rapids MN

Mark your calendars for the ever popular MNRPCV Ski Weekend January 15-17, 2016! We’ll be in Blackbear (large Cabin 1) and nearby Cabin 3 – the same as we’ve normally had, cooking and sharing meals together, playing games, skiing on the frozen lake or at Itasca State Park. To see the cabins, go to: A $75 per person check (for the entire weekend!) secures your spot. Send to: Curt Rahman, 4209 Browndale Avenue, St. Louis Park MN 55416. Call with questions and do join us for a fantastic and relaxing weekend. Curt Rahman 612-207-5411 and Cindy Jurgensen 612-207-7337

Register HERE