Event Calendar

Art Night
Mar 8 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Enjoy art, music and entertainment at 11 different venues with a free shuttle connecting each.

Click here for details.

Click here to download a PDF of the ArtNight Brochure.

TGIS – Korean BBQ @ Don Day
Mar 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, March 9th RPCVLA is hosting its monthly “Thank Goodness It’s Saturday” event!  Please join us for all you can eat Korean BBQ starting at $16.99.  Please arrive on time.

Friends and family are always welcome as long as you include them in your RSVP.  Please respond by Wednesday, March 6th.

RSVP by clicking here then replying yes.

TGIS Peruvian Style @ Los Balcones Del Perú
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm

For this TGI Sunday, join us at Los Balcones Del Perú for some delicious Peruvian food.

Parking is available in a private lot and is validated. For details about the restaurant please visit: http://www.yelp.com/biz/los-balcones-del-perú-hollywood-2 and for the menu: http://losbalconesdelperu.menutoeat.com/

Kindly RSVP via Evite by Tuesday, April 16th.

As always, friends and family are welcome if they are included in the RSVP.

Big Sunday – Serving Those Who Served @ Veterans Home of California
May 5 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

In anticipation of the opening of the Veterans Home of California’s 242-bed Skilled Nursing Unit, we are seeking volunteers to paint 4 serene murals along the soon-to-be busy residential corridors. Big Sunday volunteers will have the opportunity to create relevant themed murals, each above a bench, which can also serve as a point of reference (i.e. pass the mural with the lighthouse en route to the Dining Room).  The walls are 14 feet wide and 7 feet tall.  If you are willing to work together and can paint by number, come join the RPCVLA Team led by Volunteer Heather, who recently returned from Benin.

This project will begin at 8:00am and run to 4:00pm.  Part-time help okay. While we’re using interior paint, wear clothing that a few polka-dots won’t ruin.  Bring a smile and plan to join additional volunteers planting trees and veterans painting other murals for a celebratory Cinco de Mayo lunch with the residents.

Click here to register for Project #183 ‘Paint Murals & Clean Up a Garden to Honor Veterans’.

Located in West Los Angeles on the Federal VA Campus, this Veterans Home opened in October 2010, currently has 112 residents, including a Memory Care unit.  Work together with veterans who also proudly served our country.  If you have any questions, the Project Leader is Lindy Lindeman who works at the CalVet Home (Tel: (424) 832-8218 and Lindy.Lindeman@calvet.ca.gov).

P.S. If you know someone who would like to lead another mural team, please contact me ASAP at Lindy.Lindeman@calvet.ca.gov or puravidalindy@yahoo.com.

Happy Hour before the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival @ Novel Bar
May 8 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Happy Hour before the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival
Wednesday, May 8th at 5:00 pm
Novel Bar
3760 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90005


Questions: info@rpcvla.org

Director Jack Niedenthal will be joining us!

Hope to see you at the festival!

The Sound of Crickets at Night at the LA Asian Film Festival
May 8 @ 7:00 pm

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

RPCVLA is proud to be community partners with the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. We’re sponsoring The Sound of Crickets at Night at the LA Asian Film Festival. The film, a documentary about the Marshall Islands, is directed by RPCV Jack Niedenthal (Marshall Islands ’81-’84). More info available here. Please contact Tai at the day of the event at 617-990-6861 if you have any questions.

Tickets may be purchased at a discounted RPCV rate with the passcode RPCVLAVC2013 at http://laapff.festpro.com/films/detail/the_sound_of_crickets_at_night_2013

LAAPFF is proud to present over 140 films from both Asian Pacific American and Asian international directors from over 20 countries, showcasing established and emerging filmmakers and video artists; as well as filmmaker seminars, panel discussions and symposiums on topics relevant to Asian Pacific cinema. For program information, a complete listing of sponsors and partners, and to purchase tickets, log on to www.vconline.org/festival. To order tickets over the phone, call (213) 680-4462 x59.



RPCV Career Fair in San Francisco
Jun 21 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
RPCV Career Fair in San Francisco
Date: Friday, June 21st
Time: 11am – 4 pm
Location: San Francisco Federal Building (90 7th Street at Mission, Auditorium B040).
Are you an RPCV looking to meet potential employers in the Bay Area, get advice on job search strategies, have your resume reviewed and network with other RPCVs from the area?
Then be sure to attend Northern California Peace Corps Association’s upcoming RPCV Career Fair on Friday, June 21st in San Francisco!
The Career Fair is a networking event aimed at connecting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers with exhibitors from for-profit, nonprofit, and government sectors.
If you know of an organization that would be interested in recruiting RPCVs at the Career Fair, please have them fill the registration form here (there is no fee): http://bit.ly/12kqIns
For any further questions, please contact Karla Calinawan or Katherine Macdougall at rpcv.career.fair@gmail.com.
TGIS Sunday Dim Sum! @ ABC Seafood Restaurant
Jul 14 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

dim sum

Sunday, July 14, 2013 6:00 PM

ABC Seafood Restaurant
708 New High Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Join RPCVLA for another TGIS, this time in China Town! While the restaurant name implies lots of seafood there are options for most diets. Dim sum is generally served family style and we will share several large tables.

As always, friends and family are welcome if they are included in the RSVP. Please let me know if there are any last minute changes.

Kindly RSVP by Wednesday, July 10th.

UNA Coffee Talk – July 16th @ 7:00pm @ All Saints Church Guild Room
Jul 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

UNA Coffee Talk – July 16th @ 7:00pm


Magic in the Midst of Poverty and Oppression:
Empowering Bolivian Women and Girls
Debbie Rodriguez will talk about her work with underprivileged girls and women in Bolivia. A Peace Corps Volunteer from 1996-99 and on Peace Corps Bolivia staff from 1999-2002, for six years Debbie witnessed magic in the midst of harsh poverty, resilience in the midst of unbelievable odds, wisdom in the midst of seemingly insurmountable political corruption, and optimism in the midst of decades-long oppression. Debbie worked with homeless and underprivileged girls throughout Bolivia to improve their
economic situation. Most in demand were income-generating skills at the micro-enterprise level. Along with a group of artists, she formed VisionArte and traveled around the country teaching business skills, art, music, public speaking, and writing – empowering women teetering on the brink of survival to support themselves and their families. A docent at the Museum of Latin American Art for ten years,

Debbie Rodriguez is married to Bolivian artist and musician, Ramón Rodriguez, whose paintings and sculptures are housed in collections around the, world. Debbie and Ramón share a passion for Bolivian art and culture, running an art business, presenting talks and performing Bolivian music in communities throughout California.

When: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Where: All Saints Church Guild Room
132 N. Euclid Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
$10 donation at the door – proceeds go to the ongoing work of the United Nations Association.

Theater Al Fresco in Griffith Park! @ Griffith Park (Old Zoo)
Jul 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Al Fresco Griffith Park

Another RPCVLA Summer Tradition is Back!

Join us Saturday, July 27th for a night of laughter, friends, and the Bard under the stars outside at the Griffith Park Old Zoo for the Independent Shakespeare Company’s performance of She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith.

She Stoops to Conquer (by Oliver Goldsmith)

Mr. Marlowe is a catch. Handsome. Rich. Witty. There’s only one problem: among the ladies in his circle he stammers, stumbles and can’t look them in the eye. In the company of a barmaid or a serving-woman, however, he’s a smooth operator. What’s a guy like that to do when he’s called upon to woo the lovely, fashionable, and most decidedly upper-class Kate Hardcastle? And how will the clever Kate respond?
This 18th-century comedy has it all. Romance, mistaken identity, a thrilling chase scene, and a love song to liquor. It’s a big-hearted, exhuberant romp and the perfect way to spend a summer evening in the park.

We will aim to find a space stage right, where the beach chair seating starts and stack out both chair and blanket space. Look for RPCVLA shirts or signs or give me a call at 562/537-8583.

Performances begin promptly at 7pm. Please give yourself enough time to drive to the site, park your car, and make your way to the venue.

Bring a picnic, a low chair or blanket and a warm jacket! Once the sun goes down, it gets quite chilly. The show is free, but the actors appreciate and deserve a donation. Please note, it is a city park, and alcohol is prohibited (read – be creative).

It is a short walk along a paved path to the venue. Wear comfortable shoes. There will be ISC volunteers in the parking lot and along the path to the stage eager to assist you. Although they light the exit path, you may want to bring your own flashlight as well.

For directions and parking info, please visit http://www.independentshakespeare.com/.

Please RSVP so we know how much space to reserve!