— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Iowa for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— The Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is the largest event in the state and one of the oldest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. AARP Iowa will be in the middle of the action for the fair’s duration, Aug. 9-19, with an interactive booth in the Varied Industries Building, where attendees can find the latest information on issues impacting the 50+, including Medicare and Social Security, and can take the pledge to vote in the upcoming mid-term election.  …

— Get Information on the Skills to Get Your Next Job Attend AARP’s live online workshop Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 6-7 p.m. CT When it comes to finding a new job, everyone could improve their networking and interview skills—especially in today’s ultra-competitive market. The good news is, there are some tips and ideas that can help you stand out from the crowd and secure the position you want. Sharpening Your Networking and Interview Skills is a live online workshop based on …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation service AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Tax-Aide, now in its 51st year, offers free in-person preparation and assistance to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers, and their families, who might otherwise miss out on the tax credits and deductions …

— By Brad Anderson, AARP Iowa State Director “Whoa!” “I’m impressed.” “It’s growing on me.” “Hey, @bradandersonIA, Miami Vice called. They want their paint back.” These were verbatim reactions to our Des Moines East Village Better Block project from a person driving by in a convertible, a skeptical business owner, a local columnist and a jealous fellow AARP State Director from the east coast. Like it, don’t like it, love it, don’t understand it – whatever you think of this project …

— AARP has announced the awardees for its 2018 AARP Community Challenge grant program, including four recipients right here in Iowa. 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. Each of the projects, which must be completed by November …

— We’re back on, join AARP for a night of music, food and fireworks and listen to the band “Stark Raving Madge.” Rendezvous @ RiverView: Friday, July 27 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Union Labor Park 4640 NW Morningstar Drive Des Moines Free shuttle service provided from North High School Join AARP for a night of music, food and fireworks and listen to the band “Stark Raving Madge.” Say hello at the AARP booth and show us your membership card to …

— Ribbon cutting event to celebrate week-long beautification project in Historic East Village Vibrant colors on the street, an elevated and protected bike lane, landscaped sidewalks with planters and trees are just a few of the improvements seen on East Grand Ave. this week thanks to a pop-up Better Block beautification and accessibility project. Through to the work of dozens of local volunteers, the block of East Grand Ave. in Historic East Village, between East Fifth and East Sixth Streets, has …

— AARP Iowa, Greater Des Moines Partnership, City of Des Moines, local businesses teaming up to create age-friendly, healthy, active block Bookended by the Iowa State Capitol to the east and the Des Moines River to the west, East Grand Ave. is a corridor to culture, food, shopping and activity in Downtown Des Moines’ bustling Historic East Village. Home to some of the best restaurants and retail options that Des Moines has to offer, the section of East Grand between East …

— It’s summer and you know what that means: time for ice cream! As part of our outreach to connect with members across the state, we’re hosting a free ice cream day for members at locations in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines on Thursday, July 26! Meet up with AARP Iowa staff, local members and volunteers for a cool down with some free ice cream! Present your AARP card and receive one small cone with a dip or crunch topping of your choice. …