— 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. …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— AARP Iowa is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Iowa Andrus Award for Community Service – the Association’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award – which honors 50+ Iowans who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. “AARP Iowa is excited to shine a light on 50+ Iowans who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said AARP State President Chuck Betts. Nominations …

— The Interrobang Film Festival (IFF) presented by AARP Movies for Grownups is proud to announce the 55 films from 30 countries that will be screened over the three days of the Des Moines Arts Festival® June 22-24. Part juried competition, part public screening and part workshop, the unique IFF event allows both cinema enthusiasts and curious newcomers to experience films from artists around the globe from the comfort of the air-conditioned South Wing of the Des Moines Central Library. 2018 …

— Brad Anderson of Des Moines has been named the new AARP Iowa State Director. He will oversee operations of the Iowa state office, which includes a staff of four full-time employees and a 14-person volunteer advisory Executive Council that works on behalf of all Iowans 50+, including the more than 370,000 AARP members statewide. He succeeds Kent Sovern, who is retiring after seven years as State Director. Anderson brings more than 16 years of experience managing teams and organizations ranging …

—   AARP Iowa and Attorney General Tom Miller hosted a statewide teletown hall, “Don’t Be Fooled by Imposter Scams,” on Monday, May 14.  This program highlighted the growing problem of impostor scams, ways you can identify and avoid being scammed by them, addressed caller questions and concerns, and providing helpful resources, tips and websites. To view the full program, click here.

— Des Moines Arts Festival® has announced AARP as the presenting sponsor of the annual Interrobang Film Festival (IFF). Since 2007, the Des Moines Arts Festival® has presented the Interrobang Film Festival each year as part of its three-day lineup and will continue to bring the art of film to guests again this year June 22-24. Part juried competition, part public screening and part workshop, the unique IFF event allows both cinema enthusiasts and curious newcomers to experience films from artists …