Social and Service Events

FEBRUARY 2015

Mano a Mano Volunteer Event

Saturday, February 7, 2-4 pm

Mano a Mano

925 West Pierce Butler Route, Saint Paul, MN 55104

Come help load supplies at Mano a Mano International, a wonderful non-profit that regularly partners with MNRPCV. This organization was started by an RPCV and works on a variety of economic, health and education projects in Bolivia. Questions or RSPV to annakatherinebaker@gmail.com (763-302-9886). More information about Mano a Mano at http://manoamano.org/. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Valentine’s Day Dive Bar Social

Saturday, February 14, 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Ted’s Recreation – 1084 West Larpenteur Avenue, St. Paul MN

Who needs fancy dinners, flowers and chocolates when you can have a DIVE BAR VALENTINE’S?! Join MNRPCV at Ted’s Recreation, an unromantic, yet warmly nostalgic, setting for the romantically challenged or simply those enthusiastic about good company, frozen pizza and cheap beer. Host Dan says: “No RSVP is required, but responses would be nice so we would know how many chairs to set up and make sure there are enough pizzas in the freezer (they serve Heges Pizzas – ordered a week in advance). We are allowed to bring in our own food if we are so inclined. Snacks would be a good idea.”

Contact Dan Grundtner: dan.grundtner@gmail.com (651-487-3068)

Ted’s Recreation 651-488-5773, next to “Flowerama” on the SE corner of Lexington and Larpenteur

Volunteer Event: Cook for Kids and Moms

Tuesday, February 17, 4:30 to 6:30 pm

Jeremiah Program, 1510 Laurel Avenue, MinneapolisIt’s time for another “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, contact Gary Bank at: gtbank@msn.com with “Jeremiah” in the subject line.

Jeremiah Program: www.jeremiahprogram.org

Metro Dinner: Afghani

Wednesday, February 18, 6:30 pm

Crescent Moon 339 Central Avenue NE. Minneapolis

For a February meal out, join your fellow RPCVs and others from our Peace Corps community in this cozy Afghani restaurant in Northeast Minneapolis. There are many intriguing plates to choose from and all include rice, salad, bread, and sauce.

RSPV to Jack Bardon at: jackbardon@ymail.com

 Crescent Moon: http://www.crescentmoonfoods.net (612) 782-0169

 

 

 

MARCH 2015

—>MNRPCV Grant Applications are due on March 1, 2015! More information at mnrpcv.org/grants

MARCH 1-7 is PEACE CORPS WEEK! COME ON OUT AND REPRESENT AT ONE OF OUR EVENTS!

National Day of Action: Advocate for Peace Corps

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 5:00 to 7:00 pm

The Wilde Roast Café

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

Advocate for Peace Corps on the National Day of Action March 5, 2015. This is the day that RPCV’s lobby their congressperson on behalf of Peace Corps issues. 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 smart-phone, tablet, laptop, or other electronic gadget and be prepared to be an active voice for Peace Corps. RSVP to Brian Ahern at: BJA85@hotmail.com To learn more about Peace Corps Advocacy go to: www.peacecorpsconnect.org/advocacy/dayofaction/

Wilde Roast Café   www.wilderoastcafe.com (612-331-4544)  


Fundraiser Dinner: Food of the Far East (Asia)

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 6:00 to 9:00 pm

669 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul

Plan to bring your friends and family to our Almost-Spring Fundraiser Dinner at the remarkable home of Elsa Frettem (India 1996-98) and Bernard Gonzalez. Join your RPCV friends and meet new RPCVs and pre-PCVs. Be a cook and share your favorite recipe from one of the Peace Corps countries in the Far East (Asia). For those who like to experiment, you can research food of the area and find a new favorite recipe. Your donation of only $10 per person (kids and cooks eat free) will help support MNRPCV Grants and Services. Contact Christi Williams at: quiltzilla@gmail.com to volunteer to cook or to learn more about our fundraiser dinners.

 

MNRPCV Job Shop

Tuesday, March 10, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Southdale Community Library – Ethel Berry Room

7001 York Avenue South, Edina MN

The MNRPCV Connections Committee invites you to an interactive “Job Shop” especially for RPCVs seeking jobs at any point in their lives. The purpose of the “Job Shop” is to learn how to plan and approach an effective job search (it does not include introductions to prospective employers). A light snack will be offered. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to connections@mnrpcv.org by March 5.

 

Second Harvest Heartland Volunteer Event

Saturday, March 14 9:00-11:30 AM

Second Harvest Heartland

6325 Sandburg Rd., Suite 1700, Golden Valley, MN 55427 (651.209.7980)

MNRPCV will once again join the folks at the Second Harvest Heartland to help sort and pack food items that will go to Second Harvest Heartland’s partner agencies, including food shelves and soup kitchens that serve people at risk for hunger.

If you are interested in volunteering with MNRPCV, please send an e-mail to Mary Donovan at mdonovan@usfamily.net with your name, e-mail and telephone number. She will add you to the volunteer roster and send you more detailed information.

More info about Second Harvest Heartland at http://www.2harvest.org/

Metro Dinner: Food of the Andes

Monday, March 16th, 6:30 – whenever

Los Andes Restaurant

317 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Welcome the Spring sunshine at LOS ANDES with some authentic and delicious Peruvian/Columbian/Ecuadorian delights! Come for some yummy food, big portions, and great conversation. More info at http://www.andesrestaurantmpls.com/Please RSVP to Peggy aka Margaret Reinhardt  -  peggy55408@gmail.com

APRIL 2015

 

Volunteer Event: Cook for Kids and Moms

Tuesday, April 7, 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 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.com with “Jeremiah” in the subject line.

Jeremiah Program: www.jeremiahprogram.org

 

34th Annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival

April 9 to 25, 2015

St. Anthony Main Theatre

125 SE Main Street, Minneapolis MN 55414

With over two weeks of films from around the world, this is one of the largest and longest running film festivals in the country. Last year 38 Peace Corps countries were represented in the festival. Check it out – you may be able to see and hear the sights and sounds from your host country.

MNRPCV has been a sponsor of the International Film Festival since 2011. The MNRPCV Logo will be in the Film Festival catalog and on the screen at every showing. As a sponsor, MNRPCV promotes the Film Festival to our members and friends through online media. You can help – tell your friends and family 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 (see the link below). For questions about MNRPCV sponsorship, contact: janebardon@yahoo.com

MSP 2015 Film Festival: http://mspfilm.org/festivals/mspiff-2015/

2015 SPECIAL Event: This year we will have a gathering at a restaurant in the St. Anthony Main area prior to a movie relevant to our Peace Corps experiences. The movie and the day will be chosen when the film schedule is available.

Volunteer Event: Cook for Kids and Moms

Tuesday, April 28, 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 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.com with “Jeremiah” in the subject line.

Jeremiah Program: www.jeremiahprogram.org

 

MAY 2015

Peace Corps Send-Off Celebration

Saturday, May 2, 2:00 to 5:00 pm

North Star Ballroom – St. Paul Student Center

St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota

2017 Buford Avenue, St. Paul MN 55108

We’ll be sending off departing Peace Corps Volunteers from the area in style! Stay tuned for further details on this awesome event.

JUNE 2015

Peace Corps Connect – 2015

Friday, June 5 – Saturday, June 6

Berkeley, California

The National Peace Corps Association and the Northern California Peace Corps Association have announced that Peace Corps Connect will take place in Berkeley CA on June 5-6, 2015. Look forward to a weekend of engaging speakers, dynamic workshops and opportunities for participants to network and share their Peace Corps stories! Watch for official announcements and details online at:

http://www.peacecorpsconnect.org/annual-gathering/berkeley-2015/