— Mayor Jim Gray and Monica Conrad, Lexington Parks & Recreation Director, joined with local residents and AARP Kentucky to unveil the completed project in Idle Hour Park. Lexington was one of two recipients of an AARP Community Challenge Grant in Kentucky. Lexington Parks & Recreation was awarded the Community Challenge Grant in September, with the requirement that the project be completed by November 1st.  Quick work by the Parks & Recreation Department ensured that the Idle Hour Park project was …

— AARP Kentucky announces two winners for the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level. The winning projects include the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Division of Parks and Recreation and the Western Kentucky University Center for Gerontology. Each project was fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. “Kentucky can be proud of the local work by so many community partners and volunteers …

—   Kentucky’s Public Service Commission (PSC) is in the process of making important decisions about the cost of your electric and gas bills. KU and LG&E are asking the Kentucky Public Service Commission to allow them to raise your utility rates — doubling your monthly basic service charge from $10.75 to $22. Kentuckians can’t afford another big LG&E/KU rate request. AARP Kentucky believes it’s unfair and too costly for customers. You can help stop this expensive rate increase. The Kentucky …

— Lexington AARP volunteers’ excitement could be seen on their faces as they greet local members and guests to the historic Lyric Theatre. The film, “Southside with You” was selected as the first in a series of free AARP Movies for Grownups in Lexington. The importance of community involvement and engagement was highlighted at Lexington’s Lyric Theatre during a screening of “Southside with You” part of AARP’s Movies for Grownups. The film, inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date in 1989, …

— Thurman-Abbott Home for Lady Veterans Ready to Serve Those Who’ve Served Us Kentucky’s first long-term transitional home for women veterans is now a reality for Lady Veterans Hands for Hope. In a state with 328,000 veterans, some 24,000 are women. As the number of women veterans doubles over the next three to five years, the new Thurman-Abbott Home for Lady Veterans in Lexington is an important step in bridging the gap for lady veterans. Reverend Jim Thurman of Shiloh Baptist …

—   Throughout your life, you’ve paved your own path—finding the things that mean the most to you. The road to retirement isn’t any different. AARP Virginia is working to ensure you have the resources and tools you need to take charge of your future by offering free, unbiased information as you work, plan, and save for the real possibility of long-term financial security. Join us at an upcoming financial security workshop in your community. After decades of hard work, you …

— Join AARP for a FREE Screening of Cyber-Seniors. This humorous and heartwarming documentary follows the journey of a group of older adults as they discover the world of the Internet with the help of their tech-savvy youth mentors. The film offers a look at the obstacles and their many accomplishments when crossing the digital divide.  Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Kentucky Theatre 214 E. Main Street Lexington, KY 40507 Free on street parking and discounted parking in Helix …

— Lexington is the first city in Kentucky to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. As part of a global effort by the World Health Organization, the network helps participating cities become great places to live by adopting such features as safe, walkable streets; age-friendly housing and transportation options; and access to services and opportunities to participate in community activities. “Well-designed communities sustain economic growth and make for happier, healthier residents of all ages,” said Scott Wegenast, AARP associate state …

— AARP Missouri selected a First Runner-up for the Andrus Award for Community Service. Elizabeth “Liz” Fenner of Lexington will receive a $500 award that will be donated to her favorite charitable organization. The 80-year old retired teacher and mother of three and grandmother of two (who will follow in her footsteps as teachers) has a long history of community involvement. Here’s a short list of Fenner’s most recent community activities: Third term President of the Lexington Community Betterment Association Chair, …

— AARP Kentucky is pleased to fund a Bluegrass Alliance for Women (BAW) Lifelong Learning Scholarship presented to Vera Soules Mabson. A 1978 graduate of Allen County – Scottsville High School, Vera says she wasn’t ready when she first went to college.  “I came from a family that didn’t have the opportunities that many families did.  We were very poor.  I came from a family of six and was raised by a single mother.  We struggled a lot.  So, I wasn’t …