— Join us for AARP MAINE Tuesdays at the State House AARP Maine Tuesdays at the State House is an easy and accessible way for AARP members to get involved and to become more comfortable with the workings of the Maine State House. Meet in the lobby of the Cross Building and join us to observe the House or Senate. Mingle in the halls and say hello to your legislator. Each Tuesday at the State House will conclude with complimentary lunch …

— 1/17 Scam Alert Free trial offers often lure you into accepting a free product or subscription, but require you to cancel after receiving your offer. When you don’t cancel, you receive more product, and you’re stuck with the bill. Often the fine print makes it very difficult to cancel in time to avoid a charge.  Unfortunately, the tactics are generally legal, unless the seller fails to disclose that you will be charged following the free offer. Be very careful to …

— Join two live webinars to find out how to identify and react to changes in your loved one’s behavior AARP Family Caregiving Online Learning Series Recognizing the Signs Your Loved One Needs More Care Tuesday, January 23, 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET Local Resources for Caregivers Tuesday, January 30, 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET What if your loved one loses interest in a favorite hobby? Or misses an in important date? Or forgets to pay the bills? What …

— January 9, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:      Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director jmargesson@aarp.org or 207-229-5628   AARP Maine Releases 2018 Legislative Agenda Continues Weekly “Tuesdays at the State House” for AARP Advocates PORTLAND: As the 128th legislative session reconvenes, AARP Maine announces its 2018 Legislative Agenda which includes a focus on support for family caregivers, affordable housing, protection of home and community-based services, and equitable utility rates. Today, AARP Maine also kicked off “Tuesdays at the State House” for 2018 …

— 1/10 SCAM ALERT Phishing is when scammers try to trick you into sharing sensitive information. They typically send legitimate-looking e-mail messages from what appears to be a bank, federal agency or service provider requesting that you “verify” personal information. Now that people are catching onto email phishing, scammers have branched out to texting – banking on our tendency to respond immediately to a text message. Whether it’s through your smartphone or instant messaging on a social media site, be wary …

— Join AARP for our free monthly social events all across Maine! They’re a great way to meet new people and find out what we’re doing in your community. The first beverage – either alcoholic or non-alcoholic – at each event is on us.  Bring a friend – all are welcome! Interested in serving as a volunteer host for any of these events?  Send us a note at me@aarp.org and we can help you get started.  Thank you! Augusta On-Tap: Third Thursday of each month …

— AARP Discount for Viles Arboretum Table Tour Augusta’s Viles Arboretum will host its annual Table Tour event on Feb. 4 from 10am to 2pm. Enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and hiking on groomed trails, as well as delicious local food, hot chocolate and a bonfire! Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the Arboretum.   Trails open at 11 a.m. and food will be served till 1 p.m. Desserts, coffee and hot beverages will be served until 2 p.m. at the main building. Tickets …

— Join our online event for free job searching tips, tools resources, interactive videos, recruiter chats and more. AARP’s Online Career Fair: Spotlight on Part-Time Work & Skills Thursday, January 25, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET You can find jobs that don’t require 40-plus hours a week in just about every industry and company. But why choose part-time work? You may miss the office camaraderie after stopping full-time work. Or you may want some extra income to travel or fund …

— WANT TO VOLUNTEER ONLY IN THE WINTER? By guest blogger Joan Jagolinzer Not spending the winter in Florida or other warmer locations?  Busy in the spring, summer and fall, but have free time in the winter. Consider volunteering with AARP Tax-Aide.   In addition to actual tax preparation, volunteers are needed to help with scheduling, to greet taxpayers as they arrive at our tax preparation locations, to help us set up our computers and printers, and to assist with a variety …

— 1/3 IMPORTANT ALERT If you were tricked into wiring money to scammers using Western Union, you may be eligible to get at least some of your money back. The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice came to a $586 million settlement with Western Union last year. If you sent money through Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017, and lost it to a scammer, you may be eligible for a refund. Visit www.ftc.gov/wu or the Maine Attorney …