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— Events below qualify for the Passport Program in the Denver Metro Area. July and August 2016 – Matinee and Evening Performances -Central City Opera The Ballad of Baby Doe Central City Opera House 124 Eureka Street Central City, CO  80427 The true riches-to-rags adventure of Elizabeth (Baby) Doe and Horace Tabor.  An intriguing epic of love and loss, boom and bust, the story is set to beautiful music by composer Douglas Moore. Matinees at 2:30 p.m.: July 13, 15, 17, …

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— Americans age 50 and older face choices and pressures unlike those of any other age group – choices few could have prepared for. As the charitable affiliate of AARP, AARP Foundation is working with struggling people 50 and over so they can regain their confidence as good providers and members of their communities. The Foundation focuses on four priorities: hunger, income, housing and isolation. Every year AARP Foundation helps millions of struggling Americans 50+ win back opportunity. We could do nothing without …

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— Greetings one and all…   It is a glorious morning in Denver today. Just a hint of fall in the morning air. I hope you are enjoying a lovely start to your day as well. Before shifting into high gear, I invite you to pour a cup of coffee or brew a cup of hot tea and settle into a cozy chair. It’s time to chat about the importance of preparing to care for each other. If you have read …

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— Franchise Expo West Welcomes Aspiring Entrepreneurs to Denver, Oct. 6-8 For: AARP | By Jim Mastandrea of MFV Expositions   The Baby Boomer generation is reaching an age of transition, but this generation is treating retirement and the prospect of their “senior years” much differently than previous generations. People in their 50s and 60s are finding that retirement ages are extending into years beyond, as more and more individuals are seeking second-act careers to pursue their passion of business ownership. …

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— History Colorado now offers the exhibit La Gente: Colorado’s Hispano History online in a user-friendly format that encourages learning. Everyone can now learn about Colorado’s rich Hispanic history, engaging online content that includes everything from the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs to the Chicano movement. Start exploring now. “Hispanic Americans have played important roles in Colorado history as entrepreneurs, advocates, explorers, artists and more,” reads the History Colorado site. “Explore the history of Hispanic Coloradans from ancient civilizations to the …

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— In conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month  Sept. 1 – Oct. 15 and co-sponsored by AARP Colorado, the Western Colorado Center for the Arts in Grand Junction presents Home Impressions, an exhibit of art by Latino artists. The artists in Home Impressions each have experience in the cultural hybridity that comes with having ties to the U.S. and Latin America. Whether that experience influences their work to a large or small extent, in ways apparent to viewers or not, depends. The …

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— Join AARP Colorado for its free Financial Resilience seminar in Aurora the evenings of Oct. 27 and Nov. 16 to discuss how to get the most out of your retirement savings. Whether you are still working, or getting ready to collect Social Security, we introduce you to the tools to help you calculate what you have and what you’ll need. We also help you find real advice about collecting your benefits, how to save more money and how to cut down on …

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— Join AARP Colorado and AARP Movies for Grownups at the Denver Film Festival November 2-13, 2016. In its 38th year, the Denver Film Festival will showcase over 250 films from more than 40 countries. The festival has films from several genres, including indie films, documentaries, short stories and blockbusters, and AARP members and guests can enjoy $2 off all regular-priced festival tickets. Simply use code “GROWNUPS” when purchasing tickets at the in-person box office.*  While you’re at the festival, be sure …

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— AARP Colorado members can receive a discount to The musical I’ll be home for Christmas on Saturday Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. for this matinee performance only at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. 80003, in the Main Stage Theatre. AARP members may purchase $30 tickets, a savings of $39. Regular prime ticket price is $69. Purchase online, in person, or by phone. Limit of four per person. The offer can’t be combined with any other discount of coupon. Visit …

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— Saturday, October 8, 2016 9:00am – 12:00pm Parking lot C behind Health Sciences at San Juan College, Farmington, NM   This event is an opportunity for older adult drivers to have a free check up by certified professionals to assess the setup in their personal vehicle for increased road safety. Discover your perfect fit at this FREE event! Call for appointment (505)566-3849 San Juan College of Occupational Therapy Assistant Program This is not an AARP event.  Any information you provide …

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— By Cynthia Pasquale Topics of importance to Colorado residents, particularly those 50-plus, will be discussed at a series of town hall meetings hosted by AARP Colorado around the state this month. Each meeting will feature presentations about Social Security and state fiscal flexibility, a wrap-up of AARP’s efforts during the past legislative session, and an opportunity for members and the general public to discuss other concerns pertaining to the state’s older population, including issues at stake in the November elections. …