— At AARP we know it takes time to build great communities, but we also believe that quick action can spark longer-term progress. The AARP Community Challenge grant provides communities across the country with the chance to fund quick action projects that can inspire change in areas such as transportation, open spaces, housing, and other innovative ideas to improve communities and make them better places to live for all ages and abilities. After a successful 2017, with 90 grantees nationally, this initiative …

— [LANSING, MI]—AARP today announced the awardees for its 2018 AARP Community Challenge grant program, including three recipients right here in Michigan. A total of $1.3 million will be distributed to fund 129 “quick action” projects across the country, helping communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages. Nearly 1,600 applications were received from non-profits and government entities for the program, now in its second year. The three Michigan winners are: Detroit: Eden Gardens Block …

— CLACKAMAS —AARP awarded more than $25,000 to three Oregon community projects with Community Challenge Grants. “These are ‘quick-action’ projects that spark change in local communities,” said state director Jerry Cohen. The grant program, now in its second year, is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make communities great places to live for everyone. The three Oregon Challenge Grant winners include: $10,000 to Verde to focus on mobile home repairs in the Cully neighborhood of Portland $7,000 to the …

— The Jackson City Council voted unanimously Tuesday for a resolution to engage in the AARP/World Health Organization Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Network. AARP Michigan worked with Mayor Derek Dobies and the Council to adopt the resolution, which states that joining the network “is one of the most effective policy approaches for responding to demographic aging.” The resolution acknowledges that the older adult population is expected to grow substantially in Jackson and across the nation. The U.S. 65-and-over population, which was …

— With New Mexico’s sunny skies and wide open spaces, many people think that cycling would be a great outdoor activity but wonder how to get started, what kind of bike to get and how to stay safe. AARP New Mexico Volunteer Joe Abbatacola, an avid bike rider, has created a special free class to address those very questions. Your Road to Health and Wealth … by Bicycle will be offered June 28th in Santa Fe and Aug. 8th in Albuquerque. …

— AARP Mississippi is inviting all Veterans in the area to attend the AARP Veterans Town Hall on Friday, August 17, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The free event will be held at the Brown Mississippi Baptist Church, 980 Stateline Road East in Southaven. 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 …

—   Join AARP Kansas for an old-fashioned Ice Cream Social at the Grandparents Park, Kellogg and Estelle, in Wichita on Thursday, July 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Meet us at the park for a refreshing scoop (or two!) of ice cream, and you can add a topping if you choose. Enjoy a visit with friends and neighbors and local musical entertainment. All ages are welcome. Let us know you’re coming by registering here.

— AARP Colorado is hosting two community forums in Denver on Aug. 9 and 23 and is inviting the Denver public to join the conversation. The AARP Affordable Housing Forum scheduled for Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., will be held at the New Hope Baptist Church, 3701 Colorado Boulevard in Denver. The forum scheduled for Aug. 23 will be held 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the SEIU-Justice for All Center, 2525 W. Alameda Ave. The forums are free, but …

— The 40th Annual New Mexico Senior Olympics will be July 18 to the 22 at 18 different locations around Albuquerque. If you’re a sports fan this might be the perfect event for you as the Olympics include a variety of different sports and are absolutely free for spectators. The 2018 Games have a record number of registered athletes: 2052 in-state athletes and 137 out-of-state athletes. More than 500 people have signed up as volunteers to make sure the Summer Games …

— Walk Audit Report The growing population over 50 represents both a transformative force by itself and a net asset to the city of Burlington. In 2006, AARP Vermont launched the Burlington Livable Community Project, a collaborative approach to planning for the demands an aging population will place on Burlington as a city, its residents, and its resources while recognizing how older adults will continue to fuel economic activity far longer than past generations have. Today, AARP Vermont’s efforts for a …