— Kirkland resident, Art Mussman has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the 2017 AARP Washington Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. AARP Washington selected Art for his remarkable service which has greatly benefited his community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. Art spent nearly a quarter of a century in the Air Force serving our country. But …

— AARP Iowa State Director Kent Sovern was honored earlier this month with the 2017 Planning Advocate – Engaged Citizen award from the Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-Iowa) during the Upper Midwest Planning Conference in Dubuque.  This award honors an individual who has advanced or promoted the cause of planning the built environment in the public arena. Cory Scott, an urban planner with RGD Planning and Design led the effort to recognize Sovern. “Kent actively creates partnerships between …

— Saturday, November 18th from 6:30 – 9 PM | 800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, California 90012 Reserve your FREE spot today by calling 1-877-926-8300 or click HERE. On Saturday, November 18th, join AARP in Los Angeles at Union Station for a special black-tie (optional) Transportation Gala commemorating the voters who passed Measure M, the transportation ballot initiative that will deliver on $120 billion worth of improvement projects to advance the quality of life in the Greater Los Angeles area. …

— AARP Alaska will spend a day with municipal planners this month, sharing ideas on how to make communities across the state more age-friendly. The discussions will take place at the annual meeting of the American Planning Association’s Alaska chapter. Participants will consider ways to improve quality of life for older Alaskans through changes in transportation, housing, outdoor spaces and other factors. “These planners work directly with elected officials to help shape the future health and safety of the cities and …

— Regardless of your choice of transportation or age, how safely and easily we’re able to get from one place to another has a major effect on our quality of life.  This weekend, join AARP Minnesota for a conversation about it.  On Saturday, October 28th, we’re co-hosting a Mayoral forum on the subject of equitable and sustainable transportation. During this forum, candidates will be given an opportunity to share their vision for transportation in Minneapolis.  Participating candidates include Raymond Dehn, Al …

— Tia Murphy is the AARP Connecticut volunteer state president. She launched the “Travels with Tia” blog series as part of her presidential journey. She will travel around the state to meet dedicated AARP volunteers and have them show her what makes their corner of Connecticut a special and fantastic place to live. Torrington is not the first place I would think of to find world class professional artists living and working, but perhaps it should be. Why?  Well, turn to …

— Thanks in part to a grant from AARP, downtown Kuna will be popping on Saturday, October 21 when the Bernie Fisher Parking Lot becomes the site of Park for a Day, a “pop-up plaza” with live entertainment, food, booths and other activities for people of all ages. The project goal is to help the community visualize a future for the parking lot, and how best to redesign it to improve its function as a parking lot and also as a catalyst …

— The following story was submitted by Lindsay White, an advancement associate, grant writer for KNOX. KNOX, a key partner in improving the city of Hartford since its founding in 1966, was one of only 88 non-profit organizations in the United States to be selected as a first-ever AARP Community Challenge recipient. The grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative that aims to create change and improve quality of life in communities across the nation for people of …

— Local governments throughout California are forming community-owned agencies that operate Community Choice Energy (CCE) programs to deliver cleaner, competitively priced electricity to their customers through the existing utility. Each CCE is governed locally, partnering with the current utility to deliver electricity over existing lines, maintain the lines, send bills, respond to power outages and provide customer service. The only change that customers may see is an additional line on their bill with the name of their new CCE and their …

— The state’s population is aging, and AARP Vermont wants to help communities plan for that change. AARP is working with policymakers, developers and business people on smart approaches to housing, transportation and infrastructure improvements. In June, AARP and the Vermont Natural Resources Council hosted a Smart Growth Summit at Champlain College. Participants “took away ideas and information that they can act upon, share with colleagues and build into their work,” said Kelly Stoddard-Poor, AARP Vermont director of community outreach. Among …