— 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 …

— On Wednesday, August 2nd, join AARP Twin Cities for a movie night at CHS Field in St. Paul.  We’re showing a special screening of The Sandlot, the story of a new kid in town who is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his team in this coming of age movie set in the summer of 1962.  Sit in the stands or bring a blanket and watch from the outfield.  The concession stands will be open for refreshments.  Please …

— Catch the classic baseball movie The Sandlot on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at CHS Field in St. Paul’s Lowertown neighborhood. For the third straight year, AARP in the Twin Cities is hosting this free event at the home of the St. Paul Saints. Last year’s screening attracted more than 3,000 moviegoers. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. showing. Take a seat in the stands or spread out a blanket on the field. Chairs and outside food and drink …

— 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 …

— The Twin Cities Pride Festival, one of the largest such gatherings in the nation, takes place on June 24 and 25, at 10 a.m., at Loring Park in Minneapolis. For the fifth year, AARP Minnesota will sponsor the Boomertown section of the festival. Boomertown, which is aimed at the 50-plus community, features nonprofits that advocate on aging issues and are active in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community. In addition to AARP, these organizations include the Alzheimer’s …

— This summer, stay active and engaged with AARP Minnesota.  Join us for a bike ride along the Mississippi or around the Chain of Lakes.  These events are great opportunities to spend some time outdoors, get some exercise, and meet and connect with other AARP members. Ride the River with the National Park Service Tuesday, June 13, 2017 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Harriet Island Pavilion 200 Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55101 Join AARP, the National Park Service and Bike …

— This story was originally published on June 6th, 2016.  In anticipation of our upcoming AARP Serves event, which will take place at Bridging on Thursday, May 25th, we encourage you to read about Fran Heitzman and his work.  Please also consider volunteering at the event, which you can learn more about here. By Laura Ledray — Fran Heitzman knows what it means to be poor. He grew up during the Depression Era, a time when his father was happy to …

— One could refer to Marcia Ballinger in many ways.  Among other things, the Twin Cities native is an award-winning author, a Doctor of Organization and Management, the co-founder and principal of a search firm, and a French bulldog owner.  In 2016, Ballinger earned an additional title when she was named one of Minnesota’s 50 Over 50 winners. Ballinger’s career journey is rooted in Corporate America.  The holder of a degree in Business Administration, a master’s in Speech-Communication, and a doctorate …

— Join AARP Minnesota, Twin Cities Jazz, and host Freddie Bell for a night of entertainment and inspiration at the Capri Theater.  Actress and advocate Holly Robinson Peete will share her personal story of balancing life as a family caregiver while working and raising a family. This event is a great opportunity for those who love jazz music, are interested in connecting with other caregivers, or simply want to learn more about caregiving. Tuesday, May 23rd 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Capri Theater 2027 …

— By Pamela Schmid To John Pfaff’s reckoning, there’s a tangible difference between writing a check to a local charity and donating one’s time, labor and know-how to one. “It’s the difference between going to a place and buying a table or going to a workshop and building it yourself,” he said. “There’s more of a sense of accomplishment there.” Pfaff, 68, of Burnsville, is among a small team of volunteers who organize events for AARP Serves, an initiative that brings …