— By Carla Meyer When reading tutor Rosemary Revels asks for volunteers to read aloud, hands shoot up. All three first-graders in Revels’ recent session at North Country Elementary School, in the Sacramento suburb of Antelope, look eager to go first. “They are jumping to read first now because they know they are going to get a high five from Miss Rosemary,” said Revels, a tutor with AARP Foundation Experience Corps, referring to herself. The high fives come only after the …

— Don’t Forget to Vote on June 5th! On Tuesday, June 5, Californians have the opportunity to vote on a number of ballot initiatives, including Prop 68, the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018. Prop 68 is a $4 billion general obligation bond, the proceeds of which would go toward state and local parks, environmental protection and restoration projects, water infrastructure projects, and flood-protection projects. A significant portion of funding would be …

— Thanks to the California Voter’s Choice Act, a law passed in 2016, voters in five California counties will have more flexibility to choose how, when, and where they cast their ballots, beginning with the June 5th primary election. Participating counties are: Madera Napa Nevada Sacramento San Mateo Voting options under the Voter’s Choice Act include: Vote by Mail: All registered voters in participating counties will be sent a ballot in the mail. Use a Drop Box:Voters can choose to return their …

— Our Special Online Sessions Can Help You Balance Them Juggling It All: Tips for Working Caregivers Part 1: Thursday, May 17, 2018, 4 – 4:30 p.m. PT Part 2: Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 4 – 4:30 p.m. PT Did you know that six out of 10 Americans are taking care of a loved one age 50 or older — and many are doing it while also trying to earn a living? You want to balance your caregiving responsibilities with everything …

— Español. It’s not surprising that many think Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico’s independence, but it actually commemorates the Mexican Army’s unlikely triumph over Napoleon III’s French forces in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla. The battle was one of many in an ongoing war between the two nations, but the victory temporarily stopped France’s invasion of the nation and bolstered Mexican spirits by showing that it could resist global powers. Residents in the city of Puebla celebrate the day with speeches, …

— Californians will go to the polls this year to elect leaders and steer policy directions for the most populous state in the nation. AARP California is encouraging all citizens to make their voices heard in the June 5 primary elections by exercising their right to vote. The primaries will whittle the field of would-be successors to Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to two if no candidate polls more than 50 percent. Every statewide office is contested, as are many congressional, state …

— AARP Livable Communities Charrette: Reimagining Urban Villages & Main Streets From April 30th – May 5th, AARP hosted a Livable Communities Charrette to address livability in the City of San Jose. The Charrette brought together community members, property owners, developers, local non-profits and public entities to creatively develop strategies for two communities.  Of the two communities, one is the Berryessa/BART Urban Village. Why the Berryessa/BART Urban Village? Understanding that planning and developing communities suitable for people of all ages is no easy task, we must find ways …

— AARP Livable Communities Charrette: Reimagining Urban Villages & Main Streets From April 30th – May 5th, AARP hosted a Livable Communities Charrette to address livability in the City of San Jose. The Charrette brought together community members, property owners, developers, local non-profits and public entities to creatively develop strategies for two communities.  Of the two communities, one is the North 13th Street Business Corridor. Why the North 13th Street Business Corridor? For many years, North 13th Street has been identified as a location where major …

— Español Part of More than 150 Events Nationwide in AARP’s Annual “Operation: Stop Scams” AARP California’s events are part of more than 150 free document-shredding events and fraud-fighting programs being held in communities coast-to-coast as part of AARP’s second annual “Operation: Stop Scams,” a five-week-long series of more than 150 events in communities coast-to-coast. The anti-fraud activities sponsored by AARP’s local offices in more than 35 states  include: paper-shredding events, fraud education programs – popularly referred to as “scam jams,” AARP …

— Español AARP is now accepting applications for the 2018 Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change in local communities. The grant program, which is 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 Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities. Other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  The application deadline is …