Event Calendar

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!

World Music Night at the Hollywood Bowl is Back! @ World Music Night At The Hollywood Bowl
Aug 4 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

world music night

A RPCVLA Summer Tradition is Back!
World Music Night At The Hollywood Bowl with eclectic artists Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros!

**Only 9 tix left!**

RPCVs, Friends, and Family Welcome!

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
The Sun Ra Arkestra
Oliver Mtukudzi

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ carousing live shows draw on eclectic influences, rich 12-piece arrangements, and a communal vibe to great acclaim. The Sun Ra Arkestra’s innovative cosmic vibrations transport us with infectious free-form grooves. Zimbabwe’s Mtukudzi opens with his captivating “Tuku” music.

Get the party started early and join your friends or meet some new ones at our annual pre-show picnic starting at 5:30pm. We’ll meet in picnic area #3 across from the back of the stage, to the right of the Bowl entrance. Bring a little something to share with your new friends!

***PLEASE NOTE: By reserving your ticket, you are agreeing to purchase and pay for the ticket EVEN IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND THE EVENT.
We have 20 seats this year in Bench Section T1 Rows 3-4. Tickets are $25 each. All proceeds go to the Yamanaka Fund, RPCVLA’s small grant fund for PCV projects in country.

Please include your email address in your RSVP or email Miki at shalerm@gmail.com with the info.

Please send your check made payable to : RPCVLA to Miki Shaler, 8040 Tarma Street, Long Beach CA 90808 OR pay by PayPal

Please feel free to call or email Miki at 562/537-8583 or shalerm@gmail.com. Thanks!

Bollywood Basics and Indian Food TGIS @ Lineage Dance
Aug 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

RPCVLA is happy to hosting an event with Lineage Performing Arts Center.  This TGISunday will include an Indian dinner and optional Bollywood style dance lessons led by Sangita Shresthova.  There will also be Indian film clips, drinks and more!

No experience is necessary, just come out and enjoy!

Friends and family are welcome as always.  Kindly RSVP by August 20th and include any guests.
Central America’s Independence Day Fiesta
Sep 14 @ 4:00 pm

September 14, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.
Central America’s Independence Day Fiesta
Please join Azusa Pacific’s Department of Modern Languages, Sigma Delta Pi Hispanic Honor Society, and RPCVLA to celebrate Central America’s Independence Day.  We will be celebrating with traditional food, music, special presentations, and with the showing of the Costa Rican film, A Ojos Cerrados.
More details can be found here.

Homeboy Industries 5K Run/Walk @ Los Angeles State Historic Park
Sep 21 @ 8:00 am

September 21, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.
Homeboy Industries 5K Run/Walk
Join RPCVLA’s team to support Homeboy Industries.  You don’t have to be a runner to participate.  Lots of walkers attend!
The cost of the race is $35.  You get a Homeboy t-shirt and a coupon to use at the Homegirl Cafe.  You can register here.   BE SURE TO REGISTER UNDER THE RPCVLA TEAM.
Feel free to invite family, friends, and coworkers and have them join our team.  Questions: Contact Dina at vicepresident@rpcvla.org.

Coastal Cleanup Day @ Coastal Cleanup Day
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us this Saturday for Coastal Cleanup Day. This service event is hosted by Heal The Bay. Please sign up for the Santa Monica (Tower 20) location on Eventbrite. I’ll try to wear a bright red AmeriCorps shirt that day with a Peace Corps pin. Feel free to invite family, friends and coworkers. Looking forward to seeing everyone! You can reach Jimmy on the day of at 6 2 six 8 7 two 5 8 4 five.

Sign up and more info can be found here:


Malibu Wines @ Malibu Wines
Sep 28 @ 12:00 pm

 Malibu Wines

Join RPCVLA at Malibu Wines on Saturday, September 28th starting at 12pm. We will be relaxing in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains, enjoying live music and sipping wine.
The details: Cost for admission includes a minimum of one bottle purchase for each group of 2-4 people. Seating is on a first come first serve basis – RPCVs will be there starting at noon, and Malibu Wines suggests arriving before 1pm to ensure a spot.  Be sure to pack a yummy picnic as the venue does not serve food. The venue is open to anyone 21 & older.  Lastly, the tasting room is outdoors and weather in the Santa Monica mountains can be unpredictable so bring layers.

Contact at event: Heather Schultz / 908.798.9465 To RVSP please click here.

Be sure to check out http://malibuwines.com/ for important information about the venue.

TGIS Palm Grove Ethiopian Restaurant @ Palm Grove Ethiopian Restaurant
Oct 12 @ 6:30 pm

October’s TGIS is at Palm Grove Ethiopian Restaurant!  This small restaurant has fabulous owners and while they continue to get many positive reviews, their business is struggling.  With RPCVs it is quickly becoming a local favorite so we hope to keep it around.

As always, friends and family are always welcome!

With the help of the owners, we will be reserving the entire restaurant if enough of the group RSVPs.

Kindly RSVP by Thursday, October 10th.

For restaurant details please visit:

Returned Volunteer Mixer @ The Standard, Downtown - Rooftop
Oct 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Returned Volunteer Mixer
Los Angeles

Date – 10/15/2013

Time – 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Standard, Downtown – Rooftop
550 S. Flower St.
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Calling all past, present and future Peace Corps Volunteers (plus family and friends, too)! Join us as we gather to share stories, learn about Volunteer experiences, and celebrate those preparing to depart for Peace Corps assignments overseas.

Please note: This is a ‘no-host’ mixer. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

More info here.