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Dec 18, SF Story Jam:
Preaching to the Choir


Celebrate our last story jam of the year with our 'Preaching to the Choir Story Jam' on December 18. In Honor of the holiday we'll be sharing tales of cultural salvation from near and far. Details>>

Jan 31, Palo Alto,
Festival of Cultures &
Annual General Meeting


Join us for our biggest event of the year. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers from around Northern California will team up with the Ohlone Elementary School Global Awareness team to celebrate, learn and share experiences from over 100 countries at our Annual Festival of Cultures. We need volunteers for country presenations, international fashion show, cook international foods, organize cross culutral activities for kids and general volunteer help. Volunteer to Help>>

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Book Club & RPCV Getogether

3/18/14 Tue (7:00 PM - 8:30 PM)
Cafe Valparaiso
1403 Solano Ave., Albany
Contact:Jayma Brown (jaymaghana@earthlink.net)


Join us for Chilean food at Valparaiso (http://www.cafevalparaiso.com/) 1403 Solano Avenue in Albany as we discuss Waiting for Snow written by Thomas J. Scanlon. The author relates through letters home to family and friends about his experiences as a “charter volunteer” in Chile in 1962.

Café Valparaiso, is not exactly in a BART friendly location, but does have great food (with vegan and gluten free options). It is only at a few blocks from San Pablo Ave. For those interested in going by BART, advance arrangements can be made for pick-up at a nearby station. Entrees include: Chorrillana, Sopa Marinera, Rotisserie Chicken and Pastel de Choclo Vegetariano.

More about the book: A memoir in letters by one of the first forty-five volunteers to go abroad after the Peace Corps was chartered by Congress in 1961; The Washington Post declared "Hundreds of books have been written [about the Peace Corps]. . . . Tom Scanlon’s is among the finest." Written to friends and family during two years in Chile, his letters describe a volunteer’s life and viewpoint. It offers a bright look at a different world, one endangered by the Cold War yet snow inspired by new idealism and hope among young people. As the first Peace Corps director Sargent Shriver declares in a foreword, "Waiting for the Snow reminds us of the enormous greatness that can happen when ordinary people do what is good and right."