— AARP Illinois and the Springfield Art Association invite AARP members and their guests to two informative and creative events. On Saturday, Nov. 11, 7-9:30 p.m., AARP Fraud Watch Network: Canvas and Cocktails offers a chance to paint a masterpiece while learning how to guard against scams. On Monday, Nov. 20, 6-8:30 p.m., AARP I Love Caregivers: Fall Landscapes offers an opportunity to share best practices for caregiving while applying fall colors to canvas. The events are free but registration is …

— The holidays are coming, and this could be a perfect time to learn how to capture special moments with a smartphone camera. AARP Illinois is offering a two-hour course on smartphone photography on Friday, Oct. 27, in Peoria. Participants will learn how to take and organize great pictures and safely share them with family and friends. The class begins at 10 a.m. at the Proctor Center Auditorium, 309 S. DuSable St. The event is free, but space is limited and …

— Limited Pre-Broadway Engagement Three Weeks Only! Join AARP Illinois at the Oriental Theatre and catch this limited three week engagement of ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE before it sets sail for Broadway! ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is the musical comedy getaway featuring both original songs and your most-loved JIMMY BUFFETT classics, including “Come Monday,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” and many more. ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is the musical comedy getaway featuring both original songs and your most-loved JIMMY BUFFETT classics, including “Come Monday,” “Volcano,” …

— Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I directed by Tony Award Winner Bartlett Sher won four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, THE KING AND I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of …

— It’s that time of year…have YOU signed up to Bike the Drive for 2017?!  AARP Illinois is a major sponsor of this year’s MB Bike the Drive and we want members, friends, and family of all ages to join us in downtown Chicago Sunday, May 28, 2017! Riders can start as early as 5:30 a.m. – race organizers encourage everyone to start by 7:00 a.m. if you want to complete the whole 30 miles!! But you can do as little …

— As a 1959 New York Times profile of AARP founder Ethel Percy Andrus noted, she had a favorite bit of advice to people who dreaded retirement: DON’T.  Andrus practiced what she preached. Andrus was born in San Francisco but spent her early life in Chicago. After earning an undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago in 1903, Andrus began teaching. Her father, whom she once described as “a man who believed everyone should do good somewhere,” had instilled …

— AARP Illinois was a proud supporter of the Better Government Association (BGA) 2016 Springfield Luncheon entitled Election 2016: Candidates, Chaos, and Consequences. The Luncheon was held on Tuesday, September 27th at the Doubletree by Hilton located at 701 East Adams in Springfield.  The event  featured Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar, Chris Kennedy, former University of Illinois Chair and Special Guest: Springfield native Natalie Bomke, FOX 32 Chicago.   “AARP Illinois fight for issue that matters and are important to our members and …

— Tuesday, September 13th, AARP Chicago held a standing room only Fall Volunteer Recruitment Session at the Chicago Public Library’s Martin Luther King Branch located at 3436 South King Drive. Participants were educated about AARP’s History, Impact in the Community, and how one can contribute to our worthwhile organization. The event included a ‘Speed dating’ segment where various divisions such as Fraud Watch Network, Drivers Safety, Advocacy , and other departments conveyed the features, advantages, and benefits of AARP.   Thank …

— By Lisa Bertagnoli On Nov. 8 voters face a choice for the U.S. Senate: incumbent Mark Kirk, a Republican, or Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat who represents a suburban Chicago district. For AARP, a top priority in the race is the candidates’ stance on Social Security. Beginning in 2034, the program will begin paying out more than it takes in. If no action is taken, it will be able to pay only about 75 percent of promised benefits. Social Security …

— The Social Security and Women Summit luncheon was held yesterday at Chicago’s Union League Club. It was a joint venture between AARP and the National Committee designed to bring awareness to the importance of safeguarding Social security’s future by finding commonsense, non-partisan solutions to update the program.   Speakers included Romina Boccia – fiscal and economic expert at The Heritage Foundation, Nancy LeaMond – AARPs Community, State & National Affairs Leader, Max Richtman – President and CEO of the National …