Social and Service Events


Thank you for your support of the 2014 MNRPCV Silent Auction and Slide Show 

We raised over $950 at the auction. These proceeds will help support the MNRPCV Annual Small Grant Program and other Community Service projects during the coming year. 

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:

Peace Corps Send-Off Celebration

Sunday, April 27, 2014, 2:00 to 4:00 PM

North Star Ballroom – St. Paul Student Center

St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota

2017 Buford Avenue, St. Paul MN 55108 

Last year we were busting at the seams with so many people, so this year we’re going BIG with the North Star Ballroom!  Come join MNRPCV, the PC recruiters, and the PC @ UMN student group send off the newest volunteers in style!  Open to the public, all are welcome.  Bring friends!

Contact:  Jess Brogger; 952-220-7469

 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:

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’sgood from 7:00am to 6:00pm that day.

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


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:



 JULY 2014

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.