Social and Service Events
Thank you for your support of the 2014 International Calendar Sale.
We raised over $1600 this year. These proceeds will help support the MNRPCV Annual Small Grant Program and other Community Service projects during the coming year.
Fundraiser Dinner: Latin-American Cuisine
Saturday, March 8, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
669 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul MN
Here’s another chance to gather with the Minnesota Peace Corps community. Come to the unusual and creative home of Elsa Frettem (India 1968-70) and Bernard Gonzalez in Saint Paul for a fundraiser dinner. This time we will feature delicious food from our neighbors to the south. RPCV cooks are special and their culinary skills will impress you. 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 – we would love to meet them and share our dinner with them. BE A COOK: If you already have a favorite Latin-American dish you want to share or are willing to research Latin-American recipes, we invite you to join our cooking team for this dinner. Contact Christi Williams at: email@example.com to volunteer or to learn more about our fundraiser dinners.
Great cooks – great company – what could be better?
Metro Dinner: Vietnamese and Chinese
Wednesday, March 12, 6:00 to 8:00
Mai Village Restaurant
394 University Avenue, Saint Paul MN
Join us for a delicious dinner at one of MNRPCV’s favorite restaurants. Mai Village was closed due to the light-rail construction on University Avenue. They are back in business, so let’s do our bit to encourage them. You’ll love the food and the oriental décor. The restaurant is on the south side of University Avenue between Dale and Rice. There is a free parking lot next to the building. RSVP to: Jack Bardon at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mai Village (651-290-2585) http://www.maivillage.net/
Movie and Pizza Night
Friday, March 27, 6:00 PM
Christi Williams’ Photo Studio
2929 4th Avenue South #210, Minneapolis MN
Come at 6:00 PM, get acquainted, and order pizza. We will watch the movie “War Dance” (107 minutes). RSPV to Jane Bardon at: email@example.com
“Set in war-raved Northern Uganda, the award-winning WAR DANCE will touch your heart with a real-life story about a group of children whose love of music brings joy, excitement and hope back into their poverty-stricken lives. Three children who have suffered horrific brutalities momentarily forget their struggles as they participate in music, song and dance at their school. Invited to compete in a prestigious music festival in their nation’s capitol, their historic journey is a stirring tale about the power of the human spirit to triumph against tremendous odds.”
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. 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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Silent Auction and Slide Show
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Mano a Mano International
925 W Pierce Butler Route, St Paul, MN 55104
Mark your calendars for the evening of Saturday, April 5, 2014 for the MNRPCV Slide Show and Silent Auction. The venue will be totally fitting for RPCVs – the offices and warehouse of Mano a Mano International – started by a RPCV, of course. Many of you have been there to help pack medical supplies for clinics in Bolivia. The evening will include a slide show of photos from fellow RPCVs, a silent auction with proceeds supporting MNRPCV Grants and services and one of those special RPCV potlucks.
We are looking for slides from Peace Corps countries – think about what you may want to share! We’ll have the usual five-slide per person limit. Send digital slides to Patrick Smith at: email@example.com
Bring a favorite ethnic dish – from anywhere in the world – be sure to label it and make sure it is a large serving – for a hungry group of RPCVs and others.
Make the Silent Auction Exciting by donating items from your travels or donated by local businesses. Special services make great donations: Cook a dinner with food from your PC host country. Donate a few hours of professional services or help with yard or home-maintenance tasks.
Be prepared to purchase items and services that you didn’t even know existed. We will be able to accept credit purchases through PayPal.
Bring your friends and family – all are welcome! This will be a great chance to share that unique Peace Corps ambience with others in your life who haven’t served in the Peace Corps.
If you have ideas about your contributions or would like to help with the planning and make this event a success, please contact Anita Root at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-600-9692. Watch for more details!!
Spring Metro Dinner: Marla’s Caribbean Cuisine, South Minneapolis
Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 5:30 PM
3761 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407
MNRPCV Members and friends will gather for some delicious Caribbean food at the famous Marla’s. All are welcome! Connect to the Peace Corps Community in Minnesota.
RSVP to Christi Williams at: email@example.com
Marla’s Caribbean Cuisine: http://www.marlascuisine.com/#!about-us
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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 952-220-7469