— By Ellen Chang Mari Okabayashi, of Houston, has volunteered with AARP at state legislative sessions, congressional and city council hearings, and community events. She has advocated for defending Social Security, making Houston more walkable, limiting payday lending fees, helping older people avoid becoming victims of fraud, and opposing utility rate hikes. She also serves as a Texas Silver-Haired Legislator for Harris County. “Volunteering for AARP allows me to meet so many of our seniors,” said Okabayashi, 67. “I get to …

— You can’t stop getting older, but you can disrupt aging by ignoring outdated expectations and defining yourself. Bill Thomas, M.D., a geriatrician and Life Reimagined Institute expert, is on a national tour promoting a new view of aging through a nonfiction theatrical performance called “Life’s Most Dangerous Game.” Sponsored by AARP, the tour includes stops in Fort Worth, Nov. 14; Tyler, Nov 15; Waco, Nov. 16; Austin, Nov. 17; and Houston, Nov. 18. The show complements AARP CEO Jo Ann …

— AARP invites Texans to kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month in San Antonio Sept. 15 with a guided bus tour of the historic San Antonio Missions, where Native Americans lived and worked in the 1700s. The tour is one of several free events during the month-long celebration. The AARP state office also will host Celebrando con AARP on Sunday, Oct. 9, from noon to 6 p.m. at San Antonio’s Traders Village, featuring live music and information about community resources. Nearly …

— The AARP Block Party, which will pop up at major events around the country, makes it first stop in a few short weeks at Fiesta San Antonio. We’ll be at Maverick Park on April 22, from 9 AM to 5 PM, and April 23, from 3 PM to 10 PM. Join us for music, dancing and cycling, plus stay to see skateboarding and meet legendary San Antonio Spur, George “The Iceman” Gervin. We’ll also have special giveaways, plentiful resources and …

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— Texans can enjoy a film from Spanish actress and director Iciar Bollain on Nov. 24 at a free screening sponsored by AARP Texas and the City of Austin. Flores de Otro Mundo (Flowers From Another World) is about a group of vibrant young women who travel by bus to a remote village overwhelmingly populated by men. With practical intentions, the women dream of better lives, while the men ache with romantic yearnings. The movie, which was first shown in the …

— In San Antonio, the holiday season wouldn’t be the same without sharing and eating tamales. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced tamalera, join AARP for its second annual Gran Tamalada (Great Tamales-Making Party) on Saturday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, 723 S. Brazos St. The event is cooking class, history lesson and cultural celebration rolled into one. Similarly, the tamales have several ingredients rolled up into one flavorful concoction. A tamalada is a …

— Mother Nature’s soggy wrath, a monumental first-of-its-kind celebration, and an airshow could not keep more than 600 drivers from recycling their private documents and electronics in Corpus Christi. The AARP Shred Day event was held at KIII-TV (an ABC affiliate) Saturday, April 18 and it set a new record. The event was highly publicized online and during KIII-3 newscasts, and people were listening. In fact, the shredding was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., but it started 40-minutes earlier because …

— Having marked only their first 100 days in office, members of Austin’s first City Council under a new “10-1” system of government are in a honeymoon phase of getting to know one another and learning the city’s biggest issues. The City Council has spent the bulk of its time in orientation sessions and policy workshops, and Council members have purposefully postponed votes on many major decisions until they feel more settled. Austin’s elected leaders are still testing the strength of …

— Join us May 14-16, 2015 in sunny Miami, Florida for AARP’s annual event & expo, Life@50+. With sessions featuring today’s most interesting thinkers and experts in Health & Wellness, Money & Work, Technology & Innovation and Travel & Culture, along with nightly entertainment and a jam-packed exhibit floor, there is something for everyone! Life@50+ strives to create an experience that reflects the personality of today’s AARP – informative, educational, exciting, entertaining and fun! Registration is just $35 for AARP Members, …

— AARP Texas encourages members to participate in two online seminars this month. Produced by AARP, the free hour-long webinars explain how the Affordable Care Act affects individuals and families. The first event, “The Health Care Law: What It Means for People With Medicare,” is Nov. 14. Go to bit.ly/ACAMedicare to register. The second event, “Find Your Way Around the Health Care Law,”  is Nov. 21. Register at bit.ly/ACAneedtoknow. Each event begins at 1 p.m. Central time and includes a question-and-anwer …