— Ready to join AARP Maine’s Speakers Bureau?  Why not attend one of our trainings? Join AARP Maine’s Volunteer Speakers’ Bureau. Communications and Marketing Professor Mary Lynn Engel will provide an introductory workshop to 40 staff and volunteers. Our goal is to develop a team of volunteer speakers who can represent AARP Maine’s mission and message about the organization as whole and specific issue areas. RSVP is REQUIRED!  Questions? Email me@aarp.org or call 207-776-6303   PORTLAND – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28th: RSVP …

— AARP Maine is hitting the road to talk about what’s been on everyone’s minds: health care. Funded by a grant from Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF), AARP Maine is holding a series of community forums throughout the state (please see our schedule, below).   During these open discussions, we hope you will share with us your concerns as well as your ideas on these sometimes complicated issues. Each forum features a panel of local experts including hospital administrators, physicians, public …

— AARP Maine Tuesdays at the State House is an easy and accessible way for AARP members to be present and comfortable with the workings of the Maine State House.  Would you like to join us?  Every other Tuesday, we get together as a group so we can learn about the inner-workings of the State House, meet our legislators, attend committee hearings and discuss our legislative priorities. Send an email to me@aarp.org and we’ll let you know how to sign up! …

— Join AARP Maine staff, volunteers and members each month for a free drink, yummy food and great company. Portland On-Tap events are at RiRa at 72 Commercial Street on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Sign in to receive a drink token and your first wine/beer/well drink is on us. We’ll order appetizers to share and have information about upcoming events. Click here to RSVP for Portland On-Tap on October 20th, 4:00-6:00pm Click here to RSVP …

— AARP Maine Communications and Advocacy Internship Opportunity The internship involves engagement initiatives directed toward AARP members, legislators, and the public.  This includes, but is not limited to, public relations, message design, and many written projects including press releases, Op-Eds, weekly columns, website features, legislative testimony letters to the editor and outreach through social media. Interns will gain valuable experience and work in a team environment.  They will also receive first-hand knowledge of how one of America’s largest non-profit organizations, dedicated …

— The summer solstice is upon us! The first official day of summer, the longest day and shortest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. Our gardens are blooming with flowers- and with food not too far behind. Kids and grandkids are out of school and looking forward to summer plans with friends and family. Mainers are soaking up every moment of sunshine and welcoming visitors and tourists to our beaches, rivers, mountains, campgrounds, homes and communities across the state.   …

— Welcome to the Spring Edition of the AARP Maine Newsletter! I’m excited to share with you the latest happenings across Maine. Each quarter we bring you news of what is happening in the Pine Tree state, depending on your interests. Do you love politics and the political process? You will enjoy our update of the legislative session. The AARP Maine team of staff and volunteers worked tirelessly on your behalf in Augusta to ensure the voices of 50+ Mainers were …

— We need your help to continue our effort to increase access to oral healthcare in Maine.   Right now, legislators are considering a bill that will align educational and supervision standards for Dental Hygiene Therapists (DHTs) with new, nationally-recognized guidelines. DHTs were established in 2014 to provide safety net clinics and private practice dentists a way to extend care to people who cannot get care across our state. We need your help to make this happen.   Contact your legislator …

— The creativity and musicianship of David Bowie inspired millions  and it is no surprise that worldwide people are reacting to his death from cancer on January 10th.  Songs such as “Space Oddity,” “Heroes” and “Ziggy Stardust” have never lost their edge.  If you haven’t yet seen them, you might check out the videos that were made for his final album, “Blackstar,” released on his 69th birthday just days before he died.  Here is a retrospective about his life and work with …

— ‘Tis the season… for dance. This month AARP Maine invites its members to receive a 10 percent discount on all Portland Ballet performances of The Victorian Nutcracker, December 12-16. A Portland tradition, The Victorian Nutcracker tells the timeless holiday classic set in Victorian-era Portland with sets and costumes inspired by the Victoria Mansion. Featuring the professional dancers of Portland Ballet alongside a cast of talented youth across the area, The Victorian Nutcracker brings the story to life for audiences young …