— 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. …

— Get Helpful Guidance at Our Online Q&A Webinar Prepare to Care: Paying for Your Loved One’s Care Part 1: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT Part 2: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT It can happen suddenly. One day, a loved one might be relatively healthy. The next, they could be facing a serious — and costly — health challenge. Don’t wait for a crisis to occur before talking to your loved one about …

— 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. The 2018 fair runs Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 9-19, and about a million people are expected to attend. AARP Iowa welcomes visitors of all ages to its booth in the Varied Industries Building. Visitors can pick up information on voting in the midterm elections, as well as resources for caregiving, fraud prevention and livable …

— Volunteers Needed: Help us to Build a Better Block! AARP Iowa, the City of Des Moines, the Greater Des Moines Partnership, business owners, and local advocates are working together with Team Better Block on a temporary beautification project on East Grand Ave., in Des Moines, July 16-19. It’s going to take a village, so you too can be a part of this innovative and unique community-building opportunity! The pop-up project in the city’s East Village area, between  E. 5th & …

— AARP Iowa has two internships available in the AARP Iowa State office in Des Moines’ East Village, beginning in September. Pay is $18/hour, up to 20 hours/week. Deadline for applications is July 16, 2018.  To apply: Send a resume and cover letter to AARPIA@AARP.ORG with your name and internship timeframe in the subject line (ie – “FALL 2018 INTERNSHIP – [YOUR NAME]”). Requirements: Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student (junior or senior) in an accredited college or university, with …

— AARP members and their guests can purchase discounted 3-day passes to the Newbo Evolve Festival, featuring Kelly Clarkson and Maroon 5 and three full days of music, art, and inspiration, August 3-5, in Cedar Rapids. Receive $75 off the purchase of your 3-Day Pass! Total cost  with savings is $321 plus fees. Visit bitly.com/50evolve and use the Promo Code: 50evolve or call U.S. Cellular Center Box Office by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and mention code 50evolve. *Offer valid through July 20th NEW: …

— Movie enthusiasts of all ages are descending on Des Moines this week for the Interrobang Film Festival (IFF) presented by AARP Movies for Grownups. More than 55 films from 30 countries will be screened over the three days of the Des Moines Arts Festival® June 22-24. Who: Des Moines Arts Festival and AARP What: Interrobang Film Festival, presented by AARP Movies for Grownups When: June 22 to 24, screenings begin daily at 11 a.m. Where: Des Moines Central Library, South …

— Join AARP for a night of music, food and fireworks and listen to the band “Stark Raving Madge.” Rendezvous @ RiverView: Friday, July 6 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 receive a free …