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Current and past events

Submit Your Peace Corps Photos

Your photos can help educate the public about the Peace Corps experience as well as raise funds for the Peace Corps and your country of service or country of your choice.

Announcing a Call To Peace Corps Photographic Artists Who Have or
Are Currently Serving as Volunteers in anticipation of
Spirit. Exhibition at 70 South Gallery.

70 South Gallery, a premier exhibition space and photography print services center located in Morristown, NJ USA invites you to submit images for possible inclusion in their upcoming Spirit. exhibition. This exhibition is intended to highlight and include photographic work and spirit of help of Peace Corps Volunteers (current and returned) from around the world. The theme of the exhibition is to showcase portraits of the local people taken by Peace Corps Volunteers.

More about this exhibit and how to submit your photos

Submission Deadline May 20th 5pm

Observations and Perceptions of Cuba – May 21

Saturday, May 21st -1pm

Enjoy a review of a 10 day trip to Cuba in December 2015 by
Janet Matts (RPCV Kenya 1977-1979) over  dinner at
Martino’s Cuban Restaurant 
212 West Main Street, Somerville, NJ
(908) 722-8602
Soups, salads, appetizers, Cuban sandwiches, other meals with chicken, beef and seafood.

Save a seat for this event!
RSVP by Wednesday, May 18th to 

Parking: There is on-street parking and a large parking lot nearby, across the street, if on-street parking is not available.

Jersey Cares Day in Newark, NJ

As in years past, RPCV-NJ will be participating in this year’s Jersey Cares Day.

9 am-12 noon

Our original project that was selected for Jersey Cares Day was cancelled by Jersey Cares so we have decided to recommend 2 projects from which members can choose.  Since there was nothing scheduled in Central NJ, we have selected a project in the North and one in the South.

The North project is:
Earth Keepers in Jersey City at Liberty State Park. We will be doing various gardening projects including weeding, mulching, removing invasive botanical species
and planting.

The South project is:
Clip, Cut and Cultivate in Camden which involves landscaping work in Cherry Hill.

You can sign up directly on
Jersey Cares Day webpage.
You will then receive an e-mail from Jersey Cares confirming your registration and also providing location information.

HOWEVER, Please also send an e-mail to Peter Arney, Volunteer Chair, and he will relay your name to either the North or South RPCVNJ volunteer coordinator so they know to expect you as part of
our the RPCV-NJ group.

Full opportunity address and directions will be sent to you by e-mail after you sign up.

Looking for speakers for Peace Corps Day at Montclair

Peace Corps Day at Montclair (Wednesday, April 13, 2:30 – 4:00pm)

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Persian New Year Celebration – April 2


(“NO Ruz”) on Saturday, April 2, 2016.  Gerry served in the Peace Corps in Iran and is an excellent chef of Iranian food.   Here are the event details:

DATE :  Saturday, April 2, 2016
TIMES : 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM

PLACE:  106 Old Homestead Road, Wayne, NJ  (Gerry’s Home)
—  Delicious Iranian Foods ( home cooked)
—  Play an Iranian Game
—  Persian New Year Display and Discussion
—  Slideshow from Gerry’s tour in Iran
NOTE :  Space is limited for this very special evening ( 12 People MAX), so this is a  “first come – first served event”, so be sure to be one of the first to RSVP  — DO it NOW !
* Route 23 North to the Jackson Avenue Exit  ( just after Stop and Shop)
* Go to first traffic light and turn RIGHT
* Go to next traffic light and turn LEFT
* Drive up the hill, pass the fire house & turn RIGHT on Warner Way
* Drive up to the “V” in the road and bear left to Old Homestead Road
* Drive to the first intersection at Old Homestead Road
*106 Old Homestead Rd ( large White House on right)
RSVP to Doug Garatina at by March 25.

RPCV-NJ Family Picnic – July 16

Saturday, July 16, 2016
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Wells Mill County Park

905 Wells Mill Road/905 Route 532
Waretown, NJ

Picnic & Nature Hike and Evening Music at Albert Hall*

Picnic at the picnic/field area of Wells Mills County Park
Waretown, Ocean County (609-971-3085)

Bring food and/or beverage to share.
Ethnic dishes are encouraged but any food contributions are welcomed including main dishes, side dishes, desserts/fruit or snacks. NOTE: No electricity is available for keeping food warm.

Make sure to bring serving utensils and labeling them and your food containers with your name is advised. Non-alcoholic beverages, preferable in non-glass containers. 

Paper napkins, plates, cups as well as plastic utensils will be provided.

You can bring folding chairs, blankets etc. for extra seating.

RPCV Phil Levy will lead a nature hike

Canoes are available to rent ($3/half hour/adult)

Sunprotection and insect/tick repellent is advised.

Rain or Shine



* Evening Program:

Piney Blue Grass/Country music presentation

Albert Music Hall
131 Wells Mills Road (R. 532)
Waretown, NJ

7:30 pm (doors open 6:30pm)

Admission $5.00 Children 11 & under $1.00

Attend evening program on your own after the picnic. Pay at the door.


Open to all, not just RPCVs living in South Jersey.

RPCV-NJ North Jersey Family Picnic & Peace Corps Volunteer Send Off

Rain or Shine!

Come to the North Jersey RPCV family picnic and be a part of the fun this year as we also celebrate the departure of New Jersey’s recently invited Peace Corps Volunteers!

RPCVs are invited to join us on May 15th from 11 AM – 6 PM at the Harmony Recreation Area in Phillipsburg, NJ to share their Peace Corps story with others, particularly those who are soon leaving for their Peace Corps service, and celebrate the service Peace Corps volunteers have done and continue to do.  Although the picnic runs from 11 to 6 (we start to wind down around 5),  the NEW Peace Corps Volunteers should be present at least from 12 to 3, because it is during this time they can visit the “Around the World Displays”, and right before 3 PM we will have the main event of the “SEND-OFF Ceremony”.

Please bring some food and/or beverage to share, ethnic dishes welcomed. Crock pots and warming trays can be plugged in. If a grill is desired, you would have to bring one to use. Bring sports equipment, kites etc. A playground and large open fields are available for recreation. Picnic tables are available under the pavilion but also a large open grassy area if you want to bring a blanket or lawn chair(s).

Directions to the RPCV picnic: If the address 3003 Belvidere Avenue, Phillipsburg, NJ is used, people can get directions online to the Harmony Recreation area (Phillipsburg street address but in Harmony Township- Route 519/Belvidere Avenue).

Prospective volunteers or those who have joined the Peace Corps and are preparing to serve are welcome too. Although this picnic is labeled “North Jersey,”  RPCV’s from anywhere in the state are welcome.  RPCV’s are also encouraged to bring games from their country of service.

If anyone has questions please call Doug Garatina at 908-328-1183 or email at


Polish Dinner in Trenton – April 17

Rozmaryn Restaurant, 925 N Olden Ave, Trenton, NJ

Sunday, April 17, 2016, 2:00 PM

Join us for some delicious food prepared on the premises by the owner herself.  We will also have a short presentation about two aspects of popular Polish art – pottery from the Bolesławiec region and intricate paper cutouts called wycinanki.

You will have an entrée choice from these four options:

Gypsy Special – Potato pancake wrapped around a serving of beef stew

Stuffed Cabbage – Ground pork/rice wrapped in a cabbage leaf, mashed potatoes

Breaded Chicken Cutlet with mushrooms and mashed potatoes

Pierogi – 12 pieces with assorted stuffing served with fried onions or sour cream

Cost of the dinner is $30 and includes the following:

Choice of entrée from the four above

Kompot – a freshly made fruit drink

Assortment of Polish side salads

Apple cake desert

Coffee and tea

Tax and gratuity

Carbonated beverages not included.  This is a BYOB restaurant