Social and Service Events


 Make your  gift list now and pick up a supply of the beautiful 2015 International Calendars on sale at the 2014 Annual Meeting for only $12.00


MNRPCV Metro Dinner
City Afrique: 4326 Lyndale Avenue North, Minneapolis
Wednesday, August 6, 5:30 PM

Join your fellow RPCVs and guests for West African cuisine in North Minneapolis. RSVP to Michelle Short

City Afrique:

MNRPCV Chain of Lakes Bike Ride and Potluck Picnic
Nokomis Beach, Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis
Sunday, August 10, 12:30 

Meet:  12:30 for a 1:00 ride at the trail at Nokomis Beach, Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis

Approximate distance: 20 mi round-trip with picnic half-way at Cedar Lake
Bring: something to share, perhaps liquid
Optional items: helmet, water, lock, cash, bike inner tube, swim suit and beach towel

We will have equipment to replace an inner tube in case of a flat tire.

Contact Eric at 651-644-1173 or

Canoeing on the Cannon River

Cannon Falls to Miesville Ravine Park

Saturday, August 16, 9:00 AM

This will be an 8 mile trip–about 3 hours (starting at 9:00AM). PACK A LUNCH AND BEVERAGES. This should be a fun day of canoeing (even if you aren’t highly experienced).

The 8 mile river trip takes you from Cannon Falls Canoe and Bike Rental in Cannon Falls to Miesville Ravine Park. It takes an estimated 3 hours, depending on river conditions. Shuttle and life jackets are included in the canoe rental price of $35.

RSVP to:

Cannon Falls Canoe and Bike Rental, 615 No. 5th St, Cannon Falls, MN


Learn & Serve at Mano a Mano

925 Pierce Butler Route, St. Paul

Wednesday, August 27, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Let’s get together and talk about the beautiful country of Bolivia where Mano a Mano works. Join us in watching a 50 min. Bolivian documentary called “Death before Slavery”. We will watch the movie together – with popcorn!  -  And then sort medical supplies for an hour while we talk it over and digest the information. Anyone who would like to bring any snacks is more than welcome!

“Death before Slavery” is an analysis of the events that culminated in the 2005 resignation of Bolivian President Carlos Mesa. “…death before slavery” is the last sentence in the Bolivian National anthem. It was often chanted by the thousands of demonstrators who paralyzed Bolivia in May of 2005. The documentary offers a perspective not present in other media. It offers its view directly from the people of Bolivia through interviews with grassroots leaders, local journalists, congressional advisers, politicians, and average Bolivian citizens. Let Dana Dallavalle know if you’d like to join us! (

Mano a Mano:


August Metro Lunch
Seward Café, 2129 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis

Saturday, August 30, 12:00 to 1:30 PM

Anyone want to have lunch at the Seward Café with Returned Peace Corps
Volunteers? We’re a fun bunch, always welcoming, and always in the spirit
to meet someone new. This is a change from our usual Metro Dinners it’s on
the weekend and for lunch! Seward Cafe is very “neighborhoody” and also
offers optional outdoor seating :)  All are welcome, but please RSVP to
eric angell at:

Seward Café:


MNRPCV 2014 Annual Meeting and Potluck

859 Excelsior Boulevard, Excelsior MN

Sunday, September 7, 4:00 to 8:00 PM

The MNRPCV 2014 Annual General Meeting and Picnic will be held on Sunday, September 7, from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the beautiful home of Rhoda Brooks, 859 Excelsior Boulevard, Excelsior, MN.

The 2014 Annual Meeting will include reports from the 2013-2014 Board of Directors and the election of the 2014-2015 Board. If you have agenda items for discussion at the Annual Meeting, please send them to MNRPCV President Anne Kanyusik Yoakum at

Also, we have an open board – positions are decided at the first board meeting. If you are an RPCV and a Registered Member of MNRPCV and want to be a candidate for the Board, please contact MNRPCV President Anne Kanyusik Yoakum at  This is a great opportunity to contribute to Peace Corps’ third goal, work with a great group of RPCVs and get strong board experience for your resume!

Please bring a dish to share for the potluck – beverages will be provided. The new 2015 International Calendars will be available for sale at only $12 each. Pick up a supply for yourself and for holiday gifts. This will be a good time to check or update your MNRPCV membership.

Panama Slide Review

Mano a Mano

925 Pierce Butler Route, St. Paul

Thursday, September 11, 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Help us go through old Kodachrome slides from an RPCV who served in the very first group in Panama from 1962 to 1964. With your help, we are hoping to select a good number of slides to convert to prints and sell at our silent auction fundraiser next year so we can continue to support current Peace Corps projects! Bring food and drinks to share! For questions, contact Dana at:


October Metro Dinner

Maya Cuisine

1840 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis  

Friday, October 24, 6:30 pm

Come join us for an October Metro dinner on Central Avenue featuring delicious and authentic Mexican food. This restaurant prides itself on daily handmade tortillas and tamales, plus a fresh salsa bar! RSVP to Jess at

Maya Cuisine:


Fundraiser Dinner – Food from Muslim Countries

Location: TBA

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Save this date!  Plan to bring your friends and family to our Fall Fundraiser Dinner. We are introducing a new theme this time: “Food from Muslim Countries.”  Be a cook and share your favorite recipe from one of the many Peace Corps countries with Muslim populations.  Come to eat and discover and support MNRPCV Grants and Services with your donation of only $10 per person (kids and cooks eat free).  Contact Christi Williams at: to volunteer to cook or to learn more about our fundraiser dinners.

2015 International Calendars will be available for only $12 each.