— As part of its ongoing efforts to help consumers avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP Vermont is holding “Shred Fest 2016” – an event to provide free shredding of personal financial documents and other sensitive records. The Shred Fest will be held on Saturday, April 30th at the former Kmart parking lot on Shelburne Rd. in South Burlington. It is open to everyone…AARP member or not. Shredding services begins at 9:00 a.m. and will continue until noon, or until …

— Tax season is underway. This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers across Vermont with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Tax-Aide, in its 49th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention to the older population.  You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. Trained counselors are ready to help Vermonters file electronically …

— AARP Vermont is welcoming the arrival of spring by inviting members to enjoy three free events in Chittenden County. On May 7, AARP members will gather at the Shelburne Vineyard for wine tasting and winery tours. On May 14, Peace Corps representatives will discuss new opportunities abroad for volunteers age 50-plus. Finally, on May 17, AARP members can mix and mingle with staff and volunteers while enjoying a free glass of cider at the Citizen Cider tasting room in Burlington’s …

— Are you ready to elect the next mayor of Burlington?  Here’s a chance to find out how candidates Miro Weinberger and Steve Goodkind stand on issues important to Burlington residents.  Our Voter Guide reveals how they plan to address transportation, mobility and affordable housing challenges in the Queen City. If you’d like to learn more and see their answers to our questions, click here.

— Let’s talk about housing needs in Burlington!  The Mayor’s office recently released a comprehensive housing strategy report outlining a number of recommendations to improve and grow the housing stock in downtown Burlington, addressing issues of affordability and availability.  Appropriate and affordable housing is a key component to the development of a livable community.  The first opportunity for the public to weigh in on the report is June 12 at 7 p.m. in Contois Auditorium at City Hall.

—   AARP Vermont is now accepting applications for the 2014 Community Action Sponsorship Program — a program to provide modest grant funds and technical support to community groups or individuals. The initiative is part of the Age Friendly Communities initiative aimed at preparing Newport for the rapidly aging demographic shift – particularly in the areas of housing, mobility and community engagement.    The Community Action Sponsorships will provide financial and other support to groups within Newport that will advocate for improvements …

— The advantages of being an AARP member just got a lot better.  As an AARP member in Vermont you can take advantage of a host of special offers and discounts negotiated with you and your family in mind.  Whether it’s a night at the symphony, a play, musical, concert or even First Night, there’s something for everyone in this winter’s slate of events.   VSO AARP DISCOUNT 20% off the adult ticket price Holiday Pops Concerts “Around the World at …

— Since 1979, AARP Driver Safety has offered the nation’s first and largest refresher course for drivers 50+ and has helped millions of drivers stay in command of the road. Now, we’re offering our online course to ALL drivers for only $5 during the month of May.*     AARP Driver Safety online course teaches: Defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws and rules of the road How to deal with aggressive drivers How to safely use anti-lock brakes, air bags and …

— Here’s a listing of links to Vermont organizations and agencies for information and assistance. Click on the headline above to see the live links.   Alzheimer’s Association of Vermont and New Hampshire Vermont Legal Aid Vermont State Bar VNA Health Systems of Vermont and VT Assembly of Home Health Agencies, Inc.  Hospice and Palliative Care Council of Vermont  Vermont Statewide Independent Living Council Vermont Health Care Administration Vermont Senior Centers Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living Vermont Department of …

— Three small organizations with big plans have been selected to receive Community Action Sponsorships from AARP Vermont to support their efforts to make Burlington a more livable city.  AARP Vermont launched the Community Action Sponsorship Program in 2010 as a way to provide modest grant funds and technical support to community groups whose missions were consistent with those of the Burlington Livable Community Project. This citywide collaborative project seeks to prepare Burlington for the rapidly aging demographic shift – particularly …