— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, and lobbying in Juneau, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Alaska. We hope you’ll join us!

— As Alaskans embrace the winter season’s outdoor recreation, they need to be alert to increasing risks, especially avalanches. Avalanche and rockfall incidents have increased in recent years, research shows, due to warming temperatures and melting permafrost. Since 1998, Alaska has seen one to 12 avalanche deaths a year. Many fatal incidents involve increasingly powerful snowmobiles. At workshops that AARP Alaska is sponsoring through the Alaska Avalanche Information Center, learn how to recognize hazardous snow conditions, watch for and react to …

— Food grown in Alaska has its own special flavor, from sweet corn that needs to be transplanted to tomatoes that grow only indoors and zucchini grown in high tunnels. The Mat-Su Valley is one of the state’s most productive agricultural areas, and a tour of working farms showcases techniques unique to Alaska. The AARP member price for the Palmer Rise and Shine Tour is $75 on your choice of three Mondays, July 16, Aug. 20 or Sept. 10. The tour …

— AARP Alaska is sponsoring AARP Day at the Ballpark on Thursday, June 28, when the Mat-Su Miners meet the Peninsula Oilers. Admission is free for AARP members and their guests. One AARP volunteer will sing the national anthem, and another will throw out the first pitch. Game time is 7 p.m. at Hermon Brothers Field at the state fairgrounds in Palmer. Stop by the AARP booth for information on financial security, fraud and caregiving. To reserve free tickets, go to …

— With life spans lasting longer than ever, too many people are financially unprepared for those additional years. Half of adults 65 and older worry about outliving their savings. To help Alaskans plan for retirement, AARP Alaska is offering a series of financial literacy workshops throughout 2018. Offered at the AARP state office in Anchorage, the brown-bag lunchtime workshops are free and open to the public. On Thursday, March 29, investment adviser and AARP volunteer Alyssa Mitchell will discuss withdrawal strategies …

— If you live in Juneau, you are invited to a free public lecture “Finding a Better Path to the End of Life” by Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter on Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. Centennial Hall. In today’s medical culture, the dying are often put on what Dr. Zitter calls the “End-of-Life Conveyor Belt.” They are intubated, catheterized, and die attached to machines, frequently without even knowing they are dying. In her work, Zitter builds bridges between patients and the …

— September is Emergency Preparedness Month—perfect timing for the 2017 Emergency Preparedness Expo in Mat-Su Valley. Cosponsored by AARP Alaska, the free expo is Saturday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Menard Sports Center, 1001 S. Clapp St., Wasilla. Exhibits will include an Earthquake Cottage, which mimics the tremors that strike Alaska about 1,000 times a month; a “fashion show” of personal flotation devices; and an interactive firehouse. The first 100 adults to arrive will receive an emergency …

— AARP members can hit a home run just by making reservations for AARP Day at the Ballpark on Saturday, July 1, when the Mat-Su Miners take on the Anchorage All Stars. All AARP members who register in advance can reserve up to four free seats for themselves and their family members and friends. The game will be at Hermon Brothers Field at the Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer, starting at 7 p.m. An AARP volunteer will sing the national anthem, …

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— About 85,000 Alaskans provide unpaid services worth about $1.2 billion a year to help a family member or friend age in place rather than move into a nursing home. “Caregiving is inherently stressful, and it is crucial that caregivers have access to information that can help them feel more confident in that role,” said Ken Helander, AARP state advocacy director. In order to get useful information out to the state’s vast rural areas, AARP Alaska will host a tele-town hall …

— The popular Sitka Arts & Science Festival, which features weeklong workshops for people interested in creative arts and nature, offers discount registration fees to AARP members. Participants can study photography, writing, ancient weaving techniques or sewing with fish skins. They can create music in a temperate rain forest or explore the science of rivers and watersheds. Tuition includes meals, lectures, excursions and other events, as well as accommodations on the historic campus. Two sessions are available, July 16-23 and July …