— Don’t miss these fun, local events hosted by AARP Maine. For more information, contact us at me@aarp.org or 207.776.6303. AARP Night at the Portland Sea Dogs Friday, June 8 | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Portland Sea Dogs 271 Park Avenue | Portland Kick off the summer with a ball game and picnic dinner at the Portland Sea Dogs. AARP members and their guests receive a discounted price of $10 per person, which includes the game and picnic. Purchase tickets …

— The 5/31 DEADLINE IS ALMOST HERE: 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 …

— Join us this summer for our Monthly Tuesdays at the State House! All are welcome as we get together to discuss ongoing issues, meet with special guests and participate in local tours.  See below for details! Questions? Call Amy at 207-776-6303 or email agallant@aarp.org   Tuesday, May 22 9:30am            Meet in the back of the Cross Café 10:00am          Committee orientation in Cross Building Room 203. Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Environment and Natural Resources Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Marine Resources …

— 5/16 SCAM ALERT Fake checks are featured in many types of scams, from phony prize winnings to bogus jobs. Scammers are good at making their bad checks look legitimate. The scams typically involve sending victims a check to cover a “processing fee” or similar “service”, asking them to deposit it, and then when cleared, asking them to immediately wire the money to a third party. Remember, a check can take weeks to clear.  Wait until you are certain, and the …

— AARP Maine is now accepting nominations for our 2018 Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors 50+ Mainers who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members.  The Andrus Award is AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award. The award is named after AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. “AARP Maine is excited to highlight the 50+ in our state who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in …

— 5/9 SCAM ALERT   Getting calls from debt collectors? They might be fake if the person is trying to collect on a loan you don’t recognize, asks you for sensitive information, or uses threats to try to scare you into paying. Tell the caller you won’t discuss the debt unless they provide a written notice that includes the debt amount, the name of the creditor, and your rights under the federal Fair Debt Collections Practices Act. Never give out or …

— With the June 12th Primary Election right around the corner, many Mainers want to learn more about Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). We are pleased to let you know that Maine Secretary of State, Matthew Dunlap, will host informational forums about RCV in several locations: Biddeford, Bangor, Presque Isle and Lewiston.  Please see the complete details about each forum, below. You can also tune in to Facebook Live on Thursday, May 24 at 6:00 p.m., on the Maine Secretary of State …

— DATE: May 1, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:      Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org   More than 80 Emera Maine Customers Attend Public Hearings Voice Opposition to Utility Giant’s Latest Requested Rate Hike   MACHIAS, ORONO, PRESQUE ISLE: This evening, more than 80 Emera Maine customers voiced their opposition to the utility giant’s latest request for a rake hike at public hearings held simultaneously at the University of Maine in Machias, Orono and Presque Isle.  The …

— With Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s seat up for grabs and three congressional incumbents seeking re-election, 2018 will be a pivotal year for Maine voters. AARP Maine wants to know where each candidate stands on issues such as health care and retirement security. Looking ahead, volunteers will be needed to coordinate candidate forums and community conversations at coffee and happy hour events leading up to the Nov. 6 general election. AARP is asking gubernatorial candidates about caregiver supports, affordable utilities and …

— GUEST NEWS RELEASE by ITN founder and executive director Katherine Freund 207 415-1630  Katherine.Freund@ITNAmerica.org   April 27, 2018   U.S. Senators to Join ITNAmerica in Celebrating Its 1 Millionth Ride If you would like to attend the celebration, please RSVP here: http://itnamerica.org/rsvp/   WESTBROOK, Maine — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King will join the Independent Transportation Network of America (ITN) next week as the nonprofit celebrates providing its 1 millionth ride to older and visually challenged people.   ITN, …