— 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 Maine for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— Ready for eclectic, electric lectures? By Paul Doherty, SAGE Chair Each fall and spring, The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USM presents a series of Tuesday morning lectures through the SAGE program.  Billed as “Intellectual Fun for People Over 50,” the lectures cover a wide array of topics of current interest. SAGE speakers are recognized experts from the arts, government, non-profit, education, business, and civic communities in Maine.  Please see the FAQ Section, below, but don’t hesitate to reach out if you have additional …

— Scams and frauds are on the rise, but Mainers can take active steps to protect themselves and their families.  AARP Maine is once again collaborating with community partners to host free shredding events.  All of our events will also include safe disposal of your unwanted or expired medications.  Please join us and bring your friends and family! Questions?  Call Jane at 1-866-554-5380 or email me@aarp.org for information. SHRED IT! Bring all sensitive paperwork that includes account numbers, birth dates, passwords, PINs, signatures and …

— Greetings from Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director As the New Year gets underway, I am happy to share our latest member newsletter with you. 2018 was quite a year for AARP in Maine. Our team of staff, volunteers and member activists worked tirelessly to highlight urgent issues that impact 50+ Mainers at the state and federal levels during the elections.  We hosted many programs around the state to bring your voices to both Augusta and Washington.  We also offered …

— AARP members enjoy the Kennebec River Rail Trail. AARP Discount for Viles Arboretum Table Tour Augusta’s Viles Arboretum will host its annual Table Tour event on Feb. 3 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 until 1 p.m. Desserts, coffee and hot beverages will be served until 2 p.m. …

— THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.   Chooo choooo! THE POLAR EXPRESS™ is coming to the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company! AARP members receive an exclusive discount of $15 per person for the THE POLAR EXPRESS™ on Saturday, December 1st at 2:30-4:00pm. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE Boarding begins at 2:30pm at Ocean Gateway located at 14 Ocean Gateway Pier in Portland. The train will begin the journey to “the North Pole” promptly at 2:45pm. The train ride is approximately 50 minutes. Plan on …

— This seven-minute video offers highlights from OutSpoken: An LGBTQ Author Festival. Sponsored by AARP Maine and hosted by the Portland Press Herald, the daylong program took place on Saturday, September 22 in Hannaford Hall at the University of Southern Maine. The presenting authors were Robert W. Fieseler, author of Tinderbox: The Untold Story of the Up Stairs Lounge Fire and the Rise of Gay Liberation; Sarah Perry, author of After the Eclipse: A Mother’s Murder, a Daughter’s Search; Japonica Brown-Saracino, …

— PORTLAND – Five authors will explore the personal and collective lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) people at OutSpoken: An LGBTQ Author Festival. Sponsored by AARP Maine and hosted by the Portland Press Herald, this free, daylong event will be held at Hannaford Hall at the University of Southern Maine on Saturday, Sept 22. The festival authors will read from and discuss the inspiration behind their recent books. In the morning two authors will examine tragedies of …

— Don’t miss these local events and discounts hosted by AARP Maine! For more information about these events, contact us at me@aarp.org or call 207-776-6303. Morning Walks on the Kennebec River Rail Trail Every Thursday | 8 – 10 a.m. Kennebec River Rail Trail 1 Hinckley Road | Hallowell Meet near the colorful Adirondack chairs and enjoy the fresh autumn air. Event is free, no registration required. Annual Day of Service Tuesday, Sept. 11 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Eastern …

— Can we talk civilly? AARP Maine is encouraging everyone to do just that during this campaign season and next year’s legislative session. In cooperation with Maine Revives Civility, the AARP state office is promoting individual pledges, local government proclamations and community conversations to support respectful dialogue. Maine Revives Civility is a project of the National Institute of Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona. Former Portland Mayor Pam Plumb and Ryan Pelletier, county administrator of Aroostook County, co-chair the organization. …