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— Once again, AARP Kentucky and AARP Tennessee are cosponsoring a Welcome Home festival for veterans. The event will run Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 12-16, in Clarksville, Tenn., home to Fort Campbell, on the border between the two states. The festival will feature the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, a parade, food and wine tastings and a concert. The celebration honors everyone who served in the armed forces and is open to the public, with some free and some ticketed events. More …

— “Meet, Drink, and Paint Happy” – Join the First AARP Paint Party in Louisville Channel your inner artist and discover how to Brush with Greatness at our 1st Paint Party in Louisville. All you need to bring is friends and your creativity. It’s an afternoon of fun, food and creating that first masterpiece.  Join other aspiring artists for painting with a purpose. And you will learn from a world-class local artist who’s an AARP volunteer! Who:       Open to …

— AARP Kentucky Announces Annual Real Possibilities Faith Award Nominees Local volunteers service within their faith community are making a difference in Louisville – everyday. In 2017, AARP Kentucky launched its Real Possibilities Faith Award as one way to recognize long-serving volunteer members of Louisville’s faith communities who are often “unsung heroes” who deserve extra recognition. The 2018 Real Possibilities Faith Award winning nominees and the top winners in each category will be honored at a community celebration Thursday, June 7 at …

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— Statewide 5th Grade Essay Contest Celebrates Grandparents Shane Ritter at Old Mill Elementary in Mt. Washington earned top honors in the 2017-18 Grandparent of the Year essay contest sponsored by Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA) and AARP Kentucky. Shane and his grandmother, Kathryn Thompson, received their awards at the 17th Annual “AARP Kentucky Grandparent of the Year” ceremony at the KRTA Annual Convention in Louisville. The Old Mill Elementary School (Mt. Washington) student’s grandmother was the subject of his winning …

— Join AARP Kentucky’s Louisville Community Team for a cool treat and learn about what we’re doing in the community. AARP members and 1 guest are welcome to enjoy one 6 ounce cup of ice cream at our expense, up to the first 200 attendees. There are over 250 choices to choose from. You must bring your membership card with you to receive the free cup. When: Wednesday, May 9th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Where: The Arctic Scoop, 841 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy, …

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— Make Time to Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer for the 2018 Andrus Award for Community Service AARP Kentucky is seeking nominations for our 2018  Andrus Award for Community Service – AARP’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. The Andrus Award recognizes outstanding Kentuckians age 50-plus who are making a powerful difference in their communities in ways consistent with the AARP mission, vision, and commitment to volunteer service and are inspiring others to volunteer. Nominations are open until June …

— Fair Housing Act Celebrates 50th Anniversary in Lexington Lexington housing advocates hosted a 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act Celebration.  As a Bronze Sponsor, AARP Lexington volunteers had the opportunity to meet and discuss age-friendly/livable and housing community issues with local activists and leaders. The keynote address was delivered by Anna Maria Farías Assistant Secretary, Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Executive Council Member Merrylyn Moran Smith joined with other local …

— 2018 AARP Real Possibilities Faith Awards Nominations for our 2018 AARP Real Possibilities Faith Awards are now open! Know someone in your faith community who is an unsung hero? Someone who’s always helping out? AARP Kentucky wants to honor them at the 2nd Annual Real Possibilities Faith Awards. Nominations open from April 1 to May 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Nominate that special volunteer from your organization online for the AARP Real Possibilities Faith Award, today: http://spr.ly/6188DZI0G. Each nominee will …

— A 4-H team of middle-schoolers who call themselves the Golden Girls took home AARP Kentucky’s Age-Friendly City Award in a statewide Future City Competition. The contest challenged students to imagine, research, design and build cities of the future. The winning team—Madie Alderdice, Kayla Aldridge, Lexie Mathis, Jenna Shupe and Connor Thomas, all of Graves County—envisioned a city with organic gardens, preservative-free foods, a ban on toxins, registered dieticians helping residents plan healthy meals; an enjoyable fitness program; houses built with …

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— The AARP Community Challenge “quick-action” grant program, which is now accepting applications for 2018, is designed to spark change and improve the quality of life for people of all ages in communities nationwide. We know that great communities take a long time to build and sustain. But we also believe that quick actions can be the catalyst for long-term progress. These grants provide localities and nonprofits the chance to fund innovative projects that can inspire change in transportation, open spaces, …