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9/23 Story Telling Workshop
Story Jam
Come to the workshop ready to share an experience. It doesn't have to be super polished, just bring it, an open mind, and some enthusiasm and we will have a good time. All are welcome. You do not have to be a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer More>>

10/8 RPCV Ukraine Panel
(@ Commonwealth Club)
Story Jam
Five recently returned Peace Corps volunteers who served in diverse regions around Ukraine discuss the lives they shared with the people in their communities. In big cities and small towns, east and west, the daily interactions of these volunteers put a human face on the peoples, young and old, living in a country facing an uncertain future.More>>

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Zaire book & Senegalese food

8/19/14 Tue (6:30 PM - 8:30 PM)
Bissop Baobob - Oakland
381 15th Street, Oakland
Contact:Jayma Brown (jaymaghana@earthlink.net)


Great book/great food/RSVP by Wed. Aug. 13 required. Join us for a discussion of "A hilarious and wrenching memoir from a Peace Corps volunteer in Zaire",The Ponds of Kalambayi by Mike Tidwell and the welcoming back of Bissop Baobob to the East Bay. Meg and I have already tasted the food and it is as good as ever. For those volunteers who served in West Africa come support this only West African East Bay food establishment.

More about the book (a review on Amazon): Having lived and worked in Africa, one of the hardest things to convey to people who have not been there, is how despite poverty and other hardships, Africa is not a sad place. This book does a great job of explaining the beauty and strength of Africa and its people. It also shows that people have good sound reasons for doing what to us initially may seem crazy and irrational. Tidwell's book also does a great job of showing the impact that Africa has on the people who go there. His honesty and examination of both himself and the people he lives with make this book a winner.

Please RSVP to jayma at jaymaghana@earthlink.net by 8/13/14. The restaurant will provide a pre-fixed menu of Mafe or Dibi (either meat, fish or vegetarian) and an appetizer for $25 (includes tip, but not drink and beverages which can be purchased separately). Mafe is sauteed mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and spinach in a peanut sauce. Dibi is marinated onion sauce. I will have check in from 6:30pm to 7:00pm. Drinks can be ordered at their counter. Space is limited and can fill up.