NOVA RPCV has several social events to enjoy and get involved in. Whether it is attending our quarterly potlucks, helping with the trail cleanups, active hiking, biking, and kayaking events, attending an outdoor concert, participating in the multicultural festival, or donating items to Lutheran Services there is something for everyone.
NOVA hosts quarterly potluck dinners with featured speakers on Sunday evenings at member's houses. Usually the dates are the second Sunday of the months of February, May, August, and November. Actual dates are posted on the Events Calendar. Once you RSVP you will receive the address of the event and information about the speaker.
Other events we have hosted in the past include a discussion on climate change at Breaux Winery, hikes at Harper's Ferry National Park and Great Falls National Park, bike rides on the W & OD, kayak trips at Lake Anne, and a visit to the Peace Corps Archives and Museum at American University. We also participated in a celebration with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Church in Herndon and we have participated for several years in the Multicultural Festival in Reston sharing our experiences in the Peace Corps with the community.
We have co-hosted some of our events with RPCV/W and worked in collaboration with the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) In 2019 we showcased an exhibit on the Peace Corps with maps and photographs at the Kennedy Center.The new Peace Corps film, A Towering Task also premiered there. With RPCV/W we co-hosted several happy hours and a Jazz in the Garden event in DC.
Due to COVID-19, in most of 2020 we had to keep our social events online in a virtual format. We offered 2 virtual game nights, a virtual dance and music night, and a virtual cooking event. We also offered support to recently evacuated RPCVs. Additionally, we showed the film A Towering Task online and had a a Question and Answer session with Alana DeJoseph, the producer of a Towering Task documentary.
Recently, now that COVID restrictions outside have been lifted, we have had a number of outdoor hikes, a bike ride, and a kayaking trip. We have also participated in some outdoor concerts and happy hours. Several members also toured the Peace Corps Museum Exhibit at American University. Please continue to check our events calendar for upcoming events. With the 60th Anniversary of Peace Corps approaching Sept. 22-25th, there will be several events coming soon.