— AARP Louisiana is gearing up for its annual Soul Fest event! Round up the family and join us Saturday, March 4 and Sunday March 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, LA. Soul Fest is a celebration of African American culture, highlighting the accomplishments and heritage through food, crafts and music. There’s something for everyone! Attendees can purchase authentic soul food prepared by local restaurants and caterers, take in the smooth rhythms of …

— AARP Louisiana in partnership with Louisiana Public Broadcasting invites AARP members and others in the community to a free Movies for Grownups screening of American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise in honor of Black History Month! Join us Thursday, Feb. 16, in Baton Rouge or New Orleans for this feature documentary about the incomparable Dr. Maya Angelou (1928-2014), best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Seating for this event is limited, so register today! …

— Thousands of Louisianans won’t be able to enjoy the holidays at home because they are still recovering from last summer’s devastating flood. Considered one of the worst natural disasters since Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Eastern Seaboard in 2012, the Louisiana flood caused more than $8.7 billion in damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure. About 150,000 homes in 26 parishes were damaged due to flooding. AARP Foundation has donated $1 million to nonprofit organizations that are helping with flood relief efforts. …

— AARP Foundation held a press conference Tuesday, Nov. 29 to announce $1 million in donations to assist with the rebuild efforts in Louisiana. Governor John Bel Edwards was in attendance. This past August, AARP Foundation created the relief fund to help victims, especially those over age 50. AARP matched contributions dollar for dollar, for a total match of $500,000. The funds will be disbursed among 16 non-profit organizations that are committed to helping the state rebuild. (See list below). The …

— On Tuesday, Nov. 29  AARP Louisiana presented State Senator Yvonne Colomb with the 2016 Legislator of the Year Award for championing issues that improve the quality of life for older Louisianans. AARP volunteers selected Senator Colomb of Baton Rouge because she fought for family caregivers on several fronts.  Senator Colomb led the fight on behalf of 600,000 family caregivers by authoring the Louisiana Family Caregiver Act, which improves the involvement of family caregivers during their loved one’s hospital stay. She also …

—  AARP Foundation will hold a press conference Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 1 p.m. to announce $1 million in donations to assist with the rebuild efforts in Louisiana. Governor John Bel Edwards is expected to attend. This past August, AARP Foundation created the relief fund to help victims, especially those over age 50. AARP matched contributions dollar for dollar, for a total match of $500,000. The funds will be disbursed among 16 non-profit organizations that are committed to helping the state …

— Movies for Grownups and AARP Louisiana invite AARP members and guests to a FREE screening of Miles Ahead. Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m., at the AMC Westbank Palace 16 (1151 Manhattan Blvd), Harvey, LA. Miles Ahead is a moving exploration of one of 20th century music’s creative geniuses, Miles Davis, played by Don Cheadle. In the midst of a dazzling and prolific career at the forefront of modern jazz innovation, Davis (Cheadle) virtually disappears from public …

— Where can you go to see Grammy-winning performers, inspiring speakers and AARP friends? Head to the Essence Festival in New Orleans June 30-July 3. The extravaganza includes evening performances at the Louisiana Superdome featuring such artists as Ciara, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Maxwell. Free daytime events include speeches by author Terry McMillan and dancer Misty Copeland at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. That’s also where you’ll find the AARP Block Party, starting July 1. Drop by to learn about …

—  AARP Louisiana now accepting nominations for the 2016 AARP Andrus Award! Every year, AARP volunteers across the country are recognized for their outstanding service and impact on others. AARP Louisiana is currently accepting nominations for the Andrus Award for Community Service, the most prestigious and visible volunteer honor given by AARP. The Andrus Award honors volunteers who spark change and improve their communities one act at a time.  AARP’s commitment to volunteer service can be traced back to the life …

— Click the banner to head to Healthy BR’s official event page! Join AARP Louisiana at Family Fit Day! AARP Louisiana is proud to announce our presenting sponsorship of Healthy Baton Rouge’s third annual Family Fit Day, a FREE open streets initiative centered around BREC City-Brooks Park. The event will create temporary paved parks for running, walking, bicycling, dancing, playing, and socializing on May 21st from 7:30AM-12:30PM. During the event local organizations will offer fitness classes, speakers, healthy cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities, …