— Named after AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the Andrus Awards honors outstanding individuals who donate their time, skills and passion as a volunteer. Every year we gather at our annual Andrus Awards event and celebrate the dedication of Maryland’s wonderful volunteers.  We are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Andrus Awards. All nominations must be submitted by June 2nd, 2017. Take some time and nominate a volunteer in your community. Click here for additional information.

— The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that by 2020, approximately 50 percent of Americans will be 1099 contract workers, and we’re already at 38 percent. Similarly, small businesses operated by persons 45+ may not be aware of how simple technology and business processes like mobile apps, automation and sales funnels can cause their business to EXPLODE! Please join AARP Maryland at the 2017 BOOM Conference in Silver Spring on May 18th from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Silver …

AARP Maryland helping fight hunger with our Harvest for the Hungry Food Drive in March 2015.

—   Updated May 22 2017: The Spring Food Drive for 2017 is now over, and was a huge success! 30 stores across the state participated, with volunteer and food donors giving their all for this important cause. Read our special wrap-up blog for final drive numbers and to find photos from the various stores and volunteers. Thank you to all who helped in 2017! If you would like to be on the Harvest for the Hungry event planning team for 2018, …

— In partnership with CCBC (Community College of Baltimore County) Senior Institute, the CCBC Foundation, and Baltimore County Public Libraries, AARP is presenting a way to increase your independence through technology. Do you know someone in the Baltimore County area without any computer experience, but who has the desire to learn? Then this is the class for them! Join a small group session (no more than 4-6 older adults) lead by one CCBC instructor teaching the fundamentals of using a computer. Learn …

— AARP Maryland is a proud sponsor of Radio One’s first annual Survivor Soul Stroll in Baltimore, and invites you to walk as a member of Team AARP! Breast cancer touches the lives of thousands of Baltimore families every year. In the African-America community, encouraging regular screenings and prompt diagnosis is a critical issue. That’s why the Radio One Survivor Soul Stroll, in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, aims to benefit both breast cancer awareness and research. …

— AARP Maryland and Baltimore County Restoring Elder Safety Today (BC-REST) invite Baltimore County area residents to learn about preventing elder abuse and take time to shred unneeded documents for free during an event on Thursday, June 15. The shred will take place as part of the BC-REST World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Forum. Register for free for this event! The event will be held at the Randallstown Community Center (3505 Resource Drive, Randallstown, MD). The Forum time will be 9:30 …

— Want to help share important news and updates from AARP Maryland, while earning points toward fun rewards? Join the AARP Maryland Social Squad! As part of our Social Squad, you can earn points toward a chance every month at a special reward while keeping your social networks updated with the important things that AARP is doing across Maryland. Once you connect your account, you’ll receive updates by email that make it easy to share the message, and earn points toward …

— Are you over 50 and searching for a new job? Make sure to mark your calendar and plan to attend the 50+ Employment Expo in North Bethesda on April 3rd. This year, AARP will be featuring not one but two new, exciting opportunities for job seekers: Free “Job Search in the Digital Age” Workshop: This free, interactive workshop will help you discover the best websites and apps to connect you to job resources. Plus, we’ll share important tips for how to …

— If you’re an AARP member who loves jazz, you’ll want to know about this local discount offering! Details below. Please note that this is not an AARP event.  If jazz lovers can’t get to New Orleans to hear their favorites, the Potomac River Jazz Club in Montgomery County is bringing New Orleans to them! Don’t miss this exciting event on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 2 p.m. The club is teaming with Montgomery College’s outstanding music department to present “Hot Jazz …

— Join AARP Maryland and the Howard County Office on Aging and Independence in Columbia for a free screening of the film “Jackie,” starring Natalie Portman! What: AARP Movies for Grownups Screening of “Jackie” When: Monday, March 20 at 7 p.m. Where: UA Snowden Square Stadium 14, 9161 Commerce Center Dr., Columbia, MD 21046 Movie details: Following the assassination attempt of John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define …