— Saturday, July 29 – Sunday, July 30, 2017: Denver Dragon Boat Festival The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival in Sloan’s Lake Park has become a popular cultural bonanza in Denver over the past 17 years. Denver’s 5280 Magazine declared it “one of Colorado’s greatest festivals.” This year’s Dragon Boat Festival, scheduled July 29–30, 2017, promises to be the biggest and best yet.  Check out our AARP Block Party tent, which travels to many cities, visiting events all across the country. From skateboarding and lip-syncing to dancing and fashion tips for …

— AARP Colorado would like to share with you the following information. If you can’t be in Ireland,  volunteer at the Colorado Irish Festival! The 2017 Colorado Irish Festival will be commemorating its 23rd Anniversary! Held in the heather of Clement Park in Littleton, with a backdrop of the Rocky Mountain Highlands, the Colorado Irish Festival celebrates all that is Green. This eclectic gathering of tens of thousands is known throughout the west for its outrageous display of kilts and bagpipes; …

— Greetings one and all… This morning I am particularly thankful for my home, my family, and my life. I’m not surprised. Gratitude often grows in the aftermath of adversity—one of the blessings to be embraced following challenging times in life. No doubt, the past 4 months have certainly been challenging for my family and me. In addition to a nonstop schedule of presentations and events, two of our beloved cats recently died of renal failure following months of intensive care. …

— Please join AARP at Foothills Art Center to view Variations on Growth: Ben Butler on Saturday, July 8, 2017. AARP members will enjoy free admission from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Ben Butler is a prolific artist, with a unique organic style. Largely process driven, he and his assistants work fluidly as they allow the procedure of cutting wood and foam into organic shapes and molds to inform the final product. The outcome is surprising and awesome in both scale …

— Open to the general public. June 13 Free Screening of Moonlight TIME:  7:00 p.m. WHERE: Sie Film Center, 2510 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206 You are invited to a free screening of Moonlight for Pride month!  Moonlight looks at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him. Register Online     June …

— Do Good… Feel Good. The many benefits of volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. Research has proven time and again that volunteering provides a wide range of mental and physical health benefits. Mental stimulation, social engagement, and staying active are just a few of the benefits volunteers gain. Longtime Habitat for Humanity volunteer, Harry Pierce, understands the personal benefits of volunteering very well. He became a regular construction volunteer with Habitat 11 years ago upon his retirement. “Volunteering makes me feel …

— By Cynthia Pasquale Shari Wilkins recently served as a caregiver for her aunt, a closeted lesbian who married her partner three days before dying at age 89. Wilkins was left to address the issue with surprised family, friends and church members. “I told everyone that at the end of her life, a life well lived, came the ultimate joy: She had gotten married,” Wilkins recalled. Wilkins, 70, of Denver, is a former manager for SAGE of the Rockies, a program …

— Per the National Council on Aging, every 13 seconds an older adult is seen in an ER for a fall related injury, and 1 in 3 older Americans falls every year.  Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for persons aged 65 and older.  Even minor falls can be problematic when they instill a fear of falling, making it difficult for elders to stay active, sometimes leading to depression. The good news is that most falls …

— As one of the few nonprofits recognized, this is the first year AARP is named among OMNIKAL’s (formerly DiversityBusiness.com) list of the top 50 companies in America for multicultural inclusion in the marketplace. The Omni50 Award is a ranking of the top 50 U.S. corporations who are awarding the most business to the growing, culturally diverse vendor/supplier marketplace. This prestigious award is the most recognized honor of its kind in the country. “Diversity in our supply base is a vital …

— The Colorado Rockies major league baseball team is offering AARP members and their guests discount admission to two  games at Coors Field in Denver—on Sunday, May 28, when the Rockies take on the St. Louis Cardinals, and Sunday, Aug. 20, when the Milwaukee Brewers come to town. The first pitch for both games will be at 1:10 p.m. AARP staff and volunteers will be on hand distributing information on topics important to members, such as Medicare, caregiving and fraud. A …

— The New 50+, “It’s a Mindset” says ‘we’re better than ever’ and AARP is here to urge active adults to learn more, play more and exceed all expectations AARP Colorado knows the best years begin at 50 and we are out to prove it by working with some of the most amazing people in the state – people who are climbing 14ers, running marathons, starting new businesses and passing on what they now to younger generations. The new 50+ is …