Social and Service Events





August Happy Hour at Nico’s Taco & Tequila Bar
Wednesday, August 10 – 5:00-7:00pm (actual Happy Hour is 2-6pm)
2516 Hennepin Ave South, Minneapolis MN 55405

Voted Open Table’s Winner for Diner’s Choice 2015 let’s check out these Happy Hour drinks and perhaps grab a street taco or two! RSVP’ing to Gretchen is encouraged at More information can be found here:

MNRPCV Board Recruitment Meet ‘n’ Greet Happy Hour!
Thursday, August 11; 5:30pm-7:00pm

Coup d’Etat – 2923 Girard Ave S, Minneapolis MN 55408

Hey RPCVs–Interested in becoming a board member of MNRPCV? We are looking for great candidates to bring new ideas and energy to our group leadership. MNRPCV board service is a great opportunity to get some hands-on experience and become connected to our community. We’re organizing this happy hour so that interested candidates can get more information about what board membership entails. There will be current board members present to share their experiences and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to meeting you! Please RSVP to MNRPCV Membership Chair Simone LaBonte

*FYI: Just like other MNRPCV Happy Hours, this is a no-host event (everyone is will pay their own tab). Coup D’Etat has some great happy hour deals!

Bridging Program Warehouse Volunteer Opportunity

Saturday August 13 – 9:00am to 12:00 noon

1730 Terrance Drive, Roseville, MN 

 Bridging is an organization that provides quality furniture and household goods to over 80 families each week who are transitioning out of homelessness and poverty.

Volunteers will help load/unload trucks, sort through donated goods, inspect linens and restock shelves. Specific projects will be determined on the day we volunteer based on inventory and final group size. This is a great active, hands-on project!

Bridging requires all warehouse volunteers be at least 14 years of age. 

RSVP to Sheila Collins by August 6. 


Annual Campfire and Potluck at Bardons

Saturday, August 20 – 4:30 – Dusk

Home of Jane and Jack Bardon

11 Pheasant Lane, North Oaks MN

 Are you a brave and resourceful RPCV?  Venture north of St. Paul to join us for an outdoor summer gathering (indoors – if  it rains or snows) of Minnesota RPCVs.  We will roast hotdogs and s’mores over an open fire on north-woods hazelnut sticks.  The hotdogs (of various kinds), buns and fixin’s plus beverages will be here waiting for you. Please bring a side-dish to share. Kids, families, and extra tables or chairs are welcome.  Please RSVP with the number of guests coming to:


August Metro Lunch at Hmong Town Marketplace
Saturday, August 27 – 10:30 am to 1:00 pm
217 Como Avenue, St. Paul MN 55103

I have always wanted to check out this marketplace and I heard they have good food too! It is a year-round indoor and outdoor open market. The website says this: The Marketplace is a gathering place of colorful sights, sounds and a fascinating destination for experiencing the vibrant Hmong American community. It’s a glimpse into the street market life of Southeast Asia!
THE PLAN: The group will meet outside, in the parking lot, near the main entrance. I will arrive at 10:30am and wait until 11:00am. At 11:00am we will venture inside, walk around the marketplace and eventually end up in the food court to have lunch.  More information can be found here: Contact Gretchen with any questions at



 Second Harvest Heartland-Fresh Produce Distribution

Thursday, September 8 11:00AM-2:00PM

Kashia Adult Day Services

5650 Lilac Drive North, Minneapolis MN 55430

When you volunteer at a fresh produce distribution, you sort food, set up food stations, provide friendly service and put food directly into the hands of our hungry neighbors. Some volunteers may also assist with client tracking.

This distribution takes place outside, so please dress for the weather and the task by wearing closed-toe shoes and sunscreen for sun protection. Note: We signed up for 8 people.

Please RSVP to Mary at by September 1st.


MNRPCV 2016 Membership Meeting and Potluck Picnic

Saturday, September 10, 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Minnehaha Park–Wabun Picnic Area, Shelter G

4655 46th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55406

Picnic starts at 4:30 PM – Meeting at 6:00 PM

Join Minnesota Returned Peace Corps Volunteers for our Annual Membership Meeting and Picnic, held this year at the scenic Wabun Picnic Area in Minneapolis’ Minnehaha Park. We’ll start the potluck picnic at 4:30 PM in Shelter G in Wabun Park (see map here: Please bring a dish to share and folding chairs for extra seating, if you can. We’ll provide drinks of a non-alcoholic variety, and we can fire up the grill if anyone wants to bring grillables. Lawn games and frisbee golf on Minneapolis’ best course are fun social options at Wabun, and there is a great playground for kids.

After the picnic, stay for the Annual Membership Meeting beginning at 6:00 PM. The 2015-16 board will share reports about the group’s work from the past year, and we’ll elect a new board for 2016-17. We’ll also be voting on a revised set of bylaws that the Bylaws Committee has been working hard on over the past year. Other business and announcements may be raised by members at the meeting. Remember, only MNRPCV members may vote at the Annual Meeting, so get your membership in order (this can be done at the meeting. Bring your $15 annual membership dues in cash or check. First time members–your first year is free!) [Note: In our new membership schema, rather than everyone having a different renewal date, everyone’s membership will be September 1st through August 31st. This will simplify things for all involved.]

The Annual Meeting and Picnic will also be your first chance to get your hands on the 2017 RPCV Calendars, our biggest fundraiser of the year. Calendars are $12 each and notecards are $8 per set–an even $20 will get you one of each! Get a head start on your holiday shopping–it’s never too early!

2016 NPCA Peace Corps Connect Conference

Peace Corps 55th Anniversary Celebration

September 21-25, 2016

Washington DC

 Peace Corps Connect – 2016 and PC 55 is coming soon! Check out the details and register here:

  •  Woot! Woot! NPCA has a new database at last! We are still in a transition period, but you can sign up as a new member here: 
  • Remember NPCA Membership is FREE and open to RPCVs and others who share our Peace Corps values. Sign up now and connect with the Peace Corps family.