Social and Service Events



Based on feedback received from participants at the Dec 3 Meet-Up, we plan to meet monthly at the Wedge Table in south Minneapolis to informally network and share job search skills and strategies.  We’ll vary the schedule a bit, to provide more opportunities for attendance. Here’s the schedule for the next few months, so you can mark your calendars – the first one is next Tuesday!

Job-Shop Meet-Up Dates

Friday, February 19, 2016

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Monday, April 4, 2016

 Job-Shop Meet-up Time and Location

5:30 to 7:30 pm

Wedge Table – Community Room

2412 Nicollet Ave So, Minneapolis MN

 Instead of a formal presentation, the Job Shop “Meet Up” is an informal gathering of any interested RPCV job seekers, along with one or two facilitators who will moderate the discussion and assist with job search skills, strategies and suggestions.  This will be a great opportunity to network, share ideas, ask questions, discuss strategies and progress, and work together on our job search skills.

We will meet in the Wedge Table’s community room, equipped with wifi/projection screen so we can explore websites, view LinkedIn, or discuss whatever job search-related topic of interest to the group.
Food/beverages (including happy hour wine, beer and small plates until 6 pm) can be purchased from the Wedge Table, but no outside food and beverage can be brought into the space, which is available to us free of charge.

All RPCV job-seekers are welcome – no need to RSVP. Questions to Judy at



 “Bob Marley” Fundraiser Dinner: Island Food
Saturday, February 6, 2016 6:00-9:00 pm

669 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul

Next up is a uniquely themed Fundraiser Dinner. We’ll be looking for creative cooks to prepare exotic island cuisine from around the world.  Food from any island is welcome. Do you know the islands served by Peace Corps? Take a look at the 2016 International Peace Corps* calendar. We will gather at the inventive home of Elsa Frettem (India 1968-70) and Bernard Gonzalez. Bring your friends and family. Your donation of only $10 per person will help support MNRPCV Grants and Services. Remember, cooks and kids eat free!

To volunteer to cook or if you have questions, contact Christi Williams at:

*If you don’t have your 2016 Peace Corps calendar yet, contact

Job-Shop Meet-Up

Friday, February 19, 2016, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Wedge Table – Community Room

2412 Nicollet Ave So, Minneapolis MN


See January announcement for details.

February MNRPCV & Friends Musical Brunch

Saturday, February 21, 11:00 – 3:00 pm

Christi Williams’ Home

3604 17th Avenue South, Minneapolis MN  


Who doesn’t love a good brunch! Add instruments and singing and you have a musical brunch! Please bring a dish of your choice to share and instruments are welcome. Questions and please do RSVP to Christi at


February Happy Hour at Lakes & Legends Brewing Company

Wednesday, February 24, 4:00-7:00 pm

1368 Lasalle Avenue, Minneapolis MN

Join the MNRPCV group for some great beer and company at one of the newest breweries and taprooms in downtown Minneapolis. Lakes & Legends Brewing Company opened in November 2015 and specializes in Belgian style beers.  It is located on the corner of 14th and Lasalle (ground floor of the new LPM skyscraper, behind the Super America and the Lotus Restaurant). Please come and enjoy a few beers with us! Contact if any questions; no need to RSVP.


Cook for Kids (and Moms) – St. Paul

Thursday, February 25, 4:30 to 6:30 pm

Jeremiah Program

 932 Concordia Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 


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:


Peace Corps Send-Off

Saturday, February 27, 2:00 to 5:00 pm

St. Paul Student Center – North Star Ballroom

University of Minnesota

2017 Buford Avenue, St. Paul MN


At the annual Send-Off event, the Peace Corps community comes together to celebrate the soon-to-depart volunteers from our state and recognize the service of returned volunteers. It’s a chance for departing PCVs and their families to connect with returned volunteers who can share perspectives on what to expect from Peace Corps service. We welcome all returned volunteers, families of volunteers, prospective volunteers and community members to this event. There will be a program including speakers and conversation time, and refreshments will be served. We hope you will plan to attend this event and invite anyone who may want to learn more about Peace Corps. We will be looking for many volunteers to help with this event, so stay tuned for details on how to sign up!