February 2015 Newsletter

Contents of February 2015 Newsletter – Volume 35, Issue 2

  • Letter from the editor
  • Announcements
  • 2015 NW Regional RPCV Family Campout
  • 2015 CRPCA Family Campout
  • 25th Cascade Festival of African Films
  • Kúkátónón Children's African Dance Troupe Annual Gala
  • Global Oneness Project
  • Book Group Update
  • CRPCA February to April events

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Letter from the editor

In the February edition of the CRPCA's newsletter, we have the first word on both the Northwest Regional RPCV Family Campout (in August) AND CRPCA Local Family Campout (in June), as well as even information for the Cascade Festival of African Films and Kúkátónón's Children's African Dance Troupe's 2015 Annual Gala, which are both happening this month. We didn't receive any leads on RPCV or current PCV profiles this month, so if you would like to be profiled in March (or know of someone who should be), please get in touch! If you have any announcements or information that you'd like shared in the March newsletter, send it my way before February 22.

— M.F. Corwin, Armenia 2008–2011 & Mongolia 2011–2013


The agenda for the Feb. 8, 2015, business meeting is available on the CRPCA website.

¶ Peace Corps Week 2015 (#PCWeek2015) is around the corner and we hope you'll celebrate with us! Visit the Peace Corps Week section of peacecorps.gov for opportunities and inspiration to get involved in your community.

¶ Copies of the 2015 International Calendars are still available. We'lll have them at all CRPCA social activities through the end of the year, but you can also contact your neighborhood representative (info on the CRPCA website) to get your calendar(s), or you can make an order through our checkout page. Proceeds from the calendar sales support the CRPCA grants program.

2015 NW Regional RPCV Family Campout

Date: August 13-16, 2015 (2:30 PM Thursday – 1 PM Sunday)
Place: Beacon Rock State Park (Group Site G1), Skamania, WA
Pricing: $18.00 per person flat rate (no matter how many nights you stay.) Kids 14 and under camp FREE! And NO charge for parking.

Right on the Columbia Gorge, you can enjoy the view from the top of Beacon Rock, visit the fish ladders or just hang out at camp and visit.

With room for up to 200 people, this site has plenty of space for games, many tents and small RVs (no hook ups.) Activities will include the quarterly regional group leaders meeting on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday the 15th CRPCA will be providing dinner to all campers, and would love it if any local non campers came out to the park to join in! Day use fee to be paid at the gate. Plenty of parking at the site for our visitors!

Sunday morning’s breakfast is hosted by the 2016 coordinating group.

To register, please send an email with the number in your party and the nights you will be there to phyllisshelton@cs.com. We will start collecting the $18.00 per person fee soon, watch for more info in the CRPCA E-Updates.

2015 CRPCA Family Campout

Date: June 18-21, 2015 (4 PM Thursday–Noon Sunday)
Place: Kingfisher Group Site, Milo McIver State Park, Estacada, OR
Pricing: $12.00 per person flat rate (no matter how many nights you stay.) Kids 14 and under camp FREE! And NO charge for parking.

We have reserved the Kingfisher Group site, which will hold up to 100 people, has lots of room for games and space for many tents. This park has hiking trails, boat ramps and a disc golf course on top of being a beautifully forested getaway. Flush toilets are right at our group site along with ample parking. Showers can be found in other parts of the park, which would be a short drive away.

This year we are doing things a bit differently. First, we are expanding to three nights, for those who want to start the weekend Thursday evening. We will have a light meal ready that evening so you can focus on getting your tent set up and not worry about dinner.

Second big change is that kids (14 years old and under) camp FREE! We have a ton of space at this camping location so there will be soccer, volleyball, bocce and croquet just for starters. Any other suggestions for kids activities are welcome!

Saturday the 20th we will have a potluck dinner, and would love it if non campers came out to the park to join in! $5.00 day use fee to be paid at the gate. Plenty of parking at the site for our visitors!

To register, please send an email with the number in your party and the nights you will be there to phyllisshelton@cs.com. We will start collecting the $12.00 per person fee soon, watch for more info in the CRPCA E-Updates

25th Cascade Festival of African Films

CRPCA is a proud sponsor of (and will be tabling at) the longest-running annual African film festival in the United States, which is is set to entertain from Friday, Feb. 6 through Sunday, March 8 (click for schedule [pdf]). The festival, which is free and open to the public, shows films ranging from full-length features to documentaries and short films. This year, the festival will open with visiting director Biyi Bandele’s “Half of a Yellow Sun” (Nigeria) on Feb. 6. During the second weekend of the festival, there will be a tribute to the rise of “Nollywood,” the fast emerging film industry of Nigeria, with screenings of contemporary and early Nollywood films and a symposium.

Each evening screening is followed by a discussion led by individuals with expert knowledge of the region shown in the film. The festival celebrates and highlights Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March). All films will be shown in the Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building Auditorium at PCC’s Cascade Campus (705 N. Killingsworth St.) with the opening night and the centerpiece film screenings to be held at the Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd.) on Friday, Feb. 6 and Friday, Feb. 20, respectively. Feature films are on Friday and Saturday evenings (most features are also screened on Thursday afternoons) and documentaries are shown on Thursday evenings.

The Cascade Festival of African Films offers something for everyone. This year, organizers will showcase a Retrospective Series of the festival’s top-10 films through its 25-year history on each Sunday of the film festival. In addition, there will be a Student Fest for high school and college-age students, and Family Fest featuring films for children. Women Filmmakers Week will welcome four female directors to PCC for panel discussions about their films.

Kúkátónón's Children's African Dance Troupe's Annual Gala

Kúkátónón Children's African Dance Troupe

The Kúkátónón Children's African Dance Troupe would like to invite all members of the CRPCA to attend Kúkátónón's Children's African Dance Troupe's 2015 Annual Gala. This is a wonderful, fun opportunity to connect your passion for international service to the diverse cultures of Multnomah County's growing African immigrant community! Kúkátónón's Children's African Dance Troupe's 2015 Annual Gala, Dance Your Heart Out! will take place on Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 6 PM – 10 PM at The Madeleine Parish Hall, 3123 NE 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97212. Our Gala will feature African drumming, homemade West African cuisine prepared by Portland’s African immigrant community, and electrifying performances by the troupe itself, which is comprised of 31 schoolchildren ages 7-14 who attend 17 different elementary and middle schools in the Portland (Oregon) metro area. The evening will also include a live auction and other opportunities to raise money to support our award-winning performing arts program. which is available to our youth without charge. Tickets are on sale now at the Kúkátónón Children's African Dance Troupe website.

Global Oneness Project

Current and future PCVs might be interested in the Global Oneness Project – a free multimedia education platform, which features films, photography, and essays with the focus on the arts, culture, and the environment. In January 2015, Global Oneness Project relaunched their site to include free lesson plans to accompany their stories geared for middle and high school students. Their lessons and stories have been featured on TED Ed, NY Times Op Docs, The Atlantic, PBS, among others. Global Oneness Project is in the early stages of partnership with Encyclopedia of Life out of Harvard, Arizona State University, and The Buck Institute.

CRPCA February to April events

February 2015

The CRPCA Winter Weekend that had been planned for February 7-8 has been cancelled due to lack of snow in Government Camp, Oregon.

Sunday, 02/08/15, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Potluck Gathering3940 SE 47th Ave. in Portland, across from where eastbound SE Center St ends at SE 47th Ave. Access Center by traveling south on SE 42nd Ave from Powell, then turning east onto Center. Or access 47th by traveling west on SE Gladstone St from 52nd, then turning north onto 47th. Hosted by Linda Centurion.

Please bring a dish to share to the 6pm< potluck dinner. After dinner, starting at 7pm, following a short business meeting, there will be a program: Understanding federal student loan repayment options. The federally sponsored student loan program has repayment options that make repayment easier for people with limited incomes. This talk will explain some of those options. This talk will be important for you if you have federal student loans and have difficulty making payments for any reason. The focus will be on the federal student loan program and will not cover options for private loans or loans that parents assumed for students.

Our speaker will be CRPCA's Bob Brown. Bob is the co-chair of Jubilee Oregon, an organization that advocates for economic justice, focused on Global South countries. Jubilee Oregon does some local advocacy and information sharing on tax justice and consumer debt. Bob is an RPCV who served in Nepal 1969-1972 as a math/science teacher.

Tuesday, 02/10/15, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm – Book Club10500 SE 26th Ave (Crystal Lakes Apartment B-24) in Milwaukie, OR. On Harrison St eastbound from downtown Milwaukie, turn left onto 26th immediately after the railroad tracks. Or on Harrison St westbound from OR 224, turn right onto 26th immediately before the railroad tracks. Once on 26th Ave, take the first or second curb cut to the right, park in a non-covered space, and find Apt B-24. Do not rely on your GPS or Google for navigation beyond the intersection of 26th & Harrison! The book to read is Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo (2012). See our Upcoming Book Discussions page, http://crpca.org/book_club/upcoming-books/, for more information. Feel free to bring snacks to share. Hosted by Debbie Durham, (503-305-6522).

Thursday, 02/19/15, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm – Salon Francophone – 3415 S.E. Cora Drive. Portland, OR (just north of Holgate).Why not join us for our monthly gathering? Anyone in our CRPCA community is welcome; plus spouses, friends and other Francophiles. Alden will provide a main dish, but additional potluck items are great. Fractured French is okay! We welcome Listener-learners! Just leave your English at the doorstep and you will fit right in "entre nous". Hosted by Alden Jencks (Côte d’Ivoire, 1968–1970). RSVP: francais@crpca.org or 503 238-4782

Monday, 02/23/15, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm – Soirée – Lucky Labrador Brew Pub, 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd in Portland. This is a great way to link up with other RPCVs, hear interesting stories from around the world, and grab a drink and a bite to eat among good company. You can usually find us in the front room.

Wednesday, 02/25/15, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm – Job Search Support GroupLloyd Center in Portland.This is an informal gathering of CRPCA members and friends who are seeking new work. Location at Lloyd Center in Portland. Meet 7pm at the Food Court (3rd floor) exiting the elevator to the left side of the food court, looking for CRPCA sign plate overlooking the ice rink edge, or call Gordon Young at 206-351-6465 for our location if you arrive later. Contact Gordon at networking A crpca.org for more information.