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

— Welcome to the AARP “Passport to Healthy Living” program. Join us at one or more of these free events in the Bismarck-Mandan area that focus on health and wellness. You’ll have a chance to meet new people, have some fun, enjoy new experiences, and live a more healthy life. Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddleboard Demo 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 Harmon Lake Recreation Area, 3244 Harmon Lake Road, Mandan Learn the basics of kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, including the …

— Join AARP for Symphony Rocks at Bluestem Amphitheater in Moorhead at 8 p.m. Thursday, August 16. AARP members and their guests will receive discounted general admission tickets for $15 good for either bench or lawn seating. The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, together with Fargo’s POST-TRAUMATIC FUNK SYNDROME, presents “British Invasion,” honoring musicians from across The Pond, including the Beatles, Elton John, Queen, and Adele. Tickets can be purchased here on the symphony website. When purchasing tickets, simply enter code ND2277 under the …

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— Join us for a free screening of “The Seagull,” starring Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan, Corey Stoll and Elisabeth Mosat, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 22, at the Grand Theaters in Bismarck. At a picturesque lakeside estate, a love triangle unfolds between the diva Irina, her lover Boris, and the ingénue Nina. “The Seagull” explores the obsessive nature of love, the tangled relationships between parents and children, and the transcendent value and psychic toll of art. Seating is limited and pre-registration …

— In July AARP North Dakota was fortunate to host the world’s leading expert on fraud and scams in Fargo, where he spoke to about 1,000 people. Abagnale also participated in a telephone town hall with thousands of North Dakotans that day. You can listen to that conversation here. Abagnale says there is a victim of identity theft every two seconds. Children are sought-after victims of identity theft because criminals can use their identity for long periods of time before the …

— Amy Goyer, AARP’s Family and Caregiving expert and author of “Juggling Life, Work, and Caregiving,” will be the featured speaker at AARP North Dakota’s lunch and learns Nov. 14 in Bismarck and Nov. 15 in Fargo. Goyer is a nationally known expert on aging and families, specializing in family caregiving, grandparenting, and multigenerational issues. She has spent more than 30 years advocating for and serving older adults and families. A recognized media authority, she has appeared on Good Morning America, …

— AARP North Dakota has scheduled the annual volunteer recognition lunches for Oct. 3 in Bismarck and Oct. 4 in Fargo. All AARP North Dakota volunteers are encouraged to save the date, and plan to attend at the location nearest you. This year’s program will begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude by 2 p.m. This is our opportunity to formally recognize and thank our outstanding volunteers for their year-long efforts. The program will include the presentation of the Andrus Award for …

— AARP North Dakota is sponsoring candidate debates beginning Sept. 4 on Prairie Public Broadcasting. The debates feature candidates for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Public Service Commission, and Secretary of State. Here is the debate schedule. All of the debates will be broadcast live on Prairie Public’s television network and all times are Central. Public Service Commission Unexpired 2-year-term Casey Buchmann (D) and Brian Kroshus (R) 7-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4 Public Service Commission 6-year-term Jean Brandt …

— The North Dakota Legislative Assembly only meets every other year. However, during the “interim,” legislative committees will study a wide array of important issues. AARP will be closely watching issues related to health care access and affordability, home- and community-based services, retirement security, property taxes, and other issues important to 50+ North Dakotans. To keep our members current on these interim studies, AARP North Dakota is hosting a monthly webinar/conference call. During these calls, expect to hear what the interim …

— Take this simple step to help protect yourself from identity theft by having sensitive personal documents shredded for free on Saturday, October 6, in Fargo and Bismarck. A shredding truck will be at each location and shred documents on site between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. The event is open to the public. There is a limit of two boxes. The Fargo event will be held in the southwest parking lot at West Acres Shopping Center, 3902 13th Ave. S. …