— 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 Department on Aging, AARP Iowa and the Older Iowans Legislature are seeking input from Iowans on the biggest challenges when it comes to aging in Iowa as they begin to prepare for the next legislative session. The three organizations are working together to ask residents of all ages for their thoughts on what Iowa can do to improve the quality of life for its older population through a brief online survey posted on the Department on Aging’s website …

— Seeking volunteers statewide to help Iowans live their best lives Every September 11th since 2002, hundreds of thousands of people in the United States and across the world, have participated in the National Day of Service and Remembrance, a federally-recognized day of unity and charitable service. This year, AARP Iowa is honoring September as Make a Difference Month, and are seeking volunteers statewide to donate their time, skills, and passion to participate in a host of events and initiatives in …

— Free donuts! Now that we’ve got your attention, AARP Iowa members are invited to free Coffee and Donut Days in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines. Come get to know and connect with other AARP members and volunteers during Donut Days in September and October (see below for dates and times). Make sure to bring your AARP card to present in order to receive your first cup of coffee and donut for free. You’re welcome to stay and enjoy your breakfast …

— 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.  …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 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 …

— In June, AARP Iowa is going to the ballpark for games in Cedar Rapids and Des Moines. Enjoy discounted tickets and family-fun. AARP Night at the Cedar Rapids Kernels! Saturday, June 23 | 6:30 p.m. The Kernels will host the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers for Saturday night fun at the ballpark—be sure to stay for spectacular post-game fireworks! Stop by the AARP table in the concourse and show your AARP membership card to pick up a free voucher* good for a …