— CHARLOTTE — Former Director of Legislative Affairs for the North Carolina Department of Public Safety Lara J. Cole has joined AARP North Carolina as Associate State Director in the Charlotte Region. Cole has extensive experience in developing public policy and managing grassroots campaigns in 15 states. In addition, she served as legislative counsel to two members of Congress, Rep. G.K.  Butterfield of Eastern North Carolina, and Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota. AARP North Carolina Director Doug Dickerson explains, “Lara Cole’s …

— If you live in the Garden State and haven’t signed up for email alerts from AARP New Jersey, you may not realize what you’re missing. In recent months, the state office has offered free screenings of the hit movie Black Panther; free seminars on caregiving, fraud and healthy lifestyles; discount tickets for Somerset Patriots baseball games; and discount tickets for selected shows at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The state office also sends action alerts about state and national …

— AARP Arkansas has planned lots of activities for members lately, and the fun continues this summer. As part of AARP Movies for Grownups, the state office recently offered free screenings of Black Panther and Murder on the Orient Express. Arkansas members also enjoyed discount admission to a live performance of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. In addition, AARP Arkansas offers free shredding events to help members guard against fraud, free Lunch & Learn events about legislative issues, and Free Coffee …

— Federal tax reforms enacted in December 2017 are likely to affect AARP members and their families in both positive and negative ways. To help people position themselves for the current tax year, AARP Illinois is hosting a series of presentations in Springfield. The first event will be at the AARP office, 300 W. Edwards St., on Saturday, June 23, 10-11:30 a.m. The other presentations will be at the Lincoln Library, 326 S. 7th St., on Wednesday, June 27, 10 a.m.-noon, …

— AARP members and their friends are invited to participate in hikes and bike rides in the St. Louis area from June through November. Trail Trekkers explores nature trails throughout the region. The hikes average three miles, and every participant gets a complimentary backpack. This month’s hike is Saturday, June 16, starting at 8 a.m., at Klondike Park. This month’s Boomers and Bikes ride is Saturday, June 23, 9 a.m.-noon, at Mississippi River Trail at Cliff Cave Park. The events are …

— As part of the 2018 Des Moines Arts Festival, AARP Movies for Grownups is cosponsoring the Interrobang Film Festival, Friday-Sunday, June 22-24. AARP Iowa will have tables at the festival and in the south wing of the Des Moines Public Library, where the independent films are shown. AARP members and their friends can view the films for free and learn more about Movies for Grownups, which offers free screenings of popular films. For a schedule, go to desmoinesartsfestival.org/interrobangfilmfestival. To volunteer, …

— AARP Indiana is hosting Coffee on Us in Gary on Monday, June 4. This event, and others like it, offer opportunities for local residents to suggest ways that AARP can address community issues through education and advocacy. AARP will buy the coffee, and state office staff will listen to Hoosiers’ concerns at J’s Breakfast Club from 9 to 11 a.m. Similar events are planned across the state throughout 2018. Check aarp.org/in for details.

— Join AARP at the 2018 Twin Cities Jazz Festival, Thursday through Saturday, June 21-23. The free festival will feature more than a dozen acts in parks and clubs across St. Paul. Once again, AARP Minnesota will host the main stage at Mears Park. Stop by the table to pick up information about other events in the Twin Cities, as well as AARP-themed Mardi Gras beads. For concert times and venues, visit twincitiesjazzfestival.com.

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— Contact AARP Kentucky AARP Kentucky’s office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.  Please contact us via email at kyaarp@aarp.org or toll-free 1-866-295-7275. We are located in east Jefferson County at 10401 Linn Station Road, Suite 121 in Louisville, Kentucky 40223. Stay up to date on news important to Kentuckians 50-plus. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Questions about our social media sites or website? Please contact: Associate State Director, Scott Wegenast toll-free 1-866-295-7275 …

— AARP Mississippi is inviting all Veterans in the area to attend the AARP Veterans Town Hall on Friday, June 8, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lady Luck Casino Arena, 1380 Warrenton Road in Vicksburg. The event is free. Veterans may bring one guest. Lunch will be served. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reported that 219,000 Veterans resided in Mississippi. AARP Mississippi seeks to bring together Veterans of all eras to discuss resources and …