— This fall, boomers who are looking for meaning and direction, or are interested in exploring encores, have several new options–right here in the Twin Cities. See below to learn more about these programs, and how to apply. University of Minnesota Advanced Careers (UMAC) initiative UMAC brings boomers to campus for a period of self-reflection and learning as they figure out the next stage of their lives. This two semester fellowship experience is an innovative pathway to transition from career jobs into …

— It’s a great time of year to check out local theater productions.  The Twin Cities performing arts scene is unique, world-class, and great to indulge in–especially on a hot or humid day. This summer, AARP Minnesota is excited to provide AARP members and their guests with discounted tickets to two upcoming shows. Sunday In The Park With George Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis See the musical that was inspired by George Seurat’s famous painting, and written by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. AARP members and their guests will …

— AARP is working with Pollen Midwest, a nonprofit organization that promotes community building, to create the second annual Minnesota 50 Over 50 list. The crowd-sourced list will honor 50 Minnesotans 50 or older who are making a difference in their community. Last year, the competition received more than 350 nominations. The winners included an explorer in her 70s who leads women-only expeditions to Antarctica and a woman in her 80s who bought and renovated a historic performing arts venue. To …

— Anytime is a great time to catch a show in the Twin Cities. But with the snow and the cold, winter is an especially good option. This winter, AARP in the Twin Cities is offering discounted admission to members and their guests at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul will honor discounts on selected performances. Stay warm, connect with your friends and neighbors and enjoy local discounts on plays this January and February courtesy of AARP in the Twin Cities. …

—   One of things that makes the Twin Cities unique is a world class performing arts scene. This Spring AARP in the Twin Cities is excited to announce special ticket prices for AARP members and their guests at two of these venues. Calendar Girls Park Square Theatre, St. Paul When Annie’s husband dies, she and her friends set out to raise funds for a local charity—by posing for a calendar completely in the buff. AARP members and their guests will …

— Heading to the Twin Cities Pride Festival this month? Then stop by AARP’s Boomertown section to get information about upcoming AARP events, pick up giveaways  and sign up for educational events on technology, caregiving and fraud prevention. This is the fourth year that AARP is a sponsor of the Pride Festival, which takes place in Minneapolis’ Loring Park on Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, June 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In Boomertown, …

— By Pamela Schmid Just outside her high-rise condo in downtown Minneapolis, Jean Greener has her pick of walking options. A pedestrian greenway winds west to Loring Park, with a lake and fountain. Heading east leads to Nicollet Mall, a walkable 12-block stretch of restaurants, cafes and businesses. And in the winter, an expansive network of indoor skyways is available just across the street. “You can be real urban, or you can play with the squirrels,” said Greener, 73, who tries …

— By Dylan Boor In partnership with the AARP FraudWatch Network, former con-man turned long-time FBI employee Frank Abagnale set out on an 8 city tour to educate the general public about identity theft. Abagnale’s story inspired the 2002 Stephen Speilberg film Catch Me If You Can starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Hanks. On October 14, Abagnale came to the Twin Cities, addressing a very curious crowd at the 3M Theatre at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. The event …

— Download Event Materials (handouts will not be available at event) Livable Communities Forum Agenda Keynote – Livable for all Breakout: Riding the Age Wave Age Wave — Hennepin Breakout: Transportation Transportation Dakota County, Transportation Johnson Breakout: Housing for a Lifetime Home Modifications, Next Door Housing Breakout: Leading the Way on Livability Planning for Carver County, Livablility on 38th Street   By 2030, older adults will account for 20 percent of the U.S. population; and according to a recent AARP survey, …

— By Bev Bachel “Will we regret this if we don’t do it?” For Jill Pavlak and Deb Loch, the answer was yes, which is how the two women came to launch Urban Growler, Minnesota’s first women-owned and –operated craft brewery. It opened in 2014 with one goal in mind: to bring people together through beer. Rewind six years. Jill was a straight-commission salesperson, working long hours. “I was always taking calls from customers—late at night, on the weekend and on …