— 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!

— Free donuts or pastries! 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 March and April (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 …

— This past week, AARP Iowa hosted a live teletown hall on Public Measure A – the local option sales tax in Des Moines, which local residents will vote on at the polls next Tuesday, March 5.  AARP Iowa State Director Brad Anderson was joined on the call by Christine Hensley, former Des Moines City Council member and Joe Van Haalen, president of Des Moines Firefighters IAFF Local 4. Public Measure “A” will generate an estimated $37 million in annual revenue for the City of …

— AARP is now accepting applications for the 2019 Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change in local communities. The grant program, which is now in its third 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. Grants can range from …

— Only 22 percent of Des Moines streets are rated in “good condition” by national standards, and the vast majority of city streets are on the verge of requiring major maintenance. This is one of the many data points that city residents will learn about over the next three weeks through an AARP Iowa postcard campaign, set to hit mailboxes today, which highlights how Public Measure “A,” the local option sales tax, will improve the city’s infrastructure. Des Moines residents will …

— In recent years, gift cards have taken off in popularity. Unfortunately, scammers have a keen interest in gift cards, too – only for them, they are being used to pry money from you as a form of payment in their latest con. Scams that seek payment by gift cards take many forms, but often have a common theme. They may assert you neglected to pay taxes to the IRS and must pay immediately. You may receive a call from the …

— AARP Iowa is sponsoring two upcoming theatrical productions in the Des Moines area – The Lion in Winter, Feb. 22 – March 3, at Kum and Go Theater, and Catch Me If You Can, March 22 – April 14, at the Des Moines Playhouse.  AARP is offering discounted tickets for the run of both shows, as well as to other performances at each location for the 2018/2019 season.  In addition, a limited amount of free tickets will be available to …

— Scammers have come up with tactics that specifically target Veterans.  AARP wants to make sure you and the loved ones in your life have the resources to protect yourselves from the following scams. Targeting veterans can take many forms. The following list are some scammer favorites to look out for: The Update Your Military File Scam: A caller claims to be from the Department of Veterans Affairs and asks to “update” your information, but really is hoping to get personal …

— On Monday evening, the Des Moines City Council unanimously approved MoveDSM, the first citywide comprehensive transportation planning effort, establishing a multi-modal vision for transportation in Des Moines over the next 25 years. AARP Iowa, the American Heart Association (AHA), and Des Moines Public Schools—who have worked together in recent months to urge passage of Move DSM—applaud the City Council for passing the plan, which identifies how transportation supports the City’s goals for safety, quality of life, and economic development. “Des …

— Few things can be more annoying than answering the phone when you’re in the middle of something and then having the “person” on the line be another robot telemarketer telling you that someone has “stolen your credit card information.” Unfortunately, these illegal telemarketing calls have our phones ringing more than ever and they’re costing victims of scammers millions of dollars each year. Scammers often leverage legal “robocall” technology unlawfully as a way to dial thousands of numbers at a time, …

— Barbara McClintock of Des Moines was named the 2018 winner of the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service which is AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award.  The award was presented to McClintock at AARP Iowa’s annual volunteer recognition event in Des Moines on Nov. 8. In addition to the award, McClintock received a check for $1,000 to donate to her charity of choice, Aging Resources of Central Iowa. McClintock was selected for her dedication to advocacy for aging populations. …