— AARP Kansas announced a winner for the AARP Community Challenge, which aims to create change and improve quality of life at the community level. The winning project is The Wichita Public Library’s launch of three historical walking tours accessible through the PocketSights app. The project was partially funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. “We’re excited that we can assist The Wichita Library Foundation with its project to engage older …

— AARP Kansas is pleased to once again co-sponsor the annual Wichita Pride Family Picnic at O.J. Watson Park in Wichita on Saturday, June 17, 2017 beginning at 11 am.  Bring your family and friends for food and fun. A Wichita Pride 2017 button is required to attend. Buttons cost $5 and may be purchased at the event. On Sunday, June 18, AARP Kansas volunteers and staff will also be part of the Pride Parade which starts at 1 p.m. at 510 …

— AARP Kansas has opened a new office in Wichita, where members can learn more about AARP and take classes on topics such as financial security and preventing fraud. The office is in the Atwater Neighborhood Resource Center at 2755 E. 19th St. N. Click here for information about AARP events in Wichita and other Kansas cities.

— With a snip of the ribbon, AARP officially became a part of the Atwater Resource Center in Wichita’s District 1. On Saturday, March 4, AARP State Director Maren Turner and AARP Volunteer State President Glenda DuBoise joined with Wichita Vice-Mayor LaVonta Williams, City Manager Robert Layton, Atwater Community Representative Kameelah Alexander and members of the Wichita Council of Elders to take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Having office space at the Atwater Resource Center, located at 2755 E. 19th St. …

— There was a packed house at the Botanica Gardens in Wichita in August as area residents gathered to hear about volunteer opportunities that are available through AARP Kansas. While many of those who attended know AARP for its discounts and insurance product endorsements, many didn’t realize that AARP recruits volunteers to do a variety of work in communities across the state such as advocacy, community outreach, helping prepare tax returns, and teaching safer driving,  as well as serving on the AARP Executive Council and …

— Mark your calendar and join us for a free movie night! The recently released movie, Hello, My Name is Doris, is back in Wichita on Thursday, June 23 for one night only. AARP members and their guests are invited to attend a free AARP Movies for Grownups screening of this 2016 film starring Sally Field. Hello, My Name is Doris is a witty and compassionate late-life coming-of-age-story. After a lifetime of being overlooked and ignored, a woman of a certain …

—   Did you know that every two seconds, someone’s identity gets stolen? One way to help prevent identity theft and protect against fraud is to shred your confidential documents. That’s why AARP is having a Shred Event and Food Drive on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Dillons at 37th and Woodlawn. Participants can bring up to three boxes of confidential documents and get a free coffee drink courtesy of AARP at the Starbucks located inside …

— If you live in or near Wichita, please join AARP for the Grandparents Park Fall Festival on Saturday, October 10 from 10 a.m. until noon.  The park, located near Estelle and Kellogg in south Wichita, will be full of activity with live music, pumpkin painting, balloon art, face painting, free snacks, drinks and more. The Grandparents Park came about as a partnership between the city of Wichita, the Central Plains Area Agency on Aging, the Older Adult Alliance, the Tri-S …

— AARP Kansas volunteers and staff will be visible at a new event—for us – in Wichita this summer. We’re excited to be part of the 6th Annual Black Top Nationals Show on August 21__23 at Century II in downtown Wichita. This classic car and motorcycle event is touted as the second largest event in Wichita and is expected to draw more than 160,000 people from all over the country. AARP will have a booth inside Century II where we will …

— Many of us have been to a retreat of some sort, either through our jobs, churches, or through community groups. But have you ever participated in a caregiver’s retreat? AARP Kansas supported a Caregivers Retreat and 21-day coaching program developed and led by Wakeelah Mutazammil-Martinez in Wichita. Wakeelah, CEO and co-founder of Wakeelah-Wornum, International LLC, created the retreat as one way to support the more than 345,000 caregivers in Kansas. Specifically, the retreat was designed to assist caregivers with developing …